Sports Briefs, Sept. 13, 2016
Mavericks’ Dustin Rivas earns another player of the week award
Dustin Rivas’ three-interception day earned him the National Football Foundation Colorado Chapter player of the week honor on Tuesday, the day after he was voted the RMAC defensive player of the week.
The junior safety from Thornton returned one of his three interceptions for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to help seal Colorado Mesa’s 47-33 victory over Chadron State. His first interception, in the back of the end zone, saved a touchdown, and he had six tackles.
The Mavericks, ranked No. 23 in the American Football Coaches Association poll, play at No. 10 Colorado School of Mines at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Golden. Both teams are 2-0 overall and in RMAC play.
Mercy rule to be considered by CHSAA as soon as October meeting
The Colorado High School Activities Association could vote on a mercy rule for boys and girls basketball as early as October, according to CHSAANow.com.
The rule, if adopted, would start a running clock in the fourth quarter if a team is leading by 40 points or more. The clock would stop only for injuries or timeouts. Currently, the National Federation of State High School Associations hasn’t adopted a mercy rule in basketball despite having one for many other team sports.
The CHSAA Board of Directors will meet on Oct. 5 to discuss a variety of issues, the mercy rule among them. If passed, a mercy rule would go into effect for the 2016-17 season.
The rule would not have to pass through a CHSAA legislative council session.
CHSAA sent out a survey to the state’s basketball coaches earlier this year. For boys coaches, 46 percent are for the mercy rule and 54 percent against. The inverse is true for girls, with 54 percent for and 46 percent against.
Prep Mountain Biking
Tigers finish fifth in Leadville
The Grand Junction High School mountain bike team placed fifth at the Division 2 level at the Cloud City Challenge in Leadville on Sept. 9.
The team score is determined by overall points accumulated in all the races.
Mia Brygger placed second for Grand Junction in the freshmen girls race. In the sophomore girls race, Jazzy Keplinger placed 18th.
Clark Willis was eighth in the junior varsity boys race and Miles Wiils and Paul English placed fifth and 15th respectively, in the freshmen boys race.
For Fruita Mountain, Ellie Zachary was the top finisher, placing 14th in the sophomore girls race. Eliana Colon placed 18th in the freshman girls race.
As a team, Fruita finished 14th in division 2.
Montrose’s Jennings wins second Junior Golf Alliance championship
Jordan Jennings of Montrose became the first two-time champion in the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado’s 11-13 Junior Series Championship after winning in a playoff Sept. 11 at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora.
Jennings, 13, closed with a 3-under-par 68 on Sunday, leaving him in a tie at 3-under 139 with first-round leader Ryan Sangchompuphen of Denver.
In the playoff, after Sangchompuphen just missed a birdie from nine feet, Jennings tapped in a two-foot to repeat as champion.
Including the playoff, Jennings birdied four of his final five holes on Sunday and six overall for the day.
Liborio ties for fifth in Regis Invite
Colorado Mesa’s Megan Liborio tied for sixth place after shooing 3-over-par 75 on Tuesday in the second round of the Regis Invitational in Aurora.
The Mavericks placed fourth as a team at 631, with Cal State Monterey Bay winning with a 619. Jennifer Hankins of Metro State shot a sizzling 6-under 66 at Murphy Creek Golf Course to win going away by 11 strokes.
Mesa’s Randi Kim shot an 83 and finished ninth (157), Ashlyn Kirschner tied for 10th after a second-round 80 (158), Heather Kroll tied for 18th with an 80 (161) and Naomi Yamada tied for 33rd after an 83 (167). Two CMU players were entered as individuals, with Mariah Ehrman placing 26th with a 163 and Hannah More tying for 29th with a 166.
At the Ryan Palmer Foundation men’s tournament in Amarillo, Texas, the Mavericks finished 11th with a three-round score of 895. All five players cut strokes off their earlier rounds, with Grant Olinger tying for 28th with a third-round 71 for a 221. Trevor McCune tied for 39th with a 73 (223), Alex Trevino tied for 49th with a 76 (226), Kyler Smith shot 73 to tie for 58th (229) and Billy Ramsey tied for 77th with a 78 (236).