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Local prep sports action is just ahead

Casper's Corner
Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Just like that, summer’s all but over.

I can’t believe it, folks, but fall sports practices for local high schools kicked off Monday ” and the boys golf season hit full swing last week.

Before you know it, the first Friday night football game will be here.

For the record, that will be Aug. 22 when Glenwood Springs travels to Montrose to take on one of the tougher nonconference foes the Demons have faced in some time. They’ll follow it up with a home game against Conifer on Aug. 29 ” another challenging wrinkle on Glenwood’s schedule.

The storylines of the 2008-09 school year promise to be compelling.

We have those Glenwood gridders looking to redeem themselves after a first-round exit from the state playoffs last season. They’ll be near the top of the Class 3A rankings and gunning for a monster year.

We have Rifle gunning for a 14th straight trip to the football playoffs.

We have a well-tooled Grand Valley football squad that’s primed to make ripples aplenty in the waters of a new league, and a new classification.

In fact, the Cardinals’ jump to Class 3A (and 2A in football), across the sports board, should be fun to chronicle. Can they sustain the incredible success at the 2A level that produced recent state titles in boys basketball (2006-07) and wrestling (2008)?

And that’s just scratching the surface of what promises to be a wildly successful year in local sports.

We hope to cover it all the best we can. To the bevy of new coaches, and the old ones: Your help is always appreciated as we can’t be everywhere at once. Be sure to get your players their due ink by phoning in scores immediately after games we’re not at.

The Post Independent sportsline is the same as in recent years ” 384-9125. That’ll put you through to me and/or whomever the new sports reporter may be so we can take down results. E-mail results to sports@postindependent.com.

In all cases, the quicker the better.

As to who that second sports person is, we’re not sure yet. As you all know, Joelle Milholm left us for California a couple of months back. We’re still working on finding a worthy replacement.

Side note: For those interested in charting Joelle’s work, check out what she’s writing for her brand-new newspaper home at the Lodi News-Sentinel at http://www.lodinews.com.

Back to the subject at hand: I’m looking forward to the school year at hand. It should be a fun one to cover.

See you all out on your field/course/court of play soon enough.

Contact Jeff Caspersen: 384-9123


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