Photos by: Elissa Freemire
By: Hannah Abbate
Sterling Football Wins Against Friends 19-18
Sterling College football was off to a good start in the first quarter during their game against Friends University Falcons on the night of Saturday Sept. 30. They scored their first touchdown within the first eight minutes of the game and making the score 7-3 Sterling College. Just before the end of the quarter, a miscue on punt resulted in a safety for the Falcons, adding two more points to their total. The first quarter ends with Sterling leading 7-5.
The second quarter began with a Friends field goal to make it 7-8. Sterling responds with a 42-yard field goal attempt by senior Michael Winstead that just misses. Near the end of the quarter, Friends is finally able to push through Sterling’s defenses to score their first touchdown of the night, making the score 7-15. Sterling answered back by kicking a 39-yard field goal with seven seconds left in the half to make it 10-15 Sterling.
During half time, the Little Lady Warriors came out and performed. Parents gathered along the bottom of the stadium bleachers to watch their daughters cheer with Sterling’s cheer team. Once they finished their routine, the girls received large applause from the crowd.
Friends University started the third quarter off with the ball, but was quickly fumbled then recovered by junior Nick McGrew. The Warriors hoped to capitalize on the opportunity but are stopped short by the Falcon defense. Sterling attempted a 34-yard field goal, but acquires their second miss of the night. With the Falcons making steady progress down the field, they fumble and attempt a 42-yard field goal. However, senior Koltyn Ratliff blocked the kick, as his teammate senior Ray Winfield recovered the ball. Friends quickly have possession soon after, with 5:05 left in the third quarter. With only 1:31 left, the Falcons successfully kick a 33-yard field goal, ending the third 18-10.
In the fourth quarter, Sterling collects a 25-yard field goal. With the Warriors trailing 13-18, Friends fumbled on the kickoff return, allowing sophomore Lucas Dunbar to come up with the ball. Another field goal attempt by Sterling with 10:01 on the clock falls short, leaving the game 13-18.
The Falcons looked to run out the clock, but the Warrior defense stepped up to quickly gain possession once again. As the clock hit five minutes left in the game, sophomore Eric Butler would find sophomore Darryl Terrell for the 53-yard touchdown, putting the Warriors ahead 19-18. They go for the 2-point conversion, only to be stopped.
The Falcons were now running out of time and looked for one more final chance to score and win the game. They try for a 40-yard field goal attempt to do just that, only to miss left. Sterling runs out the clock from here to end the game with a win and a final score of 19-18.
Men And Women’s Soccer Struggle At Kansas Wesleyan
The Sterling College men’s soccer traveled to Salina on Saturday, Sept. 30 for games against Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes. The Coyotes score early to get a quick 1-0 lead over the Warriors, and once more before the end of the half to make it 0-2 Sterling. Sterling would get shots from senior Adriano Marques and freshman Johnathan Carcamo midway through the half, but were stopped by the Coyotes defense.
The second half was a battle as both teams fought to score. Shot attempts from freshman Liam Goetz, senior Youssef Mourchid and senior Phillip Lopez were all defended and blocked, preventing the Warriors from scoring. The game ended with a score of 0-2 and a loss for the Warriors.
Sterling’s women’s team saw similar struggles as they were shutout. The Coyotes started strong in their game Saturday, scoring two goals before the 30-minute mark. The Coyotes held possession of the ball for almost the entire game, not allowing the Lady Warriors to make any shots. The game ended with a loss for the Lady Warriors of 0-6.
Volleyball Sweeps Southwestern 3-0
Saturday, Sept. 30 saw a match at Southwestern College for the Lady Warriors, and it was a very successful day. Sterling was very much in control of their day from beginning to end.
Winning the first set 25-16, Sterling kept up their momentum to win the next two sets 25-12 and 25-19. Junior Chelsey Riffel finished the match with 15 kills, while junior Makenzie Cork added 10 kills to aid in the victory.
Freshman Patti Delgadillo added seven kills, while senior Lena Wedel finished with four. Junior Alexandra Reid had a team high of 20 digs, while Riffel and junior Kristen Calderwood had eight and seven. Freshman Colleen Meffert led Sterling with two blocks and junior Mikaela Wells added 28 assists, while freshman Breanne Akiu finished with three of the Lady Warriors 10 aces on the day.