By Kaylie Mehlenbeck
SILVERDALE--The sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at Ridgetop Middle School went to districts on May 23, at the Silverdale Stadium. The first event was the 75 meter hurdles. It began with Tayden Toledo, who finished with a personal record of 12.4 seconds, placing sixth. Then Alex Mirador earned a new personal record, finishing with a time of 11.6 seconds, and took second place for the boys.
One of the few people who made it to districts for the 200 meter hurdles and 75 meter hurdles was Ailish Watson. ”The most difficult part about track was getting over the hurdles quickly; they were difficult to learn,” Watson said.
It was very hard to keep up with the coaches with all of the intense workouts and drills and running off campus and on campus. Any drill the coaches had was difficult, but hurdle qualifiers worked hard everyday to not fall, and to have good form. From practicing run throughs to to perfecting the form, everyones form was good in the end. Coach Clark (the hurdle coach) said that, “every great hurdler falls, but you should always get back up and never give up.¨
“I worked hard every day practicing on all of my events, making sure that I was good at everything without complaining, and I never gave up,” said Molly Walters who made it to the district meet for the 200 meter hurdles.
There were many people that made it to districts and placed. Ella Smith took first in the 1600 meters with a time of five minutes and 58 seconds. The boys 4 by 100 meter relay including Joshua Willis, Matthew Willis, Kelo Logova, and Alexander Mirador got first place in the relay with a time of 47.37 seconds.
“Track was super fun this year! I will definitely do it next year,” said Ella Baumgartner.
A lot of people made it to districts because of all of their hard work as well as their coaches help and inspiring encouragement. The track team worked hard and they had a great season. The coaches said that they ¨can't wait for next year.¨
By Julia Schmidt
SILVERDALE--On Thursday, April 20, 2017, the Ridgetop track and field team faced Klahowya for the first meet of their season. The season started with a win, in both the boy’s and girl’s division. In the Men’s varsity 400 Meter, eighth grader Alex Mirador took the win with a time of 60 seconds, with the Klahowya runner with a time of 61 seconds right behind him.
Also a big hit on the varsity men’s team was the 4x100 relay, with seventh graders and eighth graders, Christopher Kono, Keanu Martin, Joshua Willis, and Matthew Willis, with a time of 49.94 seconds. In the Javelin 600g, Alexander Larsen made his way to the top by throwing his Javelin 76 feet and beating his opponent with a toss of 66 feet and 5 inches.
For the girls’ team, in the sixth grade 100 meter, Xaylie Kahue raced to the finish line in first place with a time of 14.5 seconds with her Klahowya opponent only one second behind her. In the women’s discus 1kg, Olivia Holland and Emmilee VanDeGrift both beat their challenger with lengths of 41’8” and 41’4”.
It was a great win for sixth grader Natalia Redd; in the women’s long jump she beat her competitor by 2” putting her in line for first place. Teammates Jacqueline San Juan and Aaliyah Chandler took the top two spots in the high jump. The girls in the 4x400 relay, 7th graders Kaylie Mehlenbeck and Jasmine San Juan and 8th graders Madison Saunders and Hannah Mehlenbeck crossed the finish line with a first place win, having a time of 4 minutes and 52 seconds.
Though Ridgetop didn’t win all of the events, they still won quite a few of them. The Ridgetop track team did an awesome at their last meet and beat most of their Klahowya opponents. Good job Raiders!
By Kaylie Mehlenbeck
Silverdale--The Ridgetop Cheer team cheered at the half-time show of the University of Washington women’s basketball team on January 8th, 2017.
The cheer team came upon this opportunity by chance. As the cheerleaders from Ridgetop were doing a takeover fundraiser at the Skipper's restaurant in Silverdale, an organizer of the half-time shows came to ask the team if they would like to perform at halftime. The game would be broadcast on ESPN.
The cheer team did not perform a dance because the halftime was only 5 minutes, but they did do many chants like “Dynamite”, “Steel it, swipe it,” and many more while youth players competed in mini-basketball games during half-time.
Cheerleader Aaliyah chandler said, “It was really cool. We got to see the Husky cheerleaders partner stunt into fulls; the music was good too.“ Cheerleader Rochelle Dean said, ”It was an amazing opportunity and honor that they picked us out of all of the other schools that they could have picked.”
The Cheer team performed in Seattle and left from Ridgetop at 10 am in private shuttles and got back at about 6 pm.
SILVERDALE--Raiders crowded into the gym for the Winter 1 recognition assembly, but after Coach Swanberg's speech many of the students were teared up.
“I always said be with people that bring you joy,” Coach Swanberg exclaimed, “this team brings me joy,” he said as a microphone was held in front of him as he explained why he came back to coach.
Coach Swanberg explained that two years ago during the soccer season he was diagnosed with ALS, a disease that attacks the nerves that control the voluntary muscles, for example the arms and legs.
Last year Coach Swanberg wasn’t planning on coming back for a third year of coaching, but he did. “I was really happy,” said returning soccer player Molly Kuligowski. Overall we are very thankful to Coach Swanberg for his dedication and time; we will miss him next year.
By: Lokee Lee
SILVERDALE - Thursday, December 15, The Ridgetop Raiders Basketball team faced off against Curtis Middle School.The game took place on Ridgetop’s home court with hopes of defeating Curtis Middle School.
The Ridgetop Basketball team was undefeated. They had a record of 9-0 leading up to the championship game against Curtis Middle School.
The Championship game was a tough game for the Ridgetop Raiders. The Raiders gave it their all and tried to push through and win, but in the end
The Ridgetop Raiders were defeated by Curtis Middle School and the Raiders were no longer undefeated.
The Ridgetop Raiders Basketball Team ended their season 9-1.
By Madison Saunders and Rochelle Dean
POULSBO--On Wednesday, May 18th, 25 raiders went to North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo for the sub-district meet with hopes of qualifying for the upcoming district meet.
The Ridgetop Raiders went against 6 other middles schools, battling it out in 15 different events, winning first, second, or third in seven events, including high jump and javelin.
Seth Tower won first in the 400 meter dash, beating the other competitors with a time of 57.52 seconds. Reegan Stark also won first in javelin, throwing a 82-08.
Fifteen of the 25 raiders made it passed the cut-off, qualifying them to go on to the district meet at Curtis High School on Wednesday, May 25th.
By Jaylaa Cabrera and Paige Gordon
SILVERDALE--The Ridgetop fastpitch team lost in their game against Klahowya with an ending score of 12-4 on April 28.
Although the Raiders lost, pitchers were consistent with many strikeouts by pitchers Chloe Ashcraft and Molly Gates. Gates pitched for the first time in this game.
“You have to be mentally tough and know a lot about the game to handle the responsibilities of a pitcher,” said eighth grade shortstop and pitcher Gates.
By Shea Kabelac and Mason Nolen
SILVERDALE--The Raiders track and field team faced off against crosstown rivals the Central Kitsap Cubs on April 26, ending in their first loss this season.
The Raiders fought hard in all the events such as the 100m run, javelin throw, hurdles, and all sorts of relay races but in the end, they came up short. “We did good, but you can't win every time,” said eighth grader Shaun Seko.
Some of the biggest highlights of the meet came from Seth Tower who jumped 5’2” on the high jump. That's high enough to jump over some of our students! He also got 59.9 seconds on his 400m for varsity. For those of you who don't know, 400m is a whole lap around the track.
By Tyler Wasnock
SILVERDALE--The Ridgetop lady Raider Fastpitch defeated CK 14-1 at their first game on Wednesday, April 20th. When the team arrived, they were surprised to see that Central Kitsap Softball field was all grass, and very uneven, but they got comfortable and made due.
The team believes that they specialized in their accurate and fast throws as well as batting in this game; two home runs were hit, one by 8th grade shortstop, Molly Gates, and one by 8th grade center fielder, Kolby Hall in the fourth inning that went far into the outfield and resulted in an RBI (runs batted in) count of 3. When asked how she thought the team did on their first game, Molly Gates answered, “I think that the team did great, especially for it being our first game. We battled hard and put everything that we learned and practiced into the game.”