Photos by: Elissa Freemire
By: Cathryn Cavazos
This weekend saw a large number of Warrior Athletes traveling around the state to work hard and show off their Sterling pride.
On Saturday the 23rd, football traveled to Salina to take on Kansas Wesleyan University. The game ended with a win for the Warriors, 26-23.
The first quarter of the game ended with a score of 0-0, but the Warriors took on the challenge and made a comeback. Freshman Lavery Shepherd scored a touchdown to lead the Warriors 7-0, with Freshman Eric Demps blocking Kansas Wesleyan’s punt and giving Sterling a safety to make the score 9-0 at the end of the second quarter.
In the third quarter, sophomore quarterback Eric Butler connected with senior Richard Newell to score another touchdown resulting in a 23-0 lead. While Kansas Wesleyan tried making a comeback by returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown , it wasn’t to be, as senior Michael Winstead knocked down the 29-yard field goal resulting in the final Warrior win. Sophomore, Aaron Chisolm, led the game in rushing with 49 yards, Butler led in passing with 203 yards, and Darryl Terrell led in receiving with 108 yards.
Saturday also took the cross country team to the Tabor College Blue Jays invite at Marion Reservoir. The men’s team finished third out of seven teams with a time of 2:29:58 with an average time of 29:59.88, while the women’s team finished second out of seven with a time of 1:46:25.11 with an average time of 21:17.02. Senior Lacey Buckwalter placed ninth overall in the women’s 5K run category with a time of 20:45.26, while the men’s 8K event saw junior Rolando Phalen place sixth overall with a time of 28:24.22.
On the same day, the Lady Warrior volleyball team faced two different rivals. First up was Bethel College in Newton, Kansas, where the Warriors got to celebrate a victory with a 3-0 final score. The first set, Sterling led Bethel early on after a kill by freshman Patti Delgadillo with a score of 9-8. At the end of the first set, the Warriors won with a score of 25-19.
During the second set, Bethel gained speed with a score of 6-1. The Lady Warriors made a comeback, however, using an ace from junior Mikaela Wells and kills from Delgadillo and junior Chelsey Riffel. The second set ended with a score of 25-19.
The third set started with Bethel leading again, but Riffel, along with senior Lena Wedel and junior Makenzie Cork, led with the kills and fought hard, ending with a score of 30-28.
The volleyball girls then headed to Wichita to take on Friends University. The Falcons led the first set with a score of 25-19. The Warriors came back in the second set, ending with a score of 25-22, using an ace from sophomore Madeline Carr and back-to-back kills from Cork and Delgadillo. The third set went on strong, with a tie of 17-17 in the middle of the set but ending with a score of 25-20.
However, Friends took the lead early in the fourth set and finished with a score of 25-20. The Falcons would also be victorious in the fifth set, despite strong kills by Cork, Riffel, and Wells. The final score was 17-15. Cork led the group in kills with 14, while Wells gained the highest blocking score with three. Junior Alexandra Reid led in digs with 18, while freshman Eryn Beardmen led in aces with three.
Finally, men’s and women’s soccer headed to Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to take on the Evangels. However, Mid-America managed to overtake both Warrior teams, giving the men’s soccer team a final score of 7-0.
After a quick 2-0 lead for Mid-America Christian in the first half, despite strong shots from several team members, halftime recorded a 4-0 score with Evangels in the lead. In the second half, Sterling had shots by senior Adriano Marquez and freshman Sergio Lumez-Patino, but Mid-America kept up strong defense and managed to score three more times against Sterling. Sophomore Joel Chavez led with six saves.
In women’s soccer, despite strong shots from senior Olivia Cozzoni, freshman Brianna Dorsey, and junior Alejandra Menez, the offense struggled to find their groove and Sterling was dealt a loss in a score of 6-0. Sophomore Hannah French led with five saves.