Tuesday’s preps wrap
EDWARDS — Huskies volleyball coach Jason Fitzgerald had called Tuesday’s game against Summit a must-win, and Battle Mountain, indeed won.
The Huskies knocked off the Tigers, 25-16, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22, on Tuesday night.
“Today, we put forth a true team effort,” Fitzgerald said. “We’re struggling with Haley Frischholz’s injury and we had a number of girls produce.”
Frischholz, the team’s libero, is out for a few days with a sore knee, which is somewhat understandable, given how rudely opponents smite the ball at her. Credit Audrey Wright and Cassi Kelchner with picking up her defense.
Battle Mountain (3-4 overall and 3-3 in the Slope) hosts Rifle on Thursday,
VMS throttles Caprock
Vail Mountain School soccer took care of business on Tuesday, winning at Caprock Academy, 10-0.
VMS moved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the 3A Slope.
With the necessary three points for league play in hand, the Gore Rangers will turn their attention to a nonconference showdown against Colorado Academy in Denver on Saturday.
Softball splits with Palisade
Eagle Valley softball got its first league win of the season on Tuesday night, taking the nightcap of a doubleheader, 17-14, against Palisade at the Gypsum Sports Complex.
The Devils overcame two Palisade leads in the second game, and had a big sixth inning to salt away the victory. While two-thirds of Eagle Valley’s lineup had two or more hits, defense saved the game. Devils shortstop Caroline Paxson had an unassisted double play to end a Palisade threat with the bases loaded.
The visiting Bulldogs took Game 1, 8-5. The Devils’ Regan Bossow went 4-for-4 in the opener.
Eagle Valley (6-8 and 1-5 in the 4A Slope) hosts Rifle on Thursday for Homecoming.
VMS spikers sweep
Vail Mountain School volleyball bounced back nicely after a tough weekend with losses at Paonia and at Rangely by winning at Hotchkiss, 25-11, 25-12, 25-20, on Tuesday.
“Our defense really did their job tonight, which allowed us to utilize our hitters,” VMS coach Whitney Armistead said. “The play execution really was clean and well done tonight. It was nice to just play our game tonight.”
VMS, 5-2 both overall and in the 2A Slope, heads to Edwards on Thursday to take on Vail Christian.
Devils soccer loses tight one
Apparently, Summit County soccer is the 4A Slope chase.
The Tigers took a heartbreaker from Eagle Valley, 3-2, on Tuesday.
Christer Serna and Carlos Chavez scored for the Devils (4-5 overall and 4-2 in the Slope), but Summit found a way on a late free kick.
It’s a hard pill for the Devils to swallow, but there’s a ton of soccer left for the Devils and the rest of the Slope.
“We played really well today,” Devils coach Bratzo Horruitiner said. “We just couldn’t seal it. We have two league losses and we’re going to be in it until the end.”
The Devils host Rifle on Thursday.
Eagles take Saints in three
The CHSAA poll has Paonia volleyball ranked No. 1. The ratings-percentage index (RPI) has the Eagles as the No. 2 team in the state.
Either way, Paonia’s good and the Eagles came as advertised on Tuesday, knocking off Vail Christian, 25-19, 25-11, 25-13.
The Saints (4-3, 4-2) host the Vail Mountain School on Thursday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.
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