Vail Valley preps recap for Saturday |

Vail Valley preps recap for Saturday

DELTA – Trivia time. When was the last time, Eagle Valley boys cross country had six runners under 20 minutes?

Um, never.

So Friday’s season-opening meet at Delta, which will be the site of regionals in late October, was a big day for the Devils.

“It was really exciting to preview the regional course,” Eagle Valley coach Melinda Brandt said. “It’s definitely going to help the kids.”

The six under 20 minutes were Hunter Burnham (18 minutes, 11 seconds), Gregg Salez, (18:27), Rafael Gurule (19:29), Andre Eisenmann (19:41), Nathan Maddox (19:49) and Carson McQueeney (19:59).

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Nikki Cunning led the Eagle Valley ladies in 21:27 and then the Devils had a pack come in within a minute with Samantha Maddox (22:50), Aracely Villalobos (23:02), Kira Quintana (23:43) and Amy Applegate (24:53).

The team’s weekly Hoss Awards went to Gurule and Samantha Maddox.

Meanwhile, Battle Mountain was down at the Pre-State Invitational at Smoky Hill Saturday. The Huskies were led by Ortiz, Gaylord, Stevens and Shearon, which sounds normal enough, except that three of those four are younger sisters.

Mandy Ortiz was fourth in 19:56, a stellar way to start the season. Sydney Gaylord followed in 21:04 with Maddie Stevens (23:24), Christina Shearon (23:33), Sydney Edmonson (23:41) and Katie Matarese (23:51) in tow.

For the guys, it was David Suarez (18:19), Ethan Cotton (19:29), Joseph Barrett (19:59). Colin Idzikowski (22:04) and Dan Woods (23:34).

“It was the first race of the season, and the first race period for some of our kids,” Huskies coach Ken Long said. “There were no expectations. We’re very proud of them.”

Battle Mountain gets to host next week at Beaver Creek and Eagle Valley will be in attendance. The citizen’s race is now the Eric Spry Memorial 5K at 9 a.m., followed by the Battle Mountain Invitational at 10 a.m.


Saints roll to 3-0

COLBRAN – May it be the first of many.

Vail Christian volleyball went 3-0 Saturday at the season-opening Plateau Valley tournament, but the score that stuck out was a 25-17, 25-18, 25-17 win over Norwood.

As you might remember from previous episodes of Vail Christian volleyball, the Saints and the Mavericks met three times last season. Norwood won the season series, 2-1, but Vail Christian won the most important match in regionals on its way to state.

Thus, downing the Mavericks, whom the Saints will likely see again and again, is a nice way to start the year.

The Saints also took Plateau Valley in four and drummed Palisade’s JV squad.

“The older girls showed a great maturity level and the younger girls are learning the system,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “And as well as we played, there are areas for improvement, which is nice.”

Vail Christian has its home opener Friday against West Grand.

VMS notches first win

COLBRAN – Vail Mountain volleyball was having to do some serious lineup juggling, but still managed to get its first win of the season Saturday at the Plateau Valley Tournament.

The Gore Rangers knocked off the hosts in five games to finish the day at 1-2.

“We used it like a practice,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “We were asking the girls to do the mental and physical tasks we ask of them in practice in a game situation. It was a day of tremendous growth.”

VMS lost Elizabeth Bolyard to a season-ending injury during the preseason, so it was still working out the kinks in a 3-0 loss to Norwood and a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Palisade’s JV.

VMS is at Steamboat Springs Wednesday.


Armitage again for Huskies

EDWARDS – Since the Cope family was watching the movie “Jerry McGuire” Saturday night, we present you with “Show Me the Late Goal.”

This production stars Battle Mountain soccer’s Sean Armitage, who struck late for the second time in as many games, helping the Huskies to 1-1 tie against Montrose in Edwards Saturday.

“This was a good tie,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “As was telling the fellas after the game, ‘We lost to (Montrose), 4-1, last year, and (we) only lost four times all season. (Montrose) lost to Broomfield, 2-1, in the playoffs. This was a legitimate team.’ I thought we played well enough to win the game. It was just unlucky. Those things happen.”

Saturday was the second time the Huskies (1-0-1) trailed in the second half, but got points in the standings. It was also the second game in a row that goalie Nick Vossler saved Battle Mountain’s bacon with a big stop on a breakaway.

The Huskies open the defense of their 4A Slope title at Palisade Thursday,

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