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Lady Eagles lose to Heritage Christian in nail-biter volleyball skirmish

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Gilpin gridiron athletes get roped by the Plateau Valley Cowboys

by Patty Unruh

Eagles v. Eagles

The Heritage Christian Eagles of Fort Collins visited the Gilpin County Lady Eagles on Thursday evening, October 4, for a close, see-saw battle between two well-matched opponents. Gilpin’s varsity was defeated 3-0 in three fast-paced sets, one of which went toa 29/27 nail-biter finish. In spite of Heritage’s superior statistics in kills, blocks, digs, and assists, Gilpin kept its opponents from an easy victory. All of the girls played hard, worked well together, and made it one of the most enjoyable games to watch so far this season.

The loss brings Gilpin’s record to 6-10, with three conference wins. Heritage’s record is 6-8, 3-5 in league games.

Gilpin began well in set one with a quick 3-0 lead before Heritage scored its first point. Several kills by Gilpin’s Bailey Hobson-Kroll kept the Heritage girls scrambling. Gilpin held that lead until its rivals caught up and tied the score at 9-9. From that point, Heritage’s girls put together a few-point lead, which they maintained until the end of the set. The final set score was 25/21.

Set two was a battle royal, with skillfully placed serves that had the players diving. No one was willing to let the ball fly out of bounds or hit the floor without a fight. The Heritage players grabbed an early 10-2 lead, to Gilpin’s dismay. Before long, the score stood at 15-4, and it looked as though it would be a rout. But Gilpin’s motto appeared to be “it’s not over till it’s over.” Nicole Adams, Jasmine Crook-Arends, and Claire Diekman slammed a few serving aces, Courtney Holmes got in her signature digs, and Sarah Trujillo surprised Heritage with her speedy assists. Gilpin began to catch up and amazingly tied the score at 23-23. The fans thundered their foot-stomping approval as the score kept tying – 24, 25, 26, 27 – without the requisite 2-point lead. Finally Heritage made a dramatic finish at 29/27.

The third set began with Heritage opening a 3-1 lead. After a lengthy conference between the referees and the Heritage coach, however, two points were taken away from Heritage to make the tally 1-1. From there, Heritage played a commanding role, although Gilpin’s Lady Eagles kept up the press. The game ended at a respectable 25/20 finish in favor of Heritage.

Gilpin traveled to Ault on October 2 for a game with the Highland Huskies, suffering a 3-0 loss in that league battle. Set scores were 25/12, 25/18, and 25/15. The Huskies possess a 12-3 record, including 7 league wins.

Final season games will be with Dawson, away, on October 11; Clear Creek at home on October 16, and Nederland at home on October 18.

Football at Plateau Valley

Gilpin H.S.’s gridiron guys were bested 53-12 by the Plateau Valley Cowboys at Collbran on October 5 in a league contest. Gilpin’s football squad has persevered through a very hard season without its first win yet, and Plateau Valley is likewise having a hard slog, with just two season wins and five losses.

Perhaps this weekend’s homecoming game against Vail Christian will yield a more favorable result for Gilpin. Join the crowd on Friday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m., when Gilpin will dedicate its new field at halftime, welcoming several special guests.

Gilpin’s quarterback Stephen King continues to show promise. He crossed the end zone for 2 touchdowns in the Plateau Valley game, accumulated 176 yards rushing – including 85 long – and 50 yards pass receiving to be named Offensive Player of the Game. Teammate Blake Boulter pleased Gilpin fans with 2 pass completions.

The game began happily for Gilpin with a King TD in the first quarter, but the Cowboys galloped to a 24-6 lead in that period. Plateau Valley did all the scoring in the second and third quarters as well, racking up 21 points and 8 points, respectively. The fourth quarter belonged to the Eagles with 6 points for them and a scoreless period for the Cowboys.

Gilpin had a total of 180 rushing yards, 50 receiving, and 100 kickoff return yards, for an all-purpose total of 330.

Plateau Valley’s Trevor Brown had 4 completions for 103 yards. Their team rushed for 322 yards, including 71 long, and mustered 5 touchdowns. PV’s all-purpose yardage totaled 427.

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