Campion Academy students were filled with emotions and tears of joy on Saturday night as the volleyball and soccer teams closed off their seasons, winning their last home games against Mile High Academy.
The Cougars volleyball team had a long-overdue win in their game against Mile High with the score of 3-0. Even though the season was a little rough for the girls, they really came together and showed off their hard work in the final game. “I feel like what made us win as a team was the fact that it’s our senior year and we wanted to make it count! We wanted to make each other proud by winning the last game of the season and we did,” says varsity player Blessing Simamora.
The soccer team pulled off another win with the score of 4-1 and ended the season with confidence and pride. Varsity player Karson Lee states, “I really enjoyed playing the last game with my teammates. I feel like we worked hard and we had a very successful season. We really connected as a team and I’m really proud of every player!”
In order to support the cougars, the team’s mascot, Clutch, was seen on the field and in the gym running around and dancing, lifting the spirit of everyone around, especially the younger children who came to cheer for their teams.
The soccer goals were scored by Giovanni Silva, Collin Velbis, Nayblue Hser, and assisted by Bryan Martin. The team’s goalie Lacy Matondo says, “As a senior I’m glad I got to play my last soccer season with my team and close off the season strongly. Knowing we were playing the last home game together was kind of sad but we still had a good spirit and played well!”
Elizabeth Jureckova, Student News Team
The first quarter intramurals finished off with championship games last week. Campion’s co-ed intramural program has been keeping the students active and healthy even while varsity sports are temporarily suspended. Students were given the option to choose between three sports: flag football, volleyball, and disc golf. Teams played twice a week for eight weeks, all getting the opportunity to compete against each other.
Flag football championships kicked off the week on Monday night. Team “You Wish” beat the “Beamers”. Kevin Perez, a senior who played on the winning team, said, “At the beginning we really struggled, but we were able to win because in the end we communicated and worked as a team.”
Volleyball originally started in the sand but transitioned to the gym due to the weather. Last Thursday, teams “Freeland” and “Quicksand” competed for the championship title. It was a close match but “Freeland” was able to take the win 2-1 and ended the season undefeated.
Ireland Anthony, senior and captain of “Freeland,” said, “We were undefeated because we all had chemistry and good communication with each other. We had so much fun on the court but were still able to be serious when needed. My favorite game we played was the last one! We had amazing rallies and it was so much fun!”
The number of members on each team was reduced to ensure social distancing and help limit contact. The teams were also required to wear masks and temperature checks were taken each day in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.
A major benefit of the intramural program has been the camaraderie it’s created amongst students. Perez reflected, “My favorite part of intramurals was getting to know my teammates. I didn’t know them well before, so it was really nice to grow my relationships with them.”
The second quarter intramurals season will begin with new sports in November. Campion plans to continue keeping students active with precautions, while awaiting the official sports seasons.
Bentlee Barry, Student News Team
While varsity sports have been suspended throughout Colorado due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Campion Academy has found a way for students to continue playing sports. Students have formed several different flag football, volleyball, and disc golf intramural teams that will compete against each other. Last Thursday the students enjoyed some friendly competition during the first volleyball and flag football games.
COVID-19 has caused the cancellation of several events, so intramural sports are a welcome addition. “I think it’s a great way to replace what would’ve been our soccer season,” explained Andy Obregon, senior. “Although some of us don’t usually play the sports that the intramurals offer, it’s still a great way to keep ourselves busy.”
With the new social distancing regulations, it has been harder for students to spend time together. “Probably the thing that has stuck out to me the most about intramurals so far is how it’s bringing people together and creating stronger bonds, especially with the newer students this year.” said Collin Velbis, junior. The intramurals give students more opportunities to socialize and bond with one another.
A lot of students don’t have much free time, but they enjoy playing sports to relax. Isaac Avila, junior explained, “It’s a nice breather to distract from all of our hard classes.”
Unlike the usual sports at Campion, anybody can join the intramurals. “It’s more accessible than regular sports, so everyone has an opportunity to have fun,” explained Randolph Ottschofski, Athletic Director. “We also get to play some cool sports that we don’t normally get to.” Groups of students may form their own teams that will compete against each other for a championship. Ottschofski plans to add more intramural sport options later in the fall.
Wednesday, May 20 was the last assembly of the year, and award winners were announced for music and athletics. Mr. Ottschofski put the event together and mentioned, “it has been an unfortunate couple of months, but I am glad that we can at least take time to recognize our athletes, even if it was just through an online format. Congrats to all the award winners.”
Ashley Herber, recipient of the girls Academic Athlete of the Year and girls Athlete of the Year awards, commented, “I am very glad all of the athletes were able to be recognized. Although it’s sad that my sports career at Campion is over, I’m thankful for all of the memories I’ve been able to make.”
Regan Brenna Garman
Campion Academy Outstanding Ringer Award
Campion Academy Orchestra:
Jeremy Mbuku Matondo
John Philip Sousa Band Award
Madeline Rose Jordan
National School Orchestra Award
Ashley Lynn Halvorson
National School Choral Award
Mountain Echoes Chorale:
MVP - Delanie Kamarad
Offensive Player of the Year - Julia Barber
Defensive Player of the Year - Kendra Eickmann
Most Improved - Bela Cinco
"Scrapper" - Ireland Anthony
Most Inspirational - Ashley Halvorson, Kylie Wehling
"Hustler" - Ashley Herber
Up and Coming - Regan Garman
MVP - Obed Barrera
Offensive Player of the Year - Erik Maldonado
Defensive Player of the Year - Austin Pedersen
Most Improved - Caleb Wehling
Heart and Soul - Jeremy Matondo
Up and Coming - Mark Zelaya
MVP - Ashley Reyes
Offensive Player of the Year - Ireland Anthony
Defensive Player of the Year - Fabiola Fabela
Most Improved - Lindsey Smith
Most Inspirational - Christine Eagan Savage
Best Manager - Obed Barrera
MVP - Obed Barrera
Offensive Player of the Year - Richard Bass
Defensive Player of the Year - Nolan Eickmann
Most Improved - Trent Kiefer
Most Inspirational - Cade Lukens
Hustler - Jeremy Matondo
Up and Coming - Nayblue Hser
MVP - Regan Garman
Offensive Player of the Year - Ashley Herber
Defensive Player of the Year - Milka Mendoza Sanchez
Most Improved - Madi Jordan
Spirit - Kayla Gonzalez
Christian attitude - Kylie Wehling
Up and Coming - Olivia Jordan
Female Athlete of the Year - Ashley Herber
Male Athlete of the Year - Obed Barrera
Male Senior Sportsmanship - Jeremy Matondo
Female Senior Sportsmanship - Ashley Halvorson, Madi Jordan
Chuck Cuny Memorial Scholarship - Nolan Eickmann
Male Academic Player of the Year - Weston Humphries
Female Academic Player of the Year - Ashley Herber
The Campion Academy varsity soccer team is 6-0 so far this season, and although they are currently unranked because they fell below the minimum number of games required for a ranking, as of last Monday they were #38 in the state and #1 in 2A schools (Campion's sports division).
Mr. Ottschofski, who is in his fifth year of coaching at Campion, said, “We have a solid starting defense but are also scoring more goals this year, and our passing has improved. I love coaching because it provides so many opportunities for young men and women to grow and develop character. Those are the moments I look for as a coach and athletic director.”
Erick Maldonado, who is a senior and one of the captains of the team, said, “It really feels like the team is clicking. I'm looking forward to the bigger games on the schedule, as we have some big challenges ahead, and of course the Mile High game. This team is very talented, but above all, they've shown a lot of heart, so I'm excited to face some harder teams and see how we do. I love the amount of fun we have on this team. Though we've been very good on the field, we're doing it while having a lot of fun. No one believes they're better than their teammates, and despite the stats and final scores, we make sure we have fun doing it. I feel this has really helped us relax, and opened up our creativity. These traits can only lead to positive results, which is what we keep on striving for as we head towards the Union tournament.”
Campion is so proud of its soccer team’s accomplishments and sportsmanship. Be sure to check the sports schedule and come out to support the soccer team during their upcoming games!
Ashley Herber, Student Editor
Last Friday, Campion Academy hosted its annual volleyball tournament and the Campion team won for the first time in three years. A total of four schools participated, and the games took place all day. After coming in last place the previous year, the team was determined to make a come-back. The team won their first two games that morning against Loveland Classical and Rocky Mountain Lutheran and lost their third to Hyland Christian. This put them in the final championship game against Hyland Christian where they played three sets. The whole team played hard for their win. A few players, including Sandra Marin and Haley Enochs, had long serving runs while other players like Delanie Kamarad and Ashley Halvorson had several good hits at the net. Meg Michalenko, a senior who plays middle blocker on the team, said, “Playing in the volleyball tournament was such an amazing experience as a team. We learned how to trust in one another and encourage those around us.”
Ashley Herber, Senior, Student Editor
Kelsey Cate started coaching volleyball at Campion five years ago at the invitation of then head coach Erin Heib, and she became the head coach two years ago. She played volleyball for two years at Union College before graduating from Colorado Christian University. Before that she played at Campion, graduating in 2013. Kelsey’s love of volleyball is easy to see, as is her love of her players. When asked what her favorite part about coaching is she said, “Sharing my love of volleyball with my players and seeing them succeed,” and when asked what her favorite part about volleyball is, she said simply and enthusiastically, “Everything.”
Ashley Herber, Senior, Student Editor
Congratulations to our soccer and volleyball teams who played well in the Union College Tournaments October 20-22 and always make us proud. The ladies' volleyball team took 3rd place, and the men's soccer team were tournament champions!
photos courtesy of Union College
By Ruth Garcia and Madi Kamarad
Just this last week the Campion Cougars (men and women) traveled to the Union College basketball tournament and gave it their all. The ladies rode home as undefeated champions after a 35-30 victory over the Sunnydale Spartans. The men's team earned second place after a close game against the College View Eagles in which they lost by 8 points in overtime.
After losing 3 games to Mile High this season, the guys were especially proud to win the semifinal (43-37) against their rival school. Both varsity teams have learned so much all throughout the season, and we're all extremely sad that it's over.
God is not only revealed among students through Campion's Christian environment, but through our sports as well. Team co-captain Chantelle Bravatti said, "It's taught me that no matter how big or small, we should always let God be in control and give Him the glory always."
God is our #1 motivator, but many athletes play for people watching from the sidelines. The men's team co-captain, Xander Assa, said, "I played for my dad; he came to watch. My dad doesn't know much about the game, but he's there for me. At tournament I had three 20-point games, in hopes to make my dad smile. When my dad smiles, I smile."
Similarly, Chantelle Bravatti played for her friend and teammate. "Rachel--she injured herself this season. She has always been there for us. It was hard for her, but I wanted to make her proud by how we played. Even though Rachel didn't get the opportunity to play this season, she made just as much of an impact on the team as she would have playing on the court."
The Campion teams are a different type of family. The womens' team chants the Spanish word, "Familia," before every game. Women's co-captain Chezney Barry said, "My teammates have helped me believe in trust again." The team believes families should trust each other, and they see their games improve when they do. Glenn O'Halloran, womens' coach, reminded his girls during the championship game of John Wooden's words, "Athletes win games. Teamwork wins championships." Teamwork led them to a 6-0 record over the tournament.
Read the report from Union College and see final scores.
The morning of December 9, I was struggling and we had barely begun working. I work with Joe Martin as a literature evangelist, and this particular morning we were working in Loveland, Colorado. Before Thanksgiving break, while playing in a basketball scrimmage, I completely tore my ACL and also parts of my meniscus. I will have to have surgery over Christmas break and then miss 6-8 weeks of work for recovery. Through special organized prayer offered by Principal Don Reeder, Pastor Micheal Goetz, my coach Glenn O’Halloran, and my parents, the Lord strengthened my knee enough to continue walking door-to-door sharing Jesus. However, walking was not painless, and that Wednesday morning was proving to be especially difficult. I asked God to strengthen and bless me as I was trying to give Him my best despite my condition.
I approached a small house with a white picket fence and rang the doorbell. A gentleman came to the door. I explained that I went to a Christian school and began to tell him what I was selling and about the cookbook, when he cut me short. He asked if he could simply give me a donation. Of course I said, “Yes.”
He reached into his wallet, and he pulled out a $100 bill. I was shocked. I tried to leave him all of my books, but he refused. I said many thanks and was on my way. I stood in his driveway filling out the receipt when he came back out of his house and asked me how much tuition was. I gave him an approximate answer and he asked how much I needed. I told him that he had already been more than generous, but as I did, he held out to me an additional $500. I was at a loss for words. I told him that I would feel awful if he did not take at least one book, so he took a Peace Above the Storm.
Then I said, “Before I leave, I just have to ask; Why would you do something like this for me?” And after a moment he said, “Because Jesus did it for us.” That statement brought tears to my eyes as the weight of those words sank in. I prayed with him, said as many thanks as I could, and continued on. It wasn't until later when I was able to meet up with Pastor Joe and share the news that he pointed the most amazing part of it out to me. He reminded me that $600 is equivalent to approximately 2 months of work, and the doctor had told me it would be 6-8 weeks (2 months) before I would be able to work following my surgery.
This injury has been difficult for me, but now I know without a doubt that God will bring far more good from it than the pain I have felt. I may not know what it is right now but I'm willing to trust God and see how He will continue to work through this temporary setback. Receiving the exact amount you need in the form of hundreds of dollars does not happen by chance. God knew I had a need, and He filled it. As the kind man implied, Jesus paid it all for us, so what should stop us from giving what we can back to God?