Area Sports Briefs
Steadily chipping away at the leaderboard, Glenwood musher Bill Pinkham moved up again on Wednesday, sliding up into 10th place in the Yukon Quest Dog Race.
On Tuesday, Pinkham checked out of the 1,000-mile race’s seventh checkpoint in 12th place and then arrived at Eagle, 101 miles away, on Wednesday afternoon. Pinkham has nine more checkpoints to go through before arriving at the ninth and final stop in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
Pinkham started the race on Saturday with 14 dogs and is now down to 11 after dropping off three.
Despite playing a non-league game against a bigger school, the Grand Valley boys basketball team had no trouble beating Class 3A Hotchkiss, 64-46, in Hotchkiss on Tuesday night.
The Cards were only up 33-29 before they outscored Hotchkiss, which is 1-12 overall, 23-6 in the third quarter to jump ahead 56-35 on way to the win.
Tyler Jensen led all scorers with 16 points, while Derek Witt and Colton Cowan each scored 11 for the defending 2A state champions.
Grand Valley bumped its record up to 15-1 overall and will travel to Hayden on Friday for its last Western Slope League game of the season.
After trailing 32-20 at halftime, the Grand Valley girls basketball team fought back in the second half but was unable to pull off the comeback as the Cardinals fell, 59-53, to Hotchkiss on Tuesday night in Hotchkiss.
Hotchkiss, a Class 3A school with an 11-3 overall record, was led by Stephanie Spor’s 16 points. Kendall Babler led the 14-3 Cardinals, a 2A team, with 20 points while Erin Vanderpool added 15.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Friday night at Hayden for their final Western Slope League game of the season.
Sunlight skier Lily McSwain showed her speed on Feb. 3, racing to first and fifth-place runs at J4 slalom, competing against Aspen, Crested Butte, Telluride, Monarch, Powderhorn and Purgatory at Powderhorn Mountain. In the J5 boys division, Cooper Cornelius took seventh in his first run and Luke Prosence followed in eighth. Neither finished their second run.
Alphonse Fischer, Quinn Kimminau, and Grace McSwain also skied well but failed to make the top 10.
Glenwood’s Kevin Hartmann and Travis Lundin, who ski for Aspen, strung together good runs with Hartmann placing first both times to win the J2 race and Lundin taking third on his first run and fourth on his second.
It was another frantic finish in the rematch with the Glenwood girls C basketball team and Eagle on Tuesday night. The Demons, who had lost two prior heated contests against Eagle, played a tough second half and won in a thriller by a two-point margin.
The Demons were behind by one point in the last minute of the game. A designed play was set for Kristy Moore and Emily Gentry, where Haley Amichaux and Gentry would set a double screen for Moore and she would attack the right side of the basket. As the defense collapsed on Moore she made a leading pass to Gentry for a layup.
Shortly afterwards an Eagle player was fouled and made the first free throw to tie the game with less than thirty seconds remaining. On Glenwood’s next possession, a similar set play was called, this time to the left side of the basket. Moore attacked the left side and threw another perfect pass to Gentry who finished strong to take the lead. Stephanie Diaz then intercepted an errant Eagle pass to finish off the few remaining seconds and secure the victory.
Glenwood now has an overall record of 12-3. The team plays Battle Mountain at home on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Boys C team.
The Glenwood Springs High School baseball team will have a taco dinner fund raiser before the Rifle-Glenwood Basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15. The dinner will be from is 4-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Come support the baseball team and enjoy the grand opening of the new gym. Cost is $8 plate or $25 per family.
The Sunlight ski team is looking for volunteers to help work the J5 finale ski race at Sunlight Mountain Resort on March 15-16. Volunteers will receive lift tickets for the days they volunteer plus an additional ticket for another day. Lunch will also be included.
Information: Bill Kimminau, 279-2463 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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