Vail Christian basketball sweeps through West Grand |

Vail Christian basketball sweeps through West Grand

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KREMMLING, Colorado ” As a public service, it’s important to remind the Vail Christian boys basketball team of the time-honored custom ” ladies first.

Vail Christian hoops stormed through Kremmling Friday night, sweeping the Mustangs in a pair of nonconference games. But the big story on a night of many good plot lines was the Lady Saints topping West Grand, 41-29.

“They were really excited,” Vail Christian girls basketball coach Doug Bruce said. “I can honestly tell you before the game in the locker room, they were determined to win. Like I’ve said, we have a good defense, and we’ve been holding down good teams. We only got five points in the first quarter, but we exploded after that.”

Sammy Francis led the way with 13, followed by Maty Peckham (nine), Michelle Disher (eight), Alexis Ellsworth (six) and Brook Bowles (five).

Looking at the bigger picture, Vail Christian girls basketball has not experienced much success in previous years, and for the Saints, who moved up to Class 2A this academic year, to defeat what will be a league opponent come January is a major accomplishment.

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That having been said, Bruce is holding off the victory parade for a few days.

“It certainly builds confidence, but we’ve got to keep it in perspective,” he said. “We are building more and more confidence and working in a system, and they’re seeing it. It’s good for down the road, but we hope to build on it tomorrow.”

Today is when the Saints host Soroco in the new gym on the north side of U.S. Highway 6. The girls play at 3 p.m., followed by the boys at 4:30.

The gents also are coming off a nice win, a 50-37 thumping of West Grand. The Saints led 37-23 after three quarters before coach Sheldon Kuhns brought in his subs.

Friday’s game was a dramatic departure from normal Saints basketball, and a good one.

“We had balance all the way through,” Kuhns said. “Don’t get me wrong, we love Caleb Pearson and Jaryd Francis (who have graduated), but it’s not Caleb scoring 25 (points), Jaryd scoring 20 and everybody else scoring three. We miss them, but that’s in the past. These are the new Saints, and we’re liking the new Saints a lot.”

And here’s how the new Saints scored Friday night. Will Parker led the way with 11. A.J. Burnett had 10. Larry Cavanaugh, Granger Mooch and Devan Christie all had seven, while Chris Schmidt had six.

Both teams enter their games today against Soroco with 2-3 records.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or

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