Area Sports Briefs

Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Despite coming up short in its first dual swim meet of the season, Glenwood Springs was led by a string of strong swimming efforts in a 110-72 loss to Aspen on Friday in Aspen.Sierra Grove earned two of Glenwood’s five first-place swims, winning the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events. Her time of 57.35 seconds was over four seconds faster than the runner-up. Grove, a junior who goes to Coal Ridge High School, also swam the anchor leg of Glenwood’s winning 400 free relay. Joining Grove were Anna Wiltse, Keevyn Scholl and Clara Thorsen, who combined for a time of :26.65, almost 25 seconds ahead of Aspen’s A squad.Taking the remaining two victories for the Demons were Keevyn Scholl, who won the 100 back, and Ali Schaiberger, who was the fastest in the 200 free.Thorsen also had a good night individually, placing second in the 200 individual medley and the 500 free. Morgan Wyrick also took second in the 100 butterfly.Rounding out the Demon’s top-two finishers was the 200 free relay team of Wyrick, Wiltse, Kerry Rippy and Grove.Aspen’s win was its first over Glenwood in the Skiers’ four-year history. Up next, Glenwood will travel to Delta for a tri-meet against Delta and Montrose on Saturday.

Playing another Class 5A opponent in the Grand Junction Tigers, the 4A Rifle girls and boys basketball team were both handed defeats on Tuesday night in Rifle.The girls fell 64-32 and couldn’t get its offense going in the first half. The Bears only scored 12 points in the first two quarters and fell behind even more when they only scored four in the final frame.Megan McWilliams paced the Bears with nine points, while Sandy Samson and Quincey Snyder added eight and seven, respectively.The girls’ record now stands at 1-3 after playing their last three games against 5A squads. Up next, the Bears will head to Montrose to play in the Black Canyon Tournament. They will begin play with a game against Bayfield at 8:15 p.m. on Friday.The boys lost to the Tigers by a score of 87-47 on Tuesday night. It was the beginning and end of the games that doomed the Bears as they were outscored 24-6 in the first quarter and 26-8 in the fourth.Hazen Moss led Rifle with 13 points, while Tyler Rust and Drew Blatchford each added 12. The boy Bears (1-3) will also be playing in the Black Canyon Tournament in Montrose this weekend, first taking on Valley at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Glenwood Springs High School girls C basketball team found itself matched against a very tall Summit team on Tuesday night at home. Despite the size difference the Demons used their speed and play-making skills to increase their record to 3-0 with a 32-21 victory.Kristy Moore continued her steady scoring attack while leading the team with 14 points. Hannah McDermott chipped in eight despite a significant size disadvantage in the post. Jolie Dubois, Stephanie Diaz and Haley Amichaux also contributed with many assists and a solid defense performance.The Demons’ next game is at home against Basalt at 6 p.m.

Grand Valley High School’s boys and girls basketball games scheduled for Tuesday night in Hotchkiss were postponed due to weather conditions. A make-up date has yet to be announced.

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