Home sweet once again for Palisade boys

Montrose’s Cameron Jones spilts a pair of Central defenders Friday night to score two of his game-high 14 points in the Indians’ 64-41 win.

The Palisade High School boys basketball team always plays well at home.

Friday night hosting Steamboat Springs, the Bulldogs proved that again by pulling off a 47-44 win.

The Bulldogs led at halftime 23-14, but the Sailors made their comeback in the second half, taking the lead in the fourth quarter.

Palisade responded late and Luke McLean gave the Bulldogs their 47-44 lead with less than 20 seconds remaining.

Kane Gunther led the Bulldogs with 16 points. Caleb Hall added 14.

Montrose 64, Central 41: The Indians took a 37-21 lead at halftime and closed the Warriors out in the second half led by five players in double figures.

Zach Padilla led the Warriors with 13 points.

“We missed a lot of opportunities, but I liked our energy and effort,” Central coach Phil Cain said.

Olathe 71, Hotchkiss 52: The Pirates got 18 points from Richard Tafoya and 11 from both Josh Ramirez and Ben Kaylor.

Girls Basketball

A shaky second half was costly for Palisade in a 43-27 loss to Steamboat Springs. The Bulldogs trailed 25-19 at halftime, but scored only eight points the rest of the way.

Kendra Barnes led the Bulldogs with 11 points.

“It was a good first half, but we needed more offense,” Palisade coach Toni Gunther said.

Montrose 76, Central 12: The Indians jumped to a 24-0 first-quarter lead and led 41-3 by halftime. Montrose had four players score 10 points. Brittany Hoppe led the Warriors with six points.

Moffat County 46, Delta 39: Skylyn Webb’s 16 points wasn’t enough to keep the Panthers from their first Western Slope League loss.

Girls Swimming

The Palisade/Central swim team defeated Cortez 832-321 during the Cortez Tri-meet. The WarDogs lost to Durango 1018-614.

Individually, Karolina Latek finished fourth in the 200-meter freestyle in 2 minutes, 24.53 seconds. Teddy Hayes finished third int the 50-meter freestyle in 27.49

Fruita Monument at Gunnison: Kailey Shabeski led the Wildcats in their dual meet at Gunnison, finishing first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:21.99. The Wildcats team of Melissa Hoffman, Lyndsie, Kailey Shabelski, Laura Gladden won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:37.96.


The Central wrestling team is tied for 15th with 32 team points after the first day of the Top of the Rockies tournament in Lafayette.

The Warriors have four wrestlers still remaining in the championship bracket. 103-pounder Oscar Ruiz defeated Raul Ortega of Brighton 9-3 to make his way into the quarterfinals.

Willy Holdren (145) is wrestling Jordan Lewis of Ponderosa in the quarterfinals and Zach Short (152) is also in the quarterfinals .

Anthony Feller (130) pinned Casey Sceidt of Ponderosa to make his way to today’s quarterfinals.

“We wrestled hard,” Central coach Laurence Gurule said. “Anytime you are at a tournament like this, it’s going to be high level competition.”

Montrose 37, Florence 36: The Indians were led by Jeremiah Benuelos’s 9-0 decision over Jacob Uslas at 112 pounds.


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