The stands were packed under bright lights at Cowboy Memorial Stadium on Friday night. But it wasn’t Gunnison High School in the spotlight. Rather, the Gunnison Parks and Recreation youth
GMS Sports — It seems like school just started a few weeks ago, yet the Gunnison Middle School (GMS) fall sports season has already come to a close. Recently, Mustang athletes — Ania Bryniarski and Johanna Hernandez (volleyball), Royce Uhrig and Hunter Vincent (football) and Aspen McNulty and Allie Schwartz (cross country) — sat down with Mary Nordberg, athletic director and tech/journalism teacher, to recap their seasons for the Times.
Bump, set, spike
This season didn’t show the best records for the Gunnison Middle School (GMS) volleyball teams, yet it sure showed great teamwork. In their recent final tournaments, the Mustangs came together before their games and created a bigger, better bond.
They showed an amazing amount of improvement by trying new things such as overhand serves, new plays and new positions.
Eighth grader middle hitter Addie Frymoyer said she “enjoyed the bus rides there and back because the team got together and had fun.’’
Frymoyer also noted she will be playing in high school, and she hopes her teammates will be playing too.
Winning seasons on gridiron
With their season recently coming to a close, the GMS football teams boasted winning records. The Mustang eighth grade team finished with a 3-2 record with wins over Olathe and Columbine.
“The season was lots of fun. It was also fun to watch how much the team improved throughout the season,” said coach Jaime Murgatroyd.
It was also a successful season for the seventh grade team as well, who finished with a 5-1 record. GMS seventh grade head coach Todd Witzel said, “It was a very successful season, had a great time and hope the numbers continue to grow.”
The rush of racing
The Mustangs cross country team wrapped up their season on a strong note, with the boys and girls teams placing in all of their competitions.
The girls best finish came at the Buena Vista Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 17, where they took first place. The best finishes for the boys came at Buena Vista, Ramble at the Reservoir and Pantherfest where they took third.
Rowen Downum stated, “At the end of every season I look forward to competing in cross country again. I’m excited to run for the Cowboys next year.”