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NFL Draft: Cleveland Surprises with Baker, Giants get Barkley on Historic Night
By Zach Wargo '20
On Thursday night, for one of the most anticipated drafts in recent memory, and for the first time in draft history, the draft was in Dallas, home of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The Browns, who were looking to find their quarterback, as they have been trying too for the past 19 years since 1999, they have had only two playoff appearances, and have had 28 different starting quarterbacks since 1999. The Browns, who recently went 0-16, had the 1st and 4th overall picks in the draft.
In the past, the Browns have been known to pass on players who have become stars and Super Bowl Champions for other teams, like Carson Wentz, Big Ben, and stars like Deshawn Watson, Derek Carr, Dak Prescott. This year the Browns tried to not make that mistake. Thursday night they took the surprise number one pick with Quarterback Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma, who has had off the field problems, and seemed to be a Johnny Manziel 2.0 from 2014. In Cleveland, many people seemed startled, and angry at the organization for blowing another pick. For the 4th overall pick, the Browns selected a Cornerback out of Ohio State, Denzel Ward, to build up their young defense, this pick did not seem to startle as many people, but some people thought different.
For the Giants however, it was no surprise at all that they took one of the best players in the draft, which was Saquon Barkley out of Penn State. Saquon surprised teams at the Combine in February with his workout, and is on the road to be a nightmare for the rest of the league. The New York Jets at three took one of the best quarterbacks in the draft, as it was 20 year old Sam Darnold. For the 19th pick, the Dallas Cowboys selected a Linebacker out of Boise State, Leighton Vander Esch. Finally for the first time in NFL history, five quarterbacks were taken in the first 10 picks.
Rounds 2-3 will be aired tonight on NFL Network, ESPN2, and on FOX, along with rounds 4-7 on Saturday starting at 10AM on NFL Network, and ESPN.
Gallup Softball Moves to 15-5-1 After Splitting against Aztec
By Zach wargo '20
SInce April 13th, the Lady Bengals have rolled past almost everyone in it’s district. On April 13th, they defeated Bloomfield in it’s double header by outscoring them 33-8. In the first game the Bengals defeated the Bobcats 16-7, and it the final game they defeated them once again 17-1, as they would continue their winning streak going into their next match up against Aztec.
On April 20th, they played at home against Aztec, as they are 9-7 this season, and looked to move up in the district. For the Bengals they were 14-4-1 going into the double header, the first game saw plenty of offense, as the Bengals narrowly defeated the Tigers 9-8 in the first game. In the second game, it was closer just like the first game. While in the second game, the Bengals were down early, and faced a 10-2 uphill climb going into the third inning. In the 5th inning, the Lady bengals fought their way back as they got six runs in the 5th and cut the lead to 4, as it was 12-8. With two innings to play, it still wasn’t enough as they soon got a run in the 6th inning, and two runs in the 7th inning, ending the game at a 12-11 defeat.
With the loss, the Bengals are still one of the best teams in 5A, and are half a game behind Farmington for district, The Lady Bengals face off against Kirtland Central on April 28th, and then end off their season May 4th at Farmington, which could decide who takes home the regular season district title. The Lady bengals are 15-5-1, and are 4-1-1 in district play, as they are ranked 16th in the state, and ranked 4th in class 5A.
Former New Orleans Cheerleader fired after posting a picture on Instagram
By Reylena Tsosie 21’
Bailey Davis was a cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints. She is a twenty-two year old female. She posted a picture of herself wearing a laced one piece outfit on her private Instagram account. She then was fired, from the Saints.
She filed a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, for a gender discrimination complaint. She also claimed that the Saints held the cheerleading team to a more strict policy compared to their own football players. Davis learned that she was fired for breaking the Saints rules for cheerleaders, “Appearing nude or partially nude.” There was a rumor about Davis; about her being at a party with the Saints, but she denies those allegations. Which is against the rules. The Saints officials had accused her of violating the dress code. The cheerleading team and Ms. Davis are not supposed to be appearing nude or partially nude; or have any contact with any of the players for safety reasons. She told Megyn Kelly in an interview, “ They said ‘the players are players.’ … they say they want to protect us from the players, that the players are predators and they’re gonna want to prey on us,”
The Saints officials want the football players and the cheerleaders to avoid contact even on social media and to block them out of their lives. It is called the anti-fraternization policy. The reason is this so they can protect cheerleaders from the players praying on them.
Gallup's Track Team Places 3rd At Hope Christian Meet
By Zach Wargo '20
As the season soon comes to an end for most of Gallup High athletics, the Track team is competitive this season, as they already have three track athletics qualified for state, and trying to get more to go to Albuquerque on May 11th, and the 12th. On April 21st, the Boys track team placed 3rd at one of the biggest meets in the state, along with many of the hard working athletes breaking their own personal best, and making Gallup High very competitive in track. This was the first time that Gallup High had placed at this meet, as they will look to try to qualify for state on May 4th, and 5th at districts. While the Girls will also try to do the same, in Kirtland next weekend.