So, what’s next for the crown princes of Battle Mountain athletics?
Huskies boys soccer has been on a bit of a run for nearly 20 years — 19 straight postseason appearances, 10 Slope crowns in the last 13 seasons, two state-final appearances — a title in 2012 and surprise runner-up showing last fall.
The bar is high at Battle Mountain. Creek Kamby and Cody Bahan graduated, and their combined 28 goals and 22 assists graduated. Miles Joersz, Taylor Staughton and Brandon Rodriguez turned their tassels as well, leaving a big hole in the defense and the transition upfield.
Then there’s Erik Solis and David Barajas, and five more seniors gone from last year’s team.
Battle Mountain’s been here before, and it’s pretty simply. The Huskies don’t rebuild; they reload.
The cupboard is not bare
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It’s important to note that not everyone graduated. Juan Macias returns and he’s a pretty good player. While putting up 20 goals and 16 assists, he got better as the season, including the playoffs, continued.
Battle Mountain soccer hasn’t had a player like that return since Roberto Diaz in 2013. That’s good company historically for Macias.
Alan Villegas is back in net for the Huskies, and that’s another asset for David Cope’s crew. As a junior, Villegas earned his spurs, particularly with big postseason performances against Silver Creek and Pueblo West.
And then there’s the Hugh Wodlinger Principle of Huskies Soccer. As Battle Mountain has grown as a program, Cope has been able to bring up players who rode the varsity bench the previous year or from the JV ranks seamlessly.
Young Wodlinger was one of the first to do so way back when, so it’s his…
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