Category Archives: Sports

Students campaign to bring cheer team to Rockwell

by Ashlee Milton

Photo: Rockwell’s cheer team in 2014.

Three students are working together to bring back the Rockwell High cheer team.

“We all want to come together to bring something more to Rockwell,” said Rockwell sophomore Kiera Barker. “It would be cool to show support for the sports teams by cheering at their games.”

Mikayla Tanner, Skilin Hacking, and Kiera Barker are some of the girls advocating to bring the team back. The last time Rockwell had a cheer team was in 2014 and was ended due to all the participants graduating.

“We all want to come together to bring something more to Rockwell. It would be cool to show support for the sports teams by cheering at their games.”

– Kiera Barker, sophomore

Mikayla Tanner, a senior at Rockwell, has had some experience with cheer and tumbling for about a year and a half. She brought the idea to Misty with the intentions of starting a team to help all feel like they have a place at the school.

“I think a lot of people at Rockwell could benefit from having a cheer team here,” said Tanner. “I want to be part of creating a place for people to feel included and feel like they can bring more spirit to the school.”

Having a cheer team would help bring more people to the games and more spirit to the school.

Image via Sydnie Holland

Athletes of Rockwell: Senior Night

by Alyssa Smith

The girls basketball team celebrated the seniors last week as they played APA Draper at home.

“Seniors: this is your last home game,” said Coach Troy Gifford. “So play your hearts out.”

This year’s team consisted of four seniors – Destiny Dipo, Megan Nelson, Kylee Berry, and Livia Chatwin – and two foreign exchange students – Sofie Larsen and Aom Kayhasai. Some of them have decided to take up basketball this year and have learned a lot in the process. Destiny Dipo has been playing high school basketball at Rockwell since 9th grade.

“Obviously the team changes every year,” Dipo said. “We just keep getting better and better.”

The team will miss having these seniors and exchange students next year.

“I wish I could come back and play next year,” said Aom Kayhasai, an exchange student from Thailand. “I love these girls so much.”

The girls on both JV and Varsity put everything into that game and came out with a win. The varsity score was 48-30.

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Athletes of Rockwell: Lady Marshals defeat UMA in home opener

by Sidney Bernabeu | Marshal Magazine |

Both girls Varsity and JV teams defeated the Utah Military Academy Monday.

Varsity won 55-20. They came onto the court well prepared and ready to win.

IMG_4239The team is mostly made up of new girls this year but, as the team showed against UMA, they know what it takes to be a good team.

“It was a really great game,” said sophomore Brie Searle. “We worked as a team. We had really good team effort and we all worked with each other.”

The JV team won 42-7, and they were also up for the challenge of winning. Although this group of girls just started playing together, they are prepared to win and their season looks promising.

Junior high basketball teams find first win of the season Monday

by Alyssa Smith and Sidney Bernabeu | Marshal Magazine |

The junior high boys and girls basketball teams took their first wins of the season against Ascent Lehi Monday night. 

Both teams have great team chemistry and stayed positive throughout the game.

“I feel like our team worked really hard and deserved the win,” said boys point guard Tyler Smith.

The boys are continuing to improve as the season goes on, and now is their chance to start a winning streak.

The junior high girls also crushed Acsent 45-27 Monday night. They started out and finished the game strong. They knew their plays and were prepared to win.

The girls showed their dedication throughout the game. As the other team started gaining points, they stepped up their game and played harder than the other team. The girls have fun while playing and work great as a team.

They work hard and are ready for a great season.

Volleyball starts strong against Waterford

Rockwell’s volleyball team played a tough match against Waterford at home Thursday. Despite their strong start to each match, both the JV and Varsity Lady Marshals went home without a win.

“There is definitely lots of improvement,” said varsity coach Jason. “Things have definitely gotten a lot better since the start of the season.”

Both JV and Varsity girls worked together throughout the games.

“I love the excitement and bonding we have as a team,” said freshman Sophie Jaimes. “I think it helps us work together.”

The Lady Marshals are excited to play this season and are looking forward to the joys that come with playing the game.

“I love the thrill of the game and the feeling of hitting the ball,” said sophomore Cassandra Nelson. “It’s rewarding every time.”

Coach Jason is a new coach this year and is excited to coach because of his passion for the game.

“I started playing 20 years ago as outside hitter,” Jason said. “I love volleyball and can’t wait to see what we can do here at Rockwell.”

High school assembly kicks off fall sports season

Marshals gathered together to kick off the fall sports season at a back to school, fall sports assembly Thursday.
DSCN0097The assembly began with the introduction of student government, followed by the introduction of sports teams: baseball, volleyball, drill, and cross country, and finished with the introduction of this year’s Shakespeare team.

“We are an award-winning drama team,” said Shakespeare advisor Amy Holt at today’s assembly, “and that’s thanks to this talented group of kids.”DSCN0285

As the fall sports season kicks off, Marshals are excited to compete with the rest of Utah’s 2A region.

“I know I can always rely on my team to back me up,” said volleyball player, Divinia Smith. “We all love playing together as a team.”

Here’s to a great season for all Rockwell sports!

Q&A with Rockwell Drill coaches: Past and present

It’s that time of year again!

Drill is having their annual Drill Review for the 7th time in 9 years. Drill has had a lot of success over the years, including their second place in the State Drill Competition in 2013. Candice Spivey was the coach of that team and current Coach Maddie Beck was a dancer on that team. I sat down with both of them and asked them a couple of questions.

I started with Candice Spivey (assistant director/drill coach for 7 years).

Candice:

Q: How did it feel when you placed second at state?

 

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The Rockettes at State (2013)

A: Well, drill is a very political sport, and that led us to getting the second place. But it was exciting to see us compete with the best. I felt bad when they didn’t get the first place that I felt like they deserved.

 

Candice coached for 7 years, and in that time span she led them to state a handful of times. The most memorable was the year 2012 when they received a 5th place. Equally memorable, of course, was in 2013 when they tied for first and then “coin flipped” for second.

Q: How long have you taught dance?

A: In high school (2002), I taught dance at community rec classes. Then I went to college and didn’t teach for awhile, but in 2005, I started teaching again at Ultimate Dance ETC. I’ve been teaching there ever since.

Q: What are your thoughts on this year’s team?

A: It’s a great group of girls with a lot of talent. If they retain a lot of their members they can have a chance at the state title with their coach.

Q: What’s the hardest dance move to teach?

A: I would say teaching fouetté’s because the dancers struggle with the correct technique.

I then went to talk to this year’s coach, Maddie Beck. Maddie danced for her 9th, 11th, and 12th grade years. She also danced at Ultimate Dance ETC. with Candice as a coach.

Maddie:

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Rockwell’s current Drill Team, The Rockettes (2017)

Q: How’d you feel about state this year (2017)?

 

A: It was rad to see them perform and to see their transformation from the summer to that day at state. I was proud of the hard work they all put in.

Q: How did it feel when you went to state as a dancer and tied for first but received second?

A: First of all, Dylan, let me stop you right there. We didn’t tie for first place, we TOOK first place. The drill team world is full of politics which makes it a very competitive sport. (And yes I said sport, sexists.)

Q: Alright, how do you feel about next year?

A: I’m stoked to see all of the upcoming talent that Rockwell has to offer, and to keep the program going.

Q: How many years have you coached dance?

A: I taught two years with Candice as an assistant, but this year was my first solo go.

Q: How long have you been dancing?

A: Since I was 8, so 13 years.

Q: Who’s your favorite coach? (This one better be an obvious answer…)

A: Candice. She was very influential because she not only trained me in dance and fitness but helped me in my everyday life.

Be sure to go to the FREE Drill Review on March 9th at 7:00 pm here at Rockwell. Watch showcase dances by the Rockettes and others including the famous, sought-after male drill members.

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