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Giants of the spring

Where’d it all go? It’s April already? The blur of high school sports is almost done, but not without the following items:n Despite the fact that the Giants are down at Coors Field this weekend, do not go to today’s game. (Did I just tell everyone not to watch America’s Team?) Instead head to the Phelan/Alexander Invitational at Eagle Valley.Field events begin at 9 a.m. and running at 10 a.m. at Vail Christian’s home meet. And since it’s Vail Christian’s meet it would only be appropriate to root for the Saints. Look for Molly McGee – she’s only a junior – in the 800 meters, as well as the 3,200, 400 and 1,600 relays. Katie Russ will be in those relays as well as the 400. Vail Christian does not lack for Mollys as Molly Brooks is set for relays and the 400.You can also watch Caleb Pearson do everything. He’s in the 300 hurdles, the long jump and the high jump. Make way for the Subway man, Jaryd Francis. He’s in the shot, the discus and the high jump. Hey, Sheldon Kuhns, can these guys play basketball?

No mention of the Phelan/Alexander would be complete without the organizational skills of Linda Isbell, who will have this event wrapped in a bow by 3 p.m. She’s got skills, people.n ‘Roo update: Bob and Linda Isbell’s grandson has a golf club. I hope it’s a 5-wood. All the cool golfers hit their 5-woods well. n Battle Mountain soccer’s Kelsey Sanders is sitting on 23 goals with Julia Burnett right behind at 21 with four regular season games left. Short of an influenza breakout, Christina Aiello’s school record of 24 in a season will go down before the end of the month.Allowing myself a cliche, records were made to be broken, but it’s time for a history lesson. Aiello is one of the most under-appreciated athletes at Battle Mountain in the nine years I’ve been here. Aiello played with a reckless abandon. She wasn’t the biggest kid, but she was the toughest. (She played football her senior year as the team’s kicker, and decked some poor West Grand player during Homecoming.)Opposing goalies were literally afraid of her. Aiello crashed into them to get to the ball. She played in the early days of Huskies girls’ soccer and helped lend it legitimacy. Knock wood, congratulations to Kelsey and Jules. You’re breaking a record held by a tremendous athlete.

n Battle Mountain returns to action after a tough loss to Steamboat Springs. I would not want to be Eagle Valley today. The Huskies are going to be ready for a little aggression therapy. The task for Battle Mountain is to put the Sailors behind and focus on finishing the season well to get into the top 16 for the postseason.n Congratulations to Steamboat’s Kelly Labor. She will be attending Regis University this fall. Battle Mountain soccer wishes her well in all her future endeavors. There is no truth to the rumor that the Huskies are passing the hat to get her a scholarship to grad school to make sure that she’ll never come back to Steamboat again. n Speaking of all things Steamboat, odds are Kirsten Ryan will be the goalie of the Slope’s all-league team. I beg to differ. If I had a vote, it goes to Eagle Valley’s Mary Cochrane. She’s not a just a bright light for the Devils this year. She’s a Vegas-sized spotlight.Taking nothing away from Ryan or Battle Mountain’s Kaity Plath and Kori Landauer, but they aren’t forced on game-to-game basis to perform like Cochrane has. Under siege every time she goes out, Cochrane simply makes amazing save after save. Frustrated as she might be at times, she keeps battling for the Devils. Mary, you’re all-league in my book. n Why is it every year Eagle Valley track graduates a super athlete like Brad Gamble and there are about four different athletes ready to step up? That’s just scary. Scary people include guys like Sean Matheson, Mike Smith and the hopefully healing Wes Minett. As for the Lady Devils, they’re just scary good. Period.



n You’ve watched him kick. You’ve watched him dribble. Now watch him run the 800 meters. Connor Drumm, you need a fourth sport to play in the summer. Have you considered Giants baseball? Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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