The Hellgate Lance (Missoula, Montana) 1964-current, December 14, 2015, Image 17

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Sports 17 Can't Stop the Brock Grant Porter/Assistant Features Editor Brock Osweiler was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, but lived in Kalispell, Mont. the majority of his early life. He played football for Arizona State, and after a noteworthy career was drafted in the second round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos in 2012. His first start was against the Chicago Bears on . his 25th birthday when he took the position from NFL legend Peyton Man- ning. The Broncos won the game, 17-15, and Osweiler became the first start- ing quarterback to have his first win on his birthday. The following week, Osweiler started once again, this time against the undefeated New England Patriots. Denver won that game in an exciting overtime finish with the score being 30-24. In recent memory Montana has had only a few people play in the NFL and many have not had the success or stardom that Osweiler has quickly been thrust into. The biggest thing in this incredible success story is that Osweiler is starting over a veteran quarterback with years ofNFL experience and a championship ring on his finger. With Manning having injury troubles, Osweiler will be starting for a long while and have even more chances to prove himself as the better quarterback. He has proven he can win games, and if he continues to do so then it will be up in Season Cheer Ari Aagaard-Shively /Assistant Sports Editor Winter has come again to Missoula and with it a plethora of Winter sports. Curling, bas· ketball , swimming , and wrestling are all making a comeback in our education environment . With them comes a great deal of school spirit and · pride. Yet, this pride does not always come from these sports, with which there is always potential for spirit-crushing loss . If this is true, where do we get spirit from? If not from the game and the thrill of the action , than where do w e obtain our pride in our athletes? We get it from Cheer and Dance , the unsung heroes and worker bees of this frigid athletic season . Here's a short Q & A with Cheerleader Brooke Riley , and Dancer Annika Charlson Q: What made you want to participate in your activity? the air about who gets the start once Manning recovers. One thing is for sure, though: Osweiler is NFL material. He's only 25 years old, which means he has a very promising career ahead of him. One thing that he should watch out for is thinking that he is more important than he really is. Many small-town athletes and figures that make it to the larger stage of their sport tend to get caught up in their own impor- tance. Another thing that Osweiler has to watch out for is head injuries. Many football players suffer multiple concussions before the end of their career and it comes back to haunt them later in life. Athletes suffer from early memory loss as well as major migraine problems and mood swings as a result of the beating they take on the field. Osweiler's performance has been stellar on the field, throwing hardly any interceptions and efficiently moving the offense down the field. He is a true leader and his team trusts him to make the right calls when it is imperative for him to do so. There is a fair amount of pressure on the young quarterback and only time will tell if he can retain his compo- , sure. As the Broncos 10-2 season continues with Osweiler at the head--and they continue to win--Osweiler's confidence will onl):: build. One thing is for sure, Kalispell has put out a young man on the field that they can be proud of . While they do not attend every sport's game, they do perform at a remarkable amount, showing at basketball and wrestling in particular . This is a huge step up from the fall season, where the main focus is on varsity football and volleyball. Instead, they must be present for both Boys and Girls basketball games, in addition to cross town &ames, and a longer season . On top of all this , there are additional morning practices for cheerleading; bringing their total of weekly practices up to three . R: It looked really fun , and everyone always looked like they were having a ton of fun , which always seemed really fun to be around. I also really like the fun stunts we do. c: I've danced in the past and I thought it would be fun to try out. Q: What is your favorite part of your activity? R : Probably the stunting. C: I think the energy that everyone has, as well . as the fun we have together with different routines. Q: Is the winter season more or less busy than other sports seasons for your activity? R: Pefinitely more busy in the winter , because we have all the basketball games, girls and boys. So there are a lot more games a week . It also lasts a little longer. c: Dfinitely more busy, because we have about 14 or 15 performances, so it's a lot. Q: At what types of events will your group be performing? R: Normally we'll be at every boys and girls basketball game, and this season we're going to a few wrestling games. We go to cross town sporting games, but not really out of town games . c: Girls and boys Hellgate basketball games, and we're also going to perform at some UM basketball games. • • • • •

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