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Huskies’ Sedlak steps down in Eagle-Vail

SPT Jason Sedlak PU 2-25-07

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” Battle Mountain football is again looking for a head football coach.

Jason Sedlak, who completed his first year at the helm last fall and had been an assistant under former coach Pat Engle, told his players Wednesday that he was stepping down to pursue career opportunities back in Michigan.

“He’s a young guy who has plenty of potential. We’re going to miss him,” Battle Mountain athletic director Rich Houghton said. “Sometimes, you’ve got to do things in life. He told the kids in the meeting that there are great kids in the program and more coming up from the middle schools. It was hard for him to walk away.”

According to Houghton, Sedlak was having a hard time balancing his job and his coaching duties. Sedlak talked to Houghton on Monday, met with the team Wednesday and sent out an e-mail to the football team’s parents.

Sedlak will stay involved with the team through the end of May to provide continuity. Meanwhile, Houghton begins looking for Battle Mountain’s sixth coach since 1997 (Scott Wiedeman, Duane Butcher, Fred Koetteritz, Engle and Sedlak).

Huskies football, which has struggled mightily since the mid-90s, desperately needs stability in the coaching ranks to increase participation numbers, not to mention having playing systems in place.

“I think the key is to have a teacher and football coach in the building, who is in contact with the kids all the time,” Houghton said. “A stable work situation, that’s what we are looking for. This is the time of year when teachers tell us that they’re not coming back for next year, so it’s good time of year for openings like this.”

Houghton said that he has posted the job opening on CHSAA’s Web site as well as the other usual spots. He also said that he would be contacting coaches who applied for the job year when Sedlak took over from Engle.

The Huskies went 1-9 under Sedlak with a 38-22 win at Montezuma-Cortez.

VMS blanks Rams

CARBONDALE ” Vail Mountain School girls soccer erupted in the second half Wednesday for a 3-0 win at Roaring Fork.

The win moved the Gore Rangers to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the 3A Western Slope.

After a scoreless first half, Taylor Biegler scored on a direct kick which clipped the right corner. Minutes later, Kaitlin Zdechlik blacked a corner kick into the box. Molly Etters stepped into it and drove the ball into the net.

Harper Kaufman to Etters finished things off for VMS.

“They were playing a high-line defense and we actually peppered the net with shots in the first half,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “Their goalkeeper kept them in the game. At halftime, we talked how to beat their high line of defenders and created better chances. The difference was that we finished on our chances in the second half.”

In other local action, Eagle Valley (0-3) fell at Delta, 5-1, on Tuesday. Nicole Luczkow notched the Devils’ first goal of the season.

Eagle Valley hosts Rifle today at 5 p.m.

Spring changes

With high school sports starting up for the spring, the weather is playing havoc with the schedule.

Battle Mountain soccer was snowed out Tuesday at Glenwood Springs. That game is now going to be played May 1. Vail Christian soccer’s home debut against Community Christian also got scrubbed. There is no makeup date yet for that game.

Battle Mountain baseball, which dropped a pair Tuesday at Palisade, is hitting the road for some green grass. The Huskies’ home doubleheader Saturday is moving to Rifle. Battle Mountain was meant to host Eagle Valley Tuesday at 4 p.m., but that game is now in Gypsum.

Battle Mountain track and field’s home meet Tuesday is also headed west to Gypsum.

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