Tigers' depth leads to swim-meet victory

Grand Junction's Dani Garrick swims the butterfly during in the girls 200-yard individual medley at the Grand Junction Invitational on Saturday at El Pomar Natatorium. The Tigers won only two individual titles, but had numerous top-10 finishes to edge Fruita Monument to win the four-team meet.

Grand Junction High School won a four-team meet Saturday morning at El Pomar Natatorium, with the Tigers edging out Fruita Monument for the team title.

The Grand Junction Invitational featured the Tigers, the Wildcats, Gunnison and Aspen. Grand Junction's depth carried the Tigers to a victory as they won only two individual events, but also won a pair of relays and had numerous top-10 finishes.

Sarah Griffin won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 6.62 seconds and Delaney Kidd dominated the 500 freestyle in 5:23.30, more than 45 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Both Griffin and Kidd joined Jordyn Beem and Jenny Pudlewski on the Tigers' winning 200 free relay team, which cleared the Class 4A state qualifying mark by four-hundredths of a second.

Kidd, Beem, Chloe Dalton and Lacey Hoselton blew by the competition in the 400 freestyle relay, finishing in 4:03.4, more than 14 seconds ahead of its closest competitor.

Fruita Monument, which finished second in the team standings, had several strong performances. Shaye Davison won the 100 breaststroke in 1:20.04, just out-touching Griffin for the victory. Kenley Kohls earned a victory for the Wildcats as the meet's only diver and all three Fruita relays placed second.

Aspen's Emily Driscoll and Davy Brown combined to win four individual events as the Skiers placed fourth.


Blake Andersen scored a season-high 22 points on four 3-pointers as Fruita Monument defeated Steamboat Springs 72-58.

The Wildcats (9-5), anchored by a balanced offensive attack, went on runs in the first and third quarters to put the Sailors (6-6) away.

Caden Olson had 12 points and Ian Barnes added 11 points. Marcus LaBonde and Daren Davison chipped in nine points each.

Summit Academy (Utah) 69, Grand Junction 44: A strong second quarter from the Bears (12-4) sent the Tigers 
(4-11) to their sixth loss in seven games.

Summit 65, Palisade 38: The Tigers (7-5, 1-2 4A Western Slope League) outscored the Bulldogs (3-10, 1-2) in the second half 35-16 to put the game away.

Delta 53, Gunnison 22: Logan Freed had a game-high 18 points to go with an 11-point performance from Jaspar Carmichael to help the Panthers dominate against the Cowboys. Delta (6-2, 1-1 Class 3A WSL) led 31-8 at halftime.

Montrose 35, Rifle 20: The Indians (10-4) won their ninth consecutive game with a victory over the Bears (1-11). Montrose shut out Rifle in the second quarter.

Grand Valley 72, Moffat County 51: The Cardinals (8-0, 1-0 3A WSL) remained undefeated with a win over the Bulldogs (6-4, 1-1).

De Beque 54, Hotchkiss 45: The Dragons (8-1, 3-1 2A/1A WSL) rebounded from their first loss of the season by beating the Bulldogs (6-4, 2-1). Brennan Rigsby had 22 points to pace the Dragons, who are ranked 10th in CHSAA's Class 1A boys basketball poll.


Kenzie Younker scored 15 points and teammates Gracie Olkowski and Faith Buckley added nine points apiece in Grand Junction's 46-22 win over Steamboat Springs.

The Tigers (5-8) held the Sailors (0-12) to three points in the first quarter and eight points in the first half.

The victory marks the first time this season Grand Junction has won back-to-back games.

Rifle 40, Montrose 34: The Bears (10-1) won their seventh straight game with a victory over the Indians (7-7). Elly Walters led Rifle with 19 points.

Delta 51, Gunnison 25: Missa Webb scored 12 points and Sara Geddes added 11 to lead the Panthers (6-2, 2-0 3A WSL) past the Cowboys (4-5, 0-1).

De Beque 44, Hotchkiss 40: The Dragons (5-3, 1-1 2A/1A WSL) went on a 7-0 run in the second quarter to take the lead over the Bulldogs (6-4, 2-1). Jadyn Graham led De Beque with 12 points and Shay Glasser had 12 points for Hotchkiss.


Grand Junction established itself as a legitimate state-title contender, prevailing against two of Colorado's top-ranked teams to win the Arvada West Invitational.

The Tigers, ranked No. 2 in Class 5A by "On The Mat," finished with 201 points to beat Pueblo County (187), the No. 1 team in 4A, and Pomona (185), the No. 1 team in 5A.

Pomona and Grand Junction have swapped places atop the "On The Mat" rankings throughout the year.

The Tigers got individual championships from seniors Dylan Martinez (145 pounds) and Josiah Rider (152) with second-place finishes from Dawson Collins (113), JT Skalecki (170), Seth Latham (182) and Hunter Tobiasson (220). Finishing third was freshman Kieran Thompson (106), with Grady Dalpiaz (195) placing sixth.

Warriors take second in Pueblo: Central finished second in the 21-team Bulldog Invitational at Pueblo Centennial, with 220-pounder Weston Holdren winning an individual title.

Teammates Paul Salazar (152) and Jacob McClaskey (113) finished second, Tanner Hickey took third at 170 pounds and Dre Martinez took fourth at 132.

Palisade finished fifth, with seniors Austin Bernal (152) and Terrance Williams (182) winning titles. Cedaredge, the top-ranked team in Class 2A, got titles from Trey Geyer at 120 pounds and Sean Dale at 126.

Chesnik wins in Utah: Sackett Chesnik of Paonia won the 138-pound title at the Uintah Tournament of Champions in Vernal.

Chesnik, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A in his weight class, won 3-1 in the final. He helped Paonia to a ninth-place finish in the 28-team tournament.

Fruita Monument took 19th place and got eighth-place finishes from Logan Gentzler (170) and Ty Walker (160). Rifle finished 20th.

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