Vail Valley preps wrap for Sunday |

Vail Valley preps wrap for Sunday

Jeff Caspersen Post Independent

FRUITA – Eagle Valley cross country got to run with the big dogs Saturday at the Anna Banana Invitational in Fruita.

OK, get it out of your system – anna banana fo fanna fi fie fo fanna …

The Devils ran everything out of their systems. Six Eagle Valley boys runners broke 20 minutes at one meet for the first time in school history.

Wade Fowler led the way with a personal record of 17 minutes, 45 seconds. Hunter Burnham (18:22), Ben Muehlethaler (19:38), Will Dutmer (19:39), Prather Silverthorne (19:39) and Aaron Kiline all broke 20. And yes, Dutmer’s and Silverthorne’s times both went down as 19:39 with the former just edging out his teammate.

Kelly Cassidy topped the ladies with a 22:42. She was followed by Rachael Burnett (22:59), Meagan McQueeney (23:01), Shanna Zoch (23:03) and Blanca Gonzalez (23:27).

At the Anna Banana Invitational, the Devils met up with some bigger schools, but that’s a good thing.

“It’s good for them to see what’s out there,” Devils coach Melinda Brandt said. “That pushes us harder. I’m proud of they way they stepped up. Out of our 25 runners, 20 ran their best times of the season.”

The Hoss Awards reside at the McQueeney household. Megan won the award for the ladies, while her younger brother Carson earned it for the boys.

Eagle Valley runs at Dakota Ridge Tuesday.


Battle Mountain 3, Rifle 0

EDWARDS – The Battle Mountain volleyball team ended the first half of league play on a bright note, sweeping Rifle, 25-15, 25-17, 25-23, Saturday at home.

The Huskies are 3-4 in the Slope and 4-7 overall. The second half of the Slope slate starts Saturday with a western swing through Palisade and Delta.

“We’re going to know a little bit more about what to expect,” Huskies coach Lara Bossow said. “The girls are playing their hearts out. There’s a lot of heart out on that court. We’ve had some tight and some tough losses. That’s promising to know that they can hang with them.”

Krista Norris had a great hitting day against the Bears, knocking them down at a .400 clip. Piper McMillin filled in for the injured Hannah Ellison at middle block. Ellison (sprained ankle) is expected back for Eagle Valley Oct. 13.

Sammy Miletich led the Huskies with 13 digs, while McMillin and Cayla Bluhm both had two aces.

Eagle Valley 3, Glenwood Springs 1

GYPSUM – Life is getting nice and boring for Eagle Valley volleyball. Winning is delightfully monotonous.

The Devils took out Glenwood Springs in four games Saturday, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, 25-22, to make their record 6-0 in the 4A Slope.

“I think (Glenwood’s) improved with Kehau Vegas,” Devils coach Shawn Weatherred said. “She played a pretty big role with them. It was a tightly-contested match which we won. With the exception of the third game, there were no big leads, just tight all the way through.”

Alex Lasse had 20 kills while Shelby Wright finished with 10. Kelsey VanGoey served up six aces, while Becka VanVoorst had 31 assists.

The Devils host Palisade Tuesday to end the first half.

Vail Christian 3, West Grand 0

EDWARDS – There was no fifth game this time.

Vail Christian volleyball went to the limit in the season opener against West Grand, winning the fifth game, 15-13.

Happily for the Saints and their fans, there was no drama on Saturday in the league contest between the two teams. Vail Christian breezed, 25-16, 25-20, 25-21.

“We played well,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “There were no major ups or downs. The only thing I would say is that we missed a few too many serves, but as aggressively as we serve, we’re probably going to have more mistakes. I’m very proud of them.”

Brooke Bowles led the Saints with 10 kills, while Ashlyn Gruber had eight. Kylie Alexander finished with 22 assists and four aces. Beri Dwyer led Vail Christian in blocks.

The Saints moved to 6-0 in the 2A Slope and 12-1 overall. Next up for Vail Christian is a nonconference tilt at Rocky Mountain Lutheran on Friday.


Vail Christian 42, Gilpin County 14

BLACK HAWK – The Vail Christian 8-man football team made it two wins in a row, routing Gilpin County, 42-14, Saturday in Black Hawk.

The Saints moved to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the Central with the win.

“It’s good,” Saints coach Tim Pierson said. “Our young guys got quite a bit of experience in the game. We tackled well. Now, we’ve just got to keep getting better.”

Vail Christian served notice early with 20 points in the first quarter. Matt Cooper scampered 20 yards for the Saints’ first score. Larry Cavanaugh to Teller Emmer put Vail Christian up 14-0. Cavanaugh ended the period by firing a 75-yard TD strike to Ryan Berry.

In the second quarter, Pierson turned over the reins to younger players and they did not disappoint. Austin Ellsworth to Nigel Johnsen was good for 17 yards and a score.

In the third, Cavanaugh called his own number for 46 yards. He hit Granger Moch on a 30-yard pass to end the day’s scoring.

Defensively, young Ellsworth had two interceptions. Kieran Hurtt had a good day’s work with nine solo tackles, three assisted wraps and a sack. Ian Ryan was also a menace to the Eagles with 11 unassisted tackles.

The Saints host Justice Friday night under the lights at Eagle Valley Friday. Justice is coming off a 66-30 win at Silver State.


Battle Mountain 10, Rifle 0

RIFLE – The only thing wrong with Battle Mountain’s 10-0 win at Rifle Saturday was the elusive Diego-to-Diego goal.

With Diego Ojeda, Diego Gonzalez and Diego Rodriguez on the field at the end of the game, well, you might as well go for it.

“We had guys yelling on the sideline, ‘You got to get it to Diego,'” Huskies coach David Cope said. “Once Diego got it, they were yelling, ‘You’ve got to get it to Diego in the box.'”

Maybe, it was the lack of specificity of which Diego caused the lack of Diego-to-Diego goal. No matter, the Huskies rolled, raising their record to 6-0-2 in the Slope and 8-1-2 overall.

Efren Gonzalez and Diego Ojeda led the team with two goals each. Connor Tedstrom, Ubaldo Trujillo, Leopoldo Rodriguez, Cody Hervert, Jesus Nunez, Kevin Vasquez and Haivan Garcia all scored. Clint Hervert picked up the shutout.

Battle Mountain has a week off before hosting Moffat County Saturday.

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