In brief: Shuldener returns to coach Fruita soccer

Prep Soccer

Shuldener hired as Fruita coach

Jeff Shuldener will be the next girls soccer coach at Fruita Monument High School according to a release by the school on Monday.

Shuldener has coached 19 seasons across Colorado, making stops at Monarch High School, Greeley Central, Grand Junction and Central.

Most recently, Shuldener was the head coach at Monarch in 2008.

“I’ve been a soccer coach for many years,” he said. “A few years ago when I retired from teaching, I also retired from coaching because my new career was limiting my hours. I love soccer, and I recently cut back my hours at work. I’ve always had a good relationship with (Fruita Athletic Director Denny Squibb) and we talked and it seemed like a good fit.”

Shuldener replaces Eric Anderson, who led the Wildcats to a 30-16-2 record over three years.


College Swimming

CMU swimmers finish third


The Colorado Mesa University men’s swimming and diving team finished third at the Colorado College Classic on Sunday while the women finished fourth.

For the men, Garrett Koehler won the 500-yard freestyle final with a time of 4 minutes, 52.61 seconds, dropping more than 20 seconds from his preliminary time of 5:15.37.

Drake Mendelson won the 100 backstroke in 53.68 after finishing second in the preliminaries. Kent Olsen-Stavrakas cruised to a victory in the 50 freestyle final with a time of 21.49. The men’s 200 medley relay consisting of Mendelson, Koehler, Olsen-Stavrakas and Adam Martin also picked up a victory with a time of 1:40.43.

Although the CMU women didn’t win any main finals on Sunday, Dana Morgan won the “B” final of the 100 backstroke.


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