Vail Valley preps recap for Saturday
GOLDEN – Eagle Valley soccer appears to peaking at just the right time.
On the heels of an impressive 3-0 win Thursday night against Glenwood, the Devils took it to one of the heavyweights of the Jeffco League Saturday, doubling up Golden, 4-2.
And in another promising sign for the big games next week, not to mention the postseason, the key to the Devils’ win was composure.
“It was a great game,” Eagle Valley coach Jason Rittmiller said. “It was a lot of fun. (Golden is) a very emotional team. I think the major problem was they kept on getting angry and we kept on scoring. This puts us in an excellent situation for rest of the season. We’re pretty stoked.”
As well the Devils should be. Entering the game, Golden was 11-1-1 and second in the Jeffco. Golden’s only previous loss had been to state-power Wheat Ridge.
Eagle Valley (10-2-1) benefited from the return Eliazar Saucedo from a nagging injury. He assisted Kevin Escobar on the Devils’ first. Nate Barker found the back of the net, courtesy of Nestor Escobar. Saucedo had what would be the game-winner from Fidel Macias. Israel Gomez added some insurance.
And this sets the stage for a momentous week of soccer for Eagle Valley. At 7-2-1 in the Slope, the Devils are tied with Steamboat Springs at 22 points for second place behind Battle Mountain (24).
Eagle Valley’s at Steamboat Tuesday and needs a win – a tie likely will not do it – to set up a showdown at Battle Mountain for the Slope title on Thursday night.
Summit County 3, Vail Mountain 2
EAST VAIL – The 3A Vail Mountain School soccer team put up an impressive fight Saturday against the 4A Summit County Tigers in a 3-2 loss Saturday at Bandoni Alumni Field.
A 10-minute stretch to end the first half did in the Gore Rangers. The visiting Tigers scored three times in that interval. But that did not take away from VMS’ effort against a team which is likely bound for the 4A state playoffs.
Sean Woods got VMS on the board early with a vintage goal from his own family tree. Just like his older brother, Chris, Sean wrapped a corner kick into the far panel for a 1-0 lead.
VMS looked like it was going to rally as Charlie Grant netted a goal, but the Gore Rangers ran out of time.
VMS fell to 2-10-1 on the season, but coach Slade Cogswell is pleased by the way his team is playing as the season comes to a close.
“I was definitely happy with the way they played,” Cogswell said. “Wins and losses are impostors. You wouldn’t know from our record the way we are playing. The courage for a high-school soccer team to play at such a high level with so little on the line is a testament to the program.”
VMS hosts the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Monday at 4 p.m. at the Bob.
North Park 3, Vail Christian 2
WALDEN – North Park plays in the 2A Western Slope during the regular season and then drops down to Class 1A for the postseason.
And don’t be surprised if Vail Christian gives the Wildcats a going-away party. For the second time this season, North Park knocked off the Saints, 18-25, 25-22, 25-15, 21-25, 15-12, Saturday.
Vail Christian’s only two losses to the season are to the Wildcats. Since North Park is to 1A the Saints (15-2) remain in control of its destiny in the chase for the 2A Slope title.
“It was probably good timing,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “Brooke (Bowles) said, ‘We probably needed that. We’re not as good as we thought we were. We need to work harder.’ That’s good maturity. I told her that good teams lose, but really good teams come back and win.”
That will be the goal Tuesday night when the Saints host Plateau Valley. After that, Vail Christian entertains Soroco in a nonconference game Friday night before Paonia comes to town Saturday for a much-anticipated match.
DeBeque 3, Vail Mountain 2
Vail Mountain 3, Meeker 0
MEEKER – Twenty-four hours later, Vail Mountain volleyball is feeling much better.
The Gore Rangers lost to DeBeque Friday night, 16-25, 25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 16-14, in somewhat of an upset before bouncing back to sweep Meeker, 25-11, 25-18, 25-13, on Saturday.
“We played like we were scared to lose (against DeBeque),” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “I think it took us about two minutes to get over that match. We had one focus today.”
VMS (9-7, 4-3) is at North Park Friday and hosts West Grand Saturday.
Steamboat Springs 3, Battle Mountain 1
Battle Mountain 3, Moffat County 0
CRAIG – Battle Mountain earned a split in its northern swing falling to Steamboat Springs in four and sweeping Moffat County Saturday.
The Huskies (6-11) host Rifle Thursday and are at Glenwood Springs Saturday.
Vail Christian 36, North Park 10
WALDEN – Vail Christian 8-man football is headed to the playoffs after a 36-10 victory Saturday at North Park.
The Saints’ defense shut down the Wildcats’ spread offense as Vail Christian finished league play at 3-3. The Saints have won three of their last four games.
“I’m excited with how hard we’re finishing out the season,” Saints coach Tim Pierson said. “We’re playing our best ball of the season. The kids have really improved a lot.”
Senior Larry Cavanaugh and freshman Mack Cooper each had two rushing touchdowns, while Kieran Hurtt hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass.
Vail Christian hosts Faith Baptist at 3 p.m. at Eagle Valley as a part of Homecoming on Saturday. Please note the new time.
After that, the Saints take on either Merino or Dayspring Christian in a cross-over game with the Plains League.
Devils styling at Montrose
MONTROSE – All work and no play can make for a very dull cross country team.
Enter Eagle Valley and the Montrose Relays Saturday. As opposed to the traditional 3.1-mile race, teams of two runners ran 6 miles, alternating every other mile. And to make sure everyone know which runner was running with whom, the Devils wore costumes.
In the co-ed combination, Pearl Nanin and Prather Silverthorn, both wearing tu-tus, led the Devils. We’re pretty sure Nanin looked better in the tu-tu. Wade Fowler and Hunter Burnham, garbed in baseball caps and black body paint, were the top male combo. The ladies tandem of Kelly Cassidy and Rachael Burnett, in chic polka-dot boxers, led the girls team.
Not to be missed also was the team of Logan Kinser and Riley Simonton, who both wore neon spandex.
“It’s a great way to ease a little tension going into regionals,” Devils coach Melinda Brandt said. “They got a great workout and competed and had some fun being with their teammates.”
The Hoss Awards went to Burnham and Shelby Massie. The latter was returning from a back injury.
Eagle Valley is at regionals in Aspen next week.
Ortiz leads Huskies
WIGGINS – Battle Mountain cross Country’s Anita Ortiz won her race Saturday at Wiggins High School, but David Shearon did not in a sign of the coming apocalypse.
“We took him out back,” Huskies coach Ken Long joked.
Ortiz and Shearon had won in tandem three times this season, but all good things must come to end. In fairness to Shearon, who finished in a speedy 16 minutes, 41 seconds, Brush’s Amos Bowen ran a scorching 15:42.
But the story of the day was Ortiz who broke 19 minutes, running an 18:59. That is a sizzling time. Erika Ghent holds the school record at 18:38.
“(Amelia) actually ran a really nice race,” Long said. “At the two-mile mark, she was trailing by seven second. She ended up winning by 15 seconds.”
Personal records were the order of the day for most of Battle Mountain. Mandy Ortiz clocked a 22:48, followed by Sam Engle (24:05) and Val Rivero (24:37)
Only four scored for this meet and that was critical for the boys’ team. Eric Gallagher was ninth in 17:24; Mitch Walker 10th in 17:26; and Remsen Allard was 15th in 17:38. That put the Huskies in second place behind Fort Morgan. It’s worth noting that if the race was using the traditional five scorers, Tommy Crisofulli (18:04) was well ahead of several Fort Morgan would-be fifths.
Regionals in Aspen are next for the Huskies.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.