Vail Valley preps round-up for Saturday
ARVADA – Vail Christian 8-man football is a young team this year, and mistakes have been the Saints’ downfall.
Saturday, corner-back Austin Ellsworth made a mistake that lead to a Maranatha Christian touchdown. But he learned from it and made the game-clinching interception in the Saints’ first win of the season, a 24-23 victory over the Crusaders.
“It was good to get the monkey off our backs,” Said coach Tim Pierson, whose team improved to 1-3. “The thing that’s been haunting us all season has been mistakes – bad snaps, dropping passes and penalties. We executed pretty well.”
Trailing 7-0 – yes, the Crusaders kicked a rare PAT – the Saints started to make things happen. Larry Cavanaugh blocked a punt. That led to a 23-yard touchdown run by Thomas Huzella. Teller Emmer caught the pass for the two-point conversion.
In the third quarter, Cavanaugh got the first of two interceptions. That turned into a nice drive with some passes to Kieran Hurtt and some solid runs from Ryan Berry. Cavanaugh boot-legged out and hit James Currey on a 7-yard pass. With the conversion, the Saints led 16-7.
Vail Christian recovered the ensuing onside kick. Hurtt kicked it and recovered it. Cavanaugh to Currey for 1 yard was the Saints’ third touchdown. Granger Moch caught what would be the key conversion, setting up Ellsworth’s heroics.
The Saints are at Gilpin County Saturday.
Cross country – FRISCO
Huskies second at Summit
Battle Mountain boys cross country took second only to 5A Palmer, and as an added bonus, nobody died.
“We told the boys that they were there to run with (Palmer) and told them we didn’t care if they died at the two-mile mark,” Huskies coach Ken Long said. “They all hung in there.”
First to clarify for the humor-impaired, Long does not want his runners to shuffle off their mortal coils, and cares deeply about them. Second, Battle Mountain put five in the top 20 to come within 10 points of Palmer in the process,
David Shearon was third with a time of 18 minutes, 27 seconds. That time as well as Mitch Walker’s 18:53 broke the old school record on the Frisco Nordic Center course. The previous holder was Mitch’s brother, Ryan.
Remsen Allard was ninth in 19:28, followed by Eric Gallagher (12th, 19:53) and David Suarez (19th, 20:12)
On the girls’ side, Amelia Ortiz finished fifth with a 22:30, knocking off Molly McGee’s old Summit mark. Sam Engle (28:20), freshman Anna Kurronen (28:34), Val Rivero (29:57) and Gina Lovell (30:44) rounded out the scoring.
The Huskies host the Battle Mountain Invitational Saturday at Beaver Creek.
Cross country – GLENWOOD SPRINGS
Devils’ young talent shines
Spring can’t come soon enough for Eagle Valley’s Jeff Schroll.
In addition to being an assistant for Eagle Valley cross country, he’s the head coach of the track team come spring, and he is pumped by what he is seeing this fall.
“We are so proud of how our young team did today,” Shroll said. “I think I kind of lick my chops for track season with this many good, young distance runners. It’s so amazing what the girls are doing. They’re just a few points from moving up in the standings, and they boys are running great too.”
The girls took fourth at Glenwood Saturday, while the boys were sixth.
Kelly Cassidy (22:21) and Shelby Massie (24:13) had season-best times. Pearl Nanin ran a 23:39, while Rachael Burnett finished in 24:04 and Megan McQueeny in 24:14.
For the boys, Wade Fowler finished 11th with a personal-record time of 18:19. P.R.’s were the order of the day also for freshman Hunter Burnham (19:11) and Riley Simonton (20:16). Prather Silverthorn logged a 20:04 and Ben Muehlethaler a 20:05.
The Hoss Awards on the girls’ side went to Samantha Maddox, who notched a P.R. by three minutes, as well as the entire JV girls team. Aaron Kline not only won the boys’ Hoss Award, but also likely ran his way on to the varsity team with a 20:25, also a P.R.
Eagle Valley runs at Fruita Saturday.
Volleyball – EAST VAIL
Vail Mountain 3, Hayden 0
Happy Homecoming, Vail Mountain volleyball.
Despite missing four seniors due to illness, the Gore Rangers rolled past Hayden Saturday, 25-23, 25-23, 25-15.
VMS mounted comebacks in the first two games from deficits of 11-3 and 13-8. Coach Mike Garvey handed out postgame kudos to middle-blocker Brigetta Gehl and libero Ellen Edgerton at setter.
VMS improved to 6-5 overall and 1-1 in the 2A Slope with the win. Vail Mountain is at Vail Christian Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
volleyball – DEBEQUE
Vail Christian 3, DeBeque 0
Vail Christian volleyball warmed up for Tuesday’s rivalry game by efficiently dispatching DeBeque, 25-9, 25-20, 25-23, Saturday on the road.
The Saints moved to 10-1 on the season, matching their win total of last season. The Saints also upped their 2A Slope record to 5-0.
“It was a game for being purposeful in passing,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “Brooke (Bowles) was hitting the ball from all over the place. I didn’t call any timeouts. I let the girls work through their issues. It was a good game to get warmed up for Tuesday.”
Alexander got some younger players into the rotation Saturday, including Tracy Salgado, Hannah VanCuren and Meghan Jacobs.
volleyball – GYPSUM
Eagle Valley 3, Moffat 0
Eagle Valley 3, Steamboat 0
Eagle Valley volleyball methodically picked up two league wins Saturday. The Devils downed Moffat County, 25-20, 25-18, 25-12, and followed that up with a 25-15, 25-16, 25-19 sweep of Steamboat Springs.
The Devils upped their 4A Slope mark to 4-0 with the wins and are sitting at 5-2 on the season.
“It think it’s getting good balance,” Devils coach Shawn Weatherred said. “If one player isn’t hitting the ball well, it’s another, like Kelsey VanGoey. The serving’s been good. It’s a different person every time. Shelby (Wright) and Alex (Lassa) are steady, but then Daillen (Culver) or Lauren Shreeve steps up.”
Eagle Valley’s at Coal Ridge Tuesday.
volleyball – EDWARDS
Steamboat 3, Battle Mountain 0
Battle Mountain 3, Moffat 1
Battle Mountain volleyball bounced back after a tough loss to Steamboat Springs to down Moffat County in four games.
The Huskies fell to the Sailors, 26,24, 25-23, 25-22, before rallying against the Bulldogs, 25-18, 18-25, 25-18, 25-14, Saturday.
“The game against Steamboat gave the girls a little bit more confidence,” coach Lara Bossow said. “Unfortunately, things did not go our way, but that was the first time we were playing as team, and that gave us some confidence against Moffat.”
Battle Mountain (2-3 in league and 3-5 overall) hosts Grand Junction Central at 6:30 p.m.. Tuesday.
Soccer – EAST VAIL
Hotchkiss 1, Vail Mountain 0
Vail Mountain soccer lost a tough one Saturday at its Homecoming to defending state-champion Hotchkiss.
VMS hosts Denver Christian Thursday at 4 p.m. at Bandoni Alumni Field.
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