Sports: Prep Notes-Numbers October 23, 2008

Palin’s visit nearly had prep games rescheduled

In its ever-vigilant effort to provide security for political candidates, the United States Secret Service was concerned about the use of the Lincoln Park facility prior to vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s visit Monday to Suplizio Field.

The protection detail at one point talked with the staff at the stadium and requested that School District 51 consider rescheduling its three football games last weekend at Stocker Stadium.

It would have been a scheduling headache to find different sites, however, and the Secret Service finally relented, so School District 51 personnel never had to deal with that detail.

FILL-IN DUTY

With Central kicker Jeff Krizman injured for Friday’s game with Grand Junction, other Warriors had to step in to fill his place-kicking and punting duties.

Travis Key did an excellent job in the latter. Key punted seven times for a 31.4 average, but his two fourth-quarter punts pinned the Tigers deep — including a 36-yarder with 1:06 remaining that was down on the Grand Junction 2-yard line.


due for a title

With Fruita Monument taking its boys cross country team to the state meet, the Wildcats could be the first District 51 boys cross country team to bring home a title since Central did it in 1967. Grand Junction won the girls title in 1986 and 1990.

Palisade, Central and Fruita Monument will also be sending their volleyball teams to district tournaments this weekend. The four valley schools have never won a state title in volleyball.


central loss

Although the Central softball team was disappointed by its first-round loss to Ralston Valley, it can take comfort in how the Mustangs finished. Ralston Valley defeated No. 1 seed Rocky Mountain in the next round and rode that momentum into the championship game. The Mustangs lost to Legacy in the finals.

hello, bye week

The 3A football playoffs begin Nov. 8, which means, Palisade will have two weeks to rest up after the Bulldogs finish the season Friday at Rifle. The rest will give the Bulldogs time to heal up for a run at a Class 3A championship.

ALUMNI UPDATE

University of Colorado sophomore and former Grand Junction runner Richard Medina finished 59th Saturday in his first official cross country race of the season.

Medina completed the 8K NCAA Pre-National Meet course in Terre Haute, Ind., in 24 minutes, 31.3 seconds.

Hot ticket of the weekend

The Class 3A volleyball district tournament at Coal Ridge High School. Coal Ridge is the host high school, with Roaring Fork, Classical Academy and Salida all competing for the spots to regionals. All other local teams’ volleyball district tournaments will be played on the Front Range.

NUMBERS

5: Receptions (for 111 yards and two touchdowns) by Rangely receiver Adam Dahl in the Panthers’ 40-20 victory over West Grand on Friday.

17: Kills by Grand Valley volleyball player Sam James in the Cardinals’ 3-2 loss to Coal Ridge on Friday.

17: Margin of victory (in seconds) for Moffat County’s Alicia Nelson and Battle Mountain’s Connor Wallace in Saturday’s Class 4A Region 5 cross country meet in Delta.

36: Digs by Palisade volleyball player Kendra Collette in the Bulldogs’ two matches last weekend.


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