We have compiled a list of our top 11 moments in high school athletics for the 2009 calendar year. We start with 11 and move our way down to the number one moment.
Below is a list of the top 11 moments and above are the videos of the top 11 moments.
No. 11 - HOTCHKISS BULLDOGS AND OLATHE PIRATES FOOTBALL SEASONS END EARLY: Both the Hotchkiss Bulldogs and the 2A defending state champion Olathe Pirates entered their respective state tournaments with perfect records. Both schools were seeded high but could not move past the second round. The Bulldogs season ended with a 10-1 record and the Pirates finished 11-1.
No. 10 - MONTROSE FOOTBALL SEASON: The Montrose Indians won their fourth consecutive Southwestern League title and entered the 4A state playoffs with the number four seed. But the season came to an end in the second round of the playoffs against Heritage. The Indians lost the game 43-26 and finished the season with a 10-2 overall record.
No. 9 - GRAND JUNCTION BOYS BASKETBALL SEASON ENDS ON BUZZER BEATER: The Grand Junction Tigers boys basketball team had one of its best seasons in recent history. The 2009 Southwestern League champions entered the 5A state playoffs with a first round bye and the number four seed. The second round game was played on the Tigers home floor where Overland drilled a three pointer in the final seconds of the game to put a quick end to the Tigers post season run.
No. 8 - DISTRICT 51 ADDS LACROSSE: With the popularity of lacrosse ballooning on the Western Slope, School District 51 added both boys and girls teams as official sanctioned sports in the district. The Grand Valley Lightning's rosters were compiled of players from each high school in the district. The Girls team even advanced to the state tournament in their first ever year of competition.
No. 7 - CENTRAL SOFTBALL TEAM GOES TO SEMI FINALS: The Central Warriors softball team dominated the southwestern league and had no problems getting through regionals in 2009. The Warriors, led by all-stater Mikayla Duffey, advanced all the way to the semi finals before ending their season with a 22-2 record.
No. 6 - MONTROSE AND CENTRAL BATTLE FOR THE GIRLS SWL BASKETBALL TITLE: The Montrose and Central girls basketball teams battled back and forth all season long for the Southwestern League title. The Warriors finally won the SWL but both teams received good seeds entering their respective state tournaments. The Warriors entered the 5A playoffs with a three seed and advanced as far as the final eight before losing to Horizon. The Montrose girls had even more success. The lady Indians had the number one seed in the 4A playoffs and made it to the final four before losing to Mullen. The Indians final record was 24-3.
No. 5 - DELTA FOOTBALL TURNS SOME HEADS: The Delta Panthers football team surprised a lot of people in head coach Ben Johnson's first season. The Panthers finished second place in the tough 3A Western Slope League and even pulled off a first round upset in the state playoffs by defeating D'Evelyn. The Panthers finished the season with a 9-3 overall record.
No. 4 - PALISADE'S HOLLY ODNEAL SIGNS WITH COLORADO: One of the most talented athletes to ever attend Palisade High School made a decision to go to the University of Colorado to participate in track and field. Holly Odneal excelled in multiple sports but it was in track where she found her comfort zone and received a scholarship to compete in the heptathalon with CU.
No. 3 - MATTHEW GURULE WINS STATE AND WARRIOR CLASSIC: Sometimes the little guys are the toughest guys. That is the case with Central Warriors wrestler Matthew Gurule. In 2009 he won his second straight state championship in the 103 pound weight class to wrap up his junior season. Gurule began his senior year at Central in the 112 pound weight class and capped off the calendar year with the Warrior Classic title in December. Gurule will be wrestling for his third straight state title in February.
No. 2 - AMY KAME SIGNS TO PLAY BASKETBALL IN SAN DIEGO: Since her freshman year Amy Kame has been a key figure in the Central Warriors girls basketball success. She surpassed the 1,000 career point plateau in January of 2009 while still a junior. Then, before her senior season of basketball even began, Kame signed a letter of intent to play college basketball with the University of San Diego.
No. 1 - GEOFF BALDWIN DRAFTED BY THE ROYALS: Grand Junction Tigers first baseman Geoff Baldwin was one of the best players in the entire state of Colorado in his senior season of baseball. He had already signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at the University of Nebraska. But in June, the Kansas City Royals came calling in the Major League baseball draft. Baldwin was selected in the 10th round by the Royals - the highest player drafted in the state of Colorado. Baldwin has already finished playing his first year of professional baseball with the Arizona League Royals.
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