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121011 swim Behrends

Swimming helps German exchange student Behrends adapt to life in USA

By Nick Walter

Emily Behrends crashed into the El Pomar Natatorium pool during the Western Slope Relays on Saturday, floated a moment, then pin-wheeled her arms, grabbing and flushing water. A backstroke in one hemisphere is a backstroke in ...


Padgett, Bridges lead ‘Cats past Pueblo South

By Staff

Alex Padgett and Drew Bridges combined for 54 points as Fruita Monument defeated Pueblo South on Saturday 77-48 to take third place in the Ralston Valley Invitational. Padgett, who had 28 points, and Bridges, who had 26, made the ...


Bulldogs own fourth quarter

By Nick Walter

Many tried to explain what happened in the fourth quarter Saturday. Maybe Palisade’s Kane Gunther said it best: “We went off.” A close game in the third quarter against Hotchkiss turned into a 53-35 Palisade victory. The ...


121011 Fr gh v Cherokee

Sinner’s 3-pointer seals Wildcats’ one-point win

By Ben Husband

Up one point with less than a minute left Saturday, all Fruita Monument (4-1) had to do was run out the clock to secure a hard-fought win. Jessica Sinner, though, had other plans. Holding on to a 40-39 lead, the Wildcats’ girls ...


Derrieux lifts Tigers past Cheyenne South

By Staff

Jamie Derrieux carried the offensive load for the Grand Junction girls basketball team (7-1) in the first half of the Tigers’ 50-30 victory over Cheyenne South (0-6) Saturday at the Wildcat Tournament. The 5-foot-10 forward took 18 ...


Palisade finishes third in final poll by Denver Post

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Palisade’s run in the Class 3A state football playoffs caught the attention of the media. The Bulldogs (10-3) finished the 2011 season ranked third in the Denver Post Media Poll, released Friday. Palisade reached the state semifinals ...


Talbott lifts Palisade to win over Coal Ridge

By Staff

Palisade overcame a game-tying buzzer-beater at the end of regulation Friday and got a game-high 18 points from Hannah Talbott to defeat Coal Ridge 59-55. Moriah Rayment added 11 points for the Bulldogs (1-3). “We did a great job ...


Turnovers doom Central in loss to Cherokee Trail

By Ben Husband

Thirty-four turnovers would be enough to leave any basketball coach with a serious head-scratcher. But not Todd Dixon. Nope, the Central High School girls basketball coach is a true player’s coach, which was evident in the ...


S GJHS V CARBON GBB 120911

Derrieux’s overtime free throws seal GJ’s victory over Carbon

By Nick Walter

The jolt of Carbon County’s 3-point buzzer beater to end regulation Friday only led to more free-throw practice for Jamie Derrieux. In overtime at Fruita Monument High School’s Wildcat Invitational, after Carbon County’s ...


120811 S CHS V CHEYENNE GBB

Attacking the basket leads Central girls to win

By Nick Walter

It had Central High School girls basketball coach Todd Dixon jumping off the bench like he’d sat on a tack, and it was the most fundamental play in basketball: The give and go. Central guard Taylor Hice, above the 3-point line with a ...


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