Sports: Prep Notes- Numbers Column September 25, 2008

Cardinals rally ’round their coach

The past couple of weeks have been rather stressful for the Grand Valley High School football team.

On the morning of Sept. 12, the day the Cardinals were to play Hayden, head coach Mike Johnson was taken to the hospital in Rifle for an emergency appendectomy.

Two days later, he was taken back to the hospital with complications from the surgery.

On Sept. 15 he was transferred to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs with an infection that doctors struggled to nail down.

As of mid-week, his status had improved.

The Cardinals understandably struggled against Hayden, losing 28-7, but rallied for their coach last week, defeating Gunnison 42-0.

Defensive coordinator Jeremy Tanner has been filling in as interim head coach until Johnson can return to the sidelines.


Last weekend was a rough one for the Steamboat Springs softball team.

The Sailors lost a doubleheader at home to Delta on Friday, committing a total of 17 errors in 18-0 and 18-3 losses to the Panthers and getting only four hits in eight innings.

The offense struggled even more on Saturday at Rifle. The Bears’ Shawnee Young pitched both ends of the doubleheader (albeit for a combined six innings) and did not give up a single Steamboat hit. They were Young’s first two victories of the season.

time is ticking

The tennis season is quickly winding down with the three valley schools having at most two more dual matches before the regionals begin. The regional will be played the Elliott Tennis Center at Mesa State on Oct. 10-11.

Along with Grand Junction, Central and Fruita Monument, teams in the regional are Durango, Denver South, Overland and Ponderosa.


Jimmer Comerford, a 2005 Fruita Monument graduate, was selected as the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference defensive soccer player of the week last week, helping the Colorado College men’s team record a pair of shutouts.

Comerford is a senior defender for the Tigers (5-1-0).


Prep basketball followers can use their expertise to help the Colorado High School Activities Association this winter.

CHSAA is still seeking people interested in serving on its tournament selection committee. It needs overseers for each of three classifications — 4A girls and boys and 5A boys.

Interested people should have a background in high school basketball as a former player, coach, administrator
or basketball official or as an adult spectator within the past 10 years.

Committee members should expect to attend at least 20 regular-season games and three mandatory meeting.

For information, go to the CHSAA Web site at

hot ticket of the weekend

Tonight’s volleyball match between Fruita Monument and Central should be competitive. The two teams match up well, both with big hitting front lines and strong defensive play. Both are chasing Southwestern Leader Durango.


2: Goals scored in seven Class 4A Western Slope League games for the Palisade soccer team this season.

4: Touchdowns by Dove Creek running back Colton Husky in the Bulldogs’ 43-20 victory at Plateau Valley on

30: Digs by Rifle volleyball player Adrienne Schmidt in the Bears’ 3-1 victory over Delta on Thursday.

38: Assists by Schmidt’s teammate, Sandy Samson.

100: Receiving yards (on five catches) for Fruita Monument’s Scott Miller in the Wildcats’ 18-14 victory over Grand Junction on Friday, the last 41 going for the winning score with 14 seconds remaining.


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