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Confidence is key for Saints basketball

Ryan Slabaugh

The 5-9 team that was one second away from knocking off No. 8 DeBeque in the postseason will return one starter, junior Matt Seatvet, and a confidence level the program’s never seen.

“The thing we have going for us is really good team chemistry, from what we got going last year,” Kuhns said. “This year we’re already there. We had a really good summer of ball.”

Juniors Kyle Morris, Pete Ferguson and Kyle Cureau will balance out sophomores Jamie Graef and David Norman on a quick team. Add in freshmen Jonathan Armstead and Josh Sibley, and the Saints are young but athletic.



“The kids are hungry,” Kuhns said. “They believe they can win this year.”

The Saints will begin their 17-game season – compared to the 12 regular season games they played last year –Tuesday at Soroco. Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The 1A Mountain League play will begin Jan. 10, when Vail Christian travels to Ouray.



Saints girls are young but fast

EDWARDS –Head coach Pat Beaudine has a funny sound to him. He knows he lost his two post players to graduation, and he knows only one senior will be starting.

But he also knows he’s never seen his team practice like this before.



The Saints, who return last year’s leading scorer, sophomore Rachel Glandorf, know the third-year program is still a couple seasons away from peaking. But, with last season’s narrow loss to conference-foe Ouray on its mind, Vail Christian isn’t exactly marking this season up as just a rebuilder.

“Here’s my feeling,” Beaudine said. “If you look at our conference, I like our game at Ouray this year. I know we’re faster than them. In practice, we’ve got these girls cranking and we’re seeing improvements every day.”

Brooke Horan-Kates and Brittany Beshoner will take over the post positions and are joined by freshman speedster Leslie Peterson, sophomores Lauren Mutter, Amanda Larson and newcomer Gaby Ramos.

The Saints begin their schedule Tuesday at Soroco. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m. Their 1A Mountain League season begins Jan. 10 at Ouray. Like the boys, the girls’ schedule has been expanded from 12 regular season games last season to 17 this year.

Ryan Slabaugh is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at rslabaugh@vaildaily.com.


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