Pick a name, any name: Prep sports resume
The Anaheim Angels announced Monday that the team was changing its name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.That’s a mouthful, ain’t it? But it got us to thinking, which albeit is a rare occurrence. With local high school sports returning this week after the holiday break, what should we be looking for teams, say like the “Eagle Valley Devils of Gypsum Located West of Eagle?”With that in mind, a look this week’s action:– The headliner is the aforementioned Eagle Valley basketball teams paying a call on the “Battle Mountain Huskies Who Used to Be From Minturn and Red Cliff,” on Saturday night. The ladies start at 6 p.m. in Eagle-Vail, followed by the guys at 7:30 p.m. in the 4A Slope opener for all four squads.
On the girls’ side, the Devils are 3-3, having finished second in last month’s Western Slope Tournament in Craig. The Huskies, 4-3, took fifth at that same tournament, so it should be a good test for both teams.The Eagle Valley boys, 3-3, will be looking for some revenge in the nightcap. Battle Mountain beat the Devils, 51-47, in the fifth-place game of the Western Slope Tournament. Battle Mountain at 6-2 is off to its best start since 2000-01 when it was 8-0 only to lose to … Eagle Valley.Before the local rivalry, both Battle Mountain teams face the “Tigers of Farmer’s Korner, the Pride of Summit County,” Thursday. The boys are on the road, while the girls are back in Eagle-Vail. Both games tip at 7 p.m.– The NHL is silent, but there will be plenty of hockey for the Huskies this week at Dobson. Battle Mountain hosts the “Sailors of Steamboat Springs of Routt County” tonight at 6:45. Friday at 6:30 p.m., it’s the “Mitchell Marauders Whose Uniforms Look Like the Denver Broncos of Old.” Saturday, the “Pueblo Hornets Whose Sting Can Be Felt all the Way to Canyon City,” are in town for a 6 p.m. tilt
The “Vail Huskies of Battle Mountain” are 5-0, and are still likely flying high after the teams big win over archrival, “Englewood’s Kent Denver, Home of the Sun Devils,” before the break.– On the mat, Battle Mountain has a huge challenge Thursday with a road dual against the “Moffat County Bulldogs Who Live in the Nether Regions of the Northwestern part of Colorado.”Saturday, it’s the Eagle Valley Invitational at 9 a.m. There, the “Dotsero Devils Who Actually Wrestle in Gypsum,” host a plethora of teams from around the state, including Battle Mountain.– On the snow, now that we finally have some, the Devils, Huskies and the “Vail Mountain School Boston Red Sox” alpine teams are at Winter Park Friday for a giant slalom. Saturday, it’s Nordic classic, also at Winter Park.
— “Vail Christian of Edwards near Cordillera” basketball starts up Friday. The Saints have the junior varsity of “Aspen Where There is a Two-SUV Minimum,” at St. Clare. Thursday’s games are at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., for the girls and boys, respectively.Next for the Saints will be the “Ridgway We Don’t Know Where We Live Demons,” in the conference opener Saturday. Tip times are 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.– As a sidenote, Vail Christian co-captain Rachel Glandorf’s favorite baseball team is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail Colorado