Scrambling to victory

Montrose girls team up for a win at Lincoln Park

Palisade High School’s Kate Shuman tees off on the first hole at Lincoln Park Golf Course during Monday’s girls golf tournament hosted by Palisade. The tournament was played in a scramble format.



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Palisade High School’s Kate Shuman tees off on the first hole at Lincoln Park Golf Course during Monday’s girls golf tournament hosted by Palisade. The tournament was played in a scramble format.

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The Montrose High School girls golf team won a scramble tournament by three strokes Monday at Lincoln Park Golf Course.

The Indians’ quartet of Kala Keltz, Madison Gill, Justine Johnson and Brenna Crossley combined to shoot 67. Grand Junction followed with a 70 from its team of Maya Freismuth, Hanna Starritt, Shafer Rubalcaba and Ryann Tufly.

Eleven schools participated in the scramble, and many schools fielded two teams, while host Palisade had three teams.

As a result, Palisade took the top three places among the Western Slope League schools, which were grouped separately from the Southwestern League teams (Montrose, Grand Junction, Central and Fruita Monument).

Rounding out the SWL grouping, Central’s red team tied with both Fruita Monument teams for third place at 72, and Central’s white team was sixth at 73.

Grand Junction fielded one team, and coach Clay Tufly said the scramble format is good early in the season, especially for working on the short game. It also takes a little of the pressure off from a stroke-play tourney, he said, but still puts a little pressure on in terms of coming through for teammates.

“Our goal was to not have any bogeys today, and we did that,” he said.

Baseball

Fruita Monument took control of the game with a five-run second inning and went on to beat Poudre 15-5 in nonleague baseball Monday at Suplizio Field.

Gabe Treider led the Wildcats’ 12-hit attack with four hits, and Casey Mays went 2 for 3 with a home run and double to drive in three runs. He also scored four times.

“It was a blast,” Fruita Monument coach Ray McLennan said of Mays’ two-run homer to right-center in the second inning. “The double, he bounced off the wall. I thought it was out, too. He hit two shots.”

Meanwhile, Conner Cronkhite took the mound for the first time this season and worked the first four frames to earn the win.

Cronkhite gave up four runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks.

“He looked good out there tonight,” said McLennan, who had Cronkhite on a pitch count. “He’s always around the plate. He just goes after hitters and does a good job of throwing strikes.”

The win evened the Wildcats’ record at 3-3 and snapped a two-game losing streak.

“It was a good team win,” McLennan said. “It was something we really needed. It’s good to get that winning feeling back.”

Girls lacrosse

Fruita Monument dominated Overland for a 23-0 nonleague girls lacrosse victory Monday at Overland.

The Wildcats (2-1) played most of the game in their attacking zone, according to Fruita Monument coach Mark Twardowski. He said goalkeeper Courtney Petek did not face a shot on goal in the first half or in the first few minutes of the second half before Lynzie Kytle subbed in and faced three shots on the goal, making saves on each.

The Wildcats led 18-0 at the half.

“Our defense smothered them,” Twardowski said. “The girls controlled the ground-ball game, and we played great defense.”

Lindsey Burenheide led Fruita with five goals, while Alyssa Urban and Nicole Twardowski scored four goals apiece.

The Wildcats played all 24 of their players, to which Mark Twardowski said, “We got some young kids experience.”

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