Preps roundup: Glenwood boys swim team wins conference, qualifies 8 for state
Lady Demons tennis sends 3 to state; Roaring Fork girls lacrosse makes state tourney
The Glenwood Springs High School boys swim team drowned the competition to win the combined 4A/5A Southwestern League Swim and Dive Championships at Colorado Mesa University Friday and Saturday.
Demons senior standout Quinn MacPherson was named the conference Swimmer of the Year, and the Demons won 10 of 12 events, the only exceptions being the 200 freestyle relay, and diving, for which Glenwood does not have any entrants.
MacPherson had an undefeated weekend with victories in the 200 individual medley (2:02.64) and the 500 freestyle (4:57.70), both season best times. MacPherson also swam on the championship 200 medley relay with teammates Ross Bradbury, Max Bryant and Tanner Esty (1:41.16), and the 400 free relay with William Jones, Esty and Ross Bradbury (3:30.34).
Other individual winners at the conference championships for the Demons were:
Senior Max Bradbury, 50 freestyle (22.13), 100 breaststroke (1:01.78); junior Ross Bradbury, 100 freestyle (50.73), 100 backstroke (56.01); freshman William Jones, 200 freestyle (1:48.40), and senior Tanner Esty, 100 butterfly (54.36).
Glenwood Springs was the runaway team winner with 231 points, followed by Montrose with 147, the combined District 51 team with 115 and Moffat County with 8.
The Demons’ eight state qualifiers will travel to Thornton’s Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to compete at the 4A State Championships.
In addition to the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays, Glenwood Springs will be represented at state by: MacPherson (200 IM, 500 freestyle); Esty (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke); Max Bradbury (50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke); Ross Bradbury (100 freestyle, 100 backstroke); Connor Cooley (100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke); Andrew Springer (100 breaststroke); Sam Barth (200 freestyle, 100 butterfly); and Jones (200 and 500 freestyle.
Lady Demons tennis qualifies 3 to state
The GSHS girls tennis team will also have representation at the 3A State Tennis Championships this Thursday through Saturday at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs.
No. 3 singles player junior Siri Henderson placed second at this past weekend’s Region 8 tournament to qualify for state, her first.
And, the No. 3 rookie doubles team of sophomore Tess Goscha and freshman Amanda Madden also placed second to earn their first trip to state.
No. 2 singles player senior Katherine Young is an alternate for state.
The Lady Demons finished third as a team at regionals, behind champions Vail Mountain and runners-up Aspen.
Roaring Fork girls lacrosse makes state
The Roaring Fork High School girls lacrosse team enters the 24-team 4A state tournament as the No. 16 seed, and will host No. 18 Fruita Monument at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the first round.
The Rams team, which combines players from Roaring Fork, Basalt and Glenwood Springs, scored a pair of convincing wins to close out the regular season. Last Wednesday on the road, they won 16-6 over Steamboat Springs. And at home on Saturday, they won 14-6 over Durango to finish at 9-6 overall and 5-5 in the 4A Mountain East League.
Rifle baseball takes 2 at Middle Park
The Rifle High School baseball team earned another pair of convincing wins on Friday, taking a doubleheader from Middle Park, 20-0 and 15-1.
The bats came alive early in the first game, as the Bears opened an 11-0 lead and continued to pile it on for the shutout. Junior Austin Bowlan pitched a two-hit shutout and was 2-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBIs. Senior Trey Caldwell was 4-for-4 with three RBIs.
Bowlan again had the hot bat in game two, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs. Junior Kade Street was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Rifle improved to 16-4 overall with the wins ahead of another nonleague game at 3A powerhouse North Fork (17-3) on Tuesday. The Bears (7-3 in the 4A Western Slope League) close out the league season with a doubleheader at Battle Mountain (10-8, 6-4) on Saturday.
Around the horn this weekend: Grand Junction 20, Glenwood Springs 5; Coal Ridge 8, Basalt 3; Basalt 7, Coal Ridge 6; Moffat County 7, Roaring Fork 4; Moffat County 15, Roaring Fork 14; Cedaredge 23, Grand Valley 12; Cedaredge 11, Grand Valley 10.
Other recent preps action
Girls soccer: Glenwood Springs 3, Summit 2; Coal Ridge 7, Moffat County 0; Roaring Fork 3, Rifle 2; Aspen 2, Roaring Fork 0; CRMS 2, Vail Christian 0; Grand Valley 2, Vail Christian 1.
Boys lacrosse: Montrose 10, Glenwood Springs 5; Evergreen 19, Glenwood Springs 1.
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