Central wins wild opener
If this is the how it’s going to be in the Southwestern League volleyball season, fans should be prepared for thrillers every match.
Central High School’s Kimber Baker recorded 15 kills and Taylor Head added a dozen Tuesday night, leading the Warriors (3-4, 1-0 SWL) to a wild 14-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 15-13 victory over Montrose.
“It was a fun game, a battle,” Central coach Beth Nelson said.
Demi Ruder had 21 digs and two aces, Rayleigh Norton added seven blocks and 13 digs and Head and Robbi Termentozzi had nine blocks each. Termentozzi added nine kills and Norton 29 assists.
“It was a team effort,” Nelson said. “They all got it done. It was a fun high school match.”
Palisade (1-4, 0-1 Western Slope League) lost 7-0 at Glenwood Springs.
Bulldog goalies Jose Miranda, who played the first half, and Robert Millican combined for 22 saves as they 30 shots.
Glenwood had two goals each from Hunter Brown, Kevin Hartmann and Mike McGraw.
Grand Junction dropped only seven games in sweeping Central 7-0.
Spencer Weinberg defeated Jesi Nordstrom 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, with Luke Ledebur and Tate Hegstrom of Grand Junction winning at No. 2 and No. 3 singles 6-0, 6-0.
Jeff Hansen and Gabriel Campos also won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles over Brent Bollinger and Kolten McClaskey. Jacob Filutze and Caleb Gartner claimed a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles over Central’s Ryler Colunga and Lael Nordstrom.
Palisade’s Sierra Detwiller had a key triple in Friday’s 8-5 win in Delta.
The triple came in the second inning with the bases loaded and cleared the bases, which gave the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead after the half inning.
The Bulldogs (3-7, 1-0 WSL) scored one run each in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Shelby Rubalcaba pitched a complete game and had five strikeouts.
Montrose 9, Central 7: The Indians took advantage of four errors by the Warriors and had nine hits, all singles.
Central fell behind after a three-run second inning and took a 4-3 lead in the fourth. Montrose outscored Central 6-3 over the final four innings.
Greg Gibson scored low for Grand Junction with a 78 to take third in the Durango Invitational at Dalton Ranch Golf Club.
Durango’s Morgan Miller won for the second consecutive day with a 73 to lead Durango to the team title with 233. Cortez took second with 238.
Fruita Monument took third with 247 and Grand Junction was fourth (248).
Preston Grandbouche led Central with an 80 for sixth. Fruita Monument’s Eric Jacobs shot an 82 to tie for seventh.