1A boys report

Arickaree/Woodlin starts out 2-1
The Arickaree/Woodlin boys basketball team will be looking to add to its win total when it plays at Hi-Plains on Friday. A/W also hosted Otis this past Tuesday.
The Indian Mustangs opened the season last week by going 2-1.
It began last Tuesday, January 26, with a 54-42 win at Otis. Landry Peeples had 17 points, three rebounds and four steals, Tristin Niccoli 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals, Samuel Koolstra 11 points, six rebounds and three steals, Nicholas Hermes six points, seven rebounds, three assists and five steals, Logan Wright five points and three rebounds, and Hayden Page one point and five rebounds.

Samuel Koolstra looks for an open teammate during the game at Otis, last Thursday. (Dave Gustafson)

A/W traveled to Walden on Friday, claiming a 45-33 win over the North Park Wildcats. The Indian Mustangs built a 39-17 lead through the first three quarters.
Wright had 17 points, six steals and three assists, Hermes eight points and five rebounds, Koolstra eight points, four steals and three assists, Niccoli six points and eight rebounds, Peepls three oitns, and page three points and 10 rebounds.
A/W hosted Rocky Mountain Lutheran on Saturday, suffering its first loss of the season, 50-34. The main difference came in the second quarter, when the visitors held an 11-3 scoring advantage. Hermes had nine points, Wright eight points and three rebounds, Niccoli seven points, nine rebounds and four steals, Page five points and three rebounds, Peeples three points and four rebounds, and Koolstra two points, five assists and three steals.

Lone Star starts 0-2
Lone Star’s boys basketball team entered this week looking to get into the win column early in the 2021 season.
The Longhorns dropped to 0-2 overall, 0-1 in the YWKC League, with a 54-48 home loss to Idalia this past Tuesday. They host Briggsdale next Tuesday.
Lone Star was tied 7-7 with Idalia after the first quarter, but were outscored 34-19 over the next two frames. The Longhorns rallied in the fourth, outscoring the Wolves 22-13, but could not make it all the way back.
Brady Kuntz had 16 points, five rebounds and three assists, Liam Garza eight points and seven rebounds, Dakoda Cox seven points, five steals and three assists, Abraham Martinez six points and four rebounds, Zaiah McMeekin five points, four rebounds and four steals, Ethan Glenn four points and two rebounds, and Wyatt Cochran two points and five rebounds.
Last Thursday’s scheduled season opener against Longmont Christian was rescheduled to February 11. Therefore, the Longhorns opened the season Saturday at Flatirons Academy in Westminster. They lost 38-29 to the Bison, ranked No. 14 in Class 1A.
Lone Star led 6-5 after the first quarter, and trailed just 16-15 at halftime. However, they were outscored 11-3 in the third, and could not make up the difference in the final stanza.
Kuntz had 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals, Garza 10 points and seven rebounds, Martinez four points, five rebounds and two steals, Cox three points and four assists, and McMeekin two points and two rebounds.

Otis starts out 0-2
The Otis High School boys basketball team entered this week looking for its first win early in the 2021 season.
The Bulldogs were at Arickaree/Woodlin this past Tuesday, and are at Flagler on Saturday before traveling to Weldon Valley on Tuesday.
They sit at 0-2 entering week after dropping two games last week.
The Bulldogs opened the season January 26 at home against Arickaree/Woodlin, losing 54-42. Jack Willeke had 12

Peyton Wells puts up a shot during the season opener against Arickaree/Woodlin, last Thursday. (Dave Gustafson)
points and eight rebounds, Carter Wells 10 points, three rebounds and two steals, Peyton Wells eight points and six rebounds, Tyler Reynolds five points, three rebounds and three steals, Erick Thorn four points and three rebounds, Taylor Ringlein three points and six rebounds, and Sawyer Packer two rebounds and four steals.
Otis then played at Holyoke, ranked No. 14 in Class 2A, losing 74-17. Packer had six points and two rebounds, Willeke five points and eight rebounds, Ringlein four points, three rebounds and three steals, and C. Wells two points.

Stratton/Liberty starts 0-2
The Stratton/Liberty boys basketball team definitely has a challenging start to the 2021 season.
The Knighted Eagles host Class 2A top-ranked Limon on Friday, play at Cheyenne Wells on Saturday, then have 2A Burlington on Tuesday.
Stratton/Liberty lost 66-45, this past Tuesday at Evangelical Christian in Colorado Springs. Statistics were not available yet.
S/L opened the season last Saturday at a solid McClave team, losing 61-44. The Knighted Eagles found themselves trailing 20-6 after the first quarter. They rallied a bit in the second, cutting the deficit to nine, 34-25, by halftime. They still trailed by nine entering the fourth, but the Cardinals pulled away down the stretch.
Ashtin Davis led the Knighted Eagles with 20 points, nine rebounds and four steals, while Rustin Williams had seven points, Daniel Tanner seven points and four rebounds, Cyler Notter four points, six rebounds and three steals, Austin Webb three points, Charlie Tagtmeyer one point, four rebounds and four steals, Charlie Clapper three rebounds and three steals, Riley Shean five rebounds, and Jose Gallardo three rebounds.