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Huskies basketball looks to stretch drive

The boys fell to Steamboat 42-34 and Moffat 73-48. Against the Sailors, the Huskies were very competitive, but ran afoul of the officiating in the fourth quarter. Steamboat didn’t have a field goal in the final period, but still managed to squeak out the win.

“I don’t want to sound like sour grapes, but the free throws were lopsided,” said Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue, who was putting it delicately. “The fouls were 31-7 in their favor. I guess that’s the way it goes on the road.”

Beau Beckley led the Huskies with eight points.

Tronsrue’s crew then struggled in Craig. Battle Mountain only shot 29 percent from the field in the first half and that start doomed the Huskies. Blake Gammon led the squad with 12 points.

It was a similar story for the girls team. Steamboat outscored the Huskies 16-4 in the first, while the Bulldogs led Battle Mountain 13-2 after eight minutes.

“Moffat County is a very physical team,” girls coach David Hite said. “I think the first couple of minutes, they physically intimidated us.”

Kati Russell had 17 against the Sailors, while Erin Drumm had eight against the Bulldogs.

Next up for Huskies hoops is a pair of road tilts against Glenwood Springs on Friday. The boys return home for Rifle at 7:30 Saturday night, while the Bears will be hosting the Huskies girls.

“We want to be mentally focused for our final four games,” said Hite, who could easily be talking for Tronsrue. “If we can play well we can move up to fourth or fifth place and stay away from the pig-tail game. That would put us into districts on a roll.”

Wrestling preps for regionals

Battle Mountain wrestling’s contingent will be small in physical size and numbers – but not heart – when it travels to Craig for this weekend’s regional tournament.

“When it comes to regionals, the bottom line is making state,” Huskies wrestling coach Jason Dutton said. “We’re not looking to next year. On any given day, a wrestler can crack the top four.”

That’s what will be required to punch a ticket to Denver. The Huskies will be sending Chris Sandoval (103 pounds), Rudy Frausto (112), Adam Garcia (125), Daniel Trujillo (125), Rudy Serna (140) and Chris Salazar (145).

Spring-sports meeting

Spring-sports athletes and their parents are invited to tonight’s spring-sports meeting at 6:30 at Battle Mountain’s auditorium.

The meeting is an opportunity to start the spring season off right by meeting with Huskies athletic director Fred Koetteritz and the spring coaching staff. Battle Mountain offers girls’ soccer, girls’ golf, baseball and track and field.

For more information, call the high school at 328-2930.

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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