Demons vs. Bears. A vibrant clash of red and blue. In the Grand Valley, it’s a rivalry as legendary as the Broncos and the Raiders. I know we’ve all heard it before: “Good sportsmanship” and “it’s only high school sports.”
But lately, I’ve been appalled at the lack of congeniality on both sides. “Overrated cheerleaders!” directed at GSHS by Rifle fans was met with “At least we’re not pregnant” from Glenwood fans.
Every high school has to have a rivalry; that’s what makes the battle worth fighting for and victory that much sweeter. It’s part of the high school experience.
But ours has become a vicious battle that has spread from the competitive sports arena to personal animosity. I’m not about to blame one side or the other for the personal attacks. We share the blame, and I’ll be the first to admit Rifle’s share of the guilt.
Glenwood fans, please accept my apologies on the behalf of my school for any personal insult we may have directed at you. I’ve been in RHS for my four years of high school, and as I reflect on my high school career, my high school years strike me with their brevity as they fly by.
In a few years, everyone in both schools will be heading off to new and exciting things. It will be only the memories that we can grasp in the end. So, let’s keep the competition on the field (or gym) and share the precious time we have left so the rivalry is something on which we can look back and smile.
Do you want to know if cayenne pepper produces friction on snowboard wax? Come and check out a project called “Max’s Wax,” presented by freshman Max Goossens at the 2003 Rifle High School science fair. He along with approximately 40 of his peers will be participating in this year’s event.
The fair will be held Feb. 23 in the commons, and the public is welcome to view the projects beginning at 1 p.m. when the awards are given. The students have been working on their projects since the fall.
Congratulations to Paul Knipping, who placed 15 in the DECA state competition. He competed in Full Serve Restaurant Management. Eleven RHS students competed at state altogether.
This Friday and Saturday, RHS Mock Trial will be off to Grand Junction for their regional competition in Grand Junction. Good Luck! More info to come in the next issue of the Blue and Gold Gazette!
As for all of you sports fans … this Thursday and Friday is wrestling state in Denver. Boys and girls basketball play at Moffat (A) on Friday. The girls varsity plays at 6 p.m. and the boys time is to be announced.
Girls and boys play Steamboat Springs on Saturday at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. respectively.
Random thought of the day: Kudos to Luke Ulmer and Kelsy Been, selected as “RHS Cutest Couple” by the student body this past week.
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