Sports: Prep notes and numbers May 08, 2009

The May 1 story about the Palisade soccer team earning its first Class 4A playoff berth in 11 years noted that the color green was a good-luck charm for the team’s two seniors, Lexie Russell and Mandy Brueggman.

It seems the two also had a season-long pact. Neither one washed their game socks the entire season.

It brings to mind another Palisade athlete.

A few years back, baseball player Mark Widegren decided that, in order to change the team’s fortunes, he would not wash his uniform once the team got on a winning streak.

It went on a long one to end the season, meaning Widegren took pride in having the dirtiest uniform in the district by the time the Bulldogs’ season ended.
Lacrosse date

After nearly two weeks of waiting, the Grand Valley girls lacrosse team found out who their first round opponent would be Tuesday. Drumroll please…..St. Mary’s Academy. The Wildcats finished 9-6 and earned the No. 16 team which pitted them against the Lightning. The game will be played Friday at 4:30 at SMA.

“It feels good to take the first girls lacrosse team to state,” Grand Valley coach Robin Stevens said. “This will give us a great opportunity to see the next level of competion.”

If the Lightning are to win they will face No. 1 seed Cherry Creek on Saturday.
hit by the pitch

It was a tough postseason for the local baseball teams. Both Palisade and Grand Junction lost handily in the first round of their district playoff. Outside of the Grand Valley teams the woes continued as Delta earned a six seed and hosted but was upset by D’Evelyn 8-7 in the first game. Gunnison was one of the few Western Slope teams to make it out of districts as they will play undefeated Eaton in the first game of the 3A state playoff. 2A has Paonia still fighting for a spot as they will be in Alamosa to take on Fowler. If the Eagles win that game they would play the winner of Dolores and Custer County.

• 20 year anniversary

The Fruita Monument girls tennis team will have five spots competing at this year’s state tournament. The Wildcats are having the best season they have had in a while, and look to make the most of it by putting their mark in Denver. Fruita Monument hasn’t finished inside of the top ten since 1990, and hasn’t had a state champion since 1989. The No. 4 doubles team of Amy Largent and Sue Hoelscher was the last Fruita team to win a state championship.
go army
Black Knights senior pitcher and Grand Junction graduate Tyler Anderegg was named First team All-Patriot League. It’s Anderegg’s first all-league award after going 5-2 with a 4.34 ERA. He ranked second among Patriot League pitchers with 20 appearances all out of Army’s bullpen. Anderegg plans to enter medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the fall.


• Christa Funk spent four years as a Grand Junction High School swimmer. After graduating last spring, she was accepted at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Funk is still active in water sports; she’s just gone a different route.

The inland girl decided to join the crew team and became the coxswain on the school’s Novice 8 team.

The team had a breakthrough at last weekend’s New England Rowing Championships, taking second out of 14 teams.

It was the academy’s first-ever medal in a women’s crew race.


4: Goals given up by the Grand Junction soccer team during the Southwestern League season
— and the Tigers still didn’t make the playoffs.

5: Goals given up by Central during the SWL season — and it won the league title.

10: Inches by which Fruita Monument long jumper Josh Valdez surpassed his school record with his winning jump of 22-11 in Friday’s Tiger Invitational track meet.

11: Palisade baseball games that were postponed or cancelled this season.


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