League play heats up for BMHS, VMS
n Way to go, Huskies golf. Cassie Desmone’s squad won its second tourney of the year at Eagle-Vail on Monday. You got any tips, guys, for us weekend hacks? On second thought, better focus on today’s tournament at Eagle Ranch.
*For Battle Mountain football, the task at hand is Silver Creek. The Raptors enter with an 0-2 mark and are coming off a 38-0 loss to Platte Valley. Silver Creek’s team is three years old and no seniors dot the roster.
*Members of the Huskies coaching staff made the trip to Longmont last Friday to check out the Raptors. Silver Creek comes out of a pro-set, but will go with a full-house backfield. On the other side of the ball, the Raptors feature a 5-3 formation.
*The Huskies’ secret weapon may be chicken soup. According to coach Fred Koetteritz, the Huskies have the flu bug.
*Though the Huskies are playing as an independent, it’s worth noting that former conference foe Rifle is ranked No. 1 in Class 3A by both the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News.
*Scheduling note: Football’s games with Valley and Sanford have been moved from their respective Saturday afternoons to the previous Friday nights.
*Moving to soccer, both Battle Mountain and VMS are off to fast starts in their leagues. The Gore Rangers host CRMS today at 4 p.m., and then have a week off before Eagle Valley comes calling. Bob Bandoni’s crew has been a pleasant surprise. Naturally, Bandoni downplays his club. That is to be expected from a New England sports fan. But with VMS’ traditional learning curve and the unsettled scene in the 3A Slope, the Gore Rangers could be in the mix of things come October.
*One thing VMS will need to do is diversify on offense. Andrew Feldman scoring a bunch of goals is great, but opponents will catch on to that.
*Along those lines, how ’bout that Clay Jewett.
*VMS’ two games with Basalt (Sept. 21 and Oct. 10, the latter in East Vail) figure to be big. The Longhorns are also off to a 2-0 start in league.
*Over in Eagle-Vail, the Slope soccer season begins in earnest with Palisade on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the friendly confines. Palisade was a major thorn in Battle Mountain’s side last season, sweeping a pair from the Huskies. The Huskies are always gunning for Steamboat when it comes to league play, but Battle Mountain must takes care of business first against the likes of Palisade and Rifle.
*Speaking of taking care of business, we present Roberto Alcaras.
*With regard to the booters’ crooning, don’t quit your day job, guys.
*Huskies volleyball, having already doubled its win total from 2001, will get a good look at where it stands with games against Steamboat (tonight at 7) and Palisade on Saturday.
*In the meantime, our spies are telling us that there might be something up when the Huskies host Delta for Homecoming Sept. 28. If we told you, we’d have to kill you.
*The VMS spikers make their annual pilgrimage to the San Juans. This year there’s one less stop – Silverton dropped out of the league. But there are two wins for the taking against Ridgway and Ouray.
*Yes, I know we’re not meant to look ahead, but … Flagler is 3-0 going into its game today at Byers.
*Huskies cross country gets its first look that the 4A Slope, when the harriers head to Steamboat. Rob Finlay and Sabrina Ste. Marie, they’re fast.
*Oh, and finally, come Sunday – Niners 34, Broncos 24.