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Chris FreudVail CO, Colorado

Hello, friends, and welcome to the post-Masters edition of this preps column being written from the historic Vail Daily Building, which is not exactly historic Butler Cabin, but we’ll take it. – Phone call from me to Huskies’ girls soccer coach David Cope at around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday … Cope answers, “Hey, 0-0, double overtime.” Click. Funny as heck.- Yes, the Huskies wanted to win against Steamboat Springs – the game ended in a scoreless tie – but this is a fine result. Battle Mountain won the season series, 1-0-1, something that in any other year would be cause for a Fourth of July-like fireworks celebration. With the tie, the Huskies hold the tiebreaker over the Sailors for the league title, should they drop one of their final six.- Yes, 15-0 would have been nice, but that’s a bull’s eye on your back. (See the Huskies boys’ soccer team in 2005. That crew was 14-0, going into a game against Summit, and the Tigers ended that promptly. Also see Huskies hockey in 2004.)

– It’s good for Battle Mountain to get a bit of a wake-up call in the middle of the season. I wouldn’t want to be Moffat County on April 19, the Huskies’ next game. As Dennis Hopper said in those old Nike commercials, “Bad things, man.”- With a 0-0 tie, Kelsey Sanders is still sitting on 56 career goals, one behind Christina Aiello, who holds the school record. I don’t think Sanders is too worried about this, though. Speaking of Sanders, it comes one day late, but happy 18th.- “It’s real soccer right there,” Eagle Valley goalie Mary Cochrane said Thursday, and who are we to argue. Major kudos to the Devils for taking two games last week, and more importantly, looking like a much-improved team. The schedule didn’t do the Devils any favors early in the season with three of their first four against Battle Mountain and Steamboat. Eagle Valley should be a team to watch in the second half. The Devils will sneak up on some teams.- The saying in soccer, “Just put it on frame,” is cliche, but it is so true. Case in point was Tania Silva’s second goal against Rifle. That goal will not come close to the million-or-so-prettiest goals in soccer history, and that doesn’t matter at all. Just put the ball on target and see what happens. If you need any more convincing, Silvas’ tally Thursday was oddly-reminiscent of Alberto Hernandez’s goal at Glenwood last fall, which clinched the league title for the Battle Mountain boys. I guarantee you 20 years from now at a reunion, Hernandez’s goal will be recalled as a gorgeous strike from the top of the box that clipped the corner, instead of the grounder, like Silvas’ shot, that it was.- I know that Devils baseball has played quite a few home games, but I’ve noticed it. The outfield wall is one of many classy tributes to Skylar Hootman. Well done by the school, and anyone involved with that.

– From the Astute Comment Department: Eagle Valley track’s Ashley Rohweder is fast and Amy Thompson can throw. Too bad Thompson’s a senior. Otherwise, I’d put her at quarterback next fall.- Next up for Mike Smith … the shot put. Heck, he’s good at everything else.- I don’t think it’s coincidence that Huskies track coach Rob Parish took his team to the Arcadia Invitational in Southern California. If you think I’m ever letting go of this Dodger thing, you’re kidding yourself. It was an honor for the Huskies’ quartet of Derek Byron, Tony Crisofulli, Jonny Stevens and Travis Landauer to get invited to this event. It’s also a really good thing for Parish essentially to throw these guys in the deep end of the pool. This crew needs to be pushed. By the way, 8 minutes and 11 seconds on April 6 is really bad news for the rest of the state.- The golf teams head to Rifle Creek for a tourney Tuesday, but it’s more of a practice round as the regional tournament is there in May. If you haven’t played there, the two nines are completely different. The front is flat and straight-forward. Nos. 7 and 8 are definitely birdie holes. On the par-3 ninth, for the love of everything holy, be below the pin. The back is mountain golf, for which the ladies of Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain should be ready, given their experience at Cotton Ranch on The Mesa and having played Lakota Canyon last week.



– Happy spring break to the Devils and Huskies. In the meantime, the private schools are in session. That means it’s off to Bandoni Alumni Field for Red Sox Nation and Vail Mountain soccer Tuesday and Thursday. Also Thursday, Vail Christian track opens at the Hayden Invitational. Allez les Bleus – both of them.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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