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Walker-Towles’ big fourth quarter carries Central past Durango

By Dale Shrull

Jayda Walker-Towles worked all week on her free-throw shooting. On Friday night, it nearly worked to perfection in Central’s 51-44 win over Durango. Walker-Towles scored 14 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter, and she hit ...


Happy memories are plentiful for Garland’s family

By Jon Mitchell

Sharen Garland’s memories of her grandson, Ben, are too numerous to count. She can remember the trips to Englewood for Denver Broncos training camp, when security people would simply wave at them without asking for credentials. She ...


Tigers’ tale

By Matt Meyer

If you ask Grand Junction High School boys basketball coach Isaac Madison, there’s nothing like a rivalry game at Fruita Monument. Well, almost nothing. “The only thing that’s better is when it’s at our place,” ...

Walters’ big foul shots top Palisade

By Staff

Rifle High School guard Elly Walters hit a pair of free throws with 1.7 seconds remaining in regulation Friday night against Palisade, and the Bears withstood a Bulldogs rally from a seven-point deficit for a key 35-33 victory in ...


Happy return: Fruita senior Maraschin sends ‘Cats past Tigers

By Matt Meyer

Alyssa Maraschin wasn’t about to miss Friday’s senior night against Grand Junction. The Fruita Monument High School post player — one of only two seniors on the Wildcats’ roster — was initially expected to return ...

Wildcats induct their 1st Hall of Fame class

By Matt Meyer

Fruita Monument High School inducted the first class into its Hall of Fame on Friday, honoring athletes and coaches from the school’s athletic teams. “Fruita has had a rich tradition of championships and success,” Fruita ...


Super Bowl Central

By Dale Shrull

Vern McGee, Tony Santy and Ben Garland munched on prime rib, talked football and caught up on life a little at the Texas Roadhouse last spring. Some people recognized Garland as the Central High School graduate who made it to the NFL. He ...


Garland’s dedication motivates current Central FB players

By Matt Meyer

Ben Garland has made it a point to return to where he was once a standout football player — Central High School. When he was with the Denver Broncos, Garland made a quick appearance at Central to talk to old coaches and teachers. He ...


For Western Slope FB signees, college experience the next big step

By Matt Meyer

For as long as he’s played football, Darrion Alton knew he wanted to suit up for an NCAA Division I program. The Central High School wide receiver put up eye-popping numbers with the Warriors over three seasons and had several offers on ...


GJ trio ready to continue athletic careers in college

By Dale Shrull

One day after the Grand Junction High School guard tandem combined to score 39 of the Tigers’ 48 points in a win over Montrose, Trevor Olkowski and Drew Derrieux smiled for the cameras. It was signing day. Sitting between the two ...

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