by Katie Willoughby
Basketball was created in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith as a less injury-prone sport than football. The game became well known quickly and grew very popular as the 20th century progressed. First in America and then throughout the world. After basketball became established in American colleges, the professional game followed. The American National Basketball Association (NBA) established in 1946 grew to a multibillion-dollar company by the end of the century and basketball became an important part of American culture. Basketball is an important sport at West Hills our teams have won numerous awards and have a great reputation among other high school teams. Right now the girls basketball season is in play and will end the 16th of February.
by Avila Ashland
West Hills offers many sports giving students opportunities to work with others on a team and grow physically and mentally. I interviewed a former soccer player, John Draney. He shared with me the ups and downs of playing a sport in high school. Playing on a team, you make many good relationships with people because you’re all working hard together with a common goal and the same interests. The competitiveness of it offers a challenge that is always pushing you to work to be your best. Staying in a sport also keeps you in shape while having fun. It was also reported that staying in a sport while managing school can be a bit of a struggle. Managing time is a big part of playing a sport because you still have to fit in all the school work to make sure you’re able to play on the team. Especially at the end of a long practice you often want to just go home and nap, but you have to stay committed to school and get all your work done. Playing a sport in high school is a big commitment, but overall it is a great experience where you bond with others and learn life lessons.
by Cameron Brooks
For my beat I interview Derek Tingey, who is a member of the varsity cross country team. When I asked him how long he has wanted join the team? He said that he, ¨Didn’t originally want to join,¨ but that after seeing his brother and his friends have fun on the team he decided to. He has been a member of the team his entire tenure at West Hills and he said the friendships that develop while on the team motivates him to keep competing.
He stated that the hardest part about cross country was the endurance you have to have while going fast, but that he improves his endurance by practicing every day taking Sundays off. The varsity cross country team practices from 3-5 pm by doing various different workouts: long run, speed workouts, and ¨easy days.¨ Races are every Friday, so be sure to support your Wolfpack cross country team.
by Chloe Yeager
Wrestling season has recently started and this past week and on Saturday we had a tournament for both Junior Varsity and Varsity. Our boys and girls did an exceptional job especially Greg Roberts (170) and Justin Zingale (113).
This Thursday the team is hosting and inter-team scrimmage to help the new wrestlers know how a dual meet takes place. We invite friends and family to attend.
JV also has a dual meet this Saturday as well. Where we hope to have every wrestler wrestle and do exceptionally well.
by Zion Reyes
For my beat this week, I will be asking varsity cross country athlete Derek Tingey about track preseason and what his plans and goals are going to be for this year’s track season. Here are the questions I asked him: What are your goals for this year’s track season? Are there are specific schools or people you want to beat? What are you going to do this preseason to prepare? The following paragraph will be his answers in respective order.
This track season I want to win our league meet for the mile and 800m. I want to make it to CIF finals. I also want to beat Grossmont during our duel in the mile and 800m and I want to beat Brady DeHaven in the mile at our league meet because he’s the top returner. During the preseason I’m going to do a lot of intense workouts and strengthening so that I’ll be strong enough to win.
by Devin Craig
Last week there were many sporting events. Many of them came with thrill and suspense; however, the Wolf Pack prevailed over most. There was girls soccer, boys soccer, and girls water polo. In girls soccer they have been doing very well. There were two girls soccer games last week and they were both hard fought victories. In boys soccer they have been putting up a good fight winning their only game of the week with ease. Lastly, is the girls water polo team which played two games last week. They won one of their games and they lost the other one. All in all it has been a good week for West Hills sports teams.
by Jayden Moreo
In this week’s beat I went to ask one of the senior basketball players a couple of questions. I thought asking him about sports would be perfect because he has been on the Varsity Basketball team since his freshman year. So after our practice I went and asked him these following questions: How fast did high school go and what was your favorite part, What do you plan on doing next year, and lastly What are you most excited for this year?
For the first question he said freshmen year felt like yesterday but his favorite part was being able to get involved with everything. The next answer was he wants to wait and see after the season to see if he receives an offer from anyone and lastly he is most excited for playing the game he loves with his brothers
by Star Gaylord
I interviewed Travis Deal, a football player for West Hills High School. Travis plays the position “slot” and started out the season on the varsity team. He got moved down to JV because their “star player” Steven Cristini broke his thumb. Deal is helping out the younger team a lot because he is able to stand as a leader and a role model for them.
As of Friday, September 22, Varsity has a record of 4-1 and are on a 4 game winning streak. JV has a record of 3-2 and has been playing up and down; they’re not going very steady. The freshman team has a record of 2-3 but are very competitive. This week there are no games (this is called a bye week). Deal says that this bye week will benefit our varsity team because it will give them the chance to get more practice in for the game against Valhalla. He says Valhalla will be a good and tough matchup for our Wolfpack, so we must prepare.
by Anna Parrott
The annual Winter Sports Assembly will be held on Friday, December 8th during 5th period. Assemblies are an exciting gathering of students to celebrate and acknowledge the community of West Hills. In this assembly, those participating in varsity winter sports will have the chance to have the spotlight on them as they run into the gym with their team. Such winter sports include boys wrestling, boys soccer, boys basketball, girls soccer, girls basketball, and girls water polo. As a student sitting in the stands, it is so much fun to cheer on your friends as they rush out. Another thrilling aspect of the Winter Assembly is the performance that both the JV and varsity cheerleaders put on for the crowd. This gives them a chance to show off the hard work they have put into preparing for upcoming cheer competitions. Assemblies are a great way to present our school’s successful athletes.
by Zion Reyes
Interview with William Cleves
For my beat contact this week, I was planning to ask the current country coach, who is Señor Naranjo. When I spoke to him, he said that since he hadn’t really been coach for too long, he said that the old coach, Coach Cleves, would be better suited for these questions. Here are the questions: As coach, when do you remember the “golden age” of the team? What was done during those years that should be replicated now? Do you have any general tips for new cross country runners?
Here are his answers in respective order. It was 1998 to 2007. During that time the boys won 6 CIF titles and the girls one, with 3-4 runner-up. West Hills was the new school then, and many of our best athletes lived outside of Santee. It would be hard to replicate that. Running consistently without zeros over a long period of time is very important. Athletes fall into the trap of searching for a magic workout that does not exist. Having realistic goals and resetting them from time to time.