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Heads upThe Falcon’s football season did not end the way they were hoping it would. Barely pulling off the win against Conifer in the first round of playoffs, the Falcons went in to halftime trailing 7-0.A halftime pep talk pumped the Falcons up enough to score 6 points in the third quarter and another 6 in the fourth. The defense stepped up and held Conifer to scoring nothing at all, giving Falcon the 12-7 win. It was not a pretty win. Conifer held Aaron Blevins, who led the 3A division in rushing, to a mere nine yards the entire game. But a win is a win. The Falcons were looking ahead to play Mountain View, an undefeated team, in unfamiliar territory.Traveling to Loveland, the Falcons prepared for the quarterfinal game. At halftime, Falcon was behind 13-0 and the momentum never picked up. In a disappointing 39-6 loss, the Falcons are now out of the playoffs. Finishing with a 10-2 record, the Falcons have nothing to hang their heads about. The often-forgot-about offensive line did an outstanding job this season and helped their teammates earn spots in the top 10 in more than one category. Joey Caron finished seventh in the 3A division with 1,375 passing yards. Aaron Blevins finished second in 3A and 10th in the state for rushing, with a total of 1,710 yards. Josh Gustad finished with seven touchdowns and 554 yards receiving. On the defensive side, Brandon Albright finished with six sacks and three fumble recoveries.Bump, set, spikeVolleyball is defined in the dictionary as “a game of batting a large ball over a net.” Bump, set, spike: Volleyball is a sport that looks easy, but in actuality, is complex.The Falcon High School volleyball team excelled in all categories; and, although they did not go far in the playoffs, they finished with a winning record of 14-12. Gaby Munoz ended the season with 213 kills, securing the spot in 21st place for the division. Melissa Ninemire wasn’t far behind with 201. With each player adding extraordinary statistics in all categories, the Falcons were an all-around team, making them a strong force to reckon with. Ninemire also finished with 51 aces and 426 assists, placing her in 14th place in the 3A division. Andrea Orth had 32 aces on the season and Michelle Musseau had 363 digs overall. Emily Junk had 89 solo blocks, putting her in eighth place in the 3A division overall, and Lisa Hornyak was on her tail with 83.On the mat‘Tis the season for wrestling! In the month of December, there are things one can always expect: snow, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and crazy shoppers; but there is one thing that comes every year that many people overlook. High school wrestling has never been a sport that shines in the spotlight, but why? Wrestling tests one’s endurance and strength; yet, often wrestlers are pushed to the side. Falcon High School is starting a new tradition to put wrestling on the map.

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