Sports, February 7th

NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT DAY/LOCAL ATHLETES MOVING ON

Glenwood Springs/Carbondale–A handful of local student-athletes will continue their academic and athletic pursuits in college. For the past year or so, Roaring Fork High School three sport star Trae Moxley has known his destination. Yesterday, the 6-5, 260 pound stud signed a letter of intent to play football for the CSU Rams. Moxley, an all-state, two-way player for Tory Jensen will play tight end for CSU Coach Jim McElwain. Colorado Mesa University tabbed two young men from the valley to play football. Glenwood Demons offensive tackle Logan Holmberg and Grand Valley Cardinals’ running back Tanner Zimmerman officially decided to become Mavericks and play for second year head coach Russ Martin. As for Rifle Bears’ all state, record breaking running back and defensive back Ryan Moeller…he is still deciding where he’ll play college football and pursue a degree. Moeller has been courted by a number of schools including CU and CSU as a preferred walk-on as well as Colorado Mesa University, UNLV and Duke. He’s expected to make a decision later this week. Two talented female soccer players are also moving on to the collegiate level. Lily McSwain and Jaclyn Knott from the Glenwood Springs High School signed letters of intent to compete at the Unversity of Denver and Colorado School of Mines respectively.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Jamal Fenton scored all five of his points in a late surge for No. 15 New Mexico to help the Lobos beat Air Force 81-58 on Wednesday.

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Greg Smith scored 28 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and Colorado State held off the Wolf Pack to win its fourth straight contest in a 73-69 win over Nevada on Wednesday night.

NBA/NUGGETS

The Denver Nuggets host the Chicago Bulls tonight at the Pepsi Center.

NHL/AVALANCHE

DENVER (AP) – Viktor Fasth (fahst) stopped 31 shots for his first NHL shutout and Francois Beauchemin (FRAHN’-swah BOH’-shee-mihn) scored in his 500th career game, lifting the surging Anaheim Ducks to a 3-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

BASEBALL/ROCKIES, HELTON DUI

DENVER (AP) – Five-time All-Star Todd Helton has been arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. The Colorado Rockies first baseman was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in Thornton. In a statement released by the Rockies, Helton says he is embarrassed and apologized to his family, the team and the community. He added, “I humbly ask your forgiveness.”
Officials in Thornton say Helton was arrested after someone called police to report a drunken driver. They say Helton’s blood-alcohol content was over the legal limit but they haven’t released the number. Helton is a career .320 hitter. The 39-year-old played only 69 games last year before undergoing hip surgery in August. He is expected to return for his 17th season this year.

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