Glenwood short on seniors, but boasts plenty of talent
By Phil SandovalPost Independent StaffYouth shouldn’t lessen the chances that Glenwood Springs’ 2004 volleyball team will go deep in the Class 4A state playoffs.Heading into Friday’s season-opening Demon Invitational Tournament, Glenwood is ranked No. 7 in Rocky Preps 4A preseason state poll.And second-year coach Denise Greene is confident of the Demons’ abilities, despite being short on seniors.”They have played together for a really long time and they’re ready,” Greene said of a starting six consisting of five juniors and a sophomore.Along with experience, a key element for Glenwood is a tall and talented front line headed by 6-foot Leah Hinkey, who has already caught the eye of a number of Division I college programs.She takes over as the main middle blocker. Complementing her on the outside are 5-10 junior Tobie Rippy and Sam Ciani, a 5-11 sophomore.The front three are backed up by 5-10 sophomore Leanna Lawson and senior Stacey Novak, who could also, according to Greene, see playing time as a defensive specialist.Cheree Carver, another junior, is the Demons setter.Other key contributors are juniors Kelsey Gauthier, Lisa Saathoff, Kristy Collins and Courtney Sutherland. Glenwood will get an idea of where they are in terms of development when it hosts the Demon Invitational tournament starting today.”The competition of the tournament is good,” Greene said. “It should be a good reference of where we want to be.”Key challengers to the Demons repeating as tournament champs come from Class 5A teams Fruita Monument and Grand Junction Central, along with a much-improved Roaring Fork squad.The first round of pool play games takes place Friday afternoon at GSHS. Roaring Fork, in Pool B, opens with Denver Montbello at 5:30 p.m. in the auxiliary gym. Glenwood opens pool play with West Grand from Kremmling in the main gym at 6:30 p.m.Pool play resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday with matches at the high school’s two gyms and at Glenwood Springs Middle School.All 12 participating teams will be seeded, according to pool-play record, for Saturday afternoon’s semifinal and final rounds. The championship is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.• Glenwood Springs will hold its Spaghetti Dinner fund-raiser Friday night at the High School. The all-you-can-eat meal runs from 5-9 p.m. and costs $8 for adults and $6 for students and children.• In other prep volleyball action featuring area teams this weekend, Basalt and host Grand Valley are scheduled to participate in the annual Grand Valley High School Tournament in Parachute Saturday.Pool play in the six-team round robin tournament starts at 9 a.m. with Grand Valley squaring off against Telluride, and Basalt facing Paonia.Pool play in the six-team round robin tournament starts at 9 a.m. with Grand Valley squaring off against Telluride, and Basalt facing Paonia.
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Area prep basketball teams begin their 2019-20 campaigns with tournament action both home and away this weekend.