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It’s getting late early here

Chris Freud

And to wake you up on this Monday morning, we’re going to decide four league titles in the next 12 days.

By the time the dust settles on Oct. 18, we’re going to have winners in 8-man football, soccer, volleyball and cross country, so buckle up, everybody.

First, we send out best wishes to Eagle Valley’s Whitney VanVoorst, who had a season-ending ACL injury at Palisade last week.

Our first monster game is Tuesday as Eagle Valley volleyball hosts Battle Mountain in Gypsum in a rematch of the Devils’ three-game sweep of the Huskies last month in Eagle-Vail. Even without VanVoorst, the Devils are solid. Look for freshman Alex Lassa to get more playing time. The Devils also have home court.

On Battle Mountain’s side of the ledger, yes, it was a sweep last month, but all three games were 25-23. Yes, Eagle Valley had 11 serving errors, but that match was close and Battle Mountain has been improving recently.

One reminder to both teams, regardless of what happens Tuesday night, you still have to go up to Steamboat Springs on Saturday. That has spoiler written all over it.

In football, Vail Christian faces North Park Saturday and can clinch the Central League for the first time since 2003. It’s Homecoming. The Saints have rolled through teams the last five weeks with the Blue Crush and an offense that’s averaging more than 40 points per game. It’s time to add to the banner in that new gym.

And in soccer, down the stretch they come. Eagle Valley (8-1) is at Glenwood Springs Thursday and home for Steamboat Springs next Tuesday. The Huskies are at Steamboat Tuesday, home for Glenwood Saturday and at Rifle in a week.

Yes, those meetings with the Sailors and Demons are big games, but this is looking like it is all coming down to Oct. 16 ” Eagle Valley at Battle Mountain. Who would have ever thought we’d live so long that a Huskies-Devils game would be bigger than against the Sailors or Demons?

By the way, we haven’t forgotten cross country. The Huskies’ boys are going for regional title No. 5 in 12 days down in Delta. You can say hello to your favorite cross country runner Saturday at the Battle Mountain Invite at Sylvan Lake.

In other news and notes:

– What, no Oklahoma? Congrats to Eagle Valley football for its first win of the year. It’s amazing what happens when you don’t play a ranked team. One thought for the coaching staff down in Gypsum. After his fumble recovery and run, have we thought of Zac Thrall doing an imitation of The Fridge in goal-line situations? OK, maybe not.

– It was a disappointing loss for Battle Mountain football against Montezuma-Cortez. Chalk it up to learning how to win. It sounds silly ” well, duh, score more points than the other team ” but there just isn’t a tradition in Eagle-Vail. The Huskies just aren’t used to being in a game in the fourth quarter and it’s shown a few times this year. Battle Mountain has at least two more games, and maybe, three ” you know the code-speak, people ” where the team has a shot at a win. Keep the faith.

– Lost in Huskies soccer’s 8-0 win against Moffat County was that defender David Gonzalez was wearing illegal shin pads during the match. That means David ” by which we mean coach David Cope ” actually got a yellow card. Casey and Emily Quinn Cope may send Dad to bed early as a result.

– Seriously, Gonzalez has a clean sheet this year when it comes to cards after having more bookings last season than a travel agent. This is one of those under-the-radar keys to success for Huskies soccer this season.

– Who’s Vail Mountain soccer playing Saturday? Aspen? Tony Ryerson to the white courtesy phone, please.

– With three-straight wins in the 3A Slope, the Gore Rangers are making a run for orange again. Believe it or not, but Oct. 16 could have another huge soccer game with postseason implications when VMS hosts Roaring Fork.

– Happy Homecoming to Vail Christian and Vail Mountain. Go Saints and Gore Rangers.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or

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