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2014-2015 Poms tryouts yield 31 new members

By Tara Higgins

One of Legend’s most involved and competitive sports is Poms. After Poms tryouts, which were held on April 29 through May 3, Legend will see 31 new members take center stage in the 2014-2015 school year.

“We were very happy with the turnout that we had for tryouts and are extremely excited for this new year,” said Varsity Assistant Coach Kenzie McManus.

“We have a lovely bunch of girls and can’t wait to get started working with them.”

The Poms teams will be heading to camp in June, which McManus believes “is one of the most fun events that we do during our season.”

“It is the first time that all the girls have the opportunity to get to know one another and bond as a team and as a program,” McManus said.

Here is a list of the 2014-2015 Varsity and Junior Varsity Poms teams:

Varsity:

Hannah Arnoldi JR
Ashley Badovinac FR
Julia Getchell SO
Mackenzie Kirschner SR
Mikayla Lui FR
Mandy Martin JR
Melanie Miller SO
Alexis Oswald FR
Rachel Queen FR
Mikalyn Shonrock JR
Amanda Sprague JR
Kayla Steele SO
Savannah Wales JR
Macey Weed SO

 

Junior Varsity:

Payton Caldarella JR
Ali Colwell FR
Amy Elkin SO
Amara Faison SO
Meghan Gregston FR
Rachel Guerra SO
Alexis Houseman SO
Emma Jones FR
Rachel Key FR
Taylor LaKomy FR
Natalia Lopez SO
Daniela Martinez SO
Hannah Muldoon SO
Elizabeth Provines FR
Maria Stevenson FR
Lauren Wilkerson SO
Sadie Williams FR

Legend State Tennis

By Andy Sidel

Haley at StateThe Legend Girl’s Tennis team finished their season with 41 wins and 51 losses. Senior captain Natasha Williams and sophomore Haley Hildenbrand lost first round, 6-2 and 6-4, to Rocky Mountain High School at Colorado’s 5A State Championship Tournament.

“It was truly remarkable how they qualified,” said Coach Craig Marshall.

Williams and Hildenbrand beat Fairview in the final match, which was, according to Natasha, a thrilling match.

During the regular season, Hildenbrand and Williams played a similar match against Rock Canyon. The team displayed a relentless attitude while executing mid-court overhead smashes during a thrilling 3 set victory over the Rock Canyon team.

“They were down 3-5 in the third set and proceeded to win the next four games. They won the match against Fairview on a double fault,” Marshall said. “It was a great season and all of the players fought and deserved to be at state.

 

Girls Golf Heads to State

By Prisca To

Golf, a sport seen as a leisure activity, is actually beneficial physically and emotionally. Our Legend Girls Golf team has had a very successful season and strive to continue to do so in the future.

“Our team did really great this year. We had a goal that three girls on our team would qualify for state,” Anna Kennedy said. “We exceeded our goal.”

Duval Sutherland, Anna Kennedy, McKenna Reppe, and Andrea Reppe are the four girl golfers that have qualified for the state tournament at Raccoon Creek Golf Club in Littleton on May 19. Girl golfers from all of Northern Colorado that qualified will get together and play at the state tournament.

A major hardship in this year’s golf season has been the weather. It has been windy and rainy at almost every tournament. The golfers overcame this obstacle and achieved their team goal and qualified for state.

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The girls golf team posing after qualifying for state.

“Golf is a lot different than any other sport. That’s what makes it interesting,” Kennedy said. “You aren’t with your team while you play. But it’s fun seeing them afterwards and talking.”

From the Soccer Field to the Track

Sophomore Tara Pelton plays at the varsity soccer game April 17 against Regis at Sports Authority Stadium. Legend lost 1-0. Photo by Ashley Keller
Sophomore Tara Pelton plays at the varsity soccer game April 17 against Regis at Sports Authority Stadium. Legend lost 1-0. Photo by Ashley Keller

By Catherine Liggett

As though balancing two high school sport was not already enough, sophomore Tara Pelton has recently decided to participate in both varsity soccer and varsity track and field.  Originally a soccer player, Pelton chose to wear both cleats and spikes this spring season.

“My soccer coach actually got me involved.  She suggested I give track and field a try, so I went to a meet and really liked it.  It was something different; I’m glad I got involved,” said Pelton.

Pelton has quickly adjusted to the track and field scene, placing 2nd in the 100 meter dash at the Pomona Invitational on April 12 with a time of 12.56.  Pelton believes the win “helped boost my confidence because I was really nervous about running it before.”

With two highly demanding athletic schedules, Pelton deals with conflicting agendas on a weekly basis.  “Luckily during the high school season for soccer, all the games are during the week, and for the most part, track meets are on the weekend.  When they conflict, I just put soccer games before track practice and track meets before soccer practice,” said Pelton.

Looking towards the future, Pelton’s dream is to “play soccer in college, and track is helping me by improving my speed.  Track is so new, and I just have to see where it takes me.”

 

Legend Math teacher Michael Cordova shoots hoops at Denver Nuggets Game (video clip)

By Mikayla Roberts 

It’s a Denver Nuggets fan’s dream to step out onto the court and shoot hoops to win free gear and tickets. And for math teacher Michael Cordova that opportunity came his way March 31, 2014. “It was right place and right time, a PR for the Nuggets came up to me and asked me if I wanted to give it a shot and come onto the court to make some baskets,” said Cordova.

“I had to make a lay up, a free throw, three-point shot and a half-court shot all in 30 seconds,” said Cordova. “ I made the lay-up and free throw but couldn’t make the three-point shot.”

Cordova made the shots in front of 10,000 Nuggets and Memphis Grizzly fans as well as his son. “I was nervous because I am the worst player at morning teacher basketball,” said Cordova.

So what does someone receive when they make a lay-up and free throw?

“I won a Nuggets jacket, shirt and cooler for the layup. As for the free throw I won courtside tickets for the next upcoming Nuggets game,” said Cordova.

Coincidentally Cordova wasn’t the only teacher from Legend that was at the game that night, but Eli Moore Legends guitar teacher and girls basketball coach, happened to be in the stands as well.

“I took my son to his first NBA game and I yelled at my kid, “That’s Michael Cordova, a Legend teacher!” My son and I started screaming and cheering for him as loud as we could. People around us were wondering what in the world we were doing,” said Moore.

“Yes, I wanted him to make the shots and he did the first two. I was nervous for him because Oprah Winfrey is more accurate.”

 

Second part of the season looks dangerous for struggling Legend baseball

Photo by Kyle Kercheval
Photo by Kyle Kercheval

By Caleb Friginal

Legend baseball came into the 2014 season with high hopes and even higher expectations, as they were ranked sixth in the CHSAA preseason poll. But things haven’t panned out for this young team as they sit at (4-9) halfway through the season.

As was the case with 2013 Colorado Rockies, this years Legend offense has been exceptional while the pitching has been sub-par. The Titans sit at fifth in the league in runs scored while they’re eighth in runs against.

Dakota Marley has done his best to keep this Titan team afloat so far this season. The junior pitcher has recorded a 3.25 earned run average through 28 innings pitched this season. Marley is also hitting .444 and has one home run in 19 plate appearances.

Also, junior transfer Greg Pickett has had a huge impact on the Legend offense since he was called up for junior varsity. Pickett is hitting .538 and already has two home runs in only four games played this season. The first baseman will need to spark the offense if the Titans are to make a second half run.

Ace of the staff Peyton Remy has not exactly lived up to the preseason hype. The junior is 0 and 4 and has a 5.50 earned run average in 28 innings pitched. Remy came into the year with high expectations along with a baseball scholarship to the University of New Mexico.

The Titans have six games left in the season including games against two of the top teams in the state in Mountain Vista and Regis. Legend will need to pick up their game and finish this season strong of they are to have any chance at making a state run.

Girls’ Soccer Starts Up at Legend

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Juniors Kaitlyn Reilly, Alexis Nunn, and Anna Kennedy pose before their game tonight. Photo by Nate Loibl

By Nate Loibl

After coming off of a rough season with a record of 4-9-2 last year, Titan girls’ soccer is ready to start their new season with new skills, new confidence, and a new head coach. Their first game was on Thursday against Legacy High School. The team lost a tough one 4-1 after being tied at halftime.

“We started off really strong and worked as a team, but once [Legacy] scored we put our heads down,” junior Kaitlyn Reilly said about the loss.

Legend’s only goal was scored by freshman Cameron Bell coming in the first half. Three of the four goals by Legacy came in the second half of the game.

Legend uses triangle formations on the field when playing against their opponents. There are many different types of triangle formations that the team uses. Not staying in these formations could have been a factor in the loss on Thursday, according to Reilly.

“We need to make sure that we keep in our formations during the game,” Reilly said.

The girls’ next game is today against the equally 0-1 Liberty High School in Colorado Springs. They hope to redeem themselves after last week’s game.

“I can see us going to the playoffs this season once we get used to playing with each other,” Reilly said about this young season.

 

Young Titan Team Takes on Cherry Creek in Season Opener

By Caleb Friginal

“I can’t think of a better way to start the season than with Creek under the lights,” said assistant coach Brent Jackson (via twitter). The Titans will take on the Cherry Creek Bruins tonight under the lights at Double Angel Park.

Legend comes into the season ranked sixth in the CHSAA preseason poll, while the Bruins enter the year ranked fourth.

Tonight’s matchup will most likely showcases two of the best young pitchers in the state, Peyton Remy and Cody Wood.

Wood, a 5-foot-8 junior from Cherry Creek had a tremendous sophomore campaign. The two sport athlete had a 2.04 earned run average and 29 strikeouts in 34 and a third innings pitched.

Legend will send junior Peyton Remy to the bump for the season opener. The one year vet put up terrific numbers his sophomore year. Remy had a 3.03 earned-run-average and had 48 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched.

Remy does have his work cut out for him as he faces one of the best offences in Colorado. The Bruins had a team .383 batting average along with 22 home runs. Second baseman Jack Hallmark will lead the Bruins into Double Angel Field. The senior hit .386 last year with three doubles and nine runs batted in. The Bruins also return senior Matt Rindal who hit .328 as a junior and had three home runs.

Legend brings back seniors Carter Kling and Chandler Campbell, and junior Jordan Stephens. These three vets will play an intricate role if the Titans are to take down the Bruins tonight.