Let it snow: Spring sports kick into high gear | VailDaily.com

Let it snow: Spring sports kick into high gear

There is a winter storm advisory posted by the National Weather Service through tonight. And with that, we present you with spring high school sports in the High Country.Of course, spring sports in Rockies falls under the category of ye olde oxymoron. Nevertheless, the country’s four high schools are going to be going at it on the oval, the pitch and the diamond in the next few days.Headlining the weekend is the Eagle Valley Invite Saturday at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum. After stops and starts to the track and field season due to weather and spring holidays, Eagle Valley, Battle Mountain and Vail Christian will finally be breaking out their full teams for the first time this season. The Devils’ Wes Minett has already gotten a fine jump on the season, winning all four events he entered at Hotchkiss, including breaking the school record in the 100 meters. Teammate Sean Matheson should have a say in the race as it was his record that Minett broke. Toss in Battle Mountain’s Aaron Wilcox, and the 100 should be an intriguing contest.Watch the Devils’ Jake Rivera in the throwing events. He’ll be the favorite in the pits. Battle Mountain also usually has some strong athletes in the shot put and the discus.The Huskies are traditionally solid in the distance events and longer relays. Eagle Valley is lightning fast in the spring team events.Not to be left out of the mix is Vail Christian. Though the Saints will be a 2A team competing against bigger schools, Vail Christian, under the guidance of Bob Isbell, should make some noise in the sprints, led by Molly McGee.Getting their kicksEagle Valley girls’ soccer will have its hands full Saturday at home against Steamboat Springs. Since starting the season with a loss to No. 1 Broomfield and a tie with Battle Mountain, the Sailors have ripped off four straight.The Huskies certainly will be rooting for the Devils Saturday. Battle Mountain, in the hunt for the 4A Slope title with Steamboat, continues its road adventures at Delta today. The Huskies will stay overnight out west and take on Palisade Friday. (For the faithful, that is a change in the schedule.)Vail Mountain soccer is about the only team not in action. After a huge 3-1 win at Roaring Fork Tuesday which could go a long way toward a postseason berth, the Gore Rangers have some time to rest after a busy stretch.And while the forecast isn’t pretty, the boys of summer are at this week. Eagle Valley’s at Rifle today. The Huskies will visit the Bears for two on Saturday, while the Devils have a double-dip at defending league champion, Delta.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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