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Prep notebook: VMS defeats Steamboat Springs in boys soccer

Stovall and Hendricks win season-opening mountain bike races

Landen Stovall placed third overall in the varsity boys state championship race in Glenwood Springs.
Rick Stovall/Courtesy photo

Soccer: Vail Mountain scored two second-half goals to come back against Steamboat Springs and claim a 2-1 victory Tuesday night in Vail. Charlie Reisman helped the Sailors get on the board first, finding Olin Webster for the lone Steamboat goal. Thomas Steele and Nolan Kim scored for VMS in the second, with an assist coming from Rutley Heinemann. The Gore Rangers improved to 2-1 and 1-0 in league play after the win, while Steamboat Springs fell to 2-2. VMS is in Aurora on Friday to face Lotus School for Excellence.

Volleyball: Battle Mountain opened its season with an exciting 3-2 win on Monday against Evergreen. After winning the first set 25-20, the Huskies fell in the next two 27-25, 25-19 before rallying in the fourth, 25-23. In the decisive fifth set, the Huskies pulled away to win 19-17 to start the year 1-0. Battle Mountain is at Montrose on Saturday in another non-league matchup.

Mountain biking: The Colorado High School Cycling League’s 2022 fall mountain bike season got underway last weekend, with two-days of racing in Leadville and Frisco. Eagle Valley’s Landen Stovall and VSSA rider Keely Hendricks emerged victorious in the three-lap Yampa region races in Frisco on Saturday.

Stovall road side-by-side with Summit’s Nicholas Konecny, a three-time U.S. national mountain bike champion, and Steamboat Springs’ Aidan Haack for the first two-thirds of the race. The trio completed the first lap in 25:38 and the second in 25:51. On the third lap, Stovall ratcheted up the pace, growing a 35-second lead by the finish to win in 1 hour, 16 minutes and 56.24 seconds. Konecny finished in 1:17:32.03 and Haack was third in 1:17.57.49.

VSSA had two riders in the top 10, with True Bennett (1:19:59.20) in fifth and Reiner Schmidt (1:23:43.98) in eighth. Eagle Valley’s Aiden Brown (1:24:26.24) finished in 10th in the 36-athlete field.

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In the girls’ race, Hendricks fought off a charging Haydn Hludzinski in the final lap. Hendricks created a 54-second lead after the first lap and extended that by 35 seconds on the next. But the Boulder rider charged on the third, completing it in 33:00 to Hendricks’ 34:27. Still, the VSSA rider had enough in the tank to pull out the win, completing the course in 1:40:31.83.

Eagle Valley’s Stella Sanders (1:46:12.87) was the only other local in the top 10, placing fifth in the 13-athlete field.

The CHSCL consists of over 160 teams, which are divided into four regions — Piedra, Crystal, Yampa and Platte. Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley and VSSA all compete in the Yampa region against 20 other schools. Teams compete in four regular season races to earn qualifying slots at the state championships, which are Oct. 22-23 in Glenwood Springs. The top-25 boys and girls from each region (100 total), based on scores from individuals’ top three race performances, qualify for the state championship.

Colorado High School Cycling League season schedule

Race #1: Aug. 27-28


Saturday: Yampa; Sunday: Crystal


Saturday: Piedra; Sunday: Platte

Race #2: Sept. 10-11


Saturday: Crystal; Sunday: Yampa


Saturday: Platte; Sunday: Piedra

Race #3: Sept. 24-25

Steamboat Springs

Saturday: Yampa; Sunday: Platte


Saturday: Piedra; Sunday: Crystal

Race #4: Oct. 8-9


Saturday: Crystal; Sunday: Yampa


Saturday: Platte; Sunday: Piedra

State Championships: Oct. 22-23, Glenwood Springs

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