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Coal Ridge FB earns first victory, volleyball team shocks Basalt

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

It happened. It took work, time, patience and a strong will never to give up, and it happened.The Coal Ridge football team earned its first win in the history of its varsity program with a 12-11 win over Basalt on Friday night at Coal Ridge High School.The Titans took their first lead of the game on an Alex Klein touchdown pass with 1:01 left in the third quarter. The catch put Coal Ridge up 6-5.Then Coal Ridge scored again, this time going ahead 12-5 with 4:36 to go in the game. Basalt answered with a score, making it 12-11 with a few minutes to go and Klein used his 6-foot-6 frame to block the point-after attempt to keep Coal Ridge ahead.Then the Titans got come help from luck. After the Longhorns recovered an onside kick, they went down and missed a 22-yard field goal with 2:08 left. Then the Titans got a few first downs, hanging onto the ball long enough to run out the clock for the win.Coal Ridge (1-3 Class 2A Western Slope League, 1-5 overall) will travel to Roaring Fork next week for another WSL match-up.

Injuries have hit the Roaring Fork football team hard and it showed in the Rams’ 36-7 loss at Gunnison on Friday afternoon.Down to 22 players the Rams struggled against Gunnison. They did manage a touchdown in the closing moments to wipe out the shutout.Roaring Fork (1-3 Class 2A Western Slope League, 1-5 overall) will look to rebound with a win as it hosts the Coal Ridge Titans next week.

The Coal Ridge volleyball team played lights out on Friday night, upsetting No.5-ranked Basalt 3-2 (25-17, 20-25, 21-25, 25-19, 15-12) at Coal Ridge High School.The Titans were down 2-1 going into game four, but came back for the biggest win of the season. Coal Ridge moved to 7-3 in the Class 3A Western Slope League and 10-5 overall, while Basalt, which lost its first match of the year, fell to 8-1 in the WSL and 13-1 overall.The Titans will be back on the court today, with another WSL match at Hotchkiss at 5 p.m.



Grand Valley stayed perfect with a 40-14 football drubbing of Paonia on the road Friday night.With the win, the Cardinals improved to 6-0 overall and to 4-0 in the Class 1A Western Slope League. Grand Valley, which plays host to Hayden next week, entered Friday’s game ranked fourth in the state in 1A by RockyPreps.Paonia dropped to 3-3 overall and to 1-2 in the 1A WSL.

The Rifle varsity regular season finale against Palisade scheduled for today at 11 a.m. was postponed due to rain.The junior varsity softball tournament scheduled for today at Deerfield Park has been cancelled because of rain.The varsity softball game with Palisade at Deerfield Park has been rescheduled Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.


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