by Zion Reyes
For my beat I conducted an interview with the “Zingy” Derek Tingey, since he is a varsity cross country runner. Here are the questions I asked him. How often do you have a race and what do you do to prepare the morning of your race? Who do you consider as the big rival for this year and how do you plan to beat them? Lastly, how many miles do you think you’ve ran in the last six months.
Here are his answers in order. Every week and I drink a lot of water. El Capitan because of their top runner, Matt Machnov. I plan to beat them by training harder than them and studying the course we will be racing each other on next. In the last 6 months, I’ve probably ran approximately 1000 miles.
by Chloe Yeager
Thursday’s home Varsity Water polo game against Point Loma was a success. We kicked it off quickly with a goal from Tyler Grady (4) followed by another goal scored by Keith Patrick (2). The Pointers scored twice to tie it up. The game remained in a back and forth struggle between the two teams for the first two periods with Cody Breshears (13) and Skylar Pelant (11) each scoring. Leaving it at 5 to 5 when halftime hit. The Wolfpack kicked it off with another goal scored by Ayden McClure (14). Cody also scored another goal which had been his second one that night. Our 8th goal gave a lead and was an amazing shot by Cody whose head was completely submerged. The game continued neck and neck until West Hills players Garrett Fernandez (6) and Cody (13) scored our 9th and 10th goal giving us a 3 point lead heading into the 3rd period. The game had become hectic with the pressure of winning but the Wolfpack came out with a win 10-9.
by Jayden Moreno
In this week’s beat I chose to ask three people from the varsity basketball team a couple of questions. The questions: why do they play, how long have they been playing and how do they maintain good grades so they can play. The first person I ask said he has been playing since 2nd grade and he plays because he loves the sport. This person also told me he keeps his grades good by putting school before basketball.
The second person said he has been playing since 6th grade and plays because he’s pretty good. This person said he keeps his grades good by always studying and doing his homework. The last person I ask said he has been playing since freshman year and is still playing because he ended up loving the game after his first year. He maintains his good grades by always studying and never missing an assignment.
by Devin Craig
The volleyball match which occurred this weekend was intense. Our West Hills Wolf Pack played against Steele Canyon. West Hills brought outstanding defense to the table right out of the gate. In addition to their great defense, West Hills also delivered with their offense, making them an unstoppable force in all three sets.
However, Steele had some good moments too. They began the match trailing by 6 points. Their offense really stepped up their game and gathered the points they needed to throw it into a tie. West Hills, however; stood strong and countered all of their attacks. Steele proceeded to get beaten in every set.
Steele put up a good fight, but in the end it was West Hills that took the victory. I am eager to watch the next volleyball game and to write a review that includes as much good news.
by Zion Reyes
Interview of Derek Tingey on the HOKA ONE ONE Race
For my beat this week I interviewed Derek Tingey about the recent HOKA ONE ONE Postal 2 Mile. Were you able to beat any rivals you have during the race? How did you prepare for the race beforehand? Did you get the result you were hoping for? The following are the answers he gave me in respective order.
Yes, I did beat some of my rivals. I got to beat the entire Grossmont team in my race, however; I didn’t beat my nemesis, Matt Machnov. I did my pre-race ritual the night before, but it is confidential. I also eat a banana before and listen to hype music. I was hoping to run a little faster, but I PR’d which is good.
by Chloe Yeager
Out with the old and in with the new. The seasons are changing and Winter sports are beginning. Now we have Basketball, Wrestling, and Girls Water polo as the most popular. I have interviewed some wrestlers on their goals for the season coming up. Diane Baker says that she is ecstatic for the season to come and hopes that she will be able to make it to girls State the year. Senior, Ethan Yeager, is excited to see what takes place in his wrestling career this year at a new weight class and plans to make it to Masters again this year, as well as continue wrestling in college.
Basketball players are also excited for the season coming up. Pre-season has begun and players are currently suffering the morning practices. With hopes of making it to CIF this year it will be interesting to see what this season has in store for the West Hills boys and girls teams.
by Jayden Moreno
In this weeks beat I asked players from the football team how they plan on beating their next few opponents this season and what would be their strategy if they make playoffs.
The first person I interviewed said they must have amazing defense because defense wins games and if their defense stops the opposite team then all they need to do is score. The last player I asked theses questions to said if they want to win they must put points on the board because you can’t win a game without any points. After I interviewed both of the players I asked them what would their playoff strategy be? And they said they would need a lot of energy and that should win them more games.
by Devin Craig
The past two football games have been a wild ride. The first game against Helix was a complete blowout. West Hill’s defenses was constantly being penetrated by Helix. They took advantage of this and scored many times. In the end, Helix destroyed West Hills with a final score of 54-6. However, West Hills did not let this discourage them. They came back the following week in the second game against El Capitan. After some hard fought offensive drives, West Hills eventually defeated El Cap in a very close game. Overall, these games have been quite eventful and it has been a blast being able to watch them all. Hopefully, we see more results like the El Capitan game in the future.
by Anna Parrott
November is the time when senior students begin to submit their college applications and have to eventually decide what school they want to attend. But for student athletes, the process is slightly different. These young men and women have to decide where they want to play their sport for the next 4 years.
This process is referred to as ‘signing’ to a college meaning that after you visit the school and decide where you want to go, you commit verbally and then the coach will send over formal papers that you will sign which makes you officially committed to that school. Starting in their junior year of high school, students typically start trying to get college coaches interested in them and the skills that they have to offer to the team. Students sometimes have multiple schools that they are considering, so the offer that the college makes them is extremely important to their final decision.
By Zion Reyes
This week I interviewed varsity cross country athlete Derek Tingey. The following are the questions that I asked him: What was it like being a varsity cross country athlete right from freshman year? What sports background did you have before cross country and did it help or harm you? Do you plan to run cross country in college?
These are his answers in order. Being a varsity cross country runner freshmen year has been difficult because keeping up with the experienced runners was tough. But, it’s been an amazing experience running with the varsity guys because they’re such a cool group. I played some soccer before cross country. Soccer gave me the endurance that I would need to be a good cross country runner, but it made my running form horrible. So, freshman and sophomore year I had to mainly focus on form in my training to correct it. Yes, I’m hoping to I can get a running scholarship and run for UC Davis or Cal Poly in their cross country and track programs.