Vail Christian gridders roll DeBeque
DeBeque will be joining in the 8-man football Central League next year.
After Vail Christian’s 60-28 thrashing of the Dragons in nonconference action Saturday down in Gypsum, they might be reconsidering.
Robbie Brgoch ran for four touchdowns and P.J. Bevan threw for three more in the rout.
“DeBeque had some big, strong kids, so we matched up pretty well,” Saints coach Bob Isbell said. “So, that was exciting. Now, we just have to get mentally and physically better for the playoffs.”
Bevan to Rex Roberts for seven yards early made it 8-0. Brgoch began his rampage with a 23-yard run for a 16-0 lead. Bevan hooked up with Matt Seatvet on a 15-yarder, and it was 22-0 after the first quarter.
To start the second, Bevan tossed a three-yarder to Roberts for a 30-0 lead. Brgoch then scored twice on rumbles of 40 and 31 yards. The latter was converted by Bjorn Bauer.
In a stunning development, Brgoch scored again, this time for 19 yards and the younger Bauer again converted, making it 54-6 at the half.
In second half, in came the JV. Jonathon Armstead scored Vail Christian’s touchdown.
On defense, Andreas Bauer’s performance slacked dramatically. He had “only” two sacks, after a seven-sack performance a week ago against Maranatha Christian. Isbell also gave defensive kudos to Richard Butters and Seatvet, who had an interception.
Next up for the Saints is the regular-season finale against Gilpin County at Huskies Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.
Huskies harriers fight through “heavy legs’
Led by freshman Molly McGee and sophomore Ben Rogers, the Battle Mountain cross country team struggled Saturday in Aspen with “heavy legs.”
The boys finished 10th out of 18 teams and the girls 12th in a field that included schools of all sizes from Colorado Springs to Durango.
The Huskies ran three meets in eight days and were still feeling the effects of a hard practice Thursday, runners and coaches said.
Coach Rob Parish characterized Saturday’s finish as “a little setback,” after strong team showings in Frisco last Saturday and at Dakota Ridge on Tuesday.
“We still have a great shot at making it to state,” he said.
“Sparky” Rogers, who attends Eagle Valley, paced the boys’ team and finished 33rd with a time 20 minutes, 19 seconds on a hilly course, the first time he’s led the Huskies this season. Junior Grant Stevenson followed with 20:56; junior Davis Gaul ran a 21:24; junior Zach Erickson, 21:34; and freshman Jake Ball rounded out the scoring with a 23:04.
McGee, a Vail Christian student, led the girls’ team again with a 21st-place finish in 23:38. Hard on her heels came sophomore Erika Ghent with a 23:53, followed by senior Maddie McCaulley at 26:28; junior Andrea Knight at 26:31; and sophomore Sammy McCoy rounded out the scoring times with a 26:34.
“Sparky, Molly and Erika all had great races,” Parish said.
The JV girls had the strongest showing, taking fifth place as a team, paced by sophomore Whitney Allard’s varsity-swift 26:03, which ranked third among all Battle Mountain female runners and 10th overall in the junior varsity race.
Corey Wilson paced the boys JV with a 24:47. The boys JV squad finished seventh as a team.
Parish said the training plan now is to scale back on the miles and intensity and gather energy for regionals coming in two weeks. To qualify for state competition, the girls and boys teams must finish in the top four at regionals in Delta. To qualify for state individually, runners need to finish in the top 16.
Between now and Delta lies Palisade on Friday. The team has been encouraged this season with strong showings all season long, highlighted by Battle Mountain’s first No. 1 finish for the boys in a multi-team meet a few weeks ago at Rifle. The girls finished very well at that meet, too, coming in a close second.
The easing up comes just in time. Stevenson, the pace-setter for all but two races this season, explained it had been a long week, capped by sprint work Thursday.
“The guys ran a lot of 200s (in practice),” he said. “We had heavy legs.”
Rogers explained his team-leading Saturday strategy: “Go fast and continue that way. I pushed up every hill and there was a nice downhill, so I used that.”
Someone joked about new red shoes he wore for the first time Saturday. “Yeah, it was definitely the shoes.”
VMS spikers have good weekend
The Vail Mountain School volleyball team had a good weekend, earning a split.
Friday night, VMS bounced Crested Butte 25-15, 23-25, 25-22, 25-15 to up its league mark to 7-0.
“Cely Brinkmann and Aubrie Apple did great job of instituting jump-serves,” Garvey said. “Ana Smith served strongly and Lara Green improved her setting. Same, old story. There was great teamwork.”
Class 1A VMS ran into a buzzsaw Saturday against 3A Hotchkiss, which leads the 3A Slope. The Bulldogs beat VMS, 25-15, 25-13, 25-19.
“They’re a good team,” Garvey said. “We played real well, but the score doesn’t indicate it.”
VMS heads to DeBeque Tuesday for a big showdown. The Gore Rangers then finish the regular season with home games vs. Ouray and Vail Christian.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.