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Torres lifts Coal Ridge to a win over Hotchkiss

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – Adrian Torres scored Coal Ridge’s lone goal in a 1-0 win over visiting Hotchkiss on Saturday.

Torres put the Titans on the board some 15 minutes into the game and Coal Ridge held on the rest of the way. Goalkeeper Tyler Guettler faced just four shots on goal from Hotchkiss.

The Titans were playing without defensive anchor Nick Kneedler, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in a recent game.



“We showed we could win without Nick,” Coal Ridge coach Brian Blair said. “We had to restructure our defense a little bit. They played great.”

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Eight different players scored goals as Glenwood Springs hung a 10-0 boys soccer loss on visiting Palisade on Saturday.



Ryan Buchanan scored two goals for the Demons, now 3-0-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the 4A Western Slope League.

Earlier Saturday morning, Buchanan won a cross country race in Basalt. He arrived about 10 minutes into the soccer game.

“He’s a pretty exceptional athlete,” Glenwood Springs soccer coach John Mount said. “To win a cross country race and then come down and score two goals is pretty amazing.”

Freddie Ruiz also scored two goals for the Demons. Casey Montoya, Mike McGraw, Danny Weller, Kevin Hartmann, Garrett Brown and Taylor Mays all scored one goal apiece.

Glenwood will host Basalt on Tuesday.

BASALT, Colorado – Glenwood Springs junior Ryan Buchanan won the boys individual title at Saturday’s Longhorn Invitational cross country meet at Basalt High School.

Buchanan crossed the line in 17 minutes, 29 seconds and was one of three Demons to finish in the top 10. Andrew Mansfield finished fifth (18:04) and Ian Edquist took 10th (18:52) as Glenwood’s boys won the team crown.

“That was really exciting,” Demons assistant coach Kim Worline said. “We can’t remember the last time the boys got first. It’s been a while, so that was great.”

Rifle’s boys finished just three points back of Glenwood to claim second. The Bears also had three runners in the top 10.

Dustin Ross was second (17:45), Geo Mendez seventh (18:46) and Ryan Davis ninth (18:51). Larry Schmueser finished just outside the top 10, taking 15th in 19:35.

Glenwood’s girls were also solid, finishing second overall as a team.

Angie Shepard led the Demons. She finished seventh (22:29). Michelle Thrun was 13th (22:51).

Other high-finishing locals included Grand Valley’s Sam Whelan. He took fourth (17:54) in the boys race.

Coal Ridge’s Chelyn McCain was 10th in the girls race (22:42).

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – Grand Valley’s Brandi Krieg finished second among girls at Friday’s Warrior Invitational cross country meet in Grand Junction.

Krieg crossed the line in 20:52 and placed behind only Maddy Jorgensen of Moffat County. Teammate Eryn Paskett took 11th.

The Cardinals’ Sam Whelan finished ninth in the boys field, timing in at 18:11.

PARACHUTE, Colorado – Grand Valley split a volleyball twin bill on Saturday, beating Cedaredge in three (25-12, 25-17, 25-20) and losing to Hotchkiss (25-21, 17-25, 25-9, 25-16).

Against Hotchkiss, Jessica Bell slammed five kills and had nine blocks. Caitlin Brady had 13 blocks and Sami Jo Krieg had nine blocks. Erin Vanderpool finished with 15 digs and three aces and Brandi Krieg had 11 assists. Karmen Steimel tallied four kills and 13 digs.

In the Cedaredge match, Brady led the Cardinals with seven kills, two aces and seven blocks. Vanderpool finished with 11 digs and two kills and Brandi Krieg had 14 assists.

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Roaring Fork swept visiting Gunnison in volleyball play on Friday. The Rams won by game counts of 25-15, 25-14, 25-20 to improve to 4-0 in the 3A Western Slope League.

Roaring Fork played in Meeker on Saturday. No score was available at press time.

BERTHOUD, Colorado – Rifle’s softball team went 1-2 at the Friday-Saturday Berthoud Tournament.

The Bears defeated Strasburg 7-1 on Friday. They lost to Silver Creek 11-1 on Friday and to Green Mountain (6-2) on Saturday.

Against Strasburg, Alisha Rodebaugh picked up the pitching win. She struck out eight and allowed just two hits and an unearned run in a complete-game, six-inning effort. Dannan Dueitt and Ryan Davis collected two hits apiece for Rifle, now 5-4 overall.


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