JV Football brings confidence and passion to the season

Players look towards success for the upcoming season.

By Olivia Daniels and Miranda House

Football season is the church bells to everyone’s ears in small town Parker, Colorado. On August 25th, Legend High School’s JV football team stepped onto the field, ready to begin their journey towards playoffs.They scrimmaged that of Pine Creek High School, a local team penalized and now on probation for recruiting. The scrimmage, just like any other game, had both offense and defense that rotated after 12 downs, no matter the result of the previous down. The team had fluid communication, and cheered their teammates on as they scored, tackled, and dominated the field.

The scrimmage was “a huge confidence booster,” says ex-wide receiver and outside/ middle linebacker junior Cameron Thompson. Given the opportunity in front of them, the team has established a new sense of pride, led by the new JV football coach, EJ Kruse, formerly known as the transfer from Elizabeth High School, a rural town 20 miles east of Legend. Coach Monte Thelen was another addition to the football program, taking the stage for the first time alongside his players.

Although the conditioning can be extreme, junior Travis Thompson, twin of Cameron, proudly admits that Kruse and Thelen have been an asset to the team, making them, “so much more prepared,” as players and individuals, for the season, with playoffs in their sight. As wide receiver and outside linebacker, the conditioning and long practices pay off, because it allows both the Thompson twins the chance to follow in their father’s footsteps, the same footsteps that sparked the joy and love for the game of football.

The ultimate goal for any team is to win, and with winning comes the opportunity to make the playoffs. The Legend JV team has found much more than the motivation and dedication towards the game, they have built strong relationships with one another and have become a band of brothers that work towards a common goal. As a team with successful coaching staff, the light of the playoffs shine brighter this season than any of the past teams.

“I want to improve my team, my players, and myself,” stated Cameron Thompson. As individuals, each player wants to develop different skills that ultimately increase their overall bonding abilities and individual contributions to their team. During the scrimmage, both twins focused their skills, and honed in on every opportunity they got, to help impact their team in a positive way.

Passion is a driving factor for the game, and with the dedication that was demonstrated on the field during the scrimmage, it is clear to see that Legend’s JV team is motivated and ready to take a commanding position as to the outcome of the season, making our Titan spirit contagious and our Titan family proud.

A New Year

A quick preview to the beginning of the upcoming year.

By John Pacheco and Jason Burke

We’re back, folks. The 2016-2017 year is in session, and we’re all giddy with anticipation. There’s a lot coming at ya this year,and students all around are really excited about it.

We also have some pretty cool things that have already come by. The Back to School Dance has come and gone, and so has the Senior Sunrise. Both happened the 12th of August.  However, it’s what’s coming up that’ll really rock this fabulous new year.

Students of all grades can enjoy many things throughout the school this year. Our first formal dance will be the classic homecoming dance.  So, seniors grab your special someone.  Freshman, work up the courage to ask someone.  Everyone else, we trust you can figure it out.  So come have an amazing time dancing and rocking your dressy outfits all night.

The week of the dance, we’ve got the homecoming parade, where the clubs and sports teams march their floats through the streets. Afterwards, all the students gather for a bonfire to kick off the year and greatly increase student morality.

Many seniors have some relatively high goals in mind for this new year. Senior Ian Philben looks forward to changing his grades.

“I’ve been a pretty big procrastinator through my high school career, so I’m definitely going to try and actually do my work this year,” Philben said.

He also has some advice to give out to our new family: “Just do your work and don’t be late.  It’s a lot easier that way.”

Freshman Ellie Wilson is also excited about the new school year: “I’m looking forward to going to a lot of the games and activities.”

Can Coach Thelen help the Titans?

A look at how the change at the head football coach position has been for the Titans.

By Ethan Vlchek

With the departure of the previous varsity head football coach Rob Doyle, the athletics department has reached out to the former Cherokee Trail head coach Monte Thelen.

Hired late in the season, the team was reluctant to trust him and was at first seclusive. Now that the team is approaching the first game of the season, they are ready to support his ideology and work to beat their rivals, the Ponderosa Mustangs.

“This would be my last chance to change another football program in my coaching career,” said Mr. Thelen, when asked what drew him to Legend. “The culture is great. The whole idea of trying to build relationships and the culture of family here is very positive.”

To many others, the change at the head coach position has been a beneficial one. “I feel coach Thelen is a very good coach because he has a lot to offer from his previous coaching experience,” said senior Marcus Mustillo. “When he came in, he had a lot of traditions that he had to keep. He had to keep us together in general and I believe he has brought us even closer than we were before.”

Due to the lack of seniors on the team, the few that are here have talked to Thelen extensively to see where the team will be left after their departure. “Since he was hired late it was kind of slow to get stuff done, but in the summer he grew on us,” said senior Mitch Griswold. “He’s old school, very traditional and gets the job done,” said Griswold.

Thelen’s new position has attracted so many inquirers, the Youtube channel Football America, by Blake Olsen, has come to Legend to get a look at the team before their debut.

Lady Titans take on the 2016 season

The softball girls are looking to take the title.

By Caleb Atencio

Legend softball is heading into the season with a big reputation as the season comes near. They are projected third in state this year in women’s softball, but the Titans are anything but nervous.  “We’re gonna embrace the rankings and embrace the target on our backs, so were not nervous,” said head coach Kristen Shirk.

In 2015, Legend finished with an astonishing 19-4 season, which is building the team’s own individual expectation for this upcoming season. Newcomer Senior Carly Arnold already knows the expectations of her new team and is already trying to set the example. “I want to be the Gatorade player of the year,” says Arnold. To say the least, they’re ready. So wish your lady Titans luck and hope for the best for this season.

Ritter Roundball 2016 sees biggest turnout yet

By Kendall Napier

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Sophomore John Eckdahl wears number 32 for the team Ave; he shoots and scores for another point. The team, a combination of some old basketball friends, “used to play basketball together at Ave Maria Catholic School and thought it would be fun to play in the tournament together,” according to Eckdahl. Making it into the final eight, he and his team were happy that they were able to support and be a part of the Ritter Roundball tournament.

The annual Ritter Roundball tournament had an amazing turnout yet again. Parents, friends, teammates, teachers, and even Titan alumni showed up to support the event, which was dedicated to Mr. Ritter, one of Legend’s very own teachers. He was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer in 2010. Within a year, the school had lost a dear soul that will always be remembered.

Each year, in honor of Mr. Ritter’s leadership, hard work, and integrity, Legend always starts the year with the Ritter Roundball tournament in the hopes of showing how close of a family the we are.

Add One More Test to the List?

The state of Colorado recently defeated 17-18 a bill that would have required all high school seniors to pass a citizenship test.
By Tara Higgins

With the 2016 presidential election looming, and high school juniors and seniors registering to vote, the question of political apathy comes to surface. Are today’s youth qualified enough to vote, and do they have the knowledge it takes to make an informed decision?

Senate Bill 148 clearly disagreed. It proposed requiring all high school students to pass the civics portion of the citizenship test administered to all those wishing to be naturalized in the United States. Bipartisan support draws on recent survey results indicating that only roughly one-third of the U.S. population can name all three branches of government. By contrast, about two-thirds of Americans vote in national elections. Colorado lawmakers have drafted SB 148 with the intention of ensuring that today’s voting population knows enough to exercise their most basic of rights.

“I would like high school students to be engaged in politics and government, have a high sense of political efficacy, and have a solid understanding of the American political system,” said AP and U.S. Government teacher Jacob Erisman, “but I don’t think a required civics test would contribute any more to these ends than a semester-long government class.”

Questions on the test range from simpler questions testing students’ knowledge of the first American president, which oceans border which coasts, to those asking for a list of Native American tribes and which presidents presided over which wars.

A semester’s credit of U.S. government is already required for graduation here in Douglas County School District, and many students even opt for the year-long AP credit. The basic fundamentals of civics are already covered in the class, but SB 148 would add to the list of compulsory standardized tests.

Should Coloradans have to pass the U.S. citizenship test to graduate from high school? Critics argue that the test is too easy, considering most high-school level government classes cover much more in-depth knowledge, particularly AP, and should therefore be more indicative of the student’s grasp of the subject material. But proponents pushed for the bill’s passage, contending that if naturalized citizens must pass the test, so should natural-born citizens.

The experience of preparing for and taking a standardized test can contribute to students’ academic and professional readiness,” Erisman said, but “reading the politics section of the NY Times or Washington Post every day is probably more valuable than passing a 100-question test.”

To no surprise, current government students clearly opposed the idea. Surveying U.S. Government classes, most agree that the overwhelming amount of standardized testing already imposed upon students, from ACT to SAT to AP, is more than enough.

They will be pleased to learn the bill was struck down 17-18 in a close vote. For now, it appears that the basic graduation requirements are enough –  or at least, for now.