Preps Roundup: Glenwood boys, girls go 2-1 at Trojan Classic to close out pre-holiday schedule
Glenwood Springs High Schools’ boys and girls basketball teams closed out the pre-holiday schedule with two wins and one loss each at the Trojan Classic tournament in Longmont.
After dropping the opening game Thursday 61-45 to host Longmont, the Demon boys rebounded with a pair of convincing wins, 58-39 win over Berthoud on Friday and 61-31 over Littleton on Saturday.
Glenwood stands at 6-3 going into the break.
Also playing in the Trojan Classic, the Demon girls defeated Longmont on Thursday, 60-40, and Thomas Jefferson, 46-20, on Friday.
That was followed by a tournament-closing loss to Berthoud, 60-51 on Saturday, in which the Spartans jumped out to a 21-7 lead after the first quarter.
Glenwood went on a 19-13 run in the second to cut it to 34-26, but fell short down the stretch. The girls’ team also stands at 6-3 headed into the break.
Both Glenwood hoops teams resume play Jan. 11 at Grand Junction. The Class 4A Western Slope League schedule begins Jan. 14 when the Demons host Summit High School.
Road bumps for Rams
The Roaring Fork Rams of Carbondale saw action at the Black Canyon Classic in Gunnison to close out the pre-holiday schedule, with the girls going 1-2 and the boys winless on the weekend.
Roaring Fork’s girls fell to 5-3 on the season with a 41-35 loss to Woodland Park on Saturday. coming on the heels of a 39-22 loss to Montrose Friday. The Rams opened the tournament with a 53-36 win over Palisade.
Against Woodland Park, the Rams held a 9-7 advantage after the first quarter, but a 16-7 run by Woodland Park in the second set the tone. Roaring Fork outscored the Panthers 17-9 in the third, but the Rams were held to only two points in the fourth.
The Rams boys suffered losses to Pagosa Springs, Montrose and Palisade by scores of 44-30, 46-24 and 55-40, respectively.
Other weekend scores: Boys – Rifle 41, Basalt 29; Coal Ridge 64, Paonia 38; Grand Valley 61, Meeker 50. Girls – Basalt 41, Rifle 38; Coal Ridge 46, Paonia 18; Grand Valley 37, Eagle Valley 32.
Glenwood swimmers win league meet
The Glenwood Springs swim and dive team won a seven-team league competition Friday at Montrose. The Demons scored 510 points, besting Grand Junction High School (442 points) and Fruita-Mounument High School (354).
Junior Kylee Smith won her two events, the 50-yard freestyle (26.61 seconds) and 500-yard freestyle 5 minutes, 41.38 seconds). Both times qualified Smith for the 3A state meet.
Other Demon highlights from the swimming portion of the meet:
- Amy Madsen won the 200 IM (2:20.06) and placed second in the 100 back stroke (1:05.42), both state 3A qualifying times
- Sophie Moon had a fifth-place finish and a new 3A State qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.69)
- Haley Diemer had a fourth-place finish and new state qualifying time in the 100-freestyle (1:00.57)
- Ellie MacPherson had two third-place finishes and state qualifying times in the 100 breaststroke (1:18.67) and 100 freestyle (59.17)
The Glenwood divers again overwhelmed the competition by placing 1-2-3-4 out of nine divers. Juliet McGill won the diving competition in a season high 208.35 points and, along with Libby Claassen (182.40 points), scored enough points to qualify for state.
The Lady Demons take a break over the holiday and will start back up on Jan. 10-11 when they travel to Summit High School and Aspen High School.
Glenwood hockey falls 3-2 at Summit
The Glenwood Springs High boys hockey team lost a heartbreaker on the road at Summit High Saturday night, falling 3-2 as the Tigers scored the winning goal with just one-tenth of a second on the clock.
“Any team has the ability to win our conference,” coach Tim Cota said. “The scores will be close and the battles will be heated. Last night demonstrated that.”
Penalty trouble took the Demons out of their game in the second period, but the teams were tied at two goals apiece until the final second.
“We were pressing in their end, puck gets dumped into our end with 7 seconds left and they come in hard knowing there’s no way we can go end to end in that time and it ends up in the back of our net,” Cota described of Summit’s late-game win.
The Demons goals came from Colter Strautman in the second period and Dylan Webster in the third.
Freshman Hunter Oger got his first start in the net as a freshman and his rose to the occasion, Cota said.
“The effort was there from the boys,” he said. “It was an entertaining game from start to finish; a few missed opportunities, but if you have the effort you have something to build on.”
Glenwood closes out its pre-holiday schedule at Standley Lake in Denver on Monday.
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It was a statement game featuring the two best boys basketball teams in the 4A Western Slope League on Saturday afternoon at the Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium in Glenwood Springs. And, just like in the old western shootouts, it was the Glenwood Demons who had spoken the loudest when all the dust had settled with a key 58-44 win over the Steamboat Springs Sailors.