A dozen strikes from Comet feet hit the cross bar or top post, as Hillcrest launched 32 shots in a stunning win in Walker Thursday. Keeper Juan Franco from Pelican Rapids, a member of Hillcrest's team as part of the cooperative soccer program, needed to stop two shots on his net in retaining the shutout.
Senior Captain Jordan Foss started the scoring early for the Comets. Receiving a corner cross from Eivind Flude, Foss placed his forehead square on the ball and redirected it into the net. The goal, scored two minutes into the contest, created a quick strike and made a bold statement for the Comets who controlled the entire game.
18 minutes after Foss' strike, Marcus Hagen was awarded a penalty kick after Jovanny Ramirez was taken down in the box. Hagen's expert kick put the Comets up 2-0 after 20 minutes of play. At 38 minutes, Yung Ju fielded a rebound off a blast from Hagen outside the eighteen. Ju's rebound snuck past W-H-A's keeper to give the Comets a 3-0 lead at half.
Ramirez started the second half scoring off a rebound from Tommy Thompson. W-H-A's sloppy goalie play gave the Comets multiple second chances that they capitalized on. Ju took advantage of another rebound minutes later with a quick kick to the back of the net following a rebound off the cross bar.
W-H-A failed to keep up with the Comet offensive, commiting penalties across the field. Brian Villagommez was fouled in the box, giving the Comets their second goal off a penalty near the goal. Joey Coronado, Danny Martinez, and Sondre Kismul put exclaimation points on the Comet win, bringing the final score to 7-0.
The Comets play Melrose on Tuesday, taking their 12-0 record into October.
The Comets unleashed a host of new weapons for homecoming, putting up 61 points in the process.
Hillcrest uncaged Nate Frustol, Peder Bruun, Trey Bosek and John Harris in a spectacular homecoming match with sister school Park Christian. John joined the Comet scoring roster with a 3 yard rumble in the fourth quarter as the Comet defense unleashed Nate Frustol in the second quarter to play middle linebacker.Norwegian student Peder Bruun traded his soccer cleats for football spikes, intercepting a key pass early in the game. Trey Bosek joined Bruun in a high-wire-like stunt down the sidelines where Bosek pulled in a Park Christian pass and reversed the flow of traffic with the turnover.
The Comets put together a well-rounded game, something fans have come to see as a characteristic of this football team. 236 yards on the ground opened passing lanes. 136 yards earned through the air were merely an exclaimation point in the trench work the Comets did in establishing the run game on offense.
Reggie Undseth carried the ball a meager 7 times, but earned 81 yards from scrimmage. Kyler Newman tiptoed past defenders 11 times, racking-up 78 yards and 2 touch downs. The chunk yardage by Undseth and Newman were an investment the Comets made early. Sean McGuire was the first to cash in on the Comets' game plan with a 3 yard run in the opening quarter. Chris Tungseth followed with a dazzling 44 yard touchdown reception 30 seconds after McGuire's score. Undseth followed with a 58 yard scamper for the third TD of the opening quarter, giving Hillcrest a 20-0 lead.
Neaman, McGuire, Tungseth and Jordan Foss put points on the board in the second quarter. Hillcrest's scoring through the air and on the ground gave them a 41-7 lead going into halftime.
The third quarter saw Hillcrest reserves step in. Slowing down the starters, Hillcrest allowed a quick score by Undseth and Newman. In the fourth quarter lineman John Harris stepped behind the quarterback 3 yards from the goal line. With John's legs churning, there was no way a Park Christian defender was going to bring down Hillcrest's largest lineman. Harris gave the Comets the final points in their 61-7 statement on homecoming.
Hillcrest looks forward to their toughest game of the season this Friday. Ranked number 4 in the state, Hillcrest is hosting number 2, Underwood, in a 7pm game that is livestreamed.
Wins abound for Hillcrest who are a perfect 8-0 this season. The Comets have 46 goals on the season, and until Tuesday's game, haven't given-up a goal. Ten minutes into Tuesday's game the barrier behind the Hillcrest net was broken, and the Comets stormed back in vengence.
Hillcrest's defense is known for great communication and strong goalie play. Tuesday's game saw a rare miscommunication between defenders and the Comet goalie, leaving the net wide open. The unfortunate occurance is rare for Hillcrest, and after the mishap the Comets played down a goal for the first time this year.
After the ten minute goal by St. Johns Prep, the Johnnies thought Hillcrest was against the ropes. With a few smooth moves at midfield, the Comets carried the ball forward. Expert passing by Hillcrest's forwards opened a hole at the top of the box where Zakaria Mohamud, a Pelican Rapids player on Hillcrest's cooperative team, beat a defender and placed the ball passed the Johnnie keeper.
Two minutes after Hillcrest's equalizing strike, Tommy Thompson beat the Johnnies on the outside. His swift dribbling up the right side enabled him to beat the defenders back leg as Thompson turned the corner and centered his pass. Brian Villagommez mirrored Thompson's move in front of the net and finished the centering pass with his right foot, redirecting the ball and beating the Johnnie keeper. The Comets entered the half with a 2-1 lead.
The second half saw defensive stands and slow movement up the field. 60 minutes into the game Hillcrest placed a solid shot on goal from a Villagommez strike. The rebound was misplayed by the Johnnies and Hillcrest took advantage. Marcus Hagen played the rebound and ended scoring for the game with his right foot.
Hillcrest had 16 shots on net, while the Johnnies only passed Comet defenders 3 times to place a kick on goal. Hillcrest takes their win streak home Thursday for a 6pm game vs. Minnewaska.
After falling behind 6-0 with seven minutes in the first quarter, Hillcrest responded with 28 unanswered points and a whole bunch of yards. "It took us a while to get on track," noted head Coach Charlie Brue, "Bertha-Hewitt came out strong and ready to play."
A one yard run by Holt Traux was the reward for a strong opening drive for the Bertha-Hewitt Bears. The biggest challenge Hillcrest faced this year, Friday nights game saw Bears running over Comets. Ethan Kimber ran 17 times for 132 yards, exposing holes in Hillcrest's second level on the night.
A few frequent slaps in the face woke the Comets from their slumber. Hillcrest answered the first quarter score with a pass from Sean McGuire to Chris Tungseth. The 15 yard TD, and Jordan Foss' extra point kick, gave the Comets the lead with one minute remaining in the first quarter.
Kyler Newman set to work in the second period, running the ball in from four yards out. McGuire used his legs minutes later with a rushing touchdown of his own, capping a 28 point response to the 6-0 deficit.
The second half opened with Hillcrest continuing the methodical dismantling of Bertha-Hewitt. Play calling and precision execution allowed Hillcrest to march up the field against a competent Bears squad. An 8 yard pass from McGuire to Colin Erickson gave Hillcrest the 34th point. Jordan Foss carried his consistent kicking ability to the field for the 35th point as Hillcrest continued their march.
Teams have failed to have an answer for the various attacks from Hillcrest, and the Bears were no different. Jordan Foss' kicking is one obstacle that many teams struggle against. The offensive line for Hillcrest digs in to protect the kicker who confidently has provided Hillcrest with points that put the team out of reach of opponents. Foss provided a 30 yard field goal with 6:28 in the game, giving Hillcrest a 38-6 lead, demoralizing the Bears and their fans on their home field.
As Hillcrest's reserves stepped on the field the Bears scored their second TD of the game, replete with a 2 point conversion. The reserves answered in the fourth quarter with a dazzling run by Sam Ihrke. The 62 yard tip-toe opened the fourth quarter and closed the scoring for Hillcrest.
The Comets racked-up 414 total yards of offense. McGuire split hairs for 196 yards passing, while Newman ran for 89 yards and two scores and Ihkre provided 78 yrds on 5 carries.
There is a lot to cheer for at Hillcrest this fall. Students in hallways are singing new songs rehearsed in choir. Big ideas are fleshed-out in Chapel as teachers dig deep into the minds of students and pull out complex thoughts using curriculum. Fall sports are revealing the character of Hillcrest's student body and resilience is a good descriptor.
Hillcrest's girls soccer is taking large strides in improvement. Their first game was played after a couple short weeks of practice. Hosting a cross-town match against the Fergus Falls Otter, Hillcrest fell 3-0 in the opener.
Resolving to put together a better performance than their home kick-off, the Comets walloped a competent Melrose team 5-2. Showing that their win wasn't a fluke, the ladies put together a complete game against a swift Walker-Hackensack-Akeley club. Their second win of the season reinforced improvements made in controlling the midfield and taking strong strikes from the corners. Confidence, clearly lacking in the first contest versus Fergus, was more evident against Walker as strikes from the top of the box and rebounds from shots taken 15 feet out found the net in their 3-0 shutout.
When Hillcrest hosted Detroit Lakes (DL) they knew the test in their improvement would be even harder. DL's offensive pressure created difficulties for Hillcrest's midfielders, who struggled to work the ball past midfield more than a handful of times during the game. Strong passing late in the first half carried into the second as Hillcrest worked to beat DL's expert goalie. Hillcrest senior Emma Royce was equally as busy in the net, stopping nearly 30 shots in the contest, almost 20 in the first half alone. The Comet defenders retained their poise and Royce battled in the net, allowing a meager 4 shots to reach the back.
Monday's game was circled in red after their August contest versus the Otters. The 7pm match was highlighted by the new Otter field, with the game held under the lights. As the Comets stepped onto the astroturf field they felt the weight of the game. A new start to their season, after earning a 2-2 mark following their 3-0 loss to the Otters in August.
The Comets worked to control the ball. Attacking from the wings, Hillcrest's sharp passes looked quicker on the turf as the white ball reflected the bright lights. A miscue on defense allowed a sharp pass from Otter Sherry Johnson to reach Miranda Hoffman. Hoffman's strong strike blasted past Royce in the first period. The Otters stepped into the lead with a 1-0 margin that they looked to build on. However, the Comets were stronger this time around.
A stout defense and better ball control in the midfield enabled the Comets to linger in the game. After the half the Comets set out to continue their strong presence on the field. Deep into the second half, after Royce earned her keep due to her strong presence in defending the goal, Hillcrest scored. With five minutes remaining on the clock, Hillcrest captain Vanessa Konynenbelt found a crease and directed the ball past the Otter goal keeper. The 1-1 tie, with minutes remaining in the game, would stand as the final score. A picture of improvement for the girls who's consistent dedication in practice is paying dividends on the field.
Hillcrest hosts Crookston Thursday at 4pm at the Danielsen field.
Hillcrest Football is making a name in the area for big yardage and big wins. Following a four hour bus ride to Carlton, MN, the Comets traveled home with a meager 170 yards of offense in their 42-6 victory.
Hillcrest's multifaceted offensive attack was able to sit back and watch the defense dismantle Carlton. Providing excellent field position and some exciting turnovers, the offense saw a night of short yardage scores.
An early interception by Junior Sam Isaac provided Hillcrest excellent field position with 9 minutes left in the opening quarter. Sitting at the ten yard line, Comet quarterback Sean McGuire rewarded Isaac for his defensive work with a smooth ten yard touchdown look. As Jordan Foss walked-on the field he prepared for the first of what would be six consecutive extra-points for the kicker. Exchanging defensive stands throughout the opening period, The Comets emerged with a 24 yard score from McGuire, who found Senior Chris Tungseth with 3:52 in the the first quarter. Moments later, as the Comets were entering the second quarter with a fresh possession, they scored off a one-yard run from Kyler Newman. The Comets entered half-time with 21-0 lead.
In an effort to jump-start their offense, Carlton bunted an onside kick to start the second half. A gentle pick-up by Chris Tungseth was quickly turned into a dart up the sidelines. With Carlton Bulldogs hanging on his back, Tungseth trudged to the four yard line before his legs finally collapsed. On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Tungseth completed his run, taking the ball across the goal line and giving Hillcrest a 27-0 lead after Foss booted another extra point. Foss followed his PAT by pinning Carlton in their own territory with the kick-off. The Bulldogs started a march to score, but were disappointed after Sophomore Trey Bosek hunted down a pass from the Bulldog quarterback. Turning up-field, Bosek lost track of the ball and watched his fumble find the hands of Tungseth, who sprinted 45 yards and to give the Comets a 35-0 lead with 5:38 in the third quarter. Moments later the Comet defense quickly turned the tables again on the Carlton offense, giving McGuire the ball under center. A few short plays later McGuire found Bosek for a 20 yard pass two minutes before the quarter ended. The pass marked the end of the Comet's scoring, giving them 42 points before the fourth quarter, where the reserves took over.
Carlton held the Comet offense to 58 yards rushing, which wasn't much of a factor considering the Comet defense did most of the heavy lifting. McGuire was on point again for the Comets, completing 8 out of his 12 passes for 111 yards. Tungseth hauled in four of McGuire's 8 completions, carrying the football 64 yards after the catch. Kyler Newman led the Comets' rushing attack with 32 yards on 10 carries.
Hillcrest continues their road trip to Bertha, MN where they will face Bertha-Hewitt in a 7pm match, working to continue their undefeated streak and enter homecoming week 5-0.
Crookston entered Thursday's game undefeated, and they aimed to keep it that way. Playing 9 of their 11 players in the goalie box, the Pirates sought to limit Hillcrest's offensive advances. After the 80 minute contest, the Comets emerged with six goals, recording their fifth shut-out, and moved the Crookston Pirates to a 3-1 record.
Hillcrest scored quickly, per the norm for their season. 14 minutes into the contest Marcus Hagen lofted a midfield pass behind the Pirates' defensive line. Senior captain Joey Coronado rallied the pass with a one-touch shot on goal, beating the keeper and giving Hillcrest an early 1-0 lead.
12 minutes later, Senior Brian Villagomez took a feed from Zakaria Mohammed in the box. After resetting himself his shot propelled his team to a 2-0 lead. Five minutes later Joey Coronado beat the Pirate defenders as they stormed the box for a corner kick. The smooth volley sailed to the far post off the feet of several Norwegian players, Vegard Heradstveit, Eivind Fluge, and Marcus Hagen, who developed a sweet passing play that gave Hillcrest a 3-0 lead going into the half.
Twelve minutes after the opening kick of the half, Vegard Heradstveit followed a soft-touched corner kick to the net, sending the shot into a ringing net that alerted fans to a 4-0 score. Eight minutes later Villagomez hustled to the Pirate back-line that was dribbling the ball to setup an attack. Villagomez played the ball with expert precision, stealing a poorly handled ball. He dribbled with passion to the top of the 18 yard line and sent a bee-line shot to the upper-right corner of the net. The blast was an exclaimation point to a failed defensive strategy Crookston implimented to stop the charging Hillcrest attack. At the 64 minute mark, Eivind Fluge added a point of his own after dribbling through four Pirate defenders. His fancy footwork created an open shot on goal that brought Hillcrest their sixth point of the contest.
Hillcrest keeper Juan Franco stopped all five shots on net for the day. In his 80 minutes of work, Franco watched as his charging offenders launched 18 shots on net against the Crookston Pirates. Hillcrest coach Rod Jensen noted that, following a couple of sloppy games, he saw the best outing of the season versus Crookston. After the opening minutes, with the Pirates packing the box, Jensen was proud of his team's patience. Controlling the ball nearly 90% of the time, Hillcrest's crisp passing and constant field changes had the Pirates shifting positions and opened holes for shots on goal.
Hillcrest travels to Little Falls on Tuesday to play the Flyers in an effort to continue their unbeaten streak without allowing a goal.
Hugs abound on the Danielsen Field every time the Hillcrest's Girls' play. A quick 3 goal lead enabled the Comets to smile their way to another victory, joining Hillcrest's Boys' Soccer team with a winning record and lots of high fives from their coaches.
The Lady Comets pushed the ball up the field early, taking advantage of the fact that this was Walker-Hackensack-Akeley's (WHA) first game of the season. Inside out passes allowed the Comets to control mid-field as they led teammates to the corners for attacks on the net.
Hillcrest's Mari Austevoll won the first goal as she battled in front of the box following a poorly placed pass from WHA. Austevoll beat a defender and took a smooth shot from 9 yards out to score the first goal of the afternoon. Austevoll's surprise led to a round of hugs from teammates who are enjoying their season of success after falling in a heartbreaking game to the Fergus Falls Otters.
Moments later Austevoll worked at another shot in front of the goalie. After a darting deflection from a WHA defender, Anna Kvam placed a smooth sailing shot under the crossbar, out of reach of the stretching WHA goalie, to score Hillcrest's second goal. Kvam's leadership on the field was noted as she walked from the top of the box, after placing her shot, giving high fives to teammates and resetting at midfield to continue the game.
Austevoll scored another goal before the half and ushered the Comets to the shade of the concessions stand where they met coach Jeremy Mueller to discuss their second half strategy. With a 3-0 lead, and a handful of shots defended by goalie Emma Royce, Hillcrest cruised in the second half. Corner kicks gave way to strong midfield play as the Comets dominated time of possession in their march to a historic 2-1 record.
The Lady Comets are establishing themselves as a team to watch. A strong attack with consistent ball control from Austevoll and Malene Haga is made possible from strong defensive and midfield play by Hannah Simpson and Anna Kvam. Hillcrest looks to continue their scoring streak and strong defensive play vs. Detroit Lakes on Thursday at 5pm at Danielsen field.
Opening the inside of his foot, Eivind Fluge placed a precision shot inside the left post six minutes into Tuesday afternoon's game in Minnewaska. The Junior phenom from Norway is part of Hillcrest's balanced attack that likes to score early and establish a tempo. Teams have been unable to counter this season, and Minnewaska is no exception.
Great passing is a hallmark of Hillcrest's soccer teams this year. Both the boys and girls are making strong statements over the past few weeks that has fans excited. Peter Taule and Jordan Foss assisted Fluge and Marcus Hagen in the first 10 minutes of Tuesday's game. Foss' assist was an arching throw-in from the sidelines that saw Hagen one-time a blast from the left foot. The shot was taken at the eighteen line, showing that great passing sets up great shots that aren't typical of high school soccer.
At the 27 minute mark Joey Coronado, a member of Hillcrest's team with the school's cooperative partnership with Pelican Rapids, placed a winding corner kick inside the box. Fellow Pelican Rapids player Zakaria Mohamud snuck his foot in to guide the curling kick into the net. A corner kick from Danny Martinez gave Hillcrest a 4-0 lead before the half after Brian Villagommes rose above the crowd to use his head in the quick goal.
Hillcrest emerged in the second half with greater attention to managing the ball. Precison passes marked quick movements from defense to offense as Hillcrest marched to another shutout victory. Fifty minutes into the game Hillcrest added their fifth goal. A long pass from Zakaria led Eivind Fluge to the goal for his second put-away of the day. Seventeen minutes later, Junior Max Scott avoided a series of defenders as he darted along the right side of the field. His speed enabled put him in a place to launch a laser shot to the goal. The ball deflected off the keeper's fingers and veered to the feet of Senior Jorgen Scott who tapped the ball into the net, putting the Comets up 6-0. Ten minutes later Sophomore Tommy Thompson ran to the corner flag and placed the ball inside the marker lines. Gauging the play of the defense, Thompson hauled-out and bent his cornerkick pass into the box. With the defense screened, Ato Hashi soared above teammates who were boxing-out defenders to head-in the corner kick and end scoring for the game.
Hillcrest's dominance this season is a work of tight cohesive play from the back line. Communication is a definitive mark for Coach Rod Jensen's team. Rumor has it that players are only allowed to substitute-in if they know the name and face of the player they are replacing. Long bus rides and specifically designed drills in practice enable the team to build relationships and comradarie, a difficult thing for a boarding school soccer team with players from nearly every continent.
The impressive task of building teamwork showed in Tuesday night's game as Hillcrest outshot the Minnewaska Lakers 21-4. The defense did their job in allowing a minimal number of shots to reach goal keeper Juan Franco, who recorded his fourth shutout of the season in as many games. At 4-0, Hillcrest takes to the road again for a Thursday matchup vs. conference rival Crookston.
Hillcrest's soccer team scores like American Football players. After dismantling Bemidji in the second half last week, Hillcrest soccer followed up their 3-0 win with a 14-0 scoring clinic against the Fergus Falls Otters on Tuesday, September 1.
Hillcrest scores from all over the field with many different players. Tuesday afternoon Hillcrest saw over 10 players direct the ball into the net. Quick crosses and well placed passes marked the game for Hillcrest. Eivind Fluge notably set up a few players on a number of well placed balls. Senior Danny Martinez started the scoring early after beating the Otter defense to the left goal line, receiving a precision pass from Fluge to find the back of the net. Hillcrest found the net six more times in the half, giving them a 7-0 lead as they sat in the grass at Danielsen Field, working through strategy to continue play into the second half.
Coach Rod Jensen's second half orders delivered a goal two minutes into the half when Eivind Fluge won a ball and sailed a shot past the Otters. Later in the half Fluge was awarded a penalty kick from a teammate who was taken down in the box. Fluge skirted a shot that skimmed the grass and found the net easily, giving him a hat trick for the game. Minutes later teammate Brian Villagommes scored his hat trick goal from a leading pass by Marcus Hagen. The Comets closed the scoring with two minutes in the game on a punted ball from keeper Juan Franco that sailed behind the Otter defense and led Tommy Thompson, who touched the ball a few times before beating the Otter keeper and giving the Comets their 14th point of the game.
Hillcrest hosts Detroit Lakes Thursday at 4pm for a conference matchup at the Danielsen Field at HIllcrest.
After a quiet first half, Hillcrest's soccer team battled through the scoreless frame and emerged with 3 goals leaving the Danielsen Field with their first win of the 2015 season in a shutout victory.
Midfielders Joey Coronado and Tommy Thompson controlled the ball for the Comets through the first half of the Comets' last game in August. Their play opened a series of well-placed passes that came up empty when shot on goal. However, after five minutes in the second half Senior Jordan Foss put a 20 yard shot into the back of the net from outside the box. The low bullet beelined for the left corner post, leaving Bemidji's goal tender stunned, who was busy most of the day. The Comets outshot the Lumberjacks 12 to 6 on the night.
The 65 minute mark brough Sophomore Eric Konynenbelt his first goal of his varsity career. Following a soft feed from Marcus Hagen, placing the ball gently in front of Konynenbelt, Hagen followed his pass and watched as the ball traveled to the right side of the net off Konynenbelt's rightside attack. The Comets went up 2-0 at the 65 minute mark with the offensive attack.
Jovanny Ramirez put a lightning strike on Bemidji with 3 minutes left in the game to close scoring for both teams. The 45 yard shot sailed to the upper right corner of the goal, out of reach of Bemidji's goal tender.
The ball touched Hillcrest's stopper a handful of times on the day, showing the Comets to have the better defense in winning battles consistently at midfield. "Overall, I am very satisfied with our play," noted Head Coach Rod Jensen. "Bemidji is a big, fast, physical team...this game was a major test for our season opener."
A 47 yard pass, 41 yard field goal, and 40 yard catch and run jump-started the Comets to a 23 point lead in Verndale. With running time starting in the third quarter, the Comets quietly closed the game with their second win in a 39-8 underlined win Friday night.
"So many things went right for us tonight," recalled Hillcrest Head Coach Charlie Brue. "We had a really good completion rate." Comet Quarterback Sean McGuire completed 17 of 22 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns. McGuire's work through the air was made possible by the Comet line who fortified the trenches against a hard-hitting Verndale team.
Verndale's one-two punch of Mitch Blaha and Mack Jones is 9-man smash-mouth football at its best. Few teams in the area establish the run better than Verndale has over the last decade, and the 2015 Pirates are no exception. Verndale roughed-up 205 of its 213 total yards through their two-headed running back attack. The Comet defensive line was prepared for the contest and fortified the line of scrimmage. Coach Charlie Brue noted, "Our defense was stout, making several crucial third and fourth down stops...We surprised ourselves tonight."
The Comet clinic on scoring saw tough running from Kyler Newman and Chris Tungseth, in addition to the electrifying play of Sean McGuire and Reggie Undseth. Undseth hauled in 8 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown, while McGuire used his legs eight times earning 49 yards and a touchdown. Newman had 10 carries for 64 yards with 5 receptions for 41 yards. Tungseth did his part with an 11 yards per carry average on 5 handoffs, while snapping 2 passes out of the air for 46 yards, giving him 101 yards from the line of scrimmage.
Teams facing the Comets not only have to stop the traditional air and ground attack. Hillcrest Senior Jordan Foss is making a name for himself in the humid autumn air as he is putting-up big-time Comet points. A 41 yard field goal attempt continued to climb after reaching the goal line. Stout defenses can't let the Comets cross the 50 yard line with Foss' kicking ability on the Comet sideline. The challenge of stopping the Comets, who put together 390 yards of total offense Friday night, is made more difficult with the legs of Foss who offers the Comets points anytime they near the 40 yard line.
The Comets look forward to a Friday night contest verses Rothsay in hopes of going 3-0 on the season.
Providing 381 yards of total offense is a great way to start the season. Hillcrest had little trouble establishing home field advantage after Senior Chris Tungseth scampered for a first down on a fake punt, capitalizing on what seemed to be a quick 3-and-out opening drive to start the 2015 football season. Scoring on the first drive of the season, the Comets established their 2015 season and cruised to an opening night win.
Following Tungseth's bold run, Junior quarterback Sean McGuire found Reggie Undseth on a quick-out at the 30 yard line. Undseth quickly turned up-field and planted his left foot in an ankle-breaking move that left Hancock's cornerback reaching for air. Undseth sprinted to the middle of the field, averting the two more defenders, scoring Hillcrest's first touchdown of 2015 on a thirty-seven yard pass play.
Later in the half Undseth picked-off a deep throw from Hancock quarterback Kaleb Koehl and tight-rope walked the sidelines in front the homefield crowd for an impressive interception. In a following Hancock possession, Undseth, gaining noteriety as ball-hawk from his work Saturday night, picked-off a midfield throw from Koehl near the end of the second-half and played-off a number of well-placed blocks from his teammates as he sprinted eighty yards for a touchdown. The Comets entered half-time with a 14-0 lead.
The second-half brought-out some of Hillcrest's lesser known weapons. Quarterback Sean McGuire's passing is renown, but his footwork at the line is something Hillcrest has kept a secret until Saturday night. Peeking through a hole in the offensive line, Sean darted fifty-nine yards for the end zone. Moments later Junior Jordan Foss booted a 27 yard field goal and gave Hillcrest a 23-0 lead.
With fourteen seconds off the clock in the fourth quarter, Hancock put 6 points on the board following a 63 yard pass from Koehl to Noah Kannegiesser. Hancock's commitment to their passing game earned only one score on the night, providing 6 turnovers at the hands of Comet defenders.
Hillcrest's air attack was more successful. McGuire was 17-38 passing for 188 yards. Undseth finished the game with 126 yards receiving on 6 catches. Chris Tungseth and Sam Isaac hauled in four passes each, with Isaac crossing the goal line for the final score of the game. The air attack opened lanes for McGuire. He provided 116 of HIllcrest's 193 rushing yards, taking advantage of great blocking from his offensive line.
The Comets 30-6 win on Saturday prepared them for a much more difficult challenge they will face on Friday, August 28 in Verndale. Verndale is in the new re-districting of Section 6 West South 1 9-Man football. The section is likely one of the toughest in the state of Minnesota, housing perennial powerhouses Bertha-Hewitt, Park Christian, Underwood, and Verndale.
Women hold small children as older kids run away from armed men. Piles of ashes and rubble dart the landscape as dust wafts into the air from remnants of loving homes. Crowds of displaced people huddle together without emotion. Steel glances peer into cameras documenting leathered faces that tell the story of the genocide committed by ISIS.
ISIS stands for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. ISIS is working to create an Islamic state by ruling the area through intimidation. Smuggling, kidnapping, and extorting are their calling cards. The militant group was formed by the infamous leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He is now known by his followers as Al-Khalifah Ibrahim.
The Assyrians are fed up with the abuse. They are banding together to form militias to protect themselves. The problem is that they don’t have the training and weapons necessary to form a defense that ISIS won’t penetrate.
This isn’t something new. In the year 1321, Muslim mobs destroyed Coptic churches in Egypt. According to historian Rodney Stark, these anti-Christian riots were carefully orchestrated throughout Egypt. The small-scale, anti-Christian attacks of arson, looting, and murder were consistent throughout the area. New Islamic converts in Mesopotamia, Armenia, and Syria persecuted Christians in an effort to uproot the church and kill the heads of the Christian congregations. Stark notes that by the end of the fourteenth century tiny remnants of Christianity remained in East and North Africa, nearly wiped out by Muslim persecution.
In response, the European Christians banded together to stem the anti-Christian tide of Is
lam from Africa. The European forces worked to take back the Holy Land. Muslim pestering, targeting Christians and minorites, called Europe to fight for Jerusalem after the city was under Muslim control for 460 years.
In a proverbial second act, Christians today are flying to Iraq and Syria from around the world. Retired servicemen are joining forces with Christians in the middle east to stem the rushing tide of Islamic extremism. The battles waged during the crusades are being replayed with modern technology, opposing the tenents of Islamic law and the call of the Quran to establish Islam as the chief religion.
American Keith Broomfield from Massechusetts was the first American killed in action from the volunteers signing-up to fight ISIS in the Middle East. Broomfield's sister said he joined the militia because, "God told him he had to go, and without a second though, he went."
Broomfield's mother didn't want him to fight in the militia, "I didn't have a choice in the matter. He turned his life over to the Lord and he decided it was God's will and God wanted him to do it." Broomfield's sister is taking to social media to communicate some reasonings behind her brother's volunteer service. She notes, "My brother died to defend my sisters who are being sold, raped, and murdered." A text from the last message Broomfield sent his sister is on Facebook. The message reads, "Sometimes you got to be a man whether you want to or not. I don't expect anyone to understand but I don't need anyone to either. I appreciate your concern and take it as kindness."
Broomfield's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, February 17.
Interactive 360 view of the project
Take a quick look around the Student Union after this interactive video was shot today
Construction Pictures of the Project
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy welcomes Todd Mathison as the new Chief Advancement Officer. Todd served at Darmouth College in the advancement department, and the Church of the Lutheran Brethren (CLB) in home missions, giving him nine years of advancement experience to add to his sixteen years of pastoral ministry from the CLB in California and Minnesota.
Todd graduated from Hillcrest Academy in 1979, received his Master of Divinity at Lutheran Brethren Seminary in 1989, and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Seminary in 2011.
During Todd's time at the Seminary he was asked to represent Hillcrest Academy at Tuscarora Inn for a winter weekend youth retreat. Through a series of events, including a 6am call requesting his service, finding a substitute preacher for his 10am chapel service that morning, a meeting with a church council for a church plant oppotunity at 9am, Todd boarded his flight before noon, represented Hillcrest at the winter retreat, and met his future wife, Anne, on the bike path near the Delaware Water Gap. Todd and his wife have two children, both attended and graduated from Hillcrest Academy. The mission and vision of Hillcrest not only provided a path for Todd to meet his wife, but saw his family supported as his children received a renowned college preparatory, Biblically-based, Christian education.
As Hillcrest continues to grow in both student enrollment and financial stability it is looking to enhance the reach of the ministry. Todd's arrival to Hillcrest coincides perfectly with the Student Union Project, a renovation of the former Seminary building to a student commons, dining hall, and commercial kitchen. The Student Union will provide space and resources for students to spend more time with staff and more time with eachother in Christian community. View the video to see a walk-thru tour from Todd.
Todd's role in advancement combines the offices of Development and Alumni Relations at Hillcrest. He will be based out of the Twin Cities, connecting with alumni and friends regionally and across the country. Todd has served as the chairman of Hillcrest's Board of Directors, but is stepping down from his post this summer to join Hillcrest's staff full-time. He mentions that his role in the Board is like looking out over a moving river and noticing the beauty, turns and churns in the current. Now on staff he is discovering the undercurrent at Hillcrest that provides the beautiful scene in his analogy. As his feet get wet with the ministry of Hillcrest in a different context, Todd remarks, "I am joining a passionate and committed team at Hillcrest, working to connect Hillcrest alumni and friends to partner together with us, to fulfill Hillcrest’s ongoing mission of preparing students for a life of eternal significance.”
CBS, CNN, and multiple other news stations covered Brittany Maynard’s final weeks on earth. At 29 years old, Brittany Maynard trended on social media as she publicly announced her decision to end her life.
Brittany was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma and was given a short time to live. She gained popularity through her video blogs, that she consistently posted throughout her journey.Instead of letting the cancer take over her life, Maynard made the decision to end it while she was feeling good and healthy to prevent any extensive suffering and pain for her and the loved ones around her. Traveling from mountains to beaches to canyons, Maynard embarked on adventuring to her dream locations before she chose to end her life on November 1, 2014.
Death by a physician is legal in five states: Washington, Oregon, Montana, New Mexico, and Vermont. Brittany and her husband moved to Oregon so she could be given life ending medication legally. Since Maynard's death, the phrase “Dying with Dignity” is gaining popularity, as activists try to legalize prescribed death in the United States.
A young mother of four, wife, and devout Christian, Kara Tippets, has been dealing with stage four glioblastoma, the exact same diagnosis as Brittany Maynard. Kara wrote an urgent open letter to Brittany begging her to consider a different route before her suicide. Sadly, Maynard carried out her plans. Since her death, Maynard has become an icon for major advocates for assisted suicide claiming that it is humanity's right to have complete control of their bodies, meaning that we can chose when to pull the plug. However, Job 1:21 offers an alternative thought of who really is in control, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
In the open letter to Maynard, Tippetts said, “Suffering is not the absence of goodness, it is not the absence of beauty, but it can be the place where true beauty can be known.” Sympathizing with the pain and struggle cancer brings, and the hard walk down a road that seems impossible to walk, Tippetts makes it clear that pain is possible to bear. There is a misconception in culture that struggle is bad, embarrassing, indestructible, and useless. But without pain, times of joy would not be as joyful. Without struggle, there would not likely be as many blessings or as much growth, at least that is my experience.
Watching my dad battle terminal cancer was certainly not easy, but i am so thankful for the experience. So many blessings came from the heartache and I can confidently say it was worth it. My family grew close together during my dad's cancer journey, and we all learned how to cherish life. I appreciated my dad more than I ever could in a lifetime because of his end-of-life experience.
Through the madness and sorrowful emotions, God blessed me with an immense peace that I can't describe. My dad could have stopped treatments, and ended his life, but he didn’t because he knew God could be praised in his situation. Through the harsh treatments and pain, my dad spoke about the reality of people needing a Savior. He testified of God’s provision in Jesus Christ to fulfill that need. He shared this message with as many people as he could, and to me, that is dying with dignity.