Battle Mountain soccer wins, thanks to a Cope
EDWARDS — So, Cope helped Battle Mountain soccer win a game.
That’s not really news as the coach has more than 30 seasons of Huskies soccer under his belt and we’re pretty sure one of his teams won the whole thing in 2012.
On Saturday, not to diminish the coach’s contributions, Emily Cope scored in the 78th minute for a 1-0 win over Silver Creek in Edwards.
With the visitors keying on Logan Nash, who’s had the hot scoring hand as of late, the junior found Cope off to the side. Cope caught the goalie playing too close to the near post and went far side for a big win over a Northern League opponent.
“It felt good,” Cope said. “I think it was definitely a team effort. My partner in crime Acacia (Ortiz) had a great game. Logan was big. Mindy (Vickers) was solid in goal. Everyone was a big part of it.”
And that wasn’t answered like a coach’s daughter or anything. While the Copes are not the first to be in a coaching-offspring situation, it still is an interesting dynamic. Now a sophomore, Emily was the only freshman voted all-league by Slope coaches. (And, as a reminder, David, or any other coach, cannot vote for his or her own players in the process.) Cope, Emily, that is, can play.
“It’s interesting. When I watch her play club, I’m more of a dad,” David said. “This team, I’m more of a coach. It wasn’t a celebration. It was, ‘There’s two minutes left. We need to get a forward off and have another holding midfielder on.’ It was all about defending the lead. It wasn’t until after the game that I enjoyed it as a dad.”
“I’m so thankful I get to play for my dad,” Emily said. “I grew up watching and playing and talking soccer with him.”
One thing that both Copes mentioned was Vickers. Saturday was her 10th shutout of the season in 13 games. While the credit must be shared with the defensive crew, 10 wins in a season is a big accomplishment for a high school keeper, much less 10 shutouts. (Christian Espinoza is the only other Battle Mountain keeper to have 10-plus goose eggs, and that year ended well.)
With the win, Battle Mountain (12-1) added another nice piece to its resume for postseason seeding. Out of the Northern League, essentially the SEC of 4A soccer, Silver Creek is 9-3-2 and has lost to Broomfield (No. 2 in the state) in overtime and beaten Wheat Ridge (No. 7) earlier this week.
Next up for the Huskies (No. 6) is the league semifinal against Palisade on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Edwards. And not that anyone in Battle Mountain’s camp would be looking ahead, the other semi is Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs, the latter being the Huskies’ only loss of the season.
“We’ll see. It’s pretty special to be playing for a championship,” Emily Cope said. “That’s how we all feel as a team. We’re excited.”
Huskies lax sweeps southern opponents
Battle Mountain boys lacrosse had a successful southern swing, pasting Telluride, 13-3, on Friday and Durango, 14-1, on Saturday.
Battle Mountain (11-2 overall and 7-1 in the Mountain Conference) actually trailed Durango 1-0 before ripping off 14 in a row. Crane McGuckin and Clayton Davis had four goals each. Also worth noting was that defenseman Jon Rulon found the net.
The Huskies had an astounding 27-8 advantage in ground balls against the Demons.
At Telluride on Friday, Wyatt Dilling led the way with a hat trick. Mike Thompson also had his first of the season.
Zach Trombetta back-stopped both wins in net.
Battle Mountain is at Summit County on Monday.
Saints soccer falls
Celia Smith scored for the Saints in a 5-1 loss to Roaring Fork on Saturday in Carbondale.
Despite a tough result against one of the better teams in the 3A Slope, Vail Christian coach Lauren Mutter was proud of her team.
“Today, we came out ready to play, and they played their best game of the year, for sure,” Mutter said.
Vail Christian is at Vail Mountain on Tuesday.
Devils baseball splits with Demons
Eagle Valley baseball got a split in Glenwood Springs on Saturday as the chase for the 4A Slope pennant tightened.
The Devils breezed in Game 1, 12-0, before falling in the nightcap, 12-11.
Travis Edgar blanked the Demons the opener and left the yard, for good measure. Eagle Valley’s bats weren’t an issue in the second game. Slater Sabo, Harrison Stevens and Cody Byrnes all had big knocks, but it was not enough.
Eagle Valley is 9-5-1 overall and 7-3 in the Slope. The Devils have a big week of baseball, starting with a home game against Delta on Monday. First pitch is at 3 p.m.
“We’ll regroup,” Devils manager Jesse Meryhew said. “We need to get mentally prepared for Delta. We’re hitting the ball well. We just need to execute on defense, and we’ll be fine.”
Eagle Valley track finishes second at Montrose
Eagle Valley track and field finished in second place — both the boys and girls — at Friday’s meet in Montrose.
Kenzie Sisson won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches. That should solidify her state standing. Michelle Carbajal was second in the triple jump, going 34-4.75.
The 3,200-meter team of Roxy Trotter, Nikki Cunning, Victoria Schwaiger and Desi Mendoza clocked a time of 10 minutes, 12.91 seconds for the win. The 400 relay of Sisson, Carbajal, Carly Volkmer and Megan Asmussen was also in the winner’s circle.
On the boys’ side, the 800 relay took home the gold, going down to 1:31.45 with Luis Chavez, Davey Madrid, Cristian Aguilar and Riley Rowles.
Aguilar and Chavez were back as part of the winning mile team with Gino Giovagnoli and Dominic Patterson. Giovagnoli also won the open mile in 4:34.88. Rowles was second in both the 100 and the 300.
Eagle Valley will split its team between the Tiger Invite in Grand Junction and West Grand as it prepares for the league meet in about two weeks.
“It’s going to be tough for the girls (to win),” Devils coach Jeff Shroll said. “On both sides, I don’t think it’s a shoo-in. We’re starting to look where we match up well and can score points, yet still try to get top-18 (state) status.”
Huskies get PRs at Liberty Bell
Personal records fell like crazy during Battle Mountain track and field’s outing at the Liberty Bell on Saturday.
Jessica Cuomo had a P.R. in the shot put, going 33 feet, 6 inches. David Casas had personal bests in both the shot and discus, finishing seventh in the latter.
“Coach (Ian) Calhoun should get a raise,” assistant coach Jonny Stevens said of the team’s throwing coach.
Isabelle Calabrese had personal records in the 300-meter hurdles and the open 800. She also was second in the pole vault (10-7). Sofia Calabrese was third in the high jump and went low in the 400.
Val Constien is down to 2 minutes, 16.08 seconds in the 800. Sydney and Hanna Gaylord did well in the 3,200.
For the gents, David Ortiz and Demetrius Parrish got P.R.s in the 300 hurdles. The Ethans (Cotton and Pence) and Cameron Moore all ran good times in the 3,200.
Battle Mountain has a home meet on Tuesday at 1 p.m. as it ramps up for the league meet and state.
“I think league is going to be tight,” said Stevens, who has a bit of experience at running for Battle Mountain. “We have a lot of good athletes doing different events. It’s a fun puzzle. As for state, we’re not quite where we want to be.”
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