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Finding the moment

It’s been a tough basketball season on most fronts.

So it just makes you feel good when a team gets a well-deserved win. We present our feel-good story of the week with the Vail Christian ladies beating DeBeque. Taking nothing away from Eagle Valley’s big win at Palisade last week, but when you’ve never beaten a team before, that’s special.

Vail Christian lacks a natural rival in basketball. Its volleyball program’s got Vail Mountain. In basketball, it’s become DeBeque. However, this has been a one-sided rivalry. The Saints until recently have spent most of their program’s history getting pounded by the Dragons.



And we’re not talking your average 25-point losses. The boys lost to DeBeque by scores of 107-38 and 97-35.

“Josh (Sibley) and I were talking about even if we beat them by a 1,000 points we will not consider it even for what they have done to us in the past,” said Jonathan Armstead after the Saints finally beat DeBeque in 2006 in one of the more frank quotes I’ve gotten in a while.



The girls have also been on the wrong of a bunch of “a lot to a little” scores against DeBeque. Is 85-12 five years ago enough for you?

Combine that with a coach who has unwavering faith in his team ” Patrick Beaudine. This guy calls in from the road after the most ghastly of losses and still can put a good spin on things. Last year, the Lady Saints lost to Plateau Valley, 96-14. Beaudine still called in, saying “We led, 4-2, early.” True story.

So, when it all comes together, as it did last weekend for Vail Christian, it’s a wonderful thing. The monkey’s off DeBeque.



Other thoughts:

– The Saints’ new gym will be ready to go next school year. Some suggested names: The Mutter Dome, The Golden Dome (In honor of Linda and Bob Isbell) and Charlie’s House.

The Mutter Dome is in the lead.

– I’d like this set of forwards: Battle Mountain’s Ashlin Romero, Eagle Valley’s Scott House and Vail Christian’s Jaryd Francis. Pat Gabriel, Sheldon Kuhns and Philip Tronsrue would, too.

– Fun back court: Any combination of Battle Mountain’s Victor Rios, Eagle Valley’s Cesar Castillo and Vail Christian’s Will Parker.

– OK, rant time. Does anyone in Eagle County follow their shot anymore? Come on, people. When a shot goes off your hand, you know if it’s left, right, short or long. Don’t just stand there, posing like SportsCenter is watching. Go after your shot. If you do that enough, you might end up on SportsCenter eventually.

– This rule does not apply to Steamboat Springs’ 3-point shooters, however. They’re ridiculous.

– In hockey, Lewis-Palmer fell to Palmer, 5-4, so that means Battle Mountain has a two- game lead in the Peak Conference with four to go. The Huskies can pretty much clinch the crown with wins this today at Rampart and Saturday at Mitchell. Let’s think about the bigger picture, though. Finishing with wins at Steamboat and home against Pine Creek puts the Huskies at 17-2 and in prime position for a top seed.

– If you blinked, you missed it. Regional wrestling is the weekend after next. And just days after that is the state ski meet up in Steamboat.

– When I was talking to Battle Mountain’s John O’Neill about signing with Colorado State, I asked him if he was going to be running with the 3,200-meter relay team. He was talking about running the mile and two-mile, but wasn’t sure about the relay. This just in, John, you’re running in the 4-by-8.

– Spring sports practices begin in just 11 days, kids. Spring is definitely in the air.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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