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Winter sports season officially underway

The winter prep sports season begins in earnest this weekend. Any teams that didn’t feature a midweek start to their season likely have a busy weekend.

The Brenda Patch Tournament at Roaring Fork High School is the marquee event of the weekend with boys’ and girls’ basketball teams from Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs and Green Valley, Utah, vying for tournament honors.

Proceeds from the tournament benefit a scholarship established in honor of Brenda Patch, who died in a car accident during her junior year at RFHS.



The tournament begins at 3:30 p.m. today with the Steamboat Springs girls’ team facing Green River. The Steamboat and Green River boys’ teams tip off at 5 p.m., followed by the Roaring Fork-Glenwood Springs girls’ and boys’ games at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.

Third-place games are slated for 2:30 p.m. (girls) and 4 p.m. (boys) on Saturday. The girls’ and boys’ title games are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.



In other prep basketball action, the Rifle boys play host to Montrose in a nonconference game at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Basalt boys’ squad plays back-to-back nonconference home games against Kent Denver on Friday night and Moffat County Saturday at 4 p.m.

The Grand Valley girls’ basketball team will spend the weekend at the Meeker Shootout tournament, while the boys’ team hosts the Grand Valley Invitational.

The No. 3-ranked Glenwood Springs swim team takes to the water at 10 a.m. Saturday for the Summit Invitational.

The Rifle wrestling team travels to the Middle Park Invitational Saturday, while the new Grand Valley squad is participating in the Montrose JV Tournament.


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