Sports: Prep Notes-Numbers Column October 16, 2008

Flu can’t keep Duffy off field

Mikayla Duffy put on a true display of fortitude in Saturday’s Class 5A Region 6 softball tournament at Canyon View Park.

Central’s sophomore pitcher threw the Warriors’ second game, going the distance in the 2-1 loss to Columbine, giving up only four hits and striking out seven.

She started Central’s third game, against Cherry Creek, going 21/3 innings, giving up three hits, in earning the victory.

She did all this despite being weakened by the flu, which kept her up during most of the previous night. She was still battling the side effects Saturday.

In all, Duffy threw 184 pitches (including 145 in the loss to Columbine). When she wasn’t pitching, she was playing first base.

This weekend Duffy will be put to the test as she will be seeing plenty of action in the 5A state playoffs. The Warriors open up with Ralston Valley with a potential matchup with the No. 1 seeded team Rocky Mountain.

winless woes

While Grand Junction’s volleyball team’s season can be looked at as an improvement, the Tigers were unable to win a Southwestern League match. Grand Junction (6-13, 0-10 SWL) nearly knocked off first-place Montrose but fell 3-2 in their final regular season match of the year. Senior Britney Richardson, who had been fighting an illness, came back to finish with 18 kills and five blocks.

The Palisade soccer team was the only other valley team to not get a league win this season. The Bulldogs did have strong individual performances this season from Clancy Jandreau and goalie Rolando Vargus.

COMING UP ACES

In Paonia’s volleyball match with Plateau Valley last week, the Eagles had 13 aces as a team. Jordyn Reinks led the team with five but it wasn’t enough as Plateau Valley defeated Paonia 3-1.

Feels like home

With most other sports out of town this weekend, all four valley schools have football games at Stocker Stadium, marking the first time that has happened all season. Friday, Fruita Monument takes on Montrose and Saturday will see a doubleheader with Palisade and Glenwood Springs at noon followed at 7 on Saturday night with Grand Junction and Central.

ALUMNI UPDATE

A couple of Palisade graduates are playing major roles in the Colorado School of Mines volleyball team’s 12-9 record (7-4 RMAC).

Junior middle hitter Kaity Edmiston leads the team in kills, averaging 2.69 per game.

Kirstie Bunting, a sophomore defensive specialist, is coming off the bench but leads the Orediggers in digs with 4.14. per game.

They are two of only five players to have appeared in all 80 of Mines’ games thus far.

hot ticket of the weekend

Central’s volleyball team will have a tough doubleheader with Durango and Montezuma-Cortez. The Warriors lost last weekend in the Four Corners, so they are looking to avenge their losses this weekend. Central needs these two wins to improve its standing for the district tournament, which begins Oct. 25.

NUMBERS

2: Number of 61-yard touchdown runs by Norwood’s Billy Fourney in the Mavericks’ 32-26 overtime loss to Dove Creek on Friday.

6: Fruita Monument boys cross country runners who finished in the top eight in the Oct. 9 District 51 Championships. 7: Fruita Monument girls runners who finished in the top 10.

333: Combined rushing yards for Montrose quarterback Nathan Robertson (77) and running backs Glayden Berry (100) and Jordan Passehl (85) in the Indians’ 45-13 victory over Central on Friday.


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