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Allez les bleus

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Welcome to Vail Christian, where French is spoken eloquently, a new campus is going up for next year and the school’s new principal has likely made it mandatory for all students to go out for track and field this spring.Happy Homecoming, Saints.We’ve got volleyball at 11 a.m. today against Ridgway at St. Clare and then football versus DeBeque at Eagle Valley at 1:30 p.m. And these athletes are going to be powered up because they all had Vail Christian’s traditional spaghetti Homecoming dinner Friday night, so watch out.– Speaking of eating, eat a lot at today’s games. All proceeds from ticket sales and concessions go to Hurricane Katrina relief.– Let’s hear it for the spikers. Hit hard by graduation, conventional wisdom had the Saints rebuilding this year. Not so. Cathy Alexander’s crew is 4-5, but that’s deceiving. The team started 0-4 at the Glenwood Tournament, losing to much bigger schools. Since then, the 1A Saints are 4-1 against like-sized competition.– The Saints are 2-1 in the 1A Mountain League, going into today’s league match with Ridgway. Their only loss is to Vail Mountain, likely the conference favorite. But I’ve seen DeBeque, and quite frankly, the Dragons didn’t really impress me Tuesday against the Gore Rangers. This could be the year that two 1A teams go to regionals from Eagle County.

— Go Vail. Go blue team.– Kaley Hagerman, she hits the ball hard. Very hard. Could we get her an honorary sister? She’s the only senior on the team who doesn’t have one.– Nicole Parker – very multi-faceted, setting and attacking. It’s great to have a setter who can hold an opposition’s blocker because of her hitting ability.– Molly Brooks? She runs fast and also happens to be quite the presence at the net.– We like Britni Beagley, yes we do. We like Britni, so should you. Way to step up in the setting department.– This is just a reflex reaction, having covered Vail Christian for several years. Rachel Glandorf. Rachel Glandorf. Rachel Glandorf. Sorry, need to get that out of my system.

— Hey, Bob Isbell, how’s the jai alai team coming along?– A reminder to Bob – I parred No. 12 the last time we played Cotton Ranch. That was the key point of the match. By the way, have you found any of the golf balls you put into the drink on 18? Just asking.– Pretty much everything but plague, famine and pestilence have hit Vail Christian’s football team, but nevertheless, Tim Pierson’s boys are 2-1, thank you very much.– After this year’s spate of injuries, the Saints should come down with nothing more than the sniffles next year.– Jon Armstead is out for the football season with a bum shoulder. He will be back for basketball. The sound you just heard was coach Sheldon Kuhns doing his happy dance.– Good news on the health front: Oliver Ristow’s back and Bjorn Bauer just got cleared to play in today’s game. The sound you just heard was Pierson doing his happy dance.

— Nice job, Jaryd Francis. The sophomore has filled in quite nicely in Armstead’s place. One thing though, Jaryd – don’t wear your Sixers hat underneath your helmet.– Caleb Pearson – up and coming very quickly.– Don’t wander too far during halftime, folks. It’s time for the Homecoming court. I vote for Mike King for Homecoming King.– Thank you Renee Ristow. She’ll be announcing the game, which means I don’t have to. As we found out last year, Freud behind the mic is not a good thing.– And as always, Linda Isbell: Allez les Bleus!Sports editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555 or via cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado