Soccer games headline weekend |

Soccer games headline weekend

“These games, as important as they may seem, what’s important is the relationships these kids are able to establish with each other and their families and with their communities,” Huskies soccer coach David Cope said. “So they can always feel like they’re a part of something. To see the kids at our school this week who have rallied around the kids at their school and the number of kids who have gone to the memorial service, it just reminds you, at heart, this is a really good, small town.”

n VMS soccer will be down at the Eagle County Fairgrounds to take on Eagle Valley. VMS coach Bob Bandoni is well aware of what will be an emotionally charged atmosphere.

“What’s honest is that they are in our thoughts,” Bandoni said. “We hope that the game will express the quality that sports brings to our lives, games which help bring us together and help in the healing.”

n VMS beat Eagle Valley 2-1 in East Vail last month, but every point counts for the Gore Rangers, who are in a tight race with Basalt for the league crown. Another concern for Bandoni is the way his team played on Tuesday against CRMS.

“My read on it was that we – not the whole team – were flat,” he said. “We didn’t have possession. Our backs kept us in the game. I guess there’s something to be learned that we have to respond when we have no momentum.”

n Howdy Tuthill – You can’t stop him. You can only hope to contain him.

n Speaking of containment, that’s the goal for Battle Mountain soccer when it comes to Glenwood’s trio of Ross Smith, Ian Lockhead and Derek Weller tonight. Kickoff is at 6 down in the Springs.

n The Huskies then head to Palisade on Friday. The Huskies are more concerned right now with avenging a 2-0 loss to Glenwood two weeks ago.

n “We’re pretty confident that we won’t get shut out again,” Cope said. “We just feel like we need to create chances to score. If we do, we need to make the most of those.”

n Moving to American football, Battle Mountain faces a daunting task at Valley Friday. The Huskies will be suiting up only 22 players after having to deal with disciplinary matters involving Homecoming weekend, as well as academic eligibility, injury and family issues.

“Twenty-two is thin,” coach Fred Koetteritz said. “Anybody can figure out that that means we’re one deep at some positions. So it’s about as thin as you can get. We’ve got our work cut out for us. We need to simplify the assignments, make it basic for the kids and allow them to be successful.”

n Under the category of it-could-be-worse, just over the pass, Summit football has been shut out in four straight games. The Tigers are at Jefferson this weekend.

n Huskies volleyball won the prize for best outfit at Homecoming. They’ve also all but locked up honors for most-improved Huskies team this fall. Elizabeth Nilsson’s bunch is at Steamboat tonight and then heads west to Palisade on Saturday.

n Cross country’s Juan Carlos Fernandez didn’t see his name when it appeared in Sunday’s paper. So here you go, Juan.

n And, finally, we give some much-needed relief to VMS athletic director Jamie Farquhar. The Vikings have a bye this week.

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