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Four Devils still wrestling

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION ” When the Eagle Valley wrestlers closed things out late Friday night at the Warrior Classic in Grand Junction, coach Ron Beard could finally make his way to the bus.

“We were warming up the bus at around 2 p.m.,” Beard said. “But we’re going to have four guys wrestling tomorrow, and I’m tickled pink.”

As is often the case at what is one of the top meets of the year in the Rocky Mountains, the Devils started out with some tough draws.



“We had a brutal first round,” Beard said. “It’s extremely hard to come back after a first-round loss, but a couple kids did that.”

At the 103 weight, Colt Ewing followed up a first-round defeat with a win over a ranked Olathe wrestler who had beaten him earlier in the season. Along with Ewing, Chad Strakbein (112), Andrew Hill (140) and Trent Book (152) will be going in action Saturday.



Book beat a ranked wrestler from Pueblo South to whom he’d previously lost. Joey Bazja and Matt Kottenstette were eliminated but finished the tournament with wins.

MONTROSE ” At the Montrose Tournament on Friday night, the Eagle Valley girls basketball team fell to host Montrose , 54-17.

“The game was a lot closer than it sounds,” Eagle Valley coach Ken Reagan.



Eagle Valley trailed, 12-5, at the end of the first quarter and 26-12 at the half.

“It was not a big offensive production for us, but we played pretty good defense,” Reagan said. “They hit three pointers on us and took it to us in the third quarter.”

Sierra Pickslay-Zamora was 2-for-2 from beyond the arc for six points, while Jeanatte Baker had two points and eight boards. Michaela Nevins had six rebounds.

The Eagle Valley boys fell, 55-33, to Montrose.


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