Saturday’s Vail Valley preps recap |

Saturday’s Vail Valley preps recap

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LITTLETON – He ran a what?

Battle Mountain cross country’s David Shearon took third at Friday’s Liberty Bell, in a scorching 16 minutes, 6 seconds. That is not only a personal record for Shearon, but that’s starting to get into the range of some nice company when it comes to Huskies cross country.

The Huskies’ mark at the Liberty Bell was 16:10, held by John O’Neill, who upon hearing the news at Colorado State will probably want some extra high school eligibility to restore his mark.

Shearon’s 16:06 was just 8 ticks off the school’s 5K record held by Jonny Stevens, who set it at 2007 regionals on a notoriously-fast track at Delta. We’ll still take Tony Crisofulli in the 800, yet Shearon’s time puts him in the midst of the guys who helped the school to two state titles in 2006 and 2007.

“He was ecstatic,” Huskies coach Ken Long said. “He he came through at around 3 miles, I said, ‘Dude, you’re at 15:30.’ He looked at me like, ‘Are you serious?’ It was pretty cool.”

Pretty cool would also also apply to the Battle Mountain boys team which finished eighth in the packed field without Mitch Walker, usually the squad’s No. 2.

Remsen Allard filled that role with a 17:56, followed by David Suarez (18:01), Charlie Berry (18:57) and Aleksei Horn (19:20).

Amelia Ortiz had her fastest race of the season, taking fifth with a 19:29. Even more exciting for her was beating Moffat’s Maddy Jourgensen by 21 seconds.

Friday’s big surprise was Val Rivero in second with a 22:31.

“Val and Amelia are co-captains,” Long said. “And she’s come into this season with a great attitude. She’s applying herself, and as a senior, she wants to go out big.”

Sydney Gaylord (22:36), Many Ortiz (22:39) and Maddie Stevens (23:26) rounded out the scoring for the Huskies.

Battle Mountain is at Rock Canyon Saturday.

Cross country

Devils beat Glenwood

GRAND JUNCTION – Eagle Valley girls cross country ran its way to a first in the program’s young history Friday. The for the first time in their two-plus years, the Devils knocked off Glenwood Springs by finishing fifth.

The Eagle Valley ladies finished with 138 points, four ahead of the Demons at Friday’s meet in Grand Junction.

Maggie Gilman continues to wow as freshman. She was eighth in 21 minutes-flat.

“I think, with every race, she’s getting better,” Devils coach Melinda Brandt said. “She’s figuring out how to compete with those girls. She was in front pack all the way, which was very impressive.

Nikki Cunning (22:18) and Kira Quintana (22:19) were neck-and-neck the whole way. Kelly Cassidy (22:28) and Logan Kinser (23:59) rounded out the scoring and the much-needed margin against Glenwood.

On the boys’ side, Greg Salaz, yet another freshman from the Devils’ stable, led the way with a time of 21 even. Caleb Krueger (19:18), Robbie Clark (19:48), Hunter Burnham (20:02) and Ben Muehlethaler (20:09) were in the points for Eagle Valley.

“Our goal for the weekend was to improve our pack-running,” Brandt said. “I think we were successful in both races.”

Your Hoss Award winners were Austin Barber for the boys and Annabelle Kinney for the girls.

Eagle Valley is at Glenwood Saturday.


Eagle Valley 3, Glenwood 0

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Eagle Valley volleyball opened its 4A Slope title defense in fine style, going into Glenwood Springs and sweeping the Demons in three games.

The Devils did have a bit of a hiccup early, winning Game 1, 26-24.

“We were a little off-the-bus, a little jittery and tentative,” Devils coach Shawn Weatherred said. “They were bringing it to us, but we settled down. It’s good to go through that. We started playing much better in the second game, and by the third, (Glenwood) lost their steam a bit.”

Eagle Valley (5-1 overall and 1-0 in the Slope) returns home Thursday for a 5:30 p.m. match against Delta.

Vail Christian 3, South Park 0

Vail Christian 3, Meeker 2

Vail Christian 3, Hayden 0

HAYDEN – Vail Christian wasn’t planning on playing three matches in 24 hours. It just worked out that way, which was good, because the Saints would like to be playing multiple matches later in the season.

“Basically, it’s getting us ready for the district tournament,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “We’ll be playing Friday night and then again on a Saturday with some down time. It’s hard to turn the switch on, and not have highs and lows. The girls did great. They were in shape and they weren’t tired.”

Vail Christian dispatched South Park, 25-12, 25-12, 25-10, on Friday night in Edwards, and then headed to Hayden to face Meeker and the host Tigers Saturday. The Saints (7-2 overall and 4-1 in the 2A Slope) went the distance against Meeker, 21-25, 25-8, 23-25, 25-18, 15-7, before drumming Hayden, 25-20, 25-20, 25-13.

Vail Christian is at Lutheran Parker Thursday.

Paonia 3, Vail Mountain 1

EAST VAIL – Paonia was a little too much for Vail Mountain volleyball, winning in four games Saturday.

VMS (2-6) returns to league play Friday with a match at Rangely and then is back in the friendly confines for Homecoming Saturday at 3 p.m. against Hayden.


Vail Mountain 1, CRMS 0

EAST VAIL – If 3A Slope soccer teams meet twice during the season, the second meeting counts as the league contest.

So after losing to the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 5-2, Tuesday, the Vail Mountain School turned the tables on the Oysters, winning 1-0, Friday afternoon at Bandoni Alumni Field to move to 1-0 in the Slope.

J.C. Fernandez scored on a first-half penalty kick and it stood for VMS (2-2) overall.

“We played really disciplined defense and kept good shape,” VMS coach Slade Cogswell said. “They were able to hold a lead against a quality opponent.”

VMS is at Denver Christian Thursday before returning home Saturday for Hotchkiss and Homecoming Saturday.

Moffat County 12, Eagle Valley 4

CRAIG – Moffat County’s for real.

The Bulldogs unloaded seven first-half goals Saturday on the way to a 12-4 win against Eagle Valley.

The Devils (2-3-1 overall and 1-2 in the 4A Slope) host Montrose Thursday in Gypsum.

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