Prep roundup


GJ’s Torres records third straight shutout

Guadalupe Torres made eight saves to notch her third straight shutout Saturday as Grand Junction defeated Montezuma-Cortez 4-0 in a Southwestern League game.

“Guadalupe kept the ball out of the net, and we played good defense overall,” said Tigers coach Joe Graham, whose squad won its third game in a row to improve to 5-7-2, 4-4-1 SWL.

Jordan Drake’s goal during a scramble after a corner kick in the 22nd minute was all the Tigers needed, but Leah Swander followed with two second-half goals, and Ellie Raaum added a goal in the game’s final minute.

“It’s nice that our team is starting to finish games at the end of the year after having a rough start to the season,” said Graham, whose team went 0-5-1 in the stretch before its current winning streak.

The Panthers dropped to 3-10-2, 0-8-2.

Montrose 3, Glenwood Springs 1: Amanda Thoe had a part in all three goals for the Indians, assisting on the first two and scoring the third.

Shelby Kenney’s goal gave Montrose (11-3) a 1-0 halftime lead, and Audrey Alex headed in a crossing pass from Thoe for the goal that proved to be the game-winner at the 44:30 mark. Two minutes later, Thoe scored with an assist from Holly Brooks.



Wildcats win on walk-off single in eighth


Fruita Monument’s Cody Basinger hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning as Fruita Monument defeated Montezuma-Cortez 7-6 in a Southwestern League game.

The Wildcats (9-8, 4-4) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game 6-6. In the eighth, Grant Stagg doubled and Ty Burtard, who was 4 for 4, was intentionally walked, putting runners on first and second for Basinger.

Delta 11-17, Summit 4-6: The Panthers’ Isaiah Kathrein scattered four hits and struck out nine in six innings to win the opener, and Ryan Whiteside had two hits and drove in four runs.

In Game 2, Marcus Garcia led Delta’s 15-hit attack, going 3 for 3 with a home run, a double and three RBI.

The Panthers improved to 8-1 in the Class 4A Western Slope League, 12-2 overall, and will face league leader Palisade (14-2, 11-0) at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Suplizio Field.

Olathe 15-13, Grand Valley 5-1: Trenton Jole pitched six innings to win the opener for Olathe (9-6, 9-5 3A WSL) and delivered three hits to lead the Pirates’ 14-hit attack in Game 2.

Rifle 3-4, Eagle Valley 1-1: Danny Bartels shut down the Devils on three hits and struck out 14 batters to win the opener. He also helped his cause with a solo home run, and Triston Quigley added a solo home run for the Bears.

In the second game, Teig Hauer scattered six hits over seven innings to earn the win. He also drove in a run, and Bailey Hoffmeister collected two of Rifle’s eight hits. Angel Diaz doubled and drove in two runs.

Hotchkiss 6-21, Rangely 7-6: Rangely scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to win the opener, but Hotchkiss took the suspense out of the nightcap by scoring eight runs in the third and 10 runs in the fifth to shorten the game to five innings.

Paonia 14-15, Meeker 4-4: The Eagles’ Taylor Kazter pitched five innings to win the first game, with Keaton Kropp hitting a three-run home run to highlight the offense. Tyler Kendall then tossed all six innings to win Game 2, which was tied after four innings until Paonia broke it open with seven runs in the fifth.


Girls Lacrosse

Urban’s four goals lift Fruita Monument


Alyssa Urban scored four goals to lead Fruita Monument to a 12-7 victory over Eagle Valley.

Lindsey Burenheide and Kiani Vogt added two goals apiece for the Wildcats (5-7), Lauren Sullivan had three assists and goalie Courtney Petek made 12 saves.

Grand Junction 23, Summit 1: Halle Harrison scored five goals and Ashley Preuss added four as 12 different Tigers scored goals. Grand Junction is 10-1 overall, 8-0 in the Mountain League.



‘Cats beat Durango, ready for regionals


McKenna Griffiths and Shannon Hautzinger rebounded from a second-set loss, allowing Fruita Monument to sweep the doubles matches in their 6-1 SWL victory over Durango.

The Wildcats finished league play with a 4-1 record and an 8-2 overall mark and now turn their thoughts to this week’s Class 5A regional tournament, which starts Thursday at the Elliott Tennis Center.

“Now we have three days of practice to get ready for the highlight of the season, we hope,” Fruita coach Clint Davis said.

Grand Junction 7, Montezuma-Cortez 0: The Tigers dropped no more than two games in any set to conclude SWL duals with a 5-0 mark. Carolena Campos won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.


Track and Field

Hunt, Soukup pace Fruita at Liberty Bell


Fruita Monument’s best finishes at the Liberty Bell Invitational, hosted by Heritage High School, came from two of its girls. Niki Hunt finished sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 35-feet, 9 inches and Jenna Soukup was seventh in the shot put with a throw of 35-8.

In the boys meet, Fruita’s Chuck Bisbee didn’t crack the top 10, but his time of 9:59.44 in the 3,200 meters surpassed his personal best by 20 seconds.


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