• Pueblo County Hockey Elevates in State Rankings

    The Pueblo County Hockey team is looking to make some noise in the playoffs this year. Pueblo County is 8-1-0 in all of their games and 7-0-0 within their league.

    At the beginning of the season County crept their way into the number 10 spot in the state rankings. They then took their only loss against Mountain Vista, despite outshooting them 31-27. This loss removed them from the rankings.

    The Hornets won another few league games after that. The Hornets then faced a big game against Lewis Palmer; who the team hadn’t beat in 21 years. They won the game 5-0 completely dominating the Rangers. Pueblo West High School attendees Jake Pacheco, Trenton Wilson, and Connor Whittington all scored goals. “It was really exhilarating to score that first goal and get the team going,” said Whittington. Javin Billings, junior, had the other two goals.

    The Hornets also won against the previously undefeated Crested Butte team later in the weak. The first game they beat the 3-1 and the second game they won by a larger margin, 6-1.

    After these three large wins the Hornets were put 8th in the state rankings. As far as RPI goes the Hornets are ranked 5th. The only seemingly challenging games left in the year are two games against Valor Christian, and a game against the Cherry Creek Bruins.


  • Spring Golf Season 2018

    The game of concentration, self independence, and determination is golf. Golf  undermined sport  but it is so much more than what meets the eye.

    Coach Faith Clason, like all coaches, is determined to bring her team to the state, win SCL, and receive first place. She is also a lunch lady at Pueblo West all year. Clason prefers to not keep track of her wins and losses, she only wants to focus on  SCL and state. Golf is sport unlike football or baseball golf athletes self independence and confidence. From the start of the school year, the community focuses on the football, basketball, soccer, and baseball teams at West. Other sports, such as track, softball, gymnastics, and golf get overlooked. 

    Other sports require a multi-person team comprised of students. The coach agrees that golf is an individual sport and the team is there to help each other. A golf team is like all other teams, it creates a bond between the athletes. Clason says, “I think that there is a bond, the team does bond well and they help each other it has always been that way. It (the bond) helps because in golf to me there is no grade level difference, it is all skill level. In my years, the upperclassmen do help the lower classmen.” Clason wants all athletes who fear that their skill is very low in the sport, should try anyway because there is no harm and you don’t know if you have that skill until you try.

    Some interesting facts about Faith Clason are next to golf, baseball is her favorite sport, even though she played basketball, golfed and swam throughout her life. Her favorite golf movie is “The Legend of Bagger Vance”. Clason has been a coach for Pueblo West since 2006, head coach for the last two years, and coaches both the fall and the spring golf season. She wants her players to endure community service this spring. She is looking into the TLC, the Tender Love and Care program, because she personally loved it and it is rewarding. She motivates her players by being “very straightforward and direct encouragement” and by sharing “what I’ve been through, from a player and coach, and pass it on motivation constant.”

     This year’s season will start February 19, 2018 and will end on graduation day or senior night; the season lasts for about 3 months. The practices are held at Desert Hawk Golf Course in Pueblo West. The coaches have not set a maximum number of players as of this point but they want to keep around thirteen to fourteen girls. The tryouts will consist of playing at least nine holes of golf at Desert Hawk, the date is to be determined.

    Tournament wise, twelve are scheduled for SCL and regional leading up to state. The coaches hope to have a few tournaments up north, near Colorado Springs, Clason says, “The girls up north are just girls there is no need to fear them.” For SCL  tournaments, Coach Clason takes five girls and places four; while, The other coach stays down at Desert Hawk with the remaining girls and works on their game. For those music lovers, Coach will allow music during practice but ONLY on the putting green. When it’s tournament time, music is allowed but she requires that you have a wide time frame to concentrate and get in the right mind frame.


    Clason has high hopes this year for her Spring 2018 team. She is directing her main focus towards the team’s competitiveness, learning constantly, doing their best (along with winning), the mental side of golf, and, above all else, have her girls set athletic goals for themselves that can be achievable by the end of the season. Next to those goals, Clason strives to teach the team about life in general, set their mind on something, complete the task they acquire, do tasks they want to do individually and not have another person make them do what they are doing. 

    Clason communicates openly with parents and athletes and will gladly introduce herself to new parents formally. To Clason, golf is her release in life, she says, “I think it’s been a release, golf is release point for me. It doesn’t matter how old you are or long you’ve been playing there’s always something to contribute.”

    The CyChron wishes the Spring 2018 Girl’s Golf team a successful year! Good luck!

  • Pueblo West Boys Soccer: A strong team with heart

    Soccer is a sport that is often unappreciated. It’s more than just kicking a ball. It involves not only complicated skills but general talent with being quick on your feet. There is a certain breed that can successfully play this sport. The Pueblo West High Boys Soccer team was full of a group of young athletes that had such a strong passion for the game. Ashlyn Harris, a FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, said, “There’s no better feeling than stepping out on the field and stunning them all by doing what none of them thought you could do.” This unique team did just that during their 2017 season.

    The Pueblo West boys soccer team were deemed the underdogs before the start of the season. After losing 14 seniors, it was a completely new team with many new faces. The starting lineup consisted mainly of returning JV players from the previous year, who were tested to show what they’re capable of.

    The 2017 Cyclones Varsity Team winning the Milk Jug, which Pueblo West has held for 15 years.

    Pueblo West held the SCL (South Central League) title for five consecutive years; because of the new roster, almost everyone assumed the 2017 season would be the year they lost it. Although, after a shocking turn around season, they became one of two teams (Centennial and Pueblo West) contending for the SCL championship, as well as a spot in the playoffs. They started off the season strong, two wins right off the bat; however, they followed it up with six hard-fought losses, demoralizing the team.

    If there was one thing this team has always had, it was heart, and a lot of it. The team had to learn to work together, which was not as easy as it sounds; no one even knew each other’s names in the beginning of the season. The nine new seniors stepped up to the plate and took charge, leading the team, bettering one another each practice. They had team bonding activities after practice as well, creating a special connection that they needed in order to become the amazing team they were known as.

    It was a very well rounded team, with a few notable returners including Colby Skrivan, Evan Martin, Cavan Sheehan, Jack Dent, and Steven Cline. Injuries were a season long struggle, and the team could not seem to stay healthy. Cavan Sheehan missed seven games due to several injuries, but returned mid-way through the season. Colby Skrivan, a crucial part of the midfield, was ruled out for the season with a torn ligament; he was a team captain and a very skilled player, so his absence certainly hurt the team.

    Evan Martin, senior, playing his heart out on the field. (Photo by Ali Campos)


    Despite the challenges the team had to face, Pueblo West had once again managed to overcome anything in their path. They bounced back with a win against their rivals, Pueblo South, after a nail biting 1-0 victory; Sam Parker scored the winning goal. They had played South earlier in the season and came up short with a 3-1 loss; the second game showed how much the team had already improved in such a short amount of time. Later in the season, they beat South once again by a score of 2-1 in an unbelievable game going into overtime. They clenched the victory with a goal coming from Cavan Sheehan, 53 seconds remaining in the game.

    Cavan Sheehan (left) and Austin Shaw (right) celebrate after Sheehan’s goal in double overtime against South, giving them the 2-1 victory. (Photo by Anthony Sandstrom)

    The Cyclones seized to amaze when playing Palmer Ridge, who they had lost to the previous year. It was anticipated to be a blowout, but senior striker Cavan Sheehan started the game off with a goal for Pueblo West. The game dragged into double overtime but the two sides couldn’t be separated, and it ended 1-1. Cyclones Coach Young commented, “it was our best game of the season. We went into double overtime. Everyone worked hard and it was a very physical game. The guys played with a lot of heart, it just unfortunately ended in a tie.”

    What became known as the biggest game of the season was played against their other Pueblo opponents, Centennial. Earlier in the season the two teams clashed and Centennial came out on top by a score of 3-0. West prepared for this game for weeks by studying the oppositions play style and constantly improving their touch on the ball. They also had to cope with the loss of Colby Skrivan, who they had last time the teams played, and a couple other players with minor injuries that were not able to play at their best. The game was at Centennial’s home field, Dutch Clark, unlike last time when West had home field advantage. Centennial had also been getting ready for the game because the ball movement and talent on the Bulldog side was overwhelming. Unfortunately, Pueblo West was defeated 5-0 in their final game, eliminating them from a playoff spot.

    The loss against Centennial was disappointing for the Cyclones. The team walked away knowing they had accomplished far too much to let their heads drop. The season was hard because they started off with an all new roster and new talent to form into a functioning team. The team took everyone by surprise when they swept competitors off their feet. It was a season that will be remembered.

  • County Hockey Team Starts off Season with a Sting (Student Section Views)

    On Saturday, December 2 at the Pueblo Plaza Ice Arena, the County Hornets played their first hockey game against Rampart.

    Since no other schools in Pueblo have a hockey team, students from all Pueblo schools try out for County’s team.

    As the players came on the ice, I noticed that the stands were pretty filled with not only parents, but students as well. The crowd started cheering loudly and the game began.

    The starters for County were Nicholas Rooney #2 (East), Dixson Root #6 (East), Nathan Cress #17 (ECA), and Connor Whittington #8 and Broc Schindler #16 from West.

    County started off the first period by hustling well.

    The first period ended with the scored being 3-0 with County in the lead. Root and Whittington each scored a power play goal and Whittington also scored a short-handed goal.

    Root scored only 7:14 minutes into the game. Whittington’s first goal was the short-handed goal and that was 10:04 minutes into the first period and that goal was assisted by Preston Tafoya #19 (Centennial). Whittington’s power play goal was with 1:04 minutes left in the first period. That goal was assisted by Schindler and Root.

    As second period started, County players were confident because they were already ahead.

    5:09 minutes into the second period, Schindler scored and was assisted by Jake Pacheco #15 (West).

    After his assist, Pacheco scored an incredible goal with Tafoya assisting.

    The second period ended up being 5-0, County significantly ahead.

    The first goal of the third period was scored by Pacheco once again, unassisted, and it was a power-play goal.

    Unfortunately, the game didn’t end up being a shut-out because Rampart scored, as County’s goalie, Sean Meier #33 (County), was trying to pass to a County player but the puck was stopped and shot in by a Rampart player.

    County did bounce back fairly quickly and scored one more goal before the end of the game. Emilio Aguilera #20 (County) scored with an assist from Luke Guarienti #12 (South) with 4:56 minutes left in the game.

    County won by a significant 6 points, as it was a good game for all fans to watch.

    After the game, I was fortunate enough to get an interview from Whittington and Ryan Nicoll #22 (West).

    Whittington said that Alexander Ovechkin, who plays for the Washington Capitals, inspires him and that is why Whittington is #8. Nicoll is inspired by Nathan Mackinnon, who plays for the Colorado Avalanche. When Mackinnon played Juniors, his number was #22 and that’s why Nicoll chose his number to be #22.

    Before every game, Whittington has to put all of the gear on his right side first, then his left, and of course he has to listen to good music in the locker room. Nicoll’s pregame rituals include taking a shower before each game.

    Whittington’s favorite position to play is either left wing or center, and Nicoll’s is center.

    One of the best things about hockey games that the audience doesn’t get to experience are the chirps that happen on the ice. Whittington’s favorite chirp is something that he has said and since the guy he was chirping had a bubble, he said “Buddy, roll down your window, I can’t hear you.” Nicoll’s favorite chirp is “I’ve seen better hands on a digital clock.”

    As their are eight players on the team from West which are Whittington, Pacheco, Schindler, and Nicoll, there is also Garrett Kristan #1, Cade VanRiper #10, Dylan Horvat #11, and Trentyn Wilson #14.

    I highly suggest going to at least one game this season and supporting the Hornets, and especially all of the players that were named above.

  • High School Hockey

    The Pueblo Hockey team took their first victory of the season against the Rampart Rams 7-1. They blew out the Rams with 46 shots for and only 14 shots against. “They played well and the exciting thing is we can play so much better,” said Coach Lee LaJeunesse.

    Jake Pacheco, led the scoring with 2 goals and an assist. Closely following in points, Broc Schindler and Connor Whittington each had 2 points. Schindler had a goal and an assist while Whittington had two goals. All three of these players are Pueblo West High School attendees.

    8 of the 25 students rostered on the Varsity team are students at Pueblo West High School. “A large percent of our team is from West and I wish that we could play in the blue and black, but I still love hockey enough to play in the green and gold,” said Whittington.

    The next Hornet Hockey game is December 7, 2017 against the Coronado Cougars at the Pueblo Plaza Ice Arena. The Hornets are planning on winning this game as Coronado is 0-1 with a loss to the Crested Butte Titans. After that, they have a game Saturday, December 9, 2017 against their rival team the Castle View Sabercats.

    They Hornets are looking to have a relatively good season and should make it to playoffs. Last year they made it to the second round of playoffs but lost to the state champion team, Monarch.