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By Becca Grobe
For more information, visit the athletic website.
By Becca Grobe
For more information, visit the athletic website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sam Kroner (Junior) “It’s a good way to spend time with my friends, and I like watching the game. I try not to focus too much on the game, though because I get too intense.”
Daniel Gay (Junior – Varsity Football) “We came out over confident and didn’t play with the intensity we should have and that’s what caused the loss.”
Lewis Farrar (Junior – Marching Band) “The football team was awesome, didn’t finish as well as they could have.” “Fun to watch and be in the performance.”
Stevie Campanelli (Senior – On how he felt at his last homecoming game in high school) “I had a lot of mixed emotions going through my head. I was sad that it was over, but at the same time I’m looking forward to moving out of high school. I will definitely come back to see a game next year!”
Katy Nelson (Junior) “It’s a fun thing to do with friends, and it was fun to cheer on our friend Tanner on Homecoming court. I lost my voice the next day from screaming so loud.”
Kyle Videtsky (Junior – Marching Band) “The game was pumped up. I mean not so much the game but the crowd. Everyone was anxious and just waiting for the next play.” “The halftime show was quick. Everything happened in the blink of an eye and then I was back in the stands.”
Kayla Hernandez (Senior) “It was the best game because even though we lost I got to hang out with my friends and everybody made it worth it to go.”
Nick Schulhoff (Junior – Varsity Football) “ The fans at the game were electric, full of energy. I think as a unit we made a lot of mental mistakes, but no one person is to blame for the loss. We win as a team and we lose as a team, this time we lost.”
Camille Daniels (Junior) “It was really fun to see the whole school come together to support our team, and even though we lost we still stayed together to support our family.”
Holly Aherns (Junior) “The energy was really great. The kids were really fun to be around. There was a lot of spirit, even though we ended up losing at the end.”
Tanner Avery (Junior – Homecoming Court) “It was great to be recognized and to have the chance to hang out with some amazing people.”