GJ soccer team holds off Fruita, but loses in final

A local rivalry was renewed earlier than expected Saturday when the Grand Junction and Fruita Monument high school boys soccer teams played each other at the Air Academy tournament.

The Wildcats scored in the first 10 minutes, but the Tigers took the lead just after halftime and cruised to a 4-1 victory. Grand Junction (5-1) surrendered an early goal to Fruita 
(2-3) before Jake Chaffetz scored the equalizer late in the half.

Chaffetz scored again soon after the break, taking advantage of a Wildcats’ turnover near their own net, then Kyler Bradshaw and Jose Avila added late goals to put the game away.

The Tigers lost to Air Academy 4-3 in the championship game. Grand Junction has outscored its opponents 33-8. Chaffetz has 10 goals to lead Class 5A, according to Maxpreps.com.

Fruita Monument lost 4-1 to Montrose in its second game of the day.


Katie Sparks hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and Brandi Haller pitched a complete game to lead Fruita Monument to a 14-2 win over Bear Creek in the Dave Sanders Tournament in Aurora. Sparks hit another home run and Haller also went deep during a 16-1 win over Pueblo East to help the Wildcats finish third.

In a different bracket at the same tournament, Central fell 5-2 in the semifinals to Columbine before rebounding in an 11-8 win over D’Evelyn. The Warriors (8-3) hit three home runs during the victory, with Sierra Dunham blasting two and Jordyn Hays adding one.


Fruita Monument went five sets but beat Valor Christian 
21-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-22, 15-7.

After beating the Class 4A fifth-ranked team, the Wildcats (7-1) have now defeated four ranked teams and have won five straight matches.

Mesa Ridge tournament: Palisade won three of five matches to finish fifth out of 16 teams. The Bulldogs beat Pueblo Centennial 25-15, 25-9 and Canon City 
25-15, 25-21 before falling to Discovery Canyon 22-25, 25-21, 

They rebounded with a 25-16, 22-25, 16-14 win over Delta, with Reannon Baskin and Alexandra MacAskill finishing with 12 kills apiece, then lost to Erie 
25-15, 25-17.

Lewis Palmer tournament: Montrose (4-3) dropped three of four matches, losing to University, Niwot and Platte Valley and beating Thompson Valley 27-29, 25-21, 15-8.

Katie Sherwood had 26 kills, seven aces and 39 digs, Victoria Martinez added 52 digs and Gabi Brown 14 kills and six blocks in the four matches.


Meeker improved to 3-0 in Class 1A, routing Holyoke 39-6. The Cowboys have outscored their opponents 109-13.


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