Fruita Monument wins roller coaster volleyball match in Montrose

The Fruita Monument volleyball team picked up its 10th win of the year, winning a back-and-forth match at Montrose.

The Wildcats (10-1, 2-1 SWL) survived a Montrose rally for a 29-27, 25-19, 25-27, 18-25, 15-11 victory.

Vanessa Bodie had 26 assists and Angie Archuletta added 20 more for Fruita. Janine Kirtland had 31 digs and Camille Kovach had 22 kills.

Palisade won 3-0 at Battle Mountain.

The Bulldogs (6-3, 3-0 WSL) had 26 assists from Shannon Rhodes and 19 kills from Audrey Steinkirchner. Danette Whittington had 15 digs.


Palisade pitcher Shelby Hanson threw a no-hitter and struck out eight to lead the Bulldogs to a 12-0 victory over Grand Valley.

Palisade (7-6, 1-0 WSL) had a total of 13 hits, including two doubles from Hanson and Tiffany Wells. Laura Shurden drove in two runs.

Fruita Monument (11-2, 3-1 SWL) rebounded from Tuesday’s loss to Central with a 6-1 win in Montrose.

Starting pitcher Mallory Paulson struck out 11 and allowed only three hits. She helped her cause offensively with a double and a triple. Catcher Ashleigh Wissel had a solo home run in the top of the fourth.


The Fruita Monument boys placed ninth and the girls took 20th in the Coronado Cougar Classic in Colorado Springs.

Alex Rico was the top finisher for the Wildcats with a time of 17 minutes, 37 seconds to finish 28th. Kyler Brown took 48th and finished in 18:04.

Cheyenne Mountain won the team title with 92 points and Palmer Ridge’s Spencer Wenck won the race in 15:38.

Sarah Horen led the Fruita girls with a time of 21:38 to place 62nd. Olivia Daniels was the only other Fruita runner to finish in the top 100 with a time of 22:41 to place her 97th.

Liberty took the team title at the race with 64 points and their top runner, Hannah Everson, won the race in 18:33.


Rifle scored two early goals and held on for a 3-2 victory over Palisade in a Western Slope League game.

The Bears scored in the fourth and 16th minutes before Palisade (2-4-1, 0-2-1 WSL) answered with a goal from Spencer Jackson in the 28th minute.

Rifle scored again five minutes into the second half. Palisade’s final goal came from Oscar Ponce.

Bulldogs’ goalkeeper Conner Carey had four saves in the loss.


Grand Junction narrowly defeated Denver East 4-3 in Denver.

The Tigers got singles wins from Spencer Weinberg (No. 1) and Parker Hegstrom (No. 3). Weinberg beat Jake Malmon 6-0, 6-1. Hegstrom beat Taler Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Grand Junction also got wins from the No. 1 doubles team of Felix Reinermann and Gabriel Campos, and the No. 4 doubles team of Jeff Hansen and Matthew Prinster.

Fruita Monument beat Liberty 4-3 in Colorado Springs.

Singles players Antonio Pestello (No. 1) and Cody Iden (No. 3) both picked up wins, as did the top two doubles teams.

Pestello beat Howie Hill 6-7, 6-0, 6-0. Iden beat Canyon Hill 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.


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