Eagle Valley sports wrap: Cross-country, softball and volleyball
Arapahoe Warrior Invitational
118. Maddlyne Schenck, 23:39
122. Alissa Barry, 23:56
124. Sofie Boggs, 24:02
143. Zoe Booth, 24:39
146. Carley Beckum, 24:46
115. Nicholas Thompson, 19:21
119. Matthew Grewe, 19:24
123. Emerson Betz, 19:30
130. David Buechel, 19:49
140. Bailey Scrivens, 20:03
157. Tony Hernandez, 20:38
ARAPAHOE — Make way for the young ’uns.
Eagle Valley cross-country displayed its youthful talent during Friday’s Arapahoe Warrior Invitational on Friday.
The Devils rested the usual suspects such as Joslin Blair, Avery Doan and Aidan Branch, to name a few. This is a common practice that ensures a team’s aces a ready to go when it counts. It also helps cultivate younger runners, who might help you as the season progresses.
On the boys’ side, Nick Thompson and Matthew Grewe turned heads.
“Matthew did a great job leading the boys side out (from the start),” Devils coach Melinda Brandt said. “Nick had a great finish, and Matthew did a lot of work holding the team together throughout the race,”
For the ladies, Maddlyne Schenck had what Brandt called, “a breakout race.”
“We are so pumped for her to step up so early in the season,” Brandt said.
It should came as no surprise that Schenck and Thompson are the Hoss Award winners for this week.
Next week, Eagle Valley is at the Liberty Bell for another stiff test.
Softball into Sheridan final
Eagle Valley softball racked up a 3-0 record at the Sheridan Labor Day Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
The Devils were scheduled to face Montrose in the championship game late Saturday night.
Eagle Valley (5-3) disposed of Denver South, 13-4, and Arvada, 15-2, on Friday. The Devils continued their roll with a 12-7 victory over Far Northeast, which is actually a Denver school and not located in Sterling.
In that game, Arianna Pena went 2-for-2 with three RBI and a walk. Freshman Mya Bishop went 2-for-3 and knocked in two runs. The Devils also came up big on defense with right-fielder Savanna Vasquez throwing out a Far Northeast runner at the plate. Catcher Tori Stone was there for the tag.
After the tournament in Sheridan, the Devils return home for nonconference games against Aspen and Evergreen on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Eagle Valley splits at Regis
This is the whole point of going to a big-time tournament — to face bigger, faster and more powerful teams.
Eagle Valley lost its opener at the Regis Jam Tournament to Chaparral, 25-8, 25-16, 25-16, on Friday. It’s worth noting that the Wolverines are ranked No. 4 in the chsaanow.com poll in Class 5A. (Eagle Valley is No. 10 in 4A.)
The Devils bounced back nicely with a sweep (25-8, 25-15, 25-12) of 4A Berthoud, of the Tri-Valley Conference.
Eagle Valley was scheduled to play two more matches at the Jam late Saturday night.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.