Rifle fall sports teams began competition with boys golf on August 14 and all teams have moved well into their seasons. Below is a summary of some of the accomplishments of those teams.
Boys Golf: Senior Jacob Smith got off to a fast start, winning the Rifle Tournament by 10 strokes. He also tied for second at the Eagle Valley Tournament and was third at the Bookcliff Tournament.
Cannon Wall and Wolfgang Smith both have shot well consistently scoring in the 80’s and 90’s.
Cross Country: Senior Sarah Wagler has been dominant in early season races, winning the Basalt Invitational to start the season and taking second at the Delta Invite at Devil’s Thumb.
At the Basalt meet, the Rifle girls took third as a team and the boys placed fourth.
At Devil’s thumb freshman Karisa Coombs placed ninth, junior Ashley Manera was 12th, and junior Jasmine Sandoval took 21st in a field of approximately 100 runners. On the boys’ side, freshman Johnny Hernandez placed 20th, followed by Nicholas Heil (22nd), Devon Wright (29th), and Eddie Medina (30th).
The girls’ team placed second overall at Delta, while the boys placed fourth.
The varsity football team has won 2 of its first three games, defeating Basalt 34-14 and Florence 40-0 in home games at Bears Stadium. The Bears only loss came against 4A Montrose on the road in a game that was decided on a late touchdown by the Indians with just seconds remaining.
In the Basalt game junior Tanner Vines rushed for 227 yards on just 19 carries and a touchdown. Sophomore Levi Warfel added 114 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Senior Brandon Fletchall, who ran for 58 yards, also had a touchdown along with senior Luke Ellis who also scored two touchdowns.
In the Montrose game Ellis completed 3 passes, all for touchdowns, for a total of 159 yards passing. Vines went over 100 yards for the second straight game, rumbling for 106 yards on just 8 carries, including one of 76 yards. Senior Camron Shepherd ran for 69 yards while also catching a 50-yard touchdown pass. Fletchall had a 67-yard touchdown reception and senior Colton Parsons added a 42-yard touchdown catch.
Against Florence, Vines found the endzone 3 times while running for 147 yards. Ellis and senior Joel Lopez also scored touchdowns for the Bears.
Rifle’s varsity softball team, shooting for a second consecutive Western Slope League title this year, is off to a strong start with a 9-3 overall record and 3-0 league record.
All three of the Bears losses occurred at the Berthoud Tourney in Loveland against top quality teams including 5A Prairie View, who is 11-1 on the season, 4A Golden, who is 10-2 on the season, and perennial softball power Berthoud who is 7-6 in the always tough Northern League.
Rifle’s wins have included two league victories over Eagle Valley, 11-2 and 10-0, and a league victory over Palisade 26-14. Non-league victories have come against Montrose, 15-4; Cortez twice, 9-3 and 12-6; Meeker, 5-4; Longmont, 11-3; and Cedaredge, 9-5.
The Bears have gotten strong pitching from junior Kaitlyn Jackson, who has pitched all but two innings for the Bears on the season, winning a league-leading nine games, which also is tied for second in the state at the 4A level. She also has a league-leading 79 strikeouts (7th in the state) and a 3.15 ERA.
The Bears have been led offensively by a number of players. Junior Shaeley Arneson is hitting .523 (third in the league) with 4 homeruns (first in league, tied for sixth in state), a .954 slugging percentage (2nd in league, 30th in state), 24 RBI’s (first in league, eighth in state), and 17 runs scored (3rd in league).
Junior Kaitlyn Harris has a .514 batting average (4th in league), a 1.000 slugging percentage (first in league, 22nd in state), 22 RBI’s (second in league, 16th in state), 23 runs (second in league, seventh in state), and six stolen bases (tied for third in league).
Sophomore Delaney Phillips is hitting .513 with 24 runs scored (first in league, sixth in state), 26 stolen bases (first in league and a new school record, 3rd in state), and a .596 on-base percentage (fourth in league).
Senior Peyton Caldwell has a .389 batting average with 11 RBI’s (fourth in league) and a .477 on-base percentage.
Senior Claudia Abbott also has a .477 on-base percentage to go along with a .323 batting average, 14 runs scored (fifth in league), and eight RBI’s (fifth in league).
Sophomore Hannah Bodrogi has a .455 on-base percentage and .333 batting average while scoring 11 runs and stealing six bases(tied for third in league).
On the bases, junior Amanda Green has swiped nine bases (second in the league).
The boys’ soccer team picked up their first win of the season in a 3-1 triumph over Grand Valley this past Saturday. The Bears have shown consistent improvement over a year ago with much more competitive games this season.
In the 3-1 victory Cesar Gutierrez scored two goals and Caleb Opstein added another goal. More information on the game can be found on the PostIndependent‘s article here: see article
The Bears volleyball team has picked up two victories on the season with a season-opening tournament victory over Roaring Fork two sets to one. Rifle also won their first league match over Summit County three sets to one.
Senior Shaylynn Smith leads the team in kills with 33. Senior Eve Miller has added 27 and senior Alexis Dormio has 21 on the season. Junior Rose Mastrud has contributed 17 kills.
Junior Nikala Fitzsimmons leads the team in serving with 11 aces on the season. Miller and senior Rylee Wisniewski each have added 7 aces. Both Smith and Mastrud lead the team in blocks with four each.
Senior Dulce Toscano is leading the backline defense with 112 digs on the season. Miller has added 51. Fitzsimmons and Wisniewski are tied for the team lead in assists with 45 each.