Prep Sports Roundup: Demons take silver in Loveland
Glenwood Springs’ girls track and field team locked down second place at Friday’s R2-J Invitational in Loveland. Only Loveland finished higher in the team standings at the highly competitive meet.
The Demons were buoyed by a number of high finishes at Loveland High School, including second-place showings by Madi Goodstein (300-meter hurdles, 45.64 seconds), Jenna Brown (long jump, 16 feet, 2 1/4 inches), Delaney Gaddis (triple jump, 33-8 1/2) and Kenzie Nelson-Buehler (shot put 37-1 1/2).
Glenwood’s 800 sprint medley relay team of Goodstein, Connor Adams, Michaela Mansfield and Jackie Knott also finished second, clocking in at 1:51.12.
Mansfield also took third in the 400 (59.76).
The Demons 4×400 relay quartet of Goodstein, Mansfield, Knott and Delaney Gaddis also finished third (4:05).
Glenwood’s boys managed a fifth-place finish at Loveland.
Mike Mills picked up an event win, capturing the 300 hurdles title in 40.56.
Travis Alderson won the triple jump (42-7) and Mike McGraw finished third in the high jump (5-11).
In the relays, the Demons’ Mills, Auston Tribble, Alderson and McGraw placed second in the 4×100 (44.17) and Kellin Casey, Mills, Tribble and McGraw took third in the 4×400 (3:29.67).
Rifle took two at Cedaredge on Saturday to grab sole possession of first place in the 3A Western Slope League baseball standings.
The Bears won by counts of 10-7 and 3-1.
Hunter Finger hit a one-out, two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to give Rifle an 8-7 lead in the 10-7 win.
The Bears, who had trailed 7-3 going into the fifth inning, went on to score two more runs in the inning on hits by Bailey Hoffmeister and Wyatt Robinson.
Danny Bartels pitched a complete game for his eighth win. He’s 8-0 on the season. He also scored two runs, doubled and drove in two runs on offense.
“Our guys never gave in, even when it didn’t look good,” Rifle coach Troy Phillips said. “We just chipped away, and then got a huge, clutch home run from Hunter in the seventh inning. Our guys have just been great in close games all year.”
Finger finished with two hits in four trips to the plate. He drove in a total of three runs.
Nate Schilt had a bunt single. Triston Quigley singled and had an RBI. Jacob Withee singled, walked and scored a run and Layton Stutsman had a single, RBI and two runs scored.
Finger pitched a complete game in the 3-1 triumph. He allowed just four hits and struck out six.
Rifle tied the game at 1 in the fifth inning when Withee singled, stole second base and later scored on a wild pitch.
The Bears took the lead in the sixth when Hoffmeister walked, moved to second on an errant pickoff throw and then scored on a line single by Robinson.
Rifle tacked on an insurance run in the seventh when Finger singled home Quigley, who singled earlier in the frame.
Robinson finished up 2 for 2 with a walk and an RBI.
The Bears improved to 13-1 overall and to 12-1 in league play, while Cedaredge dipped to 10-4 overall and to 10-3 in the 3A WSL.
Roaring Fork split a baseball doubleheader at Olathe on Saturday.
After losing the six-inning opener, 12-2, the Rams bounced back with a 12-9 win in the nightcap.
“Olathe’s a good baseball team,” Roaring Fork coach Marty Madsen said. “We’re pleased with the way we responded after getting mercy-ruled.”
The Rams led 2-1 in the fifth inning of the opener, and then all that momentum came unraveled.
Thomas Cerise was 2 for 2 with an RBI double for Roaring Fork.
Clay Gross pitched the distance for the Rams in Game 2, which lasted eight innings. He struck out 14.
“The kid’s a machine,” Madsen said. “He just wants to throw.”
Cerise led the offense, going 3 for 5 with a double. Tanner Nieslanik was 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs, Shea Nieslanik 1 for 3 with two RBIs and Gross 1 for 3 with two runs.
Breaking a 1-all halftime tie with four second-half goals, Glenwood Springs picked up a 5-1 girls soccer win at Delta on Saturday.
Michaela Mansfield finished with a hat trick, and Jenna Brown and Lilly McSwain scored a goal apiece, as the Demons improved to 8-1-2 overall and to 8-0-1 in the 4A Western Slope League.
Corey Gera had two assists. Jackie Knott, Mansfield and Grace McSwain each had one helper.
Grand Valley’s aim was to start strong and get a few goals early on in Saturday’s girls soccer game at Rangely.
The Cardinals did just that.
Kyra Chenoweth found net in the third minute off an assist from Lauren Paskett, and Grand Valley followed with two more first-half goals, as it cruised to a 5-1 win over the Panthers.
Hanna Cornelius scored in the 19th minute off a long throw-in by teammate Jordanne Williams.
The Cardinals also scored off an own-goal in the 32nd minute, taking a 3-0 lead into halftime.
Rangely responded with a score off a corner kick early in the second half, but Grand Valley’s Megan Smith picked up two late goals to round out the final count. Tarianna Lawrence assisted one and Reyna Estrada the other.
“I saw some good things today, and it’s always nice scoring goals,” Cardinals coach Eric Sarno said. “We need to improve our sharpness on the ball and mentality when playing not as talented or organized teams. I want to see high intensity every game, no matter the opponent.”
Erin Schuckers turned in 80 minutes at goalkeeper, making five saves for Grand Valley, which improved to 8-5 overall.
“Today, we guaranteed the first ever winning season in GV soccer history,” Sarno said. “We set some short and longterm goals at the beginning of the season, and getting this one is huge, but the girls know we still have work to do.”
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