LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS
Team Sopris wins Mavalanhe Invitational swim meet
Team Sopris of Glenwood Springs won the Mavalanche Invitational swimming meet in Grand Junction on the weekend of Jan. 17 through 19, netting a pair of sectional-meet cuts with a new sectional meet qualifier.
Timo Koring, an exchange student from Germany who attends Eagle Valley High School, earned a sectional qualification in the 1,650-yard freestyle.
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Other winners for Team Sopris included Emma Barsness in the 10-and-under age group, who won the 200 intermediate medley in 3 minutes, 17.84 seconds. Jack Cassidy won the 400 IM, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM in the 15-and-over age class. Austin Hawkins won four events, netting a 3-second improvement with his victory in the 100 breaststroke.
For the girls, Lauren Fetzko was the biggest winner. She took home seven first-place finishes in the 13-14 year old age group, winning events in the freestyle, butterfly and IM events.
More results can be found at http://www.soprisbarracudas.com.
Aspen hands Grizzlies Bantam squad a pair of losses
The Glenwood Springs Grizzlies Bantam Silver team narrowly lost two games against Aspen this past Sunday at the Lewis Arena in Aspen.
Both teams were tied after one period in the first game Sunday morning. Aspen scored early in the second, but was answered by Blake Cloutier of Grand Junction, unassisted, resulting in a 1-1 tie going into the third period. Glenwood was saddled with numerous penalties, which Aspen capitalized on in the third period for a power-play goal and an eventual 2-1 Aspen victory.
Lucca Trapani of Glenwood Springs tended the Grizzlies goal and stopped 12 of 14 shots put on the net. Glenwood put 28 shots onto the Aspen goal.
The two teams had a rematch a couple of hours later, with a similar result, with the Leafs topping the Grizzlies 4-3. Cloutier again put the Grizzlies on the board in the second period with a goal, assisted by team captain Mathew Thrun of Glenwood Springs, and Brody Bittner of Grand Junction. Erich Albrecht of Glenwood scored with a top-shelf shot — unassisted from the slot — also in the second period. Jeff Hicks of Grand Junction notched the third Glenwood goal in the third period off a pass by Chris Braklow of Glenwood Springs, also assisted by Cloutier.
Aspen scored their first two goals on power plays, and the game winner was netted with 33 seconds left in the game, to bring the final score to 4-3 Aspen.
Glenwood outshot Aspen once again, putting 21 shots on the Leafs’ net, while Trapani stopped 14 of 18 shots-on-goal.
The Grizzlies are on the road next weekend with three games in Steamboat Springs. They are now 4-6 in league play.
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