Fall Prep Sports Awards
Between Eagle Valley, Battle Mountain, Vail Christian, and Vail Mountain School, there are many fine athletes, teams and coaches. If time allowed for a feature on all of them, I’d do it. Nevertheless, here is just a snapshot of memorable people and moments from the 2021 fall season.
Fall Athlete of the Year Honorable Mentions
- Sullivan Middaugh, Battle Mountain cross-country
- Nick Kirwood, Vail Mountain soccer
- Gracie Allen, Vail Christian volleyball
- Connor Downey, Vail Christian golf
Best Game: Battle Mountain comes back to upset Eagle Valley 21-20
A comeback, an underdog, a flea-flicker, and a student section rushing the field in celebration — what more could you ask for? It might have stung for Eagle Valley, but even Devil’s fans got their money’s worth on this fall night of fantastic football.
Best Team: Vail Christian Football
The team that recruited a substantial portion of their lineup from the hallways of the private school a year ago entered the 2021 playoffs undefeated. This team did things the right way all year. They combined their class with competitiveness all the way through their playoff defeat at the hands of Sanford.
Coach of the Year: David Cope, Battle Mountain soccer
The tough schedule didn’t lead to a pretty record, but it did lead to a battle tested squad that made a run to the state semi-finals after demolishing TCA (16-1 at the time) 4-0 in Colorado Springs. Credit Cope with the culture of excellence and another fantastic group of Huskies.
Best Moment: Connor Downey wins 3A state golf title
Downey overcame a two-shot deficit going into the second day to claim the title.