Huskies boys harriers win first meet
It had never been done before.
No Battle Mountain boys cross-country team had won a multi-team meet.
Not any more.
Grant Stevenson, Zack Erickson, Ben Rogers, Andy Given and Davis Gaul brought home the first meet championship in school history Saturday, knocking off seven other teams, including regional opponents, Palisade, Delta, Glenwood and Rifle.
“It’s the first time the guys put five great races together on the same day,” Rob Parish said. “We’re ecstatic for the guys. The best part about it is that the guys are pleased, but not satisfied. They know there is more work to do to make it to state. But, this is a great boost.”
Stevenson – who has added a kilt to the traditional Hawaiian shirt, shudder – led the way with a sixth-place finish with a time of 19 minutes, 51 seconds. Zack Erickson (20:30) and Ben Rogers (20:38) followed. Andy Given had a breakout race with a 21:43 and Davis Gaul rounded out things with a 21:52.
In this race, only the top, four times from each team counted. Normally, it’s the top five. That was the only bit of bad news for the girls’ team. Had it been five, it would have been a double win for the Huskies. But, Battle Mountain still can’t be too upset with a second-place finish on the girls’ side.
Jenny Thorne took second with a time of 22:05, followed by Molly McGee (23:38). Maddie McCaulley clocked a 25:21, with Brooke Serggerberg right behind in 25:23. Marit Johnson finished in 26 minutes. For Serggerberg and Johnson, it was their first time placing in the Huskies’ top five.
“We’re really encouraged,” Parish said. “We’ve had a difficult last, two weeks of training. We haven’t let up in practice and our kids are racing tired. We haven’t started the peaking process in practice, so we’re really encouraged.”
Saints, Rangers spikers sweep on road
So, a 1A volleyball team from Vail is a likely contender for state.
No big deal. After all, the Vail Mountain School’s gone to Denver the last two years.
The interesting development is that the county could be sending two teams to the Denver Coliseum the way things are developing after Friday and Saturday’s action.
For VMS, this is becoming the statis quo. The story is the emergence of Vail Christian. Both teams took two matches from Ridgway and Ouray this weekend and the Mountain League race is shaping up as a free-for-all.
VMS leads at 6-0, followed by both Vail Christian (4-1) and DeBeque (4-1). Vail Christian’s and DeBeque’s lone losses are to VMS.
For the Saints, this is pretty heady territory, given that Vail Christian went winless last season in league play and won just one game in all.
“I think we built up to this, playing last year in a league with a a lot senior-loaded teams,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “We didn’t lose any seniors and we gained Kaley Hagerman and some move-ins. That filled up our depth. It’s nice feeling to be able to go to the bench and sub in anyone without losing a beat.”
The Saints won two games Saturday, besting Ridgway (25-17, 11-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-6) and Ouray (25-21, 25-20, 19-25, 26-24).
Vail Christian has the week off, before hosting Lutheran of the Rockies Saturday as a part of Homecoming at 11 a.m., at St. Clare in Edwards.
Meanwhile, Vail Mountain continues its quest for a second-consecutive league title. The Gore Rangers downed Ridgway, 25-22, 25-15, 17-25, 25-12, Friday night, and swept past Ouray Saturday, 25-17, 25-20, 25-22.
“Everybody did their job and kept it simple,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “Everyone seems to be getting healthier. I was pleased with everyone’s play and attitude.”
VMS is off until Saturday also, when it heads to Gypsum to play both 3A Eagle Valley and 2A Meeker in nonconference play.
Devils softball falls
Lutheran softball blanked Eagle Valley, 3-0, Saturday in nonconference action down on the Front Range.
Sara LyBarger continued her excellent run of pitching, throwing a complete game, but she took the loss as the Lights one-hit the Devils.
Jessica Jagger had Eagle Valley’s only hit, a triple.
Eagle Valley, 9-4, takes on Basalt Thursday at the Eagle County Fairgrounds at 4 p.m.
VMS soccer bows to Basalt
In 3A soccer action, Basalt handed VMS a 3-0 loss Saturday afternoon.
“We actually did OK,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “We’re going to make a change for the game on Monday (vs. Summit County). We’ve got to score some more goals. Interestingly enough, I think we’re consolidating our back well along with our goalie. We need to score some goals and continue to adjust and see if we can find the right combination.”
VMS (2-3 in league and 2-5 overall) hosts Summit Monday at The Bob at 4 p.m.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.