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
Campion Cougars lost in their home game vs Windsor Charter on Thursday, September 8.
The boy's Varsity Soccer team beat Nederland High School in the first game of the season at home.
In the first volleyball game of the season, the Cougars won at home against Poudre Community Academy.
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
This year’s Campion Academy basketball season is officially underway with tryouts ending last week. There have been many changes in the coaching staff this last year. Mr. Ottschofski, known as Mr. O, the athletic coordinator, is now the Campion boys varsity head coach. He has been coaching basketball for 13 years and this is his eighth year of head coaching. “I’m looking forward to seeing how we come together as a team and all of the fun things we are going to do as a team,” Mr. O commented. The boys varsity assistant coach is Caleb Allen, and Arlen Mekelburg is the boys JV coach as well as the varsity assistant coach. The Campion girls varsity head coach is Elisa Alicea Neidigh, known as Coach A. She is in her eighth year of coaching, although this is her first year as a Campion head coach. She works as an evangelist for the Voice of Prophecy and as a surgical technician. “I’m looking forward to teaching my players how to work as a team. I also want this season to be about more than just basketball, so I’m looking forward to doing some community outreach with the team,” Coach A said. There is a girls JV team, although Coach A is still working on getting a full time JV coach.
Ashley Herber, Student Editor