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How does one guy cover four schools in the Vail Valley?

Welcome to high school sports 2009-10.

I’m Chris Freud and I will be your sports writer for this year. You might remember me from such episodes as 12 years of covering Battle Mountain and Vail Mountain as well tacking on that “new school” called Vail Christian.

The golf teams start tryouts today with Vail Mountain at Vail, Eagle Valley at Eagle Ranch and Battle Mountain at Eagle-Vail. I feel bad for the Huskies as I am playing in a group in front of them. Bring a book, guys.

As the Gore Rangers, Devils and Huskies figure out who’s got game and I try to answer the question, “Why do I play golf,” we’ll try to fill you in on how the Vail Daily plans to cover preps this season.

I hate the Dodgers and the Cowboys

Here’s the new development. Ian Smith has left us to pursue a teaching position in Iowa. While the thought that young grasshopper will be molding the youth of America is scary, another interesting scenario has emerged.

With cutbacks in our newsroom, like all local businesses have likely faced due to the recession, I am the sports department.

So yes, that means Chris Freud, who likes to talk about himself in the third person once in a while, will be covering Eagle Valley athletics.

OK, we’ll give you all in Gypsum and Eagle a moment to clean up after your collective spit-take after reading that.

Remain calm, oh ye denizens of Hot Stuff, Gypsum Sports Complex and the snazzy new gym. All will be well. Just because my beat has involved the archrival Huskies for the last 12 years does not make me unable to cover all things that fall under the category of “Ain’t it great to be a Devil.”

For the umpteenth time, I never attended Battle Mountain. I grew up in San Francisco and went to high school there. And the San Francisco thing is key. For those who are for some reason under the illusion that I bleed Battle Mountain black and gold, you’re half-right. I bleed black and orange and red and gold.

The San Francisco Giants and 49ers are my teams. Tim Lincecum is one of the reasons I exist and Joe Montana is greatest quarterback ever. (I have given up my San Jose Sharks for the summer for their playoff splat last spring, but will resume citizenship in Teal Nation in October.)

Please stop “The Freud/Daily likes Battle Mountain better. He hates Eagle Valley,” now. The only two teams I hate are Los Angeles Dodgers and the Dallas Cowboys. OK, I also hate the Broncos, the Raiders, the Yankees and Palisade football.

I am actually very excited to cover Eagle Valley football as coach John Ramunno installs his new run-and-shoot offense. OK, maybe no run-and-shoot, but I’m ready for Friday Night Lights at Hot Stuff. I’m looking forward to seeing Devils volleyball and soccer defend their slope titles.

Eagle Valley cross country? I think I’ve covered a growing program before. Devils golf? Yeah, I can always talk golf. Softball? You ladies could wear Giants uniforms, but that’s cool.

I’m looking forward to getting to know the Eagle Valley community in the next year. Please feel free to come say hello. I’ll be the one dressed up in San Francisco sports paraphernalia.

We need you

Now, dear reader, you are probably asking yourself, “How is one person going to cover all four schools?” Darn good question. As much as I advocate cloning myself, and the world would be an interesting place with more Freuds. I can only be in one place at one time.

I am going to try to make one or two games per day as the schedule allows. As in past years, any local game/tournament, etc., involving Devils-Huskies or Gore Rangers-Saints gets top priority.

Then I’ll pick what I think is the best game on that day. If it’s a day where Battle Mountain soccer hosts Steamboat Springs and Eagle Valley volleyball has Rifle, I’ll be at soccer. No, I don’t “like” the Huskies better. It’s just that Battle Mountain-Steamboat soccer usually has an impact on who wins the Slope, while I like Eagle Valley’s chances of taking out the Bears in three games.

And this is where you come in, folks.

Coaches, if you don’t see me at your game, call me at 970-748-2934 with results. This includes calling in from the road. The easiest way to get your team into the paper is to call.

If you’re a mom or dad who goes to games, we want you to write about it and/or take pictures and send stuff to us. My e-mail is If you’ve ever wanted to be a sports writer, here you go. Just send us the basics:

“Eagle Valley soccer defeated Rifle Thursday, 2-1, to up its record to 6-1-1.

“The Devils’ Cesar Castillo scored in the first half and Marco Escobar scored the game-winner in the second. Eagle Valley goalie Trevor Grayson made a key save in the closing minutes to preserve the win.

“Jason Rittmiller’s team plays next when it hosts Palisade Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Gypsum Sports Complex.”

OK, a few names there have graduated, but you get the picture. This is a win-won situation for everyone as you want your kids in the paper and I need your help covering everyone.

If my last 12 years at the Daily have been any indication, this is going to be a fun year. Good luck to everyone, and feel free to drop me a line.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or

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