Meer’s play in goal helps Tigers win fifth straight

The Grand Junction High School girls lacrosse team is finding its success begins in goal.

Saturday, behind a 16-save performance from goalie Holly Meer, the Tigers defeated Durango 12-5.

“She was aggressive attacking the ball, and had a lot of great saves,” Grand Junction coach Kathaleen Recker said. “The hard work has been paying off.”

With Meer shutting down the Demons, the Tigers’ offense kept finding the back of the net, jumping to a 9-1 lead at halftime.

Santana Martinez and Amy Flukey both scored multiple goals in the half and each finished with a hat trick.

Emma LaFebre and Morgan Armbruster each added two goals in the Tigers’ fifth straight win. Grand Junction (6-1) hosts Aspen on Friday at Canyon View Park.

In boys lacrosse, Fruita Monument went on the road to defeat Durango 8-3. Ethan Grider’s two goals led Fruita’s offensive attack.

The Wildcats (9-2) have won three straight and look to stay hot against Eagle Valley on Saturday at Canyon View Park.

Swimming

The District 51 swim team finished 11th out of 23 schools at the Jeffco Invitational with 117 team points.

Tyler Fair had a state-qualifying time in the 100-yard backstroke finishing in 58.45 seconds.

“There were great swims everywhere,” Griffins coach Dale Leonhart said. “Guys like Ryan Lawrence, Aaron Neal, Eric Jacobs, Nate Garcia, and Cody Fisher all had season-best times.”

The Griffins’ 200-freestyle relay team of Taylor Fisher, Nick Neste, Ian Smith and Tyler Fair set a Griffins record with a 1:33.95 time.

The Griffin are on the road this week at Moffat County on Friday.

Tennis

The Fruita Monument tennis team won the George Washington Invitational, finishing with three individual champions.

“They took notice,” Fruita Monument coach Clint Davis said. “I got a lot of compliments about the girls’ sportsmanship.”

The Wildcats had five in the finals, with three doubles teams capturing crowns — led by the No. 1 doubles team of Grace Gaglione and Kenyon Hayward. The pair defeated Boulder’s Chloe Kishel and Kayla Morrissey 6-0, 6-3.

“(The No. 1 doubles) got a lot of good competition,” Davis said. “They beat the baseliners, and the teams who attack the net. Those girls just know how to win.”

Other spots to win were the No. 3 doubles team of McKenzie Kimball and Emily McGovern, and the No. 4 doubles team of Camille Kovach and Lucy Hartshorn.

No. 1 singles player Janine Kirtland finished second, as did the No. 2 doubles team of Jenna Caldwell and Meredith Soychak.

The Central tennis team defeated Montezuma-Cortez 7-0. The Warriors were led by No. 3 singles player Katie Murphy, who defeated Victoria Stevens 6-0, 6-1.

Baseball

Palisade (10-3, 7-2 Western Slope League) split a doubleheader with Moffat County. Four Palisade errors helped Moffat win the first game 12-10. Palisade bounced back in the second game, winning 7-5 and getting a complete-game performance from Mike Seriani.

Palisade plays a non-league against Central on Wednesday.


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