< Otero Junior College | NJCAA

  College Login:


  Follow NJCAA on Facebook  Follow NJCAA on Twitter

Otero Junior College
1802 Colorado Ave.
La Junta CO 81050

PH: 719-384-6859
FX: 719-384-6933

Jim Rizzuto

Athletic Director
Gary Addington

General email


FTE Enrollment

College News
OJC Baseball picks up three wins
February 24, 2015

Last week the Rattlers had a few game changes due to the weather.  Though scheduled to play, bad weather caused CSU-Club to cancel the trip to La Junta.  As a result, the Rattlers picked up three non-conference opponents to fill the schedule.  

“This time of year the weather is hit or miss, so when we do have opportunities to get outside and get innings in, that is huge for us,” said Rattler Baseball Head Coach Chris Carrillo.

On Thursday, Otero traveled to Alamosa to play Adams State JV squad in a nine inning affair. The Rattlers came out and got the win but, the coaching staff was not happy with the performance.  

“We just simply didn’t show up to compete on Thursday and we were extremely fortunate to win the game due to some timely hits,” Carrillo said.  

The Rattlers followed up at home on Friday against McCook Community College in a much different manner.  “They had a ton of energy going early on in game one and kept it rolling in game two to finish the day with two wins,” Carrillo said.

In game one, sophomore Jarrett Bott, who is committed to play at Colorado Mesa University next year, threw a complete game.   He gave up only two earned runs and received his first win of the season.  

In game two Marvin Ortiz went five innings and gave up two earned runs while picking up the win.  Steven Bishop got the Rattlers out of a jam in the sixth inning by striking out two McCook batters.  Freshman Casey Weber, a La Junta high school graduate, came in and picked up the save.  Juandy Mendoza went 6-10 on the week with two doubles, a homerun, and seven runs batted in.

“We just did a better job locking in early to be able to focus on the job at hand.  If we can continue to be consistent with our preparation during the week and our approach on game day, we will be fine,” added Carrillo.  “Right now we are working hard to make sure we are coming to the yard ready to compete regardless of what happened in our last outing.  We need to have the ability to reload on game day.”

With these much needed wins, the Rattlers are now 4-9 in non-conference play and are looking forward to entering conference play.   

The Rattlers are scheduled to open up conference play at home this upcoming weekend against Northeastern Junior College on Saturday and McCook Community College on Sunday, weather permitting.  

Otero Softball 2015 season outlook
February 5, 2015

Our Otero softball program’s returning sophomore class includes several strong leaders.  With statistically proven leadership, our returning centerfielder Chermayne Yago, Kapolei, Hawaii, achieved 54 stolen bases in the previous 2014 spring season, ranking 8th in the nation.  Yago will pose a definite speed-threat within Region IX play, especially with her 2014 On Base Percentage of .440.

 Tied last season for the 4th Highest Team Batting Average at .378 are returning sophomore infielders Mia Gautron, Manitoba, Canada, and Ashley Carrillo, Pueblo. Carrillo is also one of Otero’s team-voted captains.  Such plate consistency from both players will transfer into the upcoming season.

 The sophomore class won the Region IX Championship title as freshmen. They are taking the freshmen class under-wing and preparing to lead the program to another Region IX Championship for 2015.

 Our leadership in the freshman class will be established behind the plate with freshman Lindsay Haub, from Mukilteo, Wash.  The Rattler Softball Fall scrimmages proved Haub’s skills. Her impressive plate production is highly anticipated to continue in the spring.

 Lady Rattler middle infielders freshmen Sami Kouns and Kelcey-Ann Taguchi, also a team captain, are both tenacious workers and lead-by-example leaders. Both players are anticipated to lead the team offensively. 

 Head Softball Coach Noél Wees commented on the upcoming season. “Our program is excited to start the season at Scottdale’s opening tournament. We have already experienced tremendous growth through the fall and winter practices.  Our team is ready to play and win another Region IX title.”

 Lady Rattlers will start the season in Scottsdale, Ariz., against Chandler Gilbert at 4 p.m. MST.

Rattler Baseball 2015 season outlook
February 5, 2015

With the 2015 season just one short week away, the Rattlers feel confident that they are ready to start the season. 

“We’ve had great weather for January, so we have been able to get outside and inter-squad as scheduled,” Carrillo said. 

The Rattlers hope to use this nice January weather to their advantage and start the season in the right direction with a few wins opening weekend in Roswell, N.M. The Rattlers’ season opens February 7 against New Mexico Military Institute for a four game set. 

According to Carrillo, “The last two weekends of inter-squads have produced a lot of positive things as well as a lot of things the team needs to work on in order to get better.  Overall, we feel that the guys are continuing to make progress in a positive direction and they are excited to start spring season.”  

The Rattlers are coming off a solid season last year with a 30-26 record.  The Rattlers competed in the Region IX championship last May and fell short, losing in extra innings in game one of the Region IX championship. 

“We are coming back from a rough loss in the tournament this past year, but we are using that as motivation to get back to the Region IX championship this spring,” said Carrillo.  

A key ingredient to the Rattlers success in 2015 will be the pitching staff.  This year Otero returns its top starters:  Jarrett Bott (2.38 ERA, 41.2 innings pitched), Branden Feldman (1.72 ERA, 31.1 innings pitched), and Dallas Oquist (3.01 ERA, 68.2 innings pitched). Southpaw, Steven Bishop will also be a big factor for Otero this spring.  Bishop had a great fall and he will be making his way into the weekend rotation for his sophomore campaign. 

The Rattlers have Brayden Price, Brett Hull, Marvin Ortiz and Jorge Venegas working out of the bullpen in the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings to close games out for the Rattlers. 

Carrillo was anxious to see how his pitchers would perform in the first scrimmage. He liked what he saw on Saturday. 

“For the most part, all of our guys competed and threw strikes, especially for the first outing,” Carrillo stated.  “Each time they go out on the mound, they will continue to get better and better. They want to think they can pick right up where they left off last May, but it’s not like that. It is more of a gradual pace,” explained Carrillo.

“We will continue to scrimmage on Saturday and Sunday and up until the first game. Our plan is to get the players into that routine because that is when we will be playing once the season starts. We may have to adjust to weather some, but we will get right back out there the next day,” Carrillo said.

A few sophomore key position players that the Rattlers are excited about this upcoming spring are sophomore starting catcher James Cordova from Albuquerque, N.M.  Last spring Cordova finished the season with a .283 batting average and was a 2nd team all-region player.  Returning starting shortstop for the Rattlers Juandy Mendoza, who finished the season with a .284 batting average, will be handling the shortstop duties again this spring for the Rattlers.  

Freshman position players to watch for this spring are: outfielder Grant Templin from Rio Rancho, N.M.,  third baseman Josh Young from Hobbs, N.M., outfielder Mathew Ing from Canada, and Tanner Wade from Albuquerque, N.M.  Wade is coming off an injury that didn’t allow him to play last spring.  Wade is going to leadoff for the Rattlers and play two bag. 

The Otero Junior College baseball program is extremely excited about the upcoming season.  They look forward to seeing their fans at the field this spring.   

OJC Men's Soccer season wrap up
November 13, 2014

The Otero Junior College Men’s Soccer team missed the National Tournament by one game for the second season in a row.  The Rattlers traveled to Tucson, Ariz. to face Pima Community College in the semi-finals of the District Tournament. They needed to win to advance to the District Final and a spot at the NJCAA National Tournament.

The game was played at the FC Tucson home field with hundreds of fans in the stands. FC Tucson is a USL Premier Development League.  The Rattlers let up a goal early-on, coming from a throw-in in the box, and finding the head of the Pima forward. 

Though the Rattlers kept their heads for the rest of the game, putting pressure on the Pima defense, they were not able to answer the early goal. They fell to Pima Community College 1-0.  

The other district semi-final featured Trinidad State, who faced off with Phoenix College.  Trinidad State won by the score of 3-1.  Pima College beat Trinidad State 1-0 the following Saturday night.

“We played very well against Pima. It was probably one of the best games we played all season,” said Head Coach Mike Bielski. “Overall, I’m happy with the guys on making the Region IX Final and making it to the District Tournament.”

As for All-Region selections, twelve Rattlers were selected.  Among them was Erick Chapa, who received Freshman of the Year honors.  The All-Region selections are as follows:

First Team All-Region

Erick Chapa

Zach Leon

Mikhail Hastings

Alex Hastings

Second Team All-Region

Luis Rangel

Chris Arce

Tristan Hugo

Honorable Mention

Omari Shabani

Jose Castro

Nic “June” Martinez

Mario Matute

Jay Marx

Lady Rattler Soccer team wins Region IX and heads to the NJCAA National Tournament
November 12, 2014

The Lady Rattlers defeated Trinidad State Junior College on Nov. 7 in the semifinal of the Region IX Tournament 3-0. Sophomore Megan Chandler started the scoring early in the first half with a shot from 20 yards out that slipped just under the crossbar and in. The shot put the Lady Rattlers up 1-0. The scoring continued in the second half with a goal each from freshmen Thalya Dwyer and Aleonya Hunter. The win was what the Lady Rattlers needed to get through to the final match on Saturday.

The Region IX Championship game was a rematch of last year's championship game between Otero Junior College and Laramie County Community College. The Golden Eagles from LCCC were able to take the lead early with a breakaway goal in the 4th minute of the game. The Lady Rattlers had to fight hard to come back and earn a late goal.

Sophomore McKenna Schmitt was able to score off of a corner kick in the 82nd minute of the game to send it into overtime. After two scoreless overtime periods, the game was decided in a penalty kick shootout. Each team had missed two of their first four penalty kicks going into the fifth and final shot from each team.

LCCC was first to shoot. A save by Lady Rattler freshmen goalkeeper Paige Lindbloom put her team up a goal. Megan Chandler was the last to shoot. She was able to tuck away the game winning shot and secure the win for the Lady Rattlers.

This marks the first time in program history that Otero Junior College Women’s Soccer has been Region IX Tournament Champions.

In addition to winning the Region IX Championship, the Lady Rattlers have earned a spot in the NJCAA National Tournament for the first time in history. The tournament will be held in Melbourne, Florida on November 17-23. 

Upcoming Events

© 2015 National Junior College Athletic Association - All Rights Reserved - About - Contact - Privacy Policy