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Foundation of versatility

By Jon Mitchell

Two losses to open the season — one of them lopsided — aren’t any indication of how the season is going to go for the Grand Junction High School girls basketball team. That, at least, is how longtime coach Sam Provenza ...


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Derrieux’s weekend impresses older sister

By Matt Meyer

On a cold January night in 2012, Jamie Derrieux led the Grand Junction High School girls basketball team to a lopsided win over Central, posting a career-high 38 points in the process. After the outstanding performance, Jamie made a bet with ...


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Love of sports motivates GJ’s Wheeler to officiate

By Dale Shrull

Brian Wheeler wasn’t a high school sports star, but he always loved sports. The Grand Junction man offers a chuckle when he talks about his lack of athletic ability. “I played some JV baseball, but I never had the skills,” ...


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Switching strategy

By Matt Meyer

One day after facing Gateway, a team with explosive guards who get to the rim, the Grand Junction High School boys basketball team had to gameplan Saturday for Carbon (Utah), a team loaded with shooters. The Tigers handled the transition ...


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Officially, a problem

By Staff

Bernie Goss painted a grim picture of how the lack of high school officials in western Colorado could affect all prep sports for years to come. “I’m being serious here,” said Goss, who assigns football referees to games ...


Cold quarter costly for Tiger girls in loss to Chaparral

By Staff

Grand Junction came out with a strong effort Saturday, the day after struggling in a season-opening loss. But a two-point second quarter doomed the Tigers in a 43-32 loss to Chaparral. Grand Junction (1-1) took a 10-8 lead after the first ...


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GJ wrestlers dominate Maverick Duals

By Jon Mitchell

The last time the Grand Junction High School wrestling team had 10 team members who won each of their five matches in a full-day tournament was … “Well, when I stop to think about that, it hasn’t been that many times, ...


Execution on offense leads Central

By Matt Meyer

The Central High School boys basketball team shifted seamlessly from offensive sets to its post players in the first half Saturday and its motion offense for its guards in the second half during a 65-39 drubbing of Montezuma-Cortez at the ...


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Derrieux shreds D

By Matt Meyer

For the entire first half Friday evening, Grand Junction guard Drew Derrieux outscored Gateway High School at the Warrior Challenge basketball tournament. The senior guard matched the tournament’s highest scoring total by netting 20 ...


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Fruita’s defense wears down Bulldogs

By Matt Meyer

By the end of the first quarter Friday night, the Palisade High School boys basketball team had drained three 3-pointers that were closer to midcourt than the 3-point arc. But after weathering the storm, Fruita Monument spent the next three ...


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