Sports: Prep notes-numbers January 22, 2009

Mickey D’s elite list has 3 local boys

Clay Kame of Central High School, Everett Robinson of Grand Junction and Coal Ridge’s Eric Schmitz have been causing havoc on the basketball court for the past two seasons.

Ronald McDonald noticed. The three local players have been nominated for the annual McDonald’s High School All-America game. More than 1,000 other boys are nominated for the game, with the selection for the actual rosters coming up fast. The teams will be announced Feb. 19 on ESPNU at 4:30 p.m.

In this type of game, being nominated is honor enough.

“It’s great for Clay,” Central coach Phil Cain said. “He is a hard worker on and off the court, his GPA is like a 3.8, so this is a great acknowledgement for him.”

For the girls, nominees include Durango’s Katerina Garcia, Glenwood Springs’ Katrina Selsor, Emma Vosburg of Crested Butte and Emily Stark, who now is at Highlands Ranch but attended Grand Junction until this season.

If any of the athletes make it through, they would be joining elite company. Only three boys from Colorado (Chauncey Billups, 1995, Craig Jackson, 1984, Mark Randall, 1986) have played in the game. There have been four girls selected (Cissy Pierce, 2004, Elizabeth Sherwood, 2003, Ann Strother, 2002 and Abby Waner, 2005).

western slope shakedown

After this upcoming weekend, there will be no more ties at the top of the Class 4A Western Slope League boys basketball standings.

The top teams on the boys side are Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs and Moffat County, all of whom are 4-0 in league.

The Demons, led by Kevin Screen, face Moffat County on Friday and Steamboat Springs on Saturday. Steamboat has a new coach, Luke DeWolfe, and four new starters, but the Sailors have found their stride in the first four league games, winning by an average of 27 points.

The Sailors play Rifle on Friday.

Moffat County is led by Chayton Owens and point guard Mike Peters. The Bulldogs have won their four league games by scoring an average 72 points per game. Moffat County plays Rifle on Saturday.

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE DIES

Last week’s column noted the inductees into this year’s Colorado Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. One of those inductees is longtime Durango-area resident Chuck Walters.

Walters’ award will be given posthumously. He passed away Jan. 9 after returning to his Bayfield home after having heart bypass surgery in Denver.

The family has established a memorial fund, which will be used to continue his passion of constructing the flip disks that are presented to every champion at the state wrestling tournament.

Donations to help continue this tradition can be mailed to the Chuck Walters Memorial Fund at 1st National Bank of Durango, P.O. Box 2910, Durango, 81302.

Word was also received last week of the passing of Doug Bennetts.

A 1969 Fruita Monument graduate, Bennetts was a wrestler for the Wildcats. He went on to become a teacher and coach in Chaffee County.

  ALUMNI UPDATE

Two-time Class 5A state 215-pound wrestling champion Robert Tucker is 3-8 during his freshman season at Colorado School of Mines.

The former Grand Junction High School standout has been splitting time with three teammates at 197 pounds.

NUMBERS

7: Assists by Coal Ridge boys basketball player Andy Smedra in the Titans’ 59-48 victory over Cedaredge on Friday.

9.60: Margin of victory (in seconds) by Grand Junction swimmer Kelsey Schlagel in the 200-yard individual medley in Saturday’s Tiger Invitational at Frisco (Schlagel finished in 2:28.43).

11: Combined free throws attempted by the Palisade and Steamboat Springs boys basketball teams on Friday.

(five by the Bulldogs, six by the Sailors).

15: Combined turnovers in Friday’s Cortez-Grand Junction boys basketball game (11 by the Panthers, four by the Tigers).


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