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Boys Junior Varsity Golf, Boys Varsity Golf · 3 Wildcats qualify for state golf


For the second year in a row the Fruita Monument golfers have qualified a team for state.  Playing at Plum Creek golf course in Castle Rock juniors Sean Kennedy, Zach Nehm and Blake Andersen all qualified for state.  It certainly was not easy.  Sean Kennedy had the best round for the Wildcats shooting a 78 on the tough Plum Creek course.  It was probably one of the better rounds of the season for Kennedy as he had several opportunities to make birdies.  This was sweet for Sean as he missed the cut to state by one stroke last year,  Playing in his first regional, Zack Nehm battled his way to an 81.  Zack played consistent golf all day and came on strong at the end to secure his place in the State tournament.  It was not so easy for Blake Andersen.  Although his 74 stroke average was the best on the team he struggled at regionals and shot an 83.  Luckily for Blake that placed him in a 3 way tie for the last spot to state.  Blake won a pressure packed playoff by making birdie on the 4th playoff hole.  He certainly took advantage of the second chance.   This will be the 3rd consecutive trip to state for Andersen, certainly a feat in itself. Jaydin Berta also a junior failed to qualify but had an excellent season and hopes to improve in the off season.

The Wildcats will go to state on October 2-3 at Common Grounds golf course in Aurora.


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Wildcats News · Event Recap: Week of September 16 – September 22


Saturday, Sep 16th

Girls Freshman Volleyball
@ Central-Grand Junction
N/A
Boys Varsity Tennis
@ Evergreen High School
W
Boys Varsity Tennis
@ Steamboat Springs High School
W
Boys Junior Varsity Tennis
@ Steamboat Springs High School
N/A
Boys Junior Varsity Soccer
vs. Glenwood Springs High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Soccer
vs. Glenwood Springs High School
N/A

Sunday, Sep 17th

No event results

Monday, Sep 18th

Boys Varsity Golf
Regionals @ TBA
N/A

Tuesday, Sep 19th

Boys Junior Varsity Tennis
Central-Grand Junction
N/A
Boys Varsity Tennis
Central-Grand Junction
N/A
Girls Junior Varsity Softball
@ Central High School
L 8 – 2
Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
@ Central-Grand Junction
N/A
Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Central-Grand Junction
N/A
Girls Varsity Softball
@ Central-Grand Junction
N/A

Wednesday, Sep 20th

Boys Junior Varsity Soccer
@ Grand Junction High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Soccer
@ Grand Junction High School
N/A

Thursday, Sep 21st

Boys Varsity Tennis
Chatfield
N/A
Girls Junior Varsity Softball
@ Grand Junction High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Football
vs. Central-Grand Junction
N/A
Girls Varsity Softball
@ Grand Junction High School
N/A

Friday, Sep 22nd

Boys Varsity Tennis
Tournament @ Pueblo South High School
N/A
Girls Varsity Volleyball
vs. Mead High School
N/A

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Multiple Teams · Snyder Racks up Kill Number 1,000


Riley Snyder didn’t know how close she was to breaking 1,000 career kills.

Not until her coach called timeout Tuesday in the first set of the Wildcats’ 25-13, 25-11, 25-12 victory over Central.

“We told her when she had one kill left,” Fruita Monument High School coach Bob Richardson said. “The team didn’t even know. We wanted to make sure they knew about it, too.”

The number 1,000 is special to Snyder.

The Wildcats’ senior, who earlier this year committed to play basketball at Air Force, has also scored more than 1,000 career points on the hardwood.

Richardson has requested assistance from the Colorado High School Activities Association to research the rarity of the accomplishment. If others have accomplished the two-sport feat, he’s confident the list won’t be very long.

“It has to be really rare in (Class) 5A,” Richardson said. “You’ll probably have it quite a bit in smaller schools, but in 5A, most of the kids specialize, and the kids that we play who are getting that many kills are volleyball-only athletes.

“It’s a real accomplishment for a multi-sport athlete to be that good at this level.”

Snyder, who got a high-fives and screams of approval from her teammates when Richardson broke the news in the huddle during the timeout, was quick to deflect attention.

“It’s definitely a great accomplishment to be able to do that in two sports,” Snyder said. “But I definitely have to give props to all of my teammates who all work so hard. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this.”

Snyder’s four kills were dwarfed by the match-high 12 kills from Dana Thomson, who added five digs. Kenzie Wells had 21 digs and Truth Hafey 24 assists for the Wildcats (9-1, 1-0 SWL), who moved to No. 9 in the CHSAANow.com 5A volleyball poll this week.

Fruita added to the list of tough opponents this season for Central (1-8, 0-1). Six of the eight teams the Warriors have played have winning records, and two of them, Glenwood Springs and Coal Ridge, went into Tuesday’s matches undefeated.

“We’re going to make teams uncomfortable when we play our game,” said Central coach Brittany Adams, whose team got three blocks from Jalyn Alton and three kills from Ashley Merkel. “When we put pressure on teams and make them take five, six, seven swings at a ball,  they get uncomfortable. There were times we were able to do that tonight, but we didn’t do it enough.”

Fruita nearly led from start to finish and closed the door on comeback attempts from Central in the second and third sets. A string of Fruita errors helped pull Central within 9-8 before the Wildcats went on a 16-3 run to end the second set. In the third, a kill from Raigen Manspeaker cut the Warriors’ deficit to 17-11 before a match-ending 8-1 run, highlighted by consecutive aces from Madie Price.

“We had 15 players in our rotation tonight, and we usually have eight,” Richardson said. “But we also have a very deep team. The kids who are going in a lot of times would be starting on other teams.”


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Wildcats News · Event Recap: Week of September 9 – September 15


Saturday, Sep 9th

Girls Varsity Softball
@ Tba
N/A
Boys Varsity Soccer
@ Air Academy High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Tennis
Western Slope Open @ Colorado Mesa Universtiy Elliott Tennis Center
N/A
Boys Freshman Football
@ Grand Junction High School
N/A
Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
@ Valor Christian
N/A
Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Valor Christian
N/A

Sunday, Sep 10th

No event results

Monday, Sep 11th

Boys Varsity Golf
Tournament @ HillCrest Golf Course
N/A
Boys Junior Varsity Football
vs. Grand Junction High School
N/A

Tuesday, Sep 12th

Boys Varsity Golf
Tournament @ Dalton Ranch Golf Club
N/A
Boys Varsity Tennis
vs. Grand Junction High School
N/A
Boys Junior Varsity Tennis
vs. Grand Junction High School
N/A

Wednesday, Sep 13th

No event results

Thursday, Sep 14th

Girls Junior Varsity Softball
vs. Montrose High School
N/A
Boys Junior Varsity Soccer
vs. Central High School
N/A
Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
@ Lakewood High School
N/A
Girls Varsity Softball
vs. Montrose High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Soccer
vs. Central-Grand Junction
N/A
Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Lakewood High School
N/A

Friday, Sep 15th

Coed Varsity Cross Country
XC Meet @ HillCrest Golf Course
N/A
Boys Varsity Football
@ Palisade High School
N/A

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Multiple Teams · Cats Capture Inaugural Black & Blue Trophy


Courtesy Matt Meyer
Daily Sentinel

During the first half Friday night, the Fruita Monument High School football team struggled to get traction on the ground against Grand Junction.

Fullback Treyton Queen was stifled and running back Braeden Graham was limited until the break.

Up 14-7 at half, the Wildcats broke the game open with runs off the right tackle, rattling off 16 unanswered points en route to a 30-7 victory over the Tigers at Stocker Stadium to win the Black and Blue Trophy.

Fruita’s 6-foot-6, 305-pound offensive lineman, Trey Dickerson, set the edge for the Wildcats and opened up all kinds of space for Graham. The running back regularly surged forward for double-digit gains in the second half and finished with 228 yards on the ground — 142 after halftime.

“It was so much fun tonight,” Graham said. “They made perfect blocks for me to where I could get outside and get some yards. It’s just super exciting for us as a team, defeating a rival like Junction when everybody in the valley has been talking about them.”

Fruita Monument coach Todd Casebier broke down the offensive line play a bit more. He said although the right side of the line was outstanding at giving Graham room on the outside, there’s work to be done on the left side of the line.

Part of Fruita’s success, Casebier said, is its ability to change directions when running and keeping opponents off balance.

“I thought the right side did a lot better job,” Casebier said. “We weren’t very good on the left side today. And (Grand Junction) did a good job taking away our fullback. Braeden’s a good player, obviously, and everybody knows it and he kinda carried the load. But overall, we’ve got to clean up some stuff.

“We made some mistakes tonight. The defense did a great job. Great job by our defensive coaches, defensive players, but our offense was pretty average. Again, you’ll take a win anytime you can get it, especially in this game, but we gotta get better on offense.”

The Wildcats (3-0) started slowly on offense, punting to the Tigers (1-1) after their first two drives. Grand Junction converted on its first offensive series, grinding out short runs with play-action opportunities for quarterback Clay Payne. In fact, the Tigers’ first score came when the right-handed quarterback rolled to his left and found running back Hunter Tobiasson on an underneath route for a 9-yard touchdown.

But after that, Fruita’s defense locked down. More pressure came off the edge, they stiffened against the run and a heads-up special teams play set up Fruita’s first score.

The Tigers lined up to punt and the snap was slightly off target. The punter bobbled the ball and attempted to run for the first down, but was swarmed by the Wildcats.

Fruita started on GJ’s
33-yard line and used a series of runs to set up a 1-yard sneak by quarterback Zach Rush to tie the game.

The Wildcats opened the second quarter with another long drive, but Grand Junction picked off Rush’s pass into the end zone to take back some momentum.

That’s where Fruita’s defense really turned the tide. A penalty backed up the Tigers and the Wildcats forced a series of incompletions.

After another rough punt, Fruita drove 51 yards for a touchdown, capped by a
16-yard score from Queen.

The mantra of the Wildcats defense this season has been “212,” signifying 212 degrees, the boiling point of water. Defensive end Kaden Jolley said the group started slow, but honed in as the rivalry game went on.

“I felt like we definitely got to 212,” Jolley said. “Maybe not right at the beginning — maybe 210 or 211 there — but in the second quarter we got up to where we needed to be.”

Graham scored on a 28-yard run on Fruita’s first drive of the second half, Marcus Mosnes added a 25-yard field goal to start the fourth, then Graham added the final touchdown with 2 minutes, 37 seconds remaining.


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Wildcats News · Event Recap: Week of September 2 – September 8


Saturday, Sep 2nd

Girls Freshman Volleyball
@ Montrose High School
N/A
Girls Varsity Softball
@ Douglas County High School
N/A
Boys Freshman Football
@ Palisade High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Football
vs. Discovery Canyon
W 49 – 14
Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Tba
N/A
Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
vs. Cherokee Trail High School
N/A

Sunday, Sep 3rd

No event results

Monday, Sep 4th

No event results

Tuesday, Sep 5th

Boys Junior Varsity Soccer
vs. Durango High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Tennis
@ Aspen High School
N/A
Boys Junior Varsity Tennis
@ Aspen High School
N/A
Boys Junior Varsity Football
vs. Delta High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Soccer
vs. Durango High School
N/A

Wednesday, Sep 6th

Boys Varsity Golf
Tournament @ Bridges Golf Course
N/A

Thursday, Sep 7th

Boys Varsity Golf
Tournament @ Black Canyon
N/A

Friday, Sep 8th

Boys Varsity Soccer
@ Air Academy High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Tennis
Western Slope Open @ Colorado Mesa Universtiy Elliott Tennis Center
N/A
Girls Varsity Softball
@ Cherry Creek High School
N/A
Girls Varsity Softball
@ Denver East
N/A
Girls Varsity Softball
@ D’Evelyn
N/A
Coed Varsity Cross Country
XC Meet @ Canyon View Park
N/A
Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
@ Air Academy High School
N/A
Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Air Academy High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Football
@ Grand Junction High School
N/A