Courier Sports Editor
No. 10 Sangre de Cristo outlasts Tigers, defeats Del Norte
DEL NORTE—A 16-point second half by Sangre de Cristo senior Kathryn New helped propel the Sangre de Cristo Thunderbirds, who are ranked No. 10 in Colorado Preps’ weekly rankings, to a 42-43 win to claim sole possession of first place in the Southern Peaks League standings here at The Pit in the Tiger Field House at Del Norte High School on Friday night.
New, who only scored two points in the first half, was able to offset some shooting that was dismal by both teams. The Tigers were only able to hit six buckets from the field as they connected on 6-of-24 (25 percent) of their shots. Sangre de Cristo connected on 16-of-41 (39 percent) shots from the field.
The two teams did make up for it with free throw shooting. Sangre de Cristo committed 24 personal fouls while Del Norte committed 20. Because of that a combined 58 free throws were taken by the teams.
Del Norte connected on 19-of-31 (61 percent) of their free throws. Alli Butler took 19 of those and scored all 12 points on successful attempts. Sangre de Cristo went 17-of-27 (63 percent) from the free throw line.
Butler was Del Norte’s scoring leader while senior Kassidy Jones scored nine points, Kaitlin Martinez scored 7 and Morgan Mosby scored five. Her twin sister, Megan, hit five field goals for 10 points. Jones led the team’s rebounding efforts with nine of the 29 total by the Tigers.
New led the Thunderbirds while Kendra Neese scored 9 points while sophomore Abbey Stagner scored seven. Freshman Karleigh Cooley, sophomore Allie Beiriger and Jessica Gilmore each scored five. Heather Dieckman scored three points. Stagner and Gilmore each caught six rebounds as the team had 27.
The Thunderbirds took a 3-point lead into the final period where they bolted for 18 points on the night including nine on free throws. New accounted for 11 of the 18 points.
The first quarter saw the two teams trading leads and points before the Thunderbirds jumped out to a 13-10 lead entering the second quarter. In the second quarter, Del Norte was able to keep pace and tie the game at 15 before a 6-0 run forced Laurice Butler to call a timeout. The run was extended to an 8-0 run to make the score 23-15.
The Tigers did not take the run sitting down as they capitalized on personal fouls committed by Sangre de Cristo. They were able to cash in on 6-of-9 opportunities from the line added to a steal and fast break bucket by Martinez to go on an 8-0 run in the final 2:45 of the half to tie the game at 23.
Monte Vista 39
Monte Vista 12-10-5-12—39
MV: Shelby Hindes 1 2-3 4, Terrise Sanchez 2 6-13 10, Ashley Martinez 5 0-0 12, Itzel Ortiz 2 1-2 5, Jessica Brown 0 0-0 0, Alyssia Torres 3 1-4 7, Mackenzy Becker 0 1-2 1. TOTALS: 13 11-24 39. 3-POINTERS: Martinez 2. TECHNICAL FOUL: Head Coach Andy Schon, 3:27 left, Q4. FOULED OUT: Torres, 1:13 left, Q4; Sanchez, 1:03 left, Q4.
B: Micaela Knickerbocker 1 7-10 9, Layne Bulwan 4 2-6 10, Destini McGhehey 3 2-3 8, Kirby Brown 2 0-0 4, Jaida Ross 2 4-7 8, Carrie Yost 1 0-2 2, Haley Clarke 3 2-3 8, Andrea Lahoz 1 0-0 3, Chanel McCloskey 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 17 17-31 52. 3-POINTERS: Lahoz. FOULED OUT: Bulwan, 1:06 left, Q4.
No. 1 Centauri 57,
Sierra Grande 45,
Thunderbirds stiff arm Tigers
DEL NORTE—The Sangre de Cristo Thunderbirds allowed the Del Norte Tigers to harass them the whole game but they would not allow them to close the gap to less than three points down the final stretch as they held on for a 50-45 win.
With the halftime score 23-23, the Thunderbirds were able to outscore Del Norte 13-8 in the third quarter before winning the fourth quarter 20-18 for the win.
As a team, Sangre de Cristo was 17-of-27 (62.9 percent) from the free throw line while connecting on 15 shots from the field including three 3-pointers. Troy Fritz was the team’s high scorer with 14 points while Mitchell Stagner and Kyle Beiriger each scored 12 points.
The Tigers were 14-of-19 (73.8 percent) from the free throw line and 13 shots from the field including five 3-pointers. Colin Trujillo led the Tigers with 12 points while Hayden Bell scored 10 points.
Monte Vista 54,
Monte Vista 12-11-16-15—54
MV: Jaziah Martinez 4 0-0 8, Randy Velarde 3 2-4 9, Mitchell Vanderpool 2 0-2 4, Keith Romero 5 8-14 21, Jose Sarinana 0 6-6 6, Adrian Moreno 2 0-0 4, Presley Garcia 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 17 16-26 54. 3-POINTERS: Romero 3, Velarde. TECHNICAL FOUL: Sarinana, 0:01 left, Q3. FOULED OUT: Sarinana.
B: Joey Webb 2 4-4 8, Tyler Kerr 3 2-5 8, Geoff Pope 2 0-0 4, Dillon Hoselton 4 0-0 9, Preston Hardy 4 2-2 10, Trevor Gabbard 1 0-0 2, John Fisher 2 2-2 6, Nevin Lister 0 0-0 0, John Arnold 0 0-0 0, Zane Phelps 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 18 12-15 49. 3-POINTERS: Hoselton. FOULED OUT: Fisher, 2:40 left, Q4; Hardy, 0:28 left, Q4.
No. 7 Alamosa 42
No. 4 Sanford 83,
Cripple Creek 31
Sierra Grande 100,
No. 1 Falcons grapplers win
BAYFIELD—The No. 1 ranked Centauri High School Falcons dominated the Bayfield Wolverines for a 45-18 Intermountain League win here at Bayfield High School on Friday afternoon. The dual was the Falcons’ final dual of the season, outside of the Canon City Duals Tournament, which takes place today (Saturday).
The dual started with a forfeit by No. 8 ranked Patrick Esparsen at 106 pounds. After an uncontested 113 pound match, Angelo Martinez got a 14-5 major decision over Tyler Beebe at 120 pounds to make the team score 10-0.
Colter McMeniemen got a 7-6 decision over Ethan Coombs at 126 pounds while No. 6 Allec Rodriguez defeated No. 13 Christopher Martin 5-3 at 130 pounds while No. 16 ranked Drake Rhodes made an upset at 138 pounds. Rhodes was able to nab a 4-3 decision over No. 9 ranked Shane Wilson to close the team score to 10-9.
The states No. 1 ranked wrestler at 145 pounds made easy work of No. 10 ranked Joe Zink as he nabbed a 22-6 technical fall.
No. 12 ranked James Richardson won by forfeit at 152 pounds as did No. 1 ranked Micah Keys at 160 pounds.
At 170 pounds, Jensen Hamilton, who is ranked No. 12, got a pin in 5:37 over James Young. No. 2 ranked Jareb Aziz nabbed a fall over Michael Goodman in 2:37 at 182 pounds before No. 10 ranked Tylen Pavlovsky pinned Dom Brittain in 51 seconds in the 195 pound match.
No. 14 ranked RJ Ruybal was defeated by Matt Cerdas in the 220 pound match by a 4-3 decision before Greg Martinez was pinned by Matt Ecksstein in the 285-pound match. The pin came in 2:33.
Vikings down Tigers in Friday night dual
DEL NORTE—The unranked Center Vikings captured a 2A Southern Peaks League dual win over the No. 6 ranked team in Class 2A here at The Pit inside the Tiger Field House at Del Norte High School on Friday night. The Vikings won the dual 37-32. The Vikings are coming off a dual win over the No. 5 ranked Rocky Ford Meloneers last Friday night.
“It’s a huge win, it’s a rivalry, you heard the crowd, we came here last year and they embarrassed us,” said Center Head Coach Brian Ullary after Friday night’s dual. “We weren’t going to let that happen again. We aren’t ranked so this was a big win. I like where my team is heading into Regionals.”
The Vikings and Tigers, who wrestled their final dual of the season, will be joining the rest of the Valley’s 2A wrestlers in Fowler this upcoming week.
The dual started at 195 pounds when Center’s Jose Luis Macias, who is ranked sixth in Class 2A, got a 19-4 technical fall over Brian Bothell.
The 220 pound match was a no contest, as Center’s Luis Maroscal, who is ranked No. 5, wrestled up in the 285 pound match and pinned Shane Shearin, who was ranked No.8 at 285 pounds. The pin came in 4:51.
Brett Fuller got the Tigers on the scoreboard with a pin over Alberto Rodriguez in 4:19 before Mauricio Paez pinned Mac Mondragon in 1:30.
Jose Angel Chavez, who is ranked No. 3 at 120 pounds, received a forfeit before Jeremy Moreno, ranked fifth at 126 pounds, got a 19-13 decision over Robert Gonzalez.
No. 9 ranked Gustavo Nungaray received a pin at 132 pounds before Center got a technical fall at 139 pounds. Jeremiah Moreno, who is ranked No. 6 at 138 pounds, wrestled up in the 145 pound match and was defeated by No. 4 ranked Brennan Pacheco. Pacheco won with a 9-3 decision.
No. 1 ranked Shawn Beiriger defeated Christian Espinoza in the 152-pound match with a technical fall before No. 1 ranked Austin McDonald pinned George Weatherford in 21 seconds.
Billy Giron was pinned by Tharen Smith in 33 seconds before Jake Jolly pinned Billy Giron in 3:56.