Vail Christian sweeps DeBeque |

Vail Christian sweeps DeBeque

VCBBB Parker 1 KA 01-16-09

DEBEQUE, Colorado ” And exhale.

The Vail Christian boys basketball squeaked by rival DeBeque, 63-62, Saturday to up its 2A Slope mark to 4-1.

The Dragons only led once during the third quarter, 41-40, so the Saints were in control most of the way, but it still came down to the wire.

Kieran Hurtt knocked down a six-foot jumper with 30 seconds to go to give Vail Christian a 63-61 lead. With just ticks left, DeBeque’s top scorer Dwight Berner got to the free-throw line. He sank his first, but not his second and the Saints escaped with the win.

“It was a game where we couldn’t get into the flow,” Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “We were in different rotations and that led to some mistakes, but give our guys credit, they stepped up in the crunch.”

Kuhns gave extra props to backup point guard Fernando Hernandez, who had to step in for Will Parker, who was in foul trouble for most of the day.

Chris Schmidt led the Saints with 16 points, followed by A.J. Burgess (14) and Larry Cavanaugh (10).

The Vail Christian boys (7-4) host Rangely in a make-up game from December on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Then, both the boys and girls hoops teams go to Rangely Friday.

Lady Saints roll

With apologies to Allen Iverson, practice does really matter.

A good week of practice turned into a 41-21 win for Vail Christian girls basketball over DeBeque Saturday.

“I thought we played really well,” Saints coach Doug Bruce said. “That was significant because we had the best week of practice this season. I told the girls that after the focus and intensity we had in practice, I wasn’t really surprised to see them play well. It was nice to see them put that into a game.”

Take that, A.I.

The Saints led the Dragons, 23-13, at the half, and outscored DeBeque, 15-0, in the third quarter to win going away.

Michelle Disher topped Vail Christian with 12 points, while Sammy Francis had 10.

Huskies hockey bows to Palmer

COLORADO SPRINGS ” If Battle Mountain hockey is going to repeat as Peak Conference champions, it’s going to need a lot of help.

Just 24 hours after losing at Lewis-Palmer, 6-2, the Huskies dropped a 5-2 decision to Palmer Saturday, falling behind those two squads in the title chase.

The Huskies were more competitive in Saturday’s loss to the Terrors than against Lewis-Palmer Saturday, taking leads of 1-0 and 2-1, both on Cody Kleisinger goals. Palmer’s Kirk Van Arkel scored the game-winner early in the third period and the Terrors iced the game with two late tallies.

Battle Mountain (9-5 overall and 6-2 in the Peak) returns home to face Coronado Friday at Dobson.

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