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Marriage Licenses in Greeley, Weld County area for Feb. 23, 2019

Feb. 14

Contreras, Jose L. and Chaparro Ochoa, Minerva, both of Firestone.

Moreno, Adrian Jr. and Conde, Rebecca Laura, both of Greeley.

Burke, Dennis Justin and Plugge, Samantha Rose, both of Greeley.

Fury, Donald Edward and Surprise, Paula Anne, both of LaSalle.

Bell, Eric James and Latorre, Sophia Mae, both of Frederick.

Rodriguez, Angelo Ivan and Talamantes Garcia, Myeshia Lanae, both of Greeley.

Aiello, Joseph Dennis and Smith, Janet Kay, both of Fort Lupton.

Flores, John Manuel and Chasteen, Leara Joan, both of Johnstown.

Leyva, Alfredo and Esquivel Munoz, Lucero, both of Evans.

Martinez, Jesus and Mercer, Kristan Virginia, both of Greeley.

Giner Franco, Erick Aldair and Padilla Navarrete, Areli, both of Fort Lupton.

Highland, Dayspring boys win district semifinals to set up title clash to lead Prep Roundup for Feb. 23


Frederick — Highland picked up its 17th straight victory Friday night, which just so happened to be a 64-30 blowout over Lyons.

With the win, Highland will now play Weld rival Dayspring in the 2A District 7 championship game at 2:30 today.

As for the win over Lyons, Logan Stewart played arguably his best game of the season with 13-points behind three makes from distance. Stewart helped jump start a solid first half for Highland as they outscored Lyons 35-12 and never looked back.

"Our defense was very good in the first half and that is what we stressed," Highland head coach Pete Freeman said on the win.

Jase Bessire, Koby Anderson, and Tate Bessire also played a big role in the Huskies victory as those three scored 14, 13, and 11 points, respectively.

HHS 18 17 22 7 — 64

LHS 4 8 12 6 — 30

HHS — Jase Bessire 4 4-5 14. Tate Bessire 5 1-2 11. Jesse Vasa 1 0-2 3. Koby Anderson 6 0-2 13. Holden Morgan 1 0-0 2. Logan Stweart 5 0-0 13. Parker Gaber 1 0-0 2. Bowen Tolle 2 2-2 6. Totals 25 7-14 54

3-point field goals — HHS 7 (Stewart 3, J. Bessire 2, Vasa, Anderson)

Total fouls — HHS 14

Strasburg 59, Eaton 57: In Greeley, Eaton suffered an overtime loss to Strasburg too close out Patriot League tournament play.

In a battle between the fourth-seeded Reds and sixth-seeded Indians, Eaton fought to the end, but was ultimately outscored by Strasburg 4-2 in the extra period.

Scott Grable (14), Ryan Ure (12), and Gage Butler (11) all scored in double-figures for Eaton in the loss. The Reds would end up making nine shots from three-point range, but it was not enough to overcome Strasburg in the end.

SHS 21 9 13 12 4 — 59

EHS 10 17 15 13 2 — 57

EHS — Scott Grable 5 2-2 14. Dalton Logan 2 2-3 6. Cody Kessel 1 0-0 2. Bryce Leafgren 0 3-4 3. Nic Inda 3 0-0 9. Gage Butler 4 0-2 11. Ryan Ure 5 1-4 12. Totals 20 8-15 57

3-point field goals — EHS 9 (Inda 3, Butler 3, Grable 2, Ure 1)

Total fouls — EHS 24

Dayspring 48, Heritage Christian 46: In Frederick, Dayspring picked up a narrow victory over Heritage Christian to advance too the District 7 championship game this afternoon.

Dayspring used a solid defensive effort to pick up the win as they will now face-off against Highland on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Frederick.

"I think we defended really well," Dayspring head coach Jason Fast said on the win.

Dayspring was able to knock down their free-throws late as they used some timely scoring and phenomenal defense to ultimately walk away victorious.

DCA 5 15 13 14 — 48

HCHS 7 7 15 17 — 46

DCA — Elijah Fast 0 2-2 2. Hunter Wittnam 2 0-0 4. Christian Still 7 3-5 19. Markus Still 4 4-8 14. Koby Anderson 3 0-0 8. Caden Bonnell 0 1-2 1. Totals 15 10-17 48

3-point field goals — DCA 6 (C. Still, 2, M. Still 2, Anderson 2)

Total fouls — DCA 21 (Wittnam, C. Still fouled out)

Frontier 65, Valley 53

FAHS 16 8 18 23 — 65

VHS 9 11 15 18 — 53

Fort Lupton 76, DSST 69: College View 69: In Denver, Fort Lupton bounced back after a tough loss Thursday night to win third place in the Confluence/Colorado 8 district tournament.

Bluedevils (14-8) coach Jim Roedel said his team started out a little slow — they trailed by nine after the first quarter — but bounced back string later in the game.

Fort Lupton was led by Elijah Mullet's 23 points as well as 19 from Cyrus Lefforge and 10 from Kobe Roedel.

The Bluedevils now wait to find out their fate when 3A pairings are announced next week. Fort Lupton came into the tournament with an RPI of 35. The top 32 make the playoffs.

DSST 21 19 10 19 — 69

FLHS 12 29 15 20 — 76

FLHS — Joey Montes 2 0-0 4, Elijah Mullet 8 4-4 23, Adrian Medina 4 0-0 9, Kobe Roedel 4 0-1 10, Cyrus Lefforge 6 7-11 19, Ivan Quezada 0 7-8 7, Luke Hearon 2 0-0 4. Totals 26 18-24 76.

3-point field goals — FLHS 6 (Mullet 3, Medina, Roedel 2).

Total fouls — FLHS 18.

Platte Valley 59, University 54


Greeley — Eaton captured a Patriot League title Friday night with a 45-33 victory over Platte Valley.

The Reds held a 25-22 lead going into the final quarter of play in which they outscored Platte Valley 20-11 to help secure the victory. The Reds will now go into regional play riding high on a 14-game winning streak, while Platte Valley will look to bounce back as they still have won 12 of their last 13 games.

EHS 4 17 4 20 — 45

PVHS 11 6 5 11 — 33

PVHS — Cora Schissler 1 0-0 3. Jayden Gettman 0 1-3 1. Brooke Bunting 3 3-4 10. Emalee Roth 2 2-2 6. Rhys Maxey 3 1-2 7. Kassandra Shoemaker 2 1-2 6. Totals 11 8-13 33

3-point field goals — PVHS 3 (Schissler 1, Bunting 1, Shoemaker 1)

Total fouls — PVHS 20; EHS 15.

Heritage Christian 34, Dayspring 19: In Frederick, Dayspring suffered a semifinal loss to number one seeded Heritage Christian.

Dayspring took a 16-12 lead into the halftime locker room, but ended up being outscored 22-4 in half number two as Heritage was just to much too overcome in the end.

"We had a really good first half, but a really soft second half offensively," Dayspring head coach Amanda Unrein said on the loss.

Dayspring will be back in action today as they close out 2A District 7 tournament play with a 10 a.m. matchup against Highland.

DCA 4 11 2 2 — 19

HHS 5 7 14 8 — 34

Visitor — Myah Mize 1 0-0 2. Kylie Vaniddekinge 1 0-0 2. Alexa Shenkenberg 2 0-2 4. Brooke Shenkenberg 3 1-2 9. M'Kenna Nelson 1 0-0 2. Totals 8 1-6 19

3-point field goals — DCA 2 (B. Skenkenberg)

Total fouls — DCA 10

Resurrection Christian 49, University 42: In Greeley, University failed to capitalize on opportunities late in the game and lost the third-place game in the 3A Patriot League district tournament.

University (13-9) coach Sarah Wildt said she was happy with the way her team played in general but said her players committed too many fouls, leading to a disparity in the number of free throws taken. Resurrection shot 24 free throws for the game. University took 11.

Wildt said Madelyn Malm and Taylor Gollhofer played very well in the post, and Daphne Halverson played excellent defense.

University now waits to find out its playoff fate when pairings are released early next week.

UHS 17 10 7 8 — 42

RC 14 12 11 11 — 49

UHS — Kylie Kravig 2 1-2 6, Kylie Williams 3 2-4 9, Madelyn Malm 5 1-3 11, Taylor Gollhofer 8 0-2 16, Daphne Halverson 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 4-11 42.

3-point field goals — UHS 2 (Kravig, Williams).

— Tribune page design manager Jerry Martin contributed to this report.

Greeley, Weld County Death Notices for Feb. 14

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David H. Adolph of Greeley.  Visitation 12' Noon – 2 p.m. Saturday followed by Life Celebration Service at 2 p.m., both at Adamson.

Erminio "Ernie" Cordova of Greeley. Visitation 8:30 a.m. today, Recitation of the Rosary at 9 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 all at St. Peter Catholic Church.

Priscilla Lebsack of Berthoud.  Life Celebration Service 10:30 a.m. February 22nd at First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Berthoud.

Margaret Nolin of Greeley.  Life Celebration Service 2 p.m. Monday at Adamson.

Deanna Rogers of Greeley.  Life Celebration Service 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Mosaic Church, 3451 23rd Ave., Evans.

Eldon Voss of Greeley.  Life Celebration Service 1 p.m. February 21st at Adamson.

Marieny Brenckle of Greeley.  Memorial service 11:00 AM today at the ALLNUTT MACY CHAPEL.

Elsie Huitt of Greeley.  Graveside service 11:00 A.M. Saturday at Linn Grove Cemetery.

George Sage of Greeley. Celebration of Life service 2:00 P.M., February 21, 2019 at the ALLNUTT MACY CHAPEL.  Reception to follow in the Allnutt Reception Center.

Robert R. Schmidt of Greeley.  Services 11:00 A.M. February 23, 2019 at Cornerstone Community Church.  Inurnment at Linn Grove Cemetery.


Robert A Meisner, of Colorado Springs, formerly of Greeley. Visitation 9:00 A.M. with services to follow starting at 10:00 A.M. Friday, at the Allnutt Hunter Chapel.  Interment at Lakeview Cemetery, Windsor.

Christopher Cox of Greeley.  Private family services will be held.

Jana Dozier of Lochbuie.  No services scheduled at this time.

Samuel Hinojosa of Greeley.  Funeral Mass 11:00 a.m. today at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Windsor

Robert "Bob" White of Windsor.  Memorial service 1:00 p.m. February 23rd at the First United Methodist Church of Windsor.

Thomas Opdyke of Greeley. Arrangements Pending.

Veronica Ann Snider of Greeley. Arrangements Pending

Alejandro "Alex" Garcia of Pierce.  Visitation 1-4 p.m. Monday with Recitation of the Rosary at 2 p.m. both at Stoddard Funeral Home.

Felipe Hernandez of Greeley.  Arrangements pending.

Jan Tegro of Ft. Collins. Memorial service 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 20, at Bonell Good Samaritan Society, 708 22nd St., Greeley.

Windsor takes aim at Pueblo East in race to repeat as Class 4A state champions

Windsor’s Dominick Serrano celebrates a 7-0 decision Friday over Pueblo East’s Jace Trujillo at the Pepsi Center in the 132-pound Class 4A semifinals. (Michael Brian/

DENVER — Dominick Serrano dashed into the restroom in the bowels of the Pepsi Center to tend to a bloody nose.

It goes with the territory in a match that had more hand fighting than points.

Serrano, Windsor’s junior 138-pounder who hasn’t lost a high school match, beat Pueblo East’s Jace Trujillo 7-0 Friday night in the Class 4A semifinals.

He also had a little blood dripping from a cut above his right eyebrow, the result of six stitches from a head butt in a victory on Thursday night.

Coincidentally, it’s Pueblo East the Wizards are chasing for the 4A title.

Heading into this morning’s consolation matches at 10, Pueblo East leads the Class 4A race with 169 points. Pueblo County is second with 137 and defending champion Windsor third with 133.

“We don’t talk about (the team race),” Serrano conceded. “We really don’t think about team points. It’s really an individual sport and our coaches know that. If we’re in for the team title, then it’s a team sport.”

Individually, Serrano utilized two huge double-leg takedowns against Trujillo en route to his shutout victory.

“I’m patient and had to wait for it,” said Serrano, whose first takedown broke a scoreless first-period with just five seconds on the clock. “I’m always looking to score. I’ll shoot with one second left just to show that I’m better.

“I like it when we hand fight … actually I like it better when the guy hand fights me back,” Serrano added. “That’s when I set up my shots.”

Windsor’s Will VomBaur pins Cheyenne Mountain's Chase Johnson in 4:55 Friday night in the 120-pound Class 4A semifinals. (Michael Brian/

It was like Good Friday for the Wizards, who advanced five wrestlers to tonight’s 6:30 finals.

Joining Serrano (41-0) on center state tonight will be junior 106-pounder Brady Parker, senior 120-pounder Will VomBaur, junior 170-pounder Cody Eaton (38-5), and junior 182-pounder Isaiah Salazar.

VomBaur, who will look to repeat at 120 pounds, used an unorthodox cradle from the bottom position to pin Cheyenne Mountain’s Chase Johnson via a pin in 4:55 to run his record to 40-2.

“He stepped his leg over so I grabbed it, back-stepped him and landed on top,” said VomBaur, who had built up a comfortable lead before his pin.

“Scoring is a buffer but I try not to think about that when we’re in the race for a team title,” VomBaur added. “I’m not going to hold on or hang on.  Points matter … major, tech fall, pins … they all matter. It’s about bonus points. A win getting yourself into the finals is a big deal. To do it with a pin gets the team fired up.”

Salazar (42-0), who will wrestle for his third state title in as many years — he’s won one at Eaton and one at Windsor — destroyed Air Academy’s Brady Badwound 16-0 via technical fall for more bonus points.

Parker scored points in the quarterfinals via a pin over Loveland’s Kobi Johnson in 4:51.

Added Serrano: “I don’t like to be cocky, but I need confidence. I have confidence in my wrestling now. I’m on my way back to the finals.”

OTHER WELD SEMIS: In other semifinal matches involving Weld County wrestlers, Roosevelt 126-pounder Juan Garcia lost 3-2 to Pueblo East’s Ryan Roth; Greeley West 145-pounderTony Ulaszek lost 2-1 to Pueblo County’s Jaxon Garouttte 2-1 and Pueblo County’s Jayson Davis pinned Greeley Central 182-pounder Michael Serna in 1:03.

2A/3A Wrestling Notes: Eaton advances three to finals; Valley’s Angel Rios primed to make history

Valley’s Angel Rios, top, works against Pagosa Spring's Trevor Torrez on Thursday during the Class 3A Wrestling championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Rios lost the first-round match 2-1. (Michael Brian/

Chasing history

Valley junior 106-pounder Angel Rios is one win away from making state history. And, that one win may essentially be in the bag.

After losing in the first round Thursday in the 3A Wrestling Championships at Denver’s Pepsi Center, Rios (25-4) picked up a pair of wins in the consolations Friday to keep her season alive. Her next match, at 10 this morning in the third round of consolations, is against The Classical Academy senior Brendan Johnston.

TCA prefers their male wrestles don’t wrestle females. Johnston already forfeit a match, in the first round, to another girl, Skyview’s Jaslynn Gallegos. If he does the same this morning, Rios will advance to the consolation semifinals and assure herself no worse than a sixth-place finish and a spot on the podium.

With such a finish, she would become the first female placewinner ever in state history in the predominantly boys tournament.

Riveting Reds

Heading into the final day of the 3A state tournament, Eaton is very much in the hunt for a top 2 finish in the team standings.

Eaton 113-pounder Toby Gavette, bottom, earned a 12-1 major decision over Pagosa Springs' Erik Wyman on Thursday during the Class 3A Wrestling championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Michael Brian/

The Reds sit in second with 89 points, sandwiched in between first-place Alamosa (103.5) and third-place Eagle Valley (79.5).

Eaton has three wrestlers in the finals at 6:30 tonight: seniors 113-pounder Toby Gavette (38-5), 138-pounder Dylan Yancey (42-5) and 170-pound Ty Garnhart (41-5).

Eaton also has senior heavyweight Jeremy Murano (34-5) alive in the consolations.

Alamosa has three wrestlers in the finals and seven alive in consolations.

Comeback of the year

After missing all of his sophomore wrestling because of a knee injury season a year ago, University junior Emanuel Munoz-Alcala (37-3) has come back emphatically.

On Saturday, he punched his ticket to tonight’s state finals with a 2-0 win in the 3A heavyweight semifinals against Lamar’s Sy Spitz (35-7).

Over the hump

The apparent brick wall that stood between Valley junior 160-pounder Jaziah Whaley and the state finals stands no more.

After losing in the 3A semifinals and placing third the past two years, Whaley (41-1) pinned Fort Lupton’s Koby Galicia (37-12) in 1:26 in the semifinals Friday.

Valley's Isaiah Rios takes Glenwood Springs' Joaquin Garcia to the mat Thursday during the Class 3A Wrestling championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Michael Brian/

He is one of two Vikings wrestlers in tonight’s finals. He’s joined by sophomore 138-pounder Isaiah Rios (30-1), who beat Moffat County’s Daniel Caddy 6-4 in the semifinals.

Valley also has four other wrestlers alive in the consolations after bringing only eight to the state tournament.

Nick of time

Dylan Yancey’s younger brother, Josh Yancey, will also be competing in tonight’s championship finals.

Josh Yancey (27-9), a junior 160-pounder from Platte Valley, had impeccable timing in his 3A semifinals match, edging Bennett’s Mac Copeland 3-1 via sudden victory.

Senior 182-pounder Colton Moore (28-8) is wrestling in the consolations today for the Broncos.

One pesky devil

The Fort Lupton Bluedevils have one wrestler alive in the final day of today’s 3A tournament: 160-pounder Koby Galicia (37-12), who was pinned by Valley’s Whaley in the semifinals.

Highland hangin’ tough

Though it didn’t qualify anyone for the 2A finals, Highland has three wrestlers alive in consolations: 120-pound Logan Lewis (22-4), 126-pounder Zach Tittle (26-3) and 145-pounder Hector Flores (20-5).

Tittle, a freshman, was the closest to qualifying for the finals. He lost to Lyons’ Oran Huff (33-8) in the championship semifinals, 6-4.

And then there were three

Weld Central has three wrestlers left in the 3A consolations, including 106-pounder Robert Estrada (43-5), who lost 8-3 to Woodland Parks’ Brady Hankin (29-1) in the semifinals.

Tanner Baumgartner (38-9) stayed alive in the 145 consolations, and Braden Baumgartner (40-6) did the same at 152.

Greeley Central girls basketball wins its 18th straight game, ends up in state Sweet 16

Eighteen-straight wins and the Sweet 16.

That’s where the Greeley Central girls basketball team finds itself after a 62-43 win over Roosevelt on Friday night in a state Class 4A second-round game.

“Heck ya,” said Wildcats senior Naomi Hidalgo, the school’s all-time leading scorer who had 33 points with 21 in the first half. “I’m glad. I’m blessed to be here.”

Greeley Central High School’s Naomi Hidalgo goes toward Roosevelt’s Ayanna Hollier during the teams’ state Class 4A second-round game on Friday, Feb. 22 at Greeley Central High School. Hildalgo scored 33 points and the host Wildcats won 62-43 for its 18th-straight win and advanced to the Class 4A Sweet 16 (Austin Humphreys/For The Greeley Tribune).

The 23-1 Wildcats will host 10th-seeded Green Mountain (18-6) at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the round of 16. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and students with identification. Green Mountain, from Lakewood, advanced after a 48-46 win over Pueblo County in another second-round game on Friday.

The second quarter was the name of the game for Greeley Central, back in the Sweet 16 for the second-straight. Pueblo West ousted the Wildcats in the Class 4A Sweet 16 a year ago, 55-31, and the Cyclones also eliminated Greeley Central in the second round in  2017.

Greeley Central outscored the Roughriders 22-13 in the second quarter, helped by 7-1 run that broke open the game to 37-24 and the Wildcats cracked down on defense to hold Roosevelt without a field for nearly four minutes.

“They have No. 24 (Naomi Hidalgo), and she handles the ball as well as any guard,” Roosevelt coach Jeff Neal said. “They got the ball back to the inbounder, a lot of times that was her (Hidalgo) and she has that height that she can see over the defense.”

On Friday night, Greeley Central led the young Roosevelt team 15-11 at the end of the first quarter. The Roughriders (13-12), with only two seniors on the roster, hung around for the first eight minutes with 3-pointers and a pressing defense that early on confused the older Greeley Central team.

“They’re a physical team and we had to cope with that,” said Greeley Central senior post player Aubree Raimer, who added 14 points. “We tried to set screens and get around them.”

Micaela Hidalgo added 10 points for Greeley Central and senior guard Hattie Sheets scored all of her five points in the second half. Only Micaela Hidalgo, Naomi Hidalgo and Raimer scored for the Wildcats in the first half.

Greeley Central High School’s Hattie Sheets dribbles the ball past Roosevelt’s Kaleya Corke while Greeley Central teammate Aubree Raimer sets a screen during the teams’ state Class 4A second-round game on Friday, Feb. 22 at Greeley Central High School. The host Wildcats won 62-43 for its 18th-straight win and advanced to the Class 4A Sweet 16 (Austin Humphreys/For The Greeley Tribune).

The half ended with Hidalgo banking in a 3-pointer with one second left in the half.

“So cool,” said Hidalgo, who raised her arms once the ball went through the net. “I do it occasionally. It gave us some confidence and momentum.”

Roosevelt got within 10 points in the third quarter, but the Roughriders couldn’t get much closer and late in the quarter, the lead was back up to 13 at 48-35 when Micaela Hidalgo went for a steal, stayed with the ball that was eventually picked up by Naomi Hidalgo, who found Raimer for the finish with 2 minutes, two seconds left to play.

“It wasn’t enough,” said Neal of the Roosevelt runs in the third quarter. “We couldn’t get a sustained run. They’re a well-coached team.”

— Anne Delaney covers high school and recreational sports for The Greeley Tribune. Contact Anne at, (970) 392-5647 or on Twitter @AnneGDelaney. 

Windsor girls power their way into 5A third round

Windsor’s Hollie Hoffman knows that if the Wizards are going to succeed in the Colorado High School Activities Association’s highest level of competition, they are going to have to scrap and fight for ever turnover and score.

That’s exactly what the Wizards did Friday night against Legacy in the second round of the CHSAA 5A playoffs in a 56-38 win that moved Windsor into the third round, set for Tuesday night.

“We just kept our composure and we knew our run would come,” said Hoffman, a frenetic senior guard, who scored a game-high 24 points.

The victory moved the Wizards to 20-4 on the year and now they will face No. 9-seeded Broomfield (21-3) in the third round.

The Wizards ran out to a quick early lead, but Legacy, the 25th seed, roared back to cut the lead to 16-12 to close out the quarter. Legacy’s size bothered the Wizards during about a four-minute stretch in the first and second quarters.

“Something we tell the girls is good teams are going to make a run, and Legacy made a run,” said Windsor coach Jim Porth. “Physically we had a hard time stopping them for a little while.”

With the game tied at 17-17, Windsor exploded for a 16-3 run to close of the second quarter. The Wizards got a key three-pointer by senior guard Kelly Mathern, who scored five of her 17 points in the second quarter.

While the Wizards offense got back on track, it was the defense that propelled Windsor to the 33-20 halftime lead.

Porth said the step-up from 4A to 5A this season meant that Windsor would have to use pressure to overcome height advantages. The Wizards just have one player on the roster listed at 5-10 or taller.

“We’re pretty much all the same size,” Porth said.

Hoffman said fitness has been a key for the team this year, which has led to the defensive pressure that Wizards have needed to move it through the season.

“I’ve actually gotten into pretty good shape so I just go and go,” said Hoffman, who played about 31 minutes of the 32-minute game.

The history books are all that’s left for Greeley Central 152-pounder Andrew Alirez

Greeley Central’s Andrew Alirez wrestles Hayden Crosson of Pueblo West Friday night in the Class 4A 152-pound semifinals. (Michael Brian/

Andrew Alirez was within a long throw from the outfield from Troy Nickerson a year ago.

Nickerson, the University of Northern Colorado wrestling coach knew it wouldn’t take a rope to tie him up, but a solid presentation about academics and of course — wrestling — was what Nickerson could offer to one of the best high school wrestlers in the country with aspirations way past the college level.

So, with no more than a Saturday stroll, Nickerson put on his Sunday best and made his way to the Alirez household in the St. Michael’s neighborhood, literally down the street from Nickerson’s house.

Offer made. Offer accepted.

All that was left was a signature on the national letter of intent from the Greeley Central 152-pound phenom.


On Friday night, Nickerson was within a relay throw from the mats at Denver’s Pepsi Center, focused on a handful of what’s expected to be the future of UNC wrestling, including Alirez.

Alirez (31-0, 147-0 overall) has waltzed in and struted out of the venue, disposing of the competition in rapid fashion en route to tonight’s 152-pound Class 4A final against Pueblo County senior Trevor Singleton (32-8).

After a Friday afternoon of “napping, chilling and watching teammates,” Alirez pinned Coronado’s Zeke Terrazas in 1 minute, 1 second in the quarterfinals. In Friday night’s semifinals, he pinned Hayden Crosson of Pueblo West in 4:35.

“That felt good, a little slow,” Alirez said. “I don’t think I warmed up that good. It took until the second period to get going.”

Alirez put on a takedown exhibition before his pin, working into the third period for the first time this season.

“I still have one match (to go), and anything can happen,” Alirez said. “I’m going to go out there like a soldier, win or lose. I’ve already earned my stripes so he (Singleton) has to come take it to me. I’m going to out there to bang, and whoever is in the finals with me I’m sure they know that. I won’t take anybody lightly. They know what I bring to the table.”

One more victory and Alirez will become Weld County’s first-ever four-time state champion and the 22nd in state history.

In early November, Alirez stayed true to his word, signed his scholarship offer to UNC and set out to take care of some unfinished business — among it a gold-medal winning performance at the Junior Pan American Games, an impressive performance at the Dave Schultz Invitational against Senior Level competition and owning the No. 1-ranking in the nation.

Greeley Central’s Andrew Alirez waits for his semifinal match Friday night at the Pepsi Center.  (Michael Brian/

For Nickerson, Alirez was fulfilling the potential the coach saw in him at an early age.

“When I first got (to Greeley), I knew about Andrew, and I went over to a practice at Greeley Central — it was more of an introduction to Eric (Greeley Central coach Penfold) and to the local wrestling community here,” Nickerson recalled. “Andrew was an eighth grader working over in the corner. I saw he was very talented.”

Alirez’s talent and accolades qualified him to participate in the Northern Colorado training center practices at UNC against college-age and senior-level wrestlers.

“We were fortunate to see what his talent level really was,” Nickerson said. “When he was a junior, we had the first opportunity to sit in the Alirez home and visit with him.”

The Alirez family cherished Nickerson’s selling point and his interest, ranking it above other schools who had their eye on Andrew, including Arizona State University, which labored hard to sign him.

There’s an unwritten rule that a Division I college coach shouldn’t let a top recruit leave the state, let alone the neighborhood.

“It was kind of low key with Andrew,” Nickerson said. “The familiarity of our program was already there. We expressed an interest, he expressed an interest and the ball was in his court.”

Alirez made no bones after winning his third state title that he’d stay true to his word and sign with the Bears.

It didn’t hurt that Nickerson was an assistant coach for the USA Wrestling team that completed in the Junior Pan Am Games in Fortaleza, Brazil. He personally watched Alirez claim the gold medal, and anxiously awaited his signature on the scholarship offer.

“We texted back and forth, he verbally committed and then signed,” Nickerson recalled. “I wasn’t surprised. I’m not the kind of coach who plays the ‘what if’ game. I won’t recruit a kid who doesn’t want to be here.”

Greeley, Weld County Death Notices for Feb. 23

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Duane Collins of Greeley. Life Celebration Service 10:30 a.m. Monday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1800 21st Avenue, Greeley.

Emanuel Scheller of Windsor. Life Celebration Service 10 a.m. today at Adamson.

Dorothy Vannest of LaSalle. Life Celebration Service 1 p.m. today at Adamson.

Herman Walters of Greeley. Life Celebration Service 1 p.m. March 4th at Adamson.

Robert R. Schmidt of Greeley. Services 11:00 A.M. today at Cornerstone Community Church. Inurnment at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Melissa Berry Simpson of Greeley. Celebration of Life service 10:30 A.M. today at Trinity Lutheran Church of Greeley.

Elsie E. Hill of Eaton. Memorial Service 11:00 a.m. March 2 at the First Assembly of God Church.

Eddie Joe Taylor of Eaton. Memorial Service 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Moser Funeral Service Chapel.

Robert "Bob" White of Windsor. Memorial service 1:00 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church of Windsor.

Stephen Richard Meyer of Greeley formally of Pasco Washington, Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Manuel Garza, Jr. of Greeley. Liturgical service 11 a.m. Wednesday at Stoddard Funeral Home. Inurnment Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Lena Melendez of Greeley. Visitation 5-8 p.m. Sunday with Recitation of Rosary at 6:30 p.m. both at Stoddard Funeral Home. Liturgical service 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 915 12th Ave., Greeley. Interment Linn Grove Cemetery.

On the Move: Hubbard Family Dental welcomes new dental hygienist

On the Move

To spread the word about your new hires and promotions in the Greeley, Evans and Windsor area, contact Trevor Reid at or (970) 392-4492.

Audrey Torres recently joined Hubbard Family Dental, 2918 10th St., in Greeley.

Torres has 15 years of dental experience. She joins Hubbard Family Dental as they expand to take over most of the office building in which they’re located.

The clinic serves about 4,000 patients and offers services including teeth cleaning for all ages, periodontal disease, teeth whitening, cancer care, diabetic oral care and more.

For more information about Hubbard Family Dental, call (970) 673-8411 or go to


University of Northern Colorado Future Teacher Conference brings hundreds of Colorado high-schoolers to Greeley

High school students from across Colorado applaud responses from a panel of University of Northern Colorado students at Friday’s Future Teacher Conference. (Emily Wenger/

Suzette Youngs and Christine Kyser are no strangers to the teacher shortage much of the U.S. faces.

As professors at the University of Northern Colorado, they decided to do something about it.

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The Future Teacher Conference began in 2015 with fewer than 50 students, and by 2016 150 high-schoolers participated. This year the program maxed out, capped at 540 high school students considering careers as teachers.

“It just exploded,” Youngs said.

Friday, those high school students filled rooms in McKee Hall and the Campus Commons to listen to speakers and ask questions about their possible choice of career.

Youngs and Kyser were looking for ways to fill the gaps in the teaching workforce, like encouraging more students in general to become teachers, future teachers to work in rural school districts, and encouraging young men and people of color to join a workforce that is largely white and female, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. They developed a plan to invite high schoolers interested in becoming teachers to UNC, and include them in breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics about teaching, hear from an inspiring teacher and talk to a student panel.

Brenna Pernin, center, answers a question from a high school student visiting the University of Northern Colorado Future Teacher Conference on Friday, while Rafael Botello, left, and Morgan Bradley, also UNC teaching students, listen. (Emily Wenger/

Jessica Rindahl, now a sophomore at UNC, attended the conference when she was in high school. Although she was quite certain she wanted to be a teacher, she said, and that she was going to attend the University of Northern Colorado, she loved attending a session in which she learned some examples of what teaching in the classroom would be like.

When she and some other students got the opportunity to learn what student teaching was like, some girls she knew decided being teachers wasn’t for them.

More than 500 high school students attended the Future Teacher Conference Friday at the University of Northern Colorado. Half the group, pictured here, take their turn asking questions of a UNC student panel. (Emily Wenger/

While, of course, Youngs and Kyser would prefer students get excited about becoming teachers, the other reaction is also important. They would much prefer, they said, students get an idea of whether the profession is for them before attending a program, and, potentially, dropping out.

The panel of UNC students is one that stands out to many high schoolers. Youngs said one of her favorite questions students asked was “How often do you call your mother?”

Rindahl remembers enjoying the panel because she, until that point, hadn’t heard much from people her own age, who were pursuing the same career she planned to.

Friday, one student asked how the UNC students on the panel planned to pay their student loans, and to afford to live on a teacher’s salary. With the Red for Ed movement gaining national attention, and the Denver teachers’ strikes gaining local attention, the question wasn’t a surprise.

Youngs and Kyser said the perception around teacher salaries and publicity about the challenges teachers face could be discouraging some from entering the field. Rindahl said she knows it’s a conversation among her peers.

When the question was addressed to the student panel Friday, UNC student Rafael Botello said teachers don’t become teachers for the pay — they do it because they’re passionate about education, and they want to make a difference in the lives of their students.

Windsor’s recycling center to open Wednesday in new location

The town of Windsor sorted materials recycling center, originally located at 801 Diamond Valley Drive, is scheduled to re-open at its new location next week.

The center, which is now at the Public Works facility, 922 N. 15th St. will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Operating hours for the site will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The site will be closed Mondays, Tuesdays and on holidays, according to a Windsor news release.

As part of the location change, the Brush yard waste collection site closed and Windsor Water Utility customers have the option of recycling yard waste with businesses such as A1 Organics in Eaton or Hageman's in Fort Collins to receive a one-time annual reimbursement of up to $10 by turning in a rebate application with proof of residency and purchase.

For more information about the town of Windsor's recycling program or to download a 2019 yard waste rebate application, go to or call (970) 674-2400.

Drive Time: It’s time to say goodbye to the beloved VW Beetle

As I looked outdoors, where it was 18 degrees with a slight breeze, the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle rounded the corner and came down the street toward my driveway on Tuesday morning; I was more than a bit relieved to see that it was of solid top and not a convertible.

In an earlier discussion of delivery of the car to me, I recall the word "cabrio" (convertible) being mentioned. It's been too darned cold this week for a cabrio, so I was pleased to see the closed-top two-door arrive.

Hard top or soft top, this one is special. It's the VW Beetle Final Edition, marking the end of production for the beloved Bug, which dates back 70 years in the U.S.

This one is of stonewashed blue metallic exterior finish, a light blue or gray, depending on degree of light or lack of light that is cast upon it. At the rear, a "Beetle" badge replaces one which would have said Turbo, and, inside, the SE models include cloth and leatherette Rhombus seats and stainless-steel pedal caps. Also, a "kaeferbach," or beetle bin with upward-folding lid that sits atop the regular glove box.

Shortly after its arrival, Jan and I got in and drove it to downtown Loveland, then back out to the Motorplex at Centerra and past the 15 acres where it was announced this week that Dealin' Doug will build a Chrysler/Dodge/Ram/Jeep dealership.

The short-wheelbase, front-wheel-drive Beetle is a fairly precise handler and performs decently with a 174-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Its EPA estimate is 26/33 miles per gallon. The German-based Bug is built in Puebla, Mexico.

Its $23,940 sticker price includes push-button start, cruise control, blind-spot monitor, heated front seats and sunroof.

Production will end this summer for the Beetle, as sales have taken a dive over the past several years.

The post-World War II boom was underway in 1949 when Ben Pon Sr., a Dutch businessman, shipped a Volkswagen Beetle to New York City. From that first Beetle, priced at $800, sales climbed rapidly. By the mid-1950s, more than 35,000 had been sold. Sales soared in the 1960s, and by the end of the decade, the Beetle was selling 400,000 models a year.

I was a young employe at the Sterling Journal-Advocate in the late 1950s when Sherm Sigler, longtime press foreman and photographer at the paper, bought a new Beetle. For several years, he drove it all over the Logan County countryside while pursuing photos, and became recognized nearly as much for his little car as for the Graflex 4X5 Speed Graphic camera he carried with him.

Production was halted on the original Beetle 40 years ago, in 1978, also due to slackened demand for the iconic product.

The Beetle's absence lasted almost 20 years; and in the spring of 1997 when the '98 VW concept was unveiled, it was the biggest attraction at the Denver Auto Show.

A New Beetle was sent my way in March of '98, and after driving it for a week all around the city, I wrote:

"In many years of automotive reviewing, I don't remember anything that has drawn the attention of the New Beetle. Not the bright red SL500 convertible, nor the NSX; not even the Marathon Electric. When driven, the bright blue Beetle brought smiles and waves from fellow motorists and turned heads of people along the streets. When parked, it was the center of numerous "walk-arounds." The attention came from all ages — kids, housewives, retirees. It seems to be an emotional thing, and is creating a healthy dose of fun in the automotive world."

More than 5.5 million Beetles have been sold in the U.S.

— Bud Wells, a native of Wray, is a former Page 1 editor of the Denver Post and has reviewed automobiles for the past 40 years. He can be contacted at

Northern Colorado Women in Business to host leadership workshop in Greeley

Northern Colorado Women in Business will host its monthly networking and breakfast workshop from 8-10 a.m. March 6 at Flood & Peterson, 4687 18th St., in Greeley.

Mary Atchison, owner of Yellow Wagon Leadership in Fort Collins, will present “Position Yourself for Success: Leadership in Life and Business.” The workshop will include the basics of leadership, practical applications of those basics and how to apply those basics confidently.

Registration is $27 and available at Payment may also be sent to 4113 16th Street Road, Greeley, CO 80634. Registration closes 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The meeting will be held in the basement training room, and parking is available along 18th Street or in the business park across the street.

This month’s philanthropic effort is coordinated by Fidelia Muniz, of Organo Gourmet Beverages, to benefit Zac’s Legacy Foundation and assist local families coping with childhood cancer.

Vestas Blades in Windsor donates more than $12,000 to United Way of Weld County

Hans Jespersen, Vestas vice president and general manager, Nicholas Bielewitz, Vestas employee, Judy Green, board member for United Way of Weld County, Lynn Shevela, Vestas executive administrative assistant, Eva Keaton, United Way of Weld County’s director of resource development, and Wesley Patch, Vestas senior production of shells, gather around a $12,550 donation for United Way from Vestas. (United Way/For The Tribune)

Vestas Blades in Windsor donated $12,550 to United Way of Weld County earlier this month.

Vestas raffled off two 2009 Toyota Prius company cars, selling tickets to employees for $10, or six tickets for $50. According to a United Way news release, Vestas has donated $31,590 this year to the nonprofit’s annual campaign in assisting Weld County residents in early childhood, youth development, household stability and older adults/healthy again.

Nicholas Bielewitz purchased $500 of tickets, winning one of the cars. The other winner was Roberty Erbelding. Bielewitz, a nine-year employee who works in shells and production, was shopping for a car after a car crash a few months prior.

“Not only was the car up for raffle, but we were helping a cause that has made a huge difference,” Bielewitz said. “It worked out perfectly.”

Greeley Recreation Center to host lifeguard classes March 11-15

Greeley Recreation will host lifeguard classes March 11-15 at the recreation center indoor pool on 10th Avenue.

The course is a nationally recognized Red Cross certification course, and it will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The registration is $195 for residents and $205 for non residents.

The registration deadline is March 6.

Course participants must be at least 15-years-old and be able to swim 300-yards, tread water for two minutes and complete a timed event.

The recreation center indoor pool is located at 651 10th Ave.

For more information, contact the Greeley Recreation Center at 970-350-9400.

Tribune Opinion: Don’t turn a blind eye toward those in need

There are many reasons for homelessness in America, as well as right here in Greeley, but the least we can do, as a community, is to show a measure of compassion when the weather becomes life threatening.

The Weld County cold weather shelter is a critical place of refuge for dozens of people seeking a place to sleep when the temperatures become dangerously cold, but the challenge is funding it.

The United Way, which along with Catholic Charities runs the shelter, say it costs $15 to house one person. Right now, the shelter is running behind on funding, and officials estimate that they'll need $75,000 more to operate until April 15.

Since January 2018, the Weld County cold weather shelter has been operating in a space near Sunrise Community Health's Monfort Family Clinic, 2930 11th Ave. in Evans, making it easier for healthcare professionals to reach Weld County's homeless population and allowing officials to serve more people with food and access to services.

These services are vital to helping those in need. As a community, we should always work to address combatting homelessness, but we should never turn an eye toward those in need.

 "There are some people who don't have any other way to get those resources," Brandy Chaparro, the United Way's Housing Navigation Center Coordinator,  told Tribune reporter Sara Knuth. "So this is going to be a place for them to do that."

 As the Tribune's reporting noted health officials have treated frostbite and administer flu shots and vaccines. Additionally, because the shelter is open to people who have been drinking alcohol, health officials can treat people who are often turned away at other shelters.

Before the shelter opened near Sunrise Community Health, getting that care for many in the area was a challenge.  With adjacent services, those in need are more likely to make contact with health care professionals.

 In turn, we should do everything possible to support this important community institution, and ensure that all of our citizens are safe no matter the circumstances.

— The Tribune Editorial Board

Sundance-honored film on chronic fatigue syndrome to be screened

“Unrest” is an Sundance Film Festival-honored film by Jennifer Brea, about her struggle with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

MEAction of Colorado, which promotes awareness of the disease, is hosting a screening of the film at 1:30 p.m., March 2, at the Co-Op at 1st, 5045 W. 1st Ave., in Denver. It will be followed by a panel discussion and audience question-and-answer session. A $10 donation is requested.

Among those affected by the disease is Pam Lutey of Johnstown, and her husband, Jim Lutey. They are active in MEAction, on the ME/CFS Colorado Planning Team and are helping promote the screening.

A Greeley Tribune feature on Pam Lutey from last year is here.

Author Laura Hillenbrand ("Seabiscuit," "Unbroken"), singer Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) and singer/actress Cher are among those listed as at one point having been diagnosed with the affliction, which affects victims to varying degrees. Brea was pursuing her doctorate at Harvard when the disease struck her.

More details about the film are here.

Mike Peters: Let’s talk about red light cameras, really

Well, there I was on that bright sunny morning, driving down 10th St., when it happened.

There was a white pickup truck in front of me, driving along, minding its own business, when IT STOPPED FOR A YELLOW LIGHT!

That's right.

The driver didn't speed up to 80 mph to beat the light before it turned red. He just stopped like he was supposed to do.

Obviously, the driver didn't live here. He had Wyoming plates. In Greeley, yellow and red lights are the enemy. In Greeley, many drivers think it is a major mistake to have to wait for a red light.

And that's what I want to talk to you about…

In Denver, they have these cameras attached to the traffic-light posts. And if you run a red light, they take a photo of you and your car. And a couple of days later, you get a traffic ticket in the mail.

Denver and its suburbs raised millions of dollars with those lights.

So, of course, the statehouse may be voting to outlaw the lights.


One state guy said the cameras cause accidents. "People are stopping quickly for yellow lights, and they get rear-ended by another car."


If we had the cameras here, the city would not only get rich, but the intersections would be safer.

Since the cameras were installed in Denver, accidents at intersections have been reduced by 60 percent.

One street picketer in Denver said it isn't right to take photos without the subject's permission.


They don't take your photo unless you break the law and run a red light. So, you deserve to have your photo taken. And get a ticket in the mail.

So, this is what I'm asking the statehouse: don't outlaw the cameras. Secondly, if Denver and its suburbs don't like the cameras, give them to Greeley.

And Greeley, when the ticket money starts pouring in, you can use the dough to fix the roads.

And Greeley drivers might start doing crazy things … like that Wyoming guy in the white pickup.

— The name Gnarly Trombone was taken from an 1871 Cincinnati newspaper that misread Horace Greeley's handwritten name of the Greeley Tribune. Mike Peters is a retired Tribune staff writer. He may be emailed at

100 years of Weld County photographs to be displayed at museum

Over 100 years of photographs taken by father and son will be on display next month.

The exhibit will begin March 15 at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St.

Law and Denny Dakan documented Weld County and northern Colorado in photos over the span of a century that range from nature scenes to aerial views. The gallery is called “The Dakan Perspective: Over a Century of Father & Son Photography” and will be on display at the museum until January 2020.

Each photograph includes detailed notes that will accompany the 46 photos in the exhibit. The earliest photograph is from 1917 when Lew visited a mining operation west of Loveland with his father, Albert Dakan.

The exhibit will also include four antique cameras that were used to to capture many of the photographs in the exhibit.

The Greeley History Museum houses over 1,500 Lew Dakan photographs. Additional images can be accessed at the Hazel E. Johnson Research Center, located on the lower level of the museum.

Two Weld students graduate from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Heath Pirkey of Berthoud and Colby Harris of Greeley were among 148 who graduated in fall 2018 commencement ceremonies in December from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

Pirkey and Harris earned Bachelor of Science degrees in metallurgical engineering. Harris graduated Cum Laude.

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees.

Obituary for Lena Melendez

Lena Melendez

July 21, 1965-Feb. 19, 2019

Age: 53

Residence: Greeley

Lena Rae Overstreet Melendez, 53, passed away on Feb.19, 2019, at her home in Greeley. Lena was born on July 21, 1965, to David and Mary Overstreet. She graduated from Greeley West High School in 1983. She was employed as a dispatcher for the city of Greeley for 25 years. Lena then took a new position as a dispatcher with the University of Northern Colorado.

Anyone who knew Lena knew she was the "heart" of all gatherings. No matter what the occasion she spent numerous hours preparing and decorating so that event was special. This was her passion. Lena enjoyed gathering the family together on a yearly mountain getaway.

Her children, Mario and Corina, were her life. She was proud of the adults they became and loved spending time with them. She was recently blessed with granddaughter, Bexley, who became her new pride and joy. Lena also had two grand-dogs as she called them, Ziggy and Penelope. She enjoyed having her grand-dogs for overnights. Lena was a special person as she always gave of herself and would never ask for anything in return.

Lena is survived by her children, Corina Olivas (Antonio) and Mario Melendez (Nyriah); father, David Overstreet; brother, Victor Overstreet (Carolyn); sisters, Susan Harris (Ken), and Lisa Warriner (Larry); granddaughter, Bexley Olivas; nephew, Chris Milner (Andrea); and niece, Amber Alverson (Nate).

Lena was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Overstreet; brother, David Overstreet; and sister, Katrina Overstreet.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at Stoddard's Funeral Home with the Rosary 6:30 p.m.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at Saint Peter's Catholic Church, 915 12th St., Greeley to be followed by burial will at Linn Grove Cemetery, 1700 Cedar Ave., Greeley, with a reception to follow at 11 a.m., at the Evans Community Complex 1100 37th St, Evans.

Please visit to sign an online guestbook.

Birthday for Rosie A. Rodriguez

Rosie A. Rodriguez will celebrate her 96th birthday on March 1 with family and friends.

Rosie was born on March 1, 1923, to Antonio and Mary Gomez.

She has five children, Betty, Larry, Arthur, Susan and Steven, 11 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

Rosie enjoys visiting with family and friends. In the warm weather you will find her at yard sales and gardening. She spends a lot of time embroidering tea towels and pillowcases for her family and friends. She likes her soap operas and Rosie is a true Broncos fan.

She would love getting cards at:

Rosie Rodriguez

P.O. Box 114

Eaton, Colo. 80615

Obituary for Manuel Garza, Jr.

Manuel Garza, Jr.

Oct. 15, 1930-Feb. 15, 2019

Age: 88

Residence: Greeley

Manuel Garza, Jr., 88, of Greeley, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Fairacres Manor. He was born on Oct. 15, 1930, in Nixon, Texas, to Manuel Garza Sr. and Refugia Mungia.

Manuel was raised in Texas, but lived in Colorado for the majority of his life. On March 17, 1948, he married Eva Saldana in San Benito, Texas. They were happily married for 71 years and lived most of their lives in Greeley and raised eight children.

Manuel worked on farms, which he loved, and later worked in maintenance at Weld County Courthouse and UNC. He also worked for Monfort of Colorado beef packing plant before it closed and then worked for the city of Greeley and Gill schools as a custodian. Manuel was a hard worker all his life. He enjoyed driving to the mountains, BBQ and grilling, dancing and watching Western movies. He loved the Colorado Rockies and watching baseball on TV. Above all, Manuel loved his family, kids, grandkids and pets.

Manuel is survived by his wife, Eva S. Garza of Greeley; daughters, Graciela Martinez (Daniel) of Ault and Sandra Lee Benevides and Brenda Lee Archuleta both of Greeley; sons, Jose Manuel Garza of Evans, Michael A. Garza of Johnstown and Ricardo Garza of Estes Park; sisters, Angie Maltos (Val) of Corpus Christi, Texas, Berna Strayer (David) of California, Connie Martinez (Marco) of Greeley and Alicia Garza of Evans; brothers, Thomas Garza of McAllen, Texas and John Garza (Ruth) of Evans; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel Garza, Sr., and Refugia Mungia; daughter, Patricia Alvarez; son, Alfredo Garza; brother, Raymond Garza; daughter-in-law, Patti Garza; and son-in-law, Salome Alvarez.

A Liturgical service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 28th St., Greeley. Inurnment Sunset Memorial Gardens, 3400 28th St., Greeley.

Please go to to sign an online guestbook.

Day 2: Live Colorado state wrestling coverage, results

Greeley Central’s Andrew Alirez, top, wrestles Harrison’s Nestor Torrez on Thursday during the Class 4A Wrestling championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Alirez, in pursuit of his fourth state championship, won the match by pin. (Michael Brian/

Editor’s note: This story will be updated throughout the day and night live from the Pepsi Center in Denver.

3:30 p.m.

The state wrestling championship quarterfinals are all wrapped up, we’re knee deep in the first round of consolations, and here’s where Weld County teams sit heading into tonight’s semifinals at 6:45 tonight:

Class 4A


Windsor is rolling toward a top 3 finish in the team standings with six semifinalists.

Junior 106-pounder Brady Parker (21-2), senior 120-pounder Will VomBaur (39-2), junior 132-pounder Dominick Serrano (40-0), junior 160-pounder Tristan Perez (30-10), junior 170-pounder Cody Eaton (37-5) and junior 182-pounder Isaiah Salazar (41-0) all advanced to the semifinals.

The Wizards’ other five wrestlers are in consolations.

VomBaur and Perez both won one-point nail-biters in the quarterfinals.

Parker takes on Pueblo East junior Anthony Franklin (30-12) in the semifinals. VonBaur matches up with Cheyenne Mountain sophomore Chase Johnson (25-12) in the semifinals. Serrano faces Pueblo East senior Jace Trujillo (17-5) in the semifinals. Perez meets Pueblo County’s unbeaten senior Christopher Fasano (40-0). Eaton matches up with Pueblo West junior Dillon Derting (22-6). Salazar takes on Air Academy senior Brady Badwound (31-5).

Windsor (69.5 points) is third in 4A behind Pueblo East (92) and Pueblo County (72).

Greeley Central

The Wildcats have five of their original seven state qualifiers still in contention.

Central has two semifinalists, one of which is clearly no surprise.

Senior 152-pounder Andrew Alirez (31-0) pinned Coronado’s Zeke Terrazas (19-8) in 1 minute, 1 second in the quaterfinals earlier today. He’s face Pueblo West sophomore Hayden Crosson (42-9) in tonight’s semifinals. Alirez is trying to become Weld County’s first four-time state champion.

Greeley Central junior 182-pounder Michael Serna (36-8) also qualified for the semifinals, with a tight 5-3 quarterfinals win over Grand Junction Central’s Shaun Stepisnik (26-12). He has a tough challenge ahead, facing Pueblo County senior Jayson Davis (35-7) in the semifinals.

The Wildcats are tied for 11th in the team standings with 24 points.

Greeley West

Spartans senior 145-pounder Tony Ulaszek (14-5) advanced to the 4A semifinals by the most narrow of margins, a 6-5 quarterfinals win over Discovery Canyon’s Dylan Ruane (31-12). He’ll face Pueblo County junior Jaxon Garoutte (39-2) in the semis.

Two of three Spartans wrestlers are still in contention.

West is tied for 24th in the team standings with 10 points.


Roosevelt freshman 126-pounder Juan Garcia (40-8) advanced to the semifinals with a 6-1 quarterfinals win against Longmont’s Gio Wilson (22-4). He’ll take on Pueblo East senior Ryan Roth (35-4) in the semifinals.

Four of the Rough Riders’ other five wrestlers are alive in consolations. Roosevelt (20) is 14th in the team standings.



After a somewhat rough opening day, the Reds had a couple strong afternoon sessions to vault into the top 3 of the team standings.

Eaton (50 points) is third in the 3A team race, behind Alamosa (60) and Lamar (51.5).

The Reds have three semifinalists: senior 113-pounder Toby Gavette (37-5), senior 138-pounder Dylan Yancey (41-5) and senior 170-pounder Ty Garnhart (40-5).

Gavette faces Elizabeth senior Kris Kramer (33-6) in the semifinals. Yancey matches up with Fort Morgan sophomore Cael Langford (34-9). Garnhart meets Holy Family junior Hunter Branson (34-3).

Six of Eaton’s seven other wrestlers are still alive in the consolations.

Fort Lupton

Senior 160-pounder Koby Galicia (37-11) advanced to the semifinals with a 14-4 quarterfinals win against Alamosa’s Andres Mondragon (25-13). He’ll face Valley junior Jaziah Whaley (40-1) in the semifinals.

Senior 170-pounder AJ Garcia is alive in the consolations for the Bluedevils.

Fort Lupton (12) is tied for 25th in the team standings.

Platte Valley

The Broncos have a pair semifinalists: junior 160-pounder Josh Yancey (26-9) and senior 182-pounder Colton Moore (28-7).

Yancey takes on Bennett sophomore Mac Copeland (40-6) in the semifinals.

Moore matches up with The Classical Academy’s senior defending champion Nathan Johns (33-1).

Platte Valley (21) is tied with Weld Central in the team race.


Sophomore 138-pounder Isaiah Rios (29-1) qualified for the semifinals for the Vikings, as did junior 160-pounder Jaziah Whaley (40-1).

Brown won his quarterfinals match 11-10 over Olathe’s Brent Gray (40-9).

Rios takes on Moffat County junior Daniel Caddy (45-4) in the semifinals. Whaley meets Fort Lupton senior Koby Galicia (37-11).

Valley (32) is eighth in the team race.

The Vikings have all six of their other wrestlers alive in consolations, including junior 106-pounder Angel Rios (24-4).

With an 8-5 win against Sheridan’s James Cordova (32-7) in the first round of consolations, Rios became just the eighth girl ever to win a match in the state tournament.


University junior heavyweight Emanuel Munoz-Alcala (36-3) advanced to the semifinals with a 2-0 win in the quarterfinals against Eaton senior Jeremy Murano (33-5).

He’ll face Lamar junior Sy Spitz (35-6) in the semifinals.

The Bulldogs are 29th in the team standings with nine points.

Weld Central

Freshman 106-pounder Robert Estrada (43-4) advanced to the semifinals for Weld Central, pinning Sterling’s Casteus Combs (19-15) in 1:24 in the quarterfinals.

He’ll face Woodland Park freshman Brady Hankin (28-1) in the semifinals.

Five other Weld Central wrestlers are alive in consolations.

The Rebels are tied for 13th in the team standings.



In just his first year of high school wrestling, Huskies freshman 126-pounder Zach Tittle (26-2) advanced to the semifinals with a 7-1 quarterfinals win against Cedaredge’s Adrian Nieto (15-13).

Three other Highland wrestlers are alive in consolations.

The Huskies are tied for 22nd in the team standings with 17 points. Wray leads the 2A race with 72 points.

Drivers should expect snow for the drive home

After an icy morning, Greeley and the plains can expect 3 to 6 inches of snow tonight.

Commuters should be on alert as the snow will start around rush hour, according to Scott Entrekin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder. This could lead to snow pack and icy roads.

“We have a storm system moving across Colorado today and into the night,” Entrekin said.

There were a three crashes Friday morning in Weld Country where weather may have played a factor according to the Colorado State Patrol, including one in which the driver was ejected from her vehicle. The crash occurred about 8 a.m. at Weld County Road 24 1/4 and Weld County Road 49. The 34-year-old was taken to the hospital, but the extent of her injuries was not immediately known.

The snow should be gone by Saturday morning for a warmer weekend. The temperature will be in the 40s for Greeley Saturday, and that trend will continue into next week.

Greeley Stampede stays in Rocky Mountain High Plains Region for opening acts, including Tyler Walker Band

The Greeley Stampede on Friday announced its lineup of opening acts for the 2019 SuperStars Series, emphasizing they all were drawn from the “Rocky Mountain High Plains” region.

Colorado bands Romero, Tyler Walker Band, and Teddy Robb will be among the opening acts.

Others are Chancey Williams & the Younger Brothers Band (Wyoming) and Jared Daniels (Kansas).

The Greeley Stampede SuperStars Concert Series now looks like this, with the headliner first and the opening act second:

• June 28: REO Speedwagon, Romero.

• June 29: Brett Eldredge, Jared Daniels.

• July 4: Kip Moore,  Tyler Walker Band.

• July 5: Cody Johnson, Chancey Williams & the Younger Brothers Band.

• July 6: Brothers Osborne, Teddy Robb.

In addition, Stampede’s Faith and Family Night Concert on Sunday, June 30 will feature for KING & COUNTRY and Rebecca St. James.

A SuperStars Concert Series ticket package is for all five concerts and currently cost $80 or $110, depending on seat location. On April 1, the prices will increase to $100 or $130.

Individual concert tickets are $35 or $45, and they’ll go up $5 on June 26, the opening day of the Stampede.

Faith and Family Night tickets are $30 or $40, and they can be added to a SuperStars Concert package for $20 or $30.

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For tickets:

  • Call (970) 356-7787 or visit the Stampede Ticket Office in Island Grove Park at 600 N. 14th Ave. The office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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A pair of No. 1s: Off-court friends Hayslip, Sepeda lead Greeley Central, Greeley West in state playoffs

The first thing Jackson Hayslip wanted to know on Wednesday night after his Greeley Central boys basketball team won a first-round state playoff game was: how did Greeley West do?

Greeley West hosted a game at the same time as Central, and Hayslip soon found out the Spartans won. On top of that, West senior guard and leading scorer Andre Sepeda, Hayslip’s friend since elementary school, had a career night with 40 points in the overtime win.

“I laughed,” Hayslip said. “The first I asked is how he shot 28 free throws. How is that possible?”

Hayslip, Central’s senior guard and leading scorer, didn’t have such a bad night himself in the first round with 26 points in the Wildcats’ win over Pueblo South. Sepeda was interested in finding out the result of his friend’s team before leaving Greeley West.

“I root for them every game when they’re not playing us,” he said.

Greeley West boys basketball player Andre Sepeda (left) and Greeley Central’s Jackson Hayslip hold the other’s jersey after their teams played at Greeley West on Jan. 19. Sepeda and Hayslip, both senior guards who lead their teams in scoring, have been friends since elementary school. (Submitted for The Greeley Tribune).

Hayslip and Sepeda have at least one more day as scholastic players to inquire about the other guy’s game. Both Hayslip, Sepeda and their teammates will be back in action on Saturday in second-round state playoff games.

Central (15-9) plays at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs in the Class 4A tournament at 3 p.m. Saturday. Greeley West (18-6) starts its Class 5A game at the same time at Fruita Monument.

Hayslip is confident Greeley West can come out with a victory after the long bus ride to Fruita. Greeley Central played Fruita Monument in December and defeated Fruita 58-57.

“I think West has a good shot,” Hayslip said. “They should come out on top.”

Hayslip and Sepeda have been looking out for each other, and competing against each other for at least six years. They met the summer before sixth grade when they were teammates with the Colorado War, a club team that also included Greeley Central senior Naomi Hidalgo.

After being War teammates for a couple of years, Hayslip and Sepeda thought they might end up at the same Greeley high school.  Plans to go to Northridge fell through, and they went their separate ways.

“I do think about that if if we played together how things would happen,” Sepeda said. “I feel like we could’ve dominated the 4A conference together. We have chemistry. We hop on the court and we have chemistry right off the bat.”

Being at different schools didn’t diminish the friendship. Hayslip and Sepeda got together as often as possible to for pick-up games or shooting sessions at the Greeley Recreation Center that often led to intense games of one-on-one.

Greeley Central’s Jackson Hayslip (1) drives to the lane Saturday evenng Jan., 19, 2019 at Greeley West High School in Greeley. West beat Central 46-39. (Michael Brian/Greeley Tribune)

“It’d be real heated, real competitive,” Hayslip said. “We’d get mad at each other. We’d get into almost fights about it. Then, we’d be fine the next day and go and do it again.”

The young men remain close off the court too. They hang out together as often as they can, text or talk before games. Hayslip said they consider the other guy’s family to be part of their own.

Sepeda said at this point in their basketball careers, he’d say he’s the better shooter of the two. Hayslip agreed. Sepeda, though, said when the game’s on the line there might not be more sure handed ball handler than Hayslip, whose game features more of a drive-and-dish style.

No. 1 Friends

Greeley Central senior guard Jackson Hayslip and Greeley West senior guard Andre Sepeda have been friends since middle school from their days playing club basketball with the Colorado War. They’ve pushed each other on the court to be better players, while maintaining their close friends. Both guys are their teams’ leading scorers as Central and West head into second-round state playoff games on Saturday. Hayslip is averaging 20.9 points per game. Sepeda is averaging 18 points per game.

Though, Sepeda is not shy about going inside despite the fact that he’s listed at only 5-foot-8 inches. Hayslip is a little taller and he can slip inside, and use his length to get tip ins around the basket. That wasn’t always the case.

“When I was younger, he was a lot smaller and he was the smallest kid on the court,” Sepeda said. “He was the point guard and I was the wing. He was driving and he’d kick it out and get everything going. Once we got to high school, our games changed the way our coaches needed us to play.”

This year, Hayslip and Sepeda both wear No. 1 on their jerseys. That wasn’t always the case. Sepeda’s worn the number all through high school. Hayslip used to wear No. 25, and he took on No. 1 because Central got new uniforms. The lower numbers were the the smaller-sized jerseys and Hayslip wanted a better it

Hayslip, who used to be No. 25, took on No. 1 this season – not to be like his friend. But, rather, because Central got new uniforms. The lower numbers were the smaller-size jerseys and Hayslip wanted a better fit.

Greeley West’s Andre Sepeda (1) gets a shot in the paint against Greeley Central’s Ben Kingsford (4) Saturday evenng Jan., 19, 2019 at Greeley West High School in Greeley. West beat Central 46-39. (Michael Brian/Greeley Tribune)

“I used to get big jerseys because I wore big numbers and it looked dumb,” Hayslip. “I guess it’s a coincidence.”

It’s no coincidence, Hayslip said that the guys’ friendship has helped them – both as people and basketball players. Hayslip said Sepeda “has done a lot for me,” and it’s been invaluable to have his friend to push him and help him get better.

The feeling is obviously mutual.

“We have a lot of love for each other,” Sepeda said. “He’s like my brother. It’s always the same no matter how little we see each other.”

— Anne Delaney covers high school and recreational sports for The Greeley Tribune. Contact Anne at, (970) 392-5647 or on Twitter @AnneGDelaney. 


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Aquatics coordinator at Hope Warm Water Pool says she was fired. But it’s not that simple.

Sarah Mestas, the aquatics coordinator for the Hope Warm Water Pool, says she was asked to turn in her facility keys Thursday morning by Greeley Center for Independence executive director Sarita Reddy and that she interpreted it as a firing and left.

Reddy, however, contested that, saying that Mestas had quit and left a meeting, and that she only asked Mestas for the keys after that.

Regardless, Mestas’ departure was at least part of the explanation for the GCI Thursday afternoon announcement  on the Hope Warm Water Pool and Wellness Gym Facebook page:

“Unfortunately as of today, we do not have sufficient lifeguard staffing to cover the pool for all open hours. Pool hours will be irregular until we can staff adequately. Pool therapy patients will continue to be seen as usual. If you use the pool to exercise independently or to take classes or swim lessons, we recommend that you call before you come in to ensure the pool is open. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

The Facebook post — which drew considerable attention from pool users and others, especially in the wake of the controversy over the plan to close the pool this spring — was slightly edited by Friday morning. The fourth sentence (“If you use the pool…) was cut and the post also advised readers to check the GCI web site for updates at:

Asked about the Facebook posting Thursday afternoon,  Reddy said: “We are short staffed because a couple of people left today. The rest of us have spent the day working to figure out how to stay on schedule. I'm happy to report that (Friday) and Saturday the pool will be open regular hours and all fitness classes will take place per the schedule. We are working on next week.”

She added that the pool was closed from 4 p.m. on Thursday because a child had a bathroom-related accident in the pool and that requires a closure under safety procedures.

“All the parents who were scheduled to bring their kids in for lessons were called and informed,” said Reddy.

Mestas, a 2018 University of Northern Colorado graduate from Colorado Springs, contacted the Tribune in a Thursday night email and said she was one of the staffers who departed. She said she was fired, but in a phone conversation Friday morning, she conceded the conversation wasn’t that explicit. She said Reddy had told her to turn in her keys “by the end of the day” and to leave the pool area, and she interpreted that as a firing.

“I did not walk out on the pool or my staff today,” Mestes, 24, said in the email. “I got fired today by Sarita Reddy. She let me go after a confrontation she had with me when I called her out for treating me with disrespect, contempt, and condescension. … She told me turn in my keys.”

Reddy said her ability to respond was limited because of confidentiality parameters, but added: “I did not fire her, no. She chose to leave and I said, ‘OK.’ … I didn’t make sure she left and I didn’t follow her out. She left of her own volition. She ran out. I did say to her, ‘If you’re going to abandon your job, I need the keys back.'”

In the phone interview Thursday, Mestes said she had been an intern at the GCI in 2017, when she was finishing up work for her degree in sports exercise science. After the internship, she said, she was hired as a lifeguard and then moved up to replace the departing aquatics coordinator last September.

She alluded to a disagreement with Reddy that began Wednesday. She said it “was a personal pool matter that I can’t give much detail on.” Twice, she declined to be more specific, but said she didn’t consider it “super serious.”

She said that on Thursday morning a human resources representative, Sarah Schwister, told her to go meet with Reddy. Mestes said there were about 40 or 45 people in the pool at the time, and that she told Schwister she was the only one guarding it and couldn’t leave. Then, she said, Reddy “came down and told me I needed to go up to her office right now for a followup.” Mestes said Reddy said Schwister could guard the pool.

“During my followup with Sarita in her office, I disagreed with her on how she was going to follow up with this pool matter,” Mestes said. “She asked me for my keys and then followed me leaving her office. She followed me down to the pool area, where I collected my things in front of all the pool patrons. She asked for my keys once again and I left…at about 9:40.”

Did Reddy officially tell her she was fired?

“No,” Mestes said.

She added, “I believe I have been fired, yes. She told me to leave and asked for my keys, and I took that like I’m leaving, I’m done.”

She said she told Reddy she didn’t have the keys on her and that Reddy then said she needed them by the end of the day. Mestes said she had taken a different car than usual to the pool that day and that her facility keys were on another lanyard. Mestes said she planned to give the keys to another lifeguard later to be turned in, but the early closing of the pool prevented that. On Friday morning, Reddy confirmed that Mestas’ keys had just been turned in.

Asked if she believed this all was tied to the possible closing of the warm water pool, Mestas said, “Yes. I think in the past month, they were trying to find a way to eventually let me go or have me quit because there was very little support, and they knew how I felt about the (closing).”

Reddy disputed Mestes’ account, and it seemed possible that the two women had misunderstood each other.

“My position is she quit,” Reddy said. “All I can say is yes, I did ask for her keys because I don’t want people who are not working here to have keys.”

Reddy said Steve Cope, GCI’s controller, was in the room for the meeting.

“If I had to testify to it, I would say she quit,” Cope said. “Getting up in the middle of the meeting and walking out the door saying, ‘I’m done here.’ Sarah went storming out of the office, I remained here, and I don’t know what transpired after that.”

Mestes maintained she said she was “done with this. ‘This,’ as in the meeting we were having. I was going back down to the pool to guard, because that’s my job and it was left unguarded. I never said ‘I quit’ or ‘I’m leaving.’ I would never walk out or quit on my staff or the patrons of the pool.”

Reddy emphasized she was proud of the staffers who remain at the pool. “They have been incredible,” she said. “I worked with them all day (Thursday). They have offered to work overtime, they have offered to do whatever they can within their schedules and their lives to go over and above to make sure the pool is open to the patrons.”

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The BCI recently confirmed that its board voted late last year to close the warm water pool and replace it with a fitness center with adaptive equipment and a smaller warm water pool. The closure, tentatively scheduled for spring, has drawn criticism from those who use the current pool for therapy and rehabilitation. The board held what amounted to an open forum Wednesday night, listening to 26 speakers argue for keeping the pool open.

The speakers included Rob Cassidy and Cara Machina, the son and daughter of Hope Cassidy, the BCI founder.

After that session, board chair Shelly Rios said the board would discuss the options at its next official meeting and consider whether “there any possibility for maintenance and to sustain the pool longterm."

— Terry Frei writes features and columns for The Tribune. He’s the author of seven books, including “Third Down and a War to Go.” He can be reached at (970) 392-4424 or His website is Twitter: @tfrei