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Austin Berk’s big defensive plays help Tigers stay undefeated, top Fruita

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Austin Berk seemed to be everywhere. The Grand Junction High School junior recovered three fumbles, recorded at least one sack and even had an interception in Grand Junction’s 42-14 victory Friday night over rival Fruita Monument at ...

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Impressive Indians: Montrose cruises past Central

By Ben Husband

In the first quarter Thursday night, it appeared the Central High School football team was ready to make its final home game of the season one to remember. Unfortunately for the Warriors, that one quarter — which really was two big ...


Stepbrothers Tyler Church, Jeff Strong lead solid Fruita defense

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There was no question Tyler Church and Jeff Strong would get along. The Fruita Monument High School seniors have been friends since they were on the same basketball team in middle school. A couple of years later, they became stepbrothers ...

Wildcard rankings add intrigue to Fruita-Junction game

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There’s already plenty to play for between the Grand Junction and Fruita Monument high school football teams. The Mesa County School District 51 rivals are both undefeated in conference play. Grand Junction (7-0, 2-0 Southwestern ...

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Whiting twins help Delta girls qualify for state XC meet

By William Woody

DELTA — For the entire cross country season, Delta High School sophomore Cleo Whiting has been trying to keep up with her twin sister, Clarissa. She finally caught her Wednesday, when the sisters finished second and third in the Class ...

Fruita soccer team loses, still clinches playoff berth

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Fruita Monument’s final regular season soccer game came down to the final minute. The Southwestern League’s leading scorer, Peter Martinez, held Fruita’s playoff hopes in his hands Tuesday night, but the senior striker ...

Fruita volleyball team finishes 2nd in SWL

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It could’ve been a trying season for the Fruita Monument High School volleyball team. After losing some key seniors last season, coach Bob Richardson had to lean on some young players. The Wildcats closed out the regular season with a ...

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Fruita softball team embraces team mentality to make it back to state tourney

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Jamie Dunn wasn’t sure what to expect from the Fruita Monument High School softball team this season. So many key players graduated from the team that was one base hit away from the Class 5A state championship game last season, the ...

Top-ranked Tigers hold steady in 5A football poll

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Grand Junction enters rivalry week as a solid No. 1 in the Denver Post football media poll. The Tigers (7-0, 2-0 Southwestern Conference), who have rushed for 2,732 yards and outscored their opponents 310-84 this season, play Fruita Monument ...

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Super sophomores rising to occasion for playoff-hopeful Fruita Monument

By Scott Schlaufman

As a freshman last year, Fruita Monument High School soccer player Lukas Smith watched the Wildcats’ defensive line help propel Fruita to the Class 5A playoffs. He knew it wouldn’t be long before the quartet of seniors,  Alex ...

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