Turnovers costly for GJ in loss to Wizards

Turnovers were the undoing for the Grand Junction football team.

The Tigers turned the ball over five times Friday night, including four fumbles deep in their own territory, in a 42-7 loss to fourth-ranked Windsor.

The Wizards (4-1) began each of the first-half possessions on the Grand Junction side of the field.

Connor Apodaca threw touchdown passes of 16, 29 and 7 yards to Jaedyn Traut and ran for two TDs for Windsor. His 16-yard strike to Traut in the first quarter staked the Wizards to a 7-0 lead.

Grand Junction (1-4) capitalized on a pair of 15-yard Windsor penalties on its ensuing drive, which was capped by Jamis Utt’s 5-yard TD run with 10:55 left in the second quarter.

The Wizards recovered fumbles on Grand Junction’s next two possessions and scored on both for the first of Windsor’s five unanswered touchdowns.

Rifle 42, Conifer 20: Rifle got touchdown runs of 45 and 4 yards from running back Tanner Vines and held on in the second half to beat Conifer in Rifle. Camron Shepherd and Levi Warfel also scored for the Bears (4-1).

Olathe 47, Grand Valley 14: Elias Ramirez returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to set the tone for the Pirates (3-2, 1-0 Class 1A Western Slope Conference).

Gilpin County 58, Plateau Valley 8: The Cowboys (2-3, 0-1) lost their 8-man football Northwest Conference opener.

CROSS COUNTRY

Central’s Ivory Espinoza easily won girls individual title at the Delta Sweitzer Lake Invitational, and Central’s Tyman Smart took second in the boys race to help the Warriors win the team title.

Espinoza won in 19 minutes, 13.04 seconds, easily beating the second-place time of Paonia’s Katya Schwieterman (20:44.65). The performances of Fruita’s Taylor Kincaid (third), Ashlynn Squires (fifth), Elaina Arcand (eighth) and Kylee Quenberg (10th) helped the Wildcats tally a winning team score of 35. 

Smart finished in 16:21.93, with Telluride’s Jaden Evans winning in 16:13.27. The Warriors’ team score of 45 beat out second-place Fruita (70).

BOYS SOCCER

Sayer Frontella had a hat trick and Tyler Speer, Cole Haupt and Hadley Byrd also scored as Fruita Monument rolled to a 6-0 victory against Fort Lupton. Sayer scored twice in the first half to help Fruita (5-6) snap a three-game skid.

SOFTBALL

Central’s had little trouble against Durango, sweeping the Demons 15-0 and 21-0 at Kronkright Complex. Jordyn Hays hit two home runs and had seven RBI in the second game to go with four hits, one home run and six RBI in the opener. Jaeda Garcia added three hits in the first game for the Warriors
(13-4, 5-1 Southwestern League).

Eagle Valley 11, Palisade 10: Regan Bossow finished 5 for 6 with three RBI and a double as Eagle Valley rallied for a nine-inning victory.

VOLLEYBALL

Palisade got 14 kills from Alexandra MacAskill and 29 assists from Reese Norton in the Bulldogs 25-19, 25-21, 25-20 win at Steamboat Springs.

Naline Stephens had 21 digs, Reannon Baskin had three solo blocks and Jessie Mello chipped in two solo blocks for Palisade (8-5, 5-1 Class 4A Western Slope League), which also got 21 digs from Nadine Stephens.

Fruita Monument 3, Montrose 0: Fruita remained unbeaten in Southwestern League play with its 25-18, 25-17, 25-16 victory. Riley Snyder had 13 kills, Dana Thomson added 12 and Campbell Atkins chipped in nine on 10 attacks for the Wildcats (12-1, 3-0 SWL).

Durango 3, Grand Junction 1: The Tigers (4-9, 1-3 SWL) started hot before losing 22-25, 25-11, 25-12, 25-19.


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