Month: October 2021

3A State Softball Schedule/Results

It’s here, the 2021 State Softball Championships take place in Aurora at the Aurora Sports Complex this weekend. Here’s the schedule and results from the weekend.


First Round

Game 1: #1 Lutheran Lady Lions (25-0) vs. #16 Rocky Ford Lady Meloneers (10-16): 10:00am

Game 2: #8 Brush Lady Beetdiggers (15-10) vs. #9 Limon Lady Badgers (18-7): 10:00am

Game 3: #4 Sterling Lady Tigers (20-5) vs. #13 Meeker Cowgirls (12-11): 10:00am

Game 4: #5 La Junta Lady Tigers (19-5) vs. #12 Montezuma Cortez Lady Panthers (18-6): 10:00am

Game 5: #3 University Lady Bulldogs (20-5) vs. #14 Weld Central Lady Rebels (12-14): 12:15pm

Game 6: #6 Lamar Lady Savages (18-7) vs. The Academy Lady Wildcats (16-9): 12:15pm

Game 7: #2 Eaton Lady Reds (23-3) vs. #15 Peak to Peak Lady Pumas (11-14): 12:15pm

Game 8: #7 Fort Lupton Lady Blue Devils (17-8) vs. #10 Strasburg Lady Indians (16-9): 12:15pm

 

Quarterfinals

Game 9: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2: TBA

Game 10: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4: TBA

Game 11: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6: TBA

Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8: TBA

 

Semifinals

Game 13: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10: TBA

Game 14: Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12: TBA

 

Championship

Game 15: Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14: TBA

3A Softball Regional Schedules/Results

We’re nearing the end of the 2021 softball season, which means Regional Softball is this weekend! La Junta received a #5 seed and will host Region 4, while Rocky Ford received the #18 seed and will travel to Eaton for Region 5. Both teams just need 1 win to get to Aurora for the State Softball tournament, as the top 2 teams from each region advance. Here’s the full schedule and results for the weekend…


Region 1

Game 1: #1 Lutheran Lady Lions def. #32 Sand Creek Lady Scorpions: 15-0

Game 2: #17 Peak to Peak Lady Pumas def. #16 Wiley Lady Panthers: 10-0

Game 3 (Championship): #1 Lutheran Lady Lions def. #17 Peak to Peak Lady Pumas: 12-0

 

Region 2

Game 1: #9 Montezuma Cortez Lady Panthers def. #24 Arvada Lady Bulldogs: 17-0

Game 2: #8 Lamar Lady Savages def. #25 Holyoke Lady Dragons: 11-4

Game 3 (Championship): #8 Lamar Lady Savages def. #9 Montezuma Cortez Lady Panthers: 7-1

 

Region 3

Game 1: #4 Sterling Lady Tigers def. #29 Burlington Lady Cougars: 13-2

Game 2: #13 Weld Central Lady Rebels def. #20 Valley Lady Vikings: 18-0

Game 3 (Championship): #4 Sterling Lady Tigers def. #13 Weld Central Lady Rebels: 2-1

 

Region 4

Game 1: #5 La Junta Lady Tigers def. #28 Gunnison Cowgirls: 12-1

Game 2: #12 The Academy Lady Wildcats def. #21 Wray Lady Eagles: 4-3

Game 3 (Championship): #5 La Junta Lady Tigers vs. #12 The Academy Lady Wildcats: 14-4

 

Region 5

Game 1: #18 Rocky Ford Lady Meloneers def. #15 Lyons Lady Lions: 7-0

Game 2: #2 Eaton Lady Reds def. #31 Cedaredge Lady Bruins: 15-0

Game 3 (Championship): #2 Eaton Lady Reds def. #18 Rocky Ford Lady Meloneers: 12-1

 

Region 6

Game 1: #10 Fort Lupton Lady Blue Devils def. #23 Delta Lady Panthers: 9-3

Game 2: #7 Limon Lady Badgers def. #26 Dolores Huerta Lady Scorpions: 13-5

Game 3 (Championship): #10 Fort Lupton Lady Blue Devils def. #7 Limon Lady Badgers: 10-0

 

Region 7

Game 1: #3 University Lady Bulldogs def. #30 Sierra Lady Stallions: 11-1

Game 2: #14 Meeker Cowgirls def. #19 Faith Christian Lady Eagles: 15-2

Game 3 (Championship): #3 University Lady Bulldogs vs. #14 Meeker Cowgirls: 10-0

 

Region 8

Game 1: #6 Strasburg Lady Indians def. #27 Alamosa Lady Mean Moose: 12-0

Game 2: #11 Brush Lady Beetdiggers def. #22 James Irwin Lady Jaguars: 12-2

Game 3 (Championship): #11 Brush Lady Beetdiggers def. #6 Strasburg Lady Indians: 8-7

 

State TOurnament Qualifiers

  1. Lutheran Lady Lions
  2. Peak to Peak Lady Pumas
  3. Montezuma Cortez Lady Panthers
  4. Lamar Lady Savages
  5. Sterling Lady Tigers
  6. Weld Central Lady Rebels
  7. La Junta Lady Tigers
  8. The Academy Lady Wildcats
  9. Eaton Lady Reds
  10. Rocky Ford Lady Meloneers
  11. Fort Lupton Lady Blue Devils
  12. Limon Lady Badgers
  13. University Lady Bulldogs
  14. Meeker Cowgirls
  15. Brush Lady Beetdiggers
  16. Strasburg Lady Indians

Friday Pick ‘Em (October 15, 2021)

A perfect week last week puts us at a 71% correct pick percentage. Week 8 comes along in prep football, the season is winding down and league play is heating up as teams look for that automatic bid into the postseason. Here’s another edition of the Friday Pick ‘Em.


FriDAY PICK ‘EM

Record: 22-9

Last Week: 6-0

8-MAN

Crowley County Chargers (4-2, 2-1) @ Fowler Grizzlies (5-1, 4-0)

Series (Since 2004): Fowler 1-0

Last Game: 11/6/2020 Fowler 32-22

Last Week: Crowley County defeated Springfield 62-0, Fowler defeated Wiley 40-34

Players to Watch: Robert SanJuan (Sophomore, Crowley County), Jake Manchego (Junior, Fowler)

Prediction: With a tight race in the 8-Man Ark Valley league this game has huge implications. A win by Fowler could solidify them as a playoff team and make next week’s game vs. Holly for the league championship. Meanwhile Crowley looks to keep pace with the two. Another barn burner in Fowler. Grizzlies 35-28

 

Swink Lions (3-2, 2-1) @ Simla Cubs (5-2, 3-1)

Series (Since 2004): Simla 7-2

Last Game: 10/16/2020 Simla 26-12

Last Week: Swink defeated Custer County 53-0, Simla defeated DHPH 50-20

Players to Watch: Trevin Holland (Senior, Swink), Caston Cox (Freshman, Simla)

Prediction: The 8-Man Southern league is still wide open, a win by either team can help boost them to the championship. A meeting with Pikes Peak Christian still awaits Swink and a win here could make that for the league title. Lions 28-14

 

McClave Cardinals (3-3, 1-3 @ Las Animas trojans (1-5, 0-4)

Series (Since 2004): McClave 6-0

Last Game: 10/11/2019 McClave 40-20

Last Week: McClave defeated Hoehne 52-16, Las Animas lost to #10 Holly 66-30

Players to Watch: Ayden Gomez (Junior.McClave), Markus Vigil (Senior, Las Animas)

Prediction: Just like last week, Las Animas has not on a game in this series since joining the 8-Man ranks, unfortunately that streak continues. McClave 28-6.

1A

Rocky Ford Meloneers (1-5, 0-1) @ Peyton Panthers (2-3, 0-0)

Series (Since 2004): Peyton 2-1

Last Game: 11/6/2020 Peyton 28-7

Last Week: Rocky Ford defeated Sheridan 57-6, Peyton had Bye week

Players to Watch: Shaun Gonzalez (Senior, Rocky Ford), West Hart (Senior, Peyton)

Prediction: Peyton and Rocky Ford have met for the last three years. Peyton has been good in all 3 games, one was for the league championship. Peyton takes this one. Panthers 45-14.

 

2A

#10 Bayfield Wolverines (4-1) @ La Junta Tigers (3-3)

Series (Since 2004): Bayfield 2-1

Last Game: 11/25/2017 Bayfield 34-7

Last Week: Bayfield defeated Alamosa 28-0, La Junta defeated Manitou Springs 60-27

Players to Watch: Isaac Ross (Senior, Bayfield), Luke Garner (Sophomore, La Junta)

Prediction: The last three times these two met up were in the playoffs, one for the 2A State Title and two in the semifinals. It’s always a good time when these two get together. I expect nothing less tonight. Tigers 45-31

Friday Pick ‘Em (October 8, 2021)

After a week off we’re right back to it…another Friday Pick ‘Em comes your way now.


FriDAY PICK ‘EM

Record: 16-9

Last Week: 3-1

6-MAN

#1 Cheyenne Wells Tigers (6-0, 4-0) @ #10 Cheraw Wolverines (4-, 3-1)

Series (Since 2004): Cheyenne Wells 5-1

Last Game: 10/18/2019 Cheyenne Wells 60-22

Last Week: Cheyenne Wells won by forfeit over Walsh, Cheraw defeated Eads 66-6

Players to Watch: Cade Mitchek (Senior, Cheyenne Wells), Daniel Escareno (Senior, Cheraw)

Prediction: Cheraw again with a test this season, #1 Cheyenne Wells looks unstoppable and the Wolverines aren’t the team to do it. Tigers 65-26

 

8-MAN

Fowler Grizzlies (4-1, 3-0) @ Wiley panthers (1-2, 1-2)

Series (Since 2004): Fowler 7-2

Last Game: 10/17/2020 Fowler 46-6

Last Week: Fowler defeated Springfield 46-6, Wiley lost to Hoehne 40-36

Players to Watch: Jake Manchego (Junior, Fowler), Riley Comer (Senior, Wiley)

Prediction: Fowler has won the last 4 meetings, outscoring Wiley 202-28. It’s much of the same tonight. Grizzlies 45-12

 

Springfield Longhorns (0-5, 0-3) @ Crowley county Chargers (3-2, 2-1)

Series (Since 2004): Crowley County 1-0

Last Game: 11/2/2020 Crowley County 38-6

Last Week: Springfield lost to Fowler 52-24, Crowley County defeated Las Animas 56-0

Players to Watch: Colby Batterton (Freshmen, Springfield), Dillon Buford (Junior, Crowley County)

Prediction: Crowley County is looking to keep pace with Fowler and Holly atop the Arkansas Valley League. Springfield needs a win in the worst way. Chargers 38-6

 

#10 Holly Wildcats (4-1, 3-0) @ Las Animas trojans (1-4, 0-3)

Series (Since 2004): Holly 6-0

Last Game: 9/20/2019 Holly 52-12

Last Week: Holly defeated McClave 41-14, Las Animas lost to Crowley County 56-0

Players to Watch: Dakota Eaton (Senior, Holly), Markus Vigil (Senior, Las Animas)

Prediction: Holly is on a roll, Las Animas not so much. Holly improves to 7-0 in the series. Wildcats 45-0

 

1A

Rocky Ford Meloneers (0-5) @ Sheridan Rams (0-4)

Series (Since 2004): First Meeting

Last Game: First Meeting

Last Week: Rocky Ford lost to Banning Lewis 41-0, Sheridan lost to Platte Canyon 49-6

Players to Watch: Dezmon Reyes (Junior, Rocky Ford), Amir Sidher (Freshmen, Sheridan)

Prediction: The first ever meeting between these two squads and someone is coming away with their first victory of the year. You already know the pick. Rocky Ford 21-6

 

2A

Manitou Springs Mustangs (1-4, 0-0) @ La Junta Tigers (2-3, 0-1)

Series (Since 2004): La Junta 8-7

Last Game: 11/2/2019 La Junta 54-0

Last Week: Manitou Springs lost to Montezuma Cortez 24-18, La Junta lost to #3 TCA 45-7

Players to Watch: Tyler Maloney (Junior, Manitou Springs), Luke Garner (Sophomore, La Junta)

Prediction: Homecoming. Tiger Stadium. Not much more needs to be said. Tigers 35-6