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Huskies take Wolf Creek Classic

PAGOSA SPRINGS – There is a reason that Battle Mountain works on free throws everyday in practice. Battle Mountain was tied at 52 with Pagosa Springs at the end of regulation in the championship of the Wolf Creek Classic. Pagosa went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe. The Huskies were 2-for-3, and that was your ball game as the Huskies won the Wolf Creek Classic title Saturday, 54-53, in overtime.”It’s pretty indescribable. It’s the first championship they’ve won under me,” Huskies basketball coach Phiilp Tronsrue said. “(Pagosa Springs) is going to the (3A state tournament). We did it in their gym. We went out on the road and found a way to win.”And no one was more crucial than big man Connor Drumm. The Huskies had the ball with seven seconds to go, trailing by three. The Huskies looked for Drumm, but the ball was deflected out of bounds. On the throw in, center Trent Beckley set the screen and fed Drumm for the 3-pointer which sent the game into overtime. Drumm finished the game with 24 points against the Pirates. Beckley, making the necessary adjustments to his position, had a great game with 16 points.Earlier in the day, Battle Mountain beat Gunnison, 69-34, behind 21 from Drumm, 20 from Beckley and nine from Derek Rush.The Huskies, 4-1, host Aspen Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.Huskies top Pumas, 4-2SUPERIOR – Don’t call this a rebuilding year for Battle Mountain hockey just yet.Just one week after being blown out of the water by No. 2 Aspen, 8-4, the No. 5 Huskies doubled up No. 4 Peak to Peak Saturday night, 4-2.”(Peak to Peak) was undefeated,” Huskies coach Gary Defina said. “They beat Machebeuf and Kent Denver and we knocked them from the ranks of the unbeaten. We were really fired up.”Derek Byron certainly was. After a scoreless first period, Byron scored six seconds into the middle stanza on a helper from linemate Casey Kleisinger. Ryan Maddux fed Kleisinger later in the period before Peak to Peak’s Ryan Myers scored the first of his two.Byron recovered a Jonny Stevens blast from the point and stuffed it into the net to make it 3-2 with three minutes left in the third. Byron made it a hat trick with an empty netter in the closing seconds for his hat trick.Goalie Foster Fox backstopped the effort, earning praise from his coach.”Foster played great,” Defina said. “He stood on his head.”The coach split the first star between Byron and Fox and gave out the third to Kleisinger.Battle Mountain (2-1 overall and 1-0 in the Metro) is at Air Academy Saturday in a rematch of last year’s state-title game.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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