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From The Editor: Sports Betting, Now Legalized (Op-Ed)
By Zach Wargo '20
Over the past 50 years, Sports betting has become more and more popular in the country, and even in the world. This past Monday, sports betting was now legalized in all 50 states, which changes the way how we watch sports.
Before, sports betting was illegal in 49 states. Nevada was the center for most of America's gambling, mostly taking part in Las Vegas. This new law passed by the supreme court changes how people bet on sports, how people watch sports, and how major sports leagues play the game. There is a lot of good and bad to this as sports betting will cause even more gambling problems for people, as it is always impossible to know the outcome of every game. Sports is different every single day, every season, as it is difficult to predict who will win the World Series right now and it's nearly impossible to predict who will win Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta in the upcoming year, 2019.
My opinion on sports betting is that everyone needs to be careful how you bet. Over the past decade sports betting has made more headlines, and will only get more popular as it is now legalized in all 50 states. Soon most or all the states will propose laws to legalize gambling in casinos, but it will take many years for each state to pass it’s own law. All gambling is, incredibly difficult to get your money back, even if you think you know everything about a matchup or a fight. Which is why we hear about people that only bet 150 dollars to win an amazing jackpot. The sports leagues also have mixed feelings about this new law that is now passed in all 50 states. MLB is completely against sports betting, while the NBA is all for sports betting. The NFL will go along with this major change in sports, as they will gladly profit from it in the coming years. Many questions have been asked since Monday on what will happen, will there be new websites, live in-game betting, and online sportsbooks, or if you will also only need a credit card number to gamble.
One problem that I have is that there will be numerous gambling problems across the country once the states finalize, legalizing the new law. Gambling is an addiction, just like smoking or drinking. Gambling can also put people in troubled situations, even if online sportsbooks just take a credit card.
Another big question is on how will the NCAA handle its students athletes? Recently a Toledo football player fumbled a ball on purpose so he could win a $500 bet, which he was later suspended from the team, but since betting is legalized now, how will they be able to handle all of their student athletes, and another question is should college athletes get paid while playing for their respective universities? Just recently on Thursday, the NCAA said that they were completely fine of this new law the supreme court has passed.
Sports betting will forever change sports, NCAA tournament pools, Super Bowl Squares, the World Series, National Championships, Super Bowls, NBA Playoffs, and horse racing for the future.
Zakarri Fields, State Champion
BY Zach Wargo '20
On May 11th and May 12th, Gallup High Senior, Zakarri Fields gave it his all in his last track meet, and became a state champion in the 400m dash.
Fields also participated in three events that Friday, along with graduating in front of his family. On May 11th, he placed 4th in long jump with a personal best of 20 feet and 4 inches. He also qualified for finals in the 400 meter dash, and the 100 meter dash. Last year, Fields also competed at state in Albuquerque, and represented not only himself, but Gallup High as one of the best sprinters in the state.
While on May 12th, Fields had to compete in two races, the 100 and the 400 meter dash. Last year Fields did not run the 100, but he did run the 400 meter dash and was state runner up. In the 100 meter dash on Saturday, Fields ran a time of 11.27 seconds, and placed 3rd out of the entire state. For the 400 meter dash, Fields ran a Season Best of 49.44 seconds, and placed first. Zakarri Fields said he had felt great during three of his events, and was excited to be a state champion.
Special Message From The Editor
By Zach Wargo '20
It is my pleasure to announce that I am again the Sports Editor for the upcoming school year for 2018-2019. I enjoyed writing for everyone this past school year. I gained a lot of experience and became a better writer as this past school year went. I am now a Junior at Gallup High and will be in the graduating class of 2020.
My main goal for the Sports section this coming year is to establish more photos and interviews, and to introduce two new columns in the section weekly. One of those columns would be interviewing Bengal Athletes and former athletes that participated in Bengal Sports. One of my other goals is to establish a “From The Editor” column; I voice my opinion on the week of sporting events, on one conflict. Most specifically, I will write on games, politics in sports, and problems going on in the sports world.
It is also my pleasure to announce that Gallup High will be establishing social media pages for sports. I will be in charge of keeping everyone updated on scores, news, videos, and pictures over the entire school year, along with keeping stats for the Football team. The name of the social media pages can be found below.
I am looking forward to be back writing more articles for the readers, and I am looking forward to be an editor for the sports section, to this upcoming school year, to learn more, and to become a better journalist for the future.
Instagram: GHSBengal Sports
Second Round: Cleveland Steals Game One , Curry Returns
By Zach Wargo '20
Lebron and Cavs Steal Game 1:
Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers had just gotten done with a grueling seven game series against the Indiana Pacers, as the Cavaliers had managed to get past Indiana thanks to a 45 point performance by Lebron James. James and the Cavs would face another test, with Toronto coming off of rest, many people wondered how Cleveland would get past Toronto. Toronto was the one seed in the East, but not the favorites in Vegas to reach the finals. The past two years Toronto had been eliminated by Lebron in the playoffs and were looking to get revenge in this year’s playoffs.
Tuesday night both teams battled for game one, as Toronto was a heavy favorite. Cleveland started the game off slowly, along with having an early deficit in the game. Lebron would later finish the game with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists, which would help Cleveland steal game one, along with 20 points from J.R Smith, and 19 points from Kyle Korver. Toronto led for 47 minutes, and 30 seconds of the game, eventually Cleveland took the lead in overtime, after Lebron missed a fadeaway jumper with .6 left in the game.
Going into overtime Cleveland proved that they would not be an easy out in the East, with Lebron trying to go to seven straight finals, and looking for his fourth ring. Lebron didn’t score in overtime, although it was just enough to steal game one for Cleveland. 113-112.
Stephen Curry Returns From Injury; Warriors take 2-0 Series Lead:
After a 36 game absence, Stephen Curry finally returned to the court in game two against the Pelicans. Curry started the game off the bench, although he got 31 minutes on the floor, and he had made an instant impact on the game. Within ten seconds of game time, he shot a rainbow three, and electried the arena. Golden State, who is a heavy favorite in the series, and a co-favorite with Houton to represent the East in the finals are favored to beat the Pelicans easily in this round two match up. Curry scored 12 of his 28 points in the third quarter, and shot 50% from 3-point range for the game. The Warriors would continue to roll as they narrowly defeated New Orleans 121-116.
Gallup High to move down to Class 4A in 2018-19 School year
By Zach Wargo '20
For the upcoming school year, Gallup high will move down to class 4A for all sports. The NMAA (New Mexico Activities Association) rearranged classification for all schools. Gallup high will play all sports in class 4A except for football, who will be in 5A. Gallup High will continue to compete against Miyamura, Kirtland Central, Bloomfield, Aztec, but will now compete against Shiprock instead of Farmington.
This also is a new rule that the NMAA implies, as Miyamura will play schools in Albuquerque, and they will move up to Class 5A due to how many students Miyamura has. Gallup high will compete against 4A schools.
The NMAA also has established that all student-athletes need to maintain a 2.0 GPA, along with NO F’s per semester, instead of grade checks per quarter. The NMAA also wants students to have higher grades in the classroom, so students can represent their school’s on the field, court, and trail.
Over the past few years the NMAA has tried to push students to do better in the classroom, as academics should always come first for high school students to get them ready for college.
Gallup High Sports To Make Social Media Outlets in 2018-19
By Zach Wargo '20
For the upcoming school year Gallup High School will be able to update people, and students on scores for most sports, as if fans or students are not able to make it to the game, or event, they shall be able to look up scores on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.
With this addition, Bengal Sports will be able to be seen by the fans, with updated scores, rosters, news, schedules and stats for the students and fans to keep up with all the action. This sports page will be ran by Zach Wargo, a sophomore from Gallup High School, and will be a Junior for the upcoming school year.
Following Sports will be Featured:
Girls & Boys Basketball
Track & Field
and Many more!
Social Media Platforms:
Facebook: GHSBengal Sports
Instagram: GHSBengal Sports