Prep sports roundup
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
After its first two league matches of the season, the Junior Gents Rugby team has a 1-1 record as it lost 30-20 to Thunderridge on March 1, then beat Green Mountain 31-0 on March 8.
The Jr. Gents flyhalf Willy Klein scored three tries against Thunderridge, and the team got one conversion kick and one penalty kick from scrumhalf Morgan Frothingham to account for its scoring, but was hindered by penalties that gave Thunderridge a few more scoring chances.
Head coach Rob Hurley said he was proud of his players’ effort, especially since it was only their second time playing on grass, as they are still practicing indoors.
Against Green Mountain, Klein recorded another hat trick, while Frothingham and outside center Taylor Mills also reached the try zone. Frothingham also hit three of his five conversion kick attempts.
“By the end of the game everyone was running like they were planning on going through the tacklers and were doing just that,” Hurley said. “The boys were communicating and passing out of the tackle well and tacking well often behind the gain line causing pressure on numerous occasions.”
The Jr. Gents will be back in action on Saturday at Ponderosa, and Hurley is excited about his team’s potential.
“So far this year we have great numbers, a lot of size and a tough attitude,” he said. “We are a fairly large and mean-looking bunch.”
The Glenwood Springs girls tennis team found success on its season-opening road trip at Delta and Cedaredge over the weekend, picking up wins at both.
First, the Demons beat Delta 4-3. Courtney Bender, a Colorado Rocky Mountain School student, notched Glenwood’s lone singles win, with a 2-0 (6-2, 6-3) win over Ana Vieyra. Glenwood then took three out of four doubles matches. Siobhan Sullivan and Haylie Westphal pulled out a 2-0 (6-3, 6-4) victory in their match, and recording come-from-behind wins were Taylor Smith and Kelly Lawson with a 2-1 (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) win and Libby Sundeen and Brie Carmer winning with a 2-1 (4-6, 6-3, 6-3) victory.
The Demons followed up the win over Delta with a 6-1 victory over Cedaredge. Bender earned another 2-0 victory in the No. 2 singles spot, while Teka Israel also worked to a 2-0 victory in the No. 3 singles spot.
The Glenwood doubles teams won all four of its contests, as Smith and Lawson won 2-1 (4-6, 6-4, 6-1), Sundeen and Carmer won by a 2-0 (6-1, 6-4) score, Sullivan and Westphal came up with a 2-0 (6-3, 6-1) win, and Madi Kimminau and Maggie Carmer posted a 2-0 (7-6, 6-2) win.
The Demon tennis team will return to action on March 20 with a match at Aspen at 4 p.m.
Having practiced as a team outdoors for only one day, the Glenwood Springs girls golf team was still able to put together two second-place finishes at two tournaments in Montrose on Monday and Tuesday.
On Monday, the Demons placed second behind Rifle at a tournament at Cobble Creek Golf Course. Leading the way for Glenwood was Michelle Stripp, who took second with an 85, and Maggee Becker, who placed fifth with a 91.
On Tuesday, Glenwood again took second, this time behind Montrose and one-place ahead of Rifle. Becker finished as the tourney’s second-best golfer after hitting an 84, while Stripp placed third with an 88.
“Maggee and Michelle just played well,” said Glenwood head coach Kathy Whiting. “Michelle had a good chip in for birdie on one hole and a birdie yesterday (Monday), and Maggee kept her game under control.”
The rounds are even more impressive considering the challenging weather conditions.
“(Monday) when they teed of it was snowing on No. 1 and then started again on No. 10,” Whiting said. “Then today when we went to the driving range, the girls couldn’t even use tees because the ground was so frozen, but then it warmed up and got nice.
Glenwood will be back on the links on Monday at a tournament in Fruita at Adobe Creek Golf Course.
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Six members of the Glenwood Springers Track and Field Club traveled to Aurora July 10-11 to compete in the Colorado State Junior Olympic Meet with coach Anne Swanson.