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Prep notebook: Huskies win in overtime

Battle Mountain girls soccer wins third game in a row

Soccer notes

Battle Mountain won its third game in a row on Thursday in Summit.
Rex Keep/Courtesy photo

Battle Mountain girls soccer won its third game in a row Thursday, taking down Summit High School in overtime for a 2-1 victory.

The Huskies (5-6) are 5-2 in league play with two big home games upcoming against Glenwood Springs on Saturday and Eagle Valley next Tuesday. The Devils defeated Battle Mountain for just the second time in the last 25 matchups earlier this year.

4A Western Slope Girls Soccer Standings
TeamLeagueOverall
Steamboat Springs6-09-1
Battle Mountain5-25-6
Eagle Valley3-2-26-3-2
Glenwood Springs3-4-15-7-1
Palisade1-6-12-9-1
Summit1-54-6

Eagle Valley was in Glenwood on Thursday night trying to preserve a six-game winning streak that goes back to March 24. In the end, a hard fought game resulted in a double-overtime 1-1 tie. Tatum Coe, who scored four goals in Eagle Valley’s win over Vail Mountain earlier this week, knocked in the lone goal on a free kick from just outside the box.



Jaquelyn Castellon, shown here in Tuesday’s game against VMS, helped Eagle Valley to a 2-1 win Friday night against Summit.
Tracy Coe/Courtesy photo

The Devils visited Summit on Friday night and rolled to a 2-1 win with goals from Heidi Reyes and Andrea Rocha.

No. 4 Vail Mountain School defeated No. 1 Jefferson Academy 3-2 in overtime off a free kick from Stella Stone Friday afternoon in Vail. The win handed the Jaguars just their second loss of the season.



“They were very physical, which challenged us to hold possession,” coach Bob Bandoni stated of the back and forth game.

Vail Mountain got out to 1-0 lead, but the Jaguars scored two unanswered to take a 2-1 lead late.

A ball played into Kjersti Moritz, who, lacking a solid angle at the goal, laid a beautiful pass to Tegan Sharfstein to tie the game.

In overtime, Bandoni felt his team regained their composure and came out with strong possession of the ball, which led to a foul just outside the box, setting up the 25-yard free kick strike from Stone.

“It was a beautifully executed shot,” the coach said of the game-winner.

The game comes on the heels of a tough loss to Eagle Valley on Tuesday.

“Any game, win or lose, we always talk about embracing the moment and not letting the moment go to waste, and we felt that way after Eagle Valley. And actually we were really grateful to have that kind of a physical, competitive game with them, because we know we need that,” Bandoni said.

“Yeah, you always want to be on the winning side, but for us, we always talk our way through that to make sure we’re learning as we go. So, I think we took that and parlayed it into today and knew it was going to be a tough opponent and welcomed it.”

Saturday prep slate

Soccer: Battle Mountain High School vs. Glenwood Springs — 10 a.m.

Baseball: BMHS @ Palisade (doubleheader) — 11 a.m.

Girls lacrosse: Battle Mountain High School @ Roaring Fork — 11 a.m.

Boys lacrosse: Battle Mountain High School vs. Durango – 1 a.m.

Boys lacrosse: EVHS vs. Montrose 11 a.m.

Track and Field: Battle Mountain at Liberty Bell Invitational (all day) Littleton, Colorado

Lacrosse notes

Todd Beckum’s lacrosse crew continued to make strides on Thursday, claiming a 9-7 win over Roaring Fork.

“Fantastic team win today,” Beckum stated in a post-game email, noting it was the first time his team’s entire roster was able to take the field together.

It was also the Devils’ first win against the Rams, who have been on the schedule for four years.

Eleven players combined for 42 ground balls, led by Sidney Collett’s 11, and the Devils received scoring contributions from four different players.

Sophomore Sienna Rinn scored four goals and had two assists, while C.J. Yurcak and Katie Johnson each chipped in two goals as well.

“Another stellar defensive performance by Ava and Grace Symanski, Aubrey Winstead, Katelyn Barcza and Kristen Lodge, holding Roaring Fork to one of their lowest scores this year,” Beckum stated.

Eagle Valley is at Battle Mountain on Monday.

After falling to Aspen 19-7 on Tuesday, the Battle Mountain girls lacrosse team found their way back into the win column on Thursday with a 16-4 win over Steamboat Springs.

The Huskies received scoring contributions from a variety of sources. Abby Dembeck, Annie Hilgartner and Carter Youngblood each had two goals. Molly Kessenich and Marley Lindner led the way with five and three goals, respectively, while Avery Forstl had seven groundballs and two caused turnovers. In the net, Roxy Surridge had nine saves to keep the Sailors at bay.

Battle Mountain’s only two losses this year have come at the hands of Aspen, which leads the 4A Mountain East standings. The Huskies travel to Roaring Fork on Saturday.

4A Mountain East Girls Lacrosse Standings
TeamLeagueOverall
Aspen6–07-3
Battle Mountain5-27-2
Eagle Valley4-36-4
Roaring Fork3-46-5
Steamboat Springs2-53-7
Summit0-61-10

Baseball notes

Summit’s Zach Willms was pitching a shutout into the final inning when Battle Mountain’s Elijah Morales finally got the Huskies on the board, but the Tigers won 7-1 in boys baseball Wednesday in Edwards.

Willms controlled the storyline, striking out nine as the Tiger pitching staff allowed just four hits. Offensively, Summit put up two runs in each of the first two innings, tacking on a fifth to lead 5-0 after three. Tanner Roberts took the loss on the mound after three innings of work. Cooper Irwin struck out four in allowing two runs as he and Finn Sullivan worked together to close out the game.

The Huskies travel to Palisade on Saturday. Their next home game is Monday against Cedaredge.

Tennis notes

Vail Mountain School girls tennis was busy on Wednesday, going 7-0 against Basalt in the morning before heading up the Roaring Fork Valley to knock out Aspen 7-0 in the afternoon.

“They played mentally tough and physically, they were out there for a while, so it was good to see,” head coach Hillary McSpadden said.

“They’re ready for regionals for sure.”

Senior No. 1 singles Catherine Dawsey went 6-0, 6-0 to defeat Basalt’s Storey Tramm in a dual that saw the Gore Rangers give up just 11 games in all seven matches. In Aspen Dawsey won in two sets, but McSpadden said it was “tight all the way through,” as was No. 3 singles Summer Sveum’s match.

“She played super well,” the coach said of Sveum.

Gracie Allen and Jesse Allen, No. 1 doubles players, continued their undefeated season with two wins in the windy and cold conditions.

“They dealt with it super well and we’re going to have those conditions at regionals, too,” McSpadden said.

“Our girls gradually improve as they get to regionals and they really stepped it up.” McSpadden said.

As a team, they are 74-4 across all matches.

“They’re doing really well,” McSpadden praised.

The Gore Rangers are preparing for the Class 3A Region 8 tournament at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction May 5-6, where most of their singles and doubles athletes are expected to be seeded No. 1 or No. 2.

Catherine Dawsey and Gracie Allen have been two senior leaders for the Vail Mountain School tennis team, which went 7-0 against Basalt and 7-0 against Aspen on Wednesday morning and afternoon, respectively.
Hillary McSpadden/Courtesy photo

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