Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday
DELTA – Good luck stopping Lizzie Seibert.
The senior is coming off an “off year” with 16 goals and 10 assists last season. It’s worth acknowledging that most people would consider that a career year.
Seibert had her second hat trick in as many games and Maddie LyBarger added one ads Battle Mountain soccer doubled up Delta, 4-2 Saturday on the road. Technically, Seibert’s goals per game dropped by 25 percent – she had four against Summit earlier in the week – but we’re pretty sure she won’t be running laps in practice for that.
“Delta’s always a bit awkward,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “It’s a bumpy field and it’s narrow and it’s a long trip. We don’t always play well at Delta, but we get a result.”
And this is important for the Huskies. The Slope no longer has divisions, and while everybody’s pretty much playing every other team twice, the first meeting between two teams is the league tilt.
This comes more into play next week as the Huskies host Steamboat Tuesday and are at Eagle Valley Wednesday and Rifle Thursday. Five days from now, Battle Mountain will have played four of its seven league games.
The highlight goal was Battle Mountain’s third. Stephanie Woodruff won a ball at midfield and lofted the ball to Seibert for a vintage one-timer.
Two goals allowed are not too much of a concern against Delta, but the Huskies (2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Slope) will be looking to shore up the defense as their ancient rivals, the Sailors, come to town on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game.
“We just need to play better defense,” Cope said. “It’s everyone. We need to help better and not leave our defenders out on an island.”
Not that anyone’s watching or anything, but Steamboat beat Glenwood Springs, 2-1, Saturday.
Moffat County 3, Eagle Valley 1
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley girls soccer made some steps in a 3-1 loss to Moffat County Saturday in Gypsum.
The Devils (0-3) got on the board for the first time this year on a goal from Blanca Gonzalez. That gave Eagle Valley a 1-0 lead going into halftime.
The visiting Bulldogs responded with three unanswered goals in the second half, but Eagle Valley coach Francois Nanin felt his team put forth a good effort.
“We had a lot of shots on goal,” Nanin said. “In the second half, we had a penalty kick go off the bar. We possessed well. We just couldn’t finish. The girls played extremely well.”
Eagle Valley hosts Battle Mountain Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Hot Stuff Stadium.
Track and field
Huskies have strong opener
BOULDER – Battle Mountain track and field scored all of nine points in last year’s season-opening Boulder Invitational.
“Amelia Ortiz took care of the that in the mile,” Huskies coach Jeff Krumlauf joked.
Yep. Ortiz won the 1,600 meters for 10 points Saturday and Battle Mountain was off to the races. The Huskies girls and boys combined for 58 points in this year’s trip to Boulder against stiff competition and, not surprisingly, are pretty pumped for the upcoming season.
Ortiz topped all comers in the mile, running a time of 5 minutes, 46.03 seconds, and was second in the 3,200 in 12:22.54. David Shearon was in fine form in 3,200 as well, taking third in 10:34.87, only a few seconds off his best from last season.
Shearon was eighth in the 1,600. Senior Shawn Martinez clocked a 44.32 in the 300 hurdles for fifth. Piper McMillin was third in the discus with a throw of 88 feet, 2.5 inches. McMillin and Ellie Cahill went sixth and seventh, respectively, in the shot. Pancho Menses flew to eighth in the triple jump.
Coach Krum was happy that the Huskies got contributions from all over the team in all different disciplines and extended his thanks to the school district for getting the Huskies’ oval cleared so the team could practice this early in the “spring” season.
“It was a fantastic day,” Krumlauf said. “It was in the 60s and sunny, perfect track weather. We’d have a lot of kids saying, ‘I’ve never done this time before’ and so on, so was a great experience. We’ve got 65 kids out and I’d bet there’s 40 of them running track for the first time.”
Relays also rose to the moment. The boys 3,200 was third, while the ladies were fifth in the two-mile. The boys distance medley (legs of 400, 800, 1,200 and 1,600) took eighth. Meanwhile, the boys 400 was eighth.
Battle Mountain is at Arvada next week.
Battle Mountain 10, Glenwood 2
EDWARDS – Battle Mountain boys lacrosse had some things old, some things new and that made Glenwood Springs blue.
The Huskies opened 2010 by routing Glenwood, 10-2, Saturday in Edwards.
The “old guard” of the two-year program chipped in with five goals, including four from Timmy Licciardi. The Huskies also welcomed back Chris Libertini, who had a goal in his first action since breaking his leg in the fall in football against, yes, Glenwood.
On the new side of things, sophomore Josh Rosenbach, a transfer from New York, had four goals of his own and fellow soph Christian Nichols added another. That made first-year coach Seth Jones a winner in his debut.
“It was a wonderful experience for a first game as a head coach. It was wonderful to see our young men get their first victory of the season,” Young said. “We definitely have some tests ahead. I preach the team experience and it was great to see four different guys score.”
The Huskies played all 33 of their varsity players. Another thing which made Young very happy was the play of his defense. Goalie Spencer Currie and company kept the Demons off the board for three quarters until Battle Mountain subbed in a bunch of new players.
The Huskies (1-0) are at Grand Junction Tuesday and host Aspen on Friday.
Aspen 20, Eagle Valley 2
ASPEN – Tip your hat to Aspen and move on.
There’s not much that a new program – Eagle Valley boys lacrosse has been in business for one year and one game – can do facing a veteran squad in Aspen in a season opener.
The established Skiers had their way Saturday. But the young Devils got a look at themselves and coach Ted Boddy liked what he saw.
“It gives us a vantage point as to where we are,” Boddy said. “Our goalie hadn’t played the position until a few days ago because our starting goalie is injured and we played one of the best teams in the league. We’ve got a bunch of new guys and they saw what they’re in for.”
Veteran John Landreth scored for Eagle Valley as did Dominic Gora. For the latter, a first-year player, that was his first varsity goal.
In the JV game, the Devils took Aspen to double overtime before falling, 6-5.
The Devils (0-1) host Fruita Monument Tuesday and Glenwood Springs Thursday. Both games are 4 p.m. at the Gypsum Sports Complex.
Resurrection Christian 9, Battle Mountain 4
Paonia 13, Battle Mountain 3
PAONIA – Doubleheaders haven’t been kind to Battle Mountain baseball, especially the nightcaps.
That familiar pattern emerged again Saturday – though against different teams as the Huskies wrapped a preseason tournament in Paonia. Battle Mountain played well in a 9-4 loss to Resurrection Christian and decidedly did not play well in a 13-3 defeat to Paonia.
Joe Webb went four strong innings against Resurrection Christian, a 2A postseason team last season, before tiring. Freshman Joe LyBarger rapped out a few hits and the Huskies were very competitive.
In Game 2 against Paonia, it was just ugly. After three errors in the first two games of the season, the Huskies had 10 against the Eagles and eight walks and three hit batsmen really didn’t help much.
“We’ve had a problem with second games of doubleheaders,” Huskies manager Jason Spannagel said. “You could just feel the intensity wasn’t there. But it was a good weekend to start. We hit the ball well. There’s stuff we can work on and we will.”
Aside from the defense against Paonia, Battle Mountain’s biggest problem this weekend was walking batters. That stems merely from not being able to throw off a mound yet this season until Friday’s and Saturday’s games.
Battle Mountain’s got some time to work the kinks out. The Huskies are off until March 30 when they play two at Delta.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or email@example.com.