OURAY – It’s the height of summer and school is out, but that doesn’t mean that Ouray’s award-winning athletes are taking a break.
Senior basketball player Jude Martinez competed in the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State competition in Greeley, Colo. on Saturday, June 14. He competed in two games and though his team lost both, Martinez said that he did well personally, scoring four points in each game and averaging 10-11 rebounds per game. The contests featured 48 players from five classifications throughout the state.
District coaches recommended Martinez to the all-state team in March. He was the No. 1 nomination from the Mountain League, which includes Crested Butte, DeBeque, Edwards Vail Christian, Ouray, and Ridgway. This spring, Martinez helped lead the Trojans to their first state tournament appearance since 1995. Martinez averaged 9 points in the Trojans’ three games at the state tournament and 8.4 overall. The last Ouray athlete to compete in the all-state game was 2005 graduate Chris Scott.
“If not for my coach Carl Addison and my dad, Steve Martinez, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Martinez said. “I learned a good work ethic from them, and that’s what it takes to make it in the world.”
The basketball teams have been busy with camps, scrimmages and a new coach. From May 30-June 1, the high-school girls’ basketball team attended a team camp in Durango, and Coach Bernie Pearce said they may have another lined up for July 10-12.
“Our new high school boys’ basketball coach, Jim Blennis, has been working with the boys to begin transition into his program,” Pearce said. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams were expected to head to Telluride for scrimmages today, Tuesday. June 24.
Several coaches from Ouray Schools will travel to Denver at the end of July for a Colorado High School Coaches Association Multi-Sports Clinic.
The high-school girls’ volleyball team attended a special USA vs. Brazil pre-Olympic match in Colorado Springs on Saturday, June 14.
Christy Cossairt was offered the head coaching position for the middle school girls’ and boys’ cross country team. John Ferguson was offered the job of assistant coach for both the middle and high school cross country teams.
Fall practices for cross country, high-school volleyball and high-school boys’ soccer begin Monday, Aug. 11. “Parents are reminded to schedule physical exams to be taken before the start of practice,” Pearce said. Athletic packets containing all the necessary paperwork were issued to returning students prior to the end of the school year. For students new to the district, contact the office at 970/325-4505 to secure a packet, or check online at ouray.k12.co.us.