Joel Priest

Position: Special to the Herald

Ignacio seniors tabbed for 2A honorable mention list

One never really heard anybody on a basketball court using a nickname to get Bryce Finn’s attention. But with a signature upright, methodical, hard-to-guard 3-point jumper a primary weapon in his...

DATE: April 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Valdez earns All-State honorable mention for Ignacio

Disappointed to have fouled out while trying to disrupt Rocky Ford’s Mighty Meloneers during Ignacio’s Class 2A State Tournament Sweet 16 comeback bid, Charlize Valdez was at least somewhat...

DATE: April 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Bayfield’s Pickering an All-State selection

He didn’t receive the elevated takedown slam then-senior teammate John Foutz received – in full view of dumbfounded Pepsi Center fans witnessing the unusual celebration – last winter after winning...

DATE: April 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Kitchen is closed: Bayfield girls basketball coach steps aside

The improvement of the Bayfield High School girls basketball team was clear under the coaching of Josh Kitchen. But when players decided not to join the team during the COVID-19 altered 2021...

DATE: March 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Moran leaves Ignacio bench to lead Bayfield girls basketball

Convinced during a New Mexico-to-Montana hike of the Continental Divide Trail that Colorado was the place to relocate – particularly its southwest after navigating Wolf Creek Pass – Lauren Moran’s...

DATE: March 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Seibel’s squad taking well to new Ignacio volleyball coach

At last season’s end-of-year awards banquet, and having already announced she’d be stepping down from her role as Ignacio’s junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant, Shasta Pontine helped...

DATE: March 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

No. 8 Ignacio Bobcats battle No. 5 Sanford

CONEJOS COUNTY – As difficult it can be to enter a relationship, an exit’s often more elusive. Ignacio High School head boys basketball coach Chris Valdez admitted as much following a...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2021 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Injuries derail Ignacio’s debut at No. 3 Sanford

CONEJOS COUNTY – Even after not one but two visiting Ignacio Bobcats required help to leave the court after suffering freakish first-quarter injuries, Sanford point guard Asia Caldon knew her side...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Two points separate Bayfield, Montezuma-Cortez at Alamosa-owned tri-meet

BAYFIELD – Gifting the opponents 18 forfeit points while receiving only one-third as many in return during the dual-deciding upper weights ending Thursday’s season-opening 3A/2A Intermountain...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2021 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Of ‘The Wolf’ and man: Remembering Pagosa Pirates radioman Chris Olivarez

Having already acquired a proven manager earlier this month for an apparent cosmic all-star crew, the Coach Upstairs then added both an ace pitcher and a slugging outfielder just this past week,...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Ignacio’s Garcia flings a touchdown pass at Tiki Bowl in Florida

Joe Garcia pulled on a new jersey for the last time in his high school football career. The Ignacio High School senior then prepared to do something he had never done before. The running back and...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Bayfield, Ignacio basketball preach patience through season delays

With a veteran nucleus expected to return, Josh Kitchen knows his Bayfield High School girls basketball team has the necessary tools to, at the very least, continue the program’s upward rebuild...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

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