Devils girls harriers win at Hotchkiss Invitational
3. Avery Doan, 22:57
4. Shawna Adams, 23:14
6. Taylor Hermosillo, 23:19
15. Michaela Mitchell, 24:24
16. Brynn Mehan, 24:43
17. Katy Grewe, 24:44
29. Megan Rathsburg, 26:40
5. Brandon Sheard, 18:33
11. Matt Jordan, 19:07
19. Luke Morrissey, 19:39
21. Jack Neifert, 19:47
22. Isaac Yoder, 19:50
26. Bailey Beckum, 20:04
28. Aiden Branch, 20:05
HOTCHKISS — Eagle Valley cross-country got its first win of the year on Saturday as its girls won the Hotchkiss Invitational with 44 points, far out-pacing Fruita Monument (84).
The boys finished third out of 11 teams as well.
“The girls wanted to pack it in this week,” Devils coach Melinda Brandt said. “Our goal wasn’t necessarily to win. But by packing it in, we did win the meet. We’re happy with how the ladies performed. They’re working together really well.”
The stat of the week is that only 47 seconds separated Eagle Valley’s Avery Doan in third and teammate Katy Grewe in 17th place.
The gents also seem to be progressing nicely. Hotchkiss is a very hilly course and one does not expect lightning times. Brandon Sheard clocked in at 18 minutes, 33 seconds, while Matt Jordan had a 19:07. (By the bay, Jordan and Megan Rathsburg were your Hoss Award winners.)
To put those marks in perspective, the fastest times an Eagle Valley male runner has had at Hotchkiss before Saturday was Mario Gonzelez at 19 minutes flat in 2008.
That’s a very good way to come though what has been three straight weeks of running comparatively slow courses at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede, the Battle Mountain Invitational and Hotchkiss.
The Devils get to stretch their legs out a bit next week when they host the Eagle Valley Invitational on Saturday at the Gypsum Creek Golf Course, where times should drop.
Due to a quirk in the schedule — specifically not going head-to-head with the Liberty Bell, which was on Friday — Saturday’s meet should have a who’s who of teams from all over the state, and the Devils are ready to showcase their skills.
There’s The Devil’s Dash at 9 a.m., a race open to the public, followed by the boys at 10 a.m. and the ladies at 10:45 a.m.
Devils crush Palisade
PALISADE — In Eagle Valley soccer news, Palacios scored.
That normally isn’t exactly astonishing, except that it was Edgar Palacios, not Aldo. Edgar Palacios was one of four Devils to log their first varsity goals as Eagle Valley ran by Palisade, 11-1.
“That’s pretty awesome,” Devils coach Bratzo Horrutiiner said. “It shows how the program is going. The JV is doing well and they are stepping forward.”
Younger Palacios, Christian Garcia, Leo Rosales and Cristian Salas all notched their first varsity goal on a festive day as Eagle Valley moved to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the Slope.
Aaron Ledezma is still pretty good. He had a hat trick. Nikolaus Opel popped in two, while Noel Ruiz and Alex Torres also ripped the twine.
The Devils are home on Tuesday for a no conference tilt against Basalt and then head to Glenwood Springs on Thursday, looking to avenge their only loss of the season.
Saints spikers sweep weekend
EDWARDS — It’s no longer a conference game, but Vail Christian volleyball started its weekend by beating Meeker, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, 26-24, on Friday.
The Saints are in the Gore League, while the Cowboys are now in the Mesa, but Vail Christian hadn’t beaten Meeker since Oct. 1, 2011.
To add to that feather in their collective cap, the Saints rolled over Hayden, 25-23, 25-16, 25-15.
Saturdays’ win wasn’t a work of art, but do remember that it was also ACT day, and understandably, the focus was elsewhere at times.
“It could be the ACTs or it could be getting back from Meeker at 11 p.m. (the previous night),” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “It makes us better athletes when we have experiences like this earlier in the season.
Vail Christian (3-0) is at Vail Mountain on Thursday.
Gore Rangers get first win
EAST VAIL — Vail Mountain School volleyball had a 1-1 week with a sweep at Caprock Academy in Grand Junction, before falling to North Park on Friday.
“Everyone had their moments to shine in our system that showcases their individual strengths,” Gore Rangers coach Whitney Armistead said. “The game at North Park wasn’t our best. We came distracted and didn’t play to the best of our abilities. … We look forward to our rematch with them later on in the season.”
VMS hosts Soroco on Tuesday before hosting Vail Christian on Thursday.