From Eagle-Vail: Today a half-diamond, tomorrow the world
So, like sands through the hourglass, here’s the latest news, notes and quotes from Huskies-dom.
n Out on the soccer field, head coach David Cope, with assistants Charry Korgel and John “Vegas” Steffens, had a turnout of 50 players for three sides.
Cope and company figure to have a strong nucleus in goal and in the back two-thirds. The $64,000-question will be the doings up front.
“We haven’t got a proven goal scorer at the varsity level,” Cope said. “We’ve got some people who we have a hunch could score goals, but that’s kind of the biggest question mark for this team.”
n Familiar faces among the booters: J.D. Lemon, Ryan Phillips, Sean Reynolds, Chris Jones, Lee Sandoval, Scott Canepa, Roberto Alcaras.
n And don’t forget Beau Beckley, who’s competing for the goalie job with Jones. Beckley competed in the Triple Bypass bike race, pedaling 120 miles and over three mountain passes this summer.
“He must be the tallest biker in the world,” Cope joked about Beckley, who measures in at 6-foot-7 1/4.
n Soccer has a different nonconference schedule come Labor Day weekend. The Huskies are down at the Alexander Dawson Tournament and open with 3A powerhouse Colorado Academy on Aug. 29. The eight-team field includes Steamboat Springs, Berthoud, Kent Denver and host Alexander Dawson, so the Huskies will be tested right off the bat.
“It’s something we wanted to do for a couple of years – strengthen our nonleague schedule. We play three games in three days and have a nice trip. The kids get along really well together and we come back ready for league play.
“It also sets the tone for the preseason because we know we have big games coming up right away. And we know we’re only taking 20 guys to Boulder. We have 20 seniors. So, right away, there’s competition in the preseason to see who’s going to go.”
When the Huskies get back from the land of the Buffs, it’s rivalry week. The team is at Vail Mountain Sept. 3 and down in Gypsum on Sept. 7.
n Other big dates include home-and-homes with Steamboat (Sept. 26 and Oct. 10) and Glenwood Springs (Sept. 21 and Oct. 3).
n Thursday was the first day of full-pad contact for the football team – and the first thwack is always a big moment.
“There’s a special kind of kid who plays football and this is the moment he waits for,” head football coach Fred Koetteritz said. “They’re having fun today. They’re really excited.”
n The Huskies are playing an independent schedule. But there are still some familiar foes on the slate – Delta, Glenwood, Steamboat – and, after a two-year hiatus, Eagle Valley. The Devils will pay a visit to Huskies stadium Aug. 30.
“It’s a great plus for both schools,” Koetteritz said. “That’s always such a fun game. Whether it’s down at Hot Stuff or up here, both sides of the stands are full. there’s a lot of excitement. It’s great to play them rather than scrimmage them.:
n There are also some new opponents in 2002, including 1A Sanford, where former Huskies coach Scott Wiedeman led the Indians before coaching in Eagle-Vail from 1997-2000.
“Coach Wiedeman’s old school. So we certainly hope with him down in Monte Vista now that he’ll be able to come and sit in the middle of the field,” Koetteritz joked.
n More familiar faces: Eddie Irgens, Jared Cliver, Tyler Eaton, Clay and Cody Stackpole, Chad Shoulders, Chris Romero, Ben Smith, Chris Roberts, Andrew Thompson and Max Clark.
n Football quotebook: “The best enthusiasm and self-motivation I’ve ever seen at Battle Mountain High School,” Koetteritz said. “The guys have come out excited and, each day, picked it up a notch.”
n Under the category of the need for speed, the cross country team can be seen traipsing around assorted trails in Eagle-Vail tuning up for the season opener at Kent Denver. Coach Kelli Witter reports that she has 20 charges.
n This fine crew includes returnees like Rob Finlay, Karl Ecklund, Davis Gaul, Alex Edwards, Erin Drumm, Tanya Salazar, Tricia Salazar, Maddie McCaulley, Jennie Thorne and Katie Wick
n One note on Finley – he finished third in his age group at last weekend’s Berry Picker running race on Vail Mountain.
“We started off hard,” Witter said. “But they have given their best effort. They’ve been so impressive. We’re running 3 to 5 miles each day. They’re in great shape. So I’m pretty excited.”
n Meanwhile, back in the gym, coach Elizabeth Nilsson started tryouts for the volleyball team Thursday. The spikers open the season Aug. 29 against Lake County.
Chris Freud is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or email@example.com.