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Thursday’s Vail Valley preps roundup

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NEW CASTLE – This is getting interesting.

Eagle Valley soccer upped its record to 3-0 with a an impressive 4-0 win Thursday at Coal Ridge. Battle Mountain soccer bopped Palisade, 9-1, for its second win of the season.

The two teams meet Tuesday night at 6 under the lights at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum.

The Devils’ 4-0 winagainst the Titans is impressive. Class 3A Coal Ridge beat 5A Grand Junction Central earlier this week.

“It was our biggest challenge of the year,” Devils coach Jason Rittmiller said. “It was great preparation for our next game against Battle Mountain. They had a pretty strong defense and overall were pretty strong. Our team struggled a bit in the first half, but did a good job of passing in the second half. We ere able to show off what we can do.

As is becoming a custom, Eagle Valley had a mix of scorers. David Shea started it with a pass from Nester Escobar. Marco Escobar fed Nate Barker late in the first half. Barker got his second unassisted and Gonzalo Gomez iced it.

Meanwhile, down in Palisade, the Huskies, just like the Devils on Tuesday, had no problem with the Bulldogs.

Ubaldo Trujillo had a hat trick while, Jack Sunderland and David Gonzales both scored twice. Freshman Joe LyBarger scored his second goal in as many games and Leopoldo Rodriguez found the back of the net.

Goalie Clint Hervert actually had an assist on one of Trujillo’s goals with a long punt. Palisade scored only in the 78th minute when the Huskies had just eight men on the field due to the mercy rule.

And so all of this sets up Tuesday’s game in Gypsum.

“Eagle Valley is the clear favorite,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “They haven’t allowed goal yet this year. They are the defending league champs. They look really good.”

CRMS 3, Vail Mountain 0

CARBONDALE – The Vail Mountain soccer team fell to 0-2 with a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Thursday.

It’s the second of four league games on the road for the Gore Rangers to start the season. VMS is at Aspen Saturday.

“The guys played hard,” VMS coach Slade Cogswell said. “It wasn’t a 3-0 game. We were playing well. It seemed like we were controlling things. As it is with soccer, they got a penalty kick in the second half. We started to move some players up. We still have to work on our offense and we have to prevent some mistakes from happening, but the boys will still turn some heads.”


Bontempo leads Devils

CRAIG – Eagle Valley’s Nick Bontempo is a bit of a joker. After he shot a career low 74 Thursday, he was kidding about how he did with a just a 5-iron, a pitching wedge and a putter in his bag.

Maybe not, Nick.

But it does bring up a point – play smart and go low.

That’s just what Bontempo did, tying for fourth at the Moffat Invite at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

“Nick did not make a bad decision or blow up on a hole,” Eagle Valley coach Tom Buzbee said. “He kept it in play. He used to grip it and rip it. He slowed down and it paid off.”

Bontempo also putted well with no three-putts, always a good thing.

“The greens were great,” Bontempo said. “They were soft so your shots stuck, but your ball rolled on putts.”

The Devils tied for ninth with Delta.

Eagle Valley’s younger players head to Rover Valley Ranch Monday, while the varsity is at Lakota Canyon Thursday,

Huskies in the 70s

CRAIG -Bring back the bell-bottoms. The 70s are in with Battle Mountain golf.

Cameron Brown had a 74, Dillon McDonald a 77 and Michael Wilhelm a 78 as the Huskies finished second behind Steamboat Springs Thursday at Craig.

McDonald was the story for the Huskies with one of his best rounds of the year.

“I figured out what was wrong with my mental game,” McDonald said. “I was thinking too much about my score and I put too much pressure on myself.”

In other developments, Brown proved that he is human. He completely missed the fairway on his last hole, No. 3. He ended up on adjacent par-3, only to use a pitching wedge to get back on the correct hole and sink a birdie putt.

Battle Mountain gears up for regionals with two tournaments next week.


Resurrection Christian 3, Vail Mountain 0

EAST VAIL- The Vail Mountain school volleyball team ran into a very good Resurrection Christian squad Thursday night in its home opener, falling, 25-19, 25-12, 25-20.

VMS and Resurrection Christian were tied at nine in all three games, but the Cougars, who have been to the 2A state tournament the last two seasons, emerged victorious.

“We were a little Jekyll and Hyde,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “There were moments when we played really well, and for the most part, we felt comfortable in our lineup for the first time this season, but there was just too much inconsistency.”

VMS (2-2) has the weekend off. Next weekend, the Gore Rangers are at the Simla Tournament.

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