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HUB September 3, 2010
VOLUME 85, ISSUE 1
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Special back to school mini issue! First full length ne onlibe issue will distributed on Sept. 24.
Sudden change in sophomore schedules Large class sizes lead to re-shuffling of history courses “It’s frustrating because they changed two of my classes.” -Jacob Wright
“I don’t have Basic Auto anymore, they switched my World History and threw me into 4th period debate...I got all lost on campus today.” -Landen Hooker “It’s basically like we have to be new all over again.” -Sofia Cardenas
“The schedule changes haven’t affected me at all. It made me nervous because I didn’t know if I should do my homework or not.” -Kayla Robinson
BY elise fullerton HUB Staff Writer
Before school Wednesday morning sophomores congregated outside of the office in order to receive new schedules. The process went smoothly. While many had anticipated chaos, the area outside the office was nearly clear five minutes into first period. Schedule revisions were prompted by changes in the social studies department. According to Principal Jacquelyn Moore, three additional sections of the college preparatory class World Civilization have been added to reduce class sizes. Meanwhile, students Sophomores gather outside the office Wednesday morning to receive an updated in World History, which class list. Students began attending their new classes that same day. Throughout is not college prep, were redistributed to World Civ this week, counselors distributed a daily list of open classes for students still making schedule changes. classes. The changes should opportunities.” new friends in new classes be announced later this balance out student enrollment. Before Not all sophomores, week. yet again. changes, Moore said that both World Civ however, are convinced Elliott feels the changes More changes are and World History classes had student that schedule changes are a good thing. being investigated in counts in the high 30s. are a good thing. “Smaller class size is the English department. Social studies department chair Sofia Cardenas called Department chair Spencer a positive any way you Chris Lee explained that part of the the situation “very Elliott believes that ideally slice it… [There are] administration’s reasoning for this frustrating.” Cardenas headaches involved with any additional classes change was that: “[we want to] make thinks it’s unfair that the transition, but overall (which would be added sure every student receives a curriculum students have to make it’s a positive.” to reduce class sizes) will that challenges them [and] provides
How have you been affected by the schedule changes?
Staff-only parking lot concerns students The parking lot on Oak Street, which has been closed to facilitate additional construction on the football field, is scheduled to reopen on Oct. 1. But there is one caveat: it will be a staff only lot. Senior Taylor Leuschen doesn’t think that eliminating a parking lot from student use makes sense. “In the past, some of the new lot has been for teachers...and they already have two other lots which are designated for [them]. Why do they need another one?” Leuschen said. Senior Julia Dinger, who plays for the varsity women’s tennis team, described a hectic situation: “We were leaving for a tennis match. Then sixth period was let out. It took us over 10 minutes just to get out
BY elise fullerton HUB Staff Writer
A sign closes off the new staff parking lot for construction, which is scheduled to reopen on Oct. 1. of the parking lot.” New principal Jacquelyn Moore acknowledged that the situation might get worse. “When sophomores start getting their licenses later [in the year], [upperclassmen] are
going to be hurting,” she said. However, Moore described driving to school for students as a luxury. “We have 80 plus members of our faculty that we need to accommodate... and some of those are
traveling teachers,” she said. Moore is primarily worried that teachers who commute from other schools at some point during the day won’t be able to find parking. And while a teacher circles around, searching the school grounds and surrounding neighborhood for parking, students will lose class time as they wait for their teacher to arrive and set up for class. Moore doesn’t want students to feel that their territory is being encroached upon, but the staff, she explained, has to be her priority. Some have suggested designating the Veteran’s Memorial parking lot for students only. “It’s a good idea,” Moore said. The administration plans to count staff parking spaces pending the reopening of the new lot. After this, they will reevaluate.
DHS makes impression on new students, principal DHS has around 700 new faces walking about campus each year. Since first impressions are lasting impressions, how did DHS do? Three of these new faces share their first day experiences. Sophomore Katrina Cole wasn’t looking forward to her first day at DHS. Instead, she went into her first year with a “so-so” attitude. Brazilian foreign exchange student Evaldo Cavalcanti, a junior, preferred the word “overwhelming.” On Principal Jacquelyn Moore’s first day, she was in and out of classrooms all day. According to her, she had a phenomenal first day. So while Moore found herself jubilant over her first day, Cole and Cavalcanti’s stories are on the other side of the spectrum. “I didn’t really expect much from DHS and I wasn’t looking forward to it. [So] I wasn’t really surprised by my
BY Alana De Hinojosa Editor-in-chief
awkward first day,” Cole said. According to Cole, the awkward atmosphere at DHS stemmed from the lack of familiar faces. Cavalcanti had the same problem. Cavalcanti knew only his host brother, senior Mark Ward. “First day I gots lots of confusion and lost. And the people are not so friendly,” he said. However, he blames this
Principal Jacquelyn Moore greets Kylie Drexel at left. Sophomore Katrina Cole, at right, settles into her World Civ class. impression on his language barrier and unfamiliarity with switching classes. “Here I’m in a new school and switching classes instead of the teachers. The language is a little bit strange for me here. I don’t know if [other students] are nice,” Cavalcanti said. However, Moore found students at DHS to be “absolutely wonderful.” “On the first day, my vice
principals did all the heavy lifting. So I got a chance to visit, meet some great people and make conversation with the kids in between classes. They’re all very interesting,” Moore said. Despite Cole’s unfamiliarity with DHS, she agreed that the student body as a whole had pleasing potential. “I think I’ll just have to warm up to DHS,” she said.
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Unusual thefts plague Davis neighborhoods BY Caitlin glassman HUB Staff Writer
Sophomore Anna Sturla was at home with her family on a summer afternoon when she heard a knock at the door. Her father opened it to find a young man standing on the stoop, appearing startled to see someone was home. He said he had the wrong house, and then continued knocking on other neighbors’ doors. Other strange occurrences have happened throughout the city. This summer, Davis inexplicably experienced an increase in burglaries, with vandals taking everything from valuables to yarn and Otter Pops. A couple months later, Sturla’s neighborhood was the site of another odd incident. Her neighbor came home to find the trunk, doors, and glove compartment of his car opened, and his documents sifted through. However, none of the valuables—money, golf clubs, identity documents— were taken, according to renter Joe Poole. A house on N Street had a kazoo stolen. Then an ice cream scooper was stolen from a house on Alvarado Avenue, a few blocks from DHS. The thieves also take
valuables. “Since the beginning of 2010, victims of Davis burglaries have reported over 456,424 dollars worth of property as stolen,” according to a doctument posted on the web by the Davis Police Department’s Crime Analysis Unit. Another frequent target is prescription medication, particularly pain killers. Prescription medication was taken in eight of the 33 most recent break-ins, according to the Davis Police Department’s Aug. 12 Crime Alert. Poole believes his roommate’s car might have been targeted in hopes of finding such medication. Some victims have caught the vandals in the act. In a Cantrill Drive burglary, an unknown man opened the unlocked front door to find the entire family home watching television. According to the report, the area directly west of DHS is experiencing the highest rates of burglary. Police urge residents to lock their homes and cars. Forty-five percent of the burglaries have occurred in homes or vehicles with unlocked or open windows and doors. Most of the crimes have occurred during the daytime.
September 3, 2010
GO FORTH: DHS students travel abroad A Day in the Life of
By Rubia Siddiqi HUB Staff Writer
Junior Yasmin Khouri with her family and friends in Brazil.
With the new school year underway, many students are facing stresses far beyond grades and schoolwork; many are being forced to say goodbye to loved ones leaving for college to begin their lives. Senior Graham McDaniel’s group of close friends was mostly seniors. Over the course of the summer he’s had to say goodbye to former DHS students Caroline Peters, Austin Hershberger and Sunay Rajbhandari, as well as his brother Colin McDaniel. So while McDaniel was preparing goodbyes, his summer also consisted of making new friends and strengthing old ones. Luckily, McDaniel can rely on modern technology to maintain his friendships until he can once again see his loved ones. Phone calls, Facebook and Skype will all tide him over until he’s able to visit. Regardless, with the absence of his close friends, McDaniel will need to find someone new to participate with him in karaoke rapping, basketball and sharing “crazy nights out” with. “I still have good friends at school, but I tried to spend more time with my friends who were leaving because I knew they weren’t going to be here much longer. Life without them is different,” McDaniel said. Senior Joyce Pexton also was forced to say goodbye to graduate Will Anderson, her
boyfriend of two years. On June 28, Anderson left for West Point Military Academy in New York. The pair are battling the strict academy schedule, trying to stay together and maintain a long distance relationship. “For the first seven weeks he was gone we could only communicate through letters and had one phone call so that was rough,” Pexton said. However, after completing basic training, Anderson is now able to use his cell phone and internet. In addition, Pexton already made a visit to him in New York following his completion of basic training. “It’s hard to say what I miss the most. I think mostly just physically being with him, but our relationship is good now. Obviously long distance relationships aren’t easy and have their rough patches but we are doing good,” she said. The biggest difference she is facing around the DHS campus is running Future Farmers of America meetings without her boyfriend and not being able to see his face as she passes through the halls. Although they face difficulties being across the country from one another, Pexton is confident the two will be able to work things out and anxiously looks forward to November when the pair will be reunited for Thanksgiving break. “I’m not entirely sure how exactly we will maintain it but that’s the plan. We are just kind of taking it as it comes,” Pexton said.
family. Having the privilege of living in a house by the beach, her summer days were spent by the ocean. However, since it was winter in Brazil it rained a couple times while she was there. “If it was a rainy day, my cousins and I [would] just sit at home, blast music and play board and card games,” Khouri said. For Khouri the hardest part of her trip was leaving her family behind. “I was really sad because I have a lot of family there and I only get to see them once a year. I really miss them and I can’t live without them,” Khori said.
By Rubia Siddiqi HUB Staff Yasmin Khouri spent most of her summer abroad in Brazil on the beach, playing in the ocean and finding shells. One day, however, instead of a shell, she found a liver. Here’s a look at an unusual day in her Brazilian life. 9:30 a.m 10:00 a.m 11:00 a.m 12:30 p.m. 1:10 p.m. 1:45 p.m. 2:00 p.m
After eating breakfast, went for a walk out to the rocks near the beach with her cousins Played in the mini lakes formed by the rocks and the ocean water Climbed up to a boulder near the water and jumped in, swimming to a small beach Spent time on the beach and in the ocean, and saw a monkey in a tree Exhausted from swimming, she walked back to her home, near a beach. It was on this beach Khouri found a liver. She told her mother and she called the police who sent someone to take it to a lab to discover what organism the liver was from; Khouri never found out After the liver situation was over, Khouri and her cousins went inside to eat lunch and just relaxed
Chillin out: students stay local for summer just on the theater,” Roque said. While Roque enjoyed the latest flicks, seniors Valerie Schmidl and Steven Santos were regulars at local Davis eateries While many students crossed such as Yoloberry, Chipotle and the California border this Steve’s Place Pizza. summer, those who chose to “Sometimes I would meet stay in Davis made the best up with friends and we’d go of staying local by repeatedly [to Yoloberry] for lunch. [Or] cruising downtown Davis. I would go between work For many groups of friends, shifts just to kill time. I’d sit in by mid-summer downtown the park and Davis had people watch become a while I ate designated “We watched a Yoloberry,” “hang-out” movie at least Schmidl said. spot. Even though Sophomore every other week. she remained Xavier Roque So I probably spent close to Davis, spent his Schmidl also summer $100 total just on took a miniaround the theater.” trip to Lake downtown Berryessa this Davis, where -Xavier Roque, summer with the movie sophomore friends to go theaters inner tubing, played host which turned to him and out to be a fun his friends. experience for her. Spending at least two days out “At first we had only inflated of the week downtown, Roque half of the inner tube and didn’t and his friends had quite a realize it, so we flipped over in variety of options on what to the first five minutes. Then we do. caught huge air off of the boat “There is always food there, waves and laughed our heads and a lot of stuff to keep you off when we hung off the back entertained,” Roque said. of the tube. It was probably the For Roque and his friends, craziest, most memorable part meeting up to watch new of my whole summer,” she said. theater movies was a staple Santos passed his days away activity during the summer. sharing delicious breadsticks Their movie going consisted of with his friends at Steve’s Place titles like “Inception,” “Knight Pizza and visiting local theaters and Day,” “Toy Story 3” and in search for the funniest “The Other Guys.” movies. “We watched a movie at least Over the course of the every other week. So I probably summer, Santos predicts that spent right around $100 total By Megan schaap & monica lopez HUB Staff Writers
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a vacation down to Guadalajara, Mexico, to visit family. He took a three hour flight by himself to Mexico, where he spent two weeks of his summer. “Over there I always had something to do and was never bored. Here I don’t do much and am bored a lot,” Ibanez said. His stay in Mexico was filled with exciting activities, such as sightseeing, going to lakes, looking around the town, playing soccer with his cousins and their friends and eating a lot of good food. Junior Yasmin Khouri went to Guarapari, Espirito Santo in Brazil for a month to visit her
So long, seniors By McKenzie seaton HUB Staff Writer
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St. Augustine wrote, “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” This summer, many DHS students read past one page, and explored the world around them. Junior Ben Alpers spent a part of his summer abroad. He took part in the Davis-Dole Exchange Program which took 24 students and three teachers to France for two weeks to live with their french exchange partners, who are also high school students. “I was interested because it would be the ultimate way to really experience the French language and culture,” Alpers said. Junior Amy Pan traveled abroad also, but to Shanghai, China, which is 10,000 miles away. In addition to visiting her relatives, Pan took a three week SAT class. “For four hours, I listened to my teacher lecture and did sample problems from a workbook,” she said. Pan found her summer days in China to be similar to those at school, except for the difference in her surroundings. Senior Mauricio Ibanez took
Sophomore Xavier Roque between he and his friends, around $240 was spent on breadsticks and burgers and around $100 was spent on movies over the course of the summer. “For like two dollars or less a day I got to eat, chill and spend time with great people. I wouldn’t do anything different,” he said. Junior Jane Tannous and her friends were regulars at their friend junior Yasmin Khouri’s house, where the pool was always popular with the large group. Tannous believes that Khouri’s house was favored because of her easygoing parents and lots of room to just relax. “We would go swimming, watch movies or TV, but even if we weren’t doing anything it was cool to just all be together hanging out,” Tannous said. “I know we’ll definitely do it again next summer,” Tannous said. “It was a good way to be with all my friends and just do what we want to.”
What you wish you knew as a sophomore
“That it is ok to have a class that you don’t have friends in. Make new [friends]! -Anna Klavins, junior
“I wish I would have known to try out for more plays and get more involved in school activities.” -Alexis Roberson, junior
“That the best bathrooms are the ones in the IPAB and the ones next to the library.” -Hailey Wright, junior
“I wish I had known how critical the grades I got sophomore year were towards applying to colleges.” -Galen Hoshovsky, senior
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re SophomAloert Befriend upper classmen. It’ll up your street cred and get you a ride out to lunch. Plutos salad is healthier than Savemart chicken five days a week.
September 3, 2010
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Wagner unphased by Idol rejection By Alex Young editor-in-chief
Senior Amelia Wagner
arrived at AT&T Park at 4:30 on a chilly and dark San Francisco morning. She sat on the sidewalk outside the home of the San Francisco Giants -- for this day only the site of American Idol auditions. Finally, at 7 a.m., a groundskeeper opened the gates and admitted the throngs of hopefuls into the cavernous stadium. Once inside, Wagner waited another eight hours to audition. By the time her name was called, she’d been waiting for nearly 12 hours. Wagner started singing when she was 5 years old, and since then has collaborated with friends and students on various musical projects. For her, American Idol seemed like a logical way to try and grab some national, or at least regional, attention. She never planned on winning, nor did she really have
any desire to win. “I didn’t want to have to deal with the title of ‘American Idol.’ I would rather have been like Daughtry or Jennifer Hudson,” Wagner said. In fact, Wagner did not even go in with expectations of making it all the way to Hollywood. “I went in with very low expectations, so I wasn’t really nervous at all,” she said. The mood at AT&T Park that Saturday was low key. According to Wagner, people were milling around, playing card games, singing – some were practicing, but most just seemed to be singing for fun. Throughout the day, several large group songs were started involving dozens of people. “The mood was…,” Wagner paused, searching for the right word. “Musical.” Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, also a judge on the popular Fox reality show “So You Think You Can Dance,” came to speak to the crowd
to get people excited about auditioning. The camera crews did a few crowd shots and then melted away, leaving thousands of people to wait for their turns to audition. And, the auditions, according to Wagner, are not the way they make it seem on TV. The judges don’t sit through every single, run-of-the-mill rendition of some popular song. No, they only sit through the mind-blowingly good and the excruciatingly bad. Most people sing for a producer whose name no one knows and who, in all likelihood, has sat through literally thousands of auditions just like the one you’re about to give. And while American Idol doesn’t release the statistics on how many people make it through to audition for the actual judges, the percentages probably compare with the admit rate at Harvard. Wagner was called along with three other intrepid musical
adventurers to one of 10 white tents that had been erected. Inside sat a weary producer who would rule on each of their fates. Wagner sang “Speechless” by Lady Gaga. She didn’t make it. But neither did anyone else in her group. She went home a little disappointed, but not so jaded and embittered that she plans on burning her guitar and cutting out her vocal cords. For Wagner, American Idol was just another stop in a musical journey she hopes will last a lifetime. And if you look real close, you might be able to find her face on TV this fall, as the camera pans briefly over a crowd of hopeful faces.
Start kissing up to teachers now. Go attend those office hours, because it’ll help stop your grade’s southward slide before it gets to Antarctica. And to be quite honest, you’ll need that letter of reccomendation later down the road.
re o m o h p o S Alert Get involved in clubs. Sure, you spend your lunch period in a classroom, but they can be tons of fun. But don’t just go running around joinning everything, though. Joining a club is like getting married: commitment is essential, and passion will help make the years you spend together much more enjoybable.
New restaurant reigns over Davis
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Junior Graham Linley, proudly shows off his new game.
The war is coming By Amanda zastrow HUB Staff Writer
The Terran, Protoss and Zerg races are still at war. Starcraft II, which came out July 27, is the long-awaited sequel to the 1995 Starcraft game for PC and Mac. Selling 1.5 million copies in its first 48 hours of shelflife, Starcraft II is no slacker. According to senior Anthony Humphrey, Starcraft II is definitely better than its forefather. “There are better graphics, faster speeds and easier controls [in comparison to Starcraft],” Humphrey said. On the official Starcraft II website, creators say that the player does not have to play the first Starcraft to understand the second; there is plenty of back-story so players can understand. According to Humphrey, however, playing the Starcraft II may not be easy for nongamers because there are strategic maneuvers that may be hard to pull off. Senior Cody Vincent disagrees that Starcraft II is hard for inexperienced
players. Her only strategic gaming experience is World of Warcraft, and she finds Starcraft II to be a, “breath of fresh air.” Fans all over the world have been waiting for over a decade for Starcraft II to come out, and reviewers have consistently stated that the game was well worth the wait. Blizzard Entertainment, the maker of both the Starcraft games, has also created an online gaming network that lets the gamer interact with their friends inside the Starcraft universe. Www.Battle.net has users creating their own profiles, participating in competitions and chatting with other Starcraft II gamers, from the comfort of anywhere with Internet access. The regular edition of Starcraft II is priced at $59.99 on Amazon; the Collector’s Edition is $99.99. The Collector’s Edition includes extras such as a character design art book, a CD of music from the game, and a Starcraft comic book. In the words of Vincent, “gamers should play, nongamers should play, everyone should play. It’s epic.”
The first in a new style of restaurants has opened in Davis. Queen of Sheba, an Ethiopian restaurant, opened its doors in late July. The first branch of this restaurant was opened in Sacramento and, due to its popularity, the owners decided to bring it to Davis. Located on E street, the old home of Pita Pit, Queen of Sheba is the first restaurant to open in Davis that serves African cuisine. Ethiopian cuisine is a unique type of African food that uses bread called Injera instead of forks to pick up the food. Injera is thin like a crepe but has a similar taste to sourdough bread. Any entrée that you order comes with Injera which is used similarly to the way tortillas are used in Mexican cooking. In addition to the large amount of vegetarian options they serve, Queen of Sheba also offers many options ranging from beef, to lamb and chicken, all of which are prepared in a variety of different ways. Since most people are new to Ethiopian food, the combo platter is an excellent way to try a few of the different menu items. Although they are a little bit more expensive than the regular menu items, costing $12.99 per person, the variety that the combo platters offer make it worthwhile. In one combo you can get two different types of meats and two selections of the vegetarian menu. Beware, some items are spicy. However, they are clearly marked on the menu. The prices of all the menu items are lowered at lunchtime,
Customers line up at new restaurant Queen of Sheba, located on E street downtown, to experience the exotic eatery and sample African cuisine. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and range from $8.50 to $10, whereas during dinner, they range from $10 to $13. Queen of Sheba has an excellent atmosphere: African music plays in the background, and décor that reflects the country’s history coats the walls. Queen of Sheba makes for a pleasurable dining experience. Queen of Sheba is unlike any other restaurant in Davis. It offers a unique new type of food
that has never been introduced here before. However, it has similar vibes to other ethnic restaurants around the area, such as Kathmandu Kitchen which serves food from India and Nepal. This unique new restaurant is worth a visit from anyone who likes ethnic cuisine or is up for a new and exotic eating experience.
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By sAGE pURKEY HUB Staff Writer
SPORTING September 3 ,2010 • VOLUME 85, ISSUE 1
New era for DHS football?
Different training regimen for the football program builds a stronger team
re o m o h p o S Alert Seating at sporting events is divided. There’s the parent section and the student section. Find the student section. Sit there.
lineman Alex Magrino. “I know that everyone wants to get that 2-8 stigma off our backs.” The team aims to take on a new reputation for the Blue Devil football legacy. With the guidance of Dave Butterworth and Jah Bennett of Maximum Athletic Development (MAD) training and fitness, Smyte has incorporated a new conditioning regimen that emphasizes combining speed and strength training to produce powerful players. “The expectations are high, and there are no shortcuts,” Smyte said. “We earn everything we get.” Smyte’s program also includes plyometric drills, which incorporates bounding and an agility ladder, to improve quick multi-directional movement and speed development. Yoga will also become a staple in
By Kelly goss HUB Staff Writer
Today is game day for the DHS football team. You might see juniors Jimmy Yo, Austin Day, Michael Romero and senior Courtney Williams carrying a football around the halls. “Carrying the football around school helps develop muscle memory which will help improve our ball security,” Williams said. For each drop of the ball, these running backs owe 25 push ups for practice. This is just one of the many new techniques head coach Steve Smyte and his coaching staff are implementing this season. “We want to be first class,” Smyte said to his team. “It begins with how we carry ourselves, how we treat others and being able to hold ourselves with pride.” With the training from their summer program at Sierra College, over 30 hours worth of double-day practices and a new conditioning program, the DHS varsity football team is eager to tackle a successful season this fall. “The team is excited to show what the new era in Blue Devil football is all about,” said junior
the players’ training program this season to help improve flexibility, breathing and injury prevention. “The new conditioning this off season has made us infinitely better,” said junior line backer and tight end, Corey Nelson. “The success we will have is in large part chalked up to that training.” Not only do Smyte and his coaching staff strive to promote new
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The Blue Devil football team will be playing some of their first games of the season at Pioneer High School in Woodland. “Playing on another field is just another opportunity for us to overcome what might be seen as an obstacle.” said senior linebacker, Will Glaeser. The DHS home field will not be ready for play until Oct. 1 for the game against Oakmont. Coach Steve Smyte isn’t worried about the changes in venue. “We play anyone, anytime, anywhere it doesnt matter to us,” Smyte said.
techniques for training their players, they stress the concepts of integrity and team unity in the Blue Devils. “I hate the idea of a dumb jock,” Smyte said. “We are creating intelligent, hardworking young men.” “The back of every player’s shirt says ‘integrity’. Everything we do, we do with integrity. I want someone to be able to say, ‘There goes a Davis High footballer’ and have it mean something.” Smyte said. The Blue Devils kick off their season with a home game tonight at Pioneer High School against Armijo High School. The varsity game starts around 7:15 p.m. J.V. is at 5 p.m. “We know we have worked harder then any team out there, and we are willing to play anyone,” senior wide reciever Dillard Brown said. “We will be the underdogs this year that make a statement.”
Senior running back Courtney Williams is carrying a football around campus today, and every game day this season.
Changes for cheer Dramatic changes swept through the cheerleading squad last school year. Last year’s coach Nez Smiley was replaced by temporary coach Alisha Eller, who, according to J.V. co-captain Erin Warnock, had no experience in stunting. The changes are still coming. The new school year brings new coaches and a mostly new varsity squad. “It was hard at first, but coach Danielle [Eckert] is awesome and we are all working together great. We grow in skill every
day,” said varsity co-captain Hannah Clark, a three-year DHS cheerleader. Even though the changes have not hurt the squad, they have left a noticeable mark. Senior Juliette Suarez, an experienced cheerleader, left the squad last year because of these differences. “Everything just kind of changed. It wasn’t the same team I had loved,” Suarez said. Warnock admitted that it was a shame so many girls left. “Most who left were very experienced, so really it is a bummer that we can’t have their skill with us this year,” she said. However, Clark maintains that a mainly new varsity squad
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has not detracted from the team. “Having a lot of new girls has not hurt our team at all. They caught right up,” Clark said. In addition, the new coach for the cheer team is experienced, with Eckert serving as captain of the UC Davis cheer squad in addition to her DHS coaching duties. This year’s team is ready to go. According to members of the team, the new coach brings a new strategy and more intense preparation for the new season. The team started practice on July 12, and they have after-school practices Monday through Thursday for two to three hours. This year, they will focus more on tumbling, which they practice every day. According to Clark, almost everyone on the team can do a standing back handspring. The team is also undergoing another change: competition is optional this year. The competition squad will consist of just 16 girls. “The new coaches take the competitive season very seriously, and will be holding the first competition team tryouts for DHS,” Warnock said. The girls who are already on the team have the opportunity to try out for the new competition team the week of Sept. 27. DHS cheer team practices on the main quad. Their Blue Devil spirit will rise to a whole new level at the start of their competition season.
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By Chloe kim and jordan souza HUB Staff Writers
Sally Hosley, the new varsity women’s tennis coach instructs at practice.
Serving for success
Newcomer to DHS revamps tennis team, aims for section title By emily glass HUB Staff Writer
The 2010 women’s varsity tennis team is embracing the new and aiming for a strong run at the section title. Sally Hosely, former number one tennis player at UC Davis, took the reins of the program and will institute her own coaching approach. The foundation for her philosophy stems from a strong tennis background, which includes 11 years of teaching and coaching. “My coaching philosophy is based on having the girls do their best, whether they are number one or 20. To do this, I am having the girls set short and long term goals which will help them be successful on the court, in the classroom, and in life,” Hosley said. Senior co-captain Naomi Wainwright has taken to Hosely’s philosophy and helps communicate between the players and the coach. “We teach Sally about the girls. We
help her get used to the team and we let her know how we do things,” Wainwright said. Team members are looking forward to a successful first season with Hosely. “I hope to create and develop a strong doubles’ team, definitely win the league, and perhaps have a strong shot at the section title,” Hosely said. Sophomore Eliana Jolkovsky agrees that a main goal is to rack up victories, but she also echoes Hosley’s view of letting tennis help with life lessons. “She challenges us to make us stronger as well as better people,” Jolkovsky said. Hosely also is aiming to make the girls work harder. The team now practices five days a week, and Hosley has employed a new conditioning program that includes jump rope and extra running. Hosely plans to meet with every girl on the team in order to go over their long term goals. “Then I can adapt my coaching style to help them reach their goals,” she said.