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WINTER
SPORTS
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Featured teams:
Lamar, Wiley, Holly, McClave, Granada, Eads, Walsh, and Springfield
LAMAR WINTER SPORTS 2010, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010 . 1

WILEY
WILEY BOYS BASKETBALL

Panthers look to turn corner


Robin Prosser Courtesy
WILEY BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Omar Ayala, Matthew Aguilera, and Wil Wollert. Middle row, l-r, Keaton Turner, Zach Kaps, Alex Mullins, and Zlade Melton. Back row, l-r, Taylor Wilson,
Patrick Gonzales, Kody Wallace, Kaleb Herrera, Zac Perdue, Preston Claybrook, and Erick Marquez.

Panthers look to turn corner


Ledger Staff Report

The only coach in the area


doing triple coaching duty is
Wiley’s Brian Dunning. Who
coaches both the girls and
boys high school teams along
with the junior high boys.
With only one gym at Wiley
it makes for long days for
Dunning and his assistant
coaches, Greg Spitzer and Mi-
chelle Wallace.
The intense but enthusiastic
Dunning welcomed 14 boys
out for this year’s season.
Wiley graduated two sen-
iors from a team that went
6-14 last season. Despite the
subpar record, the Panthers
were competitive and lost sev-
eral close games along the
way. The season ended for Wi-
ley with a 51-48 loss to Spring-
field in the first-round of the
Class 1A District 3 tourna-
ment.
Wiley returns three starters
from a year ago in 6-2 senior
Zac Perdue, 6-0 senior Taylor
Wilson, and 6-0 sophomore
Cody Wallace.
Dunning is looking at sen-
iors Preston Claybrook and
Wil Wollert as well as sopho-
more Matt Aguilera to be the
rotation that opens the season.
The Wiley coach is hopeful
that some of his younger play-
ers might move up as the sea-
son progresses. Robin Prosser Courtesy
WILEY SENIOR BASKETBALL PLAYERS: Wil Wollert, Zac Perdue, Preston Claybrook, AND Taylor Wilson.
Dunning said his team will
try to slow it down again and
play games at the pace they Go
want. He will mix up his de- GET SET FOR BEST OF LUCK Wiley
fenses between man-to-man
and a couple of different A GREAT YEAR ALL SEASON! Panthers!
zones.
WILEY PANTHERS!
WILEY
“We just have to go to
work,” he said. “It is going to
PANTHERS
take us a while and we will be
a work in progress.”
HAVE FUN
Dunning added, “We want
to continue to improve AND A GREAT
throughout the season and
hope to be playing our best SEASON
basketball in February when
districts roll around. The only Lamar
WILEY
meaningful games of the sea-
son come then and we hope to PANTHERS!
Savages
be playing well at that time.“
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Lamar wrestlers return


LAMAR WRESTLING

seven state qualifiers

John Contreras The Lamar Ledger


LAMAR WRESTLING TEAM: Front row, l-r, Colin Mahanay, Marco Mungaray, Dakota Jara, Chris Johnson, Eric Pinon, Jordan Jara, and Bailey Spitz. Middle row, l-r, Kyle Monson, Jason Terrell, Parker
Wurst, Remington Stocking, Zeb Harvey, Lane Fleshman, Javier Becerra, Julian Carrillo, and Chris Flippin. Back row, l-r, Isaac Moreno, Cesar Serrana, Gabe Salazar, Luis Esparza, Tyler Jara, Isaac Lyons,
Michael Niedens, Darrian Adame, Emilio Carrillo, and Tanner Hasser. Not pictured Michael Sandoval, Erik Nieschburg, Tyler Trout, Rodney Wilson, Chris Hicks, Jorge Jimenez, Luis Jimenez, Erick Pultz,
Derrick Adame, Jason Francis, Hector Morales, Gerardo Soto, and Noah Hernandez.

By John Contreras ment and four who have won as follows: 1. Berthoud, 2. Ala-
The Lamar Ledger state medals. We also have sev- mosa, 3. Valley, 4. Centauri, 5.
eral others that have varsity ex- Lamar, 6. Olathe, 7. La Junta, 8.
perience. So we should be in Strasburg, 9. Hotchkiss, and 10.
Lamar fans can look for an-
pretty good shape.” Salida.
other successful season for the
The Savages will be bol-
Savages wrestling team.
stered by seven returning state
LAMAR WRESTLING
The Savages are coming off a
qualifers including three state SCHEDULE
second place finish in last year’s Thurs., Dec. 2 - ROCKY
placers from a year ago. FORD, 6:00
Class 3A state tournament held The most notable returnee
at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Sat., Dec. 4 - at Rocky Ford
will be senior Darrian Adame, a tournament (V), 9:00
Centauri won the state team three-time state placer. He
title with a 157 points and La- Sat., Dec. 4 - at Goodland, Ks.
placed sixth as a freshman, was tournament (JV), 9:00
mar followed with a 132.5 third as a junior, and finished Tues., Dec. 7 - at Baca County
points. second at 135 pounds last year. (JV), 6:00
Lamar qualified 11 wrestlers In the finals Adame lost by pin Thurs., Dec. 9 - TRINIDAD (JV/
to the state tournament and had to senior Cahlen Keys of Cen- V), 6:00
six bring home state hardware. tauri who capped his prep ca- Sat., Dec. 11 - at Pueblo West
The Savages advanced four reer with a 31-0 record. Keys tournament (JV), 9:00
to the championship finals but won a state title at 130 pounds Tues., Dec. 14 - PUEBLO
suffered some bitter disappoint- as a junior and was second as a John Contreras The Lamar Ledger COUNTY (JV/V), 6:00
ment as they were unable to sophomore and fifth as a fresh- The Lamar High School wrestling team opens the 2010-2011 season with seven returning state- Thurs., Dec. 16 - at Florence
come through with a state man. (JV/V) 6:00
qualifiers from a year ago. The group includes, l-r, Remington Stocking, Zeb Harvey, Darrian Adame,
champion. Adame finished his season Tylor Jara, and Emilio Carrillo. Not pictured Michael Sandoval and Derrick Adame. Sat., Dec. 18 - at Holly
tournament (JV), 9:00
“It was a disappointment how with a 37-6 record.
Adame’s younger brother Sat., Jan. 8 - LAMAR
we finished in the finals, but we Sandoval wrestled at 112 last year were Erik Nieschburg at sac Lyon, and freshman Chris INVITATIONAL, 10:00
ran up against some solid wres- Derrick, a junior, was fourth at year and came with one match 152 and Tanner Hasser at 160. Flipin will compete for the varsi- Thurs., Jan. 13 - BURLINGTON
tlers,” said Eddy. “We had a 119 pounds in his first appear- from reaching the medal round Nieschburg, a junior, missed ty spot at 160. (JV/V), 6:00
good season last year. We fin- ance at the state tournament at state and capped the season part of the season with an injury Erik Nieschburg is moving Sat., Jan. 15 - at Walsh
ished second in the state tour- and finished the season with a with an 18-12 record. Sandoval, last year. up to 171 pounds and Emilio tournament (JV), 9:00
nament but we were never 27-13 record. Sat., Jan. 15 - at Pueblo
who placed fourth at state as a Looking at this year’s lineup, Carrillo and Tylor Jara will
ranked that high all season. So Emillio Carrillo had a good Centennial tournament (V),
sophomore, will look to end his Coach Eddy said the Savages wrestle off for the varsity slot at
we were pleased with what our season in his first year out for 9:00
prep career this year with state will have a 103 pounder for the 189 pounds.
wrestling as a junior. Compet- Tues., Jan. 18 - at Las Animas
kids accomplished.“ hardware. first time in awhile in freshman Junior Gerardo Soto will
ing at 189 pounds, Carrillo won (JV), 6:00
The biggest void to fill will be Stocking competed at 130 Eric Pinon. wrestle at 215. Senior Michael
his first two matches of the Thurs., Jan. 20 - at La Junta
that of graduated seniors Josh last year and went 1-2 in the Sandoval is expected to re- Niedens and juniors Hector (JV, V), 6:00
state tournament by pinfalls be-
Jaime, Pat Martinez, and Able fore losing a 13-2 major deci- state tournament. As a junior, turn to the 112 pound weight Morales and Jason Francis will Sat., Jan. 22 - at Canon City
Ortega. All finished second in sion to eventual state champion he finished the year with a class while Kyle Monson, a battle it out for the spot at Hwt. tournament, 9:00
the state tournament at 125, Clint Meyer of Salida. 21-19 record. state qualifier two years ago, is This year, the Savages will Jan. 28-29 - at Garden City
215, and Hwt. Respectively. In his first appearance at vying for the spot at 119. look forward to hosting the Tri- tournament
Carrillo lost his next match
“We graduated some good by a close 3-2 decision and in state, freshmen Zeb Harvey ran Moving up in weight classes Peaks League Tournament on Sat., Jan. 29 - at Florence
seniors,” Eddy said. “But we’ve up against some tough compet- will be Derrick Adame at 130, Feb. 5 and will be closer to tournament (JV), 9:00
his match for fifth place lost by
got some kids coming back iton and went 0-2 to cap his sea- Remington Stocking at 135, and home when this year’s Class 3A Tues., Feb. 1 - at Liberal,
a pin. He finished the season Kans., (JV/V), 5:00
with a lot of wrestling experi- with a 22-11 record. son with a 26-14 record. Darrian Adame at 140. Region 3 Tournament will be
Sat., Feb. 5 - Tri-Peaks League
ence that should make for a fun Also competing in the state In his first trip to state as a Bailey Spitz and Parker held in La Junta on Feb. 11-12. tournament, Lamar, 9:00
year.” tournament last year were Mi- sophomore Jara went 1-2 to fin- Wurst will fight it out for the The Savages enter the sea- Feb. 11-12 - Regional
The Lamar coach added, chael Sandoval, Remington ish the year with a 13-18 record. spot at 145 pounds. Zeb Harvey son ranked No. 5 in Class 3A by tournament, La Junta, TBA
“We’ve got eight kids that have Stocking, Zeb Harvey, and Ty- Two wrestlers who were in will move up to 152 pounds Tim Yount of “On The Mat”. Feb. 17-19 - State tournament,
wrestled at the state tourna- lor Jara. the varsity starting lineup last while Tanner Hasser, senior Is- The preseason rankings are Pepsi Center in Denver.

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EADS
EADS GIRLS BASKETBALL

Lady Eagles hope


to return as contenders

Rhonda Uhland Courtsey photo


EADS GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM: Front Row: Dorian Ray, Leisha Peck, Anna Greaf, Natalya Weber, Alicia James, Kailyn Lane, Chelsea Crosby. Back Row: Kailey Lane, Meghan Buck, Bekah Hallman,
Emilee Weirich, Kenzy Kaleck, Marisa Dixon, Sheri Weber, Dena hallman, Paige Specht.

Ledger Staff Report Buck, Emily Weirich, junior Sat., Dec. 4 - at Crowley EADS SENIOR
Becca Hallman and freshman County, 2:00 BASKETBALL
The Eads High School girls Kailyn Lane. Weirich did not Fri., Dec. 10 - at Springfield, PLAYERS: L-R,
basketball team is coming off play a year ago due to a knee 4:00 Meghan Buck,
an 11-8 season a year ago. injury but could provide a real Sat., Dec. 11 - WALSH, 4:00 Kailey Lane,
The Lady Eagles finished scoring punch for the Eagles if Dec. 16-18 - at Lamar Holiday and Paige
fourth in the Class 1A Districtshe is able to play this year. tournament, TBA Specht.
2 tournament following a 37-35 “We have a lot of good Fri., Jan. 7 - KIT CARSON, 4:00 Rhonda Uhland
loss to Cheyenne Wells in the young players to work with,” Sat., Jan. 8 - STRATTON, 3:00 Courtsey photo
third place game. said Eder. “We want to be Sat., Jan. 15 - at Hi-Plains,
Trey Eder, a former Eagle more aggressive offensively 2:00
star in his own right, will di-this year and want to get the Fr., Jan. 21 - at McClave, 4:00
rect the girls program for his ball into the lane more and Sat., Jan. 22 - GRANADA, 3:00
second season. push the ball at the hoop. We
Thurs., Jan. 27 - WILEY, 4:00
With 17 girls out and three need to be able to handle de-
fensive pressure better this Fri., Feb. 4 - at Karval (Boys
veteran seniors in place, Eder only), 5:00
has the players to contend for year, and that is something we
have been working hard on. Sat., Feb. 5 - HOLLY, 4:00
the District 2 crown this sea-
son. They played quite a bit of bas- Thurs., Feb. 10 - at South Baca,
ketball this summer and I am Vilas, 4:00
The Lady Eagles return
three starters from a year ago hoping that helped us. I am re- Fri., Feb. 11 - at Cheraw, 4:00
in 5-6 senior point guard Kai- ally excited for the season to Thurs., Feb. 17 - at Genoa-
ley Lane, 6-2 sophomore post start.“ Hugo, 4:00
Makenzie Kaleck, and 5-10 In District 2, Eads will con- Fri., Feb. 18 - at Cheyenne
sophomore wing Marissa Dix- tend with the likes of Wells, 4:00
on. McClave, Cheyenne Wells, Kit Tues., Feb. 22 - District
The program was also bol- Carson, and Granada. tournament
stered with the addition of two Cheraw and Karval, also in Thurs., Feb. 24 - District
girls from Plainiview, one a District 2, will not field girls tournament
two-year starter for the Lady teams this year. Sat., Feb. 26 - District
Hawks in junior Natalie Web- tournament
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Lady Savages poised for new


hoops season They come from athletic fami-
By John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger lies. Taylor is the daughter of
my assistant coach Austin
Erik Melgoza enters his sec- Wertz and she competes at a
ond season at the helm for the high level in every thing she
Lamar Lady Savages basket- does. Chelsea of course comes
from a family of well known
ball team.
athletes in Lamar for years”
The Lady Savages gradu-
Some areas where Melgoza
ated four senior starters from
feels his team needs to im-
a team that finished third in
prove are free throw shooting
the Tri-Peaks League East Di-
and just understanding the
vision standings and compiled
game of basketball.
a 12-8 record. “A lot of times in the game
“Last year, I thought we had of basketball you’ve got to
a pretty good season,” said make decisions,” he ex-
Melgoza. “It was my first year plained. “I’m just not sure we
back and the kids needed a lot did that very well last year.”
of skill work and just under- Looking at the Tri-Peaks
standing the game. I felt like League, Melgoza feels his
our seniors did a nice job of team will be in the hunt.
adjusting on the fly. We pre- “Last year, we lost five
pared some of our younger games by two points,” he re-
girls to step up and play this called. “A 12-8 record could
year.““We have some spots to have easily been a 17-3 record.
fill but I think we’re going to St. Mary’s and Trinidad will be
be better,” he said. “We’re a tough on our side. After that,
lot faster and have a lot more we’ve got to see what hap-
speed. We’ve got a year of fun- pens.”
damentals underneath us. I LAMAR GIRLS BASKETBALL
feel like we played a good SCHEDULE
summer schedule with about Dec. 2-4 - JV at
30 games. We saw some really Springfield Tournament,
good teams in the Adams TBA
State College tournament. We Fri., Dec. 3 - at Burlington
learned a lot about ourselves (JV/V), 5:30
and about basketball.“Melgoza
welcomed 22 players out for
Dec. 9-11 - at La Junta
baskeball including five sen-
Shootout (V), TBA
iors, four juniors, five sopho- Fri., Dec. 17 - ST. MARY’S
mores, and eight freshman. (C/JV/V), 4:00
Three starters return from Thurs., Jan. 6 - at La John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
last year’s team and will be Junta (C/JV/V), 4:00 KEY PLAYERS returning for the Lady Savages basketball team will be, l-r, Sydney Crist, Whitney Crown, and Susie Lira.
paced by Whitney Crown, a Sat., Jan. 8 - at Ellicott
5-10 senior wing/post; Sydney (C/JV/V), 2:00
Crist, a 5-7 junior post; and Su- Mon., Jan. 10 - HOLLY (C-
sie Lira, a 5-3 junior point
team), 4:30
guard.
Melgoza will also look to Fri., Jan. 14 - TRINIDAD
Clairissa Winsor, a 5-9 senior (C/JV/V), 4:00
post; Gabrielle Hammer, a 5-8 Sat., Jan. 15 - GUYMON,
junior wing; and Naerissa OK., (JV/V), 2:00
Strossner, a 5-8 senior post, to Sat., Jan. 15 - C-team at
see considerable varsity play- Chris Cook tournament,
ing time. La Junta
Chelsea Vallejos, a 5-7 fresh- Fri., Jan. 21 - JAMES
man guard, is expected to see IRWIN (C/JV/V), 4:00
varsity action as well as Taylor
Wertz, a 5-6 freshman guard.
Sat., Jan. 22 - at Dolores
Shay Spitz, a 5-11 sopho-
Huerta (JV/V), 1:00
more post, is expected to Fri., Jan. 28 - at St.
come off the bench and give Mary’s (C/JV/V), 4:00
the Lady Savages some depth Sat., Jan. 29 - at Alamosa
under the glass. (JV/V), 2:00
“Whitney is a player that Mon., Jan. 31 - WILEY (C-
we’re really looking at to team), 4:30
score,” Melgoza said. “Clairis- Tues., Feb. 1 - LA JUNTA
sa should take care of the in- (C/JV/V), 4:00
side for us. We’ve kind of ad-
justed our offensive scheme a Thurs., Feb. 3 - at
little to fit her and some other Trinidad (C/JV/V), 4:00
girls. Sydney is probably one Mon., Feb. 7 - at Holly, (C-
of the better defensive players team), 4:30
in the league as a sophomore. Fri., Feb. 11 - ELLICOTT
We’re trying to get an offen- (C/JV/V), 4:00
sive game to go with her de- Sat., Feb. 12 - at James
fensive ability.” Irwin (C/JV/V), 1:00
“Hopefully those three girls
will be our nucleus along with
Tues., Feb. 15 -
Susie at point guard,” he said. DOLORES HUERTA (JV/V),
“I’m looking to Gabrielle to do 5:30
some good things for us. She’s Thurs., Feb. 17 - PEYTON
another outside threat and can (C/JV/V), 5:30
shoot the ball. It’s just a matter Sat., Feb. 19 - District 1st
of her getting some confi- round, TBA
dence and believing in her- Tues., Feb. 22 - District
self.” 2nd round, TBA
Melgoza will be counting on
some freshman players to con-
Feb. 25-26 - District at John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
tribute in a hurry.
Pueblo Central LAMAR GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM: First row, l-r, Naerissa Strossner, Whitney Crown, and Madison Dorenkamp. Second row, l-r,
“Chelsea is just a natural Mar. 4-5 - Regional Taylor Wertz, Sydney Crist, Susie Lira, and Audrey Parker. Third row, l-r, Sarah Blain, Katie Tecklenburg, Abbie Reed, Courtney
athlete,” he said. “She and Mar. 10-12 - State Samuels, and Mykinthia Ebron. Fourth row, l-r, Nathasha Carrillo, Nichole Hernandez, Gabrielle Hammer, Shay Spitz, Summer
Taylor are exciting to watch. tournament, Ft. Collins. Eberhardt, Chelsea Vallejos, and Lauren Tinnes.

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EADS BOYS BASKETBALL

Rhonda Uhland Courtsey photo


EADS BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Kyle Crow, Brison Crow, Caynen Hanson, Jeremy Frank, Daniel Ortega, Jose Ramos, Kody Lane, and Logan Smith. Back row, l-r, Weston Crow, Logan
Crawford, Joseph Blodgett, Cory Miller, Garrett Crowover, Keagan Gonzales, Remington Brandt, and Daniel Weirich. Not pictured Jeremiah Ardilla and Tyler Harris.

Eagles to be directed
by brand new coach
Ledger Staff Report

It will be a rebuilding year


of sorts for first year head
coach Justin McLoud at Eads
High School this winter.
McLoud is no stranger to
Eads as he has assisted both
the girls and boys programs
over the last couple of years.
McLoud and his coaching
staff welcomed 18 boys out
this year, several more than in
years past.
“We have more numbers
out than in years past, so that
is a good first step for us,” he
said.
Last season, Eads squeaked
past McClave, 49-47, to claim
the District 2 championship.
The following week, Eads
competed in the Southern Re-
gional or Sweet 16 at Otero
Junior College in La Junta
where the Eagles kept their
season alive with a 33-32 victo-
ry over Sierra Grande.
In the Class 1A state tourna-
ment held in Pueblo, Eads fell
in the quarterfinals to eventual
state runner-up Otis, 46-33.
The Eagles rebounded with a
35-28 victory over Creede and
then defeated Stratton, 52-41, Rhonda Uhland Courtsey photo
to capture the fifth place tro- RETURNING EADS PLAYERS from last year’s fifth place state team include, L-R, Keagan Gonzales, Logan Crawford, Kyle Crow, Weston Crow, Logan Smith, Cory Miller,
phy and cap the season with a and Remington Brandt.
15-12 record.
Eads graduated three sen-
iors from last year’s teams and
McLoud returns two starters
McLoud is no stranger
to Eads as he has
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Looking ahead to the sea-
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suffered an injury during the
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LAMAR BOYS BASKETBALL

Savages seek improvement


after dismal season
Ledger Staff Report

Coming off a 5-15 season


coach Scott Dorenkamp and
his assistant coaches are look-
ing for improvement for his
Lamar Savage basketball team
this year.
The Lamar boys begin with
a tough road schedule as they
won’t be home until after
Christmas.
On the bright side, 45 boys
reported out for basketball,
showing that there is genuine
interest in the program.
The Savages only return
two starters in senior Aaron
Westhoff and sophomore
Branson Jennings. Doren-
kamp did have a host of re-
turning players that saw con-
siderable action last year in
seniors Jonathan Adame, Ryan
Choat, Cory Fassiotto, and
Jarded Smartt. Junior Isiah
Martinez saw time with the
varsity as well. Dorenkamp is
excited about the return of Mi-
guel Vega after the semester
break.
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
Dorenkamp likes the team
LAMAR BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Hunter Frederick, Casey Fassiotto, Jamin Tate, Kimo Muro, Jon Godinez, and Kodiak Ratzlaff. Middle row, l-r, Chandler
chemistry that is present so Hill, Isiah Martinez, Coy Mahanag, Josh Aguilera, and Nolan Anderson. Back row, l-r, Anthony Holdren, Branson Jennings, Thomas Fierro, Kaden Pierson, Logan
far this season, feeling that it Robinson, and Dillon Slough.
is a definite strength. After
scrimmages with Granada and
Rocky Ford, he knows that de-
fensive rebounding is an area
of needed improvement.
“I want this team to run
when the opportunity presents
itself, but we want to control
the ball. We just don” have the
horses to run the ball like we
would like.” he said. “Defen-
sively, you will see us mix
things up a bit; we would like
to press a little bit and fall
back into a zone. You will see
us doing some half court man
defense as well. We would like
to keep our options open.“
“The one area where we re-
ally need to improve on from
last year was our consistency,”
said Dorenkamp. “We were so
up and down last year, not just
from game to game but from
half to half as well. That is
something we work on and
talk about everyday,”
“Our league is going to be
really balanced I think, but
Dolores Huerta and James Ir-
win, right now, look to be the
teams to beat,” added the vet-
eran coach.
The Denver Post preseason
poll for Class 3A boys: 1. Faith
Christian; 2. Kent Denver: 3.
Eaton; 4. Jefferson Academy;
5. Brush; 6. The Pinnacle; 7.
Valley; 8. Pagosa Springs; 9. John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
Rifle; 10. Weld Central. LAMAR SENIOR BASKETBALL PLAYERS: Front row, l-r, Jonathan Adame and Ryan Choat. Back row, l-r, Zeke Aguilera-Ybarra, Cory Fassiotto, Miguel Vega, Austin Smartt,
LAMAR BOYS Aaron Westhoff, and Jared Smartt.
BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
JV, V), 4:00 Sat., Jan. 15 - GUYMON, OK., JV, V), 4:00 Mon., Feb. 7 - at Holly, (C- JV, V), 5:30
Dec. 2-4 - JV at Springfield Sat., Feb. 19 - District 1st
Tournament, TBA Thurs., Jan. 6 - LA JUNTA (C, (JV, V), 2:00 Sat., Jan. 29 - at Alamosa (JV, team), 6:00
JV, V), 4:00 V), 2:00 round, TBA
Fri., Dec. 3 - at Burlington (JV, Sat., Jan. 15 - C-team at Chris Fri., Feb. 11 - ELLICOTT (C, JV,
Sat., Jan. 8 - at Ellicott (C, JV, Cook tournament, La Junta Mon., Jan. 31 - WILEY (C-team), V), 4:00 Wed., Feb. 23 - District 2nd
V), 5:30 round, TBA
Mon, Dec. 6 - at Wiley (C-team), V), 2:00 Fri., Jan. 21 - at James Irwin (C, 6:00 Sat., Feb. 12 - JAMES IRWIN (C, Feb. 25-26 - District at Pueblo
6:00 Mon., Jan. 10 - HOLLY (C- JV, V), 4:00 Tues., Feb. 1 - at La Junta(C, JV, V), 1:00 Central
Dec. 9-11 - at La Junta team), 6:00 Sat., Jan. 22 - DOLORES JV, V), 4:00 Tues., Feb. 15 - at Dolores Mar. 4-5 - Regional
Shootout (V), TBA Fri., Jan. 14 - at Trinidad (C, JV, HUERTA(JV, V), 1:00 Thurs., Feb. 3 - TRINIDAD(C, JV, Huerta (JV, V), 5:30 Mar. 10-12 - State tournament,
Fri., Dec. 17 - at St. Mary’s (C, V), 4:00 Fri., Jan. 28 - ST. MARY’S (C, V), 4:00 Thurs., Feb. 17 - PEYTON (C, Ft. Collins.

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EADS WRESTLING

Eagles to field young team

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Ledger Staff Report
the Eagles wrestling program. taking over the program. ton. The rest of the teams in Fri, Dec. 17 - at Las Animas, 6
the Southeastern Regional will p.m.
Uhland has six wrestlers out “We’re young and don’t
After some losses to gradua- Sat., Dec. 18 - at Holly
for the team including one re- have any seniors so it will be a include Baca County, Calhan, Christmas tournament, 9:30
tion, the Eads High School turning state qualifier. season of growing,” he said. Cheyenne Wells, Colorado Sat.. Jan. 8 - at Lamar
wrestling team will be short on
The team will be comprised “The kids we have in the room D&B, Crowley County, Hano- tournament, 10:00
numbers heading into the
of junior Tyrone Moore at 112, are coming along and working ver, Holly, Kiowa, Las Animas, Sat., Jan. 15 - at Walsh
2010-2011 season.
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SCHEDULE Sat., Feb. 5 - at Crowley County
nament.
Dustin Uhland, a former
omore Justin Lenox at 215.
Lenox is the lone returning
wait and see what develops as
the season progresses.“ Sat., Dec. 4 - at Cheyenne
Wells tournament, 9:00
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GRANADA
GRANADA GIRLS BASKETBALL

Young team hopes experience,


hard work pays dividends
By John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger

Last year was another tough


season for a young Granada
High School girls basketball
team.
After failing to win a game
two years ago, the Lady Bob-
cats could only muster one
win last season.
It’s been a test of patience
for second year head coach
Carlos Huerta but he feels the
day will come when the hard
work his girls are putting in
will pay dividends and turn the
program around.
“I thought we played well
defensively last year, but our
downfall was not being able to
score and putting the ball in
the hoop,” said Huerta. “We’re
definitely going to need some-
body to pick up the scoring.”
If it’s any consolation, Gra-
nada does plays against some
of the best competition in the
state.
Last year, Huerta had only
one senior on the roster. Once
again, he will have only one
senior on the team in guard
Amanda Esquibel.
The rest of the roster in-
cludes three juniors, seven
sophomores, and five fresh-
man. John Contreras The Lamar Ledger

Joining Esquibel will be KEY PLAYERS returning for the Granada girls basketball team include front row, l-r, Amanda Esquibel and Alyssa Sigala. Back row, l-r, Ariana Yanez, Marlena Rojas,
sophomores Abby Hopper Veronica Jimenez, and Abby Hopper.
(post), Veronica Jimenez
(wing), Marlena Rojas (wing), and Ariana Yanez, a sopho- pair to lead the team by exam- just one senior we’re lacking roster will be juniors Rebecca Because of their lack of
and Alyssa Sigala (guard) who more forward, to see plenty of ple. that senior leadership. It Gomez and Amanda Salgado; height with their tallest player
all saw significant playing time varsity playing time. seems like we’ve always been sophomores Kristina Alm and standing at 5-6, Huerta said his
“I have six players who saw Paveola Perez; and freshman
a year ago. young with only one or two team will have to utilize their
Esquibel and Rojas will be a lot of playing time last year, Tallie Harmon, Chanel Tirado,
seniors returning.” quickness and play strong de-
Huerta said he also expects the captains of the team this so it’s not like we’re starting Kirby Vanderpool, Darcy Wid- fense.
Kyreth Tirado, a junior guard, year and he’ll count on the over,” said Huerta. “But with Rounding out the team’s ener, and Dalia Yanez.

“I thought we played
well defensively last
year, but our downfall
was not being able to
score and putting the
ball in the hoop,”
— Head coach
Carlos Huerta.

Tonya Kemp Courtesy photo


GRANADA GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Alyssa Sigala, Amanda Esquibel, Veronica Jimenez, and Chanel Tirado. Middle row, l-r, Head coach Carlos Huerta,
Dalia Yanez, Kirby Vanderpool, Ariana Yanez, Paveola Perez, and Rebecca Gomez. Back row, l-r, Abby Hopper, Darcy Widener, Tallie Harmon, Marlena Rojas, Kristina
Alm, Amanda Salgado, and Assistant coach Tori States.

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WALSH
WALSH BOYS BASKETBALL

Pam Cogburn Courtesy photo


WALSH BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM: L-R, Rene Salcido, Cullin Hair, Chaz Hebberd, Tanner Thompson Weston Meardon, Jordan Jones , Ethan Sharpe , Jonathon England, Chris Cook, Cody Alton , Nathan
Ramirez, Jahsiel Calzado, Chase Mundell, and Laken Alley. Not pictured Jackson Meardon.

Eagles favored to
win district title
Ledger Staff Report his fourth year at the helm and sophomore Jordan Jones, and
returns four starters from a junior Ethan Sharpe to all be a
Renquist added, “The suc-
cess of our football team really
team that compiled a 14-8 re- part of the rotation for Walsh. transfers to basketball, I think.
One of the top basketball cord a year ago. Renquist really likes some They have learned how to win
teams in Southeastern Colo- of his younger players and there. This district is wide
Renquist will turn to senior
rado last year was the Walsh feels they could add depth by open. We are going to play
Laken Alley, junior Jonathan
Eagles, who advanced to the the end of the season. tough man defense, deny ev-
England, and junior twin
Class 1A regional round and “We are not very big, but we erywhere, and try to create
brothers Jaxon and Weston
nearly made a trip to the state must do a better job of scoring some offense with our de-
Meardon to lead the way for
basketball tournament. inside this year,” said Renqu- fense.“
the Eagles.
ist. “We have been more of pe-
A narrow loss to Ouray pre-
Senior Laken Alley Alley, a blur on the court, rimeter team in the past, so we Walsh competes in District
vented that dream from hap-
returns as one the main was the leading scorer for are trying to do a few things 3 which also includes Spring-
pening.
cogs for the Walsh boys Walsh a year ago. Renquist differently this year to get field, Holly, Wiley, Kim, South
basketball team. Ryan Renquist, heads into looks for senior Chris Cook, some easier buckets inside.“ Baca, and Manzanola.

WALSH GIRLS BASKETBALL

New coach to guide Lady Eagles


Ledger Staff Report

The Walsh High School


girls basketball team is com-
ing off an 8-12 record a year
ago.
The Lady Eagles saw their
season end with a tough 43-42
loss to South Baca in the first
round of the Class 1A District
3 tournament held at LCC
Wellness Center.
The Lady Eagles hope to
contend in what is projected to
be a balanced District 3 field
this coming basketball season.
Lance Turner, a longtime
boys coach, will take over the
reins of the girls program this
season.
Turner will stress funda-
mentals with his girls, who
have been working out for two
weeks now.
“Defense, defense, defense
will be the name of the game Pam Cogburn Courtesy photo
for us,” said Turner, in looking WALSH GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM: L-R, Taylor Gruber, Eva Fehr, Ashlyn Smith, Andie Wray, Desirae Dubois, Susie Fehr, Alexa Gerber, Heidi Cogburn, Andi Hetrick,
at this year’s team. “We really Randi Timmons, and Megan Miller.
want to cut down on our un-
forced errors this season. Our
main focus will be to work on
improving the way we play de-
PLAYERS
KEY
BEST OF HAVE A GREAT
returning for SEASON
fense and our rebounding.“
The Lady Eagles, with 12
the Walsh
Lady Eagles
LUCK WALSH
girls out this year, will be led
by their leading scorer from a
basketball
team will be,
WALSH EAGLES!
year ago in 5-9 senior Alexa
Gerber.
l-r, Taylor
Gruber, EAGLES!
A strong Walsh volleyball Susie Fehr,
team was dealt a crippling and Alexa
blow when senior Sage Gerber.
Pam Cogburn
Thompson went down with a Courtesy photo
knee injury toward the end of
the season. Thompson will be
unable to play this year as a re-
sult of that injury.
Fellow seniors Susie Fehr
(5-10) and Taylor Gruber (5-4)
will also provide leadership for
the Lady Eagles. Others vying EAGLES NEST
AG SERVICES
for playing time on the varsity 103 East Santa Fe
team will include freshman 269 East Santa Fe
right spot a lot of times last hard o be more consistent Kim, the defending Class 1A Walsh, Co.
Heidi Cogburn and sopho- year,” said Turner. “But we shooters this year.“ state champions as well as Walsh, Co.
more Andi Hetrick. weren’t able to knock shots The Lady Eagles will com- Springfield, Holly, Wiley,
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GRANADA
GRANDA BOYS BASKETBALL

Tonya Kemp
Courtesy photo GRANADA BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM: Front ro, l-r, Antonio Huerta, Fabian Tovar, Cruz Vega, Juan Morales, Saul Pizarro, Traegon Marquez, and Miguel Martinez. Back row, l-r, Assistant
coach John Hopper, Kolby Palmer, Caleb Harris, Omar Martinez, Brady Rink, Tanner Grasmick, Bryan Gonzales, and Head coach Manuel Gonzales.

Bobcats hope to build from last year


and contribute.
By John Contreras
Three seniors will led the
The Lamar Ledger way for the Bobcats and will
include Traegon Marquez, a
5-9 guard; Omar Martinez, a
Last year was billed as a re-
6-2 forward/post; and Miguel
building season for the Gra-
Martinez, a 5-10 forward.
nada High School boys basket-
Kolby Palmer, a 5-10 sopho-
ball team.
more forward, also saw some
Granada veteran coach varsity playing time last year.
Manuel Gonzales lost one sen- From there, Gonzales will
ior starter from a team that lean towards some young play-
compiled a 10-9 record. The ers including Brady Rink, a
Bobcats saw their season end 5-11 junior post; Bryan Gonza-
in the first round of the Class lez, a 5-9 sophomore guard;
1A District 2 tournament in a Saul Perez, a 5-8 sophomore
57-43 loss to Eads, who went guard; Caleb Harris, a 6-0
on to finish fifth in the 1A state sophomore post; Antonio
tournament. Huerta, a 5-10 sophomore
“I thought we played well post; and Tanner Grasmick, a
last year,” said Gonzales. “We 5-10 sophomore forward.
beat some good teams and Rounding out the roster is
lost some close games to Fabian Tovar, a 5-9 sophomore
some good teams. I think the guard; Juan Morales, a 5-7 jun-
thing that we lacked last year ior guard; and 5-10 forward
was our outside shooting and Cruz Vega, the lone freshman
that kind of hurt us.” on the team.
Gonzales hopes the experi- “I like what I see,” said Gon-
ence his players gained last zales. “I have three really good
year will pay dividends. seniors and they can play the
With only 13 players out for game. Now, I’m trying to find
this year’s team, Gonzales will two kids who can play with
have to count on some under- them and give us a strong
classmen to be ready to step in starting five. You also have to
have a bench and I think our

Go
bench is going to be very
strong this year.”
Gonzales added, “I think
we’ve got some good outside
shooters and we’re going to be

Bobcats! decent inside. I’ve got four


kids who can play inside. We
got some size and we’ve got
some experience there. So I
think we’re going to be a team
to contend with this year.”
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
Gonzales feels that the Dis-
trict 2 race will be balanced KEY PLAYERS returning for the Granada Bobcats include, l-r, Traegon Marquez, Omar Martinez, and Miguel Martinez.
this year with the likes of
McClave, Eads, Kit Carson, and No. 2 teams from District Dec. 2-4 - at R.L. Ballard Tuesday, Jan. 11 - Fri., Feb. 11 - KIM, 3:00
Cheyenne Wells, and Cheraw. 7 (Stratton, Flagler, Simla, tournament, Springfield/Vilas, MANZANOLA, 5:00 Tuesday, Feb. 15 - GRANADA,
He also expects some chal- Pikes Peak Christian, Hilltop TBA Fri., Jan. 14 - SOUTH BACA, 4:00
lenges from District 3 foes like Baptist, Hanover, Genoa- Tues., Dec.7 - CHEYENNE 4:00 Fri., Feb. 18 - at Manzanola,
Walsh, Springfield, Wiley, Hugo, Elbert, Edison, Deer WELLS, 4:00 Fri., Jan. 21 - at Walsh, 4:00 5:00
South Baca, and Holly. Trail, Colorado D&B, and Fri., Dec. 10 - at Granada, 4:00 Sat., Jan. 22 - KIT CARSON, Tues., Feb. 22 - District
“We’re going to be competi- Agate). Sat., Dec. 11 - at Holly JV 3:00 tournament
tive, no doubt about it,” con- The winners of the two tournament, TBA Fri., Jan. 28 - SPRINGFIELD, Feb. 24 and 26 - District
cluded Gonzales.Looking at games in each regional are the Dec. 16-18 - at Lamar Holiday 4:00 tournament
the regionals this year, the No. state qualifiers. Tournament, TBA Fri., Feb. 4 - at Wiley, 4:00 Tues., Mar. 1 - Round of 24
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SPRINGFIELD
SPRINGFIELD GIRLS BASKETBALL

Penny Self Courtsey photo


SPRINGFIELD GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Kiri Ricker, Alyssa Dunlap, and Paige Kelley. Middle row, l-r, Riley Beebe, Adrienne Mondragon, Bailey West, and Kaylean Orlowski. Back row, l-r,
Kelby Robins, Madi West, Tatelyn Compton, Morgan Turpin, Kelsey Reed. Not pictured: Trisha Garrett, Aubree Konkel, and Taylor Konkel.

Lady ’Horns to be guided


by a new head coach
SPRINGFIELD Ledger Staff Report “We want to push the ball
SENIOR and be aggressive on the de-
PLAYERS: Riley With a strong sophomore fensive end,” he explained.
Beebe and and junior class to support “But most of all, I want this
Paige Kelley. him, new coach Mark Ricker group to believe in them-
Penny Self will lead the Springfield girls selves. We can’t be dropping
Courtsey photo our head; we want to play our
basketball team heading into
‘A’ game every night. We are
the 2010-2011 basketball sea-
searching for the complete
son. He returns to head coach-
game.”
ing duties after a 12-year ab-
Besides Springfield, the
sence.
teams competing in District 3
Springfield is coming off an
include defending Class 1A
11-9 record a year ago. The
state champion Kim as well as
Lady Longhorns saw their sea-
state runner-up Wiley, Holly,
son come to an end when they
Walsh, South Baca, and Man-
were defeated by Holly, 50-34,
zanola.
in the first-round of the Class
1A District 3 tournament held SPRINGFIELD
at the Lamar Community Col- BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
lege Wellness Center. Dec. 2-4 - R.L. BALLARD
Springfield graduated three TOURNAMENT, Springfield/
seniors from last year’s Vilas, TBA
team.Ricker is currently look- Fri., Dec. 10 - EADS, 4:00
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ers to lead this year’s Lady only), 3:00
Longhorns. Dec. 16-18 - at Lamar Holiday
With only two seniors, Riley Tournament, TBA
Beebe and Paige Kelly, he will Fri., Jan. 7 - GRANADA, 4:00

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Fri., Jan. 21 - at Kim, 4:00
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SPRINGFIELD more; Kelby Robbins, a junior; Sat., Jan. 22 - at McClave,
4:00
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LONGHORNS! Tues., Jan. 25 - BOISE CITY,
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OK., 3:00
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Fri., Jan. 28 - at Holly, 4:00
Tues., Feb. 1 - at Stanton
contributed significantly.
County, Ks., 3:00
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Fri., Feb. 4 - at Kit Carson, 3:00
along with Beebe will anchor
Fri., Feb. 11 - at Wiley, 4:00
the post spots, while the oth-
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A long time junior high Tuesday, Feb. 15 - ELKHART,
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HOLLY
HOLLY GIRLS BASKETBALL

Lady Wildcats look to next


level of play
By John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger

The Holly High School girls


basketball team is coming off a
.500 season a year ago as the
Lady Wildcats compiled an
11-11 record.
In the Class 1A District 3 tour-
nament, Holly won its first-
round game against Springfield,
50-34, but lost in the semifinals
to eventual state champion Kim,
58-23. In the third place game of
the district tournament to stay
alive for the regional playoffs,
the Lady Wildcats saw their sea-
son game to an end with a
tough 38-34 loss to South Baca.
“After losing a lot to gradua-
tion the year before, I was pretty
happy with the season we had
last year,” said Holly coach Bry-
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ward to the experience we
gained last year to come
through this year.”
Holly coach Bryan Weimer
graduated two seniors from that
team but also lost the services of
an up and coming player in
freshman Haley Martinez, who
transferred to Las Animas.
Still, Weimer returns a nucle-
us of players that can make a
run this season.
Weimer welcomed 16 players
out for this year’s team and in-
cludes three seniors, four jun-
iors, two sophomores, and sev-
en freshman.
Leading the way for the Lady
Wildcats will be seniors Shelbie
Weeder and Delaine Garcia. John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
Weeder, a 5-9 post, is ex- HOLLY GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Lacey Darnell, Alejandra Tarango, Katharina Schmitt, Rhiannon Campbell. Middle row, l-r, Janet Cabral, Delaine Garcia,
pected to carry much of the load Brandi Thompson, Kayla Gutierrez, and Alexus Griego. Back row, l-r, Ashlyn Hess, Jackie Cabral, Sheridan Rushton, Shelbie Weeder, Kensie Simon, Jordan Fletcher, and
and is a versatile player, who av- Liberty Bollig..
eraged in double figures last
year. Garcia, a 5-4 guard, will
overlook us,“said Wiemer. “Our
run the show for the Lady Wild-
cats and plays solid defense.. girls are working hard and have
Weimer will also count on a good work ethic. We’ll be com-
some quality minutes from Kay- petitive.”
la Gutierrez, a 5-5 senior guard; HOLLY BASKETBALL
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sophomore post/forward.” tournament, Springfield/Vilas,
“Shelbie can do a little bit of TBA
everything,” said Weimer. Tues., Dec.7 - CHEYENNE
“She’s going to the focus of a lot WELLS, 4:00
of teams so we’re going to have Fri., Dec. 10 - at Granada, 4:00
to have some other girls step Sat., Dec. 11 - at Holly JV
up.” tournament, TBA
From there, Weimer said the Dec. 16-18 - at Lamar Holiday
team has a lot of guard type Tournament, TBA
players. Fri., Jan. 7 - at McClave, 4:00
“I’m expecting Delaine, Kayla, Mon., Jan. 10 - JV at Lamar
Brandi, and Kensi to be ready to “C”, 4:30
step into a bigger role on the Tuesday, Jan. 11 -
varsity,” Weimer said. “I also MANZANOLA, 5:00
have some good freshmen but I Fri., Jan. 14 - SOUTH BACA,
4:00
want to develop them at the jun-
ior varsity level and bring them Fri., Jan. 21 - at Walsh, 4:00
along slowly.” Sat., Jan. 22 - KIT CARSON,
3:00
Wiemer said that conditioning
Fri., Jan. 28 - SPRINGFIELD,
will play a big factor since he 4:00
doesn’t have a lot of depth due
Fri., Feb. 4 - at Wiley, 4:00
to the younger players.
Sat., Feb. 5 - at Eads, 3:00
“Conditioning is going be a
Thurs., Feb. 10 - CHERAW
big part of this team,” he said. (Boys only), 5:00
“We’re going to be a little thin
Thurs., Feb.10 - Walsh (Girls
with our depth.“ only), 5:00
Sizing up the teams in District Fri., Feb. 11 - KIM, 3:00
3, Wiemer thinks it will be bal- Tuesday, Feb. 15 - GRANADA,
anced. Defending district and 4:00
state champion Kim lost a lot of Fri., Feb. 18 - at Manzanola,
key players to graduation but do 5:00
return 6-0 senior Bailey Tues., Feb. 22 - District
McFreen to build around. Wiley tournament, LCC
returns some key players from a Feb. 25 and 26 - District
team that finished second last tournament, LCC
year. Walsh and Springfield Tues., Marc. 1 - Round of 24 John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
could also present a challeng- Sat., Mar. 5 - Sweet 16, Pueblo KEY PLAYERS returning for the Holly Lady Wildcats basketball team, l-r, Shelbie Weeder, Delaine Garcia, Brandi Thompson, and
e.“We have some high expecta- March 10-12 - State Kensi Thompson.
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SPRINGFIELD
SPRINGFIELD BOYS BASKETBALL

John Contreras The Lamar Ledger


SPRINGFIELD BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, John McCallum, Jordan Cash, Tayte Page, Collin Loflin, Bric Koehn, Chase Krinard, Levi Lease, Brody Ownbey, Johnny Reed, Brandon Maes, and
Colin Foos. Back row, l-r, Max Duncan, Zac Cooper, Michael Crane, Caleb Foos, Todd Hutches, Dusten Bradburn, Anthony Kinslow, Matt Self, Saul Baker, Brady Humphrey, and Michael Sanchez. Not
pictured: Brant Shettron and Bo Hutches.

Longhorns look to
take the next step
Ledger Staff Report

Coach Bob Schaller has


been with the Springfield boys
basketball program in a vari-
ety of roles.
He served several years as
an assistant with a very suc-
cessful coach and now athletic
director Richard Hargrove.
Schaller is now in his sec-
ond stint as the Longhorns
head coach.
The Longhorns are coming
off a 14-9 record a year ago
and Schaller would like noth-
ing more than to take the next
step.
With 24 boys out for basket-
ball, Schaller has lots of faces
to pick from. Four seniors will
be the foundation that he
hopes the Longhorns will
build from.
Matt Self, a 6-2 senior, was a
full time starter a year ago.
Part-time starters Max Dun-
can, a 5-10 senior; Bo Hutches,
5-9 senior; and Zac Cooper, a
5-9 senior; all saw plenty of
playing time a year ago.
Saul Baker, a 5-6 junior; Mi-
chael Crane, a 6-0 junior; and
Bric Koehn, a junior give
Schaller a good rotation to Penny Self Courtesy photo
build upon. SPRINGFIELD SENIOR PLAYERS: Max Duncan, Zac Cooper, Dusten Bradburn, Anthony Kinslow and Matt Self. Not pictured Bo Hutches.
“Our problem the last cou-
ple of years has been that mid-
season hump,” Schaller ex- kick those kids out of the gym with this group of athletes. I
plained. “We have started well, practically every night. I have am really excited.“ With 24 boys out for basketball, Schaller has lots of faces to
then stumbled during the mid- never coached a group like Springfield competes in Dis- pick from. Four seniors will be the foundation that he hopes
dle of the season and couldn’t them since I have been here. trict 3 which also includes
get it back. We have a wonder- With that dedication and de- Walsh, Holly, Wiley, Kim,
the Longhorns will build from.
ful junior class. You have to sire, I think we can make a run South Baca, and Manzanola.

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HOLLY
HOLLY BOYS BASKETBALL

Wildcats look to get over the hump

By John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger

For the past two seasons, the


Holly High School boys basket-
ball team headed in the post-sea-
son as the top team heading in
the District 3 tournament.
However, the Wildcats laid an
egg according to their coach
Shannon Rushton.
“It’s been two years in a row
that we’ve went into the district
tournament as the No. 1 seed
and laid an egg twice in the
semifinals,” said Rushton. “It’s
like facing a 1,000 pound gorilla
that’s still in the room that you
can’t get past. We want to
change that.”
After receiving a bye in the
first round of the district tourna-
ment, Holly squared off against
a Springfield team they had
played three times and beaten
twice.
Holly, however, lost a heart-
breaker in the district semifinals John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
to the Longhorns, 50-48. RICHARD HERNANDEZ returns
Looking to keep their season as one of a number of key
alive, the Wildcats fell to Walsh, players for the Wildcats
56-47, to see their season end basketball team.
with a 13-8 record. Holly was
ranked in the Top 10 for the first
time in several years and were
ranked as high as No. 7.
Rushton graduated the serv-
ices of some key seniors includ-
ing their big man in the middle
in 6-9 Chris Kirmer.
“We lost some good seniors
last year,” said the Holly coach.
“but we return a solid group of
kids that I think is going to give
us an overall better team con-
cept. It’s going to be a different
team this year”
Rushton has 19 players out in-
cluding six seniors, three jun-
iors, three sophomores, and sev-
en freshmen.
He will be counting a senior-
oriented team to carry the Wild-
cats over the hump.
Paving the way will be 6-5
senior forward Brandon Hess;
6-0 senior forward Richard Her-
nandez; and 6-1 junior guard
Stetson Rushton.
Rushton is also expecting
some good things on the court
from Estevan Hernandez, a 6-0
senior forward; Jace Massar, a
6-5 junior post; Rudy Pizarro, a
5-8 senior guard; and Tyler
Swopes, a 6-0 junior guard.
“Last year we would go into
games with Saul Gomez, Chris
Kirmer, and Michael Salgado to
score a lot of points for us,” ex-
plained Rushton. “This year we
don’t know where our scorers
are going to come from. We
know we’ve got guys who can
step up. Stetson was a good
scorer for us last year and
shoots the ball well from the pe-
rimeter. We’re going to rely on
his offense again this year.”
Rushton added, “Brandon is John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
going to be a force for us in the HOLLY BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Christian Orozco, Jason Barth, and Eddie Rodriguez. Middle row, l-r, Joseph Parker, Rudy Pizarro, Porter Salisbury, Tony
low post and he’s going to do a Vidal, and Chris Pizarro. Back row, l-r, Drew Thompson, Jose Cabral, Jeremy Brian, Stetson Rushton, Jace Massar, Brandon Hess, Tylor Swopes, Richard Hernandez, and
lot of good things for us. The Estevan Hernandez.
rest of our guys are good role
players. They’re a very unselfish
bunch and they work hard and be Jeremy Brian, a 6-2 sopho- Barth, and Drew Thompson trict 3, the Holly coach said it we,” he said. “Walsh is going to ally good young kids. It just
glad to be here. That makes my more post, and Porter Salisbury, could also see some varsity play- could be wide open this year. be an extremely tough team to comes down to who is playing
job a lot easier.” a 5-10 sophomore guard. Fresh- ing time. “Springfield and South Baca contend with. They’ve got some the best basketball towards the
Adding depth to the team will man Eddie Rodriguez, Jason Looking at the teams in Dis- lost a lot of seniors and so did really good seniors and some re- end of the year.

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BACA COUNTY
BACA COUNTY WRESTLING

Pam Cogburn Courtesy photo


BACA COUNTY WRESTLING TEAM: Bottom row, l-r, Terrell Stafford , John Loflin, Stetson Loader, Justin Westphal, and Laramie Mosley. Top row, l-r, Collin Sires, Tyler Sharpe, Frank Fehr, Jeff Welch,Clay
Seemann, and Josh Forgey.

Baca County to put


young team on the mat
By John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger

It was a young team that the


Baca County wrestling team
put on the mat a year ago.
The team will still be young
but Coach Bill Forgey hopes
the experience his wrestlers
gained last year will pay divi-
dends this season.
“We’ve got a real young
team again this year with a lot
of sophomores,” said Forgey.
“And for the first time, we’ll
have a 103 pounder. I don’t
know if we’ve had one since
I’ve been here. The only
weight we might not fill is at
215 pounds.”
Forgey has 15 out for the
team this year including four
state qualifiers.
Sophomore Terrell Stafford
returns as the lone state placer
after he finished sixth at 160
pounds in the Class 1A state
tournament.
Other returning state quali-
fiers include sophomore Clay
Seeman, sophomore Tyler
Sharpe, and junior Frank
Fehr.
Stafford won his first two
matches at state but lost by a
pin in 35 seconds to Holly’s
Mikey Lozano. He then fell by Pam Cogburn Courtesy photo
a 6-3 decision to senior Gabe STATE QUALIFIERS returning for the Baca County wrestling team, l-r, Frank Fehr, Tyler Sharpe, Terrel Stafford, and Clay Seeman.
Lerma of Burlington. In his
match for fifth place, Stafford
with an injury and returned to broken wrist said the Baca an 8-6 decision to Devin Hase match but lost his next to said that Fowler was assigned
lost to senior William Lutz of
the lineup just in time for the County coach. After losing his of Merino. Seeman completed matches by pins to end the to Region 2 while Limon and
Rocky Ford by a 5-2 decision
regional tournament. first match at state, Seeman the season with a 14-10 record. season with a 24-15 record. Peyton joined Region 4 this
and finished his freshman
Seeman competed in the won his next to matches but Sharpe competed at 145 Feher competed at 285 year.
campaign with a 16-9 record.
Forgey said that Stafford state tournament at 112 fell one match of advancing to pounds last year. In the state pounds. In the state tourna-
ment, Fehr lost his first two
BACA COUNTY
missed a month of the season pounds and wrestled with a the medal round when he lost tournament, he won his first WRESTLING
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LAMAR WINTER SPORTS 2010, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010 . 9

HOLLY
HOLLY WRESTLING

John Contreras The Lamar Ledger


HOLLY WILDCATS WRESTLING TEAM: Front row, l-r, Gustavo Marquez, Zxavier Martinez, Nick Hammes, and Brynden Burns. Middle row, l-r, Cody Elwin, Robert Darnell, Hayden Nordyke, Armando
Hernandez, Cole Burns, and Austin Palmer. Back row, l-r, Jace Nordyke, Sy Donaldson, Mikey Lozano, Saul Salgado, Tanner Barth, Billy Ortivez, and Head coach Lyndon Wagner.

Wildcats look for good season


By John Contreas
The Lamar Ledger “Our numbers are up
and I think that’s going
Holly wrestling coach Lyn- to help with the
don Wagner is expecting a competition in the
good season for the Wildcats.
wrestling room. The
The numbers are up from
13 to 16 wrestlers for this kids are going to have
year’s team. to be working hard to
“Our numbers are up and I earn that varsity spot.”
think that’s going to help with
the competition in the wres- — Wrestling coach
tling room,” said Wagner. Lyndon Wagner.
“The kids are going to have to
be working hard to earn that
varsity spot.”
the state tournament and
Wagner said they should be
capped his season with a 33-4
able to fill all the weights ex-
record. Last year, he was back
cept for 189 pounds and Hwt.
in the finals in the same
The Wildcats return five weight class but a state cham-
state qualifiers including three pionship eluded him for a sec-
who were state placers last ond time. He capped his soph-
year. omore year with a 27-4 record.
Leading the way will be sen- Lozano will move up to 171
ior Mikey Lozano and junior pounds this year and Darnell
Robert Darnell. will wrestle at 130 according to
Lozano is looking to cap his their coach.
prep wrestling career with a Nick Hammes placed sixth
state championship. He placed at 119 pounds in the state tour-
fourth as a freshman at 152 nament last year and finished
pounds. the season with a 27-12 record.
As a sophomore, Lozano The senior will move up to 125
won it all and captured a state pounds this season.
championship at 160 pounds. The other two state qualifi-
He capped his championship ers back for the Wildcats are John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
season with a 28-2 record. Jace Nordyke, a junior, and STATE QUALIFIERS returning for the Wildcats, l-r, Hayden Nordyke, Jace Nordyke, Mikey Lozano, Robert Darnell, and Nick Hammes.
As a junior, Lozano made Hayden Nordyke, a senior.
the finals again at 160 pounds Jace competed at 135
but in his bid to defend his ti- pounds last year and went 0-2 Have a great season
HOLLY
tle he fell by a 4-2 decision to in the state tournament and (103), senior Cody Elwin tournament, 9:00
senior Justin Smith of Paonia. ended the season with a 35-6 (135), senior Austin Palmer Sat., Dec. 18 - HOLLY
Smith was a state champion at record.
WILDCATS
(145), sophomore Sy Don- CHRISTMAS tournament, 9:30
152 pounds in 2009. Lozano Hayden competed at 140 aldson (152), junior Saul Sal- Sat.. Jan. 8 - at Lamar
ended the season with a 37-3 pounds last season and won gado (140), junior Tanner Bar- tournament, 10:00
record. his first match at state before th (152), and senior Billy Sat., Jan. 15 - at Scott City
“Mikey is looking forward he lost two matches to end the Ortivez (215) . tournament, 9:00
to his senior season,” said year with a 10-9 record. Sat., Jan. 15 - Holly JV at Walsh
Wagner. “He still feels like he Joining the team from Gra- tournament, 9:00
“The kids we’ve got coming
has some unfinished business. nada will be freshman Zxavier Thurs., Jan. 20 - Dual vs.
back are not only good lead-
He wants to go out with a Martinez (119), sophomore Wichita County in Holly, 5:00
ers, but the rest of the kids
bang and he works hard.” Brynden Burns (145), and Fri., Jan. 28 - Tri-meet at
look up to them,” said Wag-
freshman Armando Hernan- Cheyenne Wells, 6:00
“Since losing the champion- ner. “They make my job easier
dez (140). Sat., Jan. 29 - at Eads
ship last year, it’s really driven and they make the other kids tournament, 9:30
me to work harder,” said Loza- work harder. I think this can HOLLY WRESTLING Fri., Feb. 4 - Quad-meet at
no. “I want to finish my high be the best team we’ve had in SCHEDULE Swink, 5:00
school career as a two-time the three years that I’ve been Sat., Dec. 4 - at Cheyenne Sat., Feb. 5 - at Crowley County
state champion. I want another here.” Wells tournament, 9:00 tournament, 9:00
shot.” Also out for the team are Fri., Dec. 10 - at Ulysses, Ks. Feb. 11-12 - Regionals
As a freshman, Darnell fin- freshman Gustavo Marquez tournament, 3:00 Feb. 17-19 - State tournament,
ished second at 112 pounds in (112), freshman Cole Burns Sat., Dec. 11 - at Ulysses, Ks. Pepsi Center in Denver
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McCLAVE
McCLAVE GIRLS BASKETBALL

Changing of the guard


By John Contreras 5-9 senior post; Kelsey Thax-
The Lamar Ledger ton, a 5-8 junior wing, and Sara
Turner, a 5-7 sophomore wing. John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
KEY PLAYERS returning for the
New chapter begins for “Karlee and Melissa return McClave girls basketball team
McClave girls basketball pro- with the most experience,” will be junior Melissa
gram. said Stavely. “So, we’ll be Navarrette and Karlee Stuart.
counting on them a lot. Karlee
A new chapter begins this
is an all-around athlete and
season in the storied history of
can play every position and
the McClave High School girls
Melissa will run the show.
basketball program.
Sydney will be tough at the
A new head coach Dave Sta- post position and I’m looking
vely will take over the pro- for a good things from the
gram for former coach Dick Canfield twins as well as from
Peecher, whose contract was the rest of the girls.”
not renewed by the McClave
School Board. Stavely said his team should
be strong on the defensive
Stavely takes over a pro- side, but it’s offense that has
gram that Peecher built into a him a little concerned.
dynasty.
“The main thing we’re con-
Under his tutelage, Peecher centrating on right now is on
guided the Lady Cardinals to
offense,” he explained. “Last
nine appearances to the Class
year, they struggled scoring
1A state tournament over the
points. They always played ex-
past 10 years. In that run,
cellent defense and were in ev-
McClave won four state cham-
ery game with their defense.
pionships including three in a
row. The Lady Cardinals also But it really showed in the
were state runner-ups up twice state tournament that they
and placed third two times. couldn’t score. So, we’re really
working on our shooting, ball
Peecher led McClave bas- handling, and hopefully put-
ketball teams to a state-record ting in some offenses that
78 straight victories which in- might work.“
cluded 25-0 seasons in 2004,
2005, and 2006. His career re- “Last year was a disappoint-
cord at McClave was 224-22. ing end to the season and I
know Coach Peecher and the
Last year’s team is coming team wanted a rematch with
off a 22-3 record which by
Kim,” said Stavely. “Maybe
McClave’s standards was a
that was part of the problem
disappointing season.
and they may have overlooked
After a lopsided 48-18 loss Briggsdale. It was still an ex-
to Kim in the championship cellent year for them.”
game of the R.L. Ballard tour-
nament in early December, Stavely said that it should
McClave reeled off 20 straight be a balanced field in District
victories. 2 this year with some vastly
improved teams in Kit Carson,
In the state tournament, the Cheyenne Wells, Eads, and
Lady Cardinals fell in the first Granada. Cheraw will not field
round to Briggsdale, 45-43, a team this year.
and then lost to Fleming,
42-30, in the consolation semi-
finals to see their season come
to an end.
Stavely is no stranger to
McClave and last served as an
assistant coach to Peecher in
the 2008 championship sea-
son.
“It’s kind of a bittersweet
feeling to take over a program
that he created,” said Stavely.
“The job that he did here will
never be matched. His record
over the last 10 years is phe-
nomenal. I’m going to miss
him.”
Looking ahead to the sea-
son, Stavely said he’s excited,
“The girls have a great work
ethic because of Coach Peech-
er. I’m familiar with a lot of the
girls so I hope it’s an easy
transition.”
The Lady Cardinals gradu-
ated four players from last
year’s team and return two
starters.
Returning to lead the way
will be Karlee Stuart, a 5-8 sen-
ior wing, and Melissa Navar-
rette, a 5-3 junior point guard.
Looking to fill the holes left
by graduation will be senior
twin sisters Colby Canfield, a
5-9 post, and Shelby Canfield,
a 5-10 wing/post.
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
The new coach will also be
counting on Sydney Curley, a McCLAVE GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM: Bottom row, l-r, Kelsey Thaxton, Jordan Nolder, Melissa Navarrette, Maranda Coberley, Camie Idler, and Felicity Perales. Back
row, l-r, Sara Turner, Karlee Stuart, Colby Canfield, Shelby Canfield, Sydney Curley, Tausha Sniff, Sabrina Brewer, and Hillary Perales. Not pictured Danica Fleshman.

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McCLAVE
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Cardinals return entire starting five

John Contreras The Lamar Ledger


McCLAVE BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Dillan Kelley, Gabe Benabides, Jimmy Bencomo, Allen Stoeberl, and Zach Zamora. Back row, l-r, Javier Chacon, Dallas Newman, Riley Thorton, Cody
Canfield, Tate Mauser, Wacey Turner, Cristian Juarez, and Ashur Wiedrich.

By John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger

After heavy losses to gradu-


ation in 2009, the McClave
boys basketball team faced a
rebuilding year under new
head coach Shawn Randel.
To Randel’s surprise, a
young McClave team made
some big strides last season.
McClave lost some close
games in the post season as
they fell to Eads, 49-47, in the
District 2 championship game
and then saw the season end
with a tough 55-47 setback to
Walsh in the Southern Region-
al. The Cardinals ended the
year with a 9-14 record.
Randel returns all five start-
ers from last year and the Car-
dinals head into a new season
with high expectations.
“Last year was fun to coach
and watch the kids grow,” said
Randel. “We thought it was
going to be a rebuilding year
but they exceeded some ex-
pectations. We lost some
heartbreaking games at the
end but I think the kids
learned from it. So, it was a
fun year for us.”
Three seniors will carry the
load for the Cardinals behind
play maker Gabe Benabides, a
5-8 guard; Jimmy Bencomo, a
5-10 guard; and Wacey Turn-
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
er, a 5-11 forward.
That trio will be joined by McCLAVE BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM: KEY PLAYERS returning for the McClave boys basketball team will be, l-r, Jimmy Bencomo, Dillan Kelley, Cody Canfield, Wacey
sophomores Cody Canfield, a Turner, and Gabe Benabides.
6-5 post; Dillan Kelley, a 5-8
guard; Zach Zamora, a 5-10 will be Cristian Juarez, a 6-1 always good teams in South- field is going to be solid and Sat., Dec. 4 - MANZANOLA, Fri., Feb. 4 - CHEYENNE WELLS,
forward; and Ashur Wiedrich, freshman. east Colorado. I don’t think Walsh is a team that brings 4:00 4:00
a 5-7 guard. Heading into this season, we’re going to be overlooked back a lot of their players. Thurs., Dec. 9 - at Wiley, 4:00 Sat., Feb. 5 - at Walsh, 4:00
Randel will also welcome Randel knows that nothing like we were last year. It’s not They’re going to be athletic Sat., Dec. 11 - at Holly JV Fri., Feb. 11 - at Granada, 4:00
the return of Tate Mauser, a will come easy and his team often in basketball that you re- and they ended up beating us tournament, TBA
Sat., Feb. 12 - at Flagler, 3:00
6-4 junior post, who missed will have to be ready to come turn a whole team back. We last year to end our season. Dec. 16-18 - at Lamar Holiday
Tournament, TBA Thurs., Feb. 17 - WILEY, 4:00
last season with a foot injury. out and play every night. have a lot of work to do but I You can’t count out Kit Carson
“Our guys gained a ton of Fri., Jan. 7 - HOLLY, 4:00 Fri., Feb. 18 - at Kit Carson,
“The team we had last year think we’re going to be a pret- or Eads in our district. This is 4:00
experience last year,” he said. just a good area for basketball Sat., Jan. 8 -SOUTH BACA,
really doesn’t correlate with ty good and it will be interest- 3:00 Feb. 22, 24, 26 - Districts,
“Gabe is a great point guard ing.” and it’s tough to win around
the team we have this year,” Fri., Jan. 14 - at Cheraw, 5:00 Lamar
and a great kid to have the ball here.“
he said. “It’s the same kids but Randel expects to be chal- Sat., Jan. 15 - at Kim, 5:00 Tues., Mar. 1 - First 24, La
in his hands. The biggest chal-
different. It will be interesting lenged by the usual suspects. McCLAVE BASKETBALL Fri., Jan. 21 - EADS, 4:00 Junta
lenge for him this year is not
going to be his shooting or his to see how the pieces fit in the “Granada will be tough and SCHEDULE Fri., Jan. 28 - KARVAL, 4:00 Sat., Mar. 5 - Sweet 16, Pueblo
scoring, but how he distrib- puzzle. We have high expecta- Coach Gonzales always does a Fri., Dec. 3 - at Las Animas, Sat., Jan. 29 - at Wiley JV March 10-12 - State
utes the ball and being more tions for ourselves, but there’s good job,” he said. “Spring- 5:00 tournament Tournament, TBA
of a true point guard.”
“Jimmy worked a lot on his
shot this summer and he’s
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WILEY
WILEY GIRLS BASKETBALL

Lady Panthers look to make


another strong run
Robin Prosser Courtesy photo
WILEY RETURNING SENIOR
PLAYERS: Jodi States and
Tanner Campbell.

Ledger Staff Report

The Wiley High School


girls basketball team en-
joyed a taste of success at
the Class 1A state tourna-
ment last year.
The Lady Panthers ad-
vanced to the state champi-
onship game and brought
home the second place tro-
phy. It was the highest finish
ever in the school’s history
for a Wiley girls basketball
team.
The Lady Panthers were
seeded as the No. 6 team in
the state bracket and sur-
prised several teams on the
way to that runner-up finish.
In the first round, Wiley
upset No. 3 seed Fleming,
44-43. In the semifinals, the
Lady Panthers faced No. 7
seed Briggsdale, a team that
had knocked off No. 2 seed
McClave, 45-43, in the first
round.
Wiley came through with
another big victory as they
defeated Briggsdale, 37-34.
In the state championship
game, Wiley would face a fa-
miliar opponent in the Kim
Lady Mustangs, the No. 1
seed.
The two teams had played
against each other two times
with Kim winning those two
games, 61-21, and 52-24.
In the state finals, Wiley
played Kim tough before fall-
ing, 51-32. The Lady Pan-
thers capped the season with
a 22-5 record. Besides the
three losses to Kim, Wiley
lost twice to McClave.
The Lady Panthers lost
two key seniors from that
team, but the good news for
Wiley fans is that head coach
Brian Dunning returns a
good part of that nucleus for
this year’s team.
Dunning, who also dou-
bles as the Wiley boys head
coach, returns Tanner Camp-
bell, a 5-7 senior guard; Tay-
lin Spitzer, a 6-0 junior post;
and Jodi States, a 5-5 senior
guard from last year’s start-
ing unit.
The trio will be joined by
Teri Johnsen, a 5-9 sopho-
more; Erica Ragland, a 5-4
junior; and Kim States, a 5-5 Robin Prosser Courtesy photo
junior, who all saw consider- WILEY GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM: First row, l-r, Jodi States and Tanner Campbell. Second row, l-r, Kenya Almanza, Kim States, Bailey Dodson, Tanisha Graham, and
able playing time. Shelby Aguilera. Third row, l-r, Erika Ragland, Sabra Perdue, Amber Torrez, Sheleana Mangum, Jordan Sniff, Kelsey Paintin, and Jessica Millspaugh. Fourth row, l-r,
“This group has a good Maggie Schneider, Beth McDougal, Teri Johnsen, Taylin Spitzer, Desiree Daniels, and Tessa McDonald.
work ethic and we’ll have
good leadership in our two al depth on the varsity ros- to sneak up on anybody. Dunning added, “We have 1:00
seniors (Tanner Campbell ter. This year we will get the best a very balanced district and
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ger post players for addition- Dunning. “We are not going each and every game.” Sat., Dec. 11 - at Granada,
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