Montrose leads way at Black Canyon Invite

Grand Junction’s Daniel Ness returns a shot to Central’s Lael Nordstrom on Tuesday in Ness’ 6-1, 6-0 victory at
No. 2 singles. The Tigers won the dual 7-0, sweeping all seven matches in straight sets.

Four Montrose High School boys golfers shot 77 or better Tuesday as the host Indians won the Black Canyon Invitational by one stroke over Rifle.

Riley Willis led the way for Montrose, shooting a 1-over-par 71, good for second place behind medalist Jakob Rudosky of Montezuma-Cortez, who shot 70. Tyrus Lopez added a 76 for the Indians, and teammates Zane Sauer and Tanner Creel each carded a 77 as Montrose finished with 224 strokes.

“We finally got three rounds in the seventies,” Indians coach Angelo DeJulio said. “We’ve been on the verge of getting it done.”

DeJulio added Willis was on the verge of an amazing round, but at least six putts lipped out for the senior.

“And those are just the ones I saw,” DeJulio said. “Darn it. He really could have had a good round.

“Riley’s ball striking today was awesome. He was hitting the ball beautifully. And if he could have gotten a few putts to fall ...”

Lopez also was close to a much better score.

“He’s so close to breaking through,” DeJulio said. “He had a quadruple bogey and a double bogey. The other 16 holes he played even par.”

Rifle’s Cody Capwell shot a 73 to finish third individually, and teammate Wyatt Carter shot a 75 to place fifth. Ty Caron and Teig Hauer each shot 77 for the Bears.

Fruita Monument finished fifth among the teams at 233, and Jacob Johnson led the Wildcats with a 76.


Freshman pitcher Lily Lockhart hit a walk-off, three-run home run with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead Delta to a 7-6 win past Palisade in 4A Western Slope League action.

The Panthers’ first two batters in the seventh reached on errors. One out later, Lockhart crushed a 2-2 pitch to left-center field for her third home run of the season.

As soon as Lockhart’s bat connected with the ball, “I walked to the baseline with my fist in the air,” Delta coach Steve Reiher said. “It was explosive.”

Lockhart went the distance on the mound, limiting Palisade to five hits, walking two batters and striking out three. She also had two of Delta’s five hits and drove in four runs.

Delta (4-1, 2-0 4A WSL) trailed 6-1 going into the bottom of the sixth. Danica DeLaHoz and Paige Orman each went 2 for 4 for the Bulldogs (1-7, 0-2).

Rifle 14, Eagle Valley 3: Rifle pulled away in the middle innings with three runs in the third inning, three in the fourth and five in the fifth. Allie Magee, Jordan Smith and Melissa Steinbach paced the Bears’ 10-hit attack with two hits apiece.

Winning pitcher Taylor Gore threw a complete game, scattering four hits, walking two and striking out six.

Durango 16, Montezuma-Cortez 1: Augusta Brockus had four of Durango’s 14 hits in the four-inning, 4A/5A Southwestern League contest, and Katelyn DeLuche had two hits and five RBI.

Cedaredge 21, Central JV 2: The Bruins (4-1) scored 10 runs in the second inning to take command and win in four innings. Jazmine Gomez led Cedaredge’s 17-hit attack with five hits and four RBI. Marissa Cantrell and Raylee Van der Lindee pitched two innings apiece, limiting the Warriors’ junior varsity to two hits.


Lexi Hall had 12 kills, and Alyssa Chutka had 11 kills and three blocks as Palisade (1-1) defeated Roaring Fork 25-21, 20-25, 27-25, 25-19 in a nonleague match. Amber Crigger led the Bulldogs (1-1) with 18 digs, and Moriah Rutterbush-Rayment had 21 assists and 15 digs.

■ Montrose got 22 kills, five aces and three blocks from Emily Sanburg as the Indians beat Gunnison 25-18, 25-27, 25-14, 26-24 in a nonleague match. Randilyn Madison added 14 kills, and Shea Neill had 40 digs for Montrose.

■ Carson Pipher had 11 kills, eight digs and two aces to lead Paonia to a 25-14, 25-20, 25-19 nonleague win over Delta.

Jessie Holt and Easton Hartigan had eight kills apiece for the Eagles, and Morgan Hartigan had seven kills. Taylor Carsten led Paonia with 32 assists and eight digs. Easton Hartigan had five aces.

■ Cedaredge defeated Hotchkiss 25-21, 24-26, 25-16, 25-22 in a nonleague match.

Daryl Batt had 11 kills, eight aces and 13 digs for Hotchkiss, and teammate Brielle Palmer had 11 blocks.

Boys tennis

Grand Junction made quick work of Central, taking every match in straight sets for a 7-0 win.

The Tigers lost only one game in each flight except Nos. 3 and 4 doubles, where the Warriors won at least three games in each of the four sets.

Boys Soccer

Palisade’s Jared Leak tied the game at a goal apiece in the second half, but Eagle Valley scored with about 10 minutes remaining to beat the Bulldogs 2-1.

Leak scored his goal in the 63rd minute with an assist from Damick Kinson. Goalkeeper Chris Valdez made 16 saves for Palisade (1-1, 1-1 4A WSL).


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