Demons, Basaltmove up in state polls
Area prep teams Glenwood Springs and Basalt rose up in the state volleyball poll in their respective classifications this week.The 7-0 Demons (1-0 Western Slope League) moved up two spots to No. 5 in the latest Class 4A Rocky Mountain News state rankings.Likewise, Basalt (6-0, 1-0 3A WSL) boosted to the No. 7 position in the Class 3A poll from No. 10.Both teams have league matches on tap this week. Basalt travels to Aspen for a 6 p.m. match this evening then motors to Cedaredge Friday for a volleyball-football doubleheader. The volleyball game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., followed by the football game at 7 p.m.Meanwhile, Glenwood has five days to prepare for possibly their toughest league opponent when Steamboat Springs buses in Saturday for a 1 p.m. showdown at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium. On the football front, area teams Rifle and Roaring Fork’s positions in the Denver Post and Rocky Preps Class 3A and 2A state polls remain unchanged.The 2-0 Bears, fresh off a conference-opening 54-14 pounding of Eagle Valley, retain their No. 2 state ranking they’ve held since the pre-season rankings were released three weeks ago.Roaring Fork, 2-0, after downing non-conference opponent Bayfield, 19-14, on Saturday, is fifth in the Rocky Preps rankings and No. 6 in the Denver Post in the 2A poll.The Rams and Bears have conference games scheduled Friday.Roaring Fork travels to 1-1 Olathe, who’s riding on a high after last weekend’s 39-0 shutout win at Class 1A Meeker. Rifle has to tackle an angry opponent in Steamboat (1-1, 0-1 WSC) who absorbed a tough 35-28 loss to 3A No. 1 Palisade at Bears Stadium.In other fall sports prep state polls, Basalt is No. 4 in the 3A Boys soccer rankings and No. 9 in the 3A girls cross-country team statewide.The Longhorn soccer team squares off in their only scheduled match this week against non-league Salida at home Thursday. The cross country team competes in the Liberty Bell Invitational at Heritage High School in Littleton Friday afternoon.
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Glenwood Springs High School’s girls basketball team needed one last win to defend its conference title Saturday afternoon on the road at Battle Mountain.