Prep notebook: Huskies defeat Tigers in boys basketball, Saints athletes earn all-state football honors
Area basketball, wrestling and hockey teams compete in final contests before winter break
The Battle Mountain boys basketball team used a balanced attack to defeat the visiting Summit Tigers 57-29 on Saturday in Edwards. Porter Middaugh drilled four 3-pointers and Whit Hyde dropped 17 points to lead the Huskies, who improved to 2-5.
Battle Mountain received contributions from everywhere, separating from the Tigers for good in the third quarter, where they outscored their I-70 rivals 20-8. Jose Maderno scored 12 points, converting on 5-of-6 from the line and Max MacFarlane added nine points of his own.
The Huskies return to the hardwood to face Grand Junction on Jan. 7. Their next home contest is Jan. 14 against Durango.
Eagle Valley girls basketball suffered a couple of close losses in its final games before the holiday break. The Devils fell to Kent Denver 45-41 last Friday and then dropped another close one against Basalt, 41-38, on Saturday, a game in which they trailed by 11 at half time and came back to lead by one with under a minute to go. The Longhorns capitalized on a Devils’ defensive breakdown to convert on a go-ahead score with 30 seconds remaining.
“We have a tendency to allow our opponents to go on little runs that stretch the lead on us. Whether it be early turnovers or missed field goals and free throws, we find ourselves having to dig ourselves out of a hole and then end up running out of time. We need to play 32 minutes right from the tip,” said head coach Vinny Cisneros.
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“Our team has shown tremendous fight though! The heart on this team is undeniable and we’re never out of any game,” he continued.
“These tough early losses are good experience for us. Its tough to simulate those special end of game situations in practice, so hopefully we can use these experiences to help us win close games after the break.”
Josie Fitzsimmons scored 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting, and C.J. Yurcak and Alyssa Jones hauled in 10 and nine rebounds, respectively, in Friday’s loss. On Saturday, Fitzsimmons dropped 17 points, Yurcak added 11 and Jones took care of the boards, collecting seven rebounds.
Up next for the Devils (3-5) is a home game against Durango (7-1) on Jan. 13.
Playing without Nikko Von Stralendorff, the Eagle Valley boys found Basalt a worthy opponent on Saturday as well, falling to the Longhorns 58-48. Basalt pulled away in the fourth quarter on the strength of sophomore Elias Schendler’s 18-point performance. The Devils were led by Gunther Soltvedt (13 points) and Elias Pena (10 points). Eagle Valley is off until Jan. 5, when the Devils travel to face Pueblo Central.
The Vail Christian boys rebounded from its loss to Cedaredge last weekend, defeating Meeker 44-37 in a big road win on Friday. The Saints moved to 3-1 and return to their home court on Jan. 6 against Custer County. The Lady Saints fell to Caprock Academy 43-32 on Saturday to drop to 2-2 on the year.
Shull, Chavez and Moritz garner all-state football honors
Taylor Shull, Carlos Chavez and Theo Moritz earned all-state honors after leading Vail Christian to a 7-2 record this fall. Shull was named to the CHSAANow.com 8-man first-team. The quarterback averaged 245.1 yards on the ground per game and 98.4 passing yards per game. He amassed 24 rushing touchdowns and 10 passing touchdowns.
As an offensive and defensive lineman, Chavez cleared paths for Shull, earning all-state second team recognition. Moritz, a running back and wide receiver, earned an honorable mention spot. Moritz carried the ball for two touchdowns and 197 yards and also caught four touchdowns this season.
“It is fun for those players to get recognized at a state level,” stated head coach Tim Pierson. “These players stood out enough to get votes from across the state.”
Eagle Valley takes down Battle Mountain in wrestling dual meet on Monday
Eagle Valley defeated Battle Mountain 39-24 in Monday’s dual meet in Edwards. The Devils got wins from Logan Haffele (126-pounds), Liam Loff (144-pounds) and Diego Juarez (165-pounds). Nicholas Rainville and Edward Spinks notched wins for the Huskies. Full results can be found below and at trackwrestling.com.
106: Double forfeit (0-0)
113: Grady Devins over n/a, forfeit (6-0)
120: Nicholas Rainville over Henry Hovet, fall (6-0)
126: Logan Haffele over Josh Moya, fall (0-6)
132: Teagin Shelley over n/a, forfeit (0-6)
144: Liam Loff over Micah Mungia, fall (0-6)
150: Dreydon Baker over n/a forfeit (6-0)
157: Gunner Rice over n/a forfeit (0-6)
165: Diego Jaurez over Tyson Vasquez, decision 11-4, (0-3)
175: Edward Spinks over Roke Velasco, fall (6-0)
190: double forfeit
215: Alejandro Mendoza over n/a forfeit (0-6)
285: double forfeit
Total team scores
Eagle Valley: 39
Battle Mountain: 24
Battle Mountain destroys Mullen 8-2 in hockey
Battle Mountain hockey earned its first win of the season on Saturday, destroying Mullen 8-2 in a road non-conference matchup. The Huskies got goals from seven different players and assists from four others. Connor Wadey scored two goals, and Collin Spaeth, Nate Bishop, Trevyn Delong, Aiden Baker, Miles Kipp and Ethan Fronteras each put the puck into the back of the net as well. Declan Kelly, Brock Petersmeyer, Hudson Richards and Colin Desmond notched assists in the victory.
The Huskies (1-2) return to the ice to host Denver East (3-1), the No. 3-ranked team in 5A as of the latest CHSAA rankings on Dec. 12, on Jan. 3 at 1 p.m.