Sports: Prep Notes-Numbers February 12, 2009

Bulldogs are playing for playoffs

After a 58-48 loss to Glenwood Springs that pushed the Palisade girls basketball team’s record to 0-10, it was hard to believe the Bulldogs could make the playoffs.

With three games left, Palisade has a legitimate playoff shot.

The Bulldogs took care of Battle Mountain on Tuesday night 62-50, which improved their record to 5-15 overall and 5-6 in Western Slope League play.

The 4A playoffs are selected by a committee, and with games left against Eagle Valley, Delta and Rifle, if Palisade were to win at least two of the three, they would finish above .500 in league and should be in.

But in the classic ‘one game at a time’ mentality, the most important of the three games is Friday’s game at Eagle Valley. The Devils are sitting at 4-5 in league and currently hold fourth place. Eagle Valley defeated the Bulldogs the first time around in a 47-45 nail-biter.

“I still have to learn how everything works but right now we are sitting fifth,” Gunther said.

“And Eagle Valley is right ahead of us so we need to get that game. If we can work to get that fourth spot, we should be in.”

Last season five WSL teams reached the playoffs, including Delta, which finished the year 7-12.

ALL-STATE STATUS

Fruita Monument senior volleyball player Lindsey Henke has been selected to play in June’s Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games.

Henke was a setter for the Wildcats.

Former Palisade coach Patty Childress of Grandview will coach the 5A team. Also selected to play was Durango senior Katerina Garcia.

Brianna Verble, who moved from Grand Junction to Montrose prior to her junior year, was selected to play in the Class 4A game along with teammate Ana Finley. Montrose’s Shane
Forrest, is one of the 4A coaches.

Kelly Romero of Coal Ridge was selected to play in the 3A game; she’ll be coached by Coal Ridge’s Denise Green.

Janae Kindall of Meeker will play for the 2A team.

The games are June 9-13 on the University of Northern Colorado campus in Greeley.

GOING RETRO

Palisade Athletic Director Mike Krueger must have had to dig deep into a storage closet to find them, but the Bulldogs broke out some vintage singlets for their triangular with Moffat County and Delta on Thursday.

The singlets, thought to be 22 years old, were white on the top with red lettering, and maroon on the bottom.

Coach Brian Rush might consider using them again for the regional and state tournaments. After all, the Bulldogs won both duals in convincing fashion.

Runner’s KEEPER

Holly Keeper of Rifle will be attending Augusta State University in Georgia on a cross country scholarship. The Rifle runner finished 105th at the cross country state championship this past fall by running a time of 21:41.35.

RECOGNITION

The Colorado Track and Field Coaches Association had its annual preseason clinic Saturday.

Former School District 51 Athletic Director Dennis Teeters was given an award for his contributions to the sport over the years.

Teeters continues to serve as a meet official and starter at Western Slope prep track meets during the spring.

QUICK PIN OF THE WEEK

Palisade 215-pounder Nick Stephanus stopped Delta’s Chris Velasquez in 23 seconds Thursday in their dual.

NUMBERS

5: Blocked shots by Fruita Monument girls basketball player Taylor Johnson on Friday in
the Wildcats’ 52-49 overtime victory over Cortez.

5: Steals by Plateau Valley boys basketball player Teddy Grundy on Saturday in the Cowboys’ 59-23 victory over West Grand.

17: Combined 3-pointers by the Grand Junction and Montrose boys basketball teams Thursday in the Tigers’ 79-61 victory— nine by Grand Junction.

60: Combined free throws shot by the Nucla and Dove Creek girls basketball teams Saturday. The Mustangs were 19 of 34, the Bulldogs 17 of 26.


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