Keltz helps Montrose win Cortez Invitational

Kala Keltz had a two-day total of 158 to help lead Montrose to the team title Tuesday at the Cortez Invitational and Southwestern League championships in Cortez.

Keltz shot rounds of 77 and 81 to take home the individual title as well.

Rifle’s Taylor Walters rebounded from a disappointing 87 on Monday to shoot the tournament’s low round of 76 on Tuesday. Her 163 was good for third.

Central placed second with a 546 and was led by Sam Medina, who shot a pair of 88s.

Grand Junction took third place with a 557. The Tigers were led by Maya Freismuth, who shot a 178 over the two days.

Keltz tied for second in the low-round competition with a first-round 77. She tied with Kiselya Plewe of Dolores who also shot a first-round 77. Plewe finished with a two-day total of 159.

Kate Shuman led Palisade with a 173 (85, 88).

Madison Gill and Chelsea Peterson had solid outings for Montrose, shooting 177 and 178 respectively. Peterson’s second-day 81 was good for third in the low-round competition.


Montrose 3, Grand Junction 2: Montrose overcame a 2-0 halftime lead and used a corner kick and a direct kick to gain the second-half momentum and the victory.

Sam Melchor scored off a corner kick at the 12:30 mark for the Tigers. Jordan Drake followed that up with an unassisted goal about 10 minutes later.

Glenwood Springs 3, Palisade 1: The Demons (6-1) scored a pair of second-half goals to down the Bulldogs.

Jenna Brown scored in the first half, and Hailey Armstrong found the net twice in the second half for Glenwood Springs.

The Demons kept up the pressure, firing a total of 15 shots in the game.

Cruz Maestas scored for Palisade (7-2).


Palisade 8, Grand Junction 2: Senior Cody Higman pitched five strong innings and Tass Crow the final two for Palisade (9-2), which limited the Tigers (9-5) to five hits — none over the final five innings. Higman finished with eight strikeouts

Coach Steve Moore said right fielder Zane Abeyta saved a possible big inning with an amazing catch — sprinting to make the catch before crashing into the wall.

T.J. Tway had two RBI and two hits for the Bulldogs. Jason Bleyle went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Troy Levinson added two more RBI and score two runs for Palisade.

Palisade, ranked sixth in Class 4A, fell behind 2-0 after two innings but scored four in the third and two in the fifth.


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