Prep notebook: Eagle Valley softball crushes Aspen

Vail Christian tennis opens with home win

Vail Mountain School opened up the season Aug. 5 at the Cedaredge Invitational and was victorious as a team on Aug. 18 at the Devils Thumb Invitational.
Adriana Gillett/Courtesy photo


The Eagle Valley girls softball team used an 11-run first inning to take care of Aspen on Thursday in Gypsum, routing the Skiers 16-0 in a three-inning game. Aspen only managed one hit, while the Devils had five players achieve multi-hit performances. Sophomore Ellia Blakey led the way with three stolen bases and three scored runs.

Eagle Valley’s Mattie Hobbs struck out the side in both innings she pitched, with Phedre Kempton allowing one hit and striking out three in one inning of work for the save.

Eagle Valley improved to 3-1 while Aspen started its season 0-1. The Devils face Middle Park in Granby on Thursday.


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Vail Valley’s prep golf teams are up and running, with Eagle Valley, Vail Mountain School and Battle Mountain contesting tournaments in Cedaredge, Aurora, Delta and Aspen to start the season.

VMS snagged the Devil’s Thumb Tournament team win on Aug. 18 in Delta. Felix Gruner shot a 70 and Tiki Jaffe shot 77 to propel the Gore Rangers. VMS was 16 shots clear of Steamboat Springs in second place.

Cedaredge Invitational team scores – Aug. 5

Top 10 teams

  1. Basalt – 229
  2. Summit – 254
  3. Grand Junction – 255
  4. Aspen – 262
  5. Fruita Monument – 263
  6. Vail Mountain – 264
  7. Telluride – 265
  8. Battle Mountain – 272
  9. Moffat County – 279
  10. 10. Central Grand Junction – 282


A week prior, Everett Gillet led the way at the Sun Devil Invitational, shooting a 72 on the Aurora course. Jaffe (74), Gruner (78) and Carter Gillett (83) rounded out the team scores for Vail Mountain.

Sun Devil Invitational team scores – Aug. 10

Top 10 teams

  1. Arapahoe – 216
  2. Cheyenne Mountain – 217
  3. Cherry Creek – 221
  4. Kent Denver – 223
  5. Vail Mountain – 224
  6. Colorado Academy – 225
  7. Grand Junction Tigers, Kent Denver 2, Grandview (tied

10. Montrose, Regis Jesuit (tied) – 230

Eagle Valley was the top-placing local team at the Skiers Invitational on Aspen on Monday. The Devils placed fourth, with VMS close behind in fifth, just five shots back. The Huskies wound up 11th.

Skiers Invitational team scores – Aug. 15

Top 10 teams

  1. Steamboat Springs – 225
  2. Colorado Academy – 227
  3. Aspen – 239
  4. Eagle Valley – 242
  5. Vail Mountain – 247
  6. Basalt – 247
  7. Gunnison – 253
  8. Summit – 254
  9. Salida – 254
  10. Aspen 2 – 265
Devils Thumb Golf Tournament team scores – Aug. 18

Top 10 teams

  1. Vail Mountain – 230
  2. Steamboat Springs – 246
  3. Moffat County – 258
  4. Telluride – 259
  5. Coal Ridge – 260
  6. Rifle – 264
  7. Aspen – 272
  8. Montrose, Meeker (tied) – 273

10. Delta – 275


Vail Christian boys tennis — which includes athletes from all of the valley schools — kicked off its 2022 season with a dominant performance at home against 5A Smoky Hill on Thursday. The Saints won all three singles matches and went 3-for-4 in doubles against the Buffaloes at Bill Wright Tennis Center in Vail.

“It’s fun to play at a high level where you’re winning matches,” said coach J.D. Webster. “These guys are definitely doing that.”

No. 1 singles Kai Otsuki defeated George Robin 6-1, 6-2, No. 2 singles Leo Yang took down Pravinh Jaine 6-1, 6-1 and Daniel Blanch was perfect against Caleb Utlacher, winning 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 3 singles spot.

No. 1 doubles Kalin Chaunov and Ethan Ratcliff won 6-2, 6-3, No. 3 doubles Grant Studness and Patrick Grier won 6-2, 6-4 and No. 4 doubles Hans Wittenberg and Blake Kirkham were victorious 6-3, 6-3. The No. 2 doubles team of Phillip Schetinin and Faris Rawlings fell to Lucas Smolensky and Eli Neeley 0-6, 1-6.

“We still have a long way to go; it’s the first match of the season and there’s still a lot of work to be done, especially as we play those top-10 teams. That’s really where our eyes are set — that we’re ready to go for regionals and we’re ready to go for states.”

Webster said the goal for the year is to improve upon the team’s 13th-place finish at last year’s state tournament.

“We’re putting the hard work in now. There’s players learning how to compete at the next level; no matter what level they’re playing at,” he said.

“It’s a lot of fun to watch these guys win their first match with big smiles on their faces. I’m really proud of our guys.”

Vail Christian travels to Golden on Aug. 23 and plays in the Centaurus Varsity Invitational Aug. 26.

Local preps weekend calendar


Volleyball: Vail Christian volleyball vs. Coal Ridge, 1:00 p.m.

Soccer: Battle Mountain boys soccer at Denver East, 7:00 p.m.

Soccer: Vail Mountain School at Rifle, 11:00 a.m.

Cross-country: Battle Mountain @ Meeker

Cross-country: Eagle Valley @ Grand Junction Central

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