Freud: Moving the goal posts and other thoughts
News, notes and anecdotes from the world of preps:
• Congratulations to Eagle Valley football for its 2-0 start. Now, step it up. The last two weeks weren’t like Oklahoma State-Savannah State, with apologies to Robert Ellsworth. Cedaredge is decent. Steamboat Springs is a Slope game, and the Sailors will win one this year.
However, the schedule gets tougher now. Until anyone proves otherwise, Rifle and Palisade are the class of the league. Glenwood Springs leads the middle of the pack, which includes Delta and the Devils, followed by some combination of Battle Mountain, Steamboat and Cortez.
• To meet this new phase of the season, Eagle Valley has to do two things. The first is playing better defense. That second half against Steamboat was ugly, people. Yes, Sailors quarterback Christian Ramirez is good and he’s going to burn some teams, but they nearly made that a game. Play defense like that against Delta and you lose.
The other thing is to stomp on a team while it’sdown. In the closing seconds of the first half, Devils quarterback Jordon Hudspeth threw a strike that should have gone for six. The pass wasn’t caught. I’m not naming the receiver because he’s going to catch that ball next time. No harm this time, but think about last week’s game being 28-0 at the half.
This is part of learning how to win, which is vital for any team in any sport which dohas had a dearth of success. Use the bye week well, Eagle Valley.
• Vail Christian football, the same applies to you. This Central League – I know the next two weeks are nonconference, including Friday against Rocky Mountain Lutheran at 7 p.m. in Gypsum – is stacked.
• Speaking of “moving the goal posts,” it was interesting to Battle Mountain cross country coach Rob Parish spin the girls team’s incredible performance at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. This is standard fare for Parish, as is his giggle. (He’s a modest guy, but he blows his poker face with that giggle.)
That said, no matter how good a coach Parish is – and he is – this is up the ladies. How good do you want to be, people? You can cruise and likely win regionals and place well at state. Or you can be great by pushing it this fall. Up to you, ladies.
• The Battle Mountain Invitational is at Beaver Creek Saturday with boys varsity at 10 a.m., girls varsity at 10:30 a.m. and the Eric Spry Invitational at 1 p.m. And, of course, we love cross country runners of all schools, so the Eagle Valley Invitational is at the Gypsum Creek Golf Course Sept. 15. I still think the end of the race should go up No. 8. I’m somewhere between a 7- and 8-iron there.
• We give props to Battle Mountain’s David Suarez and Ethan Pence, who are doing double duty with cross country and soccer. Both went down to Colorado Springs for the race on Friday and returned to the school at 1 a.m. And, both were back at school at 6 a.m. Saturday to catch the bus to Montrose for the soccer game.
• Battle Mountain soccer, good win at Montrose. Now forget about it. You guys have big expectations about playoffs and league titles. I really don’t care. Every time you take the pitch, you compete against a nameless, faceless opponent. Today’s nameless opponent is Palisade at 4 p.m. (Work with me.)
This is a classic lulu game with a road trip to Steamboat Springs looming Tuesday. Huskies soccer needs to play to its standards, not to its opponents, be they Palisade, Steamboat or Glenwood Springs. Use the 80 yards of width, possess and show me some nice transition play and then we can talk about expectations, etc.
• Are we ever going to see Eagle Valley volleyball? One week to go, Devils at Glenwood Springs. I’ve never seen this late a start for any team in 15 years. The Demons will have played six matches by next week’s opener.
• Gotta love golf, where the “small” schools stand tall. Way to go, Saints and Gore Rangers. And for Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley golf, just remember it only takes one good round down in Cortez. As a dreadful golfer myself – though my San Francisco Giants golf pants are stylin’ – once in a while, it comes together. Let’s face it, Devils and Huskies, you’re a lot better than me, so it can happen.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.