Winter sports have commenced. Basketball and soccer tryouts provide the coaches the opportunity to see the talent and skill that Samueli athletes possess, and to begin to formulate their teams.
Basketball tryouts start with completing a form, where prospective players provide their name, grade, and age. Then all the athletes are asked to line up and run drills. The drills allow the coaches to assess the players’ skill level individually. After all the students finish their drill, the coaches create teams to review the players during a scrimmage. The same activities happen on the second day of tryouts. After a couple of days of tryouts the coaches have a good idea of the players’ skill level.
Some people are ready for tryouts and are up for the challenge. “I know the tryouts might be a challenge, but I’ll be up to it,” states Alex Rodriguez. Many other students who are trying out agree with Alex. While others are anxious, especially waited for the results to see who made junior varsity or varsity.
Finally, the list is published. “The tryouts were hard and I knew there were some people who didn’t have much experience,” said Alex Rodriguez, “I’m still looking forward to the season, since making the team was a great feeling for me.”
Soccer tryouts are a similar process. Many students practice with other students to increase their stamina and prepare for the intensity of the tryouts. Some students struggle when participating in tryouts if they haven’t been conditioning before the tryouts.
Trying out for any sport can push an athlete to his or her limit, but most feel it is worth it for a chance to make the team.
“I would like to go to your school, but the sports program is not as great as I hoped for and they do not have my type of sport.” ~Moses, a student outside of Samueli.
Each year student athletes are making the choice to not apply to attend Samueli Academy. The reason they say is that the sports programs are not as developed as the academic programs. In just five years of existence, Samueli is known to have one of the best academic programs in Orange County. In April of this year Samueli Academy was awarded California Gold Ribbon School, an award only 275 middle school or high schools are privileged to receive.
Since it is a young school, its athletic program is not as strong as other Orange County high schools. So, is a strong academic program alone enough to entice students to Samueli Academy?
Moses Aburto, a junior at La Quinta wanted to enroll at Samueli, but because the specific sport that he is interested in playing is not offered at Samueli, he elected to not pursue applying for enrollment. Moses’ sport is swimming, which is not a sport offered at our site. However, in the academics aspect he was really impressed and thought the school was for “geniuses.”
While some students will apply because of our reputation and performance in academics, even academically motivated students have a desire for sports in their lives. “I like sports. It is something I am passionate about,” said Paola Robles, a freshman student. Some positive aspects that sports brings to the high school experience are that it’s fun, it gets your adrenaline up and as Mr. Sheppard, the Sports Administrator, says, “I want to represent my school at another school.” Many athletes enjoy the school spirit that comes from teamwork.
According to Florida National University, participating in sports makes you healthier and can even boost performance on tests. If you want to take advantages of these health tips, some of the sports offered in Samueli are Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Track, Volleyball, and Cheerleading.
First and foremost, Samueli Academy is a place of learning, but as you can see from the list of athletic programs supported at Samueli, we also know that a healthy high school experience is more than academics alone.
There are over 24 million people that play soccer in America, and according to Top End Sport soccer is the most watched sport with 3.5 billion fans tuning in.
Where does this passion for soccer come from? For many their love from the game came from their parents, that was the case for Angel Cuellar, a senior at Samueli Academy says, “I was inspired by my dad because he always watches (soccer) and when I was younger I watched him play,”
Angel played for our team last year, “When I am playing soccer, I feel adrenaline in my body and it is the best feeling. I also enjoy the teamwork with the people that I play with. Soccer is great exercise and a stress reliever.”
Angel shares that his mother gets nervous when he plays soccer. His dad loves it , because he plays too. Some people might have different opinions when it comes to pursuing soccer as a career. Angel’s opinion on the matter is that “If you are really into it and think about it as a career and if you have a passion for it, then yes, pursue it.”
Every famous soccer player has a unique story and reason why they became a professional. Cristiano Ronaldo is currently playing for Real Madrid, "All I wanted to do as a boy was play football.” Ronaldo’s godfather, Fernao Sousa emphasizes Cristiano’s passion, "He loved the game so much he'd miss meals or escape out of his bedroom window with a ball when he was supposed to be doing his homework."
Alex Morgan is currently playing in the U.S. Women’s National Team. “I was 7 or 8 years old, I remember writing a note to my mom that when I grow up I want to become a professional soccer player. That was my dream and I stuck to it.” Alex goes on to share, “when I was 9, the Women’s World Cup was going on. … Kristine Lilly is a big reason I wear No. 13 today.”
Soccer has grown increasingly popular throughout time and it is one of the sports that has a diversity of people playing as well as its fan base. It is not a sport where there is only one race or culture that is dominating. Even though people might think that it is a violent sport, they also think it is a great sport to play and to watch. Soccer is a sport where both men and women athletes are celebrated. Some soccer clubs encourage competition where female and males play soccer together.
Cross country runners have to endure hard training and practice when training for their sport. What makes them keep moving forward when running long distances? How do they improve their so they won't crash during a race?
Most students assume that cross country runners improve simply by repeatedly running long distances. There’s more to their training than just increasing their miles. According to one of Samueli Academy’s freshman cross country runners, Tyler, “Cross country training includes regular, consistent workouts that focus on pace, speed, and stamina.”
Runners become excellent by trying their hardest. Just like in any sport, nobody begins at the top. Practice and feedback are critical to success. “Be willing to accept criticism, giving 110%, not missing practice, and have the desire to win,” shares Coach Kalbhenn.
Practice and improvement in increments is essential for cross runners to reduce their race time. In an article from Livestrong ,”Run for Life states that a 10-minute mile rate is good for beginners; the goal is to complete 3 miles in 30 minutes.” Coach Kalbhenn reinforces the article’s findings, “You should be able to run 10 miles at 80% of your speed and be willing to practice 5 days a week.” The more miles, the merrier for distance runners.
When you are training in cross country, working on speed is as or perhaps more important than distance workouts. When running speed, you train your body to perform at a faster pace.
At times, when training, you may feel like giving up, that cross country is just too hard. A recommendation to push beyond giving up is to find a pace that works well for you. Then once you get used to a distance at that pace, add distance gradually. In an article from Livestrong, “All cross country runners must build up endurance and stamina, and elite runners are used to rough training” said Lee Simmons. Even the best distance runners started with that first step.
by Rayne Marshall
Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.
Women have been in sports for decades. But it wasn’t always a mainstream thing. It used to be almost absurd for women to be in sports. In fact, it was highly encouraged that women do not run because doctors warned that if they did their uterus would fall out.
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
By Arthur Cortez
Boys’ soccer at Samueli Academy has established itself as a program to showcase our athletes’ talent and passion for the sport. Preseason has begun and players are preparing for their upcoming games.
In addition to the players ramping up for the new season, so is our new soccer coach, Cameron Howard. As the coaches who preceded him, Coach Cameron’s goal is to win CIF this year and put the school’s name out there to be recognized.
In our short history of competing with other schools in boys’ soccer, Samueli has had two previous coaches. Our former coach, Coach Fernie was a great coach who mentored and trained the boys’ soccer teams the previous two years. Coach Beltran, who was the most successful coach at Samueli Academy soccer program was the founding coach beginning with the 2014-15 season. Coach Beltran decided to follow his dream of creating beautiful works of art. The foundation that coach Beltran built for this program without a doubt still impacts many of our current varsity players.
“Coaches come and go, and so do the seasons,” said Eduardo Leon, varsity soccer player. “It’s a new season with a new coach and new expectations.” This means that all players will have to prove that they want to be part of the team, regardless if they have previously played on the team. “Show it on the field, players are discouraged when another player claims he will automatically have a reserved spot on the team,” says Eduardo. “It’s a different experience for each coach. Beltran coached a quick-passing Barcelona style. Coach Fernie was more counter-attacking. Coach Cameron I feel will be a more tactical coach, similar to Coach Beltran,” Eduardo further explains.
Players have greater expectations as they gain more experience playing for the team, and for the younger players, they shouldn’t be shy to bring their creativity and talent to the team.
As many of the varsity team members are seniors, and this will be their last season playing for Samueli, the team will pull together to reach the goal they share with Coach Cameron, to win CIF.
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.
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…
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