Volleyball team a fitting match for Dayspring
by Patty Unruh
Gilpin Gridiron Challenge
The Gilpin High School Eagles football athletes hosted the Sedgwick County Cougars of Julesburg, last season’s CHSAA 8-man champions, on September 7. The game was expected to be tough, and it was, with the Eagles experiencing a 62-0 defeat. The young Gilpin team is to be lauded, however, for keeping up a determined effort throughout the contest.
The Cougars scored 24 points in the first quarter, with Gilpin making only short gains on their possessions and struggling to stop their opponents. Gilpin’s quarterback, #18 Stephen King, started the second quarter with a nice run, picking up 7 yards. The Eagles’ defense got a good workout as they pushed to contain Sedgwick’s offense, and King made another run for a gain of 7 to close out the quarter. A Gilpin highlight came early in the third quarter when King completed a pass to #8 Kamron Brewer. Sedgwick fumbled the kickoff to Gilpin at the end of the fourth quarter, with Gilpin’s #26 Jimmy Immordino recovering the ball.
Senior #50 Jaime Alexander was Gilpin’s pick for Defensive Player of the Game with six solo tackles, including three for 20 yards’ loss to Sedgwick. Sophomore #19 Blake Boulter and freshman #32 Seth Gordon followed with 5 and 4 tackles, respectively.
The Eagles’ cheer squad entertained at halftime with a spirited program, showing off some new moves.
The Eagles lost to Merino in away non-conference play on September first but hope to fare better as they travel to Hayden on September 14.
Lady Eagles v. Dayspring
The Gilpin High School Lady Eagles varsity team faced a close contest at home against Dayspring Christian Academy (DCA) of Greeley on September 6. The outcome could have gone either way in that conference game, as the teams were well matched, but DCA came out the victors 3-1.
The Lady Eagles players started the season with the West Grand Invitational over the weekend of August 31-September 1. They suffered defeats in all four of their games, to Clear Creek, Sanford, Peyton, and Meeker.
Gilpin’s varsity has a reasonably well experienced team this season. The girls are hoping to improve on their record when they are hosted by Lyons on Tuesday, September 11, as the Weekly Register-Call goes to press.
Gilpin and DCA battled it out through four matches, Gilpin winning the second set decisively 25/11. The three sets won by DCA were very close: 25/18, 25/21, and 25/22. The Lady Eagles opened things up by scoring first in the opening set. DCA answered quickly but were unable to gain much advantage until halfway through the set, when they mustered a 5-point lead, and the score was 18-13. Gilpin fought back, but DCA broadened their lead to 7 points in the final moments of the set for the win.
The Lady Eagles shocked their rivals during the second set, quickly opening up a commanding lead. Gilpin’s girls skillfully showed what they were capable of, capitalizing on several DCA errors.
The final two sets remained close, with fans encouraging the two teams as they volleyed back and forth, frequently tying the score.
Nicole Adams led Gilpin in kills with 11, followed by Bailey Hobson-Kroll with 8 and Jasmine Crook-Arends with 6. A trio of Hobson-Kroll, Courtney Holmes, and Sarah Trujillo each came in with 3 serving aces. Adams contributed 3 solo blocks, and Maddy Altman added 1. Digs leader was Holmes with 20; Trujillo helped with 13 and Hobson-Kroll and Crook-Arends with 12 each. Trujillo had 18 ball handling assists. Crook-Arends and Holmes each had 20 serve receptions.
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