Two Girls, One Passion

October 7, 2015 by ·  

Photo courtesy of Robert Sandoval

Jaden Sandoval digs Spartan volleyball. photo courtesy of Robert Sandoval

Volleyball shapes one life at a time at Thomas Jefferson. Read more

Rhee Returns to TJ as Varsity Head Coach

October 6, 2015 by ·  

Photo by Anja Oss

Coach Rhee brings much expertise and excitement to the season. photo by Anja Oss

Spartans welcome their new head coach with open arms. Read more

Soaring into a New Season

October 6, 2015 by ·  


Coach Sifers works with sophomore gymnast Cecelia Allen. photo by Caroline Cech

New TJ Gymnastics Coach takes the team to new heights for the 2015-2016 season. Read more

Kicking off the Season on the Right Foot

September 29, 2015 by ·  


Coach Poole gets the boys fired up during a game. photo by Sasha Mesropov

Boys’ Soccer returns to the field with an impressive win. Read more

Kickin’ it Against East

September 25, 2015 by ·  

photo by Sasha Mesropov

Photo by Sasha Mesropov

The soccer boys look to avenge their loss last year in this season’s game against East. Read more

Boys’ Golf Heads to Regionals

September 22, 2015 by ·  

As the spartans face their toughest challenge yet who will prevail? Photos by Nakawaga

Aldridge, Waters, Villescas, and Nakagawa prepare for the regional tournament. photos by Randall Nakawaga

Four Spartans will compete at the 4A Metro Regional tournament this week with the chance to qualify for the state tournament. Read more

Bump, Set, Spike into a New Season

September 9, 2015 by ·  


Captain Jurnee Farrell sets the bar high for the upcoming season. photo by Annie McAninch

TJ volleyball prepares for their first home game against ThunderRidge.

After a long wait, Thomas Jefferson volleyball is finally back. The Lady Spartans have been working hard all summer and are ready for the first game back in the TJ gym. The team will be taking on the Grizzlies of Thunderridge High School on Wednesday September 9th, at 6:30 p.m.

After a tough loss to Valor Christian in the playoffs last year, the Lady Spartans are approaching this season with a new mindset. “We were really disappointed with the loss last year,” said senior and team captain Jordan Graham. “This year, we are going to take every team  seriously and aren’t going to underestimate anyone because every team is a challenge.” Despite finishing the season at an impressive 17-7 record last year, the girls strive be better. “We are going to use last year as a learning experience. We want to win state,” explained Graham.

This year’s squad is relatively new compared to last year’s. With eight new players on board, the youngsters include JaNaya Hudley, Jaden Sandoval, Siale Sandoval, Avery Hericks, Macey Murray, Gracey Jarecke, Lauren Pate, and Vasi Reiva. “I’ve been impressed,” Graham continues. “It’s always difficult when you have a lot of new players coming in, but they’ve all done a terrific job adjusting to the new level.” On the more experienced side, Jurnee Farrell, Annie McAninch, Paula Mortel, and Jordan Pounds will all join Graham for another season.

The ladies are already off to a great start, as they won the first game of the season at Standley Lake by a score of 3-0. “We communicated well and played really great together,” fellow team captain Farrell commented. “We connected as team and that is good to see considering how early it is in the season.”

The ThunderRidge Grizzlies, known for having one of the better volleyball programs in Colorado, will have to travel to TJ to take on a tough opponent on their home court. TJ is always a difficult place for opponents to play because of its passionate student section. For years, volleyball has been one of the most popular sports. “I’m really excited,” said senior Nathan Waterhouse. “Volleyball games are my favorite ones to go to. The crowd goes wild for every point. We have a good team this year and I am extremely optimistic.” Not only are the games fun for the students, but the players enjoy them just as much. Farrell said, “I love playing at TJ. The students bring so much energy into the gym with all the cheers which always gets the adrenaline pumping.” The game will be a blackout spirit event for the student section. Spartans should wear black and come watch their Lady Spartans get their second win of the season.

Spartans Dominate

September 3, 2015 by ·  


The Spartans run through fans and cheerleaders to open their season at All City Stadium. photo by Sara Andolsek

On August 28th, TJ’s football team returned to the field for the first game of the season.

Last Friday, the TJ football team started their season off with a bang against North. The Spartans jumped out to an early lead without looking back, starting the season with a 43-0 win. Although the Spartans didn’t score in the second half, the first half points were enough to keep the team aggressive and the atmosphere exciting.

To start the scoring rally, Junior quarterback Dane Washington found junior Justin Vigil for a nine yard touchdown pass. Senior Ricardo Felipe kicking one of three successful extra point. Minutes later, sophomore Kahlil Clark ran the ball into the endzone for the second touchdown of the game followed by a third, returning an interception. By the end of the first quarter, the scoreboard read 23-0. Vigil continued his big night in the second quarter with an 80 yard punt return for a touchdown. The final scores came from a touchdown pass from Washington to junior Alex Kah as well as junior Donavaughn Baucom returning a fumble for a touchdown.

Members of The Legion, the newly formed student spirit section at events, were selected to go onto the field during halftime to participate in a game where gift cards were given away to the participants. This game, along with the full white-out of the Spartan crowd, kept the Spartans energetic and pumped up. After this game, the season looks very promising for the Spartans.

Bringing Bosnia to the Courts

June 3, 2015 by ·  


Adrovic and her family pose with Nurkic. photo courtesy of Adna Adrovic

Adna Adrovic recently received the Comeback Player of the Year Award from the Denver Nuggets.

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24 Teams, One Goal

June 2, 2015 by ·  


artwork by Quinn Roder

This summer the 2015 Women’s World Cup will take place in Canada.

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