Demons step up to take on Montrose
The prep football season’s rare run into December has overshadowed prep basketball a little, but the winter sports slate has started up and we’re into the opening weekend.For those who prefer the hardwood to the gridiron – or simply want to fill their weekend with quality prep action – there’s no shortage in the area.Along with the Class 3A state football championship game in Rifle at 1 p.m. Saturday, four prep hoops teams ranked in the top 10 of preseason state polls are filling area gyms.Glenwood begins its hoops season Saturday against Montrose, with the girls starting at 5:30 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m. On the girls side, Montrose, ranked ninth in 4A in the RockyPreps preseason poll, will test the young Demons squad. Lauren Becker and Britany Creamer pace the Indians, who play in the 5A Southwestern League during the regular season, then drop into the 4A Western Slope come tournament time. Yuri Salvidrez, Glenwood’s only returning senior starter, will have her hands full at the point keeping Montrose in check and the inexperienced Demons squad under control in the first game of the season.The Rocky Mountain News picked the Glenwood boys to win the 4A Western Slope, and for good reason: Returning all-stater Sean Flohr is back for his final season, and his brother, Michael – along with Chris Benson and Dustin Braeger and the rest of the team – should be much improved with another year of experience under their belts.Farther up the valley, Roaring Fork High School holds its annual Brenda Patch Tournament starting tonight. The Class 3A Roaring Fork girls team, ranked ninth by the Denver Post, plays up a level tonight and Saturday when the Rams take on 4A Steamboat Springs. Tonight’s game starts at 6:30, and Saturday’s contest is slated for 12:30 p.m.The Roaring Fork boys squad waits until Saturday to start its season – and the Rams aren’t easing into their schedule. The Rams, who finished third at the 3A state tourney last season, are ranked in the top five by both RockyPreps and the Denver Post.Saturday morning, Roaring Fork plays 4A Steamboat Springs and, at 5:30 p.m., the Rams take on another 4A squad in No. 7 D’Evelyn. D’Evelyn won the Class 3A state title last year and moved up to 4A this season.The Brenda Patch Tournament, named in honor of the former student-athlete who died in an automobile accident during her junior year, raises money for a scholarship in her honor. Tickets are $5 per day for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens.The Brenda Patch Tournament, named in honor of the former student-athlete who died in an automobile accident during her junior year, raises money for a scholarship in her honor. Tickets are $5 per day for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens.
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