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Huskies’ Sanders signs at N.W. Missouri St.

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado
Kelsey Sanders

MARYVILLE, Mo. ” Northwest Missouri State head women’s soccer coach Tracy Hoza announced the signing of three student-athletes to national letters of Intent recently, including Battle Mountain’s KelseySanders.

“This year’s recruiting class is a very solid class with defenders, midfielders and forwards,” Hoza said. “They’re a very upbeat group that will add to our team next year both on and off the field. I’m very excited.”

Sanders set the school season goal record with 30 in 2006. Last year, she earned first team all-league, honorable mention all-state, and academic all-state honors. In 2005, Sanders earned second-team accolades on the all-league and all-state squads. She is also a three-year honor roll student and member of the Vail Valley Soccer Club.

“We’re looking forward to adding Kelsey in goal-scoring capabilities to our team next fall,” Hoza said.

Club spikers continue success

Playing against some of the best teams from all over the United States, both of the FRVBC-Mountain Division teams qualified for Division I play on the all-important first day of the Colorado Crossroads Junior National Qualifier, held last weekend at the Denver Convention Center

Both the Mountain Division 14-unders and the 16-unders each finished in second place in their pools with identical 2-1 match records, placing them in that elite upper half of the competition.

The second day, however, became a different story. The young Mountain Division 14’s came up against teams from Central California Gold, the USA South 14 Black, and the CSA 14 Silver, losing all three of their matches on day two of the rugged competition; and, then lost their first round playoff match to yet another Central California volleyball club, the Central Cal 14 Silver, to finish the tournament with a 2-5 match record.

But, due to their tenacity on the first day, the Vail Valley 14’s finished 41st out of 91 teams.

On the other side of the convention center, the Mountain Division 16’s had their hands full on the second day of competition. They showed their mettle against the top two teams in their pool, pushing both the No. 1-seeded Texas squad, the Alamo 16 Gold National, and the No. 2-seeded Nebraska squad, the Omaha Wave 16 Kuana, to all three games in the best two-out-of-three format before succumbing.

They did manage to beat a solid C-3 16 Black squad to finish the day at 1-2 in matches and to finish at 3-4, and in 37th place out of 124 teams in their division.

The FRVBC-Mountain Division teams return to Rocky Mountain Region-USAV Power League action on April 1.

The FRVBC-Mountain Division 16s are is made up of players from all over the Western Slope including the Eagle County, Roaring Fork Valley, Glenwood Springs, and New Castle. The FRVBC-Mountain Division 14s are made up of players from the Vail Valley and Summit County.

The Front Range Volleyball Club-Mountain Division teams train three days per week at Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards.

SSCV hosts Nordic race

Mango’s Mountain Grill and Ski and Snowboard Club Vail have collaborated to create a cross-country ski race ” the Shrine Mad March.

On March 24, racers will challenge themselves and one another for 17 kilometers up and over Shrine Pass and into Red Cliff. There’s a postrace party at Mango’s Mountain Grill.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the programs of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, one of the Vail Valley’s oldest youth non-profit organizations. Founded in 1962 to provide training and competition to aspiring young ski racers, SSCV remains true to its roots today by instilling the values of character, courage and commitment into hundreds of youth who participate in its on-snow winter programs each season.

Pre-registration is encouraged. To register or for more information, please visit or contact Jennifer Vance at (970) 790-5122 or

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