Area sports briefs
Glenwood gymnasts open season
Competing in its first meet, the new Glenwood Gymnastics Academy level 7 girls team posted strong scores Saturday in Fort Collins.
Theresa Gabriel, 13, complied the best all-around score of the 11-member team with a 31.95 mark and earned the team’s highest score ” a 7.60 ” in the balance beam.
Corey Gera followed with a 31.85 score in all-around competition along with a sixth-place mark of 8.80 in the vault. Teammate Catherine Chenault posed a 31.65 score in the all-around.
Lyndee Zelenka, 11, had the team’s best score ” 8.25 ” in the floor exercise event. Hope Whitman placed ninth in the uneven parallel bars with a 8.50 mark.
The team is scheduled to compete at the Pikes Peak Cup meet in Colorado Springs, Jan. 21-23.
Rifle 3-on-3 tourney winners
Five area youth basketball teams, participating in separate divisions, won team championships at this weekend’s Alpine Bank 3-on-3 tournament at Rifle High School.
In boys championship games, the Unique Individuals of Rifle defeated the Rifle Jayhawks, 15-7, in the seventh-grade tournament. The Rifle Hoopsters captured the eighth-grade title with a 15-8 victory over the Zags from Craig.
In the girls division, Rifle Alpine Bank downed the Crazy Monkey, also of Rifle, 10-9. The Rifle Hotshots captured the sixth-grade title on a 12-4 victory against the Hayden Lady Tigers.
The Rifle Slugs bested the Glenwood Gym Rats, 13-11, in the seventh-grade championship game. In another tight contest, the Glenwood Super Stars edged Hoopin’ It of Rifle, 10-8.
Cardinal nip Basalt girls
In a nonleague basketball game Saturday, the Grand Valley Cardinals scraped by the Basalt Longhorns, 40-38, in Parachute.
Jamie Vance led the Cardinals attack with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Grand Valley got additional help from guards Wynette Jackson (eight points) and Jessica Cielatka (seven rebounds, six assists).
The win moved Grand Valley to 6-2 (1-0, Class 2A Western Slope League) on the year. Basalt fell to 1-6 (0-1, 3A WSL) with the loss.
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