Preps roundup: Coal Ridge, Glenwood soccer off to strong starts |

Preps roundup: Coal Ridge, Glenwood soccer off to strong starts

Coal Ridge junior Ezra Williams, left, works the ball upfield against KIPP Denver Collegiate on Friday. The Titans won 2-1.
Photo courtesy Fil Meraz

The Coal Ridge High School boys soccer team got off to an impressive start at the Kent Denver tournament on the opening weekend of the season.

The Titans downed the host Sun Devils, a perennial powerhouse in the Class 3A division, by a score of 3-0 on Saturday.

Coal Ridge goals came from senior Alan Quezada and juniors Ezra Williams and Caleb Thompson.

On Friday, it was the Titans scoring a revenge victory of KIPP Denver, 2-1. The White Tigers had knocked Coal Ridge out of the playoffs in the pandemic-altered spring season.

Goals in that game were scored by Williams and Thompson.

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The 2-0 Titans travel to play Salida in a nonleague matchup on Thursday and face Rifle at 11 a.m. Saturday in Rifle.

In other Saturday action, the Glenwood Springs Demons scored an impressive 5-0 win over the visiting Delta Panthers.

Senior Dylan West scored the hat trick with three goals, while senior Reid Swanson and junior Dylan Nolan contributed a score each. Swanson also had two assists on the afternoon.

The Demons (1-1) next face Roaring Fork at home on Tuesday. Game time is 6 p.m.

Girls volleyball

After sweeping Roaring Fork 3-0 in Carbondale to open the season on Thursday, the Coal Ridge High volleyball team fell to Meeker 3-1 on Friday.

Against the Rams of Carbondale, the Titans handily took the first set, 25-9, before Roaring Fork found its legs in set two before Coal Ridge finished it off 25-17.

Trying to come back, Roaring Fork stormed to a 12-point lead in the third set before an ace by Titans senior Peyton Garrison sealed Coal Ridge’s counter, clinching the match, 26-24.

“I was so proud of their heart and not giving up when things got tough,” Coal Ridge head coach Aimee Gerber said.

Garrison had two aces, 12 digs and eight kills. Junior Emma Morgan led the Titans with 28 assists, and senior Bayley Jacobson had 24 digs.

After splitting the first two sets at home against Meeker on Friday (14-25, 25-23), it was the visitors who found the finishing touch with 25-14 and 25-21 wins in sets three and four to win the match 3-1.

Coal Ridge (1-1) has a tournament game on Friday versus Steamboat Springs as part of the Glenwood Springs Demon Invitational.

Other weekend scores: Rifle over Hayden 2-0 (25-15, 25-22); Rifle over Grand Valley 3-0 (28-26, 25-19, 25-23); Soroco over Roaring Fork 3-0 (14-25, 12-25, 7-25); Little Snake River over Roaring Fork 3-1 (8-25, 27-25, 23-25, 22-25). Next up, Roaring Fork (0-3) travels to play Grand Junction (0-4) on Tuesday.

Rifle softball off to solid start

The Rifle High School softball team is off to a 2-1 start on the fall season with a win over Meeker last week and a double-header split on Saturday against Montezuma-Cortez.

The Lady Bears fell 13-11 in the opening game versus the M-C Panthers, and rebounded in the nightcap to take a 15-6 win.

In the opener, Rifle sophomore Brooklyn Millius went 2-for-4 with 5 runs batted in to lead the Bears. RBIs also came from junior Hailey Worton and sophomore Blayke Hostettler (2 each) and sophomores Zoe Hisel and Emma Speakman (1 each).

The second game saw the Bears jump to an 11-5 lead after four innings behind the bats of Millius (1-for-4, 3 RBI), senior Emma Poole (2-for-4, 2 RBI), Worton (2-for-5, 1 RBI), sophomore Jadyn Petree (2-for-4, 1 RBI), junior Myia Valencia (2-for-4, 1 RBI) and senior Kaylie Stark (1 RBI). Junior Taelia Jones picked up the pitching win.

On Aug. 20, Rifle got the best of Meeker on the road 11-2.

The Bears (2-1, 0-0 4A Western Slope League) travel to play Palisade (2-1) in their first league game of the season at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The other area softball team, based at Basalt High School but including players from Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork high schools, went 3-1 over the past week. The Longhorns defeated Aspen 19-9 on Aug. 24, Eagle Valley 7-6 on Thursday and splitting a double-header with Gunnison on Saturday, losing 11-7 and rebounding to win 13-3 in the nightcap.

Next up for Basalt (3-5, 2-1 3A WSL) is a Tuesday double-header matchup with Cedaredge on the road, followed by a home game with Rifle at 5 p.m. Thursday.


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