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O - San Miguel Basin Forum, Thursday February 24, 1994 ,,t,k,, Lady Mustangs Trounce Lady Mavericks, Fall To Bobcats at the end of the first quarter and held the Lady Mavericks to only 5 in the second quarter for a halftime score of 28-18. The Lady Mustangs added 30 more in the third and the defense allowed only 6 points from Norwood in both the third and fourth quarter, for the final 4--point lead and win. Saturday at Ignacio the team "played well although the score doesn't show it," Coach Hill said of the 38-61 loss. "I pulled my starters to avoid any injury, but the bench came in and did a real job." Coach Hill's "bench" is Toni Sutherland, Melissa Walz, Charissa Noetzelman, Christy Skees, Candace Jan- zeskl and Tiffany Lobato. "A reat team has a great ench," added the coach. "We got burned on the boards by their bid girls, but we played great defense." Jill led with 16, Carrie added 8 and had 6 rebounds. Mandee Zunlch scored 8 points in the effort. Of the Norwood game. Kelly Friday night was the last home game for the Nucla girls basketball team and the Lady Mustangs had a shining night as they defeated tradi- tional rival Norwood before a packed house. Carrie Burbridge hit for 23 points and 22 rebounds. those boards probably qualifying her for a place in the CHSSA record books. Kelly Irish was right behind her with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Jill Franklin scored 8 points and hit the boards 9 times. Toni Suther- land and Melissa Walz both scored 6 points, Nlki Woods scored 4 and brought down 7 rebounds. And Charissa Noetzelman added 2 points to the 68-28 victory. Coach Tracy Hill said the girls were so fired up and they played great defense. "My starters in the game rebounded well, played good defense, and shot well. which made it possible for the bench to come in and follow in the same manner." Nucla took the lead 13-10 Irish said, "It {the-game) was so intense because it was Norwood and we all played our best game because of that." Carrie Burbridge. talk- ing about her last regular season game at high school. said, "it was fun. Everyone played together and every- thing clicked. And it came at the end of the season when we need it." Coach Hill agreed, saying the team is peaking at the right time. Tuesday night the Lady Mustangs were to host Cedaredge for the opening round of District playoffs. The winner continues on to Durango for further District play. Wrestlers Place Two At State Two Nucla Mustang wrestlers brought home medals from the State Tour- nament last weekend at Me- Nichols Arena in Denver. Matt Zunlch brought home a third-place in the 135 pound weight class and Marc Karo a fourth at 145, Hill Officially. Inducted Into CHSAA Hall Of Fame "It was like living in a fairy tale," said Tracy Hill of her induction into the Colorado High School Activities As- sociation Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 1993. The ceremony was held at the Sheraton Denver Tech Center on January 26 and Tracy. who is head girls bas- ketball coach at Nucla High School, was one of seven in- ducted this year. Tracy, who played at Ridgway under the coaching of her father, Steve, is recog- nized as one of the state's finest female basketball players. She holds 21 state records and is ranked among the top ten in another dozen. She earned All-Tourna- ment team honors each year after State performances. Tracy played for the Univer- sity of Missouri and Central Wyoming College. She also played on the state and Na- tional Junior Olympics teams and was named an Army Scholar Athlete. She played professionally in Australia, was framed Player of the Y"ar" "in Tas- mania in 1991. and now coaches at Nucla High and teaches at Nucla Elementary School. Tracy received her CHSAA, trophy from CHSAA Corn-: missioner Bob Ottewill. She summed up the evening and the entire ceremony by saying, "It was a dream come true." Congratulations, Tracy Hill! The six wrestlers had high hopes for more victories, but just the fact of placing six of the team at Regionals was thrilling. Zunich, who won the State Championship at 130 pounds last year, won his first match against Matt Varra of Highland in a 5-3 decision. His next match, with Larry Atencio of An- tonito, was a loss by pin in the third period. "He came roaring back - in four more matches, tough ones, to get third," Coach Larry Lane said. Mat won the first one 7-l against Joel Diamond of Akron, a 3-2 decision over Sid White of Wiggins. Matt won by technical fall, 15-pointing Rudy Camilletti of Hayden. "It's tough on a kid to come back after so much pressure, and then such a let-down. But he did." Matt is a four-time state- qualifier, a three-time state- placer, and has an overall high school career record of 86-26. "He gave Nucla High School four years of wrestling legacy," Coach Lane added. Karo won his first match in a 5-3 decision over Matt Chacon of Antonito. In his next match he was ahead 4-0 when Bill Thompkins of Crowley County put him in a Sanders Cradle and pinned him. "He'd worked so hard and had aspirations of a state championship, but he came back tough and wrestled DJ Crtst of Holyoke. Behind 3-1 with ten seconds left, Marc threw Crist and tied the score at the buzzer. He took the win in overtime. In his consola- tion round for third and fourth place, Marc was pinned by Thompkins again and took fourth. "We saw the kind of courage that makes the wrestlingprogram a suc- cess. Marc showed real char- acter." said Coach Lane. Bill Walker, 119, had two very tough matches, scored in both of them, and has had a great season. Autumn Barker, 171, "was in one of the toughest, high- ly-contested weight classes - borne out by the fact that last year's champion in that weight took sixth this year," Coach Lane noted. Autumn did a fine job and has had four years of great work. "He'll be missed." Justin Hopes, 189 pounds, lost his first match but came back "and beat a kid from Revere by pinning him. In his next match he was up 6-5 over a kid from Swlnk, and with 15 seconds left. he got pinned. His opponent took fourth at state. Heavyweight Dustin Owen had a first-round bye as Regional Champion, but state pressure got to him. He was up 6- I over his opponent from Llmon, an eventual finalist, and got caught in a headlock. Then Dustin was up on Cory Rose of Walsh 13-0 and got turned and pinned. "He has worked hard and wlil be back." Dustin was disappointed but he's a fighter and he plans to be back at state next year. Overall, the Nucla wrestlers placed 20th out of 52 schools and scored 35 points. "I'm very proud of the team for their whole season. We have some Great kids coming back, nut we'll miss our seniors." Mustangs, Mavs In Barnburner It was down to the wire, a hot barn-burner of a game at Nucla last Friday when the Norwood Mavericks came to town. Although the Mustangs were down5-12 at the end of the first quarter, they fought back to a 28-31 halftlme score. At the end of three the score was still in favor of the Mavs, 43-48, but the final quarter was a back-and- forth effort on the part of both teams. Nucla drew ahead, then Norwood came back, Nuela drew ahead, then Nor- wood came back. With only three seconds to go. and down by one point, a time- out was called. Finally, the Mustangs inbounded the ball, got to center court and Ryan Weimer let loose with what narrowly missed being a three-point bucket, but missed the mark - and Nucla fell on the short side of the 64-65 score. Paul Turner led with 23 points, including five 3- pointers. Weimer came next wlth 21 points and three 3- point shots. Jay Barnes added 13, Rene Domlnguez 5 and Robert Herron 2. The loss was tough, but it was one of the best games of the season for the Mustangs. Saturday. at lgnacio, the long drive and the emotional downside from the night before took its toll on-{he Mustangs. The first quarter was a 4-16 dumping for Nucla and the rest o the game didn't get much better in the 28-77 loss. Weimer led with 11 and Turner was right behind with 10. Robert Wade scored 3, and 2 points each came from Herron and Blnky Phillips. Tuesday night the Mus- tangs hosted Cedaredge in the opening round of Dis- tricts, the winner continuing on to Durango this Friday.