Grand Valley hoops off to a strong start |

Grand Valley hoops off to a strong start

Tipping off the season on the road, the Grand Valley boys and girls basketball teams each won two games in impressive fashion.

The Cardinals’ boys team topped Bayfield, 87-69, Friday, before beating Jefferson Academy, 59-46, Saturday, in the championship game of the Jefferson Academy Tournament.

Against Bayfield, junior guard Gunner Rigsby and senior guard John Parker each dropped 37 points in the win. Senior forward Tanner Magee added 10 points in the Grand Valley win as Rigsby (54 percent) and Parker (43 percent) were lights out from the field.

Individual stats weren’t available for the Jefferson Academy game, but for the second straight game the Cardinals knocked off their opponent by double digits in a strong start to the 2015-16 season.

For the Cardinals’ girls team, Grand Valley defeated Dawson School, 67-15, Friday, before defeating Jefferson Academy in the tournament championship game, 58-39.

Against the Jaguars in the title game, freshman guard Shaya Chenoweth and junior guard Kylyn Rigsby dropped 20 points each as Rigsby finished 7-for-10 from the field and Chenoweth finished 10-for-16 from the field.

Junior forwards Bailey Rowe and Hannah Felton added eight and six points, respectively.

With both teams off to 2-0 starts, the Cardinals are shaping up for a great year on the hardwood.

For two teams who had expectations of being able to pour in points at a high rate, their showings Thursday and Friday backed that up.

Jessica Tuttle competes at Vegas Invitational

Team Sopris Barracuda member Jessica Tuttle competed in the Las Vegas Invitational Swim Meet this past weekend.

Tuttle, a 17-year-old senior at Glenwood Springs High School, recorded personal records in seven of eight preliminary races and six of six final races. She recorded seven Team Sopris records, qualified for national-level meets in Florida and Texas, and earned a USA Swimming Scholastic All-America qualifying time in the 400 individual medley, winning the women’s open division by three seconds in 4:27.56, an eight-second improvement over her previous best.

Tuttle also took second in the 200 fly (2:06.54), fourth in the 200 IM (2:09.58), and sixth in the 500 (5:08.07) and 1,000 (10:36.85) freestyles.

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