Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday |

Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday

VCFB Ellsworth 1 KA 10-23-10

EDWARDS – The preliminaries are done, and Vail Christian volleyball passed with flying colors.

The Saints finished up the regular season Saturday with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-18 sweep of Paonia to head to districts with a sparkling 16-3 mark

“As a team, the kids are playing very well,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. ” Our ball-handling is really good. We’re serving well, passing well, digging well and Ashlyn (Gruber) is cranking the ball.”

If things go to seed at 1A districts – Vail Christian moves down from 2A – the Saints should face North Park in the semifinals with a berth to regionals on the line. As always, with district tournaments, your mileage may vary.

Beating the Eagles gave the Saints a nice double a win on both Homecoming and Senior Night.

The Saints seniors are Carol Vanderver, Tracey Salgado, Dakota Francis, Reanna Sutherland, Micaela McGuckin, Yehira Ruiz and Emily Irwin.


Devils finish league undefeated

In Eagle Valley’s recent run of success during the last three years, there have been a lot of firsts.

A first league title – the Devils now have three. A first 4A regional appearance – last year. But by sweeping both Steamboat Springs and Moffat County Saturday, the Devils logged another one – first undefeated league season.

The Devils finished the Slope with a perfect 12-0 mark as the Bulldogs went down 25,8, 25-19, 25-21, and then the Sailors, 30-28, 25-16, 25-12.

“It’s good. It’s not the ultimate goal,” Devils coach Shawn Weatherred said. “But if you’re trying to win every point, you’re going to win a bunch. It’s nice that our last four league matches have been 3-0. Hopefully, it’s a sign that we’ll be real focused when it counts.”

That will be at Saturday’s District 7 Tournament in Gypsum.


Huskies finish volleyball season on high note

What? The season’s over?

Battle Mountain finished the year with a flourish beating Steamboat Springs in four, 19-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-16, and Moffat County in three, 25-22, 25-18, 25-16.

After an 0-6 start in the Slope, the Huskies went 3-3 against the league in their second go-round.


VMS tops West Grand

Vail Mountain School volleyball wasn’t going to be left out Saturday’s local win-a-pallooza.

The Gore Rangers downed West Grand, 25-13, 25-22, 25-22. VMS finished the regular season at 5-13, but will play in a pig-tail game Tuesday with a shot at making districts. VMS’ most likely opponent is Hayden or Soroco.

“We’re a young team that’s trying to play our best volleyball at the end of the season,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “I think we’ve done that. We feel good that we beat Hayden (during the regular season) and took Soroco to five.”

Saturday was VMS’ first sweep of the season.


West Grand gridders top Saints

West Grand was a rude guest, winning Vail Christian football’s Homecoming game, 48-12.

The Saints finished the season at 3-5 and will play Plains Conference champion, Caliche, Saturday in crossovers.

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