Local Sports Roundup
Editor’s Note: Due to a temporary early press deadline, the Post Independent was unable to get some of Friday’s sports results including from the Class 4A area regional tournaments and Grand Valley boys and girls basketball at Hayden and Roaring Fork boys basketball at Cedaredge.
Ten out of the 12 Grand Valley wrestlers are headed to today’s semifinals in the Class 2A Region 1 Tournament at Grand Junction High School.
Kaleb Bell (112 pounds), Jerrod Busch (119) James Drinkhouse (125), Ryan Gallegos (130), Jared Tonder (135), Matt Cain (140), Tyler Miles (152), Cody Miles (160), Coltin Ostermiller (215) and Joe Joyner (285) all advanced through Friday’s bracket undefeated to get to the semifinals.
The top four wrestlers in each weight division will advance to state Feb. 21-23 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Their success on the mat rolled right into the team standings as Grand Valley, despite open weights at 103 and 189, ended the first day of regionals in first place. The Cardinals have 68 points, followed by Paonia with 62 and Rangely with 57.
The Cardinal wrestlers who are not in the semifinals can still can battle back today and win in the consolation rounds and finish in the top four.
“Nobody is out yet,” said Grand Valley head coach Rick Gallegos.
Grand Valley will return to the mats today at 10 a.m.
Coal Ridge wrestlers Neal Schultz, Keenan Grumley, Michael Larsen and Kevin Laidlaw will all be heading to the semifinals of the Class 3A Region 1 Tournament. Schultz (112 pounds), Grumley (135) and Laidlaw all reached the next round by getting pins in the first round at Buena Vista High School on Friday. Larsen, at 145 pounds, won by a decision.
They will take the mats today at 10 a.m., trying to finish in the top four to get a spot at the state tournament next weekend. That won’t be easy for the Titans, who will see better wrestlers deeper in the bracket.
“It gets a lot tougher from here on out,” said Coal Ridge head coach Rob Grumley.
Roaring Fork girls hold on, beat Gunnison 46-45
Despite being outscored 31-16 in the second half, the Roaring Fork girls basketball team held on for a 46-45 win at Gunnison on Friday night.
Celeste Comings scored 15 points in the Rams Class 3A Western Slope League win. With both teams entering the game with a 6-4 league record, the win was big for Roaring Fork, which jumped into third place behind Basalt and Hotchkiss in the WSL standings.
The Rams (7-4 WSL, 10-6 overall) will host Cedaredge today at 2:30 p.m.
The Titans didn’t get down on themselves when they were down 29-16 to Aspen at the end of the third quarter. Instead, the Coal Ridge girls basketball team pulled together a valiant comeback effort that netted a 37-35 win on Friday night in Aspen.
Coal Ridge moved to 6-5 in the Class 3A Western Slope League with the win and 10-6 overall and will now host Olathe at 2:30 p.m.
The Coal Ridge boys came up short in their upset bid over Aspen, falling 71-52 to the league-leading Skiers (12-0 WSL, 15-2 overall) on Friday night.
The Titans (7-4 WSL, 10-5 overall) will host Olathe today at 4 p.m.
The Roaring Fork boys added to their win total on Friday night, downing Gunnison 58-40 on the road.
The Rams moved to 10-1 in the Class 3A Western Slope League and 14-2 overall with the victory. The win sets the stage for Roaring Fork’s Tuesday match-up with the Skiers of Aspen.
The game will be at 7 p.m. in Aspen and will showcase the WSL’s top two teams. The Skiers, who are ranked No. 5 in state according to RockyPreps, have a 12-0 league record and 14-2 overall mark. Roaring Fork is ranked No. 6.
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The Coal Ridge High boys suffered their first 3A Western Slope League loss of the year Thursday night on the road at Gunnison, falling to the defending league champion Cowboys 65-45.