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The Glenwood Springs junior varsity girls basketball team won two games over the weekend to improve its overall record to 5-3.

On Friday, the Demons won an overtime thriller against Delta 42-39. They followed it up on Saturday with a 44-35 victory over Palisade.

Against Delta, Glenwood squandered an early lead and had to rally from behind in the fourth quarter. Despite a number of chances, the team could not find its scoring touch.

After misfiring on attempts to notch a win in regulation, the Demons went an extra period with the Panthers.

During overtime, Kristy Moore connected with two assists to Sarah Davis for layups. Davis added another layup as well and scored all of the Demons’ six points to rally her team to the win.

Cassidy Gaddis led all Demons with nine points in that Delta triumph. Davis added eight points and Moore, Nikki Pearson and Sarah Treese all chipped in six points. Hannah McDermott led all rebounders with 10 boards.

Against Palisade, Glenwood rebounded from a lackluster first half (the Demons trailed by seven at the break) to score the win.

Coach Craig Amichaux couldn’t have been more pleased with what followed in the second half, though. The Demons played “their most inspired basketball as a team,” according to the coach, and turned the contest around.

Gaddis scored 15 of her team-best 21 points in the second half to captain the Demons’ surge. Treese added eight points and also led the team with six rebounds, Moore led in assists with three and McDermott contributed six rebounds and five points.

Because of a significant size disadvantage, Glenwood changed defensive tactics to start the second half. Pearson, Haley Amichaux and Moore were aggressive on defense, helping to neutralize the Panthers’ post presence.

The Demons travel to Eagle Valley tonight and have a home game against Battle Mountain on Friday.

The Sunlight Freestyle Team competed in a United States Amateur Snowboarding Association (USASA) event at Snowmass over the weekend, bringing back high finishes in the process.

Brandon and Brett Cannon finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

The Glenwood Grizzlies midget major hockey team split a pair of weekend games with the Mountain States Renegades, winning a Sunday contest 4-3 and dropping a Sunday matchup 8-6.

Action was delayed slightly with a carbon monoxide leak at the Mountain States Ice Arena that required medical attention for players who had taken the ice earlier in the day.

On Saturday evening, the Renegades started the scoring with a shorthanded goal, but the Grizzlies’ Ryan Young responded with a power-play goal to tie it at 1 at the end of a period.

It was all offense in the second and third periods as 12 goals trickled in between the two teams. Seven of those goals were converted by the Renegades.

Grizzlies team captain Daniel Abshire scored his first goal of the evening and provided an assist on a goal by defenseman Grant Wood as the Renegades held a 5-3 lead after two periods.

The two-goal Renegade lead was increased to four after two quick goals to start the third.

The Grizzlies then rallied with three consecutive goals as Young scored his second (shorthanded) of the game. Abshire closed the gap to 7-6 when he scored his second (Peter Freyschlag, Jake McPherson assists) and third (McPherson, Tony Bosco assists) goals for his first hat trick of the season.

Glenwood’s rally ended when the Renegades converted a late empty-netter.

On Sunday morning, it was all Grizzlies in the first period, as they took an early 2-0 lead when Bosco converted a Tommy Hennessey assist into a goal to start the scoring. Tanner Wood followed with his fourth goal of the season on a shorthanded strike assisted by Abshire.

Jonathan Angelo later scored his first goal of the season with assists from brothers Grant and Tanner Wood. The Renegades were able to get their first goal as the Grizzlies skated into the third with a 3-1 lead.

Mountain States closed the gap to 3-2 by scoring first in the third period, but Freyschlag responded just slightly more than a minute later to increase the lead to 4-2. McPherson assisted.

The Renegades scored with about two minutes to go in the game to narrow the final score.

Next up for the Grizzly midget major team is a Wednesday home game against Vail Eagle at the Glenwood Ice Rink. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

The registration deadline for the Glenwood Springs Soccer Club spring season is Jan. 15. GSSC has teams for 4- to 18-year-olds, boys and girls.

Register online at

Information: 945.6091;

The Glenwood Springs High School cheerleading team is holding a mini clinic for all school-aged girls from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. The cost of the clinic, which will be held at GSHS, is $25. Clinic participants will perform at halftime of Friday’s GSHS boys basketball home game against Battle Mountain.

Information: Lynn Goluba, 379-1848.

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