Saturday’s Battle Mountain Huskies recap: Cross-country, football and volleyball all shine
St. Vrain Invitational
1. Battle Mountain, 71; 2. Palmer Ridge, 96; 3. Peak to Peak 103; 4. Monarch 136; 5. Air Academy 146.
3. Lizzy Harding, 18:58
4. Elizabeth Constien, 19:04
16. Grace Johnson, 19:47
23. Kaela Fahrney, 20:18
25. Brogan Murray, 20:29
43. Gabby Trueblood, 21:05
47. Naomi Harding, 21:18
1. Monarch 58; 2. Palmer Ridge 75; 3. Rampart 132; 4. Silver Creek 139; 5. Legend 147 … 12. Battle Mountain 341.
61. Deagen Fahrney, 18:05
63. David Reilly, 18:06
70. Nick Williams, 18:19
73. Nico Piliero, 18:22
74. James Moran, 18:23
87. Nick Apps, 18:47
88. Jason Macaluso, 18:49
LONGMONT — Battle Mountain girls cross-country continued its rampaging and pillaging of the state of Colorado winning the 4A-5A division of the St. Vrain Invitational.
This was the first race of the season that coach Rob Parish took the reins off of the team and the Huskies ended up beating an impressive field, which included Palmer Ridge (No. 2 in 4A), Peak to Peak (No. 1 in 3A), Monarch (No. 4 in 5A) and Air Academy (No. 3 in 4A).
Parish had dubbed the St. Vrain Invitational “a three-start race,” lending it extra importance.
“We got our money’s worth,” he joked.
Look at the results and see who’s not there and who’s where. Alex Raichart had college testing on Saturday. The Huskies still won. Naomi Harding returned from injury for her first race of the season and was the only team runner not allowed to slam the pedal down. The Huskies still won.
Of course, it really doesn’t hurt to have Lizzy and Liz leading the way. Lizzy Harding and Elizabeth Constein were scary good on Saturday, going third and fourth. And having the depth in quality in the likes of Grace Johnson, Kaela Fahrney, Brogan Murray and Gabby Trueblood to make up for Raichart is pretty impressive.
On the boys’ side, the Huskies saw the continued emergence of the kids. Deagen Fahrney led the way, followed by David Reilly and veteran Nick Williams. The scoring was rounded out with young and “old,” Nico Piliero and James Moran.
The Huskies were 12th, which is fine given the depth of the field. Battle Mountain was fifth among the 4A schools and Parrish has a quiet confidence that the gents will be able to complete with Silver Creek, Palmer Ridge and Air Academy as the season progresses.
Battle Mountain heads to the Eagle Valley Invite next week.
Football crushes Roaring Fork
CARBONDALE — With the stipulation that Battle Mountain football understandably isn’t playing the toughest nonconference schedule, the Huskies are 2-0 after blanking Roaring Fork, 47-0.
Given their history, it’s totally logical that Battle Mountain isn’t lining up 3A powerhouses before going into Slope play because in the immortal works of Tim Robbins’ character in Bull Durham, “Winning, it’s like better than losing.”
The Huskies rolled all over the 2A Rams as Charlie Morrow scored the first touchdown, followed by rushing scores from Traver Goldberg and Camden Dooley for a 21-0 lead after 12 minutes.
Nick Walter joined the scoring parade in the second stanza. Nick Hancock hauled in a 50-yard pass from Goldberg, which set up Morrow’s second trip to the end zone.
Goldberg to Jake Bukovich kicked off the second half. Spencer Goldberg picked a Roaring Fork pass to set up freshman Anthony Sanchez scoring a touchdown.
“We took care of business,” Huskies coach Jim Schuppler said. “We executed well. The kids are having fun, and it’s giving us some confidence.”
On defense, Schuppler gave postgame props to inside-linebacker Michael Barrows, as well as Bukovich.
Battle Mountain will finally get its home opener next week when it hosts Coal Ridge.
“Omigosh, it feels like forever,” Schuppler said. “We’re ready for a home game. At 2-0, we feel like we’ve got some momentum. It should be a raucous crowd and Coal Ridge will be our toughest game yet.”
Volleyball sweeps Rifle
EDWARDS — Battle Mountain’s spikers received their first league win of the season, sweeping Rifle, 25-21, 25-12, 25-23, on Saturday.
The Huskies were a bit short-handed because of college testing, but that didn’t stop Lillian Benway from having a monster day with more than 20 kills.
Cate Backes and Marilyn Ricca made their varsity debuts.
Battle Mountain (2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Slope) head to Gypsum on Tuesday for the first rivalry match of the year against Eagle Valley.
“This is group of hard workers and every game’s a treat,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “We know it’s the crosstown game. We just love playing the game, and we’re excited to take another good test against one of the top teams in the league.”
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