High School Basketball

Parachute–The Grand Valley Cardinals tipped off the season last night with a 54-32 win over Vail Mountain School.

Carbondale–The annual Brenda Patch Memorial Tournament gets under way today at Roaring Fork High School. The Glenwood Lady Demons take on Basalt at 3:30 and the boys will play at 5. Roaring Fork and Steamboat clash at 6:30 and 8 o’clock tonight. The tournament runs through tomorrow.

High School Football

Aurora–Tomorrow is state championship Saturday. The 2A and 3A title games will be played at Legacy Stadium in Aurora. The 2A game kicks off at 11 and pits Bayfield against Florence. The 3A game has Windsor going against top ranked Silver Creek at 2:30.

Elsewhere in sports…

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) – Bode Miller’s high-risk run turned
into high reward as he captured a World Cup downhill on a difficult
Birds of Prey course. The U.S. skier held nothing back as he finished in a time 1
minute, 43.82 seconds on Friday, holding off Beat Feuz of
Switzerland by 0.04 seconds. Klaus Kroell of Austria was third.
Miller took an aggressive line all the way down the hill and
executed it perfectly to pick up his 33rd World Cup win. It also
was his third downhill victory on this course.
After the race, Miller said it may have been the best he’s ever
skied from a technical standpoint.
Switzerland’s Didier Cuche, a pre-race favorite, was ninth.
Cuche won the season-opening downhill last weekend in Lake Louise,

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – Vikings running back Adrian Peterson
will miss Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos with a high
ankle sprain, and receiver Percy Harvin is listed as questionable
with an illness. Both players missed Friday’s practice. Peterson hasn’t practiced
since sustaining the injury against Oakland in Week 10.
Coach Leslie Frazier says Harvin’s illness is not
migraine-related, but would not dislcose the exact problem. Harvin
has dealt with migraines during his career.
Also listed as questionable by the Vikings are cornerback Asher
Allen (shoulder), linebacker E.J. Henderson (shoulder) and tight
end Kyle Rudolph (quadriceps contusion).

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Colts coach Jim Caldwell says Peyton Manning
will increase his work at the team complex, but the team is
uncertain when the four-time league MVP might return to practice.
Manning hasn’t practiced since having neck surgery Sept. 8. On
Thursday night, doctors said Manning’s fusion had achieved “firm
fixation,” clearing the way for him to increase the intensity of
workouts. Caldwell calls the news “very encouraging.”
With Manning, the Colts have been a perennial playoff team over
the last 12 seasons. Without him, Indy is 0-11, the league’s last
winless team and the frontrunner for the No. 1 pick in April’s
SEATTLE (AP) – Playing in front of their fans, the Seattle
Seahawks beat the Philadelphia Eagles last night, 31-14. The loss
drops the Eagles, a pre-season favorite to reach the Super Bowl, to
4-and-8. The Seahawks remain alive in the playoff picture with a
mark of 5-and-7.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – West Virginia, the 22nd-ranked team in the AP
Top-25 football poll, clinched a share of first place in the Big
East last night. The Mountaineers knocked off South Florida 30-27
to tie Louisville for the lead. Cincinnati can join the duo atop
the conference with a win tomorrow over Connecticut.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – The first-ever Pac-12 Championship Game
features Oregon against UCLA this evening. The Ducks, who are
10-and-2, are ranked eighth in the AP top-25 poll, while UCLA is
6-and-6. The Bruins are playing with lame duck coach Rick
Neuheisel, who was fired after last week’s 50-0 loss to cross-town
foe USC.