Showdown looms

Showdown looms

Pirates roll past Burros, 50-34

The Cotopaxi High School boys basketball team set the table for its District 6 showdown with undefeated Sangre de Cristo later this week with a 50-34 nonleague victory on Saturday night over South Park. The host Pirates, 7-2 overall and 2-0 in league play, pulled away in the fourth quarter from the Burros behind 29 points from senior Chance Gulliford. Cotopaxi travels to Mosca on Friday night to take on 8-0 Sangre de Cristo. “I thought the last couple of games he’s been more active than he has been the whole year,” Pirates coach Matt Schwindt said of the 6-foot-7 Gulliford. “I thought the team as a whole has worked really hard to create for each other, not just for Chance. That’s resulting in him... Read More

Sangre next

Sangre next

Paxi girls down South Park, 50-15

The Cotopaxi High School girls basketball team breezed past South Park on Friday night 50-15, setting up a big game at Sangre de Cristo. It was the Pirates third lopsided victory in a row since losing to South Baca on Jan. 11. “We worked on some stuff [against the Burros],” Pirates coach Troy Thornton said. “I’m glad they played man because Sangre plays man. It’s not to the level of Sangre, but still. …” The Pirates led 19-2 after the first quarter and 31-4 at halftime. Thornton was able to give his entire bench ample playing time. Junior Koylynn Gulliford led the way with 20 points. Senior Claire Carlson chipped in 12, junior Shealee Coleman added 10 and senior Sage Laymon scored four. Cotopaxi, 9-2... Read More

Too timid

Too timid

Cotopaxi falls to high-powered South Baca, 60-25

Cotopaxi High School girls basketball coach Troy Thornton made sure he scheduled a top-caliber nonleague opponent this season in South Baca to better prepare the Pirates for the postseason. Unfortunately, the Patriots showed the Pirates that they still have work left to do to be a state-playoff team. Ranked No. 5 in Class 1A, South Baca pulled away late in the first quarter and cruised to a 60-25 victory in a game played at Swink High School on Saturday. The loss drops Cotopaxi to 6-2 overall and 1-0 in District 6 play, while South Baca improves to 6-1 and 0-0. “We don’t play enough good teams,” said Thornton, whose team beat Cripple Creek 71-6 on Thursday. “That’s why I scheduled this game. Our girls need... Read More

Almost

Almost

Pirates’ rally falls short vs. Kim/Branson

The Cotopaxi High School boys basketball team cut a 16-point deficit in the third quarter to one point, but couldn’t overtake host Kim/Branson on Jan. 4 in a 46-41 nonleague defeat at Trinidad State College. The loss drops the Pirates to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in District 6 play, while Kim/Branson improves to 6-1 and 1-0. “We got off to a terrible start,” Pirates coach Matt Schwindt said. “We fell behind by 16 early in the third quarter. We took a timeout and the kids came back strong. We cut their lead to one point and had the ball on a couple of possessions to take the lead but couldn’t covert. They hit some free throws at the end to seal the game.” Cotopaxi trailed... Read More

By the numbers

By the numbers

Pirates look to improve their shooting

The Cotopaxi High School boys basketball team hopes to improve its shooting, especially from the free-throw line, when it resumes play on Jan. 4 at Kim/Branson. The Pirates, 4-1 overall and 1-0 in District 6 League play, are shooting just 53 percent from the charity stripe. Their shooting from the field also needs to improve; they are making 39 percent of their field goals. “We need to come back from break, practice hard and shoot our free-throws being tired to simulate a game,” Pirates coach Matt Schwindt said. “Same thing with our field-goal shooting.” Here’s a statistical look at the Pirates heading into 2020. Points per game Ty Coleman, 3.6; Frank Odgen, 3.2; Peter Belt, 7.2; Tyler Sawyer, 4.6; Jonah Bertolino, 7.4; Zachary Van Esselstine, 4.2;... Read More