After tough loss to crosstown rival Fairview, Boulder High baseball team rebounds with win against Fossil Ridge

By Keile Kropf, editor & Zoe Dulchinos, staff writer

The adjustment that follows the induction of a new coaching staff has seemed to follow a learning curve for Boulder High baseball. With change comes wins and losses, but the team is focusing on the positives and on improving one game at a time. A defeat against their top-ranked rival, the Fairview Knights, was certainly a let down, but the Panthers are not ready to throw in the towel on their season.

Last Thursday, the Panthers hosted the Knights at Fairview’s own field due to extreme damage that rendered Boulder’s field, Scott Carpenter Park, unplayable. The Knights have been dominating the standings all season, and an underdog victory was not in the cards for the Panthers that night. In the end, Boulder High was outscored 16-4 with runs coming from sophomore Andrew McCarthy and seniors Luke Bukowski  and Dylan Bialek.

“It’s always tough to lose to guys that you know so well. Most of us have grown up playing against each other, and we know each other’s strengths. I really respect Fairview’s team, and that game was a building block for our program as we head into the future. Hopefully, we’ll get them next year,” sophomore Andrew McCarthy said.  Continue reading

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University of Connecticut dominates 2014 NCAA March Madness

By Kelley McQuillen & Jacque Szarmach, staff writers

Senior Kevin Van Lieshout and dad Jim attend the Final Four game in Arlington, Texas, to support the University of Wisconsin Badgers, their favorite team. Despite Wisconsin’s loss to Kentucky, the pair said they still had a great weekend. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Van Lieshout)

Senior Kevin Van Lieshout and dad Jim attend the Final Four game in Arlington, Texas, to support the University of Wisconsin Badgers, their favorite team. Despite Wisconsin’s loss to Kentucky, the pair said they still had a great weekend. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Van Lieshout)

March Madness came to an end for both the men and the women, each wrapping up their tournaments on  April 8. Sixty-eight teams in each bracket competed for a national championship that began March 19, and the University of Connecticut men’s and women’s teams won the national titles this year. UConn’s men had a record of 32-8 while the women had an undefeated season of 40-0.

“I live for March Madness. I have it streaming from my phone throughout the day. I stayed home from school the first day to watch games,” senior Ryan Bower said.

Each spring, there is a huge hype for March Madness across the nation, and many people fill out brackets and bet against friends and family. People spend hundreds of dollars betting for their teams and going to games, which includes expenses for hotels, flights, tickets and other incidentals. There was a Billion Dollar Bracket challenge in which anyone filling out a perfect bracket would win $1 billion. The chances of that happening are over one in one quintillion, and no one won this year.  Continue reading

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Girls soccer team falls 1-0 to crosstown rival Fairview after 1-1 tie against Monarch

By Chandler Baker, editor & Eris Hollingshead, staff writer

Boulder High goalkeeper Madison Mayfield, a senior, punts a ball after making a save during Boulder’s loss to Fairview. Mayfield faced only five shots on goal and played with patience and ferocity throughout the match. (Photo by Henry Huettel)

Boulder High goalkeeper Madison Mayfield, a senior, punts a ball after making a save during Boulder’s loss to Fairview. Mayfield faced only four shots on goal and played with patience and ferocity throughout the match. (Photo by Henry Huettel)

The Boulder girls soccer team’s game against their crosstown rival Fairview was a neck-in-neck battle filled with lots of built-up emotions and fierce competition. Unfortunately for the Panthers,  Fairview senior striker Savannah Beetcher’s 25-yard upper-90 loft sunk straight into the net with eight minutes left in the match, making it difficult for the Panthers to come back with such a short amount of time left to play.

“We were missing a few key components of our team, and it would be interesting to see what kind of game it could have been with everyone healthy. However, Fairview was facing injuries, too, and they played a great game. Savannah scored a good goal,” said center midfielder Keile Kropf, a senior.  Continue reading

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Students tour out-of-state colleges over spring break

By Jayden Simelda-Longe, editor

Spring break is often a time students use to relax and celebrate not being in school. However, over spring break, several BHS students opted to visit out-of-state colleges to go over their future educational options. Colleges are often near vacation spots, so some students got to enjoy other sights in the area while also getting the information and experience gained through a college tour.

Even though students tried to enjoy their experiences, the weather proved an uncontrollable factor as students travelled.

“I went to New York for the last few days of spring break, and it rained a lot, but the trip was still really enjoyable. I visited some museums and saw a Broadway show to stay out of the rainy weather,” sophomore Emilia Van Buskirk said. Continue reading

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Student Council plans to take prom-goers to Rio for an evening

By Kelley McQuillen & Jacque Szarmach, staff writers

A group of last year’s junior girls from Boulder High pose with their corsages, a key component for a perfect Prom. Corsages and boutonnieres add a fun touch to outfits. (Photo by Chandler Baker)

A group of last year’s junior girls from Boulder High pose with their corsages, a key component for a perfect Prom. Corsages and boutonnieres add a fun touch to outfits. (Photo by Chandler Baker)

This year’s Prom, which features the theme Rio and decorations that involve Carnival, Brazil, birds, beads and the beach, is scheduled for April 26 from 9-12 p.m. at the Boulder Theater.

Every year, junior members of Student Council organize Prom, keeping everything a secret from the seniors, who vote on whether they want a DJ or band (this year will feature a DJ) and then later send in song suggestions.

“Prom is by far the best dance in high school. I love having it at the Boulder Theater, and the decorations and being able to dress up even more is super fun,” senior Hayleigh Criss said. Continue reading

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Boulder High Model United Nations club prepares for upcoming conference under new officers

By Jayden Simelda-Longe, editor

Before the end of Spring Break, members of Model United Nations were preparing for an upcoming conference in Denver, and elections for officer positions were also conducted on March 19.

Members who had attended three or more conferences voted for candidates who gave a one-minute speech during each lunch. Ballots were counted and results were listed outside of room 2206 on the same day. Some who had previously held positions as officers were hoping to be reelected, including Hunter Schoech, an experienced officer who was elected  Secretary-General, a position previously held by senior Bryce Anderson-Gregson.

The name Anderson-Gregson won’t be leaving the Model United Nations club, however. Sophomore Brenn Anderson-Gregson, younger brother of the Secretary-General, was elected as an officer and plans to continue providing more services to the club. Continue reading

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Boulder High baseball team travels to Arizona over spring break to prepare for upcoming season

By Keile Kropf, editor & Zoe Dulchinos, staff writer

While most high schoolers were off vacationing on the beach and relaxing in the mountains, the Boulder High baseball team spent spring break honing their skills and prepping for the remainder of the season in the warmth of Phoenix, Arizona. This is an annual trip for the Boulder High team, and they have found it to be beneficial to train in an area without worrying about the inclement weather that often accompanies spring sports in Boulder.

The  team got off to a rough start, managing to put one run on the board during the first three games as they adjusted to playing with one another. They turned it around for the second half of the trip, however, and lit up the board with a total of 29 runs in their final two games. The Boulder boys competed against five teams from four states, including Illinois, Oregon, Arizona and Colorado, and finished 2-3 at the end of the tournament.

“Our first three games didn’t go so well, but we figured out what we had to work on and turned things around for the last two. Now we have a good idea of the things that will be important for us in the remainder of the season. Overall, it was a great trip,” senior Francis Lanzano said. Continue reading

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Boys baseball team unable to play at Scott Carpenter Park due to damage to field’s backstop

By Zoe Dulchinos, staff writer & Keile Kropf, editor

With a new coach and a strong senior class, the Boulder High varsity baseball team is looking to shake off last season’s lackluster performance and move on from the drama involving the change in coaching staff. Unfortunately, a new obstacle has presented itself to the program and new head coach Colt Sedbrook: serious weather damage has impacted the backstop at Scott Carpenter Park, rendering the field unplayable.

For the Boulder High baseball team, this means no games can be played there until sufficient funds are raised, approximately $35,000-$55,000.

“It definitely is a bummer that if the field isn’t fixed, we will have to play our ‘home’ games at other fields. You lose the home-field advantage, and it becomes a lot harder to motivate people to come and watch our games. I am personally upset as this is my senior year, and I really hope that we can raise the funds to make the repairs in the very near future,” senior Grant Dinkel said. Continue reading

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Dress drive to help those in need find perfect attire for prom

By Jacque Szarmach, staff writer

This year at Boulder High, students who can’t afford a prom dress don’t need to worry! Consumer and family studies teacher Nancie Halfmann is holding a dress drive for Boulder High students who need to find the perfect dress.

Students all around the Boulder community are donating dresses for other students in need. Students can go anytime on Thursdays after seventh period or schedule a time with Halfmann to try on dresses before prom. There is no cost to borrow a dress for the evening.

In addition, those interested in donating a dress for the drive can drop them off in Halfmann’s classroom, room 2228. All dresses donated will be returned in the same condition and cleaned prior to return to the owner. Students can also donate shoes to go along with the dresses and any jewelry they are willing to share. Continue reading

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Girls varsity soccer team suffers first loss of season against Cherry Creek Bruins

By Chandler Baker, editor & Eris Hollingshead, staff writer

The Lady Panthers lost 3-1 to the Cherry Creek Bruins in their third league soccer match on March 19, a game in which the Panthers’ 4-3-3 formation was not up to par against the Bruins 4-4-2 formation, and the overall team unit was separate throughout the field, making it hard to connect as a unit.

“We were way too spread out, and it ended up costing us in the long run. They were really fast and knew how to play against us. They switched the point of attack too fast for us to defend,” said center back Mariah Alexander, a junior.

Boulder’s defense played very compactly but weren’t expecting the fast-pace switches of the field that the Bruins presented. The Panthers’ offense was able to split the defense a lot and had through balls to the outside strikers, but they weren’t able to get the ball in the back of the net. Continue reading

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