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Otero Junior College
1802 Colorado Ave.
La Junta CO 81050

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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.

Ratter Men's Soccer splits games in Wyo.
September 16, 2014

The Rattlers headed up to Wyoming this past weekend to face Northwest College and Sheridan College.   A tough start to the game left the Rattlers down three goals to Northwest College with 30 minutes to play in the game. In the 60th minute, Otero received a penalty-kick, and Erick Chapa put the Rattlers on the board.  Less than thirty seconds later, Omary Shabani got the ball down the side of the field and scored his second goal of the season. 

Full of momentum, the Rattlers continued on the attack and scored the tying goal with just ten minutes left in the game.  In the first overtime, both teams went scoreless; however, the Rattlers gave up a goal in double over-time with just five minutes left. The Rattlers lost a tough game, in double over-time, 4 to 3 to Northwest College.

“I’m happy that our guys never gave up, it shows a lot of heart.  On the other hand if we play the first 60 minutes like our last thirty minutes, we don’t lose that game,” said Head Coach Mike Bielski. “Julio Sanchez had a great game in goal.  He made some big saves that first half and kept the score from being worse than it was.”

The Rattlers then traveled to Sheridan to play the Generals of Sheridan College.  The Rattlers were determined to not start the first half like they did against Northwest.  Otero went up early, scoring their first two goals in 12 minutes, both goals scored by Chapa. 

Just three minutes later, Nic “June” Martinez scored the first goal of his career.  The Rattlers finished the half three goals up.  In the second half, the Rattlers scored again with an amazing volley from Luis Rangel, his second of the season.  The Rattlers took out the Generals 4-1.

The OJC men’s Soccer team will face league rivals Trinidad State Junior College Wed. at 7:00 p.m. in Trinidad.  Trinidad is undefended so far this season.  Then, this Friday, Sept. 19, OJC will play Region IX North-Region leaders Western Wyoming Community College at 4:00 p.m., at Tiger Stadium in La Junta. 

OJC Men's Soccer opens regional play with wins
September 12, 2014

The Rattler Men’s Soccer team opened up regional play Sept. 6 and 7 against Central Nebraska Community College and Northeastern Junior College. 

On Sept. 6, the Rattlers beat Central Nebraska with a score of 3-1. The first goal was scored by freshman Erick Chappa; the first goal of his college career.   Just five minutes later, sophomore Alex Hastings’ header off of a cross from Chris Arce resulted in a goal for the Rattlers.  Later in the first half, freshman Owayne Stone from Jamaica scored his first career goal with a great shot from 30 yards out.

The Rattlers dominated in the first half; however, Central Nebraska came back in the second half and scored an early goal. The Rattlers kept Central at bay for the rest of the game.  Goalkeeper Julio Sanchez played all 90 minutes in goal, making four saves.

The following night, Otero faced the Plainsmen of Northeastern Junior College.  Otero started the game on a high note, with Alex Hastings scoring off a throw-in from his brother, Mikhail Hastings, just 32 seconds into the game.  Otero kept up on the attack and scored three more goals in the first half.  Otero made sure not to replay the previous night’s game by staying strong in the second half, adding three more goals letting up just one. 

“I am mostly proud of all our guys that came off the bench and did everything we asked of them.  It’s good to know that we can get our starters some rest without the level of play dropping,” said Head Coach Mike Bielski. “Overall, it was a great weekend for us. We tried some different things and it paid off. We hope to continue this on to next weekend when we face Northwest who seems to always have a great team.”

The Rattlers will face Northwest College Friday, September 12, at 3:00 p.m., in Powell, Wyo.  They will follow at Sheridan College on Saturday, September 13, at 4:00 p.m. in Sheridan, Wyo.

OJC Softball comes out strong in fall play
September 12, 2014

Opening weekend for the Otero Softball team at UCCS started with the right foot forward.  Their first victory was decisive.  The Lady Rattlers beat Lamar Community College 17-1. In the second game of the day, the Lady Rattlers pulled off a come-from-behind 8-5 win against Trinidad.

Highlights of play during the Sept. 6 games included sophomore captain Ashley Carrillo driving the ball deep into centerfield for a homerun. Sophomore Nicole Montoya also went yard that Saturday afternoon.

First-year head softball coach Noel Wees commented, "I was quite pleased to see the team perform so well; they executed at the plate and defensively."

Unfortunately, Sunday’s games were rained out.

Please come out and support our Rattler Softball program as they are on the road in Fort Collins for the Triple Crown Sports College Classic. On Sept. 20, the Lady Rattlers will be taking on Western Nebraska at 1 p.m. and Colby Community College at 3 p.m. On Sunday the 21st, OJC will play at 3 p.m. against Colorado Christian and at 5 p.m. versus North Platte.

OJC Golf season outlook
September 9, 2014

The Otero Junior College Men’s and Women’s Golf teams began their fall seasons in McCook, Neb. this past weekend.

The men's team includes three returners from last year: Seth Dykema, Longmont; Landon Esarey, Cheyenne Wells; and Dwayne Skolski, Canon City.

OJC Golf Coach Joe McClain expects to see these returners perform well this season. “All three came in this fall playing well and should compete for Region IX honors,” said McClain.

Joining these veterans are four first year players: Sammy Taravella, Pueblo County; Lucas Cimino, Raton, N.M.; Tyler Reichert, Pueblo West (DHPH); and Nathan Weber, Broomfield (Legacy).

“The new team members have been working hard and should be good competition for the top five,” said McClain. “The team as a whole could compete well for the Region IX title.”

The women’s team consists of three first year players: Savannah Bernal, Pueblo East; Savannah Gonzales, Pueblo County; and Kylie Torres, Longmont (Legacy). According to McClain, “The women have been working hard and showing improvement. All have ability to qualify for the National Tournament in spring.”

The fall season continues with tournaments in Torrington, Wyo., Sep. 11-12; La Junta/Lamar, Sep. 18-19; Trinidad, Sep. 25-26; and Sterling, Oct. 2-3. Fall season play will be combined with spring play for overall results for the 2014-2015 year.

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