Freshman’s leg lifts Tigers over Prairie View
Grand Junction freshman Athen Hayes, making his first varsity start, scored the game’s only goal as the Tigers beat Prairie View 1-0 in nonconference boys soccer Saturday at Prairie View.
Luis Gutierrez tracked down a ball in the corner and fed Hayes with the centering pass.
“I thought it was out,” Hayes said. “Luis just kicked it. It was so hard, it went through the goalie’s hands. I just tapped it in. It was luck where I was at.”
The Tigers improved to 1-3 with the victory, which came on the heels of Friday’s double-overtime loss to Brighton.
“It’s a big win just for momentum,” Grand Junction coach Stephen Latta said. “It was small pieces of the puzzle that we weren’t executing very clean.”
Prairie View’s best chances to score were in the second half. Alan Carrillo uncorked a shot on goalkeeper Michael Hansen in the 53rd minute, but Hansen tipped the ball over the crossbar. Twelve minutes later, Diego Guerrero had a clean shot at the net, but the ball hit the crossbar and caromed out of play.
Grand Junction outshot Prairie View 11-8. Hansen had four saves. Caleb Baumgartner started in goal for Prairie View and had three saves in the first half. Julio Sanchez came on in relief in the second half and recorded two saves.
As far as Hayes was concerned, he had a chance to get acquainted with his new teammates on this trip. Hayes moved to Grand Junction from Kentucky.
“I got to know more people,” Hayes said. “I made more friends. They got me pumped up. Today, I showed ‘em what I could do.”
Summit 4, Palisade 3: The Bulldogs (2-2) scored two goals in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 4-1 halftime deficit. Palisade’s Marques Combs had one goal and an assist that set up Austin Stellmach for his goal. Spencer Jackson added a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs.
Central High School finished 2-2 and placed fourth in the Smoky Hill volleyball tournament Saturday in Aurora.
Nicole McIvor and Taylor Head had four aces apiece to lead Central past Northglenn 25-14, 25-2. Robbi Termentozzi had 11 digs and one block for the Warriors.
Central defeated Dakota Ridge 25-22, 22-25, 15-13, in its second game of the tournament. Termentozzi had six kills, Mariah Garcia collected 17 digs, and Rayleigh Norton had five aces, 10 assists and 12 digs for the Warriors.
Longmont defeated Central 25-17, 25-14. McIvor had an ace and three kills, Termentozzi had five kills and one block, and Garcia had 14 digs.
Greeley West then beat the Warriors 25-14, 25-9 in their final game. Norton had two kills, two blocks and three assists, and Garcia collected 13 digs for Central.
■ At the Mesa Ridge Tournament in Colorado Springs, Palisade won three of five games Saturday. Coronado, the eventual tourney champ, beat Palisade in the opening game 25-19, 25-12.
The Bulldogs then bounced back in their second game against Canon City. Senior Morgan Thieszen’s had seven kills and three blocks in the 25-16, 26-24 win.
The third game was a loss to 5A Prairie View, 25-15, 25-14. Palisade then beat Pueblo East 25-13, 21-25, 15-5, and Vista Ridge 25-17, 25-17. Shannon Rhodes had a combined 27 assists in the final two games.
■ At the Palmer Tournament in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction finished second. The Tigers won two of three games, beating Mitchell 25-11, 25-22, 25-19, and Lamar 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 18-25, 19-17, before losing to Thomas Jefferson 29-27, 25-19, 25-16. In the teams two victories, senior Whitney Jackson had a combined 16 kills, and Junior Madi Gastineau totaled 41 digs.
Rangely defeated Plateau Valley 62-0 in a nonconference football game Saturday.
Rangely led 50-0 at halftime, then added 12 points in the fourth quarter.
Fruita Monument made it to the championship game Saturday at the Dave Sanders Memorial Tournament but lost to Cherry Creek 12-11.
The Wildcats’ Jenni Sneddon pitched a complete game to beat Columbine 6-4 earlier in the day to advance to the championship.