This group of seniors, the Eads High School Class of 2021, may have had to endure perhaps some of the most difficult hardships in a large chunk of their high school years due to the more than year-long mandates associated with the Covid-19 virus. They, above all, dealt with firsts and lasts in a whole new world of reality. But, by the end of the year, with many of them still playing sports because of Covid-19 controls and schedules they proudly marched down the gym floor at Eads High School on Saturday, May 29, 2021.
There were 14 of them and together they represent a talented group of athletes, intellects and personalities who are prepared to take the first step towards their next journey. The future for them is hard to define and many are taking a trade school route with the hope to begin making money soon. Others still yearn for the experience of attending a university --- even if those universities have changed drastically in the last decade.
Damien Barnes was an exceptional athlete while at Eads High School. He plans to attend Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska in the fall to pursue a degree in Physical Education. He also plans to continue his football career at the collegiate level while there.
Victoria Carey plans to get a job after graduation and attend college next fall online.
Zack Fowler is planning to take a gap year and then attend Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas where he will earn his diesel technician certification.
Cayce Grant plans to attend Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado next fall as a part of the nursing program there. She will earn her Associate of Science in Nursing degree and become a Registered Nurse.
Joe Haase plans to attend Embry-Riddle (Rid-el) Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida to major in aeronautical science and obtain his pilot’s license. Joe has been awarded the President’s Scholarship from Embry-Riddle for $16,000 per year for four years, for a total of $64,000.
Mollie Kelley plans to attend Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado in the fall to major in Hospitality Management with an emphasis in Culinary Arts. She will earn her Bachelor of Applied Science while there. Mollie has been awarded a housing scholarship and merit scholarship from Colorado Mesa. Mollie is also one of this year’s Daniels Fund Scholars, which means that she will be awarded up to $25,000 per year for four years, for a total of $100,000 over the course of her degree. Mollie was also awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Eads High School nomination, as well as the Zonta Girl 2021 nomination. Mollie was honored earlier this year as one of the Society of Women Engineers recognition recipients. Mollie is also one of the two recipients of the William Glover Memorial Scholarship provided by the family of William Glover. Additionally, Mollie is one of two recipients of the Kiowa County Conservation District’s Book Scholarship for $250.
Amber Kopasz plans to attend Western Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado as a part of their 3 + 2 Master’s Program. She will earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public History and her Master’s in Museum Gallery Management while there. Amber has also been accepted into the Honors Program there and will receive the Slate Merit Scholarship for $9,000 per year, for a total of $45,000 over the course of her degree plan.
Brandon Lening plans to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio next fall to begin earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management. Brandon is a one of the recipients of the GN-Bank Scholar-Athlete scholarships for $750.
Lexi Lopez will attend The Toni and Guy Hairdressing Academy in Colorado Springs next fall. This is a special program that students cannot apply to until they have graduated high school, so her scholarships and financial aid awards are pending. Once she earns her certification, she will apprentice under a licensed hair specialist in the company before branching out on her own.
Bradley Musgrave plans to attend Western Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado to major in mechanical engineering next fall. He has received a Western Colorado University Assist Scholarship Award for $1,000 per year for $4,000 total, the Freshman Scholarship Award for $2500 annually, renewable up to $10,000, and a first-generation scholarship for $500.
Hatch Nelson, another strong athlete and FFA student, gave the Salutatorian address. He plans to attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado to earn his Bachelor of Science in Soil and Crop Science, with a minor in Natural Resource Management. Hatch is also a Daniels Fund Scholar and will receive up to $25,000 per year for four years, totaling up to $100,000. Hatch is a recipient of the McClave State Bank Scholarship for $500, the Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Scholarship for $1,000, the Southeast Colorado Power Association Tri-State Scholarship for $1,000, the Lamar Elks Scholarship for $500, the William Glover Scholarship for $500, and the Colorado State Knowledge Bowl Tournament Scholarship for attendees of CSU for $1,000. The Colorado State Knowledge Bowl Scholarship was offered to students who had competed and placed at the state tournament and were planning to attend either CSU in Fort Collins or UNC in Greeley. Hatch is the second recipient of the Kiowa County Conservation District’s book scholarship for $250.
Allyson Spady is the Class of 2021 Valedictorian. She plans to attend Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado next fall to earn her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. She will then pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy to become a Physical Therapist. She hopes to someday work with veterans and/or children in a children’s hospital setting. Ally would also like to continue her basketball career at the collegiate level while at Adams State. Ally was honored earlier this year as one of the Society of Women Engineers recognition recipients, as well. Ally has been awarded the President’s Scholarship for $3,000, renewable for four years, totaling $12,000 and the Valedictorian Scholarship for $1,000. Ally is also a recipient of the GN-Bank Scholar-Athlete Scholarship for $750. Ally was selected as the Ethel Johnson Memorial Scholarship winner for $500, as well. Ally has also been selected as the Eads FFA Alumni Association Scholarship winner for $1,000. The Weisbrod Employee Fund Scholarship committee has chosen Ally as this year’s recipient of their $500 scholarship. Finally, Ally will receive one of the two Eads Alumni Association Scholarships for $500. She also received a $500 scholarship from the Women Empowered group who works to improve the community through various projects and events.
Colby Stoker plans to attend Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado next fall to earn her Phlebotomy Certification. She is a recipient of the 3.0 Scholars Scholarship at OJC for $1,000 per semester, for a total of $4,000. Colby is the second recipient of one of the Eads Alumni Association Scholarships for $500.
Bryson Watne plans to spend some time exploring his post-secondary options during a gap year where he will determine his path.
The grand total for scholarships for the Eads High School class of 2021 was $351,000.
The following speech was given on stage by the Eads High School Valedictorian Ally Spady:
“Man, what a feeling to finally be graduating. The past umpteen years of school, countless assignments, and tons of “I can’t wait to graduate” groans have brought us to this day. Yet, the unforgettable friendships and life-long memories have brought us to this day, too. Graduation day. How did this all happen so soon? It seems like time has flown these last few years, and really, time does fly by when you’re having fun. But today is the day we’ve all been waiting for, counting down the days since the first day of Senior year. And it’s finally here.
I can almost guarantee that everyone in this room has heard of the phrase, “It’s all about who you know.” This couldn’t be more true and we all have seen that firsthand in many situations. Growing up these past years, our class has been surrounded by endless love and support, from the community, school, and friends that have turned into family. The connections with these people that we have created run deep, and the connections are strong. Those people we know have allowed us seniors sitting here today to be molded and shaped into who we are. But, undoubtedly, the internal connections that each and every one of us has created within ourselves and to ourselves is far more important than any other bond we could have formed. The opportunity to truly know ourselves and to be able to trust our own hearts, minds, and souls is my biggest hope for us all.
High school is one of the most fun, yet most challenging, times of our lives. But simply, it is a time when we all start to understand and know ourselves as a person, an individual, a human. We begin to find ourselves and what we hold to be valuable and important in our lives. We begin to truly know the ins and outs of our minds. Our personalities, our characters, our values, our strengths -- everything about us -- all come together like puzzle pieces -- puzzle pieces that fit perfectly together to make us our true selves. With that puzzle in place, we can see the entire image of where we have come from and how we got to where we stand today. Then, with that image deeply rooted into every bit of our being, we are then able to venture forward in our lives and towards the future we aspire to create.
It’s a guarantee that we will see good fortunes and opportunities come our way in the future. But, it’s also a guarantee that we will be faced with challenges and obstacles that truly test our abilities. In those times of hardship, or discouragement, or struggle, our true self will be tested. Will you remain steady with your values or character? Or will you crumble under pressure and feign who you truly are and what you believe in?
I have seen a spark in each and every one of your hearts, a spark that tells me your spirit won’t weaken when tested. Staying true to yourself and to who you are as a person is one thing that I hope you never overlook. Because if we all stay true to ourselves, we will always fall back on who we are, what we believe in, and how we have grown through our lives. If we stay true to ourselves, we will stand confidently in a crowd, in a sea of conformity, shining a light into others’ hearts. If we stay true to ourselves, then we can bravely chase the dreams that scare us, knowing that we will grow astoundingly in the simplest forms of opportunities. If we stay true to ourselves, we will be able to stay connected to who we know -- ourselves and our families -- and how those around us have positively impacted our lives for a long time to come. If we stay true to ourselves, we will be able to do whatever it is that we wish to do, without a single bit of fear within us. Because we will stay true to ourselves, we will stay true to our hearts, our minds, and our souls.
And because of that, we will always know each other, know those sitting next to us in this room, and we will know ourselves. Everything we have seen and done makes us who we are, and I wish that you will always trust that your intentions come from a good place within your heart. So, never be afraid to do what you desire, what sparks that fire in your heart, what drives you to want to be better, or what will make you grow as a person.
To everyone in here, thank you. Thank you for your endless support throughout the years and thank you for accepting my family into this community. I know many of you will always have my back if I ever needed it, and for that, I am forever grateful. To my family, I love you all the most. I confidently stand up here today because of all you guys have taught me, even you Porter.
Class of 2021, it’s been real, and it’s been fun, and it has definitely been real fun. Thank you for all the memories that I’ll have forever. Stay true to yourself as you end one chapter of your life today and begin another chapter tomorrow. We will always be Eagles, and we will always be family. Never forget who you are. Love on love for you all. Thank you.”
It was a relatively light schedule for volleyball teams in the areaThe Class 1A No. 4 state-ranked Wiley Panthers opened the 2021 season with a road win at Cheraw on Thursday, Aug. 26.
Cheraw was coming off a 3-0 upset win at No. 9 state-ranked Sangre de Cristo on Aug. 21.
Wiley won in four games against the Wolverines by the scores of 25-20, 19-25, 25-15, and 25-20.
Demi Wollert 14 kills, Grace Pendleton 8, Grace White 7, Fatima Gomez 7.
Also at the net, Wiley had 17 blocks. Pendleton recorded 8 blocks and Johanna Brown had 5.
At the service line, the Lady Panthers had 9 aces. D. Wollert led the way with 3 aces and Gomez with 2.
On defense, the Lady Panthers were a force in the back row and collected a total of 148 digs.
Jackie Salgado led the way with 51 digs. White with followed with 28, D. Wollert 21, F. Gomez 19, and Kaylee Salgado 17.
This week, Wiley will host Kim/Branson in Arkansas Valley Conference play on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. and then travels to play at Sangre de Cristo on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 1 o’clock.
𝐌𝐜𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝟐-𝟎
The McClave Cardinals got their 2021 season underway at Las Animas on Tuesday, Aug. 24.
McClave defeated the Trojans in five games (12-25, 25-19, 25-18, 21-25, 15-13).
At the net, Mariah Enciso led the way with 14 kills.
At the service line, Maggie Chase had 4 aces and Chloe Weber 3.
McKayla Kiniston had 28 digs in the back row.
McClave then hosted Lone Star on Saturday, Aug. 28 in their second match of the early season.
The Cardinals defeated the Longhorns in four games by the scores of 25-23, 21-25, 25-20, and 25-18.
Senior Edith Mungaray had a big match in all phases of the game to lead McClave.
Mungaray sparked the Cardinals at the net with 12 kills. Sophomore McKayla Kiniston followed with 8 kills.
Mungaray also added 3 blocks while Makayla Phillips had 25 assists.
McClave served 13 aces in the match. Mungaray and Chloe Weber both had 4 aces each and Kennedy Vallejos had 3.
On defense, the Cardinals had a stellar effort with 93 digs.
Vallejos led the way with 19 digs. M. Phillips followed with 18, M. Kiniston 14, Weber 14, Ciara Solis 10, Mariah Enciso 9, and Mungaray with 9.
McClave plays just one match this week at Pikes Peak Christian at 12 noon on Saturday, Sept. 4.
Coach Melissa Steinbrunn summarized, “Overall, I'm pleased that we were able to pull off the win last night over the Trojans, but my girls know that we did not play to our ability or level of expectations. We'll have to pick it up if we want to be a competitive team in our league.”
The Granada Bobcats hosted Manzanola last Friday and picked up a 3-0 win over the visiting Bobcats. The scores were 25-11, 25-17, and 25-12.
Granada (1-1) will host Eads at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3.
In Class 2A, the Holly Wildcats opened the season with a Santa Fe League victory over the Swink Lions on Friday, Aug. 27 in Holly.
The Wildcats lost the first two games (25-21 and 25-18) before they fought back for the win the next three games (25-22, 25-21, and 15-13)
Jenny Chaparro shined at the net for Holly with 36 kills. Jade Casey followed with 18 kills, Avery Davis 6, Shae Jensen 5, and Nadia Cerros 5.
Chaparro and Casey also led the way in digs.
As a team, the Wildcats had 19 serving aces.
“Haylee Darnell did a great job of setting,” said Holly head coach Eric Jensen. “I saw lots of improvements over last year. We still have some things we need to work on but I was very happy with the ladies.”
This week, the Wildcats will host Las Animas (2-1) on Tuesday, Aug. 31 and travels to Rocky Ford on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 4:30.
In 3A action - 𝐋𝐀𝐌𝐀𝐑 𝐕𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐘𝐁𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐒𝐖𝐄𝐄𝐏𝐒 𝐂𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐀𝐔𝐑𝐈, 𝟑-𝟎
The No. 3 state-ranked Lamar returned to action today with a road match at Centauri on Saturday, Aug. 28.
The Savages posted their second three-game sweep of the season as they clipped the Falcons 25-9, 25-15, and 25-15.
Lamar has a bit of a break before they play on the road for its next two matches.
The Savages visit Garden City, Ks. on Thursday, Sept. 9 and then travel to Buena Vista on Sept. 11.
After a very promising performance in Springfield where the Eads Eagles defeated the athletic Longhorns 3-2, there were high expectations for success over the weekend. Unfortunately, Eads lost their momentum all around as they dropped their home opener to Genoa-Hugo, 3-0, and then traveled to a Triangular Meet in Stratton on Saturday where they dropped two more matches in scores of 2-0 to Stratton/Liberty and 2-0 to Haxtun.
The dismal weekend leaves Eads with a 2-3 record and fighting to correct whatever issues were affecting them. First, they lost to Hugo in game scores of 25-21, 25-14 and 25-20. On the road in a small tournament the Lady Eagles lost to Stratton/Liberty 2-0 in game scores of 25-16 and 25-18 and they also lost to Haxtun, 2-0, in game scores of 25-11 and 25-10.
Head coach Chelsea Davis expressed her frustration, “The Hugo game was very frustrating as we were ahead from the beginning and let it slip through our grasp with one server and one hitter. I have no doubt we should have given them a better fight and should have won.”
Eads started out against Hugo very strong and gained a substantial lead, 8-1, before the Pirates, behind senior middle hitter Glorya Carr and senior setter Tarra Miller combined hitting power with serving power to slowly come back into the ball game after getting down in a serious way. Carr had most of the Pirate kills while Miller scored 15 unanswered service points.
Eads then traveled to Stratton on Saturday in order to compete in the Stratton Triangular with Haxtun, as well.
They lost both contests but learned a lot about where they need to go from there. They first took on the Stratton group losing 25-16 and 25-18 as they just could not keep any momentum flowing. The Haxtun game was a tough one as the Lady Bulldogs are very athletic and big this year.
“The Stratton Triangular was eye-opening for us as we played a super talented Haxtun team and a scrappy Stratton team. Haxtun is stacked with height and impressive hitters. They are just a very powerful team.”
No stats were available at press time for the Eads team.
Davis knows her group will just need to regroup and get back to the mindset they took into the Springfield game.
The Eagles have a big weekend coming up as they will be on the road for two games. First, on Friday, 9/3 they travel to Granada to take on the 1-1 Bobcats who are coming off a win against Manzanola. The Granada game is an important conference contest. They then travel to Kim-Branson on Saturday for an afternoon game. The Mustangs are 0-1 after losing 3-1 to La Junta in their opener.
Davis needs her team to have a good week at practice, “I feel like we didn’t even get close to playing to our potential this weekend. It was very frustrating after doing so well in our opener against Springfield. We must get back at it now and this week’s practices will be key to our success moving forward.”