Saints sweep at North Park
WALDEN — Vail Christian boys basketball is over .500.
This would be the point in the article, where, you, dear reader, say, “No kidding. The reporter has finally lost his marbles.”
After all, the boys are 13-5, and .500 really hasn’t been an issue for the Saints.
Big picture, people. With Friday night’s 54-29 victory at North Park, Vail Christian boys basketball finally moved over .500 in program history. The Saints are 156-155, dating back to those early days when it was very exciting for Vail Christian to beat Soroco’s JV team. (We’re not kidding, people. That was Vail Christian’s first of the aforementioned 156.)
Win No. 156 was rather perfunctory, which is good. This weekend’s goal on what is now an epic road trip — North Park on Friday and then the long way to DeBeque, thanks to the rockslide in Glenwood Canyon — is to pick up two wins to clinch the Gore League, while resting senior Alex Davis’ ankle with an eye toward next week’s district tournament.
Ahead only 7-6 after eight minutes, Vail Christian went on a 26-8 jag in the second quarter.
“I thought the guys came out well in the first quarter,” Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “They played with a lot of intensity and the lid came off in the second quarter.”
Sebastian Moritz led the way with 14 points while Ethan Kuhns had a double-double with 10 each. Also give big props to Joseph Emmer for coming off the bench to help with rebounding and providing quality minutes.
In the lidlifter, the Saints ladies took care of North Park, 52-37.
Like the gents, this weekend is titled,” Operation Two Wins While Seeing More of Colorado Than We Ever Wanted To.”
Step one is complete.
Teams appear to be picking up on the fact that Jessie Hartley is going nuts — in a good way — in the second half of the season. Despite being the focus of a box-and-one, Hartley managed 10 points.
The good news is that Saints (14-4) continued to have balanced offense. Marti Schmidt finished with 14 points. Kass Baker and Jessie Raitt both had nine.
“It was definitely a hard-fought game,” Saints coach Jessie Raitt said. “North Park is always tough. We beat them on the boards in the second half and that was the game changer.”
That means Brittney Bossow was the hero of the game for her work on the glass.
The Saints are staying in Steamboat Springs on Friday night before heading out to DeBeque. Saturday’s games against the Dragons have been moved up to 2 and 3:30 p.m. because of the rockslide. Of course, if you haven’t hit the road for those games by the time you’re reading this, you’re probably not making it.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.