Category Archives: Fall Sports

Taking the Start to Arizona

Photo by Catherine Liggett
Photo by Catherine Liggett

By Catherine Liggett

The boys’ varsity cross country team stepped up to the start line for the final time this season.  The boys placed 12th as a team at the 5A Region 5 State Qualifier Meet on Oct. 17. Despite a missed opportunity to compete at the State Championships, the boys still believe they have a chance to perform in the postseason and prepare for next year.

Junior Dillon DeSalvo, along with three of his teammates, was able to achieve a season personal best at the Regional meet, running the Monument Valley course in 18 minutes and 24 seconds.  Other runners to set a season best on the course included freshman Scott Johnson, senior Jackson Davis, and senior Greg Brantley.

“The regional race helped me see that I can run faster than I think.  I ran a personal best and was able to pass some of the top varsity runners,” DeSalvo said.

While the season may be over, the boys refuse to give up on running this winter and are preparing to compete in the Southwest Nike Cross Regionals in Arizona this November.  DeSalvo is saving his best effort for a great race in Gilbert, AZ and is determined to “get a good time and race to the best of my abilities.”

“On top of competing, I just want to have a good time with my teammates, but still mainly focus on competing,” DeSalvo said.

The team has its sights set on the future and is ready for a substantially better season next year.  “Next year is our year.  We’re all going to be a little more serious, take our workouts to the max, and just overall have more focus,” DeSalvo said.

Through the highs and the lows of the past cross country season, DeSalvo has learned one essential lesson to running: “At the end of the race, you don’t want to feel like you could have gone faster.  If you think you’re running fast, then run faster.”

Jason Ritter Remembered with Jersey Patch

By Taylor Mitchell

Teacher and coach Jason Ritter, who passed away in March 2011 after battling cancer, impacted Legend High School. A JR patch on every football player’s jersey is one way he is being remembered and honored.

“Jason Ritter was an incredible man who wanted to make Legend the best place on Earth to be,” said Jay Zimmerman, chemistry teacher and close friend of Ritter.

Legend is big on school pride, and that meant a lot to Jason Ritter.

“He wanted the school to stick together and do the right thing,” said Zimmerman.

Every time the players slip on their jerseys they will see the patch.

“To me the JR patch means that I’m playing for our school, our family, and the man who made us one.  Jason Ritter has such a big impact on me and I think of him the whole game,” said senior Ian Mac.

Coach Rob Doyle, along with others, discussed the patch with the team. There was an email sent out to each of the players.

“The JR patch is to remind us and make it so his legacy will never be forgotten,” said Zimmerman.

The patch is motivation for the entire team to keep on going and never give up, to “find a way,” as Ritter would say.

Boys’ Tennis Competes at Regionals

By Jazzy Welling

The boys’ tennis team ended its season with a 7-2 record.

“The season went well even though we lost some of the seniors. The whole team is happy about our finish,” said senior and #1 singles player Adam Peszek.

The highlight of the season was winning the Pride of Parker Trophy a second year in a row. They won this trophy by again beating both Chaparral and Ponderosa.

The Highlands Ranch Regionals tournament took place Oct. 3 and 4 at Highlands Ranch at RedStone Park in Highlands Ranch.

 

Q & A with Smoky Hill’s Female Football Player

By Alexis Stuckey 

When the varsity football played Smoky Hill Sept. 7 for the Homecoming game, few in the stands knew that a girl was on the field.  Her name is Annika Edgington.

When did you join the Smoky Hill football team?
This year, as a junior.

Why did you decide to go out for football?
I told my friend I was interested in playing and he said you can’t because you’re a girl, so I went out to prove him wrong.

What’s your favorite part about playing football?
I love the challenges that are in football. All the sports I’ve played before have beens ones that I’ve grown up playing, so I knew everything about it. But it’s different with football. I’m still learning how the game works.

How is the team towards you?
I love how supportive the team is of me. The team is welcoming towards me.

Has playing on the team changed how you’re treated at school?
There are a lot of times at school when I’m wearing my jersey and some people look at me kind of confused, or they ask who I’m dating on the team. When I tell them that I play, usually they think it’s really cool. Of course, there’s always going to be people who don’t approve but there are way more supporters and people who are proud of me for sticking to my guns.

What is the biggest challenge of playing for you?
Not pressuring myself, I want to be perfect at everything, and takes every little downfall rough

How do you feel like you’ve done this season?
I didn’t get an opportunity to kick at all in the first game, so between 2 games I’ve been 14 for 14 on extra points and I’m 0 for 1 for field goals. I’m really pleased that I’m 100% on extra points, and of course I wish I would’ve made the field goal but I’m getting better every day.

Soccer Season Game Review

By Mikaela Miller

Game #1: Legend vs. Rock Canyon @ Sports Authority Stadium, Sept. 11
Starting off the season, the boys varsity soccer team went head-to-head with Rock Canyon, losing by a score of 0-1. Rock Canyon scored in the first five minutes of the game and “Legend was unable to gain back the upper-hand,” said captain Ben Bishop, senior. Thus the team began its season record at 0-1.

Game #2: Legend vs. Mountain Vista @ Shea Stadium, Sept. 13
Next, the team battled Mountain Vista in another low-scoring game.  Unable to answer Vista’s only goal, the Titans lost 0-1. Despite not scoring, the offense had 10 shots on goal: Bishop with four, junior Kevin Porter, with three, and Keun Chang, sophomore and senior Austin Melendy with one each. “We need to learn to stay relaxed,” said Sean Salansky, senior. Legend continued forward with its record at 0-2.

Game #3: Legend vs. Chatfield @ Sports Authority Stadium, Sept. 15
The team celebrated their first victory of the season against Chatfield. The score ended at 2-0, with goalkeeper Nykola Nyznyk, senior, protecting the goal against three shots, leaving the Chargers’ score at zero. “We are struggling a lot in the attacking third,” said assistant coach Jordan Ivey. “If we come together as a team, we hope to see more success.”  The win moved the Titan’s season record to 1-2.

Game #4: Legend vs. Highlands Ranch @ Sports Authority Stadium, Sept. 18
Continuing their strike, the boys took on Highlands Ranch, winning by a score of 2-1. Though one goal was scored by the Falcons, Chang and senior Robert Vanegas each scored a goal, with assists from Bishop and sophomore Austin Hayes, leading the team to victory. The win evened up the Titans’ season record to 2-2.

Game #5: Legend vs. ThunderRidge @ ThunderRidge, Sept. 20
On a roll, the team faced ThunderRidge two days later, winning with a score of 2-1. Bishop and Chang both found the back of the net. The defense prevailed as Nyznyk saved four goals, keeping Thunder Ridge’s goal count at 1. The Titans continued their winning streak, bringing their record to 3-2.

Game #6: Legend vs. Douglas County @ Douglas County, Sept. 22
Moving forward, the boys vered Douglas County, winning with score of 1-0. The goal was scored by Bishop, while Nyznyk protected the net against six shots, leaving Douglas County’s score at 0. The team increased their record to 4-2.

Game #7: Legend vs. Castle View @ Castle View, Sept. 25
Finally, the team fought Castle View, ending the game with Legend’s first tie of the season, 0-0. Nine Varsity players attempted to score during the hard fought match, but in the end, leaving the score at 0. The Titans’ record halted at 4-2.

Girls’ Cross Country on Track for State

By Hannah Ross

Throughout the past few seasons, the girls cross country team has been vying for a spot at state, and this year they’re proving they have a shot.

“This year’s girls cross country team has bonded like no other team in past years. The girls all have strong friendships and strive to push each other to do their best,” said captain and junior Peyton Cottingham.

Cross country is one of the few sports that does not have a set JV and varsity team. The varsity team is the “starting seven which changes weekly, but the top five have remained consistent so far this season,” said Coach Megan Peterson.

The starting five are sophomore Maddie Roberts, freshman Catherine Liggett, junior Marlena Long, sophomore Lauren Moden, and sophomore Ryan Sotebeer.

“Times have improved because of a stronger bond within the girls and we have more support for each other,” said Cottingham.

“I love it! I have great friends on the cross country team. We are like a family!” said Sophomore Sarah Bergford.

The girls also have a “better chance at going to state than the boys. We might not beat their times, but we will definitely try to be at state with them!” said Cottingham.

“The girls team has had a lot of successes this season,” said Coach Peterson.

Some of their top meets were at the Pueblo Invitational on Sept. 15, the varsity girls finished second. The Varsity girls team won the Arvada West Invitational last Friday, Sept. 21 and the JV girls team finished in 3rd place.

This season is shaping up to be one of the best.

“The girls cross country team has continued to improve since Legend opened and this year’s girls team is the biggest and most competitive we have had so far. I’m excited to see what those girls can do together,” Coach Peterson said.

Football Joins Best in State in 5A

We are Legend. We are Family. We are One. Those are the words that grace the backs of the Legend Titan football teams’ jerseys this year as they prepare themselves for a new year with a new challenge: 5A football.

Legend played its first 5A game against Prairie View on Aug 31. The Titans started off their season strong, coming out with a win.
According to senior Mark Piazza, 5A football is going to be a breeze for the team.

“Football is football, I’m confident in my team,” said Piazza. Most of the players agreed that they were prepared to battle the 5A teams, including the number five ranked, Fountain Fort Carson Trojans.

“Fountain Fort Carson is a very talented, and physical team, they are good but we can take them,” defensive coordinator Cody Meuli said. “As far as I’m concerned we can take on any team at this moment.”

In preparation for this season, the team keeps up with the opposition by watching film, working out, and practicing whenever they can.
But what do they do before the game to prepare?

“We have a game day routine. We [have] a team meeting and then have a pre game ritual that involves lots of stretching and getting mentally prepared,” said Meuli.

“We are a very religious team and to prepare for our games this season we do a team prayer and ask God for good luck and protection,” said Piazza. “As well as to be successful as the newcomers [in] the 5A league.”

The players can only be cool, calm, and collected for so long before we start to see them sweat.

One primary player in the team who has a lot on his shoulders is Peyton Remy, the varsity starting quarterback that happens to be a sophomore.

“[Peyton Remy] is the youngest starter; [he] always has encouraging words,” senior Ian Mac said. “He’s never nervous, or at least he doesn’t show it.”

Bringing their senior leadership to the team this year are, Andrew Bergner, Luke Behrends, and Colton Fries according to coach Meuli.
“They could help lead the team to a 5A all around victory,” Meuli said.

Titan Volleyball

By Jenny Steiner

After its first 10 games, the varsity volleyball team’s record stands at 6-4 after wins against Lewis Palmer, Littleton, Thunder Ridge, Highlands Ranch, Columbine, and Rock Canyon.

Coach Katie Winsor says the challenge will be balancing high expectations for the season.

The team captains are seniors Jamie Bredahl and Alexis Boutin. “We’ve never made it past regionals and we want to make it to the state tournament,” Boutin said.

Eli Moore Announces at Homecoming Game

By Jimmy Aaron

Girls’ basketball coach and guitar teacher Eli Moore took the place of science teacher Jay Zimmerman as the announcer for the Homecoming football game, and all future home games.

Moore feels his announcing style is more down-to-earth. While he tends to be more factual, Z is more emotional.

“The only time I get emotional is when we get a touchdown,” Moore said. “[Jay Zimmerman] is one of the best announcers around,” he added.

Mr. Moore’s chant of “Touchdown, Touchdown, Touchdown!” is indeed one of the few moments in which he projects emotion. The chant comes from Kent Pavelka, the announcer for the Nebraska Huskers in the early nineties.

“I’m a big Huskers fan,” Moore said.

According to Mr. Moore, he wouldn’t be able to announce effectively if it wasn’t for the assistance of his spotter, former assistant football coach Andy Wold.

“He’s up there with the binoculars,” Moore said. “He’s the backbone of the operation. I learn something from him every game.”

Moore’s qualifications for the position of announcer come from involvement in performing arts, as well as 10 years of experience as an announcer prior to coming to Legend.

“I [announced] 10 years at Chaparral,” Moore said. “Being a singer and performer helps.”

The stressors that come with announcing can affect anyone, even somebody as experienced as Moore. One stressor he highlights is the delay between speaking and broadcasting over the stadium intercoms.

“You’re already on the next thought. The echo effect can make you stumble,” Moore said.

The environment of the announcer’s booth may be stressful, but it is its own reward. Such an outlook reflects Moore’s experience and comfort with announcing.

“It’s the best seat in the house,” Moore said.