Baseball Takes on Clemens Tonight

The varsity baseball team goes up against their second round of playoff’s rival on their home field

In the wake of their win against Vandergrift in the first round of playoffs last week, they will go up against Clemens High School tonight in the second round of playoffs.

The boys know exactly where they need to improve in order to take home a win tonight.

“The hardest part was trying to score runs,” senior Matthew Moran said. “We had plenty of runners in scoring positions but just couldn’t get that one hit to score them until the final inning.”

The game will start at 7 p.m. tonight. Ticket prices are $5 for non-teacher adults and $3 for students.

“We need to pack the stadium and cheer our team on to victory,” Principal Justin Oxley said in an email. “Come be apart of this playoff run with our Charger baseball team.”

Although our boys took home the win, they still have some things to work out if they want to keep this winning streak going.

“I think we need to improve our hitting,” moran said. “We also have to keep up our temp throughout the game.”

If vastity takes home another win tonight, they will advance to the third round of playoffs tomorrow, Friday, May 12 at Blossom Athletic Center.

“We want to win the game the right way, too,” Head Baseball Coach Larry Hill said. “Making sure that we are focused and driven. They can take what they learn in baseball and apply it to being better people, too.” By Hannah Clark

Varsity Baseball Send Off

Baseball team heads to Austin for playoffs

Administration has given permission to all students (not testing or taking an AP test) and faculty to attend varsity baseball’s send off today, May 5 at 1:30 p.m. behind the athletic building because they made playoffs this year.

“We went 11-1 in district champs,” Baseball Coach Larry Hill said. “So we are the one seat playing the four seat.”

The boys will compete against Vandergrift tonight at 7p.m.  at Vandegrift High School in Austin.

“We’ve worked hard at what we are doing,” Hill said. “We’ve practiced what we believe in and obviously it takes good players to win in district championship also.”

Winning District wasn’t as easy as the varsity team made it look.

“I think us being so close with each other really helped as well as the long practice hours before the season,” sophomore Hudson Head said.

It is tradition for the team to dye their hair bleached blonde if they make it to playoffs.

“It looks bad … it looks bad,” Hill said. “But good thing we wear hats.” By Hannah Clark

 

Teachers Are Being Featured

Students and campuses show appreciation for their educators this week

Teacher appreciation week starts today Monday, May 1 and ends Friday, May 5.

“A cascarone egg that says ‘you’ve done an eggcelent job’ will be given to teachers,” Principal Secretary Terry Moran said.

Tomorrow, to celebrate our teachers, Parliament will place letters in teacher boxes to remind them they are appreciated. There will also be a complimentary snack bar in the Sky Lounge as well as free breakfast and lunch for teachers.

“They work very very hard, and I’m just glad we are able to recognize them, “Principal Justin Oxley said. “It’s just something that’s well deserved.”

With a show of ID, teachers can receive many discounts this week. Tomorrow, May 2, Chipotle will be offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal. All week, Banana Republic is offering 15 percent off in-store purchases for teachers as well as students. Next Tuesday, May 9, teachers can receive a half-price haircut from Mane Attraction Salon.

“I’m appreciated every day when I see your smiling faces,” World Geography teacher Zane Reinhard said. “I’m happy doing my job. When people appreciate us, it makes us feel better.” By Terry Traylor and Trinity Shuler

Shooting Stars

Special Olympic basketball team takes on faculty

The annual ALE vs. Faculty Basketball game will take place on Wednesday, April 26. It starts at 4:30 and tickets will be sold at the door.

“Everyone is welcome to the game,” junior and SMILE club president Mason Harty said. “The more people, the more motivation is given to the students to do their best.”

The basketball game is an event that is held each year by the school’s very own SMILE club.

“The past few years . . . the game has not only been so much fun but also made a positive impact on me,” Harty said. “[It was cool] seeing everyone from teachers, principal, students, and our great spirit groups cheering these awesome students and making the idea of inclusion come true.”

Volunteers to play and help get ready are still welcome. Faculty who wish to participate should contact Special Olympics Coach Elizabeth Waugh at ewaugh@neisd.net with their shirt size. By Alejandro Echevarria

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