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Gilpin Eagles clinch first TD on new field

Girls’ varsity volleyball celebrates two wins

by Patty Unruh

Gridiron Performance

The Gilpin High School football squad confronted the Soroco Rams of Oak Creek at home last Saturday, September 22, coming in with a 54-8 loss.

Although the Eagles haven’t claimed a win this season, they soared high with pride on that last warm day of summer, because they were finally able to score on the beautiful new home field. Players and fans alike screamed their excitement as quarterback Stephen King raced 80 yards down the field into the end zone on a kickoff return with only about five minutes left in the game. King’s 2-point conversion was good, too.

“It was exhilarating,” King exclaimed. “We’re seeing a lot of improvement in our chemistry now after losing most of the seniors.”

Assistant Coach Steve Boulter noted, “Our freshmen and sophomores are showing a lot of heart.”

This was proven as freshmen Kamron Brewer, Jimmy Immordino, Seth Gordon, and Alex Jimenez were in the thick of many tackles. Senior Jaime Alexander, junior Jessie Alexander, and sophomore Blake Boulter also led in bringing down many a Soroco player.

As with this season’s other home games, this one was tough. Soroco was in the state semi-finals last season and is undefeated so far this year. Their senior running back Jace Logan rushed for 229 yards during last Saturday’s battle and got five touchdowns for the Rams.

Soroco got off to a huge start with 32 points in the first quarter alone, but Gilpin successfully contained the Rams during the rest of the game, holding them to just one TD in each of the next three quarters. The Eagles also played a clean game, with only two penalties for a loss of ten yards. Soroco was moved back 50 penalty yards. The third quarter had some good moments for Gilpin, too, with two first downs and only some short gains allowed Soroco.

King was named Offensive Player of the Game for Gilpin, with 247 total yards.

The football team has a bye week this week and will visit Plateau Valley on October 5.

Excitement at the Net

Gilpin’s Lady Eagles varsity volleyball team brought home wins against rivals Belleview Christian on September 21 and Longmont Christian on September 18. The two league triumphs improved their season record to 3-7.

This week, they met Denver Christian on Tuesday, September 25 and will host Twin Peaks Charter at home on Friday, September 28, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

The skirmish with the Belleview Bruins was highly energetic for the players and crowd. The Lady Eagles can be justly pleased with their 3-0 success, as they handed the Bruins their first defeat of the season. Belleview now has an 8-1 tally, including two conference wins.

Set scores were 25/20, 26/24, and 25/23, which show the determination of each team. Gilpin maintained a continuous slim lead throughout the first set. The second set showed the teams trading the lead back and forth. Gilpin had opened up a 4-point lead near the end of the set, bringing the score to 24-20. Belleview didn’t give up, though, pressing to a 24-24 tie. This meant that the Lady Eagles had to achieve 26 points to win, which they did, to their fans’ enthusiastic approval.

By the start of the third set, the noise in the gym was deafening. Belleview got on the board first and in moments had opened up a 9-5 lead. The Eagles kept up their effort, finally tying the score at 12-12. At that point, the game was neck and neck, both teams either leading by one point or evening the score. The Bruins pulled ahead ever so slightly to 22-20 after an especially long volley, but the Eagles caught up again to make the score 23-23. Two more quick points netted Gilpin the victory.

The girls won 3-1 when they traveled to Longmont on September 18 for a conference match, coming in with set scores of 25/18, 25/23, 23/25, and 25/14. Longmont is still looking for a win this season. Gilpin’s stat totals are as follows: 38 kills, 15 serving aces, 2 solo blocks, 53 digs, 3 assists, and 64 serves received.

Gilpin lost to Union Colony Prep 3-0 on September 20 in that away conference match.

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