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Otero Junior College
1802 Colorado Ave.
La Junta CO 81050

PH: 719-384-6859
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Rattler Volleyball picks up two more wins
September 22, 2014

The Lady Rattlers advance to a 9-7 record picking up two wins against Adams State JV on September 16 and Garden City Community College on September 19.  The team was impressive both nights, sweeping the matches in three sets. 

Head coach Melissa Anderson approved of her team’s performance.  “It is always great when our entire team can see the floor.  Against Adams State JV our team really worked well together no matter who was on the court.  Our match against Garden City was impressive, and it is fulfilling to see the improvements our girls make each day. Our team chemistry is becoming stronger and that is vital to our success later on in the season.” 

The Lady Rattlers have a tough week ahead of them.  They will be traveling beginning Thursday to Scottsbluff, Neb., McCook, Neb., and Sterling to begin their Region IX play.

Lady Rattler Soccer 4-0 in Region IX play
September 17, 2014

The Lady Rattlers started their regular season with a bang opening Region IX competition at Rattler Field. On Friday, Sept. 5, they faced their Region IX rivals and the #4 ranked Golden Eagles from Laramie County Community College in a well fought, high intensity match.

The Lady Rattlers fought hard from the first whistle and were able to put away a goal in the 15th minute of the game when a slide tackle in the box from Thalya Dwyer (Fr., Littleton, Highlands Ranch HS) freed the ball up for McKenna Schmitt (So., Parker, Chaparral HS) to fight against a defender and put the ball in the back of the net. The Lady Rattlers struck again in the 28th minute of the game to put them up on the Golden Eagles 2-0.  The score would hold until the final whistle.

On Saturday, Sept. 6, the Lady Rattlers faced Western Nebraska Community College again at Tiger Field. The team came out on top due to a collaborative team effort that produced a pair of goals for Dwyer, as well as a goal each from Schmitt and Aleonya Hunter (Fr., Denver, Denver School of Science and Technology). This team effort earned them a 4-1 win going into their first away weekend.

This past weekend, the team traveled to Northern Wyoming to play in contests against Northwest Community College and Sheridan College. The Lady Rattlers were able to fight through the travel legs and earn two more wins against Region IX opponents. This has advanced their record to 4-0 in Region IX and 5-1 overall against NJCAA opponents.

The team is on the road again Sept. 17 to play in a contest against Trinidad State Junior College. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. Their next home game is Friday, Sept. 19 when the Lady Rattlers will face the Mustangs from Western Wyoming Community College. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m., immediately following the men’s soccer game.

OJC Rodeo back in the saddle
September 16, 2014

Otero Junior College Rodeo is back in the saddle again for its sixth season within the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.  OJC Rodeo participates in ten regional rodeos within the Central rocky Mountain region, five fall rodeos and five spring rodeos.

This fall the team will travel to Central Wyoming College September 12-14, Chadron State University September 19-21, Sheridan College September 26-28, Lamar Community College October 3-5 and Laramie County Community College October 10-12.

“This year’s team is full of talent, our returning students have some experience under their belts and the freshmen are ready to compete.” Said Coach Linsay Sumpter

This past weekend OJC woman’s rodeo team had a good showing with two of the four girls on the team in the championship round.  The woman’s team finished seventh for the weekend, led by Courtney Singleton (Pueblo) who finished fifth in the Goat Tying and Alyssa Conklin (Agua Dulce, Calif.) finishing seventh in the Barrel Racing.

This weekend the Rattler Rodeo team will be competing at the Chadron State College Rodeo in Chadron, NE.

Also new to the OJC Rodeo program, the Rattlers are hosting a weekly Barrel Racing competition at our practice facility located in the industrial park every Tuesday evening. Exhibitions will start at 6 p.m. and the competition will begin at 7:30 p.m. Please join us for some exciting barrel racing competition.

Ratter Men's Soccer splits games in Wyo.
September 16, 2014

The Rattlers headed up to Wyoming this past weekend to face Northwest College and Sheridan College.   A tough start to the game left the Rattlers down three goals to Northwest College with 30 minutes to play in the game. In the 60th minute, Otero received a penalty-kick, and Erick Chapa put the Rattlers on the board.  Less than thirty seconds later, Omary Shabani got the ball down the side of the field and scored his second goal of the season. 

Full of momentum, the Rattlers continued on the attack and scored the tying goal with just ten minutes left in the game.  In the first overtime, both teams went scoreless; however, the Rattlers gave up a goal in double over-time with just five minutes left. The Rattlers lost a tough game, in double over-time, 4 to 3 to Northwest College.

“I’m happy that our guys never gave up, it shows a lot of heart.  On the other hand if we play the first 60 minutes like our last thirty minutes, we don’t lose that game,” said Head Coach Mike Bielski. “Julio Sanchez had a great game in goal.  He made some big saves that first half and kept the score from being worse than it was.”

The Rattlers then traveled to Sheridan to play the Generals of Sheridan College.  The Rattlers were determined to not start the first half like they did against Northwest.  Otero went up early, scoring their first two goals in 12 minutes, both goals scored by Chapa. 

Just three minutes later, Nic “June” Martinez scored the first goal of his career.  The Rattlers finished the half three goals up.  In the second half, the Rattlers scored again with an amazing volley from Luis Rangel, his second of the season.  The Rattlers took out the Generals 4-1.

The OJC men’s Soccer team will face league rivals Trinidad State Junior College Wed. at 7:00 p.m. in Trinidad.  Trinidad is undefended so far this season.  Then, this Friday, Sept. 19, OJC will play Region IX North-Region leaders Western Wyoming Community College at 4:00 p.m., at Tiger Stadium in La Junta. 

OJC Men's Soccer opens regional play with wins
September 12, 2014

The Rattler Men’s Soccer team opened up regional play Sept. 6 and 7 against Central Nebraska Community College and Northeastern Junior College. 

On Sept. 6, the Rattlers beat Central Nebraska with a score of 3-1. The first goal was scored by freshman Erick Chappa; the first goal of his college career.   Just five minutes later, sophomore Alex Hastings’ header off of a cross from Chris Arce resulted in a goal for the Rattlers.  Later in the first half, freshman Owayne Stone from Jamaica scored his first career goal with a great shot from 30 yards out.

The Rattlers dominated in the first half; however, Central Nebraska came back in the second half and scored an early goal. The Rattlers kept Central at bay for the rest of the game.  Goalkeeper Julio Sanchez played all 90 minutes in goal, making four saves.

The following night, Otero faced the Plainsmen of Northeastern Junior College.  Otero started the game on a high note, with Alex Hastings scoring off a throw-in from his brother, Mikhail Hastings, just 32 seconds into the game.  Otero kept up on the attack and scored three more goals in the first half.  Otero made sure not to replay the previous night’s game by staying strong in the second half, adding three more goals letting up just one. 

“I am mostly proud of all our guys that came off the bench and did everything we asked of them.  It’s good to know that we can get our starters some rest without the level of play dropping,” said Head Coach Mike Bielski. “Overall, it was a great weekend for us. We tried some different things and it paid off. We hope to continue this on to next weekend when we face Northwest who seems to always have a great team.”

The Rattlers will face Northwest College Friday, September 12, at 3:00 p.m., in Powell, Wyo.  They will follow at Sheridan College on Saturday, September 13, at 4:00 p.m. in Sheridan, Wyo.

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