Drumm all-league two years in a row
EAGLE-VAIL – Connor Drumm started the season wanting to transfer out of the Battle Mountain boys basketball program. By Wednesday night’s awards banquet, we’re pretty sure he’s happy he stayed.Drumm picked up his second all-league award, while Thomas Pacheco and Trent Beckley were honorable-mention selections, a cap to a dramatic turnaround season in Eagle-Vail. The Huskies went from 3-18 in 2003-04 to 16-9 this year, advancing to the second round of the state playoffs for the first time in the program’s history.
Drumm’s journey this year somewhat mirrored the path of the Huskies. Drumm’s early season decision to transfer was a jolt to the program. However when CHSAA turned the transfer down, Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue left it up to the team whether to let Drumm return.”With some of the things that had gone on with him leaving and coming back, (members of the team) felt they could contribute more,” Tronsrue said. “It wasn’t solely Connor Drumm. There were guys stepping up to make it more than going to Connor in certain situations.”That opened the door for the likes of Clint Wilson, Beckley, Pacheco, Vinny Cisneros, Rogelio Loya and the like. Drumm didn’t start for the first half of the season because of the attempted transfer, but the Huskies were winning, getting off to a 7-2 start.It should be noted that this team won a total of seven games in the previous two seasons.Turning point No. 2 came when Drumm finally got to start. The Huskies were 0-2 in the Slope and badly needed a win in a home game against Glenwood. Drumm smothered Sean Flohr, holding him to 10 points. More importantly, the Huskies overcame a 28-6 deficit to win, 58-52.The Huskies were off and running from there, taking fourth place in the conference. Despite the limited playing time early, Drumm averaged 13.3 points per game.
Beckley had an up-and-down season for Battle Mountain. The junior was loaded with talent, but lacked basketball experience -and at times, it really showed. Early in the season, Beckley would rack up the fouls in the first half, seeing his playing time plummet.As the season progressed though, those occasions became more rare. Beckley, who is his own biggest critic, plans to spend the offseason working hard. “Trent wants to gain 25-30 pounds by next season,” Tronsrue said. “He’s very serious about summer ball. I think he’s playing with a traveling team in Denver. He wants to be involved in individual training. He wants to be the go-to guy in certain situations.”If all of this were to pass, the Huskies would have a very potent inside 1-2 punch of Drumm and Beckley next year. What the Huskies are going to need is some players to step up on the perimeter.That’s because graduation is taking Wilson, Loya, Cisneros and Pacheco. The latter was simply the team’s heartbeat. When Pacheco was hitting the floor for loose balls, playing tenacious defense and running the offense, Battle Mountain was a completely different team.”That’s going to be a hard spot to fill,” Tronsrue said. “When he stepped up, he keyed our defense and got us moving. He was invaluable to us.”
GRAND JUNCTION – The Battle Mountain girls golf team hadn’t hit a ball off grass this season and the ladies were understandably a bit rusty starting their season.That didn’t stop the Huskies from a sixth-place finish out of 12 teams at a two-day tourney at Tia Rado and Bookcliff earlier this week.Erica Ring carded a 95 and a 105. Paige Clark shot 105 and a 115. Jenna Lavesque went 116 and 126.”They increased 10 strokes because they were so tired from a two-day tournament,” Huskies coach Cassie Desmone said. “That was too much golf, considering that haven’t touched the grass this season. They need to work on their short game and straighten out those slices.”More golfers are on the way for the team’s next tourney March 22 at Adobe Creek with the likes of Courtney Davis, Samantha Davis, Zoie Liotta, Britney Brown and Allie O’Connor.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado
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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.