The Ouray High School boys’ basketball team claimed its fourth consecutive Mountain League championship title in 2008, and went on to make its first state tournament appearance since 1995. Seventh-seeded Ouray lost to eighth-seeded Crested Butte in the March state tourney, giving the Trojans (19-7) sixth place in the eight-team tournament.
OHS senior basketball player Jude Martinez, who helped lead the Trojans to their state tourney berth in 2008, was the No. 1 nomination from the Mountain League to the all-state team. He competed in the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State competition in Greeley, in June.
The Ridgway/Ouray boys’ soccer team also made history in 2008, breaking into the state tournament bracket for only the second time in Ridgway school history. The Demons’ undefeated 9-0 regular season record saw its end when Ridgway fell 2-0 to Aspen in the State Tournament’s preliminary round, played at the Solar Ranch field in October.
And for the first time in Ouray cross country history, both boys’ and girls’ high school teams qualified for the State Meet, held in Fort Collins this fall. Propelled by smoking finishes from its top runners at the regional meet, the boys’ team also finished with another OHS first: winning the title of Regional Team Champs. Ouray’s girls’ team finished in a tie for eighth place with Lutheran-Parker, while the boys finished in seventh place.
It was the fourth straight State Championship appearances for seniors Michal Fagrelius and Kyle Schoenebaum.
And in her third state tournament appearance, three-time regional high jump champion Lauren Hagemeyer led the charge for Ouray County at the 2A state track and field championship in Pueblo last spring. With a jump of 5-foot, 4-inches, Hagemeyer tied her own record and placed fourth in the state. Prior to that, Hagemeyer joined teammates Jude Martinez, LiErin Wilson and Clay Schafer in setting a new Ouray High School record in the 400-meter relay (54.07 seconds) at the Montrose Invitational Track and Field event in April.
Also setting a new school record at the Montrose event, in the 3,200-meter relay, were OHS runners Shoenebaum, Eli Lane, Neill Pieper, and Nakoa Martinez, who took fourth at the meet and broke the school record with their time of 9:23:94.
The future looks bright for the Ridgway High School baseball program, with both boys’ and girls’ teams fielding a varsity and junior varsity team after a whopping 28 athletes came out for the second-ever season last spring.