Battle Moutain soccer, Vail Christian spikers nab wins
PALISADE — At halftime of Friday’s Battle Mountain-Palisade game, Huskies coaches David Cope and Allie O’Neill said nothing.
On the other hand, Battle Mountain center-back Eli Stephens eventually had quite a bit to say.
“He basically stood up an said, ‘This isn’t acceptable,’” Cope said. “’Remember the first time we played (Palisade, a 9-0 win). Let’s do what makes us a good team.’ He was great. We’ve been waiting for a senior to stand up.”
That fired up the Huskies who broke a 1-1 halftime tie and turned it into a 5-1 victory at Palisade.
Uriel Lopez, Tony Luevano, Edgardo Rogriguez, Aaron Milligan and Logan Ruark did the scoring. Of particular note were a goal and and assist from Milligan and two helpers from Donnie Leavitt. Both came off the bench and have been battling for playing time. Those performances certainly won’t hurt their causes.
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Battle Mountain (6-3 overall and 5-2 in the 4A Slope) is off until Thursday when it hosts Glenwood Springs. Presumably, the Huskies will not need another stem-winder from Stephens for motivation. The visiting Demons handed Battle Mountain one of its two league losses, a 4-2 decision in Glenwood earlier this month.
Saints volleyball sweeps Wildcats
Vail Christian made it a season sweep of league rival North Park with a 26-24, 25-20, 25-21 sweep of the Wildcats on Friday night.
Sara Coulter led the Saints with 10 kills and they were emphatic.
“Sara just had some great kills,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “They were just some hard-driven spikes.”
Vail Christian (5-1 overall and 5-0 in the league) has a big week ahead. The Saints get their first look at Soroco on Tuesday at home, followed by hosting 4A Battle Mountain on Wednesday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.