Vail Valley prep wrap for Thursday |

Vail Valley prep wrap for Thursday

EAST VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Mountain School soccer team has been frustrating to watch as it seems to play up or down to its competition.

But when it’s the former, the Gore Rangers are a sight to see. The Gore Rangers gave perennial league power Basalt all it could handle in a 3-2 loss Thursday at Bandoni Alumni Field.

“We played a really defensive, Italian style,” VMS coach Slade Cogswell said. “It was from (former coach Bob) Bandoni’s past. It was a really great effort and we had good counter-attacks.”

Those counters netted VMS a 2-0 lead going into the final 15 minutes of the game, thanks to goals from Jordan Goldstein and Charlie Grant. Nick Vossler played a superb game in net, but in the end, Basalt was too much.

“I’m really proud of the boys,” Cogswell said. “At this point, we are coming down to the end of the season, but they dug deep. They played with a lot of heart and pride.”

VMS hosts Summit County Saturday at 11 a.m. at The Bob.


Fruita 3, Battle Mountain 2

EDWARDS – Battle Mountain volleyball broke out the zebra spandex for its Homecoming game against 5A Fruita. And the way they played Thursday, the Huskies may keep it – or not.

Either way, the 4A Huskies stretched Fruita to five games, before losing a tight one, 25-21, 14-25, 24-26, 27-29, 15-13.

“They fought really hard,” Battle Mountain coach Lara Bossow said. “They’re finally coming together as a team, and playing well. It was a great game to be a part of.”

Krista Norris hit to the tune of a .242 average on 33 swings. Jayna Horn served up four aces. Cara Murbach scooped 15 digs, while Sammy Miletich had a double-double with 20 digs and 17 kills.

Battle Mountain (5-10) heads north Saturday for a doubleheader against Steamboat Springs and Moffat County.

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