Vail Valley preps wrap: Eagle Valley volleyball, softball, Saints football
GYPSUM — The 4A Western Slope volleyball standings are looking pretty nice these days.
Eagle Valley is officially the team to beat after the Devils beat Glenwood Springs, 25-23, 25-17, 25-19, on Saturday, Sept. 30, in Gypsum.
Eagle Valley’s 7-0 in the Slope with Palisade (5-1) and Glenwood Springs (4-2) in tow.
“We were glad to get out of it in three (sets),” Devils coach Jackie Rindy said. “It’s always a good matchup. Everybody knows everybody from club.”
Don’t be too surprised, but Emma Lassa (15) and Becy Glutova (nine) led the Devils with kills. Sky Lieurance did a nice job filling in for Erin Keeney at setter.
While the Devils have a leg up in their pursuit of back-to-back league titles, they will spend a lot of October on the road. Four of their last five league games are away from Gypsum.
“We need to minimize our mistakes, especially in another team’s gym,” Rindy said.
Eagle Valley (9-4) is home for Vail Christian on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Fans are encouraged to wear purple as that is the color for epilepsy awareness. The team will be raising money to fight the neurological disorder that night.
Softball beats Palisade
Eagle Valley softball came from behind in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings and finally beat Palisade, 11-10, in extra innings on Friday, Sept. 29.
The Devils were down 7-2 and scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh. Eagle Valley kept on falling behind, but kept on coming back.
Down 10-9 in the ninth, Regan Bossow ended it with a two-run walk-off single with the bases loaded.
Eagle Valley (7-9 overall, 2-4 in the Slope) hosts Aspen on Monday, Oct. 2.
Platte Canyon beats Saints football
The Vail Christian football team was competitive, but fell to undefeated Platte Canyon, 43-22, on Saturday, Sept. 30.
It started with Roy Valenzuela making a hit to cause a fumble recovered by Michael Gorla. Quarterback Tom Engleby turned that into a touchdown with a 10-yard run.
Another Engleby run tied it at 14 during the second quarter, but the Saints fell behind in the second half.
“We were really competitive during the first half,” Saints coach Tim Pierson said. “The kids played hard. It’s just been some key mistakes and turnovers that dug us into a hole.”
Vail Christian (1-4) is home on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Battle Mountain to take on Bennett.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.