Month: August 2018

Opening Weekend Arkansas Valley Football Schedule

It’s finally time. Football returns to the Arkansas Valley tonight, 1A and 2A football get their seasons going tonight as each team looks to be playing Thanksgiving weekend! Here is the schedule for the opening weekend of football in the Arkansas Valley.


—La Junta Tigers @ Raton Tigers

  • Place: Raton High School (Raton, New Mexico)
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Radio: AM1400 KBLJ
    • Players to Watch:
      • Jon Nuschy (Senior, La Junta)
      • Ryan Malden (Junior, La Junta)
      • Jacob Tafoya (Senior, La Junta)



—Ridgeview Academy Rams @ Crowley County Chargers

  • Place: Charger Field (Ordway, Colorado)
  • Time: 5:00pm
    • Players to Watch:
      • Ti’Quan Williams (Junior, Crowley County)
      • Michael Cortes (Senior, Crowley County)


—Florence Huskies @ Rocky Ford Meloneer

  • Melon Field (Rocky Ford, Colorado) **INAUGURAL GAME**
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Radio: Thunder County 92.1 FM
    • Players to Watch:
      • David Trujillo (Senior, Rocky Ford)
      • Isiah Garcia (Junior, Rocky Ford)
      • Cameron Frantz (Junior, Rocky Ford)

Meloneers Look to Improve On Last Season

Official practice for fall sports began on Monday. So that means back to the gridiron it was for the Rocky Ford Meloneers. This year though they will be playing on a new surface. The Melon Field was completed over the summer and is ready for use by the Meloneers. Coach Sean McNames remains at the head of the operation. In his two years as coach of the Meloneers, McNames has compiled an 11-7 record. The Meloneers have only lost 3 league games in those two years. Each year has had a winning season, but the Meloneers have failed to make the playoffs due to RPI. This year could be the Meloneers year as Crowley County graduated a number of Seniors last year. Rocky Ford lost 11 Seniors to graduation, included in that is Running Back Diego Reyes, Linebacker Zeke Torrez and Wide Receiver Carlos Romo. The Meloneers return a bunch of talent from last year though, including Senior Wide Receiver David Trujillo, Junior Quarterback Isiah Garcia and Junior Offensive/Defensive Lineman Simon Apodaca. The Meloneers open the season with the first football game played at the new Melon Field August 24th against Florence



Tigers Back on the Prowl!

The La Junta Tiger football team, just like the rest of the state of Colorado began practice on Monday. It is now the Ty Buderus era at Tiger Stadium as Ty will take over the team from his brother Clint. Clint took the head coaching job at Pueblo West earlier in the summer. Ty was named head coach four days later. Most of the team will stay the same for the 2018 campaign. The Tigers graduated 12 seniors last year. In that number was Running Back Wyatt Buhr, Wide Receiver Matthew Espinoza and Offensive Tackle Vicente Ramirez. A lot of skill and heart returns to the Tiger lineup as they return 2-time Player of the Year Quarterback Jon Nuschy. Also returning for the Tigers are: Linebacker Mitchell Peabody, Center Ty Addington and Tackle/Nose Guard Jacob Tafoya. La Junta is Junior heavy this year as this year’s squad has 22 Juniors. A total of 42 kids make up the Tiger roster this season. 8 of those 42 are Seniors. 23 of the 42 kids were on the 2016 State Championship team. La Junta opens up the season August 24th at Raton.