The Eads boys’ basketball team had two home games to open up the main part of the 2018-2019 preps season. They would lose them both, including a 72-45 loss to Kit Carson on Friday night; and a 57-46 heartbreaker to an extremely athletic Stratton-Liberty group on Saturday night.
Wow what a year 2018 was as far as sports goes in Southeastern Colorado. The Independent expanded their sports coverage in August when John Contreras, long time Lamar Ledger sports reporter, came aboard. His mission was to cover the four small schools connecting Kiowa County to the south. And cover he did as Contreras is no stranger to preps sports nor the area.
Fond memories came flooding back as I entered the Wiley gymnasium to watch the County Line Rivals, as the last time was when Doug Uhland was the coach for the team of combined wrestlers from McClave, Eads and Wiley. This time it was his son, Hayden Uhland, who was now coaching for the County Line Rivals. Also Lance Jagers wrestled for the older Uhland and now is the assistant coach for the new coop. Both teams, although decades apart, are very similar as both were/are so exciting to watch. This year’s team is loaded with talent and they are winning matches and taking names.
The County Line Rivals wrestling team had another successful showing on the mat Saturday as they brought home the gold from the Badger Invitational. 44 matches between two gyms, made for a full day of wrestling for the Rivals and supportive spectators, but was fun to watch anyway.
The 2018-19 basketball season officially tipped off for girls’ teams in the area.