Sports: Prep Notes-Numbers December 11, 2008
Lost contract had GJ boys scrambling
The Grand Junction boys basketball team had to scramble to pick up a couple of games on its schedule this season.
The Tigers were slated to play four games in the Cherry Creek Invitational from Dec. 18-20, an event in which the Tigers have played for years, but found out last month that Cherry Creek had not received the
Tigers’ contract and filled the tournament with another team.
Coach Dutch Johnson got on the phone and was able to pick up two games, which is why the Tigers played Uintah, Utah, on Tuesday for a second time this season.
The other game is Dec. 20 at Battle Mountain.
all state PICKS
The teams for football and volleyball have been selected for the All-State games, which will take place June 12-13 in Greeley, and the Western Slope is represented well.
In football, the North team features Ethan Coe of Hotchkiss. The South team has David Rhodes and Tyler Hawk of Olathe, Scott Miller of Fruita Monument, Brian Rumbaugh of Montrose, Dakota Stonehouse of Glenwood Springs, Aaron Wagler of Palisade and Alex Wood of Steamboat Springs. The South team is coached by Fruita Monument’s Bill Moore.
The volleyball teams haven’t been split into rosters yet, but Katerina Garcia of Durango, Ana Finley, Brianna Verble and coach Shane Forrest of Montrose, Kelly Romero and coach Denise Green of Coal Ridge and Janae Kendall and coach Christy Atwood of Meeker made the list.
After winning the state championship in football with a perfect record, it’s been a rough start to the basketball season for the Glenwood Springs Demons. The Demons are 1-4, with their lone win coming in the first game of the year against Summit. The basketball team has a lot of the same faces as the football team, including quarterback Dakota Stonehouse, receiver Kevin Screen and offensive lineman Moses Galvin.
Plateau Valley’s DJ Schuman is one of the best athletes at the school. He was a big part of the football team’s success, and his winter sport teammates can expect more of the same. Schuman is one of the top basketball players at the 2A level and he started off the year well, scoring 24 points in the Cowboys’ first game, a 60-33 win over De Beque.
One of the more interesting moves on the Western Slope will be Grand Valley’s move from Class 2A to 3A in basketball.
The move puts the Cardinals in the same league with traditionally strong teams Aspen and Roaring Fork. In addition to a much stronger Coal Ridge team, Western Slope basketball fans can expect the 3A league to be one of the closest this season.
The Cardinals are 2-0, defeating Eagle Valley and Classical Academy.
QUICK PIN OF THE WEEK
Rifle’s James Conrardy stopped Central’s Willie Holdren in 16 seconds in their 145-pound bout in the Wildcat Invitational duals Saturday.
Junior tight end Riar Geer, a former Fruita Monument quarterback, finished the University of Colorado football season with 13 catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns.
11: Rebounds by Central girls basketball player Haleigh Higgins in the Warriors’ 73-48 victory over Rifle on Dec. 2.
12.71: Seconds by which Fruita Monument swimmer Emily Nightingale won the 500-yard freestyle at Friday’s quadrangular meet.
36: Combined points scored by 112-pound wrestlers Matthew Gurule of Central (25) and Garrett Arevian of Fruita Monument (11) before Gurule won with a pin in the final 10 seconds.
36: Points scored by Dove Creek girls basketball player Kellie Deremo in the Bulldogs’ 95-23 victory over the Montezuma-Cortez JV team Friday.