Round 3: Huskies hockey hosts Kent
Battle Mountain hockey hosts Kent Denver tonight at 6:45 at Dobson. And, if last year’s two encounters between the teams are any indication, local hockey fans are in for a treat.
During the regular season, Battle Mountain and Kent battled to a much-contested 3-3 tie at Dobson. The Huskies’ Michael Medina scored/clanked one off the post, depending on one’s allegiances, in the final three minutes to tie the game.
In the state semifinals, the Huskies and Sun Devils went to double-overtime before Brock Hovey ended it.
“I think the guys are excited finally to be at home for one thing,” Huskies coach Jade Kersey said. “We’ve got a good opponent, but we’re going to have the hometown fans and we’re going to be wearing the home colors.”
Battle Mountain has started the season 1-1, with a thrashing of Summit and a 2-1 loss to Regis last week.
Now that the Huskies have had a few days to bounce back, Kersey is feeling good about his team.
“The one thing they’ve taken to heart is preparation,” Kersey said. “The last two days, they’ve really shown that they’re more committed to preparing for a game. That’s important. In a short, season, everything counts. There’s no such thing as a part-time champion.”
Tonight’s game begins a tough stretch for Battle Mountain. The Huskies play three games in four days. After tonight’s game, the Huskies host Aspen Friday at 7:30 p.m., followed by Steamboat on Saturday.
Huskies hoops falls at Buena Vista
It was a good weekend for the Drumm family. It was a bad weekend for the Drumm family.
Senior Erin Drumm led the girls basketball team in scoring at the season-opening Buena Vista Tournament, while her younger brother, Connor, went down with a broken ankle.
The Drumm-beat of progress marches onward.
Both teams went 0-2, but Huskies hoops remains optimistic about the young season.
The girls team had what coach David Hite called, “first-game nerves,” against Buena Vista in a 53-30 loss. Down 28-5 at the half, the Huskies rallied for 19 points in the fourth quarter behind 12 points from Erin Drumm and six from Jenna Tjossem.
A slow start was not a problem for Battle Mountain against Salida. The Huskies took a 21-12 lead after the first quarter and were competitive from wire-to-wire. Battle Mountain led late, but turnovers on their final four possessions led the Huskies to a 45-43 loss.
Ironically, Battle Mountain had only 14 turnovers all weekend, a stat which bodes well for the team. Against Salida, Drumm went off for a career-best 20 points, while Kim White had eight and Nichole LeRoy scored seven.
The boys team stayed with with Buena Vista for the first seven minutes of the season-opener until Connor Drumm broke his ankle. At the time, the Huskies trailed just 18-14, but the Demons finished the half with an 18-2 run and the game was essentially over. The final was Buena Vista 69, Battle Mountain 38. Beau Beckley led the team with 14 points.
Against Salida, the Huskies fell 52-34. Blake Gammon did the honors with a team-high 12 points.
“We need to learn our offensive scheme better,” Huskies boys coach Philip Tronsrue said. “I think we got into the pace of the game and lost what our offensive concept was. We just started free-lancing. We can’t do that. We have to stay within our offense.”
The home opener for both teams is Friday against West Grand. The girls tipoff at 6 p.m., with the boys game following at 7:30 p.m.
Wrestling 13th at Middle Park
Battle Mountain wrestling got a good dose of reality at last weekend’s Middle Park Tournament.
After defeating Grand Valley and Soroco in dual action late last week, the Huskies finished 13th out of 15 teams at Middle Park.
“The kids realize just because we won so convincingly last Thursday that they have to keep working hard,” Huskies coach Jason Dutton said. “There are good wrestlers out there. The kids Thursday were tough too, but there are more experienced wrestlers out there and a lot of them.”
Heavyweight Cody Stackpole was the team’s top performer, finishing fourth with a 2-2 mark. Adam Garcia, Rudy Frausto, Jason Wooley and Daniel Trujillo all went 1-2. Garcia’s win was noteworthy, though. He defeated Moffat County’s Ryan Hampton in what could be a preview districts come February.
The Huskies host Buena Vista Thursday at 6 p.m., and are at the Buena Vista Dual Tournament Saturday.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at email@example.com.