Sports

Field Update from Mr. Hawthorne

No Comments 22 May 2015

By Creekstar Allan
Sports Editor Elect

Many students at La Jolla High school have been aware of the field reconstruction since it was proposed, and now that the construction is well underway Mr. Hawthorne has agreed to update the student body on the progress of the project.

There are still many decisions to be made about the outcome of the field. Mr. Hawthorne announced that while the field is under construction, the teams that normally practice on the field would find alternative sites to practice and compete, provided through the efforts of our athletic director, coach Conway.

There is a possibility that some field hockey games will still be played home at Muirlands as normal, but sports like soccer and football may not be so fortunate to play that close to home.

One thing that is being constructed is a tennis pavilion that is going to be put next to the current tennis courts with storage and office space as well as outdoor seating covered by an awning. Other alterations to the field include replacing the press box, remaking both the turf and field, repainting the home bleachers, installing permanent away bleachers, a new weight room, and rebuilding coaches’ offices. Also, a new entrance by the archway near the 500 building will be turned into a functioning funneling point into the stadium.

Overall, it’s going to be a challenge. However, we can use it as motivation and give us the opportunity to rally together, believing that we can win no matter where we play. The whole process is estimated to be completed in a total of 18 months beginning to end.

Sports

Born to Win

No Comments 22 May 2015

By Jordan Beary
Staff Writer

Many people have the dream of becoming an Olympic medalist. The journey to get there is different in every country and there have been many controversies about whether or not children should be trained at a young age to compete in the Olympics. China is well known for their ruthless training of young children to compete for the gold medal. Many have wondered how Chinese competitors are so much stronger, faster and fitter, than their rivals.

The sport that this crucial technique is most commonly found is gymnastics. Children as young as the age of four train in the gym for up to eight hours a day, six days a week. While training techniques appear to be extreme to other eyes, it provides insight and explanation to why China is winning so many of these events. Parents of these promising athletes, some of whom are poor, are often given a home in their hometowns by the local sports department. Others just want a decent education for their children. Gymnastics is the main event where this occurs, but it isn’t the only sport. Figure Skating, Diving and also swimming are some of the sports that China excel in due to early training.

Chinese also excel in the following sports; canoeing, swimming, speed skating, American football, Badminton, Bandy, also known as Hockey, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Chess, Cricket, Curling, Figure skating, Football, Golf, Motor racing, Rugby Union, Snooker, also known as pool, Speed skating, Table tennis, also known as ping pong, Tennis, Volleyball and Weightlifting. Not all of those sports require training at such a young age but are all taken very seriously.

There has been an escalating amount of anger and disagreement these past years over the conditions of these children, who are forced to live and breathe their sport, many of whom are boarded at the training center away from their families. Although China is the most involved with training these kids early in their life, other countries such as Russia and European countries are in on the technique as well. Just like China, they take the kids at a young age and competitively train them at a sport. You have to be sixteen years of age to compete in the Olympics so clearly you need to start early, but is being forced at the age of four too early?

Sports

Deflategate Update

No Comments 22 May 2015

By Stephanie Buchbinder
Sports Editor

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been punished with a four-game suspension without pay in relation to his probable involvement in the “Deflategate” scandal, which saw the Patriots using under-inflated footballs to gain an advantage in the playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts in January. The teams were competing for a spot in Super Bowl XLIX, which the Patriots went on to win.

In addition to Brady’s suspension, the NFL announced on May 11 that the Patriots were also being fined $1 million and would forfeit their first-round draft pick in 2016 and their fourth-round draft pick in 2017.

Attorney Ted Wells was hired by the NFL to investigate the scandal, and his findings confirmed that the team did, in fact, use deflated footballs to gain an unfair advantage against the Colts. Although it was not found that Brady had direct involvement with the deflation of the footballs, the report stated that “it is more probable than not” that Brady was “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” of equipment assistant John Jastremski and locker room attendant Jim McNally. Jastremski has been with the team for 14 years and, according to CNN, has been in charge of preparation of game day footballs “for the past three years.” The league said that Jastremski and McNally have been indefinitely suspended without pay since May 6 and cannot be reinstated without NFL approval.

Due to his suspension, Brady will not play in the first four regular season games of 2015 but will still be allowed to participate in training camp and other preseason activities.

Controversy has arisen out of the decisions, as some believe that Brady is not being punished in a harsh enough manner, while others believe he should not be punished at all. Brady’s agent Tom Yee defended Brady, saying that, “the discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis.”

The NFL Players Association has appealed the decision, claiming, in part, that there is “insufficient evidence” to punish Brady.

Sports

Aim to Please

No Comments 22 May 2015

By Joseph Carroll
Staff Writer

The La Jolla High School Archery Team has done very well this season.  The team took first place in the regional tournament and will be going to the state tournament at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.  One high school the  team is looking forward to facing is arch-rival Glendale High School  in Los Angeles.

According to team member Gillian Franks, “If our team did have a rivalry, it would be Glendale because they are a pretty skilled team, but we are better.”  After the previous coach passed away mid-season, the team was saved when ex-Archery coach Mr. Teachworth volunteered to take over the position.  The team currently practices in the cafeteria after school.

Unlike some sports that require physical endurance, quick reaction skills, and physical contact, Archery requires mental discipline and relaxing the body to stay as concentrated as possible.  Xiao Bao, a junior on the La Jolla High School Archery team, says, “The archery team is great because it’s fun when you’re being watched by everyone when you’re about to shoot, and it relaxes you but also makes you tense because you don’t want to miss the target.”

LJHS is very privileged to have an archery team as many schools do not offer a program like this.  Junior Aaron Garcia said, “I like getting to know everyone on the team and also getting to be a part of a sport that other schools don’t have.”

Sports

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

No Comments 22 May 2015

Andrea Albanez Opinions Editor Elect

This past month we have had a lot of great sporting events. The NFL Draft and the 141st Kentucky Derby brought the usual excitement that occurs this time of year, but many were amped and focused on “the fight of the century” between Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. The hype accompanying the event brought much speculation as to how it would play out, but many were disappointed with the outcome.

The build up to the fight was what caused the fight to get so much attention. Many people were buzzing on social media, choosing if they were on Team Pacman (Pacquiao supporters) or The Money Team (Mayweather supporters).

The overall money spent on the fight and bidding on a winner was enormous. According to CNN, $180,000 is the estimated cost of the ringside seats on the night of the fight; $100 was the fee pay-per-view subscribers had to pay in order to watch the fight; and $1.5 million was the net worth of Pacquiao’s shorts alone after the fight. And, according to The Guardian, a $500,000 bet on Pacquiao to win was the biggest wager that the MGM Grand ever had for a fight. The event that took place on April 23rd became a $300 million dollar fight that many were excited to watch.

The fight itself had unexpected outcomes. Mayweather threw 435 total punches in the match, with Pacquiao close behind with a total of 429 punches. This was below Pacquiao’s usual average of thrown punches. Though they both had a similar amount of punches, Pacquiao only landed 81 of those punches, while Mayweather landed 134 punches.

Based on the statistics, the three judges scored the fight as 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110 in Mayweather’s favor, resulting in Mayweather winning the fight by a unanimous decision.

At the end of the fight, many were upset by the fact that Mayweather won, but many more were more upset about the controversy that arose after the fight. According to The National, just an hour after the fight, Pacquiao was complaining about an injury in his right shoulder during the fight; since he did not come forward with the injury before the fight, he is “likely to face disciplinary action for failing to disclose a previous shoulder injury.”

Viewers watching the fight at the arena or pay-per-view who felt that the end result was “cheated” from them have considered suing.

The fight that was supposed to be a mega-hit turned out to be an average fight between two great boxers that many felt were beyond their prime. We will just have to wait again until we have the next big boxing match to see if it is all that we hope it to be.

Sports

Spring CIF Recap

No Comments 22 May 2015

By Joseph Carroll
Staff Writer

As the year comes to a close, so do the spring sports, as they wrap up the end of their season by participating in CIF’s.

Men’s Tennis

According to senior Sasha Kovacevic the men’s tennis team made it all the way to the semi finals of CIF, where they lost to Torrey Pines.

Lacrosse

The men’s lacrosse team is still in season and made it into CIF as the 7th seed. Unfortunately, the women’s lacrosse team lost to La Costa Canyon in the first round of CIF.

Baseball

According to senior Luke Bucon, “We are currently the number one seed and just have a couple of games left in the season.  If all goes well we will win CIF.”

Men’s Golf

The men’s golf team has not started their CIF matches yet; they, however, had an important match on 5/14. Senior Holden Ward said, “It’s been fun playing on the team this year and hopefully we will win our next couple of matches.”

Badminton

In speaking of their record, senior Caris Wei said, “Our record right now is 7-2, and we will be deciding to see the next team we play for CIF.”

Softball

According to senior Katja Sarajan, the softball team’s record is 12-11, and they are in their final week of league play.  Their senior night took place on May 14.

Swim

The swim team had preliminaries on May 13 and finals on May 16, with many of the varsity team members competing. After the finals on Saturday, qualifying swimmers will go to the next level, which is state. Jack Chapman remarked, “We’re second seed to Torrey Pines with our first game of CIF against East Lake. We’re all hoping to move far and win as many games as possible.”

Track&Field

The track team had their qualifying meet on 5/15 and CIF is on May 23 at Mt. Carmel High School. Junior Satori Robertson  is one of the members of the team who qualified for CIF in pole vaulting.

Sports

San Diego Super Padres

No Comments 17 April 2015

By Stephanie Buchbinder
Sports Editor

The San Diego Padres have had a very impressive start to the 2015 season. Since their season began on April 6, they have beat many reputable teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. Their three straight wins against the San Francisco Giants was especially impressive because the Giants are the defending World Series champs.

Many new players were added to the team’s roster this year bringing the team up to 40 total players.

The Padres made five trades that included 24 players and six other teams. Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, and Justin Upton are among those who joined. Kemp, 30, came from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Myers, 24, was traded to the Padres from the Tampa Bay Rays, but began his career playing for the Kansas City Royals.

Upton, 27, started his career being in the first round draft pick for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005, and moved on to play for the Braves until being traded to the Padres. Although the team added a plethora of new players, which cost them a large amount of money, it was a returning player, Yonder Alonso (pictured), who put the team on the board during their game against the Diamondbacks when he hit a home run ball 416 feet into the stands.

His season is off to a great start, considering he is coming off a quiet spring training season while he recovered from an offseason surgery. With the exciting start to the season, Padres fans are looking forward to what this season will bring.

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