Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday |

Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday

VAIL- Eight was more than enough.

Leaving all Dick Van Patten references aside, Battle Mountain hockey exploded for eight goals in a an 8-3 win against Peak to Peak Saturday night at Dobson Arena.

What’s more the Huskies had eight different goal-scorers. They would be Mike Jones, Nick Vosler, Aaron Lewis, Jack Sunderland, Jordan Goldstein, Dawson Quint, Bjorn Bredeson and Otto Jordan.

And that was a big win for the Huskies, who upped their record to 2-7 overall and 1-3 in the Foothills Conference.

“It was a real good win,” Huskies coach Gary Defina said. “We’ve had a tough start. No one’s been playing to their potential. All of a sudden, it came together. I wish I knew how or why, but it’s good for everyone’s confidence.”

And with the upcoming schedule, Saturday’s win was well-timed. Battle Mountain has Air Academy Friday and Regis Saturday. Both games are at Dobson.

Saints basketball falls to Meeker

EDWARDS – Ouch, literally.

Vail Christian’s Dakota Francis went down with a knee injury in the middle of the second quarter during her team’s girls basketball’s game with Meeker, which the Saints lost, 45-37, Saturday. All involved are hoping it’s merely a bruise and nothing more serious.

Despite Francis going down, the Saints played pretty well with the Cowboys.

“We really felt we had a good week of practice, so we’re a little disappointed with the result,” said Saints coach Doug Bruce. “But the girls worked hard and played hard as a team, and I’m really proud of them.”

Tracey Salgado led the Saints with 14 points, while Ashlyn Gruber had 13. McKenzie O’Brien chipped in six.

The Vail Christian boys had some rough sledding against Meeker as well, falling to the Cowboys, 71-55. Meeker broke open the game with a run late in the second quarter.

Fernando Hernandez led Vail Christian with 15, while Gunnar Wilson had 12. Teller Emmer and Zach Linder each had 10, while Robby Bowles had eight.

The boys, who are 2-3 this season with two of those loses coming to the Cowboys, get Hayden on Tuesday.

“We’ll build from this,” Saints boys coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “We’ve got another tough one coming up. It’s good for us.”

Meanwhile, the Vail Christian ladies are off until Friday when they host Gilpin County.

West Grand tops VMS

EAST VAIL – There will be days like this. That’s how it goes with a program in its first varsity season. Just ask everyone involved with Vail Christian. Kuhns has plenty of DeBeque stories.

Back to topic, West Grand handed Vail Mountain School boys basketball a 58-33 loss Saturday as the Gore Rangers fell to 0-2 in the 2A Slope. Sean McKeever (13 points) and Paco Holguin (eight points) were bright spots for the Gore Rangers.

Vail Mountain heads to Paonia Friday.

Conifer to much for Huskies

EDWARDS – Battle Mountain girls basketball ran into a hot-shooting Conifer team Saturday as the Cougars downed the Huskies, 82-33.

“We played a good athletic team,” Huskies coach Andrew Schmid said. “It didn’t seem like they missed a shot.”

Kenia Olivas had 10 points, while Shauna Roberts had five points and 12 rebounds.

Battle Mountain girls basketball hosts Summit County Tuesday, while the boys are at Farmer’s Korner.

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