Tiger Track Attends First Meet

By Ellyna Van

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Freshman Claire Boyer finishes her final jump in the triple jump during last Saturday’s track meet in Fort Morgan. This was Boyer’s first meet for WHS.

The Wiggins track team started off the season with 30 Wiggins track athletes competing at the Fort Morgan Invitational on March 12; eighteen schools attended the meet on Saturday. Wiggins girls placed 9, and Wiggins boys placed 6.

The meet started with field events. Junior Taylor Boyer placed in all his field events; in high jump, he received 1st place with the height of 5’10’’; in triple jump, 6th place; in long jump, 9th place. Freshman Claire Boyer also placed 6th in triple jump.

The first running event Wiggins competed in was the 100-meter dash. Junior Shane Finegan got 4th in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Finegan also ran with the 4×100 team, which also consists of sophomores Tyler Hein and Nick Burling and freshman Anthony Sirios.  The 4×100 boys’ team last year made it to state and placed 8th place. Finegan in the 4×100 team wants to improve their ranking after placing 10th in this event.

Senior Faythe Harris competed in the 300-meter hurdles, in which she placed 4th with a time of 51.84 seconds. Harris hasn’t competed in hurdle events since her freshman year. She said she plans to continue to do hurdles along with her relays and sprinting events.

Junior Connor Kaufman said that in order to achieve his goals of winning state, he must work hard. “There’s a lot of competition, and I know that I have to put in 100% in practice every day,” said Kaufman. Kaufman placed 2nd in both the mile and the two mile. He hopes to improve his mile time, so he can make it to state. In order to place 1st at the next track meet, Kaufman said he will work on trying to increase his speed in the last lap.

Long distance runner junior Maggie Allen received 4th in the mile and 1st in the 2 mile. Even though Allen received good places, she wishes to improve her time. “I ran one of my slowest times at the meet. I hope that I can get faster so I can compete at state again,” said Allen.

“It was a good first meet,” said sprinters coach Dale Dubbs. “It was a great learning experience for our new track athletes.” Dubbs hopes to continue to improve times and rankings at future meets; he has high hopes for the boys’ and girls’ relay teams. Along with relays, there are also individual athletes that have a great chance at winning or placing at state, according to Dubbs.

The next track meet will be the Greeley Central Invitational on Saturday, March 19, l starting at 9:00 a.m. in Greeley.  

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History Day Finds Success at Regionals

By Faythe Harris

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Wiggins senior Becky Kopetzky presents her performance on Elizabethan theater at the regional History Day competition in Greeley. Kopetzky was the only WHS student to compete in the performance category. 

The Wiggins High School History Club has had a past of success, and this year is no different. After the regional competition last Saturday, March 5, there will be seven projects and thirteen students continuing onto the state competition. “For the most part I was happy with the outcome of regionals; we had some projects perform really well,” said adviser Casey Clay.

Of the seven projects continuing to state, four took first at the regional competition. Junior Taylor Boyer was awarded first in individual documentary. Senior Trevor Dye got first in individual website. Senior Maddy Shepherd received first in individual exhibit. amd seniors Austin Dinis, Tucker Teague, Dillon Donaghy, Reid Ernst, and Blake Ferris achieved first in group website.

The other projects that made it received third place. Included in this group are sophomore Makayla Harris with an individual paper, juniors Hannah Johnson and Raquel Galvin with a group exhibit, and senior Becky Kopetzky in an individual performance. According to  Dye, the regional competition went really well, and he is looking forward to state.

Senior Laura Walker went for individual exhibit, but did not make the cut for state. Luke Eikenberg, Connor Kaufman, and Caleb Hills completed an exhibit that also didn’t make the grade for the state competition. “It was a terrible day and I was disappointed in myself, but I’m happy to have gained the experience,” said Walker.  

The state competition will take place on April 30 in Denver at the CU Denver campus. Clay said he has some students that are trying for Nationals and is looking forward to seeing what state will bring.

Spikes Hit The Rubber

By Roxanne Bashor

The Wiggins High School track team is preparing for the upcoming season with goals set to make it to the state competition in May with over 40 athletes out for track this year. “We are trying to get everyone on the same page, and we have a long way to go, but with everyone working hard, we will have a great season,” said head coach Mario Garcia.

Senior Dillon Hartley will be running long distance events this year. After running at a high school in Brighton, the size of the Wiggins team is smaller than the ones that he was used to, said Hartley. He looks forward to seeing more teamwork and creating closer relationships during his last year of track.

This year, junior Jeneen Ibrahim will be throwing shot put and discus for Wiggins. Last year she attended Weldona, and after moving to Wiggins, she looks forward to being on a larger team where she will be able to form new relationships. “I hope to throw at least 40 feet in shot put this year because my personal best from last year was 37 feet,” said Ibrahim. If she is able to meet her goal, Ibrahim would also pass the current school record in shot put of 36 feet.

Another new addition to the track team this year is freshman Justin Veeman. “ I am excited for track this year because I enjoy it more than other sports,” said Veeman. He has practiced sprinting, throwing, and jumping to start out the season in hopes of improving his speed and fitness level.

The returning coach for sprinters, Dale Dubbs, hopes to see similar results to those that they achieved last year. The team is working hard and coming together well said Dubbs, and although they are short a few members, he still has high hopes for the season.

The track team’s first meet is the Fort Morgan Invitational on Saturday, March 12, in Fort Morgan.

Tigers Wrap Up the Season

By Courtney Jenson

The Wiggins boys basketball team traveled to Holyoke to play for districts on Tuesday February 23, and lost 41-96.Wiggins had lost to Holyoke two times before with scores of 44-60 and 32-90.

To move on to Regionals, Wiggins would have had to beat Holyoke in the district game. “It’s going to be a fight but we hope to make it a good game and have a chance at the end,” said junior point guard Cody Huwa.

According to senior guard Austin Dinis, the Tigers communicated well, transitioned great, and moved the ball well, but the Tigers were outscored in the first quarter of the game by 28-14. As the game went on, they were outscored during the rest of the quarters with 13-33, 6-19, and 8-16.

Although the year is ending, the boys are looking forward to a better year next season, according to junior guard Shane Finegan. “Next year will be completely different.  We will have new leaders coming up, and they will provide the leadership that we need to be successful,” said Finegan. For example, the way they communicate will be different by encouraging each other if someone makes a shot or good play  and how they play on the court.

Even though they played their last game, they had fun playing together, according to sophomore guard Teggan Freauff . Some of the best memories the boys have this season are beating Yuma and playing against Akron, according to Huwa. Senior Reid Ernst said, “One of my fondest memories is hitting threes during the game and having people cheer for me.”

 

Wiggins FFA Celebrates National FFA Week

By Roxanne Bashor

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Senior Jessica Veeman blocks a drive by freshman Lexi Steinbar during Wiggins FFA’s 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Steinbar’s team won the tournament, which was held as part of National FFA Week. 

All throughout the week of February 21, the Wiggins FFA Chapter celebrated National FFA Week to promote FFA and the agricultural industry. Each day the chapter put on different activities within the school district.

Monday started off with the elementary school coloring contest. The chapter also started the scavenger hunt in the high school which took place all week long. For this activity, chapter members hid FFA emblems throughout the school for students to find and return to Mr. Ernst, who would award them with bags of candy.

Tuesday was an early morning for the FFA members as they prepared a breakfast for the faculty. The FFA members cooked pancakes, bacon, sausage, and eggs to show their appreciation to the faculty members. The faculty members tested their knowledge by taking a quiz on the agricultural industry.

Wednesday, some of the FFA members dressed up in their Official FFA Dress and FFA Blue Jackets. During lunch and advisory, the members also served ice cream to the high school and 8th grade students.

Thursday, the FFA officers talked to the incoming freshman about the program. The officers covered the topics of FFA, SAE, Ag Mechanics, and classroom discussion. WHS counselor Josh Gibbs, who is a former FFA member, said that he enjoyed the activities for FFA week, and he thought the 8th grade recruitment went really well.

After experiencing a few of the activities that the FFA does, at least twenty 8th graders said that they were interesting in joining Ag as freshmen. “I look forward to learning how to weld and working in the greenhouse,” said 8th-grader Sheldon Risner.

Thursday night, the FFA held a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for the members. Twelve people attended, and the winning team consisted of senior Blake Ferris and freshmen Alexis Steinbar and Anthony Sirios. “The basketball tournament was one of my favorite of the new activities we added in this year,” said Ferris.

Friday, the FFA had a drive your tractor to school day. Six members participated in this event and drove anything from a trac-tractor to a Bobcat to school. “This was a good activity to bring back because it helps show the student body what Ag is all about,” said junior Rachel Columbia. 

In March, the FFA will be holding their annual Hired Hand Auction on the 14, and the quiz bowl and parliamentary procedure team will be competing at Weld Central on the 16.

Shattering Bats, Shattering Expectations

By Pete Kammerzell

The Wiggins baseball program has more players out this year than in years past and the program has high expectations for this season. Coach Aaron Phillips is returning this season as his second year of coaching baseball in Wiggins. Phillips, whose team is coming off a six-win season last year, which is more wins than the team has had in the five years combined, said, “Our guys have been working hard this winter, a lot more than last winter and in the past of this program, so we feel ready for the season.”

Sophomore Cael Croissant has high aspirations for this season as there is a lot of talent on this year’s team. His main focus is simply that he wants to win baseball games this year: “I think we have a good chance at winning our league overall. We just need to win.” Croissant, who played second base last year and hopes to return to the position, says he needs to work on his approach at the plate.

Senior Trevor Dye is also much more excited for this season than his previous three. Dye plans on being the team’s number-one pitcher, along with the shortstop or third baseman. The senior also believes that the team has a high chance of winning league. “The amount talent is a lot higher this season than with the past teams I have played on,” said Dye.

Another senior, Tucker Baker, is looking forward to playing with this year’s group. Baker, who has played catcher in the past, could be playing a variety of positions this season. Shortstop, pitcher, catcher, second base, and right field are all positions that Baker could be playing this season. Baker’s main goal for the season is to have the team cut down on mental errors in games and to stay focused. The senior also has high hopes for this year’s team.

The Tigers have their first scrimmage Saturday, March 5, against Platte Valley and Lyons. Their first league game is against Haxtun on March 12.

Lady Tigers Basketball Comes to an End

Wiggins Lady Tigers basketball wrapped up their season on Tuesday, February 22, with a 4-16 record. The girls made it to the second round of districts this season.

The Lady Tigers also played at Limon High School Thursday, February 18, where they lost 43-29. Junior forward Jeneen Ibrahim led the Lady Tigers with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

The Tigers were on pace to beat the Badgers going into halftime, leading 18-15.  Maria Enriquez said that during halftime she was almost positive that the team was going to come out with a win.

The Badgers went on a 8 to 1 run to start the third quarter.  Late in the third quarter senior Brie Baer hit a three-pointer to give hope to the Tigers. Coming out of a break and into the fourth quarter, the Tigers hit a quick two-pointer, but that was the only score the Tigers were able to get that quarter.

The Tigers regrouped and prepared to take on the Sedwick Cougars in the Lower Platte League Pigtail Game on Monday, February 22.  The Cougars had beaten the Tigers two weeks earlier in the regular season game.  

The Tigers led by six almost the entire game; going into the half, the Lady Tigers led 20-14. “I was hoping that we could keep the energy up the rest of the game.” said senior guard Laura Walker.

The Tigers kept on scoring and Ibrahim led the team with 12 points and 6 rebounds.  The Tigers continued to lead the rest of the game, finishing the Cougars 32-29. ¨During the game I felt like we took care of the ball and attempted to run our plays the best we could,” Baer said.

That next day the Tigers drove to Yuma to take on the number-one seeded Yuma Indians.  The Tigers had played the Indians once before, losing 65-27.  The Tigers trailed the whole game and lost 100-35, ending the Tigers’ 2015-2016 season.

“During the season, I wanted to better myself and the team as best as I could,”  said sophomore guard Courtney Jensen.  The Tigers are already planning some spring camps and some summer games to better themselves for next year’s season.