Briefs: Prep Sports Roundup September 14, 2008


• GJ soccer team gets win in OT

Coming off a loss to Durango on Friday, the Grand Junction High School soccer team had little time to recover if it was looking to rebound.

The Tigers struggled Saturday against Montezuma-Cortez at Mesa State College but got the victory they needed.

Tim Hofer scored his second goal of the day as the Tigers beat the Panthers 2-1 in overtime.

Hofer gave Grand Junction (2-3, 2-1 Southwestern League) a 1-0 lead 25 minutes into the game but Cortez tied the score with 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

Hofer got free on a breakaway and scored with three minutes remaining in overtime.

“We came out a little flatter than I would have liked,” Grand Junction coach Hal Templeton said, “but we got what we wanted.”


Palisade split a doubleheader at Cortez, defeating the Panthers 8-5 in the opener but losing the second game 22-6.

Emily Crow earned the victory in the first game.

Palisade (5-7, 1-2 Class 4A Western Slope League) went 3-1 on its Four Corners road trip.


Palisade won the first game, then lost the next three as the Bulldogs lost at Eagle Valley
20-25, 25-20 , 25-21, 25-12.

Chelsea Lorimor had 11 kills to lead the Palisade offensive effort. Kendra Collette and Mackenzie Clark each had 12 digs defensively.

It was the second consecutive Class 4A Western Slope League loss for the Bulldogs.


Fruita Monument defeated Durango 5-2 for its third straight Western Slope victory.

“The guys are playing with a lot more confidence,” Fruita coach Randy Majors said. “The turning point was the Western Slope Invite and the experience we got from the matches there.”

No. 2 singles Antonio Pestello led the way for the Wildcats, defeating Kyle Ricedorff 6-0, 6-2. J.P. Lambert won at No. 3 singles, defeating Austin Lillard 6-1, 6-3.

Fruita took three of the four doubles matches led by Brandon Ruckman and Danny Preston at No. 1, who defeated Chip Walls and Ryan Barela 7-6, 6-1.

Fruita looks to carry its momentum into its next match, Tuesday against Central.


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