Vail Valley preps roundup: Huskies’ Shearon, Ortiz top podium at Wiggins |

Vail Valley preps roundup: Huskies’ Shearon, Ortiz top podium at Wiggins

WIGGINS, Colorado – Well, it’s about time.

Last year Battle Mountain cross country’s David Shearon and Amelia Ortiz both won their races on the same day three times. This year, they waited until the final race of the regular season to perform the double.

For the sarcasm-impaired, we’re just kidding.

Shearon topped the field at Wiggins Saturday with a time of 16 minutes, 2 seconds, while Ortiz was the best among the girls with an 18:52. Shearon helped lead the Huskies to a team win at the meet, while Ortiz made it back-to-back individual titles at Wiggins.

For the guys, Mitch Walker blazed to fourth in 16:45, while David Suarez made it three in the top 10 with a 17:10. Remsen Allard was 17th in 17:39, and Charlie Barry took 28th (18:04).

For the ladies, Sydney Gaylord was the hero of the day. She took a tumble in the mass start. Despite being bruised and battered, she recovered to take third in 19:25. Mandy Ortiz came home in 22nd (21:09). Maddie Stevens was right behind in 21:25, followed by Val Rivero in 21:27.

Devils ready for regionals

MONTROSE – Eagle Valley cross country got its final dress rehearsal in for regionals Thursday at Rifle and then just went out and had a lot of fun at Saturday’s Montrose Relays.

At Rifle, the girls finished fourth out of 11 teams. Nikki Cunning took ninth in 21:51, followed by Kira Quintana (15th, 22:42), Kelly Cassidy (21st, 23:01), Samantha Maddox (35th, 24:16) and Logan Kinsler (38th, 24:38).

The boys finished third out of 12 teams, led by Caleb Krueger in ninth at 18:26. Eagle Valley’s other scorers were Gregg Salaz (14th, 18:33), Hunter Burnham (22nd, 19:20), Ben Muehlethaler (24th, 19:23) and Chris Purse (24th, 19:23).

Thursday’s Hoss Award winners were Robbie Clark and Ana Morales.

Saturday’s Montrose Relays are more of a relaxed workout with runners teaming together, often in costume. Eagle Valley’s top girls team was Quintana and Cunning in seventh. The Devils top boys team was Krueger and Burnham in eighth. The co-ed team of Salaz and Cassidy finished 12th.

Saturday’s Hosses were Cassidy and birthday-boy Tommy Aragon.

Battle Mountain 1, Basalt 0

BASALT – Heivan Garcia and Leopoldo Rodriguez have got to be best friends by now.

In training Wednesday, the two got in dustup and had to be pulled apart. Thursday they combined for the Huskies’ second goal in a 3-2 win at Steamboat Springs, a victory which clinched Battle Mountain the 4A Slope title.

Saturday it was Polo, as Rodriguez is known in the Huskies’ camp, to Garcia again in a 1-0 win at Basalt to up Battle Mountain’s mark to 11-3.

“I told what happened to Pat Phelan,” Huskies soccer coach David Cope said, referring to the school’s legendary football wrestling and track coach. “He said there was nothing wrong with a little scrap. When he was coaching wrestling and it was the week before state he said if there wasn’t a fight in practice, he’d start one.”

No word yet if Cope is arranging a bout between Cody Hervert and Jack Sunderland next week. We give Hervert the edge on wingspan, but Sunderland has hockey experience.

All kidding aside, Rodriguez and Garcia got together after practice Wednesday and patched things up. In the meantime, Garcia seems to be on a tear at the right time. The sophomore has scored Battle Mountain’s last three goals, including the game-winner at Steamboat Thursday.

Meanwhile, playing a strong side in Basalt from the 3A Slope was good test for the Huskies with the playoff coming into sight.

“It’s a good away win,” Cope said. “They’re physical and they really attacked us.”

Nick Vossler got his first shutout in net for Battle Mountain. The Huskies are at Eagle Valley Thursday at 6 p.m.

Vail Mountain 1, Aspen 1

EAST VAIL – How could that not make SportsCenter?

The Vail Mountain School’s J.C. Hernandez scored on a bicycle kick from the top of the of the 18 for an incredible equalizer in 1-1 tie Friday against Aspen.

“It was a good as goal-scoring gets in soccer,” VMS coach Slade Cogswell said.

The tie left VMS still in the hunt for one of the 3A Slope’s five postseason berths. VMS rescheduled Saturday’s game against Grand Valley for Wednesday at 4 p.m. at The Bob because of officiating issues,

Vail Christian 3, North Park 0

EDWARDS – Vail Christian won a big game Saturday against North Park.

Yes, you read that correctly, a big win against North Park. The Saints actually disposed of the Wildcats, 25-14, 25-18, 25-14 in a laugher.

Yet this remains an important win because the Saints, who are 12-3 and in second place in the 2A Slope, drop down to 1A for the postseason, and whoever has the best record among Vail Christian, North Park and Plateau Valley gets to avoid Norwood in the early stages of districts.

Voila, a huge win. A fun one, too, as almost everyone got to play.

The Saints finish out the regular season against West Grand Tuesday in Edwards, Friday at Plateau Valley and Saturday back in Edwards for Paonia.

Delta 3, Battle Mountain 2

EDWARDS – Huskies volleyball coach Lara Bossow is big on themes.

One theme to look for in the final week of the season will be closing after Battle Mountain took a 2-0 lead against Delta, but fell in five, 18-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-19. 15-9.

“In Games 1 and 2, we went out playing hard, just as we did against Glenwood (a win) and Palisade (a close loss),” Bossow said. “Game 3 came along, and we made a couple of errors which rattled the girls. Instead of playing to win, we were playing to lose. We got tentative and tentative doesn’t win.”

It was tough lesson for the Huskies, who have made strides in the second half of the season.

Nonethrless, Krista Norris had a huge night with 33 kills. Freshman LaRose Currie notched 16. Fellow frosh Kholi Jewkes hit at a .375 clip. Allison Bossow led the team with 13 digs, while Jayna Horn had 49 assists.

Battle Mountain hosts Eagle Valley Tuesday for its Senior Night.

Justice 42, Vail Christian 34

BOULDER – It was heartbreak for Vail Christian football against Justice for the second year in a row Saturday.

Last year, the Phoenix topped the Saints in overtime. Saturday, Justice scored in the final minute for a 42-34 victory.

“We came out to compete,” Saints coach Tim Pierson said. “We did fairly well against a team that is full of athletes. I’m really proud of the kids. We came up short, andthat’s hard to deal with.”

Down 6-0, the Saints scored on a 50-yard pass from Quarterback Austin Ellsworth to Teller Emmer. Ellsworth ran for 10-yard score, and Emmer then rumbled for 65 yards. By the time, Ellsworth and Emmer hooked up for 15 yards and another score, the two teams were tied at 28 at the half.

After scoreless third quarter, the Saints tied it at 34 on an Ellsworth pass to Nigel Johnsen, before the Phoenix mounted the game-winning drive.

The Saints (2-2 in the Central and 3-4 overall) host West Grand for Homecoming at 3 p.m. at Hot Stuff Stadium Saturday in Gypsum.

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