A peep inside Vail Valley preps
Vail Mountain wins. This is not normally news. The school has two good soccer teams usually, a consistent volleyball program and youre downright dumb to bet against the Gore Rangers Nordic squad.Were talking basketball.The Gore Rangers got their first win in the programs history last week beating Vail Christians JV squad, 38-15. Sean Minett, a goalie in the fall in soccer, has had a change of heart and now apparently thinks putting the ball in the net is a good thing, led the Gore Rangers with 20 points.Congrats to VMS and coach Vinny Cisneros on their first win. This, of course, brings up the question of what happens when VMS takes on Battle Mountains freshman squad Feb. 3 in Eagle-Vail. Does Battle Mountain varsity coach Philip Tronsrue coach the Huskies, so that its a battle of teacher vs. pupil on the sidelines? (Cisneros, Class of 2005 at Battle Mountain played for Tronsrue.) To whom do I give Pepsi and peanut m&ms?In the meantime, you can check out the Vail Mountain basketball team a week from today when it hosts Aspens freshmen at the Garven in East Vail. (And, in answer to Bob Bandonis next question, the Gore Rangers will not wear green-and-white uniforms and call themselves the Celtics.)And now a run around the world of local preps: The overtime goal to beat Cheyenne Mountain, 5-4, Saturday was fabulous. That was Geoff Funks eighth goal in nine games, a stat that addresses one of Battle Mountain hockeys chief needs this season, which is also great.But the reason I really like Funk wearing the captains C was what he said after Saturdays game. I soft-balled him a question about how beating Cheyenne might be a stepping stone for the teams confidence for the rest of the season. Instead of the perfunctory response of Oh for sure, that was good win. If we can play with Cheyenne, we can play with the best of the state, Funk said the following:Those wins are good, but I think weve really got to look at the Peak to Peak game when we lost 4-0. Weve got to think about the games we lose. Thats what drove us this weekend.Nice job, Captain. Huskies hockey coach Gary Defina and I have had our disagreements in the past. On Huskies blueliner Connor Tedstrom, we can agree a man among boys. Seriously, No. 11 has another gear and he showed it last weekend with a goal and six assists in two games. Upon further review, that No. 11 sweater has some juice in it. Whoops. Came to close to speaking the one whose name shall never be spoken in Battle Mountain hockey circles. Can we get Gilpin County moved into the 2A Slope basketball league? OK, the Vail Christian girls basketball team doesnt need that to happen. But do consider that the ladies squeaked by the Eagles, 29-26, last year at home, and smacked them, 60-10, Tuesday night on the road. This is a nice sign of progress with this squad.I know Doug Bruce is de-emphasizing wins and losses. I understand that thought as the Saints ladies move to 2A, but as Tim Robbins said in Bull Durham, Winning, its like better than losing. On that note, the Vail Christian girls who had only four wins last year already have three victories so far this year. On, the boys side at Vail Christian, Chris Schmidts has raised eyebrows and guards Will Parker and A.J. Burgess are flashy, but lets not forget about Larry Cavanaugh. Hes not very flashy, but just does things right and always seems to come away from every game with double-digits in points. You can check out all the Saints Friday night against West Grand. In 4A basketball, lets hear it for the Eagle Valley girls with a road win at Steamboat Springs. A road win in league is always a good thing. Whats more, the Sailors are better than in years past, Last year, they started 1-11, and this year, theyre 4-6. I can see the Devils vying to be in the top half of the league this year. As for the Devils and Huskies boys, no piling on, people. Eagle Valleys solid defensive effort against Glenwood Tuesday will bear fruit if they keep at it. Battle Mountains coming along as well. The Huskies took Coal Ridge (7-1) to double overtime last month. The Huskies host the Devils Jan. 27.Stay tuned.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.