Battle Mountain lacrosse rolls past VMS, 18-1
EAST VAIL — Battle Mountain boys lacrosse shook off the rust quickly in an 18-1 win at the Vail Mountain School on Tuesday.
With the Huskies’ game at Summit County last week snowed out — naturally — Battle Mountain hadn’t played for 10 days. It turned out fine.
Cole Delain, Wyatt Dilling, Clayton Davis, Michael Lange, Kevin Nichols, Mac Kelsall, Jeremy Sforzo, Jack Nichols and Charlie Morrow all scored for the Huskies (5-0).
The result between the county rivals is understandable since this is VMS’ first year as a Mountain Conference varsity team, while the Huskies have been at this for a while.
“VMS is a small school that played like a big school,” Huskies coach Jerry Nichols said. “They’re well coached and they played impressively.”
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Despite the loss, VMS is 3-2 and playing well against the big boys.
Speaking of big boys, Battle Mountain, ranked No. 3 in the CHSAA 4A poll, will get tested this week. The Huskies head to No. 1 Valor Christian on Thursday and host No. 5 Ponderosa, also the defending state champion, on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Vail Mountain School tops Front Range Christian
DENVER — All was not lost for Vail Mountain on Tuesday as girls soccer doubled up Front Range Christian, 2-1, on Tuesday.
If you believe the CHSAA rankings, the Gore Rangers just beat the No. 1 team in Class 2A. But since this is VMS soccer, all involved will acknowledge their synergy and carry on.
Tess Johnson, fresh from her trip to Italy for a freestyle competition, had the first for VMS. Kate Alonzo had the game-winner. Both goals were assisted by Grace Merriman.
The Gore Rangers are 3-1, which is nice, but still a work in progress.
“It’s going to take us a while to develop an integrated way of playing mostly because we continue to bring in new players,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “We’re going to adjust our system according to personnel. I think our midfield gave us good possession and rhythm and that we are improving with each half.”
VMS is at Vail Christian today at 3 p.m. at Freedom Park in Edwards.
Aspen edges Saints
EDWARDS — And that’s a segue to Vail Christian soccer, which looked much improved in a 5-3 loss to Aspen on Tuesday.
This game was tied 3-3 in the first half, which is exciting since the Skiers have usually had their way with the Saints.
“I’m absolutely impressed with the way this team has improved,” Saints coach Lauren Mutter said. “We compete now.”
Senior Keelin Robinson scored twice and freshman Jessie Raitt also found the net.
As noted, Vail Christian hosts Vail Mountain School today. The two teams met last week in nonconference play.
Today is the official Slope League game.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.