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EDWARDS – Look out – Battle Mountain boys basketball has won three in a row.

The Huskies (8-6) made it so by dumping Summit County, 73-29, Saturday night.

Having played a tough game Friday against Moffat and with a nice margin – 24-9 after the first quarter – against the Tigers, the Huskies went to their bench.

“We had Jake (Engle) and Irving (Ruacho) and Eric Gurule out there,” Huskies coach Tom Padilla said. “They all be back next year and it was good to get them some experience.”

Edward Banegas had 13 points, while Poncho Meneses had 12. Miguel Copas chipped in 10 points and Robert Weiss added eight. Parke Robbins came off the bench with seven.

One very nice sign was that the Huskies outscored the Tigers, 16-5 in the third quarter, a period which has been a problem for the team.

“Our starters played really great in the third quarter,” Padilla said. “We had been coming out slow. That was something we addressed tonight and I think we got over the hump.”

Battle Mountain’s next game is at Slope-leading Glenwood Springs Friday night.

Vail Christian girls 29, Union Colony 24

GREELEY – After losing to Rangely Friday night, Vail Christian girls basketball coach Doug Bruce said, “We lost one. We don’t want to make it two.”

All is well for Vail Christian as the Saints knocked off Union Colony, 29-24, Saturday in nonconference play.

“It was hard to take what happened last night and get in the car for a three-hour trip today,” Bruce said. “This is pretty god team we played today and it was a hard-fought victory. I proud of the way the girls pulled out a win.”

And with a 7-8 record, Vail Christian has already exceeded its win total of last season. But the Saints aren’t content yet.

“We’ve got four games left (in the regular season),” Bruce said. “The girls have put themselves in a pretty good position to have a really fine season. That’s what we’re looking to do.”

Alexis Ellsworth led the team with 12 points and Ashlyn Gruber had 11.

Vail Christian hosts Aspen Tuesday at 6 p.m. in make-up of a game snowed out in December.

Vail Christian boys 46, Union Colony 43

GREELEY – A letdown was inevitable for the Vail Christian boys basketball team after a big win against Rangely Friday night.

The good news is that the Saints played through it in a 46-43 win at Union Colony Saturday.

“We were a bit flat after a big win and a long away trip,” Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “I was encouraged that the guys won when they weren’t playing their best.”

Fernando Hernandez led the Saints with 14 points, including a big 3-point play in the fourth quarter. Larry Cavanaugh took another critical charge late in the game, in addition to having nine points. Kieran Hurtt and Granger Moch both had seven points.

Vail Christian (8-7) is Plateau Valley for a key game Friday night.

Hockey

Battle Mountain 5, Coronado 4

COLORADO SPRINGS – And now it gets really interesting in the chase for the Peak Conference.

Battle Mountain can take the Peak by winning its last four games and having Steamboat Spring lose a few. Let’s start with the Huskies taking care of their own business.

Battle Mountain is at Rampart Friday and the Rams sit atop the Peak. The Huskies are then home for Doherty Saturday which makes for a whale of weekend. The Huskies finish with Pueblo and Fountain Valley, which should be wins, but the way CHSAA hockey’s been going this year, nothing is really certain. (Fountain Valley tied Aspen Saturday, for example.)

Case in point, the Huskies got out of Colorado Springs with a 5-4 win at Coronado Saturday. Bjorn Bredeson’s first varsity goal couldn’t have come at a better time. It broke a 3-3 tie in the third. Aaron Borne scored his second of the game, which came in handy as the Cougars scored late.

Jack Sunderland and Connor Tedstrom scored Battle Mountain’s first two, and that made goalie Steve Parra a winner in his first start of the season.

Coach Gary Defina’s three stars of the weekend were: 1) Sunderland, 2) Borne and 3) Bredeson.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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