Is it time for the Olys to pass the torch?

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Anvil trophy won by the Raiders for the 6th straight year. Photo by: Zeb Carabello
Anvil trophy won by the Raiders for the 6th straight year.
Photo by: Raider Review

By: Sebastian Wiegand, Sports Columnist

Is the Rangeview vs. Gateway rivalry coming to an end? Will Gateway ever put up a fight against the mighty Raiders from Rangeview again?

In the last 5 years, Rangeview is 43-4-1 in head to head match ups against Gateway for all sports.  The only sports that didn’t come out victorious against the Olympians were boys lacrosse, which has lost three times, and boys soccer, which has lost only one time.

The lone tie against Gateway came from the 2012 soccer match up in which both teams failed to score.

Not surprisingly, the 2014-2015 Rangeview athletic teams started off the annual series with a pair of blowouts, beginning with a 44-0 win in football and a 3-0 sweep in volleyball.

“Rangeview just has more athletes interested in playing and is just a better program overall,” said Junior Edgar Castaneda.

Yet the question still remains: should Rangeview get a new rival? Are the Raiders deserving of some actual competition in the future?

 

Senior Jalen Davis from last year's RHS vs Gateway rivalry game. (Aurora Sentinel)
Senior Jalen Davis from last year’s RHS vs Gateway rivalry game. (Aurora Sentinel)

“I don’t think so,” said Sophomore Elijah Blake, who plays against Gateway in both football and basketball. “It’s still two teams with a lot of history, so it’s going to be a good game. Their program might be in decline, but they still will bring their A-game just because it is Rangeview.”

Senior Samuel Whiteside said that Gateway has athletes in the building, but they just can’t seem to put it together on the field or court.

”I think that Gateway is full of good athletes,” he said, going on to note Rangeview’s recent dominance in the rivalry.

One great match up should be the girls basketball game tonight, with Gateway leading Rangeview in the EMAC standings and both teams fighting for a playoff spot.

Regardless, Gateway will remain the rival for the final basketball game of the regular season tonight.  Tip-off of the girls game is at 5:30. The boys game follows.