Grand Valley hoops, wrestling teams fare well over weekend |

Grand Valley hoops, wrestling teams fare well over weekend

Jon Mitchell
Citizen Telegram Sports Editor

PARACHUTE — Grand Valley High School’s boys basketball team has proven it can score. This past weekend, the Cardinals proved again that they can play defense, too.

Grand Valley won the Buena Vista Invitational this past weekend, earning convincing victories against Pagosa Springs (75-52) and Peak to Peak (94-65). Grand Valley was up big in both of its wins, including the Cardinals’ victory against the Pumas on Dec. 13 which saw four players score in double figures.

“I’m really excited because we played better than last weekend,” said Grand Valley coach Scott Parker, who was referencing the Cardinals’ 1-1 weekend at Jefferson Academy ending on Dec. 5. “We were a little rusty then and didn’t have as good of a flow on offense as we did last weekend.

“I was happy with the way that we played defense the past to weekends, though,” Parker added. “That’s really encouraging, because we can score.”

Sam Parker finished with 29 points, and his 24 points-per-game average is good for No. 10 in all of Colorado and No. 2 in Class 3A behind Jefferson Academy’s Joe Raff. Also having a big game was John Parker (23 points), Tanner Mcgee (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Gunner Rigsby (13 points).

Grand Valley is allowing 55.25 points per game in a schedule that has included Jefferson Academy, the fifth-ranked team in Class 3A.

Grand Valley’s girls basketball team split its games this past weekend, winning 54-40 against Peak to Peak a day after falling to fifth-ranked St. Mary’s of Colorado Springs, 51-49, on a last-second shot at the end of the game. The Cardinals led for almost the duration of the game before the Pirates outscored Grand Valley 19-10 in the fourth quarter to prevail.

“One thing that I noticed was that when it comes to losing, these girls don’t like that feeling,” first-year Grand Valley girls coach Jake Higuera said. “The way they played [Saturday] says everything you need to know about these girls in the way they bounced back.”

The Grand Valley wrestling team earned respectable individual finishes n the Delta Invitational tournament. Freshman JT Latham managed a sixth-place finish at 106 pounds, and Jonathan Downing finished fourth at 195.

The Cardinals wrestling team will compete at the annual Warrior Classic beginning on Friday. Grand Valley’s boys will play at Paonia on Saturday in its last game before the holiday break.

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