Thursday’s preps sports wrap
RIFLE – Here’s the tough guy story of the week.
Battle Mountain soccer defender Erick Briones took an elbow to his jaw in Monday’s game at Summit County. Briones’ decided to reset his jaw by punching himself in the face while still playing.
Huskies coach David Cope took Briones, once the swelling had gone down, to the dentist Thursday morning just in case to make sure he was OK. Briones was and ended up scoring a goal in the Huskies’ 9-1 win at Rifle.
Roberto Diaz had a hat trick, wile Diego Rodriguez had two. David Suarez, Gunnar Wilson and Kevan Aubel also scored. For some reason, none of these goal-scorers punched themselves in the face.
On a serious note, Cope sat senior Joe LyBarger (hip flexor) against the Bears. Cope said that LyBarger’s status is “day-to-day.”
Battle Mountain (13-0) faces Basalt on Saturday at 11 a.m.
“It was fun,” Cope said. “We had some great goals and everyone had a great time. It will be cool to play Basalt. They’re an unknown quantity, and it’s good to have an opponent we don’t know about. It’s good preparation for the playoffs.”
Devils fall in OT
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley soccer lost its second-straight match in overtime Thursday night, dropping a 1-0 decision to Delta.
The Devils (4-9) seemed to hit everything but the back of the net, hitting posts and crossbars. Eagle Valley will try to get back on track Tuesday against Palisade at 6 p.m. at Hot Stuff Stadium.
Huskies stun Demons
EDWARDS – Battle Mountain volleyball took down co-league leader Glenwood Springs, 19-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-19, Thursday in Edwards.
That serves as some nice payback for Round 1 between the two teams, which the Demons won in five last month. Battle Mountain has won three in a row and is back at .500 in the Slope at 4-4.
“If we were going to struggle, I’m happy it was early in the league season,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “Maybe, we’re too far behind the eight-ball (for regionals), but we’re playing a bit better.”
Battle Mountain (7-6) is at Eagle Valley Saturday at 1 p.m.
Devils top Summit
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley volleyball earned a season sweep of Summit County with a 25-17, 25-15, 28-26, 25-18 win over the Tigers Thursday night in Gypsum.
“We did a much better job of keeping the ball in play and not making errors,” Devils coach Shawn Weatherred said. “We were talking about, ‘If you don’t get the right set, don’t hit it back wildly. Just send it back and get it again.'”
Eagle Valley (3-9 overall and 3-7 in the 4A Slope) hosts Battle Mountain for Homecoming Saturday at 1 p.m.
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