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Instant Replay: Tri-City’s Sports Banquet

By Ellie Bowen

On Thursday, May 1st, Tri- City had its annual sports banquet. Most of the athletes and their families showed up to take part in the final sports event of the school year. Everyone had a great time reminiscing about their successful athletic seasons.

The first sport to be honored was archery. All of the archers lined up to receive their awards. The coaches, Mr. Batzli and Mr. Terauchi, talked about the archery team’s great season. Hunter Kruse, Miles Mabey, and Zachary Wilhelm qualified for the national archery competition this year.

The next sport to be honored was volleyball. Varsity’s MVP was Hannah Sherwood, and junior varsity’s MVP was Sabrina Flick. The freshmen team’s MVP was Jenna Inman. Coach Wamsley announced his retirement from coaching and handed the reins over to Coach McGrane, this year’s freshmen coach.

Cross country was recognized next. The cross country coach handed out awards to all of the runners. There was also a story told about the time that the cross country team got lost on a course.  Continue reading


Cross Country Finishes Strong

By Amanda Bertsch

Tri-City Prep’s cross country team ran the last meet of the season on Wednesday, October 30th. Due to scheduling conflicts, the only other team attending was Canyon View. The runners tried hard and were rewarded with a first place team score. They also took home four individual ribbons.

The first runner in was from Canyon View. However, Hyram Yarbro followed close behind, placing second with a time of 18:01. Nathanial Trujillo was on his heels, finishing at 18:06. Trujillo placed third. Because there were only sixteen runners, ribbons were only awarded to the top three of each gender.

At 18 minutes 53 seconds, Markus Weinzinger finished fourth. Josh Eddolls was sixth, coming in at 20:05. 21:08 was Brandon Duron’s time, giving him a position of eighth. Ian Martin took ninth with a time of 22:30.

Amanda Bertsch placed first among the girls, finishing at 22:45. Lexi Lucas was second. Lucas finished not far behind with a time of 24:03. Both beat Canyon View’s sole female runner by more than two minutes.

The meet had a festive, lighthearted air. The coaches jokingly bribed their runners (“If you pass those two guys, I’ll give you ice cream”) and made sure every runner was cheered on, whether they were first or last. The teams laughed as the coaches mixed up the girls’ ribbons, swapping them between the three several times. Both teams had a great time, and the runners left the meet ready to prepare for the next season, which is fall of 2014.

Cross Country Meet at Southwestern Academy

By Amanda Bertsch

Tri-City Prep’s cross country team ran a meet at Southwestern Academy on Monday, October 21st. Although only one runner from Tri-City placed in the top five, the team ran a great race.

First in from Tri-City was Hyram Yarbro. He placed 9th with a time of 19:59 (19 minutes 59 seconds). On his heels was Nathanial Trujillo, closing out the top ten with a time of 20:07.

Following less than a minute behind was Markus Weinzinger. Weinzinger scored 13th with a time of 21:03. At 22:22, Josh Eddolls took 17th. Ian Martin came in 24th at 24:20.

The two girls running for TCP came in right after. Amanda Bertsch finished 5th among the girls with a time of 24:48. Lexi Lucas was 6th with a time of 25:32.

Soon after, Brandon Duron finished 26th with a time of 27:38.

The meet almost ended in tragedy when two runners from a different school suffered asthma attacks. One was able to finish, but the other had to be driven in. Both received inhalers and are expected to make a full recovery.

The TCP team kept spirits high, telling jokes and assigning each member a nickname before the race. The team scored second overall. Although they were expecting the first place ribbon the team had been awarded for two consecutive meets, they nevertheless were pleased with the results. The team returned to Tri-City at about 7:00, tired, happy, and victorious.

TCP’s Cross Country Meet a Great Success

By Amanda Bertsch

On Monday, October 14, cross country hosted a meet. The run took place after school, behind the archery field. The team ran a great race, and almost everyone was pleased with the outcome.

First in from TCP was Hyram Yarbro. Hyram took 5th place with a time of 18 minutes, 42 seconds for slightly under three miles. Right behind him was Markus Weinzinger in 6th with a time of 19:23 (19 minutes, 23 seconds). In 9th place was Nathaniel Trujillo. His time was 20:02. Josh Eddolls closed out the top 10 with a time of 20:23.

The 4th girl in and 17th overall was Amanda Bertsch, and she came in with a time of 22:22.

Only a few seconds behind, Brandon Duron scored 16th place with a time of 22:40. Ian Martin finished with a time of 23:54, making him 18th.

All the runners did their best. However, some were disappointed with their placement. “This is probably about the worst I’ve ever done,” Martin said.

Other runners took a different outlook. “That’s [not doing well] one of the disadvantages of running when you’re sick,” Josh Eddolls said after the race.

Tri-City, illnesses and bad days aside, scored first among the teams. This is the second race this season they have held this title, out of only three races total. The run was exciting and full of action as TCP’ runners continually passed their competitors. Overall, the team seemed pleased by the results, with good reason.

TCP Cross Country Hits the Ground Running

From right to left, runners Hyram Yarbro, Joseph Peck, and Joshua Eddolls push themselves through the track.

By Hyram Yarbro

On Monday, October 3rd, the Tri-City Cross Country team hosted their first invitational meet. In this particular meet, they were up against 5 different schools namely Northpoint, Spring Ridge, and Oak Creek Ranch.

The course was 2.5 miles long, and covered a variety of terrain which included inclines and declines on asphalt roads, dirt roads, and the shrubs behind TCP’s campus. The course started and finished on the TCP soccer field, where parents and coaches could await their team’s winning runners.

Tri City scored first above the other schools, and all 7 runners placed under 19th position out of a total of 36 runners. The crowd cheered as the first contestant to cross the finish line was TCP’s own John Wicus, closely followed by another student at TCP, Carl Zapfe. Other runners quickly followed.

“I believe I did well. I scored under 30 minutes, and that’s good enough for me!” said Brenda from Northpoint Academy. “This is my first time, and I am excited to be in more meets coming up.”

Although some of the runners did not feel totally pleased with their score, their parents were there to cheer them on at the finish of the race. Many of the parents of kids in Tri-City’s Cross Country team believed their teens did well. Joe’s mother, Debora said “Joe did very well! I am very proud of him and his score! I am very excited when he runs and I want him to do his absolute best. It is very exciting.”

However, other parents did not feel that their child did as well as they were capable of. Tim Delaviaga’s mother, Jackie, said, “I think that Tim did pretty well, but because of side ache pains, he wasn’t able to do his best… I am absolutely looking forward to more meets. Next time, I will bring a cheering squad for Tim and the Panthers… We anxiously waited at the finish, hoping everyone would do their best!”

Tim Delaviaga, one of TCP’s runners, said, “I think I did ok, but I could have done better. Meets are a blast and I am looking forward to more of them.”

The cross country team did great on their first meet and will hopefully do just as well in their future meets!