Saturday’s prep sports wrap
MONTROSE – Without putting the cart ahead of the horse, Battle Mountain soccer’s season opener Saturday at Montrose was important.
It does sound silly talking postseason after the first of 15 regular-season games, but the Huskies have made the playoffs every year dating back to 1998 when they were a 3A team.
Battle Mountain’s 2-1 win over the host Indians, who are also postseason regulars, Saturday should serve the Huskies well come state-playoff seeding in October.
“We know we will be compared to (Montrose),” Huskies coach David Cope said.
And what would a postgame with Cope be without a analogy about team-building?
“On picture day, we had one shot where we made a pyramid,” said the coach who started his 20th year at the helm of the program Saturday. “But we didn’t have anyone on the top of the pyramid. We said to the fellas, ‘This is symbolic. We have a solid foundation and accomplished a lot, but there’s no apex on this pyramid. That has to be the focus.'”
There are big hopes in Battle Mountain’s camp this year with a senior-loaded squad, so naturally, two juniors put up goals for the Huskies and they were high-quality markers.
In the seventh minute, Alex Trujillo came down the left side and floated a serve perfectly to Roberto Diaz, who one-timed it with his head into the net.
The Huskies started off the second half quickly with another nice run. Gunnar Wilson overlapped from the back and fired a shot on net. The Montrose goalie parried the shot, but Trujillo dove in for the header on the rebound.
“It never touched the ground,” Cope said.
One downer for the Huskies was an ankle injury to Chris Shea.
Battle Mountain has its home and league opener against Palisade Thursday at 4 p.m. in Edwards.
Vail Christian football rolls
COLBRAN – Right now, Vail Christian quarterback Austin Ellsworth is completing his passes at an 88-percent clip and Saints running-back Mack Cooper is averaging 32 yards per carry.
All is good with Vail Christian 8-man football after a 36-8 season-opening win at Plateau Valley in nonconference action Saturday.
“It would be nice,” said Vail Christian football coach Tim Pierson about Cooper maintaining his yards-per-carry average. “It would be great if the offensive line keeps it up with their blocking.”
OK, probably not, but Cooper started with a 80-yard touchdown run on Vail Christian’s first play of the year.
Ellsworth completed 8-of-9 passes for 191 yards and the Saints’ next three touchdown. Cole Caynoski, Michael Lange and freshman Alex Davis were on the receiving end of those scoring passes. Kennedy Nary finished the day with a two-yard TD run.
Defensively, the Saints nearly got the shutout with Ethan Ellsworth leading the unit with 15 tackles. Branden Currey had two sacks.
“Defensively, we played well as a team,” Pierson said. “The young kids got a lot of playing time and showed a lot of heart and promise.”
The Saints have their home opener Friday at Eagle Valley at 7 p.m. against Rocky Mountain Lutheran.
Saints spikers go 2-2
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – It’s a whole new world for Vail Christian volleyball this year, but the Saints made a good first step or two at this weekend’s tournament down in Glenwood Springs.
The Saints went 2-2 with wins over Rifle and Aspen, while bowing to Lutheran and Roaring Fork.
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