Saturday’s Vail Valley preps wrap |

Saturday’s Vail Valley preps wrap

EDWARDS – It’s pretty hard to complain about anything when your basketball team’s leading 27-6 after the first quarter.

Such was the situation for the Vail Christian boys against Soroco Saturday afternoon as the Saints cruised to a 79-37 win.

The Vail Daily is starting to sound like a broken record here, but the story again, as it was in Vail Christian’s 72-53 win at Gilpin County Friday night, was the defense. The offense is known and sound entity. Unlike last year, though, the Saints are looking good on both sides of the courts, and Saturday, the defense was stout against a league opponent. (Saturday was not the league game against the Rams, but allowing just 37 points against any team is a good day.)

“The guys are stepping up,” Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “We’re playing our style of game no matter the opponent we’re playing. We’re playing defense, getting rebounds and running when we can.”

And the Saints were very balanced on offense. Fernando Hernandez, Robby Bowles and Nigel Johnsen each had 12 points, Kevin Boselli had 10. Zach Linder and Gunnar Wilson both had nine.

We are proud to report that freshman Ethan Ellsworth got his first varsity bucket, and outscored his older brother Austin, 3-2.

Vail Christian moved to 5-3 and hits the road Saturday for a big game with Hayden.

Lady Saints fall

EDWARDS – Call it frustrating progress.

Vail Christian girls basketball trailed only 20-17 to Soroco before falling to the Rams, 49-36, Saturday afternoon.

“We were actually right in there until the start of the fourth quarter,” Saints coach Doug Bruce said. “We had a much better performance. We just have to keep getting better, and see if it pays off before too long.”

McKenzie O’Brien had nine points, while Ashlyn Gruber tallied eight. Paris Baker and Kylie Alexander each had seven points.

Vail Christian hosts Lake County Friday at 6 p.m.

Cowboys rope VMS

COLBRAN – Vail Mountain School basketball did good job of hanging in there against Ted Grundy and Plateau Valley in a 49-33 loss Saturday afternoon on the road.

The Gore Rangers trailed just 33-29 after three quarters.

“I fell a lot better about this loss than I do the previous three,” VMS coach Wilton Anderson said. “You don’t feel good about a loss, but I think we’re moving forward.”

Sean McKeever topped VMS with 16 points, while Paco Holguin had just five points, primarily because he got the task of guarding Grundy, which he did pretty well.

VMS hosts DeBeque Thursday.


Summit downs Huskies

VAIL – Battle Mountain hockey fell to rival Summit County, 5-3 Saturday afternoon.

The visiting Tigers scored the first three goals in the first period. Clayton Davis and Cody Thurston lit the lamp for the Huskies.

Battle Mountain takes on Standley Lake at 3 p.m. for a holiday matinee at the Eagle Ice Rink.

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

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