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Split At Home Leaves HSHS
Looking Up at Silver, Cobre
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Tigers Pick Up Non-District Win at Tularosa,
Return to 3-4A This Week Against Hatch, Silver
By Tony A. Archuleta
HERALD Reporter
Hot Springs looked very
much at home Tuesday night
in Tiger Gym in a 3-4A win
over visiting Socorro, but
Friday night, Jan. 30, visiting
Cobre made itself feel equally
welcome on the host team’s
HSHS – 79
Against the Warriors Jan. 27,
Hot Springs set the tone early,
taking a 20-10 first quarter
lead. Christian Hopkins scored
11-first half points on his way
to a game-high 17-points. Two
other Tigers scored in double
figures, Darin Welty with 14
and Michael Luna with 10.
Socorro managed to hang
around, though, and well within
striking distance, trailing 32-25
at halftime.
The Tigers didn’t let up on
the scoring in the third quarter,
with a 24-point point effort, as
Welty alone scored eight points
in the frame.
But Socorro also started
warming up, scoring 21 points
of its own.
With a 56-46 lead to start the
fourth quarter, the Tigers’ big
men, including K.C. Swaim,
Ryan Johnson and Josh Koch,
added to the scoring effort,
connecting on field goals and,
as a team, going a serviceable
9 of 15 at the free throw line
down the stretch to hold off
the still surging Warriors (18
fourth-quarter points).
COBRE – 69
HSHS – 58
With second place in the
District 3-4A standings at
stake, Hot Springs took on a
team Jan. 30, with an equally
impressive front court, as
Cobre’s talented big men,
Jordan Benfield and James
Lee, combined for 36 points
to keep the Tigers in check for
most of the night.
Koch had another prolific
night scoring with 16 points,
and Welty and Nick Moreno
added nine points apiece.
TAKE OFF - Hot Springs senior guard Chrstian Hopkins drives the lane during District 3-4A action
A trio of field goals by Koch Tuesday, Jan. 27, against the Socorro. The Tigers beat the Warriors 79-64.
and a 3 by Johnson helped
HSHS get back into the mix of
things early in the first quarter
in which Cobre took a 15-13
The second quarter was
equally competitive with four
lead changes. The Tigers took
their first lead of the night
when Michael Luna put back
a rebound to make it 17-15
The teams played closely
until Cobre scored six straight
in the final two minutes to take
a 34-26 halftime lead.
Hot Springs stayed proficient
enough on offense in the
third and fourth quarters,
scoring 16 points in each, but
Cobre remained even more
unstoppable in its 15- and
20-point scoring efforts by
HSHS – 68
At Tularosa on Saturday,
Jan. 31, the Tigers rebounded
nicely on the road in a nondistrict contest.
League game or not, it was
a crucial game for the Tigers,
who were anxious to get back
to winning form before they
visit district rival Hatch Valley
this week.
The Tigers took a 14-10 first
quarter lead and steadily built
on it. Koch scored 17 points,
and Luna added 14. Swaim
scored in double figures with
10 and Alex Romero neared it
with nine points.
The 71 percent shooting mark
from the field, HSHS coach
Gus Cardona said, was in stark
contrast to the game against
The Tigers as a team collected
32 rebounds, led by Welty with
nine, and Luna and Koch with
8 apiece.
excellent due to the fact that we
towered over them,” Cardona
said. “Even though we had 20
turnovers, it balanced with 25
With a trip to Hatch Valley
on Tuesday, Feb. 3, and a
home stand against Silver
on Friday night, Hot Springs
(7-11 overall, 1-2 district) is
currently in third place in the
3-4A standings.
A win at Hatch Tuesday night,
and the Tigers keep pace with
first and second place Silver
and Cobre.
The Tigers continue league
play on Friday, Feb. 6, as
Silver visits (C-team game
HSHS Senior Forward Josh Koch (14)
starts at 4 p.m.).
HSHS Sophomore Forward Ryan Johnson (23)
HSHS Senior Post KC Swaim (24)
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Lady Tigers 2-1 In District
After Beating Socorro, Cobre
By Tony A. Archuleta
HERALD Reporter
The Hot Springs varsity
established itself as a District
3-4A frontrunner last week,
beating Socorro and Cobre
on the road.
The Lady Tigers traveled
to Socorro on Jan. 27, and
defeated the Lady Warriors
74-72 in a game where HSHS
owned a 32-23 halftime lead,
although they were outscored
28-20 in the final quarter.
At home against Magdalena,
in a non-district contest, the
Lady Tigers struggled against
the hot-shooting Lady Steers
who connected on a total of
10-three pointers, taking the
Tiger Gym home crowd out
of it early.
Magdalena is one of the
better teams in the region
with a 15-5 record, and
they showed why in the
first quarter, hitting four
three-pointers and stifling
Hot Springs on defense. The
Lady Tigers were limited to
six points in the first quarter,
including a pair of free
throws by Limor Johnson,
who scored a total of nine
Melene Berkstresser was top
scorer for Hot Springs with
10 points, but only two other
Tigers got on the board, the
result of a tough Magdalena
Madison Smith, playing
the point for a still-injured
Baylee Henderson, scored
a bucket in the third quarter
and Callie Jo Swaim scored
her only bucket in the final
Magdalena led 14-6 after the
first quarter, but had built the
lead to 30-10 by halftime.
In the third and fourth
quarters, the Lady Steers FAST BREAK - Hot Springs senior forward Limor Johnson (30) leads the fast break during the
Lady Tigers’ non-district game against visiting Magdalena on Thursday, Jan. 29. The Lady Steers
cooled down somewhat prevailed 48-23.
offensively, but they still
managed to hit four 3s and
take advantage of enough
scoring opportunities to win
it going away.
The Lady Tigers quickly
recovered from the loss,
traveling to Cobre on Friday,
Jan. 30, and beating the Lady
Indians 49-41 to improve to
7-9 overall, 2-1 district.
The Lady Tigers were
scheduled to host Hatch
Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 3 as
league play continued.
On Friday, Feb. 3, HSHS
is at Silver, a team that beat
them 49-37 on Jan. 20 in the
district opener at Tiger Gym.
By Howie Tucker
TorC Muni PGA Pro
What a blessing with the
rain and, also at the same
time, the pumps are working
again! Our prayers have been
answered! Thanks, Lord!
Maybe some positives are in
the future?
Folks, for some of you, your
Sun Country handicap is not
up to date. Jan. 30 was the
cutoff date for your 2015 Sun
Country dues. You can renew
by stopping by the golf shop.
We are open seven days a
Pointer of the week: It’s
a great time of the year to
evaluate your equipment
from head to toe.
Always wear headgear.
Lotions! Footwear, soft and
comfortable, but substantial.
Shirts and tops, presentable
and comfortable light colors
for comfort. Shorts or
selectable outfits, also light
Check out our hybrids.
Wedges. Check my lofts!
Check out my bounce! Irons,
offset or non-offset. Blades,
forged or cast. Fairway
HSHS sophomore pointguard Madison Smith (10)
HSHS senior guard Maria Chavez (32)
HSHS sophomore post Callie Joe Swaim (44)
HSHS junior forward Brianna Covarrubias (34)
metals, 3 or 5 or 7 metals of
choice or change. Drivers.
Check loft, ball flight. Golf
balls? Try a different type.
Balls are so technically close,
it is just a matter of feel.
Need some help? Check
with your pro. Advice is
always available through his
knowledge and experience.
Rule of the week: may a
partner or caddie position
himself on or close to an
extension of the line of play
or line of putt behind the ball?
Check out Rule 14 USGA
Rules of Play.
HSHS junior forward Melene Berkstresser (23)