Hopes dashed for Gilpin football A-8 Northwest League championship

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Volleyball team takes a loss in playoff match

by Patty Unruh

Eagles v. West Grand

The Gilpin County H.S. Eagles football team was denied a win against the West Grand Mustangs (Kremmling) in the last regular season battle on Friday, October 27. The Eagles were unable to even get on the board in the away league game, losing 52-0. It was Gilpin’s only league loss this season; the Eagles’ record fell to 7-2 overall, while West Grand is still undefeated with a 9-0 record.

The 2017 CHSAA (Colorado High School Activities Association) 8-man football playoffs begin this weekend. Gilpin has been invited for the first time in many years. The Eagles are seeded tenth and will play Sargent in Monte Vista on Friday, November 3, at 6 p.m. in the opening round of the tournament. Sargent is in the A-8 Southwest League and holds a 6-3 season record.

West Grand will play against Norwood of the A-8 Southwest League, and the team that wins that game will play the winner of the Gilpin/Sargent game during the quarterfinals on November 10-11.

Gilpin’s Head Coach Craig Ball commented on the loss from last Friday. “West Grand is a good team. We just had a hard time handling their speed.”

The Eagles have had an outstanding winning season, but made little headway against the Mustangs, whose defense was able to stop even Gilpin’s #19 Austin Boulter from racking up his usual high yardage. In 28 carries, Boulter sprinted for only 100 yards rushing, in contrast to the 347 yards he made in the game with Rangely the previous week. He averaged less than 4 yards per carry against the Mustangs. Gilpin’s #12 Jack Ball also struggled, gaining only 7 yards in 4 carries. West Grand was hitting hard, with 67 tackles, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, and 1 recovered fumble.

West Grand players rushed for a total of 360 yards. Luis Dominguez was the point leader for the Mustangs with 20 points, including 3 touchdowns and 1 conversion. Hugh Wheatley ran in 2 TDs and 2 conversions for 16 points, and Brady Gore and Jake Bentley each had 1 TD, with Gore also scoring 1 conversion.

West Grand gained 522 in total all-purpose yards, compared with Gilpin’s 215.

Boulter did complete 3 passes for 36 yards, and #18 Stephen King had 1 interception. Ball, King, Boulter, and Jaime Alexander gained 40 yards receiving.

Lady Eagles v. UCP

Gilpin’s varsity volleyball team visited Union Colony Prep Timberwolves of Greeley in a playoff match on Tuesday, October 24, losing 3-1. The Lady Eagles finish the season with an 11-9 record, 5-6 in league play. The Timberwolves are 17-6 for the season; they went on to play Dayspring Christian on October 27 in the District Final 4 and lost 3-0.

Alex Martin led Gilpin in kills with 10, followed by Kasen Nelson with 8 of the team’s total of 27. Cicely Lepro and Bailey Hobson-Kroll each slammed 2 serving aces. Nicole Adams contributed 4 solo blocks. Aspen Nadeau came in with 21 digs, and Hobson-Kroll followed with 10 to add to the team’s total of 55. Lepro mustered 26 ball handling assists. Nadeau and Nelson received 32 serves and 23 serves, respectively, of the team’s 71.

Union Colony’s leaders were Mayson Fago with 11 kills of UCP’s 40, Lynndee Veik with 3 serving aces, Jadyn Aske with 6 of the team’s 9 solo blocks and 18 of 36 assists, and Jisela Chairez with 27 of 98 digs and 25 serves received of 72.

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