"It's a crazy world, so sports and athletics and music can be a form of escapism."
― Eddie Vedder
Bengal Cross Country Girls Qualify for State, Boys take two
By Zach Wargo 20'
Last Friday (October 27 ) the District 1-5A Cross Country Meet was held in Farmington, New Mexico to determine who would qualify for the upcoming state meet to be held in Albuquerque one week later. It was by far the most important meet of the year for the six teams in the district (Gallup, Miyamura, Bloomfield, Farmington, Aztec & Kirtland Central) . In the boys race, your Gallup Bengals, who had ran hard all year, took 4th place overall, just missing out on a spot at state. Two boys from Gallup did qualify for state on the 3.1 mile course as Junior Demetri Begay placed 7th overall with a time of 17:51 and Senior Shawn McCaith placed 15th with a time of 18:37. The meet was won by Kirtland Central with a winning score of 26, following Aztec with a score of 48 in 2nd place, and then Miyamura with a 3rd place score of 62.
Later in the afternoon, the ladies took center stage, with a revitalized Lady Bengal team looking to qualify. The Bengals, led by Senior Jessica Ramirez, one of the state's top 10 runners regardless of class, led the way and earned an individual district title with a winning time of 20:25. She will look to place high at state next week in Rio Rancho. The next Bengal runner to come in was Freshmen Celine Nez, who took 8th place overall with a time of 22:26, automatically qualifying for state. Junior Bailey Tom was the third Bengal runner with a time of 22:53 while Sophomore newcomer Vanessa Gorman was the fourth Bengal to finish with a time of 24:53. The final GHS runner to finish was Senior Hunter Livingston who came in at 25:24, good for 29th place. Overall , Kirtland Central took the team district honors with a score of 42 points, following Miyamura with a score of 54 Points, and Gallup coming in 3rd place with a score of 73 points. Other Lady Bengals to participate were 8th grader Cheyenne John, Sophomores Katelyn Thompson and Cearra Williams and Freshman MiKayla McCraith with respectable times.
The State Championship cross country meet takes place at Rio Rancho High school, on November 4th 2017, where our own Bengal cross country team will be competing, and representing our school. GOOD LUCK BENGALS!
NFL Owner to Make a Stand
by Reylena Tsosie 21’
There was a lot of bias against the flag, as all eyes were on the Cowboys Monday night football game against the Cardinals. What were the Cowboys going to do sit, kneel, or sit in the locker room? What they did was very different they locked arms and kneeled before the flag separated. Once the flag did separate, they all stood up and put their right hand over their chest while locking arms to represent both sides. Jerry Jones said, “ I just feel so strongly that the act of recognizing the flag is a salute to the country and all of the people that have sacrificed so that we can have the liberties we have.” He then pointed to his players, “If you do not honor and stand for the flag in the way that a lot of our fans feel that you should, then you won’t play.” The Dallas Cowboys won against the 49ers, 40-10, Sunday, October 22. A student Alexis Escarsega at Gallup High says he agrees with Jones, “You should honor the flag because our founding fathers sacrificed so much for our country. The least we can do is stand and honor our country.”
by Dallas Morning News
Should E-Sports be a Sport?
by Rocco Addington '20
Are Esports actual sports? This has been a very hot topic over the previous years. In July of 2014, ESPN aired the world series of the popular game Dota 2. After the game the controversy started. On the website Twitter, people blew up, saying negative things and arguing with the supporters of this game. Most people will argue that videogames are not sports because they don't have physical activity, nor do they have all the other fundamental ideas of sports. Is that true?
Video Games are one of the most popular things in the world, the world of League of Legends aired pulling in over 32 million viewers on twitch. A website that is not very well known I might add. Meanwhile the NBA aired a game at the same time, only pulling in 28 million million viewers. Now numbers aren't everything, they're so much more that makes Esports a sport. Professional video game leagues are almost the exact same as other sports. For example, League of Legends a MOBA or “massive online battle arena,” has 20 teams split into two divisions by continent. The teams are decided on the best teams which is different than traditional sports, traditional sports pick their teams by which are in the official league. Some may argue that official League of Legends does it even better than traditional sports. The teams are better to professional Esports players practice on an average of 8/12 hours a day. Some of these teams even live together. The players have to be in top condition to be able to participate, they have to have quick reflexes, skill, and more. Some of these players even risk serious injury, like carpal tunnel. Hell they are even sponsored by the same people to.
Do you think that Esports should be considered a sport?
President Trump Against Athletes
by Zach Wargo '20
It is not a normal, everyday event that the President criticizes our professional sports and athletes. During a speech on September 22nd, he stated that every football player or professional athlete should be fired if they kneel or don’t stand for our National Anthem. President Trump also called out every professional football player by calling them a “Son of a B****.” The President also uninvited the NBA Champion, Golden State Warriors after star point guard Stephen Curry said he was not going to visit the White House. President Trump stated that kneeling or not standing for our flag was disrespectful and every athlete who does not stand should be punished.
Are You a Student Before an Athlete?
by Lucy Martinez '18
Many have heard stories of athletes not being able to play due to grades, or not going to division one schools because of bad GPAs. Some say this occurs due to coaches being too lenient, or schools not caring enough, however the only people that know the bottom of this topic are athletes themselves. Other factors can occur during the failing of athletes in academics, like stress, and constant missing of school. To get a better inside look interviews were done with 4 athletes that all play or participate in different and multiple sports in their high school career.
Zach Wargo who is a sophomore at Gallup High and has been participating in cross country and track for two years now. Wargo’s academic average is a 3.8.
Jacob Ramirez and Johnny BlueEyes are both sophomores at Gallup High and have both participated in multiple sports. BlueEyes has and continues to participate in football, basketball, and baseball. Ramirez is involved in football and basketball. Both students average a 3.0 GPA.
Kendall Toadlena is a senior at Gallup High who has participated in volleyball, and softball; she participated in softball for 3 years and volleyball for 5. Her average GPA is a 3.8.
Although these students have excelled and continue to in their academics or sports it's obvious that it’s all up to the student. Every single athlete claimed that they are students before athletes, showing that there is a standard they must meet here in Gallup High school sports. Hopefully this continues for the younger athletes that were interviewed, and that it is a widespread idea for all who participate in sports in Gallup High and worldwide.
by Rubi Reyes '21
I had the chance to talk to a former Cross Country runner Mikaela McCraith and asked her a few questions. I asked Mikaela “How do you like running for the Gallup High Cross Country team?” She answered with, “It’s good, fun, and exciting being able to run for Gallup High.” Mikaela says she has been running for three years now. She also says that she is a Junior Varsity runner. When asked “Why do you like to run?” Mikaela answered, “Running is fun. It gives me something to do. I also just like running a lot and to me it is really fun.” I asked her one last question, “Do you feel you have improved over the three years you have ran?” She said, “Yes definitely I've improved my running over these three years.” The next Cross Country meet is on October 7th 2017 at Los Lunas and starts at 8am. Be sure to support our cross country runners at their next meet if you can make it.
Lucy Martinez '18
Gallup High's Cheerleaders.
Zach Wargo '20
Track runners at Gallup High.
Alizay Chavez '21
Girls Soccer Team at Gallup High School.
Rubi Reyes '21
Gallup High's Dance Team.
Gallup High's Volleyball Team.
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