Local teams shine in weekend races
The local high school ski teams took center stage over the weekend of Jan. 24 with strong performances by racers from Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley, and Vail Mountain School.For Battle Mountain, the highlight was a second place team finish in the 14-team Clear Creek GS.race. Freshman Heidi Moore paced the Huskies with a seventh place overall finish in a field of 57.”Heidi’s a real natural,” said Battle Mountain team administrator Kathryn Benysh. She’s got a lot of talent, heart, and natural ability. She’s very comfortable on the race course.Lauren Arnold and Heidi Lauterbach also had strong showings with ninth and 15th place finishes respectively. On the boys side, Taylor Roach was the top finisher for the Huskies and placed 10th overall in a field of 101 racers. All these finishes are good for state final qualifications.For Vail Mountain School, the girls and boys both had strong showings at the Clear Creek race. The boys finished fourth and the girls placed fifth overall as Duncan Robinson paced the boys with an eighth place overall finish. Tyler Kjesbo also had a strong 13th place showing. On the girls side, Haleigh Armstrong led the way for Vail Mountain School with an 11th place finish.Meanwhile, Eagle Valley set team and individual Nordic records with their efforts at the Nederland Classic. Katie Wick, Jill Ewing, and Audrey Powell finished ninth, 10th, and 11th, respectively, earning the Devils a second place team finish. The effort by the Eagle Valley girls was the highest placement for the Devils in the school’s history.There was good news for the Eagle Valley boys Nordic team, as well. Dan Lewis ended up in 12th place in a field of nearly 60 participants. For Lewis, it was the best individual performance ever for the Eagle Valley boys program.Rallying round the puckIn hockey, Battle Mountain continued its roll through the Metro League, winning games in Colorado Springs over Palmer and Liberty over the weekend of Jan. 24. Austin Chow and Justin Chase knocked in two goals apiece in Friday’s 7-2 blowout over Palmer.Chow was back in the spotlight on Saturday against Liberty. With the score tied 3-3 in overtime, Chow took a well-targeted pass from Nate Simon and scored the winning goal.”Austin was on his game last weekend,” said head coach Jade Kersey. “Overall, our best players were our best players when we needed them to be our best players.”Battle Mountain found itself down by two goals twice in the game against Liberty. It was a position the once-defeated Huskies have not often found themselves in this year.”The team really responded in the locker room against Liberty,” Kersey said. “Every once in a while, they need a kick in the butt, but generally we try to bring it back and stay on an even keel.”The Huskies are at Pueblo County on Friday, Jan. 31, and are home against Mitchell on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m.Local rivalriesFinally, in basketball, the girls and boys at Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain continued to struggle over the weekend of Jan. 24. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, Eagle Valley took out some of its frustrations by beating area rival Battle Mountain in boys and girls games. Thanks to a 20-4 third quarter run, the Devils’ boys were able to withstand a late Battle Mountain surge as Eagle Valley won 61-54. Craig Jagger led the way for Eagle Valley with 16 points.The Eagle Valley girls were 56-41 winners over Battle Mountain. Brooke Baughfman paced the Devils with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
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