Fruita girls lacrosse team cruises in regular-season finale

They’re trying to prove they belong.

The Fruita Monument girls lacrosse team has ripped off resounding win after resounding win, but because the Mountain League receives only one automatic bid to the postseason, the Wildcats’ playoff hopes are still up in the air.

Saturday, Fruita Monument capped its regular season with a 20-4 league win over Summit.

Lindsey Burenheide had four goals and five assists and Alyssa Urban added four goals. Adrienne Chiapuzio had three goals and Claire Stanton, Reinnah Norcross and Vanessa Nelson each had two goals. The Wildcats’ goalie, Lynzie Kytle, had seven saves.

The Wildcats have scored 87 goals in the past five games and won seven of their final eight games. Their 13-2 record is among the five best in the state.

“We were out to prove to the state we deserve to be in the playoffs,” Wildcats coach Mark Twardowski said. “The officials told me after the game ‘If you’re not in the playoffs, it’s an absolute crime.’ The AD at Summit is the representative for our league and she said she was going to argue for us anyway, but after seeing us said we were clearly one of the best teams they’ve faced.”

Fruita Monument will find out if it’s part of the 32-team playoff field Monday.


Palisade punched its postseason ticket by topping Class 4A Western Slope League foe Eagle Valley 17-5 and 14-2, both five-inning games.

In the first game, Palisade (13-6, 11-3 WSL) battered Devils’ ace Travis Edgar. Edgar walked a season-high six batters and gave up a season-high seven earned runs in his first loss of the season. Cameron Campbell was 4 for 4 with three doubles, a triple and three RBI. Zane Abeyta and Troy Levinson also had multi-hit games.

Tass Crow went the distance, giving up four hits and striking out two batters.

In Game 2, the Bulldogs scored 13 runs in the second inning to put the game away. Crow and Levinson hit home runs, and Devin Lucero had seven strikeouts in a complete-game win.

Delta 15-12, Steamboat Springs 1-0: Taylor Sandoval hit a home run in each game and the Panthers hit seven home runs in two games to sweep the 4A WSL doubleheader.

In Game 1, Delta (17-2, 13-1 WSL) scored five runs in the first inning and 10 runs in the second before cooling off.

The Panthers ended Game 2 early with nine runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Rifle 14-10, Battle Mountain 5-2: The Bears picked up the third and final automatic playoff bid from the 4A WSL, sweeping a league doubleheader against Battle Mountain. In the first game, Bailey Hoffmeister relieved Teig Hauer and picked up the win, striking out four batters in 2 2/3 innings.

Hoffmeister led Rifle (11-7, 8-5 WSL) at the plate, going 4 for 5. Hauer was 3 for 5 with a double.

Dalton Bornholdt picked up the complete-game win in Game 2, striking out six and surrendering only three hits.

Boys swimming and diving

District 51 won four events in a dual against Glenwood Springs.

Team scores from the meet were unavailable.

The Griffins won the 400-yard freestyle relay and Trenton Leany won the 1-meter diving.

Sam Jordan won the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.5 seconds. Brock Curry won the 100 breaststoke in 1:10.59.

Boys Lacrosse

Fruita Monument (5-9, 4-7 ML) topped Telluride 9-4 during its final game of the year.


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