Eagle Valley impresses at state
In game two of the Eagle-Valley-Weld Central game during Friday’s 3A state-playoff game Friday night, the Rebels’ crowd would stand up four times, chanting, “Match point,” only to be sat down by a Devils sideout.
The Devils won the game, becoming only the fourth team this season to extend the No. 1 Rebels to the limit, before falling to the favorites in three.
“Our coaching staff always wondered what kind of heart this team had,” Devils coach Karl Talcott said. “And they digged deep and showed us something that we didn’t always know was there. Sometimes, it was a key couple of subs. Sometimes it was one starter. Sometimes, it was another starter. Sometimes, it was a our setter making all kinds of decisions. It was all kinds of scenarios.”
This should come as no surprise to the fans who have been following the Devils all year. Eagle Valley ought to change its mascot from the Devils to the Cats because these girls seemingly had nine lives – or maybe more.
The thought going in was that Eagle Valley wasn’t going to do much at the Denver Coliseum. The Devils were in a pool with No. 1 Weld Central, Middle Park, which routed Eagle Valley earlier this season, and a powerhouse Colorado Springs Christian. Eagle Valley did finish 0-3 at state, but clearly won some respect from their opponents.
Eagle Valley fell to Middle Park in two games, but was clearly a much more competitive team, losing to the Panthers 17-15 in game 2. The Devils extended Colorado Springs Christian to three, playing a superb second game. And, against the aforementioned Rebels, the Devils scrapped it out with the best team in the state.
“It was really great. We went in here and people thought we didn’t have a chance and we just went in and had fun,” senior Jean Romersheuser said. “Having fun was what did it. The game we won (against Weld Central), we were just having fun. All our subs were in and we were just laughing,”
Eagle Valley finished the season with an impressive 21-9 mark. In the process, the Devils added league, district and regional banners to Hot Stuff Gymnasium.
“I think it was a great experience,” senior Chelsea Abbott said. “I have never been to a state tournament before and it was a lot of fun. I was glad to be here.”
Romersheuser, Abbott, Kim Smith, Diane Mayne and Erin Sterkel were the five seniors making their final appearance in the Eagle Valley black and red.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at email@example.com.