Bears place third at 4A state tournament |

Bears place third at 4A state tournament

On day two of the 4A girls state golf tournament, the Rifle Bears placed third overall, shooting a 546 over the two-day tournament, finishing behind Colorado Academy (468) and Cheyenne Mountain (520).

Individually for Rifle, sophomore Elly Walters finished sixth overall with a two-round score of 159 (81 on day two), while freshman Masi Smith shot a two-day 161 to finish seventh. Caitlin Morgan added a 226 to cap off a strong performance by the Bears.

Glenwood Springs’ Lauren Murphy finished 26th with a two-day score of 189, while Coal Ridge’s Cheyenne Williams finished 55th with a two-day score of 198.


Rifle’s varsity athletic teams achieved some great success in the classroom this year with 64 students receiving Academic All-State First Team awards and 22 more receiving Honorable Mentions, according to Rifle athletic director Troy Phillips.

To qualify for these awards, the students had to be either a junior or senior varsity letter recipient.

Additionally, to receive first team the student must have a 3.6 or higher GPA.

Those with 3.3 to 3.59 GPA’s were honorable mention.

Rifle also had seven varsity athletic teams receive the Les Schwab Academic Team award. To receive this award the team must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Those teams achieving the award included boys’ golf (3.63), girls’ cross country (3.84), volleyball (3.75), cheerleading/spirit (3.61), girls’ basketball (3.64), baseball (3.69) and girls’ golf (3.60).

Both baseball and cheerleading were academic state champions for having the highest GPA in the 4A level for their sports.

It was the second straight championship for cheerleading and third straight championship for baseball.

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