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Tree gets spot on nation’s No. 1 team

Daily Staff Report

Bossow helped lead the Vail Mountain School to its best season, ever, and a berth at the 2002 state tournament.

Having played for the Avalanche 17’s – three players on that team were named to the Denver Post’s All-State Team – Bossow was invited to try out for Front Range by head coach Jim Miret. And, she has responded by not only winning the starting position, but also leading the team in hitting percentage and errors-to-success ratio.

It hasn’t been easy for the Colorado University bound senior, as she has to travel to Denver three times a week for practices as well as participating in tournaments, and scrimmages, which take her all over the country.

Her practices are two-and-a half hours long and the team’s tournament schedule has them playing 25-point, rally games and best-three-out-of -five matches.

So far, the Front Range squad has traveled to Minneapolis/St. Paul to participate in an invitation-only scrimmage against the best teams in the Midwest as well as having played in two Rocky Mountain Region-USAV Power League tournaments.

Armstrong wins at Crested Butte

There were some exciting local skiing results from the Rocky Mountain Division Nordic race held in Crested Butte last Friday and Saturday.– –

Haleigh Armstrong won Friday’s classic race, beating a field consisting of-the top ranked J-2 girls in the state. She took a third place in the skate race on Saturday.-

These two finishes, along with a second-place finish at the Durango RMD race two weeks ago has earned her a spot on the U.S. Rocky Mountain Division Jr. Olympic -Nordic Team.-Armstrong will join two athletes from Steamboat Springs and two from Crested Butte to round out the team of five J-2 girls to compete in the Alaska races, March 7-15 in Anchorage.

Also representing the girls from the Vail Valley were Audrey Powell, Katie Wick and Jill Ewing. In the J-1 girls category, Wick finished Friday in 11th place with Powell in 13th. Ewing ended the classic race in 14th place for the girls J-2 competition.-

These girls held their own again on Saturday in the skate competition.- Powell led this time with an impressive 10th-place finish, with Wick on her heels finishing in 11th. Ewing came in 17th for the J-2 girls.

A big surprise for everyone at the Crested Butte race this weekend was Vail Mountain’s Sylvan Ellefson. Competing in his first RMD race, Ellefson shocked many, including his coaches, with his third-place finish in Friday’s J-2 boys classic race. He placed fourth on Saturday in the skate competition.

Taylor Sheldon, also of VMS, posted a strong 11th-place finish for the J-2 boys, while Eagle Valley’s James Ewing finished in 20th. Brad Bingham, of Vail Mountain School, competing in the next level up of J-1 boys, also had an 11th-place finish in the classic race, while Eagle’s Dan Ewing crossed the line in 13th.–

Vail Mountain School Nordic coaches, Dan Weiland and Karli Hochtl, threw their hats into the ring of college racers and finished with respectable times as well. Weiland finished 13th, while Hochtl placed 27th.

Pee Wee B’s upset Southern Colorado

The Vail Pee Wee B’s gained momentum heading into the post season with a big upset win over first-place Southern Colorado.

The first period ended with no scoring as strong defense prevailed.

Visiting Southern Colorado scored the first two goals in the second period Vail rallied as captain Jordie Coffey scored an unassisted goal with two minutes remaining in the second period. A minute later in the period, left wing Ryan Barry scored with an assist form Dalton Cassidy.

The third period was a defensive struggle with outstanding play from defensemen Spencer Comerford, Brian Ratkowski, Elliot Ristow and Matt White. Forwards Spencer Fox and Todd Walker provide continuous pressure on both ends of the ice.

The winning goal was scored by Coffey with an assist from Corey Seaman. Vail’s goalie, Eric Young, had 18 saves.

The Vail Pee Wee B’s are sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank.

Pee Wee A’s come back vs. Summit

The Vail Pee Wee A’s had a busy weekend, playing three Divide League teams.

Friday evening, the Mountaineers hosted Summit and came away with a dramatic come from behind victory, 3-2. Saturday the team was at Pueblo for two vs. the league leaders. The Mountaineers came up short in both games, losing 2 – 0 and 3-1.

In the Summit game, Geoffrey Funk started the scoring in the second when he came from behind the net to stuff a loose puck in for a goal. Then Summit scored to open the third to knot the score at one. At the 3:40 mark, Summit took the lead and had the momentum in its favor.

But Tieg Alward took over from there. First, Alward evened the score with a gritty, wrap-around goal, and, with a minute to play, Alward found an open Chow, who one-timed the game-winner to finish the 2-on-1 break. Goalie Kalen Burnett played well in goal earning the victory.

Against Pueblo, Saturday night the team came out flat and Pueblo took advantage opening an early lead and never looked back.

The Sunday morning game saw Tony Buckley scoring the first goal and it seemed the Mountaineers had a spark, but Pueblo prevailed 3 – 1.

The team is coached by Jim Meehan with assistants David Hill and Kevin Buckley. The Pee Wee A’s are sponsored by Alpine Bank and next travel to Arvada for the Winter Festival Weekend tournament.


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