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LAMAR WINTER SPORTS 2010, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010 ...
WINTER
SPORTS
PREVIEW
The Lamar Ledger
S P E C I A L S E C T I O N
Featured teams:
Lamar, Wiley, Holly, McClave, Granada, Eads, Walsh, and Springfield
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LAMAR WINTER SPORTS 2010, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010 ...
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.
Dunning said his team will
try to slow it down again and
play games at the pace they
want. He will mix up his de-
fenses between man-to-man
and a couple of different
zones.
“We just have to go to
work,” he said. “It is going to
take us a while and we will be
a work in progress.”
Dunning added, “We want
to continue to improve
throughout the season and
hope to be playing our best
basketball in February when
districts roll around. The only
meaningful games of the sea-
son come then and we hope to
be playing well at that time.“
The race for District 3
championship should be inter-
esting as Wiley competes
against the likes of preseason
favorite Walsh as well as
Springfield, Holly, Kim, South
Baca, and Manzanola.
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WILEY SENIOR BASKETBALL PLAYERS: Wil Wollert, Zac Perdue, Preston Claybrook, AND Taylor Wilson.
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LAMAR WINTER SPORTS 2010, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010 ...
LAMAR
LAMAR WRESTLING
Lamar wrestlers return
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
The Lamar Ledger
Lamar fans can look for an-
other successful season for the
Savages wrestling team.
The Savages are coming off a
second place finish in last year’s
Class 3A state tournament held
at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Centauri won the state team
title with a 157 points and La-
mar followed with a 132.5
points.
Lamar qualified 11 wrestlers
to the state tournament and had
six bring home state hardware.
The Savages advanced four
to the championship finals but
suffered some bitter disappoint-
ment as they were unable to
come through with a state
champion.
“It was a disappointment how
we finished in the finals, but we
ran up against some solid wres-
tlers,” said Eddy. “We had a
good season last year. We fin-
ished second in the state tour-
nament but we were never
ranked that high all season. So
we were pleased with what our
kids accomplished.“
The biggest void to fill will be
that of graduated seniors Josh
Jaime, Pat Martinez, and Able
Ortega. All finished second in
the state tournament at 125,
215, and Hwt. Respectively.
“We graduated some good
seniors,” Eddy said. “But we’ve
got some kids coming back
with a lot of wrestling experi-
ence that should make for a fun
year.”
The Lamar coach added,
“We’ve got eight kids that have
wrestled at the state tourna-
ment and four who have won
state medals. We also have sev-
eral others that have varsity ex-
perience. So we should be in
pretty good shape.”
The Savages will be bol-
stered by seven returning state
qualifers including three state
placers from a year ago.
The most notable returnee
will be senior Darrian Adame, a
three-time state placer. He
placed sixth as a freshman, was
third as a junior, and finished
second at 135 pounds last year.
In the finals Adame lost by pin
to senior Cahlen Keys of Cen-
tauri who capped his prep ca-
reer with a 31-0 record. Keys
won a state title at 130 pounds
as a junior and was second as a
sophomore and fifth as a fresh-
man.
Adame finished his season
with a 37-6 record.
Adame’s younger brother
Derrick, a junior, was fourth at
119 pounds in his first appear-
ance at the state tournament
and finished the season with a
27-13 record.
Emillio Carrillo had a good
season in his first year out for
wrestling as a junior. Compet-
ing at 189 pounds, Carrillo won
his first two matches of the
state tournament by pinfalls be-
fore losing a 13-2 major deci-
sion to eventual state champion
Clint Meyer of Salida.
Carrillo lost his next match
by a close 3-2 decision and in
his match for fifth place lost by
a pin. He finished the season
with a 22-11 record.
Also competing in the state
tournament last year were Mi-
chael Sandoval, Remington
Stocking, Zeb Harvey, and Ty-
lor Jara.
Sandoval wrestled at 112 last
year and came with one match
from reaching the medal round
at state and capped the season
with an 18-12 record. Sandoval,
who placed fourth at state as a
sophomore, will look to end his
prep career this year with state
hardware.
Stocking competed at 130
last year and went 1-2 in the
state tournament. As a junior,
he finished the year with a
21-19 record.
In his first appearance at
state, freshmen Zeb Harvey ran
up against some tough compet-
iton and went 0-2 to cap his sea-
son with a 26-14 record.
In his first trip to state as a
sophomore Jara went 1-2 to fin-
ish the year with a 13-18 record.
Two wrestlers who were in
the varsity starting lineup last
year were Erik Nieschburg at
152 and Tanner Hasser at 160.
Nieschburg, a junior, missed
part of the season with an injury
last year.
Looking at this year’s lineup,
Coach Eddy said the Savages
will have a 103 pounder for the
first time in awhile in freshman
Eric Pinon.
Sandoval is expected to re-
turn to the 112 pound weight
class while Kyle Monson, a
state qualifier two years ago, is
vying for the spot at 119.
Moving up in weight classes
will be Derrick Adame at 130,
Remington Stocking at 135, and
Darrian Adame at 140.
Bailey Spitz and Parker
Wurst will fight it out for the
spot at 145 pounds. Zeb Harvey
will move up to 152 pounds
while Tanner Hasser, senior Is-
sac Lyon, and freshman Chris
Flipin will compete for the varsi-
ty spot at 160.
Erik Nieschburg is moving
up to 171 pounds and Emilio
Carrillo and Tylor Jara will
wrestle off for the varsity slot at
189 pounds.
Junior Gerardo Soto will
wrestle at 215. Senior Michael
Niedens and juniors Hector
Morales and Jason Francis will
battle it out for the spot at Hwt.
This year, the Savages will
look forward to hosting the Tri-
Peaks League Tournament on
Feb. 5 and will be closer to
home when this year’s Class 3A
Region 3 Tournament will be
held in La Junta on Feb. 11-12.
The Savages enter the sea-
son ranked No. 5 in Class 3A by
Tim Yount of “On The Mat”.
The preseason rankings are
as follows: 1. Berthoud, 2. Ala-
mosa, 3. Valley, 4. Centauri, 5.
Lamar, 6. Olathe, 7. La Junta, 8.
Strasburg, 9. Hotchkiss, and 10.
Salida.
LAMAR WRESTLING
SCHEDULE
Thurs., Dec. 2 - ROCKY
FORD, 6:00
Sat., Dec. 4 - at Rocky Ford
tournament (V), 9:00
Sat., Dec. 4 - at Goodland, Ks.
tournament (JV), 9:00
Tues., Dec. 7 - at Baca County
(JV), 6:00
Thurs., Dec. 9 - TRINIDAD (JV/
V), 6:00
Sat., Dec. 11 - at Pueblo West
tournament (JV), 9:00
Tues., Dec. 14 - PUEBLO
COUNTY (JV/V), 6:00
Thurs., Dec. 16 - at Florence
(JV/V) 6:00
Sat., Dec. 18 - at Holly
tournament (JV), 9:00
Sat., Jan. 8 - LAMAR
INVITATIONAL, 10:00
Thurs., Jan. 13 - BURLINGTON
(JV/V), 6:00
Sat., Jan. 15 - at Walsh
tournament (JV), 9:00
Sat., Jan. 15 - at Pueblo
Centennial tournament (V),
9:00
Tues., Jan. 18 - at Las Animas
(JV), 6:00
Thurs., Jan. 20 - at La Junta
(JV, V), 6:00
Sat., Jan. 22 - at Canon City
tournament, 9:00
Jan. 28-29 - at Garden City
tournament
Sat., Jan. 29 - at Florence
tournament (JV), 9:00
Tues., Feb. 1 - at Liberal,
Kans., (JV/V), 5:00
Sat., Feb. 5 - Tri-Peaks League
tournament, Lamar, 9:00
Feb. 11-12 - Regional
tournament, La Junta, TBA
Feb. 17-19 - State tournament,
Pepsi Center in Denver.
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
The Lamar High School wrestling team opens the 2010-2011 season with seven returning state-
qualifiers from a year ago. The group includes, l-r, Remington Stocking, Zeb Harvey, Darrian Adame,
Tylor Jara, and Emilio Carrillo. Not pictured Michael Sandoval and Derrick Adame.
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LAMAR WINTER SPORTS 2010, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010 ...
EADS
EADS GIRLS BASKETBALL
Lady Eagles hope
to return as contenders
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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,
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Ledger Staff Report
The Eads High School girls
basketball team is coming off
an 11-8 season a year ago.
The Lady Eagles finished
fourth in the Class 1A District
2 tournament following a 37-35
loss to Cheyenne Wells in the
third place game.
Trey Eder, a former Eagle
star in his own right, will di-
rect the girls program for his
second season.
With 17 girls out and three
veteran seniors in place, Eder
has the players to contend for
the District 2 crown this sea-
son.
The Lady Eagles return
three starters from a year ago
in 5-6 senior point guard Kai-
ley Lane, 6-2 sophomore post
Makenzie Kaleck, and 5-10
sophomore wing Marissa Dix-
on.
The program was also bol-
stered with the addition of two
girls from Plainiview, one a
two-year starter for the Lady
Hawks in junior Natalie Web-
er.
Others vying for starting
spots include senior Meghan
Buck, Emily Weirich, junior
Becca Hallman and freshman
Kailyn Lane. Weirich did not
play a year ago due to a knee
injury but could provide a real
scoring punch for the Eagles if
she is able to play this year.
“We have a lot of good
young players to work with,”
said Eder. “We want to be
more aggressive offensively
this year and want to get the
ball into the lane more and
push the ball at the hoop. We
need to be able to handle de-
fensive pressure better this
year, and that is something we
have been working hard on.
They played quite a bit of bas-
ketball this summer and I am
hoping that helped us. I am re-
ally excited for the season to
start.“
In District 2, Eads will con-
tend with the likes of
McClave, Cheyenne Wells, Kit
Carson, and Granada.
Cheraw and Karval, also in
District 2, will not field girls
teams this year.
EADS BASKETBALL
SCHEDULE
Fri, Dec. 3 - FOWLER, 4:-00
Sat., Dec. 4 - at Crowley
County, 2:00
Fri., Dec. 10 - at Springfield,
4:00
Sat., Dec. 11 - WALSH, 4:00
Dec. 16-18 - at Lamar Holiday
tournament, TBA
Fri., Jan. 7 - KIT CARSON, 4:00
Sat., Jan. 8 - STRATTON, 3:00
Sat., Jan. 15 - at Hi-Plains,
2:00
Fr., Jan. 21 - at McClave, 4:00
Sat., Jan. 22 - GRANADA, 3:00
Thurs., Jan. 27 - WILEY, 4:00
Fri., Feb. 4 - at Karval (Boys
only), 5:00
Sat., Feb. 5 - HOLLY, 4:00
Thurs., Feb. 10 - at South Baca,
Vilas, 4:00
Fri., Feb. 11 - at Cheraw, 4:00
Thurs., Feb. 17 - at Genoa-
Hugo, 4:00
Fri., Feb. 18 - at Cheyenne
Wells, 4:00
Tues., Feb. 22 - District
tournament
Thurs., Feb. 24 - District
tournament
Sat., Feb. 26 - District
tournament
Sat., March 5 - Regionals
March 10-12 - State
tournament
EADS SENIOR
BASKETBALL
PLAYERS: L-R,
Meghan Buck,
Kailey Lane,
and Paige
Specht.
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LAMAR WINTER SPORTS 2010, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010 ...
LAMAR
LAMAR GIRLS BASKETBALL
Lady Savages poised for new
hoops season
By John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger
Erik Melgoza enters his sec-
ond season at the helm for the
Lamar Lady Savages basket-
ball team.
The Lady Savages gradu-
ated four senior starters from
a team that finished third in
the Tri-Peaks League East Di-
vision standings and compiled
a 12-8 record.
“Last year, I thought we had
a pretty good season,” said
Melgoza. “It was my first year
back and the kids needed a lot
of skill work and just under-
standing the game. I felt like
our seniors did a nice job of
adjusting on the fly. We pre-
pared some of our younger
girls to step up and play this
year.““We have some spots to
fill but I think we’re going to
be better,” he said. “We’re a
lot faster and have a lot more
speed. We’ve got a year of fun-
damentals underneath us. I
feel like we played a good
summer schedule with about
30 games. We saw some really
good teams in the Adams
State College tournament. We
learned a lot about ourselves
and about basketball.“Melgoza
welcomed 22 players out for
baskeball including five sen-
iors, four juniors, five sopho-
mores, and eight freshman.
Three starters return from
last year’s team and will be
paced by Whitney Crown, a
5-10 senior wing/post; Sydney
Crist, a 5-7 junior post; and Su-
sie Lira, a 5-3 junior point
guard.
Melgoza will also look to
Clairissa Winsor, a 5-9 senior
post; Gabrielle Hammer, a 5-8
junior wing; and Naerissa
Strossner, a 5-8 senior post, to
see considerable varsity play-
ing time.
Chelsea Vallejos, a 5-7 fresh-
man guard, is expected to see
varsity action as well as Taylor
Wertz, a 5-6 freshman guard.
Shay Spitz, a 5-11 sopho-
more post, is expected to
come off the bench and give
the Lady Savages some depth
under the glass.
“Whitney is a player that
we’re really looking at to
score,” Melgoza said. “Clairis-
sa should take care of the in-
side for us. We’ve kind of ad-
justed our offensive scheme a
little to fit her and some other
girls. Sydney is probably one
of the better defensive players
in the league as a sophomore.
We’re trying to get an offen-
sive game to go with her de-
fensive ability.”
“Hopefully those three girls
will be our nucleus along with
Susie at point guard,” he said.
“I’m looking to Gabrielle to do
some good things for us. She’s
another outside threat and can
shoot the ball. It’s just a matter
of her getting some confi-
dence and believing in her-
self.”
Melgoza will be counting on
some freshman players to con-
tribute in a hurry.
“Chelsea is just a natural
athlete,” he said. “She and
Taylor are exciting to watch.
They come from athletic fami-
lies. Taylor is the daughter of
my assistant coach Austin
Wertz and she competes at a
high level in every thing she
does. Chelsea of course comes
from a family of well known
athletes in Lamar for years”
Some areas where Melgoza
feels his team needs to im-
prove are free throw shooting
and just understanding the
game of basketball.
“A lot of times in the game
of basketball you’ve got to
make decisions,” he ex-
plained. “I’m just not sure we
did that very well last year.”
Looking at the Tri-Peaks
League, Melgoza feels his
team will be in the hunt.
“Last year, we lost five
games by two points,” he re-
called. “A 12-8 record could
have easily been a 17-3 record.
St. Mary’s and Trinidad will be
tough on our side. After that,
we’ve got to see what hap-
pens.”
LAMAR GIRLS BASKETBALL
SCHEDULE
Dec. 2-4 - JV at
Springfield Tournament,
TBA
Fri., Dec. 3 - at Burlington
(JV/V), 5:30
Dec. 9-11 - at La Junta
Shootout (V), TBA
Fri., Dec. 17 - ST. MARY’S
(C/JV/V), 4:00
Thurs., Jan. 6 - at La
Junta (C/JV/V), 4:00
Sat., Jan. 8 - at Ellicott
(C/JV/V), 2:00
Mon., Jan. 10 - HOLLY (C-
team), 4:30
Fri., Jan. 14 - TRINIDAD
(C/JV/V), 4:00
Sat., Jan. 15 - GUYMON,
OK., (JV/V), 2:00
Sat., Jan. 15 - C-team at
Chris Cook tournament,
La Junta
Fri., Jan. 21 - JAMES
IRWIN (C/JV/V), 4:00
Sat., Jan. 22 - at Dolores
Huerta (JV/V), 1:00
Fri., Jan. 28 - at St.
Mary’s (C/JV/V), 4:00
Sat., Jan. 29 - at Alamosa
(JV/V), 2:00
Mon., Jan. 31 - WILEY (C-
team), 4:30
Tues., Feb. 1 - LA JUNTA
(C/JV/V), 4:00
Thurs., Feb. 3 - at
Trinidad (C/JV/V), 4:00
Mon., Feb. 7 - at Holly, (C-
team), 4:30
Fri., Feb. 11 - ELLICOTT
(C/JV/V), 4:00
Sat., Feb. 12 - at James
Irwin (C/JV/V), 1:00
Tues., Feb. 15 -
DOLORES HUERTA (JV/V),
5:30
Thurs., Feb. 17 - PEYTON
(C/JV/V), 5:30
Sat., Feb. 19 - District 1st
round, TBA
Tues., Feb. 22 - District
2nd round, TBA
Feb. 25-26 - District at
Pueblo Central
Mar. 4-5 - Regional
Mar. 10-12 - State
tournament, Ft. Collins.
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
KEY PLAYERS returning for the Lady Savages basketball team will be, l-r, Sydney Crist, Whitney Crown, and Susie Lira.
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
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EADS
EADS BOYS BASKETBALL
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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,
to capture the fifth place tro-
phy and cap the season with a
15-12 record.
Eads graduated three sen-
iors from last year’s teams and
McLoud returns two starters
in cousins Weston Crow, a 6-4
senior, and Kyle Crow, a 6-0
sophomore.
Also looking for starting
time this year will be seniors
Remington Brandt (6-2) and
Garrett Crownover as well as
sophomores Logan Crawford
(6-1) and Logan Smith (6-1).
Daniel Weirich, a former
wrestler, might make some
noise under the boards for the
Eagles, while McLoud looks
forward to the return of 6-1
sophomore Cory Miller, who
suffered an injury during the
football season. Miller will
hopefully return just after the
Christmas break.
“I have some big shoes to
fill,” said McLoud. “We have
had three great coaches in a
row here at Eads in Coach
(Gail) Crawford, Coach
(Shawn) Randel, and Coach
(Lane) Gooden.”
Looking ahead to the sea-
son, McLoud said, “We want
to push the ball a little more
and try to be a little more ag-
gressive on the defensive end.
We are young and we are
going to make some mistakes,
but we hope to grow in ability
and build our skills through
the year. I want them to gain
some confidence by the end of
the season as we approach dis-
tricts.“
Rhonda Uhland Courtsey photo
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,
and Remington Brandt.
McLoud is no stranger
to Eads as he has
assisted both the girls
and boys programs over
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LAMAR
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.
Dorenkamp likes the team
chemistry that is present so
far this season, feeling that it
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.
Rifle; 10. Weld Central.
LAMAR BOYS
BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Dec. 2-4 - JV at Springfield
Tournament, TBA
Fri., Dec. 3 - at Burlington (JV,
V), 5:30
Mon, Dec. 6 - at Wiley (C-team),
6:00
Dec. 9-11 - at La Junta
Shootout (V), TBA
Fri., Dec. 17 - at St. Mary’s (C,
JV, V), 4:00
Thurs., Jan. 6 - LA JUNTA (C,
JV, V), 4:00
Sat., Jan. 8 - at Ellicott (C, JV,
V), 2:00
Mon., Jan. 10 - HOLLY (C-
team), 6:00
Fri., Jan. 14 - at Trinidad (C, JV,
V), 4:00
Sat., Jan. 15 - GUYMON, OK.,
(JV, V), 2:00
Sat., Jan. 15 - C-team at Chris
Cook tournament, La Junta
Fri., Jan. 21 - at James Irwin (C,
JV, V), 4:00
Sat., Jan. 22 - DOLORES
HUERTA(JV, V), 1:00
Fri., Jan. 28 - ST. MARY’S (C,
JV, V), 4:00
Sat., Jan. 29 - at Alamosa (JV,
V), 2:00
Mon., Jan. 31 - WILEY (C-team),
6:00
Tues., Feb. 1 - at La Junta(C,
JV, V), 4:00
Thurs., Feb. 3 - TRINIDAD(C, JV,
V), 4:00
Mon., Feb. 7 - at Holly, (C-
team), 6:00
Fri., Feb. 11 - ELLICOTT (C, JV,
V), 4:00
Sat., Feb. 12 - JAMES IRWIN (C,
JV, V), 1:00
Tues., Feb. 15 - at Dolores
Huerta (JV, V), 5:30
Thurs., Feb. 17 - PEYTON (C,
JV, V), 5:30
Sat., Feb. 19 - District 1st
round, TBA
Wed., Feb. 23 - District 2nd
round, TBA
Feb. 25-26 - District at Pueblo
Central
Mar. 4-5 - Regional
Mar. 10-12 - State tournament,
Ft. Collins.
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
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
Hill, Isiah Martinez, Coy Mahanag, Josh Aguilera, and Nolan Anderson. Back row, l-r, Anthony Holdren, Branson Jennings, Thomas Fierro, Kaden Pierson, Logan
Robinson, and Dillon Slough.
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
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,
Aaron Westhoff, and Jared Smartt.
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EADS
EADS WRESTLING
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JUSTIN LENOX is back as the lone returning state qualifier for the Eads wrestling team.
Ledger Staff Report
After some losses to gradua-
tion, the Eads High School
wrestling team will be short on
numbers heading into the
2010-2011 season.
Eads graduated four seniors
from last year’s team including
two wrestlers who placed in
last year’s Class 2A state tour-
nament.
Dustin Uhland, a former
wrestling standout for Eads,
will hang up his whistle as a
wrestling official and will take
over the coaching duties for
the Eagles wrestling program.
Uhland has six wrestlers out
for the team including one re-
turning state qualifier.
The team will be comprised
of junior Tyrone Moore at 112,
freshman Tim Pitman at 119,
freshman Blaine Winder at
130 or 135, sophomore Taylor
Weirich at 135 or 140, junior
T.J. Mitchell at 145, and soph-
omore Justin Lenox at 215.
Lenox is the lone returning
state qualifier for the Eagles.
Uhland, who also is the
head coach for the football
team, said he’s excited about
taking over the program.
“We’re young and don’t
have any seniors so it will be a
season of growing,” he said.
“The kids we have in the room
are coming along and working
hard. Technique wise we’ve al-
ways been a little bit behind. I
also want to work on our men-
tally and get a little mean
streak in us. We’ll just have to
wait and see what develops as
the season progresses.“
Eads will compete in one of
the toughest regionals in the
state with the likes of defend-
ing state champion Burling-
ton. The rest of the teams in
the Southeastern Regional will
include Baca County, Calhan,
Cheyenne Wells, Colorado
D&B, Crowley County, Hano-
ver, Holly, Kiowa, Las Animas,
Limon, Manzanola, Peyton,
Rocky Ford, Simla, and
Swink.s
EADS WRESTLING
SCHEDULE
Sat., Dec. 4 - at Cheyenne
Wells tournament, 9:00
Thurs.., Dec. 9 - Las Animas
and Limon in Eads, 6 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 11 - at Limon
tournament, 9:00
Fri, Dec. 17 - at Las Animas, 6
p.m.
Sat., Dec. 18 - at Holly
Christmas tournament, 9:30
Sat.. Jan. 8 - at Lamar
tournament, 10:00
Sat., Jan. 15 - at Walsh
tournament, 9:00
Fri., Jan. 28 - at Cheyenne
Wells, 6:00
Sat., Jan. 29 - EADS
INVITATIONAL, 9:30
Sat., Feb. 5 - at Crowley County
tournament, 9:00
Feb. 11-12 - Regionals in
Pueblo.
Feb. 17-19 - State tournament,
Pepsi Center in Denver
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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.
Joining Esquibel will be
sophomores Abby Hopper
(post), Veronica Jimenez
(wing), Marlena Rojas (wing),
and Alyssa Sigala (guard) who
all saw significant playing time
a year ago.
Huerta said he also expects
Kyreth Tirado, a junior guard,
and Ariana Yanez, a sopho-
more forward, to see plenty of
varsity playing time.
Esquibel and Rojas will be
the captains of the team this
year and he’ll count on the
pair to lead the team by exam-
ple.
“I have six players who saw
a lot of playing time last year,
so it’s not like we’re starting
over,” said Huerta. “But with
just one senior we’re lacking
that senior leadership. It
seems like we’ve always been
young with only one or two
seniors returning.”
Rounding out the team’s
roster will be juniors Rebecca
Gomez and Amanda Salgado;
sophomores Kristina Alm and
Paveola Perez; and freshman
Tallie Harmon, Chanel Tirado,
Kirby Vanderpool, Darcy Wid-
ener, and Dalia Yanez.
Because of their lack of
height with their tallest player
standing at 5-6, Huerta said his
team will have to utilize their
quickness and play strong de-
fense.
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
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,
Veronica Jimenez, and Abby Hopper.
“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.
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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
One of the top basketball
teams in Southeastern Colo-
rado last year was the Walsh
Eagles, who advanced to the
Class 1A regional round and
nearly made a trip to the state
basketball tournament.
A narrow loss to Ouray pre-
vented that dream from hap-
pening.
Ryan Renquist, heads into
his fourth year at the helm and
returns four starters from a
team that compiled a 14-8 re-
cord a year ago.
Renquist will turn to senior
Laken Alley, junior Jonathan
England, and junior twin
brothers Jaxon and Weston
Meardon to lead the way for
the Eagles.
Alley, a blur on the court,
was the leading scorer for
Walsh a year ago. Renquist
looks for senior Chris Cook,
sophomore Jordan Jones, and
junior Ethan Sharpe to all be a
part of the rotation for Walsh.
Renquist really likes some
of his younger players and
feels they could add depth by
the end of the season.
“We are not very big, but we
must do a better job of scoring
inside this year,” said Renqu-
ist. “We have been more of pe-
rimeter team in the past, so we
are trying to do a few things
differently this year to get
some easier buckets inside.“
Renquist added, “The suc-
cess of our football team really
transfers to basketball, I think.
They have learned how to win
there. This district is wide
open. We are going to play
tough man defense, deny ev-
erywhere, and try to create
some offense with our de-
fense.“
Walsh competes in District
3 which also includes Spring-
field, Holly, Wiley, Kim, South
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
for us,” said Turner, in looking
at this year’s team. “We really
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-
fense and our rebounding.“
The Lady Eagles, with 12
girls out this year, will be led
by their leading scorer from a
year ago in 5-9 senior Alexa
Gerber.
A strong Walsh volleyball
team was dealt a crippling
blow when senior Sage
Thompson went down with a
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
for playing time on the varsity
team will include freshman
Heidi Cogburn and sopho-
more Andi Hetrick.
“We seemed to be in the
right spot a lot of times last
year,” said Turner. “But we
weren’t able to knock shots
down. We are really working
hard o be more consistent
shooters this year.“
The Lady Eagles will com-
pete against District 3 foes
Kim, the defending Class 1A
state champions as well as
Springfield, Holly, Wiley,
South Baca, and Manzanola.
Pam Cogburn Courtesy photo
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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
By John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger
Last year was billed as a re-
building season for the Gra-
nada High School boys basket-
ball team.
Granada veteran coach
Manuel Gonzales lost one sen-
ior starter from a team that
compiled a 10-9 record. The
Bobcats saw their season end
in the first round of the Class
1A District 2 tournament in a
57-43 loss to Eads, who went
on to finish fifth in the 1A state
tournament.
“I thought we played well
last year,” said Gonzales. “We
beat some good teams and
lost some close games to
some good teams. I think the
thing that we lacked last year
was our outside shooting and
that kind of hurt us.”
Gonzales hopes the experi-
ence his players gained last
year will pay dividends.
With only 13 players out for
this year’s team, Gonzales will
have to count on some under-
classmen to be ready to step in
and contribute.
Three seniors will led the
way for the Bobcats and will
include Traegon Marquez, a
5-9 guard; Omar Martinez, a
6-2 forward/post; and Miguel
Martinez, a 5-10 forward.
Kolby Palmer, a 5-10 sopho-
more forward, also saw some
varsity playing time last year.
From there, Gonzales will
lean towards some young play-
ers including Brady Rink, a
5-11 junior post; Bryan Gonza-
lez, a 5-9 sophomore guard;
Saul Perez, a 5-8 sophomore
guard; Caleb Harris, a 6-0
sophomore post; Antonio
Huerta, a 5-10 sophomore
post; and Tanner Grasmick, a
5-10 sophomore forward.
Rounding out the roster is
Fabian Tovar, a 5-9 sophomore
guard; Juan Morales, a 5-7 jun-
ior guard; and 5-10 forward
Cruz Vega, the lone freshman
on the team.
“I like what I see,” said Gon-
zales. “I have three really good
seniors and they can play the
game. Now, I’m trying to find
two kids who can play with
them and give us a strong
starting five. You also have to
have a bench and I think our
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
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.”
Gonzales feels that the Dis-
trict 2 race will be balanced
this year with the likes of
McClave, Eads, Kit Carson,
Cheyenne Wells, and Cheraw.
He also expects some chal-
lenges from District 3 foes like
Walsh, Springfield, Wiley,
South Baca, and Holly.
“We’re going to be competi-
tive, no doubt about it,” con-
cluded Gonzales.Looking at
the regionals this year, the No.
1 and No. 2 teams from Dis-
trict 2 will compete in the East-
ern Regional against the No. 1
and No. 2 teams from District
7 (Stratton, Flagler, Simla,
Pikes Peak Christian, Hilltop
Baptist, Hanover, Genoa-
Hugo, Elbert, Edison, Deer
Trail, Colorado D&B, and
Agate).
The winners of the two
games in each regional are the
state qualifiers.
GRANADA BASKETBALL
SCHEDULE
Dec. 2-4 - at R.L. Ballard
tournament, Springfield/Vilas,
TBA
Tues., Dec.7 - CHEYENNE
WELLS, 4:00
Fri., Dec. 10 - at Granada, 4:00
Sat., Dec. 11 - at Holly JV
tournament, TBA
Dec. 16-18 - at Lamar Holiday
Tournament, TBA
Fri., Jan. 7 - at McClave, 4:00
Mon., Jan. 10 - JV at Lamar
“C”, 4:30
Tuesday, Jan. 11 -
MANZANOLA, 5:00
Fri., Jan. 14 - SOUTH BACA,
4:00
Fri., Jan. 21 - at Walsh, 4:00
Sat., Jan. 22 - KIT CARSON,
3:00
Fri., Jan. 28 - SPRINGFIELD,
4:00
Fri., Feb. 4 - at Wiley, 4:00
Sat., Feb. 5 - at Eads, 3:00
Thurs., Feb. 10 - CHERAW,
5:00
Fri., Feb. 11 - KIM, 3:00
Tuesday, Feb. 15 - GRANADA,
4:00
Fri., Feb. 18 - at Manzanola,
5:00
Tues., Feb. 22 - District
tournament
Feb. 24 and 26 - District
tournament
Tues., Mar. 1 - Round of 24
Sat., Mar. 4-5 - Sweet 16,
Pueblo
March 10-12 - Elite Eight, TBA
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
KEY PLAYERS returning for the Granada Bobcats include, l-r, Traegon Marquez, Omar Martinez, and Miguel Martinez.
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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
Ledger Staff Report
With a strong sophomore
and junior class to support
him, new coach Mark Ricker
will lead the Springfield girls
basketball team heading into
the 2010-2011 basketball sea-
son. He returns to head coach-
ing duties after a 12-year ab-
sence.
Springfield is coming off an
11-9 record a year ago. The
Lady Longhorns saw their sea-
son come to an end when they
were defeated by Holly, 50-34,
in the first-round of the Class
1A District 3 tournament held
at the Lamar Community Col-
lege Wellness Center.
Springfield graduated three
seniors from last year’s
team.Ricker is currently look-
ing at a rotation of eight play-
ers to lead this year’s Lady
Longhorns.
With only two seniors, Riley
Beebe and Paige Kelly, he will
count on underclassmen Alys-
sa Dunlap, a junior; Adrienne
Mondragon, a sophomore;
Kaylean Orlowski, a sopho-
more; Kiri Ricker, a sopho-
more; Kelby Robbins, a junior;
and Bailey West, a junior, to
held lead the way.
Robbins was a starter a year
ago, while most of the others
contributed significantly.
Mondragon and Orlowski,
along with Beebe will anchor
the post spots, while the oth-
ers are perimeter players.
A long time junior high
coach, Ricker is excited for
this opportunity.
“I felt like I couldn’t pass up
this opportunity to give these
girls a chance to achieve,” he
said. “The athleticism has al-
ways been here at Springfield.
This group of girls have al-
ways been very competitive,
but we are going back to fun-
damentals.”
“We want to push the ball
and be aggressive on the de-
fensive end,” he explained.
“But most of all, I want this
group to believe in them-
selves. We can’t be dropping
our head; we want to play our
‘A’ game every night. We are
searching for the complete
game.”
Besides Springfield, the
teams competing in District 3
include defending Class 1A
state champion Kim as well as
state runner-up Wiley, Holly,
Walsh, South Baca, and Man-
zanola.
SPRINGFIELD
BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Dec. 2-4 - R.L. BALLARD
TOURNAMENT, Springfield/
Vilas, TBA
Fri., Dec. 10 - EADS, 4:00
Sat., Dec. 11 - at Cheraw (boys
only), 3:00
Dec. 16-18 - at Lamar Holiday
Tournament, TBA
Fri., Jan. 7 - GRANADA, 4:00
Sat., Jan. 8 - CHEYENNE
WELLS, 3:00
Sat., Jan. 15 - MANZANOLA,
3:00
Fri., Jan. 21 - at Kim, 4:00
Sat., Jan. 22 - at McClave,
4:00
Tues., Jan. 25 - BOISE CITY,
OK., 3:00
Fri., Jan. 28 - at Holly, 4:00
Tues., Feb. 1 - at Stanton
County, Ks., 3:00
Fri., Feb. 4 - at Kit Carson, 3:00
Fri., Feb. 11 - at Wiley, 4:00
Sat., Feb. 12 - WALSH, 4:00
Tuesday, Feb. 15 - ELKHART,
KS., 2:30
Fri., Feb. 18 - SOUTH BACA,
4:00
Tues., Feb. 22 - District
tournament, LCC
Feb. 25 and 26 - District
tournament, LCC
Tues., Mar. 1 - Round of 24
Sat., Mar. 5 - Sweet 16, Pueblo
March 10-12 - State
tournament at Pueblo Events
Center, TBA
SPRINGFIELD
SENIOR
PLAYERS: Riley
Beebe and
Paige Kelley.
Penny Self
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LAMAR WINTER SPORTS 2010, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010 ...
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-
an Weimer. “I’m looking for-
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.
Weeder, a 5-9 post, is ex-
pected to carry much of the load
and is a versatile player, who av-
eraged in double figures last
year. Garcia, a 5-4 guard, will
run the show for the Lady Wild-
cats and plays solid defense..
Weimer will also count on
some quality minutes from Kay-
la Gutierrez, a 5-5 senior guard;
Brandi Thompson, a 5-5 junior
guard; and Kensi Simon, a 5-10
sophomore post/forward.”
“Shelbie can do a little bit of
everything,” said Weimer.
“She’s going to the focus of a lot
of teams so we’re going to have
to have some other girls step
up.”
From there, Weimer said the
team has a lot of guard type
players.
“I’m expecting Delaine, Kayla,
Brandi, and Kensi to be ready to
step into a bigger role on the
varsity,” Weimer said. “I also
have some good freshmen but I
want to develop them at the jun-
ior varsity level and bring them
along slowly.”
Wiemer said that conditioning
will play a big factor since he
doesn’t have a lot of depth due
to the younger players.
“Conditioning is going be a
big part of this team,” he said.
“We’re going to be a little thin
with our depth.“
Sizing up the teams in District
3, Wiemer thinks it will be bal-
anced. Defending district and
state champion Kim lost a lot of
key players to graduation but do
return 6-0 senior Bailey
McFreen to build around. Wiley
returns some key players from a
team that finished second last
year. Walsh and Springfield
could also present a challeng-
e.“We have some high expecta-
tions and hope some teams
overlook us,“said Wiemer. “Our
girls are working hard and have
a good work ethic. We’ll be com-
petitive.”
HOLLY BASKETBALL
SCHEDULE
Dec. 2-4 - at R.L. Ballard
tournament, Springfield/Vilas,
TBA
Tues., Dec.7 - CHEYENNE
WELLS, 4:00
Fri., Dec. 10 - at Granada, 4:00
Sat., Dec. 11 - at Holly JV
tournament, TBA
Dec. 16-18 - at Lamar Holiday
Tournament, TBA
Fri., Jan. 7 - at McClave, 4:00
Mon., Jan. 10 - JV at Lamar
“C”, 4:30
Tuesday, Jan. 11 -
MANZANOLA, 5:00
Fri., Jan. 14 - SOUTH BACA,
4:00
Fri., Jan. 21 - at Walsh, 4:00
Sat., Jan. 22 - KIT CARSON,
3:00
Fri., Jan. 28 - SPRINGFIELD,
4:00
Fri., Feb. 4 - at Wiley, 4:00
Sat., Feb. 5 - at Eads, 3:00
Thurs., Feb. 10 - CHERAW
(Boys only), 5:00
Thurs., Feb.10 - Walsh (Girls
only), 5:00
Fri., Feb. 11 - KIM, 3:00
Tuesday, Feb. 15 - GRANADA,
4:00
Fri., Feb. 18 - at Manzanola,
5:00
Tues., Feb. 22 - District
tournament, LCC
Feb. 25 and 26 - District
tournament, LCC
Tues., Marc. 1 - Round of 24
Sat., Mar. 5 - Sweet 16, Pueblo
March 10-12 - State
Tournament, TBA
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
HOLLY GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM: Front row, l-r, Lacey Darnell, Alejandra Tarango, Katharina Schmitt, Rhiannon Campbell. Middle row, l-r, Janet Cabral, Delaine Garcia,
Brandi Thompson, Kayla Gutierrez, and Alexus Griego. Back row, l-r, Ashlyn Hess, Jackie Cabral, Sheridan Rushton, Shelbie Weeder, Kensie Simon, Jordan Fletcher, and
Liberty Bollig..
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
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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
build upon.
“Our problem the last cou-
ple of years has been that mid-
season hump,” Schaller ex-
plained. “We have started well,
then stumbled during the mid-
dle of the season and couldn’t
get it back. We have a wonder-
ful junior class. You have to
kick those kids out of the gym
practically every night. I have
never coached a group like
them since I have been here.
With that dedication and de-
sire, I think we can make a run
with this group of athletes. I
am really excited.“
Springfield competes in Dis-
trict 3 which also includes
Walsh, Holly, Wiley, Kim,
South Baca, and Manzanola.
Penny Self Courtesy photo
SPRINGFIELD SENIOR PLAYERS: Max Duncan, Zac Cooper, Dusten Bradburn, Anthony Kinslow and Matt Self. Not pictured Bo Hutches.
With 24 boys out for basketball, Schaller has lots of faces to
pick from. Four seniors will be the foundation that he hopes
the Longhorns will build from.
Denver Post State Basketball Rankings
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RANKINGS
CLASS 3A
1. Faith Christian
2. Kent Denver
3. Eaton
4. Jefferson Academy
5. Brush
6. The Pinnacle
7. Valley
8. Pagosa Springs
9. Rifle
10. Weld Central
CLASS 2A
1. Lutheran (Parker)
2. Limon
3. Holyoke
4. Wray
5. Ignacio
6. Sanford
7. Sargent
8. Byers
9. Hayden
10. Crowley County
CLASS 1A
1. Caliche
2. Stratton
3. Idalia
4. Otis
5. Fleming
6. Flagler
7. Eads
8. Ridgway
9. Ouray
10. Hi-Plains
GIRLS STATE
BASKETBALL
RANKINGS
CLASS 3A
1. Holy Family
2. Pagosa Springs
3. Estes Park
4. Olathe
5. St. Mary’s
6. Jefferson Academy
7. Brush
8. Eaton
9. Rifle
10. Berthoud
CLASS 2A
1. Akron
2. Sangre de Cristo
3. Paonia
4. Rocky Ford
5. Sedgwick County
6. Wray
7. Merino
8. Lutheran (Parker)9. Limon
10. Sanford
CLASS 1A
1. Simla
2. McClave
3. Wiley
4. Kim
5. Norwood
6. Fleming
7. Merino
8. Pawnee
9. Caliche
10. Springfield
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basketball team.
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
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
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
Estevan Hernandez.
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
to the Longhorns, 50-48.
Looking to keep their season
alive, the Wildcats fell to Walsh,
56-47, to see their season end
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
going to be a force for us in the
low post and he’s going to do a
lot of good things for us. The
rest of our guys are good role
players. They’re a very unselfish
bunch and they work hard and
glad to be here. That makes my
job a lot easier.”
Adding depth to the team will
be Jeremy Brian, a 6-2 sopho-
more post, and Porter Salisbury,
a 5-10 sophomore guard. Fresh-
man Eddie Rodriguez, Jason
Barth, and Drew Thompson
could also see some varsity play-
ing time.
Looking at the teams in Dis-
trict 3, the Holly coach said it
could be wide open this year.
“Springfield and South Baca
lost a lot of seniors and so did
we,” he said. “Walsh is going to
be an extremely tough team to
contend with. They’ve got some
really good seniors and some re-
ally good young kids. It just
comes down to who is playing
the best basketball towards the
end of the year.
HOLLY
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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
a 6-3 decision to senior Gabe
Lerma of Burlington. In his
match for fifth place, Stafford
lost to senior William Lutz of
Rocky Ford by a 5-2 decision
and finished his freshman
campaign with a 16-9 record.
Forgey said that Stafford
missed a month of the season
with an injury and returned to
the lineup just in time for the
regional tournament.
Seeman competed in the
state tournament at 112
pounds and wrestled with a
broken wrist said the Baca
County coach. After losing his
first match at state, Seeman
won his next to matches but
fell one match of advancing to
the medal round when he lost
an 8-6 decision to Devin Hase
of Merino. Seeman completed
the season with a 14-10 record.
Sharpe competed at 145
pounds last year. In the state
tournament, he won his first
match but lost his next to
matches by pins to end the
season with a 24-15 record.
Feher competed at 285
pounds. In the state tourna-
ment, Fehr lost his first two
matches and ended his fresh-
man season with a 17-23 re-
cord.
Two other sophomores re-
turning will be Josh Forgey
and Justin Westphal.
Forgey just missed a trip to
the state tournament after he
placed fifth at 140 pounds in
the regional. Westphal placed
sixth in the regional at 130
points.
Also back on the mat for
Baca County will be senior Jeff
Welch, junior Collin Sires, and
junior Houston Gourley.
A new senior on the team
will be Hunter Hoover a trans-
fer.
New faces on the team will
be freshmen Cade Alton, John-
ny Loflin, Stetson Loader, Aar-
on Dowty, and Laramie Mos-
ley.
“I’m excited about our team
this year,” said Forgey. “We’ve
got some good teams in our
region.”
Looking at Region 4, Forgey
said that Fowler was assigned
to Region 2 while Limon and
Peyton joined Region 4 this
year.
BACA COUNTY
WRESTLING
Sat., Dec. 4 - at Cheyenne
Wells tournament, 9:00
Tues., Dec. 7 - LAMAR JV at
Springfield, 6:00
Fri., Dec. 10 - at Ulysses, Ks.
tournament, 3:00
Sat., Dec. 11 - at Ulysses, Ks.
tournament, 9:00
Sat., Dec. 18 - at Holly
tournament, 9:30
Sat., Jan. 8 - at Lamar
tournament, 10:00
Fri., Jan 14 - Dual at Walsh,
6:00
Sat., Jan. 15 - WALSH
TOURNAMent, 9:00
Sat., Jan. 22 - at Kiowa
tournament (tenative), 9:00
Thurs., Jan. 27 - at Fowler,
6:00
Sat., Jan. 29 - at Eads
tournament, 9:00
Sat., Feb. 5 - at Crowley County
tournament, 9:00
Fri., Feb. 11 - Regional
tournament
Sat., Feb. 12 - Regional
tournament
Feb. 17-19 - State tournament,
Pepsi Center, Denver
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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
Holly wrestling coach Lyn-
don Wagner is expecting a
good season for the Wildcats.
The numbers are up from
13 to 16 wrestlers for this
year’s team.
“Our numbers are up and I
think that’s going to help with
the competition in the wres-
tling room,” said Wagner.
“The kids are going to have to
be working hard to earn that
varsity spot.”
Wagner said they should be
able to fill all the weights ex-
cept for 189 pounds and Hwt.
The Wildcats return five
state qualifiers including three
who were state placers last
year.
Leading the way will be sen-
ior Mikey Lozano and junior
Robert Darnell.
Lozano is looking to cap his
prep wrestling career with a
state championship. He placed
fourth as a freshman at 152
pounds.
As a sophomore, Lozano
won it all and captured a state
championship at 160 pounds.
He capped his championship
season with a 28-2 record.
As a junior, Lozano made
the finals again at 160 pounds
but in his bid to defend his ti-
tle he fell by a 4-2 decision to
senior Justin Smith of Paonia.
Smith was a state champion at
152 pounds in 2009. Lozano
ended the season with a 37-3
record.
“Mikey is looking forward
to his senior season,” said
Wagner. “He still feels like he
has some unfinished business.
He wants to go out with a
bang and he works hard.”
“Since losing the champion-
ship last year, it’s really driven
me to work harder,” said Loza-
no. “I want to finish my high
school career as a two-time
state champion. I want another
shot.”
As a freshman, Darnell fin-
ished second at 112 pounds in
the state tournament and
capped his season with a 33-4
record. Last year, he was back
in the finals in the same
weight class but a state cham-
pionship eluded him for a sec-
ond time. He capped his soph-
omore year with a 27-4 record.
Lozano will move up to 171
pounds this year and Darnell
will wrestle at 130 according to
their coach.
Nick Hammes placed sixth
at 119 pounds in the state tour-
nament last year and finished
the season with a 27-12 record.
The senior will move up to 125
pounds this season.
The other two state qualifi-
ers back for the Wildcats are
Jace Nordyke, a junior, and
Hayden Nordyke, a senior.
Jace competed at 135
pounds last year and went 0-2
in the state tournament and
ended the season with a 35-6
record.
Hayden competed at 140
pounds last season and won
his first match at state before
he lost two matches to end the
year with a 10-9 record.
“The kids we’ve got coming
back are not only good lead-
ers, but the rest of the kids
look up to them,” said Wag-
ner. “They make my job easier
and they make the other kids
work harder. I think this can
be the best team we’ve had in
the three years that I’ve been
here.”
Also out for the team are
freshman Gustavo Marquez
(112), freshman Cole Burns
(103), senior Cody Elwin
(135), senior Austin Palmer
(145), sophomore Sy Don-
aldson (152), junior Saul Sal-
gado (140), junior Tanner Bar-
th (152), and senior Billy
Ortivez (215) .
Joining the team from Gra-
nada will be freshman Zxavier
Martinez (119), sophomore
Brynden Burns (145), and
freshman Armando Hernan-
dez (140).
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Sat., Dec. 4 - at Cheyenne
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Fri., Dec. 10 - at Ulysses, Ks.
tournament, 3:00
Sat., Dec. 11 - at Ulysses, Ks.
tournament, 9:00
Sat., Dec. 18 - HOLLY
CHRISTMAS tournament, 9:30
Sat.. Jan. 8 - at Lamar
tournament, 10:00
Sat., Jan. 15 - at Scott City
tournament, 9:00
Sat., Jan. 15 - Holly JV at Walsh
tournament, 9:00
Thurs., Jan. 20 - Dual vs.
Wichita County in Holly, 5:00
Fri., Jan. 28 - Tri-meet at
Cheyenne Wells, 6:00
Sat., Jan. 29 - at Eads
tournament, 9:30
Fri., Feb. 4 - Quad-meet at
Swink, 5:00
Sat., Feb. 5 - at Crowley County
tournament, 9:00
Feb. 11-12 - Regionals
Feb. 17-19 - State tournament,
Pepsi Center in Denver
“Our numbers are up
and I think that’s going
to help with the
competition in the
wrestling room. The
kids are going to have
to be working hard to
earn that varsity spot.”
— Wrestling coach
Lyndon Wagner.
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
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LAMAR WINTER SPORTS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010 ...
McCLAVE
McCLAVE GIRLS BASKETBALL
By John Contreras
The Lamar Ledger
New chapter begins for
McClave girls basketball pro-
gram.
A new chapter begins this
season in the storied history of
the McClave High School girls
basketball program.
A new head coach Dave Sta-
vely will take over the pro-
gram for former coach Dick
Peecher, whose contract was
not renewed by the McClave
School Board.
Stavely takes over a pro-
gram that Peecher built into a
dynasty.
Under his tutelage, Peecher
guided the Lady Cardinals to
nine appearances to the Class
1A state tournament over the
past 10 years. In that run,
McClave won four state cham-
pionships including three in a
row. The Lady Cardinals also
were state runner-ups up twice
and placed third two times.
Peecher led McClave bas-
ketball teams to a state-record
78 straight victories which in-
cluded 25-0 seasons in 2004,
2005, and 2006. His career re-
cord at McClave was 224-22.
Last year’s team is coming
off a 22-3 record which by
McClave’s standards was a
disappointing season.
After a lopsided 48-18 loss
to Kim in the championship
game of the R.L. Ballard tour-
nament in early December,
McClave reeled off 20 straight
victories.
In the state tournament, the
Lady Cardinals fell in the first
round to Briggsdale, 45-43,
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.
The new coach will also be
counting on Sydney Curley, a
5-9 senior post; Kelsey Thax-
ton, a 5-8 junior wing, and Sara
Turner, a 5-7 sophomore wing.
“Karlee and Melissa return
with the most experience,”
said Stavely. “So, we’ll be
counting on them a lot. Karlee
is an all-around athlete and
can play every position and
Melissa will run the show.
Sydney will be tough at the
post position and I’m looking
for a good things from the
Canfield twins as well as from
the rest of the girls.”
Stavely said his team should
be strong on the defensive
side, but it’s offense that has
him a little concerned.
“The main thing we’re con-
centrating on right now is on
offense,” he explained. “Last
year, they struggled scoring
points. They always played ex-
cellent defense and were in ev-
ery game with their defense.
But it really showed in the
state tournament that they
couldn’t score. So, we’re really
working on our shooting, ball
handling, and hopefully put-
ting in some offenses that
might work.“
“Last year was a disappoint-
ing end to the season and I
know Coach Peecher and the
team wanted a rematch with
Kim,” said Stavely. “Maybe
that was part of the problem
and they may have overlooked
Briggsdale. It was still an ex-
cellent year for them.”
Stavely said that it should
be a balanced field in District
2 this year with some vastly
improved teams in Kit Carson,
Cheyenne Wells, Eads, and
Granada. Cheraw will not field
a team this year.
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
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
McCLAVE BOYS BASKETBALL
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-
er, a 5-11 forward.
That trio will be joined by
sophomores Cody Canfield, a
6-5 post; Dillan Kelley, a 5-8
guard; Zach Zamora, a 5-10
forward; and Ashur Wiedrich,
a 5-7 guard.
Randel will also welcome
the return of Tate Mauser, a
6-4 junior post, who missed
last season with a foot injury.
“Our guys gained a ton of
experience last year,” he said.
“Gabe is a great point guard
and a great kid to have the ball
in his hands. The biggest chal-
lenge for him this year is not
going to be his shooting or his
scoring, but how he distrib-
utes the ball and being more
of a true point guard.”
“Jimmy worked a lot on his
shot this summer and he’s
coming in with a good atti-
tude,” Randel said. “He’s very
athletic and is going to help us
a ton, too.”
“Cody was thrown into a
starting role last year as a
freshman and did a good job
for us,” said Randel. “He’s
grown about three inches and
very athletic. His potential is
unlimited as far as a Class 1A
player goes. It will be interest-
ing to see how far he has
come along.”
“Wacey is a player that real-
ly hustles,” said Randel. “I call
them garbage men and they
do a lot. He’s also turned him-
self into a pretty good shooter
and understands his role. It’s
the same way with the rest of
the kids on the team.”
Another player that Randel
said he’ll test the waters with
will be Cristian Juarez, a 6-1
freshman.
Heading into this season,
Randel knows that nothing
will come easy and his team
will have to be ready to come
out and play every night.
“The team we had last year
really doesn’t correlate with
the team we have this year,”
he said. “It’s the same kids but
different. It will be interesting
to see how the pieces fit in the
puzzle. We have high expecta-
tions for ourselves, but there’s
always good teams in South-
east Colorado. I don’t think
we’re going to be overlooked
like we were last year. It’s not
often in basketball that you re-
turn a whole team back. We
have a lot of work to do but I
think we’re going to be a pret-
ty good and it will be interest-
ing.”
Randel expects to be chal-
lenged by the usual suspects.
“Granada will be tough and
Coach Gonzales always does a
good job,” he said. “Spring-
field is going to be solid and
Walsh is a team that brings
back a lot of their players.
They’re going to be athletic
and they ended up beating us
last year to end our season.
You can’t count out Kit Carson
or Eads in our district. This is
just a good area for basketball
and it’s tough to win around
here.“
McCLAVE BASKETBALL
SCHEDULE
Fri., Dec. 3 - at Las Animas,
5:00
Sat., Dec. 4 - MANZANOLA,
4:00
Thurs., Dec. 9 - at Wiley, 4:00
Sat., Dec. 11 - at Holly JV
tournament, TBA
Dec. 16-18 - at Lamar Holiday
Tournament, TBA
Fri., Jan. 7 - HOLLY, 4:00
Sat., Jan. 8 -SOUTH BACA,
3:00
Fri., Jan. 14 - at Cheraw, 5:00
Sat., Jan. 15 - at Kim, 5:00
Fri., Jan. 21 - EADS, 4:00
Fri., Jan. 28 - KARVAL, 4:00
Sat., Jan. 29 - at Wiley JV
tournament
Fri., Feb. 4 - CHEYENNE WELLS,
4:00
Sat., Feb. 5 - at Walsh, 4:00
Fri., Feb. 11 - at Granada, 4:00
Sat., Feb. 12 - at Flagler, 3:00
Thurs., Feb. 17 - WILEY, 4:00
Fri., Feb. 18 - at Kit Carson,
4:00
Feb. 22, 24, 26 - Districts,
Lamar
Tues., Mar. 1 - First 24, La
Junta
Sat., Mar. 5 - Sweet 16, Pueblo
March 10-12 - State
Tournament, TBA
John Contreras The Lamar Ledger
McCLAVE BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM: KEY PLAYERS returning for the McClave boys basketball team will be, l-r, Jimmy Bencomo, Dillan Kelley, Cody Canfield, Wacey
Turner, and Gabe Benabides.
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WILEY GIRLS BASKETBALL
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
junior, who all saw consider-
able playing time.
“This group has a good
work ethic and we’ll have
good leadership in our two
seniors (Tanner Campbell
and Jodi States),” said Dun-
ning.
The Wiley coach said he is
also looking at three youn-
ger post players for addition-
al depth on the varsity ros-
ter.
“Having been successful
the last couple of years and
especially last year, we are
not a secret anymore,” said
Dunning. “We are not going
to sneak up on anybody.
This year we will get the best
game from all of our oppo-
nents. We know that we have
to practice hard every day
and be ready to go to work
each and every game.”
Dunning added, “We have
a very balanced district and
we will see several good
teams along the way. It
should make for an exciting
season.“
WILEY BASKETBALL
SCHEDULE
Thurs., Dec. 2 - CHEYENNE
WELLS, 4:00
Thurs., Dec. 9 - McCLAVE, 4:00
Sat., Dec. 11 - at Granada,
1:00
Dec. 16-18 - at Lamar Holiday
tournament, TBA
Fri., Jan. 7 - at Cheyenne Wells
(JV/V Girls only), 4:00
Sat., Jan. 8 - GRANADA, 3:00
Thurs., Jan. 13 - WALSH, 4:00
Sat., Jan. 15 - CHERAW (Boys
only), 3:00
Thurs., Jan. 20 - MANZANOLA,
4:00
Sat., Jan. 22 - at Karval (JV
boys and girls; Varsity boys
only), 3:00
Thurs., Jan. 27 - at Eads, 4:00
Sat., Jan. 29 - WILEY JV
TOURNAMent
Fri., Feb. 4 - HOLLY, 4:00
Sat., Feb. 5 - KIT CARSON,
3:00
Fri., Feb. 11 - SPRINGFIELD,
4:00
Sat., Feb. 12 - at Kim, 4:00
Thurs., Feb. 17 - at McClave,
4:00
Fri., Feb. 18 - at Las Animas,
4:00
Feb. 22, 25, 26 - District
tournament
Mar. 1, 4, 5 - Regionals
Mar., 10, 11, 12 - State
tournament
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