Palisade volleyball team earns first win over Eagle Valley since 2007

The Palisade High School volleyball team wasn’t going to let up.

Instead of packing it in and taking another loss to Eagle Valley, the Bulldogs rallied for a 25-22, 19-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-9 victory Saturday in Gypsum.

It was Palisade’s first victory over the Devils since 2007.

“They’ve been a thorn in our side the last four years,” Palisade coach Wendy McAskill said. “We felt it’s time for us to take another step forward and make a run for the league title.“We were able to regroup and dig our heels in. The fourth and fifth game we steadily improved our ball control and got a couple key digs against their big hitter.”

Palisade (9-2, 4-0 WSL) moved into sole possession of first place with the victory over Eagle Valley (5-3, 2-1 WSL).

Audrey Steinkirchner had 15 kills and four blocks and Mecia Dearth had 14 to lead the Bulldogs. Shannon Rhodes had 35 assists and Jenny Thibodeau had 21 digs.

Fruita Monument 3, Cortez 0: The Wildcats overcame a slow start to sweep Cortez 25-22, 25-13, 25-19 at Fruita.

Ashley Martin and Teddi Larson each had four kills for the Wildcats (11-2, 3-1 SWL).

Jen Morris made 13 assists. Michelle Midgley had 14 digs and Joelle LeFevre had 13 digs.

Boys Soccer

Matt Emerson scored three goals and Wesley Padgett had two to lead Fruita Monument to a 10-0 victory over Montezuma-Cortez.

The Wildcats (3-7, 2-3 SWL) led 5-0 at halftime and had 32 shots to one for Cortez.

Scott Mende, Avery Kuper, Peter Martinez, Greg Houska and Kyle Breeden each scored a goal.

Durango 1, Grand Junction 0: The Demons bounced back from their first league loss with a victory over Grand Junction (1-5-2, 1-3 SWL).

Luke Dekay scored early in the second half on a cross from Ryan Overington for the game’s only goal.

Moffat County 3, Palisade 1: Palisade had opportunities, but couldn’t score enough goals.

Palisade (2-6, 1-4 WSL) took 28 shots to Moffat County’s 23.

Boys Tennis

No. 1 singles player Jesi Nordstrom and No. 2 Drake Giese won the Delta Invitational to lead Central to a second-place finish with 51 points.

Aspen took first place with 54 points. The Skiers won the No. 1, 2 and 4 doubles titles. Montrose was third with 49 points.

Nordstrom defeated Montrose’s Aaron Arellano 6-3, 6-3 and Giese defeated Montrose’s Pharba Sherpa 7-6 (7-4), 6-0.

Montrose’ Joe Nunez won the No. 3 singles title with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory. The Indians’ Alex McMichael and Chaney Dunn won the No. 3 doubles title.

Grand Junction 6, Regis 1: The Tigers swept the singles matches and won three of the four doubles matches against the top-ranked Class 5A team in the preseason.

No. 1 singles player Spencer Weinberg led the way with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Tyler Brasel. Luke Ledebur won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and Tate Hegstrom rallied to win 0-6, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.

Grand Junction was ranked fourth in the preseason.

Pueblo South Invitational: Fruita Monument took sixth place behind two Cheyenne Mountain teams, two Cherry Creek teams and Air Academy.

Freshman Matt Harris placed fourth at No. 3 singles. No. 2 singles player Tanner McKenzie and the No. 2 doubles team of Matt Scofield and Nick Rutan took fifth.

Cross Country

Palisade placed seventh in the boys and girls race of the Glenwood Springs Invitational at Colorado Mountain College.

The Durango girls and Heritage boys won the team titles.


Anthony Roeber ran for two touchdowns and threw for one to lead Paonia to a 32-0 victory over Dolores.

The Eagles (2-2) built a 20-0 lead at halftime and added two touchdowns in the third quarter. The junior varsity team played in the fourth quarter and kept the shutout intact.


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