Prep roundup: Glenwood swim, hockey teams score opening weekend wins
The Glenwood Spring Lady Demons swim and dive team carried its winning ways into the new season Saturday with a win in the home opener at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.
The Glenwood girls, coming off an undefeated, league-winning 2018-19 season, finished first in the four team meet over Fruita Monument, Summit and Moffat County high schools.
1. Glenwood Springs High School — 320 points
2. Fruita Monument — 282 points
3. Summit — 197 points
4. Moffat County — 90 points
Glenwood senior Haley Diemer led the team with first-place finishes and state 3A qualifying times in the 200-yard freestyle (2:14.68) and 500-yard freestyle (6:03.59).
Senior diver Abby Scruton led all divers with 178.90 points. Glenwood dominated the diving competition with teammate and sister Celia Scruton finishing in second with 148.05 points, and Libby Claassen finishing third with 143.65 points.
Other notable performances included:
• Sally McDonnell (senior), second place 50 freestyle (28.95), and third in the 500 freestyle (6:18.14)
• Ellie McPherson (sophomore), second in 100 butterfly (1:16.01)
• Emma Price (sophomore), third place in 100 backstroke (1:14.71)
• Sophie Moon (junior), third in 100 breast stroke (1:21.21)
• 200 medley relay, third (Price, Lindenberg, MacPherson, Diemer) *State 3A qualifying time of 2:09.99
• 200 freestyle relay, second (MacPherson, Friemel, Moon, McDonnel *State 3A qualifying time of 1:54.83
• 400 freestyle relay, second (Moon, Diemer, Friemel, McDonnell), 4:24.22
Next up for Glenwood will be a triangular meeting with Aspen and Summit on Wednesday at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Glenwood will travel to Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction on Dec. 14 for the league’s annual relay meet.
Glenwood High hockey scores opening win
Glenwood Springs High’s boys hockey team, under the direction of coach Tim Cota, won its opening game of the season on the road Saturday, 8-1, over the Air Academy Cadets in Colorado Springs.
The Demons out shot Air Academy 43-18. Glenwood’s Hunter Hadsock had 17 saves in the goal on 18 shots.
Ryan Kotz scored a hat trick for the Demons with two goals in the first period and another in the third.
Goals also came from Nolan McPherson in the first period and Colter Strautman, Robbie Weir, McPherson and Max Mencimer in the second.
“Our forward lines were able to establish a balanced attack, something we knew we had the capability to do this year and which we will need to do consistently to achieve our season goals,” assisting coach Richie Luetke said.
Added Kotz, the senior team captain, “It was a good start to our season, and our second period was probably our strongest.
“We do need to work on maintaining a high level of play throughout the entire game. That’s the mental side that we can definitely work on for ourselves.”
Glenwood hoops action
After opening the season with a pair of losses to Fruita Monument (40-68) and Horizon (39-62) at the Warrior Classic in Grand Junction, the Glenwood Springs boys basketball team scored a win Saturday 55-49 over Bear Creek.
Up 27-20 at halftime, the Demons saw the lead fade by the end of the third when Bear Creek tied the game 34-34. Glenwood’s Patrick Young and Adam Schrader scored with 2 minutes to play to make it 48-41, and the Demons hung on down the stretch.
The Glenwood girls, playing in the Palmer Tip-Off Tourney got off to a 2-1 start on the season with a 34-32 win over Palmer on Thursday and a 50-22 win over Pueblo South on Saturday, before dropping a 50-38 decision to Denver South on Saturday.
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The teams aren’t vying to one up the other in the rankings or looking to get a leg up in the league standings this fall, but that will hardly make the stakes any less meaningful for Basalt and Glenwood Springs high schools when they meet on the football field Friday night.