Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday |

Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday

COLBRAN – Ho-hum, another three wins.

Vail Christian volleyball keeps rolling along, making it 9-0 in 2011 after three more wins this weekend. The Saints swept Soroco (25-14, 25-16, 25-13), Paonia (25-12, 25-16, 25-19) and Plateau Valley (25-16, 25-8, 25-12).

Three wins in two days is nice, but it’s also good preparation.

“That’s the way it’s going to be for districts and regionals,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “It’s not so much the physical grind, but mental, and the girls did really well. I’m proud of them.”

Next up for the Saints is a road game at Lutheran Thursday.

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Palisade edges Devils

GYPSUM – That was rude. You’re not meant to go into someone else’s Homecoming and win.

Unfortunately, Palisade did just that to Eagle Valley volleyball Saturday, downing the Devils, 25-22, 19-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-9.

“The were definitely a good team and it was a very-balanced match,” Devils coach Shawn Weatherred said. “No one could pull away. It was a battle. We had eight unforced errors in the fifth game and that doesn’t work.”

The good news is that Eagle Valley (2-1 in the Slope) gets Palisade again next month. In the meantime, they’re off to Edwards four Round 1 against Battle Mountain Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Delta sweeps Huskies

DELTA – Battle Mountain senior Bailey Garton filled in at libero for the second straight match, but it wasn’t enough as the Huskies fell at Delta, 25-21, 25-18, 25-22, Saturday.

The Huskies (1-2 in the 4A Slope) host Eagle Valley Tuesday at 6 p.m.

VMS splits at tri

SOROCO – Vail Mountain Volleyball split a pair at Saturday’s triangular in Soroco, beating West Grand in four and falling to the Host Rams, 3-0.

The Gore Rangers’ Hannah McKeever was injured in warm-ups before the Soroco and coach Mike Garvey held her out of the match as a precaution.

VMS is at Battle Mountain Thursday.


Soroco gets by Saints

SOROCO – Soroco scored 12 unanswered points in the third quarter Friday to surge past Vail Christian, 34-20 in the league opener for both teams.

Two touchdown runs by quarterback Nic Paxton gave the host Rams a 20-8 lead that essentially proved to be the margin against the Saints (2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Central League). Paxton ended up running for three scores and throwing for another two.

Saints quarterback Austin Ellsworth gave his team an 8-0 lead with a 1-yard-run in the first quarter. Ellsworth also threw scoring strikes to Cole Caynoski and Branden Currey in the fourth quarter.

Vail Christian is at Gilpin County Saturday.

Cross country

Huskies near the top at Middle Park

GRANBY – The Battle Mountain girls cross country team tied for first with Holy Family Saturday at the Middle Park Invitational, but lost out on the title on a tiebreaker.

Mandy Ortiz was third in 20 minutes, 33 seconds. Sydney Gaylord took seventh (22:13), followed by Nicole Marengo (12th, 22:51), Christina Shearon (14th, 23:05) and Samantha Katz (17th, 23:26)

The boys were fourth, led by Mike Ball in 19:17. Joseph Barrett was right behind him in 19:38. Both Irvin Rodriguez and Ethan Cotton finished at 19:58. Cameron Moore rounded out the scoring in 20:07.

With the season pretty much at the midpoint, Huskies coach Ken Long sees a pattern developing.

“I think there are two different stories,” he said. “On the boys’ side, we’re a very young group. There’s not one senior. It’s just a matter of getting them race experience. The girls have had a pretty good season. When we have everyone – we were missing a few people today – it’s a matter of closing the gap with our No. 1-7 runners. If we close the gap, we can make it interesting with Durango and Moffat.”

Battle Mountain is at Fruita next week.

Devils’ Salaz shines at Demon Invite

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Eagle Valley cross country made its annual stop at the Demon Invite Saturday, and the boys finished sixth, while the girls were eighth.

Gregg Salaz led the way in 14th with a time of 18:21. Hunter Burnham was 31st in 19:21. Nathan Maddox came around for a 19:33, followed by Robbie Clark (19:39) and Carson McQueeney (19:55).

Samantha Maddox (22:59) and Aracely Villalobos (23:04) were right on each other’s tails going 32-33. Kira Quintana finished in 24-even. Gabriella Villa clocked a 24:18, followed by Katie Hill (24:47).

“I felt like we had some good performances, but we were a little flat,” Devils coach Melinda Brandt said. “That gives us some room to make some improvements and adjustments. But there were some really good performances. Gregg had a personal record.”

The Hoss Awards went to Nathan Maddox and Villalobos.

Eagle Valley is at Fruita next week.

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