Athletics Update

October 2, 2017

Boys Golf

By Coach Gary Pesso
The 2017 VMS Boys Golf Season is almost over, just one 2 day tournament is left and it’s the biggest of the year, the 2017 State Championships. Team Captain and senior, Jordan Harrison along with sophomore Finn Sapp, will travel to Indian Peaks Golf Course for two days of practice rounds and then the intense competition of a 2 day stroke play golf tournament. Every single shot becomes critical going up against the best 3A players in the state. The team has had a very successful season which began back in early August with a rigorous tournament schedule for the 5 players making up our varsity team. They competed multiple times each week requiring significant extra effort to make up missed schoolwork. Many thanks to the boys’ teachers for their flexibility and support.  Our JV team consisting of eight players all grew as golfers throughout the season, which culminated at the JV Championships in Grand Junction. Thank you, gentlemen for a great season and please join me in wishing good luck to Finn and Jordan!

Girls Volleyball

By Coach Whitney Armistead
The volleyball team is having a great start to the season and has set some pretty lofty goals for the year. A solid start to the season has given us a great indicator (on all levels) of where we can go and what we can accomplish together. We have a talent heavy team with a bright future ahead of us, and with a little refocusing I am confident that we can accomplish great things. Each of our players has done a great job of adapting to changes that we have made, and maintaining a growth mindset to improve both as individuals and as a team. Our Varsity has done an amazing job of leading by example and setting a tone for the rest of our teams to follow. By playing with an attacking mindset and approaching the game with control, focus, and support, they have really done a stellar job of bonding and taking the fight to the other teams. It is evident on the court what they mean to one another. Our pillars are trust, respect, sportsmanship, and love of the game; from there we can do anything.

Boys Soccer

By Coaches Brian Sweeney and Alexander Darbut
The 2017 VMS Boys Soccer season has been fun and challenging so far. Overall, this young team has a lot of potential with a balance of experienced leadership and many new freshman with varied soccer backgrounds.  This freshman class makes up a majority of the JV team, and a few freshmen players are earning minutes in varsity games as well. It is great to see so many new, up-and-coming talents, and we look forward to the impact they will make in the coming years. As for our returning players, many have stepped up and taken on larger roles this season. Our captains, Max Bervy, Michael Resnick, and Nathan Rouaud, have helped set a positive tone and encouraged both younger and older players alike to play to their potential. While the results have been mixed during the first half of the season, we know that we have what it takes to qualify for playoffs.  Importantly though, we know we must continue to grow with intelligence, work hard in training, and play to our highest level in every match if we want to be successful.  We look forward to the rest of the season and the challenges that lie ahead.

Boys Tennis

By Coach Andrew Behrendt
The 2017 Boys Tennis Team has enjoyed a return to Vail this year, basking in the open views and the clay courts of the Vail Tennis Center at Ford Park. In limited match play, we have seen overall wins against Centaurus and Grand Junction Central, and tough losses against rivals Aspen and Steamboat. Ripley Stone has had tremendous success at the 3 Singles position, and the doubles positions have been blessed with strong leadership from seniors Marc Philippon, Trace Landreth, Brendan Keane, Bora Basyildz, and Cole Davis. Rav Seller, Jagger Fugate, and Matthew Gay have helped round out JV positions, and look to be a part of the Varsity team in upcoming seasons. Regionals will take place in Grand Junction on October 4th.