Thieszen lifts ‘Dogs to win in volleyball


■ Palisade 3,


SCORES: 25-22, 25-16, 25-16
UP NEXT: Palisade vs. Steamboat Springs, 
6 p.m. Friday

Morgan Thieszen had 17 kills as Palisade avenged its only Western Slope League volleyball loss with a 25-22, 25-16, 25-16 victory Saturday over Glenwood Springs.

The teams now are tied at 6-1 in the league, and the Bulldogs improved to 9-5 overall.

“We kind of felt like we let them off the hook when they played at our place,” Palisade coach Wendy MacAskill said of the Bulldogs’ five-game loss to the Demons on Sept. 18.

MacAskill said the Bulldogs felt they had something to prove, and they played like it. She described their performance Saturday as “nice, steady, consistent, smart play.”

Shannon Rhodes led Palisade with 29 assists and Courtney Clark and Tahverle Hodges had 19 and 15 digs, respectively.

The Bulldogs next match will be its annual Girls Night Out breast cancer awareness match at 6 p.m. Friday, when Palisade hosts Steamboat Springs, 
MacAskill said.

Boys Soccer

Marques Combs scored both Palisade goals in a 4-2 Western Slope League loss at Steamboat Springs. Both goals were scored in the first half to tie the score 2-2 at halftime. Daniel Kachin and Spencer Jackson each had an assist for Palisade.

Durango 5, Grand Junction 1: Kevin Miller scored the Tigers’ only goal and Durango netted four goals in the second half of a Southwestern League game that was 1-1 at the half.

Cross Country

Chuck Bisbee placed second at the Windjammer Invitational with a time of 16 minutes, 20 seconds as the Fruita Monument boys cross country team placed fifth overall. Keaton Brown finished with a time of 16:56 for the Wildcats and Matt Steele clocked in at 17:41, and Tim Chandler finished in 17:52.

McKenna Broyles led Fruita’s girls cross country team to a seventh-place finish in the Windjammer invitational. She finished in 19:56, followed by teammates Naomi Neuville (21:16), Rae McLaughlin (21:34), Nicole Twardowski (22:28) and Brier Young (22:29).

■ Greta Van Calcar of Palisade placed third overall in the girls race at the Chris Severy Invitational in Aspen on Saturday. The Palisade boys team placed seventh out of 15 teams and the Bulldogs did not have enough girls for a team score because of injuries.

The Central boys team placed eighth, and similar to Palisade, the Central girls did not have a complete team because of injuries.


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