Demon Invite tops busy sports weekend
A heaping helping of home basketball games in action-hot gyms should be enough of an icebreaker to attract area prep fans to scheduled contests this weekend.The annual Demon Invitational Tournament tips off today at 4:30 p.m. with the Fruita Monument boys taking on Rock Canyon, a Class 4A independent school based in Highlands Ranch.Afterward, Glenwood and Faith Christian take over with a doubleheader starting with the girls at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game at 7:30 p.m.Also on Friday, the Rifle boys host Grand Junction Central in a nonleague game at the Bear Lair at 7 p.m.
Three area schools – Roaring Fork, Basalt and Grand Valley – continue tournament play in Steamboat Springs and Meeker, respectively. Both tournaments started Thursday.Basketball dominates the Saturday docket as well.The Demon Invite restarts with a slate of six games starting at 9 a.m.That contest pits Glenwood’s girls against Greeley Central. It’s the last game of the tournament for the Demon girls due to a last-minute pullout by Fruita Monument.At 10:30 a.m., the Glenwood boys face off against Rock Canyon at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium at the same time Fruita Monument squares off with Faith Christian in the high school’s auxiliary gym.
Saturday’s afternoon session features the Greeley Central vs. Faith Christian girls at 1 p.m., followed by the Faith Christian-Rock Canyon boys matchup at 2:45 p.m.The tournament concludes with the Glenwood-Fruita Monument boys game at 4:30 p.m. Two-day tournament passes are $5. Tickets are priced at $4 for fans attending either Friday or Saturday only. Also taking place Saturday morning is the championship and third-place games of the annual PEG League eighth-grade boys postseason basketball tourney at Carbondale Middle School.The championship game is scheduled at 9 a.m., followed by the third-place game at 10:30 a.m.
Later that afternoon Coal Ridge hosts Soroco for a nonleague girls-boys doubleheader at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Grand Valley girls also have a nonleague home game on tap with Vail Christian at 2:30 p.m.Wrestling and girls swimming fans need to travel to watch area teams in action.Glenwood is slated to compete at the 10-team Buena Vista Invitational dual wrestling meet. Along with the Demons, teams scheduled to attend are Centauri, Florence, Pagosa Springs, Del Norte, St. Mary’s, Lake County, Salida, Middle Park and host Buena Vista.Rifle and Grand Valley travel to Delta High School for the day-long Delta Invitational.The Demon girl swimmers and divers bus to Craig Saturday for a quadrangle meet against host Moffat County, Aspen and Grand Junction Central.
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