Fruita’s Dangler, Speer reach 5A state golf tourney
Fruita Monument’s Troy Dangler is making a return trip to the Class 5A state boys golf tournament, and first-year varsity player Brandon Speer is joining him.
Dangler, a sophomore, placed ninth with an 8-over-par 79 on Friday in the Southern Regional at the Colorado Springs Country Club.
“Troy was consistent all year,” Fruita coach Dave Fox said.
Speer, a junior, finished 14th with an 82.
“(Speer) started slow and was sick early in the year,” Fox said. “He’s put his game together at the right time.”
Fruita Monument placed eighth with a team score of 254. Cherry Creek won the team title with a 226, and Fossil Ridge took second at 232 as they claimed the automatic team berths to state.
Fruita seniors Jacob Johnson and Teno Tonozzi shot 95 and 93, respectively.
Grand Junction won a pair of nonleague duals against Smoky Hill and Denver East.
A three-set victory at No. 2 doubles by Brian List and Matthew Ness clinched the Tigers’ 4-3 victory over Denver East. List and Ness rallied after dropping the first set to win the match 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The Tigers swept Smoky Hill 7-0, winning all seven matches in straight sets and losing only one game in singles play.
■ Central split a pair of duals, beating Montezuma-Cortez 6-1 and losing 6-1 to Aspen.
The Warriors swept the doubles against Cortez, winning two matches in three sets. Drake Giese netted Central’s lone win against Aspen, winning 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.
Greg Shawcroft scored three goals and had an assist to lead Montrose to a 9-0 victory over Montezuma-Cortez in a Southwestern League game. Brayden Reese added two goals and Brian Bond and Vijay Singh had three assists apiece for the Indians (4-3, 2-1 SWL).
Fruita Monument bounced back after dropping the second game to win a close third game and defeat Montezuma-Cortez 25-13, 20-25, 25-23, 25-12 in an SWL match.
Jordan Eatwell and Loryn Chiapuzio led the Wildcats’ attackers with 22 and 19 kills, respectively. Savannah Ashmore had 50 assists and Joelle LeFevre added 41 digs for Fruita (7-2, 2-0).
■ Central kept each game close, but Durango won 25-22, 28-26, 25-20 in SWL play.
■ Steamboat Springs beat Palisade 25-11, 25-19, 25-22 in a Class 4A WSL match. Lexi Hall led Palisade (3-8, 1-3) with six kills and Alyssa Chutka had five blocks.
Palisade swept a nonleague doubleheader from Montezuma-Cortez, winning 4-1 and 13-8.
Danica DeLaHoz was the winning pitcher in the first game, striking out 10, and she hit a home run to lead the Bulldogs’ 14-hit attack in the second game.
Jenna Lucas went 4 for 5 with two doubles in the second game.
■ Delta split a nonleague doubleheader with Durango, bouncing back from a 16-2 loss in five innings to defeat the Demons 11-8 in the second game. Brianna Music paced Delta’s 15-hit attack with three hits, all for extra bases, in the second game.