Kickin it with Katlyn

By Katlyn LaPorte

Senior year is something I have been waiting for my entire life. It really did come and go so quickly. At the beginning of this year, college and graduation were just things that we talked about; now they’re a reality. It doesn’t seem real that in two weeks I’ll be getting my diploma, throwing my cap in the air, and spending one final day at Sterling High School with the people I’ve grown up with. It is so surreal that after seeing them every day for so many years, I may never see some of them again. It’s so hard to comprehend that only a year ago I had no idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. Now I am set on studying criminal justice at the University of Northern Colorado, in Greeley next fall.

Senior year has brought so many emotions along with it. I’m STRESSED, but I’m also happy. I’m so scared but I’m also SO excited. I don’t know if anyone is ever really ready to leave home and move away from their mom (I know I’m not), but I’m sure ready to give it a shot.

It feels like only months ago I was getting ready for the first day of my freshman year. Four years really goes by faster than you could ever imagine. High school has had its ups and downs for me, like I’m sure it has for all my fellow classmates. You meet people in high school who will change your life forever. I couldn’t be more thankful for the people I got to spend my last year here with.

No one really tells you the truth about senior year. Coming into this school year I had the mindset that this would be my easiest year yet, and boy was I mistaken. No one tells you how difficult it is taking multiple college classes a semester along with your high school classes, applying for colleges and scholarships and choosing what you want to study and where you want to go, all within a timespan of nine months.

My advice for any underclassmen who are approaching their senior year: make sure to really take in the whole high school experience. Attend the sporting events, join the different clubs and teams, go to homecoming and prom and go out with your friends on the weekends. Don’t sit at home and do nothing because I promise you, no one is too cool to do these things and you will regret it if you don’t take advantage of these opportunities. Some of my best memories in high school were made cheering at football and basketball games, dressing up for homecoming week and getting all dressed up for prom.

Another thing no one really tells you, SENIORITIS IS A REAL THING. Don’t let it get the best of you. Your grades still matter all the way up until the end of the year, even if you have been accepted by a college already. Don’t just do the bare minimum to get by, even though I know how hard it is to fight procrastination. At the end of senior year, literally all the motivation you have will leave your body and will likely never come back. It happens to all of us, don’t worry.

Senior year is an incredibly emotional year that comes with so many “lasts.” From your last first day of school, to your last high school football game, to your last prom. These are the big things, but you’ll never understand until you live it how hard it is to say goodbye to your teammates and the sport you love forever once the season comes to an end, or how hard it is cleaning out your locker and driving out of the parking lot one last time. I can’t even imagine how hard it will be, and how many tears I will shed after I walk across the stage and have to say goodbye to my lifelong friends. I can not stress enough to make the absolute most of the time you have left in high school with these people. I still can’t really say I’m ready to graduate and for it to be over, but it’s happening. Hopefully I left my mark on Sterling High School, because it has definitely left its mark on me.

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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.”

 

Winter Sports In Review

By the Bengal Cry staff

Boys’ Basketball

 The Tigers boys basketball team had an outstanding season that resulted in a 3A State Championship for the first time since they won the 4A title in 2011. The Tigers went 22-5 overall and 9-1 in their league. The Tigers are coached by Mike Holloway and assistant coached by Doug Holloway, Brad Hessler and Mike Gertner.

    The varsity team consisted of a total of twelve players including three seniors, three juniors, five sophomores and one freshman. Each individual player did their part in helping the team make it to the state championship game. The team was lead by three seniors this year: Wade Kellogg, Mike Chavez and Austin Bornhoft. In the ceremony following the state championship game, Coach Holloway pointed out that this group of seniors were some of the best leaders he has ever had and also the least selfish.

     Basketball is Chavez’s favorite sport. “It felt unreal to reach our goal, we knew we could do it but we were so in shock we had no idea what we accomplished. Even now a couple of weeks later I still can’t believe we won a state championship, especially because we’ve never made it to the great eight the past three years. It was the most memorable event I’ve ever been a part of and I’m happy I was a leader on the team,” he shared.

      Bornhoft had been looking forward to this moment his entire basketball career. “It was probably the most bittersweet moment I have had in my life. Myself and the others on the team had put a lot of blood sweat and tears into this season and we came out and ended it in the way we had hoped. In terms of my final high school basketball game, it could not have gone any better. A clutch play for a come behind win is definitely the best way to win a championship and end my senior season. At the same time in all the joy that came from us winning there was also a lot of mixed feelings I had about being done with basketball. Our team this year was more like a family than anything else and not being with my boys everyday and having a sense of brotherhood is something I am going to miss but I could not have dreamt of a better way to go out,” he exclaimed.

    For Kellogg, winning the state championship was something he had always dreamed of. “It’s the best way any senior can go out. It just felt so great to finally see our hard work pay off with all the long hours in the gym constantly putting up shots and to see it pay off the way it did was truly amazing. It was also really cool to see the whole community get behind us in the championship game, with the students and crowd going crazy and the band and cheerleaders coming up to support us. It’s something I’ll remember forever,” he said.

    The championship game at the University of Denver (DU) was a nail biter and a game the team and the community will never forget.

    Before making it to the big game at DU, the Tigers had to make it through some tough playoff games. The boys had a heartbreaking loss, losing 66-63 in the Patriot League tournament championship to Resurrection Christian but that didn’t stop them from fighting in the state playoffs.

   The Tigers went into the state tournament as the tenth seed. In the first round the Tigers played Buena Vista and easily beat them with a final score of 67-47. In the sweet sixteen, they faced Coal Ridge in an intense overtime game resulting in a close win with a score of 61-59. Ecstatic to make it to the great eight, the team beat Manitou Springs 58-50. The next day in the final four the Tigers went up against Colorado Springs Christian and won 51-43. All of these games lead up to the final game of the season: the state championship, in which the Tigers beat Faith Christian 48-47.

    The Sterling Tigers boys basketball team had an incredible season that will go down as one of the best in history.

 

Girls’ Basketball

It has been a rough season for the SHS girls’ basketball team, but over all odds they are undefeated.

Junior Peyton Huss said, “Some of our starters were out because of the sick season.”

Sophomore Katie Masters actually subbed for one of the sick players.

She said, “It was a great opportunity to get on the court when the team needs it most.”

Huss also said, “The hardest game so far was Liberty Commons because most of the starters were out that game.” Huss also said that Eaton is their rival because, “they give us pretty good competition every year.”

The team has been doing great this year with the injuries and sickness. They are undefeated 19-0 and still going strong. Even when they had no starters they still won.

The Lady Tigers won third place at the State Basketball Championship 2017 which was held in Denver, Colorado.

“It’s been amazing going to State this year too, but I did hope we would win first place,” said junior Brooke Polenz. “But overall it was an amazing season and next year we will try improving our play and hopefully win!”

Senior Taylor Knudson said, “Going to State my senior year was great and we did good. I am very excited about starting my next basketball season with Northeastern Junior College and hopefully it will be a good season.”

 

Swimming

Junior Kaitlyn Maker has been swimming for 10 years; she began when she was six years old. She swims every week, Monday-Friday, from June to February.

Maker is one of 20 members of the Eaton swim team. The team includes 14 swimmers and six divers.

She first joined the team in 2014 as a freshman. Before that, she swam with Valley’s club team from 2011-2014.

“I joined Eaton’s team because they were closer to home, had a lot of girls my age on their team and I really liked their coaches,” she said. “I joined the high school team because I was on their club team and I already knew the coach.”

Maker wasn’t sure what to expect about relationships with the team, but has developed a close bond with them.

“I love all the girls on my team. My best friends are the girls I swim with,” she said. “I am so happy that I have been blessed with these relationships. All of the girls on the team are so welcoming and loving towards me and for that, I am so grateful.”

During her freshman year, Maker was on the 200 yard free relay at state and had personal bests in her other events. Then for her sophomore year she qualified for state in the 100 yard breaststroke, 200 yard medley relay and the 200 yard free relay.

“I had a great first two seasons on the team,” she said.

This year at state, she placed eleventh place in the 100 yard breaststroke, sixteenth place in the 100 yard butterfly, tenth place in the 200 yard medley relay and fifteenth place in the 200 yard free relay.

“I had a lot of goals. All of my goals were times that I wanted to reach. I reached most of my goals, but God blessed me with an amazing season and I am super happy with how it ended,” Maker said.

Although she doesn’t have any set pre-race rituals, she gets in the zone by encouraging her teammates and cheering them on.

“Before my race, when I am behind the block, I always stretch, jump around a little and say a little prayer,” she said.

For Maker, swimming is more than just a hobby.

“Oh my goodness, it is definitely a passion,” she said. “I love the sport so much and it has taught me so many things.  Swimming has brought the most amazing people in my life and I have developed so many life-long friends through the sport. I just love to swim.”

Her dream since she was a little girl is to swim in college. She is currently looking at Oklahoma Christian University, Tabor College (in Kansas) and a few others.

“My plans for next season are to just keep improving and dropping time. I am hoping to swim a qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke for a national meet. I also hope to sign to swim at a college before next season,” said Maker.

According to her coach, Hattie Carlson, Maker is the epitome of an athlete because “she always shows up willing to give 100 percent, whether it is in the pool, school or with her friends and teammates.”

“Kaitlyn is a great leader and example for her peers to follow. It is a pleasure working with an athlete who is so coach-able. Kaitlyn celebrates her successes, as well as her challenges. I’ve been able to watch her mature in the last three years that I have been working with her in getting to the point where she can use her hard times as a motivator to be better,” said Carlson. “This year she was awarded “Most Inspirational” for her continuing drive to bring the team together and for her outstanding performance in the pool and the classroom. Kaitlyn is an integral part of our team.”

 

Wrestling

The 2016-2017 wrestling season was a good season for the team. Although this was not the most wrestlers that Sterling High School had taken to state from the past years it was a good amount of wrestlers. Sterling took five wrestlers to state with only one wrestler actually placing in state.The five wrestlers that went to state were Drew Book, Tate Green, Ernesto Ochoa, Zach Loft, and Dylan Prelle. The one wrestler that had placed was Dylan Prelle and he had placed 5th. The wrestling team consisted of Drew Book, Jake Breidenbach, Eleazar Chavez, Gabi Deleon, Isaac Deleon, Jeremiah Deleon, Tate Green, Jaylen Lee, Zach Loft, Tristan Manley, Ernesto Ochoa, Dylan Prelle, Carlos Rodriguez, Trae Walton, and Pacen Whited.

 Breidenbach has wrestled throughout his entire high school career. Sadly this was the last year for Breidenbach to wrestle on the Tiger wrestling team.

He said, “I’ll miss bonding with my teammates but I’ll miss feeling the excitement and being apart of the excitement for each other after winning a tough match or watching a teammate win a tough match.”

Breidenbach also said, “The biggest accomplishment as a team throughout my high school career was tying the school record for taking eight wrestlers to the state tournament my sophomore year. My biggest accomplishment in high school was placing 6th place at the state tournament my sophomore year and leaving my name on the wall of wrestling room forever.”

Senior Gabi Deleon has only wrestled her freshman and senior year. She had come a long way from her freshman year to now.

“I think the biggest accomplishment doesn’t really have to do with the wrestling its just getting to know each other and getting really close to your team and getting to know each other and individually just meeting new people and being brave enough to do like such a trying,” said Deleon. “I think I did pretty well this season and the most memorable part was probably leaving the school to go get subway with Tristan.”

For Prelle, this was his last year on the SHS wrestling team. He was the only one from the wrestlers that went to state that actually placed in state. He placed 5th in state this year.

“This was my best season by far, as a team we were really close friends and personally I had the best record and placed at state. I think I did well this season. The most memorable part of the season was standing on the podium at the state wrestling tournament. I will miss my teammates the most” he said.

Ochoa has wrestled for the Sterling Tigers since his freshman year and will continue until next year. He was one of Sterling wrestlers that went to state but did not place.

He said, “I like it more because of how far I went and how I was determined to prove people wrong. Next year I don’t just plan on just taking part of state I’m going to go take over state champion.”

Freshman Jeremiah Deleon this was his first year wrestling for the Sterling High School. He wasn’t one of the ones to go to state this year but is determined to go next year.

He said, “As a team our biggest accomplishment was winning Strasburg. My individual accomplishment was placing at regionals.”

Sophomore Isaac Deleon has returned for his second year of wrestling. He did not go to state this year but is determined to go the next two years.

Deleon said, “I did not do my best this year. My favorite memory from this year was when Ernesto said he couldn’t see cause of all the weight he cut. This year was a lot harder for me. I also improved a lot more on my wrestling moves.”

For Book, this was his first year wrestling for SHS. He was one of Sterling’s  wrestlers that qualified for state but did not place.

He said, “I got along better with the team I even grew a love for the team. I liked this year a lot more. As a team we won a couple tournaments and did really good at duals. Individually I did well because I made it to state.”

This year was a good season for the SHS wrestling team, taking five of the wrestlers to state and having one senior place fifth in the state championship. Although Sterling will be losing three of their seniors, they still have more wrestlers ready to take a step up and lead the team.

March’s Tiger of the Month

By Katlyn LaPorte

For his many accomplishments and tremendous talent in track and field, Austin Chavez is the Tiger of the Month for March.

Chavez was born on July 14, 1998 to his parents Jeff and Kristy Chavez. He is one of three triplets along with his brother, Mike, and his sister, Kylie. He also has an older brother, Drew. The family has a pet dog, Scooter.

Chavez has been doing track since middle school and has participated all throughout high school as well. He has already won a gold medal at the state track meet in high jump. The events he competes in are high jump and pole vault. His biggest supporters in track and field are his mom and dad.

“My favorite track memory is winning state in high jump,” said Chavez.

Next year Chavez is looking forward to competing in track and field at the University of Northern Colorado where he has already signed on.

Although track is his favorite sport, Chavez also played football all of his high school career.

His goal for his senior season is to take first place at state again.

Chavez wants to give a shout out to his best friends Jake Breidenbach, Brady Krier, and Dylan Prelle.

Aside from sports, Chavez really likes to work on cars and motorcycles. His favorite class is auto tech. His favorite food is grilled chicken, and his favorite animal is a tiger. He has a 3.3 GPA.

His favorite quote is, “My wallet may be empty but I got a lot of cool stuff.”

The advice Chavez wants to give to the underclassmen is, “Work hard and be patient. Trust the process.”

 

March’s Tigress of the Month

By Katlyn LaPorte

For her outstanding soccer playing ability and her many years of extreme dedication, Jaycie Dillenburg is the Tigress of the Month for March.

Dillenburg was born on Sept. 19 1998 to her parents Rick and Linda Dillenburg. She has one older brother, Kyle and one older sister, Jenna. She has a pet yellow labrador named Cindy.

Dillenburg has been playing soccer since she was only five years old; it is her favorite sport. Her biggest supporters are her parents, her boyfriend, her friends from out of town, and her teammates. Dillenburg plays as a forward.

“The best part about soccer is I’m always able to have a good relationship with my teammates and we always find ways to have fun throughout the season,” said Dillenburg. “The worst part about soccer is having wind every single day of the season.”

“My goals for the rest of the soccer season are to break records, make it to the state playoffs, and overall have fun and make memories,” shared Dillenburg. 

“I’ve broken two records already, and I hope to break the number of goals in a career and the number of assists in a career as well,” exclaimed Dillenburg.

Dillenburg’s favorite high school soccer memory is all their games against Frontier Academy.

“I’m going to play soccer in college and hopefully still play at a university after graduating from NJC,” said Dillenburg.

After graduating from NJC Dillenburg hopes to either go to CSU or Regis and potentially play soccer.

Another sport Dillenburg plays is volleyball. She likes volleyball because she had teammates that she always had fun with, it was coached well, and because they had a successful season when no one thought that they would.

She wants to give a shout out to Jade Feather, “Because she’s cute and always makes me laugh,” said Dillenburg.

Although her favorite hobby is playing sports, she also keeps up well in school maintaining a 3.9 GPA.  Her favorite subject in school is math. She loves the show The Office and the books The Series of Unfortunate Events. Her favorite food is Italian food and her favorite holiday is Christmas. Dolphins are her favorite animal. Her greatest high school memories were all of the memories she made in sports. She lives by her favorite quote, “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”

In ten years, Dillenburg sees herself graduated from college, having a steady career, and starting a family.

Dillenburg’s advice to the underclassmen is, “Have as much fun as youcan in high school, whether it be in sports or not. Don’t let people convince you not to go to high school events like sporting events, prom, homecoming, etc., because you only get those for four years of your entire life and some of your best memories come from those moments.”

 

February’s Tigress of the Month

By Katlyn LaPorte 

For her four years of commitment and accomplishments in basketball and track, Jenna Kellogg has been chosen for February’s Tiger of the Month.

Kellogg was born March 25, 1999, to her parents Jeff and Angie Kellogg. Alongside with her was her twin brother, Wade, she also has an older brother Zach. The family has a black lab named Sassy.

Kellogg has been playing basketball for as long as she can remember.

In basketball she plays all around, sometimes she plays as a guard and other times she plays as a post.

“As a senior in basketball I hope to win a state title with all the girls I’ve been playing with since 7th and 8th grade,” shared Kellogg. “I know that with great determination and selflessness no matter what gets thrown our way we can conquer anything with the Lord supporting us.”

“The best part of basketball is the people that I play with,” said Kellogg.fullsizerender

“My favorite basketball memory is going up to the CSU camp riding up with Jenna and Taylor Knudson singing our hearts out,” exclaimed Kellogg.

Kellogg wants to give a shout out to her favorite basketball girls for the hilarious memories and unforgettable experiences.

Kellogg’s favorite sport is track. She has been participating in track and field since she was in the 7th grade.

In track, Kellogg runs the 300 meter hurdles, 400 meters races in relays, and 200 meter dashes.

“I set a lot of goals for myself throughout the season in track, that’s what I like the most about it because it’s individual so it’s all on you if you succeed or not,” said Kellogg. “The best part about track is the new challenges and setting personal goals, and the worst part about track can be the bad weather.”

“My favorite track memory is State Track sophomore year when we had a lip sync battle at the hotel,” exclaimed Kellogg.

“My biggest supporters are my parents and two brothers (even though Wade doesn’t always show it)” said Kellogg.

Outside of sports, Kellogg is the ideal student and maintains a 3.7 GPA. Her favorite subject in school is Anatomy. Her favorite foods are steak kabobs and pasta. She loves the television show Grey’s Anatomy and Friday Night Lights. She really enjoys the book The Haymeadow. Her favorite holiday is the 4th of July. Her favorite animals are goats and dogs.

Kellogg’s favorite high school memory is stealing Mr. Kelley’s parking spot Junior year.

After high school Kellogg plans to attend Northeastern Junior College and pursue a career in nursing.

“In ten years I hope I am done with school for good, with a stable career, with a family, and a hot husband!” exclaimed Kellogg. “My advice to underclassmen is to have fun in high school and get in a little trouble because it goes by too quick.”

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February’s Tiger of the Month

By Katlyn LaPorte

Dylan Prelle has had an outstanding high school wrestling career in which he persevered and accomplished so much, and for that he is February’s Tiger of the month.

Prelle was born on Sept. 29, 1998 to his parents Randy Prelle and Janette Helgoth. He has six siblings; Garrett, Cierra, Kaitlynn, Gage, Grayden and Addyson. He also has a Saint Bernard named Buford.

Prelle has been wrestling since he was in the 8th grade.

Prelle took third place at regionals in Eaton after winning in double overtime to also qualify for the state tournament. Prelle competed at the state tournament at the Pepsi Center as an unranked wrestler and ended up taking 5th place for the 170lb weight class.

“The best part of wrestling was when I won a double overtime match to qualify for state at regionals this year. The worst part was the rough start I had this year but I pulled through and improved myself,” said Prelle.dylan-prelle

Prelle’s goal for this season was to place at the state tournament and his goal was accomplished.

His thanks goes to his biggest supporters, his family and his girlfriend, Kalyn.

“My favorite wrestling memory was causing havoc with the team this year,” exclaimed Prelle.

“I’d like to wrestle in college if I got the opportunity. I will try to walk onto NJC’s wrestling team,” said Prelle.

Prelle wants to give a shout out to his girlfriend.

Prelle also participates in MMA fighting and boxing. He enjoys the competition and difficulty of those sports.

Prelle has an outstanding 3.9 GPA. His hobbies include working on cars and motorcycles. His favorite movie is Rocky and his favorite book is Huckleberry Finn. His favorite food is pizza, and his favorite holiday is Christmas. His all-time favorite animal is a dragon. His favorite high school memory was “the time there was a fire freshman year.”

A quote Prelle lives by is said by Franklin Roosevelt, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

Prelle plans to attend NJC for college and then possibly transfer to Chadron State College in Nebraska after that.

“My advice to underclassmen is never give up and keep trying to reach your goals,” shared Prelle.

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