Prep Sports Roundup
PEACH VALLEY ” J.J. Riddile scored twice as Coal Ridge scored a much-needed 2-1 boys soccer win over visiting Vail Mountain on Saturday.
Riddile’s first goal, assisted by Dylan Cook, squared the game at 1 in the first half. His go-ahead goal came in the second half against Vail Mountain goalkeeper Sean Minett.
Coal Ridge keeper Arrick Peck ended the day with 11 saves as the Titans improved to 1-2 in the 3A Western Slope League and to 2-4 overall. Vail Mountain is now 1-3-1 overall and 0-2-1 in league.
GRAND JUNCTION ” Rifle cross-country runner Dustin Ross one-upped his coach at Friday’s Lucky Ned Invitational in Grand Junction.
Clocking in with a time of 17 minutes, 17 seconds on the 3.1-mile course, the Bear junior not only landed a fifth-place overall finish in the boys race but topped Rifle coach Jerry Shafer’s top time as a junior.
“He was happy about that,” Shafer joked. “Now he has to shoot for my senior time.”
Ross’ Friday time at the meet hosted jointly by Grand Junction and Palisade at Canyon View Park reflected a 39-second drop off his previous personal best.
And Ross wasn’t the only one to post personal records at Junction.
In the girls race, Holly Keeper shaved 27 seconds off her previous best time, timing in at 20:47 to land eighth place.
Larry Schmueser dropped 38 seconds off his personal record, finishing 32nd overall with a 19:02 in the boys race.
“They ran mostly on guts,” Shafer said. “Their legs were dead. We ran lots of hills this week.”
LITTLETON ” Glenwood Springs cross-country runners tested their skill at one of the biggest and most competitive meets in the state ” Friday’s Liberty Bell meet at Heritage High School in Littleton.
With runners from more than 80 schools filling the boys and girls fields, the Demons impressed.
Scoring the top finish for the Demons was senior Katrina Selsor, whose time of 20:27 placed her 25th in the girls race. Teammate Melissa Buchanan, also a senior, wasn’t far behind, taking 36th with a time of 21:00.
Hope Whitman, a sophomore in her first year of cross country, bounced back from an elbow injury suffered in a soccer game last weekend to cut more than a minute off her previous best time. She took 84th with a time of 22:58.
Overall, Glenwood’s girls finished 11th in the team standings.
The Demon boys also showed well, with Ryan Buchanan running a 16:53 ” his first sub-17 minute run ” and Kellen Fockler timing in at 17:42 ” his first time under 18 minutes ” to lead the team to a 15th-place team finish.
“We’re pleased with the results as we’ve been battling some injuries and have just started working on our speed,” Glenwood coach Mike Schneiter said. “We know good things are yet to come.”
The Demon junior varsity girls took third as a team, led by Savanna Pearson’s 22:56 10th-place finish.
GUNNISON ” Coal Ridge participated in a cross country meet in Gunnison on Saturday morning. The Titans’ DaLin Murphy finished 13th to lead the Titans boys while teammates Cody Roper and DaNivin Murphy finished 15th and 21st, respectively. As a team, the Titan boys took sixth overall.
Leading the way for the girls was Chelyn McCain with a 14th place finish.
RIFLE ” Facing one of the better 3A Western Slope League teams in Steamboat Springs on their home court while still searching for its first league win, Rifle had a daunting task on its hands Saturday.
After a hard-fought, exciting three games, the Bears (5-3 overall, 0-3 in the 4A Western Slope League) succumbed to defeat against a tough Steamboat squad 25-20, 25-15, 25-13.
“The girls are improving with every match,” said Rifle head coach Geneva Farr. “I’m very proud of them because they’re working so hard and they are constantly getting better.”
OLATHE ” The Pirates of Olathe High School dominated Grand Valley on Saturday afternoon, earning a 25-15, 25-14, 25-15 volleyball win.
“It was our worst performance of the year,” commented Grand Valley head coach David Walck, rather frankly.
The Cardinals (3-6 overall, 2-4 in 3A Western Slope League) struggled offensively, generating just 12 kills and 12 assists while committing 25 unforced errors. That’s one third of the Pirates 75 needed points, something not lost on the Cardinals coach.
“[Olathe] was ready to play,” Walck said. “They were very focused and didn’t let the ball hit the floor at all. When you’re as sloppy on offense as we were, they are going to make it very difficult on you.
“I take full responsibility for the performance. It’s apparent that I haven’t prepared the team to compete at this level, and that’s my job.”
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