Preps: Glenwood girls win Basalt Longhorn Classic; Aspen boys beat Glenwood to take hoops tourney title

Staff reports

The Glenwood Springs High School girls basketball team rolled through the Longhorn Classic basketball tournament at Basalt over the weekend, winning the championship with a 61-21 win over the host Lady Longhorns Saturday.

Glenwood dominated through the three-game stretch with equally impressive wins over Grand Junction 61-11 on Thursday and Eagle Valley 77-22 on Friday night to advance to the championship game.

The Lady Demons improve to 5-3 overall ahead of the holiday break.

Against Grand Junction, Glenwood was paced by junior Joslyn Spires with 22 points, including five 3-pointers. Junior Mattea Enewold pulled down five rebounds.

In the Eagle Valley game, it was junior Victoria Taylor who led all scorers with 23 points on top of five rebounds, while Spires and senior Sophia Prieto scored 13 each. Sophomore Taia Nykerk added five rebounds on the night.

The Basalt girls had beaten Battle Mountain on Thursday 29-16 and Rifle on Friday 28-14 to get to the championship.

Rifle defeated SkyView Academy 42-37 on Thursday and beat Eagle Valley 52-34 on Saturday to take third place. The Lady Bears enter the holiday break at 5-2 overall.

Glenwood Springs and Rifle stats for the championship and third-place games were not yet posted to MaxPreps/Colorado on Sunday afternoon.

Demon boys fall in championship

The Aspen High School boys basketball team continues to make easy work of its opponents. The Skiers finished out the Longhorn Classic at Basalt High School on Saturday evening by beating Glenwood Springs in the championship game 70-31.

Aspen beat Rifle in the semifinals on Friday 78-32 and Eagle Valley in the opener on Thursday 68-35.

AHS enters the holiday hiatus a perfect 7-0 overall, outscoring teams by an average of about 71 to 31 per game. They are ranked No. 4 in Class 3A.

Glenwood Springs defeated Banning Lewis Academy 63-46 on Thursday and Basalt 60-40 on Friday to get to the championship game. Scoring stats for the Demons were not immediately available.

In the weekend finale, Glenwood hung within one point of the Skiers, 12-11, through the first eight minutes of play before Aspen went on an 18-8 run in the second quarter and held the Demons to just four points in the third to open a 56-23 lead. Aspen was led by seniors Shae and Braden Korpela with 17 points each.

The Basalt boys finished fourth in their home tournament, losing to Rifle in Saturday’s third-place game 56-45. The Longhorns lost Friday to Glenwood Springs 60-40.

In other hoops action …

Boys and girls teams from Roaring Fork and Grand Valley high schools were also in action at weekend tournaments to close out the pre-holiday slate.

Playing at Palisade, the Roaring Fork boys fell to Montrose 61-24 on Thursday, Palisade 44-21 on Friday and to Pagosa Springs 50-35 on Saturday. The Rams fall to 2-7 on the season and stand at 1-0 in the 3A Western Slope League.

The Roaring Fork girls also dropped a pair at Palisade, losing 47-15 to Montrose on Thursday and 71-14 to Delta on Saturday, to fall to 2-6 on the season.

The Grand Valley boys (4-3) lost 56-53 to Grand Junction Central on Friday and played North Fork on Saturday; the outcome was not reported.

And, the Grand Valley girls picked up a tournament win over North Fork 46-39 on Saturday, after falling to Grand Junction Central 54-42 on Friday. The Lady Cardinals stand at 6-2 overall and 1-0 in the 3A WSL going into the break.

Wrestlers compete

Wrestlers from Glenwood Springs, Coal Ridge, Rifle and Grand Valley high schools were at the 30-team Warrior Classic Friday and Saturday.

The only area competitor to place was Grand Valley junior Teagan Jacobs, who took third at 113 pounds with an 8-4 decision over Grand Junction sophomore Murphy Harris.

Jacobs improved to 11-2 on the season, winning in the earlier rounds over Aiden Walton of Norwood by fall in 53 seconds; over Roman Wilson of Piedra Vista by fall in 1:07; over Harris in the quarterfinal by fall in 1:56; and over Keegan Pottorff of Broomfield in the consolation semifinal by 6-1 decision. Jacobs’ only loss came in the semifinal to Geno Gallegos of Fruita Monument, who scored a sudden victory win to push Jacobs to the third-place match.

The Basalt High School wrestling team, which includes students from Roaring Fork High in Carbondale, was at the 12-team West Grand Invitational on Saturday.

Jose Munoz took third place at 285 pounds, Dayton Schenk was third at 195 pounds, Roaney Requeno was sixth at 120 pounds, and Ivan Balboa was sixth at 113 pounds for the Longhorns.


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