Pueblo’s Top Prep Artists for the Week of January 17

The performers continue to play.

As the second half of the high school winter sports season draws to a close, a number of athletes are stepping up their performances.

Each week, the Pueblo Chieftain Sports Team reviews the best prep performances and releases them in print and online. To nominate your athletes, coaches should email Jeff Letofsky at [email protected] or Chris Abdelmalek at [email protected]

Here are this week’s top prep artists in Pueblo:

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Maurice Austin, Pueblo South Men’s Basketball

Austin, a sophomore, had 31 points in the Colts’ 120-38 South Central League victory over Centennial on Jan. 18 at the Southwest Motors Events Center.

Among the state’s top 10 scorers, Austin had 16 points in the third quarter alone as South improved to 13-0.

Older brother Tarrance Austin finished with 30 points and junior Ray J Aragon added 29 against the Bulldogs.

Maggie Jagger, Pueblo County Girls Swimming

Jagger earned individual first and second place finishes and swam two second-place stints at the prestigious Pueblo County Hornet Invitational on January 15.

Jagger won the 100 freestyle in 55.32 and was second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.21. She was also a member of the 200m medley and 400m freestyle relay teams that placed second.

Hailey Garner, Pueblo West girls swimming

The eldest won the diving competition at the Pueblo County Hornet Invitational. She compiled 433.30 points in 11 dives to climb to the top step of the podium.

Jo Joe Essenburg, Pueblo County Girls Swimming

Essenburg earned two sixth-place finishes at the Hornet Invitational and also swam on the second-place 400m freestyle relay team.

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Bryce Garcia, Pueblo County Boys Wrestling

Garcia earned his 100th career victory last week, and although it was a forfeit victory for his opponent, Garcia still raised his hand for his team to take the win. Garcia is currently ranked No. 1 in Class 4A at 170 pounds in the state.

Weston Dalton, Pueblo East Boys Struggle

Dalton picked up a win this week against opponent Pueblo Central and helped the Eagles to an impressive 72-3 win over the Wildcats. Dalton is currently the top wrestler in class 4A at 145 pounds.

Gabby Louther, Pueblo West Women’s Basketball

Louther made big numbers against Pueblo East last week. She dropped 23 points with 4 rebounds and 7 assists to help the Cyclones to a 73-17 win over the Eagles. The win also places the Cyclones atop the South Central League with Pueblo County.

Chieftain Senior Sports Writer Jeff Letofsky can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @jeffletofsky

Christopher Abdelmalek is a sports reporter for the Pueblo Chieftain and can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @chowebacca