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Sports February 2014


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The highly-anticipated men’s semi-final hockey matchup between the U.S. and Canada featured some of the top hockey players in the world including Patrick Cane for the Americans and Sidney Crosby for the Canadians. The only score of the game came within the first two minutes of the second period as no other offense was produced throughout the entire game, allowing Canada to knock out the U.S. of the gold medal game. For the second straight Olympics, Canada took home the gold and

USA came to play the U.S. failed to earn a bronze medal after losing 5-0 to Finland in the bronze medal game. “The Canadians broke our hearts once again. The ice-hockey is personally my favorite event to watch due to the huge rivalries all of the teams have created over the years. It makes me want our country to come out on top that much more,” said sophomore Jamar Alexis. Curling, luge, skeleton. Not many people know the basics behind these three sports in which hundreds of athletes participate every four years. That’s what the Olympics is all about: discovering the unknown athlete in a relatively unknown sport. The Olympics always brings surprises. Would you have guessed that a Dutch speed skater would leave Sochi with the

PCB’s post-season run comes up just short of states Matthew Deno STAFF WRITER

After an incredible regular season by the Pines Charter varsity basketball team with eighteen wins and only five losses, the team set their focus on making a post-season run. Knowing that there were high expectations to make a good push, the Jags were more than determined to achieve their goals. Starting with the Big 8 tournament and ending at the Regional finals, it sure was a wild run for the PCB boys. Heading into the Big 8 tournament, the Jags felt that if they played their best, they could beat any of the other seven teams. The Jags played well in the quarterfinals, beating St. Thomas Aquinas by 21 points. Going up against a much tougher opponent in the semifinal, Boyd Anderson, the result wasn’t the same for the Jags. It proved to be an all-out battle as no one managed to gain the upper hand until the final minutes when Boyd Anderson made some clutch shots and pulled out a 62-58 win. Although the Jags didn’t reach their goal of winning the tournament, they knew that they couldn’t soak in the loss because Districts was right around the corner. “We had to have a short memory and forget about the loss to Boyd Anderson. If we didn’t then we knew that we wouldn’t be prepared for Districts.” said junior guard Marcel Denbow. Due to only having three teams in their District and owning the top record, the Jags had a bye that put them in the championship game. Boynton Beach, who defeated Stranahan in the semifinal, was all that stood between them and a trip to Regionals. The Jags got off to another fast start and obtained an early lead that seemed to grow as the game progressed. In the second half, they blew it open with junior

Haniff Cheatham, who had 29 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Jags to the District championship by winning 84-57. Riding high heading into the Regional quarterfinals, the Jags used that momentum to their advantage as they dominated their opponent in every aspect of the game. Whether they were raining threepointers or grabbing every rebound, the Jags couldn’t be stopped as they won decisively with a score of 76-59. Cheatham lead the team again with 20 points and senior Peter Buckley pulled down a game high 13 rebounds. “We definitely had the momentum on are side for the quarterfinal game and could feel the energy from the crowd. That’s what ultimately led us to the Regional final.” said senior Stephan Montes. In the Regional semifinals, the Jags went up against Boynton Beach in a rematch of the District finals. Although it was a little too close for comfort, the Jags managed to punch their ticket to the Regional final by winning 71-63. Yet again, Cheatham was the lead scorer with 23 points and he also grabbed 11 rebounds. Now, it was the game the Jags had been waiting for since the beginning of the season, the Regional final. Their opponent was Miami Norland, the same team that ended the Jags postseason last year. They were in the game for the whole first half, only down by seven at halftime. Knowing they needed to gain some momentum, the Jags got on a run in the third quarter and cut the lead to three points. Unfortunately, Norland went on a run of their own in the fourth and managed to take the Regional championship with a 55-43 win. It wasn’t the end result the Jags wanted, but being Regional runner-up is still a great accomplishment. Congratulations to PCB on an awesome season and hopefully they’ll break the trend next year and make it to States.

most medals won? More likely than not, no one would have. Ireen Wust took home five medals from Russia, winning two gold and three silver. That was the biggest haul for any athlete and more than all but 19 nations. These Olympic Games essentially bring out the best in all of its participants. As the curtain comes down in Sochi without the 2014 Winter Olympics delivering an indelible signature moment, several teams are still entitled to walk away feeling they turned in the top performance. The Americans did their usual business in the Olympics, taking home a total of 28 medals, nine of which were gold. The U.S. secured five medals alone in snowboarding, three of which were gold. Only two Americans won multiple medals in Sochi. Meryl Davis and Charlie White won

bronze in the team figure skating competition and a historic gold in the ice dancing competition. The one gold and one bronze tied them for 39th on the individual medal count. “I watched the Winter Olympics from beginning to end. I was born in Canada, but I was going for U.S. the whole time. People should really take the time to watch these interesting events because you only get the chance to watch it once every four years,” said senior Austin Heim. For now, Russia has bragging rights for the next four years as the U.S. came in a close second in the medal count. But who cares? Representing the red, white, and blue shows the freedom you have. It shows the courage you have. Above all, it shows the heart you have.

Saying Goodbye to “The Captain” Matthew Deno STAFF WRITER

Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, and Mariano Rivera. These are the names of some of the greatest players to ever put on a New York Yankees uniform. Now, you can go ahead and add Derek Jeter to that list. Jeter, the future Hall of Fame Yankees shortstop whose stellar career corresponded with the resurgence of baseball's most iconic franchise, announced on February 11th that the 2014 season will be his last. In a post on his Facebook fan page, Jeter, 39, said the 2013 season, in which he played just 17 games due to a broken ankle, “was a tough one for me,” and that “some of the things that came easy to me became a struggle.” Jeter's announcement signals the end of what will be a 19-year career for a player without any scandals, even as he had the highest profile on the league’s most scrutinized team. He enters his final season with 3,316 hits, 10th on the all-time list. He was the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year, and that season ended in what would be the Yankees’ first of five World Series championships with him as their shortstop. “It’s definitely bittersweet to know that Derek Jeter won’t be playing professional baseball anymore after next year. He was my favorite player playing for my favorite team, but I’m glad to see that he is going out like the true champ that he is.” said sophomore Jorge Perez. Like Mariano Rivera last season, Jeter will bring plenty of fans to the ballpark both at home and on the road as people look to get one final glimpse of the future Hall of Famer. Words cannot describe all

of the great things that Jeter has brought to not only the Yankees, but to the whole city of New York. He had so many iconic moments, such as his amazing “flip play” in Game 3 of the 2001 American League Division Series and his diving catch into the stands in 2004 versus the Yankees bitter rivals, the Boston Red Sox. However, Jeter wasn’t just known for his abilities on the field as many may describe Jeter’s best characteristic is his ability to handle all of the media and pressure put on him. When you’re the star of a team stationed in the media capital of the United States, there isn’t going to be a moment when the spotlight is not on you. Jeter didn’t let that bother him as he was never involved in any scandal and never had an outburst towards a reporter or any other media personnel. Also, with such high expectations, Jeter was often times faced with harsh criticism. Did he let that bother him? Absolutely not. Jeter couldn’t care less about what anyone other than his teammates had to say. It’s that ability to stay calm and humble that has Jeter ranked as one of the greatest athletes on and off the field. “Even though I am a die-hard Red Sox fan, I have the outmost respect for Derek Jeter. The way he carries himself and plays the game is something that should be recognized and repeated around the league.” said junior Anthony Garcia. Jeter’s farewell tour will begin in Houston as the Yankees open the season on April 1st against the Astros. His final home opener will come on April 7th against the Orioles, the same opponent he’ll face in his final regular-season home game on September 25th. Jeter’s last regular-season game will come against the Red Sox on September 28th at Fenway Park.

ners, called the “Miami Beckham United investment group” have set out to make a deal with the Mayor- Carlos Gimenez. If Gimenez agrees to allow the stadium to be built on the property, the investment group will be one step closer to obtaining their goal. In order to spark even further interest, Beckham even mentioned that the University of Miami football team could possibly use the field for their games. Since the team has difficulty filling the Sun-Life Stadium in Miami, Gardens, Beckham is open to the idea of them playing at the someday MLS stadium. Beckham is not letting the fall of the team in 2001 discourage him; he believes that times have changed for the city of Miami. According to the Miami Herald, Beckham said,

“I know that this city is ready for footballsoccer-this time around.” To bring even more interest, Beckham plans to open a local youth soccer academy. When he visited Kendall’s soccer park, he was bombarded by soccer moms and young athletes that would be excited to say the least about training with a legend. The enthusiasm that these fans brought to the field is hopefully a microcosm of what the stadium will be like in 2017. “I’m really excited that there will finally be a team in Miami because I like to watch the pros since I play myself. Watching the games in person will allow me to see the level of talent that it takes and what I need to work on,” said sophomore and Pines Charter Soccer player, Emely Sosa. “Hopefully it will work out so that future athletes have a team to grow up watching.” While Beckham continues to work with his business partners to bring the team to Miami, the excitement continues to grow for soccer fanatics. If it all works out, the team will find a home in Miami by 2017.

Build it like Beckham Alexys Nowak PROOF-READER

He plays the sport, he coaches the sport, he raises his kids to live and breathe the sport. He even models for sport’s magazines in which he proposes a more “eye candy” idea of the game of soccer. David Beckham, who retired last year in May, has accomplished many feats throughout his life. Now that he has finished his time on the field, he has decided to focus on a different side of the game: managing. Beckham has proposed the idea of bringing a professional soccer team to the city of Miami. From 1998-2001, Miami had a team named Miami Fusion who played out of Ft. Lauderdale, but folded due to lack of attendance. Even knowing this, the retired English player made his way to Miami to see what the city could do for him. On February 5th, Beckham had thousands of fans gathered around him at the Perez Art Museum. According to miamiherald. com, Beckham wants to fund the stadium

on his own with help from his business partners Simon Fuller- the creator of American Idol - and Marcelo Claure – a chief executive of Brightstar Corp who is based in Miami. Beckham presented the idea that in his MLS contract, it is stated that he could purchase a franchise for a below-market $25 million. Their main priority at the moment is finding a site for the stadium that they hope will fill 25,000 fans. Their dream place for the stadium would be the South West port of Miami. The property is owned by the county, so Beckham and his part-

The chat newspaper march 2014 year 14 issue #9  

The official Newspaper of the Pembroke Pines Charter High School. A CHC Production – Sponsored by the Communications & Technology Department...

The chat newspaper march 2014 year 14 issue #9  

The official Newspaper of the Pembroke Pines Charter High School. A CHC Production – Sponsored by the Communications & Technology Department...