Red Devils win on road, lose at home

Jr. Cheer fundraising tradition continues

The Grand County boys basketball team snapped a five game slide and beat the Green River Pirates 90-83 on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Green River High School.

Tyler Bohannon on defense keeps a San Juan player pinned down in the corner. Photos by Anthony Militano

The Pirates jumped out in front 25-19 in the first quarter. Grand took the second 20-13 and had a narrow 39-38 lead at halftime. The Red Devils took control in the third and outscored the Pirates 29-25 and the fourth 22-20 and picked up the win.

Kaine Allred had a team leading 24 points. Tyler Bohannon snagged nine rebounds. Luke Williams picked up 13 assists, which was more than twice as many as any other Red Devil. Eli Hazlett put down four three pointers for Grand County. Chasee Croasmun and Tyler Lindsay each had two points.

Broncos win in Moab

The Red Devils lost to the San Juan Broncos, 70-90 on Friday, Jan. 24, in Moab. San Juan outscored Grand in the first three quarters 23-16, 29-19, 24-15. The Red Devils took the fourth 20-14, but was well short at the end of the night.

Hazlett and Williams each had 15 points; Hazlett hit three 3-pointers. Milo Birdwell picked up seven big rebounds and Ryelan Jones chipped in with four assists and two steals.

Jr. Cheer performs

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The Jr. Cheer squad performs at halftime of the Red Devils’ Jan. 24 game agains the San Juan Broncos.

For the first half of the game on Friday night, the normally deep sanguine Red Devils cheerleading squad turned ice cool blue for the annual Jr. Cheer fundraising event. This year, the halftime performance was inspired by Disney’s “Frozen” films and dozens of local girls dressed in light blue T-shirts and white poofball hair scrunchies performed alongside the GCHS cheerleaders at halftime.

“Jr. Cheer is a fundraiser for the high school cheerleading squad. They’ve been doing it for a few decades now,” GCHS cheerleading advisor Rae Lynn Mason said. “We have a week long of practice, for one hour a day and then the performance at the basketball game.”

According to Mason, girls ages 2 through 13 participated in this year’s Jr. Cheer halftime extravaganza. “The fundraiser itself was directed by the [GCHS] cheerleaders. They choreographed the routines, they worked one-on-one with the girls in the individual groups. So, it was the ideas and choreography of the high school cheerleaders themselves … my assistant and I just oversaw the paperwork,” Mason said.

The Red Devils basketball team will be on the road for three games and will return to Moab for the last regular season game against the Emery Spartans on Friday, Feb. 7.