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Soccer, volleyball and mountain bike teams compete

DHS soccer downs GJ

The Durango boys soccer team overcame an early deficit to beat Grand Junction on Saturday 4-2.

Niko Korte scored in the fifth minute for DHS, but Grand Junction responded by scoring the next two.

Just before halftime, however, Owen Carozza scored to send the teams into the break level.

After a second Korte yellow card, DHS played most of the second half with only 10 players.

“We were still able to hold possession and create chances,” said DHS head coach Aaron Champenoy.

The coach said goalie Fred Reiter “came up with a big save” to keep the score tied and later scored off a deflection from a free kick for the game winner.

Cedar Newman closed out the scoring with a late set piece goal.

“Cedar was spectacular on both sides of the ball, especially after going down a man in the midfield,” Champenoy said.

DHS improved to 7-0-1 overall and 2-0-0 in the 5A/4A Southwestern League while Grand Junction slipped to 2-4, 0-1.

On Saturday, DHS will travel to Grand Junction again to take on Fruita Monument (1-5, 0-0)

DHS volleyball spikes GJ

The Durango High School volleyball team played two games in two days in Grand Junction and won both. After beating Central 3-0 on Friday, the Demons stayed hot to take down Grand Junction High School on Saturday.

DHS beat Grand Junction 25-23, 25-12 and 25-17.

Leah Wolf led the team with 13 kills, and only one error, against the Tigers. She also had four block assists in the contest.

Mason Rowland, meanwhile, had 21 assists, four service aces, 11 digs and eight kills in the win.

On Tuesday, Durango served 13 aces and had 14 block assists to beat Piedra Vista 25-19, 25-16 and 25-12.

Eva Stewart had 17 assists while Naomi Rowe had 10 digs and 5 aces.

BHS soccer starts a win streak

The Bayfield boys soccer team scored its second consecutive win Friday, beating Montezuma-Cortez 2-0. Willy Roca scored the first goal on a cross from Asher Madonna. Later, Roca assisted Shaw Foster who headed in the team’s second goal.

Bayfield improved to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the 3A Southwest League with the win. The Wolverines also played Pagosa Springs on Tuesday, but fell 2-1 in OT.

Cioppa, Sippy win time trials

The Durango and Animas high school mountain bike teams started their seasons Saturday at the Chalk Creek Stampeded in Nathrop.

This year, however, the race was a two-lap time trial that will be used to seed the riders since they didn’t have a season last year.

Despite basically racing by themselves against the clock, Durango’s Bailey Cioppa and Ivan Sippy still had the fastest times on the day.

Cioppa won the roughly 12-mile time trial in 58 minutes, 10 seconds. Sippy won the boys’ trial in 50:27.

Several other local riders also finished near the top, including Hannah Garvey (fourth, 1:03:15), Animas’ Maddy Glotfelty (fifth, 1:04:15), Ellie McLean (eighth, 1:08:35) and Animas’ Julia Glotfelty (11th, 1:09:30) in the girls’ race.

In the boys’ race, Animas’ Jesus Vargas finished sixth in 53:53, Rilery Jaber placed 11th in 55:03, Nicholas Elliot finished 12th in 55:04, Jack Lootens placed 13th in 55:14, Ben Mackenzie placed 15th in 55:31 while Liam Bezek also cracked the top-20, placing 19th in 56:00.

The team will next race in the Snowmassive Chase, which will be a traditional cross-country mountain bike race, Sept. 26 in Aspen Snowmass.