Rugby vs. Football

No Comments 17 April 2015

By Ana Gimber
Staff Writer

What is the difference between football and rugby? First of all, Rugby originated in England and is a worldwide sport, while football is all-American. Rugby is a blend of the contact of American football, the running of soccer, and the transition of basketball. The major differences are the dynamics of the game, the rules, and the attire.

Rugby is more hectic because plays don’t stop for very long. The rugby field is smaller, which makes the game move even faster. Also, where football games consist of four 15 minute quarters with a half time and clock stopping, rugby games consist of two 40 minute halves with a 10 minute break in between. Rugby is played with 15 players on the field at a time and subbing is limited to 7 times per game. Also, once a rugby player leaves the field, he cannot be subbed back in. In football, there are always eleven players on the field and subbing is unlimited.

One major rule in rugby is no forward throwing. Instead, players must pass the ball sideways or behind them. Players also can kick the ball to their teammates but a player is offsides if they are in front of the kicker.

Also, only the player with possession of the ball can be interfered with. Defenders will get a penalty if they attack a player who doesn’t have the ball. Blocking, which is also a big part in football, is against the rules in rugby.

The difference between an American football and a rugby ball is that a rugby ball is a little bigger, more rounded, and does not have laces. In order to score in rugby, one must place the ball down on the opponents goal line but in football the player can carry the ball past the opponents line. Another drastic difference is attire. Rugby does not permit hard helmets, gloves, and padding on shoulders or collarbone. All that is required is a mouth guard. There is less protective gear worn in rugby than in football.


NFL Blackout Rule Suspended

No Comments 17 April 2015

By Ana Gimber
Staff Writer

The NFL has suspended the blackout policy for the 2015 regular season. This means every football game will be aired, unlike in past seasons.

The unpopular blackout rule stated that if a game wasn’t sold out 72 hours before kickoff, the game would not be shown on TV. The policy was created by NFL owners and put into effect in 1973 because NFL teams relied solely on ticket sales for revenue.

Today, NFL teams receive more money from TV than ticket sales. There were two blackouts in 2013 and none last year. Sunday afternoon games are the most vulnerable because more people would rather watch the game on TV than watch the game live at the stadium. After the one-year suspension, the league will evaluate the damage in attendance and decide if they want to continue the suspension for years to come.


March Madness Recap

No Comments 17 April 2015

By Izzie Melvin

This year’s men’s NCAA college basketball tournament, widely known as March Madness, took place from March Blue Devils ultimately brought home their fifth national title trophy after beating the Uni-versity of Wisconsin, a fellow 1 seed, with a score of 68-63. Standouts in the national championship game included -len, who scored 16 points in 21 minutes. Allen said, “When I saw us get down a little bit, I saw that we needed energy out there. That’s what I want–ers included Tyus Jones, Jahlil

Okafor and Justise Winslow, with Jones scoring 19 points in the second half. With this success, talk of a “one-and-done” approach has been circulating.

“My team had great grit and determination. Our defense down the stretch was magnificent,” said Duke -wski, according to their one and only champion-keep the game close, leading multiple times throughout. The Badgers beat both Arizona and Kentucky in this year’s NCAA tournament, teams with a 2 and 1 seed, respectively. place throughout the nation, with a twelve-year-old boy creating an almost per-fect bracket. He was denied the prize because you must be eighteen or over to par-ticipate in ESPN’s challenge.


Kevin Dixon

No Comments 17 April 2015

By Andrea Albanez
Staff Writer

Track and field is a popular sport that many students at La Jolla High School are a part of. From pole-vaulting to long jump to relay races, there are a wide variety of events that students can do for the track and field season. But senior Kevin Dixon’s specialty is the 300-meter hurdle race, and this year, he started at #1 in league for that event.

Having started track and field in seventh grade, Dixon recalled that “it was the only sport at school that didn’t require tryouts” and since he “was not good at other sports,” he tried out for the team and made it, which is when he first got introduced to hurdle events. Since then, he has been doing track, and since his sophomore year, Dixon has been on the varsity team doing the 300-meter hurdle race. For this event, he said that doing the hurdle race takes “a lot of endurance, like training, speed, and hurdle works.”

He does this to get the right motion and endurance to be good at the event, but the hardest part of the event is “to get your form down.” From all of the training he has done for the event, his best time in the 300-meter hurtle race has been 42 seconds. What he enjoys most about track and field is “the exhilaration of going through a race and the adrenaline before a race starts.” As for his event, “…[he] like[s] that it’s a challenging race and not a lot of people are up to run it.” For the rest of the season, Dixon thinks that this year’s team will do very well.

Though he has not run at his top form yet because he is just recovering from an injury, he said, “From our first meet, based on that one, we are really good, so we are probably going to have a good season this year.” Kevin Dixon has become a huge part of the track and field team because of his great skill at the 300-meter hurdle race. With his seat as #1 in league for that event, track and field is already starting off strongly this year.


Dancing with the Athletes

No Comments 17 April 2015

By Yenitzia Lopez
Staff Writer

Michael Sam is a defensive end who played college football for the University of Missouri and was later drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL 2014 Draft. Following his college football career, Sam publicly came out as the first ever gay football player drafted into the NFL.

After being cut by the Rams at the end of training camp, Sam spent time on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad before being waived (claimed by another team prior to the athlete’s four years of experience). From playing on a college football team to being the first gay man ever drafted by the NFL, Sam is now taking the dance floor.

After appearing as a contestant on the hit competition television show Dancing with the Stars, Sam received some criticism from the football community for partaking in such a committed event, airing a week before the start of the NFL 2015 Scouting Combine (the process of training and eliminating incoming players for the NFL). According to ESPN, Sam was asked at the combine about whether his participation on Dancing with the Stars will impact chances of him getting signed to a team this year.

“Next Question,” was all Sam responded. According to USA Today Sports, Sam’s results in the 40- yard dash were worse than how he did at the rookie combine. Sam’s partner, Peta Murgatroy, stated in a Dancing with the Stars interview that he “trains for 3 hours at the gym, then he comes straight to me for four hours of dancing. I honestly don’t know how he does it.” Although Sam’s athletic job isn’t effectively running, he is still a hero to the gay rights community and is ready to take on life’s new challenges. Sam truly defies the expectations of society with every move in his career.


Lesser Known Sports Of LJHS

No Comments 17 April 2015

By Kieran Bauman
Staff Writer

La Jolla High School, like most high schools, has many teams in various sports, such as football, soccer, tennis, and swimming. Many students attend games for these sports, and they are a great way to show school spirit and support; however, there are many teams that are unknown to most of our students.

One of these lesser known sports is paddling. The only team where students can participate in this sport is the San Diego Crew and Kayak Team. Only 4 LJHS students are on this team- the rest of the members come from other schools around the county such as Francis Parker, Mission Bay, and Clairemont. The San Diego Canoe Kayak Team (SDCKT) is the only kayak club in California. Therefore, when it competes, it represents the school on a state level. “Paddling is only difficult if you make it. There is a place for recreational, easy work, or hard speed based races,” says LJHS Junior and long time paddler Michael Miller. According to Ryan Miller, “Paddling is the fastest growing water sport in America, and it is already immensely popular in Europe.

It is a very good way to stay in shape at a local, national, or international level. It requires great amounts of skill, technique, and dedication.” Another example is the sailing team at LJHS. “When people find out that I am on the Sailing Team, the number one response I get from them is: “We have a sailing team?” Or, “Is that like crew?” It’s interesting because we were in the homecoming float parade and club day”, Joanna Garcia, a senior , said. The team has around 15 members, practices in Mission Bay, and attends races (regattas) up and down the California coast.

Archery, a sport that was very popular at the beginning of the year, saw its popularity drop around first semester. “The team membership almost decreased by half,” says junior Nick Deckhut. “First semester had no popularity because the location moved, and it cost a lot of money. Now, the practice site has been moved back to the school, and now Mr. Teachworth is teaching it again. There has been a recent splurge in interest due to this change,” says junior Xiao-Bao Bao.


Winter Sports Recap

No Comments 13 March 2015

By Jordan Beary
Staff Writer

Unfortunately, the lack of winter teams bringing home a CIF Trophy this year caused heartbreaks for the six teams, but five of them did make playoffs. After talking with the captains from each sport team it seemed that they were all proud of their teammates, especially their work rate and teamwork.

According to Reed Farley, captain of the men’s varsity basketball team, said he loved playing with the team because he thought they were a good group of guys that always put in hard work which made it fun to be a part of. The same situation occurred for the captain of the women’s varsity basketball team, Sarah Tajran.

When asked about the team this year, her response was, “I’ve played basketball pretty much my whole life and of all the teams I’ve played on, I loved this one the most because we were such a tight unit.” Sarah also stated, “We started off super weak so we only had each other and we were so close. Beating UC and teams we had previously lost to was probably when we gained all our strength. It made us all stronger and better!”

Both our men’s and women’s varsity soccer teams made it to the first round of CIF and lost in a tough match. James Penner reflected and stated, “From offense to defense, we improved and had better results than last season. Honestly everyone stepped up and contributed. We played best when everyone played well and together. In our playoff loss, we didn’t do either and, combined with some bad calls by the ref, our season ended too soon.”

He says that the highlight of their season was beating Cathedral Catholic on their senior night because he thought that the whole team played well together with the leadership and wisdom of the senior players. On the women’s team, captain Lillian Raffetto commented when asked about highlights from the season, “Beating Bishop’s was a huge win for us, and it was really the turning point in the season.” Lillian also said, “Jess Penner and Maddie Lavelle stepped up big time in the midfield and helped create scoring opportunities. Sophia Bourne played a huge role in the defense even though her natural position is up top. When we moved Sophia into the back, we started winning games.”

According to senior Addison Seale, captain of the women’s water polo team, the goals for the season were just to have fun, work hard, and make great memories with the team. When asked if there were any star players that brought up the team this year, Addison’s response was, “We all worked hard as a team the whole year!” As captain, Jake Harvey thought that the men’s varsity wrestling team was greatly improving and rebuilding the program after losing many senior last year and getting a new head coach. When asked how the team approached matches, Jake quoted head coach Kellen Delaney, saying, “Every team opposes you.”

He continued, “Our team approached every single deal with a fire and an excitement that I haven’t seen in a while.” Overall the six teams worked hard to beat many good teams. This year, each team worked extremely hard to bring back the fiery reputations that the LJHS sports teams had in previous years. Great season, Vikings!


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