Winter prep sports season swings back to action |

Winter prep sports season swings back to action

After two weeks of mandatory inactivity, area high schools resume the winter sports season with scheduled contests starting Thursday.

The Rifle boys and girls basketball teams are the first area varsity squads on tap when they face Class 5A Grand Junction Central Thursday night for a nonleague doubleheader.

The varsity girls game is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game at 7:30 p.m.

Heading into Thursday’s game, both of Rifle’s basketball teams are 2-3 overall and have not played since Dec. 13.

Rifle boys and girls basketball opens its 4A Western Slope League season Saturday at home against Battle Mountain.

Rifle’s wrestlers also return to action Thursday with a dual at Meeker. The Bears are the No. 10 Class 4A team in the current “On The Mat” state rankings and face another top-ten opponent in the Class 2A No. 1-ranked Cowboys at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Top-10 ranked grapplers scheduled to compete include Rifle’s Rodney Long and Casie Dunlap and Meeker wrestlers Ryan Clark, Tyrell Scott, Tyler Williams, Lee Overton and Steven Rust.

On Saturday, the Bears, along with Basalt, travel to Gypsum for the Eagle Valley Tournament.

Most of the area squads don’t return to action until Friday night.

The Glenwood Springs boys and girls basketball teams host Battle Mountain in the Class 4A Western Slope League opener for both schools.

On the boys side, Glenwood enters with an overall record of 3-4, while Battle Mountain is 2-2. The Glenwood girls are also 3-4, facing a 2-3 Huskies squad. The girls game is set to tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game at 7:30 p.m.

In Class 3A WSL basketball action, the undefeated Roaring Fork boys squad (1-0 WSL, 6-0 overall) travels upvalley for a 7 p.m. Friday night league contest against Aspen (1-0, 2-3).

The Roaring Fork girls team (0-1, 5-1) is also at Aspen High School (0-1, 2-4) for a Friday contest at 5:30 p.m., and will try to rebound from its first loss of the season against Basalt. The loss came in the final game prior to the holiday break.

On Saturday, Roaring Fork hosts league foe Olathe with the girls starting at 4 p.m. and the boys tipping off at 5:30 p.m.

Basalt travels to Olathe Friday night. The Longhorn girls basketball team enters the contest 1-0 (4-2), while the Basalt boys are winless on the season. The Longhorns host Gunnison on Saturday with the girls and boys playing at 4 and 5:30 p.m., respectively.

Off the courts and into the water, the Glenwood girls swim team heads to Moffat County for a meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

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