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The 94-49 win didn’t tell the whole story as the Grand Valley boys basketball team overpowered Hayden in a Class 2A Western Slope League game Friday at Parachute. With Luke Braby and Mitchell Belden sitting on the bench early in foul trouble, the Tigers worked their way back from a 15-2 deficit to actually take a lead with a minute and a half left in the half. At that point, Sam McKinley took over the game, scoring a 3-pointer plus a free throw, then another trey to put the Cards back up 40-35 at half time. The Cards went on a tear in the third, scoring 38 points to Hayden’s 11. McKinley kept up his torrid pace, hitting four straight treys, then Braby and Belden controlled the inside, getting rebounds and putbacks. McKinley’s acrobatic trey at the buzzer ended the quarter 78-46 and accounted for the last of his 17 points in the quarter. After a McKinley steal and slam dunk to start the fourth quarter, the Cardinal bench maintained the big lead. McKinley had 35 points, including eight treys, tying his school record. Braby ended with 17 points, Tyler Jensen scored 15 and Belden totaled 12. The Cardinals (5-2 WSL, 15-3 overall) will play a make-up game against league-leading Meeker on Tuesday at home for their last regular-season game.

Outscoring Gunnison 14-8 in the fourth quarter, the Roaring Fork girls basketball team came back to pull out a 48-44 Class 3A Western Slope League win on Friday night in Carbondale.”It was a good win,” Rams head coach Kirk Cheney said. “They didn’t give up.”The Rams took it to the Cowboys right away, going up 12-7 at the end of the first quarter.”We came out and jumped on them pretty good,” Cheney said.The Rams kept it up, turning in a 20-12 lead at half.Gunnison (5-6 WSL, 7-8 overall) came roaring back in the third, taking a 36-34 lead entering the final frame.That’s when the Rams (5-6 WSL, 8-8 overall) came back to secure the win. Nikki Smeins scored 15 for Roaring Fork, Rebecca Roeber had 11, Heather Sebald added eight and Celeste Comings scored another seven.The Roaring Fork boys contest with Gunnison wasn’t nearly as close, as the Rams used tough defense in a 63-29 win Friday.”Defensively, we were really good tonight,” Roaring Fork head coach Roger Walters said.Kyle Raaflaub led the way with 17 points, hitting all seven of his shots from the floor. Torrey Udall added another 13 points for the Rams (11-0 WSL, 15-1 overall), who will travel to Olathe today.”We were really balanced tonight,” Walters said. “It was a total team effort.”

After day one of the Class 4A Region 3 wrestling meet, the Rifle Bears battled out to a 14 point, first-place lead.Eleven Bears will continue to today’s meet, with nine wrestling in the semifinals, and two in the consolation semis. “The kids came out ready to wrestle,” said Rifle head coach John Wisniewski.The consolation semifinals will begin today at 8:30 a.m., with the semifinals following. The top four wrestlers in each weight division at the meet will advance to the state tournament Feb. 15-17 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.Further information was not available at press time.


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