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― Eddie Vedder
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