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Softball Season Starts off Strong: Samantha Needham Squares Up at the Plate to Swing for the Fences this Season

Courtesy of Steven Silva

MASON KERN/ Sports Editor

From the young age of seven, senior Samantha Needham knew that she wanted to be a softball player. She entered competitive league play at just 11 years old for TNL Athletics, and has not looked back since.

Her noteworthy career has led Needham to maintain a varsity starting spot as both an outfielder and first baseman for all four years of high school. When she was just starting high school as a freshman, Needham went to the varsity softball tryouts with understandable trepidation, unsure how the leap of faith would unfold. It is hard for a freshman to muster up the confidence to appear at a varsity level tryout in the first place, let alone with coaches and an organization at large that is unfamiliar with the player, or their track record.

Having hailed from the Mira Mesa softball program, Titans softball coaches were entirely unfamiliar with Needham prior to the tryout. However, her ability shone through and she successfully made the varsity team as a freshman, and continued to maintain that spot all four years of high school.

“It was nerve-racking at first because none of the coaches knew me, and being a freshman at my first varsity tryout… it was a scary thing,” Needham admits.

In her four year tenure with the team, she has been involved in an accumulated record of 68-25, including the team’s most recent 6-2 victory against San Pasqual High School.

In her game against Santana, in which the team won 6-1, Needham hit a homerun that scored two runs for the team. It was her first homerun since her freshman year.

Other highlights of her high school career include winning an Open Division CIF championship in the 2015 campaign, as well as the team making an appearance in the Open Division Championship the following year. Unfortunately they came just short in the final innings.

“I’m really grateful to have experienced so much success in such a great program,” Needham said. “I think the new talent will step up and we’ll have another great season this year.”

As with all high school sports, athletes come and go. As a result, teams need to compensate for yearly losses by adding new players developed from the junior varsity level, or in Needham’s case, those underclassman ready to jump straight to varsity.

As a payoff for her hard work and dedication, Needham has since committed to Santa Clara University where she will continue to play softball for the Lady Broncos, as well as pursue a career in the field of broadcast journalism.

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Broadway Performances Coming to San Diego

ALEX STEARNS/ Staff Writer

Theatre Locations: The Civic Center & The Balboa Theatre, Downtown San Diego

KEY: * = The Civic Theatre

         3 = The Balboa Theatre

Matilda*

  • February: 1st (7:00 p.m.), 2nd (7:30 p.m.), 3rd (7:30 p.m.), 4th (2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.), 5th (1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.)

Russian National Ballet: Sleeping Beauty3

  • February: 5th (1:00 p.m.)

Branford Marsalis Quartet3

  • February: 10th (8:00 p.m.)

Leonidas Kavakos & Yunja Wang3

  • February: 11th (8:00 p.m.)

Cinema @ The Balboa Theatre – Disney’s Little Mermaid3

  • February: 12th (1:00 p.m.)

Cinema @ The Balboa Theatre – Breakfast At Tiffany’s3

  • February: 12th (5:00 p.m.)

Scott Bradlee Postmodern Jukebox3

  • February: 16th (7:30 p.m.)

Shaolin Warriors3

  • February: 17th (8:00 p.m.)

Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi*

  • February: 18th (7:00 p.m.), 21st (7:00 p.m.), 24th (7:00 p.m.), 26th (2:00 p.m.)

#IMomSoHard

  • February: 18th (8:00 p.m.)

Under the Streetlamp3

  • March: 8th (4:00 p.m.)

The Legendary Farhad Darya3

  • February: 26th (7:00 p.m.)

Peter Pan*

  • March: 4th (2:30 p.m.) & (7:00 p.m.), 5th (1:00 p.m.)

The Tragedy of Carmen by Peter Brook3

  • March: 10th (7:00 p.m.), 11th (7:00 p.m.), 12th (2:00 p.m.)

Kinky Boots*

  • March: 10th (8:00 p.m.), 11th (2:00 p.m.) & (8:00 p.m.), 12th (1:00 p.m.) & (6:00 p.m.)

Zucchero Black Cat Tour3

  • March: 14th (7:30 p.m.)

Jay and the Silent Bob Get Old3

  • March: 18th (8:00 p.m.)

Malandain Ballet Biarritz: Beauty and the Beast*

  • March: 18th (8:00 p.m.)

An Evening with Neil Gaiman*

  • March: 29th (8:00 p.m.)

Max Raabe and Palast Orchestra3

  • March: 31st (8:00 p.m.)
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Explaining the PE Waiver System

MASON KERN/Sports Editor

There are a plethora of young athletes stuck in the physical education system who crave to escape. Because of this, Poway High School has implemented the PE waiver system to help those people who are already in a junior varsity level sport complete other electives of their choice other than PE. But not all of these athletes understand the process of how to acquire one of these waivers; the answer is located in our Registrar’s office

The PE waiver system aims to help students who are enrolled in physical education to receive their credits by playing the sports in which they are already a part of. As the sports seasons heat up, it is important that young athletes meet the deadline of the PE waiver to escape the horror of the daily activities associated with physical education. Registrar Tania Rowe explains how it works:

“The PE waiver is used for students who are participating in CIF sports. What it does is when you complete a season of CIF sports you can waive five credits of PE. Now that doesn’t make those credits go away, you still need 230 credits to graduate, but instead of  taking PE, which is a state requirement, because you’ve done a CIF sport we allow you to take something in place of that. Because the graduation requirement is two completed years of physical education, the PE waiver comes in handy for young athletes.

However, some students within the school have voiced confusion over how the system works. The rules and regulations associated with the PE waiver are vast because students are required to be at least a sophomore in high school, and be on a junior varsity level sports team, along with other prerequisites.

Because of this,  many students do not bother obtaining one which they deserve because they do not want to deal with the process, “I think a lot of people get confused and eventually disregard this great resource, it really is a shame,” senior Connor Lynch said.

In response to the concern, the school board was clear and concise, and hopefully their answer will clear the air for those who are considering achieving the waiver.

“You can’t have PE on your schedule and waive it at the same time, so freshmen are not eligible. And seniors, we don’t allow to do it in their second semester because if they get injured they can’t complete their sport and then they just wouldn’t graduate because they got injured whereas if you’re in PE and you get injured you can provide a doctor’s note and still pass the class,” Rowe said.

Overall the system seeks to improve the lives of the student body and make it easier for athletes to graduate without having to deal with the struggle that is the public physical education system.

 

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Energy Drink: Red Bull Vs. Monster

ADAM VOGGENTHALER/Staff Writer

Monster and Red Bull are two of the most popular drinks out there.

There are many minor differences between the two that make people prefer one over the other.  For one Monster’s can size is sixteen ounces and Red Bull is served in a twelve ounce can.  Monster energy has a whopping  54 grams of sugar compared to Red Bull only has 37 grams. thus giving Monster a sweeter taste.  The caffeine level in both drinks is extremely high.

Monster tops it off with a massive 89 milligrams of caffeine and Red Bull has 111miligrams. In comparison, an average cup of coffee has 95 milligrams.

There is also a minor price difference that sets apart the two products.  Monster energy drink sells for around three dollars while Red Bull can sell for almost five dollars per can.

Many Titans prefer Red Bull over Monster because Red Bull is faster to drink.  “In my opinion I like Red Bull better because its faster to drink due to the size of the bottle and it makes me feel alive” senior Ryan Carlson Said.  Carlson is not the only titan that prefers red bull.  Many Titans also think Red Bull tastes better “Red Bull simply tastes better than monster” Junior Teryn Correa states .

Many Titans have conflicting views on these two drinks but they both give the person drinking it tons of energy.

Freshmen Tyler Book likes Monster better because “ better” than Red Bull.  Personally, I do not really prefer one over the other.  If I had to choose one drink over the other I would have to go with Monster because I like the taste better.  Topic will always be a hot one.

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The do’s and dont’s of the student section

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By: Brett Masaki

Most Poway High students look forward to Friday football games, but along with the fun there have been some new rules set by students and administration.
“One may not enter unless decked out in Poway attire, ready to get hyped out of their minds, and ready to go undefeated,” senior Ben Decker said.
Along with these rules set by Ben Decker, new rules were set last week by administrators, such as students not being allowed to enter the student section with outside food or drinks and students not being allowed to leave the game and reenter.
These new rules were set, “to clean up the area and make it safer,” Assistant Principle Aaron Little said. The rules were also put in place because of past events where students brought alcohol into the games.
Changes were made by ASB Advisor Emily Pratt, Damien Gonzales, four admin members and one of the counselors, Blanca Arreguin.
Many students do not like this rule.
“I have a weekly Friday tradition for football games where I like to bring a burrito to eat because I have to get there so early to get a good spot,” senior Ryan Carlson said.
Along with these new rules, many people want to see a little more etiquette out of the student section.
“I have heard so much bad language in the student section, and I think it should stop,”senior Nick Beeson said.
The student section etiquette is important to keep in mind through game season.

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Memory Project creates portraits for orphans

hensey-2By: Mia Cervantes

A handful of students in Heidi Hensey’s art class are currently working on the Memory Project for Orphans in Columbia. The Memory Project is a charity organization that invites students to provide a handmade portrait for less fortunate kids around the world. This is not an assigned project that students earn a grade for, but instead a voluntary project that they choose. Students receive a picture of their kid and work on a portrait for several weeks. People choose to work on this project to feel good and along with the portrait, they donate $15 towards the cause.
Hensey found the Memory Project website in 2011 while Google searching for portraits and has given her students the option to participate in this cause ever since.
“These kids have nothing, no memento of childhood, so these portraits are so meaningful to them,” Hensey said.
When the orphans receive their artwork, their reactions are recorded on video and are sent back to the students who created their portraits. Students are able to see these kids light up when they receive these special portraits delivered from across the world.
“We want the portraits to help the children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well being, and to act as meaningful pieces of personal history in the future,” according to the Memory Project Website.
This year, students from Level 2 and up, work on these projects for less fortunate kids in Columbia. In earlier years, Hensey’s students have worked on portraits for kids in Ghana, Haiti, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Over the years, portraits have been for all ages, toddlers to teenagers.
“I’ve been working really hard on this portrait, and I’m really excited to see my kid’s reaction. That will make all this time and hard work totally worth it,” Emily Plummer, a junior in Level 3 said.
Hensey is excited and glad that she was able to find this organization. Ever since she became involved in this cause, she has been working closely with the founder Ben Shumaker. Hensey says that it has been amazing working with him along with the whole organization. She looks forward to giving many more students the opportunity to make kids’ days by using their artistic talents.
For these Titans their projects are something special that they will remember forever.

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Homecoming 2016

Having a Party Under the Stars: Titans dance together at the Air and Space Museum on Saturday, Sept. 24, enjoying the night and letting their spirits fly high. The  Homecoming theme was “Apollo 2016” and students danced for hours, took pictures in the photo-booth, and even rode in a flight simulator, making it a night to remember.

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Track CIF update

On May 30th at Mount Carmel High School the Titans who competed in CIFs astonished with record breaking results. Hayley Leonard raised the crowd with her lightning speed and broke the school record in the 400, and helped break another record in the 4×400 relay. She placed 4th in the 400 and her team placed 1st in the 4×400. The 4×400 relay team will now be moving on to state.

Along with Leonard, Titan stars Maddie Murray placed 4th in the 300 hurdles, and Kayla Meyers placed 1st in the pole vault and beat her personal record by 10 inches. All three will be moving on to state.

On the boys’ side, Jarrett Chin placed 1st in the 800 and will compete at state and the boys 4×4 relay placed 3rd in Division 1.

The State Meet will be held on June 5th and 6th at Buchanan High School in Fresno and the Titans are expected to conclude the season with an outstanding outcome while there.

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Lacrosse takes CIF

On May 27, the guys took on Coronado, who they had lost to by a score of 9-8 earlier in the season. Thanks to a game winning shot by Cole Landolt with 5 seconds remaining in the game, they moved on to the CIF championship, this time on the winning side of a 9-8 score.

The CIF championship was on May 30, between Poway and Torrey Pines. Zach Hodge had three out of the Titans’ eight goals and a solid Titan defense thwarted Torrey Pines’ comeback attempt in the final minutes, leading to a 9-8 win. This was the Titans first CIF championship since 2002.

Boys’ lacrosse has had a successful season to this point, as they did well enough in the regular season to make it to the CIF semifinals against Coronado High School on May 25.

They finished the regular season with a record of 15-6, which was good enough take league.

Some standout players included the four captains: Cole Landolt, Jake Fiske, Zach Hodge, and Nick Beeson. As three juniors and one sophomore respectively, the four will be returning next year, which is good news for the Titans.

“I am very impressed with the way the season has gone so far and have high hopes for the playoffs,” Fiske said.

One highlight of this season was when the Titans played La Costa Canyon High School. The Mavericks were CIF champions last season but the Titans were able to edge out a win by a score of 8-7.

Cole Landolt shot the winning goal with 56 seconds left in the game to take the win from last year’s champs.

The Titans ended the regular season as league champions and went undefeated in league. This is even more impressive if you consider the fact that the team has only one senior, and will be returning, basically intact, next season.

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