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?
Campion’s volleyball team brought home the tournament trophy for the first time this last weekend after some intense playing at the Union College Volleyball Invitational Tournament.
A phenomenal experience for players and coaches alike, the entire team reminisced about their games as they returned home from Lincoln, Nebraska, on Sunday the 18th.
Head coach Erin Hieb and assistant Kelsey Downey, both Campion alumni, have enjoyed the 2015 season with the volleyball team. Their team theme for this season focused on playing with 100% effort in practice and through every point, set, and match. As coaches, they did their best to encourage good sportsmanship and determination, and really focused on helping the girls have as much fun as possible.
Coach Kelsey felt that losing Wednesday night practice time, a new challenge this year, definitely affected the overall outcome of the season and made Tuesday and Thursday games more of a challenge because of no practice on Wednesday. However, win or lose, she argued, the girls were able to have more time to focus on the spiritual side of life, which is what Campion is all about. The attitudes and effort of these athletes revealed a commitment to the sport, but foremost to their Savior.
On Saturday night of volleyball tournament, the Lady Cougars decided to carry on the tradition of writing a Bible verse on their hands as a reminder of Whom they truly play for. This year the text was taken from Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” The team decided this verse was an excellent choice for a night of hard work and intense play. With God’s help and a lot of determination from every team member, the Lady Cougars fought from the heart for their first ever victory at the Union College Volleyball Tournament. [Kelsey Downey]
Read Union College's tournament report.