Devils’ parade heads to state
“We didn’t really set concrete goals at the beginning of the season, other than saying we wanted to go further than last year (when the Devils were knocked out in districts),” head coach Karl Talcott said. “We’ve done that already. We’ve kept this week light in practice. Our goal now is just to play on Saturday.”
To advance to the weekend, fourth-seeded Eagle Valley (20-6) must finish first or second in its pool. Weld Central (26-2) is the top seed in 3A having knocked off four top-10 opponents this season, and is joined by Middle Park (24-3) and Colorado Springs Christian School (22-4) in the Devils’ pool.
Middle Park, one of two state-bound team the Devils have played this season, defeated Eagle Valley earlier this season in two games. Eagle Valley fell to Manitou Springs in regionals, the Devils’ only loss in the postseason. Still, Eagle Valley took home first place in regionals a week after going 5-0 at districts.
Eaton (24-3), Roosevelt (21-7), Lamar (19-7) and Manitou Springs (18-8) are in Pool 2.
Saturday, the 3A championship is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
Ryan Slabaugh is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.