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P Issue: 2, Volume 54, Date: November 2, 2012

Not all Heroes wear tights

Englewood High School

Come on Englewood, Come on Englewood. Fight for blue and white! With our colors flying high, we’ll conquer every time. Rah! Rah! Rah! Come on Englewood, Come on Englewood, Fight for Future Fame! Fight, Pirates! Fight! Fight! Fight! To win this game! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! Come on Englewood, Come on Englewood. Fight for blue and white! With our colors flying high, we’ll conquer every time. Rah! Rah! Rah! Come on Englewood, Come on Englewood, Fight for Future Fame! Fight, Pirates! Fight! Fight! Fight! To win this game! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! Come on Englewood, Come on Englewood. Fight for blue and white!

Photos by Tayler Searcy


Veterans Day Assembly November 9, 2012 in the Field House Wear school colors to show appreciation.

Father of former Navy Seal headlines Veterans assembly

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Thousands of Coloradans travel on Santa Fe Drive everyday. Hundreds of road signs dot each mile of that stretch of highway so it might be easy to overlook one. But, one sign in particular should stand out. “Navy Seal Danny Phillip Dietz, Jr. Memorial Highway” spans across south Denver between I-25 and C-470. Even though a vast number of motorists see the sign dedicating that thoroughfare in his name, the story behind that man is lost to the frustration of rush hour congestion and high-speed traffic. Danny Dietz Jr., however, is not just a name in white letters on a green background. He is the embodiment of an American hero. According to his father, Dan Dietz Sr., Danny was always standing up for others. “Danny had the biggest heart in the world. He always protected his brother and sister as well as the kids who got picked on,” Dietz said. So, it was not a surprise that the young man from Littleton, at age 12, decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and enlist in the Navy. He wanted to be the elite of the elite, a Navy SEAL (Special Warfare—Sea, Air and Land). After receiving a diploma from Heritage High School in 1999, Danny joined the service. His character showed through while in training, according to his dad. He graduated from BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/School) at the top of the 232nd class. The Heritage alumnus was on the fast track to becoming a member of DEVGRU (United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group), the highest tier of Navy Seal. DEVGRU was formerly known as Seal Team 6—responsible for

the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden. “Every dream that I had, it seems like I failed, but Danny reached all my goals,” Dietz said. However, his deployment to Afghanistan would prove to be the toughest challenge for Danny. During Operation Redwing on June 28, 2005, anti-coalition sympathizers spotted Danny and three other Seals in the Hindu Kush Mountains near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Their position was relayed to Taliban forces and an intense firefight ensued, according to a Department of Defense press release. A helicopter was dispatched to extract the small band of Americans. A MH47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while en route killing all 16 men aboard. Danny “fought valiantly,” according to the United States Navy, “against the numerically superior and positionally advantaged enemy force.” Ultimately, Danny and two comrades suffered mortal wounds but their courage under fire would not be in vain. Corpsman Marcus Luttrell made it out of the mountains that day. He later wrote a book, “The Lone Survivor,” accounting the harrowing mission. It is this story that Danny’s father hopes to share with EHS on the Veteran’s Day Assembly on November 9. Dietz is on a mission of his own. He is speaking to the student body, staff and about 70-80 veterans and active duty service personnel to share not only Danny’s story but his own. As an ex-Marine, Dietz is not supposed to show much emotion by convention but he hopes the loss of his son Danny will inspire and educate. “If you accept that hurt, that suffering, that challenge, that is what makes you strong,” Dietz said.

S tudents go higher than the moon EHS students experiment with local legal, yet lethal, hallucinogenic TaylerSearcy

Your heart races. Your temperature spikes. Your mouth dries out. Your vision blurs.

“Dear Englewood High School families, The purpose of this letter is to inform you about a potentially hazardous plant that is growing in Englewood,” Dean Mandy Miller wrote in a letter home to EHS families October 9. This warning was sent home to all families, due to the growing usage and trafficking of this natural plant. “Unfortunately, teenagers in Englewood have consumed parts of the plant, and have become extremely ill,” Miller wrote. CBC News reported 15 teens being hospitalized in Canada because extreme illness plaguing users of this deadly hallucinogenic, yet this natural plant is completely legal in the state of Colorado. Datura. Moon Plant.

Moonflower. Gypsum Weed. A plant known by many names that contains dangerous levels of multiple toxins that cause a wide variety of side effects, and in some cases, fatality. “Even though [moonflowers] aren’t illegal, students are suspended because they are using them as a drug, to hallucinate,” Dean Mandy Miller said. Your body convulses. Your

confusion takes over. Your movement is uncoordinated. Your skin is flushed. Your breathing grows hard. You are delirious. You are disoriented.

You are terrified. Up to 48 hours pass, an entire two days, with the same symptoms. You are experiencing the full effects of Moonflowers.

“Our students are expirementing with this plant, and it is very concerning,” Miller said. You try to sweat it out, but with

blocked sweat glands you can not. You realize you made a mistake, but it is too late.

The Moonflower creates an unusual high for those that consume it, causing hallucinations and possible death.

“ I know [moonpods] cause irregular heartbeat, and can lead to brain damage,” Ellizabeth Coleman (12) said.

You are rushed to the hospital, because of your symptoms. You spend time in the Intensive Care Unit. You are suspended from school; however, you are not breaking any laws.

“It is legal in Englewood right now, but we are trying to do a process to make them illegal in this city,” Miller said. Although the number of suspensions at Englewood High School is low, the administration is certain this is a growing issue for students attending EHS. “We know more students are using them, it is just a matter of catching them,” Miller said. Thousands of teenagers

across the nation experience the dangerous effects of moonflowers each year. Your seizures worsen. You slip into a coma. You die. “We want to educate our students and the community before something serious happens,” Miller said.

Photos by Chad Glover

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November 2, 2012

Carlson takes the lead New drama teacher NataliePena

“I’ve participated in the

Englewood summer shows. I have also worked with former director, Bill Ambron, so I know how everything works. I believe that will help me help the kids.”

When the Fisher Auditorium curtains open on November 15, it will not only be the debut of Alice in Wonderland, but also the debut of Englewood High School’s new Theater Director, Dan Carlson. In the year to come, Carlson hopes to bring the department back to how it was in the “old Ambron days.” In the spring of 2011 Bill Ambron retired as director after 30 years of contributions to the department. In the fall of 2011 a new teacher took his place. Unfortunately, she was forced to resign due to a scandal. Consequently, Photo by Sannah Pham Englewood High School was forced to find yet another director. Carlson plans on using his open-arms attitude and love of the theater to get students interested in participating in can plays again, just as his theater belong.” In teacher did when he was in doing this, high school. he also wants With this experience being to pass on his inspiration, Carlson the message to has moved into Englewood students to “do Theater with the hopes what they love, of creating a family like and do it as well as atmosphere. they can.” With only weeks “When I was a until Carlson’s first freshman in high performance, the school, I was very shy cast is feeling and didn’t really fit in confident about with a crowd. My step the new director. “I mother made me go do think Mr. Carlson tech stuff in the musical, is a positive and I finally felt like I found change for a place where I belonged,” the theater Carlson said.


JacobHughes Although freshmen are not allowed to go off campus, many leave the school grounds despite the possible consequences that they might face. Some walk off campus without ever being noticed by teachers, while others get rides from upper classmen. It leads to the question, whether this school policy is being enforced or if this is one of the regulations that are not taken seriously. “There are three reasons for this rule. The first reason is most places to eat are too far to reach by walking. The second reason is that we want Englewood students to earn responsibility rather than giving it to them all at once. Finally, many parents requested it,” Vice Principal Brooke Davis said. Some students believe that this rule is fair, while other students believe that this rule is unjust. “I think that the school made this rule in order to make the freshmen more responsible and mature,” Trevor Willson (9) said. “The teachers don’t really care whether freshmen go off campus or not, just as long as they get back to class on time.”

In addition, Wilson believes this rule should be kept in order to keep the students of Englewood High School safe, and on task for a successful future. Other students believe that this rule is not needed. Some feel that freshmen have earned the right to leave campus after eight years of eating cafeteria food. “This rule is a very unimportant rule. There is no real need for this rule seeing that many of last year’s freshmen went off campus and never got in trouble,” former freshman Ethan Mounts (10) said. Although some disagree with this rule, there are consequences for freshmen leaving campus. “The consequences that a student might face depends on the choices that student has made. Students with more referrals will receive a larger consequence than those who haven’t previously received any referrals,” Davis said. “There are 97 doors that lead to the outside of the school, so it is impossible for us to properly keep freshmen on the school campus, but all students who leave the campus will eventually get in trouble for what they do,” Davis said.


Freshmen question EHS lunchtime regulations


New Theater Director, Dan Carlson, is looking to build a strong drama program at Englewood High School in the 2012-2013 school year. After being involved in the performing arts for the majority of his life, he feels as though he has a lot to offer the students at Englewood. After being a technical assistant in Arapahoe High School’s productions, Carlson moved on to the University of Colorado at Boulder to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Theater. He then moved on to obtain a theater teaching degree at the University of Northern Colorado.

Now working as a teacher, Carlson hopes to build Englewood’s drama program further than simply being productions. “I am looking to have more theater classes offered at the school. Ideally, there would be two acting classes: stagecraft, and film study. Now there is only one acting class and I would really like to see more added,” Carlson said. When not participating in theater activities, Carlson enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with his wife. Carlson wants to make an “atmosphere where everyone


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department. He knows what he is doing and wants to see us succeed. He also gives rehearsal a more fun and laid back atmosphere, which makes it more enjoyable,” cast member Shelby Moore(10) said. Although rehearsals under Carlson have a more playful and fun atmosphere than those controlled under Ambron, hard work still gets done. “Mr. Carlson actually gets on stage and shows us what to do, it is very helpful,” Moore said. Along with the idea of a family like atmosphere, Carlson has more ideas to enhance the theater department. One thing he is trying to do is bring more of a “thespian society” to Englewood. “This year, I am working to make it possible for the cast to go to other theater productions whether they are performances from another community or another school,” Carlson said. “I am also making is possible for students to letter in theater.” Despite the new ideas Carlson is bringing to Fisher Auditorium, he plans on keeping some of the old theater traditions as well, “One thing I want to keep is circle; it’s simply part of the theater. It encapsulates everyone together to create one great show,” Carlson said. With the combination of old traditions and new innovations, Carlson is looking to bring the department back to its glory days; however, he is not planning on doing all by himself. “I am looking forward in using the large freshman class and strong upperclassmen core to bring the program’s strength back,” Carlson said.

McLean heads to trial Former EHS English teacher pleads not guilty TaylerSearcy Almost a year after allegations of sexual assault were made against Englewood High School’s rookie drama teacher Alexandra McLean, she entered a not guilty plea on October 22. The arraignment took place in the 18th District Judicial Court and followed multiple requests for continuances since the investigation first began during November of last year. Mclean took over the theater department upon the retirement of longtime EHS teacher, Bill Ambron in 2011; however, she was put on administrative leave on November 28 after the complaints were brought to the District’s attention. McLean officially resigned from the Englewood School District December 8. “Once she resigned [and was not] in front of our kids, she is at the whim of the justice system,” Principal Jon Fore said. On January 4, McLean turned herself into authorities, and later was released after posting a $25,000 bond. She faces two Class felony counts

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of Sexual Assault by a Person of Trust. Charges were filed after a complaint that the new teacher was having sexual relations with a seventeen-year-old male student at Englewood High School. “The school has a sense of closure, because she is not longer near our kids, but she has a long way to go with the court system,” Fore said. Her trial is set to begin on April 9, and is expected to last three to four days.

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The O’Malley Series


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STAFF Peer pressure is something every person has to deal with. Whether it is good or bad, it is a prominent issue students at Englewood High School have to face. On one hand peer pressure to do well in school, make positive decisions and work hard are all forms of good peer pressure and can be beneficial. Encouraging others to persevere in school and life are ways to empower others. Peer pressure is not always bad. Peer pressure, in our opinion, is the influence of who

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Passion beats profit TiannaPeters

The O’Malley Series of novels by Dee Henderson is about seven orphans. They all lost their parents by unfortunate circumstances, but somehow end up at the same foster home. As time goes on, they grow to be a family by adopting each other and changing their last name to O’Malley. The seven books each tell the story of one O’Malley and how they go from where they were to where they want to be. “The Rescuer,” the final book, is about Stephen O’Malley, a burnt out paramedic who feels lost. He had to watch his sister die of cancer, his job is going nowhere, he feels like an outsider in his own family because he cannot understand why the God they so strongly believe in would just let his sister die. Even though Stephen’s heart is breaking, he still puts the needs of others before his own. The O’Malley’s deal with life and death on a daily basis because of their professions. They protect, rescue, and comfort. Even though the O’Malley’s are a creation of Henderson, their stories are extremely powerful, and they are the epitome of how we should all live. We should live our lives to help those in need to love and reach out to the ones forgotten. But instead, society has molded us to believe that we need to make a living not a life. “The highly materialistic view that society holds of what life should be like entails that in order to be successful you have to make a good living and have a good job,” Shane Menefee (12) said. Teenagers are pushed to be prepared for our future. The economy is bad and many people are experiencing how necessary

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stop them, even if it meant rushing into a burning building or a collapsing structure. It was an absolute love that has no limits.” If only the way we lived our lives was an exact replication of this quote. We need to stop worrying about the money and the possessions that come with this world. What really matters is how we live our lives, how we treat the people around us and how we love one another. Do people at EHS go out of their way to reach out to those in need? “I do [believe], in my time here I have been amazed by the generosity and acceptance of the people here at Englewood,” Menefee said.

Our futures are important, but not for the reasons that society leads us to believe. Toward the end of our lives, what are we going to remember: how much money we had, our accomplishments? No, we are most likely going to remember the people in our lives. Our generation has a choice to make: believe that the possessions we have and the things we accomplish will eventually lead us to a successful life, or say that it is not always about the money and the possessions, sometimes it is about the people we protect, the strangers we rescue, the friends we comfort, and the families we heal.

Students decide who pull the strings

you hang out with. If you’re hanging around a crowd that makes appropriate decisions, then the pressure surrounding you will form a suitable environment. On the other hand, peer pressure can make people feel as though they have to act accordingly with others without control over themselves, much like a strung-up marionette being manipulated by an outside hand. Aside from the obvious pressures to drink and do drugs, more clandestine ways people can pressure one to not reach their full potential exists. Pressures to avoid schoolwork, be disrespectful and gossip are actions that can tear a student down


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it is to have a well paying job. Although money is necessary, it is not everything. “Society tells us to want things and that those things will make us happy, but we can find happiness without the money and possessions,” Madeline Cowell (12) said. Some adults push us to get a good education so we can survive in this world comfortably. It is amazing that they care so much about our futures, but sometimes they can be steering us to get jobs that pay well instead of getting jobs for which we have a passion. “We look forward to the weekends instead of our actual life during the week, and we don’t enjoy what we do. We work to live, we don’t live to work,” Cowell said. Some people pressure us into fulfilling dreams they never could, while others advise us down a different path than they took. As much as we think it might, money cannot buy us happiness or change how we feel inside, but what would happen if we lived like the O’Malleys? Everyday we make the choice on how we live our life that day. Hopefully we choose to be a blessing; and that when we are gone our legacy is love and kindness and that we chose to build people up. “[Currently], I believe our legacy could be described as ‘selfish and corrupt, but with many good things too’ but our legacy should be ‘a symbiotic friend fest’...” Menefee said. Dee Henderson wrote in “The Rescuer,” “...of all the emergency calls he answered as a paramedic the most heartbreaking were those where someone had died trying to rescue a friend. It spoke of a love so deep that person’s own safety no longer mattered, of a will to help so strong that no obstacle would

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academically and mentally. The first thing drilled into a teen’s head when he or she walks into the blood-thirsty, social jungle known as high school is “Join or Die.” By following trends and acting a certain way, students find security in majority, deeming their actions correct; that is because everybody else is doing them. Ultimately, it comes down to strength in numbers for finding self-assurance in high school. Therefore, anything different in this atmosphere is wrong. However, this system of peer pressure is faulty. Throughout history, individualism and variety have proven to be the keys to achieving a free society. For example, the Nazi Regime during World

War II fundamentalized uniformity, where the ideal person had blonde hair and blue eyes, typical traits of the German race. Generally, high school cliques form in the same way, except on a less consequential level. Moreover, students need to accept each others’ differences as a necessity to building a balanced environment, not the Third Reich. It is hard to resist pressure, especially if someone is unsure of himself or herself. However, growing up, and being one’s own person is a tool that can conquer negative pressures. Being truly confident means fighting the crowd, and doing what is best for oneself. Confidence is peer pressures biggest enemy.

“The pen is mightier than the sword, but we Pirates get to use both.” Photographers Maddie Avjean Kristina Cowell Damasjae Currington

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Pirates, speak your minds! The editors of the Pirateer would like to invite both Pirates and the community to submit any comments or concerns they may have in the form of Letters to the Editor by the second Friday of each month. Letters to the editor may be left in Mrs. Ogrin’s mailbox in the main office, brought to room 113, or sent by e-mail to EHS_Pirateer The Pirateer does not accept unsigned letters, but may consider withholding names upon request. Englewood Public Schools Non-Discrimination Policy: .....The Englewood Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, handicap, or age in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for discrimination concerns. Inquiries concerning any of the above or Title IX and the Rehabilitation Act Regulations (504) should be directed to Sean McDaniel, Superintendent, 4101 South Bannock Street, Englewood, CO 80110; phone (303) 761-7050.

Letters to the editor serve as a public forum for student opinion. No unsigned letters or pseudonyms will be accepted. All signed letters will be considered for publication. Letters to the Editor are not necessarily the opinions of the Pirateer. The Pirateer reserves the right to edit or reject any letter. The deadline for all letters to the editor is the second Friday of every month. Any written expression in this publication is not an expression of Englewood Public School Board policy. The school district and employees are provided immunity from civil or criminal penalties for any expression made or published by students in this publication.


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November 2, 2012

Englewood Votes 228 Englewood High School students responded to a survey put out to the EHS Student Body. Students were asked to answer 10 yes or no questions, which correlated to either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney’s opinion toward social issues in this up-coming election. Based on the collected results, 73 percent of students chose Obama as their favored president; however on average, the results of the survey yielded only 60 percent agreeing with Obama on the social issues asked about. Thirty-nine percent agreed with Romney’s views on these social issues, but only 19 percent favored him over Obama. One percent did not respond.





of students agree that we should help the needy even if it means going deeper into debt.

students agree that military strength is the best way to ensure peace.


of students agree that stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy.

The growing number of newcomers from other countries threatens traditional American customs and values.



Good diplomacy is the best way to ensure peace.

support homosexuality.

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of students agree most corporations make a fair and reasonable profit.


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students agree that we need to continue making changes to give blacks equal out of 4 rights with whites.


The government often does a better job than we give it credit for.

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students agree that the health care law would have a mostly bad effect on United States out of 5 health care.

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GetWithtoKateri know your peers Everling and Zachary Scally MadelynAvjean Known for his extroverted personality, Zachary Scally (12) has made his mark on EHS over the past four years. From his behavior to his involvement in sports, there are few dull moments in Scally’s high school career. “I call him Scallywag, Scallywag is hilarious,” French Teacher, Anne Taylor said. Scally will be experiencing drastic changes in his life over the next year, as he moves toward enlisting as an Army National Gaurd Infantryman. “I am going to finish high school, because I need to graduate. I am done with sports and I am going to focus on my grades,” Scally said. He is looking to apply to The University of Northern

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Colorado where he will be involved in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps to become an Army Ranger Special Force Officer. Although Scally was disqualified from enlisting because of an allergy to the antibiotic Keflex, he still plans to enlist after a waiver application. “The waiver takes about two weeks because my recruiter signs it and sends it to Washington, D.C. and they vote to accept it,” Scally said. If the waiver is approved, Scally will be able to enlist again even with his allergy.


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I call him Scallywag, Scallywag is hilarious. Ms. Taylor

4:30 a.m. - Kateri Everling (12) prepares to start her day. Everling eases her stress away in the mornings with a run. “Being home is stressful, I just start my day off with a run,” Everling said. Everling faces a day full of vigorous classes including two AP classes and only one off period. She is working hard in school to ensure that she can go to the college of her choice which seems to be Metropolitan State University of Denver. After a day of class, Everling still has little down time as she makes her way to work. She has been working at Chick-fil-A restaurant at Riverpoint for the past three months. She has been working nearly everyday since she turned 16. When 11 p.m. finally rolls

around Everling gets off of work, but her day is still far from over. Like all other seniors in high school, Everling is faced with the daily task of homework. After nearly two hours of being off work, Everling finally finds herself able to rest for the night...until 4:30 a.m. when she is awake the next morning to do it all over again. When asked about one thing that sets her aside from everyone else, Everling was quick to say persistence. “I always keep going and I am very determined. I think of what is best for me,” Everling said. Determination, persistence and her three cups of coffee are all consequential for her busy schedule. Everling is looking to keep up the work, and make her way to Metro next year while continuing her job.


November 2, 2012

Cell phone drive makes a comeback

KarlOwens The cell phone drive, being held by the Environmental Club, benefits the environment by responsibly recycling phones. The drive will last unti November 13 and is a fundraiser for the Environmental Club. Phones can be recycled no matter what the condition and should be turned into students’ third period teacher. “The Environmental Club gives the phones to a company that reuses the working pieces, melts down the non-working pieces, and disposes of the batteries responsibly,” Club Sponsor Elizabeth Sedalnick said. The Environmental Club gets compensated money from the company for the phones that are donated. “We are holding the phone drive as a fundraiser for the Environmental Club and so that materials are not wasted,” Co-President Kristina Cowell (12) said. The Environmental Club plans to use the money to go on a field trip to a recycling plant, where they will learn more about the process of recycling. “People should participate in the phone drive because, what else are you going to do with the phones?” Co-President Madeline Cowell (12) said. According to the Co-Presidents, people should also participate because the class that donates the most phones gets a pizza party.

The cell phone drive will be held through November 13.

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PIRATEER November 2, 2012

Athletes risk chance of recovery

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MIPs: Cheating the system

Athletes avoid punishment by going out for undesired sport


Athletic Trainer Randall Neal wraps Football Player Chris Gutierrez’s (11) ankle before practice.

TiannaPeters Thirty-five percent of students at Englewood High School participate in at least one sport. According to the National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS), injuries associated with sports account for twenty one percent of all traumatic brain injuries among all children in the United States. Athletics are important and sometimes injuries are inevitable, but do athletes really allow their bodies enough time to recover before they start playing again? “No, athletes do not give themselves enough recovery time, because full recovery requires you to eat right, rest, rehab, and most students do not allow that time,” Trainer Randall Neal said. Athletes at Englewood, or at least the athletes who get injured, have so much passion for their sport, they will do whatever it takes to

recover quickly and miss the least amount of games. However, if they only rehab their injuries until they feel well enough to play on, they are more prone to injure it again and repeat injuries are less likely to fully recover and more likely to cause permanent problems as they get older. “Recovery time does depend on the injury, but if you don’t take the right amount of time to recover and rehab the injury, it will be more prone to get injured again in the same place,” Coach Darren Fisher said. Many times coaches push rehab on their injured players and pressure them to return to normal activity before they are ready, especially at a small school like EHS where numbers are a big deal. “I think that coaches sincerely care about the kids, but as a small school, we need our players to get better quicker because we need the

numbers,” PE teacher Belinda Hayes said. Sixty- two percent of organized sports injuries occur at practice rather than during games, according to the NCSS. This is most likely because players, coaches, and parents do not take practice as seriously as they do games, so they do not prepare accordingly. Preparing could help greatly. “Athletes can prevent injuries by being healthy and not being careless on the weekends; and just listening to the trainer and coaches,” Neal said. The bodies of high school athletes are still developing and it is important for them to maintain healthy lifestyles. It is crucial to being injury free. “Eating foods high in fat before games makes you slow, weak and more prone to injury. Nutrition is a huge part of injury safety along with recovery time and healthy lifestyle choices,” Neal said.

Sitting out 20 percent of the season does not sting as much when it is for a sport one does not enjoy. Student-athletes at Englewood High School cheat the system after receiving a Minor in Possession ticket by sitting out 20 percent of a less-favored season.     Athletes who break the rule and are caught have to serve a punishment. The punishment for first time offenders is normally reviewed by the Eligibility Committee then is  reduced to a penalty which requires students to sit out 20 percent of the season.       “We want athletes to understand the behavior is not healthy. They have a lot at stake and it is not worth it,” Athletic Director Paul Evans said.      The penalty only requires an athlete to sit 20% of the next season he or she participates in. For example, if an athlete receives a punishment during the summer, that athlete would have to sit out 20 percent of the fall sports season.      For athletes that play a fall sport, the punishment is simple. An athlete sits out the first 20% of the year. However, for athletes who only play a winter or spring sport, sometimes the punishment can be avoided in a winter or spring sport. Sometimes athlete will choose to join a fall sport in order to avoid a punishment.      Jared Lick (12) received an MIP over the summer and joined the

{ } I joined the Boys’ Tennis teams so I did not have to sit out 20 percent of my basketball season. Senior Jared Lick

Boys’ Tennis team during the Fall.     “I joined the Boys’ Tennis team so I did not have to sit out 20 percent of my basketball season,” Lick said.      This can sometimes be deemed unfair. While some athletes suffer a punishment in a sport he or she enjoys, others avoid that by taking the punishment through a sport that he or she does not normally play.      “[It is unfair] because it is not a punishment. You should have to take your punishment for a sport you enjoy, not a sport you just happen to join,” Girls’ Swimming Coach Tracey Lonn said.      Athletes do have to finish the season in good standing otherwise the punishment is not completed. This can still be frustrating for a coach.      “If I had an athlete join the team for that reason, I would not be 100% thrilled,” Lonn said. However, Evans feels differently. “I didn’t think its cheating the system for two reasons, 1) because it helps our programs and 2) because athletes have to finish seasons in good standing,” Evans said.

Coach Chapman controls the court after longtime Coach Stu Howard retires ChadGlover

The upcoming basketball season marks a big change for the Englewood boys varsity team. Last year, longtime coach Stu Howard retired and left an everlasting mark on the basketball program. This year, Dave Chapman will take the reigns as the new head coach. After being assistant coach for some time, Chapman was the man for the job after Howard’s retirement. Chapman also coaches softball in the fall and then transitions to basketball as the winter season approaches. Chapman has been involved in Englewood athletics for many years and has 18 years of coaching under his belt.

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Boys’ varsity basketball will begin in early November. There will be no starting varsity athletes returning. “We graduated the whole varsity team, but Jared Lick and Tucker Horan got some varsity time and they both lettered. We will be very inexperienced this year, but having coached these guys last year I know how much heart they have and they always are tough competitors,” Chapman said. In a new league, Englewood will face teams such as Elizabeth, Fort Morgan and Vista Peak. In a new league, Englewood is expected to find much success. This will be the first season with a new head coach in a long time, so it will be a big adjustment for the team and changes should be evident. “We will make some changes this year in our

offensive and defensive philosophies but some things will remain the same,” Chapman said. The boys’ first home game will be on December 11th against Ridge View Academy with Chapman as head coach. “With a new coach I think we will do just fine because Coach Chapman has been the assistant for a long time and is a good coach,” Bryan Aguilar (12) said. This winter will mark the biggest change to Englewood boys’ basketball in a long time. “Not having a big guy and being a relatively small team will be some big obstacles we face this season,” Jared Lick (12) said. Coach Chapman plans to have a successful season and help the boys’ reach their potential.


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Members of Englewood High School athletics sometimes gather to discuss, sometimes they bow their heads, sometimes they smile, and sometimes they look on with disgust. Whichever it is, these are all expressions of unsportsmanlike attitude. Photo by Damasjae Currington

Playing the blame game

EHS athletes struggle with blaming others adding unneccessary attitude to the game TuckerHoran The back of the Englewood High School Football Team’s shirts say: “Building a winning foundation together as brothers.” The words “foundation together as brothers” can really be summed up through one word: team. Yet, when asked about his teammates on the football team, Nate Medina (11) said he hears his teammates blame each other “every play of every game.” This issue is not only limited to the football team however. Poor attitudes during both practices and games have been a lasting problem throughout Englewood High School athletics. “Mistakes happen in games and there are times when players will say if so and so would have done this instead the game would be different,” Head Boys’ Soccer Coach Chris Kavinsky said.    Sometimes the easiest thing for an athlete to do after a loss is to blame others, rather than accepting the loss and learning from the experience. This can tear apart a team from the inside.     “[If teammates blame each other], the team doesn’t really act like a team. The players break down and stop performing together. They act as separate individuals rather than one team,” Kadie Kavinsky (11) said.     In sports, a loss is something that cannot be avoided. A loss is something an athlete has to handle, just like they have to handle a win. There are a few things athletes and coaches can do to handle a loss.     “After a loss, I believe it is important to explain the good things that happened in the game but also to bring up the things that we need to work on to become a better team,” Chris Kavinsky said.     Chris Kavinsky offers another way to deal with a loss.     “I have grown up on the philosophy that when the team wins the credit goes to all the players and the work they put


As the first season wraps up, Englewood Athletics conclude fall sports with different records, feelings and attitudes toward the game. Some teams made great strides, which brought many wins for their program, some teams fell short of their indivdual and team goals, and some teams ended their season completely winless. “We have the athletes that we need to be successful, I think we just don’t have the team unity to be successful,” Softball Captain Maddie Smith (10) said. Regardless of the stats, there is no question that Englewood Sports are struggling. “You aren’t playing like a team, you [look like] six different individuals on the court,” volleyball Coach Trish Bruno stated during the last homegame for the girls Varsity team. The only thing holding Englewood teams back is simple. Teamwork.



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EHS athletics settle for losing attitude ElidaSchultz “If you can accept losing, you can’t win.” Vince Lombardi says it all in this quote. If an athlete goes into a game or match with a defeated attitude, they cannot expect to bring Englewood a win. A disconnect in Englewood athletes is all too apparent when a team steps on the field and it is then reflected on the scoreboard.     Englewood’s teams are passionate but accept losing too easily. The kick-off of a football game or the first 7 points in a volleyball match are strong and crucial. Pirates enter the game with a “no-prisoners, no holding back” attitude but as soon as a few mistakes are made, a player’s mental game retreats making the game hesitant and frustrating for the individual player.     “The hardest part of the game - any game- is the mental aspect. Developing a ‘winning attitude’ takes time. Teams learn how to win first by learning how to overcome losing,” Athletic Director Paul Evans said. “This is not youth sports anymore.”     No one is upset when a game is lost.

opinion Englewood High School’s sports teams have sunken into a lull regarding the mentality and intensity of the game. Players seem detached from a game’s events, focusing on minor distractions “Hard work and perseverance are essential for every individual athlete. In order for our teams to improve, working together is key,” Evans said.    Englewood sports teams expect a loss walking into their games, accepting defeat before a play has even been made. Sauntering into a game, with no confidence and no passion will not win a game. A whole team has to enter a game with a positive attitude, ready to shake off little mistakes and push forward to win a game. No game is won when only a single athlete has shown up, ready to play to their full potential, to help their team win.     A team cannot expect to win when the attitude of the team has not changed its game.

Matt Hiibschman (11) and Sam Vogal (11) leave the field after a loss at Vista Peak High School. into practice and the game. When we lose I like to take the blame because maybe I didn’t have our team prepared enough or didn’t make the right adjustments during the game,” he said.    Blaming others does not offer a solution. For a frustrated athlete, sometimes the best thing to do is step back and take a deep breath.     Wayne Dyer, a self-help author and motivational speaker, once said “You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.”

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The Varsity Volleyball Team heads to the bench after losing the first set in their match against Vista Peak on October 27. The Pirates lost 3 sets to 0.

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