Three-goal 2nd half lifts ‘Cats to win

The Fruita Monument High School boys soccer team led Discover Canyon 2-1 at halftime Saturday before breaking the game open in a 5-2 victory.

The Wildcats (6-6) struck first on Marc Halberg’s early goal, but the Thunder (4-4-1) tied the game in the 19th minute. Javier Aguilar put Fruita on top near the break on a goal assisted by Tyler Speer.

After that, the Wildcats outscored the Thunder 3-1 in the second half, including the final goal from Halberg.

Steamboat Springs 9, Palisade 1: Rudolfo Dexter scored the third goal of the season for the Bulldogs (0-10, 0-7 4A Western Slope League).

Cross Country

The Grand Junction boys placed second and the girls fifth at the Moffat County Invitational.

Aaron King was the top local boys finisher, taking eighth with a time of 18 minutes, 28 seconds. Grayson Gehl was ninth in 18:37, Reese Fledderjohn took 13th and Kainoa Cunningham was 25th.

Mandy Moran finished seventh for the Tigers 21:19 and Makayla Moran finished 27th. Caprock Academy’s Ashleigh Gardner placed 21st with a time of 22:57.7.

Volleyball

Durango remained undefeated in Southwestern League play with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-13 win over Central (2-9, 1-2 SWL).

It was the second straight victory for the Demons (8-3, 2-0 SWL) after dropping three of the previous four games.

Panoia 3, De Beque 2: The Dragons (7-6, 3-3 2A/1A WSL) took the Eagles (11-1, 7-0) down to the wire in a 19-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-17, 15-10 match. Paonia scored 10 unanswered points in the fifth set to the match away.

Softball

Cedaredge rode the momentum from Hannah Gardener’s early home run in a 10-3 win over Palisade at Bergman Field.

The Bruins ended the game with a triple play. After errors and a hit batter loaded the bases, Kambry Hall made a catch in right field and a threw home for the second out. Catcher Emalee Brooks fired a throw down to third, trying to nab another Palisade runner moving up, but the ball sailed into left field, where Katie Hyke scooped it up and threw home for the final out.

n Fruita Monument’s doubleheader against Durango was suspended due to weather.


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