The Sopris Sun

Ram athletes swing into spring

There’s no shortage of athletic opportunity at Roaring Fork High School in the spring, and students are taking advantage of it. More than 100 students — roughly a third of the school — are enrolled in baseball, track and field, girls’ soccer or junior varsity girls’ lacrosse.

“It’s a lot,” said Athletic Director Jade Bath. “And they all have a chance to be contenders if they can just go out and take advantage of their opportunities.”

The baseball team — which, though mostly boys, includes two girls — started out with a rough 10-0 loss to Delta but defeated Battle Mountain 11-1 and made a closer game of a 10-7 loss to Hotchkiss before their own perfect game against Meeker. They’ll face 2-1 Aspen on March 22, where they’ll benefit from Dawson Kuhl’s .778 batting average and .818 on base percentage. Andrew Broadhurst’s 2.8 earned run average won’t hurt, either.

The soccer girls have dominated straight out of the gate, with wins against Rifle (8-0), Delta (5-2) and Vail Mountain (4-2). Emily Broadhurst leads offensively with 2 goals per game, while Letey Crownhart contributed an average of 1.3 assists so far. Lily Nichols and Odalis Corcuera are neck and neck at the goal, with 8 and 7 saves, respectively. (These stats do not include the 4-1 loss to Aspen on March 20). They’ll take on Rangely on April 2 after Spring Break.

Track and Field is perhaps the biggest unknown, with just a fifth place finish in the Rifle Invitational so far. Keep an eye on Ronald Clemente in the 800 and 1600 meter, Justin Thompson in the 110 meter hurdles, Jasper Germain in the high jump and Spencer Ochko in discus (among others).

As for lacrosse, the Rams are still at least a season away from fielding a varsity team, but we’ll update you on the promise of the junior varsity girls at least once this season.

Bath, for her part, is hoping to take an occasional break from coordinating to see the kids compete — ideally with pleasant weather.

Spring sports schedule

* Home games

Baseball

March 22 – 4 p.m. vs. Aspen*

April 5 – 3 p.m. vs. Steamboat*

April 7 – 11 a.m. @ Basalt

April 10 – 4 p.m. @ Aspen

April 11 – 4 p.m. vs. Rifle*

April 17 – 3 p.m. vs. Coal Ridge*

April 21 – 11 a.m. @ Cedaredge

April 24 – 4 p.m. vs. Moffat*

April 25 – 4 p.m. vs. Glenwood Springs*

April 28 – 11 a.m. vs. Olathe*

May 1 – 3 p.m. @ Grand Valley

May 3 – 4 p.m. @ Meeker

May 5 – 11 a.m. @ Gunnison

Girls’ soccer

April 2 – 4 p.m. @ Coal Ridge

April 3 – 4 p.m. @ Delta

April 7 – 11 a.m. @ Grand Valley

April 18 – 4 p.m. vs. CRMS*

April 19 – 4 p.m. vs. Moffat County*

April 21 – 11 a.m. @ Basalt

April 24 – 4 p.m. vs. Aspen*

April 28 – 11 a.m. vs. Basalt*

May 1 – 4 p.m. @ Rangley

May 3 – 4 p.m. @ Middle Park

Track

March 24 – Hotchkiss Bulldog Invit.

March 31 – Mikey Dunn Invitational (GJ)

April 7 – Eagle Valley Invitational

April 14 – Glenwood Demon Invit.

April 20 – Coal Ridge Invitational

April 28 – Montrose Invitational

May 4-5 – 3A Western Slope League (GJ)

May 10-11 – Tiger Invitational (GJ)

May 17-19 – State Championships (Lakewood)