The Rogers Pirates captains, from left, Dalton Waggy, Cody Risinger, Jacob Meusy, Dom Sanders and James Welty, lead the team onto the field in a game against University High, Oct. 4 at Joe Albi Stadium.
Rogers special teams coach Dave Casteal, wearing a Superman tie, demonstrates to the team how Muhammad Ali took all the body shots from George Foreman during a championship boxing fight in 1974. Ali roared back to knock out Foreman in the eighth round. Casteal said the Pirates can do the same against Lewis and Clark on Oct. 11 at Joe Albi Stadium.
Rogers coach Matt Miethe urges his team to give everything they got in the second half against Lewis and Clark on Oct 11. Miethe wanted to write “The Win” on the game ball, then place it in the school’s trophy case, but the Pirates lost the game.
Rogers players and coaches gather on the field as running back James Welty is attended to by medical personnel at Joe Albi Stadium. Welty absorbed a punishing hit by the Lewis and Clark defense and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. As Welty was carted off on a stretcher, teammates shouted, “We love you, Welty!” He recovered and was able to play in the next game.
Rogers High School special teams coach and Cooper Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Dave Casteal and his “learners” participate in catching footballs kicked by Mads Tranberg on Oct. 16 on the Cooper playground. Casteal invited the Danish exchange student to visit the sixth-graders and teach them about Denmark.
Rogers running back James Welty has his hair cut by his mother, Billie, late in the evening Oct. 24, 2013, after a day of early morning ROTC drill team practice, school and then football practice. He needs a cut every three weeks to meet ROTC regulations. On the table rests his player-of-the-week crocheted hat and his ROTC shoes and uniform.
James Welty visits with World War II veteran Howard Hickman during Rogers’ Veterans Day program Nov. 6. Hickman, a former naval petty officer, was honored for his service at the ceremony and presented an American flag that had flown over the nation’s capital. Welty was assigned to host Hickman during his visit.
Rogers seniors, from left, Jacob Meusy, Nick Challinor, Elijah Rodriguez, Dalton Waggy, Jean Trotchie, Charles Smith and Eric Scollard hold rose stems as they prepare to be introduced on Senior Night before the Mt. Spokane game Oct. 31 at Joe Albi Stadium.
Rogers senior place kicker Mads Tranberg tries to offer head coach Matt Miethe his rose upon being introduced on Senior Night. Tranberg is an exchange student from Denmark and did not have a family member to greet him on the field.
Julio and Patty Ramirez greet Rogers player Elijah Rodriguez to the field on Senior Night, Oct. 31 at Joe Albi Stadium. Elijah, once homeless, lived with the Ramirez family for a few weeks in his sophomore year.
Vonn Schmoock, younger brother of Rogers senior football player Hank Schmoock, visits the “Joe Fan” statue during the Pirates’ game with Mt. Spokane on Halloween night at Joe Albi Stadium. Vonn is wearing a Halloween mask and his brother’s jersey.
With a few tears and camaraderie, Rogers seniors line up as parents take a group picture after the final Greater Spokane League regular season game against Mt. Spokane on Oct. 31 at Joe Albi Stadium. The players, from left, include: Jacob Meusy, Cody Risinger, Cody Dodson, Brandon Rose, Jordan Holzer, Elijah Rodriguez, Jean Trotchie, Dalton Waggy, Dom Sanders, JJ Barnett, Nick Challinor, Julio Ramirez and Tristen Carl. The Pirates finished at 0-9 and had to wait to see if they would play cross-over game the following week.
Rogers senior LB Brandon Rose, left, is consoled by Elijah Rodriguez before leaving the field on Senior Night. The Pirates lost the game 41-13 and were winless for the regular season. Rodriguez, also a senior, did not play in the game because he missed a practice earlier in the week looking for his lost dog. “You played your heart out,” Rodriguez told a weeping Rose.
Rogers football player Hank Schmoock is greeted by Bob Phillips, left, as Schmoock and other football players arrive for Sunday service at the Colbert Chapel. Head football coach Matt Miethe invited his players to join him in prayer and singing during the gathering Oct. 27.
Rogers football head football coach Matt Miethe hosts a gathering in his home Oct. 27 after Sunday services. From left, Carter Miethe, Khalil Winfrey, Matt Miethe, Charles Smith and assistant coach Nick Frost gather in the kitchen for pizza and snacks while watching NFL football.
Rogers player Elijah Rodriguez plays with Sammy and Bobi in the backyard of his teammate J.J. Barnett Nov. 10. The dogs escaped from the fenced yard the last week in October. Elijah decided to miss a practice to look for the dogs. Rules state that if a player misses a practice, he can’t play in the game. Rodriguez was to able suit up but not play on Senior Night against Mt. Spokane.
Rogers player Elijah Rodriguez, right, and his dog, Bobi, live with teammate J.J. Barnett, left, and Barnett’s mother, Jen Reed, in their north Spokane home. Rodriguez was once homeless and has been with the family for the past eight months. The boys plan to join the U.S. Marines after high school graduation.
Rogers players, from left, Cody Risinger, Jessie Hegar, Tristen Carl, James Welty, Jordan Holzer and Dom Sanders vie for a rebound as the team shoots baskets while waiting in the gym for a team picture.
Rogers seniors Brandon Rose and Jacob Meusy walk arm-in-arm off the Joe Albi Stadium turf after the final high school football game of their careers. The Pirates lost to North Central 20-7 in a non-league game.
Rogers coach Matt Miethe addresses his team in the school’s locker room after a season-end loss to North Central. Miethe told the players even though it was tough to lose all 10 games this year, it not as hard as facing the realities of life. The loss of a parent, a child or other hardships is more painful than losing a football game, Miethe said to the players.
Rogers senior Brandon Rose prolongs turning in his jersey for the final time after Rogers fell to North Central 20-7 in the final game of the season. Rose stood over the pile of uniforms several moments before surrendering his No. 4.