The Daily Sentinel will be listing Peak Performers every week, highlighting some of the outstanding performances from the previous week. This content will be updated each week with current athletes based on their special performances for that week. The Peak Performers will be from the School District 51 schools, as we move toward the first Daily Sentinel Sports Awards in spring 2018.
For the week of Oct. 8-14.
Shaun Stepisnik, Central High School football
The junior strong safety had touchdown interception return for the Warriors’ first score in the 40-0 win over Cheyenne Mountain. He also had a 45-yard punt return to set up another TD.
Dana Thomson, Fruita Monument Wildcats volleyball
The senior outside hitter helped the Wildcats to a pair of victories to push their season record to 15-1. She had a match-high 18 kills in one win and another 14 in the second victory.
For the week of Oct. 1-7.
Kaden Jolley, Fruita Monument football. Jolley forced and recovered two fumbles in the Wildcats’ 43-15 victory over Denver South. He also had two sacks and got his fingertips on a Rebels’ punt in the second half.
Jordyn Hays, Central softball. Hays finished 6 for 9 across two lopsided wins for the Warriors this week. She launched two home runs in the Warriors’ 11-4 victory over Fruita Monument, then added a pair of hits in a 13-0 win against Montrose.
For the week of Sept. 25-30.
Marc Halberg, Fruita Monument boys soccer. Halberg scored two goals to lead the Wildcats to a 5-2 win over Discovery Canyon. The Wildcats scored three goals in the second half including Hallberg scoring the final goal.
Kenzie Wells, Fruita Monument volleyball. Wells finished with 18 digs to help the Wildcats to a three-set victory over Grand Junction. That total added to her Colorado state record for digs. She now has 1,906 in her high school career.
For week of Sept. 11-18
Canon Olkowski, Grand Junction High School boys golf team. The junior shot an even-par 70 at the Class 5A Southern Regional to tie for first place, and lead the Tigers to a top 2 team finish and qualify for state.
Lexi Wright, Grand Junction volleyball. Lexi had 11 kills and a match-clinching block in the fifth set to lead the Tigers to a five-set win over Palisade.
For the week of Sept. 4 - 9
Jake Chaffetz, Grand Junction boys soccer. The senior scored the tying goal against Fruita Monument in the Air Academy Tournament to help the Tigers go on to a 4-1 win. Chaffetz now has 10 goals on the season.
Katie Sparks, Fruita Monument softball. Sparks hit a total of three home runs, including a grand slam, in two games at a tournament in Aurora. The Wildcats went on to win both games.
For the week of Aug.28 - Sept 2.
Alexandra MacAskill, Palisade volleyball player. The junior outside hitter had 31 total kills during the Bulldogs’ two victories. She tallied 16 kills and 12 digs in a four-set home win against Summit.
Braeden Graham, Fruita Monument football player. In the Wildcats’ 49-14 victory, the team’s second of the season, Graham rushed for 157 yards on 20 carries, and scored 2 touchdowns.
For the week of Aug. 21-26:
Terrance Williams, Palisade football. The senior fullback and linebacker had a huge game in the Bulldogs’ 20-14 overtime win over Central.
Williams rushed for 179 yards on 26 carries and had 1 TD. But he also made a difference in the other two phases of the game. He blocked a punt that resulted in a safety and had two sacks on defense.
Ivory Espinoza, Central cross-country runner. In the season’s first meet of the year, Espinoza looked to already be in top condition, winning the Warrior Classic.
Espinoza, a senior, won the race with a time of 18:57.1. In breaking 19 minutes in the 5K race at Matchett Park, she won the race by nearly two minutes over the second-place finisher.