LAS VEGAS, N.M. -- Juliana Aragon scored 23 points and two others scored in double-digits, pushing the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls past CSC Saturday night, 60-47 in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
CSC falls to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in conference. The Cowgirls improve to 2-0 in conference play.
Highlands shot 38 percent compared to the Eagles 35.7 percent from the field.
Both teams were tied at 10 to finish the first period before the Cowgirls outscored the Eagles 17-8 in the second period. CSC chipped three points off of the deficit at the end of the third but were outscored by the Cowgirls 19-12 in the final period.
The Eagles finished five of 14 from behind the arc for 35.7 percent and were 2-6 from the charity stripe for 33 percent. All of CSC's free throw attempts occurred in the second half.
Highlands struggled from three, shooting 17.6 percent, but were 19 of 23 from the free throw line for 82.6 percent. Chadron State outrebounded the Cowgirls 35 to 32.
In the loss, the Eagles had a season low 13 turnovers in which the Cowgirls turned into 13 points. CSC scored eight points on seven Cowgirl turnovers.
Aragon had 23 points to lead both teams while being an efficient 11 of 13 from the charity stripe. Delani Harris added 16 and Vanessa Herrera had 12 for the Cowgirls. Only three other players scored.
Ashayla Powers, a junior from Longmont, Colorado led the Eagles with 12 points and five rebounds.
The Eagles return home on Saturday of next week when they host Western Colorado at 1 p.m.

Highlands Cowboys ride past Eagles

Las Vegas, N.M. --  The Chadron State College men's basketball team went on a 21-7 run to build a 52-41 lead in the first eight minutes of the second half of its game against New Mexico Highlands in Las Vegas, N.M., Saturday night. However, the Cowboys outscored the Eagles 18-1 in the next six minutes and went on to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game 75-61.

During their early second half surge, the Eagles made seven of 10 field goal attempts, including a 3-pointer, and six of eight free throws.  However, they missed their next five shots from the field, had five turnovers and made only one of two free shots while Highlands caught fire and went ahead 59-53.

Even after Jarrett Taylor's 3-pointer broke CSC's six-minute field goal drought, Highlands tallied the next 10 points to go on top 69-56 to secure its victory.

Three players did most of the damage for the Cowboys. Kenard Richardson led with 20 points, 18 of them in the second half, while AC Curry scored 18 and Kyrie Thomas 15 for the game.  The trio combined to make eight of 18 three-point shots.  Other Cowboys were 0-9 from behind the arc.

Another force for the New Mexico team was 6-foot-11 Ezichi Kalu, who scored just two points in 28 minutes on the court, but grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots.

Chadron State was led by guard Bryce Latimer with 25 points on eight of 19 from the field, including a pair of treys to give the Eagles a quick 6-2 lead, and he was seven of nine from the free throw line.

CSC's only other double-figure scorer was Jalen Patterson with 12 points.

Overall, the Eagles shot just 37% from the field. Highlands hit 46%. Despite Kalu's 11 rebounds, CSC finished with 34 caroms and Highlands 30. 

The Eagles, who edged Colorado State-Pueblo 84-82 on Friday night when Latimer made a layup with three seconds remaining, are 3-4 for the season.  They will be at home for their next four games before Christmas.

They'll meet Western Colorado at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, Colorado Christian at 7:30 Tuesday, Dec. 12 and play Regis and Colorado-Colorado Springs on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16and 17, respectively, both at 4 p.m.

Women's games against the same rivals will precede the men's contests by two hours each date.    

Chadron State—Bryce Latimer 25, Jalen Patterson 12, Josh Robinson 9, Martin Poznanovic 6, Jarrett Taylor 3, Dalton Peterson 3, Porter Anderson 3. Totals: 21-57 (6-17) 13-18 61 points, 34 rebounds, 14 turnovers.

N.M Highlands—Kenard Richardson 20, AC Curry 19, Kyrie Thomas 15, Messiah Turner 7, Rodney Mason 5, Nathan Hasberry 3, Ezichi Kalu 2, Aahmond Scarbrough 2, Eric Sonnenberg 2. Totals: 28-61 (8-27) 11-13 75 points, 30 rebounds, 14 turnovers.

Chadron State            31                 30           ---61
N.M. Highlands          34                 41           ---75

3-pointers: CSC—Latimer 2, Patterson 2, Taylor 1, Peterson 1. NMHU—Curry 3, Thomas 3, Richardson 2.

Paredes places sixth in Hays

HAYS, Kan. -- Brandon Paredes placed sixth at 157 pounds to pace Chadron State Wrestling in Hays, Kansas at the Bob Smith Open Saturday.
Only eight wrestlers made the trip for CSC. Of the eight, Jaziah Whaley, a senior from Gilcrest, Colorado, is the only one who has wrestled in a dual this season.
Paredes, a sophomore from Tuscon, Arizona, went 3-1 in a field that contained many division one opponents. He started his day 3-0 with a 16-2 major decision, a 4-2 decision and a pin in 49 seconds to reach the semifinals. A 4-1 loss occurred to the eventual champion in the semis. Paredes medically forfeited his remaining matches, to place sixth.
After receiving a first round bye at 133 pounds, Colter Julian defeated his first opponent with a 13-11 decision. Julian, a senior from Kemmerer, Wyoming, was defeated by decision in quarterfinals and medically forfeited his consolation match to finish 1-1.
At 141 pounds, Skyler Geier-Dodson, a junior from North Platte, Nebraska and Cyrus Wells, a sophomore from Merna, Nebraska, both went 1-2.
Torry Early, a senior from Oak Park, Illinois was the only Eagle that finished with a winning record. At 149 pounds, Early finished 3-1 with a 9-4 decision and two 15-0 tech falls. He also medically forfeited his final match to be eliminated from the tournament.
Whaley finished 1-2 at 165 pounds, while Dylan White, a sophomore from Scottsdale, Arizona went 2-2 in the same bracket.
Bryan Zutavern, a senior from Dunning, Nebraska, who wrestled at 197 pounds last season, went 2-2 at 285 pounds.
The Eagles return home on Friday for a highly anticipated matchup with Nebraska-Kearney at 6 p.m. Updated team rankings will be released Monday, with the possibility of a top 15 ranked dual.

Eagles have 15 champions in Spearfish

SPEARFISH, S.D. -- In a meet that consisted of only Chadron State, hosts Black Hills State and Little Wound High School, the CSC men's team saw nine individual champions and the women's team had six, Saturday afternoon in Spearfish, South Dakota.
Eva Nitschke and Megan Baloun both won two events for the CSC women while Morgan Fawver was a double winner on the mens side.
Nitschke, a freshman from Rawlins, Wyoming, ran the 60-meter hurdles in 9.26 and won the 200-meter dash after crossing the finish line in 26.72 seconds. The field for the women's 60-meter hurdles race only included two runners, both from CSC, while the 200-meter dash had seven total winners.
Baloun won the long jump and triple jump. A freshman from Rapid City, South Dakota, Baloun won the long jump by less than an inch, jumping 4.96m or 16-03.25 feet. Her victorious mark in the triple jump was 10.29m or 33-09.25 feet.
Caydince Groth, a sophomore from Cheyenne, Wyoming and Allison Brummell, a sophomore from Torrington, Wyoming, were CSC women's other champions. Groth defeated three of her teammates by three seconds for gold in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 1:01.20. Brummell was victorious after clearing 1.55 meters of five feet and one inch in the high jump.
The Chadron State women's team had nine different individuals earn second place finishes. 
Fawver, a junior from McCook, Nebraska, led the men's team with gold in the 60-meter dash and long jump. His best jump was 6.99 meters or 22-11.25 feet while he crossed the finish line in 6.84 seconds in the 60.
Blaine Johnson, a sophomore from Sheridan, Wyoming, ran the mile in 4:42.45, good for first place by six total seconds.
Gregory Logsdon, a junior from Torrington, won gold on the track after running the 400-meter dash in 52.04 and Ryan Clapper, a sophomore from Veterans, Wyoming, won the 200-meter dash in 22.38.
The Eagles swept both throwing events and all three jumping events. Christopher Jennings, a junior from O'Neill, Nebraska won the weight throw while Parker Gosner, a junior from Windsor, Colorado, threw the shot put 14.71 meters or 48-03.25 feet for first.
Chayton Bynes, a freshman from Chadron and Alec Penfield, a junior from Lusk, Wyoming, won the triple jump and high jump, respectively. Penfield cleared 2.01m or 6 feet 7 inches, while Bynes jumped 13.65m or 44-09.5 feet.
The CSC men's team added six second place finishes.
Chadron State's next scheduled meet is on January 13, 2024 in Spearfish, South Dakota.

Women’s Wrestling competes in Texas

DENTON, Texas -- The Chadron State College Women's Wrestling team fell to Schreiner College 28-20 and lost due to criteria, 23-23, against Texas Women's University, Saturday in Denton, Texas.
Kamila Montenegro, a senior from Las Vegas, Nevada, led to team by going 2-0 at 191 pounds.
Against Texas Women's University, CSC's four victories were by Mana ChanthasoneCassandra Witte, Ana Rojas Zamora and Montenegro.
Chanthasone, a freshman from Liberal, Kansas won by forfeit to earn an early five points for CSC. Two matches later, Witte, a freshman from Rapid City, South Dakota, pinned her opponent in 1:03 to give the Eagles an early 10-3 match lead.
At 123 pounds, a 10-0 techfall by Rojas Zamora, a sophomore from Sweeny, Texas gave Chadron State a 14-3 lead.
Texas Women's University proceeded to win the following five matches, three by tech fall, one by decision and one by forfeit at 170 pounds.
Within the first 42 seconds of Montenegro's match, she earned 10 points to receive the tech fall.
Due to scoring in every match and other scoring criteria, CSC earned enough points to tie the match at 23 but lost due to winning four total matches compared to their opponents six.
Against Schreiner, Brianna VollendroffAnnika LeeEmma Meadows and Montenegro all earned points for their team.
Vollendroff, a sophomore from Oroville, California and Lee, a freshman from Olympia, Washington, both won by forfeit.
Meadows, a freshman from Roseville, California, pinned her opponent at 155 pounds to earn five team points.
Montenegro also won by fall. Due to technical difficulties, times were unavailable.
Schreiners 28 team points came from three falls, two tech falls and one forfeit.
Chadron State returns home on Sunday, December 10 when they host Minot State and Adams State.