BEAVER CREEK — What’s the matter with Battle Mountain boys alpine?
Somebody from another team — gasp — Steamboat Springs’ Andreas Foulk, to be specific — finished fourth in Friday’s season-opening giant slalom, preventing the Huskies from finishing 1-2-3-4. Yes, like Battle Mountain should feel shame for that.
While Eagle Valley was the host, Battle Mountain made itself at home on Bear Trap, thumping all comers. The Huskies’ Sands Simonton took top individual honors with a time of 2 minutes, 10.49 seconds, followed by teammates Quintin Cook in second (2:11.69) and Keenan Zopf (2:16.77) in third. That would be a sweep, a perfect 178 points, as in high school skiing the top-three skiers score. For good measure, Battle Mountain’s Kevan Aubel finished fifth and still didn’t score for his team. (We kid Kaubel because we care, and he would have scored for any of the other five teams assembled at Beaver Creek.)
QUALIFYING FOR STATE
The bigger picture is qualifying for the state meet in February, and lots of local names popped into the top 20, which was the cut on Friday for the gents. For Eagle Valley, Matt Genel in is in by virtue of his ninth-place finish. Vail Mountain School’s Billy Mitchell was right behind him in 10th and teammate Caleb Chicoine is also off to state, taking the 20th and final spot. Battle Mountain’s Michael Barrett made it five state qualifiers for the Huskies in 19th.
Aspen’s ladies did a number on the field, taking 1-3-4-5-6-7. The nice news there is that the Huskies’ Haley Frischholz broke up that run in second. The Huskies qualified three in their first outing of the season, including Abby Davidson in eighth and Nicole Affleck in 11th.
Battle Mountain and Vail Mountain head to Keystone on Thursday for a slalom, while Eagle Valley is in Loveland. All three Nordic teams start their season on Friday over in Summit County.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 and firstname.lastname@example.org.