Huskies win home opener
For many people, the holidays are a time for healing.That’s exactly what many of the area basketball and wrestling teams hope to accomplish heading into the winter break. In a week where most of the area teams struggled to win, the Battle Mountain boys basketball team posted one of the few bright spots.The Huskies won their first game of the year 84-78 over West Grand Dec. 14 and hit ten three-point shots along the way. Point guard Chris Romero led a Husky offense as he came off an injury and pushed the high tempo pace preferred by head coach Phil Tronsrue.Romero’s presence was short-lived, however, as he hurt a metatarsal late in the game and will be out for four more weeks.”It hurts to have Chris out,” Tronsrue said. “Still, I feel we’re starting to gel, we’re more comfortable in our sets, and we’re getting better in pushing the ball up the court. That gives us a lot of better scoring opportunities.”The Huskies ended their early season schedule against Montrose Thursday, Dec. 19 before press time.Down the road at Eagle Valley, the Devils went 0-for-3 in the Glenwood Springs tournament last weekend, with losses to Ignacio, Faith Christian, and Glenwood Springs. On Dec. 21 the Devils take on Olathe in hopes of their first win of the season.”We have a young team and can’t finish teams off,” said seior guard Craig Jagger. “We need to play a lot better in the third quarter, especially.”The Eagle Valley girls, meanwhile, went 1-2 in the Glenwood tournament with a 40-18 win over Greeley Central and double digit losses to Faith Christian and Glenwood Springs. First year head coach Mike Vidakovich is trying to remain patient as his players adjust to a new coach.”We’re still in the process of learning the system,” Vidakovich said. “The girls have been working real hard and I’ve seen a lot of progress in the month we’ve been at it. Five of eight teams get bids to the state tournament from our conference. I think we canbe one of those five.”Senior Brooke Baughsman will lead the Devils this year. The shooting guard was singled out as “a tough kid, our best defender, and the player our team looks to at tough times” by her head coach. On Friday, Dec. 20, the Devils will look to Baughsman when they travel to Olathe.Back at Battle Mountain, the Huskies girl’s basketball team dropped to 0-4 with a heartbreaking 43-41 loss to West Grand and an 81-53 loss to Aspen on Dec. 17. Despite 21 points by Erin Drumm, Aspen blew open an eight point halftime lead with a flurry of three-pointers in the second half. But it was really the West Grand game that upset the Huskies the most.”I’m really disappointed,” said head coach Dave Hite.”They worked really hard and played really hard. We committed some turnovers late and had some fouls called against us late in the game. We really felt we let the game get away.”When asked if the late fouls were real fouls or phantom calls, Hite said, “I can’t go there.”Finally, in wrestling, Jason Wooley was 4-1 for Battle Mountain Dec. 14-15, but the Huskies still finished tenth in a 12 team tournament. Both Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley will wrestle at the Warrior Classic in Grand Junction this weekend.