Prep roundup: Glenwood wins two to open hockey season; Grand Valley rallies in boys hoops
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The high school hockey team from Glenwood Springs capped a successful season-opening weekend on Saturday with a 4-2 victory against Cherry Creek, a win that came within 12 hours of a season-opening 6-3 victory over the same squad at the Glenwood Springs Community Center Ice Rink.
The Grizzlies, members of the Colorado Prep Hockey League with players who hail from Basalt to Grand Junction, improved to 2-0-0 on the season. They’re off from their regular-season schedule until Jan. 9 and 10 when they host the Boulder Bison.
On Saturday morning, Sam Liotta of Roaring Fork High scored the go-ahead goal off an assist from Steele Featherstone to give the Grizzlies a 3-2 lead midway through the second period. At the end of the third, Brenden Ward sealed the win with his empty net goal in the final minutes after Cherry Creek had pulled its goalie to bring an extra skater in the ice to try to knot the score.
Friday night in front of a big opening-night crowd, Chaz Apostolik of Coal Ridge High scored two goals with an assist and Lyle Wilkens had a goal and two assists to pace the Grizzlies. Joel Rothman’s goal at the end of the first period gave Glenwood the lead for good at 3-2 after a pair of power-play goals from Cherry Creek’s Noah Hibbs.
Jake Fegan was in goal for Glenwood on Saturday morning, tallying 19 saves. Skyler Stratton got the win in goal for the Grizzlies in Saturday’s game.
DEMONS GO 3-1 IN SATURDAY DUALS AT WELD CENTRAL
KEENESBURG — Glenwood Springs High School’s wrestling team won three of its four dual matches Saturday at the Weld Central Duals tournament, with two Demons remaining unbeaten on the season and three Glenwood wrestlers posting 7-0 records during the weekend.
The Demons’ only dual loss of the day came in a narrow 36-35 defeat at the hands of the host Weld Central Rebels. In turn, Glenwood beat Class 5A Smokey Hill (69-9), Fort Collins (48-27) and Denver North (68-12).
Going 4-0 on the day were Glenwood wrestlers Riley Prough (120 pounds), Larry Flores (126), Myles Wilson (152) and Cristian Gonzalez (195). Prough, Flores and Gonzalez each went 7-0 during the tournament, with Prough and Gonzalez each improving to 17-0. Wilson, who lost his first match of the season on Friday, improved to 16-1.
Also preforming well was Glenwood’s Jose Diaz, who finished 6-1 during the weekend wrestling at 170 pounds.
The Demons improved to 14-3 in duals this season following a 5-2 weekend.
RIFLE’S PRADO TAKES THIRD AT WARRIOR CLASSIC
GRAND JUNCTION — Rifle High senior Jose Prado managed a third-place finish, fighting his way through the consolation bracket to earn that spot on the podium during the final day of the Warrior Classic at Grand Junction Central High School.
Prado won three matches in the consolation bracket, pinning Roosevelt’s Nathan Putallaz at the 2:44 mark of the third-place match. Also finding a spot on the podium was Rifle’s Alez Rivas at 170 pounds, who finished sixth after he was pinned by Delta’s Kory Mills in the fifth-place match of the weight class.
Winning at 145 pounds was Silt’s Josiah Rider, a Grand Junction High School freshman who earned a 7-5 decision over James Rothwell of Arvada West in the weight-class title match.
His older brother, Isaac, took third place for the Tigers at 152 pounds.
Grand Valley 73, Paonia 61
PAONIA — Senior Sam Parker finished with a game-high 35 points to go with a 16-point performance from John Parker, and the Class 3A Cardinals (4-1 overall) overcame an early 17-4 deficit to earn a nonleague victory against the 2A Eagles.
Tanner Mcgee added 10 points and Gunnar Rigsby chipped in eight for Grand Valley, which took command by outscoring Paonia 31-17 in the third quarter after trailing 33-29 at halftime.
“I thought we were much more aggressive on offense in the second half,” Grand Valley coach Scott Parker said. “We were much more disciplined and took a lot better shots.”
Colby Simpson finished with 18 to pace Paonia (6-1) which lost its first game of the season.
Paonia 58, Grand Valley 41
PAONIA — The Eagles (5-2 overall) handed the Cardinals (3-2) their second loss of the season. No other information was available at press time.
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Montrose will pose a tough challenge for the Demons to win their home tournament. “They’re a team that every year has a well-disciplined program that executes, plays hard and is well-coached,” Glenwood coach Fred Heisel said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium at GSHS.