Tigers’ Eccher wins at Warrior Invite

Delta’s Cleo Whiting, left, crosses the finish line one second in front of her twin sister Clarissa, right, Friday to win the Warrior Invitational at Long Family Memorial Park. Cleo finished in 19 minutes, 58 seconds.


Cross Country

Grand Junction High School’s Greg Eccher won the Warrior Invitational cross country meet Friday at Long Family Park with a time of 16:57.

The invitational was an individual race and no team scores were kept.

Three Grand Junction runners finished in the top six as Eccher’s teammates Charlie Medina finished fourth (17:22) and Sam Videlock was sixth (17:58). Fruita Monument’s Chuck Bisbee finished third with a time of 17:18.

Eccher said he uses open invite races like the Warrior Invitational to practice for future competitions such as state and Denver races.

“It was all right, but I wish I had gotten a little better,” Eccher said of his time.

On the girls side twins Cleo and Clarissa Whiting from Delta finished first and second with Cleo winning in 19:58, and Clarissa one second behind. Fruita’s Cassi Ahrens finished fifth with a time of 21:12. 

Boys Soccer

The Grand Junction High boys soccer team lost 2-1 in double overtime in a nonconference game against Brighton.

Brighton’s Alejandro Esquivel scored both goals for the Bulldogs. The last goal came with 1:15 remaining in the second overtime.

“It was a lapse of concentration,” according to GJHS head coach Stephen Latta.

The Tigers (0-3) play Prairie View (2-0) at noon today.

Coal Ridge 3, Central 2: Central High School (1-1) lost in double overtime in a nonconference game against Coal Ridge (3-0).

Central’s Theodore Cristan scored both goals for the Warriors, tying the match both times.

Enrique Bucio of Coal Ridge scored both regulation goals for the Titans, and Edgar Enriquez scored the winning goal with two minutes to go in the second overtime.


The Palisade High School softball team (4-4) won a pair of games at the Westminster Tournament.

In the first game the Bulldogs beat Kennedy High School 15-0 as Katie Rupe closed out the five-inning contest by tossing three innings in relief of Danica DeLahoz.

In the second game, Palisade beat Adams City 8-3. DeLahoz was the winning pitcher, throwing six innings and striking out eight. Jenna Lucas led Palisade at the plate with two hits and two RBI, and Sierra Clark hit a triple and drove in two runs.

• Grand Junction swept a doubleheader against Durango at Kronkright Complex, winning 9-1 and 14-3. The Tigers combined for 32 hits in the two games.

Leadoff hitter Bri Baldwin went 8 for 8 for the Tigers in the doubleheader. Grand Junction’s Arrianna Diaz went 2 for 3 with four RBI in the opener and pitched a complete game in the second game.

• Fruita Monument won two of three games Friday in the Dave Sanders Memorial Tournament in Aurora.

The Wildcats lost their first game 7-3 against Edmond, Okla., but after lunch and a talk from coach Jack Thomas about fighting through adversity, they won their next two games 12-2 against Lakewood and 4-3 over D’Evelyn.

“I challenged them, and they focused themselves,” Thomas said.

The Wildcats scored six runs in the first inning against Lakewood and finished the game with 15 hits. Kenzi DeCrow had a solo home run and three RBI.

Freshman Olivia Bratt pitched a complete game against D’Evelyn, and the Wildcats’ Mariaha O’Dell finished the day 5 for 9 with two home runs and seven RBI in the three games.

Rifle 13, Brush 5: Brittany Neuroth hit a two-run home run and had three RBI for Rifle, while Mary Wright had two hits that batted in three runs. Antonia Booth and Emma Speer each stole three bases, and the Bears stole 11 bases total. Taylor Gore pitched all seven innings for the Bears to earn the win.


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