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Centauri Falcons dominate, sweep Shootout crowns

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 4th, 2012


The Centauri Falcons both won the 2012 Sangre de Cristo Thunderbird Shootout on Saturday night. Courier Photos by Eric R. Flores


Courier Sports Editor



MOSCA—The San Luis Valley’s largest basketball tournament wrapped up late Saturday night here at Sangre de Cristo High School. After 24 games in the 3-day weekend were completed and the dust settled, the Centauri Falcons flew high as both the boys’ and girls’ teams emerged as tournament champions.

Trophies were also handed out to consolation champions and third place finishers throughout the day on Saturday.



Centauri 62,

Del Norte 34

The girl’s championship game was closely contested between the Del Norte Tigers and the Centauri Falcons for the first five minutes of the game before the landscape was changed and the Falcons broke away for the 62-34 win.

Senior captain Adrianna Cordova was the game changer for the Falcons. Cordova, who entered the game as a substitute made her presence known quickly by finding herself wide open in 3-point land and on the receiving end of a pass. She quickly took the shot that hit nothing but the nylon.

The quick play by both teams made for several odd-man rushes down the court and seemingly like she was invisible, Cordova found herself wide open several more times. When the buzzer sounded to end the quarter, Cordova was responsible for nine points.

The Tigers, who were playing without junior center AJ Fresquez because of a leg injury she suffered during Friday’s semifinal, would outscore the Falcons in the second quarter as a huge 3-pointer by sophomore Kaitlin Martinez paced them. Centauri took a 25-18 lead into the halftime break.

The Falcons came out prepared to play in the third quarter and senior Tori Fringer chipped in nine of the 22 points the Falcons scored. The Falcons would not look back as they secured their 28-point victory.

Fringer was the Falcon’s high scorer as her six field goals helped her garner 15 points in the contest. Cordova was a point back with 14 total points while senior Taylor Wilson also finished in double digits with 10.

Del Norte senior Kassidy Jones was the team’s point leader with 13 points. She took a total of 10 free throws.

The Tigers will have six days to hone their skills before they host the Sierra Grande Panthers (1-2) in a non-conference match up on Friday with tip-off scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The Falcons will participate in the Mountain Madness Tournament at Woodland Park High School on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Their first game of the tournament will be on Thursday at 4 p.m. when they take on Palmer Ridge in the north gym.



CENTAURI (3-0)

Kendra Garcia 0-0 2-2 2; Adrianna Cordova 2-2 5-4 14; Marissa Quinlan 1-0 2-1 3; Jasmine Gallegos 1-0 4-3 5; Taylor Wilson 4-0 2-2 10; Amanda Garcia 0-0 0-0 0; Kayla Martinez 1-0 1-0 2; Julie Sisneros 1-0 2-1 3; Kathleen Ruybal 4-0 0-0 8; Tori Fringer 6-0 4-3 15. Totals 20-2 22-16 62.

DEL NORTE (2-1)

Alli Butler 0-0 3-2 2; Kaitlyn Martinez 0-1 3-1 4; Megan Mosby 1-0 2-0 2; Josie Sanchez 2-0 0-0 4; Morgan Mosby 3-0 4-2 8; Kassidy Jones 4-0 10-5 13; Jordan Neely 0-0 2-1 1; Susie Hand 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 10-1 22-11 34.

Centauri 19 6 22 15 — 62

Del Norte 11 7 9 7 — 34

3-point goals—Centauri 2 (Adrianna Cordova, 2), Del Norte 1 (Kaitlin Martinez, 1). Fouled out—Centauri-None, Del Norte-Alli Butler (4th, 7:07). Total fouls—Centauri 19, Del Norte 17. Technical fouls—Cenaturi-None, Del Norte-None.



Centauri 81,

Monte Vista 38

The rivalry between the Centauri Falcons and Monte Vista Pirates grew a little on Saturday night with the Falcons getting an early season non-conference win. Centauri captured the tournament championship by dominating both sides of the ball en route to an 81-38 win.

The two teams who will meet at least two more times this season, played tough in the first quarter by matching each other point-for-point and the quarter ended in a 14-14 draw.

Centauri’s Colton Mitchel and Jeremy Cornum were the team’s catalysts and helped pace the Falcons to a 25-point second quarter. Cornum, the game’s high scorer with 21 points, made his statement in the latter part of the quarter by hitting four buckets from the field and a free throw for nine points. The Pirates led 39-18 at halftime.

Mitchel followed Cornum’s run when with one of his own in the third quarter by scoring nine straight points. Mitchel, who appeared he could not miss a shot no matter what defensive pressure he faced, finished with 20 points. The electrified crowd cheered as mass substitutions by Falcon Head Coach Brandon Sanchez had Mitchel’s teammate, Tyler Bechaver, blowing on his fingers as if to put out the fire. At the end of the third, the Falcons were on top, 52-29.

Tempers flared early in the fourth quarter as Monte Vista’s Samuel Sarinana entered the game and was agitated by the Falcon players. After earning a quick personal foul on the offensive side of the ball, he was charged with another personal foul on the defensive side before he decided to take physical action against a Falcon player resulting in a technical foul and his ejection from the game.

The foul proved to hurt the Pirates by motivating the Falcons to keep battling even though they had a commanding lead. Cornum scored seven points in the 29-point attack that sealed the 81-38 win. Jarvies added an additional 13 points and was the only other player for Centauri in double digits.

The Pirtaes were led by Jose Sarinana, Keith Romero and Jaziah Martinez. All three players collected eight points.

Like the girls, the Falcons will participate in the Mountain Madness Tournament at Woodland Park High School on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Their first game of the tournament will be on Thursday at 4 p.m. when they take on Mesa Ridge.

Monte Vista will also be in action on Thursday when they host the Sargent Farmers at 7 p.m.



CENTAURI (3-0)

Colton Mitchell 5-3 1-1 20; Tyler Bechaver 1-1 2-2 7; Jeremy Cornum 8-1- 5-2 21; Justin Gallegos 3-0 3-1 7; Clay McCarroll 4-0 2-1 9; KC Jarvies 3-2 1-1 13; Devin Barrows 1-0 0-0 2; Russell Shawcroft 1-0 0-0 2. Totals 26-7 14-8 81.

MONTE VISTA (2-1)

Roger Lauro 1-0 2-1 3; David Lopez 0-0 0-0 0; Jaziah Martinez 1-2 0-0 8; Brandon Medina 1-0 2-0 2; Randy Valarde 1-1 2-2 7; Mitchell Vanderpool 1-0 0-0 2; Keith Romero 4-0 1-0 8; Jose Sarinana 3-0 2-2 8; Samuel Sarinana 0-0 0-0 0; Adrian Moreno 0-0 0-0 0; Donald Poole III 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-3 9-4 38.

Centauri 14 25 13 29 — 81

Monte Vista 14 4 11 9 — 38

3-point goals—Centauri 7 (Colton Mitchel, 3; Tyler Bechaver, 1; Jeremy Cornum, 1; KC Jarvies, 2), Monte Vista 2 (Jaziah Martinez, 2). Fouled out—Centauri-None, Monte Vista-None. Total fouls—Centauri 11, Monte Vista 17. Technical fouls—Cenaturi-None, Monte Vista-Samuel Sarinana (4th, 7:37-ejected).



Sangre de Cristo 55,

Monte Vista 38

The Sangre de Cristo Thunderbirds easily took the third place trophy on the girl’s side by defeating the Monte Vista Pirates 55-36. The high scorer for the Thunderbirds was Abbey Stagner with 16 points.

The Thunderbirds will return to action on Friday when they host Buena Vista at 6 p.m. The Pirates will be in action at 5:30 p.m. when they host the Sargent Farmers.



SANGRE DE CRISTO (2-1)

Karleigh Cooley 0-0 4-2 2; Kendra Neese 2-0 5-3 7; Allie Beiriger 3-0 8-5 11; Abbey Stagner 7-0 6-2 16; Jessica Gilmore 3-0 4-3 9; Joanna Chandler 1-0 0-0 2; Heather Dieckman 1-0 0-0 2; Jessica Berlinger 1-0 0-0 2; Brooke Slane 1-0 2-2 4. Total 19-0 28-17 55.

MONTE VISTA (1-2)

Shelby Hindes 1-0 8-6 8; Alyssia Torres 0-0 2-0 0; Terese Sanchez 1-1 2-1 6; Adianna Gallegos 0-0 3-2 2; Ashley Martinez 2-0 9-6 10; Kirsten Salazar 2-0 2-0 4; Itzel Ortiz 2-0 0-0 4; Victoria Aguilera 0-0 0-0 0; Courtney Christensen 0-0 6-0 0; Jessica McRoye 2-0 0-0 4. Total 10-1 32-15 38.

Sangre de Cristo 13 16 14 12 — 55

Monte Vista 6 8 11 13 — 38

3-point goals—Sangre de Cristo-None, Monte Vista 1 (Terese Sanchez, 1). Fouled out—Sangre de Cristo-None, Monte Vista- Jessica McRoye (4th, 5:23). Total fouls—Sangre de Cristo 25, Monte Vista 22. Technical fouls—Sangre de Cristo-None, Monte Vista-None.



Sierra Grande 76,

Dolores 49

The Sierra Grande Panthers exploded for 27 points in the first quarter of Saturday evening’s third place game between with the Dolores Bears. The Panthers dominated the game for the 76-49 win.

Seniors Braydon Smith and Tomas Vigil each scored 20 points in the win. The Panthers will be in action on Friday when they travel to Del Norte for a non-conference match-up with the Tigers.



SIERRA GRANDE (2-1)

Braydon Smith 7-1 3-3 20; Mason Mizokami 0-0 4-2 2; Regis Gilmartin 0-0 0-0 -0; Frankin Kuhn 0-0 2-1 1; Bryan Garcia 0-1 2-0 3; Ricardo Lucer 0-0 2-1 1; Victor Howard 2-2 4-4 12; Tomas Vigil 8-0 4-4 20; Adam Gomez 7-0 3-1 15. Totals 24-4 24-16 75.

DOLORES (1-2)

Hayden Plewe 2-0 1-1 5; Jackson Vermeul 2-0 2-1 5; Cody Carroll 2-0 4-3 7; Jakob Rudosky 2-0 4-1 5; Ben Lykins 1-1 0-0 5; Tyler Weir 4-0 1-0 8; Chaz Thompson 0-2 2-1 7; Mikal Ford 2-0 6-3 7; Ryan Johnston 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-3 20-10 49.

Sierra Grande 27 22 16 11— 76

Dolores 8 15 17 9 — 49

3-point goals—Sierra Grande 4 (Braydon Smith, 1; Victor Howard, 2; Ricardo Lucero, 1), Dolores 3 (Ben Lykins, 1; Chaz Thompson 2). Fouled out—Sierra Grande-None, Dolores-None. Total fouls—Sierra Grande 18, Dolores 17. Technical fouls—Sierra Grande-None, Dolores-Cody Carroll (2nd, 4:32), Chaz Thompson (3rd, 1:12).



Del Norte 50,

Sangre de Cristo 44

The Del Norte and Sangre de Cristo game was an exciting game that will prove to be an important one when it comes to league action later this season. As the final four minutes of the game played out, the Tigers would get momentum on their side and get a 6-point win, 50-44. The Tigers won the consolation gold.

The Thunderbirds entered the fourth quarter with a 3-point lead, 32-29, before a technical foul by Tiger sophomore Keagan Leckler changed the game for the better for Del Norte. The foul helped the Thunderbirds jump out to a 39-31 lead before it all went south. A quick 3-pointer by Del Norte junior Kolby Martinez and two steals and fast break baskets by senior Kris Lohr gave the Tigers a 40-39 lead with four minutes remaining.

The two teams traded points forcing Thunderbird Head Coach Wade Mortensen to call a time out to regroup. A free throw shooting contest ensued and with 15.9 seconds remaining, the Tigers only led by 2, 46-44.

After a timeout by Del Norte Head Coach Greg Parra, Sangre senior Mitchell Stagner, who led all scorers in the game with 22 points, went for a NBA-sized 3-pointer with 6 seconds remaining and it appeared like he was fouled but there was not a call and the Tigers were able to rebound the ball and hit free throws to ice the game for the win.



DEL NORTE (2-1)

Kevin Trujillo 1-0 0-0 2; Matt Mueller 2-1 0-0 7; Zack McEwen 0-0 3-1 1; Colin Trujillo 4-0 5-4 12; Kris Lohr 2-0 4-2 6; Kolby Martinez 1-1 4-1 6; Kegan Leckler 4-0 2-0 8; Hayden Bell 3-0 2-2 8; Cody Hicks 0-0 0-0 0. Total 17-2 20-10 50.

SANGRE DE CRISTO (1-2)

Mitchell Stagner 5-1 13-9 22; Kyle Beiriger 1-0 8-5 7; Cory Cooley 0-0 0-0 0; Tyler Reynolds 0-0 4-3 3; Troy Fritz 4-0 2-2 10; Cody Parker 1-0 1-0 2; Kyle Freel 0-0 0-0 0. Total 11-1 28-19 44.

Del Norte 10 3 16 21— 50

Sangre de Cristo 11 9 12 12 — 44

3-point goals— Del Norte 2 (Matt Mueller, 1; Kolby Martinez, 1), Sangre de Cristo 1 (Mitchell Stagner, 1). Fouled out—Del Norte-Kevin Trujillo (4th, 3:20), Kegan Leckler (4th, 5:23), Sangre de Cristo-Kyle Beiriger (4th, 0:57). Total fouls—Del Norte 22, Sangre de Cristo 18. Technical fouls—Del Norte-Keegan Leckler (4th, 5:23), Sangre de Cristo-None.



Dolores 45,

Sierra Grande 40

The Dolores Bears captured the consolation championship over the Sierra Grande Panthers, 45-40.

The first quarter was more of a see-saw battle with the two teams trading leads with the Panthers ending up with the upper hand, 10-9, entering the second.

The Bears were able to outscore Sierra Grande, 9-8 in the second quarter to make it a tie game into the halftime break.

The Bears came out in the third quarter and immediately went on a 7-0 run to stake out a 25-18 lead before senior Brooke Lucero countered with a 3-pointer. The Bears won the quarter 21-18 to take a 3-point lead into the final quarter.

Free throws were the way to score in the final quarter because a combined 13 free throws were taken but the Bears had the upper hand by connecting on four. The Panthers had four shots in a 10-second span but none fell and they lost 45-40.



Dolores (2-1)

Nicole Kibel 0-0 0-0 0; Tayler Elder 0-0 4-1 1; Mindy McCracken 6-0 2-1 13; Cydney McHenry 2-2 5-2 12; Brianna Schwartz 1-0 2-0 2; Lexi Atkinson 0-1 2-1 4; Jessica Schliesser 0-0 2-0 0; Olivia Wright 0-0 0-0 0; Sam Tate 5-0 1-0 10. Total 14-3 20-5 45.

Sierra Grande (1-2)

Brianna Archuleta 0-0 9-5 5; Demi Mizokami 0-0 4-2 2; Chelsea Roybal 6-0 2-1 13; Kendra Holtcamp 0-1 0-0 3; Victoria Archuleta 3-0 1-0 6; Vera Vigil 1-0 0-0 2; Brooke Lucero 2-1 0-0 7; Carina Augustine 1-0 0-0 2. Total 12-2 16-8 40.

Dolores 10 3 16 21— 50

Sierra Grande 11 9 12 12 — 44

3-point goals— Dolores 3 (Cydney McHenrey, 2; Lexi Atkinson, 1), Sierra Grande 2 (Kendra Holtcamp, 1; Brooke Lucero, 1). Fouled out—Dolores-None, Sierra Grande-Kendra Holtcamp (4th, 3:57), Brooke Lucero (4th, 1:46). Total fouls—Dolores 16, Sierra Grande 18. Technical fouls—Dolores-None, Sierra Grande-None.



Center 42,

Antonito 41

The Center Vikings were able to squeak out a come-from-behind win to capture seventh place in the first boys’ game of the day.

Early in the game, the Trojans looked like they would make easy work of the Vikings by taking a 20-14 lead into the break. That was not what the Vikings were thinking because they roared back and came within one point with 3:03 remaining in the third forcing Trojan Head Coach Joe Ruybal to call a time out to regroup his troops.

Trojan junior Isaiah Garcia, who was the offensive force for the Trojans all game, hit a jumper to make it 3-point game. Center senior Servando Merino closed the gap to two points with a jumper with thirty seconds remaining and they almost tied it as freshman Avel Martinez let a jumper fly at the buzzer.

Center freshman Angel Villagomez made it a 1-point game before Martinez gave them a lead with a jumper. That would be answered quickly when senior Alfred Mondragon gave the lead back to the Trojans with a lay-up.

Fran Alegria and Paul Lopez combined for four points to equalize a trey by Trojan David Silvas to tie the game at 34 with just over four minutes remaining. Villagomez and Antonito’s Eric Vargas traded buckets in the next minute before Alegria hit field goal to give the Vikings a lead with 2:17.

Merino extended the lead to 40-36 before a 3-point shooting foul was committed by the Vikings. Vargas was only able to hit one of the three. With 1:12 remaining in the game, Garcia nailed one of the biggest shots of the game, a college-distance 3-pointer to tie the game at 40.

Merino capped off his night by hitting a free throw before he fouled out on the other side of the court. Garcia was able to capitalize on the opportunity with 45.9 seconds remaining. He hit one to tie the game before a foul was called on the rebound giving Josh Arellano two shots. He was only able to hit one and Center nabbed the 42-41 win.



Center (1-2)

Angel Villagomez, 1-0 4-1 3; Rueben Hernandez 2-0 2-0 4; Josh Arrellano 1-0 2-1 3; Alexi Stiens 1-0 0-0 2; Paul Lopez 3-0 2-2 8; Fran Alegria 2-0 0-0 4; Avel Martinez 2-0 0-0 4; Sergio Aguilar 0-0 0-0 0; Servando Merino5-0 6-4 14. Total 17-0 16-8 42.

Antonito (0-3)

David Silvas 0-1 2-0 3; Isaiah Garcia 6-1 8-5 20; Julio Alcala 1-0 2-1 3; Eric Vargas 2-0 5-2 4; Chris Romero 1-0 0-0 2; Alfred Mondragon 1-1 2-2 5; Jon Mondragon 1-0 2-1 3. Total 15-2 19-9 41.

Center 6 8 11 17— 42

Antonito 9 11 7 16 — 41

3-point goals— Center-None, Antonito 3 (David Silvas 1; Isaiah Garcia, 1; Alfred Mondragon, 1). Fouled out—Center-Servando Merino (4th , 45.9), Antonito-None. Total fouls—Center 16, Antonito 13. Technical fouls—Center-None, Antonito-None.



Center 54,

Trinidad JV 14

The Center Vikings opened up the day with an easy win over the Trinidad Miner’s JV team for seventh place. Head Coach Scott Poole was able to use the game to get his younger players some varsity experience during the game and through it all, the Vikings got the 54-14 win.

Junior Maya Martinez led the Vikings attack with 15 points while senior Alexa Lobato added 11 points, including two 3-pointers.



Center (1-2)

Cynthia Aguilar 1-0 0-0 2; Esmeralda Sigala 0-0 0-0 0; Alexa Lobato 1-2 3-4 11; Daisy Garcia 0-0 1-0 0; Ingrid Hernandez 5-0 2-2 12; Maya Martinez 7-0 6-1 15; Megan McKibbon 4-0 2-2 10; Elise Rodriguez 2-0 2-0 4; Anessa Cook 0-0 2-0 0. Total 20-2 19-8 59.

Trinidad JV

Devon Sandoval 1-1 0-0 5; Cam Gomez 0-0 0-0 0; Brittnee Colberly 2-0 2-0 4; Indie Hillhouse 0-0 0-0 0; Jaylan Guzzo 0-0 0-0 0; Nikki Cordova 0-0 1-0 0; Jess Mason 2-0 4-1 5; Julia Duran 0-0 0-0 0.

Center 12 14 19 9 — 54

Trinidad JV 7 4 1 2— 14

3-point goals— Center 2 (Alexa Lobato, 2), Trinidad JV 1 (Devon Sandoval, 1). Fouled out—Center-None, Trinidad JV-None. Total fouls—Center 14, Trinidad JV 19. Technical fouls—Center-None, Trinidad JV-Julia Duran (4th, 5:34).












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