Gilpin visits Rangely for football showdown
by Patty Unruh
Volleyball Seniors Honored
The Gilpin H.S. volleyball teams’ regular season ended victoriously with a 3-0 win over the Nederland Panthers on the Gilpin home court Thursday, October 18. Both the junior varsity and varsity teams came out on top as they hosted their perennial rivals.
The JV won 2-0 starting at 5:00 p.m. Then, just prior to the 6 o’clock varsity match, the seniors and their families were honored: Courtney Holmes and her parents Craig and Kim Holmes, Cheyenne Cowels and her parents Neil and Laurie Cowels, and Jaidyn Miller and her mother Vanessa Amaya and her aunt Catrina Amaya.
The Lady Eagles were sharp. They demonstrated plenty of fancy footwork and daring dives as the game progressed, and their fans helped out by making those bleachers rumble. Set one was close for the first few points. Then Bailey Hobson-Kroll and Courtney Holmes broke a 4-4 tie for Gilpin with several serves that just skimmed the net and caught the Panthers off guard. Nederland was able to score a couple more times, but Gilpin pushed until they were ahead by 15-6. The game went extremely well for the Eagles, until the girls boasted a 22-7 lead. Then they made a few errors that allowed the Panthers to rack up 4 more points. Of course, Gilpin couldn’t let them catch up. Nicole Adams moved right up to the net to block Nederland’s kill efforts. End of set score was 25-11.
Gilpin did not take long to put up a commanding lead in the second set, also. Several of the girls who don’t generally see a lot of playing time had good opportunities to get in the game. The Eagles scored the final point for that set on a serving ace by Holmes. Score for set 2 was 25-16.
The Eagles were a little shaky starting the third set. After the Panthers zipped ahead to a 4-1 lead, Gilpin players settled down and focused, and soon the score stood at a 4-4 tie on a serving ace by Sarah Trujillo. After Gilpin held a slim 10-9 lead, the Eagles began to inch ahead until their lead was significant once again. When the score was 23-13, Nederland capitalized on a few serves into the net by Gilpin and put up 3 more points. The Eagles worked hard to gain that all important “25,” but finally they did it, ending set 3 at 25-17.
Gilpin’s kills leader was Nicole Adams with 9. Hobson-Kroll came in with 6 serving aces, and Jasmine Crook-Arends and Holmes contributed 4 each. Adams was on the ball with 2 solo blocks. Crook-Arends led the team in digs with 14, and Trujillo in assists with 18. Holmes had 14 receptions, followed by Hobson-Kroll and Crook-Arends with 6 each.
The varsity team ends with a 7-12 record, 4-8 in conference action, as they head into post-season pool play. They travel to Heritage Christian on October 23 to begin the round robin games.
Football v. Rangely
The Eagles’ football squad once again struggled as they visited the Rangely Panthers, losing 61-8 in conference play.
Gilpin’s moment of triumph came in the fourth quarter, however, as #50 Jaime Alexander ran into the end zone on a pass from Blake Boulter. #99 Jessie Alexander came in with the 2-point conversion.
Blake Boulter and Jaime Alexander were selected as Offensive and Defensive Players of the Game. Boulter had 3 pass completions for 52 passing yards, including 1 long pass for 25 yards, and 1 interception. In addition to his touchdown, Alexander had 6 solo tackles and 1 sack for an 8-yard loss to the Panthers.