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  • Halloween: Spooktacular Holiday or Horrifying Nuisance? (Editorial)

    Pretty much as soon as the calendars turn to October, the Halloween season begins. For some, it’s a night full of fun, costumes, and candy. For others, Halloween is just a night of ringing doorbells and supplying the neighborhood kids with even more sugar. In my opinion, I think your opinion of Halloween changes as you age.

    For most kids, Halloween is the best time of year. What kid doesn’t love free candy? Personally, I used to love dressing up when I was younger and go trick or treating with all my friends. Even though I enjoyed the holiday as a child, I had some pretty traumatic Halloween experiences. After watching Hocus Pocus for the first time I couldn’t sleep for days. One of my first times trick-or-treating I was terrorized by a neighbor and in result, ran all the way back home.

    It seems that as soon as kids reach middle school, enjoying Halloween officially becomes uncool. You still celebrate it, but on a much smaller scale. It’s pretty much the same as Halloween in elementary school, except you’ll be sent home if you show up dressed like a pirate.

    Once I reached my high school years, however, it’s almost as if I didn’t have the time to enjoy Halloween. As I got older, I enjoyed the time before Halloween more than the actual day. I love watching horror movies and walking through haunted houses. The adults, I know hate Halloween solely because of the hassle that comes along with it, decorations and passing out candy, which consume most of Halloween night.

    No matter the age, someone can always find joy in this spooky season. All Hallow’s Eve will forever be a favorite of many.

     

     

     


  • The “Music Man”

    The “Music Man” is a musical of wonders and excitement, being performed by our Pueblo West Cyclones. They’ve worked extremely hard on the musical. It will be held here at Pueblo West High School, the 6th, 7th and 8th of November at 7 p.m. There will also be a preview in 7th hour from 2 to 3:25 for students that would like to go.

    “The Music Man” is about a man that comes to the town and tries to start up a band. But the man has no idea what he’s doing he’s a con man that travels from town to town. Only this time he has a little bit of a bump in the road the librarian without her approval no one in the town will associate  with him.  So he does the only logical thing in his head…court her for her approval.

    Brevin Mizell, a sophomore who plays “Mayor shin” in the play, went on to explain how his character feels about the man and how he thinks he’s corrupt. He describes, “I kinda act as in a way the villain of the story, because it’s kind a flip flopped the villain role in a way. I’m trying to protect my city from this sales man, who comes in and is trying to poison it, my character believes.” Mizell also tells me how the mayor and his daughter are having issues and he’s trying to protect her.  From hearing what Mizell had to say it seems this mayor is quiet the character.

    In an earlier interview with Mrs. Kinnischtzke, the choir director, said,”Drama is helping, wood shop is helping, and band is helping. The kids are working really hard to put on a good show. “This musical ‘The Music Man’ seems to really be bringing together these creative mines and will be a sight to see!” 

    Hope to see everyone there for the show!


  • A Tale Tells All – Cyclones vs Niwot

    On Wednesday night, the Cyclones fought their final battle against Niwot. The match took place on the Cyclones’ home field, making it possible for West to boast its school spirit.

    This game entailed a full cheerleading squad and pumped up fans. Each individual in the stands was on edge, their hearts racing at every touch on the ball. As the Cyclones’ rushed the opposing team’s side, the fans would stand up, almost reenacting the plays themselves. As for Niwot’s advances on the Cyclones’ side, the few supporters of Niwot would whoop and holler, fist pumping as the Cyclone fans wailed about, wanting to pick the ball up with their fingers and move it away from their goal.

    The two teams clashed until Niwot scored off of a reflection from Steven Cline. A shot had been made on goal, which was saved by goalie, Cline, but the ball was led in front of the goal, offering the perfect chance for Niwot to score.

    For the rest of the game, the Cyclones held their positions, offering Niwot a difficult match. Throughout the game, either side construed intricate and score-worthy plays, never slowing down. The high paced game left either side worthy of the win, but Niwot was able to surmount in victory through its goal in the beginning of the game.

    The Cyclones, facing their final game for the season together, reminisced in the games they shared. Two foreign exchange students, Robat (Robert) Bernshausen and Benjamin Nielson, recount their experiences on the team.

    When asked about their experience while being on the team, Nielson relayed, “The team had really good team spirit. That was one of the first things I noticed when I came to the team. Everyone was welcoming and open. There weren’t any of the varsity players that didn’t like each other or anything like that, and we always kept working for each other.”

    Bernshausen stated, “It was a great time. I went to the tryouts three days after I arrived in Colorado and directly made friends.” When further asked about what he learned or grew from on the team, Robert went on to say, “I learned about the team spirit and about the pride you have when you fight with and for your team. It improved my teamwork but also made me put the goals of the team over my own.”

    As for Nielson, when asked about his feelings over the past game, he stated, “Yeah, I feel terrible after the game Wednesday. I think everyone expected more than going out in the first round, so I felt like crap the whole day after in school. I was embarrassed that we lost in front of all those people and we didn’t go farther than we did. The team had the potential to go a lot farther than we did.”

    Although the Cyclones did not advance as far as they hoped to, they were able to bring about a memorable season that not only left a mark on their opponents, but on the team itself. No bond on a team is greater than those formed between the players.


  • The Lure of Victory: SCL Soccer Championships

    Last Tuesday, the Cyclones faced off the Centennial Bulldogs in a fight for the SCL Championships. The two teams fought for glory, prevailing even in the most grueling conditions. With these factors put in place, the Cyclones and Bulldogs ended the game, with a 1-1 tie.

    The bitter cold and night sky set a bleak and restless attitude over the Cyclones and their opponents. This game would determine the final bracket for the soccer teams as well as who will make it to the playoffs. Placing high, the Cyclones and Bulldogs were going to move on no matter what, but even then, this game was very important because a strong rivalry exists between these two schools.

    Within the first fifteen minutes of the game, Mark Ritz scored an air-piercing goal that flew from the edge of the twenty-yard line all the way passed the outstretched hands of the Bulldog’s goalie, setting the score as 1-0, Cyclones.

    Throughout the game, refs called seemingly erroneous fouls, leaving the players frazzled and perplexed. One call that was debated on either side over its legitimacy was the foul inside of the box by Steven Cline. The line ref stated that Steven Cline fouled the Bulldog’s player by scrambling over him to the ball, leaving the Bulldogs with a free shot on goal through a penalty kick. The Bulldogs sailed a clean shot into the back of the net, tying up with the Cyclones 1-1.

    The rest of the game presented a cacophony of noise and shouts as either side debated the accuracy of some of the calls made by the refs. One thing is for sure, and that is the astonishment of the cheerleaders towards the spirited parents within the crowd, seeing as soccer is usually not viewed as a popular sport. On the Bulldogs’ side, parents and teammates clapped while screaming “Let’s go Bulldogs,” while the Cyclones’ fans performed thunder feet and screamed a battle cry.

    Although neither team received the results they anticipated, both are able to move on into the playoffs. On Wednesday, the Cyclones will be seen matching off with Niwot at 4 P.M. on Pueblo West’s home field. As for the Bulldogs, they will be going against Montrose at Dutch Clark at 5 P.M. Both teams need all of the support that they can get, so come stand behind your school’s team and push them to victory.


  • The Milk Jug Classics: A Fight For Glory

    A typical case of Pueblo West’s bipolar weather met the Cyclones’ and their opponents, The Pueblo County Varsity Boys’ Soccer Team, on Tuesday night, providing a dramatic setting for the classic Milk Jug match, which has been played between the two teams since the opening of Pueblo West High School in 1999.

    Before the game, the players were introduced to what appeared to be a cold, wet, and dreary evening. Temperatures entering lower forties and drizzling rain stampeding the field orchestrated slippery plays and physical pain.

    However blisteringly cold it was, the Cyclones still presented a dominance that allowed them to conquer County with a 1-0 win.

    When it comes to soccer, those who play it and those who are retired from it come together to support important traditions such as the Milk Jug. Not only do the players unite and bond together in order to play a ferocious game, but the fans and spectators all join in the fun by combatting whatever extreme conditions come their way and supporting their teams.

    This could be seen by the dozens of fans huddling together on the bleachers, cloaking themselves with blankets, winter jackets, gloves, and anything that could give them warmth, some even acting as if they were actors onThe Day After Tomorrow. Players also joined in the fun by dressing up for the occasion, with Rohnin Morris being seen in a cow costume, or in more usual cases, players waddling back in forth in an attempt to get warm.

    Steven Cline, Pueblo West’s Varsity goalie, stated “In the four years that I’ve been playing for west, we (the Cyclones) have watched film to find our tendencies and fix them. We have worked hard when it comes to game time, and we have battled when we needed to against a talented county team,” when asked how the Cyclones have been able to beat County in the Milk Jug games. He also provided some insight to the perspective of a goalie on the field by relaying “It’s a lot of fun being the goalie because that’s all I’ve really done. The only bad part is not being able to really make up for it when you get scored on. All you can do is just keep working on not letting them (the opposing team) score. The pressure can be a lot to you, and it can really get to you if you let it. The way I handle pressure is to take deep breaths and try to stick to the daily warmup routine we always do because that takes my mind off the game.”

    Credit: Coach Young

    Despite the mournful cold, the Cyclones persevered through the bitter evening and created plays that transcended those of the County players. The hornet players put up a strong fight, but the Cyclones prevailed, boasting a more determined and focused mindset.

    Within the first half, Senior Sam Parker scored a goal from far out, striking it into the upper ninety. This, plus the unceasing plays of the Cyclones, put the team on a highway to victory.

    The Cyclones forged on as one unit, proving that having a close-knit team is the best game plan 100% of the time, no matter the ending score. This practice led the Cyclones to their fifteenth straight Milk Jug Title.