• Football Season Update

    The Pueblo West High School football team is starting the season 2-0. They beat Pueblo County High School 28-7 and dominated Pueblo East High School 36-14.

    “County is not the best team and East is young, so it wasn’t the hardest to win against them. We can still do a lot better though,” said junior football player Kolyn Kremer.

    Their goals for the season are to win the SCL title, go to playoffs, and then win the state title. The team is in “high spirits” for the rest of the season.

    When asked about Coach Pinkerton’s opinion, Kremer said, “He thinks we played well but can improve greatly. Penalties and poor tackling; we still need to get better at,”

    Their next game is Friday, September 15 against Pueblo South High School at Cyclone Stadium. There is a big rivalry between the teams. The Pueblo West and Pueblo South football game is commonly referred to by students as “The Black and Blue Game.”

    “As long as we come out playing hard there will be no doubt that we will win, but if we came out the way we started against East we are going to lose,” said senior football player Zach Rudd.


  • Seniors of the Dance Team

    Meet Alex Duran, Ali Campos, Amber Wharton, and Jayden Lamas.

    Duran and Lamas have been on the Pueblo West High School Dance Team for all four years of their high school career. Wharton has been on the team for three years, and this is Campos’ second year.

    The annual pigskin game has just passed, and since these four girls are seniors, it was a pretty emotional time.

    Duran said, “My first pigskin was something I did not expect. We were busy for months learning two dances! I remember the stress of learning a dance the day of.But I can just remember the memories we had during that time. It was something I will cherish for a lifetime.I got close with the team during that time.

    Duran then explained how her senior experience was different, “This year’s pigskin was something I will carry on for a lifetime. It was an honor to choreograph the pigskin assembly dance and dancing with my team. I was so thrilled when I was going to be able to host the team at my house to get ready and well, of course, eat. I hope to remember the memories I made 10 years after graduation. I will always be so honored to have been able to dance 4 years at each pigskin which all have very different meanings and memories that will forever be apart of my heart!”

    Since Campos has only been dancing for two years, she was not on the dance team her freshman year, so her experience was a little different.

    She reported, “My first pigskin was so much fun! I wasn’t on the dance team so I was in the stands with the rest of the student body. I had such a fun time doing the cheers and being involved in the crowd.

    She followed by mentioning,”My last pigskin compared to my first pigskin was pretty great as well. I absolutely love being on the dance team and performing for half time and being on the sidelines. Having that spirit to share with the student section is such a good feeling. If I had to choose which one was my favorite, I would have to say my senior year.”

    Wharton was also not on the dance team her freshman year, but her first pigskin on the dance team was definitely an experience.

    Quoting Wharton, “Oh goodness let me see if I can remember that long ago. My first pigskin, I didn’t know what to expect at all. During our first performance for the whole school was, of course, the assembly, and I was beyond nervous.”

    Wharton Mentioned how she recalled the events of her day before the game bagan, “I do remember the game being home and getting ready at one of the dancer’s house. I thought it was fun and exciting.”

    Wharton explained the stresses of pep-weeks for the Dance Team, “Pigskin week in general is just overwhelming for dance team. I do also remember learning a dance in a day before pigskin game.”

    She noted, however, that her senior pigskin was much better than her first, “I believe this pigskin was the best out of all three years I’ve been on. Mostly because we got the trophy back of course, but I feel like this year we have a lot of potential to show as a team and I’m happy the way my last pigskin ended.”

    Lamas has been on the dance team alongside Duran for all four years, so her first pigskin was different from Campos’ and Wharton’s.

    Lamas said, “My first pigskin had my heart racing with excitement being a freshman and everyone watching me on the field. Getting ready with the team felt like a family and I was learning so much from the older girls.”

    Lamas noted the difference in emotions when comparing the two games, “My last pigskin was just as amazing, but I was heartbroken that it was my last pigskin. I wasn’t going to be able to feel the excitement as I did ever after this one. It was also an amazing feeling because I am a role model for all of the incoming girls and it makes me happy and I just never want it to go away.”

    All of the girls felt that their last pigskin was successful for different reasons.

    Duran said, “I feel that it was, we worked very hard and it’s such a rewarding feeling when people give compliments about how well the team did.”

    Campos believed that her last pigskin was successful for the school and for her experience because West brought the trophy back home, and the team performed well and brought a lot of cyclone spirit with them.

    Wharton reported that this game had the biggest student section she has seen from West. Also, the dance team have been practicing for the big game since the middle of the summer, and the hard work payed off.

    Wharton also mentioned that the football team never backed down even when West was ahead by a few touchdowns.

    She believes that everyone’s excitement is what made it best.

    Both Duran and Campos said that their favorite part is the adrenaline rush, nerves, and excitement of waiting to perform before each halftime and assembly.

    Wharton said her favorite part was performing and being on the sidelines and, of course, seeing everyone “getting hyped throughout the game.”

    Lamas loves being together with the team and the excitement of dancing.

    Since these four girls are seniors, and sadly, this is their last year at the school and on the dance team, they explored the things they would miss the most about the team after they graduated.

    AlexDuran said, “Coming in and always sharing laughs and crazy stories about what happened at school. And of course Jenna Kristan when she gives me back tickles because I force her too.”

    Campos told us, “Probably performing. Like I said, I love that rush of excitement. I’ll miss performing with my girls and knowing we worked so hard to get that routine and the feeling of all the hard work paying off.”

    Wharton announced, “When I first joined, it was only because I wanted to get involved in high school. I actually liked it and continued for my last three years. I’ll miss everyone I have met and just being there in general. I definitely will not miss running.”

    Lamas’ response was a little more emotional.

    She said, “I will miss having people to go to when I need them the most and feeling like I have a family.”

    The girls explored what parts of their experience they considered to be the best and worst.

    Duran mentioned, “My best year would be this year, every dance we do I learn to cherish it because I know it’s a last. And my worst would be my freshman year being up in front and forgetting the dance for pigskin. It was embarrassing and I am truly scared from the embarrassment.”

    Campos stated, “My best experience on dance team so far would probably have to be my Halloween dance my sophomore year. That dance was so much fun to perform and as a team, we all did things together and we all clicked really well together. My worst experience would have to be trying out my sophomore and senior year. I have really bad hips so they don’t allow me to do certain movements so that has been the most difficult part about dance for me overall as well.”

    Wharton expressed that her best experience would have to be when she made the team, and any other time performing because dancing is something she likes to do. She said she doesn’t have a bad experience.

    Lamas voiced that her best experience would probably be being a senior on the team and the worst would be the state fair parades every year because she gets dehydrated and it’s hot.

    These four girls are dedicated to the dance team and will sure be missed by the team when they graduate, but for now, the team plans to enjoy the rest of the year and football and basketball seasons!

    Make sure to watch out for these fierce girls at the dance team’s next performance!

     

     

     

     


  • Boy’s Tennis takes first at Hornet

    SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

    Cyclone Boys Tennis sweeps through Hornet

    Pueblo West Tennis in the annual Hornet Invitational

    This past weekend, boys’ varsity tennis represented Pueblo West High School at County High School’s Hornet Invitational with a team score of 144, besting Centennial High School by 8 points. A great victory indeed considering heavy competition from schools such as Central High School and South High School.

    Nick Hawk won all three of his matches in his seed to claim the first-place spot in 2 singles. The 6’ 3” senior said, “It felt really great coming out and winning the Hornet (in his seed), for the second time consecutively and it was an all-around positive way to start the season for me and the team”

     

    Pueblo West High School Boys Tennis poses

    after team victory on Saturday, September 9th Picture Creds. Nathan Mutz- Head Coach


  • Donations for Hurricane Victims

    Hurricane Harvey have been ripping through the southern part of the United States. Sky Eckley, a student at Pueblo West High, started a way to collect donations to help out.

    The money collected will be sent down to help with shelters, debris cleanup and to help the victims get back on their feet. There are donation jars in the main office and one in Mrs. Woelfel’s class, room B-224. Eckley should be coming around in homeroom on Wednesday to collect money.

    All donations, no matter how small, will help. Thank you for the support!


  • Through the Lens of a Freshman

    Every year, the CyChron writes a series of articles highlighting the graduating seniors at the beginning and end of the year. 2017 is going to be different.

    Every year, a class of unknown, and often unheard, freshmen walk into Pueblo West High and start making their individual marks on the building. They leave a legacy for future classes, and if four short years, they will graduate.

    But for now, they are still the young guns, and their stories start on day one.

    The following anecdotes are written by freshmen CyChron staff members, detailing their personal experience on the first day of school.


    Cassadi Baker:

    My first day of school was very nerve wracking.

    As if moving from Illinois wasn’t scary enough, I was starting my freshman year not knowing anyone. I immediately got involved in volleyball, which has helped me make many friends.

    When I arrived at school on the first day, I wanted to turn the car around and just go home. As I started walking into the school, many people were there to greet the incoming freshman, which made me feel a little less alone.

    I had to ask for help to find every class, but everyone was more than happy to help me out.

    I enjoyed every class that day, but journalism would have to be my favorite. I walked in, and suddenly felt welcome. Everyone was nice and seemed happy to meet the new freshmen.

    The worst part of my day was probably waking up at 4:30 to make sure I wasn’t late to my first day of high school, yet I was still almost late.

    I’m starting to get more involved with school activities. Volleyball being one of them. A week after school started, we had tryouts and it was very tough. But, I managed to make the team, which was a big accomplishment.

    I look forward to being more involved, and meeting many more people on my journey at Pueblo West High School.


    Ein Bauer:

    My very first day of school was not the best. I keep getting lost and couldn’t find a single class by myself. I was so lost that for half of my classes, I was on the wrong floor.

    I didn’t know many people as a lot of them were from other schools. My schedule was hard to learn for the first couple days but now. I have the schedule pretty much memorized by now.

    Although a lot of people are in sports or various clubs I myself, am not. I did not think about doing any clubs until it was too late and everything I could have done had already started. My parents were disappointed that I couldn’t do anything so I decided that I would do Journalism as it is something I was always wanted to do. My schedule was set and I had needed to get supplies for my classes.

    At the end of the day, I had walked to the doors and had waited twenty minutes for my dad to pick me up. After finally getting home I had realized how tiring my first day was.


    Tyler Phillips:

    Freshman year could be one of the most important years of high school.

    My first day was very intimidating but I will never forget it, I remember just searching for the people that I knew the second I walked in the doors. When I finally found someone, I knew, it was a major relief to vent and talk to someone I knew in an ocean of new people.

    I was both nervous but also excited to meet all the new people. I had trouble finding my first class but some friends aided in this struggle. I saw who was there and I was excited there was some people that I knew but also a mixture of new people to meet, this had me over all excited to meet and befriend these new people.

    My main nerve was trying to find all of my hours, even though, yes, we went through them at orientation but those memories where long gone. I was most excited about meeting all the new people and meeting my teachers. The freedom is great I hope to pursue my goals through high school.


    Emmalia Miller:

    Since I am on the dance team, the first day was nerve-racking, but also calm.

    We started practices in the summer for dance team so I knew some upper classmen who would later help at the school. In the morning, on the very first day, I had to be at the school early to form a tunnel with the dance team and the cheerleaders for the freshman walking in.

    At the assembly, I performed in front of the whole freshman class, and no one seemed too excited.

    For the rest of the day, I wandered through the halls looking for a classroom after every hour, and somehow I managed to find the room every time and not be tardy. The school is very big, so there are many opportunities to get lost. That was my biggest fear before starting; getting lost. Something else I wasn’t very excited about were the crowded halls with several tall upperclassmen.

    The thing I was most excited about was football games. Since I am on the dance team, I have to be on the field for the entire game and do sidelines, band jives, school song, and kick lines. The best part of the game for me would be performing at halftime. High school isn’t too bad so far after all!