Sports: Prep Notebook Column September 11, 2008

Soccer teams bust slumps on same day

And they’re off! Dozens of runners from high schools around the western slope take off from the starting line at the Warrior Invitational cross country tournament for their 5k run.

Tuesday was slump-busting day for two boys soccer teams in the Grand Valley.

Grand Junction earned its first win of the season with an emotional 4-0 win over Montrose at Canyon View Park.

The Tigers honored former teammate Zach Sockman, who died unexpectedly on Sept. 1. The team wore black armbands to pay tribute to Sockman, but the team might have made their former teammate more proud with their play.

Grand Junction held the Indians to only three shots, taking 14 of its own. Raffi Cote scored the first goal,
Erick Villalobos added another and Sean Berkson scored the final two in the second half.

“The kids played extraordinary,” Grand Junction coach Hal Templeton said. “It was really what we wanted to see with a lot of different kids scoring.”

At Mesa State College, Fruita Monument got a much needed first win, defeating Central 3-2.

Fruita scored only once playing the Air Academy Invitational in Colorado Springs and used the Central game to try to regain some offensive confidence.

“This got us off a losing streak and helped us with our confidence being able to score a couple of goals,” Fruita coach Dan McKee said.

Ryan King paced the Wildcats, scoring the team’s first goal and providing the assist to Hank Hartshorn for the winning goal.

run, spike, run

Grand Valley sophomore Brandi Krieg is the epitome of a multi-sport athlete. Krieg ran in her first cross country meet on Sept. 5, finishing fourth in the Warrior Invitational with a time of 22 minutes, 20 seconds.

Krieg is also on the Cardinals’ volleyball team, so she doesn’t have much time to train and condition for cross country. Luckily, Krieg is a good runner. As a freshman, she set school records during the track season in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter races.


Old athletic directors never retire; they don’t even fade away.

Three recently “retired” Western Slope athletic directors have found a way to remain involved in high school athletics this fall.

Former District 51 AD Steve Phillips, former Plateau Valley football coach and AD Dave Bristol and former North Park AD Steve Beck are all officiating football in the Grand Valley this fall.

After all those years on the sidelines (all are former coaches), they’re getting to see the other side of things — and probably regretting some of the comments they made to officials in their past lives.

pork and parking

An early heads-up: The Pork and Hops festival the weekend of Sept. 19-20 will be at Lincoln Park. Fans attending the Fruita Monument vs. Grand Junction football game Friday night and the Central vs. Rocky Mountain game Saturday are encouraged to park at Brownson Arena at Mesa State and take a shuttle bus to the park. Shuttles will begin running at 6 p.m. for Friday’s game and noon on Saturday.

Hot ticket of the weekend

Grand Junction vs. Central softball at 7 tonight at Kronkright Complex.

The valley rivalry continues on the diamond with the improved Tigers taking on the defending Southwestern League conference champions.


4: Number of players with PAT scores for the Palisade football team in the first half of its 43-0 victory over Battle Mountain on Thursday. Travis Fehlman, Cody Blackmon and Nicholas Anderson scored on point-after
kicks; Steaphen Isaac caught a two-point conversion pass.

25: Assists by Grand Valley volleyball player Brittney Garcia in the Cardinals’ 3-2 loss to Basalt on Sept. 2.

25: Digs by teammate Erin Vanderpool.

65: Runs scored by the Grand Junction softball team in its four victories at the Eagle Valley Invitational last weekend; 9: Runs given up by the Tigers.


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