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Huskies win third in a row

Battle Mountain beat Evergreen, and it didn’t concern a soccer ball, though Kevan Aubel was involved.

And, like soccer back in the fall of 2012, this win makes Huskies alpine a legitimate state contender.

Battle Mountain beat Evergreen, 174-171, on Friday at Winter Park, and, with the team win, the Huskies have beaten all comers on high school circuit as the regular season has reached its halfway point.

Quintin Cook won his second slalom of the season, and he was second in his other race this year, a giant slalom. Sands Simonton was second and Aubel sixth. What was really nice to see was that this trio logged the three fastest times on the second run — Simonton, Cook and Aubel in that order.

Keenan Zopf (seventh) and Jack Nichols (21st) made the state cut for Battle Mountain. The Vail Mountain School’s Peter Mitchell is also off to the big dance with a 15th-place finish.

Battle Mountain’s ladies finished second as a team with 171 points, just two behind Summit County. Battle Mountain’s Haley Frischholz, Abby Davidson and Nicole Affleck went 3-4-5.

For those not familiar with the formal of alpine skiing in Colorado, the Huskies and Gore Rangers are in Division B with Summit and Lake County, while Eagle Valley is in Division A with Aspen, Steamboat Springs and the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. CHSAA has done this because of the increase in participation in alpine skiing. All four divisions rotate in round-robin form facing each of the other groups twice per season.

And it meant that the Devils were at Steamboat Springs on Friday. Eagle Valley’s Matt Genelin continued his strong season, taking 13th. Jared Salaz finished 22nd, just one place out of state. Jessica Nulle popped into 14th and punched her ticket to state.

Battle Mountain and VMS are at Beaver Creek on Friday, while Eagle Valley is at Aspen.

Devils have delightful Duathlon

Eagle Valley Nordic had a good weekend in Aspen, taking second in the skate and third in the classic during a duathlon.

Michael Niemeyer was the top finisher in the skate in seventh, while Nathan Maddox was fifth in classic.

Niemeyer, Maddox, Will Thrasher, Gino Giovagnoli and Riley Meehan qualified for state in both disciplines. Isaac Yoder punched his ticket in classic.

For the Huskies, Cameron Moore led in both disciplines, followed by Franklin Reilly. Koby Simonton qualified in skate, while Cook did so in classic. Cook is going for the Skimeister this year and was one spot out of freestyle. (He has the alpine part down pat.)

VMS’ Eric Zdechlik continued in the Zdechlik tradition by finishing 13th in skate and 14th in classic.

VMS’ girls remain strong. The Gore Rangers were second in skate and third in classic. Maddie Donnovan, Annie Blakslee, Lyle Shipp and Clare Baker were double qualifiers. The same goes for Battle Mountain’s Linnea Anderson, Megan Rossman, Val Constien and Delaney McCabe. Molly Phannenstiel and Allie Sands are in for skate.

Eagle Valley’s Nikki Cunning and Marika Feduschak did the double, while Michaela Mitchell got a state time in skate.

Next stop for the Nordic teams is Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 and cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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