Photo by Lloyd Engen
Centauri senior Krystina George scores against Sangre de Cristo pressure. George and her Falcon teammates will be going after the McDonald’s Grizzly Shootout title this weekend.
ALAMOSA — The Adams State College Grizzly Club and Sangre de Cristo High School are in final preparations for the seventh annual McDonald’s Grizzly High School Shootout that begins Thursday morning in ASC’s Plachy Hall.
The tournament will feature 15 San Luis Valley high school basketball teams playing 24 games over three days. Fans also have a special opportunity this year as the Adams State College women’s basketball squad will host the nation’s top-ranked University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux in a 7:30 Saturday night game held in conjunction with the championship round of high school contests.
The tournament begins with quarterfinal action on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. as the Sangre de Cristo girls begin their tournament title defense against Centennial-San Luis. The Thunderbird boys, who lost a 36-35 heartbreaker to Mesa Vista, N.M., in last year’s championship game, then start their play at 10 a.m., also against Centennial-San Luis.
The Centauri girls, who will be looking to avenge their championship game loss to the Thunderbirds, will then face the Center Vikings in an 11:30 a.m. game before the same two schools face off in a 1 p.m. boys’ game.
The gym will then be cleared before the Monte Vista and Antonito girls begin the evening session with a 4:15 p.m. quarterfinal contest before the Antonito boys face the defending champion Mesa Vista Trojans squad at 5:45 p.m.
The Sargent Farmers take center stage for the last two games of the night as the girls will face the Sierra Grande Panthers at 7:15 p.m. before the Farmer boys take on Monte Vista in the nightcap at 8:45.
Friday’s four consolation games will also start at 8:30 a.m. The four championship semifinal games begin at 4:15 p.m. and run through the evening.
Saturday’s schedule also includes eight games, the first four of which will be played at Alamosa High School. The seventh place games are at 8:30 and 10 a.m. while the fifth place consolation championship contests will tip-off at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The third pace games will begin at 12:30 and 2 p.m. in Plachy Hall leading into the girls’ championship game at 3:30 p.m. The boys’ championship game will tip-off at 5 p.m. before the college game takes the court at 7:30 p.m.
There are a variety of ticket options for local fans. Tournament passes, which allow fans to watch all 24 high school games and the Grizzly contest against North Dakota, are $16 for adults and $12 for students. Single day passes are $8 for adults and $6 for students.
Both of those passes include in-and-out privileges.
McDonald’s Grizzly Shootout
Thursday, Nov. 29, at Plachy Hall
-8:30 a.m., GIRLS: Sangre de Cristo vs. Centennial
-10 a.m., BOYS: Sangre de Cristo vs. Centennial
-11:30 a.m., GIRLS: Centauri vs. Center
-1 p.m., BOYS: Centauri vs. Center
-4:15 p.m., GIRLS: Monte Vista vs. Antonito
-5:45 p.m., BOYS: Mesa Vista vs. Antonito
-7:15 p.m., GIRLS: Sargent vs. Sierra Grande
-8:45 p.m., BOYS: Sargent vs. Monte Vista
Friday, Nov. 30, at Plachy Hall
-8:30 a.m., GIRLS: Losers Sangre de Cristo/Centennial vs. Monte Vista/Antonito
-10 a.m., BOYS: Losers Mesa Vista/Antonito vs. Sargent/Monte Vista
-11:30 a.m., GIRLS: Losers Centauri/Center vs. Sargent/Sierra Grande
-1 p.m., BOYS: Losers Sangre de Cristo/Centennial vs. Centauri/Center
-4:15 p.m., GIRLS: Winners Sangre de Cristo/Centennial vs. Monte Vista/Antonito
-5:45 p.m., BOYS: Winners Mesa Vista/Antonito vs. Sargent/Monte Vista
-7:15 p.m., GIRLS: Winners Centauri/Center vs. Sargent/Sierra Grande
-8:45 p.m., BOYS: Winners Sangre de Cristo/Centennial vs. Centauri/Center
Saturday, Dec. 1, at Alamosa High School
-8:30 a.m., GIRLS: 7th Place Game
-10 a.m., BOYS: 7th Place Game
-11:30 a.m., GIRLS: Consolation Championship
-1 p.m., BOYS: Consolation Championship
Saturday, Dec. 1, at Plachy Hall
-12:30 p.m., GIRLS: 3rd Place Game
-2 p.m., BOYS: 3rd Place Game
-3:30 p.m., GIRLS: Championship
-5 p.m., BOYS: Championship
-7:30 p.m., WOMEN: North Dakota vs. Adams State