Thursday’s preps wrap: Battle Mountain lax and soccer
FARMER’S KORNER — They just might have pulled it off.
Battle Mountain lacrosse did its part, edging Summit County, 11-10, on Thursday to finish the regular season with four straight wins.
In the latest ratings-percentage index posted on Thursday night, the Huskies (7-8) had gone up to No. 15 with 16 teams making the playoffs. While other teams still have games to play, and deriving certainty out of the RPI is precarious, the Huskies think they’re in.
“I do,” Battle Mountain coach Jerry Nichols said. “I’d be shocked if we weren’t in.”
And remember, folks, Nichols has a pretty good feel for this. He offered to run sprints in front of the entire team last year if they didn’t make it. The Huskies were on the bubble, made the playoffs and Nichols was spared sprints.
As has been the case all season, the Huskies had to fight for it. But as has been a second-half trend, the Huskies have found a way. Three of their four season-ending wins have been by one goal. Those were game they were losing early in the spring.
Jayme Belyea, Cal Masler, Tucker Morrow and Charlie Morrow all scored. Jeremy Sforzo continued his late-season rampage with five goals and two assists.
Cole Plavec did a great job winning faceoffs and Zane Hensel had a career-high nine ground balls.
“They did not give up on the season,” Nichols said. “When we were 0-5, the coaches kept preaching. You never know if the players are buying in. But they believed, and here we are coming down the stretch.”
Huskies bury Telluride
Battle Mountain girls lacrosse made the long trip worthwhile.
The Huskies went to Telluride and came away with a 14-4 win.
Chloe Doctor had four goals; Julia Heid three; Marti Schmidt two, while Olivia Soukup, Katie Kessenich, Talia Miller and Berit Kirchner all scored.
This one does not count in the RPI standings, but Eagle Valley today at 11 a.m. does. The Huskies are No. 16 now, and likely need a win against Eagle Valley to make the playoffs.
“We know all we can do is play our best games in the second half of the season and hope it’s enough to give us a chance,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said.
Huskies soccer loses finale
Battle Mountain lost its season finale at Palisade, 3-0, on Thursday.
After starting the season 0-5, the Huskies nearly made a run at the playoffs.
“We really appreciate how both in the season and in games, these girls never gave up,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “This was a bunch of quality kids. It was really fun coaching this group.”
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