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October 31, 2013

Cross Country Girls Qualify for State

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Eaton qualifies seven girls for state meet


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Cross Country girls team show their enthusiasm after qualifying for the state meet in Colorado Springs. From left to right: Mckenzie Reiher, Abby Schott, Kaitlin Carey, Karalee Kothe, Tayler Hays, Leah Garcia, Gabby Ramirez, and Coach Jessica Ruff

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After a vigorous season of running, the hard work finally paid off for girls cross country team at regionals Oct. 17, when they qualified for state as a team for the first time since 2005.The mens varsity 3A team finished the season well, taking ninth out of 11 teams, while the ladies 3A team will continue to state, taking fifth place out of 11 teams at regionals. Regionals this year was moved from Lyons to Monfort Park in Greeley, because of flooding in September. The ladies team worked very hard with a goal to qualify state this season; and it was accomplished through hard running, sprints, and lots of water. McKenzie Reiher (17) led the girls team taking 15th out of 79 runners with a time of 21:05, while the rest of the team completed the course: Abby Schott (17) took 18th place with a time of 21:38, Kaitlin Carey (16) stole 21st place with a time of 21:59, Tayler Hays (17) finished at 24th place with a time of 22:19, Karalee Kothe (16) took 31st with a time of 22:51, Leah Garcia (17) finished the course in 50th place with a time of 24:18 and Gabby Ramirez (15) completed the course in 71st place with a time of 26:07. The girls were extremely excited when they achieved state. Reiher said “Heck yes! I can’t stop smiling and I want to jump up and down.” Reiher also added “I’m just glad we got state! I am not sure what my goal is other than to run well.” The men’s team finished strong with William Longwell (14) leading the Reds

to 38th of 80 with a time of 18:49. The rest of the varsity men finished the season strong: Tucker Goodwine (15) took 44th with a time of 18:58, Conner Untiedt (16) stole 49th place with a time of 19:14, Josh Gregory (16) finished at 51st place with a time of 19:19, Elias Munoz (17) completed the course with a time of 20:02 at 58th place, Alex Adams (16) finished at 61st with a time of 20:08 followed by Zach Bookhammer (17) finishing the course in 70th place with a time of 21:23. Although the men fell short of their goal of state, some of them were still

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Tucker Goodwine(15) and William Longwell(14) chase down their best times at a Regional meet

satisfied that their personal best was achieved. Longwell said,“This was the best [time] this year, I got in the high 18’s.” This course was a bit less vigorous than the Lyon’s course and leveled out for easier running. Most of the composition of the course was pavement (sidewalks) but also included grass, dirt roads, and a little bit of sand as well. Schott said “Running through the sand

was difficult, it was hard to push your legs through.” However, Longwell disagreed and said “It was not hard, but the hardest part was going to the finish on the grass.” Running conditions on Thursday were excellent with partly clear skies, temperatures in the mid 50s including a breeze to help the runners cool off, but brisk for the bystanders. Goodwine said “I enjoy running in the cold; it feels good.” Before the meet started, both the men and ladies teams felt anxious. Goodwine said a few minutes before the start of the race “I’m very nervous.” He also added “I am excited about the opportunity to go to state.” Carey agreed and said “I am extremely nervous but it makes you run faster.” With the season complete for the mens cross country team, it still doesn’t mean that the coaches and fans were not impressed at the work the cross country team put into this season. Head coach Jessica Ruff said,“They [the mens team] did really good. They worked a lot, set goals, achieved and beat their PR’s. The goals for low 19s was achieved.” After struggling the past few years due to the lack of members in the team, the ladies state qualification was a great achievement or not finishing regionals to go to state. Although they have failed to overcome the hurdle of regionals in the past, this year the team pushed forward to state Ruff said,“I am very proud of the ladies team and how hard they pushed themselves and excelled to get into state.”

NFL Tackling Rules Recently In the NFL, the big talk about injuries has been concussions. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell however, has gone to great lengths to make sure that concussion numbers decline by implementing rules to penalize illegal hits, but there are still loopholes. Although these new implementations will lead to fewer concussions, they make many other players susceptible to knee and leg injuries. This means that the only preferred area of contact is right smack dab in the chest. Defenses are slowly getting their limitations chipped away, in a bad way. No wonder quarterbacks are seamlessly breaking records and shredding defenses like nobody’s business. Terry Bradshaw, the famous Steeler quarterback back in the dizzay, said recently that his statue should be taken down because he doesn’t have the stats modern QB’s are racking up in so many words. If defenses are so careful and nervous the offenses can just milk that system. What it may boil down to is whether or not the NFL would rather have concussions or ACL, MCL, and other tears. A tear will sideline a player for quite possibly a season, whereas a concussion may only last a couple weeks. What would you rather have? So Long 17 To the beloved Rockies fans of Colorado, a great star in baseball - Todd Helton - has officially been put out to pasture with retirement (literally). After an almost book like ending, Helton finished his last home game at Coors field managing to pull out the last extra ounces of energy in his 40 year old body and hit his 369th home run and 592nd double of his career. Along with 35,000 bobble heads were handed out, the field had been mowed to show a number 17, also marking and end to his 17th and final year - how ironic. The love for Helton was truly shown when his family came out at the tip of the 9th inning to collect the first base for Helton, and even more so after the game when Helton was completely taken back emotionally by a real paint horse on behalf of the Rockies or-

ganization. You know a good farrier nearby? Todd Helton is basically the greatest Rockies baseball player ever, since he’s joined Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, Lou Gehrig and Ted Williams as the only players in MLB history to have at least 500 doubles, 320 home runs and a .325 batting average for a career. So long number 17. I don’t know you anymore NFL Almost every team in the NFL that people thought were going to do exceptionally well, have really surrendered to the podunk teams. There is really no resting my case, considering the fact that the Chiefs have a chance to win their conference. The Chiefs? Really? the Chiefs!? In the the NFC conference, the Steelers remain barely winless and the Super Bowl defending Ravens have been sputtering along with them. It’s extremely hard for teams to come back at even a 2-3 record as opposed to a 3-2 record. In the same Conference, the Giants have really fallen off of the cliff. Apparently their own shadow can’t even cast a win over the Panthers! The saddest part is that Giants are in the same boat of conversation as the Jaguars, one full of water and sinking! I mean it’s not like Giants Super Bowl was that long ago! Moving over the AFC conference, I will have to say that the Chiefs have really taken off with Andy Reid and especially Alex Smith. They have totally propelled themselves into a playoff contender. It’s like all the great teams decided to donate their wins to the Chiefs, no kidding! But they do deserve credit. Everything may be bigger in Texas, but the not the Texan’s winning streak. just had to say that. The fact of the matter is that I don’t really know why, but the teams who aren’t really the greatest have been taking control over the better teams in the NFL. Well at least you you’ve got your Fantasy points...I guess? My World Series Picks I’ll be totally honest, I don’t watch as much baseball as I should, but hey! That won’t stop me! I’m just gonna’ go wit Cardinals simply because of tradition . There it is... go Cards?

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