2013 - 2014 Season Outlook
The 2013-2014 Otero Junior College Women’s Basketball team will showcase more athleticism than has been seen in recent years. Otero has assembled a team that will be anchored by six returners from last season: point guard Stephanie Rey, sharpshooter Savannah Bewley, and the full post rotation of Brittany Gutierrez, Chelby Santiago, Kadijah Borom, and All-Region athlete Danica Shipley. After having limited playing time last year Bewly, Rey, and Borom have all come in stronger, faster and more skilled with the ball as they look to make an immediate impact during their sophomore seasons.
Although the team lost three starters from last year’s squad as well as a number of reserves, the incoming athletes will greatly compliment the returning core. The trio of Colorado All-State guards Bailey Haist of Colorado Springs; Chelsea Velsaquez of Trinidad; and Haley Martinez of Las Animas experienced high levels of play as all three led their teams to league or district championships and state tournament berths during their high school careers.
The trio will be accompanied by two international athletes, Celia Garcia-Paunera of Spain and 6’0” Fanni Horvath of Hungary. Both of these athletes played at the highest levels of amateur basketball in their respective countries. Also joining the Rattlers will be Northeastern Junior College transfer guard Elika Posey, a Colorado native who prepped at 4A Fountain Fort-Carson, and Mikayla Irvin of Denver East who redshirted for the Rattlers last season.
“This group has already shown great team chemistry and a high level of intensity in practice, which for many teams, are two elusive traits,” said Kyle Spencer, head coach of the Lady Rattler Basketball team. “While we have a strong returning core we will rely heavily on our incoming athletes to impact our play right away.”
Spencer has high hopes for the Lady Rattlers this season. “The level of athleticism we have is going to give us the opportunity to be in every game we play this season,” said Spencer. “If we can get each player to fill their role at the highest level we’ll be in the position we want to be in come March.”
2013 - 2014 Lady Rattler Basketball Team
Top Row Left to Right : 21 Kadajah Borom, 42 Fanni Horvath, 30 Brittany Gutierrez, 20 Kadijah Borom and 31 Chelby Santiago.
Middle Row Left to Right : 32 Danica Shipley, 12 Savannah Bewley, 33 Celia Garcia Paunero, 22 Haley Martinez and 11 Bailey Haist.
Bottom Row Left to Right : 35 Elika Posey, 3 Stephanie Rey, 24 Chelsea Velasquez and 40 Mikayla Irvin.
2011 - 2012 Season: Making History
On Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Otero Junior College became the land where dreams come true. Before the night ended, the OJC Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams were each crowned Region IX Champions in their respective tournaments. The teams headed to National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournaments, a historic first for both teams.
Lady Rattlers earn National Tournament Sportsmanship Award
Otero's Aubry Boehme is named to the NJCAA All American First Team
The Lady Rattlers’ run for the regional championship began on March 9 in Casper, Wyoming at the Women’s Region IX Tournament. Under the direction of seventh-year head coach Taylor Wagner, the Lady Rattlers began their quest by walking through Dawson College with a score of 65-19. They followed up with a second win on Sunday, March 11 over Gillette College with a score of 84-54.
On Monday, March 12, the women advanced to the Final Four for the third straight year where they defeated Central Wyoming College by a score of 66-53.
That win put the Lady Rattlers in the championship round against long-time south-sub region rival Northeastern Junior College. Lead by NJCAA All Star, Aubry Boehme with 17 points, the Lady Rattlers defeated NJC by a score of 67-61.
All-Tournament Team selections from Otero Junior College include:
Aubry Boehme, Smithfield, Utah; Taylor Rock, Smithfield, Utah and Ilaisaane Lo’amanu, Taylorsville, Utah.
All-Region selections from Otero include:
Aubry Boehme, Smithfield, Utah and Taylor Rock, Smithfield, Utah.
The Lady Rattlers advanced to the NJCAA Tournament in Salina, Kan., on March 20, 2012.
2010 - 2011 Season
OJC Lady Rattlers Finish Season with Honors
The Otero Junior College Women’s Basketball Team finished their season with an impressive 25-6 record and the runner-up title to the Region IX Championship. The Region IX tournament was played March 5-9, 2011 in Casper, Wyo.
In addition to the runner-up title, the Rattlers came home with several awards and honors. Sixteen players from Region IX were named to the All-Tournament Team, including OJC players: Chelsea Rotondo, Colorado Springs; Tracy Fosterling, Rio Rancho, N.M. and Aubry Boehme, Smithfield, Utah. Tracy Fosterling and Aubry Boehme were also named to the All-Region Team.
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