Snapshots from preps sports 2007-08 |

Snapshots from preps sports 2007-08

Happy graduation everybody.

The senior class of the Vail Mountain School got their diplomas earlier this week. Vail Christian walks today (a shout-out to Saints alum Rachel Glandorf, who’s back in town), and Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley go through things later this week.

And with that, I grab my clubs and spend the next 3-4 months on the golf course. (Please don’t tell the boss.) Before Golf-A-Palooza 2008, a few fond memories which are not meant to be an encyclopedic recap of the high school year that was:

– I’m at Hot Stuff Stadium. The lights are on, and the crowd is going crazy. This is not unusual except for the fact that it’s actually a Thursday and the Devils are playing soccer, not running the double-wing. The Devils tie Battle Mountain, 1-1, giving the Huskies the only blemish on their conference slate. Even more interesting is the fact that this fall it could actually beEagle Valley soccer, not Steamboat Springs, that ends Battle Mountain’s string of four-consecutive league titles.

– Down at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Geoff Funk scores in the state hockey final against Regis. At this point, I am absolutely convinced that his scoring is the sign that this is finally Battle Mountain’s year. Yes, Funk has scored before, but his goal falls under the category of the-needed-unlikely-hero-to-win-a-state-title.

As the game goes to double overtime, I update our Web site with the subhead: “Fans near cardiac arrest.” Who cares about the fans? The Freud family’s about to have its second heart attack in as many years. Alas, Huskies hockey falls again in the Springs.

– The Denver Post’s Jon Yount has officially delivered the news to Battle Mountain’s boys cross country team the last two years that the Huskies have won state. As much as I do like Jon, I know it as the race is happening. As Jonny Stevens, John O’Neill, Jamie Fahrmeyer, Tony Crisofulli and Mario Gonzales come down a path by a stream at the Vineyard Golf Course, about a half-mile before the finish line, it’s over. They were that good.

– “That was one of the coolest things I’ve seen,” one of our photographers says to me after Eagle Valley basketball’s Cesar Castillo launches a 3 at the buzzer to beat Battle Mountain in Eagle-Vail. I try not to disagree with our photo staff.

– Vail Christian’s Jason Propp dunks in as the Saints rip North Park by 30. Not bad for a kid I called Larry earlier in the season. OK, I love seeing things like this. Who knows what Propp will do in his life, but that was a cool moment.

– Eagle Valley’s Robert Padget homers three times against Summit County. That’s pretty good for a guy who’s hitting eighth. As it turns out, that’s five home runs in one week for the junior, who left the yard twice in the previous game against Battle Mountain.

– Battle Mountain soccer’s Connor Tedstrom goes up for a ball against a Summit County player. Connor wins that battle convincingly. Poor Summit kid. This is the first of many times I think, “He’s just a sophomore.”

– In the spring, Nicole Luczkow takes over the pregame huddle before Eagle Valley soccer’s game with Moffat County. She threatens the team with sprints if the Devils don’t give it their all. Devils 5, Bulldogs 1, and no sprinting.

– Sure, Vail Mountain soccer beats Aspen, 2-0, during Spirit Week, aka Homecoming. Yes, Tony Ryerson scores on a penalty kick for the second straight year against the Skiers. But it’s midfielder Carder Lamb who steals the show by recording the shutout in goal because both of VMS’ goalies are hurt. VMS coach Bob Bandoni attributes the team’s win to “the impetuousness of youth.” Don’t ask me. I’ve been interviewing the guy for 11 years now, and sometime I still don’t know what he’s talking about.

– As Battle Mountain girls soccer is crushing Rifle, the Bears’ Ciera Euler gives the Huskies’ Kelly VanHee a shove that sends her crashing past the sideline. Minutes later, Euler and VanHee are battling for a ball. VanHee wins the battle for the ball and the war with a discreetly placed elbow into Euler’s stomach. Don’t mess with the VanHees.

– In November, I’m back on the floor of the Denver Coliseum because Battle Mountain and Vail Christian have made return trips to the state tournament. Things don’t go as planned for both teams, but it doesn’t matter in the greater scheme of things because it’s amazing both of these teams are here in the first place.

As an added bonus, I don’t rip a hole in my pants by sliding underneath the press table as I did in 2006.

After all, I need my khakis for golf season.

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

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