Huskies girls lax tops Aspen and the playoff picture
OK, the earth may be spinning off its axis.
Battle Mountain girls lacrosse beat Aspen, 14-10, in Pitkin County Tuesday. That avenged a 15-4 season-opening loss to the Skiers.
“It’s no words,” senior co-captain Hayley Clarke said. “It’s awesome. I don’t know. It’s amazing. I’m so proud of my team.”
Clarke is the only senior for the Huskies, and, as such, she’s seen much leaner days for the lacrosse team. In previous years, Battle Mountain was on the wrong end of thumpings, so life is pretty sweet at 7-3.
And then, there’s Aspen. In addition to the Opening Day loss, the Skiers outscored the Huskies, 30-8, in two meetings last year.
“I think it’s the fact that we’re all together now,” Huskies coach Emily Jaissle said. “For the first game (against Aspen), we didn’t have all our players together. We weren’t on the same page. Today, we were all present, together and playing for each other.”
Maddi Conlin had four goals and four assists. Clare Baker had five goals and one helper. Mabry Gentry had a hat trick and Tyra Kuller finished with two goals and an assist. Sienna Miller back-stopped it all in goal with 12 saves.
The Huskies have three games left – at Eagle Valley Thursday; at Fruita Monument May 1 and home for Grand Junction May 3.
A reminder – CHSAA girls lacrosse has not split into two classifications like the boys, so the playoff picture remains murky, despite Battle Mountain’s breakout season.
But that got us to thinking – how are other teams in the county looking with regard to the postseason?
Track and field
Welcome to our first look at milespilt.com. In 4A, the top 18 times and distances make it. For 1A Vail Christian, it’s the top nine. My rule of thumb, from surfing this site early and often, is that you can only get really comfortable with a state invite if you’re in the top five at 4A and top three in 1A.
So congrats to Eagle Valley’s Michelle Carbajal in the triple, Battle Mountain’s Mandy Ortiz in the 3,200 meters and Vail Christian’s Taylor Alexander (100, 200 and pole vault), Celia Smith (high jump) and Mack Cooper (pole vault).
Is it just me or are we seeing a whole lot more Eagle Valley in the state 18? (Hint: It ain’t just me.)
200 – 9. Zeke Sandoval, EV
400 – 12. Zeke Sandoval, EV
800 – 11. Hunter Burnham, EV
1,600 – 15. David Suarez, BM
110 hurdles – 14. Riley Rowles, EV; 18. Aaron Kline, EV
300 hurdles – 18. Riley Rowles, EV
High jump – 16. Will Dutmer, EV
Pole vault – 18. Austin Tafoya, EV
Shot put – 11. Roberto Cortez, EV
400 relay – 18. Eagle Valley
800 relay – 15. Eagle Valley
1,600 relay – 5. Eagle Valley
3,200 relay – 14. Eagle Valey
100 – 17. Megan Asmussen, EV
400 – 10. Carly Volkmer, EV
800 – 10. Roxy Trotter, EV; 12. Val Constien, BM
1,600 – 14. Mady Ortiz, BM
3,200 – 2. Mandy Ortiz, BM
300 hurdles – 8. Sofia Calabrese, BM; 10 Lilly McMurrain, BM; 18. Isablle Calabrese, BM
Triple jump – 1. Michelle Carbajal, EV
Pole vault – 12. Molly Childers, EV; 16. Lilly McMurrain, BM
400 relay – 11. Eagle Valley
800 relay – 9. Eagle Valley; 17. Battle Mountain
1,600 relay – 4. Battle Mountain
3,200 relay – 11. Battle Mountain
Medley – 8. Eagle Valley
100 – 5. Cole Caynoski, VC;
1,600 – 6. Ethan Pence, VC
Long jump – 10. Mack Cooper, VC
Pole vault – 1. Mack Cooper, VC; 5. Cooper Daniels, VC; 6. Nick Boyne, VC; 8. Mason Daniels, VC
800 relay – 6. Vail Christian
100 – 1. Taylor Alexander, VC
200 – 2. Taylor Alexander, VC
High jump – 2. Celia Smith, VC; 9. Kristen Currey, VC
Pole vault – 3. Taylor Alexander, VC
Battle Mountain is in the league playoffs. After that, who knows? This is just nutty.
Battle Mountain has a 7-1-2 record. Steamboat Springs will likely finish with the same record – its last game is against Summit County. So who wins the division?
First tiebreaker is head to head: Both the Huskies and Sailors drew in both their games.
Second tiebreaker is results against teams in the rest of the division: That doesn’t help since both teams will likely have season sweeps against Eagle Valley and Summit.
Third tiebreaker is results against opponents in the Western Divison: Only problem here is that Glenwood Springs and Palisade should end up tied at 8-2. D’oh.
Fourth tiebreaker is goals allowed in your own division: Battle Mountain and Steamboat are tied.
Fifth tiebreaker is goals allowed against the Western Division: Battle Mountain by one goal.
So, Battle Mountain coach David Cope’s best guess – and he is the resource on Western Slope tiebreakers – is the Huskies play Glenwood Springs Tuesday at Battle Mountain, while Steamboat Springs is at Palisade in the league semifinals.
In the meantime, the Huskies host Coal Ridge Thursday for Senior Night. And please don’t ask about the state-playoff picture. It’s more complicated than the league picture.
The Huskies are 9-2. They’re ranked No. 9 in The Denver Post 4A Poll. Barring losing their last four games or some other nightmare scenario, they’re probably in. But I really don’t trust CHSAA. It’s not kind to Mountain Conference teams. The Huskies host Summit tonight at 6 for Senior Night to start the four-game stretch. Please win.
Eagle Valley took care of business Tuesday afternoon, pounding the Huskies, 14-0, for the season sweep. The Devils (6-1) are in second place in the Slope, one half-game ahead of Delta and two back of Palisade.
The top-three teams from the Slope make districts, and Eagle Valley looks pretty solid on that front. A sweep this weekend against Rifle would all but clinch a district berth for the Devils. The bigger question will be if Eagle Valley can play with Palisade and Delta, whom it faces in the final week of the regular season. Palisade and Delta are the cream of the Slope until the Devils can prove otherwise.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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