Snowy conditions postpone prep sports events
All of the high school sporting events involving Garfield County girls and boys basketball teams were postponed Friday thanks to the snowy weather that has hit western Colorado hard.
Grand Valley High School Athletic Director David Walck, along with Coal Ridge AD Mike Aragon, both confirmed that Friday’s games were postponed. Grand Valley’s boys and girls were scheduled to host Roaring Fork on Friday, while Coal Ridge was scheduled to play games in Gunnison.
Grand Valley’s games in Parachute have been rescheduled for Monday, with the girls game beginning at 6 p.m. and the boys game following at 7:30 p.m. The scheduled makeup date for Coal Ridge’s games at Gunnison is Feb. 15.
Aragon said Coal Ridge’s buses left the high school for Gunnison around 10:30 a.m. Friday, but worsening conditions forced the team to come home.
Canceling its swimming meet at Delta was Glenwood Springs High School’s girls swimming team. No make up date has been set — or likely will be set — since the Demons’ next scheduled meet will be the Western Slope League Championships Feb. 7 and 8 at the El Pomar Natatorium in Grand Junction.
Weather forecasts have called for more snow accumulation through today. That puts another kink into the schedule for Roaring Fork, which has also postponed today’s scheduled games at Olathe. No reschedule dates have been determined there, either.
The only school from Garfield County that decided to play its games as scheduled is Rifle High School. The school’s athletic director Troy Phillips confirmed Friday night that the games are still on. Rifle’s boys and girls hoops teams will play at Steamboat Springs today — as scheduled — at 2 p.m. for the girls game and 3:30 p.m. for the boys game.
Another cancellation involving teams from the Class 4A Western Slope League was tonight’s games between Palisade and Eagle Valley in Gypsum. Those games have been rescheduled for Monday. Palisade also postponed its games scheduled for Saturday at Summit in Frisco.
In the 3A WSL, Moffat County postponed today’s games at Gunnison.
The National Weather Service branch in Glenwood Springs is calling for an 80 percent chance of snow tonight with temperatures reaching 16 degrees. More snow is expected for Saturday, with skies clearing Saturday night and temperatures reaching single digits.
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The Glenwood Springs-Rifle sports rivalry goes way back for GSHS baseball coach and former Demons multi-sport student-athlete Eric Nieslanik.