Battle Mountain basketball teams get first wins
Battle Mountain boys basketball got off to a good start in the new season with a split at the Buena Vista tournament last weekend.
And, the Huskies did it the way coach Philip Tronsrue likes it – with defense – with a narrow 59-54 loss to Buena Vista and a 59-45 win against Salida.
“A very solid start. I thought we played well,” Tronsrue said. “I thought we rebounded well. We hung with Buena Vista the whole night. We controlled the Salida game the whole night. We did a lot of good things. We came out and established ourselves as a defensive team. We were working hard defensively and, hopefully, it all carries over this weekend to West Grand.”
Against Salida, Chris Romero led the Huskies with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Connor Drumm picked up what could be the first of many double-doubles of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He was also 5-for-6 from the line. Thomas Pacheco and Clint Wilson both had eight points.
Against host Buena Vista, Battle Mountain kept with the Demons for most of the game, but free-throw shooting on both ends of the court spelled defeat for the Huskies. Pacheco led the Huskies with 12 points, while Jimmy Feeney had 10. Wilson added nine and Drumm tossed in nine points and 13 rebounds.
The Huskies are at West Grand Saturday for a 7 p.m. tip.
Meanwhile, the girls matched the boys with a split.
The Huskies recorded their first win of the year in impressive fashion, 60-40, against Salida. After being down, 17-11, after the first quarter, Battle Mountain outscored Salida, 33-14, in the next to periods to blow the game wide open.
Sara LyBarger paced the Huskies with 15 points. Alexis Guinn was right behind with 14 points, while Mary Ramirez had 10.
In the opening game of the tournament, the Huskies fell to Buena Vista, 65-23.
The Huskies, 1-1, are at West Grand Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Hockey hosts Regis tonight
Call this Revenge Week for Battle Mountain hockey.
The Huskies host Regis tonight at 6:45 at Dobson, followed by a trip down to Kent Denver.
“Our next two games are against the only two teams who beat us last year,” Huskies coach Jade Kersey said. “We remember that. Hopefully, we’re going to be mentally ready to go and put forth a good effort.”
The Huskies ran their record to 3-0 with wins over Air Academy and Colorado Academy last weekend.
Against the Kadets, ranked No. 5 in the state, Max Miller got the Huskies going with a first-period goal, but Air Academy led, 2-1, in the second period. Casey Kleisinger got his first high school goal in fine fashion on a breakaway from Alex Biegler to tie it at two.
The Kadets took a five-minute major penalty in the third, and the Huskies made them pay. Jason Chase to Austin Chow gave the Huskies the lead for good. Keith Denton followed from the left corner with a nifty shot, which he banked off the Kadets’ goalie’s back and into the net.
Keegan Keltner finished things with a blast from the point.
Against Colorado Academy, the Huskies won, 4-0, but Kersey was less than pleased with his team’s effort.
“We struggled a lot,” he said. “We just weren’t clicking. Our feet weren’t moving. We played below our standard. I don’t think fatigue was a factor. I think we didn’t show enough respect for our opponent. And, when you don’t come out with respect for your opponent, you’re going to come out flat.”
Chow, Brad Myers, Chase and Miller scored for the Huskies.
Stackpole leads grapplers at Middle Park
Battle Mountain heavyweight Cody Stackpole had a bad back and was considering withdrawing from last weekend’s Middle Park Tournament.
Good thing he didn’t.
Stackpole won the whole shooting match, the first title of his career, pacing the Huskies to an eighth-place finish in the season’s opening meet.
“It felt pretty good. I’m happy with my coaches,” Stackpole said. “My back was pretty sore. They talked me into it. I’m glad they did. This gives me something to look forward to.”
Entered unseeded, Stackpole beat the No. 1-seed in double overtime, and then rolled to a 3-0 mark.
“He just stayed in good position and never gave up,” Huskies coach Marvin Sandoval said.
Rudy Frausto logged a third-place finish at 119 pounds, splitting his first two matches, but wrestling back for valuable team points.
Earlier in the week, Battle Mountain won two duals against Soroco (48-24) and Grand Valley (38-24).
Against Soroco, Jessie Carlton, Daniel Trullijo, Julian Quintana, Frausto Beau Chadwick, Fran Saucedo and Chris Salazar won matches. Salazar and Frausto won their bouts against Grand Valley.
“The biggest thing about our team is that nobody gives up out there,” Sandoval said. “There’s still a lot of work to be done in the wrestling room before we go out in compete.”
The Huskies’ goal for 2003-04 is to get some players up on the Wall of Fame in the school’s wrestling room. The wall is reserved for top-six finishers at the state meet. The last grappler from Eagle-Vail to do so was Seth Kissinger at heavyweight in fifth in 2002.
“Our numbers are slim,” Sandoval said. “The biggest thing is that we have a Wall of Fame here, and we’re trying to put names up there and we’re working hard.”
Battle Mountain is at Buena Vista for a dual Thursday and then heads to the Summit Invitational Saturday.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at email@example.com.