Sports – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 17:59:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Youth basketball, arts and crafts, and more offered Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:00:15 +0000 By Darren Lewis
SUN Columnist
The Recreation Department is currently accepting registration through Dec. 20 for youth basketball ages 9-12.
The cost is $35 and registration may be completed online or at the Ross Aragon Community Center.
Practice will start mid-January, with games beginning in February.
Winter recreation arts and crafts class
Registrations are being accepted through Nov. 22 for an arts and crafts class held at the Community Center.
Registration can be completed at the Community Center.
The class is for ages 9-13 and class size is limited. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. This class is a three-week session running from Dec. 3 through Dec. 19.
The cost of the class is $25 for the three-week session.
Time 4 Tots registration
Time 4 Tots is a new program offering toddlers ages 2-3 time to socialize and participate in fun hands-on activities. Parents or guardians must be present and involved. We will have singing, music, reading, crafts and plenty of free play.
Classes are available Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon or Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday classes will run Jan. 6, 2020, through Feb. 10, 2020. Tuesday classes will run Jan. 7, 2020, through Feb. 4, 2020. The cost is $20 for the class.
After the Bell program
This is a new after-school program designed for kids ages 9-12 to come to the Community Center gym and participate in different physical educational games. We will be burning off some energy after a long week of school.
The program runs Jan. 10, 2020, through Feb. 7, 2020. The program will be held every Friday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Community Center.
Also, if interested, bus 17 stops at the Community Center for those elementary students participating in the program.
The cost is $20 for all five Fridays involved. Deadline for registering for this program is Jan. 8, 2020.
Open Gymnastic Gym Time
Open Gymnastic Gym Time is to practice those special skills you are determined to learn or just get in some extra practice time. We will play some fun games and top it off with a handstand contest. There will be supervision, but this is not a structured class.
The open gym is for ages 5 and older. Younger children are allowed with parents.
Open gym will be held Fridays, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Nov. 15 and 22, and Dec. 6 and 13 in the Pagosa Springs Middle School mat room.
The gym is open to children ages 5 and older, with younger children allowed with parent.
Registration/waiver is taken by the instructor at class time. The cost is $5 per session.
Fitness room
The fitness room is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $2 per day, $10 per month or $80 per year.
Please call with any questions, 264-4151, ext. 232 or 233.

Pirate football season ends in Delta Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:55 +0000

Photo courtesy Stacey Barker
Senior Pirate Paden Bailey breaks away from Delta Panther Colton Johnson during the first round of the 2A state football playoffs on Nov 9. Pagosa was shut out by Delta, 44-0, ending the 2019 season, which featured the first league title for the Pirates in 10 years.

The No. 13-seeded Pagosa Springs High School Pirate football team’s playoff run was short-lived as it was shutout in the first round of the 2A state tournament 44-0 by the No. 4-seeded Delta Panthers on Nov. 9.

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Volleyball ends season with two wins at Coal Ridge tournament Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:00:56 +0000 The Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates went 2-2 at the Coal Ridge tournament, ending the regular season with an 8-15 record, which includes a 3-7 record in league play.

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Pirates claim first league title since 2009, take on Delta Saturday for first round of playoffs Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:00:19 +0000

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Finding daylight, Pirate Paden Bailey dives into the end zone for one of his two scores on the night against the Alamosa Mean Moose on Nov. 1. Bailey finished with 163 yards on 21 carries. Pagosa defeated Alamosa 33-22 to capture its first league championship since 2009 and a playoff berth for the first time since the 2017 season. Pagosa will face Delta in the first round of the playoffs at 1 p.m. Saturday in Delta.

On the final night of the 2019 regular season, the No. 17 Pagosa Springs High School Pirate football team capped off a milestone season that featured a league title — something that hadn’t been done since the 2009 season — and a playoff berth for the first time since the 2017 season.

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Paden Bailey gains yardage at the expense of an Alamosa Mean Moose defender during the Nov. 1 matchup between the two league foes. Pagosa defeated Alamosa 33-22 for an Intermountain League championship and a playoff spot. The No. 13-seeded Pirates will look to keep up the hot play on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. on the road against the No. 4-seeded Delta Panthers in the first round of the playoffs.

Cross-country Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:00:08 +0000

SUN photo/Chris Mannara

Pagosa Springs High School sophomore Nell Taylor recently garnered Intermountain League all-conference honors for cross-country after finishing 42nd at the state cross-country championships in October.

Pagosa Springs Athletic Booster Club’s haunted maze Sat, 02 Nov 2019 11:00:43 +0000

Photos courtesy Julie Gurule

Scene … having some spooky fun at the Pagosa Springs Athletic Booster Club’s haunted maze. Organizers provided fun for event goers of all ages, including games for little kids and the haunted maze for those who were brave enough. Proceeds from the event will benefit athletics at the high school.

Pirates defeat Bayfield for first time in 11 years Fri, 01 Nov 2019 15:33:23 +0000

Photo courtesy Stacey Barker
Pirate quarterback Grant Aucoin slides through a would-be Bayfield Wolverine tackle, picking up some positive yardage for the Pirates. Aucoin finished the night with nine carries for 49 yards and a perfect night throwing the ball, going six for six on passing attempts for 196 yards and two touchdowns. The No. 23 Pirates dominated the No. 24 Wolverines 42-0 on Oct. 25, snapping Bayfield’s 23-game league winning streak that dated back to 2014. The win also marked the first time Pagosa has beaten Bayfield since 2008.

In the hunt for a playoff berth, the No. 23 Pagosa Springs High School Pirate football team notched a big win on Friday, beating the No. 24 Bayfield Wolverines 42-0 on the road.
The win marks the Pirates’ third win in a row, all of which have been against Intermountain League (IML) foes; it also marks the first time Pagosa has defeated Bayfield in 11 years.
Pagosa’s last victory against Bayfield came in the 2008 season.
It also marks the end of the Wolverines’ 23-game league winning streak, which dated back to 2014.
The Pirates’ record now sits at 4-4 overall with a perfect 3-0 record against IML foes; Pagosa also sits in first place in the IML standings.
Pagosa hit the scoreboard first when quarterback Grant Aucoin connected with Mitch Lewis on a 65-yard touchdown pass, giving the Pirates an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Wolverines fumbled, giving possession right back to Pagosa; the Pirates capitalized on the turnover with Paden Bailey scoring from 1 yard out.
A successful quarterback sneak by Aucoin on the two-point conversion gave Pagosa a 14-0 lead with just nine minutes remaining in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, facing a fourth and 5, the Pirates decided to go for it and continue their scoring drive; that decision to go for it proved to be a smart one as Aucoin found Lewis again on a 34-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to push Pagosa’s lead to 21-0 heading into halftime.
Late in the third quarter, Bayfield quarterback Isaac Ross’ pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage by Wil Aucoin and subsequently intercepted and returned for a 50-yard touchdown by Lewis, extending Pagosa’s lead to 28-0.
In the fourth quarter, Bailey found the end zone two more times in close yardage situations to cement the 42-0 victory for Pagosa.
Grant Aucoin finished the night a perfect six of six on passing attempts for 196 yards and two touchdowns.
Lewis led the team in receptions and yards with four catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns; Bailey added two catches for 70 yards.
Bailey led the team in rushes with 24 for 102 yards, Grant Aucoin added nine rushes for 49 yards, Wil Aucoin had four carries for 11 yards, Dustin Clark added three carries for 22 yards and Lewis finished with two carries for 8 yards.
“It was a big win and I think that they’re a good football team,” coach Myron Stretton said in an interview.
The Pirates have continued to get better late in the season, which is exactly what you want, Stretton noted.
In preparing for Bayfield, the Pirates noticed that the Wolverines scored a lot of their points through the pass, but the scoring drives were set up by the run, Stretton added.
“They did throw it effectively against us, that’s really, I think, the biggest chunks of yardage came from throwing it off of play action,” he said.
Shutting out a team is certainly a highlight defensively, Stretton explained.
“Overall it was probably our best defensive effort,” he said.
The defensive line of the Pirates continues to improve, with the defensive ends of the Pirates doing a good job of keeping runs contained, Stretton explained.
Against Bayfield, Stretton praised Nolan Kay for his play against the Wolverines in getting pressure and notching a sack on Ross during the game.
“We ran a five-front most of the game, so that gave us an opportunity to have another defensive lineman in there, and he had just been doing really well in practice,” Stretton said.
Stretton also praised Skyler Hill for playing the run great and getting pressure on Ross.
Pagosa’s defensive backs also did a good job at not biting on the run and continuing to cover their men, he added later.
Offensively, Stretton praised Grant Aucoin’s performance throwing the ball, noting that if not for a few Wolverine tackles, Grant Aucoin could have had four passing touchdowns on just six throwing attempts.
“That was huge,” he said. “Grant threw it really well. He read the option really well.”
Following the game, Stretton explained he told his team to enjoy the win and that they should be excited, but it’s now on to the next game against the No. 21 Alamosa Mean Moose (6-2 overall, 2-1 in league play) at home for Senior Night with kickoff set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.
For all the marbles
The showdown between the Pirates and Mean Moose will determine not only a postseason appearance, but also a league title.
Pagosa last captured a league title in football in 2009.
“If they beat us, they’re probably in the playoffs,” he said. “I think it’s going to boil down to RPI [Rating Percentage Index] and I think they’re probably going to have a higher RPI.”
Pagosa has done what it needs to and if the Pirates win, they’re in, Stretton explained.
“If we win, we win a league title and we’re in the playoffs,” he said. “There is no pressure from me and I don’t want them to put pressure on themselves.”
In order to capture that league title and playoff appearance, Pagosa will look to gain redemption against Alamosa.
Last season, Alamosa eliminated Pagosa from playoff contention on the last game of the season by defeating the Pirates 30-19.
Pagosa will have to prepare for the Mean Moose’s potent passing attack, led by quarterback Brendon Madril, who has thrown for 1,180 yards with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Madril is currently averaging 15 yards per attempt, with Ian Jackson leading the Mean Moose in receptions with 34, receiving yards with 625 and touchdowns with 10.
Brenden Crowther also has 31 catches for 508 yards and three touchdowns for Alamosa.
Luke Smith leads Alamosa in rushing attempts with 95 to go along with 821 yards and eight touchdowns.
“They do like to throw it a lot. They spread it out,” Stretton said of Alamosa’s game plan. “They run it effectively because they end up getting people out of the box.”
Alamosa does not run it much, but when they do, it is effective, he noted.
“We’re going to prepare for that defensively,” he said. “Offensively, we’re going to try to establish the option.”
A lot of what Pagosa’s game plan will entail is what alignments Alamosa throws the Pirates’ way, Stretton explained.
“Our game plan is pretty much the same every week and that’s how option football works,” he said. “You just try to get them in a position where they make the wrong decision.”

Lady Pirates drop final home game, look to end season strong Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:00:51 +0000

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Teagan Stretton looks to set up one of her Lady Pirate teammates during a matchup with the Buena Vista Demons on Oct. 25. Stretton finished with a team-high 19 assists, but Pagosa was bested by Buena Vista in three sets.

In their final home game of the 2019 season, the Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirate volleyball team could not capture a win, falling to the Buena Vista Demons in three sets.

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Lady Pirate Taylor Lewis fields the team’s attack between Buena Vista Demons Maddy Mcfee and Ruthie Molitor. Lewis finished with five total kills, but Pagosa fell to the Demons in three sets. The Lady Pirates will look to end the regular season on a high note at the Coal Ridge tournament this weekend.

Pirates end season with two losses, heads held high Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:00:40 +0000

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In the penultimate game of his career, Pirate senior Will Villalobos heads the ball during an offensive push during the match against the Telluride Miners on Friday. The Pirates fell 4-2 to the Miners.

The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate boys’ soccer team finished its last two games of the season with a 4-2 loss to the Telluride Miners Friday and a 7-0 loss to the Ridgway Demons Saturday.

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Pirates finish season at state meet by placing 17th, 15th Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:00:34 +0000

Photo courtesy Rachael Christiansen
Lady Pirate seniors Annabelle Bowles and Celia Taylor race in their final high school race Saturday at the state meet. The team finished 15th.

As they hoped to do from the beginning of the season, the Pagosa Springs High School cross-country teams bookended their season at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.

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Pirate senior Jack Foster works to stay ahead of the competition at last week’s state meet in Colorado Springs. Foster finished 87th, helping his team to a 17th-place finish.