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Prep notebook: Husky hockey and VMS basketball win third straight

Nordic ski teams competed at Snow Mountain Ranch on Friday afternoon in first league meet of the season

Battle Mountain won its sixth 2022 girls state ski championship last season and looked strong in Thursday's Alpine races and Saturday's cross-country league opener at Snow Mountain Ranch.
Jeff Apps/Courtesy photo

Hockey notes

Battle Mountain hockey won its third game in a row on Friday, taking down Air Academy 10-0. The Huskies dispatched Lewis-Palmer 3-2 in Monument on Thursday and No. 6-ranked Kent Denver 2-1 on Tuesday. All three games were road victories. Against Kent Denver, Trevyn Delong and Rutley Heinemann scored goals, while Heinemann and Declan Kelly each notched an assist.

The Huskies (4-4) were ranked No. 7 in the most recent CHSAANow.com 4A poll. They are at home next Friday against Summit (1-4-1).

Basketball notes

Vail Mountain School boys basketball is also on a bit of a win streak. The Gore Rangers, who started the year 0-2, moved to 3-2 after Thursday’s 73-47 league win over Caprock Academy at home. The Gore Rangers (now 1-0 in the 2A/1A Western Slope) used a strong second quarter, outscoring the Eagles 21-8 to go up 31-18 at the half. In the third, VMS tightened the screws, dropping 23 and holding the visitors to just 12 points.



The Gore Rangers play at Rangely (5-3) on Saturday.

The Vail Christian girls basketball team avenged its December loss to Caprock Academy, defeating the Eagles 39-32 on Friday on the road. Daisy Palacio led the way with 18 points as the Saints came back from a 12-7 deficit to take a 19-17 lead at halftime. After a defensive third quarter that saw only 11 total points, the Saints pulled away in the fourth quarter to move to 3-3 on the season.

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“Played great defense, both man and zone,” stated head coach Tim Pierson afterwards. “The girls handled their press well.”

Vail Christian is 1-1 in the league and hosts Soroco (1-5) on Saturday.

The Eagle Valley girls fell to Durango 56-22 in Gypsum on Friday night. Durango moved to 10-1 while the Devils fell to 3-6. Eagle Valley plays at Grand Junction next Tuesday.



Nordic Ski notes

The Nordic ski squads for Eagle Valley, Battle Mountain and Vail Mountain School competed in the first league race of the season at Snow Mountain Ranch on Friday. The meet consisted of a 3-kilometer classic race in the morning and a 5-kilometer individual start skate race in the afternoon. The Huskies were second by four points in the team scoring for the classic race and won the skate race in the afternoon.

“Very strong field of racers in both men’s and women’s race,” stated Huskies head coach Jeff Apps. “Very proud of the Battle Mountain women’s team for their first and second place. Eleven boys and eight girls from Battle Mountain qualified for the state meet in February from today’s race.” 

Addie Beuche, Molly Reeder, Kira Hower, Lindsey Whitton and Presley Smith were the point scores for the girls. While the state meet team scores utilize only a team’s top three athletes, in league races, it is the top four.

Sylvia Brower of Middle Park set the early standard in the morning races (11:02). Ella Bullock (11:09) of Lake County was second and Beuche (11:29) finished in fourth, right behind Summit’s Ella Hagen (11:26), who guided her team to the narrow win in the classic race. All four Huskies finished in the top 12. Ava Bergsten (13:09) led Eagle Valley (eighth-place team finish) in the classic mass start, placing 32nd, and Cecily Elton (17:33) placed 77th for VMS (12th).

In the afternoon, it was Hagen (16:35) who took the win by a wide margin, with Bullock (16:58) chasing in second again. Beuche and Kira Hower came in fourth and fifth for the Huskies and Bergsten (19:26) improved to 25th in the skate technique.

“The SMR courses are always awesome due to the vast terrain options,” stated Eagle Valley head coach Paul Steiner. “The temperature was cold (-10 degrees Celsius at the start) and the track was in pristine shape which made for perfect classic conditions.” 

Full results can be found at kandutiming.com.

Snow Mountain Ranch League Nordic ski race – team results

3K classic girls team scores

1

Summit

211

2

Battle Mt.

207

3

Poudre

192

4

Lake County

186

5

Middle Park

180

6

Steamboat

162

7

Aspen

133

8

Eagle Valley

126

9

Nederland

124

10

Clear Creek

85

11

Evergreen

84

12

Vail Mt.

77

5K skate girls team scores

1

Battle Mt.

209

2

Summit

201

3

Lake County

190

4

Middle Park

179

5

Poudre

167

5

Steamboat

167

7

Aspen

149

8

Eagle Valley

141

9

Nederland

121

10

Clear Creek

89

11

Evergreen

84

12

Vail Mt.

0

3K classic boys team scores

1

Summit

220

2

Middle Park

193

3

Poudre

180

3

Vail Mt.

180

5

Battle Mt.

171

6

Lake County

165

7

Steamboat

138

8

Eagle Valley

130

9

Evergreen

115

10

CRMS

98

11

Aspen

83

12

Nederland

69

13

Clear Creek

67

5K skate boys team scores

1

Summit

220

2

Middle Park

192

3

Vail Mt.

186.5

4

Battle Mt.

186

5

Poudre

161

6

Lake County

148

7

Eagle Valley

142

8

Steamboat

139.5

9

Evergreen

111

10

CRMS

102

11

Aspen

80

12

Nederland

71

13

Clear Creek

70

Gray Barker posted the top time out of 125 boys in the classic race with a mark of 8 minutes, 55 seconds. VMS skier Mason Cruz-Abrams (9:21) was the top area finisher in sixth, followed by his teammate Cyrus Creasy (9:57) in 11th as VMS skied to third-place finishes in both classic and skate. Kyle Ross (10:10) and Connor Larson (10:18) led Battle Mountain, which placed fifth in classic and fourth in skate, and Kai Skellion (10:24) was tops for Eagle Valley, which was eighth in classic and seventh in skate.

In the skate race, Cruz-Abrams hopped up to fifth, Ross moved into seventh, and Will Brunner placed ninth for VMS.

“We’re very stoked with how our crew came out and skied at SMR,” Steiner said. “The competition was stout which was great for our younger skiers to see.  Looking forward to racing the Steamboat course next week.” 

“A great day of racing,” said Lake County coach Karl Remsen, who was impressed by the local squads’ performances. “Summit is the team to beat, but Battle Mountain isn’t too far behind on the women’s side. Vail Mountain boys showed they will be strong all season.”

The league season continues next Saturday in Steamboat with individual start skate races.

Ethan Barber competes at the CHSSL meet at Snow Mountain Ranch on Friday.
Paul Steiner/Courtesy photo

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