District time for VMS, Huskies
The cheer was, “Second season.”
The postseason starts Saturday for the 1A Mountain League champion Gore Rangers at the District 1 Tournament at Delta High School. VMS, 17-0 overall and 10-0 in league, is the defending district champion and heavily-favored to repeat.
But don’t expect the Gore Rangers to take their opponents lightly.
“They know that now is the time and whatever happened before is really irrelevant,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “It only matters what happens from here on out.”
The road begins with a familiar foe – Vail Christian. The other team in VMS’ pool is Ouray. On the other side of the bracket is DeBeque, Ridgway and Norwood. The top two teams from each pool advance to crossover play. The district semifinals are the key games as the District 1 sends two teams to regionals.
VMS is a combined 4-0 against the Vail Christian and Ouray, but middle-hitter Lara “Tree” Bossow brings up a salient sports fact.
“What they say is that it’s hardest to beat somebody three times in a row,” Tree said. “So I’m just going to stay focused and be intimidating and just play my best.”
VMS spent Wednesday down in Gypsum scrimmaging against Eagle Valley, which heads to Grand Junction this weekend as the No. 1-seed in the 3A Slope District Tournament.
“I thought it was great,” Garvey said. “It was really good to see the two teams become better teams. (Devils coach) Karl (Talcott) actually had some great suggestions for the girls to work intermixed. When we got here we peppered with players from the other team in our warmup. So that was a great beginning.
“I was tremendously pleased with our play. We started out a little slow for about five minutes. It was great to see that we could peak and play the level of volleyball we wanted to play.”
Of course, the trip to Delta will not be all work and no play. Road trips with the Gore Rangers are always a fun affair.
“The bus ride is out of control,” Bossow joked. “Some people bring movies. Some people just bring a lot of candy. We sit there and laugh and play road games.”
Extra Bumps: Aubrie Apple is nursing a sprained ankle, but Garvey says she’ll be ready Saturday. … Juli Littman will not be with the team. SATs beckon the senior. … Young master Keegan Garvey will be on hand cheering the Gore Rangers. “I think Keegan’s hoping for things to go quickly,” Dad said. “It’s a long time for him to be in the gym. He typically takes a pretty good nap. But he enjoys watching the team play.”
Huskies spikers head to Craig
EAGLE-VAIL – Battle Mountain volleyball had a very normal Tuesday
The team went to classes and then gathered in the gym for another normal practice and then went home to go about the usual evening routine.
This is noteworthy because for the past three years, the Tuesday before the district tournament has been reserved for a pig-tail game.
There was no need this year because the Huskies had already clinched their first appearance in districts at the 4A level.
“It’s very exciting. I don’t think the girls realize it yet,” Huskies coach Elizabeth Nilsson said. “I think it’s a big deal, for sure. Maybe they’re still in shock. But it’s still the first time since we’ve been a 4A school that we’ve gone to districts. We’re excited.”
Battle Mountain heads to Craig Friday and Saturday and will have a challenge on its hands to advance to regionals. The Huskies start with Glenwood Springs, ranked eighth in 4A, on Friday at 4 p.m., followed by host Moffat County at 8:30 p.m. On Saturday morning, it’s No. 6 Cortez.
The top two teams from the pool advance to crossover play against two of the following: Steamboat, Palisade, Montrose and Rifle. The top two teams from the district advance to regionals.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.