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Tigerfest Activities Culminate with Heartbreaker Ball Game for Raton

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Tigerfest activities brought Tiger Gym to life as mum presentation to parents, Lil Cheer performances, royalty presentation and a boys ball game all took place Saturday afternoon.

The gym was filled with parents there to see the Lil Cheer girls and Tigerfest Royalty before the Raton Tigers took to the court for the last district game of the season which turned out to be one those last minute heartbreakers as the the Desert Academy Wildcats pulled out a come from behind win. The girls did not play Saturday as Desert Academy forfeited the game earlier in the week citing a lack of players.

Raton struggled to get a good lead on the game outscoring the Wildcats by three in the first quarter of which Jesse Espinoza was responsible for with two of his five 3-pointers on the evening. The Wildcats struggled and soon fell behind even further and took a nine point deficit to the locker room as Espinoza rounded out his five 3-pointers.

As the boys came out after halftime the tempo took a change as Raton faltered and began missing more shots than they managed to put in. The Wildcats also worked to shut down Espinoza and soon Espinoza went cold not scoring a single point in the second half. The Wildcats put on the press which caused the Tigers problems as they turned the ball over several times. Austin Jones was about the only player to score more than a couple in the second half as the Wildcats John Rigotti opened up the hoop for the Wildcats as he knocked down 14 of his 23 points.

The fourth quarter saw Raton simply go cold and only score five points to Desert Academy’s 13 which was enough to give them the lead and the win as the final buzzer sounded.

Desert  12  12  14  13  51

Raton   15  18  10   5  48

Desert High Point 

Sunday Khalsa  10  1 of 2 at the line

Taso Warsa 10  0 for 2 at the line

John Rigatti 23  5 of 8 free throws

Free Throws 6 of 12 attempts

Raton High Point 

Jesse Espinoza 20  1 of 1 free throws  5  3-pointers

Austin Jones 12  1 of 3 free throws

Free Throws 2 of 5 attempts

RHS cheer held their Lil Cheer Clinic and those participants performed before the game Saturday evening in Tiger gym.

RHS cheer held their Lil Cheer Clinic and those participants performed before the game Saturday evening in Tiger gym.

 

RHS Cheer Squad held their Lil Cheer Clinic this week and the 50+ girls performed at this year's Tigerfest held February 18, in tiger Gym.

RHS Cheer Squad held their Lil Cheer Clinic this week and the 50+ girls performed at this year’s Tigerfest held February 18, in tiger Gym.

 

Montan Trujillo and Damien Martinez are crowned Queen and King for this year's Tigerfest. The court was announced during pregame ceremonies Saturday evening.

Montan Trujillo and Damien Martinez are crowned Queen and King for this year’s Tigerfest. The court was announced during pregame ceremonies Saturday evening.

 

2017 Tiger Fest Royalty McKenna Valdez, Samuel Perez, Heather Sandoval, Peter Lopez, Mariah Saenz, Jacob Hathaway, Queen Montana Trujillo, King Damien Martinez, Ivy Fernandez, Dustin Stevens, Lauren Romero, Jason Parker, Makayla Ley, Paul Barela

2017 Tiger Fest Royalty McKenna Valdez, Samuel Perez, Heather Sandoval, Peter Lopez, Mariah Saenz, Jacob Hathaway, Queen Montana Trujillo, King Damien Martinez, Ivy Fernandez, Dustin Stevens, Lauren Romero, Jason Parker, Makayla Ley, Paul Barela

 

Jesse Espinoza Drives the lane and goes up for two of his 20 points on the evening.

Jesse Espinoza Drives the lane and goes up for two of his 20 points on the evening.

 

Jesse Espinoza gets a hand in on the ball as Sundy Kalsha tries to work it away during the district game Saturday evening in tiger Gym.

Jesse Espinoza gets a hand in on the ball as Sundy Kalsha tries to work it away during the district game Saturday evening in tiger Gym.

 

Austin Jones drives down the lane as the ball gets batted out of his hand by John Rigatti while Lex Long draws the foul for the bump on the head of Jones .

Austin Jones drives down the lane as the ball gets batted out of his hand by John Rigatti while Lex Long draws the foul for the bump on the head of Jones .

 

Its a scramble on the floor for the ball as Jesse Espinoza and Sundy Khalsa work to gain control of the ball as Austin Jones and Rise Miller get pushed out

Its a scramble on the floor for the ball as Jesse Espinoza and Sundy Khalsa work to gain control of the ball as Austin Jones and Rise Miller get pushed out

 

Austin Jones drives the lane and goes up as Miguel Bajalica goes for the block during the final district game of the season.

Austin Jones drives the lane and goes up as Miguel Bajalica goes for the block during the final district game of the season.

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