Area Sports Briefs
Sunlight Ski Team racers take on Loveland GS races
LOVELAND VALLEY ” The Sunlight Ski Team enjoyed a big weekend at a Jan. 3-4 giant slalom event at Loveland Valley.
Fronting the pack with first-place finishes was Cooper Cornelius, who took a first, two seconds and third in four races at the J5 boys level.
Lilly McSwain had a big weekend, too, taking second, third and two fifths in her four J3 girls races. Also in J3 girls action, Lindsay Hoffmann had a pair of 15th-place finishes and a pair of 20th-place finishes.
Grace McSwain finished ninth, 10th, 11th and 21st at the J4 girls level, while Carol Stepniewski had 16th-, 19th-, 20th- and 21st-place runs.
For J4 boys, Luke Prosence took 12th, 15th and 21st, Alphonse Fischer nabbed 20th, 22nd and 24th, Quinn Kimminau 21st, two 22nds and 23rd and Liam Mulhall had 18th- and 20th-place runs.
At the J3 boys level, Alex Stepniewski scored 12th-, 13th-, 15th- and 18th-place runs.
JV Demons hang on to beat Eagle Valley
EAGLE VALLEY ” The Glenwood Springs junior varsity girls basketball team scored a win in a tight contest at Eagle Valley on Tuesday, outlasting the Devils 48-46.
Foul trouble plagued the Demons throughout the night. In the second half, three of the team’s primary players were out of the game. Despite the challenge and adjustments, the team remained determined.
Eagle Valley had stellar performances from Jazmine Zapata with 24 points and Kayla Gagron with 18 points and, as a result, the Demon defense was constantly forced to adjust to these threats.
In the final period, Glenwood’s Kristy Moore and Nicole Kontour rallied the team, combining to score 10 critical points. Sarah Davis finished with four points, all on clutch free-throw shooting, and led the team with seven rebounds.
Josi Pearson hit clutch free throws and finished with four points as both she and Kontour had their best overall performance of the season for the Demons, who improved to 6-3.
The team finished 7-for-9 from the charity stripe, all those shots falling in the second half.
Moore led Glenwood with 12 points and Hannah McDermott scored eight. Moore had six assists and Cassidy Gaddis had four.
Moe’s Night for Grizzly Hockey this evening
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Eat at Moe’s Southwest Grill tonight and help support the
130 young athletes of Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey. Proceeds from the night help pay for ice costs and ice hockey referee fees and more.
Grizzly bantams complete season sweep of Aspen
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The Glenwood Grizzlies bantam A team, comprised of 14-and-under players, completed a season sweep of the Aspen Leafs this past weekend.
On Friday, the Grizzlies jumped ahead early on visiting Aspen en route to a 4-1 win. The teams hit the ice in Aspen on Saturday, skating to a 4-2 win over the Leafs.
Ben Coleman kicked off the scoring on Friday, finding net on a pass from Levi Fetterhoff just 2 minutes, 14 seconds into the contest. That strike opened the flood gates, as Fetterhoff and Nathan Haas (Cam Avery assist) followed with quick goals.
The second period featured back-and-forth play with no scoring until the waning minutes when Leafs’ Laker Mines (Kyle Boucher assist) scored on a two-man advantage at the 10:05 mark. The Grizzlies put on a last-minute charge, but could not capitalize on the opportunities and the period closed with Glenwood up 3-1.
Fast-paced play continued in the third period with uninterrupted play until the 6:13 mark, when the Grizzlies’ Boris Kulwiec scored an unassisted goal on a hard shot from the right faceoff dot. Alex Parrish and the Glenwood defense stood strong, fighting off a late penalty as the Grizzlies held on for the win before a spirited home crowd.
Saturday’s contest completed the home-and-home weekend series and the Grizzlies started right where they left off the night before with Haas (Kulwiec assist) scoring just 48 seconds into the game.
Glenwood found itself with numerous power-play opportunities, but could not capitalize until Alejandro Belandria (Fetterhoff, Charles Macaulay assists) scored a 4-on-4 goal 10:12 into the period.
The Grizzlies took a 2-0 lead into the second period and, early in the period, Glenwood had another power-play opportunity but Aspen’s Dante Lizotte intercepted an errant pass and scored a shorthanded goal just 1:02 into the period. The remaining 11 minutes were played scoreless, with power-play opportunities thwarted by each side.
Haas opened the scoring in the third period with a power-play goal 3:12 in. Aspen’s Gus Gregory answered with a shorthanded goal just 44 seconds later.
Macaulay (Belandria, Fetterhoff assists) iced the victory on a rebound shot from the slot with 2:45 left in the game.
The Grizzly bantam A team will join the midget major A (U18) team in Colorado Springs this weekend to compete in the Colorado Cup tournament, featuring teams from around the country.
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Six members of the Glenwood Springers Track and Field Club traveled to Aurora July 10-11 to compete in the Colorado State Junior Olympic Meet with coach Anne Swanson.