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Josh Davis, a Lamar High School junior, returns as the top runner for the LHS boys cross country team. Davis was a Class 3A state qualifier last season.
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Savages poised for new season


starter. Short on seniors this year, Lamar will rely heavily on talented sophomore and junior classes for most of the rebuilding. The offensive line for the Savages will return three starters in center Issac Tate, guard Santana Salazar, and tackle Kaden Pierson. Looking to fill spots on the line will be sophomores Tanner Crist and Tyler Trout, along with junior Vincent Chavarria. Both tight ends return in twin brothers Casey and Kelby Fassiotto, so there is good experience and skill up front for the Savages. Casey Fassiotto had over 650 yards receiving a year ago. It is in the offensive backfield where most of the rebuilding will occur. And it will start at the quarterback position, as it will be a three-way battle for the signal caller spot. Senior Jamin Tate, junior Zach Ramsay, and sophomore Draven Adame all show ability at calling the signals. In addition to lots of new starters in the backfield, Tice and his staff have been working in a new offense. After taking a trip this summer to Smith Center, Kansas, Tice has installed the Barta Bone, a triple-option run attack. We just felt like we needed to change our offense this year to fit the kids we have. We had a great week in Smith Center. This offense is going to allow us to be more physical in

By Dick Peecher The Lamar Ledger

Veteran Lamar High School football coach Jason Tice, in his 13th season at the helm, welcomed slightly over 60 players out for the team this season. Tice, who has been a part of the playoffs seven times in his previous 12 years, is optimistic about making the playoffs again this season. But there remains a lot of work to be done for that to happen. Tice and his veteran staff, who have been intact since 2007, must replace a boatload of seniors, including 1,000 yard passer and threeyear starter Branson Jennings at quarterback, and 1,200 yard rusher Erik Neischburg, another three-year

We just felt like we needed to change our offense this year to fit the kids we have. We had a great week in Smith Center. This offense is going to allow us to be more physical in our approach.
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our approach, explained Tice. To replace Neischburg, Tice is looking at a stable of talented young running backs. Sophomore Justevin Coberly, who saw some action a year ago, will be the only back returning with varsity experience. A host of backs have been getting time running the ball in practice, including Hector Alvardo, Javier Becerra, Manuel Gomez, DaVanta Kemp, Kenny Soto, and Uriel Vasquez. The Savages lost a good number of seniors on the defensive unit as well, but they do return six starters or parttime starters from a year ago. Paul Dellinger and Jon Ortiz will anchor the defensive front, while Layne Fleshman returns at one of the linebacking spots. Junior Issac Tate got a lot of playing time a year ago at the linebacker position as well. Senior Kodiak Ratzlaff and Vasquez return in the defensive backfield. Defensive coordinator Austin Wertz feels like there is ample talent to re-stock the Savage D. Chance Amrine, Chavarria, Salazar, and Kenny Soto all are vying for time on the defensive front, along with Dellinger and Ortiz. In addition to Fleshman and Tate at the linebacker position, Bercerra and Collin Mahaney are looking at starting spots. Joining Ratzlaff and Vasquez in the defensive backfield will be Alvardo, Payden Brenneman, and Kemp. I really like the way this team is playing, added Tice.

We have some young guys that seem to be very hungry and want to play. All three guys are pushing each other at the quarterback position, and that is good. We are no longer a chunk team - a team that can get yardage in big chunks. We are a driving team. This team has to play physical and show some physicality. If we try to play with finesse, we are going to get it handed to us. 2012 LAMAR FOOTBALL SCHEDULE VARSITY Fri., Aug. 31 at Burlington, 7:00 Fri., Sept. 7 CENTAURI, 7:00 Fri., Sept. 14 at Alamosa, 4:00 Fri., Sept.21 DOLORES HUERTA, 6:30 Fri., Sept. 28 at Trinidad, 7:00 Fri., Oct. 5 FLORENCE, 7:00 Fri., Oct.12 MANITOU SPRINGS, 7:00 Fri., Oct. 19 at St. Marys, 7:00 Fri., Oct. 26 at La Junta, 7:00 Sat., Oct. 3 State playoffs Sat., Oct. 10 State playoffs Sat., Oct. 17 State playoffs Sat., Oct. 24 State playoffs

Right: Casey Fassiotto, a 6-1, 180-pound seniors, returns as the leading receiver for the Savages from a year ago. Fassiotto earned first-team honors to the Tri-Peaks League All-Conference team a year ago. Above: Kaden Pierson, a 6-4, 230-pound senior, returns to anchor both sides of the line as an offensive and defensive tackle for the Savages. Pierson was an honorable mention selection to the Tri-Peaks League All-Conference team last year.
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(Freshman and Sophomores): Front row, l-r, Benny Segura, Cody Medina, Evan Reed, Michael Weber-Johnson, Camron Navarrette, Kalob Amrine, Charlie Miller, Mario Morales, and Rafeal Rodriguez. Middle row, l-r, Cameron Batterton, William Soto, Lucas Montgomery, Austin Crowe, Hector Alvarado, Santana Salazar, Draven Adame, Braden Forney, Kaleb Hansen, Adam Marquez, Manuel Gomez, Evan Beard, and Zeke Gonzales. Back row, l-r, Hunter Sneller, Erick Becerra, Cesar Delgado, Charlie Ferris, Kenneth Soto, Andrew Madrid, Chris Maggart, Kaleb Crum, Justevin Coberly, Chris Torres, Victor Rodriguez, Ty Albert, and Tanner Crist.

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row, l-r, Jonathan Ortiz, DeVanta Kemp, Chris Weber-Johnson, and Logan Bender. Middle row, l-r, Jose Corral, Payden Breneman, Kodiak Ratzlaff, Uriel Vasquez, Javier Becerra, Isaac Tate, and Colin Mahanay. Back row, lr, Casey Fassiotto, Josh Schemahorn, Paul Dellinger, Kelby Fassiotto, Zach Ramsay, Cody Truit, Kaden Pierson, Tyler Trout, Vincent Chavarria, Jamin Tate, and Layne Fleshman..
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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

Lamar returns wealth of experience

By John Contreras The Lamar Ledger

The Lamar High School girls softball team enters the 2012 season boasting a wealth of experience. Mindy McCoy heads into her second season at the helm. In her inaugural year, McCoy guided the Lady Savages to a third place finish in the District 2 standings. The team earned a ticket to the Class 3A state tournament by virtue of an at-large bid. Lamar fell in the first-round to Strasburg, 10-0, to end the season with a 14-7 record. McCoy has 34 players out for the program including 16 players picked for the varsity team and 18 players on the junior varsity team. The Lady Savages graduated only one senior from last year so a number of starters are back. Its real nice when you only graduate a few players from the previous season, said McCoy. Weve got a lot of players returning from last year plus a few new faces. I think its going to be an exciting season. Nobodys expectations are higher than our own team. The girls have set a lot goals and they can be accomplished if they stay together as a team. With the bar set high, the Lady Savages will be counting on the battery of pitcher Katie Crampton, a senior right hander, and Vanessa Galindo, a senior catcher, to help carry the load. Crampton was a District 2 first-team selection a year ago while Galindo was tabbed honorable-mention. Joining Crampton on what could be a vaunted pitching staff will be juniors Chelsea Vallejos and Abbie Reed. Vallejos returns as a first-team alldistrict selection, while Reed was honorable-mention. Adding some depth to the pitching staff will be sophomore Malea Orozco and Demi Ownbey, a sophomore from Springfield High School. As far as our pitching goes, weve got a lot of options, said McCoy. After some injuries last year, Katie looks very good. She has a ton of pitches she can use and has great control. Chelsea comes in with a lot of speed. Both are two completely different pitchers but they make for a pretty good combination. With Abbie, Malea, and Demi theyll get a lot of use this year. McCoy said that Galindo brings a lot of experience to the table and is tougher than nails behind the plate. Lamars infield should be solid with only third base needing to be filled due to graduation. Crampton (when not pitching) will share duty at first base with junior Alyssa Sena. Senior Tianne Woodward, a first-team all-district selection, returns at second base. Reed is back at shortstop and will share that position

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LAMAR VARSITY SOFTBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Abbie McDowell, Tianne Woodward, Abbie Reed, Mireya Aguirre, Abi Cruz, Vanessa Galindo, and Demi Ownbey. Back row, l-r, Kayla Saldana, Malea Orozco, Chelsea Vallejos, Katie Crampton, Amber Torrez, Veronica Jimenez, Jericka Melgoza, and Geni Vargas-Soto. Not pictured Ali Sena.

LAMAR SOFTBALL SENIORS: L-R, Tianne Woodward, Amber Torrez, Abi Cruz, Katie Crampton, Kayla Saldana, Veronica Jimenez, and Vanessa Galindo.

with Orozco and Ownbey according to the Lamar coach. McCoy will count on four players to fill the void at third base following the graduation of Brandi Thompson. Vying for the position will be senior

Amber Torrez from Wiley as well as junior Abbie McDowell, sophomore Jericka Melgoza, and Alyssa Sena. Players covering ground in the outfield will be Chelsea Vallejos (when not pitching),

senior Kayla Saldana, senior Abi Cruz (from Wiley), sophomore Mireya Aguirre, senior Veronica Jimenez (from Granada), and Ownbey. I think our defense should be solid, McCoy said. We

have players that know what its all about,. Offensively, McCoy said the team has a ton of speed. Thats going to be a big asset and we have girls who can hit the ball hard. Its going to de-

pend if theyre ready to put it all together on the same day. One of the changes in 3A softball will see a different format to qualify for the state tournament. One thing were looking forward to is the way they restructured the format for the postseason, McCoy said. We will no longer play in a district tournament but play in a regional tournament. There will be six regionals with the top two teams from each regional advancing to the state tournament. So, I see us going far. 2012 LAMAR SOFTBALL Tues., Aug. 28 BURLINGTON, V/JV, 4:30 Sat., Sept. 1 DOLORES HUERTA, V, 11:00 Tues., Sept. 4 LA JUNTA, V, 5:00 Thurs., Sept. 6 at Guymon, Ok., V/JC, 3:00 Sat., Sept. 8 PUEBLO EAST, V/JV, 10:00 Sat., Sept. 15 at Classical Academy, V/JV, 11:00 Tues., Sept. 18 GUYMON, OK., V/JV, 4:00 Thurs., Sept. 20 at La Junta, V, 5:00 Sat., Sept. 22 ST. MARYS, V/JV, 11:00 Tues., Sept. 25 at Rocky Ford, V/JV, 4:00 Sat., Sept. 29 at Dolores Huerta, V/JV, 11:00 Thurs., Oct. 4 at Florence, V/JV, 4:00 Sat., Oct. 13 Regional Tournament, TBA Oct. 19-20 State Tournament, TBA

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HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Lamar spikers hope experience pays dividends

By John Contreras The Lamar Ledger

With another year of maturity under their wings, a young Lamar High School volleyball team hopes the experience gained will spell success. Second-year head coach Amy Wertz said theres no comparison to where her team is now compared to a year ago. We have a lot of upperclassmen that we didnt have last year, said Wertz. We had a bunch of sophomores who are now juniors with lots of experience. Were already stronger now than they were at the end of last year. Last year, Lamar traveled to Bayfield and participated in one of the tougher districts in the state in 3A volleyball. The Lady Savages fell to perennial powerhouse St. Marys and then lost to Bayfield. Lamar finished the district with a decisive win over Centauri and ended the season with a 13-9 record. Headlining the list of players returning for the Lady Savages will be seniors Jolynn Rider, a 5-10 middle hitter, who will play a big role in the hitting attack, and Jordan Schwartz, a 5-8 libero, who will be solid in the back row. A cohesive group of juniors will feature Taylor Wertz, a 5-5 setter; Summer Eberhardt, a 5-8 middle hitter; Sarah Blain, a 5-6 outside hitter; Lauren Tinnes, a 5-6 middle/outside hitter; Regina Westhoff, a 5-7 outside hitter; and Katie Tecklenburg, a 5-5 setter. Hannah Coin, a 5-8 freshman middle hitter, will also see varsity playing time. Wertz said its a versatile group of players who can play different positions in describing the strength of the team. However, Wertz pointed out a lack of height. Were a short team but we will deal with that, she said. We just need to work hard on defense and with our passing game. Still, we can block the ball pretty well, even with some players standing at 5-5. Wertz added, The girls work well together on the court. Theyre going to be able to do some things that they havent been able to do against the stronger teams. This year it will be different just because we are going to be more comfortable with where we are at. This year, Wertz said that the Tri-Peaks League District will be replaced with a true Tri-Peaks League Tournament. We should have a good year, but were still going to see those tough Tri-Peaks teams, she said. It will determine who goes on to the regionals, said Wertz. 2012 LAMAR Photos by John Contreras The Lamar Ledger VOLLEYBAL Thurs., Sept. 6 DO- LAMAR VARSITY VOLLEYBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Jordan Schwartz and Jolynn Rider. Middle row, l-r, Katie Tecklenburg, Taylor Wertz, and Regina Westhoff. Back row, lLORES HUERTA, C/JV/V, r, Summer Eberhardt, Lauren Tinnes, Sarah Blain, and Hannah Coin. 4:30 Lamar volleyball seniors Jordan Sat., Sept. 8 at Palmer Schwartz and Jolynn Rider will Tournament, V, TBA lead the way on the court for Tues., Sept. 11 at Ellicott, the Lady Savages. C/JV/V, 4:30 Fri., Sept. 14 ST. MARYS, C/JV/V, 4:00 Sat., Sept. 15 at Burlington, C/JV/V, 1:00 Tues., Sept. 18 LA JUNTA, C/JV/V, 4:30 Sat., Sept. 22 at Trinidad, C/JV/V, 1:00 Tues., Sept. 25 at James Irwin, C/JV/V, 4:00 Sat., Sept. 29 at Fowler Tournament, V, TBA Thurs., Oct. 4 ELLICOTT, C/JV/V, 4:30 Sat., Oct. 6 at Dolores Huerta, C/JV/V, 1:00 Tues, Oct. 9 at St. Marys, C/JV/V, 4:00 Thurs., Oct. 11 at La Junta, C/JV/V, 4:00 Fri, Oct. 19 JAMES IRWIN, C/JV/V, 4:00 Sat., Oct. 20 TRINIDAD, C/JV/V, 1:00 Oct. 26-27 Tri-Peak League Tournament, CSC Sat., Nov. 3 Regional Tournament, TBA Nov. 9-10 State Tournament, Denver Coliseum

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HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY
LAMAR BOYS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM: Front row, l-r, Jake Rogers, Matthew Hartshorn, Josh Davis, and Skyler Andrade. Back row, l-r, Isaac Moreno, Ben Ludwig, Tristan Nelson, Cole Higel, Anthony LaTour, and Dalton Bray. Not pictured Bailey Kennedy.
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ning for a year and a half now. Hes really looking strong and keeping up with Josh in workouts. I look for good things As far as the Lamar High from Anthony. School boys cross country Melgoza also expects some team is concerned the bar has good things from Watson as been set high according to well as Nelson and Kennedy. fifth-year head coach Erik Tristan was on Hollys Melgoza. 3,200 relay that won a state With some key runners in championship in Class 1A last place, Melgoza feels his team spring, noted Melgoza. Im has the right ingredients to kind of excited to see him run. cook up a successful season. Hes a big, tall kid and looks We have 12 boys out and like he can chew up a lot of they are all doing an outstand- ground. So, Im anxious to get ing job, praised Melgoza. him on our training program Weve got a good mix of vet- and do what we do.Dalton is erans with some young kids.
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a senior and I think hes going to provide some leadership, added Melgoza. This is Isaacs first year of running cross country and hes learning what it takes. Ben is really looking good and ran for us last year. The kids grew so fast last year, so he had trouble with his knees and his legs. But hes back and looks good. The four freshmen have looked good, especially Jake. Im excited with our potential, Melgoza said. Each year, we raise the bar as far as our workouts and the level See Cross Country, pg. X7

The roster will include three seniors Anthony LaTour, Dalton Bray and Isaac Moreno; one junior Josh Davis; four sophomores Ben Ludwig, Zach Watson, and Tristan Nelson and Bailey Kennedy (both from Holly High School), and four freshman Jake Rogers, Matthew Hartshorn, Skyler Andrade, and Cole Higel. Leading the pack will be Davis, a state qualifier last year, and LaTour. Josh is just a super kid and puts in the work, Melgoza said. I look for him to be a top ten runner in our classification. Josh went to a running camp this year and this time took a friend in Anthony. He has been only seriously run-

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Lamars Josh Davis (left) and Anthony LaTour return as two of the top runners on the Savage boys cross country team.

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HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

Lamar golf team still young

By John Contreras The Lamar Ledger

While area fall sports teams get their seasons started the weekend of Aug. 31-Sept 1., the Lamar High School golf team will be halfway through their season. The varsity golf team for the Savages have already competed in five tournaments this season. Lamar has four tournaments remaining before the statequaliying regional meet on Sept. 18 at Hollydot Golf Course in Rye. Following the regional meet, the Savages will compete in the last of three TriPeaks League meets on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in Florence.
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Lamar High Schools Hayden Nolder watches his tee shot from Hole No. 7 during the Lamar Invitational Tournament on Aug. 13 at Spreading Antlers The state tournament is Golf Course. Nolder is one of scheduled for Oct. 1-2 at Pine- three other golfers battling for hurst Country Club in Denver. the No. 4 spot in the varsity lineup.

Lamar head golf coach Bob Heist has 17 players out for Heist said the No. 4 spot on this years team. The roster in- the varsity has been a battle cludes seven seniors, one junbetween senior Andrew Beckior, eight sophomores, and er, sophomore Hayden Noldone freshman. er, sophomore Kaylen MonOur team is still considered toya, and junior Tyler Forgue, young, said coach Heist. a junior from McClave High School. Its encouraging to see some young kids come out for the team and keep the program going. A couple of years, we didnt have any young kids and it was kind of shaky. Now, we have the young kids and thats a plus. The top three players for the four-man varsity team for the Savages includes two sophomores and one senior. Rounding out this years team are seniors Sami Hourieh, Kaleb Owens, Hunter Fredrick, and Jessica Millspaugh and Beth McDougal from Wiley High School.

Other sophomores on the team include Austin LaCost, Cory Burton, and Joel Souders. Cody Campbell, is the Keaton Buxton, a sopho- lone freshman on the team. more from McClave High Buxton has been the most School, played varsity last year consistent player shooting in and holds the position as the the 80s. No. 1 player for the Savages. Things are going okay, Chris Flippin, a senior, is said Heist about the season. back on the team after playing

football his junior year. He did We started out slow but play golf as a sophomore. Flip- were getting better. The pin is the No. 2 player . scores are coming down and John Contreras The No. 3 player is Bryce theyre game is improving. Keaton Buxton, a junior from McClave High School, is the No. 1 player for the Lamar High School golf team. Martin, a sophomore. Thats all I can ask for.

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that we want to be at. I couldnt have done that the first year but groups behind them have kind of set that bar up high and worked towards that. This year, were setting the bar even higher and I hope we can finally can make some noise as a team at state. The girls cross country team will be under the guidance of new head coach Matt Snyder. This will be his first assignment as a head coach for the sport. ber to work with, said Snyder. We bring back some girls with good experience. Ive been pleased with how the girls have been upbeat and want to compete. Theyre a coachs dream. The Lamar cross country teams will start the season at the Rocky Ford Invitational on Thursday, Aug. 30 and then compete the following day in the Pre-State Invitational on Friday, Aug. 31 at 12 noon. The meet will be hosted by Cheyenne Mountain and held at the Norris Penrose Equestrian Center which will be the site of this years Class 3A state meet.
LAMAR GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM: L-R, Peighton Martin, Mckinthia Ebron, Aleah Eddy, Payton Kee, Kim States, and Ashley Snyder. Not pictured Hannah Kalma.
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Snyder, however, does bring some experience to the table. He noted that he ran cross country when he was in This year, Lamar will not high school at Alamosa under coach Larry Zaragosa. During host their Lamar Invitational his senior year he was a meet due to lack of teams member of the team that participating. placed second in the state.S2012 Lamar nyder said he is looking forCross Country ward to his new venture. Thurs., Aug. 30 at Rocky These girls are athletes Ford, 4:00 and Im definitely looking forFri., Aug. 31 at Cheyenne ward to working with them, Mountain, 12:00 he said. Fri., Sept. 7 at Vista The Lady Savages team will be comprised of seven run- Ridge, 4:00 ners.

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HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Lamar boys soccer looks to take next step


The Lamar program has their work cut out for them and at a disadvantage just because many of the teams they face from the Colorado Springs area play most of the year at the club level compared to a three month season for the Savages. Still, third-year head coach Miguel Roman remains optimistic and anticipates his SavJohn Contreras The Lamar Ledger ages to be improved over the LAMAR SOCCER TEAM: Front row, l-r, Jesus Tamayo, Dwayne Sandoval, Eddie Rodriguez, Jaime Madrid, Alex Alvarez, Dakota Jara, Miguel Rodriguez, Josh Adame, 2012 season. Brandon Campbell, Armando Fernandez, Gabriel Mendoza, Jesus Esparaza, and Josh Gonzalez. Back row, l-r, Santiago Chavez, Fabian Chavez, Noel Chavez, Jose The soccer program continues to draw big numbers and Roman has 34 prospects out for this years team.
Francisco Rosario, Oscar Soto, Emmanuel Chavez, Fernando Barajas, Jordan Jara Heraclio Luis Lopez, Jeremiah Bishop, Manuel Tarango, Fabian Tovar, Jose Cantu, Elijio Rodriquez, Cesar Serrano, John Gonzales, Aldo Almanza, and Waylan Sharp.

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Heading into their third season of playing at the varsity level, the Lamar High School boys soccer team hopes this is the year that the experience gained will finally payoff.

and Eddie Rodriguez, a junior 1:30; Mesa Ridge, 5:30 at from Holly, will play a defend- Fountain Valley We had a hard time getting er. Sat., Sept. 8 at Fountain our numbers up last year, exRoman will also count on Valley, 1:30 plained Roman. With the sophomore Fabian Chavez as Thurs., Sept. 13 DOnumbers we have this year, a forward, and two freshman LORES HUERTA, V/JV, 4:30 were going to be okay and do players Miguel Rodriquez and Sat., Sept. 15 COLOArmando Fernandez will see well. RADO SPRINGS SCHOOL, duty as midfielders. Last year, we really had a 11:00 The head coach said he tough time at the beginning Sat., Sept. 22 at Rye, V, and had a couple of players liked the teams overall speed 11:00 and the players ability to conwho couldnt play, he extrol the ball. Sat., Sept. 29 ST. plained. But we picked up With the experience we MARYS, V/JV, 12:00 things at the end of the season bring back, I hope were ready Thurs., Oct. 4 FOUNand made it to state. to go, said Roman. We con- TAIN VALLEY, V/JV, 4:30 The kids are working hard tinue to develop our skills and Sat., Oct. 6 at James Irand putting in a good effort, I definitely see a lot of imwin, V/JV, 11:00 he said. Im hoping for better provement. If they practice results and going to state hard, theyre going to see the Thurs., Oct. 11 RYE, V, results. 4:30 which is our goal. Roman added, Ive got This years roster includes some young kids who are 11 seniors, seven juniors, eight sophomores, and eight working hard and stepping up their game. I like to see that freshman. effort from kids who want to Seniors leading the team be a varsity player. will include Santiago Chavez, This season, Roman will be defender and Victor Villalo- assisted by new assistant bos, left midfielder. coach Jaime Madrid. Sat., Oct. 13 at Vanguard, V/JV, 11:00 Tues., Oct. 16 at Dolores Huerta, V/JV, 4:00 Fri., Oct. 19 vs. Salida at Dolores Huerta, V/JV, 4:00 Fri., Oct. 26 State tournament

Sat., Oct. 27 State tournaRoman will also count on 2012 LAMAR ment the play of senior Manuel TaBOYS SOCCER rango, of Holly, forward; and Fri., Nov. 2 State tournaThurs., Aug. 30 MAN- ment senior Fabian Tovar, of GraITOU SPRINGS, V/JV, 4:30 nada, at center midfielder. Wed., Nov. 7 State tourTues., Sept. 4 at Wasson, nament Jordan Jara, a junior, will play in the net as the goalie JV/V, 4:00 Sat., Nov. 10 State TourJohn Contreras Fri., Sept. 7 Wasson, nament, All-City Stadium Lamars Jordan Jara will be the new goalie for the Savages soccer team this season.

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WILEY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Zane Perdue, Talon Barrett, Logan Becker, Caden Eastin, Tate Brown, Blake Ridgeway, Markus Borunda, and Isaac Lucero. Middle row, l-r, Keaton Turner, Tristan Travis, Kelvin Villagrana, Dakota Lewis, Michael Sanders, Joey, Knight, Slade Melton, and Hayden Stegman. Back row, l-r, Jeremiah Paul-Driver, Dominick Tombleson, Nathan Stone, Kody Wallace, Zane Tempel, Pat Gonzales, and Josh Madaris.

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With a new head coach, the Wiley Panthers hope to improve upon last years season. Former Wiley graduate and assistant the last two years, Brock Shalberg will take the reins as the new head football coach. The Panthers have no where to go but up, as they look ahead to the 2012 season. They will be led by one of the areas most outstanding athletes in senior Kody Wallace. He will play both ways and hopes to lead the team offensively from his quarterback position. Wallace throws and runs equally well and will be a threat for area defenses. The cupboard isnt totally bare for Shalberg, as he returns five starters from a year ago. The team will have seven seniors from among its 22 out this year. We have a few of our seniors that are three or four year starters, so we have some good leadership among that group, said Shalberg about his team. Our attitude has been good and upbeat. They come out to work hard everyday. Shalberg will have some good size on both sides of the line in 62 300-pound Patrick Gonzales and 62 240-pound Zane Tempel, who may see some action at fullback also.Keaton Turner, though not as big, is another returning lineman for the Panthers. He will be one of the guards in the Wiley offense. Josh Madaris returns in the running back position, as he saw some time there a year ago.

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The offensive backfield for the Wiley Panthers will be comprised of (l-r) Hayden Stegman (receiver); Zane Tempel (fullback); Kody Wallace (quarterback); Josh Madaris (tailback), and Nathan Stone (receiver).

Shalberg is also looking for Dakota Lewis, Hayden Stegman, and Nathan Stone to get playing time for the Panthers. Both Lewis and Stone will man the end positions, while Stegman is looking for time in the backfield. We saw some major improvement two years ago,

said Shalberg. This will be our third year of having a JV program which is a positive. We just need to have some guys step up and get the job done for us. My expectations are high, and I want our team to have high expectations as well, added Shalberg.

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The Wiley High School volleyball team advanced to last years Class 2A state semifinals, the first team from southeastern Colorado to do so since 2006 when Kit Carson won it all. The state finals have been dominated for the last six years by teams from northern Colorado. Otis and Fleming, with three each, have won the last six state championships. Wiley lost four starters off of last years team, including Taylin Spitzer, their leading hitter from a year ago. Spitzer is now playing at CSU-Pueblo. Audrey Bauer, in her fifth year as head coach, faces a rebuilding job, but still has a good nucleus to build upon. The Lady Panthers have 23 girls out, so they will feature a big JV squad. Returning starters include outside hitter Teri Johnsen, a 511 power hitter for the Lady Panthers a year ago. Sabra Perdue, who started on the front line a year ago, returns as well. Wiley will run a 6-2 offense for the first time in several years that will feature juniors Brenna Cash and Maggie Schneider as setters. Fellow junior Bailey Dodson will be one of the hitters as well. All three of these girls saw action a year ago on varsity, as well as playing JV. Freshmen Kyla Dodson and Miranda Morgan both look to get considerable time with the varsity unit as well. I think that we are a little quicker than we were a year ago. This is a very athletic group of girls; they have a lot of natural athletic talent. We have been working very hard on passing, as that seems to be our area of weakness right now, said Bauer about her team. These girls do an excellent job of passing defensively but are weak on serve/receive right now, added assistant coach Bethany Shalbery. So we just need to get that out of their head, added Bauer. Wiley has been part of the state tournament field for the past three years and to get back, Bauer and her team know there is plenty of work ahead. 2012 WILEY VOLLEYBALL Thurs. Aug. 30 at Las Animas, 5:00 Fri., Aug. 31 SIMLA, 4:00 Fri. Sept. 7 at Manzanola, 5:00

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With a senior-laden team, this could be the year that the Granada Bobcats return to the top of the ladder in the Class A Arkansas Valley 8-man Conference. With another year of experience, veteran head coach Manuel Gonzales hopes the Bobcats can go deeper in the state playoffs as well. Last season, Granada finished third in the conference behind Walsh and Springfield. In the cross-division playoffs, the Bobcats suffered a disappointing 24-22 loss to the Fowler Grizzlies and ended the season with a 4-5 record. There was some bad and good news heading into the 2012 campaign. The bad news was last years starting quarterback Bryan Gonzales would not be able to play football this year. The good news is that Saul Pizarro, who missed all of last season, returns in the backfield at tailback.Coach Gonzales will now turn to Koy Palmer, a 5-10, 160 sophomore or Cruz Vega, a 5-11, 155 junior, to direct the Bobcats at quarterback. We have some obstacles to overcome at our quarterback position because Bryan cant play football, said Coach Gonzales. Koy will get the first shot at the position. Hes strong and can run and throw the ball. Hes got some learning to do but hes looked good in practice. Pizarro, a 5-8, 160 senior, with speed will be joined in the backfield by all-conference honorable-mention selection Caleb Harris, a 6-1, 185 senior, at fullback. Also seeing duty in the backfield will be Armando Hernandez, a 5-8, 155 junior. Saul had to sit out last year and now hes ready, Gonzales said. If he stays healthy, were going to be okay. Hes a senior and wants to play and is hungry. I look for him to be one of the top running backs in the state. Armando played linebacker for us last year, but hes a tough kid and we expect a lot out of him, said the veteran mentor.

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GRANADA FOOTBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, John McLaughlin, Davey Reyes, Tre Jensen, Paveola Perez, Bryndan Burns, Armando Hernandez, Zxavier Martinez, Derek Smith, Marcus Cruz, and Bryan Gonzales. Back row, l-r, Tanner Grasmick, Dalton Harris, Kolby Palmer, Koy Palmer, Cruz Vega, Chase Holden, Sam Rink, Dillon Bohlander, Mason Ecklund, Antonio Huerta, Saul Pizarro, and Caleb Harris.

lon Bohlander, a 5-11, 190 senior and Chase Holden, a 5-11, 185 senior. Sam, Dillon, and Chase are all seniors and have a lot of experience, said Gonzales. Now its time for them to take over the game. The fleet of receivers will feature all-conference honorable-mention selection Kolby Palmer, a 5-10, 160 senior; Brynden Burns, a 5-10, 155 senior; and Antonio Huerta, a 5-11, 185 senior. We plan on throwing the ball more and I feel we have the receivers that can make the plays, Gonzales said. On the defensive side, the Bobcats will go with Bohlander at nose guard. At defensive ends will be Huerta and Tanner Grasmick, a 6-0, 185 senior. Also seeing duty at the position will be Rink and Holden. Rotating at the linebacker positions will Perez, Hernandez, Burns, Harris, and Zxavier Martinez, a 5-8, 145 jr. In the defensive backfield will be Koy and Kolby Palmer and Vega. Again, we should be pretty solid on defense, said GonJohn Contreras The Lamar Ledger zales. Senior Saul Perez returns to the backfield for Granada after missing last season with an injury. Koy Looking at the conference, Palmer (right) will take over the duties at quarterback. Last years starting quarterback Bryan Gonzales said, Everybody is Gonzales will miss the season due to an injury. pointing towards us because we didnt lose that much. The offensive line will be Rink, a 6-0, 220 senior, at cen- be Arkansas Valley All-Confer- Walsh will still have a good anchored by veterans in Sam ter. At the guard positions will ence first-team selection Dil- team and Springfield has the

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Key players returning for the Granada Lady Bobcats volleyball team will include, l-r, Brittany Gonzales, Tallie Harmon, Ariana Yanez, Abby Hopper, Marlena Rojas, Darcy Widener, and Kirby Vanderpool.

Granada spikers hope to turn corner


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With another year of playing time under their belts, a young Granada High School volleyball team hopes to take another step in the right direction. Kara Dorenkamp, heads into her second-year as the head coach, and saw some vast improvement last year. We won only four matches, but played well against some of the better teams in the area, she recalled. There werent many games where we were completely out of it. It was just a point in our games here and there that made the difference. The girls learned that other teams werent heads above them and that they could play with them. Our record didnt show it, but I thought we accomplished quite a bit last year. With the loss of just three seniors to graduation, Dorenkamp returns a group of players with plenty of varsity experience. The roster includes three seniors, five juniors, three sophomores, and four freshmen. Leading the charge for the Lady Bobcats will be Marlena Rojas, 5-8 senior OH; Alyssa Sigala, 5-4 senior DS; and Ariana Yanez, 5-7 senior MH. Also back on the team is Abby Hopper, 5-7 senior OH. Also returning to play a key role will be Tallie Harmon, 5-8 junior OH; Darcy Widener, 5-8 sophomore OH; Kirby Vanderpool, 5-7 sophomore OH; and

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GRANADA VOLLEYBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Andreya Martinson, Wendy Galan, Brittany Gonzales, Ariana Yanez, and Laura Morales. Back row, l-r, Grace Rink, Julianna Hernandez, Tallie Harmon, Darcy Widener, Marie Wilhelm, Kirby Vanderpool, Abby Hopper, and Marlena Rojas.

Brittany Gonzales, 5-5 sophomore Setter/OH. Coming off the bench will be Wendy Galan, 5-5 junior OH; Laura Morales, 5-3 sophomore DS; and 5-9 junior OH Marie Wilhelm, a foreign exchange student from Ger-

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With the construction underway on the new Holly High School Athletic Complex, the Holly High School football team has had to make do with holding practices on a makeshift practice field on the Shanner Elementary School playground. The Wildcats will also play their first four games of the season on the road before they play their first home game on Friday, Sept. 28 against Walsh. Scott Hodgson, who heads into his fourth year at the helm, said the wait will be worth it. Last year, Holly posted the same records they had in 2011. The Wildcats posted a 2-3 record in the Class A Arkansas Valley 8-man Conference to finish fourth and finished with an overall record of 3-6. This year, Hodgson has 20 prospects out for the team including four seniors, four juniors, six sophomores, and six freshmen. Im pretty excited about this years team, said Hodgson. Weve grown quite a bit number wise and size wise over last year. Im pretty excited with the work ethic this team has. On offense, the Wildcats will see some changes in the backfield. Jason Barth, an athletic 5-8, 150 junior, will be moved from quarterback to tailback. Barth was a first-team selection on the Arkansas Valley All-Conference teams. Christian Orozco, a 5-8, 150 junior, will take over at quarterback. Hodgson will be looking for a new fullback and will turn to Colby Salisbury, a 5-9, 145 sophomore and Ryan Nordyke, a 5-7, 145 sophomore. Were moving Jason from quarterback to tailback to get the ball in his hands more, explained Hodgson. Christian is stepping in at quarterback and has a great arm. He just needs to work on making

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HOLLY FOOTBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Dylan Hammit, Haydden Humburg, Zach Barth, Austin Palmer, Jason Barth, Christian Orozco, Brendan Crum, Colby Salisbury, and Ryan Nordyke. Back row, l-r, Hayden Davis, Travis Neal, Sy Donaldson, Mason Pierce, Porter Salisbury, Chris Weisenhorn, Lane Salzbrenner, Hunter Wilson, Chance Ramos, Jesus Terrazas, and Casey Fletcher.

Lane Salzbrenner, a 6-0, 215 junior at center. Dylan Hammit, a 5-9, 180 senior, and Jesus Terrazas, a 5-10, 240 sophomore, will man the guard positions. Hammit returns as an all-conference honorable-mention selection. Dylan went from being our biggest guy on the line to our smallest, explained Hodgson. Were going to have a little bit more size up front and thats going to be a bonus. Dylan is definitely our leader up front and has the most experience. So were expecting big things from him. Lining up at the end positions will be Sy Donaldson, a 5-11, 180 senior and Porter Salisbury, a 510, 150 senior. Also seeing playing time at end will be Mason Pierce, a 5-10, 155 sophomore. Porter led us in receiving yards last year, said Hodgson. He had a couple of broken bone issues last year, but hopefully, we can keep him healthy. The Holly coach also feels good about his defense. The defensive front line will John Contreras The Lamar Ledger be anchored by Donaldson at nose guard and Hammit and Seniors returning for the Holly High School football team include, l-r, Porter Salisbury, Dylan Austin Palmer, a 5-10, 165 junHammit, and Sy Donaldson. ior, at defensive ends. reads and that kind of stuff. by and Ryan arent tradition casion. The linebackers will include Hes a solid athlete and going fullback types. But they can Up front, the offensive line Salzbrenner, Porter and Colby to be a good player for us. Col- block and throw the ball on oc- will be anchored by newcomer Salisbury, and Nordyke.

Patrolling in the defensive backfield will be Orozco and Barth. Looking at the rest of the teams in the Arkansas Valley Conference, Hodgson gives the nod to Granada with Walsh and Springfield still in the hunt despite losses to graduation. He said Wiley should be improved. Cheyenne Wells will be a new team in the league and McClave moves to a new conference. 2012 HOLLY FOOTBALL Sat., Aug. 25 vs. Sangre de Cristo at Hoehne, 1:00 Fri., Sept. 7 at McClave, 7:00 Fri, Sept. 14 at Swink, 7:00Fri., Sept. 21 at Springfield, 7:00 Fri., Sept. 28 WALSH, 7:00 Fri., Oct. 5 WILEY, 7:00 Fri., Oct. 12 at Cheyenne Wells, 7:00 Fri., Oct. 19 GRANADA, 7:00 Sat., Oct. 27 Cross Division Game, TBA Sat., Nov. 3 1st round playoffs, TBA Sat., Nov. 10 State quarterfinals, TBA Sat., Nov. 17 State semifinals, TBA Sat., Nov. 24 State championship, TBA

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HOLLY VOLLEYBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Jordan Fletcher, Kensie Simon, and Alex Juarez. Middle row, l-r, Karen Avalos, Andrea Lopez, Estefania Tarango, Anglica Magallanes, Nathalija Aguilera, Alexus Greigo, Lacey Darnell, and Karina Avalos. Back row, l-r, Danielle Zuege, Tina Eppley, Denice Carrillo, Bailee Nelson, Ashlyn Hess, Sheridan Rushton, Tiana Isley, and Jazmin Orozco..
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This could be a breakout season for the Holly High School girls volleyball team.Second-year head coach Shannon Rushton returns a nucleus of players from last years team wanting to make their mark. Looking at last year, Rushton said, At the beginning it was a little rough. For me basically trying to learn the game I had a good assistant in Sarah Thompson show me a lot. At one point of the season we ran off six wins in a row. Towards late in the season, we ended up third in our district which was a big improvement for us. We had not been in that position in a quite a while. We ended the regular season with a winning record. However, we stubbed our toe a little bit in the district tournament and didnt play our best volleyball late in the season. So, were going to try to correct that.

The Lady Wildcats graduated three seniors from last year including two big hitters and a setter. We probably wont be as deep at the varsity level until some of the younger players find their way, Rushton said. But we return a solid group of seven or eight girls who can play any position on the floor and do a good job for us. Last year, Rushton has 13 players out for the team and this year he has 19 out. Thats a good testament for the program, he said. Our practices have been very spirited and had some good battles. Rushton will turn to three seniors to lead the way for the Lady Wildcats. Kensie Simon, a 5-10 outside hitter, will hope to carry the load at the net while 5-2 Alex Juarez will be a setter and Jordan Fletcher, a 5-6 outside hitter, will contribute up front.

The Holly coach will also rely on a number of juniors to take their game to the next level. That group will include Lacey Darnell, a 5-4 setter; Ashlyn Hess, a 5-8 outside hitter; Sheridan Rushton, a 5-9 middle hitter; and Tiana Isley, a 5-9 middle hitter. Also back on the team will be junior Alexus Griego, a 5-6 defensive specialist. Returning letter winners who will see some varsity playing time will be sophomores Karen Avalos, a 5-4 setter; Denice Carrillo, a 5-8 middle hitter; Karen Avalos, a 5-4 defensive specialists; and Jazmin Orozco, a 5-5 outside hitter. Im excited to see how it will all come together, said Rushton. Weve got two real good hitters in Sheridan and Kensie. Tiana does a good job of filling the other spot in the front row. Ashlyn is a great asset in either the front row or back row. Lacey has really come along as a setter and does a nice job. Alex and Jor-

dan will basically play where I ask them to play. Holly competes in District 3 which includes Wiley, Walsh, Kim, South Baca, and Manzanola. Springfield also competed in the district but moved up to Class 2A this year. Some teams lost a lot to graduation, said Rushton. I feel like this might be our time. We took our lumps the last couple of years and weve waited for our time. Im excited about the season and looking forward to it. Assisting Rushton with the coaching duties will be new assistant Jamie Davis. 2012 HOLLY VOLLEYBALL

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Last years trip in the Class 1A 6-man state quarterfinals only fueled the Eads Eagles appetite this fall as football practice began for the 2012 season. Dustin Uhland, in his fifth year as the head coach for the Eagles, has seen his team climb to the state semifinals three times and last years quarterfinal appearance to become one of the top 6-man teams in the state. The Eagles were 6-man state champions in 2006. With 18 players out including five returning starters on offense and six on defense, the Eagles appear to be primed for a major run this fall. This is a really veteran team, but we sure dont want to get ahead of ourselves, offered Uhland, in talking about this years club. We have some real good freshmen too, but we need to find out where our young kids fit in. Justin Lenox, a 6-3, 250-pound senior, returns to anchor a very strong line. Cory Miller, 6-2 and 190, and Kyle Crow, both seniors, return at the end spots. Senior Logan Crawford at 62 and 220-pounds has rotated between the line and fullback position. Taylor Weirich, another senior, and junior Blaine Winder will look for time at the running back position. They are the fastest Eagles on this years squad. Sophomore Tyler Rouse looks to be the front runner for the quarterback spot, but Uhland is concerned about his inexperience. Tyler had a couple of medical issues as a freshman, so he was unable to play last year. Obviously that has set him back a little bit coming into this season, but he throws the ball very well, Uhland said. It is pretty much those same seven that will see time on the defensive side of the ball, continued Uhland. Most of these kids will go both ways, but they are used to that. If some of our young kids come around, it will only add to our depth. Uhland explained that he would like to add some balance to his teams offensive attack. We havent been a very good passing team in the past, and that is something that we have been working hard on, he said. It is just going to take some time to develop a young quarterback, but we think he is capable. The Eagles will play in a tough Southeast League. Longtime powerhouse Stratton has dropped from 8-man to 6-man and Deer Trail made it to the state semifinals a year ago. Kit Carson has re-instituted football this year and is coached by veteran Jim Trahern, one of Colorados most successful 6-man coaches. Other teams in the league include Cheraw, Flagler, and South Baca. 2012 EADS

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They only have 13 players out, but they promise to be one of the top volleyball teams in the area! The Eads High School Lady Eagles return five of their starters from a year ago when they went to the regional tournament but failed to advance on to the Class 1A state tournament. In her second year, head coach Stephanie Bohlander will try to push her Lady Eagles one step farther this year. One of the things we will work hard on this year is being prepared for big game situations. It was something that hurt us a year ago, and its something we wont back away from this year, she said. Bohlander will have plenty of firepower at her disposal, as top hitters Marissa Dixon in the middle and sophomore Tanaia Hansen on the outside return. Dixon is one of only two seniors on the squad, so Eads still remains a very young squad. Sophomore Ebony Nash returns as another middle hitter. Another sophomore, Hailey Ray, will take over the setting duties from graduated senior Marty Miller Courtesy photos and leader Natalya Weber, EADS VOLLEYBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Tori Uhland, Eboni Nash, Tanaia Hansen, Marisa Dixon, Sheri Weber, and Brittanie Newman. Back row, l-r, Chyann Sewell, while junior Dorian Ray re- Alyssa Splitter, Hailey Ray, Dorian Ray, Jordan Sniff, and Kailyn Lane. Not pictured Chelsea Crosby. turns in the Libero position. spent a lot of time in the gym Tues. Sept. 12 CHEYTues. Oct. 9 HI-PLAINS, Junior Kailyn Lane has this summer, Bohlander said. ENNE WELLS, 5:00 5:00 come back out for volleyball, They get along very well and Thurs. Sept. 13 at Holly, much to Bohlanders delight. Fri. Oct. 12 FLAGLER, are just a neat group of girls. It 5:00 4:30 makes it fun to go into the Wiley transfer Jordan Sniff Sat. Sept. 15 at Stratton, will add depth once she be- gym every day and practice. 11:30 Tues. Oct. 16 GRAWe are blessed in that we comes eligible to play. Senior NADA, 4:00 Tues. Sept. 18 at Behave a lot of young, brave girls Alyssa Splittler from Plainthat really like to win. They thune, 4:30 Thurs. Oct. 18 view, who had a broken leg a are not afraid of hard work, Fri. Sept. 21 KIT CAR- McCLAVE, 4:30 year ago and missed the entire and they know that basic skills SON, 4:30 season, will hit from the out- will win games. Fri. Oct. 26 Districts, Thurs. Sept. 27 CROWside. Wiley/McClave, TBA 2012 EADS LEY COUNTY, 5:00 Bohlander is also excited VOLLEYBALL Fri. Nov. 2 Regionals, Sat. Sept. 29 at Deertrail, about freshman Brittanie NewTBA Thurs. Aug. 30 SPRING- 6:00 man and knows she will add FIELD, 4:00 Tues. Oct 2 at Wiley, 5:00 Fri. Nov. 9 State tournadepth to her team. Fri. Aug. 31 South Baca Fri. Oct. 5 COTOPAXI, ment, Denver Coliseum 5:30 Things have been going re- at Vilas, 4:30 Sat. Nov. 10 State tournaFri. Sept. 7 CHERAW, Sat. Oct. 6 Manzanola ally well. These kids have 4:30 and Walsh at Manzanola,10:00 ment, Denver Coliseum

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It will be a change of scenery for the McClave High School football team this season. After years of competing in the Arkansas Valley Conference, the Cardinals will be competing in the Southern League with the likes of Hoehne, Fowler, Swink, Manzanola, and Cripple Creek Victor. Theres good and bad about the change, said McClave head coach Shawn Randel, who heads into the fifth year at the helm. The travel time is about the same and that wont effect us much. Playing somebody different is something we dont know much about. With Cheyenne Wells moving back to the Arkansas Valley Conference, the Southern League needed a team and McClave was the team that CHSAA picked. Randel has 19 players out for this years team with a number of key players returning. Weve got some good numbers out and some kids who played quite a bit last year, said Randel. On offense, McClave will be directed by a new quarterback in Taylor Geisinger, a 5-9, 140 sophomore. Hell be joined in the backfield by Dillan Kelley, a 5-11, 140 senior or Gabe Longworth, a 5-9, 130 sophomore, at tailback. At fullback will be Troy Miller, a transfer from Kit Carson. Randel said there are some questions on who will anchor the offensive line but hes taking a look at Sterling Noecker, a 5-10, 200 junior; Josh Warn, a 6-1, 160 senior; and T.J. Trijullo, a 5-10, 150 sophomore. The receivers will feature Cody Canfield, a 6-5, 180 senior and T.J. Trijullo or Josh Warn. Many of the players mentioned above will also see duty on defense and Randel said hes still working players around. Randel also welcomed some transfers from Lamar in junior Horacio Maldonado and junior twin brothers Gabe and Abe Salazar. Abe will get to play right off the bat, but Horacio and Gabe will have to sit out a few games, explained Randel. Looking at the new league, Randel expects some challenges with the likes of Hoehne and Fowler. Hoehne won the 8-man state championship in 2010 and the Farm-

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McCLAVE FOOTBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Horatio Maldonado, Tanner Sisneros, Gabe Longworth, Taylor Geisinger, Jon Ceron, John Graham, Dayton Garcia, Gabe Salazar, Abe Salazar, and Troy Miller. Back row, l-r, Tariq Whiting, Alec Launde, Dillan Kelley, J.R. Kiniston, Cody Canfield, T.J. Trujillo, Sterling Noecker, Brad Brewer, and Josh Warren. Key players returning for the McClave Cardinals, l-r, Dillan Kelley, Cody Canfield, Sterling Noecker, and Troy Miller.

ers were second last year after falling in the state title game to Dayspring Christian, 29-22. Fowler advanced to the state quarterfinals last year before losing to Hoehne, 14-6. Both Hoehne and Fowler will be back pretty strong, said Randel. Well have our work cut out for us. 2012 McCLAVE

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McCLAVE VOLLEYBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Breanna Simonds, Danica Fleshman, Aubrey Nidey, Jordan Isom, and Peyton Morlan. Middle row, l-r, Adiline Bencomo, Lesley Chacon, Johanna Pertoldova, Jessica Bencomo, Marande Coberly, Kenzie Shields, Tracie Wilk, and Hannah Shields. Back row, l-r, Camie Idler, Stacey Meston, Kierra Smartt, Jacqueline Parker, Sara Turner, Liselle Branger, Tausha Sniff, Shelby Davis, Aly Forgue, and Tacie Canfield.

A new era of sorts begins for the McClave High School volleyball program. The Lady Cardinals graduated a key player in Melissa Navarrette, who was a fouryear starter and considered one of the top setters in the state in Class 1A. That will be one of the key positions that second-year head coach Rachel Dunning will have to fill. Dunning welcomed 24 players out for the season compared to 18 last year. The Lady Cardinals return several starters with the likes of Sara Turner, a 5-10 senior outside hitter, and Tausha Sniff, a 5-11 senior middle hitter.

Cami Idler, a 5-8 senior, also saw action last year as an outside hitter but is out of the lineup due to an injury. Dunning will also count on key contributions from Jordan Isom, a 5-6 sophomore outside hitter; Jacquelin Parker, a talented 5-6 freshman setter; and Johana Pertoldova, a 5-5 sophomore setter, who is a foreign exchange student from the Czech Republic. Were still working on what we want to do, said Dunning. Sara did a great job of leading our team and the expectations are very high for all of my seniors. Tausha is working hard to becoming a better player. She has all the athletic ability in the world and we just have to fine tune it. Jordan started for me all of last year and I kind of threw her into the wolves, Dunning

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SPRINGFIELD FOOTBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Dillion Fisher, Rafe Hutches, Levi Morris, Marshall Thornton, Andy Borunda, Keith Tate, and Dustin Turpin. Middle row, l-r, Kyle Thompson, E.J Gallegos, Austin Batterton, Chase Brady, Evan Waters, Ross Dunlap, Justin Self, Garrett Casper, and Assistant Coach Willard Goff. Back row, l-r, Assistant Coach Nate Cooper, Johnny Reed, Nick Ley, Ryan Traver, Collin Loflin, J.J. Loflin, Justin Westphal, Dallas Reynolds, Robert Quick, Lonnie Born, Chase Krinard, Tayte Page, and Head Coach J.J. Quick.

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Like their Baca County rival Walsh, the Springfield High School football team has been a consistent participant in the Class 1A 8-man state playoffs over the last several years. Just a year ago, the Longhorns fell to eventual state champion Dayspring Christian in the state quarterfinals, 21-6, and saw their season end with a 9-2 record. There will be a new face directing the Longhorns this year. J.J. Quick, a Longhorn assistant the last four years, will take over the program for longtime coach Doug Hutches.

horns must replace the rest of effectively in order to win in the backfield and both ends in this league. what was a very potent of2012 SPRINGFIELD fense. FOOTBALL The front runner for the Fri., Aug. 31 at Boise quarterback position is senior Justin Westphal, who played City, Ok., 6:30 several games at the position a Fri., Sept. 7 HOEHNE, year ago when Michael Crane 7:00 was injured. Sophomore Ross Fri, Sept. 14 at Fowler, Dunlap shows some potential 7:00Fri., Sept. 21 HOLLY, there as well. 7:00 Quick hopes to find a runFri., Sept. 28 at Cheyning back or two among senior Collin Loflin, Johnny Reed, enne Wells, 7:00 and freshman Rafe Hutches. Fri., Oct. 5 GRANADA, We are a little concerned about our tight end position and the depth at that position, saidQuick. Between senior Chase Kinard, Johnny Reed, and sophomore Evan Waters, we hope to find a couple of ends. 7:00 Fri., Oct. 12 at Wiley, 7:00 Fri., Oct. 19 at Walsh, 7:00 Sat., Oct. 27 Cross Division Game, TBA Sat., Nov. 3 1st round playoffs, TBA Sat., Nov. 10 State quarterfinals, TBA Sat., Nov. 17 State semifinals, TBA Sat., Nov. 24 State championship, TBA

With 28 boys out for the Springfield lost most of their skill position athletes but do team this year, Quick should return an exceptionally strong have some numbers to pick group of linemen to lead the from. Ryan Traber and Tate Page way. will add some depth to an alBoth Dallas Reynolds, a ready tough group of linemen. 510 235-pound guard and deEven with 28 out, we are a fensive tackle and Johnny little concerned about our (J.J.) Loflin, a 511 200-pound depth, as we have several linebacker and fullback will young kids out, Quick said. anchor a very tough defensive Our defensive front should be unit. extremely tough and Collin The coachs son, sophomore Robert Quick, at 62 225 pounds, played a lot on the defensive line a year ago as well. So there will be plenty of size for Springfield this year. Loflin will be a tough linebacker for us. We will have a lot of the same offense, because it has worked so well for us in the past, but we are definitely going to add a few new wrinkles along the way as well.We Other than Loflin, the Long- have to be able to run the ball

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HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Springfield volleyball moves up to 2A

By Dick Peecher The Lamar Ledger

The only school in the area affected by CHSAAs two-year re-classification was Springfield. The Lady Longhorns, like their basketball teams this coming winter, will move into Class 2A this year. The Springfield football team was unaffected by the re-classification. After last appearing in the state tournament in 2007 and 2008, the Lady Longhorns made it back to state last year. Though they didnt advance out of pool play, it was a spectacular year for them. Second-year head coach Chantel Hall sees no reason for a letdown either. I expect us to be right back at the state tournament, she said. We definitely have the talent, and if we have the right frame of mind and attitude we should be there. The Lady Longhorns certainly have enough players returning from last year. Springfield returns three of their top four hitters and will have no shortage of firepower at the net. Leading the attack will be 60 junior Taylor Konkel. She will be joined by senior hitters K.K. Orlowski and Kiri Ricker, who has a great vertical jump. Ricker is fighting an arch problem right now and may miss a little time at the beginning of the season. Senior A.J. Mondragon returns as the setter and senior Bre Stafford returns at libero. So, the Longhorns have a lot of pieces in place. With only 13 girls out this year, depth may be an issue, but Crane feels like she has some excellent young girls looking for time on the varsity roster. Junior Madi West will be solid, while sophomores Koby Mondragon and Whitney Westphal are very athletic. Freshman Brittani Shettron has looked very good in early practices as well. Springfield will compete in a district that will include Crowley County, Hoehne, Las Animas, and Swink, among others. Getting bumped up into 2A isnt all that bad for us, said

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SPRINGFIELD VOLLEYBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Larkin Meltabarger, Brittney Shettron, and Kylan Robins. Middle row, l-r, Kallysa McGeary, Kiby Mondragon, Breanna Hendricks, and Whittney Westphal. Back row, l-r, Assistant coach Jennifer Leathers, Bre Stafford, Kaylean Orlowski, Taylor Konkel, Adrienne Mondragon, Madi West, Kira Gentzler, and Head coach Chantel Hall.

Crane. We will have a lot more competitive matches that will prepare you for the end of the season. We didnt have that last year. Though we only have four 2A matches this year, it is a good start for us. We still will play some of the better 1A teams like Eads and Wiley, so our schedule will test us. 2012 SPRINGFIELD VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULEThurs., Aug. 30 at Eads, 4:00 Sat., Sept. 1 at Hoehne, 1:00 Tues., Sept. 11 at Kim, 4:00 Thurs., Sept. 13 CLAYTON, N.M., 4:00

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

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WALSH FOOTBALL TEAM: Front row, seniors, l-r, Jordan Jones, Clay Seemann, Josh Forgey, Terrell Stafford, and Tyler Sharpe. Back row, l-r, Halbert Alvarez, fr.; Cristian Alvarez, jr.; Dreydon Smith, fr.; Stetson Loader, soph.; Chaz Hebberd, jr.; JD Chenoweth, soph.; Dax Doyle, soph.; Rene Salcido, jr.; Titus Sharpe, soph.; Chase Mundell, jr.; Luke Loflin, soph.; Austin Calzada, soph.; Jahsiel Calzado, jr.; CJ Houser, fr.

Walsh program has voids to fill


By Dick Peecher The Lamar Ledger

The Walsh High School football team has been a part of the Class 1A 8-man state playoffs for the last three years. Even though they lost four key seniors, coach Ronny Tate feels his team has a chance to be part of the state playoffs again this season. Advancing to the state quarterfinals each of the last three seasons, Walsh narrowly missed advancing to the semifinals a year ago, when they had to travel to Norwood for a second consecutive year and just lost out at the end in a nail-biting game, 29-28. The loss was the second straight year that Walsh was eliminated from the state playoffs by the Mavericks. The Eagles ended the season with a 9-2 record. Leading the way for Walsh will be one of the best pairs of running backs in the state in seniors Terrell Stafford and Tyler Sharpe. Both players were first-team selections to the Arkansas Valley All-Conference team. Both have excellent speed, while Sharpe provides the tough yards inside, and Stafford is capable of going the distance on every run with his elusive moves on the outside. Both are big, strong backs capable of breaking multiple tackles. The Eagles will have good depth on the line as well, with junior Chaz Hebberd and Josh Forgey returning up front, along with both ends in Chase Mundell and Jordan Jones. Starting linebacker from a year ago, Clay Seemann will be directing the offense from the quarterback position. J.D. Chenoweth also adds some depth at quarterback. Titus Sharpe, a sophomore guard, and Rene Salcedo have gained Tates interest in early practices on both the offensive and defensive lines. Christian Alvarez will provide some speed on the outside for the Eagles. He just seems to have a sixth sense of where the ball is going, said Tate about his senior defensive back. Alvarez might also get some time at receiver as well.

We have 19 kids out this year, so I was pretty happy with that number, added Tate. I was a little concerned about our line, but they have really looked good so far in practice. Looking at the picture in this years league, Tate said. It will be a tough league. We dont know much about Cheyenne Wells, who is moving into our league, but we know Granada returns a lot and will be tough. Of course, Springfield will have a very good line to build around. 2012 WALSH FOOTBALL Sat., Sept. 1 at Hoehne, 7:00 Fri., Sept. 7 BALKO, Ok., 6:30 Sat., Sept. 15 Haxtun at Cheyenne Wells, 1:00Fri., Sept. 21 WILEY, 7:00 Fri., Sept. 28 at Holly, 7:00 Fri., Oct. 5 CHEYENNE WELLS, 7:00 Fri., Oct. 12 at Granada, 7:00 Fri., Oct. 19 SPRINGFIELD, 7:00 Sat., Oct. 27 Cross Division Game, TBA Sat., Nov. 3 1st round playoffs, TBA Sat., Nov. 10 State quarterfinals, TBA Sat., Nov. 17 State semifinals, TBA Sat., Nov. 24 State championship, TBA

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Walsh volleyball looks forward to season

By Dick Peecher The Lamar Ledger

With only seven players on the roster a year ago, the Walsh High School Lady Eagles volleyball team struggled through a tough season. With 13 out this year, and an outstanding freshmen class, things are looking up. With only a single senior on this years team, the Lady Eagles will still be young but return a boatload of starters. The Eagles leading hitter from a year ago, junior Heidi Cogburn, has been moved to setter this season Senior Andi Hetrick will lead the attack at the net as an outside hitter. Juniors, Desirae Dubois and Ashlyn Smith will both be counted on for some solid hitting once the Lady Eagles get to that phase of the game. Second year head coach Alyssa Renquist is excited about her team. We have just been working so hard on fundamentals. We are not going to be a strong offensive team, so we have to be able to do a better job on our digging and passing than we did a year ago, said Renquist. We didnt set the ball very well either, so that is the reaPam Cogburn Courtesy photo son we moved Heidi (CogWALSH VOLLEYBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, DLanee Doyle, freshman; Mikayla Sharpe, sophomore; Karla Santoyo, freshman; and Montana Cook, freshman. Back row, lburn) to one of our setters. We have really been stressing r, Alexis Campbell, freshman; Heidi Cogburn, junior; Ashlyn Smith, junior; Andi Hetrick, senior; Desirae Dubois, junior; Ciarra Tate, freshman; and Laramie Loader, freshman. those things in our first couple of weeks of practice. ahead of us, but I feel like our Sat., Oct. 6 MANZANORenquist has two sopho- whole team and I are willing to LA, EADS, 10:00 mores out including Mikayla accept that challenge. Tues., Oct. 9 KIM, CHESharpe a returning starter 2012 WALSH RAW, 4:00 from a year ago. Karla Santoyo VOLLEYBALL transferred in from Vilas and Fri., Oct. 12 at Granada, will have to sit out the first Thurs., Sept. 6 5:00 nine games because of McCLAVE, SOUTH BACA, Tues., Oct. 16 at Stanton CHSAAs transfer rule. 4:00 County, 4:00 Sat., Sept. 8 Deerfield, The Walsh coach is also very excited about her five Holly at Deerfield, 9:30 MDT Fri., Oct. 19 SPRINGfreshmen, who had great sucThurs., Sept. 13 at Kim, FIELD, 4:00 cess a year ago in junior high. 5:00 Tues., Oct. 23 Districts at Alexis Campbell, Montana Fri., Sept. 14 at Wiley, higher seed Cook, Delany Doyle, Laramie 3:00 Fri. Oct. 26 Districts, Loader, and Ciarra Tate will Tues. Sept. 18 SOUTH TBA add some athleticism and BACA, 4:30 depth to a team on the rise. Fri. Nov. 2 Regionals, Fri., Sept. 21 WILEY, TBA They are a fun group to 5:00 work with, but we definitely Fri. Nov. 9 State tournaFri., Sept. 28 at Holly, need a couple of them to step ment, Denver Coliseum up for us to improve this sea- 5:00 Sat. Nov. 10 State tournason, Renquist said. We know Fri., Oct. 5 CHEYENNE ment, Denver Coliseum that we have a big challenge WELLS, 5:00

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