VMS sweeps through Homecoming
Yes, the joys of the SAT on Homecoming.
So by Saturday afternoon, the VMS volleyball and soccer teams were ready to play. And play they did. Volleyball wiped out Ouray 15-0, 15-0, while soccer dumped Paonia 3-1. Here’s the minute-by-minute account of a very happy Homecoming at VMS:
Lunch time – Soccer’s David Bird has Chinese food for lunch. Not a good idea, young grasshopper.
2:48 p.m. – I stop at Subway to get lunch. It turns out that the person making my sandwich is called “a sandwich artist.” I decide to change my title from sports writer to “sports narrative artist.”
2:59 p.m. – VMS volleyball fans are not happy with their sports narrative artist. It turns out that I am wearing the colors of visiting Ouray, orange and black. I prefer to think that those would be the colors of the San Francisco Giants.
3:01 p.m. – Apparently, Ouray does not find much comfort in me wearing orange and black. Nothing was going to help the Trojans Saturday afternoon.
3:08 p.m. – Been there, done that. Tiffany Allan serves off nine points in a row and VMS volleyball leads 11-0. Garvey pulls Allan for freshman Miranda Farley. Cely Brinkmann, Tree and Maggie Haslee all record kills. VMS is up 11-0.
3:11 p.m. – Tree serves two aces. Lindsay Wright finishes game one with a block. The entire VMS team growls.
Tree later clarifies, “That’s when we get a block. Instead of saying, “roofio,’ we say, “Ahwooooooo.'” Works for me.
3:16 p.m. – While waiting to serve to start game two, Haslee takes a shot at the basket and misses. It’s the only thing the volleyball team does wrong all day.
3:19 p.m. – This is not a reprint. Allan serves seven straight in game two. Four more aces for Tiff. Brinkmann has a kill. Tree has a block. More growlings from the Blue and White.
3:20 p.m. – I finish my sandwich. It was a good sandwich. Upon further review, the lady at Subway was a sandwich artist.
3:25 p.m. – Aubrie Apple and Haslee combine on a monster block. VMS leads 10-0. Ahwooooooo!
3:26 p.m. – I refer to Aubrie as Ashley for the 487th time this season.
3:33 p.m. – Three straight aces from Haslee. Game over. 15-0, 15-0 for volleyball. It’s the second time in as many years the Gore Rangers have blanked an opponent. Silverton was the victim last year. VMS is 15-0 overall and 8-0 in league.
3:35 p.m. – Apparently, according to coach Mike Garvey, VMS did not clinch the Mountain League title on Tuesday against DeBeque. One of Ridgway’s losses to Ouray came in a nonconference game so the Demons are mathematically still alive. VMS wraps up league play with Vail Christian on Tuesday and the aforementioned Demons on Saturday.
3:36 p.m. – Garvey’s postgame thoughts: “One thing we were concentrating on was giving everybody a chance to work on our offense. We had an opportunity for Miranda to get a little time. She had a couple of sets and did a great job. All the way around, everybody hit the ball. Cely Brinkmann did a great job of hitting. Maggie and Tree did a great job of hitting. But we played pretty close to an errorless game.”
3:38 p.m. – Garvey on Cely Brinkmann: “I think from game to game, she can almost match Maggie in enthusiasm.” Them’s fighting words!
3:41 p.m. – VMS AD Jamie Farquhar calls it – Vikings 24, Lions 21. It should be noted that Jamie has picked the Vikings every week and it hasn’t seemed to work.
3:48 p.m. – Boys and girls, do you know what time it is? Howdy Tuthill scores on a feed from A.J. LeGaye. VMS soccer 1, Paonia 0. Your thoughts, Mr. Tuthill? “I was just a bit wide and A.J. kicked it over. It was kind of accidental. I ran to it and hit it in.”
3:52 p.m. – While setting up in the box for a corner kick from Duncan Robinson, Patrick Scanlan asks me if I know the Notre Dame-Pitt score. The corner kick goes for naught, but, cheer up, young Scanlan … Notre Dame 14, Pitt 6. As a sidenote, VMS is aiming to play its playoff game Friday at 2 p.m., which means the Casa de Scanlan can go see the Irish play Air Force next weekend in the Springs. That’s a load off my mind.
4:07 p.m. – I think Andrew Feldman is going to be a lawyer when he grows up. His debating skills, though, lead to a yellow card.
4:12 p.m. – Halftime. Does the soccer team realize that it’s already outscored Ouray volleyball? We also have an alumni spotting: Ben Talbot – and he wasn’t wearing his Duke hat.
4:26 p.m. – Paonia has now outscored the Ouray spikers. Paonia’s Jessie Anderson scores. Game tied.
4:34 p.m. – We know Feldman can score, but he can pass too. He lofts a gorgeous ball to Tuthill. The junior settles the ball and rips it into the left corner for a 2-0 lead.
4:36 p.m. – Tree and Haslee are leading the cheers from the student section at the east end of the field.
4:41 p.m. – Just after he had a nice scoring chance on the left side, Bird isn’t feeling too good. Call it another Homecoming first.
4:49 p.m. – Feldman’s feeling fine. He scores on a breakaway. VMS leads 3-1. If we can speak in code, Rg rh srh gdvmgrvgs tlzo lu gsv hvzhlm. Zggaylb, Zmwivd!
4:57 p.m. – Back to English, or what passes for it. Bird comes back onto the field. He’s feeling much better, thanks.
5:00 p.m. – Feldman nearly hooks up with Sylvan Ellefson on what would have been a beauty of a goal.
5:07 p.m. – No matter. The whistle blows. VMS 3, Paonia 1. Team Disposition of the Psyche finishes the regular season 10-3.
5:15 p.m. – The Reader’s Digest edition of the postgame chat with Bob Bandoni and his highness, Mike Morris: Good possession in the middle; Tyler Kjesbo a nice presence in middle; Duncan Robinson strong out of the back; Feldman shows a new dimension creating opportunities; Other props went to Dane Jacobs, Scanlan, Ian Talbot, LeGaye, Drew Daley, Sea Bass, Jake Utzig and Brett Branca.
5:19 p.m. – Morris finishes the afternoon by declaring, “It’s good to be the king.”
Chris Freud is a sports narrative artist for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.