Sports Prep Notes: March 12, 2009

Warriors set sights on 2010

It was quite a run for the Central High School girls basketball team.

The Warriors overcame a 5-5 start to not only finish 9-1 in the Southwestern League but advance to the Class 5A Great 8.

Central ended up losing to top-seeded Horizon 50-42 but made up a 26-6 deficit in the game.

Amy Kame had two spectacular games in Denver, scoring 31 in the Sweet 16 victory over Arapahoe and finishing with 20 against Horizon despite spraining an ankle.

“They knew she was good but someone said it was almost an effortless 31 against Arapahoe,”

Central coach Todd Dixon said. “I don’t think coaches were prepared for how quick she is and once they figured that out, we had other kids step up.”

Dixon, in his first season as Central’s coach, said it was somewhere midsesaon where the mental mindframe switched.

“We started to see a change and they believed they could compete with anyone,” Dixon said. “It was neat watching game film with them and the girls saying, ‘we can beat this team.’ I never had to give a David vs. Goliath speech.”

The best news for Dixon is that only two seniors graduate and the majority of the team is coming back.

Wrestling honors

Western Colorado wrestlers were well represented in the On the Mat 2008-09 Wrestler of the Year awards.

Norwood swept the Class 2A honors, with three-time state champions Hugh Hardman (140 pounds) and Stryker Lane (215) winning the awards for the lower and upper weights, respectively.

Winning his second consecutive state 103-pound title earned Central’s Matthew Gurule the Class 5A award for the lower weights.

In the All-OTM team for all classifications, Gurule was first team at 103. Hardman was second team at 140.

Dove Creek’s Colten Huskey was first team at 145.

Lacrosse begins

The first season of CHSAA-sanctioned lacrosse begins Friday for the Grand Valley Lighting.

The boys team plays Aspen at 4 p.m. at Walker Field at Mesa State College. The girls team is scheduled to begin its season on Saturday against Durango, Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley.

Phelan Phenom

Rangely’s boys basketball player Patrick Phelan put on one great show during last Friday’s 2A Region 5 semifinal game at Mesa State College. In a 83-80 double-overtime loss to Custer County, Phelan scored 43 points. Only a junior, Phelan went 13 of 14 from the line and made 14 field goals, including four 3-pointers. Phelan fouled out late in the second overtime and the Panthers fell in a hard-fought game.

ALUMNI UPDATE

Dylan Vigil, a 2008 Central graduate who played doubles for the Warriors’ boys tennis team, is part of the Hesston (Kan.) College tennis team this spring.
Vigil is one of four freshmen on the Larks’ men’s team.

NUMBERS

2: Grand Junction boys basketball players who got to the free-throw line in the Tigers’ 71-68 second-round Class 5A playoff loss to Overland. Everett Robinson was 6 for 8, Geoff Baldwin 6 for 9.

3: Assists by Grand Junction girls soccer player Danielle Erickson in the Tigers’ two victories in Colorado Springs last weekend.

2:04.41: The winning medley relay time by the District 51 Griffins during their relay meet last Saturday. The team consisted of Cyrus Pearo, Jeff Sederlin, Brett Scott and Kyle Mahoney.

38: Free throws attempted by the Coal Ridge girls basketball team in its 39-37 victory over Olathe on February 28. The Titans made 21 free throws.


KENT MINCER and PATRICK BAHR


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