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Outstanding week for the Cardinals

Sami Jo Krieg
Grand Valley High School Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Submitted Photo Diane KriegCaitlin Brady goes up for the block against Basalt Friday night. The Cardinals beat the Longhorns in three games.

Grand Valley’s volleyball team finally turned things around this week with two important victories. Going into the match, one might have noticed the determined expressions on the girls’ faces.

The inside scoop might suggest that it could have been the inspiring team meeting held in the locker room minutes before the game. Whatever was said, the Cardinals came out ready to compete.

The Cardinals lost to Olathe in three games on their home court in the first half of the season. This time, the story was different.

Said outside hitter Erin Vanderpool: “Coach really inspired us to have a good attitude and keep our heads up, no matter what. We also had very few errors, which was a big improvement and helped us in the long run.”

The Cardinals had 17 aces and no serving errors. Grand Valley and Olathe both won two games, taking them into the last game.

Between long rallies and tricky plays, everyone was on the edges of their seats, if not standing. The Cardinals gave it their all and came out on top. That last game went down in the books as 15-12.

Friday night, Grand Valley was up against the Basalt Longhorns, who the Cards had defeated previously in the season.

It was hard to beat the excitement of the Olathe match; however, Grand Valley buried Basalt in three games.

The girls have all week to prepare for Friday’s match at Aspen. The matches will start at 5:30 p.m.

The Friday night lights were casting shadows on the backs of the Grand Valley Cardinal football team as it beat up on the Basalt Longhorns.

It was a great night for the Cardinals.

Tyler Miles had a couple of smooth sacks of the Basalt quarterback.

Tyler Radel was back in the game and kicking field goals after a knee injury.

Quarterback Ryan Gallegos had three great touchdown passes. Jared Tonder had roughly 110 yards rushing and a 95-yard run on the first kick return of the second half.

At the final buzzer, the score was 28-7. The Cardinals will be traveling to Aspen next Friday. The game begins at 7 p.m.

This week the cross country kids ran at the Anna Banana Memorial Race.

This was a big race with big and small schools from all over the state running in memory of Fruita Monument Wildcat Anna Janowitz, who died in a car accident in 2002. The race took place in the Connected Lakes State Park.

Brandi Krieg had an impressive run, beating her 10th-place finish at state last year. She came in third with a time of 19 minutes, 14 seconds.

Sam Whelan also used this course to his advantage, dropping his time down to a 16:57. Whelan also has his sights on going to state this year. He finished seventh place.

Next Saturday, you will find the Cardinals running in Aspen.

Congratulations to Dylan Walters who will be representing Grand Valley High School at the Colorado Class 3A state golf tournament in Trinidad. The tournament is Monday and Tuesday this week.

Walters has done very well this season and has been placing high among 3A competitors in this area.

Coach Scott Carpenter will accompany him to Trinidad. Grand Valley wishes Walters the best of luck. Go get ’em!

Sami Jo Krieg is a student at Grand Valley High School.

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