Rubalcaba named SWL Player of the Year, Wareham C.O.Y.

By: Phil Stafford Email
By: Phil Stafford Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- Make some room in the Rubalcaba trophy case, Sean Rubalcaba is adding another award before he leaves for UNC.

The Grand Junction 3B was named the SWL's Player of the Year on Sunday. During the course of the season, Rubalcaba was also named ESPN's Regional Player of the Week.

Joining him in the personal awards was Montrose head coach Landon Wareham who brought home the award for Coach of the Year. Wareham guided the Indians to their second berth into the State's Championship Tournament in the last 3 years.

Below are the players listed to the All-League 1st & 2nd Teams.

1st TEAM:
Easton Garcia Durango
Joe Brennan Durango
Danny Rowley Durango
Mark Kobrin Durango
Tryus Lopez Montrose
Ben Cruz Montrose
Sean Rubalcaba Grand Junction
Jeffery Hansen Grand Junction
Steven Baldwin Grand Junction
Evan McDermott Fruita Monument
Drew Bridges Fruita Monument

2nd TEAM:
Marcus Sansoni Durango
Josh Robertson Montrose
Luis Perez Montrose
Skylar Haynes Montrose
Marcus Wirth Grand Junction
Tyler Gastineau Grand Junction
Matt Scofield Fruita Monument
Michael Price Central
Josh Weller Central
Devin Fox Montezuma-Cortez
Gerardo Martinez Montezuma-Cortez


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  • by wowow on May 25, 2012 at 08:19 AM
    To formercoach, thank you. It is nice to have some common sense on here. Mike and wow, you were part of the problem. These parents who start trouble, go to administration, spout poison behind the coaches back, and try to meddle and weasel into the program (one finally succeeded this week into the summer program), you are the problem with high school sports. While making excuses and for example try to get better players suspended so yours can play, you are teaching poor lessons to your children. If you teach them nothing is ever their fault, and always blame someone else, and that it is not fair they are not playing, you are potentially ruining their future as they won't be able to handle it in the real world. To those parents, including the one who finally weaseled into the program this summer, stay out of the way, you have decided to meddle so your kid can play... Coach Rush - you were easily one of the most successful coaches in Colorado High School Sports history, thanks for all you did. To those parents who drove the coach away, you will regret what you have done, as there is no way to get a coach near as good as what we have had.
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      by wow on May 25, 2012 at 02:40 PM in reply to wowow
      one last time! i DO NOT have a son that does nor did play for any team, I only commented based on FACT that a young man that was the firstbaseman was injured due to a fellow teammates negligence by THROWING a bat in anger, NOT a SLIP but INTENTIONAL and thus causing a catastrophic injury to him ending his ability to play ball ALSO in college. Nobody deserves it and it should have been dealt with properly rather than covering it up.
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        by Wowow on May 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM in reply to wow
        Nope, get over it. You just can't see reality, good thing your a parent with a kid on the team and not in charge.
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        by formercoach on May 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM in reply to wow
        Go back to little league and leave this duscussion to those of us that have MADE A LIVING in this game.There was no cover up, people knew about it and it was accidental. By the way, I know many people who have continued to play AFTER breaking the orbital bone.
  • by formercoach on May 25, 2012 at 05:53 AM
    Yes I am sure you are a former.coach as well. A little league coach. If you were for real you would know it is an "orbital" bone! The comments that you and "mike" make create an obvious jealous meddling parent tone. Yes I am sure your kid was an all star.when he was twelve in the local little league, but kids change. Some get better and some don't. Coach Rush should not have suspended any kid for an accident. As far.as the Gene Taylor team goes, I feel these high schools should abolish their paltry.summer league.schedule and give way to American legion baseball for an 70 game.schedule.
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      by wow on May 25, 2012 at 02:47 PM in reply to formercoach
      the young man in question was wheeled into his graduation in a wheelchair but yeah i forgot it was an "Accident" or he was being lazy right? you still wont answer my question, if it was your son or lets just say someone had done it to Rubalcaba....yeah you morons would want justice and would sue his family.. double talk and by the way one of the most respected men who has coached and or mentored most of those young men has been in Little League for 48 years.
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        by formercoach on May 29, 2012 at 11:18 AM in reply to wow
        Was the bat intentionally thrown AT him with intent to harm or frighten? NO, and you have the nerve to call me a moron? Therefore it was accidental. If it happened to my kid, i would be devastated and angry but I would also understand that you dont run amuck suing people and releasing people for accidents. You will cry about this but not about the kids that got caught drinking in their hotel in Arizona. That is against the law and those kids didn't get dismissed.
  • by rod Location: gj on May 23, 2012 at 09:13 PM
    many trophies, no respect
  • by wowow on May 23, 2012 at 03:00 PM
    To Wow. Yes, of course it is "Oops, the bat slipped out his hand and hit you, I am sorry." Same as "Oops, my pitch got away and hit you". Both are accidents, if we start worrying about punishing, and lawsuits, the games will go away. People get hurt, accidents happen. For you to speculate someone was throwing a tantrum minimizes your opinion. Mr. Rush was in a tough spot, same as if a foul ball hits someone, accidents happen. As far as Gene Taylors, I think those players were stole away from the program, and it made the program impossible to carry continuity and build unity, much less build a program. Read the comments from the Sentinel article, Mike, and you will understand your comments are not really truthful.
  • by wowow on May 23, 2012 at 03:00 PM
    To Wow. Yes, of course it is "Oops, the bat slipped out his hand and hit you, I am sorry." Same as "Oops, my pitch got away and hit you". Both are accidents, if we start worrying about punishing, and lawsuits, the games will go away. People get hurt, accidents happen. For you to speculate someone was throwing a tantrum minimizes your opinion. Mr. Rush was in a tough spot, same as if a foul ball hits someone, accidents happen. As far as Gene Taylors, I think those players were stole away from the program, and it made the program impossible to carry continuity and build unity, much less build a program. Read the comments from the Sentinel article, Mike, and you will understand your comments are not really truthful.
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      by Mike on May 23, 2012 at 03:34 PM in reply to wowow
      I have personally been at meetings when they were encourged to do so by Rush for the last 4 years.
  • by formercoach on May 22, 2012 at 03:46 PM
    As my name implies, this is the whole reason that I am a former coach. parents in this god forsaken city think they all have Division I athletes and whine when their dreams (not their kids dreams) are shattered by reality. There are many horrible coaches in GJ and Fruita and they have all gotten their jobs throught he good old boys club that you are probably a member of. Coach Rush is knowledgable and makes his kids work. Did he not play your kid? Accidents happen and after 20 years of coaching this particular sport I personally can attest to that.
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      by Wow on May 22, 2012 at 05:13 PM in reply to formercoach
      it is not my son and regardless if it was NO child deserves to have his eye orbit crushed by a carelessly thrown bat by a spoiled brat who was having a bad day at BP. I too am a Former coach and i could care less if anyone thinks Mr.Rubalcaba is the next great thing, regardless he did something stupid and Rush knows the truth and covered it to keep his star player. The young man that was severly injured was also a starter and was headed to play college ball in Bakersfield.....now he may not be able to. Before you start saying whiny parents, think if it was your son that was injured or a good friends son. wouldnt you want the truth? yeah exactly!
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      by Wowow on May 22, 2012 at 09:05 PM in reply to formercoach
      Finally some common sense. Obviously this parent was jealous of the accolades some players received. The accident was awful, but simply an accident. That happens, whether you are jealous or not doesn't change the fact an accident happened. Grow up, Coach Rush had nothing to do with any cover up, other than having to cover his ears due to repeated ignorance and entitlement by the GJ parents. It exists severely with this senior class, and also with the current Soph class, parental tampering running rampant. Parents need to stay away and let the coaches coach, and not let Gene Taylors baseball steal your kids each summer so you can't build a program...
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        by wow on May 23, 2012 at 08:31 AM in reply to Wowow
        So its "OOPS, Shouldn't have been in your posistion when someone wants to throw a tantrum" got ya! I whole heartedly agree about parents meddling, they have done it since T-Ball and the valley is filled with the next great superstar. Competitive ball and over zealous wanna be coaches have ruined many from ever taking it further. Mr.Rush had a responsibility to the young man injured and should have disciplined Mr. Rubalcaba. Last example...if I am out shooting in the desert and I accidentally shoot you, I still will be charged. Mr. Rubalcaba gets to go about his dream life while another family is stuck with insurmountable medical bills and a young man who now wont be able to play the game in college!
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        by Mike on May 23, 2012 at 09:31 AM in reply to Wowow
        For the record, Coach Rush is the one who has sent kids to the Gene Taylors teams so he would have fewer players to deal with over the summer.
  • by wowow on May 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM
    The bat slipped, could have happened to anyone. Rush has had to put up with whining parents like you for years in the Grand Junction Entitlement Program of Spoiled Kids, I wouldn't be surprised if he left.
  • by wow on May 22, 2012 at 10:20 AM
    Thats like saying people killed by a drunk driver should have been paying more attention. The bat was "Thrown" not "Slipped" and no one deserves that kind of injury because their "lazy".
  • by wow on May 21, 2012 at 01:11 PM
    Sure would be nice if he would do the right thing and admit tk throwing his bat in anger and severely injuring a fellow player and Rush would quit protecting his little star at the cost of another students well being. Hope you sleep at night!
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      by Wowow on May 21, 2012 at 09:20 PM in reply to wow
      Nope, people not paying attention and wasting talent by being lazy walk in front of bats. What happened to you? When you feel entitled and get lazy a promising career goes down the drain.
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