Photos by: Anna Darcy
Football- vs. Ottawa University/ W-41-7 – 10/28/17
The Warriors capped their Senior Day off with a commanding victory over the Ottawa University Braves. The Warriors began strong, scoring 41-0 unanswered before the Braves got on the board.
Junior offensive lineman Nathan Hiatt scored the opening touchdown for Sterling on a one-yard carry and the Warriors never took their foot off the pedal. Sophomore Darryl Terrell followed the Hiatt touchdown up with two of his own in the first quarter, giving the Warriors a 21-0 lead. More dominance followed in the second and third quarters.
In the second quarter, senior Michael Winstead connected on a 23-yard field goal attempt to push the Sterling lead to 24-0 followed by a forced fumble by freshman Austin O’Toole on the following kickoff. The good field position led to an easy 4 yard touchdown ran in by junior Jordan Dye putting the Warriors up 31-0 in the second quarter. However, the lead would continue to flourish in the second quarter when Winstead connected on another field goal to end the half and establish a 34-0 lead over Ottawa.
Early in the third quarter, the Warriors would strike again when sophomore quarterback Eric Butler found junior wide receiver Greer Chandler in the end zone to extend the Sterling lead to 41-0. However, the Braves would bounce back with the touchdown to end the game 41-7.
The defensive efforts were paced by seniors Kenya Edner and Swain Williams with 14 and 9 tackles respectively. Seniors Sam Cusack and Ray Winfield also made big plays for defense both coming up with big interceptions for long returns. The Warriors are now 7-2 as they look to finish the season strong. They face The University of Saint Mary Spires on Nov. 3 in Leavenworth, Kan.
Volleyball- vs. Bethel College/ W-25-15,25-19,25-13 – 10/25/17
The Sterling College Lady Warriors took on the Bethel College Threshers for their final home match of the season on Wednesday for Senior Night. Sterling played strong from start to finish, earning the 3-0 victory over Bethel, (25-15, 25-19, 25-13).
Set one was all Sterling early on as the Lady Warriors jumped out to an early 10-3 lead. The Lady Warriors had a balanced attack using kills from senior Makenzie Cork, junior Chelsey Riffel and freshman Patti Delgadillo to pace the offense. Sterling got its energy on defense from senior Lena Wedel and Riffel.
In set two, both teams traded scores early, as Sterling led 11-10 midway through the set. Sterling took advantage of all the Bethel mistakes and capitalized. Bethel showed a lot of perseverance late in the set, but a 9-2 Lady Warrior run, sparked by kills from Cork, Delgadillo, Wedel, and junior Mikaela Wells, followed by an ace from freshman Eryn Bearden, would give Sterling the second set 25-19.
Sterling sustained the energy well into the third set taking an early 11-6 lead. An ace from junior Naomi Abeyta and kills from Cork, Delgadillo, and Wedel kept the Lady Warriors striving. Sterling took a commanding lead 18-10. The Lady Warriors would then cruise to victory, using kills from Riffel, blocks from Meffert and Delgadillo and an ace from freshman Carmin Butterworth, giving Sterling the 25-13 victory.
Men’s Soccer- vs. The University of Saint Mary/ W-2-0 – 10/28/17
The Sterling College Warriors squared off against the University of Saint Mary on Saturday for their final home match of the year and their Senior Day. The Warriors controlled the tempo all game with physical defense and pressure. They threw multiple looks at the Spires all Saturday so that they couldn’t get a rhythm.
The offense was led by senior midfielder Adriano Marques who scored the first goal for either team early on in the fourth minute. Marques also assisted on the only other Sterling score of the game by freshman midfielder Bence Ujvari. This win puts Sterling at 4-11 on the season. Their next matchup is against Bethany College on Halloween night in Lindsborg, Kan.
Women’s Soccer- vs. The University of Saint Mary/ Tied 1-1 (2OT) – 10/28/17
The Sterling College Lady Warriors hosted the University of Saint Mary Spires on Saturday afternoon for their Senior Day game. The Lady Warriors tied with the Lady Spires in a hard-fought match.
The Lady Warriors scored a goal off a bobbled save early on at the 6:35 mark, but they struggled to convert after that point. The Lady Spires didn’t get off to a hot start—whether it was missing open looks or not being able to advance the ball, the Lady Warriors made it tough on them. It wasn’t until the 42:30 until the Lady Spires got on the board with a goal.
Ninety minutes wasn’t enough to decide this one—it took two overtimes to decide this game and neither team could pull away. Both teams gave extended efforts all the way until the final seconds, but it finished in a draw. This game was the second draw of the year for the Lady Warriors; they are now 4-11-2 on the season. They still have some key matches to end the year. On Halloween night, they will face off against the Bethany College Swedes in Lindsborg, Kan.