Thursday’s preps sports wrap
KEYSTONE – It’s not like Vail Mountain School golf doesn’t take on bigger schools on a usual basis, but why not a road trip to Keystone Ranch to take on some 5A squads?
VMS still had a good day with Harrison Alonzo carding a 79, just four strokes off the lead, for 11th place in a field that included schools like Valor Christian, Boulder and other 5As from Greeley.
“The guys were definitely playing up in competition,” VMS coach Ross Sappenfield said. “We were definitely the only 2A-3A school there.”
VMS is actually a 2A-sized high school, but competes as a 3A in both golf and soccer because the latter is the smallest classification in those sports.
Nonetheless, Oliver Pesso carded an 86 and Ben Barron finished at 95.
VMS heads to Steamboat Springs’ Haymaker next week for its final tuneup for regionals.
Coal Ridge tops VMS
EAST VAIL – Vail Mountain soccer missed some golden chances early and it cost the Gore Rangers in a tight 2-0 loss to Coal Ridge Thursday at Bandoni Alumni Field in Vail.
Nonetheless, it’s not a bad result for VMS. The Gore Rangers hung with the Titans, who fished third in the 3A Slope last year and are a playoff regular.
“We played really well,” VMS coach J.D. Caldwell said. “The first 15 minutes, we showed we could play with anyone. We had two awesome chances with hitting a post and (a shot) just wide of the post. They were able to take care of their chances. I think our inability to finish was key.”
The coach added that he was pleased with his defense and the play of goalie William Sterett, who had nine saves.
The Gore Rangers have a busy week ahead with a road game at Summit Tuesday and home games against Grand Valley Thursday and Aspen Saturday.
Steamboat edges Devils
GYPSUM – The Eagle Valley soccer team took some positive steps Thursday in a 2-0 loss to Steamboat Springs at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum.
“I’m proud of my kids,” Devils coach Bratzo Horruitiner said. “They fought really hard. We had some good organization. We lost, but we’re moving forward.”
Eagle Valley (0-3) hosts Glenwood Springs Tuesday in Gypsum.
Bears knock off Devils
RIFLE – Eagle Valley softball was competitive against Rifle, one of the 4A Slope’s best teams, in a 13-7 loss Tuesday down in Garfield County.
The Devils put up a five-spot in the top half of the first inning and the game was tied at six in the fourth inning. For those not familiar with Eagle Valley softball history, Rifle has, by and large, had its way with the Devils, so Tuesday was progress.
“We’re improving,” Devils coach Rob Ellsworth said. “It’s just the demeanor of the team and how they are carrying themselves. It’s leaps and bounds. It’s just a matter of gaining experience.”
Eagle Valley hosts its tournament Saturday at the Gypsum Sports Complex. The Devils play Cedaredge at 8 a.m. and Delta at 10 a.m.
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