High School Football

The Rifle Bears clinched their first Western Slope League Title since 2002 with Friday night’s 36-33 victory over the Palisade Bulldogs. The Bears host the Glenwood Demons this Friday night in the regular season finale.

Glenwood defeated Delta 34 to 14 to win it’s fourth straight.

In 3A football, Basalt edged Coal Ridge 13-12. Roaring Fork knocked off Grand Valley 34 to 21. Olathe beat Aspen 40-21.


The Glenwood Lady Demons took second place at last weekend’s district tournament and will move on to the regionals at Windsor High School this weekend. The Lady Demons are seeded 15th.

The Roaring Fork Lady Rams advanced to the regionals in 3A volleyball and will play Holy Family this Saturday morning at 9 at Valley High School.

Elsewhere in sports…

DENVER (AP) – The Detroit Lions sacked Tim Tebow (TEE’-boh)
seven times and turned his two turnovers into touchdowns as they
snapped a two-game skid with a 45-10 victory over the Denver
Broncos. Tebow followed his Miami miracle with a dud in Denver as the
Broncos were blown out Sunday.

DENVER (AP) – Jason Giambi and the Colorado Rockies have
exercised their mutual option on his $1 million contract for 2012.
The 40-year-old slugger hit .260 with 13 homers and 32 RBIs in
131 at-bats as Todd Helton’s backup last season. He hit a home run
once every 10 at-bats against right-handers.
Giambi contemplated becoming a free agent given that so many
teams, including the Phillies and Rays, showed interest in him last
season, but he likes his role with the Rockies, where he serves as
a clubhouse leader and mentor for younger players, including
All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
Giambi has hit .253 with 16 doubles, 21 homers and 78 RBIs since
joining the Rockies in August 2009.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Three days after winning the World Series, St.
Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is retiring.
The 67-year-old manager announced his retirement at a news
conference Monday at Busch Stadium.
The World Series win over Texas was the third of La Russa’s
33-year career. The manager guided the Cardinals to the
championship despite losing ace starter Adam Wainwright for the
season in spring training and despite being 10 1/2 games behind
Atlanta on Aug. 25. La Russa retires third on the all-time wins list, just 35 behind
John McGraw. In addition to this season, he won championships in
Oakland in 1989 and St. Louis in 2006.