Cardinal comeback stuns Hotchkiss |

Cardinal comeback stuns Hotchkiss

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By Phil SandovalPost Independent StaffGrand Valley opened its 2004 football season with a 16-9 win at Class 2A Hotchkiss Friday in some nasty conditions. Battling hard, steady rain, a slippery field, and an also-tough Bulldog squad, the Cardinals rallied from a 9-0 first half deficit on two fourth quarter touchdowns and Justin Busch’s 22-yard field goal in the third quarter.”It was a big win and a good start for us,” said coach Mike Johnson. “I’m real proud of them. It would have been easy for us to fold, down 9-0, and with the conditions we were in, but, we wouldn’t go away.”Especially after Hotchkiss scored a safety off a Grand Valley turnover in the second quarter. Earlier Bulldog running back Brad Queen opened the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown in the first period.Grand Valley’s Danny Manzanares capped a 6-play, 79-yard scoring drive with a 28-yard TD run with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter to get close. Quarterback Richard Gallegos won the game on a 1-yard plunge with 20 seconds remaining.Manzanares ran for 112 yards in 19 carries. Gallegos hit on 7-of-12 passes for 108 yards. Adam Johnson was the Cardinals leading receiver with 3 catches and 26 yards.Taylor Prince had 11 tackles in the game. Manzanares and Johnson were credited with 10 tackles each.

The Cardinals faces another 2A opponent Friday when they host Basalt. The Longhorns won their season-opener against Meeker, 13-0, on Friday. Cross CountryRunning against 28 teams on the same course the state meet will be held on, the Basalt High School girls finished third in the team standings at the Harrison Invitational Friday in Colorado Springs. Individually, Amy Lund raced to a fifth-place mark of 20 minutes, 55 seconds. Teammate Kate Wilson was 10th in 21:30 Collin Stewart had the best mark among the Longhorn boys with a 23rd-place time of 17:56.On Friday, Basalt runs in the Grand Junction Central Warrior Invitational at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction.Demon girls take fifthin DeltaTop ten finishes by freshman Sharaya Selsor and senior Abbey Walters boosted Glenwood Springs to second place in the team standings at Saturday’s Delta Invitational. Selsor finished fifth individually in a time of 20 minutes, 21 seconds. Walters took seventh in 20:40. Amanda Alberico was 17th in 21:31.

Rifle’s Elisabeth Strouss posted the fastest time among area girl runners. The Bear sophomore’s 20:09 mark was good for fourth place. Fellow Bears Maddi Steffen (21:31) and Nicole Bendetti (21:54) finished 19th and 21st, respectively.In the boys race, Glenwood’s Alex Tiernan came in second at 16:46. Tiernan, a senior at Roaring Fork High School, runs cross country for GSHS because his school does not field a team. Four Demon runners – Zac Winstead (18:26), Ryan Ward (18:37), Tori Garling (18:39) and Marcus Bosco (18:49) finished among the top 30 runners. Junior Eli Snead had the fastest boys time for Rifle with a 53rd-best 20:03.Both teams are scheduled to race in Steamboat Saturday.Rifle finishes softball tournament with 4-0 winGRAND JUNCTION – Participating in the two-day Peachfuzz Tournament Rifle pitcher Alissa Skinner tossed a four-hit, 4-0 shutout win against Class 3A Cedaredge on Saturday for the Bears, who finished 1-2.Rifle (1-3) broke a scoreless tie with the Bruins when they scored three runs in the third inning, adding to their lead with a solo tally in the fourth.Catcher Lindsey McCue-Locke had of two Rifle’s three hits in the game, including a double. Trisha McDowell singled in the contest.

In other tournament games, the Bears loss games to 5A schools Grand Junction Friday and Fruita Monument. Rifle absorbed a 9-1 defeat to the Tigers on Friday and fell 7-4 to Wildcats Saturday afternoon.The Bears open league play with Palisade Thursday afternoon at Deerfield Park then are scheduled to participate in the Berthoud Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Roaring Fork soccer team goes winless in Montrose InviteRoaring Fork ended play winless in the Montrose Invitational Tournament, which features eight strong teams.The 0-3 Rams were shutout, 7-0 by Class 5A ThunderRidge in Friday’s opener, fell 5-2 to Western Slope League rival Aspen in a consolation semifinal game on Saturday, then lost the seventh-place game to Sterling, 6-1.Roaring Fork travels to Basalt for their 3A Western Slope League opener Thursday, then faces Pagosa Springs for a non-league contest Friday evening in Carbondale. Opening the 2004 season in Denver, the Basalt Longhorns bounced back from Friday’s 4-1 loss to Faith Christian with a 1-0 shutout victory against Colorado Academy on Saturday.Cy Eaton scored the game’s only goal in the first half as Basalt goalie Jamie Winkler kept the host Mustangs off the scoreboard by making 13 saves. Satrting with Tuesday’s league match against Paonia, Basalt (1-1) has three home games on tap this week. Nearby WSL rival Roaring Fork comes in on Thursday with Roaring Fork, followed by Saturday’s non-league game against Pagosa Springs.

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