Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday |

Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday

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GYPSUM – The defense is under way.

Eagle Valley volleyball started 4A Slope play with a win against Glenwood Springs, 25-15, 25-19, 20-25, 25-20, Saturday. The Devils have won the Western Slope three years running.

“Once again, in the third set, we fiddled with the lineup,” Devils coach Shawn Weatherred said. “We’re still not responding well to lineup changes right now. But I felt we did a nice job in the fourth set.”

Weatherred plays with his lineup when his team is up to prepare for situations later in the season when the Devils might have to play with different people in different places, as was the case in last year’s state tournament.

Eagle Valley (4-2 overall and 1-0) in the Slope is at Delta Thursday.

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Saints make it 6-0

EDWARDS – With the confusion which game is league game and which is not, there is a solution – just win the matches and let everything else settle as it may.

Vail Christian volleyball, which plays 2A Slope opponents often twice in the season with only one game counting toward the league standings, kept it simple against Rangely Friday night, decking the Panthers, 25-21, 25-14, 25-12.

Kylie Alexander set up the offense nicely with 30 assists. Ashlyn Gruber put down 22 kills, while Casey Curuchet had four. McKenzie O’Brien was doing her thing with 20 digs and Paris Baker had three aces as Vail Christian upped its record to 6-0.

The Saints are at Soroco Friday and then at Plateau Valley for a league triangular Saturday.


Saints beat Longmont, 36-22

LONGMONT – The last time Vail Christian football beat Longmont Christian was in 2003, the season by which all Saints’ football seasons are measured.

This year’s Saints hope that Friday night’s 36-22 win over the Warriors is a portent for success in 2011.

“We wanted to come out of the week with a big confidence booster and we did,” Saints coach Tim Pierson said. “We went 2-1 in our nonleague schedule. Now, it’s time for league play.”

That begins at Soroco Friday.

In the meantime, Vail Christian trailed Longmont, 16-14, at the half with Saints quarterback Austin Ellsworth throwing 25- and 30-yard touchdown strikes to Branden Curry and Mack Cooper, respectively.

The Saints started the second half with a bang as Cooper returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for touchdown. Vail Christian went up 28-16 on a 40-yard pass from Ellsworth to Curry.

The defense accounted for Vail Christian’s last score as Curry forced a fumble with Chase Caynoski returning it for 30 yards and a touchdown.


Moffat downs Devils in OT

GYPSUM – Overtime has not been kind to Eagle Valley soccer this week.

After a 2-1 loss to Battle Mountain Tuesday, the Devils dropped a 4-3 decision in extra time Saturday in Gypsum to Moffat County.

“We’ve got a couple of guys sitting out with injuries,” Devils coach Jason Rittmiller said. “Everyone was looking a little slow. We’re still getting know a few things, but we need to step things up.”

On the positive side of the ledger, Jesus Saenz had a hat trick for Eagle Valley. And even though the Devils have started Slope play with a 1-2 mark, the league appears wide open with Moffat and Steamboat Springs playing to a draw last week, as well as the Sailors beating Battle Mountain Saturday.

Eagle Valley is at Montrose Thursday.

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