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The Spring Creek League Meet — which was scheduled for Saturday, March 14 — has been pumped ahead and will kick off at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Spring Creek High School.

East No. 3 Owyhee (15-9 overall, 9-3 in league) will play South No. 2 Green Valley Christian (17-8 overall, 7-1 in league) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at Legacy High School, in North Las Vegas. East No. 1 Jackpot (20-2 overall, 11-1 in league) will face South No. 4 Sandy Valley (9-9 overall, 5-3 in league) at 8 p.m. Thursday, at Basic High School, in Henderson.

Following Monday’s non-conference road game, the Jackpot boys basketball team improved to 12-2 on the season with a 56-33 victory over Twin Falls Christian Academy. The Jaguars (5-1 in league) will resume Division 1A East play against McDermitt (4-14 overall, 2-5 in league) on Saturday, in Jackpot.

Both Wells and Owyhee made strong runs during the ballgame, the Leopards making plays and knocking down shots during crunch time in a 61-54 victory over the Braves — handing Owyhee its first loss in league play.

The Railroaders are 0-4 in league play, while the Lady Railroaders are 0-3 in the Division 1A East — both coming off losses to Eureka and McDermitt. The Lady Railroaders’ best chance for a victory will take place in the next contest, hosting Jackpot (1-7 overall, 0-3 in league) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, in Carlin. Following the girls, Carlin’s boys will face an uphill battle against the Jaguars (9-2 overall, 3-1 in league) at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Lady Jaguars (1-7 overall, 0-3 in league) and the Lady Railroaders (0-10 overall, 0-3 in league) will tip off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, in Carlin. Following the girls, the boys will hit the floor at 7 p.m. Thursday — Jackpot (9-2 overall, 3-1 in league) hoping to maintain its pace toward the top of the standings and Carlin (0-10 overall, 0-3 in league) searching for its first victory of the year.

The Jags opened the Division 1A East with a pair of blowout victories, one at home and the latter on the road. On Jan. 10, Jackpot hosted their league opener and easily ran off a 70-31 win over Lund. From a home contest to the road, the Jaguars trounced the Bulldogs by 42 points in McDermitt, only allowing 16 points in a 58-16 win.

Wells is 3-0 in league play following a pair of road wins over the weekend, beating McDermitt on Friday for the second time in a 61-46 ballgame and breezing past Lund by a final score of 77-29. The Leopards will take their toughest exam yet, facing a different type of animal, hosting the No. 2 team in the state — the Jackpot Jaguars — at 7 p.m. Wednesday, in Wells.

In the final regular-season runs for many varsity cross country athletes, tune-ups were made by some and other rested their bodies — small-school and junior varsity runners extending their meets — prepping for the home stretch of the year.

Jackpot’s all-state sophomore is running hard, running well. Hector Ontiveros, as he has done all season, is leading the Jaguars everywhere they compete — also legging out finishes ahead of most athletes from other programs.

Sophomore Hector Ontiveros and senior Hugo Sanchez led the Jaguars with season records at the Bob Firman Invitational. Jackpot and West Wendover will makes their next runs Thursday during the Dani Bates Invitational, at Canyon Springs Golf Course, in Twin Falls, Idaho.

The mid-season push is on the horizon for the Jackpot, Wells and Owyhee cross country teams. Take a look at how the athletes are shaping up for a run at state. Here are the results of the 1A-2A classes during the Wood River Invite.

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