Shue takes tourney; girls’ hoops wins
GRANBY, Colorado ” The last few years, kindly put, have been lean ones for Battle Mountain wrestling.
So when one of the Huskies starts the season with a tournament win, as senior Billy Shue did at Middle Park in the heavyweight division, things are definitely looking up.
“It was big,” first-year coach Battle Mountain coach Jesse Long said. “It was definitely good to get some excitement.”
Shue is the first Huskies wrestler to start the season 7-0 since Sergio Sanchez did so at 125 pounds in 1999 when the school was competing in Class 3A.
“I can’t really expect anything now,” Shue said. “I just wrestle the way I wrestle in practice and that’s the way it worked out.”
Shue is wrestling as a lighter heavyweight ” the range is 216-285 pounds, and he’s much closer to the former than the latter. But he likes being light and considers it an advantage.
“I haven’t really wrestled anyone that’s really heavy yet,” Shue said. “I like it because I’m more agile, faster than they are.”
As is customary, the Huskies are low on numbers and can fill only nine of 14 weight classes. Long has freshmen in the lighter weights with Robert Martinez (103), Irving Ruacho, Manuel Madril (119) and Juan Gonzales (125).
Julian Macias is at 130; Josef Salazar at 135; Sergio Sandoval (171) and Mason Babcock weighing in at 189.
With gaps in the roster, Battle Mountain lost both of its duals last week against Glenwood Springs and Eagle Valley. However, against the Demons, the Huskies won three of the five matches actually contested.
Battle Mountain’s last tournament before the holidays is the Northern Colorado Invitational in Greeley this weekend.
Lady Huskies down Middle Park
GRANBY ” After blowing a 12-point lead against Aspen earlier in the season, the Battle Mountain girls’ basketball team wasn’t going to let Middle Park off the hook.
The Huskies closed the deal against the Panthers, 34-32, for their first win of the season.
“We were kind of mad going into that game because we had given up a 12-point lead against Aspen in the fourth quarter,” Huskies coach Andrew Schmid said. “That was a big disappointment, so when we got into the fourth quarter with a lead against Middle Park, we weren’t going to let that happen again.”
Emily LyBarger, Madelyn LyBarger and Megan Houghton each had eight points for Battle Mountain. Sophomore Adriana Morken sealed the deal with two free throws.
Battle Mountain has four starters in Emily LyBarger ” Madelyn starts as a sophomore ” Brittany Lopez, Houghton and Kyleigh Quintana.
“It’s great. It makes my job a lot easier, for sure,” Schmid said. “It’s tough to vote for captains.”
For the record, the Huskies are going with all four seniors as captains.
Amber Webb, Kenia Olivas, Wendy Parra, Samantha Romero and Mariah Jones round out the roster.
The Huskies (1-3) start the Pueblo County Tournament Thursday.
Boys’ hoops at Summit tonight
EAGLE-VAIL ” Battle Mountain boys’ basketball is trying to forget about last year’s 0-22 record. On the other hand, the Huskies are trying to remember that a little.
Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue explains.
“I talked to the guys and I said, ‘You know what? That was last year and a different group,'” the coach said. “I said, “Also, some of you guys were a part of that group. What are you going to do so that doesn’t happen again?'”
The Huskies are approaching 2007-08 with renewed enthusiasm and some much-needed experience. Battle Mountain starts four seniors in point guard Victor Rios, forwards Jeremy Windham and Kyle Woolley and center Ashlin Romero. Sophomore Robert Weiss is the starting shooting guard.
The bench includes Rudy Ybarra, Parker Lathrop, Edward Bangenas and Miguel Copas.
Battle Mountain is 0-3 with losses to Coal Ridge (74-56), Roaring Fork (60-47) and Denver Lutheran (56-48). However, the Huskies led Coal Ridge at the half and were in both games with Roaring Fork and Denver Lutheran.
Romero has started the season hot, averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds per game. The Huskies are not going to be the biggest team on the block, but Tronsrue has the team playing an up-tempo game and working on the perimeter.
Battle Mountain shot nearly 40 percent from downtown against Lutheran in a promising sign.
“No. 1, I think we’re playing with a lot of heart,” Tronsrue said. “We’re more disciplined. We’re trying to be committed and play within ourselves, and I think that’s really shown. I’m pleased with the direction we’re going.”
Battle Mountain heads to Farmer’s Korner tonight to take on Summit County at 7 p.m.
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