The Jakes lift Roaring Fork past Coal Ridge |

The Jakes lift Roaring Fork past Coal Ridge

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Coach Paul Harvey and his Coal Ridge boys basketball team employed a motto entering Thursday’s game at Roaring Fork.

“You know the old show ‘Body by Jake’?” he began. “Well, we were going to put a body on Jake.”

The Titans aimed to put bodies on two Jakes, actually – Jake Strack-Loertscher and Jake Hawkins. That didn’t stop the 6-foot-3 Roaring Fork big men from making an impact, though.

With the Jakes combining for 31 points and 23 rebounds, the Rams ground out a 53-43 win over visiting Coal Ridge.

The Titans gave Roaring Fork a scare down the stretch, turning a 13-point third-quarter deficit into a 44-40 ballgame late in the fourth quarter.

Creating turnovers with full-court defense and hitting a few big 3-pointers – including fourth-quarter triples by Darik Brown, McCade Cox and Nathan Terrin – Coal Ridge gave the Rams quite the scare.

But coach Larry Williams’ team, as it’s done many times this year, found a way to close the game out.

“We finished,” the second-year frontman said. “We’ve finished a few close ones this year. It’s good we know how to do that.”

Key rebounds and shooting at a 7-of-10 clip from the free-throw line in the final 1 minute, 5 seconds helped the Rams improve to 5-7 overall and to 5-4 in the 3A Western Slope League.

Hawkins, who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds, sensed his team desperately wanted a win on Thursday.

“I could feel the energy,” the senior said. “The guys were all pumped up. They really wanted to get this win.”

Chipping in 10 points for Roaring Fork was point guard Dalton Handy, who hit a pair of 3-pointers on the night. Strack-Loertscher finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Terrin led Coal Ridge, now 4-9 overall and 4-6 in the 3A WSL, with 14 points. Brown added 13 points.

Titan girls score big win

Scoring second-chance points aplenty, Coal Ridge’s girls coasted to a 60-21 win at Roaring Fork on Thursday.

The Titans finished with 12 putbacks off offensive rebounds in improving their record to 6-7 overall and to 5-5 in the 3A WSL.

“We work on our rebounding a lot,” said Coal Ridge senior Sam Wilson, who finished with 11 points and 11 boards. “We really focus on it as a team. I think we did a good job of it tonight. The hard work paid off.”

“I think the offensive putback points are huge for whichever team gets it,” Titans coach Rick Schmitz said. “We were fortunate enough tonight, I think, to get a couple at beginning of the game and that kind of got us going.”

Tori Verdieck finished with 12 points, Carly Cloninger 10 and Ashlie Bowles nine for Coal Ridge, which doesn’t play again until making a Feb. 5 trip to Gunnison.

Alli Zeigel led Roaring Fork (0-12, 0-9) with 11 points.

The Rams will take to their home floor tonight against Cedaredge.

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