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Jeff Caspersen
G;enwood Springs, Colorado CO
John vandelinder / Craig Daily pressRifle outside hitter Morgan Patrick follows through on a kill Thursday against host Moffat County. The Bears let an early two-games-to-none lead slip, falling 25-23, 25-17, 12-25, 21-25 and 17-19.
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CRAIG, Colorado ” The Rifle Bears traveled out to Moffat County Thursday night to take on the Bulldogs, seeking their first league win.

The Bears started out strong taking the first two games 25-23 and 25-17 before dropping the final three, 25-12, 25-20, 19-17 ” and the match ” to the Bulldogs.

Brianna Bascom carried the Bears with 10 kills while Morgan Patrick, Kalli Leigh and Amber Lyons had eight kills each. Leigh also had 23 digs and Sandy Samson contributed 35 assists throughout the match.



“It was a great, great [match],” said Rifle coach Geneva Farr, whose team is now 5-2 overall and 0-2 in the 4A Western Slope League. “I don’t know what happened. “Moffat County went after anything and everything. We just need to learn how to finish.”

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Kahler Grandbouche scored a disputed goal in the 58th minute to break a scoreless tie and his Grand Junction Central Warriors held on for a 2-1 win over Rifle on Thursday night.



The first half was a battle that went back and forth as both teams played well but were unable to crack the other’s defense. It wasn’t until midway through the second half when, after a lengthy debate, the referees decided to let the Grandbouche goal stand that a team got on the scoreboard.

It certainly wasn’t for a lack of effort on the Bears’ part.

Prior to Grandbouche’s goal, early on in the second period, the Bears had four chances on a corner kick. Each shot came within inches of allowing Rifle to take the early lead on the Warriors. One hit the crossbar, another hit the post and two were deflected by Central’s goalkeeper.

The sequence summed up the night for the Bears.

Sweeper Anthony Bracamontes finally broke through for the Bears when he delivered from 35 yards out with a goal right over the Rifle keeper’s head.

“Got to give credit to Central,” Rifle head coach Ryan Mahler said afterwards. “They played hard and deserved the win.”

BASALT, Colorado ” Roaring Fork and Basalt battled to a 1-1 tie on Thursday afternoon in a hard-fought contest. J.R. Ackerman scored in the first half to give the Rams a 1-0 lead that would hold until midway through the second when Basalt answered.

“The guys played really well, really smart. They recognized what they needed to do to beat Basalt,” said Roaring Fork head coach John Ackerman. “I was very happy with the decisions they were making out there.”

Roaring Fork takes on Coal Ridge next Thursday.


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