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TABLE OF ▲CONTENTS Olathe baseball preview: Page 4 Olathe girls track preview: Pages 5-6 Olathe boys track preview: Page 6 Montrose girls soccer preview: Page 7 Montrose girls golf preview: Pages 8-9 Montrose baseball preview: Pages 10-11 Montrose girls tennis preview: Pages 12-13 Montrose boys swimming preview: Page 14 Montrose track preview view: Page 15 STEPHENIE GRAY/SPECIAL TO THE DAILY PRESS

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Strength in numbers Olathe baseball team’s nine seniors look to lead Pirates

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‘They bring a great work ethic.’ Darren Sofka Olathe baseball coach ▲

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PIRATES’ ▲SCHEDULE Saturday, March 17, at Rifle, 11 a.m. (Double header) Tuesday, March 20, Grand Valley, 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, Basalt, 11 a.m. (Double header) Wednesday, March 28, at Delta, 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at Grand Valley, 4 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Hotchkiss, 11 a.m. (Double header) Tuesday, April 10, at Gunnison, 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Coal Ridge, 11 a.m. (Double header) Saturday, April 21, Roaring Fork, 11 a.m. (Double header) Tuesday, April 24, Gunnison, 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, Aspen, 11 a.m. (Double header) Saturday, May 5, at Cedaredge, 11 a.m. (Double header) Saturday, May 12, Districts, TBA Friday-Saturday, May 25-26, State, TBA

BY MATT LIINDBERG DAILY PRESS SPORTS EDITOR OLATHE — Numbers don’t lie, which is a good thing for the Olathe baseball squad. That’s because the team lost only one senior from last year’s squad, which went 14-10 overall and 12-5 in Western Slope League play, in addition to making the first round of the Class 3A Championship Series. Eight Pirate seniors instrumental to last season’s success have returned. They are: shortstop/pitcher Willy Corey, pitcher/shortstop/third baseman Ben Kaylor, third baseman/outfielder/pitcher Bryce Markley, second baseman Fernando Madrid, outfielder/pitcher Jason Armendariz, catcher Ronnie Mumm, outfielder Hubert Kimberlin and first baseman Aaron Handke. Also back in the fold is senior outfielder Cole Grett, who played his freshman and sophomore year, but did not participate last season. Having the nine upperclassmen back on the team is huge for the Olathe squad, coach Darren Sofka said. “These guys bring a lot of leadership to the team,” Sofka said. “These guys have been a big part of our success.” But the past is the past. Rather than focus on last season, the Olathe squad has been hard at work in practice focusing on the challenges it has ahead. Throughout the season, the Pirates will go head to head twice with all of their WSL opponents, including Gunnison, Hotchkiss, Grand Valley and Cedaredge. The coach said the team will work relentlessly in its practices leading up to its season-opening doubleheader against Rifle on March 17 and throughout the year, focusing on what it has to do instead of what its opponents may or may not do. “We have tough teams in our league, and it’s not going to be easy,” Sofka said. “I think it’s going to be a challenge all through the season, but I believe our guys are up to it … I’m just one of those guys who believes in what we do. If we take care of our business, we can be successful.” The coach said the team should be able to play solid defense and have some strong pitching, fueled by Corey and Kaylor, among others. But perhaps its biggest strength this year will continue to be its no-quit attitude, he added. “They bring a great work ethic,” Sofka said. “I’ve seen them get out there and get after it, wanting to get better. My expectations are for them to work hard, get better every day and have a good attitude.”


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Off and running Lady Pirates will rely on veterans to lead track team this season BY MATT LINDBERG DAILY PRESS SPORTS EDITOR OLATHE — The Olathe girls track team is hoping age is strictly a number this season. This year’s squad is relatively young, considering 20 of the team’s 30 athletes are freshmen and sophomores, coach Jerry Hollingshead said. That’s why he said he’s relying on seniors Kylie Tait, Brenda Suarez and Tawni Middleton to lead the team in the right direction this season. Those three have been a part of the track squad throughout their high school careers. SEE RUNNING, PAGE 6

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RUNNING: Olathe girls track team young, coach says FROM PAGE 5 “I look to them to be our leaders,” Hollingshead said. “They are all academically sound, and they don’t ever miss practice.” Of course, experience could prove to be the Olathe squad’s biggest asset. Tait, Suarez and Middleton, as well as sophomore Kalie Hubbard, all competed in at least one event at last year’s Class 3A state competition. “That’s huge,” Hollingshead said. “That’s what you need every year.” Another notable returner for the Olathe team is sophomore Heidi Weber, who the coach said will help provide a solid core for the team with Tait, Middleton, Suarez and Hubbard.

“They have always been hard working,” Hollingshead said. “They have a great work ethic and are great kids all around.” The Lady Pirates have another tough schedule ahead this year, as they start the season on March 17 in the Delta Invitational. From there, they will compete in meets all over the Western Slope, including Palisade, Hotchkiss and Cedaredge. The coach said it still was too early to make predictions for the season, but that he was looking forward to watching his team develop over the course of the season. “It’s a building year for sure,” Hollingshead said. “Every meet is as important as the last because each one is a chance to qualify (for state).”

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Saturday, March 17, at Delta, TBA Saturday, March 24, at Hotchkiss, TBA Saturday, March 31, at Cedaredge, TBA Saturday, April 7, at Palisade,TBA Friday, April 13, at Coal Ridge, TBA Monday, April 16, at Palisade (freshmen and sophomores only), TBA Saturday, April 21, at Gunnison, TBA

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Pirate track squad looks to returning athletes to lead BY MATT LINDBERG DAILY PRESS SPORTS EDITOR

OLATHE — The Olathe boys track team may be young, but coach Gary Wilson said he is feeling optimistic about what’s ahead for the 30 Pirates on the squad. “We have some good athletes,” Wilson said. “We’re off to a good start.” Of course, it starts with 10 returning Pirates, who the coach said he expects to be leaders for the team. They are Miguel Ramirez, Eric Pace, Brandon Stanfield, Patrick Oatman, Troy Rose, Todd Smelser, Tanner Vernon, Tristan Barela, Travis Crockett and Freddie Ramirez.

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The coach said it was still too early to tell how the season would play out, but he added he thought the squad would be strong in sprinting, long-distance running, and the high and triple jumps, among other areas. As always, the Pirates have a loaded schedule. They’ll compete at meets throughout the Western Slope, including Delta, Cedaredge, Palisade and Gunnison. The coach said he looked forward to watching his team grow during the season. “We’re a pretty young team, so it’s a rebuilding year,” Wilson said. “I want them to work hard and have fun.”

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Shooting for the gold BY MATT LINDBERG DAILY PRESS SPORTS EDITOR Motivation is not something the Montrose girls soccer team is lacking. Although the team has only played two games at this point, it understands there is a bigger picture to consider. The Lady Indians, who haven’t won a Southwestern League title in almost a decade and who have been bounced out of the first round of the Class 4A playoffs the past several years, are striving for excellence. Working hard throughout the year is all part of their plan to achieve a state championship. “We need a title,� Montrose coach Jamie Gurule said. “We would love it.� The team is poised for success as 11 players from last season’s varsity squad have returned this season. Leading the charge will be senior captains Madison Gurule, Rachelle Harris and Hannah Robertson, who are all valuable assets to the squad, the coach said. “Our three senior captains have pushed themselves over the years,� Gurule said.

“They deserve to be captains. They are coaches on the field and leaders by example.â€? Other notable returning players are Caleieh English, Robin Hoover, Shae Peterson, Dana Shellhorn, Grace Halbech, Kaylynn Miller, McKinley Kane and Sadaii Gomez. The coach said having so many veteran players will be an asset to the Montrose squad. “It’s huge,â€? Gurule said “They have been there and know what it’s like.â€? The Lady Indians dive right into SWL action next week after competing in the Air Force Academy Tournament this weekend. Throughout the year, the Montrose girls will battle several league foes, including Fruita, Grand Junction, Durango and Grand Junction Central. Players said performing well in league play is important to them. “The vibe is just going right now,â€? team captain Madison Gurule said. “We’re all working towards our goal ‌ We want to win league, so we’re going to have to keep push-

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Montrose's McKinley Kane, left, works on her dribbling and passing skills with teammate Kaylynn Miller during a recent team practice.

ing.� The coach said the team was not getting ahead of itself, but added he was feeling confident in the squad.

“They have the drive to get better,� Gurule said. “There’s no whining. They have bought into the system. We’re just going to take it one game at a time.�

LADY INDIANS ’ SCHEDULE ▲ Tuesday, April 17, Delta, 5 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Grand Junction Central, 5 p.m. Friday, April 27, Durango, 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, Cortez, 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, Fruita, 5 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Grand Junction, 5 p.m.

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The Montrose girls golf team boasts 23 Lady Indians this year, the most it has had under head coach Jim Scarry.

Aiming for greatness Montrose girls golf team hopes to improve upon last season BY MATT LINDBERG DAILY PRESS SPORTS EDITOR There’s no doubt Montrose made a name for itself last season on the high school girls golf scene. In addition to winning all eight of its regular-season tournaments, Montrose took the maximum number of players allowed from one squad (four) to the Class 4A regional and state tournaments. At state, Lady Indians Kala Keltz, Justine Johnson, Baylee Hawk and Madison Gill combined for a 563 team score to finish in eighth place at state. Now that the Lady Indians have established themselves as a contender, Montrose girls golf coach Jim Scarry said the goal is build upon past success. “We hope to have the same kind of success as last year,” Scarry said. Certainly, the odds are in Montrose’s favor. Three of the team’s four golfers

who competed at state last season (juniors Keltz, Johnson and Gill) have returned, and that’s huge for Montrose, the coach said. “Now, they are upperclassmen and have been involved with the program for two years,” Scarry said. “We want them to be leaders by example …The challenge is to work harder than they did last year.”

‘The goal is to always get better. We want to play at our best at regional and state. We would like to peak at the end... There is always pressure when you compete.” Jim Scarry Montrose girls golf coach ▲

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Montrose golfer Kala Keltz lines up a putt during a recent Lady Indians’ practice The coach added that the trio’s experience at last year’s regional and state tournaments should serve as great motivation throughout the season. “They know what it’s like,” Scarry said. “They know what it takes.” But having the trio return is not the only thing the coach is happy about. The team has a record-setting 23 girls with various levels of experience trying their hand at golf this season, and they all are showing potential, the coach said. “It’s exciting,” Scarry said. “They are all working really hard. I feel like we have a lot of depth … It’s going to be a deep team.”

The team’s hard work in practice is no surprise. Scarry said one of his goals is to make sure his team stays consistent from round to round, meaning even if a golfer struggles during a tournament, she is able to stay within a certain range of what she shoots on a good outing. He added practices are going to be more focused. Rather than just hitting range balls for the sake of hitting them, the coach said he wants his team’s players fine tuning their technique with specific clubs to improve their play. The Lady Indians’ schedule is packed SEE GOLF, PAGE 9


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GOLF: Keltz, Johnson and Gill serve as team’s leaders this season FROM PAGE 8 with tough competition throughout the season. In addition to hosting tournaments at Black Canyon, The Links at Cobble Creek and The Bridges in Montrose, they will travel all over the region, including making trips to Delta, Gunnison and Battlement Mesa. With two tournaments already complete, the coach said his players’ ultimate goal should be to just improve their game. “The goal is always to get better,” Scarry said. “We want to play at our best at regional and state. We would like to peak at the end … There is always pressure when you compete. We’re not going to talk about last season. It’s about this season.”

LADY INDIANS ’ SCHEDULE ▲ Friday, March 16, Black Canyon Scrimmage, 3 p.m. Monday, March 19, The Links at Cobble Creek, 11 a.m. Monday, March 26, at Adobe Creek, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March, 27, at Lincoln Park, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, Black Canyon, 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, The Bridges, 9 a.m. Monday, April 16, at Battlement Mesa, 9 a.m. Friday, April 20, at Chipeta, 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Dos Rios, 10 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at Devil’s Thumb, TBA Monday, April 30, at Yampa, 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Rifle Gap, 9:30 a.m. Monday-Tuesday, May 7-8, at Regionals, TBA Monday-Tuesday, May 21-22, at State STEPHENIE GRAY/SPECIAL TO THE DAILY PRESS

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INDIANS’ ▲SCHEDULE Saturday, March 10, at Bloomfield, N.M., tournament (2 Games), TBA Friday-Saturday, March 16-17, Montrose tournament, TBA Thursday, March 22, Delta, 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24, Grand Junction, 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, Rangeview, 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Cortez, 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Durango, 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, at Fruita, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Grand Junction, 4 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Grand Junction Central, 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Delta, 4 p.m. Friday, April 27, Durango, 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, Cortez, 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, Grand Junction Central, 4 p.m. Thursday, May 3, Fruita, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, Districts, TBA Saturday, May 19, Districts Friday-Saturday, March 25-26, State

‘This group knows how to work.’ Landon Wareham Montrose baseball coach ▲

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Montrose's Armondo Leon prepares to catch a pop fly while teammate Brian Atridge looks on from behind during a recent practice.

Montrose baseballl team putting in serious work to be contenders this season BY MATT LINDBERG DAILY PRESS SPORTS EDITOR If there’s a will, there’s a way. Just ask the Montrose High baseball team. Bad weather might put a damper

on the practice schedule for many baseball teams this time of year, but not the Indians. When snow accumulated in Montrose during the first week of practice, the team worked on its game inside a ware-

house in town. That kind of hard work is no stranger to the Indians, who have logged dozens of hours on the field SEE BASEBALL, PAGE 11

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together between their summer play and spring preseason workouts. It’s something head coach Landon Wareham and his staff expect, and enjoy seeing out of their players. “They have hunger,” Wareham said. “That keeps you from being satisfied. There’s always a big picture to it. I think this group understands that, and they want to a part of a bigger picture … This group knows how to work. They are a group of guys who love to be around the field.” The Indians are coming off a season in which they went 11-10 overall, 2-8 in Southwestern League action, and made the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state tournament. This year’s squad is led by seniors Zane Hemond (pitcher/infielder), Luis Perez (second baseman) and Jake Bolstad (catcher), in addition to juniors Ben Cruz (shortstop/pitcher), Skylar Haynes (pitcher/infielder) and Brennan Woodruff (outfielder), all of whom started for Montrose last season. “They just need to be leaders,” Wareham said. “It’s their time to take charge of the team.”

The Montrose squad also features several young players the coach said can have a positive impact on the team. The Indians, who started their season this weekend in a tournament in Bloomfield, N.M., will face plenty of tough competition throughout the year, including SWL rivals Grand Junction, Durango, Fruita and Grand Junction Central. Wareham said he expects the team’s SWL opponents to be a challenge, but that going up against them will help Montrose be fully prepared for the postseason if it makes it that far. “League is very important because it’s how you get into the playoffs,” Wareham said. “The league is a benchmark. If you can compete in the SWL, you have a shot to make a deep run in the playoffs.” But the playoffs are still a couple of months away. Although the team wants to get into the postseason, for now, it is just focused on what it can do to improve week by week. “We play defense, and I think we will swing the bats better this year,” Wareham said. “I think we could be as good as anybody in (Class) 4A. Our expectations are for us to work our tails off and get better.”

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Swinging for success Montrose girls tennis team striving for excellence this year BY MATT LINDBERG DAILY PRESS SPORTS EDITOR Sure, the Montrose girls tennis team lost five seniors from last season’s team, but its future is looking quite bright, if you ask head coach Jim Aragon. Aragon, who is now entering his third year as the Lady Indians’ coach, is enjoying his role mentoring his athletes and is feeling good about this season. “I feel like we can excel this year really,� Aragon said. “I expect a lot out of them.�

The team’s veteran leadership will be instrumental in meeting the coach’s expectations, which includes players giving their best effort each time they take the court and improving each week. The squad boasts six players on this year’s roster who played varsity tennis last season. They are seniors Hailee Phillips, Courtney Chism, Angelica Nevarez and Diana Garcia, as well as juniors Coleen Edwards and Erica Decker. Senior Aimee Gerlach, juniors Beatrice Flores and Sidney Taylor, and sophomores Katie McClendon and Mikelle Taylor have made the jump from junior varsity to varsity this season, as well. The coach said he is expecting a lot out of all of his veteran players, though he singled out his five seniors. SEE TENNIS, PAGE 13 STEPHENIE GRAY/SPECIAL TO THE DAILY PRESS

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TENNIS: Aragon now in third season as head coach of the Lady Indians LADY INDIANS’ SCHEDULE

FROM PAGE 12 “They have been leaders for a couple of years now,” Aragon said. “I’m really confident in them. The seniors will shape the attitude of the team.” Although there are plenty of veterans returning to the squad this season, there also is plenty of young talent that has the potential to do well this year, the coach said. “I’m excited about our young players,” Aragon said. Still, what will help the team be a force is the experience its veterans will provide. Montrose’s Phillips, Chism, Garcia, Nevarez and Edwards made it to the Class 4A regional tournament last year, and though they struggled there, Aragon said he thought the memory of that experience could be good motivation for the entire squad. “Anytime you go through something, you can learn from the experience,” he said. “They can learn from that and help our younger players improve, as well.” Aragon said he will take his time determining which Lady Indians will compete in singles or doubles play. He also said the squad will work on all aspects of its game each practice. He added he expects the team to face stiff competition throughout the year, and though it is striving to top what it accomplished last season, he just wants the team to enjoy every moment. “You have to work on (everything) or someone is going to find your weakness

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Indians aim to make bigger splash this season tion for them is to do even more,” Almgren said. “We would like an opportunity to win a league championship ... We have high expectations for what we can do at state. The goal is to be the most competitive at the end of the season.” Those efforts will be led by swimmers Michael Barnosky, Kostya Callihan, Derek Slone, Clay Zentmeyer and Graehme Hilding, along with diver Drew Herder, all of whom finished in the top 15 of at least one event at the state meet last season. Although the coach noted those returnees will serve as leaders for the rest of the squad, he added he has been pleased with all 26 members of the team. “I find it admirable the amount of work they are already putting in,” Almgren said. The Indians start their season at 10 this morning at the Grand Junction Relays at Colorado Mesa University. They’ll have plenty of challenges ahead, including their home meet next weekend, the Jeffco Invitational in April and the league championship in May.

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Montrose's Matthew Hammer swims laps to work on his technique during practice. Almgren may have high expectations for the Indians, but what he enjoys most is working with motivated individuals. “I relish the relationships I have with the kids,” Almgren said. “I have a great time when I go to the pool because of the work and commitment they all put in.”

‘The goal is to be the most competitive at the end of the season.’ Silas Almgren Montrose swim coach ▲

INDIANS’ ▲SCHEDULE Friday-Saturday, March 16-17, Montrose Invitational, TBA Saturday, March 24, at Durango, Noon Saturday, April 14, Montrose Invitational, 9:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday, April 20-21, at Jeffco Invitational, TBA Saturday, April 28, at Mustang Invitational, TBA Friday, May 4, at Moffat County Meet, 3 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 11-12, at Western Slope Championships, TBA Friday-Saturday, May 18-19, at state meet

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BY MATT LINDBERG DAILY PRESS SPORTS EDITOR There’s no question the Montrose boys swim team is coming off a very good 2011 season. In addition to the squad taking sixth place out of 28 teams at the Class 4A swimming and diving state championships, Montrose’s Kyle Rogers made history by winning his and the school’s first diving state title. Several other Indians placed in top 10 at state, as well. Although the team lost four seniors, including Rogers, it has no intention of slowing down, Montrose coach Silas Almgren said. Actually, the Indians hope to improve upon last year’s performance. Their list of goals includes dethroning four-time defending Western Slope League champion, the District 51 team that includes students from Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade and Grand Central high schools, and finish better at state. “We had a very successful campaign last year, but there is no question the expecta-


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BY MATT LINDBERG DAILY PRESS SPORTS EDITOR This year’s Montrose track squad may have only 55 members, which is about 15 fewer than the roster size for the past couple of seasons. But coach Josh Nething says what his team lacks in numbers, its is determined to make up for in heart and hard work. “They look really good,� Nething said. “I am really pleased with the quality of kids we have. They have good character. I’m excited about this year.� The team features members with varied level of experience in the sport, so it will look to some of its veteran athletes to set the tone for the season, the coach said. Among the notable returners are Drew Casebier, Kendall Cox, Daisy Galvan, Tess Skoe and Dana Shellhorn, all of whom competed at the Class 4A state

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