Sports: Prep Sports Roundup October 08, 2008

Grand Junction High School’s Matt Leach and Central’s Kahler Grandbouche battle for possession of the ball during Tuesday’s game at Mesa State College’s Walker Field. Grandbouche scored Central’s only goal, while Leach scored Grand Junction’s third goal for a final score of 3 to 1.


Central High School’s boys soccer team spent 30 minutes of its game Tuesday against Grand Junction attempting to tie the Tigers.

In the 58th minute, the Warriors achieved that goal as Kahler Grandbouche slipped the ball past Grand Junction goalkeeper Caleb Ealey to tie the game at 1-1.

Undeterred, the Tigers responded with a Brendan Ryan goal only two minutes later.

“I think that they needed that,” Grand Junction coach Hal Templeton said. “It was a boost and it helped them collectively work together for it.”

The Tigers held that 2-1 lead until extra time, when Matt Leach scored off an assist from JD
Swartzendruber and won 3-1 over league rival Central at Walker Field.

“I thought we played well overall and possessed the bell well,” Tigers forward Tim Hofer said. “This was really important because they beat us 4-1 last time so we came out strong and wanted to beat them.”

Hofer scored the Tigers’ first goal in the 28th minute.

With the win, Grand Junction now has a three-game lead on both Central and Fruita Monument in the league standings.

“We are looking to finish well,” Templeton said. “There are some small things we are looking to work on and hoping to finish better than we started.”

The Tigers had a solid all-around game, finishing with 16 shots. Central goalkeeper Tyler Felker had six saves.

Felker said the Warriors expected Grand Junction to be hungry for the game.

“They possessed the bell well and it was pretty ridiculous,” Felker said. “They came out and put it to us.”

Fruita Monument tied Montrose 2-2 on the road. 


It’s a safe bet to say Montrose is one of the toughest places to play in the Southwestern League.

The Indians are undefeated at home in league and claimed another victim as Fruita Monument lost 25-21, 25-13, 25-20.

“Montrose will not roll over,” Fruita coach Amelia Connor said. “We were right in the first game, but we lost that killer instinct.”

The Wildcats were led by Lindsey Henke, who had 30 assists and led the team with eight digs. Mary McGee was the kills leader with 10 and Nikki Kikes had eight.

Central 3, Grand Junction 1: Grand Junction battled with Central, but the Warriors claimed a 25-22, 24-26, 25-17, 25-20 victory.

“Give Grand Junction credit, they didn’t give up,” Central coach Beth Nelson said.

The Tigers had to play without their top kills leader. Britney Richardson left in the fourth game with an
illness. Richardson had 12 kills and one block when she went to the bench.

For Central, the Warriors had big games from their front line as Amy Kame had 19 kills, 14 digs and four blocks. Meg Fisher had 16 digs, six kills and two aces. Haleigh Higgins added 13 digs, 10 kills and two blocks.

“Meg had her best defensive game and Kame did a good job attacking the ball,” Nelson said.

Both the Tigers and Warriors will spend this weekend in the Four Corners, taking on Durango and Montezuma-Cortez.


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