Greeley Central’s Joe Lee struggled out of the gate during the first day of the Class 4A State Golf Championship at The Links at Cobble Creek in Montrose.
Then everything came together.
Lee shot a 49 on the front nine, but coming back on the back nine he shaved it down to a 37 to finish the day at 86. Central senior Danny Butherus tallied an 88. For Greeley West, Derek DeNovellis carded a an 83 during his round at the 5A state meet at Rolling Hills in Golden.
Windsor’s Brett Krantz sits tied for No. 20 after day one after shooting a 77 in Montrose. Teammate Justin Carlock was tied for 33rd with an 8-over 80 while Windsor’s Josh Nelson shot an 84 and is tied at No. 54.
Northridge’s only competitor, Pete Duvall, finished with a 90, tying for 76th.
At the 3A meet at the Pinehurst Country Club in Denver, Eaton’s Reed Hodgeson led Weld County’s participants tying at No. 28 with an 82. His teammate, Jordan Stromberger, struggled to a 96 and is tied for 69th heading into today.
“The course played a lot tougher (Monday) than it did (Sunday) during the practice rounds,” Central coach Kevin Rohnke said of Cobble Creek. “Lee had a disastrous front nine, but then I was so proud … he showed such an incredibly competitive spirit.”
Lee, a junior, is competing in his first trip to the state tournament.
“He just had the fortitude to say, ‘No, this isn’t how this is going to go down,’ ” Rohnke said. “He went out on the back nine, which is the toughest half of the course, and did great. I’m really glad he gets another round to really dial it in.”
Butherus, a senior also making his first trip to the tournament, shot an 88 on Monday, about three strokes above his average. Rohnke said, however, that with as tough as the Montrose course was playing, Butherus’ score was impressive.
“He was steady the whole time,” Rohnke said. “He followed the game plan. He three-putted a number of holes, but from tee-to-green he was spot on. It’s a long course, playing over 7,000 yards.
“I’m just glad they get another crack at it (today),” Rohnke said. “I know neither of them are satisfied, and they showed a lot of courage how they battled through this round. They could have easily said that it was too tough and just given in, but they fought through it.”
West’s DeNovellis, Weld County’s only Class 5A player to earn a trip to state, shot an 83 on day one.
“He didn’t play bad, he just couldn’t get anything going,” West coach Mike Conner said. “The course played pretty tough — not one kid came in even level par.”
DeNovellis shot 12-over and sits tied for 44th after the first day. Conner said with a good day today, DeNovellis could step up to finish in the top 25 and with a serious run, maybe even the top dozen.
After beating Skyline earlier this season, the Northridge Grizzlies fell to the Falcons 4-2 on Monday night in Longmont.
“In the first half we were so flat,” Northridge coach Steve Brubacher said. “I don’t know exactly what it was. (Skyline was) just always in the right place at the right time and we weren’t.
“In the second half we really picked it up. We just started pounding shots at them.”
The game drops Northridge to 3-3 in the Tri-Valley 4A Conference, 3-8 overall. The Grizzlies play host to Windsor at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
N 1 1 — 2
S 3 1 — 4
Scoring — NHS, Hernan Lopez 22:00; NHS, Lopez (Ryan Kenigsberg) 55:00.
Shots — NHS 13, SHS 8.
Saves — NHS (Armando Luna) 4.
Corner Kicks — NHS 5, SHS 2.
Platte Valley stepped on the gas and didn’t let up until the game ended — just four innings later.
The Broncos downed Lyons 18-0 behind Baily Clear’s two-hitter and timely hitting from the whole squad. Briana Powers led the way with a double and 4 RBI while Alex Zehnder added two doubles and 3 RBI.
“We’ve been working really hard on trying to limit errors and getting hits with runners in scoring position,” Platte Valley coach Kelsey Hemenover said. “We came out relaxed and did what we needed to do. We kind of broke it open, and it was nice to see.”
Platte Valley upped its Patriot League record to 2-8 and sits at 4-13 overall heading into today’s home game at 4 p.m. against Strasburg.
PVHS 444 6 — 18 13 3
LHS 000 0 — 0 2 4
PVHS — Baily Clear (2H, 0ER, 0BB, 5SO), and Alex Zehnder. 2B – Briana Powers, Zehnder 2; RBI – Kaitlyn Palen 2, Denise Dentlinger 3, Tessa Beran 2, Powers 4, Zehnder 3, Kayly Flot 3.
The Greeley West softball team ran into a buzzsaw during Monday’s 10-1 loss at Holy Family.
West was no-hit during the non-conference game against 3A Holy Family, facing a pitcher that Spartans coach Don Wagner described as the best he’s seen this year.
“We went into this one just seeing what some of our younger kids would do since it’s a nonconference game,” Wagner said. “So we mixed up the lineup a little. But I’m not going to say our regulars would have done a lot better. We mounted no offensive challenge. She had the best stuff of any pitcher we’ve faced.”
West remains 3-6 in the 5A Front Range Conference and falls to 9-8 overall. The Spartans head to Rocky Mountain today for a 4:15 p.m. contest.
GWHS 000 100 0 — 1 0 3
HFHS 130 105 0 — 10 6 2
GWHS — Marissa Montiel (6H, 4ER, 3BB, 1SO), Paige Taton.