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Vail Valley preps: Saints soccer wins on Senior Day

VCGS Tara Dalbow DT 4-25-09

EAST VAIL, Colorado ” Vail Christian girls soccer team put on its new production of “Seven Goals for Seven Seniors,” Saturday at Bandoni Alumni Field against the Community Christian School.

The Saints (4-8-1) had a very happy Senior Day as they exploded for even goals for a 7-0 win over the visiting Crusaders.

For the trivially-inclined, Vail Christian actually did produce “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” several years ago on the stage, but this was a fun version too.

Sammy Francis, Allison Vossler and Brooke Bowles each had two goals. Senior Tara Dalbow celebrated her 18th birthday in fine style by finding the back of the net.

“It’s so nice to see the shots hitting their marks,” Saints coach Barbara Wilson said. “It was great seeing the girls work, play smartly, and take shots. One goal and it really energizes everybody.”

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The Saints sent off seniors Dalbow, Francis, Allie Parker, Maty Peckham, Elizabeth Shearon, Vossler and Taya Westerberg in fine style.

“These are some of the girls who pushed the school to get a soccer program,” Wilson said. “So it’s been fun to see them developing as soccer players coming from volleyball and basketball. I’d love to have them for one more year.”

Vail Christian is at Basalt Tuesday.

Devils track wins at Montrose

MONTROSE ” Eagle Valley track and field rolled through the Montrose Invitational Friday, with the boys winning the title and the girls finishing second.

The good news for the Devils and the scary news for the competition is that Eagle Valley coach Jeff Shroll thinks his squad has bit more in it.

“As a team, Montrose was a great test for us,” Shroll said. “It’s the first time we’ve had our boys runners together. It’s the hardest meet we’ve been to. So to come out of there with such god team performances is great.”

Shroll was quick to add that both Eric Kline and Pollo Almanza weren’t in all their events at the meet, which means more points could be on the ways as the Devils approach the regular-season finales at the Tiger Invite and the 4A Western Slope Championships.

Odds are pretty good that Zak Thrall will be at state after winning with shot put at 51 feet, 4.25 inches. That puts him in fifth in the state comfortably inside the new top-18 required for a ticket to Denver.

Ryan McClintock won the long jump, flying 20-08. The boys’ mile relay of Uvaldo Trujillo, Joe Trujillo, Griffin Turnipseed and Harrison Neal won in 3 minutes, 33.97 seconds, and are knocking on the door of a state bid.

On the girls’ side, Kacey Bair won the discus with a throw of 120-1, 3 feet shy of the school record.

For Eagle Valley track results from Montrose, check out

Devils boys lax 9, Glenwood Springs 7

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” March 20 was only a month ago, but it seemed like ages to Eagle Valley boys lacrosse.

The Devils last won on that date, beating Battle Mountain, 9-6. But Saturday, Eagle Valley returned to the win column with a 9-7 win at Glenwood Springs.

“The critical pieces today as a team were high intensity, and offensively, we kept it in our half and protected our goalie,” Devils coach Eric Mandeville said.

Toward that end, Otto Jordan, who had a goal, did a superb job of winning faceoffs and the Devils hustled as a whole to win ground balls.

John Landreth struck six times against the Demons and Mark Barkman and Derek Kasper also had tallies.

Sophomore goalie Tyler Keegan got his first win between the pipes.

Eagle Valley (2-9) hosts Grand Valley Monday at the Gypsum Town Sports Complex at 4 p.m. in its season finale.

“We talked to the boys about it that this is the point of the season where we’ve got to continue to improve and rely on teammates,” Mandeville said. “If we have fun, we play better.”

Moffat County 3, Devils soccer 2

CRAIG ” With just 12 players available, Eagle Valley soccer put up a valiant effort in a 3-2 loss at Moffat County Saturday.

Brooke Rassmussen scored in the first half and Blanca Gonzalez put one in during the second half on a penalty kick.

“Being on the road with only 12 players, we came back and made it a game,” Devils coach Francois Nanin said. “They never quit. That’s what I take from it.”

Eagle Valley (0-12-1) is at Palisade Monday before hosting Rifle in its season finale Tuesday in Gypsum.

Grand Valley 12, Huskies boys lax 2

EDWARDS ” As Battle Mountain boys lacrosse coach Bob Daino put it, “This is not how I wanted to finish.”

The Huskies boys lacrosse team finished its first CHSAA campaign at 3-12 after a 12-2 loss to Grand Valley Saturday at Freedom Park in Edwards.

Reeve Sanders and William Thompson had the goals for the Huskies, who lose only Coleby Henzlik to graduation.

“Other than Coleby, everyone is coming back in that respect,” Daino said. “It’s really positive and it makes you look forward to next year a little more. Hopefully, everyone will come back with a little more experience, size, weight and speed.”

Grand Valley 16, Huskies girls lax 2

GRAND JUNCTION ” Battle Mountain football has its dreaded road trip every other year to Montezuma-Cortez. Huskies girls lacrosse just completed a marathon of its own playing at Durango Friday and then at Grand Valley Saturday.

With no reserves, the Huskies were understandably on the wrong end of a big score. Kristi Waring and Annie Talbot scored for Battle Mountain, but the real star was goalie Ali Feeney who stood on her head in goal, facing a Grand Valley onslaught of shots.

Seniors Nima Sherpa, Brodie Waring and Samantha Romero played their last games for Battle Mountain.

“I’m really proud to be the coach of this team,” Huskies coach Stacy Schapira said. “I knew it was going to be a building year, but we feel good about where we are going.”

Coal Ridge 4, VMS soccer 1

EAST VAIL ” The newly-crowned 3A Slope champion, Coal Ridge, came to town and Vail Mountain School soccer gave the Titans a run for their money in a 4-1 loss Saturday at Bandoni Alumni Field.

VMS had a 1-0 lead thanks to Lauren Zdechlik, but the Titans, who became the first team to beat Basalt in ages last week, responded with four goals, three from set pieces.

“As far as we are concerned, we could have played a bit more tactically in the final third, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “Both teams were aggressive in a positive way, which is a compliment to both teams. It was a really good level of soccer.”

VMS (9-3-1) gets another shot at Coal Ridge on Monday to end the regular season.

Huskies track shines at Dakota Ridge

LAKEWOOD ” The show must go on, people.

Battle Mountain track and field’s Cody Brethauer, Charlie Barry, Colton Becker, Ellie Cahill and Susanna DeChant know that. They all performed in the school play, “Grease,” Friday night, got up at 5 a.m. Saturday morning to travel down to the Dakota Ridge Invitational and then back up here for an encore Saturday night.

In the actual racing in the oval, Amelia Ortiz dropped her 3,200-meter time to 12 minutes, 3 seconds, the third week in a row she has lowered that mark considerably.

While fifth in the 3,200, Ortiz was seventh in the 1,600. Battle Mountain’s girls 3,200 team took eighth, while Jayna Horn tied for sixth in the pole vault.

The Huskies are at the Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction next weekend.

“We have one more week of practice with the Tiger where we’ll back off a little,” Huskies coach Jeff Krumlauf said. “Come the week of the Slope Championship, we’ll cut back for peak times.”

For point scorers and notable performances for Battle Mountain track and field, check out

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