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Demon wins on the hard court set tone for season’s final push; Glenwood hosts Battle Mountain Tuesday

The Glenwood Springs girls took on the Grand Junction Tigers Thursday night at the Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium and came away with a 54-10 victory to up their record to 11-5, as the high school basketball season begins the countdown to regional and state playoffs at the end of February.

Once a perennial big school powerhouse, the Tigers came limping into the contest with the Demons with an 0-15 record, and from the get-go, Glenwood was determined to keep them winless on the season.

Before fans could even get settled into their seats, senior guard Breauna Sorensen opened the scoring for the Demons with a 3-pointer and fellow senior Joslyn Spires followed that up with a pair of triples to get Glenwood off and running in fine fashion.

Full-court pressure was the order of the day for Glenwood, and the Tigers were unable to solve the defensive puzzle with Demon defenders seemingly coming at them in waves. Senior Tori Taylor contributed six first-quarter points to help Glenwood jump out to a big 17-3 lead.

The Tigers didn’t fare much better in the second quarter against the talented Demons, scoring just one point to trail 31-4. Senior Mattea Enewold got in the scoresheet with a couple of baskets during the stanza and junior Bailey Winder hit a mid-range jumper to close things out heading to the half.

Spires and Taylor had 11 points each at the half for Glenwood. Sorensen contributed five assists and four steals.

Junior reserve guard Madison Stewart kept the Demon scoring onslaught going in the third quarter with a basket and junior Taia Nykerk hit a 3-pointer to push Glenwood to an unheard of lead at 42-4. Coach Rhonda Moser began to substitute liberally at that point, getting game experience for all of her bench players. Promising sophomores Chloe Davies and Lyndsey Helms played the entire fourth quarter for the Demons.

Stat sheet stuffers for Glenwood included Spires with 15 points, Taylor 13 points, Nykerk 7 points, Stewart and Enewold each dropped in six points. Sorensen finished with eight assists and six steals.

The Thursday win came on the heels of another convincing Lady Demons home win two nights before, 44-29 over Summit.

Glenwood will swing back into action Tuesday with a league game at home against Battle Mountain before hitting the road Saturday to take on the Durango Demons who are the top-ranked girls team on the Western Slope.

Glenwood Springs senior Tori Taylor releases a shot during the Lady Demons’ 44-29 win over Summit at home on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.
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Other recent girls basketball scores:

Saturday: Moffat County 54, Rifle 43

Friday: Grand Valley 50, Meeker 44 (Grand Valley improves to 9-3 overall and 8-0 to lead the 3A Western Slope League); North Fork 52, Roaring Fork 42

Tuesday: Grand Valley 46, Olathe 39

Demon boys edge Tigers

The Glenwood boys closed out the doubleheader of basketball on Thursday with a thrilling 58-55 win in a game that featured multiple lead changes.

Junior Alec Classen hit a fade away jumper just prior to the first period buzzer to give the Demons a narrow 12-11 lead in a quarter where the lead seesawed back and forth several times.

Junior Argeny Renteria and senior Edwin Olave each scored for Glenwood to give the Demons their biggest lead of the game at 19-14 midway through the second quarter. Glenwood’s lead swelled slightly to 23-17, but the Tigers went on an 8-2 scoring run to close out the half and knot things at 25-all.

The Grand Junction combination of seniors Jake Stanfield and Jase Satterfield kept the Tigers stride for stride with the Demons in the first half by shouldering much of the scoring burden for Junction.

In the third period, senior guard Erick Cordero turned in a key play for Glenwood by banking in a 3-pointer while being fouled in the process. Cordero hit the toss from the charity stripe to complete the four-point play and give the Demons a 31-27 lead.

From there, the Tigers got multiple contributors to step to the forefront to propel them to a 43-39 lead at the end of the third period. Seniors Cameron Ochoa and Andon Tow got into the scoring column, and sophomore Will Applegate hit for five points in the period for Grand Junction.

In the deciding frame, Ochoa shook himself free of the Glenwood defense and hit his third 3-pointer of the game to give the Tigers a 46-39 lead. Junior guard Sim Wenger then hit a pair of free throws for Glenwood, but it was Ochoa immediately answering with another long bomb for a 49-41 Junction advantage.

Guard Aiden Peters hit a 3-pointer for Glenwood to narrow the Tiger lead to 49-46 with just under 4 minutes to play in the contest.

Just moments later, Wenger hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 51 apiece with 1:36 to go in regulation and the finish line in sight for both teams.

Wenger saved the day for his team once again in the game’s exciting waning moments. Following a Grand Junction turnover, Wenger hit a 3-pointer from the top of the circle and then stole a Tiger pass on the ensuing possession to give the Demons their fourth win in a row, improving their record to 10-7 on the season.

Wenger led the Demons with 21 points, Renteria and Classen chipped in with 10 points, Cordero had nine points and Peters hit for seven points.

The Demon boys will join the girls Tuesday when they will entertain the Battle Mountain Huskies. Both Glenwood teams are 1-0 in 5A WSL play.

Other recent boys basketball scores:

Saturday: Moffat County 74, Rifle 52

Friday: Roaring Fork 60, North Fork 44 (Roaring Fork improves to 10-4 overall and stays undefeated atop the 3A Western Slope League at 7-0); Grand Valley 59, Meeker 54; Aspen 57, Coal Ridge 43

Tuesday: Glenwood Springs 48, Summit 34

Glenwood Springs hockey scores: Saturday – Kent Denver 4, Glenwood 3; Jan. 24 – Glenwood 8, Palmer 2. The Demons are now 11-2 overall and 6-0 in the 4A Mountain League. They host Steamboat Springs at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the Glenwood Community Center Ice Rink.

Healthy, hyped Ferreira back at X Games Aspen in front of the hometown crowd

After winning X Games Aspen in back-to-back years in 2019 and 2020, injuries became burdensome for Aspen’s Alex Ferreira. The homegrown halfpipe skier still did enough to make last year’s Olympic team, winning bronze in Beijing, but it was a grind.

“I’m feeling healthy for the first time in long time. I’m coming into X Games healthy, which makes me super happy,” he said in the lead-up to this year’s contest at Buttermilk Ski Area. “X Games is our Super Bowl, and I’m extremely excited to be healthy and be able to compete to my fullest of capabilities. The skiing has been awesome. I finally feel like I’m skiing for me, and I’m loving it more and more, and I’m skiing well, so that makes me super stoked.”

Two years ago, he had surgery to fix some nerves in his neck. Last season, he battled a bad ankle sprain and a bone bruise in his knee. He opted out of X Games Aspen 2022 to heal up before the Olympics, a tough decision for someone who considers his hometown event the pinnacle of the sport.

Now, he’s healthy and ready to go Sunday night, when the men’s halfpipe skiing finals take place to close out this year’s X Games Aspen.

“It’s just nice to wake up every day and be able to walk out of bed for starts. To be able to ski at my highest level, that’s a cherry on top, absolutely,” Ferreira said. “The Olympics was spectacular. I’m so grateful to walk away healthy and walk away with another medal. For me, the bronze was a gold, considering I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to go at all, considering the injury I had, so I’m super thankful for that. My summer was great.”

Ferreira, who also won Olympic silver in 2018, has competed three times so far this season. He finished fourth in both the Copper Grand Prix and the first of two World Cup contests in Calgary only last weekend. But, after missing the podium twice, he finally broke through and won the second World Cup Calgary contest on Jan. 21, his first World Cup win since the 2021 Copper Grand Prix.

“Fourth is a brutal position to be in. I haven’t been there very often in my career, and now I know what it feels like. And, that’s enough for me,” he said. “It’s super good to be on top of the podium. It’s nice to ski how I want to ski. It was just flowing.”

Ferreira, 28, is feeling as good as he ever has. He also feels he still has a lot he can bring to the sport and plans to remain among halfpipe skiing’s best athletes for as long as he can. He’s already secured a spot on the U.S. national team’s squad for the world championships later this winter.

But first, he is headed back to X Games — an event he has not tired of.

“I was talking with an old friend of mine’s dad, and he said, ‘I think you are getting better, Alex.’ And, I think I’m getting better, too, and I think that’s what keeps the motivation and the spark,” Ferreira said. “The novelty has surely not worn off. Maybe the nerves have worn off a little bit, or at least I understand how it all works now, which is great. But, the novelty has definitely not worn off. I’m excited to compete. Aspen is my hometown. X Games is our Super Bowl of skiing. It’s just so cool to be able to do it in front of my hometown and my friends and my family and give it my absolute all.”

acolbert@aspentimes.com

Basalt’s Faulhaber fifth in X Games halfpipe skiing as snow makes amplitude difficult

Mother Nature — and some unfortunate training injuries — completely changed the vibe around the women’s halfpipe skiing final on Saturday at X Games Aspen.

Still, it’s difficult to get Basalt’s own Hanna Faulhaber too down in the dumps.

“Yeah, I mean, the conditions were rough. I’m grateful to have landed one run. Sadly, I fell on three of my last runs, so it’s all good. I had a blast out here,” she said after finishing fifth in only her second X Games appearance on Saturday. She won bronze in her debut a year ago. “I love it out here so much, and having all the fans out here is amazing. Thank you everyone who came out here to support, and, hopefully, we can do it next year.”

Snow fell through the entirety of the contest at Buttermilk Ski Area, making it difficult to get much speed — and therefore amplitude — in the halfpipe. This included Faulhaber, the 18-year-old Basalt High School graduate, who has made a name for herself for her amplitude that rivals some of the men’s halfpipe skiers.

Although, the biggest omission from the contest wasn’t the airtime but the star power. China’s Eileen Gu and Estonia’s Kelly Sildaru — arguably the biggest names in women’s freeskiing at the moment — both pulled out of the contest after injuring themselves during X Games slopestyle training. Gu was in attendance on Saturday — moving around with crutches — and even gave a hug and quick pep talk to Faulhaber during the contest.

Also missing was Olympic gold medalist Cassie Sharpe, as the Canadian decided to sit out this year’s competition, although she was also in attendance Saturday.

“There’s definitely like five inches (of snow) on all of the walls, so it’s definitely tough to find the speed,” Faulhaber said.

Basalt’s Hanna Faulhaber, right, chats with Eileen Gu between runs of the women’s halfpipe skiing final at X Games on Saturday. Gu withdrew because of injury.
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

Great Britain’s Zoe Atkin ultimately won. It was her first X Games medal in four attempts after finishing fourth in 2021 and in 2022. Canada’s Rachael Karker was second for her second X Games silver. She now has four medals in four X Games appearances, the other two being bronze.

“Honestly, the last couple X Games,” Atkin said, “I put a lot of pressure on myself because it’s such a big event. Like, I was so honored to even be here in the first place, so I was kind of in my head. But, this year, I really wanted to enjoy myself, put down a good run, feel the energy of all the people who came out, and just have a good time.”

Atkin, like all the other skiers, had to modify her runs because of the snowy conditions.

“I had a lot more sevens in there, and then I had to tone them down to switch threes because there was just no speed to get the rotation around,” she said. “And, I think a lot of the girls did the same thing. It was so hard to even make it out of the pipe.”

Canada’s Amy Fraser competes in the women’s halfpipe skiing final. The snowfall was a big limiting factor.
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

Winning bronze was Winter Park’s Svea Irving — her older brother, Birk Irving, is competing in the men’s halfpipe final on Sunday — her first X Games medal in two appearances. She finished seventh in her X Games debut last year.

“Svea Irving is one of my really good friends,” Faulhaber said, “so I’m so stoked to see her in that third-place position.”

Of note, American halfpipe legend Brita Sigourney finished seventh. She announced during the contest that this was going to be her final X Games appearance.

acolbert@aspentimes.com

Enjoy the Outdoors in Colorado – How to Find a Sport That Suits You

A new year means new goals and opportunities. For many people that means living a more fulfilling and active life. Luckily for the people who live in Colorado, they’ve got the best settings around them. If you’re a Coloradan that wants to pursue a new sport, or you’re living in another state and curious about the sports options of Colorado, you have come to the right place. Let’s have a look at the glorious Colorado outdoors sports.

Being active every day does require motivation. In that matter, you will have to find a sport that actually has meaning to you. Maybe most sports you know about, are from sports betting, which you do only through these types of activities. But to practice a sport yourself and keep the interest, you have to find the right sport. That said, it does not mean you have to give up your wagering interest if that’s your thing. In fact, you can check out what’s ahead in the march madness picks

Via the link, you can easily read sports news, covering many popular sports, events, and lots more. Check out the odds as well, if you have an interest. Click on the link above, for more info. 

The extreme sports of Colorado

Colorado is an adventure state, for outdoor enthusiasts. If you like thrilling activities, with lots of speed, concentration, and mind-blowing experiences, this state has it all. In the winter you can enjoy some of the best skiing conditions and places in the US. The most popular places for skiing and snowboarding are Aspen, Vail, and Breckenridge, but you can also practice these winter sports in many other parts of Colorado. 

Another adventure sport in Colorado you can try is canyoning, which can be quite challenging. You can also do river rafting and rock climbing. Basically, Colorado is a haven for adventure seekers who like to go to the extreme. 

Enjoy more peaceful sports

All year around people do hiking around the state. With many thousands of hiking trails, ranging from beginner levels to advanced, short hikes, and long hikes. If you like to walk and you’re in love with the tranquil and dramatic nature, this too is a sport you can start doing in the year 2023. For more info about hikes, you find info online. 

The Best Online Casino Games for Maximum Entertainment

The internet is full of exciting options when it comes to online casino games. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced gambler, there are plenty of options available to suit your needs and provide hours upon hours of fun and excitement. From classic table games like blackjack and roulette to more modern video slots, these online casino games offer hours of good entertainment.

Exploring the Best Online Casino Games for Fun and Excitement

Here are the types of online casino games you can explore for fun:

  • Slots – Slots are one of the most popular casino games around. They come with different themes and features. Whether you prefer classic 3-reel slots or modern 5-reel video slots, there’s always something you will like. 
  • Blackjack – Blackjack is a classic card game that has been around for centuries. It’s easy to learn but difficult to master as it requires skill and strategy in order to win consistently. 
  • Roulette – Roulette is another classic game that has been enjoyed by players for generations. The spinning wheel adds an element of suspense as players wait with anticipation for the ball to land on their lucky number. 
  • Video Poker – Video poker combines elements from both slots and traditional poker into one exciting game. Players must make strategic decisions in order to maximize their chances of winning big payouts. 
  • Live Dealer Games – Live dealer games bring the excitement of a real casino right into your home. You can interact with real dealers while playing your favorite table games such as blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and more.

A Few Things To Note When Playing Online Poker

When playing online poker, there are several key strategies that can help improve your chances of winning. One strategy is about “table selection” which involves choosing tables with players who have weaker skills than yours so that you can gain an advantage over them. Another strategy is “bankroll management” which involves setting limits on how much money you are willing to risk in each game or tournament so that if things don’t go your way, you won’t lose too much money at once. It’s important to stay focused when playing, and pay attention to what other players are doing so that you can adjust your strategy accordingly.

How To Decide Which Casino Games Are Best For You

When it comes to deciding which casino games are best for you, there are a few things to consider. First, think about your skill level and the amount of time you have available to play. If you’re a beginner, it’s best to start with simpler games like slots or video poker. These require less strategy and can be played quickly. If you have more experience, then table games such as blackjack or roulette may be better suited for you. Make sure the game you choose is one that appeals to your personal tastes and interests. After all, playing something enjoyable will make your gaming experience exciting.

Colorado’s Growing Love for Adventure Sports

Sports are a thrilling adventure for many people around the world. Whether they are indoor sports, field sports or adventure sports, it is common to find people gathering together, either to watch, play or bet on a sport. For instance, gamblers will gather at their favorite joints to discuss the latest NBA predictions, odds or picks from various sportsbooks, and bet on various games in the NBA league. All these activities are important for bringing people together. 

Colorado has seen a growing number of people who are getting more into adventure sports like mountain biking, skiing or adventure racing. This article highlights more about this growing love. 

Examining the Rising Interest in Mountain Biking in Colorado

Mountain biking has become increasingly popular in Colorado over the past few years, with more and more people taking to the trails. This is due to a combination of factors, including the stunning beauty of nature all across the state, the abundance of trails and parks, and the relatively mild climate. Mountain biking also offers an exciting way for people to explore their surroundings while getting some exercise at the same time. 

How Adventure Racing is Taking Off In Colorado

Adventure racing is quickly becoming one of the most popular outdoor activities in Colorado. Adventure races are typically multi-sport events that involve running, mountain biking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. The courses can range from a few miles to hundreds of miles and can take anywhere from a few hours to several days to complete. Adventure racing has become increasingly popular in Colorado due to the diversity of the terrain and abundance of outdoor activities. With its rugged mountains, deep canyons, and vast vegetation, Colorado offers an ideal setting for adventure racers looking for a challenge. 

The Growing Popularity of Snowboarding in Colorado

Snowboarding has become increasingly popular in Colorado over the past few years, with more and more people taking up the sport. This is due to a combination of factors, including the state’s excellent snow conditions, its wide variety of terrain parks and resorts, and its vibrant snowboarding culture. Colorado is home to some of the best ski resorts in the world, offering everything from beginner-friendly slopes to challenging backcountry runs. The state also boasts an impressive selection of terrain parks for all levels of riders, from beginners to experts. With events like Winter X Games Aspen, and Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships taking place in the state each year, it’s no wonder that so many people are drawn to this exciting winter activity.

The Best Sports to Try in the Year 2023!

The new year is here, and for many, it means trying new things. A lot of people are especially interested in starting a new sport since they have made some new year’s resolutions about changing their lifestyle. Regardless of the reason for starting a new sport, here are some fun options to try.

When looking for a new sport to try, you should always focus on what happens to interest you. You can be sure that if you are just forcing yourself to go to the gym because that’s what everyone else is doing, you will lose your motivation. Rather than doing what others do, it’s better to think about what excites you. For example, if you are interested in March Madness picks, maybe basketball would be a suitable option for you. Let’s take a better look!

Basketball and other traditional indoor sports

Basketball and other so-called traditional sports have a lot of fans. These include options such as football and ice hockey. Many people played these games when they were younger and are still interested in them when they are older.

If you are interested in starting one of these more traditional sports, it’s a good idea to look at what your hometown offers. You might even be surprised about all the options you find. Many teams have more relaxed sub-teams that you can join to start having fun. If you feel like this is out of your comfort zone, you can always ask a friend to join in some of the first classes.

Outdoors offer a lot of great opportunities

Indoor sports have a lot of pros. For example, they are never affected by the weather at all. Still, they are missing something that outdoor sports have. Doing any outdoor sports is extremely good for you in many ways. Regardless of whether it is fly fishing, hiking, running, or any other outdoor sport, you will get some fresh air.

This might sound obvious to most people, but you shouldn’t overlook the effect of fresh air. Especially nowadays, when many people work in offices and sit in front of the computer the whole day, getting some fresh air has a crucial impact on you.

Overall, when you are choosing a new sport for 2023, you should focus on its effects on you. The sport doesn’t have to make you sweat a lot for it to be effective. Use some time to find a sport that interests you, and you can notice its effects on you better than any other option.

Glenwood Springs’ North Landing could become community gateway

A vacant patch of grass that sits where the Grand Avenue Bridge used to cross the Colorado River could become a place for community members and visitors alike to gather and enjoy downtown, according to design ideas at a recent Glenwood Springs open house.

“This year is all about finalizing design,” said Bryana Starbuck, the public information officer for the city of Glenwood Springs.

Starbuck said the city is working to “activate” the Sixth Street corridor completely.

North Landing is what the city calls the parcel of land next to Sixth and Pine streets, and both will be large ongoing projects for the city this year. 

“This will be a great place to tie together the area, while also helping to build community, which is something that’s really important to us,” Starbuck said.

The open house was held at the Glenwood Springs Community Center on Jan. 25, allowing residents to weigh in on decisions like whether there should be tiered seating, a little performance area, vendors either permanent or temporary, and public restrooms.

City staff then showed a map of the area with cost expenses, so people could help decide where these aspects will go depending on expenses, like putting a permanent vendor where utility lines run underground, or where natural hills might affect tiered seating.  

“This area really needs something like this, like the hangout spot,” said Hannah Klausman, the director of community and economic development for the city. “It’s not a restaurant, it’s not a business. It really is like, you can go to all those places and then you can take a moment and just hang out. I personally love spaces like that.”

Showing the community members different possibilities for the space, the city lets them rate the favorability between permanent or temporary vendors, a public bathroom, a public bathroom connected to a permanent vendor, a performance space, tiered seating and more.

Then, they gave attendees red, yellow and green stickers to show levels of preference with red being bad and green being good. Those who participated preferred that no trees be removed.

It gives the city a good idea of what to give to the designers, Jillian Sutherland, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, said.  

“When we were doing the Look Book public process to determine what people really wanted to see from the space, a lot of folks talked about performance space being important,” Sutherland said. “What we don’t want to do is a performance space where, if a band is not playing it just looks like an empty shell, so we’re calling it a multipurpose space.”

The city is aiming to have the construction picture ready this year to get a better idea when they can break ground, Starbuck said. Sixth Street itself will also be seeing construction designs coming soon.

Post Independent reporter Cassandra Ballard can be reached at cballard@postindependent.com or 970-384-9131. 

Applications for Glenwood Springs Financial Advisory Board grants opened Thursday

Grant applications are now being taken for the Glenwood Springs Financial Advisory Board’s next round of awards, a Thursday news release from the city states.

Each year, the city of Glenwood Springs allocates funds to redistribute through a competitive grant process. The FAB allocates the funds from sales tax revenues from Acquisition and Improvement (A&I) and Tourism Funds.

“Grant applications may be submitted by not-for-profit, government, or tax-supported entities for human services, special events, tourism promotion and other public purposes as City Council deems appropriate,” the release states. 

Only one application is allowed per applicant during each grant cycle, and applications must be submitted online in full, on-time and in one PDF file only. 

Receiving funds in a prior year does not guarantee funding, nor will it guarantee the same amount of funds in the current year. 

All applications are due by 5 p.m. April 7 and all eligible groups are encouraged to apply. Remember to carefully review the application before submitting it. If it does not follow all requirements, it will not be presented to City Council, the release states. Applications for the 2023 grant cycle are available at bit.ly/FABgrant. For questions, please contact Steve Boyd at steve.boyd@cogs.us.

UPDATE: I-70 reopens through Glenwood Canyon

UPDATE 12:52 P.M. FRIDAY, JAN. 27: Interestate 70 is now open through Glenwood Canyon.

Original story:

Interstate 70 is closed eastbound at the Glenwood Springs exit through Glenwood Canyon for a wreck, a Garfield County alert states.

There is currently no estimate for when the road might reopen.