Sports Briefs, January 19, 2023

Titans conquer Tigers on the road

The Crested Butte Titans hockey team traveled to Summit County over the weekend where it beat the Tigers 6-3. The game moves the team’s season record to 7-1-1 with about three weeks remaining in the regular season. The six goals against Summit were evenly distributed among the players and throughout all three periods. Sam Dukeman, Jake White and Grady Dietrich each scored one in the first. In the second, a series of penalties gave the Tigers a brief opportunity for a comeback — scoring twice on power plays. But Blue Gardner and Carson Zummach each scored to maintain the Titan’s lead. Dietrich scored again in the third to seal the deal.

Mountaineer men’s basketball lose two

Over the weekend, the Western Colorado University men’s basketball team fell twice on the road. On Friday, Jan. 13, the team traveled south to play New Mexico Highlands, but lost 76-64. The Mountaineers faced CSU Pueblo on Saturday, but fell again, 59-50.

Women’s basketball falls twice

The Western Colorado University women’s basketball team lost two close games over the weekend. In the first, on Friday, Jan. 13, the Mountaineers lost 54-49 to the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls. On Saturday, the CSU Pueblo Thunderwolves beat Western, 61-56.

Western hires new head volleyball coach

Western Colorado University Director of Athletics Miles Van Hee announced Monday the hiring of Jordan Bruere as the new head coach of the volleyball team. Bruere came to Western from Dodge City Community College in Kansas. In just three years as the head coach of the Conquistadors, she turned around the program around in a big way. It had only won four games the season before her arrival, into a squad that finished 22-9 in 2022, played in the NJCAA Region VI Semifinals, and produced six all-conference performers.

“I look forward to bringing a renewed level of excitement and competitiveness that the university and the City of Gunnison will be proud of,” Bruere said.

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