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Area Sports Briefs

Playing on the road on Tuesday night, the Grand Valley boys basketball team picked up a dominating 77-46 victory over Plateau Valley.

Holding Plateau Valley to eight- and six-point quarters in the first half, the Cardinals took a commanding 39-14 lead at halftime and never looked back. William Waugh led all scorers with 20 points, including five of the team’s 12 3-pointers.

Michael Shepard added 16 points, with two 3s, and Derek Witt totaled 14, also hitting two 3s.

While Grand Valley and Plateau Valley are both in the Class 2A Western Slope League, this matchup did not count toward league records. Instead, the league contest will be played on Feb. 7 at Grand Valley at 6:30 p.m.

The Cardinals moved to 10-1 overall with the win and will be back on the court on Friday when they host Soroco in a WSL contest at 7 p.m.

The Grand Valley girls fell to Plateau Valley in the non-league contest Tuesday night by a 54-50 score. The Cardinals played well in the first half and took a 34-26 lead into the locker room. In the third, things got ugly as Grand Valley was held to two points while Plateau Valley scored 16. The Cards couldn’t come back.

Grand Valley will look for revenge when it hosts Plateau Valley in the WSL game on Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. The Cardinals are now 10-2 overall and will host Soroco at 5:30 p.m. in a WSL showdown in Parachute.

Playing a monstrous seven games in one day at the Eagle Valley girls basketball tournament over the weekend, the Glenwood Springs Middle School eighth-grade team finished in second place behind Rifle.

“We played some good basketball, it was just a lot of it,” said GSMS coach Sandy DeCrow.

On Tuesday night, the Cougars dropped Riverside 46-7, with Sarah Davis leading the way with 12 points. Danielle Turley and Lexie Warkentin added nine and eight, respectively.

The GSMS eighth-grade B team also beat Riverside on Tuesday night by a score of 32-12. Turley and Cristina Peralte topped the GSMS scorers with 10 points each.

Both squads will be back in action tonight when they take on Rifle at Rifle.

The Sunlight Buddy Werner racers had their first race of the season on Jan. 19 at Sunlight Mountain. They raced in a slalom competition on Ivy’s run. Competitors got two runs timed and times from both runs are added together to determine the winners.

It was a clean sweep for the Stepniewski siblings, who both put down two solid runs to take the blue-ribbon honors. Alex Stepniewski won the boys race with a combined time of 52.07, four seconds ahead of runner-up Liam Mulhall. Carol Stepniewski was victorious in the girls division, with a combined time of 57.51.

Jamie Welch took second in the girls race with a 58.42 mark, while Devan McSwain followed in third with a time of 59.46. Brandon Benzel finished third in the boys event, with a time of 57.8 seconds.

The Buddy Werners’ next race is a giant slalom on Saturday, Feb. 2. Racers will be training this Saturday for that next competition.

New Castle Recreation is looking for the following youth coaches: a U-14 boys developmental team coach, U-10 and below soccer coaches, first-grade and under wrestling coach and additional wrestling assistant coaches.

Contact the New Castle Recreation Department at 984-3352 for more details.

New Castle Recreation is also hiring basketball referees for the boy’s third through sixth-grade basketball season. Referees will be paid $35 per game. For more information please call 984-3352 or stop by the New Castle Community Center for an application.

Climb for the Climate, a recreational rock-climbing competition, will be hosted by Colorado Mountain College at the rock wall of the Roaring Fork Campus-Spring Valley Center from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 26).

An entry fee will be determined by each climber’s status with the American Bouldering Series.

This event is a precursor to Focus the Nation, an unprecedented national teach-in to raise awareness of global-warming issues. All proceeds from the climbing competition will support Focus the Nation and climate-change awareness.

For more information about Climb for the Climate, call 947-8237 or visit For information about other Focus the Nation events, please call 947-8237 or visit

New Castle Recreation is taking registration for wrestling, which starts Feb. 25 and runs through May 3. Practice will be 4-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays for first graders and younger. Practice for second graders and older runs 5:15-6:30 p.m.

Information: 984-3352.

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