Prep wrapup: Rifle downs Palisade, Basalt beats Central |

Prep wrapup: Rifle downs Palisade, Basalt beats Central

Staff Reports

GRAND JUNCTION – A 6-1 win by Rifle’s boys soccer team over Palisade at Canyon View Park on Saturday boosted the Class 4A Western Slope League leading Bears (8-3 overall, 7-1 WSL) current winning streak to five straight games.

The victory gives Rifle a one-game lead over second place Steamboat Springs heading into Thursday’s WSL showdown with the Sailors at Rifle.

Bear Sean Melody scored a hat trick against the winless (0-10, 0-7) Bulldogs. As a team Rifle outshot Palisade 38-14.

Prior to Thursday’s match Steamboat (9-1, 6-1), plays Moffat County at home on Tuesday.

Steamboat has five games left on their schedule to Rifle’s four.

Basalt 4, G.J. Central 0

GRAND JUNCTION – Forward Felipe Sanchez scored late in the first half and again in the first minute of the second half to give Basalt (8-2 overall, 7-0 Class 3A Western Slope League) a 4-0 shutout win over Grand Junction Central at Canyon View Park on Saturday.

On Thursday afternoon Basalt travels to Colorado Rocky Mountain School for a match with the 1-5 Oysters then return to Carbondale Saturday morning to face Roaring Fork.

Aspen 5, CRMS 2

CARBONDALE – Stephen Buzbee had four goals and Gabriel Grisolla added another score to lead the visiting Skiers to a 5-2 win over CRMS on Saturday.

The Oysters, who drop to 1-5 overall and in Western Slope League play on the loss, were behind 3-2 at halftime before Aspen broke lose with two goals in the second half.

CRMS is at Vail Mountain School on Tuesday, then host first-place Basalt at 4 p.m. Thursday.


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The angry Sailors, smarting from Thursday’s three-game loss to Glenwood Springs, took their frustrations out on overmatched Rifle on Saturday.

Steamboat outside hitter Hannah Gary paced the Sailors with a game-high 22 kills in a straight-set win in Steamboat’s 25-12, 25-21, 25-9 victory.

The defeat puts Rifle’s record at 2-11 overall and 1-6 in the Class 4A Western Slope League. The Bears look to break their current six-game losing streak Thursday night at Delta.

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