Prep notebook: No. 4-ranked Gore Rangers boys soccer team gets back in the win column
Eagle Valley softball gets big league win over Rifle in extra innings
Two area soccer teams grabbed wins on Thursday. Vail Mountain School got a goal from Winston Pillsbury off a Sebastian Uribe assist to defeat Roaring Fork 1-0 in Vail. It was the first loss of the season for the Rams, who are now ranked seventh in 3A. The Gore Rangers (6-3), the defending 2A state champions, sit fourth in the 2A state rankings as of Friday.
Vail Mountain School will continue to test itself against 3A and 4A competition, as it has throughout the season. The Gore Rangers host Summit next Tuesday before traveling to face their rivals from Crested Butte next Friday. The Titans (8-1) lost to VMS in the state semifinals last year and won the 2A state crown in 2021 and 2022.
Eagle Valley also picked up a Thursday-night win, it’s second-straight, by defeating Grand Junction Central 1-0 in Gypsum. The Devils (5-4-1) are off until next Saturday, when they travel to Montrose.
Battle Mountain scored six first-half goals and added another in the second to defeat Atlas Preparatory School 7-0 in Edwards on Friday night. The Huskies improved to 8-1 on the season.
4A top 10
- Centaurus 9-0-1
- Silver Creek 6-2
- Battle Mountain 7-1
- Northfield 7-0
- Skyline 6-1
- Steamboat Springs 5-2-1
- Windsor 5-2-1
- Mead 5-1-1
- Cheyenne Mountain 6-1-3
- Air Academy 6-2
2A top 10
- Thomas MacLaren School 5-1
- Dawson School 4-0-2
- Crested Butte 8-1
- Vail Mountain 6-3
- Fountain Valley 4-1
- Lotus School for Excellence 5-1-2
- Loveland Classical 3-2-1
- Bishop Machebeuf 6-1
- Telluride 4-3
- Front Range Baptist 3-1-1
Softball notes: Eagle Valley defeats Rifle in extra innings
Eagle Valley softball came back from a 5-2 deficit in the fourth inning to defeat Rifle 8-7 in eight innings on the road Wednesday night. It was just the third loss of the year for Rifle (11-3). The league-win gives the Devils (9-5, 2-1 league) control of the 4A Western Slope.
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Baylee Castillo and Lily Brueck each had two hits for the Devils. Brueck drove in a pair of runs and scored twice herself and Phedre Kempton pitched a complete game in the win.
Battle Mountain defeated Middle Park 25-4 on Tuesday. Marin Carr had a big day for the Huskies, going 2-for-4 from the plate with a home run three RBI and three runs scored. The Huskies fell to Rifle on Friday in Edwards by a score of 28-2 to drop to 2-5 on the season.
Cross-country notes: Middaugh and Whitton claim individual wins at Dave Sanders Invitational
Porter Middaugh and Will Brunner finished first and second, respectively, in the D2 varsity class at the Dave Sanders Invitational on Friday in Littleton, Colorado. Middaugh completed the 5-kilometer Clement Park cross-country course in a time of 15 minutes, 38 seconds, which was faster than all but two athletes in the D1 race as well. Brunner finished in 15:56, 61-seconds clear of the third place finisher, Kaden Pullar of Littleton. The Huskies finished third as a team.
Lindsey Whitton won the D2 girls race by six seconds, running 19:27 to guide the Huskies to the team win. Ruthie Demino (20:39) placed ninth, Presley Smith (22:00) was 22nd, Addie Beuche (22:01) was 23rd and Snow Swihart (22:45) finished 35th as Battle Mountain scored 88 points to sneak past Lake County (93) for the victory.