Football Ends Season Against Cornerstone Christian

Injuries took their toll for the Wiggins Tigers this season, and the team was never really able to recover. The Wiggins Tigers played their last season game against Cornerstone Christian in Thornton on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Wiggins went into the game with a record of 4-3, and Cornerstone went into the game with a record of 5-3. At half time the score was 21-7, Cornerstone in the lead. The game ended with a loss for the Tigers, 46-13.

During the first half, Terran Freauff threw one touchdown pass to Cade Carlson. During the second half, Austin Dinis rushed 9 yards for a touchdown. Also in the second half, Corey Ritchey sacked the quarterback for a loss of 3 yards.

“I think the game didn’t go like we wanted it to. Things didn’t go our way and we didn’t play to the level that we wanted to,” said senior Armando Munoz. “It’s really sad to know that I will never strap up my football pads and play with my brothers again. We had a good run.”

Eleven senior football players stepped out onto the field for the last time in their high school career. These players were Armando Munoz, Kolvyn Baessler, Skyler Collins, Mario Saldana, Terran Freauff, Rocky Blake, Corey Ritchey, Tyson Thompson, Steven Leon, Dalton Risner, and Cade Carlson.

“It’s been a privilege to have coached them for three years,” said assistant coach Matt Sees about the seniors. “They are a class that has a winning tradition, and they work their butts off all the time in order to maintain that tradition. They are a great group of young men… I’m going to miss them.”

 

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Middle School Boys’ Basketball Loses to Strasburg Indians

The middle school boys’ basketball team played the visiting Strasburg Indians last Wednesday. All three of the Wiggins teams suffered losses.  This was their second home game. “They were very big, but I just kept thinking that we had to try our hardest,” said A-team eighth-grade point guard Mark Weinstein.

The C-team started off the night. The boys’ game ended up 31 to 17. The Indians took the game in a sweep.  “We could have played better, and we didn’t work as a team,” said eighth-grader Cody Ryan. The boys were never able to get the lead.

The B-team boys’ game went just about the same way as the C-team. The ending score was 49 to 8. “We didn’t play very well at all,” said Ryan, who also plays on B-team. “We knew that it was going to be a rough game, but we still wished that the outcome would have been different.”

The A-team was the final game of the night. The score was back and forth for most of the first half with the much larger team of Indians, but the score still ended 35 to 12. “We could have played better, but all in all we did pretty well,” said Weinstein.

“We all know what we have to work on and what we need to do to get better,” said eighth grader Teggan Freauff. The next game will be next Tuesday, November 4 against Merino.

Cross Country Competes at State Meet

The Wiggins cross country team took freshman Maggie Allen as an individual and senior Levi Shutts, sophomores Trevor Dye and Reid Ernst, and freshmen Pete Kammerzell and Luke Eikenberg to compete at the 2013 state cross country meet on Saturday, October 26, in Colorado Springs.

The boys’ team placed 12th overall. As individuals, Dye placed 16th, Ernst placed 70th, Kammerzell placed 71st, and Eikenberg placed 76th.  “I thought I did fairly well at state. I had an awesome season and can’t wait for next year,” said Dye.

Coach Mario Garcia said that he was happy with the way his team did and is looking forward to next season. “We had two freshmen and two sophomores compete at state this year, so I think that the younger members will move up to fill the spots of this year’s seniors,” said Garcia, who has high hopes for next year.

Freshman Maggie Allen ran a 24:05 at the meet. “She didn’t have her best race at state, but luckily she is a freshman and hopefully she can learn from this season and improve in the future,” Garcia said.

Senior Levi Shutts got 60th place over all. “It was sub-par, but a good race to go out on,” said Shutts about his performance. The senior said that he felt happy knowing that this was his last year, but that he would miss his team.

“Put in the off-season time if you are willing to be good. The best runners run all year long and are committed to it,” said Shutts as advice to the team and future runners.

LULAC Takes Trip to Elitch Gardens

By Laura Walker

LULAC, The League of United Latin American Citizens, took a trip to Elitch Gardens on Saturday October 19, 2013, to reward those in the group that were doing well in school.

When they were there, the students rode on the rides. There were also haunted houses that were open, but they were unable to go to those. They only had limited money left over from previous years that they could use, and they would have had to buy extra tickets to go in the houses. “My favorite ride was the Tower of Doom, because it was the scariest one,” said junior Yuliza Rios.

“This was our fun trip for the year,” said Mario Garcia, sponsor for LULAC. They normally take one fun trip per year before all of their conferences begin. The conferences that Garcia hopes to take the officers to are a leadership conference in mid-February in Cherry Creek and the main conference, the La Rosa, around the first week of May. All the members are to attend the La Rosa.

He feels that the trips give something for the students to look forward to and makes them want to join, and that way the group isn’t all serious. According to President Daniel Faudoa, Garcia is trying to get their next trip planned and hopes that he will be able to make everything work out. He is hoping that they can take a day to visit and tour Denver Metro University in November or December.

Wiggins Elementary School Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

By Shelby Teague

Wiggins Elementary School celebrated Red Ribbon Week on Tuesday, October 29, with a visit from Home Run Against Drugs Program. This is a yearly activity that strives to teach the younger kids about the effects of drugs on people’s health.

The third-grade students learned about the different ingredients in drugs and how they affect your body, and even got a visit from Homer, the mascot of the program.  They then got to hear from Wiggins students and had  books donated to them by local businesses signed by Homer.

This year, National Honor Society student Terran Freauff, senior, got to be part of the action. “Seeing young, eager minds and the potential they have, it was an honor to teach kids how to be drug free”, said Freauff

To Freauff, drugs are a relevant part of society and are something that needs to be addressed to the younger generation. “I never thought it would a problem in a town like Wiggins, but it is,” said Freauff.

Third-grader Lexi Ewertz felt the program was very effective. “I always knew drugs were bad, but I didn’t know drinking kills your brain cells,” said Ewertz.  She said her favorite part the day was seeing the high schoolers come in and talk about their own experience with high school and drugs, especially her brother Matt Ewertz, who is a junior.

The Home Run Against Drug Program has been educating kids about drugs for over 13 years.  Their experience working with younger kids has made them a mainstay at Wiggins Elementary School, spreading knowledge about the effects of drugs.

Drug Dog Busts Wiggins High School student

Multiple suspects were brought in for questioning on Wednesday, October 23, because Trent Kerr, Wiggins High School Principal, decided to have the drug dog sniff out the school, catching a student with some marijuana in his belongings.

According to senior Levi Shutts, the drug dog was heard throughout the halls during the end of third period.  One student said that she witnessed one of the suspects become very nervous when they heard Mr. Kerr calling for a lockdown situation.

Minutes later the drug dog came into Mr. Van Roekel’s class and called the students out to the hall.  The freshman physical science class was ordered to line up and the drug dog went down the line.  Then Sheriff Leroy Dilka took one of the students in for questioning.

“I wasn’t planning on actually arresting someone,” said school security officer Craig Harris.  “I knew it was a possibility, but my main goal is to keep that stuff out of here.”  Harris was not around when the student was arrested, but he did know who the student was.  “It is difficult,” said Harris. “I try being friendly with all the students and I thought he was a good kid.  He still is a good kid: he just messed up.”

According to Mr. Kerr, this drug dog visit had been set up about a month ago and scheduled on  a random day.  “This time the dog picked up on students’ belongings, not lockers” said Kerr.  There were six suspects in total.  Two of these suspects were brought in on account of some hemp string.  They were cleared since the hemp string was being used for an art project and is not a drug.

In the end, only the one student with drugs in his possession got expelled from school.  The next day, the suspected “dealer” was brought in and was suspended from school for five days.  Kerr’s last words on the subject were, “If you are going to bring it into my school, we will find it, and you will get caught.”

Tiger Volleyball Ends Season in Akron

By Trevor Dye

The Wiggins High school girls played their last volleyball game on Tuesday, October 22 in Akron. The Wiggins girls played Akron to four sets, beating them in the second set 25 to 19.

“I am upset with the way we went out, but I’m happy that we beat Akron in one set because that was one of our main goals for the season,” said sophomore middle hitter Faythe Harris. Harris said that the Tigers played a very good game and came together well as a team.

The Tigers were playing in the district pigtail game, where they also played Haxtun. They beat Haxtun in five sets; they lost the first two, but came back to win the next three. After Wiggins beat Haxtun they moved on to play Akron in the pigtail finals, to try to move on to the district games.

“I was sad that I won’t play volleyball again and we didn’t make it anywhere with the season, but I had an awesome team and made some great friends,” said senior outside hitter Brittany Jordan. Jordan said that there was a lot more pressure because it was the district pigtail, and she didn’t want her volleyball career to end so soon.

The Lady Tigers final record was five wins, and fifteen losses. The Tigers finished off the season “on a high note,” according to sophomore backside hitter Laura Walker. “We were able to beat Akron in one set, and we haven’t done that in a long time,” said Walker.

The Wiggins High school girls played their last volleyball game on Tuesday, October 22 in Akron. The Wiggins girls played Akron to four sets, beating them in the second set 25 to 19.

“I am upset with the way we went out, but I’m happy that we beat Akron in one set because that was one of our main goals for the season,” said sophomore middle hitter Faythe Harris. Harris said that the Tigers played a very good game and came together well as a team.

The Tigers were playing in the district pigtail game, where they also played Haxtun. They beat Haxtun in five sets; they lost the first two, but came back to win the next three. After Wiggins beat Haxtun they moved on to play Akron in the pigtail finals, to try to move on to the district games.

“I was sad that I won’t play volleyball again and we didn’t make it anywhere with the season, but I had an awesome team and made some great friends,” said senior outside hitter Brittany Jordan. Jordan said that there was a lot more pressure because it was the district pigtail, and she didn’t want her volleyball career to end so soon.

The Lady Tigers final record was five wins, and fifteen losses. The Tigers finished off the season “on a high note,” according to sophomore backside hitter Laura Walker. “We were able to beat Akron in one set, and we haven’t done that in a long time,” said Walker.