By Chloe Yeager
Most people have hobbies but this one is not the most common. Diane Baker a 16 year old Sophomore at West Hills is on the wrestling team and is most often found at practice whether that be high school season or off season. She is really dedicated to this sport and her dedication has paid off by being able to claim her title as first girl to go to State in West Hills history, so I decided to ask her a few questions.
First, a little background on wrestling, wrestling was originally found in French Babylonian cave drawings but the Greeks created it to train their soldiers for the brutal combat they were going to endure. After the Greeks were defeated by the Romans the Romans took the idea and removed all the brutality from it to create an entertainment source. Greeks still wanted to keep the traditional aspect which is where Greco-Roman wrestling comes from. There are actually 8 different types of wrestling approved by Fila. Folk ( high school), Freestyle (college), Greco-Roman, Mixed Martial Arts or Grappling wrestling, Oil wrestling (Turkish), Beach wrestling, Sambo (Soviet Union), and Pankration, along with many more that are not approved by Fila. Wrestling is a really easy way to get involved and meet other students because teams consist of about 13 wrestlers and you compete with other teams around the same size. Wrestling’s popularity has increased because it is a great workout, it’s fun, challenging, and entertaining.
The sport is kind of expensive though. The initial cost and mandatory items are shoes, headgear, and a hair cap (if you have long hair). Shoes typically range from $45-$100+, head gear $20-$40, and a hair cap is about $30. So all together the cost is around $150 to $200.
Tennis is a sport that originated from northern France and became very popular in England because of King Henry VIII who loved the sport and from there the rest is history. Tennis was not as popular in the states until 1881 when the U.S. National Lawn Tennis Association was formed and from there it became more popular after the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) formed in 1975 that is also when tennis became a widespread sport among high schools. West Hills High School tennis team consists of a Varsity and Junior Varsity Team on the the team they have a variety of skill levels. I personally have played on the team for 3 years and have finished my 4th year . The WHHS tennis team is one of the better teams in our district. We have won all of our matches and hope to keep our streak alive. Most people think of tennis as a boring sport and compare it to golf or rowing. Tennis is an intense game of strategy and skill this game takes strength and mental stamina. You have to know what your opponent’s next move is before they even make it. You have to know how to hit the ball in a way your opponent can’t get to it. Unlike contrary beliefs tennis is not an individual sport it is a team sport because you are all working together to reach the same goal.
by Avila Ashland
To create a sense of community within our school, assemblies are scheduled where we gather together as a school and family to showcase all the cool things going on around campus and all the personal achievements being made. Many students participate on sports teams here at West Hills. To honor them for all their hard work, part of the assembly is set aside to cheer on our athletes. Showing appreciation and respect to our fellow students and peers helps them feel good about their work. An athlete, Alexis Barkley, shares that her favorite part of being in the school assembly is “being able to represent my sport and being there with my team.” Being able to gather together in a fun environment where we can support each other is a positive impact here at school.
By Skye Finnestad
Swim just had their senior night and that was fun; however, the swim finals are still a thing. Swim is almost over. Varsity softball has been doing really well. They practice often and do great at their games. Softball has their last game on Friday! Baseball has had a rough time, but they’re hanging in there. Baseball has a few games next week and then their year is over. They have lost some players due to ineligibility, which is unfortunate. Tennis and volleyball are over. Spring sports are coming to an end.
By Jayden Moreno
In this week’s beat, I went to some people and I asked them, What’s your favorite about West Hills, why did you choose to come here and lastly how is West Hills different from the other high schools. The first person I ask said their favorite part is how friendly everyone is here, they chose to come to West Hills because the academics are very good and they think West Hills is better than everyone because they have the nicest school and have good sports. The second person I asked said their favorite part about West Hills is that they have good sports. They chose to come here to play football and they think West Hills is better than everyone else because they maintain good players with good grades.
As the school year comes to an end so do the sports. Most of the sports have by now had their senior nights and have most likely given out all their awards (spring sports are finishing up). I, being a senior, will never again have the opportunity to be on a high school sports team. I hope my siblings and all incoming freshman tryout for sports because it is an activity that will help shape you as a person and help you to make lifelong friendships. I know my time on the West Hills tennis team is not something I will soon forget. I am excited to move on with the rest of my life, but I am saddened by the fact I have to leave my team mates behind.
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, and 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 your school work to make sure you’re eligible 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 Audrey Lechien
Q: What is your name?
A: Gina Cazares.
Q: What grade are you in?
A: I am a senior.
Q: What are your plans for next year?
A: I am going to SDSU next year for dive.
Q: Are you living on campus or at home?
A: I will be living on campus because I will be on the dive team.
Q: Do you have a scholarship for dive?
A: Yes, I do and I commited to SDSU in November.
Q: Is it hard to manage school and dive right now?
A: Yes, much of time I have competitions I have to travel to and I have to miss school.
Q: So it affects your attendance a lot but not your grades?
A: Ya, I can get all my makeup work done but they do not excuse absences for sports.
Q: Do you think it will be easier or harder in college?
A: It will probably be just as hard to balance school and dive.
By Avila Ashland
There are many perks that come along with being active and involved in school sports and activities here at West Hills. One special thing we do at our sports events is senior night. Senior night is when all the seniors that are playing in that particular sport are honored for their time at their last game. This is done by having their family come, speeches are given, and posters are made. This is a fun way to say thank you and good bye to the seniors by giving them a special night dedicated to them. So if you’re a senior make sure you keep working hard and persevering in whatever sports you’re participating in, so your senior night will be that much more special.
By Skye Finnestad
Do not miss the JV and Varsity Tennis match against Mount Miguel March 6 at 3:30pm. In addition, JV boys volleyball is at 4:30 and varsity is at 5:30. This will be a home game against Liberty Church. If you’re interested in dodgeball, the signups will be March 7th at lunch. Furthermore, varsity baseball plays against Montgomery at 3:30, which is also a home game. On March 8th, JV and varsity tennis play at West Hills against El Capitan at 3:30. Finally, varsity baseball game against Helix High School is at 3:30.