Saturday’s preps wrap
RANGELY — Silly. Just silly.
Vail Christian basketball’s Sebastian Moritz erupted for 45 points — that’s not a typo — in the Saints’ 85-62 win at Rangely — also not a typo.
Yep, that’s a school record. Logan Raitt held the old mark with 35 points.
And while Moritz does get the headline — 45 points in a high school game is quite a moment — the Saints boys basketball team also won in Rangely in a game it needed to have in the 2A Slope.
Vail Christian (7-8 overall and 7-3 in league) won to keep ahead of the Vail Mountain School in their race for the third spot come districts. This was only the Saints’ second win at Rangely in the program’s history.
“It was a complete team win,” Vail Christian coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “Both games this weekend, we got contributions from everyone. It’s obviously cool that Seb got the record, but the team is playing a lot better and it frees up Seb.”
In the girls game, Vail Christian fell to the host Panthers, 66-50. Jesse Raitt had 15 points, while Sarah Heredia continued her breakout with 14.
Both Vail Christian squads are home on Friday against Cedaredge.
Devils fall at Steamboat
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Blasted Ethan Riniker.
The Steamboat Springs senior sank a bucket with 15 seconds to go on Friday night as the Sailors upset Eagle Valley, 48-47.
It was three games in four nights for the Devils (13-6 overall and 6-2 in the Slope). Steamboat’s a tough place to play, and Eagle Valley didn’t play its best.
“We still hold our destiny in our own hands with Rifle on Tuesday,” Devils coach Chris Walls said. “That’s the one we need to take. We still feel good about that. Tonight was just one of those games.”
The biggest concern is Jimmy Murphy. He went down with a knee injury on Friday night. Walls said there’s no definite news yet. Feel free to think good thoughts, nonetheless.
Eagle Valley’s girls got the perfunctory 41-34 win over Steamboat earlier on Friday night.
As coach Walls noted, the Devils host Rifle on Tuesday at 5:30 and 7 p.m. in big games for both teams.
Huskies sweep Doherty
EAGLE — Battle Mountain hockey got the brooms out.
The Huskies swept their doubleheader at the Eagle Pool & Ice Rink on Saturday against Doherty, 8-0 and 8-1. Battle Mountain was playing two to make up a snowout back in December.
Battle Mountain moved to 11-1-3 overall and 8-1-2 in the Peak Conference. The Huskies host Resurrection Christian (8-0 in the Peak) on Friday, also in Eagle, in the biggest game of the season to date.
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