Devils win mixed twinbill at home
GYPSUM – It’s usually great to be a Devil, as they say around Eagle Valley High School, and some days are better than most.
Take Tuesday for instance.
The Lady Devils hammered Aspen in volleyball to run their record to 2-0 on the young season.
Just outside and a few yards away, the Devils soccer team steamrolled Middle Park, 8-0.
Volleyball stays perfect
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Aspen rolled to a 25-21 win the first game and it looked like more of the same early in the second.
“That’s how we’ve been in our first two matches,” said a smiling Eagle Valley coach Sean Weatherred.
He was smiling because the Devils are 2-0, although he’d probably be smiling anyway.
Eagle Valley is a relatively-experienced crew and they’ve have seen all this before. It wasn’t time to panic, it was time to pound.
Beginning with the opening serve of that second game, the Devils smacked enough volleyball leather to launch a cattle drive. Before you could say, “Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys,” they powered to a 16-5 lead and a 25-9 win.
The third game saw Eagle Valley cruise to a 25-19 win.
The fourth and final game saw the Devils box the Skiers’ ears one last time. They opened a 20-7 lead and won the match going away, 25-11.
They’re still working with lineups. Weatherred said. They have some varsity experience coming back, and they have some sophomores who need to be tested the Weatherred way – throw them in and see what happens.
“You put up with a 25-21 loss in the first game to get that kind of information,” Weatherred said. “We have a long way to go and we’re trying to get better all the time.”
Alex Lassa drilled six service aces. Kelsey VanGoey had three.
The Devils had seven service errors in that first game.
“Once we got the errors out of our system we were fine,” Weatherred said.
Soccer smokes Middle Park
Senior Nestor Escobar scored his first high school hat trick and goalie Brandon Cano posted a shutout as Eagle Valley won at home.
The hat trick was Nestor’s first in high school, and helped the Devils bounce back from a loss against Coal Ridge.
“This feels much better,” Nestor said.
Coach Jason Ritmiller agreed. He took copious notes during the Coal Ridge game.
“Coal Ridge taught us a lot and tonight was got to execute,” Ritmiller said.
Martin Vasquez open the floodgates for the Devils with 27:30 let in the first half when he put Eagle Valley on top 1-0.
Nestor Escobar nailed the first of his three goals at 23:36 when he rifled a shot into the bottom right corner.
He added his second goal 10 minutes later with a long shot from beyond the top right corner of the box, and a 3-0 Eagle Valley lead.
His twin brother Kevin Escobar got into the act when drilled one home for a 4-0 halftime lead.
It didn’t take Eagle Valley long to get going again in the second half. Eduardo Sazens found the back of the net at the 34:41 mark for a 5-0 lead.
Edgar Andino made it 6-0 just three minutes later.
Martin Vasquez drilled one home for a 7-0 lead.
Nestor Escobar made it a hat trick with 12:27 left for the 8-0 final, a 20-yard bullet from just outside the top of the box.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or email@example.com.