And now for our weekly seeding rant?
OK, last week, I said that I have a semi-annual rant about postseason seeding.
I take that back.
Battle Mountain volleyball is at Pueblo West for regionals as No. 5 seed this weekend? That makes about as much sense as Huskies soccer playing Summit County …
Last year, the defending state champs, Sterling, were always ranked ahead of Battle Mountain because the Tigers were No. 1 until someone proved otherwise, and justifiably so. As it turned out, your friendly neighborhood Huskies did prove otherwise in pool play of the state tournament.
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On the way to the state ournament, Battle Mountain hosted and defeated a 23-0 Pueblo West team at the Region D Tournament. This year at 22-1, Pueblo West gets to host Battle Mountain?
Just as Battle Mountain had to go through Sterling, Pueblo West should have to try to go through the Huskies this year in Eagle-Vail.
Of course, expect no less from the seeding committee which gave you Battle Mountain at No. 4 at the state tournament last year. The Huskies sort of threw that back in the committee’s face by downing No. 1 Sterling, No. 2 Cheyenne Mountain and No. 3 Mountain Ridge in nine games in one day.
Somehow after last year, people seem to have think that everyone’s forgotten how to play volleyball on this side of the Divide. Battle Mountain’s 3-1 against 5A schools. Its only other loss this season was at Moffat County, which will happen. (One of my favorite quotes this year from a visiting volleyball coach was from Doherty’s Julie Ortiz, “I don’t know if we’ll come up here again. It’s a long drive.”)
The 2007 Huskies have shown that 2006 wasn’t just a bolt out of the blue. I really don’t know if this team goes to the Coliseum and makes a run. One thing’s for sure though, if Battle Mountain does go 3-0 in Pueblo, the Huskies can expect a sixth seed at state.
– There is no seeding rant for the Vail Christian spikers. The Saints were going to be No. 2 or No. 4 at Gunnison Saturday. They’re fourth because they lost to No. 2 Dove Creek in the District 1 finals. At the 1A level, teams are slotted for spots no matter what their record. When VMS went undefeated earlier this decade, the Gore Rangers were still seeded No. 2 by the system at this tournament.
All being No. 4 determines is that the Saints will have to play back-to-back games. Vail Christian’s been here before and knows what to do. These ladies are going to be fine.
– Silliest sign of the week: We found it near the visitor’s bench at the North Area Athletic Complex before Round 2 of the 4A soccer playoffs between Battle Mountain and Golden. It said the field was at 5,818 feet, like that’s going to intimidate a team from 8,000 feet. I’m sure Connor Tedstrom said to Clint Hervert, “Man, there’s too much oxygen here.”
– Last week’s 3-1 loss to Golden was fine for Battle Mountain. Golden was the better team and the Huskies played well. Nothing to hang your head about here, boys.
– Vail Mountain soccer lost to No. 1 Fountain Valley, 1-0, in overtime. That was a courageous performance.
– In other VMS news, the Red Sox win the World Series and Tony Romo inks a big contract with the Dallas Cowboys. The school’s coaching staff is pleased.
– By the way, did anyone notice how No. 4 Weld Central and No. 9 Lutheran Parker didn’t hold homefield advantage in 3A soccer? Maybe, we ought to rethink the system of automatically giving weaker conference champions home games.
– Well done to Eagle Valley soccer, too. The No. 25 Devils gave No. 8 Montrose a scare in a 1-0 loss. The Devils proved a lot this year by raising their game against the best in the 4A Slope. The next step is to schedule a stronger nonconference slate. It’s the end of the 2-year cycle when it comes to playing 3A Middle Park and Coal Ridge. Set your sights higher, Eagle Valley. It will pay off in the long run.
– All three soccer teams bring back a wealth of talent. By all means, compete in other sports, but continue to train. All three programs are very much headed in the right direction.
– Come on, Eagle Valley football. Palisade is probably already looking ahead to the playoffs. No team in the Slope deserves to be put in its place more than this set of Bulldogs. As for the other set of Bulldogs, go Moffat County. If Moffat beats Rifle and the Devils win Friday, Eagle Valley can still go to the playoffs.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.