Prep notebook: Vail Christian volleyball downs Plateau Valley and No. 2 Vail Mountain soccer defeats No. 5 Crested Butte
Tennis, cross-country and football scores and highlights from the end of the week
Vail Christian defeated Plateau Valley 25-14, 17-25, 25-18, 25-22 on Friday night in Vail. The homecoming win was the Saints’ eight-straight victory and gives them a 7-0 league record. The Cowboys dropped to 11-2 overall and 6-2 in the 2A/1A Western Slope.
Vail Christian (9-2) is currently ranked seventh in 2A in the CHSAA Selection & Seeding Index. The Saints are off until next Friday, when they travel to Hayden.
Eagle Valley pulled out the five-set road win against Montrose on Saturday afternoon. The Devils improved to 13-4 with their fourth-straight victory, defeating the Red Hawks 25-23, 21-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-13. Eagle Valley is at Glenwood Springs next Tuesday.
Soccer notes: Roy leads Gore Rangers past Titans
Will Roy scored a first-half goal off an assist from freshmen Alec Uribe to propel Vail Mountain School to a 1-0 win over Crested Butte on the road Friday afternoon.
The No. 2-ranked Gore Rangers improved to 8-3 with a win over the Titans, who were 2A state champions in 2020 and 2021 before losing to VMS in the state semifinals last year. Vail Mountain School, which is 4-0 in league play, stuck around the Elk Mountains on Saturday morning to face Gunnison (3-4-1) in a 3A/2A Western Slope matchup. The Gore Rangers scored three second-half goals to down the Cowboys 4-1 and claim their fourth-straight win.
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Eagle Valley fell to Montrose 2-1 on Saturday to fall to 5-5-1. The Devils are back at home next Tuesday against Steamboat Springs.
Tennis notes: Vail Christian takes down Aspen twice
Vail Christian tennis defeated Aspen 4-3 on Tuesday in Aspen and again on Thursday in Vail. Full results are in the infobox below.
Sept. 26 in Aspen
No. 1 singles: Wyat Fisher def. Chase Kelly 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
No. 2 singles: Daniel Blanch def. Joshua Ward 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 singles: Cole Maxson def. Nico Smith 6-2, 6-2
No. 1 doubles: Teddy Brunner/Brett Sveum def. Max Lewis/Daane Reische 4-6, 6-3, 10-3
No. 2 doubles: Justin Mvrovic/Jasper McBride def. Grant Studness/Blake Kirkham 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 doubles: Andrew Perley/Maason Pfaffmann def. Hans Wittenberg/Cody Keyes 7-5, 6-2
No. 4 doubles: Barnes Eaton/Owen Nelson def. Ben Grier/Matthew Wolniak 6-1, 7-5
Sept. 28 in Vail
No. 1 singles: Wyat Fisher def. Chase Kelly 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 singles: Daniel Blanch def. Joshua Ward 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 singles: Cole Maxson def. Nico Smith 6-1, 6-2
No. 1 doubles: Teddy Brunner/Brett Sveum def. Max Lewis/Daane Reische 5-7, 6-3, 10-5
No. 2 doubles: Justin Mvrovic/Jasper McBride def. Grant Studness/Blake Kirkham 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 doubles: Andrew Perley/Maason Pfaffmann def. Hans Wittenberg/Cody Keyes 6-4, 6-0
No. 4 doubles: Barnes Eaton/Owen Nelson def. Ben Grier/Matthew Wolniak 6-1, 6-2
The Saints will now prepare for the 4A Region 8 tournament on Oct. 5-6 in Grand Junction. The individual state championships are Oct. 12-14 in Pueblo.
Football notes: Vail Christian defeats Plateau Valley 58-6
Vail Christian took down Plateau Valley 58-6 in Edwards on Friday to improve to 3-2 on the season. Head coach Tim Pierson said he was pleased with how his team rebounded from last week’s loss at Front Range Christian.
Will Neumann got the Saints going early with a 48-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and followed it up with three more first-half scoring scampers as Vail Christian went into the locker room up 46-6.
Neumann also caught a 26-yard touchdown from Asher Morris, who himself went for six in the first half on a 22-yard run. Jack Pryor scored in the third quarter and Rayman Romanin connected on a 17-yard touchdown to fellow freshman Ollie Neumann for the game’s final score.
The Saints travel to Hayden next Friday.
Cross-country notes: Packert leads Eagle Valley at Pantherfest
Eagle Valley senior Jack Packert churned out the best local performance of the Pantherfest cross-country meet in Delta on Friday, placing third overall in the boys varsity race in a time of 17 minutes, 9.0 seconds. Owen Gifford (16:54.5) took the win and Rylan Preble (17:00.3) placed second.
The Devils placed fourth in the 13-team field, even with most of their top-seven absent and preparing to race Saturday in Indiana at the Nike XC Town Twilight.
Battle Mountain’s Kira Hower (21:02.3) placed 14th to lead all local female performers. The Lady Huskies finished seventh while the boys placed sixth as a team.