District 51 tops Moffat in dual meet

District 51 swimmer Sam Jordan turns to breathe during the 100-yard freestyle Saturday in a dual meet against Moffat County at El Pomar Natatorium. Jordan won the race with a time of 50.68 seconds.

The District 51 Griffins cruised to a 851-333 win over Moffat County on Saturday in a boys swimming dual at Colorado Mesa University.

Keino Davis had a strong meet, taking first in the 
100-yard breaststroke, just missing the state-qualifying time with a time of 1 minute, 5.78 seconds. He also placed second in the 200 individual medley behind teammate Shane Haberkorn. Davis also swam on two winning relay teams, including the 200 medley relay, which posted a state-qualifying time of 1:47.23.

Three District 51 swimmers picked up two wins each: Carlos Matthews won the 100 butterfly and the 200 freestyle; Haberkorn won the 500 freestyle and the 200 individual medley; and Sam Jordan won the 50 and 100 freestyles.

Girl’s Soccer

Grand Junction turned in its second straight strong performance with a 7-2 win over Durango at Long Family Park.

Junior Taylor Chaffetz scored two goals and assisted on two others to lead the Tigers to the Southwestern League win. Sam Melchor also had two goals for Grand Junction (2-2, 2-0 SWL).

Leah Swander started the scoring with a goal in the fourth minute, followed by Jaryn Gibb knocking in a shot off a corner kick by Chaffetz two minutes later. The Tigers pushed the lead to 6-0 at the half on goals by Chaffetz, Taylor Hein and the two from Melchor.

Grand Junction coach Joe Graham has turned to preaching simple soccer and utilizing one-two touches and playing sound defense, and the philosophy is paying off.

Central 4, Montezuma-Cortez 1: The Warriors scored three goals in the Southwestern League game’s first 18 minutes as Central coach Jacob Pingel said his team seized on having the wind at its back in the first half.

“We took advantage of a very blustery day,” he said.

Rylea Rottmann, Cierra Pennal and Kristal Milholland scored the early goals, and after Cortez scored in the 69th minute, Pennal responded in the 77th minute with her second goal.

The win was the first of the season for Central (1-2, 1-2 SWL), and Pingel praised his team for its response one day after suffering a tough loss to Durango.

Kadet Kickoff: Fruita Monument split two games to take third place in Air Academy’s tournament.

Liz Downing scored the winning goal in the final minute of play to give the Wildcats a 3-2 win over Air Academy.

Mackenzie King and Sarah Benton also scored for Fruita Monument.

The Wildcats lost 2-0 to Liberty in the morning semifinal game.

Boys Lacrosse

Seven different players scored goals to lead Grand Junction to a 7-2 win over Summit at Walker Field.

Stephen Foster had a goal and three assists, and Charlie Ruckman, Kirk Fletcher, Marques Combs, Tanner Mast, Caleb Vagher and Ike Meyer all scored for the Tigers, who put 40 shots on goal in the game.

Jacob Hart and Jax Gardner had three saves each in net for the Tigers.

Girls lacrosse

Ten different players scored goals as Grand Junction routed Steamboat Springs 17-0 in a Colorado Mountain League contest.

Halle Harrison and Delaney Robison led the way with three goals apiece for the Tigers (2-2, 1-0 CML), and goalie Payton Bourdette made three saves.

Girls Basketball

The Meeker High School girls basketball team capped a successful season with a 62-56 win over Peyton in the Class 2A state tournament’s third-place game in Pueblo.

Meeker (23-3) regrouped for the win after a heartbreaking 39-38 loss to top-seeded Lutheran in the semifinal game. Lutheran won the state title with a 47-35 win over Yuma.
Norwood claimed the girls 1A title with a 38-34 win over Caliche.

Track & Field

The Cedaredge girls and Palisade boys picked up team victories at the Delta Invitational.

Cedaredge had four individual winners and won two relays to edge Delta 128-126.

Getting wins for Cedaredge were Nellie Freeman in the 800, Kenzie Henderson in the 300 hurdles, Kendall McHugh in the long jump and Mackenzie Kehmeier in the 400. Kehmeier also placed second in the 100 and 200 behind Palisade’s Zeeda Nkana. For Delta, Mykayla Music won the 3,200, Bryana Music the shot put and Lily Lockhart the discus.

For the boys, Palisade’s Anders Van Calcar won the 3,200, Jake Erickson the 1,600, and Monty Metzler the 110 hurdles. Palisade’s 800 relay team of Jacob Bollinger, Jesus Flores, Trevor Alberts and Ian Schierland took first. Austin Williams won the shot put and discus for Cedaredge to help the Bruins to a second-place team finish.


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