RIFLE — Call it the calm before the storm for the Coal Ridge High School girls soccer team.
The Rifle Bears hung right with the traditionally strong Titans for the first 30 minutes of the season opener for both teams on Saturday, but Coal Ridge finished the match by scoring eight goals in the final 50 minutes on their way to an 8-0 nonleague victory.
“For the first game of the season, we were a little rusty,” Coal Ridge coach Micah Herron said. “But overall, I was pleased with what I saw from the girls.”
Three different Coal Ridge players — Paige Ryan, Jenny Call and Nicole Mooney — each scored twice for Coal Ridge (1-0-0 overall). The titans didn’t go ahead to stay until the 30th minute of the game on Ryan’s penalty kick into the lower-righthand corner of the goal.
Coal Ridge also got goals from Aileen Galaviz-Vega and Karissa Feese.
Brooke Esgar and Holly Keesee each had one save in goal for the Titans against Rifle (0-2-0 overall), which lost its season opener at Delta this past Thursday, 3-0.
Coal Ridge, the defending Class 3A Western Slope League champions, begins league play on Thursday at Moffat County in Craig.
Rifle plays again Tuesday when the Bears continue Class 4A Western Slope League play at home against Palisade.
Demons 4th as a team at SWL relays
GRAND JUNCTION — Glenwood Springs High School’s boys swimming team placed fourth in the five-team Southwestern League Relays meet at the El Pomar Natatorium, claiming victory in three events.
The Demons’ 100-yard freestyle relay team took first in 48.68 seconds, and their 200 free relay squad won in 1:37.86. In the 200 backstroke relay, Glenwood won by less than half a second with a winning time of 2:01.46. It was third in the 200 butterfly/free relay in 1:52.85.
Montrose won the team title with 414 points, with the District 51 Griffins (404), Durango (196) and Glenwood (170) following.
Glenwood also took second place in the 500 crescendo relay, posting a time of 4:51.63.
The Demons will swim again on March 21 and 22 when they compete in the Montrose Invitational.
Steamboat Springs 21, Glenwood Springs 0
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Ben Wharton scored five times for the Sailors (1-0), who had a wide range of players find the net against Glenwood, in handing the Demons a season-opening loss.
Steamboat, which reached the Class 4A Final Four last season, also got goals from Peter White, Andrew Hitchcock, Spencer Petersen, Liam Moyer, Will Petersen, and Trent Trask, among others.
Glenwood (0-1) continues its season when the Demons travel to Frisco to play Summit on Tuesday.
Thomas Jefferson 12, Rifle 1, 5 innings
RIFLE — Sam Reed was effective in four innings on the mound for Thomas Jefferson, and the Spartans took advantage of some fielding miscues by Rifle in the Bears’ season opener.
Reed had 10 strikeouts and allowed one hit and one walk in four innings.
Rifle (0-1) recorded two of its three hits in the fifth inning. Daulton Bornholdt went 1-for-2 with a double, and Gabe Marbas hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning to account for the Bears’ lone run.
“There’s a lot of things that we still have to cover,” Rifle coach Troy Phillips said. “We probably could have hung with them a little more, but we gave up a lot of unearned runs.”
The Bears continue nonleague play at home Tuesday when they host Hotchkiss.
Eagle Valley 17, Coal Ridge 0, 5 innings
GYPSUM — Coal Ridge High School’s baseball team lost its season opener on Saturday as the host Devils earned a victory by mercy rule.
Jerome Pizzeli, Richie Winkler, Jake Sollinger and Greyson Keener each finished 1-for-2 at the plate for the Titans (0-1), who first-year coach Dan Larsen said will get into more of a practice routine this week.
“There’s a lot of detail work we have to work on,” the coach said. “We’ll have a chance to do that with a full team.
Coal Ridge is off until Saturday when it begins Class 3A Western Slope League play with a doubleheader at Basalt. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m.
Delta 4, Glenwood Springs 3
DELTA — The Demons were able to win three matches against the Panthers on Saturday.
Elise Metzger won her No. 1 singles match over Delta’s Emily Kuta 6-0, 6-4, and Tessa Ebert topped Madison Farmer 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.
At No. 1 doubles, Sophie Nelson and Hannah Nilsson beat Uyen Nguyen and Hattie Bohling 6-2, 6-1.
Glenwood plays at Aspen on Thursday.