Coal Ridge boys and girls win first WSL showdowns |

Coal Ridge boys and girls win first WSL showdowns

Two games into the varsity schedule of its inaugural season, the Coal Ridge boys basketball team has two wins and is in first place in the 2A Western Slope League.After defeating Soroco 64-51 Saturday night, the Titans, a team made up of freshmen and sophomores, are 1-0 in the WSL. “It is pretty exciting,” said head coach Mike Cox. “We won our first league game and are sitting on top of the league.”Kevin Screen led the Titans against Soroco with 21 points, Eric Schmitz had 17 and Robbie Higgins added 11. But Cox doesn’t attribute offense to the victory.”We have been getting rebounds and playing great defense. When you do that, the offense will take care of itself,” Cox said. “If we can rebound and play defense, we will be in a lot of ball games.”Coal Ridge will be back in action Thursday, traveling to Vail Christian for a nonleague game at 6:30 p.m.The Coal Ridge girls team found the same success in its first league game, defeating Soroco 33-19 on Saturday.The Titan girls, who are made up of freshmen and sophomores as well, improved their record to 2-2 and are tied for second place in the WSL with Grand Valley and behind first-place Plateau Valley (5-0).The Coal Ridge girls will also be traveling to Vail Christian on Thursday and will play the Saints at 5 p.m.

Piling up a 23-9 lead in the first quarter, the Roaring Fork boys basketball team went on to beat Montrose 64-51 in its final game of the Steamboat Springs Shootout Saturday night.Montrose almost matched the Rams each quarter in scoring for the remainder of the game, but could never recover from the early deficit. Roaring Fork’s Parker Nieslanik scored 17 points, including two 3-pointers, Christian Tena scored 16 and Kade Gianinetti chipped in another 11.Montrose’s Tyler Rawlings was the game’s top scorer, totaling 18 points, while Brett Plankis had 15.Liberty, who beat Roaring Fork 75-49 Friday night, won the boys tournament championship game, 71-54, over Steamboat. The Ram boys ended the tournament with a 2-1 record.Basalt defeated Montrose 43-31 in the girls title match. The Roaring Fork girls finished with a 1-2 record in the tournament.Tena was the lone Ram selected for the boys all-tournament team. Tena averaged 10 points per game in the tournament and went 7-15 from the free-throw line. Roaring Fork’s Whitney Campbell was named to the girls all-tournament team, alongside tournament MVP Laura Wright. Campbell averaged seven points per game, hit three 3-pointers and was 2-3 from the free-throw line. Wright averaged almost seven points per contest, made one 3-pointer and hit both of her free throws. She also scored one-third of her team’s points in Thursday night’s victory over Pueblo County.The Roaring Fork boys team is tied for second place with Hotchkiss in the Class 3A WSL with a 2-2 overall record. The girls are 2-3 overall and are holding the top spot in the WSL with a 1-0 league record.The boys team will now host Glenwood Springs at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The girls will play host to Florence on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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