High School Softball

The 2011 Western Slope All Conference team includes several local players. From the Rifle Lady Bears, Emma Speer, Brittany Neuroth and Norisa Navratil were named to the first team. Allie Ehlers and Cassidy Blackard from Rifle earned honorable mention. Basalt placed two players on the all conference first team; Rebecca Coteau and Katie King. Basalt’s Shellie Briscoe, Maddie Nieslanik and Jordan DeCrow were named honorable mention. Emily Marbas from Grand Valley made the first team while her teammates Ashlynn Speakman and Ashley Radel were honorable mention.


In Pittsburgh last night, the Avs lost to the Penguins, 6 to 3.

College Basketball

CSU fell to Stanford 64-52 and UNC-Greeley lost to Wyoming 75-56.

Elsewhere in sports…

NEW YORK (AP) – One day after naming Justin Verlander its
American League Cy Young Award winner, the Baseball Writers
Association will name the American and National League Manager of
the Year Award winners.
Tampa Bay’s Joe Maddon is a favorite in the American League
after leading the Rays to the playoffs with a dramatic finish to
the regular season. Cleveland’s Manny Acta may get some
consideration as well, along with Detroit’s Jim Leyland and Ron
Washington of Texas.
In the National League Arizona’s Kirk Gibson is considered a
favorite as his Diamondbacks won the National League West. Fellow
rookie Ron Roenicke (REH’-nih-kee) of Milwaukee is also a top
contender, as is former St. Louis skipper Tony La Russa.

Light schedule on tap
UNDATED (AP) – Three games are on the schedule in men’s top-25
basketball this evening. The highest ranked team in action is No. 9
Pittsburgh as the Panthers play host to Long Beach State. The other
games feature No. 14 Wisconsin home to Colgate, and 25th ranked
Florida State playing on the home court against Stetson.

Brief night of play
UNDATED (AP) – Carolina and Montreal will meet four times this
season. This evening marks the first game the two clubs will have
and it is being played in Montreal. The Canadiens won three of the
four outings last season. After a slow start to the season, the
Canadiens have reached the .500 plateau with a record of 7-7-3,
while the Hurricanes have lost nine of their last 12 games.
Tonight’s New Jersey at Buffalo game is the first of four
meetings this season as well. Last season, the Sabres won three of
the four games played. Buffalo has won 11 of its first 17 games
this season, while the Devils are 8-7-1.
Ten days ago, Vancouver beat the Blackhawks 6-2 in Chicago.
Tonight, the two Western Conference opponents are facing off in
Vancouver in the second of their four regular season clashes.
Chicago is off to an impressive 11-4-3 start to the season.
In the final game of the night, the Los Angeles Kings are home
to Anaheim. This is the first of their six games this season. In
the back half of a home-and-home, the Ducks will entertain the
Kings tomorrow night. Last season the Ducks won four of the six

Sabres recall forward
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward
Corey Tropp from the minors to fill in for injured center Cody
McCormick. Buffalo’s 2007 third-round draft pick rejoins the Sabres
a week after making his NHL debut, in which he had a goal and
assist in four games. Tropp also has four goals and three assists
in 11 games this season with Rochester of the American Hockey
McCormick sustained an undisclosed injury in a 3-2 shootout win
at Montreal on Monday. Coach Lindy Ruff would only say that
McCormick was not feeling well.

Woods and former caddie to square off
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – There’s an intriguing opening day
match at The Presidents Cup in Australia. Former World No. 1 Tiger
Woods is squaring off with Steve Stricker against K.J. Choi and
Adam Scott. By itself, the matchup isn’t all that awe inspiring but
it features Woods against his former caddie, Steve Williams.
Woods fired Williams last summer prompting verbal bickering
between the two since Williams was hired by Scott.
International captain Greg Norman said of the pairing, “it’s
great for the tournament,” and, “it needed to be done.”