Preps Roundup: Glenwood girls blank Titans
The opportunities kept on coming. It just took a while for Glenwood Springs to cash in.
Kenzie Kuhn snapped a scoreless tie with a second-half goal and Lily McSwain tacked on an insurance tally, lifting the Demons to a 2-0 girls soccer win at Coal Ridge on Saturday.
“We played really well, but we couldn’t hit the net,” Glenwood coach Steve White said. “We had 24 shots on goal the whole game. … We put a lot of balls in the keeper’s hands. We hit the crossbar. We hit the posts a couple times.”
Kuhn, who spent the first half as the Demons’ keeper, finally delivered. Holly Brown, who dropped a pass back to Kuhn after the ball briefly rattled around at the top of the 18-yard box, picked up the assist.
Michaela Mansfield assisted on McSwain’s strike.
After Kuhn kept Coal Ridge scoreless in the first half, Dani Turley kept the Titans off the board in the second half.
Saturday’s showdown between neighboring schools was the season opener for Glenwood. Coal Ridge dropped to 1-1 in defeat.
The Demons host Battle Mountain Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Titans head to
All afternoon, the clutch hits just weren’t coming.
Rifle left the bags full in the first inning and stranded several more as Saturday’s baseball opener against visiting Aspen wore on.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bears broke finally through – in a big way.
Taking advantage of four hits, five walks (two intentional) and two Aspen errors, Rifle put 10 runs on the board en route to a 10-1 win over the Skiers.
The Bears trailed by a run when Luke Buss’ RBI double tied the game and kicked off the rally.
“That really took the pressure off,” Rifle coach Troy Phillips said. “Things just took off from there.”
Triston Quigley, who put together a 4-for-4 day at the plate, had two singles in the inning. Danny Bartels, the game’s winning pitcher, rapped a two-run double.
Bartels lasted five innings on the mound, surrendering just two hits and striking out four. Hunter Finger turned in two innings of relief work, retiring all six batters he faced. He struck out three.
“Our pitchers really did a great job,” Phillips said.
At the plate, Finger drew four intentional walks. Cody Chick chipped in with a hit and a RBI.
Coal Ridge is next for Rifle. The Bears and Titans face off Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Peach Valley.
Aspen travels to Parachute for a doubleheader against Grand Valley next Saturday.
Aspen No. 1 singles player Mimi Rogers shook off some early butterflies and a 4-6, first-set loss Saturday. She squared the match with a 6-0, second-set win and prevailed, 10-5, in the third-set tiebreaker.
“She probably was just a little bit nervous,” Skiers head coach Scott Dorais said. “Then, she settled down, got into a nice little groove and took care of business.
The same could be said of nearly all of Aspen’s athletes in the season opener against visiting Delta. The Skiers won, 5-2. Their only losses – at No. 3 and No. 4 doubles – came in third-set tiebreakers.
Maggie Brown produced a convincing win at No. 2 singles, while Syndey Wells pulled out a tight 6-4, 7-5 victory at No. 3 singles.
“That was a very long match,” Dorais said. “There were long points and Sydney really had to grind that one out. She did a good job of working hard and keeping the ball in play, and eventually the other girl missed.”
Doubles duos Hannah Feuer and Kayla Hansen (No. 1) and Flynn Holman and J.J. Jones (No. 2) also picked up straight-sets victories.
“For the first match, I think the girls did really well,” Dorais said. “Once they started moving and hitting through the ball, things went our way for the most part. Delta is right in the middle of the pack, so we have an idea of where we are. Hopefully, we continue to get better.”
David Stapleton is the development officer for the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. A product of the club, AVSC sat down with Stapleton for a Q&A session in this week’s Clubhouse Chronicles.