Basketball exploded on the scene at San Juan and Monticello high schools this week, with all four boys and girls teams participating in tournaments.
The San Juan Lady Broncos came within one point of sweeping the field in the Shiprock Tournament. SJ beat Cortez, 41-20 and Shiprock 64-39 before losing a squeaker to Durango, 43-42 in the final.
Jolene Kirk led the way in scoring, tallying 30 for the tournament’s three games with Teal Palmer adding 27 total. Against Cortez, Palmer and Kirk did most of the damage with 13 and 10 points respectively in the easy win.
Nine Lady Broncos found the scoring column. But that was nothing compared to Shiprock, where coach Justin Moon’s charges jumped to a 23-6 first quarter lead and had 14 girls in the scoring column.
Palmer, Sade Kyles and Tatianna SueSue all tossed in seven points to lead the scoring. In the final, the girls had all they wanted in Durango in a game that was close throughout. Kirk had 14 points to led the way with Ciara Lyman pitching in 11.
MHS girls and coach Lee Chadwick went 1-1 at the Oak Tree Inn in Milford. The Ladies bested Tintic 57-24 in the opener Friday. The girls showed great balance with Swayzi Slade scoring 15 points, Martha Beh 12 and Brittany Keith, Jamie Keyes, and Kaitlyn Clark all scoring eight points.
Eight Buckaroos scored points for MHS in their highest scoring game of the season. The Lady Bucks rushed to an 18-5 first quarter lead and never looked back.
On Saturday, the host school, the Milford Lady Tigers, were not so nice as they won their own tournament with a 41-30 win over the Lady Bucks.
Monticello trailed only 27-24 after three quarters, but were outscored 14-6 in the fourth quarter to drop to 1-3 on the young season.
Martha Beh led the way in scoring with 12 points. Ally Anderson and Jamie Keyes each scored nine.
Buckaroo boys played three games at the Cortez tournament, including two games in one day on Friday.
“Didn’t bother me at all,” said Buckaroo coach Tony Esplin, who just coached the Lady Bucks to the state 1A volleyball championship. “I thought two games in one day was kind of relaxing after sometimes playing five or six in one day in volleyball.”
The Bucks showed first game jitters against Delta in the season opener, trailing just 32-30 going into the fourth quarter, but succumbing to the turnover bug in the face of a Delta press, to lose 60-40.
Austin Maloy’s eight points led the Bucks. All his points came in the first half. Adam Black chipped in with seven.
In the second game on Friday, the Bucks found their legs against Shiprock NW, and smashed the charter school, 74-45.
Jake Duncan led 11 other Buckaroos in scoring with 15 points.
In the final, the Bucks bested Mancos, 47-29. Gunnar Hollingsworth led the Bucks with 14 points and Jake Duncan added 12 points.
San Juan boys and new head coach Jason Torgerson went 1-2 at the Kirtland Tournament.
After losing a close one to 2010 and 2011 state champion Mesilla Valley Christians, 45-43, and Ignacio, 59-41, the Broncos rebounded to beat Crownpoint, NM, 49-42.
The Broncos were led by Barkley Christensen, who scored 34 points in the three games, including seven treys. Logan Meyer added 29 points and Ammon Mitchell 21 points for the weekends work.
Tons of Bucks and Broncos earned All-state honors in volleyball and football led by 1A volleyball MVP, Swayzi Slade from Monticello and 2A defensive MVP, Brooke Lyman from San Juan.
Other first teamers are Martha Beh and Robin Randall from MHS and Simone Shumway and Teal Palmer from SJ. Devin Dalton (MHS) garnered second team honors.
In football, Adam Black (MHS) made the 1A all-state team, along with second teamers Austin Wilcox, Jake Duncan, Jonah Cafferty, Jake Miller, PJ Leiataua, and Terek Esplin.
For the Broncos, Barkley Christensen, Logan Meyer, Bogh Bayles, and Landon Palmer were first teamers, while Bobby Bowring made the second team.
Congratulations to all these players and their coaches for the honors well deserved.