Prep notebook: weekend roundup of basketball, wrestling and skiing
Devils host wrestling and Nordic ski invitationals and Huskies get girls basketball win
The Battle Mountain girls basketball team notched a 40-27 road win over Grand Junction on Saturday, pushing the Huskies’ record to 3-4 on the year.
“We jumped out to an early lead with some on-ball pressure and took advantage of turnovers early by getting layups,” stated head coach Daniel Caballero afterwards, who was pleased to see the team take care of the ball and receive contributions from everyone on the roster.
Kiki Hancock and Allesandra Caballero led the way in the scoring department with 10 points each. Anna Glass added six and Cassidy Kurt, Izzy Zastrow and Elle Glendining each had four apiece.
“It was a gritty win, but we took care of business in a loud and hostile gym,” Caballero stated. The Huskies home opener is on Monday against Evergreen. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.
Vail Christian girls basketball dropped a road contest against De Beque on Saturday, falling to the Dragons 44-29. The Saints trailed the Dragons 26-16 at halftime, and despite a relatively even third quarter, couldn’t close the gap. Daisy Palacio dropped 11 points, Steel McClinton added 10 and Lily Greshko scored six in the loss.
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“Girls played hard; it was a great effort,” stated coach Tim Pierson. The Saints are now 2-3 on the year with a road game scheduled for Friday against Caprock Academy. Vail Christian returns to its home gym on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Soroco.
The Vail Mountain School boys basketball team moved to 2-2 on the year, claiming a home non-conference win against Clear Creek on Friday. The Gore Rangers outscored the Golddiggers 22-0 in the fourth quarter in the 63-31 victory. Vail Mountain School is at home on Thursday at 7 p.m., taking on Caprock Academy.
The Eagle Valley boys dropped their fifth straight game on Saturday, losing 47-42 to Sierra in the Jim Ranson Classic. On Friday, they fell in another close game, 65-59 to Fountain-Fort Carson. The Devils (3-7), will look to get back on track on Tuesday when they pay a visit to Moffat County before returning home to take on Durango next Friday.
Nordic ski notes
The Full-Moon Fever 5K brought teams from the Colorado High School Ski League’s West Division to Vail Golf Course on Friday night for a skate start under the stars. Battle Mountain’s Kyle Ross and Addison Beuche took the boys and girls titles in the season opener. The Battle Mountain girls took the team title with 228 points, outpacing Aspen (215), Eagle Valley (211) and Colorado Rocky Mountain School (189). On the boys side, Vail Mountain School snuck in front of the Huskies with 223 points to Battle Mountain’s 218. Colorado Rocky Mountain School (195), Aspen (188) and Eagle Valley (187) rounded out the scoring.
Beuche completed the course in 19 minutes, 14 seconds, finishing three seconds in front of her teammate Ashley Hower. Michaela Kenny (19:23) of Aspen rounded out the podium. Ava Bergsten was the top Eagle Valley finisher, clocking in at 20:18.
Ross finished in 16:25, 10 seconds up on Mason Cruz-Adams of Vail Mountain School, who nipped his Gore Ranger teammate Will Brunner (16:36). The trio was well ahead of fourth place, Aspen’s Henry Braudis (17:37). Eagle Valley was led by Tyler Blair (18:01) and Gavin Daly (18:17).
The East Division, consisting of Summit, Evergreen, Nederland, Clear Creek and Lake County, opened its season at Tennessee Pass on Saturday, and the North Division — Steamboat Springs, Poudre and Middle Park — raced on Friday at the Moose Visitor Center in Gould. The first league race, which features all three divisions, is Friday at Snow Mountain Ranch. A 3K wave-start classic race in the morning will be followed by a 5K individual start skate race in the afternoon for both boys and girls.
1. Kyle Ross, BMHS 16:25.0
2. Mason Cruz-Abrams, VMS 16:35.0
3. Will Brunner, VMS 16:36.0
4. Henry Braudis, ASP 17:37.0
5. Miles McKenzie, BMHS 17:38.0
6. Cyrus Creasy, VMS 17:42.0
7. Tieman Pittz, CRMS 17:48.0
8. Finn Sullivan, BMHS 17:52.0
9. Tristan Trantow, CRMS 17:55.0
10. Owen Cruz-Abrams, VMS 17:56.0
11. Tyler Blair, EVHS 18:01.0
12. John McAbee, BMHS 18:07.0
13. Gavin Daly, EVHS 18:17.0
14. Luka Smalls, ASP 18:29.0
15. Thomas Dekanich, BMHS 18:39.0
16. Tyler Losa, BMHS 18:46.0
17. Wyatt Smith, CRMS 19:07.0
18. Finnegan Bradbury, EVHS 19:13.0
19. Kai Skellion, EVHS 19:16.0
20. Aidan Kelley, BMHS 19:16.0
21. Luca Isom, BMHS 20:05.0
22. Eric Asselin, EVHS 20:08.0
23. Jackson Filmore, EVHS 20:09.0
24. Will Karow, CRMS 20:47.0
25. Jake Linscott, EVHS 21:02.0
26. Rennick Williams, BMHS 21:33.0
27. Dominic Milam, EVHS 21:34.0
28. Jack Sargent, EVHS 22:08.0
29. Christopher Marsh, EVHS 22:38.0
30. Eli Grimsley, VMS 23:07.0
31. Logan Drever, EVHS 23:08.0
32. Aidan Tucker, BMHS 29:00.0
33. Noah Rudin, EVHS 32:15.0
34. Luke Drescher, VMS 37:06.0
1. Addison Beauche, BMHS 19:14.0
2. Ashley Hower, BMHS 19:17.0
3. Michaela Kenny, ASP 19:23.0
4. Julia Diaz, ASP 20:15.0
5. Ava Bergsten, EVHS 20:18.0
6. Haley McKenzie, BMHS 20:42.0
7. Bella Williams, BMHS 20:52.0
8. Ruthie Dimind, BMHS 21:24.0
9. Emma Bergsten, EVHS 21:32.0
10. Justine St. John, EVHS 22:31.0
11. Colby Vanderaa, ASP 22:42.0
12. Brynn Moody, EVHS 23:19.0
13. Addison Marsh, EVHS 23:34.0
14. Ashely Matsen, BMHS 24:06.0
15. Stella Lodge, ASP 27:15.0
16. Hailey Ehman, EVHS 27:31.0
17. Lucy Ingram, CRMS 27:55.0
18. Sasha Clifford, ASP 32:06.0
19. Tovah Pollack, EVHS 33:05.0
20. Eleanor Carroll, ASP 41:41.0
Wrestling notes: Eagle Valley places second in home invitational
Eagle Valley placed second in its home invitational on Saturday, scoring 173.5 points on the strength of six top-3 finishes. Fruita Monument took the win, just outpacing the Devils with 176 points to top the 13-team field.
- Fruita Monument – 176
- Eagle Valley – 173.5
- Rifle – 143.5
- Delta – 107
- Rangely – 103
- Coal Ridge – 97
- Basalt – 96
- Steamboat Springs – 95
- Glenwood Springs – 89
- North Park – 88
- Palisade – 85
- Battle Mountain – 53
- Grand Junction – 51.5
Liam Loff, Alejandro Mendoza and Braiden Ward placed third at 150, 215 and 120 pounds, respectively, Diego Juarez and Roke Velasco were second at 157 and 165 pounds, respectively and Cole Good took the 126-pound win to pace Eagle Valley.
Grady Devins and Edward Spinks led Battle Mountain with wins at the 106-pound and 175-pound weight classes and Tyson Vasquez added a third-place finish at 157. Hillary Gutierrez placed second in the 120-pound division in the girls invite for Battle Mountain as well.