Who’s looking ahead to Tuesday? No one
Yes, everyone says they’re just taking it game-by-game.
Of course, they’re not looking ahead.
And by no means has anyone in either Gypsum or Eagle-Vail been comparing results of the other as we approach Tuesday when the Eagle Valley boys basketball team visits Battle Mountain.
And if you believe that, well, I won’t be able to cover spring sporting events this year because I’ve been invited to play in The Masters.
Just like soccer and volleyball last fall, these two teams have been shadow-boxing each other since the season began in December.
So with the caveat that the Devils and Huskies have their attentions firmly fixed on this weekends games with Delta and Palisade and are in no way looking ahead to Tuesday, a look at the tale of the tape:
Going into this weekend, the Devils are 2-11 and the Huskies 0-11. That’s pretty even. Both of Eagle Valley’s wins are against 3A teams, including a 58-51 win at Summit and a 60-54 downing of Lake County. Summit, honestly, is everybody’s cupcake at 0-11, and Battle Mountain hosts the Tigers Feb. 2. That having been said, Battle Mountain’s played a bunch of 3A teams and not had success.
Both the Huskies and Devils have had good results against two good 3A schools in Aspen and Coal Ridge. Aspen, No. 4 in the state, beat the Devils, 60-50, in December.
And that brings us to Coal Ridge. The Titans only loss of the year was to the Skiers, and the Huskies took said Titans to double overtime before losing. Coal Ridge took the Devils to task, 75-41, in the season opener.
The Devils played Rifle tightly on the road in a 56-51 loss last weekend. The Huskies took the Bears to overtime the next night at home.
This is all pretty much a wash.
So to the individual matchups, and Cesar Castillo. (I feel like I am writing a soccer column again.) The Huskies know Castillo can shoot the 3. His trey beat Battle Mountain at the buzzer last year in Eagle-Vail, and he dropped seven from downtown on Rifle last weekend.
Can the Huskies contain Cesar? Can Battle Mountain borrow Marco Ordono from Vail Christian? (Sorry, thought I was writing a soccer column.)
Look for Battle Mountain to counter inside with Mitch Cooley against Devils big men Zac Thrall and Zach Ramsey.
Will Battle Mountain be able to get an outside presence from guys like Parker Lathrop and/or Shawn Martinez?
Either way, this should be a fun game and this and the rematch in Gypsum in February should make either team’s season.
I take the Sharks, who are playing the Avalanche on Tuesday at the Pepsi Center.
– Speaking of hockey. the Huskies are the No. 4 in the state. It was nice of the poll to notice Battle Mountain. Typical of a Gary Defina-coached team, the Huskies have started slowly and are progressing quickly as we reach the end of January. If the Huskies can down Lewis-Palmer Friday and Palmer Saturday ” no easy feat ” a repeat Peak title is essential theirs.
– Cheers to El Famouso, Jack Sunderland, for his hat trick against Steamboat Springs. Soccer coach David Cope was in the stands for that, and as always, it’s a tremendous accomplishment at any level.
– Former Huskies captain P.J. Bevan (Vail Christian, 2004) was on hand for the Steamboat game. The kid’s going to medical school soon. That’s got to be unprecedented for the Bevan family, right?
This gets us to thinking about an all-time Battle Mountain hockey team. Goalie’s easy ” Kalen Burnett. But how do you fit Bevan, Jonny Stevens and Connor Tedstrom into two defensive spots? (Chris Finch and Brock Hovey also merit consideration.)
As for forward, Austin Chow unquestionably has a spot. (Eep, we spoke the name of Voldemort.) I’d be inclined to put Jason Chase and Brad Myers with him, but where do Keith Denton, Nate Simon, Barrett Chow (Ack, where is Hermione Granger?), Casey Kleisinger, Derek Byron and Geoff Funk go? (And I’m sure I’m missing a name or two.)
It does make for good argument, though.
– Alumni spotting continues with Rachel Glandorf, Vail Christian 2005. The former Saints ” not that she’s not saintly now ” is dating none other than Colt McCoy, the Texas quarterback and Heisman finalist. We are not in the society-pages business, but having seen Rachel go through high school, we think Colt is the lucky one here.
– Moving to current Saints, I think Vail Christian fans should attend home games in the future with their elbow wrapped like Chris Schmidt.
– Another reason Sheldon Kuhns’ team is fun to watch ” along with seeing if the coach will turn purple ” who’s the power forward? Yes, the guys have their spots, but honestly they don’t mean much other than Will Parker carrying the ball up the floor. Schmidt can hit perimeter shots. Parker can play under the net. The versatility is fun.
– In last week’s column, I clearly put the kibosh on the Saints’ Larry Cavanaugh. After praising him, he got the flu for one game and was in foul trouble in another. So, Larry, you stink. You can thank me later.
– In wrestling, making the podium at Palisade is good thing, given that the host Bulldogs are ranked 10th in the state. Congrats to Eagle Valley’s Andrew Hill, Colt Ewing and Matt Kottenstette.
– Be sure to check out the new kids on the block ” Vail Mountain School basketball ” today at 4:30 p.m. The Gore Rangers host the Aspen freshmen.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.