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Grand Valley opens on a winning note

Phil Sandoval

The start of the prep fall sports season couldn’t get any better for Grand Valley High School.

Playing at its brand-new facilities on the new high school campus for the first time, the Cardinal football and volleyball teams responded by winning their season-openings.

Clad in black football helmets and pants and dark crimson jerseys, Grand Valley rolled up a single-game-high 45 points while limiting the Glenwood Springs JV team to two touchdowns.

“”We played pretty darn good,” Grand Valley coach Mike Johnson said of Saturday’s 45-12 victory

Senior running back/defensive back Sam Hughes scored three touchdowns and gained 207 rushing yards in 21 carries to lead the offensive.

Grand Valley opened a 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter on TD runs of 5 and 3 yards by Hughes and Christian Hegtmeier.

Hughes added a 36-yard TD reception from quarterback Tim Arnold to his totals in the second quarter. Not satisfied, the Cardinals raised the lead to 33-0 on a 9-yard Arnold to Sean Carlson pass and Arnold’s 1-yard TD run.

Glenwood got on the board late in the first half when quarterback Chris Toler connected on a 71-yard catch-and-run to Adam Vincent.

Toler hit Jake Mauldlin from 22 yards out for the Demons’ final touchdown in the third quarter.

Tailback Jeremy Quick, who finished with 76 yards in eight carriers, scored one of Grand Valley’s third quarter touchdowns on a 25-yard run. Hughes added a 19-yard run late in the period.

The Cardinals (1-0) face their first varsity-level opponent on Saturday when they travel to Aspen. Glenwood’s JV resume its schedule on Sept. 21 at home against Roaring Fork.

Grand Valley’s volleyball team had similar success a few yards away in its new gym.

A 2-1 match win over Telluride earned the Cardinals the team championship of their own tournament.

Using rally scoring, Grand Valley won the first game 26-24, dropped the second 25-23, then rallied for the title by outlasting the Miners, 15-13.

In pool play, the Cardinals downed Nucla, Soroco and Paonia 2-0 and lost 2-1 to Rangely.

Jenni Hisneisen led the team with 31 kills; Lori Jacobs contributed 21 winners. Setter Stacia Hamilton finished the tournament with 83 assists.

Grand Valley will face Aspen in a non-league match at the Skierdome next Saturday evening.


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