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Soccer Kills in Its First Game of the Season

Caden Burch, # 18, steals the ball from Verde Valley High School and prepares to kick it up the field to Gavan Turner, # 6, for an attack on goal

By: Sabrina Flick

Preseason excitement was running through each of the soccer player’s veins Thursday, September 15th, as they eagerly waited for their first soccer game to arrive. After practicing for just three weeks, the soccer team believed they were ready and prepared for their first game.

“I hope that we win the game by not just one person, but the whole team to play together so everyone plays a part. I also expect us to win, but that should be the thought of every game it seems like, but we will have to wait and see how good the team is,” said Dallas Meade.

“Its Verde Valley! They are always a great game! We usually come out on top, but we will have to see with our senior talent from both teams gone,” said Caden Burch

The soccer season had finally started. Verde Valley arrived, they were in position, and the game was ready to begin. With Gavan Turner and Dallas Meade kicking-off, the game had officially begun.

All the players, both Verde Valley and Tri City, were in the zone. Meade gave the Tri City Panthers a great start by scoring the first goal. Within the first half Tri City had scored four goals. Also during the first half, Trent Skousen, serving as the goalie, let nothing past him.

At the very beginning of the second half, Tri City was able to score once again. Verde Valley made the second half extremely interesting with an amazing score by their goalie. Although Verde Valley came out with a total of two scores, it wasn’t enough to overcome Tri City.

Like Meade predicted, the Tri City Panthers came out on top. Turner scored two goals, Meade scoring two goals, and Catie Hoekstra scoring one goal, leading their team to victory. The final score was 5 to 2.

With some overall feedback, Emily Beaman believes that, “We played well, but there’s definitely still things we need to improve on”.

“ Altogether we played a fabulous game, but we need to work on passing the ball to the outside,”added coach Jim Turner.


Students Have More of an Adventure Than Expected on Life Skills Camp Out

Kevin Andreasky taking a break from the many activities to enjoy a drink

By: Patrick O’Connor

The sun begins to set on the Bradshaw Mountains as nineteen students huddle around their fires. They are from Tri City Prep’s Life Skills class with a goal for survival. Over the trip, they will build shelters, bushwhack through mountains, navigate with a map and compass, and cook with rabbit.

The trip began during the Fall Block. Students made fires and learned how to build traps and snares for food. Mrs. Miliken taught first aid while Mr. Burgess taught essential survival skills. With this knowledge, they were sent off into the vast wilderness.

The students were divided into teams. Their goal was to earn points through challenging competitions. The team that won first place could pick their choice of elk, fish, bratwurst or rabbit for dinner.

One challenge was starting a fire using a fire ring. They built the ring, and used a magnifying glass to burn a rope tied to the ring. After many struggles, they were allowed to use lighters and matches. The teams then cooked their dinner over their fires. They successfully cooked hot dogs using Dutch Ovens and sticks.

The night ended as everyone headed off to sleep. Some teams slept in tents, while others slept in survival shelters built of wood and tarp. The motive for people to sleep in the shelters was to earn extra points.

The teams woke up to another challenge – cooking breakfast. They cooked eggs and ham in their Dutch ovens. After finishing their meal, the teams were relieved by having a much needed downtime. The more competitive students used this time to earn more points. Some built a solar still to collect water, while others even ate bugs and reptiles for points!

After the insect genocide, it was time for the orienteering competition. Each team was given a map and compass, and a navigation lecture from Mr. Pasterino. The objective was to find certain places called “points”. At each point, the teams collected a notecard to prove they were there.

At dinner, the winners of the orienteering competition surprisingly chose the rabbit. The losers had to eat bratwurst. Potatoes, rice, and onions completed the meal. The dinner was delicious, partially due to the Dutch oven French Fries that were created.

Despite these “problems”, everyone had a blast! Daniel Couthran concluded that “It was a great adventure because we saw our classmates and teachers in a more relaxed setting, and learned about ourselves.”

Freshmen Representatives Selected

by: Taylor Whittemore

On August 23, the freshman class gathered in the auditorium to vote for their Student Council representatives. As the candidates sat on stage answering questions, the students were considering who they were going to vote for.

After multiple questions and many well thought out answers, the freshmen cast their votes. The results were tallied and then later broadcasted over the announcements. The freshman representatives were Alexis “Lexi” Lucas, Anna Reed, Cody Tegtman, and Emily Smith.

Lucas began at Lincoln Elementary School in kindergarten, and remained there until the end of fifth grade. She then attended Mile High Middle School through sixth and seventh grade, and spent half of her eighth grade year at Mile High, and half in Mexico, studying abroad. Lucas also started the track team at Tri-City.

Reed went to Cedarhome Elementary in Washington State from kindergarten to third grade. In fourth grade, she moved to Arizona, and began Liberty Traditional, where she graduated both elementary and middle school. She is also on the soccer team at Tri-City.

Tegtman attended Coyote Springs for kindergarten, but transferred to Taylor Hicks during first grade, and stayed there until fifth grade. He went to Mile High for middle school, and he plans on doing golf in the spring.

Smith went to Franklin Phonetics from kindergarten to third grade. Then in fourth grade, she went to Skyview up to eighth grade. However, in eighth grade, she switched to Mile High. Smith plans on focusing on student council, and putting all her effort into fundraising with the other freshman representatives.

Student council meets every Wednesday morning. During the meeting, they discuss leadership, ideas, what’s coming up, what needs to be finished, and fundraisers.

“They’re informative of what’s going on,” said Lucas.

Keri Milliken, the director of student council, said that she enjoys the freshman representatives. She said that they volunteer a lot and are quiet during meetings. She also thinks that they have a lot of potential.

The student council runs the Student Store. All student council members take turns running the store. Because the freshman class is new, the upperclassmen are instructing them how to run it.

“Running the Student Store is fun, it can get stressful, but once you know what you’re doing it’s fun,” said Tegtman.

The freshmen representatives, experienced or not, are all working very hard to help plan a lot of events for the upcoming year. You can look forward to seeing the impact they have on our school and seeing the differences they make in our lives.

Freshmen Transitions: Simply Easy or Daringly Hard

by: Trenton Thompson

All of us have been a freshmen at one point and those of us who have been at Tri City for any length of time have participated in Freshman First. Freshmen First is the first three weeks of school in which the freshmen go through a process in which they become acclimated to the Tri City Prep schedule. This is because Tri City’s curriculum is considered more challenging then the average school.

However Freshmen First is seen differently by different people. Some think that Freshmen First was easy. But the most important part of Freshmen First is to have the freshmen transition into the normal curriculum at Tri City. But even the Freshmen First does not always prepare freshmen for the fall semester.

Cody Tegtman, a freshmen at Tri City Prep, when asked if he thought the Freshmen First was difficult and if it prepared him for the normal school semester, said that it prepared him well and that there was not that big of a transition from the Freshmen First to the normal semester. According to Tegtman, the transition period was well worth it.

This was a view shared by other freshmen. The common opinion was that the three weeks prepared them well.

Aubrey Thompson said that there was not a huge difference between Freshmen First and the fall semester. She also said that the homework level and the teachers where very similar and that it was an easy transition. However, she also stated that although it was similar there was more homework in the normal semester then during the three weeks.

Both Thompson and Tegtman said that Freshmen First was well worth the time.

The Back to School BBQ is a Big Success

Under and Upperclassmen party at the dance

by: Alexes Niekamp

August 25th was a day of celebrating the end of the three weeks, otherwise known as “Freshman First”. The Back to School BBQ was that night. The freshman and upperclassmen met one other and many friendships came about. It was a great start to the new school year for everybody.

The dance, afterwards, was talked about all over the school. A large majority of the comments from the students were very positive and many were glad that they had attended. The dance created many new memories for all that went.

“It was great! The music was pretty good and fun!” Aubrey Thompson, a freshman, said.

Sophomore Klara Kottke’s perspective was that the BBQ dance was fun and she liked hanging out with her friends.

“I thought that it was okay, but not as good as previous ones. I was not a fan of the music but it was still fun,” said junior Trent Thompson.

“It was poppin’ and I’m stoked for the Halloween one! Especially if everyone is in costumes and stuff, it’ll be really sweet,” said Audrey Barbe, a senior who is new to the school.

The BBQ had a $5 admission price that supplied the students with food before the dance which included burgers, chips, soda and hot dogs. Mini water bottles during the dance were also included.

The dance was overall very casual. The dance floor was very simple with a disco ball. The tables that the water bottles sat on were decorated with lights. Around the dance floor there were chairs set up for the students to sit down and chat with friends. Students also had the option to go outside for a breath of fresh air. The atmosphere was relaxing and easygoing.