Sports in Brief: Central Girls top Delta in prep basketball
Central girls top Delta
The Central High School girls basketball team flexed its defensive muscle on its way to a 70-26 non-league victory over Delta. The Warriors (10-3, 1-0 Southwestern League) jumped out to a 26-0 first-quarter lead, and led 46-7 at halftime.
“We wanted to get back to aggressive defense and scoring off of turnovers,” Central coach Todd Dixon said.
The Warriors starters sat most of the second half, but were led by Amy Kame, who scored 23 points.
The Central boys also used a big first half in its 70-56 win over Delta. The Warriors (7-6, 0-1 SWL) led the Panthers 40-20 at halftime. Central was led by Josh Wells, who had 19 points.
Mavs move up to 17th in poll
Mesa State moved up four spots to 17th in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II poll.
The Mavericks (13-1) defeated the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 81-71 on Saturday night to complete a sweep of the RMAC East Division teams for the first time in school history.
The No. 17 ranking is the highest for the Mavericks in coach Jim Heaps’ 14 years as the head coach.
Mesa is on a four-game winning streak and visits New Mexico Highlands at 8 p.m. Friday and Colorado State-Pueblo at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Mesa picked to repeat in RMAC
The Mesa State College baseball team is picked to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular season title for the sixth consecutive season, the RMAC announced.
The Mavericks, ranked fifth in the American Baseball Coaches Association preseason poll, received four of eight first-place votes by the RMAC coaches. Mesa is picked to win the RMAC Mountain Division as well.
Preseason All-American outfielder Kevin Becker was Mesa’s only preseason All-RMAC selection. He hit .468 with 18 doubles and a school-record 10 triples last season.
Mesa State has four returning starting position players and two returning pitchers that threw in the NCAA Division II World Series last year.
Mavs are favorites in RMAC West
Mesa State is picked to win the RMAC West Division and take second to Metro State in the race for the regular season title, the RMAC announced.
The Mavericks received two first-place votes from the 12 RMAC coaches. Metro State received nine first-place votes.
Mesa junior pitcher Sara Jordan was selected to the preseason All-RMAC team. She led the team in wins (14), saves (4) and had an ERA of 3.11. She hit .374 with 13 home runs and 49 RBI.
The Mavericks finished the 2009 season 16th in the final National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II poll with a 30-21 record. Mesa reached the Super Regional, losing to Winona State (Minn.).
Young wins Level 8 all-around
The Optional team from Colorado West Gymnastics had a strong showing at last Saturday’s Montrose meet.
Grayson Young won the all-around in Level 8 division with a 36. Gracie Piccinati won the Level 7 division for the 14 and older group. She finished with a 35.65 and won the vault and bars.