Late preps: Saints fall at Meeker |

Late preps: Saints fall at Meeker

MEEKER – Is Meeker the new Hayden?

This is sort of like speculating whether 40 is the new 30, but, hey, there’s a lot of time on the bus ride home from Meeker on a snowy night to think about such things.

Vail Christian boys basketball lost another gut-wrencher to the Cowboys, 69-65, in overtime Saturday afternoon. And this was on the heels of a 55-53 loss to Meeker at the season-opening Aspen Tournament.

“I was proud of our effort,” Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “I don’t know what it takes to beat Meeker. As we’ve talked about, it’s tough to win on the road in our league. But I thought we had it.”

Shooting guard Robby Bowles greeted his first game of 2012 with 20 points, which point-guard Fernando Hernadez was equally-marvelous with 19. Gunnar Wilson tossed in 13.

In the lidlifter, the Vail Christian girls basketball team took it on the chin a bit with a 56-25 loss. The hosts employed the full-court press and it stymied the Saints.

“They pressed us and we got off to a very poor start,” Saints coach Doug Bruce said. “We got rattled and by the time we got settled down, McKenzie (O’Brien) got her third foul in the second quarter. She’s a major ball-handler. The problem was defensive pressure.”

Ashlyn Gruber led the Saints with 14 points.

Both Vail Christian teams are at Gilpin County Friday night before returning home for Soroco Saturday.

VMS falls at West Grand

KREMMLING – It was a loss, but perhaps there was a bright spot in the Vail Mountain School’s 65-43 defeat at West Grand Saturday.

Guard Ben Barbour had 11 points. That may not seem like an earth-shaking development, but the Gore Rangers will need more of this if they hope to turn the corner. VMS has outstanding post players in Paco Holguin, who had 13 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks against West Grand, and Shawn McKeever (15 points, 10 rebounds and five swats).

VMS needs production from its young guards, so Barber’s 11 points is hopefully a start.

“Ben broke out and had a real nice game for us,” VMS coach Wilton Anderson said.

VMS was stretched to the limits and dressed only seven players due to injuries.

The Gore Rangers are back home Tuesday for a 4 p.m. affair against Hayden.


Battle Mountain loses on the road

DENVER – Huskies hockey fell behind 4-0 and that was too deep of a hole from which to come back in a 5-2 loss at Resurrection Christian Saturday.

The Huskies’ Jesse Greve struck on the power play with assists going to Connor Serba and Nick Vossler. Karl Norris also lit the lamp on the man-advantage with Ben Hymes getting the helper.

Battle Mountain’s road doesn’t get any easier as it heads to Regis Friday.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or

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