Prep Sports Roundup

Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE – In a battle of girls basketball unbeatens, Grand Valley dealt Coal Ridge its first blemish of the young season with a 55-32 win over the visiting Titans on Saturday.Point guard Kendall Babler poured in 17 points to pace the victorious Cardinals, who improved to 5-0. Erin Vanderpool added nine points, and Lyndsey Tonder and Sherry Mlakar threw in seven apiece. Callie Schlegel led the 3-1 Titans with 11 points, while Morgan Jessup netted 10 points.Coal Ridge hung with Grand Valley in the first half, trailing 13-11 after a quarter and 26-24 at halftime, but a 21-3 scoring advantage in the third quarter allowed the Cards to seize control. The Titans mustered just eight second-half points.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – After a tough loss to Liberty to open the Steamboat Shootout, Roaring Fork’s boys basketball team coasted to a 64-41 win over Montrose in the consolation final on Saturday.Matthias Weissl scored 31 points to pace the Rams (4-1). Torrey Udall chipped in with 19 points. Roaring Fork nursed a four-point lead at halftime and then outscored the Indians 15-3 in the third quarter go pull away.”We got a lot better defensively,” Rams coach Roger Walters said. “I was really happy with our defense, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”Roaring Fork demolished Basalt 67-22 in the consolation semifinals on Friday night to draw Montrose in Saturday’s battle for fifth place.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Roaring Fork’s girls basketball team punctuated an otherwise frustrating weekend at the Steamboat Springs Shootout with a 68-59 win over Woodland Park on Saturday.The win netted the Rams seventh place and a 1-2 tourney record. Celeste Comings led the way with 21 points, followed by Rebecca Roeber with 16, Nikki Smeins with nine and Maria Flores with eight.”We ended up scoring almost 70 today, and I didn’t think we played as well (as yesterday),” Roaring Fork coach Kirk Cheney said. “We were a little ragged, a little tired, but the girls came out with a lot of energy.”Cheney and the Rams (3-2) suffered a close 49-44 loss to Falcon on Friday.

PEACH VALLEY – Behind 22 points from Eric Schmitz and an efficient offense, the Coal Ridge boys basketball team defeated Plateau Valley 68-42 on Friday night at CRHS.Big games from Schmitz, whose point total was boosted by four 3-pointers, and Andy Smedra, who added 13 points, helped the Titans to the win.The game started a little slow and was tied at eight at end of the first quarter. The Titans then went on to outscore Plateau Valley 41-17 in the second and third quarters to roll to a win. “We came out in the second playing tough D,” said Coal Ridge head coach Mike Cox. “Shots started falling, and the near-packed house was electric.”The loss was the first of the year for Plateau Valley (3-1) as the Titans moved to 2-1 overall. Up next, Coal Ridge will travel to Rangely on Friday.

GRAND JUNCTION – The Rifle boys basketball team fell 74-56 to Grand Junction Central in Rifle on Friday night. A 19-point performance from Scott Rust, which included two 3s, plus 10 points each from Keenan Ross and Eric Laudick and nine more from Hazen Moss was not enough to lift the Class 4A Bears over the 5A Warriors.The Bears are now 1-2 and will face their third straight 5A opponent, Grand Junction, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Rifle girls (1-2) will also play Grand Junction at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

BUENA VISTA – Glenwood Springs wrestling team did not make its trip to the Buena Vista dual-team tournament on Saturday due to weather.

OLATHE – With only eight weight classes filled, Coal Ridge’s varsity wrestlers didn’t fare well as far as points were concerned at Saturday’s Olathe dual-team tournament. Keenan Grumley and freshman Neal Schultz, though, each went 3-2 with three pins each. Grumley wrestles at 140 pounds and Schultz at 112.”There was really good competition,” said Titans coach Rob Grumley, whose team didn’t pick up a dual win in facing Montrose, Olathe, Rangely, Dove Creek and Cedaredge. “There were returning state placers. We’ve been trying to up the level of tournaments we’re going to. We wrestled tough. We know where we’re at, and we know what we need to work on.”

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