RAMSEY: Air Academy struggles with state champ burden

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Junior captain Jacob Reasland has done more than lead Mitchell's offense during its first three games. He has been the Marauders offense, scoring nine goals and leading them to a 2-1 record last week. Reasland scored all three Mitchell goals during a 6-3 loss to Golden on Thursday, and scored four times to lead the Marauders to a 4-3 win over Manitou Springs on Saturday. As the football team's kicker he has kicked for two extra points this season.Do you think you can keep up this kind of a scoring trend going for the rest of the year? Or is this one-time only?Well even though I was the one actually getting the goal, I couldn't have been in the right place at the right time with the ball without the whole team playing with me.So yeah, I think we can make it happen again. It just all seems to be coming together for us, and I think we're going to be a strong team this year, especially moving down to the 4A level. If we can come together a little more as a team, I think we can maybe make the playoffs this year.What would be the ideal situation on the field that a teammate could set you up with?I'd be up front, they'd send me a ball over the top and I'd make the run. It would be a breakaway and then, of course, I'd score (laughs).Do you play club?Yeah, for Pride Predators '92. I'm actually like our third-string keeper on that team, too.But I've been with that team a long time, and that's where a lot of my experience comes from.What's it like to be the team captain as a junior?Well the guys are really easy to get along with, and I'm honored that I was chosen to be captain.Our team captain graduated last year, and that's when I was nominated by the team.Are there any games that you guys are really focusing on in your schedule?Well I think we're all looking at Wasson as a big game. It's going to be at Garry Berry, and they're just a rival for us.So you're also the kicker for the Mitchell football team? How does that work?Well, as long as I get my practice time in and take my kicks, it's fine.I have a PE class during 7th period, so I just come out and take my kicks and that counts as my practice so then I can go to soccer practice after school.How were you recruited to do that?I guess our captain from last year's team was also the kicker, so when he graduated, they just looked at me. Football's definitely a lot different from playing soccer, but the guys are great. But they know that soccer is my priority. They just needed a kicker.



Sam Feldotto: The Classical Academy, senior Won St. Vrain Invitational in 16:16, a new course record.


Kaitlin Hanenburg: TCA, junior Set new course record (18:29) in win at St. Vrain Invitational.


Sara Lewis: Cheyenne Mountain, senior Scored all three goals in win over Fountain Valley.


Matt Oesterle: Doherty, junior Two-way lineman recovered fumble in end zone for game-clinching TD in win over Palmer.


Mike Guerra: Air Academy, senior Shot a 1-over-par 73 to lead Kadets at Ponderosa Invitational.


Rebecca Mulligan: Falcon, junior Batted 9-for-17 with five RBIs, including a double and triple this past weekend to extend nine-game hitting streak.


Stephen Mullenex: Rampart, junior Continued undefeated season with two dual meet wins last week.VOLLEYBALL

Vanessa Gemignani: Doherty, senior Four-year starting setter led Spartans to three-game sweep of fourtime defending 3A state champion Colorado Springs Christian School.JOE PAISlEY, THE GAZETTE

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