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Notebook: St. Mary's volleyball senior receives good news on injury; Florence football coach leaving

BRENT BRIGGEMAN Published: September 5, 2012

St. Mary's senior volleyball standout Bria Sweeney is expected to miss just seven-to-10 more days from an ankle injury, after X-rays revealed there was no fracture.

Sweeney came down on the foot of a Manitou Springs player on just the third point of the season Saturday and has been on crutches ever since.

With fellow senior Laura Broerman already out with an ACL injury, the Pirates feared they could lose another member of a group of six seniors -- several of whom have started all four years and were expected to lead this team on a deep postseason run.

Sweeney will remain in a boot and on crutches until graduating to an air cast with crutches, according to her coach (and mother) Melissa Sweeney. Her rehab will begin as soon as possible.

"We are relieved in a sense," Melissa Sweeney said in an email. "But will need to be careful with giving her time to rehab and improve."

Florence coach calling it quits

Mark Buderus has told the Canon City Daily Record that this will be his final season in a 28-year coaching career that has included three state football titles.

The report added that the Florence coach plans to move to the San Luis Valley to help his wife, Penny, run her parents' farm. That decision could be reversed and Buderus could return to teaching if he is unable to sell his house.

“I'm sure I can go coach somewhere, be an assistant and let somebody else do all the paperwork and worry about that stuff, just coach,” he said. “If I need something to do, I'll go find somewhere.”

Buderus and his staff have seemingly anointed longtime defensive coordinator Jeremy Nix as his successor, but Florence athletic director John Ward refused to comment on the coaching search to the Daily Record.

Buderus won state titles with the Huskies in 2002, 2005 and 2011.

Doherty takes top spot

Doherty's volleyball team has taken over the No. 1 ranking in 5A, according to a statewide poll conducted by the Denver Post.

The Spartans (1-0) opened the season by sweeping previous No. 1 Grandview 25-23, 25-13, 25-22.

In the 4A poll, Lewis-Palmer jumped Cheyenne Mountain for the state's top spot, reversing the teams' positioning in the preseason poll.

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