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Demon Invite highlights weekend’s sports

At roughly 7:45 p.m. Friday night Glenwood Springs High School athletes will begin playing in a new gym.

Well, maybe not a new gym, but a gym with a new name.

The Glenwood Springs High School main gym will be renamed the Chavez-Spencer Gym after legendary Glenwood basketball coaches Bob Chavez and Harlan Spencer Friday evening. The ceremony takes place during the Demon Invitational basketball tournament between the Glenwood girls’ and boys’ games Friday evening. The girls are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., while the boys tip off at 8 p.m.



Chavez coached the Demon varsity boys team from 1959-89 and earned three state titles.

Spencer started from scratch as the first coach of the current Glenwood girls’ program in 1975 and coached until 1989. Spencer tallied winning seasons in 12 of his 14 years as head coach and also made three state tournament trips.



While a number of people will likely pack the stands to see the gym dedication, they will also be treated to plenty of prep basketball.

The tournament begins at 3:30 p.m. on Friday with Greeley Central taking on the Eagle Valley girls’ team. Boys action starts at 5 p.m. with Ignacio taking on Eagle Valley. The 6:30 and 8 p.m. contests feature Glenwood against Faith Christian.

The tournament action begins early on Saturday with the Faith Christian girls taking on Eagle Valley at 9 a.m. (auxiliary gym) and the Glenwood girls against Greeley Central at the same time in the Chavez-Spencer Gym. The Glenwood boys play Ignacio (Spencer-Chavez Gym) and Faith Christian plays Eagle Valley (auxiliary gym) at 10:30 a.m.

The round-robin tournament wraps up with afternoon/evening contests between the girls’ Faith Christian and Greeley Central teams (1:30 p.m.), the boys’ Faith Christian versus Ignacio (4:30 p.m.) and the Glenwood girls and boys teams face Eagle Valley at 4:30 and 6 p.m., respectively.

The Demons aren’t the only area hoops teams playing in tournaments this weekend. The Rifle boys’ team travels to the Alameda Tournament, while the Bears girls’ team is at the Black Canyon Tournament in Montrose.

The Roaring Fork and Basalt boys’ and girls’ teams are both spending the weekend at the Steamboat Shootout, while the Grand Valley boys travel to the Meeker Shootout. The Grand Valley girls play host to the Grand Valley Invitational.

Off the court and onto the mat, Rifle has a busy wrestling weekend beginning tonight with a home dual against Meeker. The Bears travel to Eagle Valley for another dual Friday and wrap up the weekend at the eight-team Delta Tournament. The Grand Valley wrestling team travels to the Cedaredge Tournament Saturday, while Basalt is at Buena Vista.

The Glenwood swim team travels to the Fruita Invitational for a 9:30 a.m. start on Saturday, and the Colorado Rocky Mountain School ski team opens its season with a two-day trip to Steamboat Springs beginning Friday.


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