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Glenwood spring sports has a bright outlook for 2017

Glenwood's Stephen Romero delivers a pitch last season during a rivalry game against the Rifle Bears. (CHELSEA SELF / POST INDEPENDENT)

Track and Field

Head coach: Blake Risner (21st season)

Returning State Qualifiers: Boys: Gavin Olson, So.; Larry Flores, Sr.; Bryce Risner, So.; Girls: Sequoia Kellogg, So.

Key Returners: Boys: Olson, So.; Risner, So.; Flores, Sr.; Sergio Flores, Sr.; Ismael Villegas, Sr.; AJ Crowley, Jr.; Benny Smith, Jr.; Riley Prough, Sr.; Gaven Harden, So.; Jesse Duplesys, Sr. Girls: Kellogg, So.; Reese Prough, Sr.; Sedona Kellogg, Jr.; Saylor Warren, Jr.; Payten Spencer, So.; Mary Fuller, Jr.

Others to Watch: Boys: Luke Gair, So.; Kuba Bartnik, Fr.

Outlook: Head Coach Blake Risner has a handful of key returners this season for the Demons, but coming off of a down year — at least by Glenwood standards — the Demon track and field team has its sights set on league championships on both the boys and girls side of things. With more than 80 athletes out for the season, which is a sizable increase from last season, the Demons are in great position to compete for those championships thanks to a serious influx of talent for Risner and his staff to work with.

Baseball

Head coach: Eric Nieslanik (12th season)

Last year: 8-11, 6-8 4A Western Slope League

Key Returners: Stephen Romero, Sr., P/SS; Chano Gonzales, So., 2B; Brandon Benzel, So., 1B; Davis Deaton, Jr., P/OF

Others to Watch: Luke Patch, Sr., Peyton Hagemann, Sr., Tristan Howe, Sr., Cooper Cornelius, So.

Outlook: The Demon baseball team is excited about the 2017 campaign. Coach Nieslanik, in his 12th season at the helm for Glenwood Springs, has a good senior group and some solid pitching, starting with reigning First Team All-Conference star Stephen Romero. The Demons will rely heavily on their pitching and senior group to compete in the 4A Western Slope League, where Rifle, Palisade and Eagle Valley look to be strong contenders in the league. Glenwood opens the season with a tournament March 17 on the road at Montezuma-Cortez.

Girls Soccer

Head coach: Joe Calabrese (second season)

Last year: 6-8, 5-7 4A Western Slope League

Key Returners: Nina Scruton, Sr.; Mae Lang Burns, Sr.; Eryn Peterson, Jr.; Devin McSwain, Jr.; Bailey Cox, Sr.;

Others to Watch: Leigh Anne Johnson, So.; Ashley Weir, So.; Sarah Helm, So.; Natalya Taylor, Fr.

Outlook: Coach Calabrese will have a relatively young team this season in Year 2 after saying goodbye to five key seniors, but the key with this year’s group is the fact that the large group of returning players this season already has experience playing together. With a deep, talented group, the Demons will look to push their way into the upper tier of the 4A Western Slope League with the likes of Battle Mountain, Steamboat Springs and Palisade.

Boys Lacrosse

Head coach: Jay French (first season)

Last year: 9-6, 6-6 Mountain League

Key Returners: Sam Liotta, Sr., M.; Reed Featherstone, Sr., M; Ben Liotta, Sr., A.; Zach Johnson, Jr., A.; Nick Minor, Sr., D; Zach Niccoli, Sr., D

Others to Watch: Joseph Liotta, Jr., G; Maxwell Lemkau, So., M; Foster Lemkau, So., M; Lance Weidemann, Fr., A; Shane Beckley, Sr., M.

Outlook: Coming off of the best season in program history, the Demons return a handful of key players that look to make a push into the state playoffs while taking a run at the Mountain League regular season championship. The only hiccup could be the transition from former head coach Chris “Goose” Henderson to first-year coaches Jay French and Jason Rusby, but with the talent on hand that shouldn’t be a problem for the Demons.


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