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Springs sports heading into home stretch at Rifle area high schools

Jon Mitchell
Citizen Telegram Sports Editor
Rifle High senior Alyx Carter hits a ball out of the rough through snow flurries on the fourth hole at Rifle Creek Golf Course during Tuesday's Rifle Invitational golf tournament. Carter finished her round of 18 tied with Grand Junction Central's Sam Medina with a score of 86, but Medina prevailed in a one-hole playoff.
Jon Mitchell / The Citizen Telegram |

The Rifle and Coal Ridge High School girls golf teams appear to be headed in the right direction at just the right time.

Both squads had strong individual and team performances on Tuesday at the Rifle Invitational tournament at Rifle Creek Golf Course. None were better among area competitors than Rifle senior Alyx Carter, whose score of 86 on the par-72 course in the cold and windy — and sometimes snowy — conditions on the course earned her a first place tie, after 18 holes, with Grand Junction Central’s Sam Medina.

Medina went on to win a one-hole playoff against Carter, carding a par on Rifle Creek’s first hole while Carter carded a bogey.

Still, with the Class 4A and 3A regional tournament coming up early next week at Adobe Creek Golf Course in Grand Junction, both Rifle and Coal Ridge have players performing well down the stretch.

One of them is Melissa Steinbach, whose 18-hole score of 92 netted her a third-place individual finish, tied with Caitlin Harjes of Moffat County.

Grand Valley had a respectable individual finish as well, with Misty Bowen carding a 107 to lead the Cardinals.

Other individual finishers for Rifle included the Bear’s No. 2 golfer, Emily Neuroth (110), along with Toni Booth (128) and Raychel Page (129). For Coal Ridge, Allie Hay and Jessica Wagenman each carded a 130. Kayla Holbrook (130) and Jamie Godwin (157) rounded out the team scoring for Grand Valley.

Rifle finished third in the team standings with a score of 324, falling in behind Eagle Valley (312) and Glenwood Springs (321).

Rifle baseball team fighting for playoff spot

Following Rifle’s 8-3 Class 4A Western Slope League loss to Glenwood Springs on Tuesday, the Bears (10-7 overall, 7-5 in 4A WSL play) could use some help to reach the 4A state playoffs.

The one thing the Bears have control of is their final league doubleheader against Battle Mountain (4-14 overall, 0-10 league) in Edwards on Saturday. A lot of Rifle’s postseason hopes, however, ride on the outcomes of other games around the league.

The top three teams in the WSL earn an automatic berth in the 4A state playoffs.

Among them is the final stretch of the season for Glenwood Springs (9-7, 6-5). The Demons have a chance to move into that third spot by winning their final three games. But along with hosting a doubleheader against Summit (4-9, 1-7) on Saturday, the Demons would have to beat fifth-ranked and first-place Delta (14-2, 10-1) on the road in a game scheduled for this afternoon.

The series the Bears will really be watching is the Saturday doubleheader between Palisade (11-6, 9-3) and Eagle Valley (8-6-1, 6-4) in Gypsum. If Palisade sweeps Eagle Valley, the Bears would move ahead of the Devils into third place with a sweep of the Huskies in Edwards.

Rifle has had some stellar individual performances this season. Among them is Bears senior pitcher Bailey Hoffmeister, who had a 1.02 ERA before Tuesday’s game against Glenwood, where the Demons scored seven earned runs off him. Also doing well has been Dalton Bornholdt. Heading into the week, he was batting .304 and had hit each of the Bears’ four home runs this season. Wyatt Robinson hit a two-run homer against Glenwood Springs on Tuesday for Rifle’s fifth homer this season.

Teig Hauer had a team-high .457 batting average with 16 RBIs headed into the week. His batting average is ranked ninth among 4A WSL players. Billy Clark of Steamboat Springs leads the league with a .667 batting average.

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