Foursome wants to continue its winning ways
Throughout their athletic careers at Glenwood Springs Middle School Connor Riley, Jordan Ciani, Kevin Screen and Dakota Stonehouse have not been defeated.By Phil SandovalPost Independent StaffThroughout their athletic careers at Glenwood Springs Middle School Connor Riley, Jordan Ciani, Kevin Screen and Dakota Stonehouse have not been defeated.And the foursome, which makes up four-fifths of the unbeaten Cougars basketball team, want to add to that winning record this weekend by sweeping the PEG League eighth-grade tournament.Glenwood, the No. 1 seed, defeated Carbondale, 35-8, in a semifinal game Thursday to advance to Saturday’s championship game against St John of Parachute, which defeated Rifle in the other semifinal game. No score was available.”We just want to keep the streak alive,” said Ciani, Glenwood’s power forward.It turns out, the streak stretches back further than middle school.”As fifth-graders, we lost our first football game to Parachute, and we haven’t lost since,” Riley noted.In the past three years, the four have been members of two Three Rivers Youth Football League championship teams and a part of back-to-back unbeaten football squads at GSMS. That success also transferred over to hoops.”I saw it last year as seventh-graders. I saw it in football and this year in basketball,” said Cougars eighth-grade coach Blake Risner. “They do expect to win.”They’ve been told, they are talented. They’ve been told, they are exceptional,” he added. “Fortunately, they don’t just go out there and expect the win to happen. They know they had work to do to accomplish the win.”Screen said the mindset of working together as a team has been the foundation of the four athletes’ winning record.”We don’t have any superstars. We do it all as a team,” he said. “That’s been the most satisfying part about working with these guys,” Risner said. “This group will work hard and will do what’s necessary.”And, the four want to continue their winning ways when they enter Glenwood Springs High School next fall.”Our goal in high school is to win state in football and basketball,” Screen said.”Our goal in high school is to win state in football and basketball,” Screen said.
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