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Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday

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Vail, CO Colorado

RIFLE – Rough start, good finish.

That was the story for Eagle Valley wrestling this weekend at the Western Slope Dual Tournament. The Devils fell to Delta (46-27), Palisade (69-12) and Moffat County (45-27) Friday before bouncing back with wins against Rifle (48-18) and Battle Mountain (51-12).

The highlight of the duals was Eagle Valley senior James Harvey returning from injury for his first and last match of the season. Harvey finished third in the state his freshman year at 135 pounds, but has been sidelined for three years by shoulder injuries.

Harvey pinned Rifle’s A.J. Cordova in 2:25 at 160 pounds, and following wrestling tradition, took off his shoes and left them in the middle of the mat, signaling the end of his career. Harvey received a rowdy ovation from the crowd.

Next up for Eagle Valley is the regional meet at Mullen next weekend.

Hockey

VAIL

Battle Mountain 1, Doherty 1

It just keeps getting closer as the high-school hockey season nears the end of the regular season.

Battle Mountain and Doherty skated to 1-1 tie Saturday at Dobson, which made a further mess of the Peak Conference.

“These 1-1 games are taking years off my life,” Huskies coach Gary Defina joked. “We need a couple of 5-2 games.”

For clarification, that would be Battle Mountain 5, any opponent 2.

Otto Jordan lit the lamp for the Huskies on the power play in the second. Doherty’s Braden Johnson answered in the third, also on the power play. That was the only opportunity Johnson got because Battle Mountain’s Alex Woods got the assignment to defend the state’s third-leading goal scorer, and did a fine job of that.

Battle Mountain (9-5-3) outshot Doherty, 38-24.

The Huskies head to Pueblo County Monday.


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