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Battle Mountain streak continues

John Knauf

The Battle Mountain hockey team ran its winning streak to seven in a row with Metro Conference wins over highly ranked Liberty and Pueblo County over the weekend of Jan. 10.With a 3-1 win over Liberty and a 4-1 win over Pueblo County, the Huskies have allowed five goals in their last five games.”It’s been a real commitment to team defense,” said head coach Jade Kersey. “We’ve had a solid collective effort and our senior leadership has set a precedent for the younger guys to be successful.”Brad Myers, Alex Bigler, and P.J. Bevan are three of a number of underclassmen that have played well,” Kersey said. “Brad’s starting to find the net and is adjusting to the tempo of the game. Alex has adjusted to the tempo and is becoming very consistent. We need the younger guys to keep improving because our best competition is ahead of us.”That competition continues Jan. 17-18 with games against Palmer and Machebeuf at Dobson Arena.In wrestling, Eagle Valley took advantage of some home cooking by placing second in their 15-team home tournament Jan. 11. Tommy Barela, Mason Ewing, and Jeff Bair were all winners for the Devils, while Tim Rietz posted a strong second-place finish. Ewing’s victory at 112 pounds came in the championship match against an opponent who finished third in state in 2002.”The tournament went well,” said head coach Jeff Lueders. “Still, I think we could’ve won the whole thing. Our seniors don’t know if they can really do it or not and I’m hoping they’ll get more confident as we get into February.”The Devils continue their season on Friday, Jan. 17, with a dual meet against Meeker. On Saturday, Jan. 18, it’ll be another tough tournament as Eagle Valley travels to the Palisade tournament, which will include state powers Grand Junction, Palisade, Fruita and Monument.Battle Mountain was also at the Eagle Valley tournament last weekend. Once again, Adam Garcia led the way for the Huskies with a win at 125 pounds. Francisco Saucedo placed third at 112 pounds, and Jason Wooley won three out of his five matches with a good showing in the consolation bracket.”Our main concern right now is how we do in the consolation brackets,” said head coach Jason Dutton. “We need more wins on the back side of the tournament so guys can come back and compete for third or fourth place.”Next up for the Huskies is Middle Park on Friday, Jan. 17 and a trip to the Englewood tournament on Saturday, Jan. 18.On the hardwood, Eagle Valley lost its third game of the season to a top-10 opponent. This time, it was league rival Cedaredge doing the damage 62-44. With a noticeable size advantage, Cedaredge dominated the game with second and third opportunities on their offensive end. The loss drops Eagle Valley to 2-1 in league play and 2-4 overall.Weekend games at Aspen and against Hotchkiss await the Devils.”Aspen is a big game for us,” said head coach Phil Cain. “They were number four in the preseason and return four starters. It’s a big game for both teams in terms of league seeding.”The Battle Mountain boys will also have a busy weekend with games against Glenwood Springs on Friday, Jan 17, and at Rifle on Saturday, Jan 18.


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