Rifle’s Erica Graham’s no-hitter tops prep sports weekend
Rifle pitcher Erica Graham had a weekend to remember.
In the span of two days at last weekend’s road trip to the Four Corners, the Bear senior tossed a no-hitter, a one-hitter and recorded all three of Rifle’s wins while lifting the Bears overall record to 9-5 and 3-1 in the 4A Western Slope League.
Graham’s no-hitter came in the second game of Friday’s double-header sweep of Montezuma Cortez. Before the 10-0 nightcap win, Graham twirled a one-hitter against the Panthers for a 6-0 victory.
On Saturday, Rifle rebounded from a tough 8-7 extra inning loss to Durango by rapping out 11 hits in a 10-4 second-game win over the Demons.
The Bears face league rival Palisade on Thursday at Deerfield Park in North Rifle.
Glenwood Springs’ senior Chris Coddington, competing against some of the state’s best prep runners, finished 23rd among Division II boys at the prestigious Liberty Bell Invitational in Littleton on Friday.
Coddington finished the course in 17 minutes, 9 seconds. Roaring Fork high school sophomore Alex Tiernan had the area boys next-best time in 17:53. Tiernan competes for the Demons because his school does not field a cross country team.
Freshman Angie Vichick turned in the fastest time of the Demon girls. She finished in 68th place with a time of 22:31.
Alpine Christian Academy’s girls took second place in the Division IV race. Teammates Ashley Eaton and March Thompson concluded the race in 4th and 5th place, respectively.
At Friday’s Grand Junction Tiger Invitational in Canyon View Park the Rifle boys and girls teams finished ninth in the team standings.
Joe Schmitz recorded the Bears’ best time at 19:24.42 for 42nd place among 66 runners. David Suminski was 48th, Jacob Taylor finished 54th. Jessica Warwick was 31st in the girls race with a 24:08.39.
Glenwood and Alpine Christian are scheduled to run at Tuesday’s Clear Creek Invitational in Georgetown.
Steamboat Springs scored two first-half goals, then withstood a furious second half rally by Rifle to record a 2-1 Western Slope League win over the Bears on Saturday.
Sailor forward Devin Borvansky scored in the 15th minute for the lead. Mike Holland nailed the game-winning goal with five minutes left in the first half.
Jorge Alvardo scored on a rebound off Steamboat keeper Kelly Carlson, in the 45th minute. The loss dropped Rifle’s record to 2-4-1 on the season heading into Thursday’s league road match at Battle Mountain.
In other matches involving area teams on Saturday, Basalt scored three second-half goals for to a 3-1 non-league win over Denver Faith Christian. The victory lifts the Longhorns’ season record to 4-2. Roaring Fork dropped an 11-4 decision to Paonia on Saturday. Both teams play at Aspen this week. The Skiers play Basalt on Tuesday followed by the Rams Thursday.
No other information was made available to the Post Independent.
After dropping a 15-0, 15-5 match to Steamboat, the number-three ranked team in Class 4A, Rifle (0-6 and 0-2 in league) is still looking for the winning formula.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Bears this week. Rifle travels to unbeaten Glenwood Springs for a Tuesday night match with the Demons, then play Battle Mountain at home on Sept. 21.
Grand Valley raised its record to 8-1 on three straight wins over Rangely, Soroco and DeBeque.
The Cardinals opened last week’s play with an impressive 15-11, 15-10 two-game sweep at Rangely on Tuesday, then took a 2-0 match win over league foe Soroco Friday night.
On Saturday, they had a tougher time with DeBeque.
Grand Valley had to rally back from a one-point deficit late in game three for the match.
Jenni Hirneisen, who had six service aces, pounded home the winning points after a DeBeque sideout in a 15-13 comeback.
The Dragons tied the match in the second game by defeating the Cards 15-3.
Grand Valley has road matches at Plateau Valley Tuesday followed by North Park and West Grand on Friday and Saturday.
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