Saturday’s preps wrap
MONTROSE – The veterans were ready and they led. The youngsters seemed more than capable of the task. And this just made it red- and black-lettered for Eagle Valley track and field at the Montrose Invitational Saturday.Both Devils teams pounded the competition with team wins. And just as important – because track and field is all about math – Eagle Valley had athletes placing in just about every event.We’re not downplaying the exploits of relay teams which won their races or other fabulous individuals like Megan Osteen (high-jump winner), Michelle Carbajal (triple and long jump), Nikki Cunning (3,200 meters), Roxy Trotter (girls 800), Hunter Burnham (boys 800), but it takes a full team effort to make an impact as the season goes along. “Montrose is always a great tuneup,” said coach Jeff Shroll. “We scored points in almost every event. That’s a very encouraging sign for Eagle Valley track. We had great freshman and sophomore performances, and the vets led the way. I’m really excited for this year.”And did we mention that the Devils won the thrower’s 400-meter relay? Eagle Valley picked up the ever-important two boxes of pizza, which came with that glorious triumph.Seriously, nice omens abounded. The veterans looked crisp. Familiar ladies like Casey Lammert, Kassi Gall, Roxi Trotter, Osteen and Carbajal had their fingerprints all over the scoresheet in multiple events.On the boys’ side, the junior trio of Hunter Burnham, Nick Ross and Zeke Sandoval were doing the same. Aaron Kline was also quite a force. The newbies also looked great. Freshman Carly Volcmer was second in the girls’ 100 and 200.”Carly Volcmer, that’s four years of happiness for coach Shroll,” Shroll joked.The same could be said of the likes of Madeline Lounsberry, Taylor Martin and Riley Rowles.Eagle Valley will split its squad next week, sending its veterans to the Mickey Dunn in Grand Junction and the younger athletes to Hotchkiss.Eagle Valley results as reported by Jeff Shroll Girls Medley – first, 1:59.98, Casey Lammert, Carly Volcmer, Kassi Gall, Roxi Trotter400 relay – third, 57:82, Megan Osteen, Michelle Carbajal, Casey Lammert, Kassi Gall800 relay- fourth, 2:06, Hannah Claydon, Erika Busby, Emily Boyd, Kenzie Cooper1,600 relay – second, Carly Volcmer, Roxi Trotter, Madeline Lounsberry, Megan Osteen3,200 relay – second, 11:22, Madeline Lounsberry, Katie Hill, Tyler Beckham, Samantha Maddox High jump – Megan Osteen, first, 4-10 Triple jump – Michelle Carbajal, first, 33-8Long jump – Michelle Carbajal, first, 15-10, Megan Osteen, second, 15-5100 – Carly Volcmer, second, 13.74, Kassi Gall, fifth, 14.33200 – Carly Volcmer, second, 28.59800 – Roxi Trotter, first, 2:29, Madeline Lounsberry, third, 2:36, Kelly Cassidy, eighth 2:461,600 – Nikki Cunning, sixth, 6:08, Kelly Cassidy, eighth, 6:223,200 – Nikki Cunning, first, 13:53; Samantha Maddox, second, 14:13; Aracely Villalobos, 15:03, third 100 hurdles – Sam Lay, seventh, 20.9Discus – Taylor Martin, fourth, 87-6, Desiree Sheets, placedBoysMedley – second, 1:44.21, Christian Aguilar, Sonam Llama, Riley Rowles, Wyatt Smith400 relay – third, Satchel Jones, Nick Ross, Juan Calvo, Aaron Kline800 relay – first, 1:36.68, Nick Ross, Zeke Sandoval, Riley Rowles, Aaron Kline1,600 relay – fourth, 3:46, Zeke Sandoval, Hunter Burnham, Aaron Kline, Ryan Werner3,200 relay – fourth, 9:54, Nathan Maddox, Paul Gonzales, Andre Eisenmann, Marco Saucedo100 – Zeke Sandoval, second, 11.96; Nick Ross, third, 12.01200 – Zeke Sandoval, second, 24.71; Nick Ross, third, 25.23800 – Hunter Burnham, first, 2:10; Luis Chavez, third, 2:151,600 – Hunter Burnham, first; Nathan Maddox, placed3,200 – Nathan Maddox, second, 11:40110 hurdles – Aaron Kline, second, 16.68; Ryan Werner, fourth; 17.75, Riley Rowles, fifth, 17.92 High jump – Nick Cooper, first, 5-10Long jump – Joel Gardea, second, 19-3Discus – Nick Bontempo, second, 119Shot – Roberto Cortez, second, 41-8WINDSORHuskies shine at WindsorThe new development with Battle Mountain track and field is that the squad could be a pretty darn good football team as well.With assorted combinations of Paton Lovett, Zach Guida, Jake Engle, Chris Libertini and Reeve Sanders in relays, the Huskies have a distinct shoulder-pads-and-helmet look. Couldn’t they just carry a football instead and have Engle break out a pass to cut down some more time?”I think they’re OK with the baton,” Huskies coach Jeff Krumlauf said. “It’s a little easier on the body with no one trying to tackle them. Zach was asking if he could use the pole-vault pole (as a baton), but we’d knock some people out.”Rules interpretations aside, the addition of those mentioned above is giving the boys track and field program a nice boost in the arm. The football team relays placed in both the 400 and 800 Saturday in the Windsor Invitational.Saturday’s meet was a chance to throw the 4A Huskies into the deep end of the pool. With the likes of Loveland, Fairview and other 5A schools in the field, the Huskies still were able to swim.The girls’ team ended up fourth out of 25 teams, another promising sign for the defending league champs. Saturday was also the first time Mandy Ortiz ran in the mile. She got a personal record, so she seems ready to go.”To throw down a mile like that to start the season was impressive,” Krumlauf said.Like the Devils, the Huskies will split up this week with the varsity heading to Mickey Dunn, while the JV hits Rifle Wednesday.Battle Mountain results as reported by coach Jeff KrumlaufGirls800 relay – sixth, 1:51.82 Brooke White, Katia Lopez, LaRose Currie, Isabelle Courtois1,600 – Mandy Ortiz, second, 5:35 (pr); Valerie Constien, seventh, 5:51300 hurdles – Isabelle Courtois, third, 48.9; Brooke White, eighth, 51.82High jump – Logan Carlson, second, 4-11; Brooke White, fourth, 4-9Long jump – LaRose Currie, eighth, 14-3Triple jump – Logan Carlson, eighth, 30-9Pole vault – Bailey Garton. second, 9-6; Molly Childers, fourth, 9Boys400 relay – eighth, 46:16, Paton Lovett, Zach Guida, Chris Libertini, Reeve Sanders800 relay – fourth, 1:34.91, Paton Lovett, Jake Engle, Chris Libertini, Reeve Sanders3,200 relay – eighth, 9:17, Roberto Diaz, Brandon Osorio, Tony Luezano, Irvin RodriguezPole vault – Zach Guida, third, 13-6 (pr)BaseballDevils open with win at DeltaDELTA – Eagle Valley baseball went 1-1-1 at the season-opening Delta Tournament.And that was not a hockey tournament. The Devils tied Paonia, 4-4, in the first game of the tourney. With multiple teams and fields, there’s a time limit for games, and the Devils and Eagles hit that after nine innings. It’s a draw.Despite that statistical anomaly, call it a good weekend for Eagle Valley’s Boys of Summer.The biggest highlight was a 1-0 win against Alamosa, in which pitcher Travis Edgar was magnificent. He threw just 69 pitches in a seven-inning complete game, allowing just three hits. Cordell Schofield knocked in Juan Baca with a triple and that was all Edgar needed.”Travis just hit his spots,” Devils manager Jesse Meryhew said. “(Catcher) Zach (Linder) was just setting him up nicely. When you hit your spots you’re going to be successful.”Tanner Coulter also gave Eagle Valley a very solid outing against Paonia, going seven innings. Pitching depth is going to be key for the Devils with multiple doubleheaders in league play.Eagle Valley finished the tourney with a 10-1 loss to Montrose. According to Meryhew, Schofield pitched well, but had a few errors behind him.Eagle Valley is next in action March 27 when it hosts Battle Mountain.