Halo Reach: Many New Changes, Excelled Gameplay

By Michael Lugo | Contributing Writer|

Halo Reach was finally released on Sept. 14. Halo Reach takes place before Halo, and explains the fall of Planet Reach. In any Halo game, you play as the Master Chief; however, in Halo Reach you play as the Noble Six. Noble Six is a rookie and no one knows much about him. His ranks however, are good enough for a noble squad.

Halo Reach has changed the game a lot, from the new and gorgeous visuals to the new and improved game play, Reach brings a lot of new features that some Halo fans may not be used to, such as the new classes. Reach gives you new several classes to choose from.

Armor lock is a class that allows you to lock up your armor, and be invincible for a short minute. Hologram allows you to create a Hologram of your character. In addition to these two classes, there are four more — left for you to discover on your own.

Halo Reach now possesses new and improved multiplayer. Multiplayer is now faster. Most likely every Halo player enjoys assassinations in the game, so why not be able to perform them? Now you can. When behind another player in Reach, simply press and hold the “B” button on your controller.

A ceremony of remembrance

Story By Kristian Bush | The air was filled with remembrance at 8 a.m. on Sept.13, in memory of those who lost their lives on Sept.11, 2001.

“It was a chance to remember all the civilians we lost, and realize how much hate is in the world,” JROTC Cadet Evan Wester said.

The choir sang the national anthem at the ceremony, and Lt. Colonel Amador Cano presented a speech. The whole ceremony was planned and brought together by the JROTC cadets, and was officiated by Cadet captain Jack Scogrin. In addition, the JROTC color guard presented the flags at the ceremony.

“The Cadets put on a fantastic show, and opening of JROTC program for freshmen cadets,” MSG Xavier Sandoval said.

Organizations Come Together for Stu.Co BBQ

Story By Christina Dimyan |

Ready, Set, Cook! Student Council hosted its second annual Maverick BBQ cookoff on Saturday, Sept. 11. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the front parking lot was filled with food and music. Everyone was asked to wear red, white, and blue in honor of Patriot Day. The theme for the day was “Mavs Remember.”

“It went really well; we had more of a turnout than last year,” student council sponsor Julie Masters said.

Local firemen were there to judge the cook off. There were a total of four teams competing, from parents and students to army recruits. Each team won in different categories. Many organizations had set up booths there as well. They sold food, snacks, and drinks to help raise money for their organizations.

“Despite the heat, it was a great success,” Masters said.

Summer Reading A Bore

By: Samantha Sanburn Summer reading is an outdated method of teachers trying to force students to keep their minds sharp over the 2 months of summer break. When teachers assign summer reading, the goal is…

JV Football Adds Another Win

Photo By Sekayi Lyles | Story By Kristian Bush |

The JV football team stepped onto the field with confidence as they prepared to face the New Braunfels Unicorns Thursday.

“I just put my all in it,and we came out victorious,” Jeremy Santos, outside line backer, said.

Madison and New Braunfels were tied at halftime but in the end, Madison brought home a win. The final score was 28 to 7. The next JV game will be against Judson at 5 p.m. on Judson’s gray campus.

Mavs learn from early defeat

Photo by Brittany Pichler | Story by Richard Hernandez Coming off a 28-23 victory over the Steele Knights broadcasted on ESPN, Madison faced Kerrville Tivy on Sept. 3 at Comalander Stadium. The outcome of the game was a 39-34 loss for Madison.
“We are really disappointed that we lost. The good thing is we improved offensively, but we just couldn’t finish,” coach Jim Streety said. “Anytime we lose a game [we] learn something.”
The loss was the first of the season for the team, which hopes to bounce back from the defeat.
“We know that we have to be more consistent and win at the end of the game,” Streety said.
The next game is against New Braunfels Friday Sept. 10 . Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Unicorn Stadium.

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