Vail Christian makes it six in a row
WALDEN ” Christmas didn’t slow down the Saints.
The Vail Christian boys basketball team hadn’t played in 25 days and showed only a few signs of rust in its return, ripping North Park, 65-43, Saturday.
“After 25 days off, you never really know what you are going to get,” Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “We had a good week of practice, but you never know. It was especially good to jump out to a 13-3 lead in the first quarter and just pull away.”
After a season-opening loss to Lutheran Park, Vail Christian has won a school-record six-straight games.
A.J. Burgess had a huge game for the Saints with 23 points.
“He’s coming alive for us,” Kuhns said. “We’re trying to run a bit more and that fits into his style of game.”
Jaryd Francis had an off-night by his very lofty standards with 12 points and nine rebounds. Chase Gruber and Larry Cavanugh each had eight points, while point guard Will Parker had five assists.
Friday, it starts to get serious for Vail Christian (6-1). The Saints host two-time defending 1A Mountain League champion Ouray at St. Clare in Edwards. The tip is at 8 p.m.
Lady Saints fall
WALDEN ” A 58-38 loss is not normally something about which to write home. But when it comes against one of last year’s 1A state finalists, maybe you grab a postcard.
The Vail Christian girls basketball team fell to North Park in nonconference play Friday, but still had to feel good about things.
“They went out on us, 14-0,” Saints coach Patrick Beaudine said. “We slowed down their press and played even with them the rest of the game. Knowing they went to the championship game last year and lost by three (points) to Eads gives us some confidence.
Maty Peckham had nine points for the Saints, while Michelle Disher had seven. Bianca Jensen also had nine, but the game was bittersweet for her and the Saints.
Jensen’s family is moving to Florida Monday, so this was her last game with Vail Christian.
“We scrapped our normal pregame routine, and spent some time talking about the situation,” Beaudine said. “Everyone was crying and hugging each other and telling how much they love Bianca. In this situation, you have two choices. You can go out there and let your emotions take control or represent God, your family and your school. I’m really proud of the team.”
Vail Christian, 1-6, opens league play Friday against Ouray at St. Clare in Edwards at 6:30 p.m.
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