Watkins’ eight goals lead GJ’s romp in boys lacrosse

Taylor Watkins found his place on the field Tuesday, scoring eight goals in Grand Junction’s 18-4 win against Eagle Valley at Canyon View Park.

“He just had a good open spot,” Grand Junction coach James States said. “He was open all day.”

Luke Olsen had four goals and Kris States added two more for the Tigers (4-2). Goalies Kolton Fleck and Andy Bell combined for seven saves.

Woomer lifts ‘Cats past Aspen

Aiden Woomer was able to get a goal when he needed to, breaking a tie with two minutes left in Fruita Monument’s 9-7 win Tuesday in Aspen.

The Wildcats (4-1) and Skiers went goal for goal with each other until Woomer’s goal broke the tie. Jeff Cunningham and Ethan Grinder both led Fruita with three goals each. Cody Young and Wyatt Allen each also scored.

“We handled ourselves great,” Fruita coach Mark Young said. “We didn’t let them get in our heads and we played our game.”


Palisade’s rally falls short vs. Devils

The Palisade baseball team made a late-game push, but wasn’t able to get the win, losing 8-7 to Eagle Valley.

The Bulldogs (3-2, 1-1 Western Slope League) got ahead early on a home run by Jordan Salazar, but eventually fell behind 8-2.

In the sixth inning, Palisade was able to take advantage of a relief pitcher, scoring five runs off walks, hit batsmen and timely hitting.

“We scratched back and did what we could,” Palisade coach Steve Moore said. “They fought back and I’m proud of that.”

Girls Tennis

Wildcats sweep past Skiers

The Fruita Monument Wildcats had no trouble with Aspen, breezing to a 7-0 win on the road.

Janine Kirtland claimed the No. 1 singles match 6-1, 6-0 over Mimi Rodgers, and the Wildcats won every match in straight sets.

Fruita’s No. 3 doubles team of McKenzie Kimball and Emily McGovern and the No. 4 team of Lucy Hartshorn and Camille Kovach claimed 6-0, 6-0 victories, and the No. 2 doubles team of Meredith Soychak and Jenna Caldwell lost only one game in a 6-0, 6-1 win.


Former Fruita wrestling champ dies in car accident in Montana

Three-time Fruita Monument High School state wrestling champion Jack Flasche, his wife, Lois, and another woman died in a two-car collision Monday morning in Montana, according to multiple sources.

Flasche, 68, was traveling on U.S. 2 when another vehicle hydroplaned and collided with Flasche’s vehicle, his former University of Northern Colorado coach Jack LaBonde said.

Flasche is the first wrestler from the Grand Valley to win an NCAA Division I national title, LaBonde said. Flasche won the NCAA Division I wrestling championship in 1962 and was inducted into the University of Northern Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. The entire 1964 team was inducted last month.


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