Fall high school sports season opened Thursday, with the Fruita Monument High School boys tennis team playing Central in an early dual at Canyon View Park.
Colorado allows prep golf teams to start competition earlier, with the first tournament Aug. 8 — the state golf tournament is Oct. 7-8.
Since teams other than golf only started practice on Monday, the schedule is light until next week. The Wildcats will host their Lowry Bishop tennis tournament next weekend at Canyon View.
Grand Junction's softball team plays three games at Chatfield and Columbine this weekend.
The start of football season is still two weeks away, with three District 51 teams playing the first weekend. Fruita Monument hosts Pueblo West at Stocker Stadium and Central travels to Montrose on Aug. 30, and Grand Junction travels to Palmer on Aug. 31.
Fruita Monument placed five golfers in the top 10 to win the Montezuma-Cortez Invitational at Conquistador Golf Course.
With Kade Hayward finishing second at 3-over-par 75, the Wildcats posted a team score of 233 to beat the host Panthers, who were second at 236 behind individual medalist Thayer Plewe, who shot a 73.
Josh Stouder was fifth for the Wildcats with a 77, Brayden Kelley was ninth with an 81 and Aden Dangler and Trigg Hayward tied for 10th at 82.
Grand Junction placed fourth with a 256, with Carson Kerr finishing seventh with a 79. Nate Frahm was 15th with an 86. Central placed eighth with a 276, led by Jorge Bolanos, who carded an 89.