Winter preps season in full swing | VailDaily.com

Winter preps season in full swing

There’ll be no shortage of action when it comes to the county’s four high schools this weekend. Starting Thursday, the Devils, Huskies, Gore Rangers and Saints have a combined 12 basketball games, two hockey games, two more ski meets and a couple of wrestling meets to boot.

In other words, all these teams are going to need another weekend to recover from this weekend.

The nomads known as the Eagle Valley basketball teams finally get their home openers on Friday night against Gunnison. It’s the league opener for both teams, who are coming off tough nonconference schedules. The girls tip at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 8 p.m.

Eagle Valley hoops then heads to Cedaredge on Saturday with starts at 4 and 5:30 p.m.

There’s plenty of action for Huskies hoops fans. Battle Mountain is home both Friday and Saturday against Steamboat Springs and Moffat County, respectively. David Hite’s girls team will be looking for Battle Mountain’s first-ever 4A Slope win, while Philip Tronsrue’s gang is hoping to build on a promising nonconference performance, which included two wins. Gametimes on both nights are 6 p.m. for the girls and 7:30 p.m. for the boys.

For those in the travelling mood, we give you the 1A Vail Christian Saints, who open their Mountain League slate. If it’s Friday, it must be Ouray. Come Saturday, it’s off to Ridgway. The Lady Saints have gotten off to a hot 4-1 start, but will be without the services of sophomore leading-scorer, Rachel Glandorf. Meanwhile, the boys team will be looking for its first win of the season.

Moving to the slopes, it’s a home weekend for Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley and Vail Mountain. On Friday, the Nordic teams take to the track at Cordillera for the first classic race of the season. The 11 a.m. start will be the first time the high-school circuit has visited Cordillera.

The next day, the alpiners click into their skis for their annual stop at Golden Peak for a slalom. Look for big performances from Battle Mountain and VMS on their home hill. The first run starts at 9:30 p.m., followed by the second at approximately 1 p.m.

Nearby, there’ll be plenty of puck action as Huskies hockey host Liberty Friday night at 7:30 and Pueblo Saturday at 3:15 p.m. Jade Kersey’s crew is 7-1 overall and off to a 2-0 start in the Metro Conference.

A takedown in hockey costs you two minutes, but in wrestling you get two points. And that’s what the Huskies and Devils will be trying to do on the mat this weekend. Battle Mountain hosts Delta and Steamboat Springs Thursday at 6 p.m. Then the Huskies travel to Gypsum for Saturday’s Eagle Valley Invitational. The first matches start at 9 a.m.

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at cfreud@vaildaily.com.