GJ girls fall to Demons in basketball

The Grand Junction High School girls basketball team narrowly lost in Durango falling 56-54 to the Demons.

Saturday, the Tigers (8-5, 1-1 Southwestern League) had a seven-point lead in the second quarter, but eventually lost it, falling behind 29-28 at the half. Although the Tigers outscored Durango 13-11 in the final quarter, it wasn’t enough.

“They are learning to think more,” said Grand Junction coach Sam Provenza, who emphasized the importance of clock management.

Fawn Brady had 15 points.

Steamboat Springs 45, Palisade 44: Emily Birch put the game on her shoulders for the Sailors in a win over the Bulldogs (1-11, 1-3 Western Slope League) at Grand Junction High School.

Trailing 44-41 with less than 10 seconds left, Birch pulled in the offensive rebound from an errant 3-point attempt and made the putback as she was fouled.

Down only one, Birch missed the free throw, but got her own rebound and again made the putback in traffic.

“We have to learn to play well in all situations,” Palisade coach Toni Gunther said. “It was definitely a learning experience.”

Nicole Routhier led the Bulldogs with 14 points.

Tyler Winder scored 21 points as the Grand Junction (9-4, 2-0 SWL) boys basketball team picked up a 57-39 victory in Durango.

The two teams were tied after the first quarter, but Grand Junction outscored Durango 16-9 in the second quarter and 16-8 in the third quarter.

Tommy Powers hit three 3-pointers, finishing with nine points.


The Grand Junction swimming team took 18th at the Jeffco Invite in Arvada.

Steph Wahlers won the 100-yard freestyle in 1:07.10 and Jess Deters won the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:44.10.

The Palisade/Central swim team finished third in a triangle meet with Montezuma Cortez and Delta, who won the event.

WarDog swimmer Teddy Hayes won the 200 yard individual medley and 100 yard breast stroke events; the relay team of Sarah Kem, Cory Swim, Kalli River-Mann and Kirsten Bishop won the 400 yard freestyle race.


The Central wrestling team had seven medalists at the Pueblo Centennial Invitational on its way to a second-place finish. 112-pounder Matthew Gurule led the way, finishing first and being voted the “Outstanding Wrestler” of the tournament.

Zach Short at 152 pounds was the Warriors’ other top finisher.


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