Girls Soccer Starts Preparing for New Season

The girl’s soccer team has been working hard to get ready for their new season. Like several other extra extracurricular activities, they have had to make adjustments in order to fit the new schedule.

In preparation for the upcoming season, they have been hitting the weight room hard doing a lot of running and intense strength conditioning. They’re working on new strategies with 11 vs 11  scrimmages and many practices.

“I’m really looking forward to just watching them progress and get better and hopefully make it further in playoffs,” Coach Aguilar said.

The schedule change has had a huge effect on when the practices are held, which is causing the team to adapt in new ways. They are  now being held in eighth period and after school which makes the players feel rushed to get changed on time. Players are also having to deal with the e heat that comes with the afternoon compared to when they practiced in the cool early morning last year. In addition, there is no period for study hall.

“Even though we have a lot of returning players, I feel they are much more experienced and have improved from last year,” Coach Aguilar said.

In the past when it came to choosing a captain the combined vote of all the girls and the coach determined the winner. But with a new head Coach things will be a little different. Since there aren’t very many seniors this year Aguilar might have both a junior and senior representative as captain.

“When choosing a captain we look for leadership potential. It’s not based on skill,” Coach Aguilar said.

The season starts in January, but tryouts were held at the beginning of the year. If there are people who are interested in being a part of the team, additional tryouts will be open to anyone November 29-30 after school.

Tennis Team Season 2010

The Tennis team has started their season, with their new senior captains.

Boys Captains:

Sujith Kochat and Jordan Mayer

Girls Captains:

Mame Daviss and Isabel Hill

The whole team is looking forward to this season and are currently up in the district matches with a 4-1 record.

Recent District Matches

Lee             10-0      WIN

Johnson   10-0      WIN

Reagan     9-10      LOSS

MacArthur  10-1   WIN

Roosevelt 10-0     WIN

Non-District Matches

Georgetown       10-1   WIN

Westlake            7-10    LOSS

O’Connor            10-0    WIN

Clark                    10-2     WIN

New Braunfels  4-10     LOSS

Mraz Comes CLOSE to Texas

September 25, 2010 hundreds of people waited in front of the doors of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas to watch and sing along as Jason Mraz preformed some of their favorite songs such as “Beautiful mess” and “I’m Yours”. The tour was short and exclusive to mostly the east coast.

 

After Luc and the Lovingtons opened the show with pumped up songs such as ” Send the love” and “The Freedom Song“, the crowds adrenaline level skyrocketed as the person that they had all been waiting for walked into the lights. Row after row of people jumped to their feet screaming their guts out for Jason Mraz. Some people were especially excited, having driven thirteen hours to see him .

 

Being a friendly person, Jason talked and shared with the audience.

As he started singing, the whole crowd just came alive while they sang along and swayed back and forth. It seemed as though the audience knew every single song he played as they mouthed each syllable perfectly on time with the beat.

 

His songs “Dynamo of Volition” and “Coyotes” , among others, had everyone forgetting about their lives and fully captivated them with his poetic and moving lyrics.

 

By the end of the night, the audience had another amazing memory that most of them will remember forever, especially those who drove thirteen hours and encountered many obstacles on the way.

One Long Win

Picture by: Marla Byrd

Photo by: Marla Byrd

Every eye on the anticipated point. On his court, he’s on top, he’s winning, but Mark Frost manages to keep up. One mistake could take a dangerous toll, and he knows this. They all do.

“I was dominating,” Leighton said. “Then I kind of had a brain lapse and lost three games straight. That’s when I got nervous.”

Districts was  the start of a long road towards a larger win. Senior Bryan Leighton knew this, and although the top two teams from each District advanced to Regionals they couldn’t afford a loss to Reagan. Bryan continued the fight against a team they held a long rivalry with.  It was his girlfriend’s team and soon he would be taking to the court against a friend.

This didn’t stop him.

Leighton’s second match was boy’s singles.  His opponent. One court. That’s all there was around him. And the many people watching. This was what Leighton had prepared for.

Still, he was nervous.

“My dad had coached me through all other sports,” Leighton said. “But tennis I took it up on my own.”

The match continued, with Leighton as his own team. The tennis team was behind him, but they weren’t  out on that green asphalted court.

He had to stay focused. Then, he double faults two or three times.

“I tried to stay calm,” Leighton said, but Districts was not easy. The nerves piled up, worn out after playing several matches the last one was a fight. The fight, black and red, against  green and white. Each color represented in the audience.

Junior, Mark Frost, wearing his white dry fit shirt and his dark Reagan green was keeping up.

After five hours of practice every day Leighton couldn’t afford to lose. And after five years of playing he wasn’t about to let himself down.

“I kind of took it like recreation at first,” Leighton said. “I just wanted to get better.”

Leighton started his tennis career when he was twelve at the local Jewish Community Center. He was playing every summer in search of a hobby that was solely his. Before that, Leighton’s dad coached him in every sport he played. He taught his child every athletic move he knew, and now Leighton was striving towards a win in his own independent field. After  team morning practice Leighton went to afternoon lessons almost every week day. Today he headed to the match that would set a lot straight.

“You realized how much you play and its not worth it if you loose,” Leighton kept fighting.

One match later and he was the tenth point. Churchill had won.The team rushed onto his court. The place where he was alone against his opponent, was soon filled by the excitement of a win. A win against the hardest team to defeat in the District.

“Playing friends was usually harder,” Leighton said “But I was there to win.”