Preps roundup: Coal Ridge boys basketball suffers first league loss at Gunnison
Rifle, Coal Ridge, Grand Valley girls win
The Coal Ridge High boys suffered their first 3A Western Slope League loss of the year Thursday night on the road at Gunnison, falling to the defending league champion Cowboys 65-45.
Gunnison jumped to a 22-8 lead after the first quarter of play, and built on the lead in the second half to secure the win.
Senior Andrew Herrera was the leading scorer for the Titans with 21 points, including three 3-pointers.
The Titans, now 5-1 in league and 9-2 overall, return to action Monday at Steamboat Springs for a nonleague game, and close out the league season March 6 at home versus Roaring Fork.
Roaring Fork 53, Grand Valley 38
On the road at Parachute, the Rams of Carbondale picked up an important win in the 3A WSL.
Roaring Fork built a 21-13 lead at the half and kept the pressure on the host Cardinals in the second half to seal the deal.
Leading all scorers on the night was Cardinals junior Emilio Garcia with 18 points. Rams senior Graham Pietch had 17 points, while senior Julian Alcantara had 13.
Roaring Fork (4-5 overall, 2-2 league) next plays Aspen at home Saturday. Grand Valley (1-9, 04) is at Moffat County Friday night.
Rifle 40, Eagle Valley 28
Rifle raced out to an 18-6 first-half lead on the road at Eagle Valley Thursday night, holding the Devils scoreless in the second quarter and holding on for the 12-point win.
Individual stats for Rifle were not available. Next up for the 4A Western Slope League-leading Bears (7-3 overal, 7-1 league) is a Saturday date with 6-3 Battle Mountain.
Coal Ridge 70, Gunnison 6
The Coal Ridge girls held host Gunnison to just six points on the night and had one of their biggest scoring outputs ever Thursday, according to results posted to Maxpreps.com.
Individual stats were not available. Next up for Coal Ridge (8-3, 2-3) is a scheduled trip to Grand Junction for a nonleague game with the Tigers on Monday.
Grand Valley 57, Roaring Fork 46
A key 3A Western Slope League game saw the Grand Valley Cardinals come out on top of the Roaring Fork Rams in Parachute Thursday night.
Senior Maya Lindgren had 19 points for the Rams including a pair of 3-pointers, and senior Lily Nieslanik chipped in 10.
Next up for Grand Valley (6-4, 1-2) is another important league contest at Moffat County on Friday, and for Roaring Fork (4-7, 2-4) is a home game versus Aspen on Saturday.
Glenwood girls, Basalt boys in quarantine
Two separate quarantines are affecting basketball teams at Glenwood Springs and Basalt high schools.
All Glenwood Springs girls varsity basketball athletes had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 on Feb. 19 when the Demons played Steamboat Springs in Glenwood.
In addition, all BHS boys basketball athletes had exposure to someone who tested positive on Feb. 22. The team was idle that night.
“This is a situation that we knew could come about but it doesn’t make it any easier for our players, coaches, families, or our community,” GSHS Athletic Director Craig Denney said in a press release issued by the Roaring Fork School District.
“I am incredibly grateful for our players and coaches and the way in which they are dealing with the situation. The fact that it happened when it did is difficult because our girls are in the hunt for the post-season tournament. The one saving grace is that they will be able to return for the last Saturday of competition, and there is a possibility that they will still make it into the tournament.”
Colorado High School Activities Association policy states that group training and competition for exposed individuals must be canceled for 14 days from the last date of exposure.
As a result, the GSHS girls varsity games slated for Tuesday, Friday and Saturdy this week, as well as March 2 and March 5 are canceled at this time. BHS boys games on Friday and Saturday, and on March 2 and March 4 are canceled.
During quarantine, students are to attend school via distance learning and will not participate in any in-person school activities, including athletics.
There is a discrepancy between CHSAA and local quarantine lengths. Because CHSAA is the authority for all athletics, there will be no athletics for 14 days, but students will be able to return to in-person learning after 10 days.
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When Moffat County High School football started 2A West League play, they did so with a victory over a team they hadn’t beaten since 2015.