Sports Briefs, Oct. 12, 2017


District 51 honoring game officials

The Colorado High School Activities Association has designated this week as “Officials Appreciation Week,” and District 51 is a proponent of it.

“We’d like to express our appreciation to all officials in the area,” district Athletic Director Paul Cain said. “We never say enough about what it means to us for them to do what they do.”

CHSAA asked each of its member schools, teams and communities to let officials know how much their time, dedication and commitment means to high school activities.

“Without them, it would just be recess,” CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said.

Officials associations in western Colorado are Colorado West Custom Sports and Grand Junction Basketball Officials Association, which contract game officials throughout western Colorado. Each CHSAA-sanctioned sport has an area director in charge of assigning game officials.

According to CHSAA, there are currently 4,686 officials in Colorado.


College Swimming & Diving

Mesa divers claim RMAC honors


Colorado Mesa swept the first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Diver of the Week honors, with senior Sage D’Ambrosia claiming the men’s award and sophomore Kelsey Vreeman winning on the women’s side during last weekend’s Intermountain Shootout.

D’Ambrosia, a three-time Division II All-American, earned a national-qualifying score of 289.65 points on the 1-meter board last Friday, beating the NCAA qualification standard of 285.00. He also competed in the 3-meter on Saturday, scoring 281.00 points. He took fourth in both events.

Vreeman, a returning all-American and the RMAC’s Preseason Diver of the Year, won the women’s 3-meter event on Friday with a career-best six-dive score of 243.90 points. She also finished seventh in the 1-meter on Saturday.


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