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Lamar Ledger Spring Sports 2012

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LAMAR LEDGER SPRING SPORTS, FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012
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Spring sportspreview 
Lamar’s Branson Jennings
, asenior, returns as the startingcatcher for the second straight yearfor the Savages baseball team.
John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger
LAMAR BASEBALL
Savages return nucleus on diamond
By Reporter
The Lamar Ledger
 With the loss of only two startersfrom last year’s team, veteran Lamar High School baseball coach Dave Fas-siotto has some high expectations for this year’s season.Lamar is coming off a 17-7 recordlast year. The Savages rode a 12-game winning streak into the Class 3A statetournament held in Greeley, Colo.Lamar won its first game of the dou-ble-elimination state tournament with a 6-3 victory over Bennett before losingto Eaton, 9-0, and to Hotchkiss, 5-1. This season, the Savages are off a 6-2start and ranked No. 8 in the Class 3A state ranking by the Denver Post. The Savages won their first fivegames against Alamosa (25-3), Flor-ence (10-3), Weld Central (8-4), PuebloCentral (10-6) and Pueblo Centennial(28-3) before losing to defending Class2A state champion Rye (10-9).Lamar opened Tri-Peaks LeagueEast Division play against the rival La  Junta Tigers on Friday, March 30 at Merchant’s Park. The Savages won the first game, 9-3,before losing the second game in gut- wrenching fashion, 2-1. The loss wasthe first league setback for Lamar in 29games.Despite the loss to La Junta, CoachFassiotto hopes his team learns from it and keeps their focus on hopefully big-ger things to come.“We return guys who have seen a lot of action and bring back a lot of experi-ence,” he said. “The nice thing is that  we have depth. We have guysthat we can movearound who arepretty versatileplayers.”Lamar pitchingstaff will feature Thomas Fierro, senior right hander; Jordan Sena, a senior left hander; Isiah Marti-nez, a senior right hander;Casey Fassiotto, a junioright hander; Kelby Fassiotto,a junior right hander; and Jor-dan Jara, a sophomore right hander.“Pitching is going to be one of assets,said Fassiotto. “I think we’re pretty deep with our pitchingthan we were last year. We’ve got four guys who can start at any-time.”Senior Branson Jennings returnsfor his second season as the startingcatcher and his experience will be a  valuable asset to how the pitching staff performs this season.“Branson is our anchor and it’s niceto have a veteran behind the plate,
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LAMARBASEBALLSCHEDULE
VARSITY
Tues., Apr. 10
— at St. Mary’s, 11:45
Sat., Apr. 14
— at Dolores Huerta,1:00
Tues., Apr. 17
— DOLORES HUERTA,4:00
Fri., Apr. 20
— TRINIDAD, 4:00
Sat., Apr. 28
— at Ellicott, 11:00
Sat., May 5
Cross-divisionalplayoff, 1:00
Sat., May 12
— District tournament(higher seed), 10:00
May 18-19
— State tournament,Greeley 
May 25-26
— State tournament,Greeley 
Junior KelbyFassiotto
returnsas one of severalplayers who canplay differentpositions on thefield for the LamarSavages baseballteam.
John Contreras
TheLamar Ledger
LAMAR TRACK
Lamar has mix of youth, experience
By John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger
 The Lamar High School track teamsstart the season with another large turn-out.Lamar head coach Austin Wertz wel-comed a total of 70 athletes for this year’s teams including 23 female ath-letes and 47 male athletes. With a mix of youth and experience, Wertz said it’s too early to see how things will shape up.“It takes about two or three meets toreally see what events the kids fit in,”said Wertz. The Lamar girls and boys teams got the season off to a great start as they swept the team titles in their own Lamar Invitational on March 24 and the Bur-lington Invitational on March 31.Hopefully it is a preview of what may unfold for the rest of the season.“We’ve had some very good perform-ances from both our girls and boys andthey’ve did a fantastic job,” said Lamar head coach Austin Wertz. “So far, I’vebeen pleased.” The Lady Savages ran away with theteam title in the 2012 Lamar Invitationalheld on a near perfect day at Savage Sta-dium. Wertz said at the beginning of theseason that he felt the relays weregoing to be the strength of the girlsteam.His prediction has held true to formso far.Lamar won the 400, 800, 1,600, and800 medley relays in the Lamar meet and won the 40, 800, and 1,600 at Bur-lington. The 400 relay is comprised of Sydney Crist, sr.; Mykinthia Ebron, jr.; Ashley Snyder, soph.; and Chelsea Vallejos,soph. The 800 relay includes senior Ga-brielle Hammer, sr.; Jordan Schwartz, jr.; Regina Westhoff, soph. and Vallejos.Running the 1,600 relay have beenCrist; Taylor Wertz, soph.; Payton Kee,fr.; and Vallejos. The 800 sprint medley includes Ham-mer, Schwartz, Lauren Tinnes, soph.,and Vallejos.In the sprint events, freshman Ashley Snyder has been a pleasant surprise inthe 100 and 200 dash. In the Lamar meet, she won the 100 and finished sec-ond in the 200. In Burlington, she swept 
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Lamar Track,
pg. 2
ChelseaVallejos,
asophomore, isa member of four relay teams lookingto enjoy success for theLady Savagestrack team thisseason.
John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger
LAMAR TRACKSCHEDULE
Sat., Apr. 7
— at Limon, 8:00
Tues., Apr. 10
— at Yuma, 9:00
Fri., Apr. 20
— at La Junta, 11:00
Sat., Apr. 28
— at Straburg, 9:00
Sat. April 28
— at Springfield (JV),9:00
Tues., May 1
— at Garden City, 1:00
Thurs., May 3
— at Swink, TBA
Sat., May 12
— Tri-Peaks Leaguemeet, La Junta, 10:30
May 17-19
— State meet, Lakwood
The Lamar Ledger
 
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LAMAR LEDGER SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW, FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012
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LAMAR
Lamar Track
from page 1
LAMAR GIRLS SOCCER
Lady Savages have24 out for team
By John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger
amar girls soccer coach Joearbert welcomed 24 playersout for this year’s team. The roster will include fiveseniors, five juniors, ninesophomores, and five fresh-men. The seniors include Shelby Aguilera, Amy Aumus, Ratna alkan, Daniella Villasenor,and Alyssa Loveland. Juniors on the team includeCheyenne Figueroa, Bridget opez, Lucy Madric, Laura ueda, and Kayla Saldana.Sophomores are Geni Var-gas-Soto, Marta Atencia, Me-lissa Bastain, Theresa Butler,Shaile Taylor, Cierra Medina,Sabrina Montoya-Sandoval,Wendy Galan (from Gra-nada), and Micah Salcedo.Freshmen players includeireya Aguirre, Gabriela Gonzalez, Emily Pritchett,eighton Martin (fromcClave) and Malea Orozco.Playing midfielders will beAguilera, Villasenor, Figue-roa, and Vargas-Soto.Defenders include Ausmus,Aguirre, Pritchett, and Mar-tin.Playing forwards are Mal-kan, Lopez, and Madrid.Goal keepers are Orozcoand Loveland, and Rueda.Lamar is playing its secondyear at the varsity level andit’s been a tough start for theady Savages. The team is 0-6 but Harbert hopes his team can turn it around looking at the secondhalf of the season.“We’ve played a pretty tough schedule so far andhaven’t won a match,” saidarbert. “But this team isworking hard and has a goodattitude. Our record is nogood, but the girls are a joy tobe around.”
John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger
Lamar’s Hector Morales
, a senior, will lead the Savages in the shot put this season.
both events. Audrey Parker will lead La-mar in the 100 hurdles andLauren Tinnes in the 300 hur-dles.In the throwing events,sophomore Allison Sena andCrist will lead the way in theshot put while Summer Eber-hardt and Sena will lead the way in the discus.Payton Kee will carry theLady Savages in the 1,600 runand senior Susie Lira in the800 run and the 3,200 run.In the jumping events, sen-ior Gabrielle Hammer will becompeting in the high jump;sophomore Sarah Blain in thelong jump and triple jump; andsophomore Regina Westhoff in the triple jump. The Lady Savges also hadsix individual place second in-cluding Snyder in the 200dash; Audrey Parker, sr., inthe 100 hurdles; Tinnes in the300 hurdles; Crist in the shot put; Summer Eberhart, soph.,in the discus; and Hammer inthe high jump.
For the Lamar boys,
sophomore Josh Davis, junior  Anthony LaTour seniors No-lan Anderson and Davis Hag-gard and freshman Rey Lir will lead the way in the dis-tance events.Senior Anthony Holdrenand junior Dakota Jara willpace the Savages in the 110and 300 hurdles.Freshman Justevin Coberly,sophomore Horacio Maldona-do, and senior Erik Niesch-burg will carry Lamar in thesprint events.In the throwing events La-mar will be led by seniors Tony Herrera, Hector Mo-rales, and Julian Carrillo and junior Chris Hicks.In the jumping events willbe junior Josh Aguilera in thehigh jump; junior DevanteKemp in the long jump; Cober-ly in the long jump and triple jump; and freshman Hector Al- varado in the long jump.In the relay events, Holdren,senior Erik Nieschburg; soph-omore Uriel Vasquez, andsophomore Horacio Maldona-do have comprised the 400 re-lay.Running the 800 relay havebeen Nieschburg, Aguilera, Vasquez, and Maldonado. The 1,600 relay includes An-derson, Binder, Holdren, and Vasquez and the 3,200 relay consists of Anderson, senior Philip Binder, senior DavisHaggard, and junior DaltonBray.
John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger
Mireya Aguirre
is a freshman seeing varsity playing time of theLamar girls soccer team.
LAMAR GIRLSSOCCER SCHEDULE
Sat., Apr. 7
— Lamar vs. Salida at Dolores Huerta, 11:00
Mon, Apr. 9
— RYE, 4:00
Wed., Apr. 11
— at Colorado Springs School, 4:15
Sat., Apr. 14
— at James Irwin, 11:00
Mon., Apr. 16
— COLORADO SPRINGS SCHOOL, 4:15
Thurs., Apr. 19
— at Trinidad, 4:00
Tues., Apr. 24
— FOUNTAIN VALLEY, 4:00
Thurs., Apr. 26
— at Rye, 4:30Sat., May 5 — VANGUARD, 12:00
Wed., May 9
— State tournament
Wed., May 12
— State tournament
Wed., May 17
— State tournament
Wed., May 19
— State tournament
Wed., May 22
— State tournament
GOMcCLAVECARDINALS!
Lamar Baseball
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said the Lamar skipper.In the infield, Martinez re-turns at shortstop when not pitching and junior Jamin Tate is back at third base.Filling the position at first base will be junior Kelby Fas-siotto and Jordan Jara at sec-ond base. The outfield returns intact and will feature senior Tylor  Jara in left field; junior KodiakRatzlaff in center field; and junior Casey Fassiotto returnsin right field.“Our infield and outfield will be solid, but we’ve got tokeep working to improvethrough the season,” said Fas-siotto.Reserves for Lamar will besophomores Payden Brene-man, Zach Ramsey, and GabeSalazar and freshmen BrenCrampton and Jake Specht.Fassiotto feels his team willbe the front runner to repeat as the East Division champi-ons, but he said anyone canget beat on any given day. That was proved against La  Junta.
“The nice thing is that wehave depth. We have guysthat we can move aroundwho are pretty versatileplayers.”
Dave Fassiotto
Lamar High School baseball coach
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HOLLY
HOLLY TRACK HOLLY BASEBALL
 Wildcats under new coach
By John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger
 With the retirement of long-time head coach Bruce Roup,the Holly High School base-ball team will be under theguidance of new coach Casey Hines.Hines isn’t new to the pro-gram after serving as a volun-teer assistant in 2010 and asthe assistant coach in 2011.He brings vast experienceand knowledge of the game tothe Holly program.Hines played four years onthe varsity for the La Junta High School Tigers as an out-fielder, infielder (shortstop),and pitcher.He then played for two years at Otero Jr. College andfrom there went on to play one year as an infielder at North- western Oklahoma State Uni- versity.Hines went on to play two years in the Colorado Semi-Pro Baseball League as an in-fielder.“It feels good to finally bethe head coach of a baseballteam,” he said. “I’m excited.” With a new athletic complexunder construction on the Hol-ly School grounds, the team will play their home games inGranada this season. The team also has beenpracticing on a field on the west end of Holly which is not regulation.“It’s been a little stressfulnot having a regulation field topractice on,” said Hines. “But  we’re making it work.” Hinesinherits a team that lost somekey players to graduation.“We had a lot of seniors onthe team last year and most of them were dominant playersin our league,” he said. “Now, we’re just trying to find somenew players to fill positions.”Hines will be looking at anentire new pitching staff as well as filling spots at secondbase, shortstop, and severalpositions in the outfield.Holly has 18 candidates out for this year’s team includingfive seniors, four juniors, four sophomores, and five fresh-man. The pitching staff for the Wildcats will include threeseniors: Stetson Rushton, Fa-bian Rodriquez, and Tanner Barth. Hines will also look to juniors Alex Rodriquez and Jo-seph Parker; sophomore Ed-die Rodriquez; and freshmenColby Salisbury and Oscar Calderon to seed duty on themound.“We’ve got a lot to work todo with our pitching,saidHines. “We don’t have a domi-nant arm like we did last year in All-State pitcher RichardHernandez. But we’ve got kids who can throw 30 or 40 pitch-es and just need to see whocan throw strikes.” Junior Sy Donaldson and Jo-seph Parker will handle thecatching duties behind homeplate The infield will be solid be-hind Tanner Barth at firsbase; Eddie Rodriquez at sec-ond base; Alex Rodriquez at third base; and sophomore Ja-son Barth at shortstop. Also seeing work in the in-field will be sophomore Drew  Thompson as well as Bailey Kennedy, Oscar Calderon,Haydden Humburg, and Ma-son Pierce, all freshmen.“I think our infield is goingto be pretty good,” said Hines.“Obviously, I’m going to havea lot of passion with the in-field. If we can make the rou-tine plays, that leads to spec-tacular plays.”Hines will have a number of players to choose from in theoutfield.Freshman Colby Salisbury has been tabbed as the starter in left field. Rotating in center field will be seniors Fabian Ro-driquez and Stetson Rushtonand sophomore ChristianOrozco in center field. Playingin right field will be junior Por-ter Salisbury. Seniors JesusSanez and Billy Dennis addsome depth in the outfield. Asked about the offense,Hines said, “We don’t have a lot power, but what we’ve got is speed and guys who canmake contact. If we can put the ball in play and put pres-sure on the defense, I think we’ll be okay.”Serving as assistant coaches will be Neil Thompson andBenny Kennedy.Holly will compete in Class1A District 3 with Baca Coun-ty, Granada, Eads, Springfield,Cheyenne Wells, and Manza-nola. The top two teams advanc-ing out of the District 3 tourna-ment will qualify to an eight-team regional/semifinal tour-nament on Saturday, May 12in Denver. The state champi-onship game is set for May 19in Denver.
John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger
ophomores Manuel Tarango and Ashlyn Hess
return as twoof the top performers for the Holly track teams.
Wildcats making strides in track
By John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger
Under the guidance of headcoach Catherine Hodgson, theolly High School girls andboys track team has madesome strides. The Wildcats qualified a to-tal of eight athletes to the inau-gural Class 1A state meet a year ago and brought hometheir fair share of state hard-ware.Manuel Tarango madesome noise as a sophomore inthe distance races.He finished second in the1,600 run to senior Tyler Bare-la of Sierra Grande. Barela rana time of 4:50.66 and Tarango’stime was 4:52.22.In the 3,200 run, Micahate, a junior from Pikes Peak,won the state championshipwith a time of 10:36.06, whilearango ran a time of 10:47.47. Another state placer return-ing will be sophomore Ashlyness, who placed seventh inthe 3,200 run as a freshman.Holly’s 400 meter relay teamalso placed fourth at the statemeet last year and returns twomembers of that team in sen-ior Kenzi Tefertiller and Hess.Hodgson, who heads intoher fourth year as the headcoach, has seven girls and 18boys out for this year’s team.She said some of the topgirls returning will include Te-ertiller, Hess, sophomoresSheridan Rushton and Lacearnell, and freshman Hannahalma. Tefertiller will compete inthe long jump, shot put, discusand relays.Hess will run the 3,200 runas well as competing in thejumping events and relays.Rushton will compete in the800 run, triple jump, highjump, and relays.Darnell will compete in thethrowing events as well ascompeting in relays.Kalma will compete in the800 run, triple jump, and re-lays.Besides Tarango, the Holly boys team returns two stateplacers in senior Robert Dar-nell and sophomore Jason Bar-th.Darnell was ninth in the3,200 run and Barth finishedeighth in the 100 dash. Tarango, Darnell, and Barth will also run in relays.Other contenders for the Wildcats will be senior StetsonRushton (800 run, triple jump,and relays) and sophomoreDrew Thompson (100 dashand relays).
John Contreras
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Holly senior Stetson Rushton
will be one of the pitchers takingto the mound for the Wildcats this season.
HOLLY BASEBALL SCHEDULE
Tues., Mar. 27
— at Granada, 3:00
Tues., Apr. 3
— at Baca County, 3:00
Tues., Apr. 10
— Baca County at Granada, 3:00
Fri., Apr. 13
— at Eads, 3:00
Mon., Apr. 16
— at Cheyenne Wells, 3:00
Thurs., Apr. 19
— County Line Rivals at Wiley, 3:00
Tues., Apr. 24
— at Springfield, 3:00
Fri., Apr. 27
— at Manzanola, 3:00
Tues., May 1
— District first-round, 4:00
Fri., May 4
— District semifinals, 10:00
Sat., May 12
— Regionals, Denver, TBA
Sat., May 19
— State championship, TBA
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HOLLYTRACKSCHEDULE
Sat., Apr. 7
— at Limon, 9:00
Thurs., Apr. 12
— at Rolla,Ks., 2:00
Sat., Apr. 14
— atLonghorn Invitational,Springfield, 10:00
Tues., Apr. 17
— atJohnson, Ks., 2:00
Sat., Apr. 28
— atSpringfield Invitational, 10:00
Thurs., May 3
— atCheyenne Wells, 10:00
Sat., May 5
— at Class 1AUnofficial State Meet, Limon,9:00
Fri., May 11
— Tri-LeagueMeet, Lamar, 10:00
May 17-19
— Class 1Astate meet, Denver JeffersonCounty Stadium

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