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Devils ready for state tourneys

Andrew Harley

The Devils will face No. 13 Machebeuf at Canyon View Field in Grand Junction Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

“We got the seed we wanted,” said Eagle Valley coach Derek Cordes. “We said we’d make it to Denver, and they did us one better by putting us in Grand Junction.”

If the Devils beat the Buffaloes in the first round of the single-elimination tournament, they will face the winner of No. 12 Olathe and No. 5 University in the quarterfinals at 3 p.m. Saturday.

“This team will be prepared; they’ll be ready to compete,” said Cordes. “We’ve been working hard, fine-tuning everything.”

And how are the Devils dealing with the stress of the upcoming tournament?

By using their idle time to improve their hip-hop skills.

“We have the guys divided into teams of four, and each group has to come up with warm-up raps,” said Cordes. “The raps are about the baseball team, and they have to lead the team during stretches … they’ve been hilarious.”

Girls soccer headed northeast

Eagle Valley soccer booted its way to a No. 10-seed in the single-elimination state 3A tournament.

The Devils will face seventh-seeded Heritage Christian in the first round of the tournament in Fort Collins at 2 p.m., on Saturday.

“It’s kind of unfortunate that we don’t have home-field advantage,” said Eagle Valley coach Craig Large. “The Front Range plays tougher teams, so that’s why they were ranked higher.”

If Eagle Valley wins its first-round game, it will face the winner of No. 15 Evangelical Christian Academy and No. 2 Faith Christian on Tuesday.

The girls are pumped up. Their attitudes are great,” said Large. “We’re going down to Fort Collins. We’ll do the best we can and hopefully we’ll get to play again on Tuesday.”

Andrew Harley can be contacted at 949-0555 ext. 608 or at aharley@vaildaily.com.


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