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Eagle Valley sweeps Rifle; eyes a strong finish

GYPSUM — Happy lucky 13 for Eagle Valley volleyball.

The Devils took care of Rifle on Saturday in Gypsum in the perfunctory fashion, 25-7, 25-10, 25-16 for their 13th straight win, setting up a big final week of the regular season.

The first order of business is Steamboat Springs on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. It's Senior Night for the Devils, and winning while taking your bows is important. There's another little factor.

"We expect Steamboat to come in and be tough," Eagle Valley coach Jackie Rindy said. "We have talked about, 'Do we want a blemish on perfect league season or not?"

Spoiler alert: The correct answer is no blemishing.

Eagle Valley (17-2 overall and 11-0 in the Slope) then has a tournament at Evergreen on Saturday, when it faces The Classical Academy, the hosts and Denver Science and Tech.

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Running the table is key for the Devils with regard to postseason seeding and the rating-percentage index (RPI). Eagle Valley was No. 2 in those rankings before beating the Bears.

The team may drop a spot or two because Rifle is 5-17, but the Devils want to stay in the top 12 to have regionals at home.

DEBEQUE

Vail Christian spikers win two

The Vail Christian volleyball team appears ready for district play after beating Rangely, 25-19, 17-25, 25-21, 25-23, on Friday and winning at DeBeque, 25-18, 25-19, 25-8, on Saturday.

The Saints finish the regular season at 9-10 overall and 8-4 in the 2A Slope.

On Friday, Vail Christian celebrated its seniors, Ciara Heiden, Bianca Valenzulea, Clara Cappel, Alex Reyes, Alani Maynard.

Districts start on Friday in Parachute.

"It's definitely good to get those wins," Saints coach Sarah Carlton said. "That boosts our confidence finishing out strong."

LITTLETON

Saints edged in OT

Yes, it stinks, but Vail Christian football can hold its collective head high after a 26-20 overtime loss at Front Range Christian.

With Saints coach Tim Pierson almost needing to call on Brady Ellsworth, 9, to play because of injuries, Vail Christian nearly eked out its first Foothills League win on Saturday.

Freshman quarterback Joe Beveridge found Jake Nowicki for 40 yards and a touchdown to tie the game at 6-6.

Nowicki had a big day with three scores and he threw for a 2-point conversion as well to make it 14-6.

His third score was from 60 yards.

Front Range tied it at the end of the four quarter.

In high school, overtime starts at the 10-yard line. The Saints got down to the Falcons' 2, but couldn't score. Front Range scored and ended the game.

"I'm proud of them," Saints coach Tim Pierson said. "We're young, but we keep fighting."

Vail Christian (1-7) closes out the season on Friday at Battle Mountain against Manual.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, cfreud@vaildaily.com and @cfreud.