Soccer – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 21 May 2020 18:47:10 +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 Soccer – 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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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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Lady Pirates to open season at home March 20 http://www.pagosasun.com/lady-pirates-to-open-season-at-home-march-20/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:12 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199138 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
Following a season that featured a 6-8-2 finish in the regular season and a loss against the eventual state champion Colorado Academy Mustangs in the first round of the playoffs, the 2020 campaign for the Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates will be one that will hopefully see a return to the postseason.

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Adult soccer, tee-ball registration underway http://www.pagosasun.com/adult-soccer-tee-ball-registration-underway/ Wed, 19 Feb 2020 12:00:53 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=197412 By Darren Lewis
SUN Columnist
The Recreation Department is accepting registration for adult soccer teams through April 17. League will be played during the month of May.
The team registration fee is $150 and an early-bird registration through April 2 is $100. Adult soccer games will be held during the month of May every Tuesday and Thursday evening.
You may register your team for play at the Ross Aragon Community Center.
Tee-ball registration
ages 5-6
The Recreation Department is accepting tee-ball registrations through April 10.
The cost is $35 and includes hat and jersey. Tee-ball season will be held during May every Monday and Wednesday evening.
To register for programs online or learn more about Xpress Bill Pay, visit the Parks and Recreation Department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com. You may also register at the Community Center.
For more information, call the recreation office at 264-4151, ext. 232.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-3/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195423 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
The SUN is taking a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at July, August and September.

JULY

• At a Future of Power Supply Information Series meeting held in Pagosa Springs on July 1, La Plata Electric Association representatives discussed the future of energy and a potential buyout of its existing power-supply contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-2/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:00:51 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194567 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
Over the next few weeks, The SUN will take a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at April, May and June.

APRIL

• On April 1, Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) added Julie Simmons to its board. Simmons replaced former board member Clay Buchner.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review/ Thu, 02 Jan 2020 22:00:42 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194166 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
Over the next few weeks, The SUN will take a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at January, February and March.

January

• Beginning Jan. 5, the Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) began 24/7 paid staffing for the first time in the department’s history.

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Pirate soccer all-conference honors http://www.pagosasun.com/pirate-soccer-all-conference-honors/ Mon, 25 Nov 2019 12:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191611

SUN photo/Chris Mannara

Two Pirate soccer players earned all-conference honors for their contributions on the pitch this season. Will Villalobos, left, earned first-team all-conference honors and E.J. Monterroso, right, earned second-team all-conference.

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Pirates end season with two losses, heads held high http://www.pagosasun.com/pirates-end-season-with-two-losses-heads-held-high/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:00:40 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190237

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
In the penultimate game of his career, Pirate senior Will Villalobos heads the ball during an offensive push during the match against the Telluride Miners on Friday. The Pirates fell 4-2 to the Miners.

The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate boys’ soccer team finished its last two games of the season with a 4-2 loss to the Telluride Miners Friday and a 7-0 loss to the Ridgway Demons Saturday.

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Pirates fall 3-2 in rematch with Panthers http://www.pagosasun.com/pirates-fall-3-2-in-rematch-with-panthers/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 21:00:20 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189803

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Pirate forward EJ Monterroso jets ahead of Montezuma-Cortez Panthers defenders during a game Saturday. Monterroso scored one goal in the Pirates’ 3-2 loss to the Panthers.

The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate boys’ soccer team lost 3-2 in overtime to the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers on Saturday morning.

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