Sports Notebook: Kame, Robinson pick colleges

Two of the top boys basketball players in the Southwestern League have made their college choices.

Central’s Clay Kame will sign a letter of intent to play for Mesa State College at 11 a.m. on April 21 in the Central High School library.

Grand Junction’s Everett Robinson will attend Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyo., his coach, Dutch Johnson, said. The Rustlers are coached by Jamie Stevens, who spent six seasons as an assistant at Colorado School of Mines before taking the Central Wyoming job.

Johnson said Robinson plans to sign either Thursday or Friday.
lightning luck

With the end of prep sports season quickly approaching, every team is jockeying for playoff position.

That includes the Grand Valley girls lacrosse team, which is attempting to end the season at a
perfect 11-0.

The Lightning have three more games, two against Eagle Valley.

Grand Valley plays the Devils on Tuesday and again next Friday.

“We need one more game to clinch the Mountain League,” Grand Valley coach Robin Stevens said. “So we can lose one and still be OK, but everyone’s intention is to win them all.”

If the Lightning win the Mountain League, they will play the No. 16 seed in the girls lacrosse tournament. If they were to win that game they would play the No. 1 overall seed.

Because the Mountain League came into the picture so late, the lacrosse committee decided to have the league winner play a pigtail game to enter the playoffs.


The Central girls soccer team has a chance to finish the season undefeated.

The Warriors are 9-0-1 heading into today’s game against Fruita Monument. Central is beginning the second half of the Southwestern League schedule and looks to avenge a 1-1 tie against Grand Junction on April 21.


Grand Junction’s baseball game Tuesday against Montrose saw its fair share of home runs. The Tigers defeated the Indians 8-5 and had four different players go deep. Aaron Berk and Ty Nielsen both hit two-run home runs and Zeph Quigley and Jayke Brock each hit solo shots.
central clinic

Central girls basketball coach Todd Dixon will be conducting a ball-handling and shooting clinic on April 28-29. The clinic is for 4-8 graders and will run from 5-7 p.m. at the high school. It’s free but donations to the program will be accepted.


A couple of local players’ junior college baseball teams are making a little noise in the national picture.

In Wednesday’s NJCAA rankings, South Mountain (Ariz.) College received three votes. Grand Junction graduate Erik Nordine plays for the Cougars (35-13). Fruita Monument graduate Cass Via is batting .368 for Garden City (Kan.) Community College which received four votes.


Although the Palisade baseball team missed a large chunk of games early in the season, the Bulldogs will have their opportunity to make them up. Today, Palisade (4-4, 3-2 Western Slope League) plays a doubleheader with Steamboat Springs and will play a doubleheader Saturday at Rifle.


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