Yuma High School’s cross country runners are a staying a little closer to home this week as they compete in the Fort Morgan Invitational on Friday.

It represents a slight change to the 2019 schedule as YHS will not go to Imperial, Nebraska, today as originally scheduled, instead heading west to Morgan County on Friday. They also traveled to Elizabeth south of Denver This past Tuesday.

The Indians competed in the heat and humidity at the Goodland Invitational in Kansas, last Thursday at Goodland’s Sugar Hills Golf Course.

Yuma’s boys finished seventh out of eight schools with team scores, with 138 points. Scott City won the meet with 50.

Junior Braden Smith led the Indians by placing 11th on the shortened 4K course with at ime of 16 minutes, 23 seconds. Freshman Javier Duran was close behind in 16th place with a time of 16:40. Junior Leo Montes was 32nd in 17:55, freshman Jaxon Lungwitz 38th in 18:24, senior Cooper Godfrey 43rd in 19:13, and freshman Beau Tate 52nd in 21:05.

The girls team had three runners in the varsity race, all freshmen. Hailey Eyring finished 13th with a time of 21:43, Nuvia Vega was 27th in 24:21, and Abril Montes de Oca finished right behind her in 28th in 24:57.

In the boys JV race, Radley Eisenhauer was 11th in 21:21, and Forest Rutledge 17th in 23:01.

Softball in Brush Tournament

Yuma High School’s softball team is headed to Brush for the weekend.

The Indians are competing in the Brush Softball Tournament, Friday and Saturday by the Morgan County Fairgrounds.

They play Limon at 1 p.m. Friday, then take on Fort Lupton at 4:30 in Pool B games. Game times and opponents for Saturday will be determined by Friday’s results. There are nine teams in the tournament, split into three three-team pools for Friday. Brush, Florence and Holyoke are in Pool A, and Rocky Ford, Wray and Valley in Pool C.

Yuma, 0-7, opened Class 3A District 4 play last Thursday with a doubleheader at Holyoke. The Indians dropped both ends of the double dip, 14-2 and 17-2.

The first game was 2-0 Holyoke after two innings, but the Dragons pushed across five in the bottom of the third.

Yuma responded with two runs in the top of the fourth. Darina Rascon led off with a single. Sam Wells was hit by a pitch, and Shannon Galloway walked to load the bases. Rascon then scored Tiemy Montes’ single, and Galloway ended up scoring when Yarely Yanez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Yuma trailed 7-2, but Holyoke put it away with seven runs in its next at-bat. Holyoke had 14 hits in the game.

The Indians totaled four hits, including two by Montes, along with one each by D. Rascon and MaKenzie Weathers.

Yuma scored one run in both the second and third innings in the nightcap. Montes reached on a single in the second, and eventually scored o Yanez’s single. D. Rascon was hit by a pitch in the third and eventually scored on a pitch that got away from the Holyoke catcher.

Holyoke pushed across four in the first, six in the second and seven more in the third.

Wells, Galloway, Montes, Weathers and Yanez each had a hit for Yuma.


The YHS JV softball team played a doubleheader at Wray this past Monday, dropping both ends of the twin bill, 13-8 and 4-1.

In the first game, Sandy Gilliland had one run and one RBI for the Indians, Shannon Galloway two hits, two runs and one RBI, Tiana McCasland two runs and one RBI, Clarissa Renteria one hit and two RBI, Eva Ruiz one hit and two RBI, Arie Mayant one hit and one RBI, Alysha Yanez one run, Emily Thompson one run, and Liddy Day one hit and one run.

The nightcap was more defensive, but Yuma got just one run on five hits while Wray scored four on six hits. Gilliland had two hits for the Indians, Jazmin Sotelo one hit and one run, and Galloway and Thompson one hit each.