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  • 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.

  • Homecoming 2018

    This past Saturday on the 6th of October, PWHS students jammed out at homecoming. Over 700 tickets were sold this year. The dance was funded and created entirely by student council. They have been working hard planning and organizing the dance since the middle of August.

    If you looked out onto the dance floor, you would have found many students singing and dancing to their favorite songs. Some thought the playlist this year was lacking compared to previous years. Kariosly Sanchez, a senior, said, “I thought the music was better last year.” The playlist is composed of recommendations by students.

    Sarah Esparza was crowned as the 2018 Homecoming Queen. The court was composed of all seniors. The other members were Tanara Morrell, Maya Bush, Marie Moore, Ashley Laub, and Emma Schwartze.

    If you couldn’t tell by the yellow brick road leading into the dance, this year’s theme was “There’s No Place Like Homecoming”. Many students said they quite liked the theme. Student Council completely transformed the cafeteria that students see almost every day. When they walked in, students knew they weren’t in Kansas anymore.

    Homecoming is most freshman’s first dance they attend. Breanna Apodaca said that she had a blast at this year’s dance. “t thought it was a good experience for my first homecoming,” Apodaca explained. Her favorite part of the whole experience was the process of getting ready and taking pictures. There were a lot of different types of people enjoying themselves. Overall, this dance was a great first impression on the class of 2022.

    This year’s homecoming dance gave the student body a night of whimsical fun. Everyone clicked their heels on the dance floor and realized that there truly is no place like homecoming.

  • Disney Cruise Line: A Week at Sea (Editorial)

    A cruise is an experience that I never thought I could check off my list. My week at sea consisted of snorkeling, a first-hand look at downtown Nassau, a day at the beach, and world-class dining. Unfortunately a small setback for me, was also taking a trip to the Florida emergency room; that’s a story for later. This cruise was with Disney Cruise Lines and it truly was a “magical experience.”

    Day 1: The alarm went off early at 4:30 am. Me, my brother, and two parents crawled into the car to head to Denver International Airport. We get through security and grab some McDonald’s, the breakfast of champions. We have a smooth flight to Orlando, Florida. As soon as we land we make our way to the “Disney Magical Express.” The fleet of shuttle take passengers to Disney World. The rain painted a beautiful picture on our hour drive to the Disney World Park. After getting checked in, we received our Magic Bands; they serve as room keys and a ticket to anywhere in the park. The journey to find our room was quite a long one, weaving through hallways and up staircases. Once finding our old-fashioned room at the Port Orleans, Riverside Resort, we went the popular shopping area of Disney Springs. I tried fish and chips at an Irish restaurant, called the Cookes of Dublin. Next, my brother and I hit the pool. Then crashed to get rested for the next day.

    This was the last picture taken before my toe officially had the worst day ever.

    Day 2: Everyone in the family wakes up and we prepare our bags for Disney to take them; the next time we see our bags is in our room on the boat later that day. We get breakfast at the food court area a short 10 minute walk from our room. With time to kill, we rented a quad person bike, called a Surrey Bike, to ride around. My brother and mom ride in the front, and my step-dad and I ride in the rear, we head onto our next adventure. At one point, all of us got confused where we were going, so we decided to back up and turn around. In the process, I lost track of where my right foot was. It got caught in between the crank of the pedal and the frame covering the chain. By the time I realized what was happening, it was already through a turn of the pedal and pinkie toe was already suffering. We rush back to get a first-aid kit. The cut is much deeper than any of us thought. Because it was in between my pinkie toe and the toe next to it, the Disney employees called the paramedics. The first responders got me on the stretcher and wheeled me past all the people to the ambulance, and I instantly became the talk of Riverside.

    We went to Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Orlando. The nurses and staff helping me were very kind and it seemed I was the highlight of their day so far. I was given the important task of filling out that lovely medical paperwork. The doctor started with the lidocaine, to numb the area around the cut. It burned a little but, overall wasn’t nearly as bad as I anticipated. He delicately put in 8 stitches all around my tiny pinkie toe. After some instructions of what to do after leaving, I was discharged. My step-dad and I made our way outside. The next challenge was to figure out how to work the Lyft app to get back to Riverside. We ended up barely making it back in time to board the shuttle to head towards the boat.

    An hour later we make it to Port Canaveral. We make our way onto the boat and it just beautiful. It doesn’t feel like you are on a boat. The boat itself has 14 floors, more than 1,200 staterooms that hold at least one family each, 3 huge dining rooms, 3 restaurants, multiple pools, and even 2 movie theaters. Because of the morning we already had, all of us just relaxed in the room for a little bit. When the medical center opened, we went to see if I could get crushes to get out a wheelchair. Later, we went to dinner and had our first experience of the 5-course world class dining we kept hearing about. The food was amazing and the seafood was all fresh.

    Day 3: Our family was determined to be first at the breakfast buffet. We made our way to Deck 11 to get a beautiful view of the water with the sunrise. Next on our agenda was snorkeling in Nassau, Bahamas. There were some native Bahamians would led a group of us out there. During the 45 minute boat ride to the snorkeling spot, we passed magnificent houses that belong to various celebrities. The water was a vivid blue that I could have looked at forever. I unfortunately couldn’t join in, but I was also content just laying there and watching the water. The catamaran had nets that overlooked the water people could lay on at look at the fish and just the clarity of the water. After about an hour or two observing the water, we all made our way back to the port. Next stop was the Straw Market. The locals know how to lure in the tourists with hand-made products and cheap souvenirs. We walked around and got to talk to some of the people. On the long trek back to the boat, we got to people watch and be apart of their culture. It was enlightening to see such happy people. The rest of the night was full of just watching the water.

    The water was so clear that, even from the boat, you could see the coral and the fish.

    During dinner, we got to try some more amazing food. Disney had it set up so one waiter and his assistant would serve your family the whole time on the boat. Surya and Rashid were the staff with our family the whole trip. Surya was the lead server and would make sure were always happy. He would give us jokes and riddles to solve. He has been with the company for 11 years so he has a large stock-pile of brain teasers. He is also apart of a band, and apparently the head chef is the drummer; Surya would bring us things that weren’t even on the menu anymore.

    This was my sad attempt to keep my stitched up foot out of the water.

    Day 4: By the time we woke up, the boat was docked at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. We instantly took the shuttle to Serenity Bay, the beach strictly for adults. We found a group of four chairs. With some extra effort I got down to the edge of the water with my crutches to get at least some of me wet. I sat by the water just captivated by the endless horizon, the clear water, the coarse sand, the sound of the waves, the smell of the salt water, and the warm water hitting my not injured foot. Our relaxing day came to end so we could take a group nap back in our room on the boat. We ate in the dining room called “the Animators Palate.” The walls were covered in drawings of the characters we now love. At one point, the turtle, Crush, fromFinding Nemo would talk to guests while they ate. The coolest part is that he would have real conversations with you not just a robot repeating a message.

    Day 5: On our long journey back to Florida, we had a whole day to spend on the boat. Storms and clouds prevented us from baking on the deck of the ship. I found my favorite deck to sit on while everyone went exploring the ship. I worked on homework, my brother ventured to places on the boat me and my crutches couldn’t go, my mom went to the spa, and my step-dad took a nap. After the past few days of being busy, it was nice to just take a second and breathe. The third dining room, “The Enchanted Garden”, was based off of the Alice in Wonderland film released in 1951. With this being our last diner on the ship, we were all very sad to see Surya and Rashid go. Later that night, there was a firework show. We went to the adult bar all the way on deck 13, just so we could avoid all the kids. We watched the beautiful display if fireworks and then hit the hay.

    All three of the dining rooms were beautiful, but this one was by far the most intricate.
    The Dream is one of four of Disney’s massive cruise ships.

    Day 6: It was time to bid the Disney Dream good-bye. We got off the boat, to go through customs and border control again, to get on our shuttle back to the airport. After a long security line, we make it to our gate. We have a 3 hour layover in Houston,Texas. 15 minutes before we are supposed to board, they moved our gate and I finally got to ride on of those little golf carts to get there on time. Despite already boarding the plane, we have a delay and just sat on the runway for a little bit. It was peaceful. Finally we land in Denver, and make our safe drive home.