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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

 

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

We’re one week away from all sports breaking for Christmas Break. We have a huge early season Santa Fe League matchup happening at the “Melon Dome” tonight. The Panthers of John Mall travel down to take on Rocky Ford. The Meloneers will finish before Christmas Break with a 3-game home stand. And if history says anything the Meloneers are tough to beat at home.

It’s been a good first few weeks of the season for both Panther teams. They each begin the season 3-1. All of which have been key non-conference matchups. They each competed in the tough Trinidad State Tournament and did well for a 2A team. Each of their losses came from that tournament. The Lady Panthers fell to the tough Trinidad Lady Miners who also defeated the La Junta Lady Tigers. Then the boys ran into powerhouse Manitou Springs, which also defeated the La Junta boys.

At the Trinidad State Tournament, each team went 2-1. The Lady Panthers were knocked to the consolation bracket after a 57-35 loss to the Lady Miners of Trinidad, while the boys advanced to the semifinals after defeating Trinidad in a close 71-68 game. In the consolation semi-final, the girls defeated Springer (NM) 41-38, while the boys were defeated by 3A powerhouse Manitou Springs in the championship semi-final 84-53. In the 5th place game the Lady Panthers defeated Raton (NM) 52-43, the boys took 3rd at the tournament with a 74-45 victory also over Raton. Then both teams played Dolores Huerta, with the girls winning 47-17 and the boys winning as well 70-64.

In what has been an early season of success the Panthers have proved they can compete in the Santa Fe League. The question remains; can they keep it up? In my opinion I don’t think so. The league is going to be tough, well it always is. There has been one thing I’ve learned over my years of playing in and covering high school sports; don’t ever count any team out until the final horn sounds.

It’s been an early season of struggles for both Meloneer Basketball teams. The girls have begun the season with an 0-3 overall record and they’re 0-1 in the Santa Fe League. But they have run into three tough teams to begin the season. The boys’ have begun 1-2. Just like the girls’, it’s been a tough 3 game stretch for the Meloneers.

It all began when both teams traveled to Crowley County for an early league matchup. The Lady Meloneers lost a close one 40-38, while the boys did the opposite they defeated the Chargers 56-44 in overtime. They then traveled to Florence to take on the 3A Huskies. It was once again the same result for the girls, they lost big to the Lady Huskies 48-16. The boys also lost to an always tough Florence team, 49-29. To end the first 3 games of the season Rocky Ford hosted Center at the “Melon Dome”. IT was much of the same as both teams went down in defeat. The girls by a score of 41-25 and the boys by a score of 51-26.

The good thing for Rocky Ford is it’s early in the season, and there is plenty more games to come. For the girls, it’s going to be a tough league schedule for them. The Lady Grizzlies, Lady Lions, and Lady Chargers it’s going to be interesting to see who comes out on top. On the boy’s side of things, it’ll be a 3-team race: The Chargers, Grizzlies, and Meloneers all have excellent shots to earn the #1 seed in District 6 come late February.


Here’s how each team stacks up heading into tonight’s matchup:

John Mall Lady Panthers:

  • (3-1) Overall, has yet to play a SFL game
    • Tied for 3rd in SFL (only because they haven’t played a league game)
  • Outscoring opponents 165-155
    • Lost to Trinidad 57-25
    • Defeated Springer (NM) 41-38
    • Defeated Raton (NM) 52-43
    • Defeated DHPH 47-17
  • 3-game winning streak
  • Offense is averaging 41.3 points/game, Defense allows 38.8 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Erika Bradsby averaging 11.3 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Erika Bradsby (Senior)
    • Jacqueline Santistevan (Senior)

Rocky Ford Lady Meloneers:

  • (0-3) Overall, (0-1) in SFL
    • 2nd in SFL (Only teams to play league game are CC & RF)
  • Opponents are outscoring them 129-79
    • Lost to Crowley County 40-38
    • Lost to Florence 48-16
    • Lost to Center 41-25
  • 3-game losing streak
  • Offense is averaging 26.3 points/game, Defense allows 43 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Emi Romero averaging 8.7 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Stephanie Frantz (Senior)
    • Chantae Rodriguez (Sophomore)

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“Rocky Ford has struggled early but this is going to be the game where that all turns around. The offense for the Lady Meloneers shows up and the defense gets the stops they need. It starts out with a halftime lead for John Mall but the Lady Meloneers come back in the 2nd half.”

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“Lady Meloneers defeat Lady Panthers 36-30.”


John Mall Panthers:

  • (3-1) Overall, has yet to play an SFL game
    • Tied for 3rd in SFL (only because they haven’t played a league game)
  • Outscoring opponents 268-261
    • Defeated Trinidad 71-68
    • Lost to Manitou Springs 84-53
    • Defeated Raton 74-45
    • Defeated DHPH 70-64
  • 2-game winning streak
  • Offense is averaging 67 points/game, Defense allows 65.3 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Felix Ruiz averaging 20.7 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Jayson Santistevan (Senior)
    • Elijah Sandoval (Senior)

Rocky Ford Meloneers:

  • (1-2) Overall, (1-0) in SFL
    • 1st place in SFL (only teams to play league game are CC/RF)
  • Opponents are outscoring them 144-110
    • Defeated Crowley County 56-44 OT
    • Lost to Florence 49-28
    • Lost to Center 51-26
  • 2-game losing streak
  • Offense is averaging 36.7 points/game, Defense allows 48 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • William Valdez (Junior)
    • Derrick Lucero (Senior)

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“Losing back-to-back games is unfamiliar territory for the Meloneers, that streak ends here. It has been awhile since John Mall has defeated Rocky Ford at “The Dome”. Tonight, is no different, everything is clicking for the Meloneers and they improve to 2-0 in the SFL.”

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“Meloneers defeat Panthers easily 60-42.”

It All Comes Down to This! #6 Kent Denver Sun Devils @ #1 La Junta Tigers (CHSAA Class 2A Football State Championship)

It’s only been two years since the Kent Denver Sun Devils have played for a football state championship, its been “just a bit longer” for the La Junta Tigers, 54 years to be exact. It’s been even longer since they have won one. It was back in 1958 that the Tigers hoisted a football championship. At least one of those streaks is going to end on Saturday. We at least know for sure the Tigers will play for the title, but they’re going to have to do it against a tough Kent Denver team who always seems to play tough in late November.

These teams have taken completely different path into the 2A State Title Game. Kent Denver entered the tournament as the #6 seed, they hosted #11 Weld Central in the 1st Round and in what started off a slow start for the Sun Devils turned into a huge win. At halftime the score was 7-3, but it was all Kent Denver in the second half. They outscored Weld Central 20-3 to win the ballgame 27-6. Leading the way for the Sun Devils was; Charles McKissick with 16 carries for 93 yards & Joshua McDonald with 3 receptions for 43 yards.

Next up for Kent was the #3 The Classical Academy Titans, a team that play’s in La Junta’s Tri-Peaks League. Kent Denver got out early and took a 14-3 lead into the locker room. But it was the Titans who outscored the Sun Devils 18-7 in the second half. Not even 48 minutes could decide a winner in this quarterfinal matchup. They went into overtime. All the Titans could muster was a field goal from, Auburn Tiger commit, Anders Carlson. That put the score at 24-21, but it was Kent Denver’s chance to have the ball and much to the Titan’s despise they scored a touchdown and thus punched their ticket to the semi-final, in an upset no one saw coming. Leading the way for Kent Denver was; Joshua McDonald with 22 carries for 128 yards & Conrad Lost with 1 reception for 30 yards.

Then it came to last weeks semi-final matchup with the #10 Delta Panthers, a team who had been pulling upsets off left and right. It was yet another close game for the Sun Devils as they found themselves down 7-0 early but came back to take a 14-7 lead into halftime. The Sun Devils came out strong in the second half and outscored the Panthers 14-7. Leading the way for Kent was; Charles McKissick with 14 carries for 152 yards & Max Waldbaum with 4 receptions for 63 yards. When the clock read three zeros it was Kent Denver who would advance to play for the Championship, all that remained to be known was who and where would they be playing.

As the #1 Seed the Tigers blew out their first two opponents. It all started with the #16 University Bulldogs, the game was at Tiger Stadium and the Tigers just crushed the Bulldogs. The final score was 42-0, but it could have been far worse. Leading the way rushing for the Tigers was Sophomore QB Jon Nuschy who had 17 rushes for 138 yards. The Tigers didn’t use the pass very much, but the receiving leader was Izaiah Petique with 1 reception for 51 yards.

Then came the quarterfinal matchup with the #9 D’Evelyn Jaguars, this time the Tigers had to travel to Lakewood, but they made themselves at home. It was again an all out beatdown from the Tigers. They handled the Jaguars 41-7. It was all Tigers from the get go. Which is what it should be as a #1 seed. Leading the way for La Junta was; Jon Nuschy with 19 carries for 118 yards & Deron Bletson with 1 reception for 73 yards.

The Tigers were one game away from playing for a championship that eluded them for 58 years. In the semifinal they met the #5 Bayfield Wolverines, the team who had knocked them out almost a year ago to the day. The Tigers wanted revenge and early it didn’t look like they would get it. There was no scoring in the first quarter, but the Wolverines got on the board in the second on a deep pass, the extra point was wide right. That was all the scoring in the first half and Bayfield went into the locker room up 6-0. To start the second half it was all defensive once again, until late in the third quarter when Bayfield yet again struck with a deep pass. The time the extra point was good and Bayfield took a 13-0 lead in the fourth quarter.

From all my years of playing and watching sports I’ve learned to never count a team out until the game is over. La Junta proved that once again is true. The Tigers scored first with eight minutes left in the 4th, with the extra point being fumbled the Tigers trailed 13-6. An interception deep into Tiger territory gave La Junta the chance they needed. A long drive down the field capped off by an endzone fade to Matthew Espinoza put the Tigers down one with a little more than 2 minutes left. A false start penalty pushed the extra point try back even further. Coach Buderus took a timeout and the Tigers were lined up to go for two.

On a play that looked busted from the snap, Apela Furtado-tom was off balance and was a lob to the end zone found tightend Kain DiRizza. The Tigers had the lead, and on a squib kick that hit a Bayfield player had the ball back. This time for good, one that final drive the Wolverines used all three of their timeouts and the Tigers ran out the clock.

That puts us where we are at right now.


Triple R’s bold Prediction of the Game:

“Both teams rely heavily on the run game, its going to come down to who’s defense can stop who’s run game. Advantage LJ.”

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“It’s a State Championship game, it’s suppose to be close isn’t it? Not in this case, La Junta wins easily 21-7.”


Well this is what it comes down to. This is what La Junta has waited a little more than half a century for.

Saturday. 1pm.

Tiger Stadium. 2A State Title Game.

#1 La Junta. #6 Kent Denver.

Need I say more?

–Triple R

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Triple R Report’s Game of the Week: Crowley County Chargers @ Rocky Ford Meloneers (Crimson Helmet Game/Santa Fe League Championship)

In quite possibly the biggest game of the year in the Arkansas Valley, Crowley County travels down Highway 71 to Rocky Ford to do battle with the Meloneers. Unlike past years this game means more than just bragging rights. On top of the “Crimson Helmet” Trophy, also up for grabs is: the Santa Fe League Championship & a playoff spot.

Both teams deserve to be in the postseason but, due to RPI playing a factor now, only one probably will. But don’t get me started on that. The Chargers Comes in 14th in RPI while the Meloneers come in 24th. Only League Champions get automatic bids to the postseason. Followed by the next top 8 teams.

With Rocky Ford being so low in RPI I don’t see them getting in the playoffs without a win tonight, with a loss the Meloneers will start Wrestling/Basketball season. Crowley County with a win is in, with a loss they will be cutting it close.

The “Crimson Helmet” series has been owned by Crowley County. The Meloneers have never owned the trophy, nor have the Meloneers scored a game for the trophy. Crowley is outscoring Rocky Ford 197-0. But this year has been a different one than past ones for the Meloneers.

It’s all going to go down in Rocky Ford tonight. Kickoff is set for 7pm, catch all the action on 92.1 FM and network1sports.com. Craig and Randy will have the call. But first here’s how each team is faring heading into the game:


Crowley County:

  • (6-1) Overall, (3-0) in Santa Fe League
    • Tied for 1st in Santa Fe League (Rocky Ford)
  • (3-0) in away games
  • (2-1) in games vs. teams above .500
  • Outscoring opponents 254-68
    • Defeated Colorado Springs Christian 32-22
    • Defeated John Mall 20-6
    • Lost to Limon 14-7
    • Defeated Yuma 52-6
    • Defeated Ellicott 48-20
    • Defeated DHPH 49-0
    • Defeated Trinidad 46-0
  • On 4-game winning streak
  • Averaging 53.9 passing yards & 272.7 rushing yards per game
    • Dylan Tuma leads team with 100 carries for 934 yards (9.3 yards per carry)
    • Colton Gruntorad leads team with 8 receptions for 124 yards (15.5 yards per reception)
  • Defense is only allowing 180.3 total yards per game
    • Teams are averaging 97.9 rushing yards
    • Teams are averaging 82.4 passing yards per game
  • Opponents are averaging 9.7 points per game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Bradley Clabey (Senior)
    • Chris Meyer (Junior)

Rocky Ford:

  • (6-2) Overall, (3-0) in Santa Fe League
    • Tied for 1st in Santa Fe League (Crowley County)
  • (2-1) in home games
  • (1-2) in games vs. teams above .500
  • Outscoring opponents 286-141
    • Defeated Byers 50-6
    • Lost to Limon 21-6
    • Lost to Center 55-52
    • Defeated John Mall 8-0
    • Defeated St. Mary’s 36-9
    • Defeated Trinidad 42-24
    • Defeated DHPH 50-0
    • Defeated Ellicott 42-26
  • Currently on 5-game winning streak
  • Averaging 194.9 passing yards & 190.5 rushing yards per game
    • Diego Reyes leads team with 120 carries for 649 yards (5.4 yards per carry)
    • David Trujillo leads team with 36 receptions for 667 yards (18.5 yards per reception)
  • Defense Is allowing 250.4 total yards per game
    • Teams are averaging 172.6 rushing yards
    • Teams are averaging 77.8 passing yards
  • Opponents are averaging 17.6 points per game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • David Trujillo (Sophomore)
    • Carlos Romo (Junior)

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

‘It’ll be a close one all night, both teams want it. It’s going to come down to who wants it more. It is going to take longer than 48 minutes to decide this one. Which means…OVERTIME!”

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“Chargers defeat Meloneers 30-24 in Overtime.”

Fun Facts/Trivia From the Week:

  • Since 2004, Crowley County has won 7 of the 12 meetings. The longest win streak in that time frame is Crowley County, 5 games (2011-2015) … Rocky’s longest streak in that time frame is 4 games (2005-2008)
  • Since the “Crimson Helmet” Trophy was introduced in 2012, which team has outscored the other and what is the point differential?
    • Crowley County, Rocky Ford has never scored in the “Crimson Helmet Game”. The Chargers have outscored the Meloneer 197-0 in games where the trophy is up for grabs.
  • Since 2004, of the 12 League Championships up for grabs, Crowley County has won 4 (’04, ’11, ’14, ’15). Rocky Ford has won 2 (’05, ’07
  • Since the “Crimson Helmet Game” was introduced in 2012, which team has a higher total yard average and what is the difference in yardage? (Only games between Crowley County & Rocky Ford)
    • Crowley County holds the higher total yard average. They’ve averaged 421 total yards to Rocky’s 68 total yards. That is a difference of 353 yards.

I already know the prediction isn’t going to set well with some people but Rocky has not proved to me they can win when it counts. I hope they prove me wrong tonight. Crowley is just the better team on paper. As we all know though anything can happen in High School sports. This was a tough game to predict, my heart wanted Rocky to win but history just is not on their side. Kickoff from Rocky Ford is at 7pm, catch the action on 92.1 FM and network1sports.com.

–Triple R

Triple R Report’s Game(s) of the Day October 21, 2016: Rocky Ford Meloneers @ Ellicott Thunderhawks (CHSAA Class 1A Santa Fe League Football)

Things are beginning to heat up in the 1A Santa Fe League. Rocky Ford heads down to Calhan, Colorado to take on the Ellicott Thunderhawks. A victory by the Meloneers pretty much makes for a Santa Fe League championship game in Rocky Ford between the Meloneers and Crowley County next Friday. But let’s not over look the Thunderhawks, they have a stout offense, they’re pretty even in all catergories. The same can be said for the Meloneers. It will be a defensive battle. Here’s how each team stacks up for tonight:


ellicott Thunderhawks:

  • (5-3) Overall, (2-1) in Santa Fe League
    • 3rd in Santa Fe League
  • Outscoring opponents 247-215
    • Defeated Ignacio 56-16
    • Defeated Wray 29-24
    • Defeated Monte Vista 36-31
    • Lost to Bennett 66-20
    • Lost to Peyton 16-6
    • Defeated DHPH 50-0
    • Lost to Crowley County 48-20
    • Defeated Trinidad 30-14
  • Averaging 176.9 passing yards & 168.9 rushing yards per game
    • Jalen Hayes leads team with 70 carries for 509 yards (7.3 yards per carry)
    • Chiante’ Stewart leads team with 27 receptions for 694 yards (25.7 yards per reception)
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Jalen Hayes (Senior)
    • Matthew Davidson (Senior)

Rocky Ford meloneers:

  • (5-2) Overall, (2-0) in Santa Fe League
    • Tied for 1st in Santa Fe League (Crowley County)
  • Outscoring opponents 244-115
    • Defeated Byers 50-6
    • Lost to Limon 21-6
    • Lost to Center 55-52
    • Defeated John Mall 8-0
    • Defeated St. Mary’s 36-9
    • Defeated Trinidad 42-24
    • Defeated DHPH 50-0
  • Averaging 180 passing yards & 195.1 rushing yards per game
    • Diego Reyes leads team with 95 carries for 545 yards (5.7 yards per carry)
    • David Trujillo leads team with 30 receptions for 480 yards (16.0 yards per reception)
  • Players to Watch For:
    • David Trujillo (Sophomore)
    • Dillon Jaramillo (Sophomore)

Triple r’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“Ellicott showed some life in the second half last time I saw them play which was against a tough Crowley County team, Rocky just dismantled DHPH two weeks ago. It’s going to be a defensive game tonight, it’ll come down to who’s defense comes to play. The weather will play a factor tonight as well. As of now the game-time temperature is at 59 degrees, with the temperature dropping to 51 by the time the game ends, look for this to play a key factor tonight.”

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“Ellicott comes out on top over Rocky Ford in a hard fought victory 20-14. The game won’t be decided until the 4th quarter.”


 

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Meloneers Enter State Tournament as #2 Seed La Junta Comes in at #11. Possible State Semi-Final Matchup Looms

It’s that time of year again folks, its time for the State Softball Championships up in Aurora this weekend. The Arkansas Valley will be well represented, both La Junta and Rocky Ford will be up competing yet again. There’s a good and a bad side to this. The good side is that both teams are up there and want to make an impression on the top teams in the state. The bad side is that only one of them will make the State Championship, if both reach the state semi’s that is. Reasoning behind that is they are on the same side of the bracket and could meet up in the state semi’s.

La Junta has a rough road to the state semi’s ahead of them. They’d have to go though two top-8 teams to reach it. If anyone can do that it’s the Tigers. Back in 2014 La Junta reached the peak of 3A softball, I mean back then they were the #3 seed but if they did it once they surely could do it again right? Seven of the girls on this years roster were they when the Lady Tigers defeated Strasburg for the 3A State crown. LJ only has one senior on the squad this year, that being middle infielder Erika Fernandez.

A deep run by the Tigers this year will surely set them up for great success next year. When it comes to October softball no one has been better than La Junta in the past. A team full of underclassmen will surely help LJ next season. Six girls on the roster are either sophomore’s or freshmen. Now back to how tough a road La Junta is going to have in order to meet Rocky in the state semi’s. The Tigers are going to have to upset the #6 seeded Valley Vikings and will have to come out strong and upset the #3 seeded , whom the Tigers lost 12-10 to at the Eaton Tournament.

As a freshmen, getting a great amount of playing time, and entering your first state tournament has to give you a lot of nerves. To enter a huge tournament with no prior experience has to play a factor in the mind of a young girl. The Tigers enter the weekend with two freshmen on their roster, shortstop/catcher Sarah Noll and first base/pitcher Robyn Wallace. We actually had the chance to interview Robyn and ask what this means to her, and what she expects to get out of the experience and use it to improve next year.

Q: Any nerves heading into the weekend?

A: “I think we all at eat least a little nervous but who isn’t going into the state tournament.”

Q: You guys will be the underdog the entire tournament, does that add any extra motivation to you guys?

A:  “I think we are going to go out and play our best no matter where we are, we want to go out and play like we know we can.”

Q: You’ve never been a player in a high school state championship tournament, how does it make you feel to be apart of one as a freshmen?

A: “I love the girls I play with and they made the journey fun, no matter the outcome I am happy I got to spend these few months with these girls and they made me feel welcomed coming from a new school and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Q: You go to school in Swink, where everyone seems to go play softball for Rocky Ford. Why did you choose La Junta over Rocky?

A: “I chose La Junta because I grew up playing with the girls from here. I played La Junta All-Stars when I was 10 and I met a lot of people. I knew a lot of them from around, and I met some from other teams, like the Ark Valley Bandits and All-Star teams.”

Q: What’s one thing you want to take away from this tournament?

A: “Obviously a state title but if not I want to make it memorable and spend time with our senior Erika before she leaves.

Q: Any words for the fans from La Junta?

A: “Thanks for the support and encouragement throughout the season through everything. And thanks to the parents for everything they have done they’ve done a lot and made the season memorable and great.”

 

Rocky Ford quite possibly has the easiest road to the state semi’s, quite possibly the state championship. That is if you don’t want to count Strasburg’s road. The highest seeded team the Meloneers will have to face is the #7 seeded The Academy Wildcats. The Wildcats and the Meloneers will meet in the quarterfinals. Rocky Ford defeated The Academy rather easily 10-5 back in September. Only thing was that was a whole month ago, a lot has changed since then. Rocky can’t over look any of their opponents.

When it comes to the postseason in any high school sport, rankings and numbers mean absolutely nothing. Any team can be beat on any given day, not saying the Meloneers are going to lose but there are teams out there looking to be the ones to end their season. Here are some “numbers” on the Lady Meloneers heading into the state tourney: Rocky Ford has not lost a game since August 27th, that’s nearly two months without a loss. The Meloneers are on a 16-game winning streak. Based off their seed you can guess this next number, the Meloneers come in as the #2 team in Class 3A.

This year’s group of seniors for Rocky Ford have been to three state tournaments, out of the 4 years they have been in school. Before this state tournament, the Meloneers have never came in seeded higher than 4th. That was last year, the Meloneers received a 1st-round bye, but ended up losing to Brush in the quarterfinals 11-10. That loss has to be in the minds of all the seniors as they get ready for their last go at it. We had the opportunity to interview one of those seniors, middle infielder/catcher Whitney Nelson.

Q: You’ve been here before, but what does it mean to be here as a Senior, and to do this one last time?

A: “Just the fact that it’s my last year playing here one last time with a group of girls, I wouldn’t trade for the world.”

Q: Being the #2 team in the state in 3A, what does that mean to you?

A: “It means that all of the hard work that we have put in over the years is paying off.”

Q: You went to state in basketball in March and now softball (again), if you had to choose one which would you rather win a state title in?

A: “Softball, I love both the sports but if I had to choose it would be softball.”

Q: Any words for the fans from Rocky Ford?

A: “I just wanted to thank all of the fans for all the support and everything they have done for us. We are all very grateful and lucky to have you all out there.”

 

Triple R Report’s Game(s) of the Day October 20th, 2016: Fowler Grizzlies @ Swink Lions (CHSAA Class 2A Santa Fe League Volleyball)

Swink vs. Fowler is coming at you again, this time its in the final week of the season. These two teams met a month ago and the Grizzlies swept the Lions. That was in Fowler though, this time they’re gonna meet in the “Lions Den”. Seeding for the upcoming district tournament is still up in the air. A win for the Lions and a loss by the John Mall Panthers the Lions will quite possibly move up a spot. Here’s how each team stacks up heading into the matchup:


Fowler Grizzlies:

  • (14-4) Overall, (11-2) in Santa Fe League
    • 2nd in Santa Fe League (Behind Hoehne by 1 game)
  • (5-0) in last 5 matches (all have been 3-game sweeps)
    • Defeated Limon 3-0 (26-24, 25-15, 25-19)
    • Defeated Las Animas 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 26-24)
    • Defeated Crowley County 3-0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-15)
    • Defeated Swallows Charter Academy 3-0 (25-4, 25-18, 25-9)
    • Defeated John Mall 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-16)
  • Currently on 6-game winning streak
  • Averaging 11.6 kills per set & 2.6 aces per set
    • Elizabeth Hagerman leads team with 3.7 kills per set
    • Elizabeth Hagerman, Gabrielle Leone & Lexi VanSickle lead team with 0.5 aces per set
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Gabrielle Leone (Junior)
    • Elizabeth Hagerman (Junior)

Swink Lions:

  • (10-8) Overall, (8-5) in Santa Fe League
    • 4th in Santa Fe League
  • (2-3) in last 5 matches
    • Lost to Springfield 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-15)
    • Defeated Sangre de Cristo 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-16)
    • Lost to Rocky Ford 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19)
    • Lost to Del Norte 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-11)
    • Defeated Swallows Charter Academy 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-9)
  • Snapped 2-game losing streak Tuesday
  • Averaging 9.1 kills per set & 2.4 aces per set
    • Meira Stanger leads team with 3.9 kills per set
    • Tierra Holland & Brianna Denton lead team with 0.6 aces per set
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Kyla O’Neal (Sophomore)
    • Brianna Denton (Sophomore)

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“Last time I previewed a Swink/Fowler volleyball game I said it would be close, it wasn’t. I don’t see this one being any different. Fowler is just to strong and is clicking at the right time.

Triple R’s Game PRediction:

“Fowler gets out early and never looks back. Grizzlies defeat Lions in 3 sets.”


That’ll do it for this Thursday edition of Triple R Report’s Game(s) of the Day. Tomorrow is a big day for us, we preview: Rocky Ford & La Junta at the 3A State Tournament, Rocky Ford @ Ellicott in Santa Fe League football action & we’re back to Fowler @ Swink this time in football action. Look for the previews tomorrow. We’ll start with Rocky & La Junta softball as both teams are slated to play at 12:15pm in Aurora.

–Triple R

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Triple R Report’s Game(s) of the Day October 18th, 2016: Las Animas Trojans @ Rocky Ford Meloneers (CHSAA Class 2A Santa Fe League Volleyball)

In the final week of the 2A volleyball season we have a couple of great Santa Fe League games. The first one is this one between Las Animas & Rocky Ford. The Trojans travel west down Highway 50 and invade the Melon Dome tonight. First serve is set for around 6:30pm. Here’s how each team stacks up:


Las Animas Trojans:

  • (4-13) Overall, (3-9) in Santa Fe League
    • 6th in SFL
  • (2-3) in last 5 matches
    • Lost to Trinidad 3-2 (25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 21-25, 15-9)
    • Lost to Fowler 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 26-24)
    • Lost to Hoehne 3-1 (25-9, 25-27, 30-28, 25-25)
    • Defeated Crowley County 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-18)
    • Defeated Wiley 3-2 (29-27, 21-25, 15-25, 25-20, 15-7)
  • Averaging 6.9 kills per set & 2.6 aces per set
    • Haylie Stwalley leads team with 2.7 kills per set
    • Madison Gonzalez leads team with 1.0 aces per set
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Katie Peterson (Senior)
    • Haylie Stwalley (Senior)

Rocky Ford Meloneers:

  • (9-8) Overall, (5-7) in Santa Fe League
    • 5th in SFL
  • (2-3) in last 5 matches
    • Lost to John Mall 3-0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-17)
    • Lost to Fowler 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-17)
    • Lost to Hoehne 3-1 (26-24, 25-16, 21-25, 25-20)
    • Defeated Swallows Charter Academy 3-0 (25-10, 25-8, 25-15)
    • Defeated Swink 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19)
  • Averaging 8.8 kills per set & 3.5 aces per set
    • Emi Romero leads team with 3.7 kills per set
    • Lynell Rodriguez leads team with 0.9 aces per set
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Kierstin Lucero (Junior)
    • Stephanie Frantz (Senior)

That’ll do it for today’s previews. Day off tomorrow but we’ll be back with you on Thursday for Fowler vs. Swink. See you then!

–Triple R

High School/College Sports Schedule 10/16-10/22

State Softball, the final week of volleyball, the Region IX soccer tournament and more league football games are on tap for us this week. Here’s how the schedule looks this week:


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Sunday October 16th:

Soccer:

  • Westminster College Griffins vs. Colorado State University-Pueblo Thunderwolves *Men’s* 1pm (Pueblo, CO): 3-1
  • New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys vs. Colorado State University-Pueblo Thunderwolves *Women’s* 3pm (Pueblo, CO): 2-1

Tuesday October 18th:

Volleyball:

  • Cheraw Wolverines vs. Crowley County Chargers 4pm (Ordway, CO)
  • Las Animas Trojans vs. Rocky Ford Meloneers 5pm (Rocky Ford, CO)
  • Swink Lions vs. Swallows Charter Academy Spartans 5pm (Pueblo West, CO)

Thursday October 20th:

Volleyball:

  • Fowler Grizzlies vs. Swink Lions 4pm (Swink, CO)
  • Florence Huskies vs. La Junta Tigers 4pm (La Junta, CO)
  • Rocky Ford Meloneers vs. Crowley County Chargers 5pm (Ordway, CO)
  • Las Animas Trojans vs. John Mall Panthers 5pm (Walsenburg, CO)
  • South Baca Pirates vs. Cheraw Wolverines 5pm (Cheraw, CO)
  • Otero Junior College Rattlers vs. Western Nebraska Community College Cougars 6pm (Scottsbluff, NE)

Friday October 21st:

Soccer:

  • Colorado State University-Pueblo Thunderwolves vs. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Hardrockers *Men’s* 12pm (Rapid City, SD)
  • Colorado Mesa University Mavericks vs. Colorado State University-Pueblo Thunderwolves *Women’s* 7pm (Pueblo, Colorado)

Softball:

  • #15 Meeker Cowboys vs. #2 Rocky Ford Meloneers *CHSAA Class 3A State Championships* 12:15pm (Aurora, CO)
  • #11 La Junta Tigers vs. #6 Valley Vikings *CHSAA Class 3A State Championships* 12:15pm (Aurora, CO)

Volleyball:

  • Manzanola Bobcats vs. Aguilar Wildcats 3pm (Aguilar, CO)
  • Kim Mustangs vs. Cheraw Wolverines 5pm (Cheraw, CO)
  • Otero Junior College Rattlers vs. McCook Community College Indians 5pm (McCook, NE)

Football:

  • Rocky Ford Meloneers vs. Ellicott Thunderhawks 7pm (Calhan, CO)
  • Crowley County Chargers vs. Trinidad Miners 7pm (Trinidad, CO)
  • Fowler Grizzlies vs. Swink Lions 7pm (Swink, CO)
  • Granada Bobcats vs. Las Animas Trojans 7pm (Las Animas, CO)
  • La Junta Tigers vs. Salida Spartans 7pm (Salida, CO)
  • Manzanola Bobcats vs. Aguilar Wildcats 7pm (Aguilar, CO)
  • Branson/Kim vs. Cheraw Wolverines 7pm (Cheraw, CO)
  • Regis University Rangers vs. Colorado State University-Pueblo Thunderwolves 7pm (Pueblo, CO)

Saturday October 22nd:

Soccer:

  • Western Nebraska Community College Cougars vs. Otero Junior College Rattlers *Region IX Women’s 1st Round* 3pm (La Junta, CO)
  • Northwest College Trappers vs. Otero Junior College Rattlers *Region IX Men’s 1st Round* 6pm (La Junta, CO)

Volleyball:

  • Otero Junior College Rattlers vs. Northeastern Junior College Plainsmen 1pm (Sterling, CO)
  • Chadron State College Eagles vs. Colorado State University-Pueblo Thunderwolves 7pm (Pueblo, CO)

Football:

  • Colorado State University-Pueblo Thunderwolves vs. Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets 1pm (Spearfish, SD)