- Written by Leo Paik
Excerpted from the Yourhub of the Denver Post by Emily Leo, 12/1/16:
The Lake editorial staff was honored by 2 journalism organizations.
Last weekend in Indianapolis, The Lake staff was honored at the semiannual National High School Journalism Convention put on by the Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association (JEA/NSPA) as the only Colorado high school magazine nominated for the Pacemaker Award (akin to a student Pulitzer Prize). The basis for this includes careful critiquing for year-to-year consistency in style, quality, integrity, and eloquent defiance of the status quo. The Lake won its 1st Pacemaker Award in 2014.
The Lake's Co-editor-in-chief Esteban Arellano won 1st in the Magazine Spread/Page for "Stories From the Diner" (Mar. 2016), senior staff editor Meg Metzger-Seymour won 2nd in Illustration for "Are We Breeding Violence?" (Nov. 2015), and 8th in Diversity Story for "It's All In Your Head" (Mar. 2016) on stigmas from mental illness.
The Lake's advisor Lynn Schwartz who began in 2015-16 said "the skill of the staff members has grown tremendously since I have come along to work with everyone. I think [they care] care greatly about what they do and [create] something that is professional looking and shows good journalism."
Esteban Arellano said "one thing I love about The Lake is that we know what we are. We don't attempt to create a stuffy newsroom with stiff updates that students don't care about. Instead, we recognize that we ourselves are students and use that to our advantage. We begin letters with 'What's Up?' and we talk about memes, feminism, and school safety in a way that we ourselves would like to read. As a staff, we love what we do, and that comes through in the beautiful, simplae, and unique work that we creat."
For more info: visit issuu.com/standleylakenewspaper.
- Written by Leo Paik
Your Standley Lake Gators competed over the weekend in the Class 4A State Gymnastics Meet.
Rachel Cody won the 4A All-Around Title.
Camille Guinet placed 6th in the Bars.
Samantha Pence placed 9th on the Floor Exercises.
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- Written by Leo Paik
Your Standley Laker Gator Men's Soccer team entered the 1st round of the State Class 4A Soccer tournament as the 14th seed on Wed. Oct. 26 with a record of 9-4-2 after tying D'Evelyn 1-1 in the final game of the regular season on Oct. 18. That gave D'Evelyn the conference title. Coach Mike Day said, "that was a ton of fun to be part of. It was a great battle, and I enjoyed being part of it. All the boys found hard." Unfortunately the Gators would be without starting goalie <strong>Simon Van Den Abbeele</strong> due to injury.
The 1st game of the playoffs at the NAAC against Pueblo Central (11-4, 4-1) was scoreless in the 1st half. In the 2nd half at the 52nd minute, senior Hunter Rouse eluded a Pueblo defender and scored the lone goal of the match eluding freshman goalie Jess Chavez. The "goal seemed like it took a lot longer than it actually did to go in," said Rouse. "I'm very happy it went in." Pueblo came close to tying it in the 55th minute with a short that crossed teh goal mouth from a difficult angle. Sophomore Erik Macias came close to making it 2-0 in the 71st minute with a shot just wide.
Next up is the 3rd seed The Classical Academy (14-2) on Nov. 1. Last year, they ended the Gators' run in the Class 4A State semi-finals. "I'm pretty excited about the opportunity to go down there," Coach Day said. "This is a pretty young team, and we're playing with house money."
- Written by Leo Paik
Your Standley Lake Volleyball teams took on the Evergreen Cougars on 10/10/16.
In the Freshmen match, the Gators scrapped but fell 19-25 after keeping it close to 18-19 and 18-25.
(Sean Rumley serves.)
In the Level III match, the Gators started slowly with a 12-25 1st set, but they clawed back in the 2nd taking 14-11, 19-16, and 22-21 leads but fell 22-25.
(Jamie Torbet serves.)
In the JV match, the Gators fell 7-25 and 10-25.
(Jaelyn Grimes serves.)
In the Varsity match, the Gators started close keeping it 7-7, but the Cougars got 4, 3, 3, and 3 point runs to take the 1st set 15-25. In the 2nd, the Cougars got an early 8 point run and held on for a 14-25 win. In the 3rd, the Cougars got a 10 point run midway through and held on for a 16-25 win.
(Shelby Hines attacks.)
On 10/14/16, your Standley Lake Volleyball teams hosted the Littleton Lions.
In the Freshmen match, your scrappy Freshmen Gators prevailed with 25-11 and 25-17 dominant wins.
In the Level III match, your Gators came back from a late 19-22 deficit with a 6 point run to win the 1st set 25-22. In the 2nd set, the Gators were buoyed by their early success and won 25-19.
In the JV match, the 1st set was close going 15-18, 20-22, but the Lions won 21-25. In the 2nd set, the score was tied 8-8 keyed by kills by Dani Powell, Jasmine Cummings, Georgia Bosse, and an ace by Jasmine Cummings, but the Lions surged with an 8 point run stopped with an Ariana Elliott kill. Your Gators rallied for a 4 point run and closed it to 20-22 with a timely kill and a block kill by Dani Powell. A terrific kill by Raeanne Rothgery tied it 24-24. With the game on the line, the Lions tried to substitute once too many and were yellow carded but kept the serve and defeated the Gators 24-26.
(Jasmine Cummings serves an ace.)
In the Varsity match, the Gators edged ahead with 9-7, 11-9, and 15-14 leads in the 1st set with a sweet pancake dig by Kayla Pray, kills by Elizabeth Dill, a kill by Sam Montoya after a good dig by Erin Paik, and an ace by Cammie Schmelzer. Then the Lions surged despite a nice tip kill by Elizabeth Dill. With the score 20-24, the Gators battled getting it to 23-24 on a dump kill by Kayla Pray, but a timeout and rally got the Lions the 1st set 23-25. In the 2nd set, your Gators started flat allowing the Lions to take 1-8, 2-12, and 6-17 leads. Despite a pair of aces and a kill by Elizabeth Dill, a terrific dig by Sadie Heffelman, a sweet block kill by Shelby Hines, the Gators couldn't overcome that initial deficit and dropped the 2nd set 14-25. In the 3rd set, another early Lion surge to make it 0-8 got the Gators behind the 8 ball. Your Gators surged on a great dig by Sadie Heffelman, a block kill by Lauren Willihnganz, an ace by Elizabeth Dill, and a nice Shelby Hines kill to make it 8-10.
(Erin Paik attacks.)
A 6 point Lion run put enough distance that an Erin Paik kill, a terrific Sadie Heffelman dig, and a nice Lauren Willihnganz tip kill weren't enough, and the Gators dropped the 3rd set 16-25.
Your Gators travelled to Valor Christian on 10/18/16.
In the Freshmen match, the 1st set the Eagles pulled out strong out of the gate getting it to 7-21 and held on for a 10-25 win. In the 2nd set, your Gators turned it around to start 9-2 on a Haley Brandt block kill, a Sydney Schmelzer kill, a Maria Tersigni kill, and an Evie Brackney ace.
(Maria Tersigni serves.)
The Eagles closed the gap and retook the lead 12-14. Scrappy Gator play and an ace by Evie Brackney made it 22-17. It was 24-19 when the Eagles got a sideout. The tide turned, and 3 Eagle aces stole the 1st set 24-26. So close!
In the Level III match, the Eagles pulled ahead early getting it to 9-16, 13-20 and held on to take the 1st set 16-25. In the 2nd set, a 10 point Eagle run made it 0-10, and the 2nd set ended 6-25.
In the JV match, the tall Eagle team (that probably would challenge most Varsity squads) soared above the Gators and took advantage of 8 aces to take the 1st set 4-25. In the 2nd set, a 7 point Eagle run to start was stopped by a good Jasmine Cummings kill.
(Amanda Powers attacks.)
The Eagles surged again to make it 4-16. Dani Powell's nice kill and great dig weren't enough to hold off the Eagles as they prevailed 10-25.
In the Varsity match, your Gators heard all the accolades of the Eagles' senior night annoucements but would not go down without a battle. Nice kills by Shelby Hines, Sam Montoya, and Elizabeth Dill kept it close early 5-7. Big verticals and tall middles got the Eagles downward kills, but the Gators responded with a Lauren Willihnganz kill and block and terrific digs by Zoe Ryan-Terra, Amanda Bosben, Sam Montoya, and Lauren Willihnganz. Despite a block kill by Elizabeth Dill and a kill by Kayla Pray, the 1st set went 12-25. In the 2nd set, your Gators got a 5-3 lead to start with an ace and a kill by Zoe Ryan-Terra. The Eagles surged ahead despite nice digs by Elizabeth Dill and Kayla Pray. A 6 point Eagle run got it to 12-23. A furious rally with a great Sadie Heffelman dig and sweet block and kill by Shelby Hines highlighted their efforts, but the Eagles took the 2nd 14-25. The 3rd set began with a good Amanda Bosben kill, but the Eagles responded with a 6 point run. Zoe Ryan-Terra got an ace to make it 4-6. Kills and block kill by Shelby Hines and another terrific pancake dig by Kayla Pray leading to a Elizabeth Dill kill kept it closer at 9-13. Your Gators would not go down easily as Kayla Pray got a kill, Amanda Bosben and Erin Paik made terrific digs, and Elizabeth Dill got a pair of kills to get it to 18-24 before the Eagles sealed it 18-25. This was perhaps the Gators' scrappiest effort of the season.
On 10/20/16, the Gators got a rematch against the Littleton Lions away.
In the Freshmen match, the 1st set see-sawed 7-7 and 15-15 before your Gators surged with better serving. Maria Tersigni keyed a 3 point run to get it to 24-19, and your Gators held on for a 25-20 win. In the 2nd set, your Gators got a 5 point run to make it 10-4 keyed by a Maria Tersigni block kill and 3 aces by Evie Brackney. The Lions clawed back to tie it 11-11. Your Gators got a pair of 4 point runs on a Maria Tersigni ace, Sydney Schmelzer kill, Haley Brandt kill, and 2 aces by Sean Rumley to make it 19-12.
(Sean Rumley serves an ace.)
An ace by Sydney Schmelzer and a kill and an ace by Haley Brandt sealed the win 25-17. The Gators' record goes to 7-10.
In the Level III match, your Gators started strong taking 7-4, 14-8, and 19-10 leads with good court coverage and solid passing and took the 1st set 25-20. In the 2nd set, the Lions ran off 11 points to start including 4 aces stopped by a Tiana LeBeck kill.
(Faith Nightingale attacks.)
Despite a nice kill by Haley Hitchcock, the early deficit proved too big and the 2nd set ended 8-25. In the 3rd set, the Lions ran off a 7 point run making it 1-7. Your Gators rallied to make it 11-13 with better court coverage and a pair of aces by Jazmin Xiong. An untimely service error followed. The 2nd set ended 12-15. The Gators' record goes to 9-5.
In the JV match, the 1st set stayed close keyed by a Georgia Bosse kill early before the Lions rattled off a 7 point run to make it 5-14. A late rally punctuated with a Jasmine Cummings kill got it to 15-24 before it ended 15-25. In the 2nd set, the Lions surged early to make it 3-9. Giuliana Tucker stopped the run with a kill. Ariana Elliott's dig and Georgia Bosse's, Raeanne Rothgery's, and Ariana Elliott's kills showed the Gators' spirit, but the 2nd set ended 17-25. The Gators' record goes to 3-14.
In the Varsity match, your Gators took the early lead 6-2 with 2 aces by Elizabeth Dill. A pancake dig by Kayla Pray was ruled to hit the floor (despite video suggesting otherwise) stopping the run. A kill by Sam Montoya, a terrific dig by Sadie Heffelman and kills by Shelby Hines, Elizabeth Dill, and Amanda Bosben got it to 15-8, but a curious under-the-net violation called on a backrow player gave the Lions a sideout. A Zoe Ryan-Terra kill got the Gators a sideout. A missed net call allowed the Lions to close to 17-16 and retake the lead 17-19. A Lauren Willihganz kill stopped the run. An ace by Kayla Pray tied it up. A missed over-the-net call allowed the Lions to retake the lead 20-21. Yet your Gators battled back to 24-22 and set point. An inscrutable net call resulted in a 24-26 Lions' 1st set. In the 2nd set, the Lions surged on a 6 point run to make it 2-8. A curious touch call by the line judge on the opposite side of the court stopped a Gator rally 5-8. Despite an Elizabeth Dill kill, a Sadie Heffelman ace, a Zoe Ryan-Terra kill, and terrific digs by Sadie Heffelman, the 2nd set ended 11-25. In the 3rd set, the Gators edged out to a 6-5 lead keyed by a kill and a block kill by Shelby Hines, but the Lions rallied with a 6 point run. The Lions kept ratcheting up their lead despite kills by Amanda Bosben, Shelby Hines, Sam Montoya, and Zoe Ryan-Terra, and the 3rd set ended 17-25. The Gators' record goes to 7-10.
Next up is Wheat Ridge on Monday Oct. 24 in the Swamp starting at 430p. Come cheer on your Gators!
- Written by Leo Paik
Technical difficulties resulted in this combo report:
Your Standley Lake Volleyball teams took on Golden HS away 9/29/16.
The Freshmen Gators won the 1st set 25-10, lost the 2nd set 20-25, and dropped the 3rd set 9-15. Their record went to 6-3.
The Level III Gators battled but lost 18-25 in both sets. Their record to 1-8.
The JV Gators battled as well but had more success on the scoreboard as they took the 1st set 25-18 keyed by 5 serving aces, a 6 point run with Colleen Gill serving, and good court coverage rousing the Gator crowd. In the 2nd set, with Ariana Elliott serving, the Gators got an 11 point run and held on for a 25-10 win.
(Jasmine Cummings attacks.)
Their record improved to 2-5.
The Varsity Gators battled hard winning the 1st and 2nd sets 25-15 and 25-14, with good attacks and blocking. Golden rallied to take the 3rd set 22-25 and the 4th set, after being down 23-22 and 25-24, 25-27 with good digs including an amazing Kayla Pray pancake dig, leaving the Gator faithful on the edges of their seats. In the 5th set, the Gators edged out to a 7-6 lead and with Hanna Davis serving got a key 4 point run. With Cammie Schmelzer serving, the Gators rallied for a 3 point run and finished the set 15-9.
(Shelby Hines attacks.)
They improve their record to 7-4.
On 10/1/16, your JV Gator team went to the Arvada JV tournament and went 1-3, finishing 6th of 8 teams.
On 10/4/16, the same day unfortunately as the Powder Puff game, your Gators took on the Green Mountain Rams away. There was no Freshman match, as the 3A Rams did not have a Freshman team.
In the Level III match, the Gators took an early 4-3 lead but the Rams got a 6 point run to make it 5-15 and held on for the 16-25 win. In the 2nd set, the Rams started with a 10 poin run that Haley Hitchcock ended with a kill. Despite some good digs, the early deficit proved too big and the Gators fell 14-25.
(Solana Brito serves.)
Their record went to 1-9.
In the JV match, the Gators took an early 6-5 lead punctuated with a Dani Powell kill, but the Rams responded with a 5 point run. The Rams kept up the presure with 4, 4, and 3 point runs to take the 1st set 15-25. In the 2nd set, the Gators again started strong with a 4-0 start as the Rams edged back to 8-7, 13-12, and 15-15. The Rams got a 6 point run stopped by a Jasmine Cummings kill, but the Rams held their lead to take it 19-25.
(Giulana Tucker attacks.)
The Gators' record went to 3-9.
In the Varsity match, the Gators fell back 4-9 but battled to tie it 9-9 and 15-15 led by fine blocks by Shelby Hines; however, the Rams got a 6 point run and held on to take the 1st set 19-25. In the 2nd set, the Gators dug deep to take 6-5, 11-9, 15-10, and 22-15 leads and took the set 25-19.
(Libero Sadie Heffelman gets the dig. Photo: Leanne Heffelman.)
In the 3rd set, the Gators started strong with a 4-0 lead. They worked the lead to 9-3 with good kills by Lauren Willihnganz before the Rams tightened it up with a 4 point run. The Gators battled hard to keep the lead getting it to 22-18 before the Rams rallied to tie it and then took a 23-24 lead. The Gators tied it with a Amanda Bosben kill, but the Rams found the open court and took the set 24-26.
(Amanda Bosben gets a kill.)
In the 5th set, the Gators' air seemed to go flat as the Rams got an 8 point run to make it 1-9. A pair of 4 point runs got the score to 5-17, and the Rams held on to take it 10-25. Their record went to 7-5.
On 10/6/16, your Standley Lake Volleyball teams took on the tough D'Evelyn Jaguars in the Swamp during a Homecoming Week highlighted match with an excellent and supportive Gator crowd in attendance.
The Freshmen played hard tying the score repeated, 12-12, 16-16, 18-18 before the Gators finally surged with aces by Maria Tersigni and Sean Rumley. Haley Brandt got 2 key block kills to get the Gators the 1st set 25-19. In the 2nd set, the Gators surged to a 12-4 lead on Sydney Schmelzer's, Sean Rumley's, and Ravan Hammack's kills. A pair of aces by Maria Tersigni got the score to 18-6, and the Gators held on for a 25-12 win.
(Sydney Schmelzer serves a key late ace.)
They improved their record to 7-3.
In the Level III match, your Gators came with determination as the score see-sawed 12-10, 12-14, 14-14. The Gators surged to 18-14 with a good dig by Haley Hitchcock, a kill by Solana Brito, and aces by Ariana Walker and held on for the 25-19 win. In the 2nd set, the scores were tight until 17-17. Then the Jaguars got a 6 point run and took the set with an ace 19-25. In the 3rd set, the set was tied at 3-3 before the Jaguars got a run to make it 4-9. The Gators' determination was strong as they rallied to tie it 10-10 with good digs and a kill by Alexis Chinda. After a 3 point run, with Korie Boren serving, the Gators rallied with a 5 point run capped with an ace to take the set 15-13.
(Korie Boren serves an ace for the win.)
They improve their record to 2-9.
In the JV match, the Gators battled but the Jaguars kept ratcheting up their lead 2-4, 4-7, 6-12, and 9-17 with 5 aces despited kills by Jamie Zimmerman, Jaelyn Grimes, and Dani Powell.
(Jamie Zimmerman serves up an ace.)
The deficit proved too large, and the Gators dropped the 1st set 11-25. In the 2nd set, the Jaguars got a 10 point run to make it 1-10. Despite good digs by Colleen Gill, a great block by Jasmine Cummings, ace by Georgia Bosse, a kill by Ariana Elliott, and a sweet block by Raenne Rothgery, the Gators dropped the set 12-25. The Gators' record drops to 3-10.
(The Gator Marching Band and Cheer Team gets the Gator crowd amped up!)
In the Varsity match, the Gators got it to 3-3 before the Jaguars strong attacks ratched leads of 3-6, 6-9, 10-14, but the Gators rallied to close it at 13-15 with kills by Shelby Hines, Sam Montoya, a block kill by Lauren Willihnganz, and a great dig by Kayla Pray. Still the Jaguars attack was formidable and they took the 1st set 15-25. In the 2nd set, the Gators got it to 4-4 including a libero attack called against the Jaguars. Then the Jaguars surged on successful attacks getting it to 6-12, 8-16, and 10-22 despite kills by Elizabeth Dill and Lauren Willihnganz and ace by Erin Paik, and the Jaguars held on for a 12-25 2nd set win.
In the 3rd set, the Gators seemed to come out flat as the score went to 4-13. The boisterous support of the Gator crowd including the Gator Marching Band and the Cheer Team helped the team rally to close it 12-16 punctuated by a kill and ace by Zoe Ryan-Terra, a Shelby Hines block kill, and a Sam Montoya kill, but the undefeated Jaguars surged with a pair of aces and strong attacks.
(Sam Montoya attacks.)
Zoe Ryan-Terra kept the Gator attack up with a pair of kills but the Gators dropped the 3rd set 19-25. Their record goes to 7-6.
Next up is Evergreen HS on Oct. 10 in the Swamp. Come and catch the excitement.
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