Corduroys and Cows: FFA Attends Stock Show

By Roxanne Bashor

Members of the Wiggins FFA Chapter attended the National Western Stock Show on Wednesday, January 20, to watch the rodeo and to look through the stock show. A few of the chapter members also went to the stock show to exhibit animals throughout the two weeks.

Junior Rachel Columbia attended the stock show with the FFA chapter for a third year in a row. Columbia said that she really enjoyed seeing all of the other FFA chapters and state officers, as well as watching the rodeo. “At the rodeo, there was a white horse that was trained to follow a guy around without a halter, and that was cool because I know that had to have taken a lot of training,” said Columbia.

Junior exchange student Carlo Falcione also attended the stock show with the FFA members. Falcione isn’t in FFA, but he wanted to attend the stock show for the experience while he is here in Wiggins. “I enjoyed seeing the passion for agriculture because there is not that same passion in Italy,” said Falcione.

Junior Cody Huwa, junior Charlee Teague, and senior Tucker Teague were members that showed livestock at the Stock Show. Huwa showed a fat steer, which he placed 5th with, and three prospect steers, and he placed 3rd with two of them and 4th with the other one.

Charlee Teague showed a goat, which she took 4th with, a pig, which she took 5th with, and a prospect steer, which she took 5th with. Overall it was a good time, even though the pig could have placed better, she said.

Tucker Teague also showed a pig, which he took 3rd with.

In February, the FFA chapter has a FFA ski trip and National FFA Week planned.

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Tigers Lose Two in Weekend Games

By Courtney Jenson

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Shane Finegan takes a jump shot from the free throw line during the Akron game last Friday night. Finegan was a key player in the game, with many steals and rebounds.

The boys’ basketball team had a two games in a row against Akron and Union Colony on January 22 and 23. On Friday, the Tigers traveled to Akron and worked their hardest, according to freshman Gavin Seiber. They lost to Akron 53-76. The next day, they played Union Colony; the game was close with the Tigers lagging behind by five points throughout the game. The end score was 57-62 Union Colony.

Going into those two games, the team lost a player, senior Kaeson Risner. Risner will be out for the rest of the season due to needing surgery on both of his hands. In losing one player, the team gained another, Carlo Falcione, a junior exchange student from Italy. “It was my first time, so it was something new. I just need to work hard to improve myself, but I had a lot of fun playing with the team,” said Falcione.

The Tigers were disappointed with the loss and looked forward to Saturday’s game, according to guard Connor Kaufman. “I knew we had to execute our first game and get some rest after that so we could come out the second game and play well,” he said.

According point guard Cody Huwa, they had better ball pressure and defense the second game. “During the second half of the Union Colony game, we used a 2-2-1 press and it worked very well,” said Huwa. At halftime the score was 38-27 Union Colony. The first half of the game the boys were getting out scored at each quarter, but the third quarter they outscored Union Colony. In the fourth, the Tigers were again outscored. In the end, the Tigers lost by five.

As the Tigers head into their next games against Holyoke and Wray, “we need to work on giving a full effort during all four quarters and keep on working on their communication skills,” said guard Shane Finegan. Going into these next two games the team is anxious and excited to play and hope to win, knowing that they can beat these two teams if they work hard and start off strong, according to post Max Smileak.

On Friday, January 29, the Tigers will be playing Holyoke at the Wiggins Event Center, starting with JV at four o’clock. The Saturday game will take place in Wray, starting at one o’clock.

Entropy

By Taylor Boyer

In chemistry, the term entropy refers to the unavailability of a system’s energy for conversion into mechanical work; sometimes it is interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in a system. There is also another definition for entropy: the gradual decline into disorder.

After that lesson in chemistry, I drew several parallels between entropy and real life. In chemistry, the Second Law of Thermodynamics says that energy will run out; it explains that the end of the universe is inevitable. Will it happen anytime soon? No. Is it going to? Yes. Same goes for society. The system in which we organize ourselves is just like any system in science. Why, then, should our fate be any different from that of the universe?

Then I got to thinking: Are we, as members of society, gradually declining into inevitable disorder? No matter how hard we try to legislate people’s behavior or control what happens, there is a scientific law that states everything at a microscopic level will descend into disorder. Take out microscopic material and add humans and the same becomes true.

We are all contributing to society’s gradual decline into disorder. However, if one were to read the fine print of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, they would be pleased to learn that individual attempts to prevent contributing to disorder ultimately slows down the rate at which something falls into absolute chaos.

There is a social lesson to be had here; don’t contribute to the disorder. It is easy for one to dismiss their responsibility as a member of society. It is easy for someone to say, “What will it matter to me? I’m not going to live to see the effects of my decisions.” This is all true, very little that you do today will affect you. But, as the Second Law states, you can make things better by deciding to make things better.

If we try to be better humans in general and keep our posterity in mind when we make decisions, the world 20, 30 years from now will be an amazing place. In this temporary world, the best thing we can do is distance ourselves from chaos and make decisions that will affect society positively; future generations will appreciate us for it.

David Croissant Receives Award

By Ellyna Van

After 21 years of coaching, Wiggins coach David Croissant will receive the “20-Year Service Award” from CHSAA. The award will be presented to Croissant at the Wrestling State Tournament on Friday, February 19.

Croissant has coached football and wrestling through the 21 years. He started coaching at Valley High School for nine years and moved to coaching in Wiggins for the next 12. “I can’t believe it’s been 21 years. It went by so fast with a lot of great memories,” said Croissant.

Within the 21 years, Croissant was part of a football State Champion team in 1999. In addition, he was a part of three other state champion teams: in 2001 and 2002 for Wiggins’ wrestling team and in Valley’s 2014 wrestling team. With these great accomplishments, Croissant looks back at these memories as his favorites.  

Along with the skills to become a great athlete, Croissant aims to also teach life lessons and to help reveal character within his athletes. “In wrestling and football, he’s taught me life lessons and self discipline,” said junior David Nance. Croissant is Nance’s coach for wrestling and football.

For the past two years, Croissant has been the head coach for Wiggins wrestling. Previously, he was the assistant wrestling coach in Valley high school for four years. Being coached by Croissant, senior Dillon Donaghy said he has learned wrestling moves such as the low single, hit a slide by, and a duck under.

There are many factors that make coaching great. “It’s competitive, and it’s nice getting to know kids in a different setting,” said Croissant. Coaching also helps build relationships with the players, according to Croissant.

A player that Croissant has impacted immensely is sophomore Cael Croissant, his son. “He’s always been there for me, and he’s always has supported me. He’s helped me not just with wrestling but with everything in life,” said Cael.

 

Lady Tigers Lose Two in First Round of Weekend Games

By Faythe Harris

The Wiggins Lady Tigers lost both of their games last week. They competed against the Akron Rams on Friday, January 22 and the Union Colony Timberwolves on Saturday, January 23. The game against the Rams was a league game, and Saturday’s was not.

“It was unfortunate to lose both games, but it made us notice what we have to work on,” said senior Brienna Baer.

The Lady Tigers started the game down and were never able to get ahead to lead the game. At the end of the first quarter, the Tigers were down 11-2. There defensive game kept the Rams from running away with the game, though. A key defensive player of the game was Jeneen Ibrahim. She went in a couple minutes into the first quarter and was able to stop the early run the Rams had created. “I was happy that I was able to do what I needed to for my team,” said Ibrahim. “Defense is where I can play best, so I’m glad I am able to do my job.”

The game against the Union Colony TImberwolves went a little differently for the Lady Tigers. At the end of the first quarter the score was tied 8-8. They were able to come out strong and gain a good feeling about the game, according to senior Maria Enriquez. The rest of the game was taken over by the TImberwolves. Union Colony outscored the Tigers every quarter and ended the game with a 43-30 win.

The Lady Tigers’ next game will be this coming Friday, January 29, against the Holyoke Dragons. According to Baer, this game will be a league game and they need to get the win.

The State of the Union: More Than a Speech

By Taylor Boyer

Being the absolute nerd that I am, and having little interest in anything but politics, I cleared my schedule on Tuesday night to listen to President Obama’s final State of the Union speech. I live for this stuff; I feel no shame. Since I once sat in House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s seat on the floor of the House of Representatives, this year’s speech was kind of personal to me. I will be honest; I may have even shed a tear or two during the speech.

For those of you not familiar with what the State of the Union speech is, it’s a fulfillment of the President’s constitutional obligation to inform Congress of the state of the Union. Everybody who is anybody in Washington can be found on the floor of the House listening to the speech. Usually the majority party members stand and applaud the President at any chance they get, while the minority party members sit in “unified opposition” to the President; it’s quite entertaining.

This speech was particularly interesting, as there seemed to be a certain sense of reverence that fell over the crowd while the President spoke. Perhaps it was the fact that it was his last speech, or maybe no one saw the need to get up and heckle the President; I don’t know, but whatever the reason for the reverence was, I felt happy to have witnessed the short glimmer of bipartisanship. To be honest, it made me cry a little bit.

I was especially touched when the President said, “The future we want — all of us want — opportunity and security for our families, a rising standard of living, a sustainable, peaceful planet for our kids — all that is within our reach. But it will only happen if we work together.” I looked beyond the politics of the speech and thought of how we, as people, can learn to be a little more “bipartisan.” Nothing estimable was ever accomplished between two persons without considerable effort on one side to accommodate the other. This is one thing I would like to see change in the world.

Look around; we are all human beings. The things that appear to make us so different from one another are trivial and don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. I’m a firm believer that if we were all to try a little harder each day to be a little more accepting of each other, then life will ultimately be better.

I doubt that this was the message the President was trying to convey when he gave his address, but I’d like to think that it was. Imagine the day that gridlock in government will free up, the day that people who feel treated as inferior now will not feel that way anymore, the day people are less concerned with others’ beliefs and will instead look to improve the way we all live, together. I live to see that day.

 

Boys’ Basketball Experiences Two League Losses

By Faythe Harris

The Wiggins Tigers boys’ basketball team competed against two district opponents last week. On Tuesday, January 12, the Tigers lost to the the Merino Rams 58-41. The Tigers took the early lead and ended the first quarter 18-17.

The Rams stole the show for the rest of the evening. “We didn’t play to the best of our ability, and we have to play them again; the outcome will be different,” said senior forward Austin Dinis.

Even though the Tigers had a strong first quarter, they could not get their momentum back. Junior Cody Huwa said that they started having communication errors and were unable to come together to play the way they needed to win.

The boys also competed against the Caliche Buffaloes last Friday and lost 72-58. The Tigers were able to hold on to their lead much longer against the Buffaloes than they did against the Rams. The boys stayed up the whole first half and were only down by one point by the end of it. “We played well and fixed the issues that we had in the beginning of the week,” said junior Shane Finegan.

The boys will play two games this week. The first will be today, January 22, against the Akron Rams. This will be another league game. “We need this win to get a better record in our district,” said Dinis.

The second game will also be played this week, evening on Saturday, January 23, at home. The Tigers will be playing the Union Colony Timberwolves.