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Sport briefs: FLC golf, softball begin spring seasons

DHS basketball and hockey play close contests
Alex Tenorio of Fort Lewis College records an out at second base over the weekend at the South-Central Regional Tournament in New Mexico. FLC went 2-2 at the tournament to start its season. (Angela Roberts/FLC Athletics)

The Fort Lewis College softball team as well as its men’s and women’s golf teams all began their spring seasons over the weekend.

Battling the South Texas heat in their first appearances of the spring, the FLC men's and women's golf teams finished fifth and 10th respectively at the Jack Brown Memorial, hosted by Texas A&M International at Laredo Country Club. It was both squads second-highest team finishes of the 2022-23 season, which also includes some fall ball.

As a unit, the Skyhawk men totaled 98 pars and 20 birdies. Traejan Andrews had the highest individual finish of any Skyhawk, placing 11th on the final scorecard with a 150, +2 (76, 74).

As for the women's team, Kendal Gutierrez led all FLC golfers by tying for 34th with a 167, +23 (87, 80). As a team, FLC averaged 3.42 on par-3s, 4.97 on par-4, and 5.75 on par-5 holes while totaling 61 pars and four birdies.

“I'm proud of both teams,” FLC head coach Jim Foltz said. “We haven't been able to play. Battling the weather in Durango, Colorado, we get stuck inside practicing on a simulator most of the winter. Going against a very strong field of competition, playing a very challenging course with Bermuda grass and plenty of heat, I believe they played well and really gutted it out.”

FLC softball wins two, loses two

The Fort Lewis College softball team downed the University of Texas Permian Basin 5-2 and Western New Mexico 5-3 on the opening day of the South-Central Regional Tournament on Saturday at the Los Lunas Sports Complex in New Mexico.

The Skyhawks, however, were unable to build on the momentum Sunday and lost 9-0 against West Texas A&M and 6-3 to Simon Fraser.

Against Permian Basin, Labraida Tenorio threw six innings to get her first collegiate win for the Skyhawks, striking out seven, giving up only five hits and four walks. Aimee Shanks threw a complete game against Western New Mexico to get the win, while Alex Tenorio went 4-4 at the plate and Catheryn Rodman drove in three runs.

FLC will head to the West Texas A&M Invitational Tournament on Friday through Sunday, and play Eastern New Mexico, West Texas A&M and No. 6 Texas A&M-Kingsville.

DHS hockey ties Battle Mountain

The Durango High School hockey team took on Battle Mountain in Edwards on Friday. The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period. After a scoreless second period, the teams each scored once more in the third to tie, 2-2.

Lucas Betz and Seamus McParland-Daab scored for DHS, as the Demons moved to 5-7-2 overall and 2-5-2 in the 4A Mountain league. BMHS moved to 4-9-2, 0-7-2.

The Demons return to their home ice at Chapman Hill at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday to take on Crested Butte (12-2-1, 5-1-0). In their previous contest Jan. 30, CB escaped with a 2-1 win over the Demons.

DHS basketball has tight games with Glenwood

Durango High School basketball teams hosted Glenwood Springs on Saturday after both squads scored victories over Palisade the night before.

The DHS girls and Glenwood went into overtime, but DHS prevailed 40-35 to improve to 16-2 overall with the nonleague win.

The DHS boys (6-13) also had a close game with Glenwood Springs, but came up just short and lost 54-49.

The Demons will be on the road this week, at Grand Junction Central on Friday and Grand Junction on Saturday.