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Otero Junior College
1802 Colorado Ave.
La Junta CO 81050

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Rattler Men's Soccer wins two on the road
September 30, 2014

Photo Caption: Sophomore Luis Rangel set up Erick Chapa’s seventh goal of the season to put the Rattlers ahead of Central Nebraska and helped break the Rattlers’ two game losing streak.

Otero Junior College Men’s Soccer recorded two wins this past weekend, securing a Region IX playoff spot by beating Central Nebraska Community College 1-0 and Northeastern Junior College 2-1.

Central Nebraska totaled 3 shots on goal to the Rattlers’ 6, but the Rattlers controlled possession for most of the game. The win closed a two game skid that had the Rattlers and put them at 4-4 overall on the season.

After just five minutes, Sophomore Luis Rangel set up freshmen forward Erick Chapa’s seventh goal of the season on a hard pass from the midfield. The ball came into Chapa’s feet on top of the 18 yard box, where he hit it one time to beat the Central Nebraska goalkeeper. 

The Rattlers had a good chance to go up yet another goal; however, Sophomore Alex Hastings hit the post off a corner in the 20th minute. The Rattlers kept the pressure on for the rest of the game but were unable to score again. The game finished Otero 1, Central Nebraska 0.

The following day, the Rattlers travelled to Sterling to face the Plainsmen of Northeastern Junior College. The Rattlers came out firing on all cylinders taking 15 shots in the first half and netting a goal in the 26th minute by freshmen forward Owayne Stone, his first of the season.  Just 6 minutes later, Otero gave up a foul just outside the penalty area, allowing the Plainsmen to have a strike on goal. The foul resulted in a Plainsmen goal and the half finished tied 1-1.

The Rattlers continued their shooting way by racking another ten shots in the second half to Northeastern’s three.  In the 59th minute, Erick Chapa found a loose ball in the penalty area, scoring the winning goal.

“Overall, I’m happy that we got both the wins this past weekend. The guys found a way to win even when we were unable to finish our opportunities” said Head Coach Mike Bielski.

The Rattlers will travel this Friday to Cheyenne, Wyoming, a rematch of last year’s Region IX Final against Laramie County Community College. Then on Saturday, the Rattlers will face Western Nebraska.

Lady Rattler's Split at Triple Crown Sports College Classic
September 30, 2014

Photo Caption: Chermayne Yago’s fielding of a deep fly ball into the right center gap helped shut down Colby Community College’s offensive efforts and shift the game in favor of the Lady Rattlers.

At Fort Collins’ Triple Crown Sports facility on Saturday, September 20, the Lady Rattler’s first game against Region IX rival Western Nebraska C.C. ended in a loss. The final score was 8 to 2. 

After the tough loss, the team fought to come back from a 3-0 deficient against Colby Community College and slowly chipped away to tie it up at 3.  In the bottom of the 5th, Colby’s offensive production was shut down in a bases-loaded, two-out situation when Sophomore Chermayne Yago ran down a deep fly ball in the right-center gap.  The momentum shift allowed the Lady Rattler’s offensive production to open up and take the win, 11 to 4.

Sunday’s game against Colorado Christian University entailed high offensive production on both sides.  Excitement began in the top of the 1st when sophomore Anna Souza had 3-run shot to dead center.  Colorado Christian’s hitters answered back in the next couple innings with 6 runs.  The Lady Rattlers stayed tough, but fell short by a run and lost in a 10 to 9 final. 

Immediately after that game, the offensive production continued against North Platte. The Lady Rattler’s pitching staff also had their first shutout of the fall and won 5 to 0.

Head softball coach Noel Wees commented on the weekend. “Our team competed well and had a better focus the second day.  I am especially proud of the pitching staff. They executed and got outs in difficult, pressure situations.  We have such a talented group, with depth at all positions.”

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.

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