Saints football falls in opening game Friday
PARACHUTE — Vail Christian football’s debut at the 11-man level did not go as hoped as the Saints fell at Grand Valley, 46-6, on Friday night.
Vail Christian has been playing 8-man football for the past 15 years or so, but as school enrollment has increased, the Saints are making the jump to Class 1A 11-man.
“The 8 to 11 may have been a small part of it, but I don’t think it was the key component,” Saints coach Tim Pierson said. “We have a lot of youth out there. We’re young on our roster. I think we were a little shell-shocked at the start. I think we didn’t know the intensity that they would come out with.
“It was a big learning curve. We improved as the game went on.”
Vail Christian did get on the board with quarterback Tom Engleby hooking up with Bryan Trujillo for a 6-yard score.
The Saints (0-1) head to Lake County next week.
Devils softball wins three
SHERIDAN — Eagle Valley softball busted out the bats to halt a three-game skid with three wins this weekend at the Sheridan Tournament.
The Devils beat Jefferson, 14-2, and Sierra, 19-3, to even their record at 3-3. On Saturday, Eagle Valley thumped Skyview, 10-2.
Against Jefferson, Regan Bossow had three RBI, leaving the yard and bashing a triple. Savanna Vasquez got the win on the mound.
Bossow kept on raking against Sierra and freshman Tori Stone added two more knocks as the Devils cruised.
On Saturday, Caroline Paxson and Lexi Valdez pced the Devils offense. Paxson crushed a homer and Valdez went 2-for-3.
“It’s really nice,” Devils skipper Jason Buvala said. “The girls have a lot of potential and upside and have been playing together for a while. Early in the season, their bats were cold. They’re shaking off the rust, and figuring things out.”
Eagle Valley was scheduled to play Platte Valley in the tournament’s championship game late Saturday night.
Devils volleyball splits at Regis
DENVER — Eagle Valley volleyball earned a split on Day 1 at the Regis Jam Tournament in Denver, falling to St. Teresa’s, out of Kansas City, Missouri, and then sweeping 5A Fruita Monument.
The whole point of tournaments like these is to play good teams and St. Teresa’s was certainly that. The Stars lost the Missouri Class 4 — and Class 4 is the biggest division in the state — championship game last year, and are No. 4 in that state’s rankings this year.
St. Teresa’s knocked off the Devils, 25-23, 25-23, 25-9.
“They are pretty big,” Eagle Valley coach Jackie Rindy said of the Stars. “We played really well the first two sets. Then they got hot and we struggled with some unforced errors.”
But Eagle Valley bounced back in fine fashion, taking down Fruita, 25-20,25-22, 25-23.
“Becy Glutova and Emma Lassa hit the ball very, very well,” Rindy said. “Our outside and pin-hitters were the difference in the game.”
Theoretically, another reason the Devils attend this tournament is to face different opponents than normal. Fruita is a usual nonconference foe, so it was kind of amusing to see the Wildcats down in Denver.
Naturally, the Devils were scheduled to play Palisade in one of two more matches on Saturday. The results were not available as of press time.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.