Football Team Ends 25-Year Post-Season ‘Drought’

America Cardenas Pueblo El Guerrero  Xamantha Williams El Guerrero Pueblo 2015



By America Cardenas and Xamantha Williams

Pueblo Magnet High school’s football team ended the regular season with a record of 7-3 and as section champions secured their first playoff appearance since 1991. The Warriors are set to take on the Estrella Foothills Wolves on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m.

Last season, Pueblo’s football program set the precedence of a 7-3 season; however, the team fell short of the playoffs by one game.

Senior Jasiah Booth, who has played varsity football at Pueblo for four years, said, “Playoffs is something I have dreamed about since my freshman year and to be the class to accomplish this is such a great feeling.”

The 25-year post-season drought has definitely come to an end for Pueblo, and the Warriors are eager to have the opportunity to play in the November tournament.

Pueblo Warriors Football Ready To Run In State Playoffs
Warriors excited about representing Pueblo at State Playoffs

“Getting to playoffs is an accomplishment in itself,” said senior Jorge Romero, “however, I am no where near satisfied just yet.”

Junior Angel Faras added, “We’ve had one goal all season: [to make playoffs]; and now that we have made it this far, we are ready to fight for what we truly want which is State.”

The team has been preparing for the post-season since late May, and the Warriors are proud to have the opportunity to represent Pueblo in Goodyear, AZ, this weekend.

“Our team has become a brotherhood and I am excited and eager to play with my family in this amazing opportunity,” said senior Justin Pledger.

“We are not some ghetto south side school, we are going above and beyond people’s expectations this year,” said senior David Greenwood.

Senior, Luis Armenta said, “We are going to put all our hearts into this game and go out there and fight like true Warriors.”

Although the Warriors will still continue their season into playoffs, here is a recap of the last five regular season games.

Game 6: Friday, October 2:

Pueblo was victorious against the Catalina Trojans with a final score of 72-0, breaking the school’s record for all-time points in a single game. The Warriors scored in all ways possible: punt return, kick return, passing touchdown, rushing touchdown, interception, and fumble. This was also the Warriors’ first home game of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and all athletes wore pink in support.

Game 7: Friday, October 9:

Pueblo traveled to Palo Verde and took their fifth win of the regular season with a final score of 56-7.

Game 8: Friday, October 16:

The Warriors took on the Pusch Ridge Lions in weather that was less than 60 degrees—with rain and winds of more than 20 mph. Unfortunately, Pueblo lost with a final score of 13-35. Pueblo Cheer continued to rally for the Warriors throughout the cold, wet night.

Game 9: Friday, October 23:

The night began with senior recognition, a chance for seniors to be escorted across the field by family members before the beginning of their last game at Lou Farber Field. The night was filled with smiles and laughs. This was not a night just for seniors but also the night that Pueblo could secure their spot into the playoffs as sectional champions. The Warriors were victorious, with a final score of 73-41 against the Empire Ravens, once again breaking the school record for most points scored in a single game.

Game 10: Friday, October 30:

The last game of the regular season for the Warriors was against the Santa Rita Eagles, and the Warriors took the win with a final score of 55-6.

Now, it’s time for the Warriors to advance to the State playoffs, and we all cheer them on. On Saturday, Nov. 7, students and the Pueblo community are encouraged to travel to Goodyear, AZ, on the “Spirit Bus” to give our team some hometown support. The bus trip will cost $10, and another $8 for admission into the game. The bus will leave at 3:15 p.m. at Pueblo, and will return to Pueblo at approximately 11:30. Support our football team!

Two Place At 2015 Division III State Wrestling Championships

This past weekend we took the 3 state qualifiers to the Division III State Wrestling Championships. They were Christian Felix at 128 lbs, Billy Bertsch at 154 lbs. and Will Smith at 285 lbs.

With these three wrestlers we managed to finish 24th out of 48 teams.

5th Place for Christian Felix at 128lbs.

Christian Felix won his final match of the season to finish in 5th place.

6th Place for Will Smith at 285lbs.

Will Smith finished in 6th place!

Christian has been knocking on the door the last two years, falling short of placing by one match. He finally broke in. This was Will’s first year wrestling and to finish in 6th place at the State Tournament is quite an accomplishment!

Please congratulate these young men for a job well done & a great season!

2011 Warrior Baseball Team Marches On [Updated]

Update #2:  Warriors fall short to Sabino 4-6.  Great season comes to an end.  Great effort by our baseball team.

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Warriors come up short vs. Sabino
Great season Warriors! Congratulations!

UPDATE: Round 2 vs. Sabino will be Wednesday, May 11 at Hi Corbett Field. First pitch is at 7:00 p.m. Come support our Warrior Baseball Team!

The Warrior Baseball team advances to 2nd round round of the 2011 state playoffs. They defeated No. 5 seed CDO 3-1 in the first round behind the brilliant pitching and timely hitting of Angel Roman (Class of 2013).

The Warriors face off against Sabino in the 2nd round on Wednesday, May 11. Go BASEBALL WARRIORS!

Here are some pictures of CDO victory courtesy of AzStarnet:

Girls Tennis Reaches Final 32

Two weekends ago, the girls tennis team competed in the first and second rounds of the Division 2 State Tournament in Phoenix.  The doubles team of Cynthia Lona and Carolina Felix unfortunately lost in the first round, but played a great match.  Isabel Morales also played well and won her first round match and then fell to the #6 seed on the second day.

This past weekend, 3 members of the girls’ tennis team made it to the third round in Phoenix. Singles player Estefana Hernandez and Doubles team Dulce Corte and Yanseli Alameda won their first and second round matches.  In the third round this last Saturday, they unfortunately lost two tough matches.

State finalists Dulce, Estefana & Yanseli

However, these three ladies finished in the top 32 players in the state (Division 2).  They played very well throughout the tournament and made it farther in the state competition than any player in recent years.

Coach Sarah Wilson (JV) and Coach Tara Bulleigh (Varsity) are incredibly proud of these girls as they have watched them grow as athletes and students since they were freshmen.

Congratulations to them for their efforts.

Jerri-Lynn Kincade 400M State Champion

To cap off a successful track career at Pueblo, Jerri-Lynn Kincade saved the best for last.

Jerri-Lynn became a state champion by winning the 400M Dash at 2010 Track & Field State Competition with at time of 58.60. She edged out Desert View sprinter Lilian Martinez by .67 of a second.

Jerri-Lynn (2nd From Left) with members of the 4X100 Team

Congratulations Jerri-Lynn! Thanks for representing Pueblo on the track and in the classroom. Jerri-Lynn was also Class of 2010 Valedictorian.

Here are the final results:

For video of 2010 Track Season and see Jerri-Lynn in the 100M Click Here.

Wrestler Nick Gonzalez Wins State Championship

Nick Gonzales was our only Wrestling State Champion during the 2009-2010 season. Nick finished with a 47-1 record and won many tournaments on his way to the state title.

We asked him to summarize his feeling about the season:

It feels good to win state! It’s been my goal ever since I joined this sport. Now that I have a state title, it makes me feel like I’m one of the best wrestlers in Arizona.

Nick Gonzalez On The Podium
Nick Gonzalez on the podium

Season Highlights:

1st Place At William Bell Tournament

1st Place At Moon Valley Tournament

1st Place At Flowing Wells Tournament

1st Place At Salpointe Invitational

1st Place At Regionals

Nick Gonzalez Wins State Championship
Nick Gonzalez receiving 1st Place Plaque

Congratulations to Nick on a dominant season!

Photos taken by Shani Coca.