Vail Valley preps wrap for Sunday
GYPSUM – OK, both Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain will stipulate that Moffat County is a better soccer team this year.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead on Friday before falling to the Huskies, 4-1. Saturday, Eagle Valley survived a scare from Moffat, grinding out a 3-2 win.
“I don’t think we were to jazzed up for this one, certainly not as much as Tuesday (against Battle Mountain),” Devils coach Jason Rittmiller said. “We still had some nagging injuries here and there. We played fairly well. We didn’t play our game as well as we can.”
Nevertheless, it was good enough to up Eagle Valley to 2-0-1 in the Slope and 4-0-1 overall. Marco Escobar scored twice, while David Shea had one, but the real hero of the day was Mario Gonzalez.
The goalie stopped a Moffat penalty kick, but the Bulldogs got another try because the referee ruled that a Devils player entered the box. He surrendered the second P.K., but made several outstanding saves to preserve the win.
Eagle Valley hosts Palisade Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Hot Stuff.
Coal Ridge 2, Vail Mountain 0
EAST VAIL – Vail Mountain School soccer had its chances, but couldn’t convert in a 2-0 loss to Coal Ridge Saturday at Bandoni Alumni Field in East Vail.
“We had no shortage of chances,” VMS coach Slade Cogswell said. “Just like against CRMS (a 3-0 loss), we spent a lot of time trying to come back, but we still couldn’t put it together.”
Vail Mountain’s Charlie Grant and John Landreth both had breakaways and Cody Cirillo had a beautiful header that just missed the frame.
VMS dropped to 1-4, but things remain extremely jumbled in the 3A Slope. The Gore Rangers take on Basalt Thursday at the Bob in East Vail at 4 p.m. VMS lost to the Longhorns, 6-0, in the season opener. However since then, VMS logged a win against Roaring Fork, which also happened to beat Basalt. Go figure.
“Our league’s funky this year,” Cogswell said. “We didn’t play well against Basalt, but we go into that game knowing that we have a chance of getting a win. It’s a matter of coming and playing our best. This game will be a measuring stick of our progress.”
Next week is also Homecoming for VMS. The Gore Rangers also host Paonia at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Eagle Valley 22, Steamboat Springs 2
Eagle Valley 37, Steamboat Springs 0
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley softball pitchers Amanda Morgan and Megan Osteen could not complain about a lack of run support in Saturday’s doubleheader against Steamboat Springs.
The Devils rapped out a combined 59 runs on 59 hits in a doubleheader sweep of the Sailors in a twinbill at the Gypsum Town Sports Complex.
While the Devils were getting dizzy running around the basepaths, Morgan and Osteen were doing just fine, both hurling no-hitters.
Eagle Valley (2-11) is at Palisade on Tuesday.
Huskies seventh at Liberty Bell
LITTLETON – Battle Mountain cross country loves the Liberty Bell.
Yes, it’s a big meet with lots of good schools, a good test to see where your team is in September. It’s also flat. The hills in Littleton are not exactly the type of hills upon which the Huskies train.
In the eyes of Battle Mountain, they just aren’t hills.
And so, the Huskies boys harriers enjoyed themselves Friday, racing to a seventh-place finish out of 24 teams in their division Friday.
David Shearon scorched the course with a time of 16 minutes, 26 seconds, good for seventh individually. Eric Gallagher (17:43), Mitch Walker (18:00), David Suarez (18:04) and Remsen Allard (18:09) rounded out the scoring for Battle Mountain.
On the girls’ side, Amelia Ortiz (19:55) led the way in 10th. Maddie Stevens (23:28) and Mandy Ortiz (23:32) paced each other. Val Rivero jumped up a spot to fourth on the team with a (24:21), while Sam Engle came home in 26:07.
The happy surprise of the day came from the JV ranks, where senior Chris Lindbloom broke the 20-minute mark for the first time in his career.
“This race really teaches them how to run in a pack,” Huskies coach Ken Long said. “When you have so many runners in race like this, there are a lot of points to be had out there. It’s great experience, gearing up for regionals and state.”
Battle Mountain is at the Summit Invitational Saturday, and has its home meet Oct. 3 at Beaver Creek
Devils strong at Junction
GRAND JUNCTION – The Eagle Valley cross country team also got to run at a lower altitude this week, and it showed as the ladies took fourth place and the guys finished sixth.
“I love to see the improvement of our team,” Devils coach Melinda Brandt said. “We really focused on pacing at practice this week and many kids took that into the meet to improve their times.
Kelly Cassidy led the way for the Devils with a 22:51. The rest of the scorers were Rachael Burnett (23:12) Pearl Nanin (23:19), Logan Kinser (24:07) and Shelby Massie (24:26).
On the boys’ side. Wade Fowler ran a 17:58, followed by Hunter Burnham (19:28) Prather Silverthorn (19:51) Ben Muehlethaler (20:05) Riley Simonton (20:34) and Will Dutmer (21:21).
The Hoss Awards, voted on by the team, went to Silverthorn and Nanin. Silverthorn had a personal best by breaking 20 minutes, while Nanin finished the race with a flourish.
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