Sports: Prep Notes-numbers February 05, 2009

’Cats win academic accolades

Success isn’t only measured on the field in high school sports.

How the student-athletes perform in the classroom is even more important, and that’s why the Colorado High Schools Activities Association honors academic team champions.

For the fall season, the Fruita Monument boys golf team was recognized for having a team grade point average of 3.75.

“Golf got it for the second straight year, and we are proud of the kids,” Fruita Monument Athletic Director Pat Noland said. “It shows the standard of academics we have here at Fruita Monument.”

Other Western Slope teams honored were Steamboat Springs boys cross country (3.85), Steamboat Springs golf (3.66), Steamboat Springs volleyball (3.80), Eagle Valley football (3.28), Aspen tennis (3.57) and Eagle Valley poms (3.91).

CHANGE OF VENUE

Because of a conflict with the NCAA ice hockey tournament, the Class 1A state basketball tournament site has been moved from the Air Force Academy to the University of Northern Colorado’s Butler Hancock Hall.

That puts two state tournaments, the 3A in Fort Collins and the 1A tournament in Greeley, in the northern portion of the state.

The 2A tournament remains in Pueblo. The 4A and 5A Final Four are at CU in Boulder.

PERFECTO

The Crested Butte boys basketball team is unbeaten in 14 games this season.

The Titans are tough to defend, with a one-two scoring punch of John Wright (23.6 points per game) and Robbie Holleran (18.2).

ALUMNI UPDATE

Steve Kasica won the 800-meter run Jan. 24 in the prestigious 2009 Potts Indoor Invitational in Boulder.

The former state champion from Fruita Monument, a freshman at the University of Colorado, ran a season-best 2 minutes, 1.02 seconds to win by one-half second over teammate Grant Duffy.

QUICK PIN OF THE WEEK

Central 135-pounder Zach Short stopped James Ouelette in 15 seconds Saturday in the Warriors’ dual with Durango.

weekend revenge

This weekend, Durango and Montezuma-Cortez will be up from the Four Corners area to take on Fruita Monument and Central.

The Cortez boys have won five straight league games and handed Central its lone league loss, so the Warriors will be looking to take a one-game lead on the rest of the SWL if they can avenge that loss.

The Fruita Monument boys lost to both teams on the road and will attempt to build off the momentum of their win over Montrose this weekend.

junction girls game

The Jan. 24 contest for the Grand Junction girls basketball team against Eaglecrest that was postponed by weather will be played Monday at 5:30 p.m.

NUMBERS

6: First-period pins in the Jan. 27 Rifle-Palisade wrestling dual — three by the Bears (Dano Fugita, Brian Key and Tad Davis), and three by the Bulldogs (Daniel Salazar, Wes Shingleton and Aaron Wagler).

7: Offensive rebounds by Central boys basketball player Josh Wells in the Warriors’ 74-59 victory Saturday at Palisade.

14: Rebounds by Coal Ridge boys basketball player Alex Klein in the Titans’ 68-53 victory Thursday at Hotchkiss.

18: Combined free throws made (out of 48 attempted) by the Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain girls basketball teams Jan. 27 in the Devils’ 56-28 victory.


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