Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday
PARACHUTE – Who are these wonderful goal-scoring fools and what have you done with the Vail Mountain School soccer team?
The Gore Rangers erupted for four second-half goals Saturday for a 5-1 win at Grand Valley.
J.C. Hernandez scored twice, as did Cal DeLine, while Austin Cerney also found the back of the net for the Gore Rangers (3-6).
“The guys took a little while to get going, but they did what they needed to do,” VMS coach Slade Cogswell said. “It showed great maturity for them to adapt to the situation. We’re looking forward to the second half of the season.”
VMS starts the stretch run Tuesday at Bandoni Alumni Field at 4 p.m. against 4A Summit County.
Cheyenne Mountain 2, Battle Mountain 0
COLORADO SPRINGS – Cheyenne Mountain’s Cristian Cornejo scored two first-half goals as the No. 3 Indians defeated the No. 6 Huskies Saturday in nonconference action.
“It wasn’t a bad wake-up call for our physical level of play,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “There are people in our region who consider us to be a little too physical, but Cheyenne brought a physical challenge to us every time we battled for the ball. They weren’t dirty, but it rattled our guys a little. Now we know why they haven’t allowed many goals.”
Goalie Nick Vossler made two outstanding saves in the second half to keep the Huskies in the game.
Battle Mountain (7-2) returns to the Slope at Palisade on Tuesday.
Huskies get P.R.s at Anna Banana
FRUITA – Huskies cross country rang up seven personal records with their 10 varsity runners at Saturday’s Anna Banana Invitational in Fruita.
Without David Suarez, the boys finished fifth as David Shearon finished third in 16 minutes-flat, a new personal best for the senior. Mitch Walker also had a P.R, in 16 minutes, 59 seconds, which put him in seventh. Remsen Allard was 30th in 18 even, and Charlie Berry rang up a P.R. with an 18:32. Aleksei Horn rounded out the scoring with a 19:17.
Everyone on the ladies’ side had a P.R. except for Amelia Ortiz – the slacker. OK, probably not. Ortiz finished third in a sizzling 19:13. Sydney Gaylord continued her emergence with a 21:08, finishing 19th. Mandy Ortiz took 32nd in 21:47. Sydney Edmonson, Elisse Rasmussen and Scooby Katz went 69-70-71.
Battle Mountain heads down to Dakota Ridge Tuesday.
“We’ve been struggling to get everyone on the same course on the same day,” Huskies coach Ken Long said. “We’re hearing that a lot of the big dogs are coming to Dakota so we’re going to flip things around next week. We’re going to go hard Tuesday at Dakota Ridge and then probably give some people Saturday at Aspen off.”
North Park 3, Vail Mountain 2
Vail Mountain 3, Hayden 1
HAYDEN – A little tinkering did the trick for Vail Mountain.
Coach Mike Garvey had tried the concept in a 25-21, 11-25, 22-25, 25-12, 15-13 loss to North Park Friday night at home. But after a 26-24, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18 win at Hayden Saturday, it’s a definite go.
The coach inserted Stephanie Kohlhofer for Olivia Maritz and Elizabeth Bolyard for Sarah Landreath and the Gore Rangers got some revenge for a three-set loss to the Tigers last week.
“We had them before with leads in two of three games,” Garvey said. “It was a matter of confidence. We just needed to play better on our side of the court, and not worry about Hayden.”
VMS won its third game of the season and is at Basalt Tuesday.
Vail Christian 3, West Grand 1
KREMMLING – A week off from competition left a little rust, but Vail Christian shook it off to down West Grand in four, 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-11, Saturday in Kremmling.
“It was an OK game. The girls did everything right,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “We did what it took to win. We’re learning lessons as we go along. I’m proud of the girls.”
Emily Irwin served up six aces for Vail Christian, which moved to 9-3. Ashlyn Gruber pounded 11 kills, while Dakota Francis had seven. Kylie Alexander kept the offense churning with 30 digs, and McKenzie O’Brien had 32 digs.
The Saints are at Soroco Friday.
Eagle Valley 3, Steamboat Springs 2
Eagle Valley 3, Moffat County 0
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Eagle Valley volleyball had a successful northern swing Saturday.
The Devils dumped Moffat, 25-10, 25-11, 25-21, and then made the day a sweep with a 22-25, 25-8, 25-13, 12-25, 15-6 victory at Steamboat. The Devils improved to 10-1 overall and 6-0 in the 4A Slope.
Eagle Valley is at Grand Junction Central Tuesday.
Steamboat Springs 3, Battle Mountain 1
Moffat County 3, Battle Mountain 1
CRAIG – Battle Mountain continues to fight it out, but concluded a tough first half of league play with losses to Steamboat (25-19, 19-25, 25-16, 25-14) and to Moffat (25-23, 25-17, 18-25, 25-14).
The Huskies host Glenwood Thursday at 6 p.m.
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