Harry Potter and Eagle Co. high school sports
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado Cookies, anyone?Happy 2008 to all. The weekly preps column is back, brimming with insight about the local high school scene.• First of all, I played golf while I was back in San Francisco. I really think The City’s courses are nice, but Eagle County’s are tougher. • With that important item out of the way, who’s Battle Mountain hockey playing Friday? Never mind. It’s Cheyenne Mountain in the “Biggest Game in the History of Everything” until the Huskies play somebody like Air Academy or Kent Denver.The Huskies haven’t beaten the Indians since the 2005 state semifinals, when Austin Chow dropped four goals on Cheyenne in a 5-1 win. I apologize for mentioning the name Chow. It’s sort of like Voldemort in the Harry Potter books, the one (or family) whose name shall never be spoken.• Back to the Indians, they’ve split against Air Academy and beaten Steamboat Springs only 5-4. They’re mortal. There’s also no Alex Lofthus, which helps.• Best Chumba Wamba imitation of the week – “I get knocked down, and I get up again” – went to Eagle Valley girls basketball. The ladies had a really tough one against a good Montrose team and came back to win their league opener against Delta. • By the way, that’s two pop-culture references in one column.• When you watch Eagle Valley point guard Cesar Castillo play, you want to tell him to cut out the fancy stuff, but then he does something that makes you shake your head, so you tell yourself to mind your own business.• Does Jason Rittmiller know that Castillo has a little soccer talent? He should have Castillo try out for the team in the fall.• Shout outs to Devils wrestlers Chad Strakbein and Andrew Hill for taking third at Palisade last weekend. Shout out to me for still being able to spell Kottenstette, not that Matt wrestles for Eagle Valley.• And major congratulations to Battle Mountain wrestling. The Huskies gave Summit 35 points on forfeits and still won their dual, 42-35. The really cool thing about the dual was the Huskies looked like they had an early dinner reservation to make – pin, pin, pin.• Slightly intense: Battle Mountain basksetball’s Madelyn LyBarger.• Who has the bigger ‘fro, Battle Mountain’s Victor Rios or me? Victor by a hair right now.• New pregame snack of choice for Battle Mountain boys basketball coach: Subway chocolate chip cookies.• Congratulations to the Huskies boys basketball team for getting into the win column twice. This is well-deserved after the trials of last season. It’s also a good reminder for me of how fast Tronsrue talks in postgame interviews after wins. A journalist needs constant training to keep up with Dr. Phil.• Speaking of quotable people, let’s hear it for Vail Christian boys basketball. Six wins in a row? Wow. Even better is that A.J. Burgess led the Saints in scoring Saturday in a win against North Park. Jaryd Francis is having a great season, but balance has been and will be the key for Sheldon Kuhns’ crew.• Battle Mountain’s Jamie Lee Roberts is now going for Skimeister – like she doesn’t compete in enough sports. She now participates in cross country, alpine and Nordic skiing, track and soccer. I get tired just writing about her.• I’m going to go out on a limb here – Vail Mountain’s Sean Woods takes the boys Skimeister. We’re feeling very adventurous in 2008.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.