Pirates – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 21 May 2020 18:52:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Pirates – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 Soccer: Senior Night http://www.pagosasun.com/soccer-senior-night/ Sun, 24 May 2020 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=204081 With spring sports throughout Colorado canceled due to COVID-19, Pagosa Springs High School’s senior spring athletes missed out on being recognized for their hard work and contributions. Following is each senior’s Senior Night information, provided by Pagosa Springs High School, for the Lady Pirate soccer team.

Gabrielle Gallegos played four years.
Plans for next year: attending Fort Lewis College in the fall.
Favorite memory: It was our first overnight trip of the year and we were staying at this place that had one main lodge and little cabins around. Another teammate and I were exploring and went into this small lodge with a stage. Our coaches followed and when Coach Kurt-Mason saw the stage he started to dance like a ballerina. I could not stop laughing.Thank yous:
To my coaches: Thank you for helping me grow as a player and a person. You have pushed me to build strength in myself that I never knew was possible and for the rest of my life.
To my parents: Thanks for always being there for me, especially when I felt depleted and just done, you knew I could keep going.

Annabelle Bowles played four years and lettered four years.
Plans after graduation: attend Colorado State University, majoring in health and exercise science.
Favorite memory: My favorite memory from soccer was a home game my junior year against Del Norte. We actually lost the game but it was my best game, and despite the hard loss, I felt like we still won in our own way.
Thank yous:
To my coaches: Thank you for seeing the potential in me, pushing me to be the best I can be, and showing me the leadership qualities I had all along.
To my parents: Thank you for being so supportive and encouraging through my years of hard work.
To my teammates: My girls. My family. The love I have for each and every one of you is unexplainable. Our goodbye wasn’t supposed to be this way. I hope you learn from this and not take a single moment for granted next season. This team absolutely stole my heart. Make me proud next year girls!

Halie Severs played four years and lettered one year.
Plans for next year: enroll in an online real estate program and get my Realtor license.
Favorite memory: The time I threw up on the bus on the trip home — less than 5 minutes from the school. Sorry, Coach!
Thank yous:
To my coaches: Thanks for teaching me all about soccer.
To my teammates: Thanks for your kindness and effort in this amazing sport.
To my parents: Thanks for having me play soccer when I was a wee lad!

Grace Thompson played four years and lettered one year.
Plans for next year: attend Colorado State University majoring in art education.
Favorite memory: My favorite memory is going to the playoffs my freshman year. Everybody pushed so hard and were truly a family, all invested in each other. We all wanted to win so badly for the seniors that year that we all cried together after we lost the game in the second round.
Thank yous:
My team: For always supporting me even when injuries held me back and for becoming my family.
My parents: For being at my games to cheer me on and buying me chocolate milk when I’m sad about a loss.
My coaches: For being great examples to me on and off the field. Thank you for teaching me to work hard toward my goals and accept defeat with a smile on my face. I miss you all, thank you for the memories.

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Baseball: Paden Bailey http://www.pagosasun.com/baseball-paden-bailey/ Sat, 23 May 2020 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=204088

Photo courtesy Pagosa Springs High School

Pirate senior Paden Bailey poses with family and coach Mike Remlinger Wednesday morning after signing a national letter of intent to play baseball at Colorado Christian University.

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Track http://www.pagosasun.com/track/ Thu, 14 May 2020 21:00:34 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=203561 With spring sports throughout Colorado canceled due to COVID-19, Pagosa Springs High School’s senior spring athletes missed out on being recognized for their hard work and contributions. Following is each senior’s Senior Night information, provided by Pagosa Springs High School, for the Pirate track and field team.

Mason Blakemore ran with the team four years and lettered two years.
Plans for next year: working with the US Forest Service this summer then attending the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology.
Favorite memory: Breaking my 400 meter PR last year. I broke one minute and ended the race first in my heat with a time of 58 seconds.
Thank yous:
To my parents and coaches: Thank you for putting up with me and allowing me to compete in the sport.
To my teachers: Thank you for understanding when I have been gone for a meet and helping me with figuring out my work.
To my teammates: Thank you for helping me make memories and enjoy the last three and a not quite year of track.

Tay Barker was on the track and field team for four years.
Plans after graduation: will be taking a gap year but plans to attend a trade school.
Favorite memory: My favorite memory is running the 400 for my fastest time ever, 59 seconds. Also spending time messing around with my friends while we wait for our event to come up.
Thank yous:
To my coaches: Thank you for always pushing me and keeping me accountable to the teams and myself.
To my teammates: Thank you for making all four years of my sport seasons great. You guys really made it that much more fun.
To my mom: Thank you for always being there to support me in everything.

Tad Hittle was on the track and field team for four years.
Plans for next year: attend Colorado Mesa University and study biological science.
Favorite memory: Watching all the runners suffer while I ate a donut, throwing with my buddies, and listening to Dean’s “wisdom.”
Final words: Good job at State this year! Go Team! We really nailed it at Competition!

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Pirate Baseball Team http://www.pagosasun.com/pirate-baseball-team/ Sat, 09 May 2020 11:00:20 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=203100 The 2020 Pagosa Springs High School Pirate baseball team poses for a team picture. With spring sports throughout Colorado canceled due to COVID-19, Pagosa Springs High School’s senior spring athletes missed out on being recognized for their hard work and contributions. Presented is each senior’s Senior Night information, provided by Pagosa Springs High School, beginning with the Pirate baseball seniors.

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Lewis played and lettered four years.

Plans for next year: attend Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., to study automotive mechanics.

Favorite memory: My favorite memory was always talking crap to the other team with my teammates. Some of the stuff that we said always made me laugh until I was in tears. 

Thank yous:

Coaches: Thank you for always pushing us to do our best and always believing in us even when we didn’t believe in ourselves. 

To my parents: Thank you for making the countless trips to watch me play and always being there for me. 

To my teammates: Thank you for being there no matter what. Words can’t describe how much I’m going to miss playing on that field with you. I wish we could have had one last season together. I love you guys!

 

Paden Bailey played and lettered four years.

Plans for next year: attend Colorado Christian University, study business administration, minor in outdoor leadership.

Favorite memory: Freshman year we traveled to Colorado Springs and stayed in a not-so-nice hotel with some very sketchy guys and Coach Fait told us not to look at them because they might shoot us!

Thank yous:

Coaches: Thank you to my coaches for everything you have done for me and the rest of the team. 

Parents: I love you guys more than you could ever imagine! Thank you for being my biggest fans! 

Teachers: Thank you all for everything! I appreciate every one of you so much! 

Teammates: You guys are my brothers. I love you all and I will never forget this team! Good luck next year, boys!

 

Eric Huddleston played and lettered four years.

Plans for next year: enlist with the Marines and be stationed in San Diego.

Favorite memory: My favorite memory was getting to hang out and make memories with the players during the game and in hotels. And also making corny jokes during practice. 

Thank yous:

To my parents: Thanks for always pushing me to do the best I can. I can be a little much sometimes, thank you for always making me try harder. 

Dad: Thanks for getting hooked on the game since I was little. It’s brought me a long ways and maybe one day it will return to my life for a second shot. 

To my coaches: Thank you for showing me how to be a team leader and calming me down when I needed it. You helped me in so many ways I can’t get them all out. Thank you for showing me the true game of baseball!

 

 

Zach Haines played and lettered four years.

Plans for next year: major in mechanical engineering at Colorado State University.

Favorite memory: We were playing Wiffle ball in the back of our hotel, one of the other teams and their coach was talking trash saying that we need to go to bed. One of my teammates yells back, “We actually won today so we can stay up as late as we want.” 

Thank yous: 

Coaches: Thank you for all the hard work that you guys have put in to me and the team. Thank you for building me up as a baseball player and a man. 

To my parents: I don’t even know if I would be writing this right now if it wasn’t for you guys. You guys have pushed me in baseball and in life. You have been there for me when I needed you and you would make sure that the whole field knows which team you’re cheering for. 

To my teammates: Thanks for standing by my side through thick and thin. 

To my fellow seniors: It has been a wild ride this past 3 ¼ years. I have made some memories that I will never forget, good or bad. I know you will go far in life and I wouldn’t trade my fellow senior teammates for any others.

 

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Taylor Lewis named league’s female winter athlete of the year http://www.pagosasun.com/taylor-lewis-named-leagues-female-winter-athlete-of-the-year/ Thu, 30 Apr 2020 21:00:40 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=202550 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

Pagosa Springs High School senior Taylor Lewis was recently named the Intermountain League (IML) Winter Female Athlete of the Year.

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High school spring sports season canceled http://www.pagosasun.com/high-school-spring-sports-season-canceled/ Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:00:49 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=201993 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

The Colorado High School Activities Association announced Tuesday that the spring sports season will not continue, bringing to an end a season that had barely begun.

CHSAA’s commissioner, Rhonda Blanford-Green, issued a statement Tuesday morning with the news.

“We have proceeded with cautious optimism, holding on to a thread of hope that the spring season would be able to realistically resume, knowing that the health and safety of our sports communities would dictate our course of action. It was our hope to be able to create the memories because we understood what it meant to our high school communities — especially seniors — statewide,” Blanford-Green wrote.

She noted that more than 30 other state associations have also decided to cancel their spring seasons.

“We hoped that Colorado medical and health data would provide reassurances that we could go in a different direction. Unfortunately that will not be the case. The spring 2020 season is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which is affecting communities across the world,” she wrote.

The letter later continues: “Our hats are off to the many seniors that have shown maturity and resolve as their culminating year of high school has been impacted beyond activities and athletics due to this worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The Class of 2020 will not be forgotten.”

“Just like everything else, it’s sad that so many of our athletes aren’t going to get to prove and show what they’ve learned and the growth that they’ve made over the years,” Archuleta School District Superintendent Linda Reed said, adding, “especially for the seniors, that’s where my heart hurts the most.”

The Pirate baseball team, which has four seniors — played one scrimmage before the season came to an end.

Coach Mike Remlinger indicated the team, including the seniors — PJ Bailey, Eric Huddleston, Ryan Lewis and Zach Haines — put in a lot of hard work and had high expectations for the season.

“Just in general,” he said, “the work we’ve put in the last couple years with all those kids, the expectations of what we were looking forward to this year were enormous, and so that’s a super hard pill to swallow, to just kind of look past that. But, on the other side, still super proud of those kids and who they’ve become and who they’re still growing to become, and a big part of that has been the competitive aspect of playing baseball.”

While acknowledging the “woulda, shoulda, coulda” aspect of the season, the coach noted this is a life lesson for everyone to not take tomorrow for granted.

He also suggested it will be interesting to see how the current situation affects the future in terms of the kids who can’t wait to get back to the sport and those who may have found other things to do with their time.

Track and field coach Connie O’Donnell said that it’s “obviously disappointing” that spring sports are canceled.

O’Donnell noted there were three seniors set to compete this year on the track and field team: Mason Blakemore, Tay Barker and Tad Hittle.

O’Donnell noted Barker had played three sports a year for each of his four years at PSHS and Barker, along with a few others, are working with O’Donnell to get participation credit for this spring’s track and field team.

“I’ve had some students that worked really hard over the last few months to prepare for track season, were really looking to accomplishing some goals,” O’Donnell said. “I think it’s really hard for the people that worked hard to get themselves in shape to have a great season. That’s obviously really frustrating.”

O’Donnell explained there are a few things she misses about the track and field season.

“We have such good, fun kids and I miss them. I miss hanging out with them and making them work hard and also just laughing and the camaraderie and the cheering for each other. I miss all of that,” she said.

Lady Pirate soccer coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason explained that, while he’s disappointed the season is canceled, that it’s for the best.

“We kind of knew it was coming,” he said. “That’s the safest thing to do. The safest thing to do is social distancing.”

Kurt-Mason explained that he broke the news in an email to his players, but had not received a response back yet.

At this point, if spring sports were to return, the Lady Pirates would have only had five games left in their season, he explained.

Despite the fact that the season is canceled, Kurt-Mason noted that he told his players to look on the bright side — they finished the year undefeated.

Kurt-Mason highlighted his five seniors — Alyssa Hubbs, Annabelle Bowles, Halie Severs, Gabriela Gallegos and Grace Thompson — describing them as “great people.”

“It’s tough. But, you’ve got to be strong and keep on keepin’ on,” he said.

“I wish I could change the way things are,” Reed said, “but I also believe there are young people who will take this experience and make the best of it and learn from it and hopefully make the world a better place.”

 

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Postseason honors http://www.pagosasun.com/postseason-honors-2/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:00:39 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200574 The all-state boys’ and girls’ basketball teams — presented by CHSAANow.com, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps — have been announced, with several who sport black and gold among the honorees.
The teams were created following a process that included nominations from leagues and a vote of coaches.

SUN photos/Randi Pierce
Senior Hailey Griego, first team.

Senior Taylor Lewis, second team.

Senior Mason Snarr, honorable mention.

Coach Wes Lewis, Coach of the Year.

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Wrestling http://www.pagosasun.com/wrestling/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 21:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200179

SUN photos/Randi Pierce

The 3A all-state wrestling teams have been announced, and multiple Pirate grapplers received honors for their work on the mat this winter.

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Spring sports season delayed http://www.pagosasun.com/spring-sports-season-delayed/ Fri, 20 Mar 2020 11:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199739 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
Colorado high schools will have no spring sports and activities that fall under the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) until at least April 18.
CHSAA announced March 12 that it has suspended its spring activities, including practices and competitions, until April 6 “to address concerns surrounding the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.”
Then, on Tuesday, CHSAA announced that the moratorium had been extended through April 18.
“In light of Governor Jared Polis’ announcement Monday (March 16) afternoon where new restrictions were mandated to slow the advance of the COVID-19 virus narrowing the minimum standards for public gatherings, we are announcing that the Association will follow the guidelines that went into effect at 8:00 a.m. today and will remain in effect for 30 days,” CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said Tuesday, according to CHSAANOW.com.
The moratorium went into effect Friday, March 13, leaving many schools, including Pagosa Springs High School (PSHS), left to cancel upcoming games and tell student athletes they could not practice or compete for the time being.
“When I met with spring athletes and coaches on Thursday after school, the overwhelming support by both groups was amazing,” PSHS Athletic Director Marcie Ham wrote in an email to The SUN. “Of course there were some questions about why now and what exactly the spring would look like, and I think that was to be expected, but the general feel and attitude was positive and understanding. Our coaches and athletes have shown an outstanding resilience beyond what I have seen throughout social media. It has reminded me of the amazing community in Pagosa Springs.”
CHSAA’s announcement on CHSAANOW.com states, “The situation will be monitored and evaluated with key decision-makers from around the state to determine when, or if, to resume the spring season.”
The day before announcing the postponement, CHSAANOW explains, Blanford-Green “convened a digital conference with more than 50 administrators, representing diverse levels of leadership from all parts of the state to collaboratively create a plan. That group arrived at a consensus to support the decision made by the CHSAA office.”
“I want to thank the Board of Directors, membership and CHSAA staff for their support and guidance,” Blanford-Green said. “The collaborative decision-making has been in the best interest of our students and school communities, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.”

 

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Lady Pirates end shortened season with win at state playoffs http://www.pagosasun.com/lady-pirates-end-shortened-season-with-win-at-state-playoffs/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 21:00:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199737 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
While they weren’t able to take on No. 1 St. Mary’s for a chance to make it to the championship game of the 3A state tournament, the No. 5 Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates ended the season on a high note on March 12 — with an upset of the No. 4 Delta Panthers in the Great 8.

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