Weekend preps roundup: Lady Demons win Aspen cross country meet
Glenwood Springs runners finished 1-2 in the girls’ race at Saturday’s Chris Severy Invitational cross country meet in Aspen and placed three others in the top 25 to earn top team honors.
Senior Ella Johnson won the day on the rugged dry land version of Aspen’s Nordic ski course at the base of Aspen Highlands with a 5-kilometer time of 22 minutes, 07.3 seconds, and junior Sophia Connerton-Nevin took second in 22:25.9 to lead the Demons charge.
Rounding out the scoring for Glenwood were senior Maria Carlson (16th overall, 24:51.8), senior Alexa Helms (22nd, 25:30.8) and sophomore Taia Nykerk (24th, 26:47.60).
Coal Ridge junior standout Mikayla Cheney was third in 22:52.6, followed by Aspen’s Michaela Kenny in fourth (22:57.6) and Kent Denver’s Molly Zann in fifth (23:08.6).
Glenwood Springs won with 56 points, followed by Aspen with 61. Coal Ridge finished fourth as a team with 112 points.
Basalt High School and its reigning state champion Katelyn Maley did not compete Saturday in Aspen. The Longhorns join Rifle, Coal Ridge and Grand Valley at the 12-team Rifle XC Invitational on Wednesday, which will serve as a tuneup for the Oct. 22 Class 3A Region 1 state qualifying race, hosted by Coal Ridge at New Castle’s VIX Park.
In the boys race at Aspen Saturday, Aspen’s Anders Weiss took individual honors with a time of 19:56.2, easily outdistancing Battle Mountain juniors Alessandro Cantele (20:11.2) and Bergen Drummet (20:14.2), who finished second and third, respectively. Aspen sophomore Edwin Ryerson was sixth (20:28.1) and junior Eske Roennau was 10th (20:57.3) for a trio of Skiers in the top 10.
The top Garfield County finisher was Coal Ridge junior Tyler Parker in 14th place (22:03.2). Titans junior Dylan Campbell was 23rd in 22:28.
Battle Mountain easily won the boys team competition with 41 points, followed by Aspen in second with 123 and North Fork in third with 133 points.
Coal Ridge soccer shuts out Delta
The Coal Ridge boys soccer team got one goal in the first half and unloaded for five in the second at home against Delta Saturday, winning 6-0. The Titans improve to 5-1 in league play and 10-2 overall.
Elsewhere Saturday, it was Palisade 2-1 over Glenwood Springs in Palisade, with the Demons’ goal scored by senior Kevin Papoca; and Roaring Fork won by forfeit over Moffat County.
In Thursday soccer action, Coal Ridge beat Aspen 2-1.
Rifle softball beats Basalt, 15-1
On Thursday in Rifle, it was the Bears 15-1 over Basalt in the two area teams’ only meeting this season.
Rifle opened the game with four runs in the first and one in the second before exploding for 10 in the third, as the game ended on the mercy rule.
Senior Kaylie Stark went 3-for-3 on the evening with three runs scored and two runs batted in. Junior Hailey Worton was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs, and senior Jade Croy went 1-for-3 with three RBIs. Sophomore Blayke Hostettler got the pitching win.
For Basalt, junior Kiera Larson was 1-for-2 and scored the Longhorns’ lone run.
Coal Ridge volleyball splits against Rifle, Moffat
Thursday action saw the Coal Ridge Titans down Rifle 3-2 in a five-set thriller (17-25, 25-20, 25-14, 16-25, 16-14). Senior Peyton Garrison finished with 15 kills and four service aces for the Titans. Junior Isabella Rodriguez had five blocks, and junior Justice Segovia had 26 digs.
On Saturday, the visiting Moffat County Bulldogs downed Coal Ridge 3-1. Game details were not immediately available. Next up for Coal Ridge (5-7 overall, 3-3 league) is an away match at Aspen on Tuesday.
Aspen 3, Roaring Fork 2 (25-15, 21-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-13): Leading the Rams (1-16, 0-7) in this five-set Thursday showdown in Carbondale with the league-rival Skiers was junior Bella Brown with 10 kills, senior Grace Ferguson with four service aces and freshmen Erica and Carley Crownhart with 21 digs each.
Basalt tennis qualifies first players for state
The Basalt High School boys tennis team qualified a pair of players to the Class 4A state tournament, a first for the program that started as a club in 2017. Taylor Hays and Elias Schendler finished second at No. 4 doubles on Friday in their Region 8 tournament in Grand Junction and will be the first BHS tennis players to represent at state this coming week in Pueblo.
Aspen Times reporter Austin Colbert and Glenwood Springs Post Independent reporter John Stroud contributed to this report.
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