Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday
GYPSUM – Finally, it ended.
Eagle Valley volleyball had a long day beating Moffat County (25-20, 25-17, 20-25, 23-25, 15-10) in five and Steamboat Springs also in cinco (25-18, 26-28, 25-15, 19-25, 15-11) to go to 5-1 in the 4A Slope and 8-3 overall.
Here are the two major developments from Saturday’s northern double dip:
Against Moffat, the Devils went up 2-0, but didn’t close, and the normally-soft spoken Shawn Weatherred was not pleased.
“We played lazy,” the coach said. “We didn’t give Moffat the respect they deserved. Moffat played hard and they outhustled us.”
The Devils pulled out the win, but what happened between games wasn’t good. Senior Kelsey VanGoey’s back seized up and she was out for Steamboat. That forced the Devils to go to a 6-2 with Megan Asmussen and Addie Arnold sharing the setting.
“To everyone’s credit, everyone really rallied and the team came together,” Weatherred said. “It was nice to see. We learned a lot about what we can do and that we can trust each other.”
Eagle Valley gets a bit of a break with the schedule with a nonconference game Thursday against Central in Gypsum and then returns to league play Saturday in Glenwood Springs.
Saints take two
Vail Christian gets to celebrate next week, and its volleyball team will be coming in with a ton of steam. The Saints moved to 11-1 with wins over Rangely and Meeker, both in four games, Saturday.
“Coming home with two wins was good,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “Both Rangely and Meeker played well and took a game off us. But our girls responded well.”
For those keeping score at home, Rangely was a league game, but Meeker was not, and that leaves the Saints at a perfect 3-0 in the 2A Slope.
Vail Christian hosts North Park at noon for Homecoming on Saturday.
Huskies fall short
It was a rough day for Battle Mountain volleyball as the Huskies dropped their northern doubleheader, falling to Steamboat Springs, 25-21, 29-27, 25-19, and Moffat County, 25-21, 25-18, 25-21.
The Huskies made a change, moving Makenzie Ellison to setter, and Battle Mountain coach Jason Fitzgerald was pleased with the results. But the Huskies just came up short against two more experienced opponents.
“We’re just 4-5 points short (in each game),” Fitzgerald said. “The difference is two years of experience. Both teams played solid, consistent volleyball and they just outlasted us.”
Battle Mountain (1-5 in the Slope) hosts Glenwood Springs on Tuesday.
Football – BLACK HAWK
Saints smack Gilpin
Vail Christian football was not a happy bunch. The Saints felt they let one get away last week in a 34-20 loss at Soroco.
“Soroco is definitely one we want to do over,” Vail Christian football coach Tim Pierson said. “We’d do whatever we could to play that again, but we can’t. Football counts every week and we shot ourselves in the foot.”
And the Saints took that frustration out on Gilpin County Saturday, pounding the Eagles, 52-14.
Austin Ellsworth started it with a touchdown run and he also had a 75-yard scoring pass to Mack Cooper. Nigel Johnson had two scores, one rushing and one on a fumble return with an assist to Cole Caynoski. Cooper returned a kickoff for six and Kennedy Nary also ran to the house.
In the second half, Branden Currey took over at quarterback and hit Alex Samaffyros for the final score.
The Saints (3-2 and 1-1) host North Park Saturday at 2 p.m.
Cross country – FRUITA
Newcomers shine for Huskies
Holy new guys and gals, Batman.
That was the story for Battle Mountain cross country at the Anna Banana Invitational at Fruita Saturday.
Sophomore Ethan Cotton was Battle Mountain’s No. 1 in 18 minutes, 10 seconds. That was easily a personal record for Cotton. He ran an 20:14 last year at Fruita.
So can we expect something in 14s by his senior year?
“I’ll just take 16,” Huskies coach Ken Long said.
Josh Braun and Jiro Morales, both freshmen, plugged themselves into the Battle Mountain scoring five for boys, which is nice news.
On the girls side, Mandy Ortiz (second) and Sydney Gaylord (eighth) both cracked the top 10. But the big story was Val Constein who won the JV race with a 21:07. With that, she throws her hat into the ring for a varsity spot.
“We had that feeling that she had it in her,” Long said. “She had an issue with her hip, but she rocked it. That really tightens up our top five.”
Battle Mountain heads down to Dakota Ridge on Tuesday. The following are the scoring times for the Huskies on Saturday:
Ethan Cotton, 18:10
Mike Ball, 18:17
Josh Braun, 19:21
Jiro Morales, 19:44
Cameron Moore 19:50
Mandy Ortiz, 19:02
Sydney Gaylord, 20:00
Nicole Marengo, 21:09
Bridgett Courtois, 21:25
Jenai Denardo, 21:44
Records fall for Devils
Step right up and pick a number. Odds are they were good ones for Eagle Valley cross country Saturday at the Anna Banana Invitational. Every boys runner who scored set personal record.
The quintet also broke 19 minutes, a first in the program’s history. That’s not too bad.
Meanwhile, Nikki Cunning ran a time of 20 minutes, 56 seconds, and that’s a new school record, kids. The Hoss Awards went to Cunning and Hunter Burnham.
“We’re absolutely looking to regionals,” Devils coach Melinda Brandt said. “I was really proud of how the guys raced. It was definitely a very good performance. They just went out there and competed.”
Eagle Valley is at Aspen on Saturday. Here are the times from the Anna Banana:
Hunter Burnham, 17:12
Nathan Maddox, 18:10
Rafael Gurule, 18:32
Carson McQueeney, 18: 40
Andre Eisenmann, 18:53
Nikki Cunning, 20:56
Samantha Maddox, 21:50
Aracely Villalobos, 21:59
Katie Hill, 22:36
Gabi Villa, 22:42
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