The Fossil Ridge High School girls tennis team has been looking for tough competition. That’s not exactly what the SaberCats got when Steamboat Springs came to town for a dual match Saturday at Fossil Ridge High School, as the SaberCats won 6-1, losing a three-set No. 2 doubles match and nothing else.
Fossil Ridge improves to 3-1 this season as freshman No. 1 singles player Shawnea Paget beat Steamboat Springs’ Rachel Grubbs 6-1, 6-2, and No. 3 singles player Emma Wiley beat Steamboat’s Kira Lornzen 6-0, 6-4.
Fossil Ridge’s Kaitlyn Motley posted the SaberCats’ only loss, falling 6-1, 6-7, 3-6, to Ellie Bender.
On the doubles side of things, Fossil Ridge continued to take care of business, running through every match in straight sets except for No. 4 doubles, which required a tiebreaker for Taylor Toepke and Lydia Supe to get the win 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.
FOSSIL RIDGE 7, THOMAS JEFFERSON 3 — The SaberCats got off the schneid thanks to a quick start in which they put up three runs in the first inning.
Although it looked as though Fossil Ridge (1-5) might let Thomas Jefferson (3-3) back into it after the game was tied at 3 after the top of the fourth, the SaberCats again plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth. From there, Fossil Ridge wouldn’t allow another run.
Fossil Ridge had nine hits, including a double, two triples and a Corey Peter home run.
WINDSOR 14, FREDERICK 4 — The Wizards had no trouble offensively as three players recorded three hits apiece en route to the win.
Windsor (6-3) topped Frederick (2-5) thanks also to starting pitcher Caleb Linneman’s six solid innings. Brandon Deering, David Watson and Tyler Shubert had three hits apiece for Windsor, which pulled away with nine runs in the final three innings.
LIBERTY COMMON 1, MIDDLE PARK 1 — The Eagles controlled the game, but they couldn’t control the score, allowing an individual performance to derail a win in the second half. The tie came after two overtimes and one great opportunity in a game filled with them.
Forward Liz Yeh was played a through ball 2 minutes into the first overtime period and had a one-on-one with the Middle Park goalie. The goalie made a great save at her own 18-yard box and the Eagles would never get another opportunity like it.
That was the story of the game, as Liberty Common outshot Middle Park 20-11 but couldn’t find the back of the net. Evidence of the keeper’s talent: 13 of Liberty Common’s 20 shots were on goal.
The Eagles got their one goal off a corner kick, as Yeh set up teammate Olivia Bachelet for the score in the 11th minute. In the second half, it was Middle Park’s Gabriel Blahnik who beat three Liberty Common defenders – four if you count the keeper – for the score in the 55th minute.
DICK RUSH COACHES INVITATIONAL — In what many area coaches have called a mini state tournament, Fort Collins teams didn’t fare too well at the Dick Rush Coaches Invitational on Saturday at the Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton. For individuals, however, there is reason for optimism, as three area swimmers recorded top 5 finishes at the meet.
Competitng against probably the toughest competition he’ll see all season, Class 4A Windsor’s Andrew Scott was fifth in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1 minute, 59.80 seconds.
Fossil Ridge had top 5 swims in two events, as the SaberCats’ 200 medley relay team was fifth with a 1:41.77 and Huey Orion was fifth in the 100 butterfly.