Tiger of the Month

By: Destiny Boden

Tiger of month for October is senior Isaac Harris. He plays football in the Fall, basketball in the Winter and participates in track during the spring. He does all of this while maintaining a 3.75 GPA. This may seem overwhelming but he says, “I don’t think it’s very hard. I treat sports as a privilege, if you don’t get good grades you can’t play, so I take pride in my school work [which] allows me to play.”
Harris does many things throughout the sports seasons. In basketball he is varsity
point guard, during football he starts varsity as either wide receiver or cornerback, and in track he participates in four track events, running the 100 and 200 yard dash, the 4×100, and he does the long jump. When he’s not playing or in class, he does many other outdoor activities. “I go fishing, hunting, and play disc golf,” Harris reflected.
Isaac Harris has been playing both football and basketball since 3rd grade and has been in track since 4th grade. “Whatever sport I’m in the season for, I treat as my favorite,” he
said. He is also an avid leader throughout all his teams and towards his fellow classmates. “With all of my teams I’m a vocal leader. I get the guys or team pumped up by saying chants, or even just talking to them one on one. Leading by example is a big part too that I like to do,” Harris recalled.

Harris plans on going to college but is undecided about which school. He stated, “College
right now is undecided for me at the moment [and I’m] just waiting to see the offers I can get to go play sports at the colleges.”
Harris is an incredible senior athlete and will be missed next year when he graduates. He is a great example of a leader in our school athletics and academics. He has much
advice to give to incoming freshmen but most importantly he believes that underclassmen should know, “Always be responsible! Responsibility in high school is needed every day.” Isaac Harris is doing an outstanding job in all his classes and on his teams. We should all follow his brilliant example of a good student and a good athlete.

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Homecoming Game 2018

By: Amanda FergusonFootball game

2018-2019’s homecoming football game was against the Scottsbluff Bearcats on Friday,
September 14th. Students were hyped up for the game, and everyone was repping our school colors. A little after seven the football players took the field. The student section
was pumped full of excitement for our Tigers. A tunnel created by the Sterling High School Marching Band and the SHS cheerleaders, for the players to run through. The
crowd went wild. The people in the stands watched as the Tigers played as hard as they could, even though in the end the victory was not theirs. However, the tiger spirit reigned supreme with the fans during the halftime show, put on by the SHS Marching band and the cheerleaders. Senior Katie Moore says, “I liked watching the halftime show.
The band did great.”
͟The halftime show had the people in the stands amazed by what the Band members
could do. The band marched and played very well entertaining everyone. Recognizing that the SHS Marching Band is a huge part of the tiger football games so we had to have a statement from one of the band members. Freshman Terry Alles says, “Being able to go on the field during the show and having the ability to run around. It is fun to be able to play the music and have fun with it, while getting the crowd excited.”
This is her first year and she had a lot of fun preforming for the halftime show. What the Sterling Tigers lacked in points scored was made-up for in the support of the fans, and the enthusiasm of the band and team alike.

September Tigress of the Month

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By: Cristen Kircher

This year’s September tigress of the month is Bre Freeland who plays varsity volleyball as well as soccer and she maintains an average GPA of 2.5. Freeland has been playing both volleyball and soccer since she was  five years old. To play sports at  Sterling  High  School you have to hold yourself accountable for keeping up with your grades and  not let the team downsays Freeland.

Freeland has been playing these sports  throughout high school but does not plan on playing in college. It is not easy for me to keep all of my grades up. I have to work extra hard to  maintain  good grades while playing sports.” When she graduates, she plans to go to Northeastern Junior College here in Sterling Colorado.  Freeland wants to go to become an athletic trainer.  However, she will have to go to another college to finish her  schooling for her chosen career.

Freeland’s favorite subject in school is science because it coincides with what she wants to do after college.  Bre Freeland has worked so hard to accomplish what she wants and has accepted all of the hard work that comes along with it because she knows it will pay of in the end.

September Tiger of the Month

 

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By: Emily Gemaehlich

September tiger of the month is senior Jayson Frank he is involved in football,
basketball, as well as track and field. “What I love about all three of these sports is the opportunity to go onto the court or the field or the track with my fellow brothers and sisters and showcase the talents that God has blessed me with. I have been able to build lasting relationships over these past few years of sports that I wouldn’t trade for the world! On top of that, it has been an honor to put on my jersey and represent my school.” Frank says.

Aside from all of these sports, he also manages to keep an average GPA of 3.3. “It actually isn’t hard to balance school with sports but I let my grades slip early in my high school career so I have been working to get my GPA back up.” Jayson says.

I asked what his favorite sport to play was and he said that “It’s hard to choose my favorite out of these three but I think the one that has played the biggest role in my life is basketball.” He also adds, “I have grown up with a basketball in my hands and have spent years improving my game. I will always have an unconditional love for the game of basketball and where it has gotten me today.”

Since Frank is a senior, he will be graduating in May. his plan is to go to college to play basketball or compete in track and field. Jayson is a very smart student and talented athlete. We hope that his last year is a great one and he keeps on playing.

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. 

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!