Thursday’s prep sports wrap
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Vail Christian golf would like the regional tournament to start today. The Saints might almost be willing to walk to Cortez’s Conquistador Golf Course right now, while carrying their bags.
Vail Christian won its third tournament in a row Thursday up at Steamboat Springs’ Haymaker Golf Club. The Saints tied the host Sailors, a 4A squad, with 221 strokes, and proceeded to win a three-hole behind Robby Bowles and Cooper Gould.
Bowles and Cooper and their Steamboat counterparts played the par-5 18th three times in the tiebreaker. All four golfers parred it the first time. The two teams tied with a par and birdie the second time.
The third was a charm. Steamboat’s tee shots strayed from the fairway. Bowles and Gould reached the green in two, took their two-putts and both posted tweeters for the win.
“We’ve got some good scores from a lot of kids,” Gould said. “We feeling good, for sure.”
Nice understatement, Coop. Parker Poage fired an even-par 72, which was the third best of the day behind Summit’s Dylan Mitchell (69) and Elizabeth’s Mitchell Smith (70). Poage was the top 3A golfer in the field.
“I’ve slowed down a lot and I’ve focused on my putting,” said Poage, who also had the top score at Meeker Tuesday. “My coach is around the course, telling me to keep my head up. He has confidence in me every step of the way and my teammates have been behind me all the way.”
And those teammates are pretty good. Gould shot a 73 and fellow sophomore Luke Berger carded a 76. In a show of depth, Tony Clark shot a 79, and his score didn’t count for Vail Christian. Bowles had an 85, which was a bit an off day, but he came up big in the playoff.
And in the land of giants – read 4A schools – Vail Mountain School also put on a show. The Gore Rangers posted a season-low score of 248 and finished fifth among the mostly 4A field.
Harrison Alonzo put up a 75, good for fourth overall. Normally a slow starter, Alonzo parred his first two holes on Nos. 8 and 9. He played the back nine of Haymaker four-over par, and bogeyed the first hole. He cleaned that up nicely with two-straight birdies on Nos. 2 and 3.
“It give me good confidence going into regionals,” Alonzo said. “I’ve been talking to Cameron Brown about Cortez and he’s said it’s a good course to go low.”
Brown, Battle Mountain Class of 2010, should know. He won the 4A Slope regional title in 2009.
The current Huskies were sixth with 259 strokes. Eagle Valley was seventh with 286.
Both 3A and 4A regionals will be down in Cortez on Tuesday. All four schools will have practice rounds Monday.
Devils make it two in a row
RIFLE – Eagle Valley soccer roared back from a 2-1 halftime deficit for a 3-2 win at Rifle Thursday afternoon to record its second win in a row after an 0-3 start to the season.
David Ortiz scored early for the Devils, but Rifle carried a 2-1 lead into the final 15 minutes of regulation.
“For us, it was really good to come back from behind,” Devils coach Bratzo Horruitiner said. “At halftime, we worked out how they were attacking us and fixed the problems. We were able to get more penetration and more scoring chances.”
Fernando Ruiz got the equalizer and freshman Aldo Palacios got the game-winner.
Eagle Valley (2-3 overall and 2-2 in the Slope) heads to Summit County Tuesday.
Huskies blank Demons
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Stubler Field in Glenwood Springs has not been a good place for Battle Mountain soccer. But the Huskies made themselves feel at home with a 6-0 win over the Demons Thursday night.
With the win, Battle Mountain moved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Slope.
“It’s amazing,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “That’s the last LyBarger game on that field.”
And Joe LyBarger made it a good one with two goals. For the trivially-inclined, two of his older sisters, Emily and Maddie both played soccer in the spring for the Huskies, and the patriarch of the family, Tim, was Glenwood Springs’ quarterback at Stubler back in the day.
Alex Trujillo, Diego Rodriguez, Roberto Diaz and Nigel Johnson all scored for the Huskies.
“It was a pretty straight-forward win,” Cope said. “Our guys are showing a ton of confidence in the penalty area.”
Battle Mountain hosts Delta Saturday at 1 p.m. in Edwards.
Huskies sweep Summit
FARMER’S KORNER – The Battle Mountain volleyball team would like to extend its thanks to the student section which yells constantly at home matches.
The Huskies took care of Summit County, 25-13, 25-15, 25-21, and the Tigers’ loud crowd Thursday night.
“We’re pretty comfortable with raucous, loud gyms,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “Our boys have helped us with that.”
Score one for the peanut gallery – and we mean that as a compliment. And score one for Battle Mountain which won its league opener and moved to 3-1 overall.
Fitzgerald gave postgame props to seniors Allie Bossow, Remy Lovett, Kelsey Bellm, Molly Childers and Lindsey Huttrer for showing leadership in a hostile environment.
“These seniors have waited three years to have success with this program,” Fitzgerald said. “They’re starting to enjoy themselves and their faith is being rewarded on the court.”
Battle Mountain is at Glenwood Springs Thursday.
Saints beat Soroco
OAK CREEK – A young team like Vail Christian volleyball will have its ups and downs through the season. After a a rough outing at Meeker last weekend, Thursday’s match at Soroco definitely fell under the category of up.
The Saints knocked off the Rams, 25-19. 25-12, 25-18, Thursday night.
“It was a really good match,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “The girls served well and took responsibilities for their roles.”
Gracen McGuckin thumped down 10 kills, while Kristen Currey had eight. Kyra Webb topped the Saints with 10 assists. Paris Baker had 26 digs, while Taylor Alexander had three aces.
Vail Christian (3-3) is at Rangely Saturday.
Devils fall at Glenwood
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Eagle Valley volleyball had practiced for a month without a match. That’s a rough way to open league play.
Eagle Valley lost at Glenwood Springs, 16-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-17, in its league and season opener Thursday night.
Coach Shwan Weatherred made it a point not to use the schedule as an excuse, but it was a tough way to begin.
“You move people around to see different things, and we couldn’t do it until today,” he said.
Eagle Valley is Delta Saturday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.