SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Chadron State College women's wrestling team defeated the University of Sioux Falls on Friday afternoon, defeating the Cougars 30-15 to improve to 8-5 overall.
 
The Eagles will compete at the Midland Warrior Open in Fremont, Nebraska tomorrow before having regionals in Denton, Texas on Sunday, February 25.
 
Chadron State earned 12 points by earing forfeits at 123 pounds and 170 pounds. The Cougars were victorious at 191 pounds by way of forfeit.
 
In live action, Britley Lopez, a sophomore from Borger, Texas, was trailing 5-2 at 101 pounds before using a two-point takedown to earn a fall in 5:01 to being the match.
 
Mana Chanthasone, a freshman from Liberal, Kansas, bumped a weight class to 109 pounds where she earned a 10-0 tech fall in 2:40 to extend the Eagles lead to 9-0.
 
Sioux Falls struck first at 116 pounds with a 10-0 tech fall.
 
After the forfeit at 123 pounds, the Cougars won the following match at 130, with another tech fall to make the score 14-8.
 
The Eagles won the final four matches before forfeiting at 191 pounds. At 136, Annika Lee, a freshman from Olympia, Washington, was victorious with a 11-3 decision. Karstin Hollen, a junior from Mesa, Arizona, won with a high scoring decision, 16-8, at 143 pounds.
 
Another fall was recorded for CSC by Emma Meadows, a freshman from Roseville, California. Meadows started the match with a four-point slam before having the match tied at four apiece. She scored four consecutive points before earning the pin in 2:47.

Men’s Wrestling clinches RMAC title with win on Saturday

CHADRON, Neb. -- The Chadron State College men's wrestling team has a chance to clinch its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship since 1995 with a win against CSU-Pueblo on Saturday at 6 p.m. 

A title by the men's wrestling team would be Chadron State athletics first RMAC title since women's track & field was team champions during the 2016 outdoor season.  

Adams State defeated Western Colorado yesterday, making the title solely Chadron State's with a victory instead of a shared title. 

The Eagles are currently 8-1 overall and 6-0 in conference duals. 

Saturday's opponent, the CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves, are 5-7 overall and 1-3 in RMAC action. Their conference victory was a 31-11 win against Simon Fraser. 

The Thunderwolves fell to Western Colorado 26-22, were defeated by Colorado Mesa 37-0 and lost to Colorado School of Mines, 24-17. 

Chadron State has defeated all three opponents that were victories over the Thunderwolves. CSC's only remaining duals are on Saturday against the Thunderwolves and on Thursday, February 15, in Golden, Colorado against Simon Fraser. 

In the Eagles victory over Adams State a week ago, multiple CSC wrestlers were out due to sickness. Head Coach Brett Hunter said his team is healthy and ready for tomorrow's dual. 

Hot-shooting Western Colorado tops Lady Eagles

The Western Colorado women's basketball team shot 59% from the field, including going 7-of-11 from 3-point range, in the first half, while building a 51-22 intermission lead and went on to defeat Chadron State 81-63 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game played in Gunnison on Friday night.
             
The Mountaineers' attack was led by sophomore Ivey Schmidt and freshman Jayda Maves, both of whom sank five 3-pointers while finishing with 25 points apiece.
             
After being overwhelmed by the hosts in the first half, the Eagles had more success in the second half, when they outscored Western 41-30.
             
The Mountaineers jumped out to a 22-10 lead in the first quarter by making eight-of-15 field goal shots and all five of their free throws.  They were even more successful in the second period, when they were nine-of-14 from the field, including six-of-eight from behind the arc.  They also were five-of-six from the charity stripe in the second stanza. 
             
Chadron State was only seven-of-19 with one 3-pointer from the field in the opening half, to go with seven-of-12 on free throws.
             
For the game, Western shot 46% (29-63) from the field overall and was 13-of-29 on threes. Chadron State finished at 40.8% (20-49) on its field goal shots and went 3-14 from long range.  CSC finished with 20 points at the free throw lin, twice as many as Western's total.
             
The Eagles' leading scorers were sophomore Allison Olsen with 17 points and senior Awoti Akoi with 16. Both are career-highs.
             
Both Maves and Schmidt, Western's 25-point scorers, made nine field goals, five of them treys, and added two free throws. There was one difference their stats.  Schmidt took just five 3-point shots and Maves launched 13.
             
Chadron State is now 6-15 for the season and 4-12 in the RMAC.  Western has the same number of wins in both categories, but has lost one fewer game. 
             
The Eagles will play at home twice each of the next two weekends. New Mexico Highlands and CSU-Pueblo will be their opponents next Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 16 and 17.

Eagles rally to tie score, but don’t win

After trailing 39-29 at halftime, the Chadron State College men's basketball team rallied in the second half to tie the score at 61-61 with 2:47 to play. But the Eagles failed to score again and fell to Western Colorado 68-61 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game played in Gunnison on Friday night.
             
After knotting the score, the Eagles had difficulty getting good shots. They missed a pair of contested layups, turned the ball over twice, and failed to connect on a long 3-pointer at the buzzer,
             
Western also did not score for more than two minutes after the Eagles had caught up. But Amar Rivers made a free throw with 37 seconds remaining, missed the second shot but got the rebound and passed to Jamel Hollins, in the paint for a basket. 
             
The Mountaineers also were 4-of-4 at the free throw line in the final 17 seconds.
             
Each team shot around 40% from the field overall and exactly 33% from 3-point range.  However, Western was 9-of-27 from behind the arc and the Eagles were 4-of-12.
             
Chadron State had four players score in double figures—John Jenkins with 18, Josh Robinson 15, Jalen Patterson 12 and Dalton Peterson 11.  However, the Eagles managed just five more points from a fifth player.
             
The Mountaineers were led in scoring by guard Kade Juelfs' 14 points.  He was their only double-figure scorer, but nine teammates also scored, including Xavier Harris and Jamel Hollins with nine apiece and Tyler Halligan with eight. 
             
For the second game in a row, the Eagles played without their leading scorer, Bryce Latimer, apparently because of health issues. 
             
CSC is now 11-11 for the season and 8-8 in the conference. Western is 7-14 and 4-11.
             
The Eagles will play at home the next two weekends.     
             
Chadron State—John Jenkins 18, Josh Robinson 15, Jalen Patterson 12, Dalton Peterson 11, Martin Poznanovic 5. Totals: 23-60 (4-12) 11-19 61 points, 44 rebounds, 12 turnovers, 7 assists.
             
Western Colorado—Kade Juelfs 14, Xavier Harris 9, Jamel Harris 9, Tyler Halligan 8, Trevin Leick 6, Jaelan McCloud 6, Spencer Wright 5, Christian Still 5, Jon McCloud 3, Amar Rivers 3. Totals: 25-59 (9-27) 9-15 68 points, 35 rebounds, 9 turnovers, 14 assists.
             
Chadron State                                29         32         ---61
             
Western Colorado                         39         29         ---68

             
3-pointers: CSC—Peterson 3, Jenkins 1. WCU—Juelfs 2, Halligan 2, Jalen McCloud 2,  Wright 1, Harris 1, Jon McCloud 1. 

Eagles drop first two games at Florida Tech Tourney

LONGWOOD, Colo. -- The Chadron State College softball team was no-hit in a 5-0 loss to Barry University before falling to Bentley University 3-1 in day one of the Florida Tech Tournament in Longwood, Florida.
 
The losses drop the Eagles to 0-8 to begin the season.
 
In the loss to Barry, Brooklyn Levin received the loss to drop to 0-4. The freshman from Littleton, Colorado allowed seven hits and five runs, all being earned, in 4.2 innings of work. She walked and struck out three batters. Kenzi Garner, a junior from Broomfield, Colorado, pitched 1.1 innings of relief in which she did not allow a hit.
 
The wining pitcher was Alexis Martin, who threw a no-hitter in game one of the tournament. Martin, in seven innings of work, struck out three batters and walked two.  
 
Barry scored their runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings. All of their runs occurred with two outs.
 
In the Eagles loss to Bentley, CSC got on the board in the bottom of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. Sophia Brennan, a freshman from Wahoo, Nebraska, singled through the left side, bringing pinch runner Jolynn Niegocki home.
 
The Eagles had the bases loaded with one out in the inning but were only able to bring one run home and left the bases loaded.
 
The Falcons quickly tied the game in the top of the first inning due to an error by the CSC defense. The Eagles had a total of three errors in the loss.
 
Bentley added their other two runs in the top of the fourth, both being scored due to two more Chadron State defensive errors.
 
The Eagles had an opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with runners on second and third base but were unable to convert.
 
Tori Haug, a senior from Commerce City, Colorado, received the loss on the mound. In 7.0 innings of work, she allowed nine hits while walking and striking out four batters. All three runs were unearned.
 
A stretch of ten games over six days ends tomorrow with matchups against Florida Tech and Saint Anselm College.