FLC tourney to be played at SunUte

Alex Herrera (44)
Ryan Brooks (3)
Against Wiggins, during his Bobcat days, at the 2A State Championships in Pueblo, Alex Herrera (44) will soon be starting his senior season at Fort Lewis College – and will be officially doing so at the Skyhawk Classic, held this year inside SunUte Community Center.
Seen during his Bobcat days against Wiggins at the 2A State Basketball Championships in Pueblo, Ryan Brooks (3) – now a Fort Lewis College Skyhawk – will be returning to town to ball at the Skyhawk Classic inside SunUte Community Center Nov. 14-15.
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum

Ex-Bobcats back in town for tourney

The 2014-15 season arrives this weekend for Durango-based Ft. Lewis College, and if the year-to-year pattern (starting with the 2004-05 campaign, interrupted just once) stays true to form, former Ignacio Bobcats Alex Herrera and Ryan Brooks could be in for quite an awesome final run together as NCAA Division II teammates.

And they couldn’t tip the whole thing off in a better place, with any more splendid style.

This weekend, Nov. 14-15, IHS’ alumni and their fellow Skyhawks will host the 2015 Heartland/Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Challenge at the SunUte Community Center, with Fort Lewis facing St. Mary’s University at 7 p.m. on Day 1 – following the conclusion of the 5 p.m. tilt pitting Western New Mexico [Silver City, NM] University against University of Texas-Permian Basin.

From San Antonio, Texas SMU’s Rattlers are coming off a FLC-esque season in which they went 19-9 overall and 12-6 in the Heartland Conference, and reached the South Central Region Tournament in Denver where they fell to then-13th-ranked Colorado School of Mines.

WNMU will then meet St. Mary’s in the 5 p.m. game on Day 2 of the Classic, with the Hawks then squaring off against Odessa, Texas-based UTPB at 7 p.m. Predicted to finish fourth in the Heartland’s preseason poll (SMU was tabbed to take second), the Falcons’ 2013-14 season produced the school’s D-II-record 17 wins, but also 11 losses – including in the HC Championships’ title game.

St. Mary’s had won the HC’s two previous post-season tournaments, before being denied a third in March by eventual winners Texas A&M International.

FLC head coach Bob Hofman, now 341-181 (.653) overall and 232-108 (.682) in the RMAC with ‘Colorado’s Campus in the Sky,’ could not be reached for comment before the Drum’s early deadline, but likely for good reason as the Skyhawks had already hit the road for their final tune-up tests.

Unfortunately, results of Fort Lewis’ exhibition games against NAIA Frontier Conference members University of Montana [Dillon, Mont.] Western and Westminster [Salt Lake City, Utah] College. Results were also unavailable for the Nov. 10 match up in Fort Collins against NCAA Div. I Colorado State University.

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