This past week the Campion Academy varsity soccer and volleyball teams took two days off of school to compete at the annual Fall Tournament at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. A total of 14 Adventist academies participated from as far away as Florida and Michigan.
The winners of the tournament were Andrews Academy in soccer and Forest Lake Academy in volleyball. The Campion teams were disappointed with their results, but shared they still enjoyed the chance to compete. The boy’s soccer team won 1 out of 4 games that they played. The girls were very close in many of their games, but sadly didn’t win any. “Even though our team lost, we still had fun.” Dwayne Rey, volleyball manager, shared, “We didn’t let that affect our experience.”
A member from each team was selected as MVP; this year Ariel Patterson and Brayden Marroquin won the awards.
The students left campus on Wednesday afternoon, and after a six-hour drive, they arrived at Union College very late at night to settle in the residence halls. Brayden Marroquin shared, “It was a long drive but we had fun singing the whole way there.”
The varsity teams started their days off with having breakfast in the cafeteria. Afterwards, they all gathered for worship in the gym before the games began. Both the volleyball team and soccer team played 1-2 games a day. They were constantly busy going from one game to another.
Olivia Uphold expressed, “It was really fun, especially since it was my first time playing with this school. I had a lot of fun hanging out with my teammates over this tournament.”
In total the volleyball team played against four teams: Midland, Georgia-Cumberland Academy, and twice against Collegedale Academy. The soccer team played against Hinsdale Academy, Collegedale Academy, Sunnydale Academy, and Ozark Academy.
When the teams weren’t playing they were cheering on other teams and hanging out with friends from other schools. Ariel Patterson expressed that, “ It was really fun to play and watch games, and cheer on the boys. My favorite part was seeing my friends from other schools.”
The students worshiped together with the Union College students on Sabbath and relaxed in the afternoon. The championship games and awards were Saturday night.
Randy Ottschofski, soccer coach, expressed, “I am sad to have the season end, but am very proud of how the teams handled themselves whether in victory or defeat.”
Vashty Segovia Santos, Student News Team
Campion Academy play their last game against Rocky Mountain Lutheran, winning 6 to 2.
The energetic school spirit of the crowd set the tone for the annual Campion vs Mile High soccer and volleyball games. Both soccer teams came out with competitive attitudes, but in the end the Campion boys team won 4-2. The girls battled until the last minute in close sets but lost 3-1.
The coaches and members of Campion’s varsity soccer teams hosted about 70 middle school students from four local Seventh-day Adventist schools for a soccer clinic on Friday, September 8. The students worked on building their skills through drills and practice, then competed in a mini-tournament in mixed-school teams.
A soccer coach at Campion and HMS Richards Adventist School, Pastor Herbert Hernandez described the multi-school event saying, “I think it’s a great opportunity to get to know each other and to make friends with the students from other schools. Even with older kids, once they interact with other schools they don’t see each other as rivals, but as friends.”
Tryg Sorensen, an HMS Richards seventh-grade student shared the sentiment, saying, “I like that we are able to play with other schools and work together as a team; it made me feel comfortable and confident.”
The Campion varsity players each coached a team during the tournament, sharing their knowledge and love of the game. While the younger students appreciated the attention from their mentors, the Campion students explained that it was a benefit for them as well. Brayden Marroquin, Varsity Team Captain reflected, “It's fun teaching kids because I remember that when I was a little kid, I always looked up to the older guys at Campion, and now I get to be on the other side. I enjoyed getting to know the kids and helping them improve in this amazing sport.”
Pedro Vieira, Student News Team
The Campion Varsity boys beat Heritage Christian in their first home game with a final score of 3-0. Brayden Marroquin scored two goals and Pedro Vieira scored one goal.
Photos by Eva Resz
For the first time in three years, Campion’s volleyball and soccer teams went to Union College to compete at the Fall Tournament.
Both teams returned on Sunday from three days of friendly competitions, where Campion and 16 other Adventist schools from all over the United States were brought together.
Colton Herber, senior and captain of the soccer team, commented: “I looked forward to this tournament a lot, and being able to finally go is something I’ll remember. Being a senior and a captain definitely put me into a different mindset than previous years. Especially after not going the last two years due to COVID, I really wanted to play my hardest and help put my team in the best situation possible.”
The soccer team started off by winning their first pool game against College View Academy with an impressive 7-2 final score. However, after losing the next few games, they ended by placing third in the Clocktower division (secondary bracket).
The girl’s volleyball team also had a mixture of wins and losses, but finished strong in second place in the Clocktower division after playing in the championship game Saturday night.
For the volleyball team, the game against cross-town rival Mile High was definitely a highlight, since they won 2-1. “That was definitely my favorite part,” Lindsey Smith, senior and captain of the volleyball team expressed; “We really came together as a team and played our absolute hardest and in the end it paid off. It felt good to play them again and, this time, come out on top.”
The time spent on-campus didn’t consist only of games, the program included events such as Vespers on Friday night, where the students came together to worship and praise God. It was led by college students and chaplains, and they also had an afterglow with music and bonding.
The overall winners of the tournament in soccer were Sunnydale Academy, Thunderdome Division, and Maplewood Academy, Clocktower Division. In volleyball, Forest Lake Academy took first place in the Thunderdome Division and Hinsdale Academy in the Clocktower Division.
Ariel Patterson and Joaquin Mendoza both got the All Tournament Award, as best players from the Campion teams.
Mendoza explained, “Winning this award meant so much to me, it is my first-ever award, I will forever keep it with me and be proud of it, I wouldn’t have done it without the help of my coaches, teammates, and managers.”
“I really enjoyed and loved every second of the tournament,” Mendoza continued; “I had never been to a tournament before, so being able to experience that moment was amazing. It makes me sad to think that the season is over, but thankfully I was able to enjoy it and play. I love my teammates, they pushed me to become a better person and player, I will miss playing with them.”
Ana Segawa, Campion News Team
Campion Cougars lost in their home game vs Windsor Charter on Thursday, September 8.
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 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