DELTA, Colorado - Phyllis Zilm's Glenwood Springs High School girls tennis team could hardly contain itself on Saturday.
"Once they heard we finished first, the girls just started screaming and jumping up and down," the ecstatic Demons coach said. "I just smiled and was like, 'Oh for God's sake.'"
That celebration was sparked after the Demons heard they'd won the 13-team Delta Invitational tournament. Zilm said it's the first tournament title her team has won in her coaching tenure.
"We've been to this tournament a couple of times but never won it," Zilm said. "We've been to regionals and finished third and fourth, but we've never had a first-place trophy.
"All of the girls just got better and better with each match," she continued. "All of the girls played just right."
The headliner for the Demons was No. 1 singles player Sarai Zilm, who defeated Grand Junction Central's Keira Trujillo - 6-1, 6-1 - in the tournament final for first place. Zilm, a senior who went 4-0 in the tournament, is unbeaten in each of her 11 singles matches this season. She was named the tournament's outstanding singles player.
Sadie Dickinson, Glenwood's No. 3 singles player, finished third. Claire Wolcott finished sixth at No. 2 singles, falling in three sets in the fifth-place match.
At No. 3 doubles, Bronte Gilman and Hannah Nilsson lost a close two-set match in the tournament championship to finish second. Third-place winners were Tessa Elbert and Elise Metzger at No. 1 doubles, and Ivy Wright and Morley Perrin at No. 2 doubles.
"Roger Yost [Glenwood's assistant coach] has done a fabulous job of coaching the girls," coach Zilm said. "With his help, everything came together this weekend."
The Demons play their final home duel match of the season Saturday against Hotchkiss.
CARBONDALE, Colorado - Roaring Fork's baseball team earned its first two wins of the season, beating Grand Valley, 14-9 and 14-7, in a Class 3A Western Slope League doubleheader.
Dakotah Grett had two doubles and two RBIs in a 2-for-4 performance in the opener. Oscar Olivas had two hits, Tanner Nieslanik scored three runs and Johnny Nieslanik had three RBIs, despite an 0-for-3 performance.
In the second game, Johnny Nieslanik went 3-for-3 and scored four runs, and Olivas had three RBIs in a 2-for-3 performance. Alex Fisher finished 2-for-4, and his two-run double in the third inning sparked a four-run frame that rallied the Rams from a 5-3 deficit.
"I'm happy for the boys," Roaring Fork coach Marty Madsen said. "You can finally see that the work they've put in is starting to pay off. We didn't play a perfect game, but we played a better game."
With the victory, the Rams improved to 2-8 overalll, and 2-4 in 3A WSL play. Roaring Fork's next scheduled game is Thursday at Basalt.
DELTA, Colorado - Derek Horn and Marcus Garcia each had two hits for the Delta Panthers, who used a five-run fourth inning to take control on their way to a 9-4 Class 4A Western Slope League win over Rifle.
Triston Quigley finished 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs to pace the Bears (6-4 overall, 2-3 league). Danny Bartels took the loss on the mound, striking out three in two-plus innings.
The Panthers beat the Bears, 7-3, April 2.
Overall, Delta finished with 12 hits against Rifle, which hosts rival Glenwood Springs on Tuesday night at Deerfield Park.
GYPSUM, Colorado - Eagle Valley's baseball team improved to 5-1 in the 4A WSL and 6-4 overall with its 6-2 and 26-2 victories over Glenwood Springs on Saturday.
The Devils lit up the scoreboard in the second game with a 23-hit attack against Glenwood (2-6, 0-3). The Devils had 10 hits in the opener. The Demons finished with 11 hits in the doubleheader.
CRAIG, Colorado - Kelsey Fauser's two first-half goals helped Coal Ridge rally from an early one-goal deficit for a 5-1 Class 3A Western Slope League win on Saturday.
After Moffat County opened the scoring in the 18th minute, Fauser tied the match in the 30th minute and put the Titans (8-1-0, 7-0-0 league) up for good. Elieen Galaviz, Ashley Strong and Brittany Young each added goals to cap the coal Ridge scoring.
Brooke Esgar finished with eight saves in goal for Coal Ridge, which plays at Basalt on Tuesday.
RANGELY, Colorado - Nayeli Alfaro scored four goals and Taylor Adams added three goals and a pair of assists for Roaring Fork in the Rams' 10-0 non-league victory over Rangely on Saturday.
Ruby Lang and Natalie Olivas also added goals for Roaring Fork (3-1-1 overall, 0-1-0 league play). Georgia Ackerman, Efveidy Campos, Shiloh Marriott, Kristin Joyner and Maddie Nieslanik each had assists for the Rams.
Roaring Fork begins a one-week stretch of four matches, starting on Monday at home against Colorado Rocky Mountain School and Tuesday at CRMS. On Thursday, the Rams are home against Rangely and play Basalt on Saturday.