It was one memorable weekend for the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) as they were forced to overcome terrible weather conditions, and even more brutal public outcry, at this year’s five-classification Colorado State Track & Field Championships.
The District championships in Las Animas on Friday proved to be a frustrating experience for Eads head baseball coach Billy Koehler as his favored Eagles (#2) fell in the District semifinals, by a score of 8-3, to Cheyenne Wells (#3), a team Eads had beaten solidly in the regular season. In days of old a stumble like this one would have meant the season was over for Eads, but CHSAA’s current RPI system, where an elaborate equation that considers a teams’ strength of schedule and opponent-to-opponent scoring, proved to help Eads stay alive to play another day. And that day will be Saturday at All-City Field in Denver as Eads will enter the final eight state tournament seeded in the #4 hole and paired up with #5 Kiowa. Game time will be 12:30. This game is win or go home so the Eagles have got to develop enough confidence and a strong game plan to get the job done.
With the weather continuing to cause havoc this week for the area baseball teams, Eads managed to get in three important varsity contests and a JV game among the multiple days of cold, drizzle, and wind. Before the snow flew on Friday evening Eads had defeated Manzanola in two straight games, 12-0, and 9-4; but danced around the Holly game with neither team showing any of their arsenal, losing, 11-8. The final showdown victory for Holly put them in sole possession of the district championship and will seed them as top dog in this week’s District Tournament. Eads is right behind the Wildcats in the #2 spot.