GJHS boys, Fruita girls run to victories
Greg Eccher won his third cross country race of the season Friday, helping host Grand Junction High School win the boys title at the Tiger Invitational at Canyon View Park.
The Tigers finished with 29 points, 10 ahead of second-place Fruita Monument. Eccher’s winning time was 16 minutes, 48.33 seconds, and teammate Charlie Medina finished second, clocking in at 16:54.33.
Fruita Monument runners claimed the top three places to win the girls race. Cassi Ahrens finished first in 20:32.28, followed by teammates Micheala Hoffman (21:02.39) and Mac-Kenna Broyles (21:40.89).
The Grand Junction girls finished second in the team standings.
Grand Junction won every match in straight sets as it defeated Durango 7-0 in Durango.
The Tigers’ Spencer Weinberg won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. No match was closer than 6-2, 6-2.
Central (3-2) needed three sets to win two of its matches en route to a 7-0 victory over Montezuma-Cortez.
The Warriors’ No. 2 doubles team of Jon Leonard and Kolten McClaskey won 6-0, 6-0.
Palisade’s Marques Combs scored two goals in the second half to help the Bulldogs beat Steamboat Springs 4-2 in boys soccer.
Palisade trailed 2-1 at the half, but came back thanks to Combs and Spencer Jackson, who also scored two goals with assists from Combs on each. Goalkeeper Conner Carey made 14 saves for the Bulldogs (3-2).
Grand Junction (11-1) swept a nonleague softball doubleheader on the road against Liberty, 15-3, 11-3.
The Tiger’s Elisha Jahnke pitched all seven innings in the first game, striking out seven and walking none.
Jahnke also had three hits and knocked in two runs.
Arrianna Diaz pitched a complete game in the second contest and helped her own cause with a two-run home run. Diaz finished the doubleheader with two home runs and five RBI.
Central followed opening-game losses with second-game wins in each of its matches, but lost 3-1 to Brighton and Prairie View in nonleague volleyball Friday.