Eagle Valley High School Senior Andy Armstrong compiled a perfect season with a perfect ending when he won a Colorado State Wrestling Championship in Denver last Saturday.
Armstrong took the Class 4A 220-pound state wrestling championship at the Pepsi Center by demolishing Canon City's Garrett Benell, 14-3.
One year after finishing fifth at this tournament, Armstrong is on top of the mountain with a sparkling 40-0 record.
The 16th state champion in school history, Armstrong capitalized early when Benell tried to shoot him. The Eagle Valley senior quickly turned his body over Benell's for a two-point reversal. Benell escaped Armstrong's hold, and the score was 2-1 after one period.
It will be a trivia note in history, but Benell actually led this match briefly with a takedown early in the second period, then Armstrong flipped himself over for the reverse, and had the lead for good.
Armstrong spent most of the rest of the second period on top of Benell, working his left leg to turn him. After a stalemate near the end of the second, Armstrong finally got the turn and a 6-3 lead.
Armstrong took complete control of the bout in the third period, blowing out of his bottom position for one point. He easily rebuffed another attempted advance by Benell and turned that into an easy two-point takedown. The Devils senior eventually worked Benell onto his back for three-point near fall, and a 12-3 lead. With around 10 seconds left, Armstrong earned three more points with back time to ice the win.
A rather soft-spoken guy, Armstrong pointed at his family in the stands of the Pepsi Center, while he took off his red leg band. He then gave big hugs to Devils head coach Ron Beard and assistant coach Luke Cross.
Ty LaFramboise ended up taking fourth at 182 pounds. Late Friday, he beat Canon City's Anthony Abbott, 6-3. The senior kept working his way back with pins Saturday.
LaFramboise put Mesa Ridge's Tremell Stanley on the mat in 2:23, and wasted little time of disposing of Vista Ridge's Jacob Hawthorne. That pin came at 41 seconds.
In the third-place match, LaFramboise lost a heartbreaker, 4-3, to Roosevelt's Josh Semmler.
Joey Sanchez got the best of Palmer Ridge's Phoenix Versey, 7-5, in a wrestle-back late Friday night. He just missed out on a medal - the top six in each class make the podium - when he was pinned by Broomfield's Demetrius Zissimos early in the third period Saturday.
(Report courtesy Chris Freud of the Vail Daily)
It seems that business has hit the title wave of teenagers as the Eagle Valley High School Future Business Leaders of America members traveled to the FBLA District Competition in Grand Junction earlier this month.
Filled with excitement, anxiety, and a dosage of zeal, Morgan Murphy, Natalie Morrissey, Sara Coulter, Kenzee Sisson, Carly Volkmer, Nicole Daigle, Natalie Pinto, Gloria Chairez, Amber Barbella, Katie Townsend, and Leslie Cano voyaged to the Colorado Mesa University campus where the event was held.
As its name suggests, FBLA is attentive in creating strong, confident, knowledgeable leaders in today's business world who will succeed in any setting with the acquired knowledge and leadership capabilities to navigate any job. Many of the conferences, such as the National Leadership Conference held in Denver in November, focus on supplementing students' classroom learning and help students create and achieve their personal short- and long-term goals. With keynote speakers and lip-smacking cuisine, the events are unforgettable and definitely leave students with a new sense of ambition.
In order to compete, students may pick a business-related event such as Management Decision Making, Intro to Business, Job Interview, or Entrepreneurship. They then take a test, depending on the event, or create a scenario within a business setting. Judges work diligently, picking the top five, and then the top three to compete in state.
EVHS is immensely proud of its FBLA members for putting forth their effort and persistence in competing at this year's district competition. Lead by Kimberly Hetrick, the following ladies placed in the top five and are on their way to the State FBLA competition in March:
• Natalie Pinto - Third in Health Care Management
• Natalie Pinto, Katie Townsend and Amber Barbella - Fourth in Management Decision Making
• Natalie Morrissey - Second in Business Math
• Amber Barbella - Third in Business Procedures
• Katie Townsend - Third in Introduction to Business
• Kenzie Sisson, Morgan Murphy, and Carly Volkmer - First in Management Information Systems
• Sara Coulter - Third in Sports Management.
The state FBLA competition is slated April 20-21 in Vail.
• The Eagle Valley Rod and Gun Club is accepting applications for its 2013 scholarship award. Two $600 scholarships will be awarded. Applicants must complete a 500- to 600-word essay (typed and double spaced) on the topic: "How do the current and pending gun laws and legislation before Congress affect you, your school experience and your future college or continuing education campus experience?" Name of the applicant and contact information needs to be at the top of each page. Applications not following this format will not be considered. For more information or to submit an essay, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Eagle County 4-H Volunteers are pleased to announce the return of the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry 4-H Benefit on Saturday, March 16, at the Eagle River Center. Dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by a live auction featuring western artwork, golf-passes, mountain cabin getaways and more. Local band Sometown will be playing until midnight. A cash bar will be open all evening. Tickets are available from 4-H members or at the door. The prices are $15 for adults, $10 for children (ages 6-12), and $10 for seniors (62 and older). Children age 5 and under are free. All proceeds from the event will go to 4-H scholarships, the Greg Burton Memorial Scholarship and Eagle County Fair Awards.