Huskies make it 12-0 |

Huskies make it 12-0

DENVER – OK, Battle Mountain hockey has a penchant for the dramatic.After getting off to a 3-0 fast start against Bishop Machebeuf Saturday night, as requested by coach Andy Hire, the Huskies promptly let their hosts tie it at three before exploding for six unanswered tallies for a 9-3 win.”The beginning part of the game, we came out a whole lot better,” Hire said. “That was a goal we wanted to achieve. But, we’ve got to take care of the minor setbacks. We went from 3-0 to 3-3. We can’t afford to do that against the good teams like Cheyenne, Air Academy and Kent.”Nevertheless, the Huskies are sitting on a perfect 12-0 record overall. The win against the Buffaloes gave the Huskies a one-game lead in the Metro, where they sport 7-0 mark.Austin Chow had his second hat trick in as many nights. Coulter Somes had his first of the season. Casey Kleisinger and Brad Myers had two each and Turi Olson also lit the lamp.Assists went to Evan Sherer, Alex Biegler, Myers, Matt Heelan, Kodi Wyatt and both Chows – Austin and Barrett. Hire’s three stars were – 1) Myers, 2) Austin Chow and 3) OlsonBattle Mountain hosts Machebeuf Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Dobson in a rescheduled game from earlier this month.Huskies split at MoffatCRAIG – The lessons of Friday night’s loss to Steamboat Springs paid dividends for Battle Mountain basketball Saturday night at Moffat County.”Last night, we weren’t dejected,” Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue said. “We talked about how well we played against the league leaders, that we could play with anyone.”The Huskies showed that Saturday night, beating the Bulldogs, 48-43, at Craig, one of the toughest places to play in the 4A Slope.”We knew we could get a win on the road with a team which we’ll be battling in the standings,” Tronsrue said. “We came out and controlled the game from the get-go. It was a good win.”The Huskies jumped out to 16-7 lead after one quarter and upped their record to 2-3 in the Slope and 9-5 overall. Connor Drumm led the Huskies with 14. Trent Beckley, who’s been plagued by foul trouble recently, put in 11 points, scoring in every quarter and controlled the paint for a great bounce-back game.Moffat made a run in the fourth, which the Huskies quelled. The Bulldogs had to foul. The answer was Kyle Leffler. Of his seven points, he went 5-for-6 from the line in the final three minutes. Thomas Pacheco and Clint Wilson each had six.Battle Mountain is at Delta Friday and Palisade Saturday. Both games tip at 7:30 p.m.The Huskies’ girls team did not fare as well, losing to No. 9-ranked Moffat, 73-36.Alexis Guinn and Meagan Reigel led the Huskies (1-4, 5-9) with eight points. David Hite’s crew heads to Delta and Palisade Friday and Saturday, respectively, for 6 p.m. games.Devils’ girls winSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS – And all is much happier on the Good Ship Lollypop, also known as the Eagle Valley girls basketball team after Saturday night’s 45-43 win at Steamboat Springs.That was just what the doctor ordered after a tough loss to Moffat County Friday.”It was a huge confidence booster for the girls after last night,” Devils coach Jamie Mayne said. “Our morale was down. The girls were questioning themselves. They pulled together and did a great job.”Saturday night’s key was defense, according to the coach. Leading just 15-14 after one, the Devils hunkered down and allowed the Sailors only 16 points in the next two quarters.Out of strong defense stemmed the offense, which was led by Amanda Padilla with 12 points. Rachel Sandoval chipped in nine; Kenzie Shreeve had eight and Stacie Santoro seven.Steamboat made it close, outscoring the Devils (2-3, 5-6), 13-7, in the fourth.”We had a couple of turnovers in the fourth quarter which could have turned the game,” Mayne said. “But we pulled together and fought to the end.”The Eagle Valley girls host Roaring Fork at 6 p.m. Tuesday, while the boys team takes the court at 7:30 p.m.Sailors outlast Devils’ boysSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Kelly Meek, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach famous for his meticulous scouting reports and schemes for the opposition, stood before his team with nothing before Saturday’s game.Eagle Valley is new to the Western Slope League this year and has a new coach in Pat Gabriel, so Meek didn’t have film or any idea what to expect. The only thing the Sailors had was a score from Friday’s game – Eagle Valley 59, Moffat County 46 – but that caught everyone’s eye.With nearly every starter and key reserve sick, Steamboat gutted out two wins this weekend, the most recent a 59-41 victory against Eagle Valley on Saturday. But in the Devils, the Sailors may have met the group of athletic, quick and scrappy players who pose the biggest threat to their repeating as league champions this season.Scott Peterson has managed to stay healthy, and his reward was to contain Eagle Valley senior Cody Gerard, a 6-foot-5 player, who, much like Steamboat’s Cameron Burney, can play inside and out.Gerard scored 10. Senior Kevin Cruz led Eagle Valley with 13 points Friday.The two teams played fairly even through the first half. The Devils had the lead after one quarter but Steamboat pulled ahead by nine at the end of the second. Burney, who finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, scored 12 points in the first 16 minutes.Two quick fouls, including an offensive foul that Eagle Valley’s Brian McDonough drew at the five-minute mark, put Burney on the bench for most of the third quarter. The Devils scored on their subsequent possession, but the Sailors, behind senior Patrick Ayres six points in three minutes, extended their lead to 46-34 by the end of the third.Eagle Valley never threatened in the fourth.DeBeque sweeps SaintsDEBEQUE – Last year, the Vail Christian boys basketball team lost at DeBeque, 107-38. This year’s meeting Saturday night in Mesa County was much more competitive with the Dragons getting by the Saints, 56-49.”Seven points is better than 69,” Saints head coach Sheldon Kuhns.A note to the Vail Christian administration – if you have an opening for a math teacher, Kuhns is your guy.As has been a pattern for Vail Christian, the Saints had a letdown quarter. Saturday night it was the second, when DeBeque outscored the Saints, 23-7. The Saints were leading, 14-9, going into that fateful period.”We’re a typical three-quarter team. If we played hockey and changed it to be three periods, we’d be OK,” Kuhns joked. “Just teasing. It’s the same story. In the second quarter, their full-court press got to us. We just gave up too many layups. It was a very competitive game.”The Saints were within 51-47 with a minute to go, but had to foul and the Dragons made their free throws. Jaryd Francis led the Saints with 14 points. Caleb Pearson put in 10 and Jamie Graef had nine, despite foul trouble.Given the competitive nature of the game, Kuhns and company are looking forward to the rematch Feb. 4 at St. Clare.”We feel very confident about getting them in our gym,” Kuhns said. “If we learned anything, we’re not just quite there when it comes to beating the best in our league. I believe by the end of the year and come districts, we’ll be beating these teams.”The Saints (1-2 in the 1A Mountain League and 6-5 overall) are at Crested Butte Friday at 5:30 p.m.The Dragons made it a sweep of Vail Christian with DeBeque knocking off the Saints girls team, 68-42. The Lady Saints will try to bounce back Friday with a 7 p.m. tilt at Crested Butte.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or, Colorado

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