2017 Football; Season Wrap up

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By: Jayden Newson

Friday night lights, there is nothing else like it. The fresh Cut grass, the roaring of the crowd, whistles being blown, the adrenaline running through your veins. The SHS football season had all of the things that makes Sterling Tiger Football the best way to spend a Friday Night. For some, this last time they would ever get the feeling.  

Isaac Harris a junior, position wide receiver, had a special bond with this year’s senior class. He said, “I’ll miss the relationship I had with each of them.” Harris also talked about how each one was different and he loved each of them in their own way. Harris’s best game in his opinion was playing against the Eaton Reds during the regular season. With three touchdowns and one of those a kick return. “Bodie and I were just clicking on all levels, we were just in sync” His favorite memory from this season was hot tubbing every Thursday before games. “It was a relaxing and pregame routine.” he stated.  

Senior, Bodie Hume is our former quarterback. Who has been our varsity quarterback for three out of his four years at SHS. Hume is an extremely talented athlete who had two outstanding games this season. “It depends on the perspective of others. I had seven touchdowns in the game against Fort Lupton, but I threw a pick. I threw five touchdowns and two running against Valley with zero picks. So it all depends on the person.” he said. Hume’s favorite memory from this season was when he threw a touchdown pass to every receiver during the Fort Lupton game. “I’m really going to miss the guys and coaches I played with. There a lot of memories there that I gotta cherish with those guy, .” Hume said. Hume’s advice to underclassmen, “Just put work in! It’ll get you as far as you can imagine with a great heart and putting work in.” 

Senior, Christian Rose has played multiple positions, wide receiver, safety, a punter and lastly  kick returner. Offensively, Rose’s best game was D’Evelyn, and defensively it was against Resurrection Christian. “The feeling of getting to put on the black and orange, and go ball out [play] with my brothers in between the white stripes. I’ll remember the friends I made more than anything,” Rose recalled for his favorite memory. He says he is going to miss everything about football: “…The grind,coaches,teammates. Friday night lights. If I had to put it down to one thing, it would be the feeling of just catching a football, and making plays on the gridiron, there’s nothing like it in the world.” Rose’s advice to underclassmen is, “When you don’t feel like giving your one hundred percent in a drill, or you don’t wanna lift in the offseason, do it. Always go one hundred percent cause before you know it, it’s over, and you don’t have anymore chances. Always give your best effort and attention on everything you do.”  

Coach Rob Busemente has been the head coach for the Tigers for five years. Busemente felt that overall they had a pretty good season. “We had set goals and some we had achieved. The key was the guys controlling the process to get the goal.” However,  There was not just one thing they are planning to focus on next season. Busemente talked about improving each other in all aspects, and he talked about trying hard to  improve every year. “Whether it’s working on making sure no one is ineligible, just all kinds of things.” He stated “The seniors did a good job in the leadership aspect and accepting the role that they had.” Busemente said.  

With only three home football games the Tigers did not disappoint. Winning every game and having a blowout homecoming game to ice the cake for homecoming week. The Tigers ended up falling to Eaton in the first round of playoffs 24-13. They finished with 7-3 record this season. We are proud of you boys. 

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Lady Tigers Volleyball

By: Camden Shepherd

The volleyball season comes to a close with the Lady Tigers continuing a six year streak of making it to the state tournament. This streak has made history for Sterling High School. Even though the Lady Tigers fell to Lutheran in the last set, spirits stayed high and no drama ensued. Head coach Lisa Schumacher, Allie Schumacher, and Lauren Luft can all confirm this. 

Lisa Schumacher has been the volleyball coach for many years and for many years we have been dominate in this sport. She has over 400 career wins and she earned the 400th win on our own home court, along with her daughter, Freshman Allie Schumacher, on the court. Coach Schumacher recently received the prestigious Pioneer award for her excellence in coaching. Coach Schumacher has been an inspiration for the team, even when she was just an assistant coach. Schumacher is a strong head coach and can coach just about anyone. 

Schumacher was asked what her favorite moment from this season was. Schumacher replied, “Beating Colorado Academy, after being down 0-2 and winning the next two sets and the final set to go to state.” Coach Schumacher was very proud of how all of her girls worked together as a team as friends, but even more importantly, as a family.  

When asked what she would miss most about this year’s graduating senior class she said, “I will miss their leadership and hard work. They were lots of fun and had great attitudes. They were cooperative and had a great willingness to teach the younger athletes.” Schumacher took responsibility for these girls and she has grown to love every minute she’s with them. The seniors will of course be missed, but there is much potential rising with every new face that comes to the program. 

Finally when asked what advice she had for the upcoming players, Schumacher responded happily with her own philosophy. “Work hard and keep a good attitude for the team. The harder you work, the luckier you get.” Head coach Lisa Schumacher has truly been an inspiration and leader for all of the girls that have gone through this program. 

Coach Schumacher’s own daughter, Freshman Allie Schumacher, started her first year on the varsity as a setter. Freshman Allie Schumacher is proud to say that she was on the court and contributing to the team when her mother got her 400th win of her coaching career. Allie Schumacher had 12 Kills, 122 Digs, 30 Aces, and 291 assists just this season. Allie Schumacher definitely contributed to the good vibes throughout the team. 

Allie Schumacher has big plans for her future, as she states, “I want to play college volleyball somewhere BIG! I’m also aspiring to be a pediatric nurse someday.” Freshman Allie Schumacher may be making big plans, but she also takes time to notice the little things in life. Whether it was the awesome bus rides, the occasional dance moves shown off at practice, or even the crazy team talks before a game. 

Freshman Allie Schumacher did however, have a role model this season. “I definitely looked up to Senior Kyndall Feather the most. She is an amazing player and is going to do big things someday. Kyndall is game smart and by far has the best ball handling skills. I’ve looked up to her ever since she was a freshman.” Freshman Allie Schumacher chose Senior Kyndall Feather because of her amazing talent and skill. Feather truly inspired Schumacher to be who she is today. 

Lauren Luft is a senior with some impressive skills. Luft usually ranks near the top when it comes to kills. Though she is now preparing for college, she plans to continue to the next level of her volleyball career. Luft was asked what she would miss most about high school volleyball, she responded, “I’ll miss being able to play with the team and how close we all were.” Luft would miss the special bonds she made with her teammates most of all. Luft also said, “My favorite tradition was when we would all go and get food with each other, or even when we would make the volleyballs that we would throw into the crowd.” Luft was saddened to see her final high school season go by, but now she is preparing for college and what lies ahead 

The Sterling Lady Tigers Volleyball Program has been an elite program for many years. The team has been dominant and prosperous and shall continue to be so. As the program grows, so do it’s skills. This has been proved many times, but recently by Head Coach Lisa Schumacher. Schumacher has recently won the distinguished Pioneer Award for her excellence as a coach. From the players, the coach, even to the fans, this program is growing. A new year is coming, bringing new faces and new challenges to Sterling Lady Tigers Volleyball. 

Softball; Building for the Future

By: Baylee Dorcey

It was a rather successful year for the Sterling softball team. The start of the season was rocky, with four losses to kick-off the season, but the team quickly managed to turn it around. With a combination of hard work and effort, they made it to the playoffs. They ended the season 11-11. Both the coaches and team consider it a successful year. 

 Kaitlyn Filer is a junior who plays left field. In 2018, she hopes to make varsity and enjoy her final year of softball.  Her favorite memory from the 2017-2018 season is when she ran from third base to home, missed the tag and scored. When asked what her biggest regret was she said she wished she caught more balls.  

Filer’s advice to future players is “Follow your heart and don’t give up.”  

 Brooke Polenz is a senior who plays short-stop and has loved softball for as long as she can remember. She is proud of her team due to the vast amounts of improvements that were made this season, but one thing she would change about this year is the outcome of the state tournament. Polenz stated that she’d miss the friendships made through years playing softball at SHS. Her favorite memory of this season was the bus rides to and from tournaments, and all the fun she had with her team along the way. 

“We’d listen to music and talk. It was a lot of fun.” Polenz said.  

Polenz’s advice to future players is “Always give it your all and play every game like it’s your last.”  

 Coach Maggie Kilmer has been a Lady Tiger softball coach for the last 3 years.  

“There was quite a bit of improvement and we made it to the playoffs, so it’s been a good year,” Kilmer said. 

Her favorite memory of this year was the first inning of the state tournament. The first and third hitters both hit home runs, which got the team off to a good start.  

Kilmer’s advice to future players is “Always get as much experience as you can.”  

 Marty Smock is the assistant coach for the SHS softball team.  

“We’re losing five seniors, all five very good, productive parts of our team, but with that being said, we have two freshmen pitchers and a sophomore pitcher… with all the players we have and the new players coming in, I’d say Sterling has a very bright future for the next 4-5 years.” Smock said regarding the seniors, and the team altogether. 

His biggest regret of the year was the injuries the team sustained over the course of the season.  

Smock’s advice to future players is “Always work hard enough to be at your best.”  

 As Smock has predicted, the years will be bright with all the wonderful future and present players of the Sterling Lady Tigers Softball team. Their ability to make a turn-around from four losses to eleven wins and eleven losses provides reason to be optimistic for the next season. While this season may not have made it out of the park, as the old saying goes… There’s always next year!  

Golf; Hole in One

By: Jackson Carson

Sterling’s 2017 golf season was a huge success according to the competitors I interviewed for this piece, there were also some great moments shared between teammates.I asked Trey Kuntz how his season went “it went good, I made varsity as a freshman.” This was an accomplishment he seemed very proud of.

I also asked Trey what his favorite memory of the season was, “Going to state, a fun experience, and being with the seniors that helped me out through the whole thing.”

I asked him what are you looking forward to next season, he said: “Improving and trying to go state as a team, but 4 of the 5 seniors will be gone”

I also asked these players what their favorite memory from this season was, and Joel  Kenny’s memory was by far my favorite. “I feel of the golf cart when my clubs fell out and I jumped to save them.”

Braden Lambrecht’s best memory from the season was shooting the lowest score in Sterling High School history, you could tell by the way he spoke about it, it was a massive achievement for him.

While Josh Kenny’s favorite memory of the season was watching a fellow teammate getting taken off a bus for ineligibility halfway throughout the trip at a gas station. Josh was also asked what he was excited for next season, he said: “I’m excited to improve personally and make more memories with the boys. He seemed to be very amused recounting this moment.

The golf boys had an amazing year breaking records and making memories, I am personally excited to see how next season shakes out, several players went to state and Braden Lambrecht broke the school’s record for the lowest score shot, this season seemed to truly be a hole in one!

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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Spring Musical “Annie Get Your Gun”

By: Amela Nevaljalovic

Spring musical is organized every year at Sterling High School. It is usually produced by a choir/theater teacher and every year auditions are held for student who are interested to be part of it.

This year’s musical was chosen to be “Annie Get Your Gun” and it was important musical because this year was the first musical without Mr. Johnson being in charge. Annette Lambrecht, a new theater/choir teacher was in charge of the entire production of the musical.

Main role was given to junior, Kori Penfold. “When I found about the lead I was sure surprised because I thought that another girl was going to get it. In total, there were 5 girls auditioning for the role of Annie Oakley.”  This wasn’t Kori’s first lead because she had it in last year’s musical and in couple of summer musicals before that.

“The best part of the entire for me was the fact that it came together so well. The others were never prepared to this extent” said Penfold, “ the biggest  obstacle was memorizing all the music because basically I sang the whole thing.”

The musical involved dancing, singing and acting and for a lot of students this was not a big issue. “Coordinating all three was not too hard because I have been doing it since I was little”, said Penfold.

The rehearsals for the Musical “Annie Get Your Gun” began in the second week of January and then they had the show in the first week of April. The Musical was presented to the audience for three nights in a row.

 

“Miss Lambrecht did very well, she was super organized and prepared” said Penfold.

A lot of freshmen students got an opportunity to participate in the Musical. One of them was Darcy Trump. “ I didn’t try out for a specific role, they just assigned me a minor role but it still incolved singing and dancing” said Trump “this is not the first time for me being in a high school production of a Musical, even though I am a freshmen. I did a lot of it in middle school too.” Darcy was in a Musical with her twin sister Camryn. “It was very fun working on a Musical with my sister, especially because we both had a similar act.” “Miss Lambrecht did a really good job and we had a lot of amazing moments on the set”, said Trump.

Some actors had a bit of a more different role. For instance couple of female students had to play a role of a male. One of those were juniors Mary Ritter and Julia Ssessanga. “For me, it was a last minute thing and they told me that there were not enough people so I just did it” said  Ritter “the hardest thing when playing a man was actually having to pretend to keep up a deep voice and hiding the chest.” The play took about a month of preparation and Mary said “ Miss Lambrecht did good for her first high school production of a musical and overall the outcome of the people was great!”

The show ended its three-night run on Saturday, April 8th.

 

April’s Tiger of the Month

By: Katlyn LaPorte

For his years of hard work and dedication to baseball, the Tiger of the Month for April is Braedon Kloberdanz.

    Kloberdanz was born on Aug. 12, 1998 to his parents George J. Kloberdanz and Nicki Smith. He has a twin brother, Peyton. The family has three dogs.

    Kloberdanz has been playing baseball for 11 years. His biggest supporters are his family and his girlfriend.

    “The best thing about baseball is that you can fail seven out of ten times and still be considered successful,” said Kloberdanz.

    “My favorite baseball memory is beating the number two team in the state and making it to the final four.”

    “The goals I have for the rest of my senior season is to lead by example by being a role model, and I would also like to work towards winning out the rest of the season,” exclaimed Kloberdanz.

    Kloberdanz has received all conference in baseball twice. He was also awarded Patriot League catcher of the year. He hopes to achieve the same again this year.

    “I have had colleges interested in me but I’m not certain whether I will play college ball. If I do then I would like to help out anywhere I can and just get a chance to play,” said Kloberdanz.

    As of now Kloberdanz plans to start at NJC and end up going to the University of Wyoming.

    Although baseball is his favorite sport, throughout high school he also participated in football and basketball. He loves football because the game humbles you and teaches you so much about life.

    Kloberdanz maintains a 3.4 GPA in school; his favorite subject is agriculture. His favorite hobby is showing livestock and his favorite animal is a horse. He loves fried macaroni with German sausage and corn on the cob. His favorite movie is Facing the Giants and his favorite book is The Bible. Easter is his favorite holiday. His favorite quote is one said by his grandpa, “Rub some dirt on it.”

    Kloberdanz wants to give a shout out to Jesus for the salvation.

    “In ten years I see myself farming and ranching while supporting a wonderful family,” exclaimed Kloberdanz.

    Advice Kloberdanz has for the underclassmen is, “Be humble and don’t ever give up on your dreams no matter how hard it is to get there.”