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Belated Happy New Year to the preps world. Greetings from Vail Daily central, where it is important to remember that the San Francisco Giants remain the 2010 World Series champions in perpetuity.

With that disclaimer out of the way, a whirl through winter high school sports.

• What’s up, Eagle Valley boys basketball? The loss to Palisade on the road may not be the “shocker” we thought it was last weekend. Looking at their 9-2 record, the Bulldogs seem to be throwing their hat into the Slope race. Bowing to Fruita, a 5A school, isn’t the end of the world. (Please note this is a nonconference game.) But it’s time to snap this thing in the bud.



I expect good things from the Devils this season. This is a talented and deep team. It is time to get rolling. And no looking past Moffat County tonight toward Steamboat Springs, (home game at 3:30 p.m., Saturday.)

• Battle Mountain boys hoops has been hit hard by the injury bug with both Jimmy O’Rourke and Chris Duran out for a bit. This is the time for the team’s veterans to step up. We saw it in the fourth quarter of the team’s win against Summit with the LyEngleBarger Show Tuesday. By the way, it’s great to see Jake Engle fully healthy on the basketball court as opposed to last season when he was not at full strength. Joe LyBarger, Engle and Eric Gurule, time to lead, guys.



• OK, Vail Christian’s Gunnar Wilson likes his name in the paper, so here we go. I charge you, Gunnar, as well as Zach Linder, Kevin Boselli, Branden Currey and Parker Poage, among others, to be a presence in the on both sides on the court. When I last saw the Saints, there were distinct signs of defense and rebounding. As much ink as guards Fernando Hernandez and Robby Bowles get, Vail Christian will only go as far as its paint play takes it.

Since we mentioned Gunnar, a shoutout to Rob and Barbara Wilson, who seem to be at every sporting event to which I go. We hope the Wilson family has recovered from the Broncos-Steelers game last weekend.

• Moving to the Vail Christian ladies, score some points. The defense is fine. Please work that transition game and convert those turnovers into buckets.



• In a little catch-up, Vail Mountain basketball fell Tuesday to Hayden, 53-41. No one’s big on “moral” victories, but VMS is accelerating the curve when it comes to being competitive in the 2A Slope. Any team with posts like Shawn McKeever and Paco Holguin should not be taken lightly.

• Here’s a story sort of lost in all the results and times of last week’s high school giant slalom in Vail. Battle Mountain struggled with some DNFs, which lowered its team score. The Huskies’ third scorer was Tim Sackbauer in 52nd. That’s actually a big deal because young Sackbauer also has Down syndrome, yet still is till competing on the ski team. Great job, kid. Also major kudos to the school and coach Simon Marsh for taking the extra effort to make the program inclusive.

• BrAubel and KAubel – OK, the latter doesn’t work too well as a nickname. Bryan Aubel and Kevan Aubel, please stay upright today up in Steamboat.

• Vail Mountain Nordic’s team is all of four girls and Hannah Hardenbergh, Eva Spaeh, Sally Ryerson and Clare Baker finished 2-4-5-8 at last weekend’s freestyle. First reaction: How did one of these four girls not take first? VMS is in decline. Second reaction: Ryerson’s got to be like 21-years-old at this point. With her skiing and soccer, not to mention her brother Tony’s exploits, and he’s got to be in college by now, right?

• And since we’ll all be talking about them while attending high school events this weekend, the NFL picks – San Francisco over New Orleans; New England takes Denver (sorry); Baltimore tops Houston and Green Bay moves on, disposing of the New York football Giants.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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