Vail Valley preps wrap for Friday
COLORADO SPRINGS – It wasn’t overly pretty, but the two points are the most important thing for Battle Mountain hockey. The Huskies doubled up Liberty, 4-2, Friday night.
Miguel Rodriguez scored on the power play for Battle Mountain and then Jack Sunderland got the next two. Chris Davis iced matters with an empty-netter. With goalie Curtis Hart getting the night off, Cameron Brown got the win, stopping 19 of 21 shots.
The Huskies moved to 8-4-2 overall on the season and 5-2-1 in the Peak Conference. The Huskies are at Coronado today.
Battle Mountain Boys 71, Moffat County 52
EDWARDS – The Battle Mountain boys basketball team was down 40-39 after three quarters Friday night against Moffat County.
After Tuesday’s comeback against Eagle Valley (18 points), this did not require a monster comeback, but it did produce a monster effort. The Huskies scored a whopping 32 points in the final eight minutes, to knock off the Bulldogs, 71-52.
“The Eagle game gave us a lot of confidence,” Huskies coach Tom Padilla said. “Coming from 18 down helped us a lot. The kids grew from that and showed it tonight. The kids didn’t flinch. They didn’t fold. The knew how to get it going.”
One of the big keys was Eric Gurule. Coming off the bench, the sophomore stopped Moffat’s top scoring threat and sparked the Huskies’ offensive outburst.
Edward Banegas ended up with a double-double, 24-points and 10 rebounds. Seven of those boards were on the offensive end.
Miguel Copas and Cody Hervert both had 13 points as Battle Mountain’s balanced scoring continued. Parker Lathrop was in double-digits with 11, while Robert Weiss scored six and led the offense at point guard.
The Huskies will try to make it three in a row when they host Summit County today at 4 p.m.
Moffat County 50, Battle Mountain girls 27
EDWARDS – Battle Mountain girls basketball started the second half of the league season with a solid effort in a 50-27 loss Friday night.
“We actually played pretty well,” Huskies coach Andrew Schmid said. “We got a lot of positives out of this. The girls were encouraged by the game because they’re playing more as a team.”
Kenia Olivas led the Huskies with 11 points and had five rebounds. Adriana Morken had six points and four blocks. Alexis Kyprianou added five points and had a strong defensive effort.
Cartmill wins at Loveland
We preface everything to follow by saying – we think.
All results from Friday’s slaloms in Winter Park for Eagle Valley and Loveland for Battle Mountain, Vail Mountain and Vail Christian were unofficial at press time.
With that grain of salt in mind, Battle Mountain’s Cooper Cartmill continued his comeback, topping the boys’ field at Loveland. Teammate Jake Bishop was definitely in the top 10. On he girls’ side, Isabelle Courtois and Piper McMillin were Battle Mountain’s top performers, according to the team’s coach Simon Marsh.
The Vail Mountain School continued to go with the Clo, er, flow. Clotilde Pascale took silver, while Kimberly Newton was third. On the boys’ side, it was big day for John McKenna (fifth) and Shawn Byrne (eighth).
Vail Christian’s top performers were Stephen Cheesman and Chris Purse on the boys’ side and Kira Geddes and Caroline Carlson for the ladies.
At Winter Park, Logan Kinsler and Pearl Nanin shined for the Devils. Andrew Darrough had a solid race as well.
What makes the lack of official results more maddening for coaches and athletes is that Friday’s races were the last chance to qualify for state in slalom, and those on the bubble are anxious to know if they’re going to Keystone next month.
What is for sure is that Battle Mountain, Vail Christian and VMS are at Golden Peak on Friday for the final giant slalom of the season, while Eagle Valley is at Loveland.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.