Kicking It with Girls Soccer

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The girls varsity soccer team will take on the Reagan Rattlers on Feb. 24. The team is hoping that all their hard-work and pain is paying off so far.

“It makes me really happy that the team is like a big group of best friends,” junior Isabella Von Toussaint said. “I enjoy playing with all of the girls.”

The team this year has a lot of new players that are still figuring out their way around the field.

“We still have a shot at play-offs which is great,” Von Toussaint said. “I think we will get there.”

Von Toussaint said the team has only won three games this season out of twenty.

“The clashing personalities of the girls makes it hard at times,” Von Toussaint said. “But we power through even if we don’t win we know we put in our all.”

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No Pass, No Play!

Students involved in sports, dance, band, UIL and other extra curricular activities are anxious to receive their nine weeks report card. When viewing their grades students hope to have a sigh of relief instead a feeling of dread. The nine weeks grades regulates their achievement throughout a time period giving them play time. A grade above 70 determines eligibility for those involved in extra curriculum.

Their grades take on a big role in what they aspire to do. Eligibility has become a helpful way to push students to succeed.

A Plus Student Report Card Grade Class Rating Review Evaluation

A Plus Student Report Card Grade Class Rating Review Evaluation

The No Pass or Play rule, has become motivation for those students who stand roughly at the edge of failing. Education should come first, and extra curricular should be a reward. Once students have taken care of their responsibilities, referring to grades, then they could easily focus on what they desire to achieve in. Students need to keep their grades up and over a 70 to maintain their full attendance through what they are involved in.

In a nine weeks grading cycle, teachers give an ample amount of time for students to get their grades up. Many opportunities are handed out continuously, for students to boost their grade allowing athletes and academic competitors to keep their eligibility. The advantage keeping their grades high and being involved in extra curricular gives students pride and honer towards what they purse throughout high school.

On the other hand, many may chose to believe the nine weeks grading cycle should not determine eligibility. It could easily interfere with the students play time especially for those being watched by recruiters.

The education of a student should remain a priority to achieve their own desired accomplishments. Report cards are helpful to those involved in extra curricular activities. Students who make the grade, can pass and play.

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Girls Varsity Basketball Season Begins

Girls basketball district competitions don’t start until Dec. 16, however the varsity girls are fired up and ready to put forth a great effort at the preseason games.

“We’re going to bring a lot of energy every game,” senior Gina Monoco said. “I’m just ready to put it all out on the court.”

Photo from: towsonrec.com

Photo from: towsonrec.com

Teamwork is crucial on and off the court.

It’s a collective thing, you can’t rely on one person,” sophomore Sydney Blakey said. “Everyone has your back and will always be there for you.”

The goal for this season is to do the best and go as far as playoffs.

“We just want to win,”  Monoco said. “We want to put MacArthur’s name back in the spotlight for girls basketball.”

The girls are expecting to do great things this year and bring back the fire for girls basketball.

“We’re gonna have a great year this year,” Blakey said. “I expect the team to grow together and be an unstoppable force.”

 

 

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Farewell Mac

I suppose that I’m a rarity, a person who knew exactly what he wanted to do in life since elementary school. I’m pursuing sports journalism and will be attending University of North Texas in August.

Some people focus on politics, some delve into studies of chemistry or biology, while I spend most of my free time doing activities pertaining to a much less important subject, sports. I’m overly passionate about sports, and this passion carried over into my coverage, and fandom, of every team at Mac. Yep, I was a fan, I shed a few tears after basketball’s final game, after football’s loss to Lee, after girls soccer state semifinal loss. I treated every team with equal intensity, I tweeted updates for anyone who cared, and I tried to hold off anxiety as I watched my friends play the sports that they loved.

This piece is to thank all of the athletes, coaches, and faculty that have helped me accomplish my goal while a student and reporter at Mac. Thank you to the 20+ players and coaches that I’ve been able to interview, your disclosure and ability to speak and interact after both wins and losses has allowed me to get an even better grasp of the emotions that sports provoke. I have a profound respect for everyone that I have covered.

I’ve received plenty of feedback over these two years in response my 76 articles, and all of it is absorbed and helps me to become better at what I enjoy doing. In a way it’s equivalent to a coach offering a different point of view. Thank you to anyone who’s read even one sentence then said “this it terrible” before closing the story. When I started, I expected 10 to 20 people to read my stuff, including my mom and dad. Now I tweet a story, and occasionally get up to 200 link clicks, along with the infrequent inquiry from a coach or teacher on my writing. Thank you all for giving me a real readership and an added motivation that I desperately needed. In addition, thank you to the newspaper staff and the teacher, Mrs. Cardoza, for helping me and teaching me everything that I need to know to try and make it in this industry.

Sports have played an integral part in my high school years and I’m forever grateful to everyone involved.

Thank you.

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End of the Season for Mac Bowling

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Bowling balls glowing under black light. Photo credit: Kuba Bożanowski via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

Ending their season with seven to one, Mac’s bowling team played their final game of the regular season on Friday, Feb. 19.

“It felt pretty good because this year was really our best,” junior Adrian Berumen said. “Although we lost the last game and we didn’t go undefeated, but it was still nonetheless the best season overall.”

Now that the season is over, the regional tournament is coming up, and in March the team will see if they will advance to state.

“I anticipate us winning regionals this is the year,” Beruman said. “[Compared to the past few years,] we’re more well-rounded and even team. We’ll win it.”

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From a Ref’s View: What it Takes to Call the Shots

  The crowd cheers while two individuals step onto the center of the court. The two people look all around in awe and feel a rush of adrenaline. They each can not believe they’re here but soon realize something: if they make one mistake it could affect the whole outcome of this event.

Rhonda Barner watching out unsportsmanlike conduct. Photo By: Abbie Ramirez

Rhonda Barner watching for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Photo By: Abbie Ramirez

From an outside perspective, many people assume referees only need to be able to run and know about a specific sport but there is more than what meets the eye.

“The qualities that I feel are essential to being a good official are honesty, maintaining physical fitness, effective communication, confidence, decisiveness, and good judgement,” basketball referee, Rhonda Barner, said.

Not only do referees come to sporting events to call unsportsmanlike conduct, but also to see the players flourish.  

“I enjoy seeing athletes grow in their skill of playing the game from one year to the next,” Ms. Barner said. “I also enjoy seeing the teams display team work and seeing the players’ growing passion for the game.”

Multiple people believe referees tend to favor a certain team when reffing a game.

“I don’t think officials are bias during the games,” Ms. Barner said. “Officials are to have integrity, despite who is playing. We are trained to officiate the game, call what we see, and be fair.” 

Throughout sports, athletes are likely to receive injuries. They can range from minor to major and refs are always encountering them.

“My worst encounter during a game was seeing a child hustle to get the ball and then ran into the wall,” Ms. Barner said. “The athlete suffered a concussion and had a huge bump on his head. That shook me up a lot.”

There are many factors that contribute to why a referee chooses a certain call to make.

“I think as a parent, student or spectator they should try to understand that the calls look different from sitting in the stands versus standing on the floor,” Ms. Barner said.  “Most spectators usually only watch the action of the player with ball. With that being said try not heckle us to much.”

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Tee day off

Senior Shannon Douglas, about to hit the ball. Photo by Stephanie Martinez

Senior Shannon Douglas, about to hit the ball. Photo by Stephanie Martinez

In an attempt to prepare themselves for districts, the Lady Golfers are excused from school Feb. 19 – 20, to compete in a tournament in Del Rio. Tee off will begin at 8:40 a.m., then the team will spend around five hours playing 18 holes on their designated tournament days.

“Speaking for myself, I have been playing tournaments since I was six, so I am normally not nervous,” varsity girls golfer Shannon Douglas said. “[I] have a little confidence walking to the first tee box.”

Each girl will compete individually, then at the end of the day, the individual scores will be totaled and pitted against the other teams scores.

“I feel our team will do really well and [I] am very excited,” Douglas said. “[I] think it is going to be a fun tournament.”

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Varsity boys basketball vs. Roosevelt gallery

The Varsity boys basketball team faced the Roosevelt Rough Riders Wednesday evening. Ending the night with a loss, 56-54

Photos by: Megan Howell

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Winter Olympics: Which Sport Would You Compete In?

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The Winter Olympics is an event that takes the world by storm every 4 years. This year, they are taking place in Sochi, Russia until February 23, 2014. With an array of diverse sporting events to choose from, which one would you compete in?

100 students participated in a survey and let us know their choice.

Figure Skating: 38%

Ice Hockey: 23%

Curling: 10%

Skiing: 15%

Snowboarding: 14%

To watch a video with students telling the sport they would compete in, click HERE  .

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Elexus De La Cruz: Cross Country Athlete

Photo by Ashley Duke

Two year veteran of the cross country team, Elexus De La Cruz, 11, has put most of her time and effort into her sport. Starting off the new year, she has a lot of goals set in sight and is doing everything she can to reach them.

“I recently just broke my personal record of 22 minutes and 45 seconds [on the three mile],” De La Cruz said. “I am trying to place in the top 25 [in the district] by the end of the year.”

With such high expectations and the means to achieve them, it takes a lot of inspiration to have such dedication to a sport like cross country.

“My dad was a runner, so I wanted to try it,” De La Cruz said. “I showed up the first day and they already had me start on the 4 mile and I was like [wow], but I [really] love it.”

The sport itself is unique. Not many people can give what it takes to run cross country.

“It’s hard and it’s tiring,” De La Cruz said. “But we always make the best of it. “

The practice and time these athletes put in both at school and home is admirable.

“We have our speed days, and our mileage days,” De La Cruz said. “Then we have our down days.”

When she is at her wits end, there is one thing in general that always motivates her.

“Water,” De La Cruz said. “It’s always water.”

This isn’t just a sport  to occupy her time in high school. However, this is something she plans on doing even after she leaves MacArthur.

“I would love to go anywhere on a cross country scholarship,” De La Cruz said.

De La Cruz shows her dedication and commitment to her team at every practice and meet. She is looking forward to proving herself once again and exceeding her limits.

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