Sports: Prep Notes and Numbers October 02, 2008

Bulldogs a solid No. 2 in football

Palisade held onto its second-place ranking in Class 3A in this week’s RockyPreps football poll, one spot ahead of Glenwood Springs. With the loss to Palisade last week, Steamboat Springs dropped to seventh.

Olathe inched up a spot to ninth in 2A, with Aspen moving into the No. 10 slot. Hotchkiss was ranked ninth in Class A 11-man.

Fruita Monument finally moved into the 5A volleyball rankings at the 10th spot. Montrose and Eagle Valley both made appearances this week in the 4A rankings, the Indians ninth and the Devils 10th.

Gunnison is seventh and Basalt dropped to 10th in Class 3A. Crested Butte is ranked fourth and Dove Creek fifth in 1A.

Glenwood Springs is ranked seventh in 4A boys soccer.

Central is the only Western Slope team ranked in softball. The Warriors are No. 7 in Class 5A.

The Durango boys moved back into first place in the 5A cross country rankings. Crested Butte is second and Mancos fifth among 2A girls.


In commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Palisade volleyball team is having a Girls Night Out on Oct. 9.

The team will wear pink uniforms, and everyone attending is encouraged to wear pink attire.

The freshman game begins at 4:30 p.m., the junior varsity game is at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity game
against Glenwood Springs slated to start at 6:30 p.m.

central travel

The Central volleyball team is 10-2 overall, 3-1 in the SWL as it nears the halfway point of the league season.

After a tough loss Tuesday to Montrose, Central will try to bounce back next Tuesday against Grand Junction before making the trip to the Four Corners area, where they will see Durango and Cortez for the first time this season. If the Warriors can come out of those three matches unscathed, it sets up a matchup Oct. 14 at Fruita Monument, when the two teams could be playing for the league title.


It didn’t take long for Melissa Martin to make an impact on the Colorado State University women’s golf team.

The former Central standout, who finished in the top five in three Class 5A girls state golf championships,
tied for 14th place in the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., two weeks ago, helping the Rams to a fifth-place team finish.

Through two tournaments, Martin leads the CSU team with a 74.16 stroke average.

regional reminder

The site of the Class 5A Region 7 tennis tournament has been changed from Durango to Grand Junction.

The regional is next Friday and Saturday at Mesa State College. In addition to the valley teams, Durango, Overland, Denver South and Ponderosa will be attending the event. The 4A regional will be played in
Steamboat Springs.

Hot ticket of the weekend

Grand Junction softball against Montezuma-Cortez on Friday and Durango on Saturday, both doubleheaders. In the middle of a playoff race, the Tigers need to come out victorious in all four games to feel comfortable about the playoffs.


2: Montrose soccer players who scored hat tricks in the Indians’ 12-3 victory over Palisade on Saturday. Danny Silva and Steven Tobler each scored three goals in the victory.

8: Solo blocks by Paonia volleyball player Brittani Venard in the Eagles’ 3-2 victory over Hayden on Friday.

206: Total yards (87 rushing, 119 receiving) for Fruita Monument running back Mike Campbell in the Wildcats’ 21-18 loss to Central on Friday.

287: Rushing yards for Hotchkiss running back Ethan Coe in the Bulldogs’ 59-20 victory over Rangely on Friday. 5: Touchdowns scored by Coe.


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