Prep Sports Roundup
MEEKER, Colorado ” Grand Valley’s girls basketball team rebounded from a Thursday loss to Hayden with two wins to close out the Meeker High School-hosted White River Cowboy Shootout with a 2-1 record.
The Cardinals hung a 56-30 loss on Middle Park on Friday and notched a 56-45 win over a Utah school, Altamont, on Saturday.
Junior Erin Vanderpool led Grand Valley in scoring in both games, pouring in 17 against Middle Park and 14 against Altamont. Kasi Jensen, a senior, scored nine and sophomore Shawnee Young had eight points against Middle Park, while Young had 12 points and junior Shannon Schubert had 11 versus Altamont.
“We shot the ball well,” Cardinals head coach Mike Johnson said. “The first night (against Hayden) we didn’t hit anything.”
Grand Valley jumps into 3A Western Slope League play Thursday night at Cedaredge and Friday night at home against Coal Ridge.
FRUITA, Colorado ” Rifle pieced together a perfect 4-0 record at Saturday’s Wildcat Invitational duals wrestling tournament at Fruita Monument High School.
The Bears beat Fruita Monument (53-21), Grand Junction Central (45-27), Gunnison (65-11) and Palisade (48-25) to get the season off to a fast start.
James Conrardy, Tad Davis, Brian Key and Dano Fugita all had huge days for Rifle, each going 4-0.
Conrardy’s perfect tourney included three pins. He wrestled three 145-pound weight class matches and one at 152. Davis, a heavyweight, blitzed his way to three pins, as did Fugita at 160. Key’s tourney ledger included a pair of pins and a major decision at 215 pounds.
Going 3-1 for the Bears were Devon Godeski (103 pounds), Larry Schmueser (119), James Martinez (130) and Kiefer Deere (171). Deere and Martinez ended the tournament with two pins apiece.
Tyler Davis (189) and Keaton Deere (112) were both 2-2 for Rifle, which is on the schedule for a Thursday home date with Montrose.
GOLDEN, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs went 1-4 and finished in eighth place at Saturday’s Golden Invitational wrestling tournament.
The Demons defeated Wheat Ridge 61-17 and lost to Roosevelt’s junior varsity team (49-30), Cheyenne Mountain (53-24), Ralston Valley (63-18) and Golden (54-30).
Glenwood heavyweight Greg Orosz finished 5-0 with four pins and a forfeit win. Only Andrew Cox of Ralston Valley made it to the second period against Orosz.
Mike Mills finished 5-0 as well, with two forfeits, two pins and a decision.
HOTCHKISS, Colorado ” The weekend didn’t go as planned for the Grand Valley Cardinal wrestlers at the Hotchkiss Invitational on Saturday. They ended up placing fifth behind Paonia, Hotchkiss, Olathe and Delta.
To start with, their 189-pounder, Coltin Ostermiller, was sick and didn’t make the trip, head coach Rick Gallegos said.
On top of that, while the middle of the lineup wrestled well, the lower and upper weights “weren’t so good,” he added.
At 140 pounds, Jared Tonder went 3-0 and won his weight class; Tyler Miles (152) also went 3-0 and won his class; James Drinkhouse did the same at 135 pounds and, at 145 pounds, Ryan Gallegos went 2-1 and was second in his class.
Joe Joyner (heavyweight) took fourth, Jerrod Busch (130) fifth and Cole Birdse (112) and Kelsey Satterfield (160) were sixth.
“Getting the youngsters experience is what that was all about,” Gallegos said. “There was a lot of the doe-in-the-headlights expressions. We’ll just have to keep working.”
On Friday, the team was at Gunnison for a dual and won 44-33. Jason Hart, Joyner, Drinkhouse, Birdse, Tonder, Gallegos and Miles all picked up wins.
Next up for the Cardinals is a home meet against Rangely on Thursday.
The team has a lot of work left to do on their feet, Gallegos said, and that’s what they’ll work on in practice this week.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs got the girls swim season off to a fun start at Saturday’s league relays at Orchard Mesa Middle School in Grand Junction.
The Demons swam to a fourth-place finish in the laid-back, all-relay opener. Their 200 points placed them behind Montrose (202), Fruita Monument (212) and Gunnison (262).
Glenwood foursomes took second in the 200-yard butterfly relay (2:20) and 400 freestyle relay (4:51.19) and third in the 200 free relay (2:12.82) and 200 medley relay (2:18.62).
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