Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday |

Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday

KREMMLING – The Joe Shields Invitational Saturday was a track meet? Waxing the skis for a Nordic event would have been more appropriate.

This brings up an interesting point – if Eagle Valley’s Mario Gonzalez is fast in running cleats, how fast would he be on skis?

“It started snowing so hard during Mario’s race (the 800 meters) that we couldn’t see him,” Eagle Valley coach Jeff Shroll. “Then he came out of the snow. We think he won.”

Yes, Coach, Gonzalez won the 3,200 and the 800, and after the latter, everyone involved, including the Devils, Battle Mountain and Vail Christian, called it a day in Kremmling, suspending the meet before everyone could do the 200, the 3,200 open and the mile relay.

“I was looking down at Jeff and saying let’s not do this again next week,” Huskies coach Jeff Krumlauf joked. Krum was referring to the Eagle Valley Invite this coming Saturday in Gypsum. The forecast for Gypsum on Saturday, according to, is a high of 57 and partly cloudy, which might make the Devils Huskies and Saints break out the sunscreen after this weekend’s meet.


Despite the dreadful weather, Eagle Valley had a very good day. Gonzalez won twice, including a very impressive time of 4 minutes, 53 second in the mile. One can only imagine what the senior does when he gets into remotely decent weather.

James Jagger was first in the 110 hurdles. Both Eagle Valley 800 relay teams hit the tape first. Nicki Harvey, Emily Schwaiger, Kathy Gall and Casey Lammert did the honors on the ladies’ side. Despite some handoff issues, David Shea, Will Aragon, David Macias and Nate Barker took gold.

“That will make my hair grayer,” Schroll joked about his guys and handoffs.

The girls 400 of Harvey, Lammert, Emily Kingston and Brianna Roth also found the winner’s circle.

The girls medley of Kingston, Schwaiger, Gall and Harvey struck bronze. Both two-mile relay teams were on the podium for Eagle Valley. For the boys, Hunter Burnham, Eddie Campos, Jesus Fernandez and Prather Silverthorn were third. The quartet of Kelly Cassidy, Brenda Zapata, Colleen Hefflin and Rachel Burnett finished second.

In the 110 hurdles, Aragon was fourth, followed by Aaron Kline in fifth. In the boys 100, Barker was second and had company with David Shea in fifth and Omar Saucedo in eighth. Saucedo was running on a broken toe.

Kingston punched in at sixth in the girls 100. Barker ended up second in the 300 hurdles with Aragon in fourth. In the long jump, it was Shea in second and Jalen Aquino fourth. Aquino also took fifth in the high jump.

“We’re very proud of the kids and how they competed in the conditions,” Schroll said. “Lots of kids got (personal records). We’re psyched for our home meet and some better weather.”


This was “Huskies weather,” right?

“One of our kids came up to me and said, ‘This just builds character,'” Krumlauf said. “I said, ‘Heck yeah.'”

Battle Mountain made itself at home in the Arctic weather.

Of course, Amelia Ortiz can win in the snow or the desert. That was the case in the mile for the junior. No surprise there. A bit of a surprise was the boys 400 relay of Raymie Higgins, Shawn Martinez, Edward Banegas, and Rei Mendoza striking gold there. Martinez also flew to first in the 300 hurdles.

For the guys, the 800 relay of Mendoza, Pancho Meneses, Mike Harland and Banegas took second as did the 3,200 relay. Those fine folks would be David Shearon, Remsen Allard, Jesus Nunez and Eric Spry.

Banegas was third in the high jump, while Meneses hopped to a P.R. and second place in the triple. David Shearon had a nice late kick in the mile to finish second. Harland took third in the 110 hurdles.

For the girls, the Huskies had two teams in the points in the 800 relay. Ellie Cahill, Mandi Ortiz, Isabelle Courtois and Anna Tedstrom were second. Allison Bukacek, Alisha Pelchant, Jessica Law and Katie Harrison were sixth.

The 3,200 relay grabbed silver. That crew would include Samantha Katz, Maddie Stevens and the Ortiz sisters. Krista Norris sped to second in the 100. Kate Manley ripped off a bronze in the 100 hurdles. Jayna Horn and Norris were fifth and sixth in pole vault. Cahill and Piper McMillin scored in the throwing events.


Vail Christian brought home more hardware from the Joe Shields.

Teller Emmer laid it out in the long jump, earning a P.R. of 18 feet, 3 inches. That put him in third place. Ashlyn Gruber zipped to a 64-second 400 and was second. Meanwhile, Kylie Alexander started the season where she left off in pole vault. She flew 7-6 and finished second.


Eagle Valley 12, Summit 4

GYPSUM – Nothing’s cooling off Eagle Valley baseball these days.

The Devils made short work of Summit County, ripping the Tigers, 12-4, at Pete Nolan Field in Gypsum, as Jack Barbella homered and Westin Blevins pitched the Devils to a win.

Eagle Valley returns to league play Thursday when it hosts Glenwood Springs for a double-dip.

Girls lacrosse

Grand Junction 12, Battle Mountain 4

EDWARDS – It was darn cold in Edwards too, but that didn’t stop Battle Mountain girls lacrosse from putting up a solid defensive effort in 12-4 loss to Grand Junction Saturday.

The Huskies head Grand Junction off the board for the first part of the first half.

“We played a lot better than we did yesterday,” Battle Mountain coach Stacy Shapira said. “We just don’t have the playing experience yet. I felt like we finally started communicating. The girls started talking. The next things we need to work on are possession and transition.”

Rylie McMillin and Kristi Waring scored two each for Battle Mountain.

Battle Mountain (0-3) hosts Steamboat Springs Tuesday at 6 p.m., and it will probably be cold then, too.

Boys lacrosse

Durango 11, Eagle Valley 5

DURANGO – Eagle Valley boys lacrosse had a tough trip down to Durango, falling to the host Demons, 11-5.

“We struggled in this game,” Devils coach Ted Boddy said. “We did not come with our full effort until the third quarter and by that time it was too late.”

Midfielder Kyle Newborn had a good day for Devils with two goals as well as good work on faceoffs. Bryce Steggall had 13 saves in net for Eagle Valley.

Girls soccer

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Eagle Valley girls soccer was ready, but Gardner Field in Steamboat Springs wasn’t.

The Devils and Sailors were snowed out Saturday. No make-up date has been announced. Eagle Valley was coming off an inspired effort in a 2-1 overtime to Delta earlier this week. The Devils will be at Palisade on Saturday.

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