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SPORTS Volleyball team faces tough competition in Las Vegas

By: BEN WRIGHT Staff Writer

On the weekend of August 31, the Sterling College volleyball team took the long trip out to Las Vegas to take part in a tournament against some of the best teams in the NAIA. The event was hosted by the University of Great Falls, a school from Montana. Nine teams were invited including some ranked in the top twenty five teams in the NAIA. The Lady Warriors started the weekend Friday night by playing against Rocky Mountain College, a team ranked seventh in the nation. Though they

lost the match in three sets, Coach John Harding said that they put up a good fight against the formidable team. After that, they had a break until the following day which held three more matches in store for them. The first team they played the next day was the host team, the University of Great Falls. They lost this match in three sets also, but again the coach cited a wonderful effort on the part of the team. Following this was another loss in three sets to the twenty-second ranked Carroll College. However, they were able to turn things around in the last game in order to

beat Northern Montana State by a score of three sets to two. “It was really good to end things with a win,” commented Harding. The goal of the trip was to pit the Lady Warriors against some of the best teams in the sport in order to build their confidence. Following their sweeping victory over Bethel at home last Wednesday in three sets, it was clear to see that the team was seeing the results already. “We got to play some good teams and we’re looking to play some more good teams at the Baker tournament this weekend,” said Harding in reference to the team’s tournament last week-

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end. They are looking to cash these early, difficult games into victories later on this season. The team’s next test will come on Wednesday as they face off against Southwestern at home. The team will look to build on its early success and increase their already impressive 6-0 record when playing at home. The Lady Warriors will look to seniors Sara Steria and Adriana Gonzalez for leadership, as they both recently won KCAC Player of the Week honors. The volleyball team gathers for a team huddle during a recent match. Photo by Ben Wright

Men’s and women’s soccer teams off to impressive starts By: SCOTT MCKINNEY Staff Writer

On the weekend of August 31 and September 1, the Sterling College men’s and women’s soccer teams took a very successful trip to Texas. On Friday the 31st, both the men’s and women’s teams cruised through Dallas Christian College as the men won 5-0 and the women won 8-0. However, Southwestern Assemblies of God put up a tougher fight on Saturday. The women’s team won in a narrow victory of 2-1 by scoring goals in the first half. Francisco Hernandez scored the only goal for the men’s team as they lost in overtime 2-1. After the weekend the

women have gotten off to a very hot start of 3-0. Coach Justin Morris said about his team, “The girls have been competing really well, and that’s one of our goals – just to compete through every game. We don’t want to be a team that only plays half a game or 80 minutes. We want to compete 90 minutes, and that is a key for us to have a bounce-back year.” Senior Michelle Malette received the honor of KCAC player of the week for her performances in the first three contests. In the three games, Malette had a total of four goals and an assist. She has developed into a big scoring threat and a tre-

mendous leader on the field. “She puts everything she’s got out on the field, and everyone knows that. She shows girls how hard to work, and how important it is to work hard every day,” said Coach Morris. Freshmen Jerome Joof also received KCAC player of the week honors for his efforts in Texas. Against Dallas Christian, Joof shined by scoring a hat-trick in his first ever game as a Sterling College Warrior. Then against Southwestern, Joof had a quality assist. Both the men’s and women’s team show great promise this year, and it should be exciting to see the season unfold.

Warrior football off to 0-2 start; prepares for Warrior Fest By: BAY BAKER Staff Writer

The Warriors kicked off the season with their first game on Saturday, September 1 against Benedictine College. Despite excitement and support from fans back at Sterling, with a final score of 59-6, “it was a total disaster from start to finish,” said head coach Andy Lambert. Lambert said he as-

sumes responsibility for the poor performance and regards the game as a learning opportunity for the Warriors. “We must coach better during the week,” he said, “and I, as head coach, need to have the entire program better prepared to play. Our mistakes can be corrected.” John Cardona, a sophomore quarterback from

Los Angeles, California, echoed Coach Lambert’s positive outlook. “We really learned a lot about ourselves and what we have to do to get better,” he said. “We’ve been focusing on the little things in practice, such as taking care of the ball and hustling more on the field.” The game was shaping up to be a blow to the team’s overall

morale, but it’s clear that the team is actively working to become better equipped to perform throughout the rest of the season. “The seniors and many of the leaders on the team have taken it upon themselves to push the younger guys,” Cardona said. “We look forward to starting conference this weekend at Tabor and getting back

on track with what we know how to do.” The loss was “a tough start to the season,” according to Kerby Rice, a senior linebacker from Athol, Kansas. “We will have to get back to work on the practice field and make many corrections before we start conference play,” he said. “Our players are very mature and resilient,” Coach Lambert con-

cluded, “so we plan for steady improvement and expect a much better performance this week. The team has responded well.” The team also struggled against Tabor last week, but look forward to the challenge of facing Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday for the first home game of the season. The game starts at 6 p.m. at Smisor Stadium.

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On Tuesday, September 4th, CAB saddled up for Rodeo Night. This event included a mechanical bull, line dancing, country music, and a lot of food. CAB Publicist Lucas Knauss said of the event, “Unfortunately, it got rained out, but for the time it was going, it was worth the time invested in it. The mechanical bull was a success and was something that CAB has been trying to get for years.” Before the rain, many students enjoyed the event including sophomore Chloe Wootton who said, “I went to CAB’s rodeo and YEEEHAW! It’s good to know that after 125 years, Sterling is still horsin’ around. So let’s grab our boots, cinch up the horses and giddy up to next year’s rodeo where the bull will meet his match… again.” Photo by Nathan Ehresman

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