Area Sports Briefs
In its last match of the year, the Grand Valley volleyball team picked up its first Class 2A Western Slope League victory of the year with a 3-2 win over Soroco.In a battle that was close from start to finish, Grand Valley took the first game, 26-24. Soroco bounced back with a 25-19 win in game two, but the Cardinals regained the lead with a 25-23 win in the third game.Soroco came out strong in game four, winning by a wider margin of 25-15. With the score tied at two, Grand Valley fought hard and won the game that counted the most, downing the Rams, 15-13.
Glenwood found the back of the net all day long as the Ice U14 boys shut out Basalt, 8-0, on Saturday at Gates Soccer Complex.Scoring one minute and 30 seconds into the game, Glenwood owned the game from the start. Manuel Gallegos sent a crossing pass to Bernardo Santacruz, who punched in the first goal, then Santacruz nabbed an assist on a pass to J.D. Weeden who sent a hard shot to the net for the second goal less than two minutes later.Four minutes into the second half, Michael McGraw took a run from the midfield to drive on goal and score for the third Ice goal. Five minutes later, Ryan Buchanan sent a crossing pass to Hunter Brown who made the score 4-0. Buchanan set up the next goal with another crossing pass that Santacruz scored on with a diving header.McGraw then assisted Buchanan, who scored on a header of his own for the Ice’s next goal. At 26 minutes, Jonathan Ronning pushed a pass to Brown who netted his second goal of the day.Dalton Handy passed to James Unger who took a long shot to the upper corner of the Tsunami net for the final goal to end the game with an 8-0 win over Basalt.Glenwood (4-1-2) will take on the Thunder Mountain Lightning in Palisade on Saturday at 1 p.m. and then return to the Gates Soccer Complex for a 5 p.m. match under the lights against Montrose Avalanche Red.
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.