Vail Valley preps: Aquino, Devils solid at Cobble Creek
MONTROSE – There’s a good chance that Eagle-Valley’s Jalen Aquino is planning to join the Cobble Creek Golf Club in Montrose.
Last year he carded a season-best 78 at the course. Thursday, he blew through Montrose with a new low of 77. That helped the Devils to a ninth-place finish at the Indian Invitational at Cobble Creek.
“He might retire there,” Devils golf coach Tom Buzbee joked. “I joked with him in the clubhouse that the mayor of the town was ready to present him with the key to the city.”
While post-round joking is mandatory in golf, Aquino’s round seems to be part of an improving trend for him. He shot a 98 earlier in the season, managing to play his way off Eagle Valley’s black varsity team. But strong recent rounds have him back in black as the season hits its stretch drive.
Eagle Valley seemed much more comfortable at Cobble Creek Thursday than it did at Devil’s Thumb in Delta on Wednesday. Buzbee noticed it even before his golfers turned in their scorecards.
Stuart Rasmussen fired a career-low 79, while Kevin Stough also broke 80 with a 79. Alec Sterkel also had a season-best 83.
Battle Mountain finished seventh with Cameron Brown leading the way with a 73. Freshman Michael Wilhelm dropped a shot from his streak of shooting 79s with a 78 and Dillon McDonald came around with a 79.
Both the Devils and Huskies head to Steamboat Springs and the Haymaker Golf Club for a regional preview on Wednesday.
Vail Christian 3, West Grand 2
KREMMLING – Vail Christian volleyball traditionally has opened the season with a tournament as opposed to a regular match.
That might change after the Saints edged West Grand, 22-25, 25-17, 18-25, 25-17, 16-14, Thursday night in their season opener at Kremmling.
Not only did Vail Christian overcome game deficits of 1-0 and 2-1, but the Saints were down 10-5 in the decisive fifth stanza.
“It’s a great thing going into the weekend,” Vail Christian coach Cathy Alexander said. “The girls did a great job. It was a matter of trying to get a tempo and some confidence.”
Vail Christian (1-0) heads to Grand Valley Saturday for a tournament. The Saints will face Telluride and the host Cardinals in pool play.
Eagle Valley 3, Grand Junction 1
GRAND JUNCTION – Please add a quick start to Eagle Valley volleyball’s mantra of “next point.”
The Devils used quick starts Thursday night to knock off Grand Junction in four games to open the season with a win.
“It was good,” Devils coach Shawn Weatherred said. “When I talked to them, I said, ‘This is not going to be our peak game. We’re not going to play our best.’ But we still worked on being successful on each point. We’ve really been focusing on starting fast and we were able to dot that.”
The Devils (1-0) return home Tuesday for “home” game against Middle Park. The match will be played at Eagle Valley Middle School at 6 p.m., as the new gym in Gypsum is not ready yet.
Eagle Valley 7, Middle Park 0
GRANBY – Eagle Valley soccer started the season with a bang Thursday, smashing Middle Park, 7-0.
David Shea had a hat trick, while Fidel Macias scored two goals. Marco and Nester Escobar each had a tally against the Wildcats. Mario Gonzalez had the shutout in net for Eagle Valley.
The Devils (1-0) continue their season-opening road trip Tuesday at Palisade.
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