Month: March 2017

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*: 7-4

Game 2: Lamar Savages vs. Valley Vikings *Potter Park*: 13-4

Game 3: Gunnison Cowboys vs. University Bulldogs *22nd Street Park*: 9-0

Game 4: Vista Peak Bison vs. Fort Morgan Mustangs *Potter Park*: 13-12

Game 5: Weld Central Rebels vs. Gunnison Cowboys *22nd Street Park*: 11-1 (5 innings)

Game 6: Valley Vikings vs. Vista Peak Bison *Potter Park*: 11-6

Game 7: La Junta Tigers vs. University Bulldogs *22nd Street Park*: 2-0

Game 8: Lamar Savages vs. Fort Morgan Mustangs *Potter Park*: 4-3 (8 innings)


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