Huskies golf turns to stretch drive
The Eagle Valley football team has a saying after wins, which, it should be noted, happens quite often – “Ain’t it great to be a Devil!”
With apologies to John Ramunno and company, if you’re Battle Mountain golfer next week, you’ve got to be thinking, “Ain’t it great to be a Husky!”
The homeward stretch of the season is Tuesday at Eagle-Vail, Wednesday at Eagle Ranch, Thursday at Battlement Mesa and Friday at Rifle.
Seriously, it’s a big week for the Huskies as they gear up for regionals on Sept. 17 at Montrose.
“We’re still able to do this,” Huskies coach Cassie Desmone said. “We still want to make it to state. The competition is much tougher this year. It’s amazing. There are Montrose players shooting in the 60s. But, we’re keeping positive and are going to give it our best shot.”
Austin Chow, Keith Denton and Clint Wilson appear to have locked down berths on the regional team. The battle for the fourth spot between Matt Nichols and Chad Rush should be played out next week, starting at Eagle-Vail.
At the Huskies’ home course Tuesday, the hosts will be looking for some home cooking. Battle Mountain has won at Eagle-Vail the last two seasons.
The Huskies will be hosting Vail Mountain, Eagle Valley, Rifle, Moffat County, Glenwood Springs and Lake County. It’s an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
Highlights of recent Huskies golf action include:
n At The Hill in Glenwood Springs, Rush led the way with a 79, followed by Clay Wilson with an 81. The Huskies finished sixth out of 13 teams.
n At Aspen, Chow made his return to the links after some hockey-related rib injuries. He was the second-low medalist with a 74. The team finished tied for fourth out of 14 teams.
n At Haymaker in Steamboat Springs, Clint Wilson was the third-low medalist with a 75. The Huskies took sixth out of 16 teams
n At the Yampa G.C., Calder Cahill led the way with an 87.
Summit gymnastics second in first meet
The Summit County gymnastics team is off to a good start after finishing second in its first meet of the season Wednesday.
The 4A Tigers, who include five Battle Mountain athletes, finished with 154.05 points, just five points shy of first-place, 5A Standley Lake. Conifer (132 points) and Golden (115.8) rounded out the field.
“Our team score was up two points from our season opener last year,” Summit coach Beth Flaherty said. “Floor and vault looked strong, but we struggled on the bars and the beam. We still have a lot of work to do.”
Claudia Bouvier had a strong evening for the “Tigskies.” The Battle Mountain senior finished second on the beam with a score of 8.3 points and was also second in the floor exercise with an 8.7. Throw in a sixth-place finish on the bars and and 8.1 in the vault and Bouvier was second in the all-around.
Tigskies junior Katie Lindbloom also had a good night, highlighted by a beam routine, which was good for 7.45 points and fifth place. She posted an overall score of 30.6 points.
Freshman Kelly Scholl made her varsity debut. Her highlight was a vault, which earned an 8.1.
Summit is next in action today vs. Arvada West, Green Mountain and Columbine at Arvada West at 10 a.m.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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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.