Rifle cheerleading brings home second state title
For the second consecutive season, on Monday the Rifle Bears cheerleading squad won the 4A Les Schwab Academic Colorado State Title, thanks to a group of girls who compiled a GPA of 3.61.
While Rifle is known for its success on the playing surfaces, the academic state title marks the fifth time the Bears have won in the last two and a half years. The football program won the award in 2014, while the baseball program won in 2014 and 2015.
Members of the cheerleading squad include: Emily Bessette, Kylie Boyd, Morgan Brown, Laurel Ellis, Tiana Fitzgerald, Krysta Fusilier, Victoria Garcia, Amy Gomez, Lucie Goodman, Ellie Groves, Kellie Lange, Sophia Langhorne, Nicole Manera, Kendra Nichol, Hilery Pena, Breeawna Smith, Monika Spaulding, Makenna Sturgeon, Jacqueline Vigil Reyes and Kylee West.
Titans cap off strong night against Basalt with two wins
Behind 13 points from sophomore guard Brandon Herrera and 10 points each from junior forward Hunter Gerber and senior guard Jake Solinger, the Coal Ridge Titans boys basketball team rolled to the third win of the season in the opening game of 3A Western Slope League play, Tuesday, against the Basalt Longhorns.
Senior forward Grayson Keener added nine points in the win as the Titans racked up 33 points in the first half to take a 33-29 lead.
In the second half the Titans outscored the Longhorns 30-12 in the first game back from holiday break for both teams.
For the Longhorns (3-1, 1-1), sophomore guard Raul Torres led the team with 11 points, while junior forward Dylan Gressett added 10 points in the loss. Junior forward Michael Glen chipped in with eight points for Basalt.
While the Coal Ridge boys teams rolled to its first league win of the season, the Titans girls team picked up its first league win as well, topping the Longhorns girls team, 50-41.
Junior forward Natalie Dougherty led the charge with eight points as the Titans picked up the nine-point win after trailing at the half by four points.
Junior guard Alexys Holder added eight points for the Titans, while senior guard Courtnay Young added seven points in the win.
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