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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