Saturday’s Vail Valley preps recap |

Saturday’s Vail Valley preps recap

Special to the DailyBattle Mountain's David Shearon races to a win at Saturday's cross country meet in Leadville. The junior completed the course in 17 minutes, 45 seconds.

LEADVILLE – Winning is contagious as the Battle Mountain cross country team found out Saturday up in Leadville.

“I think David (Shearon) winning inspired me,” the Huskies’ Amelia Ortiz said. “I saw him race and I thought it could be cool if Battle Mountain kids could win both races. It was the whole team cheering for each other and pushing each other on.”

And so it was. In the second meet of the season, the Huskies’ Shearon won the boys’ race and Ortiz followed by topping the girls’ competition.

The 4A Huskies boys finished second in the meet only behind 5A Green Mountain. All in all, it looks like things are shaping up nicely for the Huskies harriers as they gear up for Friday’s Liberty Bell Invitational, which is always a big meet on the slate.

Shearon had a strange sensation as he hit the third mile of Saturday’s race.

“No one is in front of me,” Shearon said. “I’m thinking, ‘Did I go the wrong way? Did I run the wrong way?”

Shearon was just winning a race for the first time in cross country career. He finished the race in a swift 17 minutes, 45 seconds on what is considered one of the harder courses of the season.

Most impressively, Shearon set a new Battle Mountain boys record for the Leadville Colorado Mountain College course. Given the recent history of this program – four consecutive regional titles and state crowns in 2006 and 2007 – that is a big accomplishment.

“It’s nothing but joy to see him do something like that,” Huskies coach Ken Long said. “We’re yelling at him at two-and-a-half miles, and he’s just smiling and having fun. He’s a great leader for the other kids.”

And if you’re wondering who owns the Huskies Leadville mark, you’re going to more than three guesses because it’s not one of the traditional suspects. The first to e-mail with the correct answer gets a Vail Daily T-shirt.

Another wonderful sign for the Huskies was the way the rest of the boys’ team ran in a pack, a critical element for scoring in cross country. Mitch Walker was seventh in 19:03, followed by Eric Gallagher (15th, 20:15), David Suarez (17th, 20:22) and Eric Spry (18th, 20:23).

Even Tommy Crisofulli and Aleksei Horn, who didn’t score for Battle Mountain, finished 19th and 22nd, respectively. (Even though they didn’t score, by finishing well, they raise other team’s scores.)

On the girls’ side, Ortiz was in the back of the pack of leaders after the first mile. By the time Long saw her again after two miles, Ortiz had a 15-second lead.

“I decided to go for it,” Ortiz said. “That’s how I turned it around.”

Mandy Ortiz was second for the Huskies (28:07), followed by Sam Engle (28:23), Anya Kurronen (29:35) and Val Rivero (30:30).


Devils shine at Leadville

For clarification purposes, Eagle Valley cross country’s Hoss Award has nothing to do with the Cartwrights or the old television series “Bonanza.”

The only reason we bring this up is that the Devils’ Kelly Cassidy in no way resembles old Hoss Cartwright, though she did win the girls’ Hoss Award.

The Hoss Award is voted on by the Devils and given to the runners who have a good race, give a little extra or achieve a personal best. Saturday, Cassidy did a little of all three in winning the award in Leadville.

Cassidy, only a sophomore, finished 10th in 23:21, followed by Pearl Nanin (25:50), Shanna Zoch (26:16) and Logan Kinsler (26:34) .

On the guys’ side, Fowler led the way in 19:35. Hunter Burnham (20:56), Prather Silverthorn (22:14), Ben Muehlethaler (22:18) and Caleb Kruger (23:33) rounded out the scoring. Freshman Will Dutmer, making his varsity debout won the boys’ Hoss Award.

“I am really happy with how the team is making progress,” Devils coach Melinda Brandt said. “Nine out of our 10 (scorers) cut time from their race here last year. The runners can see their progress and they’re really happy with it.”

Eagle Valley heads to Grand Junction next weekend.

Volleyball – MEEKER

Vail Christian 3, Meeker 0

Vail Christian 3, Hayden 1

Vail Christian volleyball may be turning some heads this season.

The Saints are 5-1 after sweeping a triangular at Meeker Friday, beating the host Cowboys, 26-24, 25-11, 25-14, and Hayden, 25-16, 21-25, 25-11, 25-14.

These are not the official 2A Slope games, but it is very encouraging for the Saints who struggled during their first season at the new classification last year.

“It is a big step,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “They all lost players (to graduation) like we did and everybody is readjusting, but it’s good. Hayden was huge height-wise, but we just played smarter, instead of harder. We hit around their block and worked the net.”

Brooke Bowles led the Saints with a combined 20 kills in the two matches, while Ashlyn Gruber had 13. Bowles served up seven aces against the Cowboys and Tigers, while Kylee Alexander led the team in assists.

The Saints are at Aspen Tuesday.

Football – MORRISON

Silver State 47, Vail Christian 22

Vail Christian 8-man football continued to experience some growing pains in Saturday’s 47-22 loss to Silver State.

The host Patriots built up a 34-6 lead at halftime before the Saints were able to rally.

Quarterback Larry Cavanaugh scored on two touchdown runs for Vail Christian, while teammate Kieran Hurtt also found the end zone.

“We got over-powered,” Saints coach Tim Pierson said. “We still have a lot of 0 learning to play the game. We were able to get some scores late in the game, which was good.”

Vail Christian returns home for a Friday night tilt against Rocky Mountain Lutheran at Eagle Valley in Gypsum.

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

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