Spring Sports

By Amarise Buanteo

Girls Soccer

The girls soccer team has had an a successful this year. They had qualified for the the state soccer playoffs. This was the last season of lady tigers soccer, for seniors Cheyanne Bennett and Jaycie Dillenburg. They fought hard to make it to where they were but sadly the team did not make it past the the playoffs. The lady tigers fought to make it into the playoffs and they fought hard during the playoffs, but they lost 3-1 against Pagosa Springs.

Senior Jaycie Dillenburg has been on the SHS soccer team all throughout her high school career. She plans on continuing her soccer career at NJC after high school.  This year on the team she was the captain and the leader.

“The things I will miss most about soccer are all the little things that happen everyday in practice with my teammates and coaches that nobody else understands,” said Dillenburg.

Dillenburg also said, “My biggest accomplishment is breaking two more school records.”

Junior Peyton Huss has been on the girls soccer team for two years now. This year she was one of the team captains alongside Jaycie Dillenburg.  The goal they made this year we to make it to playoffs which is exactly what they wanted at the beginning of the season. She plans to continue playing for the rest of her high school career.

“The best memory from this season is beating Frontier Academy in the pouring rain,” said Huss.

Huss also said,”The season is going well! We qualified for playoffs, which is exactly where we want to be right now.”

Sophomore Nevaeh Archuleta has been on Lady tigers soccer team for two years now. She enjoys playing soccer with all her friends and improving on what she needed to be a better player. She plans to continue playing for the lady tigers for the rest of her high school year.

“My goal this year was to work hard with my team, and just be able to work the ball a lot more.  I’d say my biggest accomplishment this year was talking more on the field and working more on my crosses and shots,” said Archuleta.

Sophomore Paige Dettmer has been on the SHS lady tigers soccer team for two years now. She has made many memories with her teammates on and off the field. She works hard for where she wants to be on the team and achieved it.

Dettmer said, “Starting varsity at the beginning of the year. I worked hard for that starting position and I got it. My goal for this year is to just play the game I love and push myself as much as possible.”

The season was a good for both varsity and junior varsity. The varsity team met their goal for the year by making it to the playoffs. Even though the season ended in the playoffs they played hard while having a good time. They beat the teams they wanted to beat and they made new records, along with many great memories.

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Track

The 2017 track season was not a one of the best track seasons there has been. With all the bad weather that has been happening and due to the bad weather the track was torn. There was supposed to be a home meet and the very last home meet for our SHS seniors but it was canceled due to the track being torn. Even though the season started out tough the team has came out on top.

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Senior Victor Ferri has been in track for all of his high school career. He has been a two time state champion for pole vault. He will be returning to state this year to try and get his third state championship. He’s ranked as number one in the state right now.

“The season has been amazing it started out rough with the track being torn and the weather being bad. Although the last couple of weeks the weather has been better,” said Ferri

“Being state championship buddies with Austin our sophomore year and getting through interviews together. My goal for this year was to clear 16 feet and 8 inches half an inch taller than the world women’s record and to be able to say I’m better than a woman would be dope,” said Ferri

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Senior Kylie Chavez has been in track all throughout her high school career and plans on taking it to the next level by continuing track in college. She is currently first in triple jump, and second in long jump and high jump. She is hoping to bring home another state championship for this year.

Chavez said, “My favorite memory is winning state my freshman year. I was so young it was crazy to believe I’d won and it took sometime to sink in! State track is always the most fun experience.

“What I’m going to miss most about track is the atmosphere. All the people from so many schools are amazing. I’ll also miss tanning in the sun after my events,” Chavez also said.

Although the track team had a rough start with the track being torn and the weather not being the best they could they still came out on top. With most of the track team going to state and many of them being in the top for their events is a proud accomplishment. Hoping that all team members do well at state and bring home some more state championships.

Baseball

Baseball is America’s pastime at least that’s how many people know it. In the springtime people get out the lawn chairs and the coolers because it’s the start of high school baseball. The SHS baseball team has worked hard this year beating one of the hardest teams to accomplishing the goals they had set for themselves. They had to play in some tough weather with it switching between cold and hot weather not to mention the pouring rain that comes along with spring. Although the team did not make it past the districts they worked hard to get there and played hard in the districts.

Senior Matt Stanley has been in baseball for all of his high school career he has been through many wins and loses but has played hard each and every game. He has been there when the team made it to the final four two years ago. He has made many memories with the team whether it’s out on the field, in the dugout, or even just in practice.

“I’m going to miss a lot of things about high school baseball, but probably the two biggest things I’m going to miss about it is first my throwing partner Errick Denning, we have thrown to each other since my sophomore year, not being able to keep the same routine as the last three years of us throwing to each other during practice, games, and off the field is going to be the toughest thing both of us could deal with,” said Stanley.

“Second I’m going to miss the process of every season. During January getting up at 5:30 and having open gym, throwing and hitting to be prepared for the upcoming season. Working out everyday after school to become stronger, every practice and finally playing in those games to show off what was accomplished during practice to show the work has payed off. Those are the biggest things I will miss.”

Stanley also said, “This year it would be amazing to make it to the final game of the year. That state championship game. WIn or lose in that game, it will be the farthest the Sterling High School baseball team has came to a championship in a long time, but the ultimate goal is to win state because we have the talent and work ethic to be champions.”

Sophomore Dustin Ferguson has been on the SHS baseball team for two years now is planning on continuing it for the rest of his high school career. He has made many memories with his teammates on and off the field. He has worked hard to earn his spot in the varsity games along with showing people that all his hard work has paid off. He has made accomplishments not just as an individual but has also helped his team make some accomplishments.

“This season has been amazing. It’s baseball, I love it. We have had our ups and downs but I feel closer to this team than any other team I have been a part of,” said Ferguson

Ferguson also said, “Best memory I have is last season when I made my first diving catch on my first game as a varsity player and standing up and listening to everybody cheer. Made me feel like I was here and ready to play. The biggest accomplishment this year is being a team that isn’t ranked in the top ten and beating the number three team in state. Even though they didn’t have their best pitchers we still held their high powered offense in check and showed them we are not a team to be taken lightly.”

The baseball team had a pretty good season with many accomplishments made. They did a few ups and downs as a team but they powered through them. They should every team they played that they are here and ready to play.  With all the practices they had outside and inside has helped them accomplish many achievements. Even though they didn’t make it past districts they played hard to try and make it to the championship. It was a hard year for them but they overcame it together as a team.

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Tennis

Tennis has had a great season for them many moved up to varsity and some moved up in varsity to singles or a higher doubles. It was a season with many improvements and accomplishments for the team. Although no one made it to state this year they had played hard and even beat some of the hardest teams. It was a great season for the team and they worked hard this entire season.

Junior Mckinzie Davis has been in tennis for her entire high school career.  She has been on the singles for most of her high school career. She’s been on varsity for the past few years and has worked hard every year she was on it. She plans on continuing with her tennis career for the rest of high school.

Davis said, “The season went really well! We had a lot of girls who were fairly new to the sport and by the end of the season we had all improved a lot.”

“The best memory I have from this season was from a tournament that got delayed so we made a fort on the bus and made the best out of the day before we had to play. I would say that my biggest accomplishment would have to be my determination throughout the season. It’s always easy to get discouraged but that’s when you just have to pick yourself up and keep going until you get where you want to be,” Davis also said.

Junior Julia Ssessanga has been in tennis for her whole high school career. This year she was number three singles which was an improvement from last year as she was number one doubles last year. She plans on continuing with tennis next year for high school year and to try and get move up in singles.

“My best memory from this year was our team night at the bowling alley where we all truly connected. A big accomplishment for this year would be staying strong even though I was down, learning to get back on your feet and stay strong mentally,” said Ssessanga

Ssessanga also said, “My goal for this year is to improve my footwork along with trying to stay positive on the court.”

The tennis team had worked hard this year and many had the improvements they wanted. Many of the players had gotten so many accomplishments and they had worked hard to get those accomplishments. Even though the no one made it to state they worked hard to get to regionals and worked even harder in regionals. It was a good season for the SHS Girls Tennis team.

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