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Sports for Nov. 13, 2008

What’s This No Sports Today?

WALSENBURG- Every once in awhile it happens. The local schools are in between seasons or no team advanced into the state playoff rounds.  The Journal  will, however, run the annual winter sports edition next week with schedules, interviews with the coaches, team outlooks, prospects for post-season play and a few surprises.  For an action-filled analysis of both Walsenburg and La Veta schools, visit our website next week or pick up the paper from your local vendor.

    As a result of this slow sports week, the only items to report  are about teams which played the local schools and went on to post-season play.  As always, it “isn’t  over till the fat lady sings,” rings true when it comes down to post-season play.  Take for example the La Veta football team.  Their bid for state fell short at the hands of the Bulldogs of Dove Creek three weeks ago.  Dove Creek, one of the highest scoring teams in Division 8, was dismantled by Granada 51-18.  Granada, in turn lost to Day Spring Christian 61-21.  Day Spring faces the nearby Hoehne Farmers in the semi-finals this weekend.  The Farmers defeated La Veta earlier this season 44-26.  This is a tough competitive division with both schools in the semi’s scoring an average of 51 points a game.

    The John Mall Panthers struggled to put any points on the board this season, averaging a record low of 4 points per game.  They fought and worked hard under new coach, Ken Berger.  Fortunately for the Cats, there were no major injuries and very few ineligibilities throughout the season, a testimony to Berger’s leadership, training  and motivation.  North of us, the Rye Thunderbolts (11-0) are playing in the 1A State semi-finals against Wray (9-2).  The T-bolts defeated the Panthers in regular season, 48-0, which paralleled their season average of 45 points per game while allowing only 6.

    On the hardwood court, the Lady Redskin’s trip to state was derailed at the hands of Burlington and Sangre De Cristo at the Regional tournament.  Both Burlington and Sangre lost their opening round games against the Fowler Grizzlies and the Colorado Springs School.  Fowler ultimately won the pool play tournament, winning all three games.  The Grizzlies captured their eleventh state crown and have always been a volleyball powerhouse for as long as the Panthers could remember.

    The adult volleyball recreation league is beginning and we will post results as they happen.  As far as any other sports to report, the Journal could report on the Denver Broncos, but their news is old news, except for the fact that Walsenburg was chosen as one of eight cities to be deemed as “Bronco country.”

    Next week will be our Winter Sports Preview edition for Re-1 and Re-2.  Parents who would like to publish a shout out for their players may call the Journal office at 738-1415, bring a photo into the Huerfano Journal office at 500 Main Street in Walsenburg or send email to

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