LA JARA — Centauri opted for a round robin format rather than a true tournament for the Mountain Top this year. Meaning in the boys' bracket there were teams that did not face one another and would close with the same record.
However, Centauri’s girls closed their home tournament with the only undefeated record. Thursday and Friday Centauri’s girls defeated Sargent and Olathe to set up the marquee matchup of the weekend between the Falcons and Moffat County. Centauri would defeat the Bulldogs 59-54 to remain the only undefeated team of the weekend on the shoulders of a 24 point game from senior Melissa Wilson.
Elsewhere among the girls Sargent pulled a difficult assignment for the weekend. Thursday and Friday, not only did they face two ranked teams in Centauri and Moffat County – seventh and fourteenth as of Monday – but also gave up a class as both the Falcons and Bulldogs are 3A. The Farmers would take all their pent up frustration from their two losses to Centauri and Moffat County out on Las Animas on Saturday, battering the Trojans in a 65-22 game.
As the schedules were the same for the boys many of the matchups played out in a similar fashion. Centauri’s boys knocked off Sargent and Olathe on Thursday and Friday respectively before facing Moffat County Saturday afternoon.
The Falcons then offed Moffat County in a 54-37 contest with Owen Richardson and Martin Garcia tying for the team lead in scoring with 10 apiece. However the schedule did not allow for Centauri to face Montezuma-Cortez who also vanquished all comers taking a 3-0 record as well by Saturday evening. Those looking forward to the Intermountain matchup will have to wait until Jan. 19 when the Falcons and Panthers meet in Cortez, CO.
Sargent’s boys’ couldn’t get past Centauri or Moffat County in the first two days of competition. Then on day three the boys buried Las Animas in a 60-30 game to close their time at the tournament.
Centauri will go on the road this week heading north for the La Junta Holiday Shootout at La Junta High School starting on Dec. 6th. The Falcons' first opponent at the pre-holiday tournament will be the Swink Lions. The Holiday Shootout will be the first action of the season for the Lions. Swink's boys are coming off a forgettable season where they closed with a 6-15 season. Swinks girls may pose a formidable threat to Centauri as the Lions closed the season with a 20-3 record with their season ending at the 2A regional tournament.
Sargent will go back to work this week taking a little tour of the 1A Southern Peaks League with two road games against Sangre de Cristo Dec. 7th and Sierra Grande Dec. 8th.