As the weather cools, high school action is starting to heat up. KVNF’s Tamie Meck has this week's highlights.
In football, Hotchkiss senior Jacobe Galley scored 24 points in Saturday's 42-12 non-conference win at Del Norte. Galley ran for two touchdowns and returned the second-half opening kickoff 99 yards for a third. Galley was also six for six in extra point kicks. Conner Beard caught two Josh Hardin passes for touchdowns, and Trenton Tamayo had six carries for 95 yards and one touchdown. The fourth-ranked Bulldogs head back to the San Juan Valley to face undefeated Monte Vista this Friday.
Despite three touchdown runs by Angelo Youngren, Montrose fell short of a win over visiting Pueblo West Friday. Youngren rushed for 187 yards in the Indians' 20-19 loss to the Cyclones. Mike Rocha rushed for another 58. Montrose is now two and two and travels to Aurora to face zero and three Hinkley High School this Friday.
The Olathe Pirates will try for their first win of the season when they travel to Coal Ridge High School in New Castle Friday.
Chris Black and Robert Williams scored two touchdowns each in Delta's 21-25 win Friday over Eagle Valley. Delta travels this Friday to Thornton to face undefeated Arvada High School.
Cedaredge is now three and one and at the top of the 1A Western Slope League standings after a 38-0 shutout win Friday at Dolores. On their opening possession, quarterback Dante Markley completed a 60-yard pass to Reid Gates to put the Bruins on the scoreboard. Cedaredge has a bye this week, and returns on September 28 to face the Bulldogs in a league showdown, at Hotchkiss.
Paonia will try for their first win of the season when they host Dolores. The game was re-scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m., at Paonia Town Park.
Moving to tennis: This Friday and Saturday, seven area schools, including Cedaredge, Hotchkiss, Montrose and Grand Junction Central, will compete in the annual Delta County Invitational tournament. All singles matches and One doubles matches will begin both days at approximately 8:30 a.m., at Cleland Park. Two, three and four doubles matches will be held at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Matches are open to the public. Grand Junction Central is favored to win the team title. With just two weeks remaining in the season before regional competition, there are likely to be some very close and exciting matches at this tournament.
In volleyball, Paonia is now nine and one after suffering an error-plagued first loss of the season Tuesday at Olathe. Paonia hosts North Park Friday at 5 p.m. Olathe takes the weekend off and will travel to Cedaredge on September 27.
The Delta soccer team is now two and six after a crushing 7-1 loss at Coal Ridge. They host Eagle Valley this Saturday at noon.
And in cross country, junior Natalie Anderson set a new course record at Saturday's Eagle Valley Cross Country Invitational. Anderson finished the 5,000-meter race, held at the Gypsum Creek Golf Course, in 19 minutes, 27.3 seconds to win the girls division. Teammate Jenni Celis finished in 19 minutes, 44.7 seconds to place second. Both times met the National Elites Silver Standard time for high school runners. Freshman Mae Anderson placed ninth and the girls team placed second with 47 points behind Summit High School. In the boys division, Cody Bartlett placed third and Andrew Tiedemann sixth. The boys team also placed second overall behind Eagle Valley.
This Saturday is the 12th annual Hotchkiss Cross Country Invitational. The Dobie Desert Classic 5,000-meter open citizens race starts at 9 a.m., with registration opening at 8 a.m. Junior high races begin at 9:45, and the girls varsity race begins at 10:15, followed by the boys race. With its steep hills and deep gullies, this is one of the most challenging courses in the state. At least eight schools, including Paonia, Grand Valley, Coal Ridge, Ouray, Telluride, Grand Junction Central and Montrose, will be represented at the race. This is an excellent opportunity to see some of the top racers in the state, and to test your endurance.