Both Hotchkiss cross country teams posted strong finishes at Saturday's 10th running of the Anna Banana Memorial Wildcat Invitational, held at Connected Lakes State Park in Fruita. Twenty-three teams competed, coming from as far away as Greeley and Denver.
Azure Eller entered the Delta Invitational with a 6-1 record at No. 3 singles and a bad cold. But that didn't seem to bother the sophomore first-year player, who posted an opening-round, 6-4, 6-4 win over Fruita Monument JV, then caught a second wind, posting a 6-2, 6-0 win in the semifinals over Montrose.
In a crowd-pleasing three-game match, the Lady Bulldogs upset the visiting Lady Bears of Rifle last Friday night (25-27, 22-25, 19-25).
After exchanging leads several times in the opening game, the teams were tied at 24 all.
The Bulldogs played what head coach Zac Lemon described as "... our best game by far," defeating Monte Vista Friday, 48-20, at Monte Vista.
It was the first loss of the season for the Pirates (3-1), who are two-time defending Southern Peaks League champions and are currently in a three-way tie for first place heading into league play.