Early goals lift Tigers to win over Durango
Durango attempted to force the Grand Junction High School boys lacrosse team into mistakes.
The Tigers (5-4), though, scored six goals in the first quarter and rolled to a 14-8 victory Saturday over Durango at Canyon View Park.
“We jumped out on them,” Grand Junction coach James States said. “It happened quick. Usually we’re a slower team, but they were pressing us so we pushed it a little bit. After that we slowed it down and do what we normally do.”
“It was nice to see if we could push the ball,” States said. “That tells you the team is doing what they are supposed to be doing.”
Kris States led the Tigers with five goals. Luke Olson had four, Zach Kiel scored three and Harrison Boardwine and Evan Mok-Lamme each had one.
Grand Junction goalkeeper Kolton Flick made seven saves.
Glenwood Springs 8, Fruita Monument 7: The Demons put an end to the Wildcats’ three-game winning streak, which included a 17-4 victory over Glenwood Springs two weeks ago.
Grand Junction’s No. 1 doubles team of Madison Gurley and Kylie Pond defeated Kent Denver 6-3, 2-6, (10-7) to win the Phil Kraus Invitational title in Denver.
The Tigers’ Anna McGinnis (No. 3 singles), and the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 doubles teams took second place to lead Grand Junction to a top-three team finish.
George Washington Invitational: Fruita Monument’s No. 4 doubles team of Bronte Hayward and McKenna Griffiths took second place to lead the Wildcats.
The Wildcats’ No. 1 duo of McKenzie Kimball and Taryn Moon won the consolation final, defeating Monarch 6-3, 6-0.
Tyler Fair qualified for state in the 100-yard breaststroke with a seventh-place finish and Carlos Matthews took fifth with a state-qualifying swim in the 500 freestyle to lead the District 51 Griffins to a ninth-place finish in the Jefferson County Invitational.
Delta rebounded from an extra-inning loss in the first game to split a Western Slope League doubleheader with Moffat County in Craig.
Moffat County’s Ben Williams hit three home runs, including one in the eighth to lead the Bulldogs to a 12-11 victory in the first game. Brenten Ivers hit a walk-off home run to end the game.
Delta senior pitcher Christian Kathrein limited Moffat County to one run on three hits and struck out seven in the Panthers’ 6-1 victory in the second game.
Hotchkiss 17-11, Gunnison 2-1: Ryan Spor hit a double and drove in three runs in the first game and Jaime Rodriguez and Cesar Macias each hit a home run and drove in three runs to lead the third-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) to a sweep.
Rifle 8-9, Grand Valley 2-6: The Bears took advantage of 14 walks and four errors in the first game and had three consecutive extra-base hits in the six-run fourth inning in the second game.
Olathe 14-10, Coal Ridge 4-5: The Pirates’ offense produced 24 runs on 22 hits in a doubleheader sweep. Willy Corey hit a two-run home run in the nine-run third inning in the first game.
Alicia Cokley scored three goals to lead Coal Ridge to a 4-1 victory over Grand Valley in New Castle.