EAST VAIL - So, how big was Vail Mountain School volleyball's win Tuesday night?
(Readers, you know this is the participatory part of the article ... "How big was it?")
VMS teacher and long-time Gore Rangers fan Jeanne Macsata nearly lost her voice.
"Almost lost it," Macsata said jokingly. "There were a lot of hoo-wahs"
And with good reason. Class 2A Vail Mountain defeated 4A Battle Mountain, 23-25, 25-23, 25-15, 20-25, 15-6, Tuesday night.
This was after the Huskies swept VMS in three games earlier this month in Edwards. So there was much rejoicing as the VMS soccer team roared throughout the match and formed a victory tunnel for the ladies after the match.
"It was awesome," said assistant coach Whitney Armstead, who was filling in for coach Mike Garvey, who was out with the flu. "The girls did such a good job. They all know each other from club, so it's a little rivalry. Everyone was really excited to see them do so well against a big school."
This was the second time in school history VMS knocked off Battle Mountain. A 1A school at the time, VMS beat the 4A Huskies in 2001 and also defeated then-3A Eagle Valley in 2002.
The highlight of the match was when senior libero Ellen Edgerton served nine-straight points to start the decisive fifth game.
VMS (5-3) hosts Hotchkiss on Saturday at 3 p.m. for its Homecoming. The soccer team takes on Moffat County at 11 a.m., also as part of the festivities.
Softball - GYPSUM
Eagle Valley downs Rifle, 5-2
Eagle Valley softball got its first win over Rifle since 2009 on Tuesday, downing the Bears, 5-2.
The Devils got all five of their runs in the bottom of the third inning.
"This past couple of weeks, everything's just come full circle," Eagle Valley manager Rob Ellsworth said. "Everybody's clicking. They're playing with passion and courage, and it all came together."
Cody Osteen, Megan Osteen, Ally Zehring, Hannah Laisure and Kenzie Cooper all scored runs.
Megan Osteen also did everyone proud on the mound. She pitched all seven innings, fanning 11 Rifle batters.
The Devils host Aspen on Saturday at 11 a.m. for Senior Day.
Soccer - GRAND JUNCTION
Huskies blank Palisade
Battle Mountain soccer is now September-and-0.
The Huskies blanked Palisade, 10-0, Thursday in Grand Junction to complete a perfect September at 9-0.
Thursday's game was also the beginning of the second half of league play in the 4A Slope. Usually, coach David Cope resets the goal for the second time around by encouraging his team to improve its result from the previous meeting. Since the Huskies beat the Bulldogs, 9-1, in Edwards, that was a difficult task.
"We were downplaying that," Cope said. "We were talking to the team about not worrying about the score, being tidy and getting (the shutout)."
As it turns out, 10-0 is better than 9-1, so the Huskies passed Cope's "measuring stick" test anyway.
Joe LyBarger, Heivan Garcia and Roberto Diaz all had hat tricks. But the goal of the day went to Broby Leeds. He'd been having a bad run of luck when it came to finding the back of the net. When he scored, the bench erupted.
Battle Mountain hosts Glenwood Springs on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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