Wiggins Tigers Start Volleyball Season with 2-3 Record

By Ellyna Van

Sophomore Tori Jordan prepares to serve during the September 4 game against Union Colony. This was the girls' first home game this season.

Sophomore Tori Jordan prepares to serve during the September 4 game against Union Colony. This was the girls’ first home game this season.

The Wiggins varsity team’s current record is 2- 3. They have played Union Colony, Platte Canyon, Sedgwick County, Weldona, and Caliche.

The varsity team consists of seniors Faythe Harris, Laura Walker, and Jessica Veeman; sophomores Tori Jordan and Makayla Harris; and freshman Chloe Baker. The new varsity players contribute new skill, confidence, and a lot of potential, according to Baker.

The first game was held on September 4 at Union Colony. The Lady Tigers lost, and continued to their second game against Platte Canyon on September 12. According to Baker, this was the best game because they gained their first win. “We learned from our mistakes, and our communication improved a lot,” said Baker

Sedgwick County was the next game the Lady Tigers attended on September 15. According to Jensen, this was the best game the ladies played. They went into this game with tons of confidence, and it paid off because Wiggins won. Jensen said,  “We got a lot of kills, and we worked on our specifics. I think this helped us win in Sedgwick.”

The rival volleyball game was held on September 17 in Weldona. Many Wiggins students attended this game to support their team. After three games Wiggins lost, but they gained valuable information to improve for their next games, said Jensen.

The most recent game was held in Wiggins against Caliche. Junior varsity won, but varsity loss all three of their games.

The volleyball team has great chemistry and this helps when they get on the court, according to Faythe Harris. “This year, by far, has the best [chemistry] out of all the teams I’ve been on, easily,” said Harris.

The next volleyball game is on September 29 in Haxtun, starting at 4 p.m.

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Tiger Football Kicks off Season

By Laura Walker

Sophomore Shane Finegan runs for a touchdown during Wigigns' September 4 game against Lyons. Finegan scored on the third play.

Sophomore Shane Finegan runs for a touchdown during Wigigns’ September 4 game against Lyons. Finegan scored on the third play.

The Wiggins football team is getting their feet wet on another season, starting off with a record of 3-1 going into their fifth game.

They started off the season with a win at home against the Lyons 41-7 on September 12. The boys proved they are able to power through a game and allowed the JV to play nearly most of the second half. According to senior quarterback Kaeson Risner, the freshmen are really stepping up, especially Gavin Seiber starting on the offensive line.

In their next game against Platte Canyon, the Tigers didn’t fare as well, leaving with a loss 20-36. “We had a lot of turnovers and that has been our biggest weakness so far,”  said senior Blake Ferris. The Tigers were able to pull it all back together in the second half of the following game.

The boys played at Crowley County and were down 20-6 at the half, but came back scoring 21 points in the half and holding Crowley at 20 points. According to Ferris, that has been the best moment of the season so far.

Coming off the win, the Tigers played their latest game against the Rocky Ford Meloneers and came out victorious, 55-0. Again the JV played the second half and showed their strength scoring two touchdowns on the Meloneer varsity. “We plan to win league and state this year,” said Risner.

Right now the Tigers are ranked tenth in the state and are on track to move up as long as they keep the winning streak going. The Tiger’s have their next game on Friday, October 2, in Wray starting at 7 pm.

Cross Country Starts Season with High Hopes

By Taylor Boyer

Junior Maggie Allen paces herself as she passes two opponents during the Lyons cross country meet, the team's first meet of the year. Allen is one of Wiggins' top runners this season.

Junior Maggie Allen paces herself as she passes two opponents during the Lyons cross country meet, the team’s first meet of the year. Allen is one of Wiggins’ top runners this season.

Sore muscles, nervous stomachs, and lots of sweat: the Wiggins cross country team began this year’s season with a renewed sense of invigoration and plenty of PR’s. This year, Coach Garcia hopes to differentiate this season from all others.

“We’ve always performed well,” said Garcia, “but this year I’ve added a few miles onto our runs during practice.” The cross country team is ranked first in the league and has been ranked so every year since Garcia began coaching at Wiggins. This year the team has the goal of becoming first in the region, something Garcia has not been able to accomplish since 2009.

With that new aim to be first in the Region, the cross country team ran with one goal in mind last Friday in Fort Morgan: to beat Peyton. Currently, Wiggins trails Peyton fewer than 10 points, and the team nearest to taking Wiggins’ number-two spot trails with a gap of more than 40 points.

According to junior cross country runner Pete Kammerzell, there’s no doubt that the team will take league.  “We just have to see if we have what it takes to be first in our region,” said Kammerzell. Kammerzell set a new personal record on Friday of 19:10.

Kammerzell was not the only member of his team to set a new personal record at Friday’s race in Fort Morgan. “The whole team PR’d.” said Garcia as he scrolled through his team’s stats. “If all of our runners show up and keep improving, I think we have a good chance of taking both boys and girls to state this year and becoming regional champs.”