• Hornet Boy’s Swim continues SCL domination

    Last year, the swimmers from Pueblo County High swept every swimming event at the SCL championships.

    In 2017, with help from experienced Cyclone swimmers, they won all but two.

    Last weekend, SCL boy’s swimming was held at Centennial High School’s pool. Due to the recent combination of the Pueblo West and Pueblo County teams, five teams competed for the title.

    The Hornets blasted to a huge win on the backs of seniors Max Moreland and Garret Lopez, Juniors Paul Sopko and Treven Wertz, as well as sophomores: Kaleb Deleon-Fisher, Sean FIsher, and Jaedon Vargas.

    “Our obvious strength is our top four boys, but what gets us wins is the fact we have four more backing their performance up with great swims of their own,” said head coach Josh Cortese.

    The Hornets took wins in nine of the twelve swimming events.

    Pueblo West student Lopez took his first ever win in the 100 butterfly, his signature event. “It felt really good to finally win it,” said Lopez, ” I don’t really care what team it was for, it was just nice to win.”

    Other winners from the team include; Wertz, who won the 50 and 100 freestyle, Deleon-Fisher, who won the 100 yard  backstroke, and Moreland, who won the 200 yard Individual Medley (IM) and the 100 yard breaststroke.

    Moreland, as well as receiving a SCL Swimmer of the Year award, shared with teammate Garrett Lopez, broke two team records. The Rocky Ford native swam a 2:05.69 in his 200 IM and a 1:02.97 in his 100 breaststroke, both times were fast enough to smash the previous Hornet team records.

    “I’ve been chasing those records for a few years. I’m just glad I managed to break them at my last SCL,” noted Moreland.

    Sopko, Vargas, and Fisher all contributed to the top six finishes in their individual events, scoring “back-up” points for the team.

    “Without Paul, Sean, and Jaedon finishing as high as they did, this would have been a very close meet,” said Cortese,”None of our boys finished lower than 12th, and all of them made it back to A or B finals on day two. That’s what made the most difference.”

    The Hornets season continues for one more weekend invitational. The state meet, held at the USAF pool, will take place May 19 and 20th.

    Moreland, Lopez, Wertz, and Deleon-Fisher will compete individually for state medals, while trying to get their three relays into the top eight finalists on day two of the meet.

    As a group, the team hopes to be top ten in total point totals at the end of the 4A state meet.

  • Pueblo West students help at the Special Olympics

    On Saturday, May 13, the annual Special Olympics competition was held at South High School.

    Pueblo West High School had 65 volunteers helping at the event.

    Pueblo students volunteer at the Special Olympics.

    Volunteers have a multitude of different responsibilities. They can cheer for the athletes on the side lines, help escort athletes, coordinate activities, or even hand out snacks and water.

    Johanna Woelfel, a teacher at Pueblo West High, explained her favorite part of volunteering, “I loved seeing the athletes arrive with their families and teams. We had at least 30 pueblo west students cheering when people would arrive. The look on the athletes, parents, and coaches faces was priceless.”

    Woelfel explained that the main Special Olympic organizers said that the cheering fantastic. This was their first time doing that, but they want to do it every year in future. 

    If you want to volunteer, in May of next year, there will be sign-up sheets all around the school. Everyone who comes to help is guaranteed to have a job.

  • Farewell Mrs. Spock

    Mrs. Spock has been a teacher at Pueblo West High School for 10 years.

    She is going to work for the Pueblo County Education Association. She is being hired into the position of Union President. “I have mixed emotions (about leaving) I am going to miss the kids and the teachers and the staff here at the high school,” she said.  She says she has learned to be flexible, embrace that every day is different, and to laugh a lot.

    Many students will miss her warm smile and positive attitude. “She is always willing to help after class, is very knowledgeable, and could always to make me laugh,” said an anonymous student in her class.

  • Brandon Hart fundraiser

    On Wednesday, May 4th, Brandon Hart was in a fatal car accident.

    Brandon Hart was a recent alumni member of Pueblo West High School. He was apart of the 2016 graduating class.

    On Friday, May 12, Hart was planning to get married to his fiancé. His family is in need of funds to help support them through this time.

    In homeroom on Thursday, STUCO members will come around to all the classes with buckets. All the donations will go towards the Hart family. 

    Please donate and send your prayers towards the Hart family!

  • Pueblo West Boy’s Swim Team combines with County

    The Pueblo West Boy’s Swim Team no longer exists.

    During the 2017 school year, the Pueblo County High and Pueblo West High athletic directors decided to collapse the two teams into one force.

    One of the biggest influences for the switch, according to assistant coach Jeff Osborne, was the size of the two squads, “Pueblo West only has five male swimmers, excluding the unified team. County only has eight. Neither would have made a full team capable of filling out a duel meet.”

    Also, the two teams lacked coaches a month before the season started.

    “Wagoner had asked me about coaching a few times and I had originally turned him down.” said Osborne, “However, when the collapse was proposed, I agreed to take the position under [head coach] Josh Cortese.”

    Pueblo West and Pueblo County’s student  athletes compete with three swimmers from down East.

    Senior Max Moreland, a native of Rocky Ford, Junior Treven Wertz from Lamar, as well as Sophomore Kaleb Deleon-Fisher from La Junta, drive up to Pueblo daily to swim for the Hornets.

    “The boys from the Valley have been a part of this team for a long time now. I think it’s helped the transition. This team isn’t about what school you come from. All of these boys just want to swim.” said Osborne.

    Together, the team has had a very successful season so far.

    At the recent Hornet invite, the team placed third overall, featuring second place finishes from Moreland in the 50 and 100 free, as well as Wertz in the 200 freestyle. Deleon- Fisher placed 4th and 3rd respectively in his individual events.

    The three, accompanied by Pueblo West senior Garrett Lopez, placed second in both the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays to formidable teams from Cheyenne Mountain.

    The relay team of Moreland, Lopez, Deleon-Fisher, and Wertz have competed all three relays (200 medley, 200 free, and 400 free) fast enough to break all of Pueblo West’s school records. However, as there is only one Pueblo West swimmer on the relays, it was deemed unfit by athletic director James Wagoner to change the record board at the school.

    They did manage to put their names up somewhere though.

    In a time of 1:31.69, the foursome smashed the Pueblo County High record set last year. That record, will make it’s way into the history books at the Hornet’s Natatorium.

    The team will also have a large number of athletes competing at the state meet in two weeks.

    Moreland, Wertz, Lopez, and Deleon-Fisher have all qualified in the 100 butterfly, and and have the possibility to make finals (Top 16) in the event.

    “The goal is to get all four of them into the finals on day two in the 100 fly,” said head coach Josh Cortese,” simply because I don’t think it’s ever been done before.”

    As a whole, the team is seeded eighth for point earning potential at the state meet.

    The success is undeniable, as said by Cortese, “All in all, this [collapsing of the teams] might not have been the most popular choice. But the team is doing well. Really well. No one can say that they aren’t doing things that would have been impossible if the teams had been separated.”