Things looked promising for the Southern Plains 9U All-Star team at the Babe Ruth State Tournament held in Southeast Denver over the weekend after they won their first game against East Central in an 8-7 thriller, despite being in a five-hour rain delay. That win advanced the local boys to the next round where they faced up with host team Southeast Denver Red. They were in that game for a while, but eventually lost in the mercy rule, 16-6. With one loss, they were in a do-or-go-home situation facing a strong team from Boulder. They would run out of steam in the final game losing in a big score, 25-4.
It is that time of year where the local ball players who have been named to the all-star teams begin their tournament trail activities. The girls were the first ones up as the Southern Plains 10U All-Star team, consisting of players from Eads, Holly, and Cheyenne Wells, competed in the Babe Ruth 10U Colorado State Tournament in Elizabeth over the weekend. Southern Plains played through four tough games and were invited to advance to the Babe Ruth Midwest Regional 10U Softball Tournament in Harper, Kansas as the #2 Colorado team.
Nearly 100 basketball players from Eads, Wiley, McClave, Kit Carson, and as far away as Oklahoma, took part in the four-day Triple Threat Basketball Camp in Eads led by former college and professional stand out Coach Kevin Washington. Washington is now part of the Have Ball Will Travel basketball camps and also represents Under Armor.
Seven-year-old Reese Barnett from Eads has been competing in a number of golf tournaments along the front range as part of the U.S. Kids Golf program. The Eads Elementary 2nd grader has been golfing in the Denver area Spring Tour that has included tournaments throughout the spring held at courses in Pueblo, Pueblo West, Colorado Springs, and Monument.
“We did everything we could to bring home a championship, as every single race we ran was our best time---every single one.” That was the sentiment from Eads Head Track & Field coach Stephanie Bohlander about the fourth place team finish her eight girls brought home from Jeffco Stadium in Denver over the weekend. The Eagles finished fourth scoring 52 points. Leading the girls’ team was the only senior on the team, Mariah Smith, who nailed a state record breaking 133’ 8” discus throw that elevated her to state champion status. Zach Haase, a senior at Eads, was the only boy who qualified for state and placed 20th out of 40 teams all by himself.