Tiger Invite turning into a cat fight

Tiger Invite turning into cat fightTiger boys, Panther girls lead after first day of meet

Fruita Monument’s Zac Griggs, right, sprints to the finish line Friday to win his heat in the 100-meter dash at the Tiger Invitational at Stocker Stadium. The Wildcats are in fifth place after the first day of the two-day meet.

Central’s Kyle Serrano tags out Montrose’s Peter Shearer on Friday in the second inning of the Wildcats’ 12-4 victory. Serrano played a big part in Fruita’s win, going 3 for 4 with a solo home run in the fifth inning.

Grand Junction High School’s boys and Delta’s girls were the first-day frontrunners at the Tiger Invitational track and field meet.

Host Grand Junction’s 38 points gave it a 14-point lead over second-place Pomona after Friday’s five boys finals at Stocker Stadium. Much of the day was reserved for preliminary action.

Deshaun Harris spearheaded the Tigers’ first-day effort, winning the discus with a toss of 145 feet, 2 inches. Teammate Quinton Walton took second (133-2).

Junction’s 3,200-meter relay team also finished first, clocking in at 8 minutes, 11.7 seconds.

Fruita Monument’s Chuck Bisbee won the individual 3,200 in 10:00.14.

Delta’s girls racked up 35 points, putting them 12 ahead of second-place Fruita Monument after four finals.

Cleo Whiting led the Panthers with a win in the 3,200 (11:16.63). She also chipped in on Delta’s victory in the 3,200 relay (9:47.24).

Rifle’s Joey Kuheim won the shot put (42-11), and Fruita Monument’s Niki Hunt topped the field in the triple jump
(36-3 1/2).


Central did what it needed to do. Now the Warriors just have to sit back and root against rival Grand Junction.

Kyle Serrano hit a solo home run in the fifth inning and the Warriors scored six runs apiece in the fourth and fifth as Central won 12-4, handing Montrose its first Southwestern League loss.

Serrano finished his day 3 for 4, with Alex Schaneman going 3 for 4 with an RBI and Cole Rupe going 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI.

Michael Price pitched a complete game for the win, striking out nine in seven innings of work.

“We did what we needed to,” Central coach Chuck Yost said. “We just have to sit back and see what happens.”

Yost’s squad, now 11-8 overall and 6-4 in league play, needs Grand Junction to drop at least one of its remaining two games to nab the SWL’s one automatic berth for the Class 5A playoffs.

Class 4A Montrose (17-2, 9-1) has the league title locked up.

Grand Junction 4, Montezuma-Cortez 1: Grand Junction pitcher Dillon Fante made his first start of the season a good one, limiting Montezuma-Cortez to a run on three hits in six innings for the Tigers (10-7, 5-3 SWL).

Fante also tripled and had an RBI. Zack Cox finished 2 for 2 with two RBI for Grand Junction.

Girls Lacrosse

Ashley Preuss erupted for seven goals, Kacie Jay scored four and Halle Harrison had three as Grand Junction defeated Battle Mountain 17-10 in Mountain League action.

Megan Gromke added two goals and Delaney Robinson one for the playoff-bound Tigers (12-1, 9-0).

Green Mountain 15, Fruita Monument 9: Alyssa Urban’s five goals and Lindsey Burenheide’s four weren’t enough to lift Fruita Monument to a win at Green Mountain.

Nicole Twardowski and Lauren Sullivan each had two assists for the Wildcats (5-9).

Girls Soccer

Despite numerous promising threats, Grand Valley settled for a scoreless draw against Aspen in 3A Region 3 action.

Desi McGee made five saves for the Cardinals (12-2-1, 8-1).

Moffat County 1, Central 0: Allie Ehlers scored the day’s lone goal to lift the Bulldogs past visiting Central.

Girls Golf

Placing four golfers in the top six, Grand Junction captured the team title at the Dos Rios Golf Club-hosted Gunnison Invitational.

Maya Freismuth (second, 88), Shafer Rubalcaba (third, 93), Hanna Starritt (fourth, 93) and Ryann Tufly (sixth, 98) led the Tigers’ charge at the four-team tournament.

Fruita Monument’s Lyndi Cates placed fifth with a 97.


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