Sports, May 8th

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL GOLF / REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Carbondale—Taylor Walters of the Rifle Lady Bears collected another impressive piece of hardware for her trophy case…her second straight 4A Regional championship.  Walters’ 2-over 74 at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale was good enough for the state crown and good enough to lead Rifle to a second place finish in the team standings.  Walters will now focus on preparing for next week’s state tournament.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Craig—The Glenwood Demons’ miserable 2013 season came to an end in Craig as they were swept by the Steamboat Springs Sailors in a doubleheader, 6 to 1 and 9 to 7.  The Demons finished the season in 6th place in the Western Slope with a 3 and 11 conference record, 5 and 14 overall.  Glenwood dropped their last 6 games of the season.

BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

4A

The Rifle Bears got a 29th seed from the Colorado High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) and will play 4th seeded Air Academy this Saturday morning at 10 in Colorado Springs. 

3A

The Basalt Longhorns’ 15-2 record and league title wasn’t good enough to earn a home game in this Saturday’s District Playoffs.  The Longhorns earned a 9th seeding and will take on the 24th seeded Sun Devils of Kent Denver (7-12).   The Longhorns unfortunately have to head east toward Kansas to play ball.  The Bennett Tigers earned an 8th seeding and will host Saturday’s four-team tournament.  Bennett takes on Olathe at 10am.  The Basalt/Kent Denver game will be played at 12:30 and will be broadcast live on the radio at 99.1 KMTS. 

MLB/ROCKIES

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Rockies are holding shortstop Troy Tulowitzki out of the lineup because of soggy weather and not soreness in his legs.
Tulowitzki says he ran before the game Wednesday against the New York Yankees and his legs “felt good.”  But given the damp conditions expected throughout the night the Rockies elected to play it safe and sit the All-Star out for a second straight game.
Manager Walt Weiss, trainer Keith Dugger and Tulowitzki met in Weiss’ office for quite a bit before reaching the decision. Tulowitzki says he will be available to pinch hit and “hopefully come up in a big spot and get a big hit for the team.”
Tulowitzki missed most of last season with a groin injury that required surgery to remove scar tissue.

NUGGETS’ COACH KARL, “NBA COACH OF THE YEAR”

DENVER (AP) – In keeping with the theme of selflessness that the Denver Nuggets demonstrated this season, George Karl is sharing the credit for winning the league’s Coach of the Year award.  Karl thanked everyone from his middle school coach who got him into the game to his good friend, the late Rick Majerus, in an emotional news conference at the Pepsi Center.  He credited the Nuggets players, assistant coaches, scouts, trainers, front office, ownership and support staff after winning the Red Auerbach trophy for the first time in his quarter century as an NBA head coach.  Said Karl: “What I hope is everybody understands this is not about me, it’s about a lot of people and a lot of people in my past and I am proud to have that trophy.”

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