By Con Marshall             

While playing what Coach Shane Paben called "our most complete game," the Chadron State College men's basketball team defeated the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 78-56 on the Eagles' home court Friday night.

"I can't say enough about how well we played tonight," Paben stated.  And, while the Eagles shot 53.3% from the field, he primarily talked about the defense during his post-game radio show.

"We took away their transition game, kept them in front of us and didn't let them get many good looks on 3-pointers.  I was proud how well we played," the coach commented.

This was the same team that beat Chadron State 91-63 in Colorado Springs on January 3. So, the Eagles undoubtedly were seeking a little revenge.  Although, the Mountain Lions jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the first three minutes, the Eagles were ahead the remainder of the game, including 46-29 at halftime.

Jarrett Taylor sank a 3-pointer for CSC's first points.  Isaiah Wyatt scored the next 14 to give the Eagles a 17-9 lead with after six minutes had been played.  Wyatt was the game's leading scorer with 20 points. Josh Robinson tallied 15 and was the game's leading rebounder with 11, for his sixth double-double of the season. Taylor sank three more treys to also finish in double figures with 12 points.

In addition, Porter Anderson added 9 points and both Marcus Jefferson and MJ Foust scored eight. All three shot just four times and they combined to sink 11 of the 12.

Paben also was pleased that his team had just two turnovers in the first half, and finished with 18 assists, eight of them by Jefferson, and had only eight total turnovers.

Mac Stodart, a 6-foot-8 native of New Zealand paced the visitors with 15 points.  No one else scored more than seven for the Lions.  All told, they shot 43% from the field and were four of 18 from 3-point range. Stodart made three of the treys.

Both teams are now 7-5 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.  The Eagles will host the Regis Rangers Saturday evening.  Regis defeated Colorado Christian 81-69 Friday night in Denver.  

              Colorado-Colorado Springs—Mac Stodart 15, Jayden Washington 7, Beni Fungula 6, David Jabedo 6, Sufyan Elkanna 6, Jon'll Fugett 4, Logan Bracamonte 4, Keegan Phillips 4, Noah Baca 2, Jezza McKenzie 2. Totals: 22-51 (4-18) 8-8 56 points, 26 rebounds, 13 turnovers.

              Chadron State—Isaiah Wyatt 20, Josh Robinson 15, Jarrett Taylor 12, Porter Anderson 9, Marcus Jefferson 8, MJ Foust 8, Bryce Latimer 4, Martin Poznanovic 2. Totals: 31-58 (8-18) 8-8 78 points, 30 rebounds, 8 turnovers.

              Colorado Springs        29          27         ----56

              Chadron State            46           32         ----78

              3-pointers—UCCS—Stodart 3, Washington 1. CSC—Taylor 4, Wyatt 2, Jefferson 2.

Colorado Springs Edges Lady Eagles 58-57

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Chadron State's senior guard Samiyah Worrell in the final 48 seconds were not quite enough as Colorado-Colorado Springs' Agar Farres sank three free throws in the final 33 seconds that kept her team in the lead for a 58-57 victory in Chadron on Friday night.

After breaking out to a 18-5 lead in the first quarter, when the Mountain Lions made just two of 18 field goal shots, Chadron State was ahead all the way until the visitors' Rylie Ottmann broke a 45-45 deadlock by making a layup with five minutes remaining.

The Eagles never got the lead back, but the second of Worrell's treys made the difference just 57-56 with 24 seconds remaining.  After that, both Farres and Worrell made one free throw and missed the second. 

Colorado Springs turned the ball over with 5 seconds still showing.  The Eagles called a time out to set up a final shot.  It was a running jumper from about 15-feet. It was close but didn't connect.

Both teams made 21 field goals, but the Mountain Lions hit six treys compared to the Eagles' three, enough to barely offset Chadron State's 12-10 advantage at the free throw line.

Worrell's 16 points led all scorers.  Shay Powers added 15 and Riley Aiono 10 for the Eagles. Jessica Nation scored 12 points, Maison White 11 and Farres 10 for Colorado Springs. 

The Eagles hurt themselves by turning the ball over 28 times, a dozen more than the visitors. The statkeepers calculated that the Lions scored 26 points off of the CSC turnovers. 

Chadron State will host Regis starting at 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon. The Rangers downed Colorado Christian 92-66 in Denver on Friday night.    

Colorado Springs—Jessica Nation 12, Maison White 11, Agar Farres 10, Talia DePetrillo 9, Sydney Nilles 4, Gaila Zimbardo 4, Breelyn Robinson 3, Rylie Ottmann 3. Alexa Domingues 2. Totals: 21-65 (6-17) 10-18 58 points, 36 rebounds, 16 turnovers.

Chadron State—Samiyah Worrell 16, Shay Powers 15, Riley Aiono 10, Awoti Akoi 8, Allison Olsen 6, Kyra Tanabe 2. Totals: 21-51 (3-12) 12-15 57 points, 41 rebounds, 28 turnovers.

              Colorado Springs              5       18       16     19       ---58

              Chadron State                  18       10      12     27       ---57

              3-pointers:  UCCS—DePetrillo 3, Farres, Nation, Robinson, Niiles, all 1. CSC—Worrell 2, Olsen 1.

Chadron State athletes fare well at big meet

Chadron State College track and field athletes won six firsts and five seconds, as well as numerous other top five places, at the South Dakota State Division II Invitational Meet on Friday.
              Teams from more than a dozen schools from the Dakotas, Iowa and Minnesota competed along with the Eagles, who were the lone Nebraska participant. At least 25 athletes entered nearly all of the events.
              Chadron State's outstanding male and female throwers were double winners.  Daniel Reynolds of Granby, Colo., won the shot put at 51 feet, 1 inch and also was first in the the weight throw with mark of 63-10 ½.  Kyla Sawvell of Wall, S.D., was the women's shot put winner at 47-7 and the weight throw champion at 60-3 ¼. 
              Some of their best competition was from teammates.  The Eagles' Parker Gonser of Windsor, Colo., was third in the men's shot put and Christopher Jennings of O'Neill was fourth in the weight throw with career-best of 55-4 ¾. In addition, CSC's Courtney Smith was the women's weight throw runner-up.
              The Eagles' other event winners were Osvaldo Cano of Oshkosh with a career-best time of 22.13 seconds in the 200 meters, and Jourdaine Cerenil of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., who cleared 5-5 in the high jump.
              Cano also had a career-best indoor time of 49.19 seconds while finishing fourth in the 400 meters. 
              Other second-place finishers for the Lady Eagles besides Smith in the women's weight throw were Carlie Collier of Dunning, Neb., in the 200 meters (25.57), Destiny Pelton of Fort Morgan, Colo., in the high jump (5-1) and freshman Megan Baloun of Rapid City in the long jump (16-1). 
              Collier also was fifth in the 400 with a career-best 25.57 seconds.  Another freshman, Madison Clause of Billings, Mont., was third in the pole vault at 11-1 ¾.
              Creighton Trembly of Longmont, Colo., was the runner-up in the men's 60-meter hurdles (8.23).  In addition, the Eagles' Alec Penfield of Lusk, Wyo., James Bruner of Scottsbluff and Hector Ortega of Northglenn, Colo., placed third through fifth in the high jump.  
              The Eagles will host their annual Don Holst Open Meet this Saturday. 
              CSC's top eight placings at the SDSU Meet follow:   
Men's Events
              200—1, Osvaldo Cano, 22.13.
              400—4, Osvaldo Cano, 49.19.
              60 hurdles—2, Creighton Trembly, 8.23.
              Shot put—1, Daniel Reynolds, 51-1; 3, Parker Gonser, 49-8 ¼; 8, Reid Spady, 44-2 ¾.
              35-pound weight throw—1, Daniel Reynolds, 63-10 ½; 4, Christopher Jennings, 55-4 ¾; 6, Parker Gonser, 52-4 ¾. 
              High jump—3, Alec Penfield, 6-2 ¾; 4, James Bruner, 6-2 ¾; 5, Hector Ortega, 6- ¾.
Women's Events
              60—8, Shantae Morgan, 8.20.
              200—2, Carlie Collier, 25.57.
              400—5, Carlie Collier, 58.70; 8, Caydince Groth, 1:00.68.
              Shot put—1, Kyla Sawvell, 47-7; 8, Morgan Ekwall, 36-2 ¼. 
              15-pound weight throw—1, Kyla Sawvell, 60-3 ¼; 2, Courtney Smith, 52-10 ¼; 7, Madyson Schliep, 46-3 ½.
              Long jump—2, Megan Baloun, 16-1.
              Triple jump—6, Emily Mason, 31-3 ¾. 
              High jump—1, Jourdaine Cerenil, 5-5; 2, Destiny Pelton, 5-1; 7, Megan Baloun, 4-11.
              Pole vault—3, Madison Clause, 11-1 ¾.