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Bengal Sports Update: April 13th, 2018
By Zach Wargo '20
Lady Bengal Softball:
Bengal softball continues to have momentum within the district, as they defeated their cross-town rival Miyamura this past Friday, 12-7 and tied with the patriots 13-13 due to darkness, Bengals continue to have three losses over the season along with one tie. The lady bengals look to improve to 15-3-1 with a double header against bloomfield. Bengal Softball is ranked 11th in the state, as they are the second best team in 5A this season.
Bengal Baseball is more competitive this season, as they only have four wins this season, but continue to stay in games this season. They already have more runs scored, and more games won this year, as they are a senior heavy group. Bengal Baseball plays with heart and with a positive attitude every game, and like to have fun and play good old fashioned baseball. Bengal Baseball travels to Bloomfield to take on the bobcats, while they try to get their first win in district play this season.
This year with losing some strong athletes, bengal track is competitive. The Bengals have gone to Round Valley, Arizona and took 7th place out of 21 teams this season, which was a massive improvement from last season. They’ve already gotten two athletes qualified for state, while they look to add to that total. On March 24th, senior Jessica Ramirez qualified for state, as on April 7th, senior Gloria Jones qualified for state also. The Bengals look to compete again this weekend at Miyamura invite and looking to qualify more runners for state.
Villanova Glides to the Title; Defeats Michigan 79-62 in Title Game
By Zach Wargo '20
Monday night represented us as a game that many thought would not even be a game at all. Most or all people are not surprised with this outcome that was the National Title game. Villanova has made its case all season that it is one of the best teams in the country, with dominating the tournament and coasting its way through its region. One surprise though was Michigan, as they were the BIG Ten champs, and hadn’t lost a game since early February. The Title game was sure to be another big upset for the underdog, or the powerhouse team taking home another title to its program for the second time in three years.
Villanova had won every game by 10+ points in the NCAA Tournament, which is rare, and only three other schools had done that and won the title, as history was on the line Monday night. VIllanova was also looking to become the third team in NCAA history to win two titles in three season, along with another championship to the city of Philadelphia, the second title since the Eagles had won the Super Bowl on February 4th. While the underdog, Michigan, coming out of the west region of the bracket, and for the first time in NCAA Tournament history they have never played a top-5 seed or higher entering Monday. The road for Michigan was much different than Villanova, as they needed a heroic shot with 1.1 seconds left to get them to the Sweet 16. Jordan Poole, a freshmen that lifted the Wolverines over Houston to continue their deep run in the tournament. Michigan was the hottest team in the country, along with stopping Sister Jean’s and Loyola’s run to the Championship.
The title game Monday night was a intense game, it was back and forth, and Michigan had eliminated the deep three from Villanova, forcing them to drive in the lane and to score from the free throw line, or to make a tough, contested lay up. With 10 minutes left in the first half, all the tables turned, with the sixth man of the year coming on for Villanova, and leading the charge for the Wildcats. Villanova was down 21-14, as they soon knocked down a quick three, which had sparked both sides of the ball. Villanova would later go on a 23-7 run to end the first half. Donte Divincenzo, a redshirt sophomore experienced the buzzer-beater from two years ago, stated after the game that after the 2016 title game, he was determined along with his teammates to get back to the spotlight and win a title for himself, the team, coach Jay Wright, and for the program. DiVincezo would later be named the Final Four’s most outstanding player after scoring 31 points off the bench.
The second half was not much different, Villanova was in control for the entire game as they continued to extend their 37-28 lead. Michigan only cut into the lead with six minutes left as it was a 12 point game. Suddenly in a span of 40 seconds DiVincezo would score six straight points, and secure the third title for Villanova. This was not a title game that would be remembered, or go down in history, as for Villanova it will, being in rare company with the elite programs, and showing that they can be one of the blue bloods just like North Carolina, Duke, Kansas. Kentucky, and Michigan State. Villanova would later win 77-63 behind DiCincezo’s 31 points. Along to end the tournament with the tradition of One Shining Moment.
Photo Credit: Sports Illustrate, Fox Sports, ESPN, and NCAA.com
Video Credit: Youtube.com
Womens National Championship: Notre Dame Stuns Mississippi State
By Zach Wargo '20
Over the weekend, two final four games took place Friday night in Columbus, Ohio. The four teams that were left were all one seeds, only the forth time in NCAA history that has happened in the women's bracket. The four, number one seeds consisted of it being the powerhouse UConn. UConn was looking for another national championship but it’s dreams were dropped dead as Arike Ogunbowale let those dreams vanish after a game-winning shot in overtime in the Final Four to send Notre Dame to the title game. Mississippi State on the other hand, does know how it feels to break hearts, as they did last year with a buzzer beater against UConn, breaking a 112 game winning streak and sending them to the title game. Last Friday night, Mississippi St would later defeat Louisville in overtime to send them to the title game for the second straight year.
The Final Four was in fact shaping up to be on the of best in history with the title game shaped up to be close, intense, and one for the ages. Notre Dame’s road was not easy, as they had to face UConn in the semi-final game, and upsetting the country with a historic game with an amazing finish Friday night. The Fighting Irish were down as much as 13 points in the title game, and only scoring a season low three points in the 2nd quarter. The Irish kept their head up and fought back, to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Arike Ogunbowale led the Irish to this point during the entire tournament. Mississippi St had also missed a key layup with 10 seconds left in the ball game, which would have given them the lead.
Arike Ogunbowale did her thing again, breaking the hearts of Mississippi state fans, players, and coaches. Ogunbowale had nailed a shot with 0.01 left on the clock, a game winning, consisted three. The shot was very similar as it was in the same spot on Friday night, just on opposite ends of the floor. She later would be named the Final Four most outstanding player, and receiving praise from Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and many more athletes after the ball game.
Notre Dame would win their first national championship, second in program history since 2001. While defeating Mississippi State 61-58. While Arike Ogunbowale shines on this weeks Sports Illustrated cover.
Donte DiVincenzo’s One Shining Moment
By Zach Wargo '20
Far before Monday’s national championship game, very little people knew who Donte DiVincenzo was, unless if you were a Villanova fan or a college basketball analysis. The Men’s final four took place Saturday, March 30, as Villanova along with three other teams were trying to win a national championship for their school, coach, and of course their fans.
Donte DiVincenzo was most recently a national champion, as he was named college basketball’s sixth man of the year for coming off the bench. DiVincenzo, a redshirt sophomore watched two years ago when Senior Forward Kris Jenkins knocked off North Carolina at the buzzer in 2016 to secure the second national title in its program history. Only two years later, DiVincezo was playing in the Final Four, coming off the bench as he has all season, is now a campus hero for Villanova. DiVincezo averages 30 minutes off the bench, and averages 13.4 points per game.
DiVincezo and Villanova Saturday night was taking on the Kansas Jayhawks, with the winner moving on the the Championship game to play 3 seeded Michigan. Divincezo came off the bench Saturday night scoring 15 points, shooting perfect from the line, and putting in key minutes in Villanova’s record night with 18 made three pointers, and an NCAA record in the final four, and in NCAA history for made threes by a single team. Villanova put on a show Saturday night after pummeling the Jayhawks 95-79.
Monday night would soon crown a National Champion, Michigan vs Villanova. Michigan had not lost since early February, as they were conference champions and were looking for their first national title since 1989. Michigan has also recently defeated the Cinderella team of the tournament, as they came back from 10 points to defeat the Ramblers 69-57 Saturday night. Monday night did indeed belong to Villanova, as they didn’t shoot the 3 ball as accurate, but they did run over Michigan like a bulldozer. Donte DiVincenzo, coming off a 15 point night over Kansas, had played the game of his life, coming off the bench when the score was 14-21 in favor of Michgan.
When DiVincenzo had came off the bench, Villanova was struggling to get any open shots, or to get to the free throw line. DiVincenzo had sparked Villanova’s offense with knocking down the first three 3’s for Nova, and driving the lane to get Michigan in foul trouble. Villanova’s star player of the entire year, Jalen Brunson had gotten early fouls and was forced to watch the game from the bench. DiVincenzo scored 18 of Villanova’s 37 points in the 1st half, and leading them back with a 23-7 run to end the 1st half.
The second half was no different for the hero, as he would score 13 more points during the game, leading the wildcats back to a quick 6-0 run when Michigan had cut it to twelve, and only to break the hearts of Michigan fans as he would secure Villanova’s 2nd title in three years. DiVincenzo would later be named the Final Four’s most outstanding player, and forever a hero to Villanova basketball. DiVincenzo would break the NCAA record for most points off the bench in a national championship game, and tieing Danny Manning for the second most points in the title game with 31 points.
Photo Credit: Yahoo Sports, Sports Illustrated, and The Associated Press
From The Editor: Nothing But Madness
By Zach Wargo '20
Over the past few years of watching this tournament, watching the first round games during class, and staying up late during the first and second rounds is one of my favorite things to do during the NCAA Tournament, due to unbelievable comebacks, major upsets, amazing dunks, and outright just being a sports lover and enjoying what will be remembered from this year's tournament.
There are several reasons the NCAA tournament overshadows all other sporting events in March. It is because of the unpredictability and upsets that colleges that we have never heard of create. Millions of people fill out brackets on ESPN, CBS sports, Yahoo, and on many other websites that allow people to fill out online brackets for free. Another big winner in March would be the city of Las Vegas, with millions of people betting on the games, and betting who will win the tournament, with people betting on the favorites, their favorite team, or placing a bet on a cinderella favorite. The main reason why people will be talking about this tournament for a few years will be the upsets, and the unexpected cinderella.
The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, an unknown team in the tournament to most of the country has suddenly become the new sweethearts to America, with 98 year old Sister Jean by the team's side every game, got to finally see the team make the first NCAA Tournament in 30 years. The Ramblers, also known as the Gryffindors were a popular pick to pull off the upset against Miami, but not to make this unrealistic run to the Final Four. The Ramblers had only won their first three games by an average margin of 1.3 points per game, as going into the elite eight, they later claimed there spot as a cinderella after pulling off upsets against No. 6 Miami, No.3 Tennessee, No. 7 Nevada. Loyola wasn’t even supposed to make it this far, the only people who believed in them would be their fans. Sister Jean, and themselves. Loyola is now a final four team now, as an No.11 seed, the fourth in NCAA History to make it to the big stage.
Virginia, the heavy favorite to win it all, going into the tournament with an ACC title, and the regular season title. They finished the season with 31 wins, and only 2 losses. It seemed it would’ve been a layup to get past No. 16 seed UMBC. Well think again, with 16 seeds being 0-135 in NCAA Tournament history, had changed on the night of March 16th, in Charlotte. UMBC, a 22 points underdog in vegas, had no reason to even be close with the overall number one seed, UMBC was the 63rd ranked team in the tournament, out of 64 teams. Virginia was known for one of the best teams defensively during the season, as no one put up more than 70 points on the Cavaliers. UMBC held Virginia to 22 points, while the game was tied at the half. What happened next would shock the entire country, as they didn’t care about their bracket no more, the sports fans and the entire country was watching history right before their eyes. UMBC went on to rout the overall No.1 seed 74-54, putting up 53 points in one entire half. CBS Sports commentator Jim Nantz said during the broadcast, “The NCAA Tournament has been turned upside down”. The is the type of upset that happens once in a lifetime, this upset will be remembered forever, as it is regarded as the greatest of all time, with the Miracle on Ice in 1980, or the 1982 Virginia losing to a D-II team, or Buster Douglas knocking out Mike tyson. UMBC captured our hearts for one night, shocked the world, and will be remembered forever as the greatest upset in NCAA tournament history, and as the ultimate upset.
The NCAA tournament has been a tradition for a number of years, and will continue to be with amazing buzzer beaters, major upsets, and of course, nothing but madness which is what we all love as sport fans, and every day people that love to fill out a bracket every year.
Bengal Girl Dance Team Places 3rd at State
By Lucia Kezele '18
While everyone in Gallup was enjoying their spring break, with their entire week off, a group of talented dancers took their own talents to Albuquerque once again to try to win another state title for Gallup High School. The dancers had worked hard all season, with multiple practices during the day, throughout the school year, showing off their talents during football games, and for most basketball games.
During the spring break, the dancers had been practicing all week on two routines, to see if they could be able to steal state from Roswell. The dancers have placed in state for the past six of the seven years since taking the state title in 2011. Since that 2011 state title the Bengal girls Dance Team had came close to winning state again, with 2nd place finishes, and 3rd place finishes by very narrow margins. This year the dancers took Albuquerque in the well known venue of The Pit, mostly famous for hosting the State basketball tournament, and Lobo games every year.
On March 23rd, and the 24th, the state dance competition was held, with schools competing across the state. On the first day of competition the Bengal Girls were in 2nd place, with a respectable score of 85.6, as they were only 8 points behind Roswell, who has taken state every year since 2012, was looking to repeat as champion once again, for the sixth straight year. The score that the Bengals were given still gave them hope for a state title or state runner up, as they were one point ahead of St. Pius, and only four tenths ahead of Los Lunas going into the 2nd day.
On the second day, the Bengal Dance girls would dance early in the morning, as they would be one of the first 5A teams to hit the dance floor, they knew that had to get a near perfect score to defeat Roswell. After the routine, they would wait all day to see which place they would come in, they did end up getting the third best score out of all the 5A teams on the second day, with scoring a 85.5 out of 100. The score would later bring them to a total of 171.1, as it would later be good enough for 3rd place at state, only to come one points short of being a state runner up. This would be the 4th time in 6 years that the Bengal Girls would take 3rd place at a state competition. The Bengal Girls have placed at state 6 of the past 7 years, either taking home a blue, red, or green trophy, as it has been nothing but success for the dancers and the program.
Picture & Video Credit: Lucia Kezele
Bengal Softball Off to A Strong Start to the Season
By Zach wargo '20
Since the season started a little more than a month ago, Bengal softball started off to a very good start. Softball started their season off on March 3rd against Belen with a 7-5 victory. The Bengal softball team later went on to play in a tournament in Phoenix, facing against plenty of good talent for the entire weekend. For the weekend in Phoenix, they had gone 3-1, with dominating wins over the course of the weekend. With that the Lady Bengals would be 4-1 going back to New Mexico to play in another tournament.
The Lady Bengals have plenty of talent, and only have one senior on the varsity team this season. They also have five 8th graders on the varsity team as they have plenty of youth, and lots of talent at the high school level. The Bengal softball team already has more wins as it did last year, and is ranked 4th in class 5A, and ranked 15th in the entire state. This year, the lady Bengals are looking for a deep run into state and to remain confident in themselves during the entire year.
The Bengals are 10-3, with their three losses, which were very close, as they came against a 6A team Cleveland, and a 5A team Valencia. What has been so dominant for this year’s team is that they have outscored opposing teams 109-38, and not allowing many runs during each game.
The Lady Bengals start district play on April 6th against cross-town rival Miyamura, while their next game is April 3rd in a doubleheader against Window Rock to try to move to 12-3 for the season.
March Madness Set to Start Thursday
By Zach Wargo 20'
It happens every year, with the college basketball season coming to a close the annual NCAA Tournament is now set. The number 1 seeds for the tournament were a lock coming into when the teams were selected. Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, and Xavier were all rewarded with tremendous seasons. The field of 68 was set in a span of half an hour, and there were questions for the seeding, as with Arizona getting a 4 seed, and Oklahoma, Arizona St, and Syracuse. The questions were is they did get it right, as they were the last 3 teams in the tournament with mediocre records. Every year the tournament never fails to repeat, with major upsets, buzzer beaters, and of course the tournament ending in one shining moment.
Two years ago the tournament showed us everything, with buzzer beaters, and one of the greatest title games of all time, with a game-winning buzzer beating national title for Villanova over North Carolina. Which last year the Tar Heels had gotten revenge on the field of 68 by defeating Gonzaga in the national title game, and winning their sixth title in it’s school history. March Madness has presented us with unforgettable moments, which is one reason why sports fans love it so much.
In this year’s tournament Duke, Villanova, Virginia, and North Carolina are the favorites to win this year’s title, as Arizona and Michigan St is are other people’s dark horses this year. With the countries top team, the Virginia Cavaliers have the best defense in the country, which is what makes them a heavy favorite. Although Virginia a favorite, Duke and Villanova is not far behind them, as they are looking to have a deep run in March and hoist the trophy in San Antonio.
March Madness is like christmas for most sports fans, with bracket pools, and the feat to have a perfect bracket, as people love March for this event every year. The Madness starts March 13th, with the first four, as 1st round play begins March 15th.
Serena Williams Epic Return To Tennis
By Reylena Tsosie 21’
Serena Williams is an American Tennis player. She is a 36 year old female. She was born on September 26, 1981. Her net worth in 2016 was $150 million. In 2002, she was ranked number one in the world for tennis. She is ranked 22. Just recently she came back from a year long absence from giving birth from a baby, and she just played her first tournament in over a year.
Venus Williams is Serena Williams older sister. She plays tennis as well. Venus is now number 8 in the world, with 4,277 points. In 2001, Serena and Venus were supposed to play against each other at Indian Wells in California. The audience was booing Venus because she was in the semi final. It has been 14 years since they last went there and now they’re ready to play the sport they love.
Williams VS Williams
Venus and Serena competed against one another at the Australian Open in 1998. Venus won the two sets 7-6 and 6-1. They played against each other for 28 matches. Serena won 17 and Venus 11. Together they have 30 grand slams. Serena won 23 and Venus 7.
Monday night Serena vs Venus
Serena Williams came back to play tennis when she lost against Venus, straight sets. 6-3 and 6-4.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian had a baby girl on September 1, 2017. Her name is Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
Serena William is married to Alexis Ohanian. He is 34, and the co founder of social news being rated and liked called Reddit. They first met May 2015, in Rome. Williams never heard of Reddit and he never seen Williams play tennis. On June 2015, during the French open; Williams had invited Ohanian to see her play and before she played they walked around Paris for six hours. He attended every match and soon got married on November 16, 2017.
Back To Tennis
Serena Williams first return back to tennis during the Indian Wells Masters. Even though she lost a match to her older sister she is back to play tennis.
Lady Bengals Slide by Patriots 61-52; Will play Bloomfield Thursday in Semis.
By Zach Wargo '20
In front of a massive crowd Tuesday night, the Pit would be packed, as expected full of Gallup fans from both rival schools. The three seeded Bengals who are coming off a dominating win against Capital, would look to ride deep into State with a win against its rival Miyamura, who were looking for another upset this month. Knowing the stakes, this would be the biggest game in Miyamura’s 10 year history, as they would be playing Gallup, and a chance to make it to the state semifinals for the first time in school history. Gallup on the other hand, would be looking for another trip to the semifinals, the fourth trip in seven years. Going into the game both teams split the season series, with Miyamura taking down the lady Bengals earlier in the year, and then later Gallup getting revenge on them later into the season.
The game started out slow, and had no rhythm to the game, for the entire first half, Gallup played very sloppy from the start of the game, towards the end of the 1st half. Scoring started with Hanna Toledo, and then a quick basket by Miyamura. Very little fouls were called during the game, as it was a very early back and forth battle. Many Gallup fans thought that the lady Patriots would be nervous coming out of the gate, as most of their players have never played at The Pit, and in a game this important, that was not the case, as Miyamura would knock down jumpshots and attack to the basket for layups. At the end of the 1st quarter, the game would later be tied 8-8.
The start of the 2nd quarter proved to be much different, both teams started to play fast as Gallup continued to play with a press for the entire game. Miyamura continued to put pressure on Gallup to score, as they sure did late in the quarter. It started with a three pointer made by Amanda Mitchell, who would later become an important asset for the lady Bengals later on in the second half. Miyamura would soon hold on for the lead as the score would be 26-22. The first half provided us with not many free-throws, or a consistent rhythm for either team, with sloppy play by both teams.
Gallup was looking for a start of a run in the second half to scare the Lady Patriots from holding their lead, which once again they got, late in the 3rd quarter. With Gallup down as much as six, which was at multiple times in the game, Amanda Mitchell once again got Gallup back into the game with a 9-0 run in a very short amount of time, and helping Gallup out with making four of Gallup’s eight three’s to give them their first lead since the score was 6-4. Although Miyamura seemed to hold steady, and remained with the lead, Foul trouble was not a problem at all for either team, as it was a fast, and free-throwless game until the 3rd quarter. Gallup would soon go into the final quarter only down by two, with a score of 37-39.
The 4th quarter seemed as the final eight minutes for whoever’s season was coming to an end, the game had lived up to the hype, and was well worth the money the crowd had came here for. Once again Gallup would be fighting for it’s season, and a spot in the semifinal game against Bloomfield on Thursday. Gallup opened the quarter with a 13-3 run, thanks to three straight 3’s made by Kamryn Yazzie, who also made nine straight points for Gallup. The run would later give the lady Bengals a lot of confidence and would soon put Miyamura away for good. Late in the 4th quarter, Gallup would actually shoot it’s first free-throws of the game with only 3:28 left in the 4th quarter. The Lady bengals would shoot 7/12 from the line, and with them making 8 three’s and outscoring Miyamura 39-26 in the 2nd half. Gallup would later win 61-52, with Ashley Antone led Gallup in scoring with 16 points, then Kamryn Yazzie with 15 points, and Amanda Mitchell with 14 points.
Gallup after the win would find out they would be playing number two seeded Bloomfield once again, and for the fourth time this season. The winner would play in the State Championship game Friday night at The Pit.
About A Player: Jeff Heath
By Reylena Tsosie '21
Who is Jeff Heath we all might be asking. He is the Dallas Cowboys safety. The number on his jersey is 38. His birthday is May 14 and he was born on 1991. He went to college at Saginaw Valley state college.
In college, he was on a partial scholarship he wasn’t fully recruited. He played 30-35 games and 219 tackles and seven interceptions. For Heath’s senior year he was a soccer player.
In high school, Heath was known for being the best soccer player. His dad later said that he never knew his son was going to recognized for football. Heath got a lot of soccer scholarships.
The main thing that was disappointing to Heath was that he was never drafted, he knew he had to earn a spot for the Cowboys. Instead, he was a free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. Rick Gosselin said Heath was an overlooked college gem.
Lady Bengals Pound Jaguars 79-49, Move into the Quarterfinals
by Zach Wargo '20
With March arriving, which also means the basketball season is winding down with State playoff games for the Lady Bengals, less than a week being seeded number three after becoming district runner ups. The first round of state was underway in Gallup and throughout other places in the state, Gallup had to play Capital, a 14 seed who went 14-14 for their season. Gallup was trying to make another run for a state title, and to try and run the table for other teams in class 5A. The Lady Bengals got off a a slow start, which they faced a 4-0 deficit, but soon recovered as they never looked back.
For most of the game Capital struggled with on the ball defense and with rotations for the entire game. Once the lady Bengals got going offensively, they never looked back, they got there first lead and only extended it, only by going on a 13-0 run in the middle of the first quarter, putting the score, and ending the quarter 17-8 going into the second quarter. Gallup stayed aggressive on the boards, and were always attacking the basket, putting two of Capitals players in foul trouble early. Gallup opened the second quarter with back-to-back field goals, and then a quick three by Cearra Williams. Most of the second quarter points were lead by Senior’s Ashley Antone, and Leona smith, accounting for Gallup’s 20 of 25 points in the second quarter, Gallup’s lead only extended as they went into halftime with a 42-24 lead.
Coming out of halftime Gallup only continued to extend their lead, with capital cutting the game to 19 points in the third quarter, which seemed too much for the Jaguars, as Gallup continued by Leona Smith leading the charge with 5 of Gallup’s 17 points in the third quarter, as two more three’s were made in the same quarter. Gallup would later end the third quarter with a 23 points lead going into the fourth quarter. The Lady Bengals pulled away even more, as Gallup would continue to go up and lead by as much as 32, as they would defeat Capital 79-49.
Tuesday night will be one of the biggest game of the season for both the Lady Bengals, but even bigger for cross-town rival the lady Patriots, as they will face off at approximately 8:15 PM, at The Pit, which will always be packed with Bengal, and Patriot fans, in this 10 year rivalry of the schools, the winner will move onto the Semifinals, to play the two seeded Bloomfield or the seven seeded Espanola Valley.
Ashley Antone: 18 Points Ethena Silva: 13 Points
Leona Smith: 18 Points Audrey Gonzales: 10 Points
Lanae Notah: 11 Points
Ashia Smith & Cearra Williams: 9 Points each
Freshmen Athlete Interview
by Reylena Tsosie '21
I asked him a few questions, like who was his favorite athlete and he chose Bo Jackson, he is a pro football player and baseball player. Bo explained to me that his parents named him after this player.
Who inspired you to play sports? He said his father because his dad was in a lot of sports. He felt very happy answering this question and later told me I am happy you asked that.
The most important question was if he plans to get a college scholarship with his talent. He told me “no” this question made him very uncomfortable. He told me he doesn’t want to play sports in college so he can focus on his schoolwork so he can become a psychologist.
He told me his favorite sport is baseball he plans to play baseball all throughout high school.
Bengal Basketball Set to Take State, Boys draw Nine Seed; Girls three Seed
By Zach Wargo '20
After the long and stressful season for both Bengal basketball teams, they have both qualified for state, and competing in the district championship games. After very successful seasons, both Bengal teams finished second in district, and earning their way to state. For the boys team after coming off a span of five games in two weeks, with not much rest, got a nine seed in the tournament, after a major improvement from last year’s 15 seed. This year was much different for the Bengals, as they didn’t have many Senior’s and relied of play of their young players to lead them through games. The Bengals were 8-0 going into the final week of district play, as they suffered three straight losses against Aztec, and both against Kirtland Central. Later in the week they faced there cross-town rival and edged them out in a 41-38 victory to move on to play Kirtland for the third time in a week. This game meant bragging rights as Kirtland had already won the district, and would mean that gallup would have momentum going into State. The Bengals sparked a 14 point comeback after being down 34-50 with less than 5:00 minutes left in the game. Gallup would later win 51-50 in dramatic fashion. Two days later, the Bengals would find out they would be playing St. Pius in Albuquerque, as a nine seed this upcoming Saturday. Earlier in the season Gallup played St.Pius who defeated the Bengals 77-55 in a December 12th match-up.
On the girls side, the lady Bengals are seeded number 3, in class 5A, as they are coming off a loss at Bloomfield. The ladies had a successful season, after placing second in their district, and suffering ten losses for the year. The ladies are seeded 3 as they have many statement win’s as they are ranked 16th in the state, and 3rd in class 5A. They got off to a slow start in district, but found a rhythm near the end of the season, to play in the district championship game. The Bengals suffered a loss against Bloomfield, who later got the two seed in the Class 5A bracket. The Girls have showed signs of promise, as they have won close games against top ranked teams, and will look for a deep run in March to make some magic. It will sure be fun to see how this season ends for both Bengal teams.
District Championship: Bengals 16-1 run lifts them above Kirtland
By Zach Wargo '20
When times seemed dark for that Gallup Bengals, they had found a spark in the middle of the 4th quarter to comeback and to defeat the Kirtland Central Broncos last Friday night. The Bengals faced a 36-50 climb with less than five minutes left in the game, they managed to put on a 16-1 run in that span, with multiple turnovers, missed shots, and key rebounds towards the end of the game. This would be the third time that the Bengals had played these Broncos, after narrowly losing to them in two close games on February 16th and the 19th, they had to play each other again for the District Championship game.
The game provided fans another memory of Bengal basketball, as they were looking to improve their record, and take home bragging rights as District Champs. The excitement of the game had lived up to the hype with a pack crowd, and a wild finish. The first half provided all of that, with a close game at the half, with back and forth baskets being made, it was surely made for a great finish. The Bengals came out of the first half only down by two, and had a real chance to take over the game.
With the third quarter starting, Gallup looked to get to a fast start, which they did now, with all momentum shifting to the home crowd, as shots were not going through, and many mistakes were being made during the entire quarter. Gallup only scored six points for the entire quarter, as Kirtland took advantage and outscored the Bengals by 10 points. It had seemed that Gallup was going to lose, as the fourth quarter had started, the struggles continued for Gallup but with five minutes to play the tide had turned. Down only 14, the Bengals looked for momentum, which they once did, with Ronald Perry leading the Bengals, and with Zakarri Fields also leading the Bengals back. The highlight of the game was Ronald Perry hitting a key three with 2 minutes left in the game, and then scoring an easy layup to only put them down by one after a made Kirtland free throw. After a aggressive drive by Perry with 11 seconds left in the game, it was then tipped up towards Quinn Atazhoon, who made the game-winning basket with 8 seconds left in the game, it proved that the Bengals officially came back and got the win, 52-51.
The Bengals have qualified for state, and will end up facing the St. Pius Sartans this Saturday night to move on to the state quarterfinals at The Pit, to see if they can make more March magic as they are seeded 9th in Class 5A.
Justine Largo, the FootBall Gal
by Derek Curely '19
Justine Largo is a sophomore girl from Gallup High who joined football when the season was around. When she joined, she surprised many and proved many wrong. She does many stuff outside of school and tries many new things when she can. “She is funny, smart and amazing to be around” a close friend said.
Curley: What made you want to join football?
Largo: “What made me want to join football was that my older sister was a big inspiration and wanted me to try something new so I gave it a try and it looked fun.”
Curley: What did your friends think of you joining?
Largo: “Well I didn't have many friends but the friends I did have were shocked and thought I couldn't do it but after the season was over they were happy for me.”
Curley: What role did you play on the football team?
Largo: “when I first joined I didn't know many positions so my friend Bryant taught me the different spots that were open and I found one that I loved to do and it was offence wide receiver or either I was offence slot(inside receiver).”
Curley: Do you have any idea of how the football team thought of you?
Largo: “I kinda knew some of the players didn't expect me to make it in the season but it made me want to try harder and show them wrong but some players would make fun of me for joining because I was a girl.”
Curley: What did faculty think or say when you joined?
Largo: “faculty didn't say much but they were shocked and didn't believe me when I would get called for away games from classes.they thought I was manager for the football team until I told them.”
Curley: Is there anything else you do on your freetime?
Largo: “Yeah when I'm bored I draw or either try to do something new like write music or learn how to play instruments.”
Largo: “And yeah I'm pretty quiet”
Sexual Harassment Interview
by Reylena Tsosie '21
Sexual Harassment has been going on for a long time. 75% of women have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. Celebrities had been accused of sexual harassment the most famous one is Harvey Weinstein and James Franco. Weinstein is one of the producers of Scream starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox. Franco appeared on Why Him and played Harry Osborn from the original Spiderman.
The me too movement had began after women have came forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual harassment. This had inspired women to come forward.
Sexual Harassment interview
I am interviewing an anonymous woman how she han sexual harassment. She answered her answers straight forward. She started to get sad when I mentioned how she felt toward it.
2) Did sexual harassment ever happen to you?
3) Were you in school when it happened to you?
Yes, I was a freshmen in high school and when I was in college.
4) The woman that are coming forward inspire you?
Yes, I am for the Me too movement and the girls that have experienced sexual harassment need to let someone know and it made me feel that someone was there for me.
5) Do you have any advice for viewers?
Yes, if sexual harassment ever happened to you it’s good to let someone know because it does haunt you and it’s good to tell someone who can lock up that person.
Sexual Harassment is punishable by a $25,000 sexual assault and $100,000 for manslaughter and $1,000,000 for kidnapping and rape.
In the state of New Mexico, the state of New Mexico will have to let someone wait for one year..
If you want to report sexual harassment or sexual violence call. 505-243-9199
About a Player: Stephen Curry
By Reylena Tsosie '21
Stephen Curry is a professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors. He is a point guard and number 30. He is known for being one the greatest shooter of all time, or one of the greatest shooters we’ve seen since Ray Allen, and Reggie Miller.
Stephen Curry was born on March 14, 1988, he is going to be 30 soon! His parents are Dell Curry and Sonya Curry. His father Dell Curry, played basketball as well and he had the same reputation as his son, his father played for the Hornets, and was a sharpshooter just like his son.
Stephen Curry went to college at Davidson college and attended until he was a senior but then he declared for the NBA. In 2009, he was drafted by the Golden State Warriors. 2012 and 2013 season he made 207 three pointers. For the 2015 and 2016 season he made and NBA record 402 three pointers.
He married his college sweetheart in of May 2011. Her name is Ayesha Curry she has her own cooking show. Together they had two girls Ryan and Riley Curry.
He has a $201 million dollar contract with the Golden State Warriors.
Stephen Curry inspires a lot of athletes. He is recognized for being the greatest shooters of all time as a two time world champion.
District Semifinals: Gallup Edges Miyamura 41-38, moves to Championship Game
By Zach Wargo '20
In another heated rivalry game between the Gallup Bengals, and the Miyamura Patriots, the semifinal game came far from disappointment. The winner would later move on to play the number one seed Kirtland Central Broncos Friday night, as they defeated Farmington. This was the third time that these teams have met this season, as Gallup took the first two meetings. This game was more important as the Bengals were trying to get a home playoff game, and get another chance at Kirtland to become district champions, after losing three straight games in a span of a week.
The game started with plenty of intensity, and fast as Gallup went on an 8-2 run to start the game, then Miyamura caught back up with Gallup, keeping it close, the first quarter told us a lot as this semifinal game would mean it would be a dog fight. Bengal Sophomore, Quincy Smith opened up scoring with a three, then later made two free throws to start the run for Gallup. Later Miyamura would later catch up to tie the game 10-10 with a minute left in the first quarter. After a few seconds Gallup would retake the lead as the score would hold 11-10.
The second quarter provided fans with a shooting clinic, as six threes were made by both teams, and opened with a back and forth battle on the boards, and inside the paint. The intensity of the game kept up with the crowd, as well as the fans, late in the second quarter, Gallup Junior Tyrell Begay opened up the game with two straight threes, then later Senior Zakarri Fields dropped another three to give gallup an eight point lead late in the quarter. After a Miyamura timeout, Gallup still pushed the ball inside and ended the quarter on a 10-0 run, which gave them to what seemed a comfortable 28-18 lead going into halftime.
After halftime the third quarter was much different then the first half, as both teams strayed away from the three-point line, and pushed the ball inside for fouls, free-throws, and challenging layups, and jump shots. Gallup only made two field goals and was 50% from the line, as they had seemed to go ice cold from the three point line, and couldn’t find the ball to go into the basket. As for Miyamura they created a little run at the end of the quarter to cut the deficit to seven, after Presley Nelson for the Patriots scored six of the nine points for the Patriots in the third quarter.
By the start of the fourth quarter, tensions were high in the building as Gallup was struggling to find the basket, as they suddenly could not make any three-pointers, and struggled from the foul line late in the game. The fourth quarter started out to be just like the third quarter, as it was a back and forth battle, foul trouble was not a problem for both teams at all either. Gabriel Lee Jr for Miyamura led the scoring with seven points, as he a perfect from the line to bring Miyamura back to cut the lead to three. For Gallup, they played sloppy down the stretch, as every loose ball was a 50/50 ball. Down the stretch Gallup shot only 25% from the free throw line, and missing game clinching free throws at the end of the game. Miyamura had many chances to tie the game, as they missed many shots, and had one key turnover at the end of the game. With 48 seconds left in the game it appeared that Miyamura had the ball, until Gallup called a quick timeout. The call would later be correct, as Gallup soon dribbled out the clock, and forced Miyamura to throw up a heave at the end of the game. Gallup’s next game will be Friday night at Kirtland, for the District Championship.
Gallup Bengals: Miyamura Patriots:
Zakarri Fields: 12 Points Gabriel Lee Jr: 14 Points
Tyrell Begay: 11 Points Presley Nelson: 14 Points
Quincy Smith: 8 points Brandon Vidal: 8 Points
56% Free Throws 100% Free Throws
Lebron James & Kevin Durant Speak Out on Latest Shooting
By Zach Wargo '20
Over the past ten days, many comments have been made on the latest shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14th. Many athletes have spoken about the problem on gun control, but the most important voice in sports would be Lebron James, as he is the closest athlete since Muhammad Ali to publicly speak out about the counties problems, as so is Warriors forward Kevin Durant. The shooting affect many schools, and people across the country are protesting to change different gun laws, and abolish assault rifles from being able to be bought. The amount of shootings that have taken place over the past 4 years is outrageous, with innocent kids being shot and lives being taken, it has to stop. The main reason why this shooting struck most people’s hearts was the fact that a minor was able to buy an AR-15 before he could even be allowed to buy alcohol, and the fact that he showed signs of liking violence, and posting on his social media of his holding knives.
Over the past week, a FOX news analysis called out the two superstars on making comments towards President Donald Trump, as she publicly told them to “Shut up and Dribble”. Earlier James stated “Trump doesn’t give a F*** about the people”. Later that week, Durant and James both laughed at the comments that the analysis had made, James said later, “The best thing she did was help me create more awareness”. In an interview with USA Today, Kevin Durant said, “It didn’t hit me, it was just another thing that I could ignore,” Durant also said that it was a very ignorant comment, and that my voice is just as important as her voice as that is my right as a United States citizen.
The next day Lebron James had posted on his Instagram with the caption and picture saying #Wewillnotshutupanddribble. The picture went viral immediately as Lebron’s voice is very important in sports, and it also shows that he is not backing down from anyone and wants to make a chance as soon as possible so that the amount of shootings decines. Lebron is one of the many important sports figures, and his latest comments just show that he is not afraid to spark a argument, and wants to make a change to our gun laws.
By Reylena Tsosie '21
Redmond Gerald Wins the first gold
Redmond Gerard is a 17 year old snowboarder. He is the first american to win the gold for the United States. He was born on Gerard is 6th in his family out of 7. He travels with the U.S Snowboarding team and he takes online classes. He had overslept the day before during qualification, as he was almost a late scratch to the event, but now it is just now a great story.
Chloe Kim Gold Medalist
Chloe Kim is a 17 year old female. Kim is an immigrant from South Korea. That didn’t stop her for becoming a snowboarder for the United States. She is one of the younger phenoms around the world, after taking the X-Games before the Olympics, and taking almost every event this past year.
Pyeongchang 2018: Kim & White both Secure Golds for Team USA
By Zach Wargo '20
For the first week of the Winter Olympics, plenty of history was made for many countries. Throughout the week the two countries North and South Korea had united together to walk into the opening ceremony last Friday. They also banded together to form a women’s and men’s hockey team to compete and to represent both countries. Team USA represents the olympics with the most athletes, as they look to lead in the medal count once again just like they did four years ago. Last Friday showed us how many countries are proud to have athletes represent themselves in this year’s games.
For Team USA however, the first medal came from a 17 year old, a slopestyle snowboarder who won gold, he was Red Gerard, as he described the feeling of winning a medal “Unbelievable”. The next metal for Team USA came from a luger, the first in its history as the country now finally got a silver medal in Luge on the second day of competition. Earlier in the second day Norway swept the podium in Men’s cross country skiing, as they are tied in second in medals with 11. While in speed skating the Netherlands also swept the podium in the 3000m race with them taking gold, silver, and bronze medals.
Later into the week in Half Pipe snowboarding started with 17 year old Chloe Kim qualified for the halfpipe final, alone with three other americans. Chloe Kim who has appeared in her first olympics, showed why she is one of the best in the world, as she scored a 98.25 out of 100, and took her first gold medal, and capturing another metal for Team USA. That same day 31 year old Shawn White was on a quest to take another gold medal for himself and his country. To qualify he scored a 98 to secure another spot in the final for Tuesday. The next day Shawn White won gold with a score of 98.25, as he had to do it on his last run, he had overtaken Japan’s Ayumu Hirano.
With the Winter games Team USA has now won more than 100 gold medals, and with many more chances with Team USA to win medals, and to represent their country is a great thing. Into next week the Jamaican bobsled team, and the Nigerian bobsled are competing and now have a chance to medal, and to make their country proud. Team USA is looking to medal in Women’s hockey, and Men’s hockey and to defeat rival Canada next week in the upcoming matches. Also, the past week Team USA did medal in team figure skating, coming in third, and winning a bronze medal, coming just being Russia, and Canada.
NBA All Star Game 2018
From The Editor: Super Bowl LII
By Zach Wargo '20
For two weeks I’ve listened to many people talk about the game, and telling us who would become the Super Bowl Champions. It was mixed, as it seemed most analysts picked Philadelphia to win, and while others picked New England to win once again. The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events of the year, as it’s one thing I look forward too every Postseason.
The game started as I expected to start, quick, and wasn’t surprised by the quick start by Nick Foles. What I did not expect was it to be a track meet, as there was no defense, and many offensive plays were made early in the game. I thought this game could soon get out of hand after a missed field goal by the Patriots in the 1st quarter, thankfully that was not the case, as the Patriots kept on fighting back. We don’t give Tom brady enough credit for what he did on Sunday, with breaking a Postseason record of 505 yards, becoming the 1st NFL player in history to reach 10,000 passing yards, and putting his team on his back trying to get his sixth ring. Only as the two plays he will be remembered for is his dropped pass in the first half, and the strip-sack fumble with 2:10 left in the game. Brady performed his best for most of the season at age 40, as he said after the heartbreaking that he will play for another season. I respect Tom Brady, I don’t see why a lot of people hate him, it's just time to appreciate what’s he's done for the NFL and the game of football, and to look at him as the greatest of all time.
I was quickly surprised at how Nick Foles played, he started off strong, and kept it, although he had one interception, his nerves didn’t get the best of him all night. With a game where the Eagles needed to keep scoring, they sure did. The gamble by Philadelphia late in the 1st half is a play that came right out of the College Football Playoff Semifinal game against Georgia, where a wide receiver throws a pass to the quarterback for a touchdown. The play was executed perfectly, as I give Philly a lot of credit for outsmarting the Patriots to keep that confidence on their side. The internet exploded soon after, I thought there should have been more penalties called during the game, as they could have called an Illegal Formation on that 4th & 1, which would have changed the entire outcome of the game. By NFL rule you’re supposed to have seven people on the Line of Scrimmage, as there was only six people. By far I think it is among on the the most gutest play calls in history, as it gave them a 10 points lead going into halftime. The play call “Philly Special” is going to be remembered in NFL history.
I realized that at the start of the game during the National Anthem that Super Bowl XLIX hero Malcolm Butler was very emotional, but it didn’t come to me that he wasn’t playing. The reason that Butler did not play a single snap during the biggest game of the season is a disgrace to him. I thought that Butler would have made a huge difference during the entire game, he played 97.6% of snaps during the regular season. I think that Malcolm Butler got screwed, as he is now a free agent this upcoming offseason and will probably not sign with the Patriots again.
In my opinion Bill Belichick even out coached himself for the first time, he wanted to prove that he is one of the greatest head coaches in history, but I don’t understand why he did not play his best corner on the biggest stage in front of millions of people. Belichick let his ego get to him, as he had too much pride in his defense, which was one of the seven sins of the bible. The sin of pride in the bible states, “A quality or state of being proud, as being too prideful provides selfishness”. Belichick coached one of the worst games of his career, his defense got embarrassed on national television. On the other side of the field, Eagles head coach Doug Peterson coached the perfect game to defeat the Patriots. He took risks, and put trust in his quarterback on 4th downs and even on two point conversions. He stuck with the run game as it was working very well for his team, and threw the deep ball when the time was right.
The 2nd half was very entertaining, as it didn’t have much defense, and plenty of offense. I know football as it not being a track meet, I was waiting for the defense to step up at one point and it sure did. The strip on Tom Brady was not his fault, as his offensive line collapsed on him and let the outside rusher strip him to put the title in the Eagles hands. I thought Brady played an excellent game, but Nick Foles played an even better game with escaping pass rushes, catching a touchdown pass, and leading his team down the field to let Philly re-take the lead.
Once again the NFL’s problem all year has been the catch rule and the referee’s. In past Super Bowl’s not many flags were thrown, most or all penalties were false starts, defensive holding, and offside penalties. The Catch rule was the main problems in the NFL, as on a 3rd & 6 in the 3rd quarter, Running Back Corey Clement caught a ball for a Touchdown, but the replay showed that he bobbled the ball, and didn’t have full control of it. They ruled this a Touchdown, as pictures and replay shows it should have been incomplete, and 4th & 6. Another occurrence of this problem was on Zach Ertzs touchdown with 2:20 left in the game, the officials did get this call right, as he took three steps, become a runner, and dived for the plane. The ball appeared to come loose but as a runner he it was called a touchdown.
This year’s Super Bowl was entertaining, but as the past few years the NFL’s rating have declined. Around 106.7 million people watched this year’s Super Bowl, the fewest since 2009. I think the Super Bowl was more competitive than last years, it was a track meet since kickoff, and only one major defensive play decided the game. I don’t think this is the best Super Bowl but it is definitely top three. I thought the Super Bowl delivered after an amazing postseason, as we are now onto the offseason, only 6 months away from preseason football.
Super Bowl LII: Eagles Upset Patriots In a Thriller
By Zach Wargo
After two weeks of heavy talk about the biggest sporting event of the year, the Super Bowl was finally upon us. The Philadelphia Eagles, coming off their blowout and statement win against the Vikings two weeks earlier, were looking forward to taking down Tom Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl. What was at stake would be Brady taking his 6th ring, while Philly would be looking to win their first Super Bowl in its franchise’s history. The Philadelphia Eagles were coming into the game as huge underdogs, which is a role that the have embraced, they entered the game with most of the country on their side, rooting for them to win the big game against the dynasty that is Tom Brady. The Patriots on the other hand showed no signs of being nervous, as they have been here before, for the 10th time in fact.
The game started after a great performance of the National anthem, soon the Eagles got the ball first, and capitalized, setting up for a field goal after getting inside New England’s five yard line. While the Patriots watched their defense struggle, Tom Brady went to work, only to do the same as the Eagles did, setting up a short field goal to tie the game 3-3 with 4:20 left in the opening quarter. Philadelphia’s offense did not stop from there, with Nick Foles reading the defense, and finding the open man, New England could not stop Philly on 3rd downs and could not stop the big play. Nick Foles dropped back on a 1st & 10, to launch a 34 yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery, only for the rookie kicker to miss the Extra Point, putting more pressure on New England late in the opening quarter. Nick Foles looked unstoppable, as he was splitting the defense, the play calling on point with a mix of run-pass options, play action passes, and short passes mixed in with long runs, it was a sign that the Patriots was in for a long day.
Next following drive consisted of most of the same for Tom Brady, quick passes, mixed in with short runs, as they threaten the Eagles with a field goal which was later missed, thanks to a poor snap, and hold by New England. The defense of the Patriots would cause a punt, which would be the only punt of the game, the fewest combined punts in Super Bowl history, Brady had the ball in his hand again, as the same short runs, and short passes turned into large gains. The drive was stumped after two straight incompletions, and getting no points out of another wasted drive. Philadelphia capitalized on the mistake, as they went straight down the field once again, as a 21 yard run by LeGarrette Blount gave Philly a 15-3 lead half way through the 2nd quarter. Tom Brady needed only 84 seconds to give New England a field goal, making it 15-6, Brady was in a rhythm, but so was Nick Foles. Philadelphia made its first and only mistake of the game as a deep thrown ball was tipped and intercepted. Tom Brady and his studded offense, needed only three minutes to go 90 yards to score a touchdown, cutting the score to 3, but again the extra point was missed. With 2:04 left in the 1st half, Philly went down the field again, as the riskiest play of the game was made up with an even better play call, as Nick Foles went into motion and caught a one yard touchdown pass to extend their lead to 10 after the extra point, giving them the lead going into halftime.
The entire 2nd half was like a pinball machine, no defense, lots of offense, players going down and back on the field, scoring touchdowns, field goals, and converting key 3rd downs in clutch situations. Brady went to Gronk 3 times and scored a touchdown to cut the lead to 3, making the score 22-19. Once again, the defense seemed non existant for New England. Nick Foles played a flawless 2nd half, having them scored another touchdown, only without the catch looking like it was made out of bounds (which later many people said it was) after the ball appeared to be bobbled, and then caught which Corey Clements left foot was out of bounds. The play was reviewed, which would stand, making the game 29-19. The next drive was no different, Brady was flawless once again, only to belt another touchdown pass to Chris Hogan for 26 yards, trying to keep the game in reach, 29-26 with 3:23 left in the 3rd quarter. Nick Foles went to work again, going right down the field, without a stop that New England needed, the rookie kicker helped Philly extend their lead to six after a 42 yard field goal which was the first play of the 4th quarter.
After the made field goal, many Super Bowl records were broken last night, as most combined yards, Tom Brady broke the Postseason record with most passing yards, fewest punts, no holding penalties, which is rare in the NFL. To start the 4th quarter of a field goal, as later Tom Brady would put on a show once again, leading his offense right down the field, throwing a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski, putting them in the lead 33-32 with 9:22 remaining. Nick Foles next drive would define the game, as the Patriots were so close to getting a stop, and the ball back, after converting a 4 & 1, the Eagles were taking time off the clock, and letting Tom Brady watch from the sidelines. Not long after Foles threw a poss to Zach Ertz, scoring a touchdown and having Philly have another lead once again, as the two-point conversion did fail. With a game that consisted with no defense at all, pass rusher Brandon Graham stripped Tom Brady, as the Offensive Line could not hold the pass rush, as the fumble was recovered by Philadelphia with 2:04 left in the game. With a field goal and another stop by the defense, New England needed to go 91 yards in 59 seconds. Tom Brady tried to get his team back, with a failed hail mary that decided the game, letting the Philadelphia Eagles win their first Lombardi in franchise history.
After the game, Tom Brady puts the loss on his shoulders, as he said the loss sucks, he also said to a reporter that he will be back for another season. Many questions this offseason will be if Tom Brady does in fact retire, or Rob Gronkowski may retire after many injuries throughout his career, in fact he already is a Hall of Famer, and Tom Brady is already the Greatest of All Time. The offseason will be fun for many football fans, with the draft, combine, and soon preseason will be here once again. For the Eagles their city is torn apart, and just happy to be champions once again, Carson Wentz will hopefully be back by September, and Nick Foles may still be the backup by the preseason. The NFL offseason will be fun to pay attention to as there are many free-agent quarterbacks also.
Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated, AP Photos
Tennis History made by Roger Federer
By Reylena Tsosie
Roger Federer is a 36 year old male. He was born on August 8, 1981. As a kid, he was a ball boy for tennis and he was inspired to play tennis. A ball boy is a boy who retrieves balls that go out of play during a game such as tennis or baseball, and who supplies players or umpires with new balls. Federer won 20 titles for tennis. He won the Australian open on Sunday, January 28, 2018.
He is ranked number 2 for the entire world. He has is own fashion line with Nike.
Federer’s net worth is $71 million dollars a year. Despite, his talent in tennis he is a caring father and a loving husband to Mirka Federer . She is 39 years old.
The Tennis world will always remember Roger Federer.
Photo Credit By: AP Photos
Super Bowl LII Preview
By Zach Wargo 20'
After two long weeks, the weekend finally belongs to the NFL once again, after the respective title games, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the New England Patriots face off this Sunday for the Lombardi Trophy. After a week filled of events for the fans, the players have answered numerous questions from the media, the season will end with the underdog’s facing the dynasty. With the Eagles facing the underdog role all season, and even after losing their starting quarterback, and possible MVP candidate, Carson Wentz, Nick Foles had to try to lead the Eagles to their 3rd Super Bowl appearance in Franchise history. Over the week many questions have been heard if Tom Brady is going to retire soon, on Wednesday he said” No, i don’t see why a lot of people want me to retire so badly” while Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is still questionable and still not able to pass concussion
protocol after taking a vicious hit in the AFC title game on
Photo Credit: NFL.COM
What’s At Stake?
This super bowl is special, after all it is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX, which the patriots won, starting their dynasty, after winning three Super Bowl’s in 4 years, since then New England has won two more, and is trying to add to this dynasty, winning a 6th ring for the franchise would be special, as they would be the second team to win six rings, tying the Steelers in NFL History. For the Eagles, it’s a much different story, as they’ve never won a Super Bowl, and haven’t been to the Super Bowl since they had lost to the Patriots 13 years ago. The Eagles have embraced the underdog role all year, with key injuries on the offense and defense. They have played and deserves a shot at trying to dethrone the patriots, as this is like a revenge game, as the country will be watching. A first Super Bowl Title for the city of Philly would mean rejoice, and one of the greatest sports moments in the cities history.
Who Has the Advantage?
This is no mismatch for either team, as one side has a legendary quarterback, and one of the best head coaches in NFL history, while the other side, holds a second year head coach, a back up quarterback. You’d think the Patriots would have an advantage right? Not so fast, as Nick foles has been flawless this postseason, embracing this week, and this magical super bowl run, the offense which has a running game also, opens up play action and can go for the long ball anytime during the game. The defense has been steller too all season, for only allowing 17 points all postseason. While the Patriots, have plenty of experience, with the defense up and coming, and playing hard towards the end of the season. Tom brady who is going to try and go for his sixth ring, Brady’s offense has a advantage as they have one of the best tight ends in the league. This Super Bowl is special as it will be a heavyweight battle, until the clock strikes zero to determine a champion.
Loss Scholarships? Where Does It All Go?
By Zach Wargo '20
In the past you would think that once you get a scholarship to go to college, you can’t lose it right? Well, nowadays students have to keep their grades up, and work hard each day to keep that scholarship. It’s a long and complicated process, as the easiest scholarship to earn would be an academic scholarship. College’s mostly looks at your GPA dating back to 8th grade, which most kids do not realize this, as they also pay close attention to your discipline record, and your ACT/SAT scores in the past. Each college is different, and need requirements for you to apply for that college, for example if you wanted to apply for Duke University, you’d need a ACT score of a 31, or higher, while to attend the University of Arizona, you’d only need a score of 20 or higher.
In my opinion, it's much harder to earn a scholarship then lose it, as the hardest to earn would be playing sports. Only 2% of high school athletes make it to the pros, and some don’t even earn a college degree according to the NCAA. The NCAA states that a college education, and a college diploma is far more valuable than going to the pro’s and making a ton of money, as you will have that education and diploma for life. All the money that the NCAA earns from tournament games, national championship games, and ticket sales all goes back to future college students, and scholarships so that the future can be bright and filled with smart, young minds in college. The NCAA makes college, and education very important, so every student can get a degree, and succeed later in life.
For example, the University of Arizona offers many majors, and scholarships for people who are interested for attending U of A. They tell you how to earn them, what your requirements are, and how many credits you need to apply, and probably get into the University. One thing I had noticed is that loss scholarships probably go to a more successful, and accomplished student if you cannot maintain your grades, and get poor scores on the ACT/SAT tests. Every college is different, as Harvard, and Dartmouth University are far more different than the University of New Mexico.
In a article with USA Today, they had interviewed two college basketball recruits that were on scholarships to play for the University of Kentucky, as they soon later realized that their scholarships were revoked in 2011. The two players had stated that they had no idea what they had done to be revoked of the loss scholarship, and they did not think that it was very fair that there was no reason given why they had loss that scholarship. Athletic Scholarships are very difficult to maintain once schools are interested in you, as one injury, or one bad test score and be the difference of going to a D-I school then a D-II school in a matter of time.
Time Magazine also wrote an article on how you would a scholarship, as they gave out five reasons, as of course the top reason was bad grades, or failing classes. Failing classes is one of the most common reasons why enough students do not get an college education. The other top reasons was that students either have a lot of discipline problems, or decide to not follow college rules at all. Plagiarism is also a big no no in college, as it can get you expelled, which happened to two harvard students as they were not allowed to apply to any college for a entire year. Plagiarism also will make it harder to get even into a community college. All lost scholarships probably go to other students, that colleges can trust, or back to the college athletic program it has to offer.
Walking Under A Ladder Superstition
By Zach Wargo '20
According to an old myth, is that if you do walk under a ladder, it will bring you bad luck. In medieval times, if a person did walk under a ladder, they thought their death would come from hanging. Ladders that were leaned up against something that created a triangle, thought that it was a haunted area. This ancient superstition dates back as far back as ancient Egypt. The Egyptians believed strongly in the pyramids, as if someone walked under a ladder the sacred power of the pyramids would be broken. Today many people have mixed emotions about walking under a ladder, and some just choose to go around the ladder instead of facing the risk of having bad luck. There are ways to undo the curse, as if you hope you see a dog, or you try to go back through the ladder a second time for better luck. The best way of belief is common sense, jarring or shaking the ladder would probably cause a falling object to hit a person.
Today most people do not believe in this superstition, they don’t really know the background of it. Walking under a ladder is not the first thing that comes to mind in people. There are many other myths like breaking a mirror, or the illuminati that some other people do believe in. Everyone has different beliefs, and a different opinion towards many different things in our world. Today there are many different superstitions that are good but mostly bad. For example Friday the 13th, opening an umbrella inside, or finding a black cat. All of these superstitions are ancient or old myths that some people still believe in today.
There are many ways to reverse bad luck just by walking under a ladder, the most common ways would be making a wish while your walking under a ladder. The second one would be just too walk backwards through the ladder again, or crossing your fingers until you first see a dog. An awkward way of reversing bad luck if to say “Bread and Butter” while your walking under the ladder.
This myth came from as far back as Ancient Egypt, as they believed in gods coming down, and you having bad luck for the rest of your life. It’s complicated at how people study these types of superstitions, but it is also very unique how people end up believing in these types of bad luck and good luck superstitions years, and decades later after they are being come up with. Egyptians believed in many gods, and goddesses, which was part of their culture and there way of life.
Urban Legend: What is the Illuminati?
by Reylena Tsosie '21
What is the illuminati? A question that 65% of Freshmen asked me. 35% do know the history and the background. 45% of freshmen believed in Illuminati and 55% did not.
Adam Weishaupt is the founder of illuminati he founded it on May 1, 1776. That year might sound familiar. July 4, 1776 was when the Declaration of Independence was written. Weishaupt is a German philosopher and a professor, when he taught he always said stuff about illuminati. His beliefs were very inspiring to other students that they started to believe it. He gave an assignment out telling what they thought of his theories. The class started to believe him more. He was very serious that he shared his beliefs with Benjamin Franklin. To bad for Weishaupt he was shut down. Benjamin Franklin time was more on the Declaration of Indepence.
The most important symbol of the illuminati is the pyramid.
What is the Pyramid? Why a Pyramid? Well, we all know that there is a pyramid with an eye on it on the dollar bill. That is a good hint if your not into illuminati. The Pyramid is a representation for “money is not evil.”
Some celebrities has been accused of being “Illuminati” but, there is no evidence, it’s just a belief. Beyonce is one of the famous person being accused of illuminati. In one of her famous song “Single ladies” the music video explains their theory. http://illuminaticelebrities.com/ Is Beyonce Illuminati puppet?
Illuminati is a belief!
Not real, it’s an Urban Legend
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