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Eagle Valley volleyball wins, softball sweeps

GYPSUM — And that’s how you do Homecoming, folks.

Devils volleyball had a festive Homecoming win over Summit County, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19, on Thursday night, complete with all the trimmings including the student section holding up enlarged photographic heads of the players.

“It’s spooky, but it’s fun,” senior Kenzie Sisson said. “It’s amusing.”

While the giant-head thing is cool, what’s more important is that Eagle Valley (9-4 overall and 4-2 in the 4A Slope) seems to be shaking off a tough week. After losing three straight matches in five, the Devils spikers went 2-0 in six sets this week.

“Last week was definitely tough,” Sisson said. “We knew if we want to stay in the running for the league and regionals, we knew there was no more room to lose, no more second chances. In those games (last week), the skill was there. We needed to work on the mindset.”

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And judging by the tire tracks on the back of Rifle and Summit, the mindset is just right.

Eagle Valley hosts Roaring Fork on Tuesday in nonleague play before heading to Palisade for a tough one on Thursday.


Softball sweeps Aspen

OK, so Eagle Valley softball doesn’t get to do Homecoming officially. But Devils softball did a lot of coming home on Thursday, sweeping a twinbill at Aspen on Thursday by scores of 23-2 and 25-4.

Forty-eight runs in two games generally does the trick.

And that, kids, is a three-game winning streak for the Devils, who upped their record to 4-8.

“It’s wonderful to be 3-0 this week,” Eagle Valley manager Katie Hirschfelder said. “We get a week of practice and get to play two doubleheaders next week.”

And, yes, while there are a pair of double dips with Delta on Friday and Cedaredge on Saturday, Oct. 4, it’s worth noting that the Devils won just one game last year, so things are pointing in the right direction for Eagle Valley softball.

Pitchers Cody Osteen and Hannah Laisure went the distance in their games against the Skiers. Not only did the two do a nice job of throwing strikes, but they got solid defense behind them.

And there was plenty of offense. Regan Bossow had a five-hit day. In the nightcap, Anabel Sands crushed a double and Kelsey Baldwin chipped in two hits.

Eagle Valley has the aforementioned doubleheaders against Delta and Cedaredge next week. Please do mark your calendars for Cedaredge. Against the Bruins, the Devils will be selling calendars as a fundraiser for the team and the Devils will be doing autographs for kids of all ages.


Soccer falls to Summit

Eagle Valley soccer dropped a tough one, 2-0, to Summit County on Thursday at Hot Stuff Stadium.

“Now, we’ll see how we deal with resiliency,” Devils coach Bratzo Horruitiner said.

The Devils (2-3-1 in the 4A Slope and 3-5-1 overall) are at Glenwood Springs on Tuesday.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 and cfreud@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Twitter, and possibly be his 100th follower, @cfreud.

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