EDWARDS — Take a bow, gents, but, hopefully, you’re far from done.
Battle Mountain boys lacrosse celebrated its 13 seniors with a 10-1 win against Grand Junction in Edwards to finish the regular season 13-2.
While the Senior Night ceremony at halftime was deserved, the Class of 2014 would like to stick around for a while. The 16-team 4A field comes out Monday.
The Huskies are in, no question. The issue is where?
Last year, 12-3 earned Battle Mountain a seventh seed and No. 10 Ponderosa. The Mustangs won that game, 8-5, in Edwards.
The Huskies have one more win this season and their only losses are to Ponderosa, now ranked No. 2 in the CHSAA poll, and No. 3 Steamboat Springs. As always, CHSAA rankings are non-binding to playoff seeding, but the Huskies, No. 6, hope they’ll be at home for the first round.
“I believe the Mountain Conference is going to take seed (Nos.) 4, 5 and 6. That’s how we see it,” Huskies coach Jerry Nichols said. “The selection committee can have a difference of opinion, but it won’t be much different than that. All three of us, Aspen, Steamboat and Battle Mountain, went the extra effort to schedule extra games with really good Denver teams, and we fared well.”
The seeds come out Monday. Four, five or six means a home game for Battle Mountain. If the Huskies do get a home game, then it will be likely Wednesday as part of a postseason doubleheader with Battle Mountain girls soccer.
The Huskies had very little trouble with the Tigers. Wyatt Dilling followed the rule that a junior must be the leading scorer on Senior Night. Crane McGuckin (two goals) and Clayton Davis (one goal, five assists) also obliged on that count. Senior Noah Beairsto had two scores.
“This senior class was one of the classiest classes I’ve every had the pleasure of hanging around,” Jerry Nichols said. “They are excellent leaders. The younger guys look up to them, and if they follow (in the seniors’ footsteps), we’ll have great seasons year in and year out.”
Bus rides, friendships, making the playoffs last year and beating Aspen this year were the popular choices for best memories from lacrosse for the Class of 2014. But the Huskies really would like to add to the list.
“The group has gotten a lot tighter,” Beairsto said. “We’ve grown closer together. I’ve seen a big improvement in defense. We’ve always had guys who could score. We have great defense now ... I think we all went (into the playoffs) with butterflies last year. This year, we’re going to go in with more experience. Last year, ending the season like that sucked. We’re definitely hungry.”
The Battle Mountain boys lacrosse Class of 2014 is Stefan Sortland, Canon Kirchner, Michael Thompson, Jack Harty, Rio Garton, Bay Stephens, Beairsto, Richard Trujillo, Zach Trombetta, Quin Davis, Larsen Wallace and Kennedy Nary.
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