Sports Briefs, Sept. 7, 2017

College Volleyball

Mavs sweep Lubbock Christian

Behind Megan Gianinetti’s 11 kills, Colorado Mesa opened the Lubbock Christian tournament Thursday with a convincing sweep of the host Chaparrals, 25-22, 25-19, 25-14.

MacKenzie Edwards added nine kills and Reed Jacobson seven to lead a balanced attack, with Samantha Ritter doling out 34 assists. Taylor Woods had 27 digs and Ritter and Jacobson 13 each to pace Mesa’s defense, which allowed Lubbock Christian to hit only .049. No Chaparral player had more than six kills.

The first set was close, with the Mavericks up only one,
23-22, after an attack error, but after a timeout, Jacobson took a pass from Ritter and scored to get it to set point, and Hattie Gianinetti and Ritter teamed up to block a Lubbock Christian attack to put the set away.

The Mavericks (3-2) play Eastern New Mexico and Southwestern Oklahoma State today and wrap up the tournament Saturday morning against Texas Woman’s University, a team the Mavericks swept last week in Golden.



Collbran’s Ty Wallace now third
in PRCA bull riding standings


Ty Wallace has moved up to third in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association bull riding rankings.

The Collbran bull rider now has earned $145,361 on the season, which will wind up at the end of October.

The top 15 qualify for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas from Dec. 7-16.

Wallace trails Idaho’s Garrett Smith, who has $175,194, and defending world champion Sage Kimzey. The Oklahoma cowboy surged into the lead with $230,992 for the season.

Jordan Spears is fourth with $124,476.

Only six riders have at least $100,000 in earnings.


Prep Football

Grand Junction’s 1988 state title team will be honored tonight


Grand Junction High School’s 1988 state championship football team and former coach Dave Warmack will be honored at the Tigers’ game against Fruita Monument tonight.

Warmack died in June after a battle with cancer and is one of the most successful coaches in Western Slope history.

Under Warmack, the 1988 team capped an undefeated season with a 23-13 victory over Durango in the state championship.

Warmack coached current Broncos quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave the year he won the Gold Helmet Award — given to the top high school football player in Colorado — and Bill’s younger brother, Doug, quarterbacked the state championship team while winning another Gold Helmet Award. Three of Warmack’s Grand Junction teams were ranked in USA Today’s Top 25.


Boys Prep Golf

Indians win Black Canyon Invite


The Montrose Indians won their second straight tournament with an under par team finish on Thursday.

Led by a 1-2 finish by Micah Strangebye and Jordan Jennings, the Indians won the Black Canyon Invitational on the Black Canyon Golf Course in Montrose at 1-under 209.

Stangebye, who also won Wednesday’s tournament, carded a winning 3-under-par 67 on Thursday. His teammate Jennings was second at 69.

Grand Junction’s Blake Schneiter placed third with a 71, followed by teammate Canon Olkowski, who finished in a three-way tie for fourth at 72.

Montrose’s Dawson Hussong was seventh at 73 and Fruita Monument’s Blake Andersen was eighth with a 74.

Fruita’s Jadin Berta, Cedaredge’s Duncan Campbell and Jacob Smith of Rifle tied for 10th at 76.

Grand Junction placed second in the team standings with a 223.


Prep Soccer

Central loses 4-0 to Durango


Durango remained undefeated as Central fell 4-0 at Long Family Park.

The Warriors (1-4, 0-1 Southwestern League) surrendered two goals in each half.

It was the second road SWL win for the Demons (4-0, 2-0) in three days, having topped Fruita Monument 2-1 on Tuesday.

Central next faces Mesa Ridge at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Canyon View Park.


Minor League Baseball

Ogden rallies in 9th to top GJ Rox


The Grand Junction Rockies gave up five runs in the bottom of the ninth to lose at Ogden 8-7 on Thursday night.

Trailing 7-2 after the seventh, Ogden scored one run in the eighth, then put together the big comeback in the ninth, capped by a walk-off sacrifice fly.

Before the sac fly, the Raptors had two singles, a double, two walks and a Rockies error to mount the comeback.

The Rockies took the 7-1 lead with a five-run top of the seventh. Ramon Marcelino had a two-run home run, his 16th of the year, and Todd Czinege added an RBI double.

It was a well-pitched game through four scoreless innings.

Starter Lance Gilbreath pitched well for the Rockies, giving up two hits and no runs while striking out five in four innings. The Raptors’ Adalberto Pena went 4 2/3s, gave up one run on three hits and struck out eight.


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