by Sherry Goodyear
SPRINGER — The Springer Red Devil boys’ senior players last home game of the season was bittersweet as they acknowledged the end of their ball-playing days at Springer High School. But this happened after some tense action for all three Springer teams, junior high boys, varsity girls, and varsity boys as they took on the Roy-Mosquero Co-op.
The Junior High Red Devils and Roy-Mosquero Co-op matched each other point for point during the entire nail-biting game. A free-throw at 3.6 seconds before the end of the fourth quarter tied up the game to 44-All sending the game into overtime. A tense overtime round ultimately gave Springer the chance they needed to move ahead of the Co-op, and the Devils won 51-46.
The Varsity girls’ game was tense since Springer only had six girls playing as Elena Maestas (#24) and Odalis Tafoya (#20) were out due to injury. Eventually Katy Scott (#32) fouled out and Alyssa Archuleta (#15), who is herself suffering from a knee injury, took her place. Despite all of their hardships, Springer fought hard, though Roy-Mosquero ruled the game, 54-38.
The boys’ varsity game started off with a playful technical foul as all eight Springer senior class ball players, in a showing of solidarity, took to the court at the start of the game. This meant Roy-Mosquero began things with a free throw and from there, Springer was unstoppable. The well-oiled team of Devils made point after point, and it didn’t hurt that Estevan Romero (#23) made eight- 3 pointers all by himself. Casey McClesky of the Co-op rivaled Romero’s three-pointers, shooting five of his own. These two made the most points for their teams with Romero shooting 32 points total and McClesky shooting 16. When all was said and done, Springer was victorious with a score of 87 – 35.
During half time, the senior boys’ moms presented the boys with black duffle bags embroidered with their names in red. Earlier in the evening, the boys presented their families with framed pictures of their respective players signed by the team. The last home-game was bittersweet for Springer’s eight senior players, but if their performance is any indication, they are in for a victorious future.