Saints ready for DeBeque
It’s Vail Christian’s nemesis when it comes to the 1A Mountain League.
The Dragons give the Saints’ spikers problems in the fall, and it’s the same come winter when the two teams hit the hardwood in hoops.
The Vail Christian girls and boys basketball teams will be trying to break the spell tonight on the road at 6:30 and 8, respectively. And it will be no easy task. Both Dragons’ teams are ranked No. 5 in Class 1A. But, the Saints feel that they are up to the test tonight.
“This game is all about surprises,” Saints girls coach Patrick Beaudine said. “It’s their Senior Night. Our girls want to finish strong. This gives us an opportunity to compete and make something happen. DeBeque is always cocky. For us, it’s an opportunity.”
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“We end with them every year. They’re our rival,” boys coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “Our seniors did a good job finishing their home career with a win. We’re looking for a strong finish to the regular season. We’re looking for our second league win in a row.
“There are times we’ve come out sluggish this year. We don’t come out sluggish against DeBeque. We’re always pumped up. No rah-rah speeches are needed from me.”
Kuhns’ crew is coming of a tough 55-44 loss to Aspen’s junior varsity Tuesday. The Saints led 38-36 at the end of three quarters, only to see Aspen outscore Vail Christian, 19-6, in the fourth quarter.
“It was a tight game. We just have got to learn how to seal the deal,” Kuhns said. “We’ve been a good fourth-quarter team, but we let them dictate the pace of the game and that was our ultimate demise.”
That and the fact that Aspen went 8-for-20 from beyond the arc.
Kyle Morris led the Saints with 16, while Matt Seatvet had 11 and Jonathan Armstead chipped in seven.
The Lady Saints fell, 44-29, to Aspen’s JV Tuesday. The Skiers led, 27-8, and at the half and never looked back.
“They were skilled at all positions. They had a good post-up player and they were good outside,” Beaudine said. “We had good half court intensity on defense. But our man-to-man offense was our Achilles Heel. We’ve got to get back to attack mode on offense and pick up the intensity. We weren’t able to execute on offense.”
Rachel Glandorf led the Saints with 14 points.
More skiers for state
In our who’s who of who’s going to state, the Vail Daily omitted Battle Mountain’s Nordic entries for the state meet at Steamboat Springs. For the boys, it’s Grant Stevenson, Taylor Roach, John McGee and Clayton McRory in both disciplines. Andy Given and John McGee will be competing in classic.
For the girls, Maddie McCaulley, Meaghan Meehan, Kendall Wilson and Molly McGee are doing both freestyle and classic. Brooke Segerberg and Jane Lettovska take to the track in classic, while Whitney Allard will go for it in freestyle.
The state meet begins today with the giant slalom at 9:30 a.m. and a classic at 3 p.m. On Saturday, it’s slalom at 9:30 a.m. and freestyle at 3 p.m.