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Girls swim shines in state competition

By Taylor Hourigan

After competing in C and B Leagues the weekend before, members of Legend’s Girls Swim and Dive team took to the pool on Friday, Feb. 7 with hopes of making their times for state. Among the swimmers were Lauren Moden, Shilo Syddall, Allyson Malik, Hayley Stauber, Kendra Gardner, Abby Feeder, Chelsea Linton, Alexis Nygaard, Lauren Rogers, and Ryan Sotebeer.

At A Leagues, the Titans shined, with Moden placing 1st in the 200 IM, as well as 4th in the 100 Backstroke. Legend’s 200 Medley Relay, made up of Syddall, Malik, Stauber and Moden, dropped 1.5 seconds off their time to place 6th and qualify for state.

Also, Legend’s 400 Freestyle Relay, made up of Syddall, Gardner, Malik and Moden, dropped two seconds off their time to make 5th place and qualified for state. Swimmers Feeder, Linton, Nygaard, Rogers, and Sotebeer also qualified for state with their respective times.

Over the long weekend of Feb. 14-17, these girls geared up for state competition on Feb. 15 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton. Thirty-four different schools were in attendance that Saturday.

Moden placed 2nd overall in both the 50 and 100 Freestyle, and also made her All-American cuts in both events. Stauber placed 53rd in the 200 Free and 52nd in the 100 Butterfly. Malik placed 38th in the 500 Free and 45th in the 100 Breaststroke, and Syddall placed 37th in the 100 Backstroke and 58th in the 50 Free. Legend’s 100 Medley Relay placed 18th overall, while the 200 Freestyle relay placed 39th and the 400 Freestyle relay placed 17th.

As a team, Legend ranked 18 out of 34 schools in attendance.

Girls’ Basketball Winning Streak is Snapped after a 50-31 loss against ThunderRidge

Sophomore Haley Hildenbrand eyes the basket.
Sophomore Haley Hildenbrand eyes the basket.

By Ashley Keller

The Lady Titans suffered a loss last Friday against the ThunderRidge Grizzlies. This came after they won the three previous games before losing to ThunderRidge. The girls overall is currently 9-6. They will be playing a game tonight at Rock Canyon at 7 p.m.

“In 5A we’ve never won more than nine games. We’re feeling pretty good right now. Having 12 wins would give us a winning record. We’re really focused on hitting double digits in wins [this season],” Coach Eli Moore said.

Sophomore Haley Hildenbrand was chosen as Player of the Game for the Heritage game that the Titans won. “My best game so far has been Heritage. I had 14 points that game. I played well and hard. I attribute [my success to] my coaches and my dad.”

This is Hildenbrand’s first year playing on the varsity level. “I like [playing on varsity more]  than junior varsity. You have a family and it’s so much better. It’s really fun,” Hildenbrand said. “It’s interesting [being the only sophomore on the team]. You feel kind of by yourself. But the juniors make me feel like I’m a part of the team,” Hildenbrand said.

Girls’ Swim celebrates their Seniors

By Taylor Hourigan

Friday’s Pride of Parker meet for Girls’ swim against Ponderosa ended in a loss for Legend Varsity, but the night was not one to forget. Legend’s girls took home 1st place in 5 events: McKenna Moede in the One-Meter, Shilo Syddall in the 100 Free and 10 Back, Hayley Stauber in the 200 Free, and Ryan Sotebeer in the 500 Free. Overall, now, the team is 4-2 overall and 3-0 in league competition.

Friday’s meet was also Senior night for the team, and six seniors received a bouquet of flowers from Principal Corey Wise and Administrator Jason Jacob while Coach Karen Johnson announced their colleges and majors. The team lined up by the pool and cheered for their teammates as they passed.

Duel meets are now over for the team, and they are gearing up for league meets that start this weekend with C Leagues on the 31st. B leagues will be held on the 1st, and A Leagues are held over two days, the 7th and the 8th. Varsity swimmers who make certain times will then be qualified to compete in State competition, held on the 14th and 15th.

Varsity Girls win last two games

Photos by Ashley Keller and Catherine Liggett

The girls started their league season Friday, Jan. 17 with a 59-27 win at home against Littleton. Joey Sale put up a double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. Legend followed up that win with another home victory over Heritage, 50-28, last night. Coach Eli Moore’s Player of the Game went to sophomore Haley Hildenbrand who scored 14 points.

After a Tough Week, Girls Basketball Looks to Improve

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By Ashley Keller

The Lady Titans lost two straight games last week. They played on Jan. 7 against the Mesa Ridge Grizzlies, losing 62-27. The next day, the girls played against the Pine Creek Eagles and were defeated 45-39. The two losses ended a three game winning streak.

“I think the losses have made us stronger. They have given us something to learn from,” Junior Captain Megan Jordan said.

While Jordan is the team captain, the team has also been impacted by a surprising player, junior point guard Kristen Gallagher. She has played good defense, with an averaging two steals per game.

Despite the outcome of the two previous games, the girls overall record is 6-4. The team plays 13 more games before the season is over. The Lady Titans will be playing tonight against the Cougars at Cherokee Trail at 7 o’clock.

“[The season] is going good. We still have a lot of things to work on. But if we just work on the little things, we should be set,” Jordan said.

Titans Look to Finish Non-League Play with a Win

By Kyle Kercheval

After starting out the season with an exceptional 6-1 record, Legend boys’ basketball has lost three out of their last four contests. However, during this rough nonleague stretch for head coach Kevin Boley and his team, the Titans haven’t been back at the Coliseum since Dec. 21 where they are a perfect 3-0.

Legend’s four game absence from Parker has landed them everywhere from Colorado Springs and Denver during the Cherry Creek Holiday Tournament where they finished second for the third straight season with a 59-63 loss to Cherry Creek; to Littleton where they dropped a game to Dakota Ridge 42-54; back to the Springs where they crushed Palmer 76-56; and then to the western slope where they fell at the hands of the Grand Junction Tigers 54-62.

Heading into the second half of the season, the Titans can certainly pride themselves on being balanced in every part of the game and placing an emphasis on team play; an idea that Boley has preached throughout the course of the season. As a team, they rank in the top five of the Continental League in almost every statistical category.

Seniors Zach Mihalicz and Elijah Cherrington have been leading the team effort this season as they average a combined 27.2 points per game on the offensive end. On the other side of the ball, both average one steal per game and just under eight combined defensive boards.

While the senior leadership has been critical to the boys’ success, sophomore Monroe Porter has been stuffing box scores all season long. In just his first year at the varsity level, the 6-foot-2 guard is fourth on the team in scoring with 9.1 points per game, second on the team (behind only 6-foot-8 Zach Mihalicz) with 5.3 rebounds per game, and leading the team in steals and assists with two pilfers and 3.7 dimes per game. Although he’s usually identified as an outside shooter, Porter has proven to be much more versatile.

For Legend’s next matchup, they will finally be back in a “whited-out” Coliseum as they take on Rangeview High School (9-2) who is coming in off of a monster 72-49 victory over George Washington on Friday.

Wrestling Weight Class

By Kyra Ferguson

Weight class 106, 113, 120, 126. Each time a dual or tournament approaches, wrestlers step on a scale to be divided into categories based on weight. For some wrestlers, staying in shape and eating healthy foods to meet a particular weight class is a year-long practice. For others, it can be a last minute binge and diet.

“You eat a lot of lean meats, chickens, turkeys, not a lot of heavy foods, not a lot of sugars, a lot of proteins. I just have to watch the food I eat,” said senior Ty Mervin. “This year I’m going 138. Last year I was 126.”

Mervin has been wrestling for four years, and learned to adapt healthier eating habits, rather than “cut” weight last minute.

Junior Baylor Frangella, however, aimed to change his diet to lose five pounds within a month before the season started.

“I didn’t have to, I just chose to,” Frangella said. “It’s not difficult, you just have to be dedicated to it.”

Frangella aimed to be in the same weight class he was in last year, 113, saying that he was aiming to be certified in the same weight class, “because I’ll probably be really successful at regionals” by doing so.

Practice and workouts are extensive for wrestlers, too. Wrestling practice is from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Most wrestlers, like Mervin, workout afterwards or in the morning, along with their daily practice.

“I do practice everyday, and I workout in the morning,” Mervin said.

Like Mervin, senior Colin Vazquez said that he doesn’t eat differently out of season than he does when wrestling, and practices regularly.

“I watch my weight a lot. I’m only four pounds overweight,” Vazquez said. “I’ll honestly just work harder to work off food. My mom’s really healthy.”

Vazquez said that he was on the scale everyday, out of season, monitoring his weight, and runs in the morning, as well as going to the gym after practice.

Sophomore Adam Aguilar, on the other hand, planned to lose ten pounds for the season just weeks before practice started.

“I was losing about ten pounds when I started,” Aguilar said. “You have to eat a strict diet, no junk food.”

Although some wrestlers aim to end up in a certain weight class by dieting and exercising, ultimately, it isn’t critical to their performance.

Girls basketball reaches for the next step

 

By Ashley Keller

The thing about a young team is that they get older. The “building years” end and the expectations rise. That’s the case with the girls’ varsity basketball team.“As Coach [Eli] Moore said, ‘the honeymoon is over,’” junior Joey Sale, one of the captains, said.

Being made up of a team of 12 players, nine being sophomores, made for tough wins and losses.  For the last two years, girls basketball has had a record of 9 wins and 15 losses. Those juniors have now gained more experience playing on at the varsity level and are ready for the new year. The girls faced challenges last year that helped shape their new season.

“[Last year] personally taught me to be more physical. And (as) a team, it taught us not to be frantic at times,” Sale said.

“It was definitely intimidating. But I could tell it made myself better,” junior Captain Megan Jordan said.

The nine sophomores played against juniors and seniors last year.  After the start of the season, the girls soon learned to play at that level of competitiveness.  “It was definitely challenging at times. A lot of them were bigger than us and were more experienced. But it was good. It helped us to play at a quicker caliber and learn,” Sale said. “[Last year] taught me not to back down.” Jordan said.

“[Last season] taught us to be disciplined and it showed us what our coaches expectations were,” junior Kylie Hager said.

The seniors graduated last year and it was difficult for the girls. There was only one junior on the team last year and the girls didn’t have many upperclassmen to come to for help.  “We didn’t have anyone to look up on the team. It was a challenge at times since we didn’t have many  upperclassmen,” Sale said.

“The seniors last year were a big part of the team and it was sad to see them leave.” senior Marisa Aguilar said.

This year the girls will face different challenges. Coach Eli Moore expressed his goal of hopefully having a minimum of 12 wins in the season. There are more expectations for the girls for the new year.

“There really haven’t been expectations besides improvement. Now there’s both improving and winning. There’s more pressure on the players,” Moore said.

“There will be higher expectations because the sophomores from last year [are] upperclassmen,” senior Aguilar said.

Marisa Aguilar is the only senior on the varsity team this year, but she sees herself as just another member of the family. “It’s cool being the only senior. Sometimes it feels like a lot of responsibility, but the team is one big family,” Aguilar said.