Saturday’s preps wrap up |

Saturday’s preps wrap up

Chris Freud
Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS – Vail Christian soccer presents the law firm of O’Brien and McGuckin. Sounds like a law firm, doesn’t it?

Gracen McGuckin to McKenzie O’Brien and then O’Brien to McGuckin did the trick Saturday afternoon as Saints soccer got its first win of the season by a 2-0 count against Rangely at Freedom Park in Edwards.

“It’s very gratifying for the girls,” Saints coach Geoff Bedrosian said. “It showed that all the hard work and skill came together with two beautiful goals and a shutout. It’s starting to click for us.”

McGuckin took an O’Brien corner in 20th minute at the top of the box and smashed it home. McGuckin returned the favor to O’Brien just as time was expiring in the first half.

Kierra Kalakewich got the shutout in net and Bedrosian also gave a shout out to defender Mimi Nary. Of course, it has to be a team effort since the Saints suited up just 12 players and still got the win.

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Next up for the Saints is the Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Thursday at Freedom Park at 3:15 p.m.


Devils slug past Moffat

CRAIG – Get the broom out.

Eagle Valley baseball got the sweep Saturday up in Craig, taking two from Moffat County, 21-7 and 12-11.

“The first game we took it to them pretty good,” Devils manager Jesse Meryhew said. “But we knew that Moffat’s a scrappy team and that they were going to come back at us. We showed a lot of character with the win in the second game. You have to be proud of your team after that.”

The Devils apparently were not very spent from the bus ride because they took a 13-0 lead in the first game, including an 11-run third.

Starting pitcher Travis Edgar helped his own cause nicely with a 4-for-4 day at the plate with six RBI. Tanner Coulter was 2-for-3 with four runs and three knocked in. Heck, everyone hits when you score 21.

Edgar went the distance in Game 1. His line wasn’t pretty, but that doesn’t matter. He soaked up the innings and saved the staff for the second game.

Eagle Valley trailed 6-1 and 8-3 in the nightcap, but the Devils did a nice job of chipping away. Cordell Schofield got the win with three innings of relief work.

And with 33 runs in two games, it’s pretty safe to say that Eagle Valley’s early-season slump at the plate is over.

The Devils (3-0 in the Slope, and 5-1-1 overall) host Summit County on Tuesday.

Huskies fall at Middle Park

GRANBY – It was a tough afternoon for Battle Mountain baseball as the Huskies lost a doubleheader, 22-2 and 13-1, Saturday at Middle Park.

The Huskies return home Saturday for a twinbill against Steamboat Springs.


Devils top Miners

TELLURUDE – If you’re going to go all the way down to Four Corners and back, you might as well get a win out of it.

Eagle Valley boys lacrosse earned a split on its southwestern road trip, downing Telluride, 9-6, Saturday.

Sam Boyd got the hat trick, while Daniel Vargas had two. Nick Briggs, Anders Blomquist, Gregg Salaz and Henry Smirl also scored. Johnny Balley distributed nicely with four assists.

“We overcame a lot of penalties,” Devils coach Ted Boddy said. “We’ve got to clean that up, but we’re happy with the win.”

Eagle Valley is at Grand Junction Friday.

Huskies smack Durango

DURANGO – Battle Mountain boys lacrosse is in playoff mode – in March.

Yes, Steamboat Springs looms on Friday, but the Huskies feel they must win out to make the playoffs, so Grand Junction at home on Tuesday at 6 p.m. is “The Biggest Game in the History of the Program” … until the next game.

“We are not looking past anyone,” coach Jerry Nichols said after the Huskies disposed of Durango, 14-1, on Saturday. “It’s one game at a time and every game is a playoff game.”

While the offense has been getting a lot of attention, we give a shoutout to goalie Winston Heuga as well as defenders Nick Vossler, Carl Hamrick and Sawyer Bluhm. They helped hold opponents to all of two goals this weekend.

As for the offense, Reeve Sanders finished with four goals against the Demons, while Tommy Licciardi had the hat trick. Tony Clark and Cooper Perkins each scored twice, while Thomas Huzella, Chris Libertini and Jesse Greve also scored.

Grand Junction beats Huskies

GRAND JUNCTION – Huskies girls lacrosse fell to Grand Junction Saturday, 17-8, on the road.

Clare Baker topped Battle Mountain with four scores.

The Huskies host Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or

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