Roaring Fork spikers too much for Basalt
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Roaring Fork’s volleyball team rode a balanced attack to a 25-14, 25-14, 25-22 win over visiting Basalt on Friday.
Hattie Gianinetti smacked 10 kills. Her twin sister, Megan, finished with nine and Madison Handy amassed seven kills and nine digs as the Rams improved to 8-1 overall.
Caitlin Kinney chipped in with seven kills and four aces and Taylor Adams racked up 32 assists and five aces.
Next up for Roaring Fork is a Thursday match against Rifle in Carbondale.
Glenwood Springs outlasted Moffat County in a five-game thriller up in Craig on Saturday.
Lexie Warkentin’s 11 kills helped the Demons to a 26-24, 21-25, 25-8, 17-25, 15-10 win.
Abby Russell distributed 23 assists and Taylor James had four service aces for Glenwood, now 5-5 overall. Kenzie Nelson-Buehler finished with nine solo blocks and Abby Norton racked up 26 digs.
Grand Valley’s Isaiah Martinez was his team’s top finisher at Saturday’s Hotchkiss Invitational cross country meet.
Martinez crossed the line in 20 minutes, 55 seconds to take 10th place. Teammate Dustin Weist was 23rd (22:19). Luis Pena finished 25th (22:34).
Ashton Wilcox’s eighth-place finish led Rifle’s cross country team at Saturday’s Moffat County Invitational.
Fellow Bear Tani Jorgenson placed 22nd (24:19) in the girls race. Kelly Coombs was 23rd (25:01) and Fanny Ehman took 24th (25:05).
John Coombs notched Rifle’s top boys finish, placing 23rd (19:31).
Coal Ridge’s boys soccer team turned a 2-0 halftime lead into a 5-1 win over visiting Rifle on Saturday.
Cesar Ortiz scored two goals to pace the Titans, now 5-3 overall. Jose Rodriguez, Edgar Enriquez and Johnathan Navarro also chipped in with scores.
Julio Aguirre scored the Bears’ lone goal.
“I think we’re playing pretty solid soccer right now,” Coal Ridge coach Brian Blair said. “Hopefully, we can keep it up.”
Aspen scored two first-half goals and held on for a 2-1 boys soccer win at Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Saturday.
The Oysters dropped to 3-3 overall with the defeat.
Gunnison’s softball team eked out a doubleheader sweep of host Rifle on Saturday, winning by counts of 10-9 and 12-7.
The Bears put four runs on the board in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, rallying from a 10-5 deficit in the one-run loss.
Brittany Neuroth was 3 for 5 with two RBIs for Rifle. Cassidy Blackard (2 for 3, triple, RBI), Allie Ehlers (double, RBI), Emma Speer (double, RBI), Norisa Navratil (triple, RBI), Melissa Steinbach (2 for 4) and Chante Church (single, RBI) also had big offensive games.
In the Bears’ five-run loss, Gunnison plated seven runs in the top of the sixth after trailing 6-5 entering the inning.
Speer was 3 for 4 with a home run and a double. She drove in three runs and scored two. Blackard was 2 for 4 with a triple, double and RBI and Navratil was 3 for 4 with a triple, double and two RBIs.
Rifle, now 6-8 overall and 2-3 in the 3A Western Slope League, committed 10 errors in the game.
Basalt racked up 30 runs in a softball sweep of visiting Grand Valley on Saturday.
The Longhorns pounded out 14-3 and 16-2 wins over the Cardinals in improving to 10-3 overall and to 3-0 in the 3A WSL.
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