Wins and losses keep Eagles striving
By Patty Unruh
The Gilpin Eagles won some and lost some this past week. The varsity Lady Eagles enjoyed a win over Jim Elliot Christian, and the middle school football team trounced North Park in double overtime, but the volleyball team and high school football players suffered some disappointing losses also.
Match Jim Elliot Christian
Gilpin Lady Eagles volleyball triumphed over Jim Elliot Christian (JEC) in an away conference game October 8. The final score was 3-0, with set scores of 25/14, 25/14, and 25/19. The team is now 10-7 for the season.
In kills, Andi Ramsey led the Eagles with 12. Teammates Stephanie Siegrist and Siera Planck followed with 6 and 5 kills, respectively. Team total was 31, while JEC had 13.
Several of the Lady Eagles boasted serving aces: Ramsey, Alyssa Chareunsouk, Ashlen Cortez, and Kim Wulf-Balosch each got 2, while Sarah Baisley and Siegrist came in with one apiece. JEC was able to muster 2 serving aces.
Siegrist got the lone solo block for Gilpin. JEC had 2 solo blocks. Neither team had block assists.
In digging, Balosch was the leader for Gilpin with 13; Chareunsouk contributed 11, and Siegrist and Planck each 6. The Eagles had a total of 40 digs, but JEC was superior in this category with 50.
Cortez had the lion’s share of ball handling assists with 23; JEC had 8.
For serving received success, Chareunsouk and Baisley took top honors with 10 apiece, followed by Balosch with 9, Ramsey with 7, and Siegrist with 2, for a total of 38. JEC had 42.
Matches with Rocky Mt. Lutheran; North Park
The Lady Eagles were unsuccessful in their bids for wins against Rocky Mt. Lutheran (RML) and North Park.
The away conference game on October 10 against RML ended 0-3, with set scores of 20/25, 18/25, and 21/25.
In home non-conference play against North Park on October 12, the Eagles again lost 0-3, but gave their opponents a battle in the first set, losing a squeaker 24/26. The other two set scores were 17/25 and 14/25.
Middle School Game Against North Park
Eagle middle schoolers won their battle against hosts North Park 6-0 on October 7 in exciting double overtime play.
Jack Ball scored the winning touchdown and had a great game on offense and defense. Josh Trujillo caught 3 nice passes that were thrown by quarterback Will Lorenz, and Troy Blackmon executed a couple of nice runs.
Coach Paul Hanson commented, “It was a defensive struggle. Our team played great team defense and only allowed three first downs total the whole game.”
The coach praised Chris Burtschi, Josh Trujillo, Jake Ball, Alex Wilhelm, Kyle Viboolsittiseri, Jake Duncan, Conner Smith, Tommy Quaranto, and Troy Blackmon for stepping up on defense.
High School Test Against Sierra Grande
The high school team was not so fortunate in their match-up with Sierra Grande in an away game October 11, as they went down 54-6. Their season record stands at 3-4.