Rams sweep weekend, Basalt next
The first test for volleyball supremacy in the Class 3A Western Slope League will take place Tuesday when Roaring Fork and Basalt square off in Carbondale Tuesday night.Roaring Fork is 2-0 in the WSL (4-3 overall) after back-to-back victories at Olathe Friday and Gunnison on Saturday. Basalt was undefeated (1-0, WSL, 6-0 overall) prior to Friday’s league match at Cedaredge. The results of the match were unavailable at press time.”This week ought to tell us how good we are,” said Roaring Fork coach Karen Crownhart. Tuesday’s match is the first of three home contests the Rams have on tap this week.On Friday, the Rams took a 3-0 win against a weak Pirate team, who are 0-2 in league play (1-2 overall). The following day’s match in Gunnison was a lot tougher.Playing at the Cowboys gym in front of a loud, pro-Gunnison crowd, Roaring Fork was forced into a match-deciding fifth game after holding a 2-1 lead after winning game three.Junior Sarah Armstrong had 18 kills and 8 blocks. Ashley Jammeron and Erica Pelland each had 8 blocks. Basalt, who sports an unbeaten 7-0 mark, has a similar schedule. After Tuesday’s encounter at Roaring Fork, the ‘Horns have home matches against Aspen Thursday and Gunnison Saturday.In other prep volleyball games played this weekend, Rifle dropped a 3-1 (13-25, 25-21, 20-25, 12-25) decision to Moffat County in a Class 4A Western Slope League match Saturday at the Bear Lair. On Friday, Grand Valley evened their 2A WSL mark to 1-1 (4-5 overall) by outlasting Paonia, 3-2. Boys SoccerState-ranked Basalt earned their sixth straight win in seven matches with a 3-nil shutout over Colorado Rocky Mountain School in a league match played Saturday in Carbondale.Longhorn goalkeeper Jaime Winkler had an easy day while chalking up his fourth shutout in as many games. Winkler only had to make three saves on the Oysters, who fell to 1-2 on the loss.Cy Eaton scored a goal and had two assists to lead Basalt to its third Class 3A WSL victory. Felipe Sanchez and Matt Schoeller also scored in the contest.Cross CountryRunning in the Liberty Bell Invitational at Heritage High School on Friday, the Basalt girls took third place and the boys finished 11th in the Division IV meet, featuring smaller schools.Collin Stewart had the best individual finish among Longhorn runners, taking sixth place in 17 minutes, 31 seconds. In the girls meet, Amy Lund was ninth overall among 152 runners at 20:46. Other Longhorns who finished among the top 30 runners were Sophie Stenstadvold (20th place, 21:29), Kate Wilson (24th, 21:42) and Duncan McDaniel (26th, boys meet, 18:58).Rifle endured a bus breakdown and a early-morning arrival prior to competition at the Gunnison Invitational and still managed to post some strong times.Sophomore Elisabeth Strouse took fourth place in the girls race with a 22:04 finish. Teammate Maddi Steffen also earned a individual medal by finishing 23rd in 24:27. Bears Heather McCain (27:20) and Lupe Chavez (27:27) were 48th and 50th.Joe Youland had the fastest time for the Rifle boys. He was 35th overall after finishing the course in 21:08. Loren Osiecki and Eli Snead were 53rd and 54th in 22:16 and 22:21, respectively. Warren Smith clocked in at 23:03 for 64th place.Rifle competes in the Craig Invitational at Laudy Simpson Park Saturday.
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