Vail Christian boys win Battle Mountain Invite |

Vail Christian boys win Battle Mountain Invite

The Hardings run the sprints?

EDWARDS — Vail Christian boys’ track and field team really needs to pick on someone its own size.

Yes, the Battle Mountain Invitational on Tuesday is not a huge meet, but the 2A Saints knocked off Rifle, Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley. That’s darn-tooting impressive.

As expected, the Battle Mountain ladies won their side of the meet, but it wasn’t exactly people in familiar places. Naomi Harding ran the 100, while Lizzie Harding and Grace Johnson were in the 200. Either Huskies coach Rob Parish has a sense of humor or he wanted his big guns to get some interval training. (The answer is both.)

Definitely worth noting was Huskies thrower Max Christenberry. He obliterated his own school record in the discus with a throw of 172 feet, 5 inches. In technical track terms, that’s a big-honking throw.

Battle Mountain’s Ezri Perdue gets the “Spry-Dog” Award for winning the open the 3,200 and then coming back and running a leg of the 1,600 relay.

Eagle Valley wasn’t a huge presence at this meets, but its jumpers certainly put on a show.

Battle Mountain heads to Dakota Ridge on Saturday. Eagle Valley will be at Castle View, while Joslin and Samantha Blair are at the Kansas University Relays.

Battle Mountain Invitational

Top local finishers


  1. Vail Christian 111; 2. Rifle 108; 3. Battle Mountain, 106.5; 4. Eagle Valley 89.5; 5. Lake County, 87.5.

100 — 4. P.G. Nkalang’ango, Vail Christian, 11.95.

200 — 2. Quinn Mitchell, Vail Christian, 23.56.

400 — 1. E. J. Koller, 53.49.

800 — 1. Jose Ascencio, Vail Christian, 2:07.73.

1,600 — 2. Jason Macaluso, Battle Mountain, 5:02.68.

3,200 — Ezri Perdue, Battle Mountain, 11:44.27.

110 hurdles — 3. Jackson Borg, Battle Mountain, 17.95.

300 hurdles — 3. Jackson Borg, Battle Mountain, 42.94.

400 relay — 1. Vail Christian, 45.03.

800 relay — 1. Vail Christian, 1:33.54.

1,600 relay — 1. Vail Christian, 3:37.10.

3,200 relay — 3.  Battle Mountain, 9:23. 37.

High jump — 1. Matthew Turner, Eagle Valley, 5-10.

Long jump — 1. Miguel Castillo, Eagle Valley, 22-1.

Pole vault — 1. Holden Daniels, Eagle Valley, 14-3.

Triple jump — 2. Miguel Castillo, Eagle Valley, 39-5.5.

Discus — 1. Max Christenberry, Battle Mountain, 172-5.

Shot put — 1. Max Christenberry, Battle Mountain, 44-8.5.


1. Battle Mountain 157.5; 2. Cedaredge 120; 3. Hayden 110; 4. Rifle 94; 5. Middle Park 89; 6. Eagle Valley 55.5; 7. Vail Christian, 55.

100 — 1. Alden Pennington, Battle Mountain, 13.33.

200 — 1. Alden Pennington, Battle Mountain, 27.14.

400 — 1. Kendelle Smith, Vail Christian, 1:00.12.

800 — 4. Lucy McCann, Eagle Valley, 2:43.25.

3,200 — 2. Clarisa Ortega, Battle Mountain, 14:01.46.

1,600 — 3. Hayley Brewster, Battle Mountain, 6:08.29.

100 hurdles — 1. Emma Reeder, Battle Mountain, 17.31.

300 hurdles — 2. Kiki Lettovsky, Battle Mountain, 51.12.

400 relay — 2. Battle Mountain, 53.31.

800 relay — 1. Battle Mountain 1:51.41.

1,600 relay — 1. Battle Mountain, 4:12.41.

3,200 relay — 4. Battle Mountain, 11:41.23.

Medley — 1. Vail Christian, 1:54.20.

High jump — 3. Emma Reeder, Battle Mountain, 4-10.

Long jump — 5. Yanitza Carbajal, Eagle Valley, 13-10.

Pole vault — 3. Sharon Rodney, Battle Mountain, 8-6.

Triple jump — 1. Yanitza Carbajal, Eagle Valley, 33-7.25

Discus — 8. Abby Kuhns, Vail Christian, 84-7.

Shot put — 2. Abby Kuhns, Vail Christian, 30.

Saints top Moffat County

CRAIG — To repeat, Vail Christian needs to pick on someone its own size.

The 2A Saints soccer team beat 3A Moffat County, 4-1, on Tuesday afternoon in scenic Craig.

Riley Layton to Gretchen Pavelich started it, and then Zoe Barela had one of her ”Bye Felicia” goals. While the game would end up, 4-1. Saints goalie Grace McCurdy did make a crucial save on a breakaway with her team up just 2-1.

Layton scored the final two with and assist going to Julia Petrik on the first.

Given that Vail Christian hadn’t played in 10 days and that Tuesday’s game was its first of seven in a stretch of a little more than two weeks, this was a good start.

“This bodes well,” Saints coach Barbara Wilson said. “Both Paveliches (Gretchen and Robin) had beautiful games. This was a physical game for us and that’s great for us going into CRMS on Thursday.”

The Colorado Rocky Mountain School comes to town on Thursday as the Saints host the Pearls at Freedom Park at 3:15 p.m.

Huskies girls lax tops Devils

GYPSUM — Battle Mountain girls’ lacrosse made it a season sweep of Eagle Valley, as the Huskies topped the Devils, 10-6, at John Ramunno Field in Gypsum.

The Huskies moved to 4-3 with the win and a good tonic after a 14-13 loss at Roaring Fork on Saturday.

“It was a chance to bounce back. We played well (on Saturday), but couldn’t quite get a finish,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “We’re trying to finish with a run of wins to make an argument for us to be in the playoffs.”

And while Eagle Valley fell to 1-5, Devils coach Hannah McKee sees great improvement in her charges.

“We were a little flat coming out,” she said. “We’re talking about finding a way to come out stronger, but the girls have definitely improved from last year and gotten better this year.”

Battle Mountain hosts Pine Creek on Thursday, while Eagle Valley heads to Montrose on Saturday.

Devils baseball rallies past Sailors

GYPSUM — Eagle Valley baseball overcame a 6-0 deficit, pounding out a 14-7 league win against Steamboat on Monday afternoon during Game 1 of a twinbill in Gypsum.

The Devils were leading 6-2 after four innings when the nightcap was suspended for darkness.

In the lidlifter, Eagle Valley didn’t get going until the bottom of the fourth with a six-spot. Ironically, It was Dillon Flaagan and Bailey Beckum from the bottom of the order who jump started the team with 3-for-4 days with 3 RBI each. Leadoff man Lee Bullock also chipped in for a 2-for-4 outing with another 3 RBI.

“We had a rough couple of innings when we weren’t seeing the ball well and not going through the process,” Devils skipper Bret Moyer said. “They were trying to do more than each individual can do. Then we started to drive the ball better and hit the gaps.”

It also doesn’t hurt to have good pitching out of the bullpen. Adam Vasquez relieved Joey Beveridge and went four-and-two-thirds innings, allowing only just one run and picking up five strikeouts.

In Game 2, Eagle Valley kept pounding the ball and had a four-run lead when the game was suspended. Gabe Foster went all four innings on the mound.

According to Moyer, the two schools and CHSAA will make a decision about whether the game will be continued or go into the books as a 6-2 Devils’ win depending on the availability of common open dates between the two teams and whether the result affects the playoff picture.

Eagle Valley is 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the 4A Slope without the partial result. More importantly, the Devils head to Palisade on Friday for a big doubleheader with the Bulldogs, the consensus favorites for the pennant.

Moyer was able to keep all of his hurlers under 65 pitches on Monday, so the Devils will have a full pitching staff.

“We keep telling them that as good as their record is that anyone can win on every given day,” Moyer said. “We have to go to practice every day and no one has reached the ceiling of their potential. Palisade always has had a strong team. If we’re going to go there and win a couple of games, we have to be 100 percent focused and play solid baseball.”

Lacrosse teams fall

Both Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley boys lacrosse lost to top 10-ranked teams in the rating-percentage index on Monday.

The Huskies (4-6 overall and 3-3 in the Western Conference) hung with No. 5 Steamboat Spring through the first half before the visiting Sailors broke open a 2-2 tie for a 9-4 win.

Eagle Valley (4-4, 4-2) lost at No. 3 Erie, 15-3.

The Devils get a shot at Steamboat on Friday in Gypsum, while Battle Mountain is at Mullen on Saturday.

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