State Cross Country

The Wiggins Tigers headed to Colorado Springs on October 28 for State Cross Country. Not all made it to State,but luckily 3 runners made it in, which are Junior Courtney Jenson,  Senior Conner Kaufman, and  Senior Maggie Allen.

Leaving Wiggins High School with pride and excitement, the Cross Country team has positive emotions and try to win 15th place or higher at this year’s State Cross Country.  `Junior Courtney Jenson has prepared herself to win 15th place or even higher as this has been her first experience running at State.

At State, the boys started running at 12:30 and for the girls started at 2:30. For Jenson , she started her race at 2:30 and was challenged with a long path and multiple obstacles. The race started off on gravel and head towards multiple steep hills and rivers.  Through a barn and several turns throughout the path and back to the stadium,  Jenson was able to complete the race and placed 8th overall.

Courtney Jenson was able to reach her goal and be part of the top 15 at State. Even though her feet were on fire, it still motivated her to finish and accomplish her goal.

Senior Maggie Allen also participated in the race with Jenson and finished the race and placed 14th.

Senior Conner Kaufman was part of the boys race that started at 12:30 before the girls did. He  finished the race and placed 9th overall.

The Cross Country team  had a great season with an amazing finishes at State with their top 3 runners placing in the top 15.

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Tigers Volleyball Season Ends Against Wray

Heading into their first district game against Wray, the Wiggins Lady Tigers lost and missed their chance to move on to regionals. With the Tigers being sixth in their league, they played Wray, who was second in league, and to move on had to beat them.

“Heading into the week we felt confident that we were going to beat Wray since we had beaten them two times before,” said junior Courtney Jenson.

The Tigers had a good head start leading the first set 6-0. At the beginning of the first set junior Tori Jordan got the first point of the game with a kill. Even with the Tiger’s strong start, they ended up losing and not moving on to regionals.

Next year the team hopes to make it to regionals and hopefully state. According to Jordan, she hopes that next year they will be able to beat Yuma and be first in their league. Sophomore Chloe Baker said that to obtain those goals they need to “become more confident, volleyball smart, and consistent with everything we do.”

Twelve Tigers Qualify for State at League and Holyoke Track Meets

By Cody Huwa

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Senior Ryan Rohn winds up to throw the discus at the Lower Platte League Regional track meet. Rohn qualified for state as part of three relay teams.  

The Wiggins Tigers traveled to Holyoke on May 7 to compete at the Lower Platte League Regional track meet, and they attended the St. Vrain Invitational track meet on May 13.

The Wiggins girls’ team rounded out the Holyoke meet in fifth overall. Senior Faythe Harris finished second in the 300 hurdles with a personal record of 51.68; she also competed in the 400m dash and the 4×100 relay.  The girls’ 4×100 team that consists of Harris, Jessica Veeman, Tori Jordan, and Claire Boyer finished sixth and had a PR of 43.78.

Veeman thinks that the 4×100 relay team can do much better, and she hopes to see a big improvement in the team’s time, but she was extremely proud of her team’s effort.

The Wiggins boys’ team took fourth out of 13 teams at the Holyoke meet. Junior Shane Finegan took the top honors in the 400m sprint with a time of 48.78.  

Following the track meet in Holyoke, the Tigers took their talent to the St. Vrain Invitational.

Junior Maggie Allen PR’d in the 2-mile with a run of 12.15 minutes. The girls 4×200 relay also PR’d with at time of 1.45 minutes.  Maggie Allen said, “ Getting a PR in the 2 mile has really boosted my confidence heading into state.”

Along with these participants, sophomore Courtney Jenson and Allen will be competing at the state track meet in the 2-mile and mile runs. Junior Connor Kaufman qualified for state in the 2-mile, mile, and 800.  Sophomore Tyler Hein qualified for state in the 300m hurdles, 100m dash, 4×200 and the 4×100 relays.  Sophomore Teggan Freauff and senior Ryan Rohn both made it to state in the 4×100, 4×200, and the 4×400 relays.  Veeman and Jordan both qualified to state in the sprint medley, 4×200, 4×100, and the 100 dash.

Coach Mario Garcia was satisfied by the team’s performance, but feels that everyone can still keep improving their times.  He also said that he has high expectations for everyone who will be competing at state.

The Wiggins track team will be taking their talents to Jeffco Stadium on Thursday, May 19 at 2:00pm, where many of the runners hope to bring back state titles.

 

Wiggins Baseball Takes a Hit

By Faythe Harris

The Tiger baseball team took the trip down to Akron to play a double-header league game on Tuesday, April 29. Not only did the team lose both games, but they also lost a player to injury in the process.

The first game stayed close almost the whole time, as it was 4-4 at the top of the sixth. The Rams quickly took the lead, making the score 8-4 by the bottom of the sixth. The four runs were caused by fielding errors on the Tigers’ side. “These were mistakes that should have been avoided; some of our players got in their own heads,” said senior pitcher Trevor Dye. The Rams secured one more run in the bottom of the seventh to make the final score of game one 9-4.

Senior catcher Tucker Baker said that the feeling going into the second game was anxious because they knew that they should have won the first game, and he was curious how the team would recover from the tough loss. Akron took the early lead, getting a run in the first inning. The snowball continued to roll for Wiggins, as they made more errors in the second inning, giving the Rams the ability to increase their lead to 4-0. This pattern continued to the end of the fifth inning, with it ending 7-0 Akron.

At the bottom of the fifth, senior outfielder Austin Dinis was hurt and pulled from the game. Dinis was hit in the mouth by a ball that he lost in the lights. His mouth immediately started bleeding, and he left to go to the dentist to try to get everything taken care of. Both of his front teeth were knocked backwards and had to be put into their proper positions. “It hurt pretty bad, but I’m just happy I was able to keep my teeth,” said Dinis.

With the substitution and the Rams’ early lead, the Tigers were unable to make a comeback and ended the second game 10-2.

The baseball team will play the Sedgwick County Cougars this Saturday, April 23. Baker says that they are hoping to correct their mistakes, adjust to the changes in their lineup, and just have a better game.  

8 Tigers Take Podium at Yuma Track Meet

By Courtney Jenson

At the Yuma track meet on April 12, 2016, junior Jeneen Ibrahim beat the shot put school record of 36’11 ¼” previously held by Emily Ruyle. Ibrahim threw   37’1 ½” meters to break the school record. This was Ibrahim’s first track meet, and she also qualified for state. She also placed first in javelin and second in shot put.

Several other teammates placed high in the Yuma track meet. Sophomore Courtney Jenson took first in the mile, and junior Shane Finegan also took first in the 200-  and 400-meter dashes. Along with these accomplishments, junior Connor Kaufman took third in the mile and second in the 800 meter dash; the boys’ 4×100 meter relay team took third; the 4×200, fourth; and the 4×400, fifth. The boys’ 4×100, 4×200, and 4×400 relay team was freshman Anthony Sirios (4×100), sophomores Teggan Freauff (4×100, 4×200, 4×400), and Tyler Hein (4×100, 4×200, 4×400), juniors Connor Kauffman (4×400), and Shane Finegan (4×100, 4×200, 4×400), and senior Ryan Rohn (4×200).

Many of these athletes hope to still improve on their events at the next track meet.  “I would like to improve on my spin in discus and improve form in shot put,” said Ibrahim. As Ibrahim works all practice long on her techniques for throwing, Claire Boyer works on jumping. “Getting farther when I jump and having a faster time in my relays is one of the many things I would like to improve on before our next meet,” said freshmen Boyer, who competed in long jump, triple jump, girls sprint medley team, and the 4×100 meter relay.

Many members of the team have goals to make it to state and place in the top five in their events including several athletes that made it to state last year. “I want to place top 5 in all my events at state and definitely get a time of 4:30 in the mile,” said Connor K. Seniors Reid Ernst and Dillon Donaghy both have goals to make it to state with their 4×800 team, along with some individual events.

The next track meet will be the George Washington Patriot Invite on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the All City Stadium in Denver.

Wiggins Track Has Eyes on League

By Pete Kammerzell and Cody Huwa

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Sophomore Tori Jordan comes out of her blocks in the beginning of her 100-meter dash in Lyons. Jordan PRed and this race placed her in the top-five at league. 

The Wiggins Tigers track team found success in two recent track meets. The Tigers first traveled to Greeley Central where they competed at the Greeley Central Invitational on March 21st and had good placings for both girls’ and boys’ teams. The Wiggins girls’ team rounded out the meet in fifth overall. Faythe Harris finished second in the 300-meter hurdles with a personal record of 51.68.  

The girls 4×100 team, made of Faythe Harris, Jessica Veeman, Tori Jordan, and Claire Boyer, finished sixth and had a PR of 44.21. Veeman said she thinks that the team can do much better and hopes to see a big improvement in the team’s time, but she was extremely proud of her team’s effort.

The Wiggins boys’ team took fourth out of 13 teams. Junior Shane Finegan took the top honors in the 400-meter sprint with a time of 48.78. Junior Taylor Boyer outdid the rest of the field as well, tying for 1st in the high jump at a height of 5’10,” and was in the top five in both the triple and long jump.  Both the boys’ and girls’ teams improved in their team results from the previous meet.

On March 28th the Tigers traveled to Lyons, where Finegan had the highest place among boys with a third place finish in the 400, and Jordan finished ninth in the 100. Coach Mario Garcia was pleased with the results after the meet, saying, “We had some good performances from individuals, especially Shane Finegan and Tyler Hein, who PRed in nearly every event he did.” The meet was against 4A and 5A teams, so although they didn’t place very well, the team did well overall and improved their times, which will help their rankings in 2A.

Finegan was pleased with his performance. “I felt that I did well for establishing a starting point and that I can reach my benchmarks for the season,” he said. Finegan is ranked first in the state in the 400-meter sprint. Finegan also stated that he is content with his placing, considering it was against kids from much larger schools.  

The Tigers will next hit the road to compete on April 9th at the D’Evelyn Invitational.

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.