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Local skiers shine in a crowd at Eldora GS

ELDORA – This is why there are divisions in high school skiing.

The Colorado High School Ski League breaks up the 15 or so schools that race alpine into four divisions, sending a pair of divisions to one site every Friday, say Ski Cooper, and the other somewhere else, say Eldora. There are too many racers participating to make one weekly high-school race logistically feasible.

(And, if you’re wondering, Battle Mountain and Vail Mountain are in the same division (B), while Eagle Valley is in Division A, and that’s why the three local teams don’t compete against each other on a week-to-week basis.)

Everyone relearned that lesson Friday. With not enough snow at Ski Cooper, every school assembled at Eldora on Friday for a giant slalom, and the result was chaos.

“It was so hard for the boys because 106 girls had already skied the course,” VMS coach Francois Nanin said. “Even if you ran first or second for the boys, it was difficult.”

“It was like an obstacle course out there,” joked Battle Mountain coach Simon Marsh.

Not only were conditions difficult with serious ruts, but assembling official results did not happen Friday. So here are the highlights from the coaches.

For Battle Mountain, Meghan DesRochers, Nicole Affleck and Isabelle Courtois turned in state-qualifying performances. Kendall VanHee was a DNF, but she’s already in.

Brinton Barry and Kevan Aubel punched their GS tickets to state. Bryan Aubel was a DNF, so he needs to get it done Feb. 3 in Loveland in the final giant slalom of the season.

For Vail Mountain, Harrison Alonzo was somewhere between 11th and 13th place. But since the cut line was in the 30s, he’s good to go.

Battle Mountain and VMS are at Copper next week, while Eagle Valley is at Loveland.


Lady Saints win, 43-28

Points. Glorious points.

Vail Christian girls basketball, which can play defense with the best of them, kick-started the offense a bit in a 43-28 nonconference win against Lake County Friday night in Edwards.

The Saints scored 30 points, a bounty this season, in the first half before they used the rest of the game to work on different systems and combinations.

McKenzie O’Brien led the way with 19 points. Maria Gonzalez had six points, while Ashlyn Gruber chipped in five.

So the $64,000 question is: Can the Saints carry some offensive momentum into the rest of their season, starting with Hayden on the road today at 2:30 p.m.?

“I told the girls in the locker room that we’re picking it up and improving a lot,” Saints coach Doug Bruce said. “We just haven’t put it together yet as a group and we’re going to keep working until it happens. I think we’re getting close.”


Huskies fall in OT

VAIL – Battle Mountain hockey is getting close to that elusive first win of the season. The Huskies fell on home ice Friday night in overtime to Monarch, 2-1.

Jake Christofferson scored in the extra frame to seal the win for Monarch. Ben Hymes had Battle Mountain’s lone goal.

The Huskies are at Steamboat today.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.

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