Tigers Host Hampton Inn Baseball Classic This Weekend!

The La Junta Tigers have won two games in the early prep baseball season. They have a chance to win two more as they host the annual Hampton Inn Baseball Classic. The tournament field features five 3A teams, including Tri-Peaks rival Lamar. Also coming down to the Arkansas Valley are three 4A teams. The field has a combined 22-8 record, and features three undefeated teams. Needless to say, this tournament is going to be a good one. Here is the schedule:


Winner=BOLD

Saturday MArch 25th:

Game 1: Weld Central Rebels vs. La Junta Tigers *22nd Street Park*: 9:00am

Game 2: Lamar Savages vs. Valley Vikings *Potter Park*: 10:00am

Game 3: Gunnison Cowboys vs. University Bulldogs *22nd Street Park*: 11:15am

Game 4: Vista Peak Bison vs. Fort Morgan Mustangs *Potter Park*: 12:15pm

Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3 *22nd Street Park*: 1:30pm

Game 6: Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 4 *Potter Park*: 2:30pm

Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3 *22nd Street Park*: 3:45pm

Game 8: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4 *Potter Park*: 4:45pm


See ya in La Junta on Saturday!

–Triple R

Going Dancing…Again! Swink Qualifies For Second Straight State Tournament

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Let me take you back to the last time the Swink Lady Lions lost a basketball game. Well for one it was 2016. It also wasn’t 70 degrees outside. And that white stuff was falling from the sky That’s because the last time Swink lost a game was at the La Junta Holiday Shootout, which was back in December. That’s was 20 games ago.

After losing to Del Norte (who also made the tournament) by a score of 56-39 in the consolation semifinals at the Holiday Shootout, the Lady Lions went on a tear. 19 games later and here they are again, same tournament different venue.#7 seed Swink will take on the #2 seed Paonia Lady Eagles today at the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colorado. Tip off is set for 4:00pm.

Last year Swink came to “The Dance” with an 18 game win streak. But that was 2016, its 2017 and the Lions are looking to show the state of Colorado that they mean business. Led by Sophomore Brianna Denton (14.2 ppg & 5.4 rpg) the ladies are looking to be the next “Cinderella”. And it’s March so why not let a little madness commence.


I had a chance to interview Sophomore Tierra Holland about what it means to go to the State Tournament both years of high school, along with how things have changed from last year.


You’ve gone to state both years of high school. How does it feel to be back-to-back champions in the Santa Fe League, District 6 & the Region?

Tierra: It feels really good! I’ve been very proud of my team! Last year we were really good, but this year we are outstanding! We play Paonia our first game out at state, and if we come out and play this years Swink Girls Basketball it’ll be a great game! Every team is beatable and it would be the best thing ever, if we are #1 in the League and got #1 and districts and regionals and made it on farther this year! I say let’s show people what a small town like Swink can do at a State Tourney!

Being a starter on varsity in your sophomore year is a great accomplishment. What has changed in you from last year to this year?

Tierra: We’ll last year I didn’t really know if my favorite sport was volleyball or basketball and I loved basketball, but I didn’t try as hard.. until this year, I knew what I wanted to do and accomplish this year! I believe that basketball is my sport, and I just love how my coaches push me to be the best player and teammate I can be!

Any words for the fans?

Tierra: Just come and support us at state in Loveland and the more support we get/have the more confidence we will have! I really appreciate everyone parents, family, everyone who has supported us through everything! We play at 4pm at the Budweiser Event Center against Paonia and we need all the support we can get!


Action from the Budweiser Event Center tips off at 8:45am and runs all night. Catch Pat McGee with the call of the Swink/Fowler games Thursday thru (hopefully) Saturday. All the action can be heard on 92.1 FM KTHN, kthn921.com and network1sports.com. See you in Loveland!

–Triple R

It’s Time To Go Dancing! Swink and Fowler Make State Tournament Field

The greatest time of the year is here. It’s time for the State Basketball Finals. The Swink Lady Lions and Fowler Grizzlies have made the “Great 8” in the 2A State Championships. Games will be played at the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland. Both teams received the #7 seed and will face the #2 seeded team on Thursday. Anything is possible and numbers mean nothing when it’s March! Here’s the schedule for each bracket this weekend:


Girls:

Thursday March 9th (Quarterfinals):

Game 1: #1 Yuma Lady Indians vs. #8 Ignacio Lady Bobcats: 43-18

Game 2: #4 Wray Lady Eagles vs. #5 Simla Lady Cubs: 66-25

Game 3: #2 Paonia Lady Eagles vs. #7 Swink Lady Lions: 55-44

Game 4: #3 Del Norte Lady Tigers vs. #6 Haxtun Lady Bulldogs: 59-44

Friday March 10th (COnsolation/Championship Semifinals):

Game 5 (Consolation): #5 Simla Lady Cubs vs. #8 Ignacio Lady Bobcats: 47-34

Game 6 (Consolation): #6 Haxtun Lady Bulldogs vs. #7 Swink Lady Lions: 49-36

Game 7 (Championship): #2 Paonia Lady Eagles vs. #3 Del Norte Lady Tigers: 49-48

Game 8 (Championship): #1 Yuma Lady Indians vs. #4 Wray Lady Eagles: 46-44

Saturday March 11th (5th & 3rd Place/Championship):

Game 9 (5th Place): #5 Simla Lady Cubs vs. #6 Haxtun Lady Bulldogs: 59-44

Game 10 (3rd Place): #1 Yuma Lady Indians vs. #3 Del Norte Lady Tigers : 46-40

Game 11 (Championship): #2 Paonia Lady Eagles vs. #4 Wray Lady Eagles: 59-42


Boys:

Thursday March 9th (Quarterfinals):

Game 1: #2 Holyoke Dragons vs. #7 Fowler Grizzlies: 43-38

Game 2: #1 Sedgwick County Cougars vs. #8 Sanford Indians: 40-38

Game 3: #3 Del Norte Tigers vs. #6 Paonia Eagles: 45-37

Game 4: #4 Akron Rams vs. #5 Highland Huskies: 69-57

Friday March 10th (Consolation/Championship Semifinals):

Game 5 (Consolation): #3 Del Norte Tigers vs. #7 Fowler Grizzlies: 61-38

Game 6 (Consolation): #4 Akron Rams vs. #8 Sanford Indians: 71-46

Game 7 (Championship): #2 Holyoke Dragons vs. #6 Paonia Eagles: 64-63

Game 8 (Championship): #1 Sedgwick County Cougars vs. Highland Huskies: 58-33

Saturday March 11th (5th & 3rd Place/Championship):

Game 9 (5th Place): #3 Del Norte Tigers vs. #4 Akron Rams: 47-46

Game 10 (3rd Place): #5 Highland Huskies vs. #6 Paonia Eagles: 60-53

Game 11 (Championship): #1 Sedgwick County Cougars vs. #2 Holyoke Dragons: 44-41


See you at the Budweiser Event Center!

–Triple R

RMAC Shootout Preview: #3 CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves vs. #6 Colorado Christian Cougars

It’s the last day of February which means its “March Madness” time. Tonight we tip-off the college basketball playoffs with the RMAC Shootout Quarterfinals from Massari Arena. The #3 Thuderwolves host the #6 Cougars in Men’s action. Here’s how each team stacks up headed into the matchup:


#6 Colorado Christian COugars

  • (14-14) Overall, (11-11) in RMAC
    • (7-8) on the road this season
    • 7th in RMAC Men’s Standings (Earned #6 seed due to Westminster’s ineligibility in postseason)
  • Being outscored by opponents 2,318-2,293
  • (2-3) in Last 5 Games
    • Lost to Colorado Mines 89-76
    • Defeated Adams State 74-73
    • Lost to CSU-Pueblo 87-79
    • Defeated Metro State 88-77
    • Lost to UCCS 79-68
  • Offense is averaging 81.9 points/game, Defense allows 82.8 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Brett Brady (18.9 points/game)
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Brett Brady (Senior)
    • Ty McGee (Junior)

#3 Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves

  • (19-8) Overall, (17-5) in RMAC
    • (10-2) at home this season
    • 3rd in RMAC Men’s Standings
  • Outscoring opponents 2,305-2,082
  • (4-1) in Last 5 Games
    • Defeated New Mexico Highlands 97-81
    • Defeated Westminster 85-69
    • Defeated Colorado Christian 87-79
    • Defeated Western State 89-75
    • Lost to Colorado Mesa 96-85
  • Offense is averaging 85.4 points/game, Defense allows 77.1 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Mark Williams (14.3 points/game)
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Rico Spikes (Senior)
    • Nelson Kahler (Senior)

These teams met twice this season with CSU winning the January 17th matchup 98-94, then the Thunderwolves took game 2 two weeks ago by a score of 87-79. You never know what will happen in NCAA Basketball, but tonight the Thunderwolves prevail and will move to the semifinals where they will meet either Fort Lewis or UCCS.

–Triple R

RMAC Shootout Preview: #1 CSU-Pueblo Lady Thunderwolves vs. #8 South Dakota Mines Lady Hardrockers

It’s the last day of February which means its “March Madness” time. Tonight we tip-off the college basketball playoffs with the RMAC Shootout Quarterfinals from Massari Arena. The #1 Thuderwolves host the #8 Hardrockers in women’s action. A win would allow Colorado State-Pueblo to host the remainder of the tournament. Here’s how each team stacks up headed into the matchup:


#8 South Dakota Mines Lady Hardrockers

  • (12-15) Overall, (10-12) in RMAC
    • (5-8) on the road this season
    • 8th in RMAC Women’s Standings
  • Outscoring opponents 1,717-1,638
  • (3-2) in Last 5 Games
    • Defeated Metro State 58-48
    • Lost to Black Hills State 61-57
    • Defeated Western State 60-52
    • Lost to Regis University 75-69
    • Defeated Chadron State 78-62
  • Offense is averaging 63.6 points/game, Defense allows 60.7 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Megan Rohrer (10.1 points/game)
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Megan Rohrer (Senior)
    • Cooper Courtney (Freshman)

#1 Colorado State-Pueblo Lady Thunderwolves

  • (26-2) Overall, (20-2) in RMAC
    • (15-0) at Home
    • #1 in RMAC Women’s Standings
  • Outscoring opponents 2,053-1,698
    • Opened Season (24-0)
  • (3-2) in Last 5 Games
    • Defeated New Mexico Highlands 69-45
    • Lost to Westminster 85-81
    • Defeated Colorado Christian 80-72
    • Defeated Western State 72-52
    • Lost to Colorado Mesa 91-56
  • Offense is averaging 73.3 points/game, Defense allows 60.6 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Tuileisu Anderson (16.3 points/game)
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Tuileisu Anderson (Junior)
    • Katie Cunningham (Junior)

These two teams met on January 6th, a time when CSU was rolling. The Pack came away with a narrow 66-64 victory. This time won’t be as close. The Thunderwolves win easily and advance to the semifinals where they will meet either Regis or Fort Lewis.

–Triple R

La Junta Makes 3A State Tournament Field

The La Junta Tigers are going dancing! The Tigers made the 3A State Tournament field as a #16 seed. Here’s a break down the state tournament schedule. Times will be posted as they become available:


Winner=BOLD

3A


Friday March 3rd (Round of 32) *Top 8 Seeds Host*:

Host: Kent Denver School

Game 1: #16 La Junta Tigers vs. #17 Jefferson Academy Jaguars: 68-64

Game 2: #1 Kent Denver Sun Devils vs. #32 Ridgeview Academy Rams: 58-40

Host: Denver School of Science & Tech-Valley Ranch

Game 3: #8 DSST-Valley Ranch Raptors vs. #25 The Pinnacle Timberwolves: 52-51

Game 4: #9 Basalt Longhorns vs. #24 University Bulldogs: 62-32

Host: Bayfield High School

Game 5: #12 Alamosa Mean Moose vs. #21 Rye Thunderbolts: 52-44

Game 6: #5 Bayfield Wolverines vs. #28 Delta Panthers: 78-75

Host: Resurrection Christian School

Game 7: #13 Faith Christian Eagles vs. #20 The Academy Wildcats: 58-35

Game 8: #4 Resurrection Christian Cougars vs. #29 Pagosa Springs Pirates: 74-55

Host: Manitou Springs High School

Game 9: #15 Manual Thunderbolts vs. #18 Roaring Fork Rams: 73-64

Game 10: #2 Manitou Springs Mustangs vs. #31 Montezuma-Cortez Panthers: 57-39

Host: Coal Ridge High school

Game 11: #10 Sterling Tigers vs. #23 Buena Vista Demons: 67-44

Game 12: #7 Coal Ridge Titans vs. #26 Frontier Academy Wolverines: 77-57

Host: Denver School of Science & Tech-Stapleton

Game 13: #6 DSST-Stapleton Knights vs. #27 Colorado Academy Mustangs: 85-69

Game 14: #11 Strasburg Indians vs. #22 Bishop Machebeuf Buffaloes: 58-56

Host: Colorado Springs Christian School

Game 15: #3 Colorado Springs Christian Lions vs. #30 Grand Valley Cardinals: 74-41

Game 16: #14 Lutheran Lions vs. #19 The Vanguard School Coursers: 72-61

 

Saturday March 4th (Sweet 16) *Top 8 Seeds Host*:

Host: Kent Denver School

Game 17: #1 Kent Denver Sun Devils vs. #16 La Junta Tigers: 1:00pm

Host: Denver School of Science & Tech-Valley Ranch

Game 18: #8 DSST-Valley Ranch Raptors vs. #9 Basalt Raptors: 1:00pm

Host: Bayfield High School

Game 19: #12 Alamosa Mean Moose vs. #28 Delta Panthers: TBD

Host: Resurrection Christian sChool

Game 20: #4 Resurrection Christian Cougars vs. #13 Faith Christian Eagles: 3:00pm

Host: Manitou Springs High School

Game 21: #2 Manitou Springs Mustangs vs. #18 Roaring Fork Rams: 1:00pm

Host: Coal Ridge High school

Game 22: #7 Coal Ridge Titans  vs. #10 Sterling Tigers: 2:00pm

Host: Denver School of Science & Tech-Stapleton

Game 23: #6 DSST-Stapleton Knights vs. #11 Strasburg Indians: 1:00pm

Host: Colorado Springs Christian School

Game 24: #3 Colorado Springs Christian Lions vs. #14 Lutheran Lions: 2:30pm

 

Thursday March 9th (Elite 8) *university of Denver*:

Game 25: Winner Game 17 vs. Winner Game 18: TBD

Game 26: Winner Game 19 vs. Winner Game 20: TBD

Game 27: Winner Game 21 vs. Winner Game 22: TBD

Game 28: Winner Game 23 vs. Winner Game 24: TBD

 

Friday March 10th (Final Four) *University of Denver*:

Game 31: Winner Game 25 vs. Winner Game 26: TBD

Game 32: Winner Game 27 vs. Winner Game 28: TBD

 

Saturday March 11th (7th/5th/3rd PLace & Champ.) *University of Denver*:

Game 35 (3rd Place): Loser Game 29 vs. Loser Game 30: 2:00pm

Game 36 (Championship): Winner Game 29 vs. Winner Game 30: 6:00pm

5 Arkansas Valley Teams Advance to Regional Tournaments

The final week of February and first week of March is here and that means one thing…its “March Madness”! 5 Arkansas Valley teams are looking to make it to their respective state tournaments. Here’s each regional tournament’s schedule:


Winner=BOLD

Regionals

1A


Boys Region 3 Bracket 1 (La Junta High School):

Friday March 3rd (Semifinals):

Game 1: #1 Holly Wildcats: BYE

Game 2: #6 Cheraw Wolverines vs. #7 Genoa-Hugo/Karval Pirates: 61-41

Saturday March 4th (Championship):

Game 3: #1 Holly Wildcats vs. #7 Genoa-Hugo/Karval Pirates: 81-42

 

2A


Girls East Region Pod C (Doherty HS):

Friday March 3rd (Semifinals):

Game 1: #3 Simla Lady Cubs: BYE

Game 2: #8 Ellicott Lady Thunderhawks vs. #13 Fowler Lady Grizzlies: 44-40

Saturday March 4th (Championship):

Game 3: #3 Simla Lady Cubs vs. #8 Ellicott Lady Thunderhawks: 40-36

Boys East Region Pod C (Doherty HS):

Friday March 3rd (Semifinals):

Game 1: #3 Akron Rams: BYE

Game 2: #8 Crowley County Chargers vs. #13 Simla Cubs: 66-39

Saturday March 4th (Championship):

Game 3: #3 Akron Rams vs. #8 Crowley County Chargers: 42-31

 

Girls East Region Pod D (Doherty HS):

Friday March 3rd (Semifinals):

Game 1: #4 Swink Lady Lions: BYE

Game 2: #7 Lyons Lady Lions vs. #12 Denver Christian Lady Thunder: 42-37

Saturday March 4th (Championship):

Game 3: #4 Swink Lady Lions vs. #12 Denver Christian Lady Thunder: 39-35

 

Boys East Region Pod E (Vista Peak HS):

Friday March 3rd (Semifinals):

Game 1: #5 Dawson School Mustangs: BYE

Game 2: #6 Fowler Grizzlies vs. #11 Dayspring Christian Academy Eagles: 41-27

Saturday March 4th (Championship):

Game 3: #5 Dawson School Mustangs vs. #6 Fowler Grizzlies: 46-37


Out of the Regional Tournaments only the Regional Champions will advance to the state tournament.

–Triple R

Playoff Basketball Time: 1A, 2A & 3A District Basketball Schedule

Its the end of February which means one thing, its time for playoff basketball. Arkansas Valley teams are all vying for a spot in the State Championships in their respective classifications. Here’s each district schedule:


Winners=BOLD

Districts:

1A


1A Girls District 2:

Tuesday February 21st (QuarterFInals) *Lamar Community BUilding*:

Game 1: #1 Kit Carson: BYE

Game 2: #6 Granada Lady Bobcats vs. #3 Eads Lady Eagles: 55-26

Game 3: #5 Cheraw Lady Wolverines vs. #4 Cheyenne Wells Lady Tigers: 54-33

Game 4: #2 McClave Lady Cardinals: BYE

Thursday February 23rd (Semifinals) *Lamar Community Building*:

Game 5: #4 Cheyenne Wells Lady Tigers vs. #1 Kit Carson Lady Wildcats: 45-28

Game 6: #3 Eads Lady Eagles vs. #2 McClave Lady Cardinals: 44-42

Saturday February 25th (3rd PLace/Championship) *Lamar Community Building*:

Game 7 (3rd Place): #4 Cheyenne Wells Lady Tigers vs. #2 McClave Lady Cardinals: 2:00pm

Game 8: (Championship): #3 Eads Lady Eagles vs. #1 Kit Carson Lady Wildcats: 4:40pm

 

1A Boys District 2:

Tuesday February 21st (Quarterfinals) *LAmar Community Building*:

Game 1: #1 Cheyenne Wells Tigers: BYE

Game 2: #6 Granada Bobcats vs. #3 Cheraw Wolverines: 53-43

Game 3: #5 Eads Eagles vs. #4 McClave Cardinals: 65-30

Game 4: #2 Kit Carson Wildcats: BYE

Thursday February 23rd (Semifinals) *Lamar Community Building*:

Game 5: #4 McClave Cardinals vs. #1 Cheyenne Wells Tigers: 49-30

Game 6: #3 Cheraw Wolverines vs. #2 Kit Carson Wildcats: 54-41

Saturday February 25th (3rd PLace/Championship)

Game 7 (3rd Place): #4 McClave Cardinals vs. #3 Cheraw Wolverines: 3:20pm

Game 8 (Championship): #2 Kit Carson Wildcats vs. #1 Cheyenne Wells Tigers: 6:00pm

 

1A girls District 6:

monday February 20th (play-in Games) *Higher Seed hosts*:

#10 Augilar Lady Wildcats vs. #7 Primero Lady Bulldogs: 72-39

#9 Moffat Cowgirls vs. #8 Manzanola Lady Bobcats: 48-37

tuesday february 21st (Quarterfinals) *Higher seed hosts*:

Game 1: #8 Manzanola Lady Bobcats vs. #1 Antonito Lady Trojans: 78-11

Game 2: #5 Cotopaxi Lady Pirates vs. #4 Sangre de Cristo Lady Thunderbirds: 50-23

Game 3: #7 Primero Lady Bulldogs vs. #2 La Veta Lady Redskins: 80-20

Game 4: #6 Creede/Lake City Lady Miners vs. #3 Sierra Grande Lady Panthers: 34-27

thursday february 23rd (Semifinals)*adams state University*:

Game 5: #4 Sangre de Cristo Lady Thunderbirds vs. #1 Antonito Lady Trojans: 51-28

Game 6: #3 Sierra Grande Lady Panthers vs. #2 La Veta Lady Redskins: 49-46

Saturday February 25th (Championship) *Adams State University*:

Game 7: #3 Sierra Grande Lady Panthers vs. #1 Antonito Lady Trojans: 12:00pm

 

1A Boys District 6:

Monday February 20th (Play-in Games) *Higher Seed Hosts*:

#11 Aguilar Wildcats vs. #6 Centennial Rams: 53-24

#10 Manzanola Bobcats vs. Antonito Trojans: 56-49

#9 Moffat Cowboys vs. #8 La Veta Redskins: 45-40

Tuesday February 21st (QuarterFinals) *Higher Seed Hosts*:

Game 1: #10 Manzanola Bobcats vs. #1 Primero Bulldogs: 77-34

Game 2: #5 Cotopaxi Pirates vs. #4 Creede/Lake City Miners: 59-55

Game 3: #10 Manzanola Bobcats vs. #2 Sierra Grande Panthers: 80-41

Game 4: #6 Centennial Rams vs. #3 Sangre de Cristo Thunderbirds: 52-19

Thursday February 23rd (SemiFinals) *Adams State University*:

Game 5: #4 Creede/Lake City Miners vs. #1 Primero Bulldogs: 51-42

Game 6: #3 Sangre de Cristo Thunderbirds vs. #2 Sierra Grande Panthers : 65-64

saturday February 25th (Championship) *Adams State University*:

Game 7: #4 Creede/Lake City Miners vs. #3 Sangre de Cristo Thunderbirds: 1:30pm

 

2A


2A Girls District 6:

Thursday February 16th (Play-in games) *Higher Seed Hosts*:

#8 Swallows Charter Academy Lady Spartans vs. #5 Crowley County Lady Chargers: 53-16

#7 Las Animas Lady Trojans vs. #6 Rocky Ford Lady Meloneers: 51-37

Monday February 20th (QuarterFinals) *Higher Seed Hosts*:

Game 1: #1 Swink Lady Lions: BYE

Game 2: #5 Crowley County Lady Chargers vs. #4 John Mall Lady Panthers: 45-40

Game 3: #2 Fowler Lady Grizzlies: BYE

Game 4: #6 Rocky Ford Lady Meloneers vs. #3 Hoehne Lady Farmers: 41-30

Thursday February 23rd (SemiFinals) *Otero Junior College*:

Game 5: #4 John Mall Lady Panthers vs. #1 Swink Lady Lions: 65-38

Game 6: #3 Hoehne Lady Farmers vs. #2 Fowler Lady Grizzlies: 46-36

Friday February 24th (3rd place/Championship) *Otero Junior College*:

Game 7 (3rd Place): #4 John Mall Lady Panthers vs. #3 Hoehne Lady Farmers: 3:30pm

Game 8 (Championship): #2 Fowler Lady Grizzlies vs. #1 Swink Lady Lions: 6:30pm

 

2A Boys District 6:

Friday February 17th (Play-in Games) *Higher Seed Hosts*:

#8 Las Animas Trojans vs. #5 John Mall Panthers: 52-48

#7 Swink Lions vs. #6 Swallows Charter Academy Spartans: 57-34

Tuesday February 21st (QuarterFinals) *Higher Seed HOst*:

Game 1: #1 Crowley County Chargers: BYE

Game 2: #5 John Mall Panthers vs. #4 Rocky Ford Meloneers: 60-47

Game 3: #2 Fowler Grizzlies: BYE

Game 4: #6 Swallows Charter Academy Spartans vs. #3 Hoehne Farmers: 80-51

Thursday February 23rd (SemiFinals) *Otero Junior College*:

Game 5: #5 John Mall Panthers vs. #1 Crowley County Chargers: 52-43

Game 6: #3 Hoehne Farmers vs. #2 Fowler Grizzlies: 50-33

Friday February 24th (3rd PLace/Championship) *Otero Junior COllege*:

Game 7 (3rd Place): #5 John Mall Panthers vs. #3 Hoehne Farmers: 5pm

Game 8 (Championship) : #2 Fowler Grizzlies vs. #1 Crowley County Chargers: 8pm

 

3A


3a Girls Tri-Peaks

Saturday February 19th (Play-in games) *Higher Seed Hosts*:

#12 Vanguard Lady Coursers vs. #5 Trinidad Lady Miners: 52-27

#11 La Junta Lady Tigers vs. #6 Florence Lady Huskies: 45-35

#10 Salida Lady Spartans vs. #7 Buena Vista Lady Demons: 54-49

#9 James Irwin Lady Jaguars vs. #8 Rye Lady Thunderbolts: 40-22

Tuesday February 22nd (Quarterfinals) *Higher Seed Hosts*:

Game 1: #8 Rye Lady Thunderbolts vs. #1 Colorado Springs Christian Lady Lions: 58-19

Game 2: #5 Trinidad Lady Miners vs. #4 Manitou Springs Lady Mustangs: 40-34

Game 3: #10 Salida Lady Spartans vs. #2 St. Mary’s Lady Pirates: 71-31

Game 4: #6 Florence Lady Huskies vs. #3 Lamar Lady Savages: 76-29

Friday February 24th (Conso. Semifinals/CHamp. Semifinals) *Pueblo Central High School*:

Game 5 (Conso.): #8 Rye Lady Thunderbolts vs. #5 Trinidad Lady Miners: 55-31

Game 6 (Conso.): #10 Salida Lady Spartans vs. #6 Florence Lady Huskies: 1:00pm

Game 7: (Champ.): #4 Manitou Springs Lady Mustangs vs. #1 Colorado Springs Christian Lady Lions: 4:00pm

Game 8: #3 Lamar Lady Savages vs. #2 St. Mary’s Lady Pirates: 7:00pm

Saturday February 25th (7th PLace/5th PLace/3rd PLace/Championship) *Pueblo Central High School*:

Game 9 (7th Place): #8 Rye Lady Thunderbolts vs. Loser Game 6: 10:00am

Game 10 (5th Place): #5 Trinidad Lady Miners vs. Winner Game 6: 1:00pm

Game 11 (3rd Place): Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8: 4:00pm

Game 12 (Championship): Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8: 7:00pm

 

3a Boys Tri-Peaks

Saturday February 18th (Play-In Games) *Higher Seed HOsts*:

#12 Lamar Savages vs. #5 Rye Thunderbolts: 54-40

#11 Florence Huskies vs. #6 Buena Vista Demons: 68-50

#10 Trinidad Miners vs. #7 Salida Spartans: 60-36

#9 St. Mary’s Pirates vs. #8 James Irwin Jaguars: 57-50

Tuesday February 21st (Quarterfinals) *Higher Seed Hosts*:

Game 1: #9 St. Mary’s Pirates vs. #1 Colorado Springs Christian Lions: 69-38

Game 2: #5 Rye Thunderbolts vs. #4 La Junta Tigers: 51-32

Game 3: #7 Salida Spartans vs. #2 Manitou Springs Mustangs: 60-36

Game 4: #6 Buena Vista Demons vs. #3 Vanguard Coursers: 74-72

Friday February 24th (Conso. Semifinals/Champ. Semifinals) *Pueblo Central High SChool*:

Game 5 (Conso.): #9 St. Mary’s Pirates vs. #5 Rye Thunderbolts: 47-36

Game 6 (Conso.): #7 Salida Spartans vs. #3 Vanguard Coursers: 2:30pm

Game 7 (Champ.): #4 La Junta Tigers vs. #1 Colorado Springs Christian Lions: 5:30pm

Game 8 (Champ.): #6 Buena Vista Demons vs. #2 Manitou Springs Mustangs: 8:30pm

Saturday February 25th (7th PLace/5th PLace/3rd PLace/Championship) *Pueblo Central High sChool*:

Game 9 (7th Place): #9 St. Mary’s Pirates vs. Loser Game 6: 11:30am

Game 10 (5th Place): #5 Rye Thunderbolts vs. Winner Game 6: 2:30pm

Game 11 (3rd Place): Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8: 5:30pm

Game 12 (Championship): Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8: 8:30pm


Regional Brackets should be released on Sunday February 26th. We’ll have all the schedules for all 3 classifications.

–Triple R

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Triple R Report’s Game of the Day: Swink Lions @ Rocky Ford Meloneers (2A Santa Fe League Basketball)

We once again have an Arkansas Valley Rivalry on tap for today’s edition of the Triple R Report’s Game of the Day. It’s the Swink Lions heading down Highway 50 to take on the Meloneers. It’s a key night for both girl’s teams as a win for Swink puts them up 2 games on everyone. A win from Rocky Ford and it’s a tie for the top spot.

 

Here’s how each team stacks up:

Swink Lady Lions:

  • (6-2) Overall, (4-0) in Santa Fe League
    • 1st in SFL
  • Outscoring opponents 411-279
    • 5 game winning streak
  • (5-0) in Last 5 Games:
    • Defeated La Junta 50-44
    • Defeated Fowler 43-35
    • Defeated Hoehne 61-29
    • Defeated John Mall 65-36
    • Defeated Swallows Charter 75-16
  • Offense is averaging 51.4 points/game, Defense allows 38.9 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Brianna Denton averaging 14.1 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Brianna Denton (Sophomore)
    • Tierra Holland (Sophomore)

 

Rocky Ford Lady Meloneers:

  • (3-4) Overall, (3-1) in Santa Fe League
    • T-2nd in SFL
  • Opponents are outscoring them 258-243
    • Back-to-back wins
  • (3-2) in Last 5 Games:
    • Lost to Center 41-25
    • Defeated John Mall 48-29
    • Lost to Trinidad 47-27
    • Defeated Las Animas 41-16
    • Defeated Crowley County 48-37
  • Offense is averaging 34.7 points/game, Defense allows 36.9 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Emi Romero averaging 8.9 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Emi Romero (Junior)
    • Feliciti Jaramillo (Senior)

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“Both teams are doing well, the Lady Meloneers have a 3 game Santa Fe League win streak while the Lady Lions have a 4 game SFL win streak. One of those ends tonight unfortunately. It’s going to be exciting but Swink gets to the Free Throw Line more tonight and wins a close one.”

 

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“Swink keeps their streak alive. Lady Lions 36 Lady Meloneers 33.”

 

Swink Lions:

  • (1-7) Overall, (0-4) in Santa Fe League
    • 8th in SFL
  • Opponents are outscoring them 498-316
    • 5 game losing streak
  • (0-5) in Last 5 Games:
    • Lost to Monte Vista 44-26
    • Lost to Fowler 56-41
    • Lost to Hoehne 66-31
    • Lost to John Mall 63-47
    • Lost to Swallows Charter 74-53
  • Offense is averaging 39.5 points/game, Defense allows 62.3 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Trey Redner averaging 13.3 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • D’Andre Jimenez (Junior)
    • Troy Valencia (Senior)

 

Rocky Ford Meloneers:

  • (3-4) Overall, (2-2) in Santa Fe League
    • 5th in SFL
  • Outscoring opponents 346-340
  • (2-3) in Last 5 Games:
    • Lost to Center 51-26
    • Lost to John Mall 49-48
    • Defeated Trinidad 62-46
    • Defeated Las Animas 83-53
    • Lost to Crowley County 48-43
  • Offense is averaging 49.4 points/game, Defense allows 48.6 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • David Trujillo (Sophomore)
    • William Valdez (Junior)

 

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“Swink is struggling, only win they have is from a forfeit against Del Norte from the Holiday Shootout. The struggle continues for the Lions tonight. Meloneers show no mercy and win easy.”

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“Meloneers tame the Lions 56-32.”

Triple R Report’s Game of the Day: Crowley County Chargers @ Rocky Ford Meloneers (2A Santa Fe League Basketball)

Hey! We’re back from the Christmas Break, and we’re ready to get back to the hardwood. We’re featuring a key Santa Fe League matchup today! In quite possibly the biggest rivalry in the Arkansas Valley. The Crowley County Chargers come to invade the Melon Dome and take on the Meloneers of Rocky Ford.

These two teams met up for the first game of the season, and it was a split. The Lady Chargers took the girls victory, while in an exciting overtime game the Meloneers came out on top in the boys matchup. When these teams get together expect there to be fireworks. These matchups never fall to amaze. Look for tonight to be no different.


Here’s how each team stacks up:

Crowley County Lady Chargers:

  • (4-3) Overall, (3-0) in Santa Fe League
    • Tied for 1st in SFL (Swink)
  • Outscoring opponents 307-251
    • 3 game winning streak
  • (3-2) in Last 5 Games:
    • Lost to Limon 42-34
    • Lost to Ellicott 43-41
    • Defeated Las Animas 48-33
    • Defeated Swallows Charter 60-9
    • Defeated Florence 44-40
  • Offense is averaging 43.9 points/game, Defense allows 36.7 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Rylee Haynes averaging 13.7 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Rylee Haynes (Sophomore)
    • Madison Berg (Sophomore)

Rocky FOrd Lady Meloneers:

  • (2-4) Overall, (2-1) in Santa Fe League
    • 3rd in SFL
  • Being outscored by opponents 221-195
  • (2-3) in Last 5 Games:
    • Lost to Florence 48-16
    • Lost to Center 41-25
    • Defeated John Mall 48-29
    • Lost to Trinidad 47-27
    • Defeated Las Animas 41-16
  • Offense is averaging 32.5 points/game, Defense allows 36.8 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Emi Romero averaging 8.8 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Stephanie Frantz (Senior)
    • Chantae Rodriguez (Sophomore)

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“When the Meloneers and Chargers get together its nothing short of exciting. There will be plenty of excitement tonight at “The Dome”. Rocky Ford is on a 2-game SFL win streak, while Crowley County is on a 3-game SFL win streak. One of those is broken tonight. Rocky Ford gets out early and sets the tempo for the game.”

Triple R’s Game PRediction:

“Lady Meloneers get 3 in a row in the SFL as they defeated the Lady Chargers 36-29.”

 

Crowley County Chargers:

  • (5-2) Overall, (2-1) in Santa Fe League
    • Tied for 3rd in SFL (Rocky Ford)
  • Outscoring opponents 325-309
    • 4 game win streak
  • (4-1) in Last 5 Games:
    • Lost to Limon 43-30
    • Defeated Ellicott 48-45 OT
    • Defeated Las Animas 53-35
    • Defeated Swallows Charter 59-52
    • Defeated Florence 44-40
  • Offense is averaging 46.4 points/game, Defense allows 44.1 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Hayden Carter averaging 17.2 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Chris Meyer (Junior)
    • Dylan Tuma (Senior)

Rocky Ford Meloneers:

  • (3-3) Overall, (2-1) in Santa Fe League
    • Tied for 3rd in SFL (Crowley County)
      • Owns tiebreaker with defeat of CC
  • Outscoring opponents 303-292
    • Back to back wins
  • (2-3) in Last 5 Games
    • Lost to Florence 49-28
    • Lost to Center 51-26
    • Lost to John Mall 49-48
    • Defeated Trinidad 62-46
    • Defeated Las Animas 83-53
  • Offense is averaging 50.5 points/game, Defense allows 48.7 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • David Trujillo (Sophomore)
    • Brian Preston (Senior)

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“The Meloneers get David Trujillo back tonight, which is HUGE. Crowley has the injury bug, plain and simple. It’ll be a good one tonight in the “Melon Dome”, look for the Meloneers to get out early and win a close contest tonight.”

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“Meloneers sweep the Chargers in the season with a 55-50 victory that comes down to free throws.”


Catch both varsity games on 92.1 FM KTHN, www.kthn921.com or www.network1sports.com. Craig and I will have the call for you. And if you can make it to “The Dome” come say hi. We’ll see you there!

–Triple R