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‘The impetuousness of youth?’

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The Vail Daily and several other papers in the region are putting together All-Slope teams for football, softball, soccer and volleyball this year.

The returns are in, though. Glenwood Springs quarterback Dakota Stonehouse probably has our vote to make the team. Sports writer Ian Cropp and I might even give him our votes for Player of the Year.

No reason to hang your heads, Devils, after Friday’s 48-13 loss to Glenwood. If anyone weren’t convinced before this, Dakota’s the real deal to the tune of 19 TD passes and 1,479 yards through the air in portions of seven games. (He usually gets taken out because the Demons are way ahead.)



I don’t know what’s more scary ” Stonehouse or the fact that Glenwood’s defense hasn’t allowed more than 21 points in a game. Odds are with Steamboat at home, at Moffat County and home for Delta, the Demons will win the league.

And that’s the way you want it Eagle Valley. If the Devils can win out at Rifle, home for Battle Mountain and at Palisade, and Steamboat Springs drops its next two at Glenwood and at Rifle, Eagle Valley takes second and starts the playoffs at home.



Sound good?

I want to see postseason football at Hot Stuff.

Other news and notes:



– Huzzah to Vail Mountain soccer. Way to hang on to your season. Hollywood would have rejected the script when the Gore Rangers lost their second goalie in Matt Stovall last week. (By the way, I hope no one at VMS gets hurt reading this column. Paper cuts are dangerous, people.) While I got lost on coach Bob Bandoni’s “impetuousness of youth” comment ” OK, I get it, but that was over the top even for the Bandon ” this was a courageous week.

– Carder Lamb, goaltending legend. While he was rightly terrified Saturday, at his 20th reunion it’s going to be “I had to fill in during the state-title game. I had 25 saves in regulation and then helped us win in a shootout.”

– Should we just book Tony Ryerson for a penalty kick goal next year against Aspen during Spirit Week?

– VMS, use this week to heal up. Blake Armstrong, if you see this newspaper holding up fingers, you’re not ready to play yet.

– Battle Mountain soccer, mucho better this week. Eagle Valley and Steamboat Springs send their thanks for the win over Glenwood Springs. While the Huskies usually get a little too amped up for a night game ” their Homecoming match is Thursday at 6 p.m. at Phelan Field, ” it would be nice to see this team be 12-2-1 going into the postseason.

– Very well done, Eagle Valley. I want it noted that I said in this space a few weeks ago that Devils soccer would make hay during its home stand. The Devils have made strides in making sure this year isn’t solely the Cesar Castillo Show. The next step for this developing program is to go out and do it on the road.

– We are looking forward to Friday’s Go Vail Blue Rivalry. It’s Vail Christian volleyball at Vail Mountain in a venue change. (We call it Go Vail Blue because both sets of fans yell either “Go Vail” or “Go Blue”). This should be very tight this year. VMS had made great strides at 2A. Vail Christian, despite a minor glitch at Ridgway, has been dominant at 1A. The only advantage I see is that Saints fans are louder. I throw down the gauntlet. Get loud. Show us the impetuousness of youth. (Sorry, too easy.) That would be Sean Minett’s cue. Sean, if you see fingers coming out of this newspaper, you’re not ready to return.

– Very nice bounce back for Battle Mountain volleyball last week. Everyone feel better? Good. A win over either Rifle on the road today or against Glenwood Springs clinches league. How about winning both to make it simple?

– Who does Huskies volleyball have for Homecoming Saturday? Never mind.

– Eagle Valley volleyball can finish fourth or fifth in the Slope. That’s significant because the Devils would draw a spot in the District 7 Tournament next week. If things break the way they should, that means a short trip to Battle Mountain, which everyone would find agreeable. And going to last year’s district tournament, Battle Mountain and Moffat went through. I think two Slope teams can do it again.

– Keep your heads up, Saints football. Two losses while allowing a total of 21 points during regulation is great work. Smack Silver State.

– Battle Mountain football’s Todd Walker is pretty good. We love that delayed draw play. Ryan Hedrick’s 34-yarder Friday was also the stuff of legend. How many sets of ankles did you break on that play, Ryan?

– It’s hard to tell by the record, but the Huskies are making progress on the gridiron. Yes, the Huskies are banged up. Yes, the Huskies have a brutal final three games with Palisade, at Eagle Valley and Steamboat, but these guys just keep plugging. Props to coach Jason Sedlak for citing Churchill after Friday’s loss to Summit, too: “They’re not going to quit. I’ve got to check my history here, but I’m pretty sure Churchill said, ‘With challenge comes great opportunity,’ and that’s what it is. We’re in the league we’re in. I’m glad we are because someday when we’re on the top of it, it will be that much more worth it.”

– Happy Homecoming to Battle Mountain, and good luck to the cross country team at regionals Saturday in Delta.

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


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