Playoff time for local high school squads
Welcome to the playoffs or congratulations on still being in the playoffs.
All four local schools have a rooting interest this week with Battle Mountain volleyball, Eagle Valley volleyball, Vail Christian football and Vail Mountain soccer.
After refreshing and refreshing and refreshing on chsaa.org, the Huskies, Devils, Saints and Gore Rangers know where they are going.
A quick look:
Monday was a happy day in Edwards. Imagine that — a happy Monday.
Battle Mountain got No. 9, and we’re not talking Emily Clinton, although she will be involved in this.
Maxpreps.com spit out No. 9 and thus the Huskies will host the aptly named Class 4A Region 9 Volleyball Tournament.
Battle Mountain (20-3) hosts Windsor at 1 p.m. and Mountain View at roughly 4 p.m., with Windsor and Mountain View playing each other at 2:30 p.m. As always, your mileage may vary with start times in tournaments — 1 p.m. for the first match is definite and that’s it.
Windsor is 10-13 and has been in a bit of a tailspin of late. The Wizards have lost eight straight, dating back to an Oct. 2 win against Tri-Valley league opponent Skyline.
Mountain View is 15-8 and finished second in the Northern League. (For longtime Huskies fans, Mountain View was the opponent in the state final in 2006.)
Speaking of history, Battle Mountain was No. 5 last year at this stage of the season and beat Canon City before bowing in three straight to Coronado to fall short of the state tournament.
That said it’s a different year. The big question for Battle Mountain is the status of setter Maddie Perkins, who’s been out since Oct. 2 with an ankle injury.
Eagle Valley (19-4) finished just one place out of hosting at No. 13, and will be at No. 12 Air Academy along with No. 25 Pueblo East.
This is obviously a bit curious to Camp Eagle Valley. The Devils won the Slope League last week, ahead of Battle Mountain, but the computers didn’t agree, so it’s off to the Springs.
Pueblo East is 18-5 in the South Central League, second place among the Pueblos — West, East, South, County, Centennial and Central. (For some reason, there is no North.) The host Kadets went 13-10 and finished third in the Pikes Peak League.
Eagle Valley, which enters with a 12-game winning streak, plays Pueblo East at roughly noon and then Air Academy at 1:30 p.m.-ish.
Vail Christian 8-man football starts the state playoffs with the No. 8 seed and will host perennial power Merino at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Homestake Peak School (aka old Battle Mountain) in Eagle-Vail.
The Rams went 6-3 overall this year and were 2-3 in Plains League. The latter is telling, as the Plains League is the NFL of 8-man football. There are 16 teams in the 8-man bracket and five of them are out of the six-team Plains League.
Seven of Merino’s nine games were against playoff teams and it was 4-3 against those opponents. The Rams have nonconference wins against No. 7 Simla, No. 4 Granada and No. 14 McClave and beat No. 13 Sedgewick County in league play.
The Saints will probably not be found in the fetal position in a corner. Vail Christian is eager to show it’s on a par with the Plains League.
In other news from the draw, Elbert is the only other team from the Central League in the postseason. Elbert got No. 16 and is at No. 1 Dayspring Christian, also of the Plains.
Norwood was the only Slope team to make the playoffs. The Mavericks are No. 2 and host Fowler. Soroco did not qualify.
The Gore Rangers knew they were in the Elite Eight. The only question about Friday was where? VMS will be at Denver Christian, 1-0 winners over Faith Christian.
VMS and the Crusaders kick off at 3 p.m.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.