Golf has always been a controversial sport. Many people find it competitive and fun, but is that enough to constitute a sport? The definition of sport, according to Google, is an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. A sport or not a sport, that is the question.
According to Samueli Academy’s Boys Golf Coach, Mr. Jones, golf not being a sport is a bunch of BS. He goes on to state that golf is respected by the Olympic Committee because it will be in the Olympics in the year 2020.
Although Mr. Jones made his point very clear, many people believe that golf is not a sport. Golf doesn’t involve much conditioning.
Golf does need lots of practice. You need to have lots of skill to be a good golf player. Between keeping your elbow straight and staying at an athletic pose, the sport offers many challenges to overcome.
An apparent trend is that many people that don’t think golf is a sport have never played golf before. Don't judge a book by its cover.
Mr. Jones is the boys golf coach and genuinely enjoys golf as a hobby. Mr. Kalbhen makes sure that everyone knows his passione for disliking golf. The feud between the two is something that many people find entertaining. Mr. Jones and Mr. Kalban may have very different opinions on golf and many people may argue about this subject as well. Golf is a very controversial sport that many people play in the United States.
Golf was in the Olympics in 1900 and 1904. It was recently added in 2016 and will be in 2020. All in all, golf is an olympic sport
Many of us buy into the universal cliche about PE uniforms, they never fit well, they're uncomfortable, or most commonly, they just don’t look good. At Samueli Academy, some of our students and staff can see beyond the cliche and have suggestions that have the potential to elevate the PE uniform beyond it’s cliche status.
. According to a staff member, Diego Cervantes, “the PE uniform helps kids preserve their own clothing, because during sports you’ll get really sweaty and pretty dirty. So your personal clothes don’t get messed up.” Along with Diego’s statement, if we’re being honest with ourselves, the PE uniform is more comfortable to wear during physical activity than wearing jeans and our normal clothes.
A freshman states,“The color of the uniform is a bit too dark especially since the sun attracts to black”, said Annie Chang.
So if most people had the chance to change the uniform they would. Annie Chang said,”The PE shirt would be light gray [...]. I would add our school mascot onto the shirt [...] school name on the shirt. [...]and the color of the shorts should be a blue color”
The majority of people would complain that the only down side of the PE uniform is that “The shirt could be less heavy and more of an active wear shirt”, said Diego Cervantes. As most people also say that the shirt is too rough. But even if it was optional to wear the PE uniform, there may be a few student that would wear the uniform compared to their personal clothes.
So in the end the PE uniform is not that bad and helps quite a bit and We might just have to wear them to show our school spirit.
by Jeighcob Arellano
Who else enjoys playing sports and watching them? A cite shows that teenagers enjoy playing the most sports because they have tons of energy. Here at Samueli Academy we have an amazing soccer team for both female and male teams. Our basketball teams have gotten CIF so we can play for championships and our volleyball teams are great. There’s just one thing that affects all these sports. Our home games are being held at other schools for each sport. Our soccer team's home field is at Santa Ana College. We scatter around the city for our games and it makes it difficult for our families and staff to come to our games.
People would love to play in front of their parents and their teachers but some schools we play at are too far for them to go. Mr. Sheppard, the sports administrator at our school, said, “We will need a lot of money to do this. The school comes in phases and the gymnasium is phase three. The building you’re in was the first phase.”
“The second phase is the performing arts center and a community office,” said Mr. Sheppard. “If one person wants to donate $10,000,000 than great but if ten people want to donate $100,000 each than that’ll be great too.” These buildings should be done around 2020. We will be getting rid of the bungalows which are the buildings on the outer campus. Since they will be knocked down than all that extra space is going to be our own soccer field. The gymnasium will hold the two common sports that need the courts such as basketball and volleyball. Since these sports are different seasons, they won’t be competing with each other for the courts.
With the school expanding every year with more freshmen coming in of course they are going to want to try out for the sports teams. On September 12, 2017 we had basketball tryouts and there was a lot more freshmen trying out than any other grade. Same thing for soccer, there were many of freshmen trying out for the team. Head of School, Anthony Saba, said that “Santa Ana College might revoke our home games from being there.” We won’t have any more home games if that happens and we will have to call another school that will let us play soccer there.
“My daughter is currently on the volleyball team and it is very difficult to go see her play because I am to busy or can’t go because it is during school or too far,” said Mr. Saba. With that being said it will be a lot better to have a home court at school because it will give us a chance to go see the games here and the teachers could go support the students.
By: Matthew Rodriguez
“ A team isn't a bunch of kids out to win. A team is something you belong to, something you feel, something you have to earn. “
- Gordon Bombay from The Mighty Ducks (1992)
The Anaheim Ducks is a hockey team founded in 1993, and since then, they have been one of the NHL’s elite teams. The Ducks could also be the best hockey team in California, according to fan bias and statistics. Before the Ducks were an official hockey team, the idea started as a movie, called “The Mighty Ducks” which was made by Disney. The Mighty Ducks starring Emilio Estevez, was about a former hockey player named Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) coaching a kids hockey team for community service after being arrested. This movie gave Disney a chance start Anaheim Ducks, which is now owned by Samueli Academy contributor Henry Samueli (P.S. it is in the name.) History has gone by and shaped what is now the 2017 Anaheim Ducks. Here is the story…
By: Daniella Vasquez
There are people around the world who enjoy playing sports. Playing sports requires a lot of practice to become better and better and if you want to become better than you need the patience in yourself to keep and keep trying. When someone is good at a sport it’s noticeable that they took the time and have patience in himself because no one is automatically good at something. “sports do not build character. They reveal it. “ states John Wooden, an American basketball player and head coach of UCLA.
By: Cassidy Van Vooren
You can invest your money in the stock market, you can invest your ideas into a project, so why do we invest our time and energy into sports?
We’ve all watched a game where athletes push themselves to the limit and past overwhelming odds to overcome and mesmerize nations. The crowds cheering on the screen or around us, and we can’t help but cheer along. Though, taking a step back from the sports scene, one might wonder why we even care about sports. Some care more than others, why is that?
By: Ethan Mitchell
Samueli Academy has just started its first team to participate in CyberPatriot. CyberPatriot is an Air Force youth program about cyber defense, with the intentions of using newly developed skills for ethical purposes. Any students who have an interest in learning about CyberPatriot and/or participating, are always welcomed to join. Junior student, Alexander Rodriguez, says, “I think it is awesome that people are willing to do these type of activities instead of wasting time and being unproductive.”
By: Cassidy Van Vooren
There are phrases and words in our everyday vocabulary that are a nod to classic movies, or straight out movie references from classic movies. References will fly over heads, but here’s a list of movies you need to see so that none will fly over yours.
Every April, the NFL Draft is held for teams to select college standouts to play on their team. This player could breakout into a superstar in the NFL. When these teams have a good pick in the draft (especially the #1 pick), they have to choose wisely on who they want to have on their team. Most of the time, these players are really good and sometimes superstars in the NFL. But, there are chances that you can take a bust in the draft (i.e Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf). This grading system shows how well did each team pick in the draft, and how the players fits in the team. So did each team choose the right player?
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