Prep Sports Roundup
LEADVILLE, Colorado ” The Grand Valley Cardinals rebounded at the Jim McCall Invite on Saturday after coach Rick Gallegos had a talk with the team about how they were wrestling.
“Last week, I called the boys out, even in the newspaper,” he said. “They responded well. We got help from kids who hadn’t responded in the past.”
Seven Cardinals placed at the invite.
Jerrod Busch has been struggling this season, Gallegos said, but Busch pinned his way through the 16-man bracket at 125 pounds to take first with a 4-0 record. At 140 pounds, Jared Tonder also went 4-0 with three pins and a technical fall to take first.
Ryan Gallegos (145) took first, pinning through the tournament with a 3-0 record. Heavyweight Joe Joyner also was first, picking up three pins en route to going 3-0.
At 135, James Drinkhouse went up a weight class to try and face last year’s 3A state title holder, and was leading 4-0 going into the third but ended up losing. He went 2-1 on the afternoon.
At 152, Tyler Miles made it to the championship match but he was pinned in the second period by Florence’s Matthew Addington. Addington was last year’s state champ and is 27-0 this year. Rounding out the placeholders, Chris Forney (171) took fourth for the second week in a row with a 2-2 record.
MONTROSE, Colorado ” The Glenwood Springs Demon swimmers had back-to-back days of competition Friday and Saturday.
First, they were in Montrose and won a close meeting. 91-87. They then went to Gunnison, but the Demons don’t know the final score because of computer problems.
Going into the meets, the previous week’s practice was full tilt, and coach Michelle Brune knew the team would be tired but was really pleased with how they performed. She expected slower times and even though they were a little erratic the team picked up a lot of second-place finishes.
Two relay teams qualified for state at Montrose: the 200-meter medley and 200-freestyle. Sierra Grove, Keevyn Scholl, Morgan Wyrick and Christina Smith took first with a time of 2 minutes, 4.96 seconds in the 200-medley. The 200-free group of Wyrick, Scholl, Anna Wiltse and Grove was second with a time of 1:50.12.
Grove also placed first in the 100 and 200-free, and Scholl was first in the 200-individual medley and 100-meter breaststroke.
The next day in Gunnison, freshman Sarah Pippey had personal bests in the 500-free at 7:47.46. In Montrose she swam a 2:46.21 in the 200-free, also a personal record.
The Demons are at home on Saturday against Durango and Moffat County with action starting at 9 a.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center’s pool.
Moffat County has a great diver, Brune said, but as a team they are on the small side with around 10 swimmers. Durango, on the other hand, blew everyone away in the league last year, but Brune hasn’t seem them this season.
“I assume they’ll be big and powerful again, gigantic,” she said.
CEDAREDGE, Colorado ” The Roaring Fork Rams made the trip to Cedaredge on Saturday with the boys coming out on top in a squeaker, 36-35, and the girls losing 59-34.
The boys improved to 2-9 overall and 2-6 in 3A Western Slope League play, while the girls still have yet to tally a win and sit at 0-11 and 0-8 in league.
Basalt will make the short drive to Roaring Fork on Thursday for the Rams’ next matchups with the girls game starting at 5:30 p.m. The Basalt boys are 2-8 and 2-5 in league and the girls are 5-6 and 5-3 in league.
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Facing the loss of five crucial games down the stretch due to COVID-19 quarantine rules, the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team’s postseason fate looked uncertain and totally out of the team’s control.