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Eye of the tiger Issue 6, Volume 9

November 16, 2009

Roseville High School’s student-produced publication

2010-2011 calendar announced this week By Selina Liang

Teachers throughout the Roseville Joint Union High School District voted last Thursday and Friday to determine the calendar for the 20102011 academic year. The vote asked teachers to decide whether they want to remain on the early calendar that the schools are observing this year or return to the traditional one that all schools, except for Woodcreek,

had been using in the past. The final results of the vote were available as of last Saturday but Roseville Secondary Education Association representative Chad Cook expects them to be announced sometime this week. For the 2011-2012 calendar year, the district has decided to again unify the calendar, as opposed to the past when individual high schools within the district were able to determine their own calendars. This

change is due largely to the unified calendar being the most cost effective for the district. The final decision will reflect the majority vote throughout the district. The early calendar proposes a schedule resembling the current one, with schools starting and ending earlier than previous years, and finals for the first term being taken before the start of winter break. For this calendar, school would begin on

August 10 and end on May 26, prior to the Memorial Day Holiday. Returning to the traditional calendar would mean starting school on August 18 and finishing on June 3. This would also mean that fall finals and the beginning of the spring semester would once again occur after the winter break. As teachers are directly affected by the chosen calendar, their opinions seem to vary. “For me, I see the benefits of the

early [schedule],” said Cook. “I’m just not a huge proponent of starting earlier. For one, it just doesn’t match up with the feeder schools. I’ve had parents voicing their complaints with starting so early.” Others find this year’s schedule beneficial and would like to see it continue. “It just works out better for [the] students,” said math teacher Scott McCullough. Junior Jessica Brown is in favor

Clay dust clean-up


of keeping the current schedule. “I like it better now,” said Brown. “It is easier this way, to come back after Christmas and have new classes.” Other students, like junior Ela Banerjee, would like to see the traditional schedule come back to Roseville High School. “I enjoyed it the way it was before,” said Banerjee. “There is more time for academics when we study over Christmas break.”


Teachers express concerns By Jessica Barber

Blue Star Project collects supplies for troops overseas. Page 2

Fashion students embark on project to create and market their own product lines. Page 2


Maintenance hoses down the ceramics classroom every Friday in order to reduce the amount of dust circulating in the air.

Steps taken to improve air quality, reduce risks By Lisa Pham

Science teacher Robert Mahlman meets the hosts of Mythbusters. Page 4


In response to possible health risks posed by the clay dust, there have been changes made to the ceramic classroom in order to promote better health. One of the most prominent changes made was to the maintenance schedule. “The custodian began to hose down the room every Friday after school,” said ceramic teacher Joyce Henry. “The water is then squeegeed to one of the floor drains.” With this change, there will be fewer chances of dust circulating the

ference visually.” Although students think these changes are good, they feel that the changes did not make an impact. “I feel it is a really good change,” said senior Aubrie Gibbons. “It seems overall clean. I do not think we are that affected because we are not in here enough, but it is better for Mrs. Henry.” Senior Shelby Duncan also agrees these changes have a small positive impact. “It is one thing you really don’t notice, but I do appreciate it,” said Duncan. Henry hopes that these changes will provide a healthier environment. “I want the room to be a safer room,” said Henry. “I think that is everybody’s goal.”

Peer helping

Students’ video removed from Youtube By AVERY BARNES

Varsity football’s loss to Rocklin wraps up 2-8 season. Page 10

air and would provide safer conditions for the students. “By hosing down the floor, the dust goes down the drain instead of being thrown back into the air, which is what happens when the room is swept,” said Henry. “Now that everybody knows the dangers, they come in and hose it down weekly.” According to RHS custodian Eddie Colon, this change will have a positive impact for the students. “I think it is a great idea to hose it down because it eliminates a lot of the dust,” said Colon. “If it [was not] hosed down, clay dust particles [will

be] still floating in the air during the weekends [and] when the students go back on Monday, the dust [will be] still on the desks.” The maintenance and operations department has also run several tests to make sure the air quality is safe for students while in class. “They are running tests to check [for and] monitor air quality,” said RHS principal Brad Basham. “They are also seeing if the clay is disposed of properly.” According to Henry, the ceramic room is different compared to before the changes. “I don’t have any thing to measure how clean it [actually] is, but from my perception, it is much cleaner,” said Henry. “It is a lot healthier for everyone. On Monday when I walk in, it seems cleaner. It is a big dif-

The Roseville High School peer helping class uploaded a three minute video to YouTube, but was later asked to have it taken down by the administration. “I was shocked,” said assistant principal Matt Pipitone. “I did not think that it should be viewable [and accessible] to the entire world. The content of the video was sharing very personal information about the student and their lives. We [were] not comfortable putting it out with Roseville High School’s name on it.” Sophomore Taylor Fong, a student in the peer helping class, pro-

duced this video and it was uploaded two weeks ago. “Students are challenged to lead projects,” said peer helping teacher Valerie Erb. “They take on their own individual projects that will leave a legacy at RHS.” The video had already been shown to other teachers and students and all peer helping student’ parents were aware of what was said in the video. “No student was required to appear in the video and many declined or were not used for the video,” said Erb. “All students in the video wanted [the video] shared with the RHS staff, students and anyone else who could be touched by viewing it.”

However, according to Pipitone, posting the video on YouTube was not necessary. “We have a way to share electronics internally, so it did not need to go on [to] the World Wide Web to make it accessible to the staff,” said Pipitone. According to Erb, Fong’s hope was that the video would achieve one purpose, to see people beyond the surface and therefore extend compassion and consideration to every tiger that walks through RHS’ halls. “We did this to get the message out there, and for people to open up,” said sophomore peer helping student Jesica Payassian. “Peer helping wanted teachers to be more

aware of what students are going through.” Erb possess no hard feelings towards the request made by the administration. “The video was taken down because I respect my administration and love my bosses,” said Erb. Peer helping also have other videos for different purposes, such as a video encouraging students to join the class. According to Erb, Fong’s video will be available on RHS computers’ public drive at some point. “In the video, students opened up about things that make others uncomfortable, but they all agreed to make it public to get the message out there,” said Payassian.

At Roseville High School, many teachers have identified cheating as a huge problem that lacks consistent enforcement and consequences. Currently, punishment for academic dishonesty varies from teacher to teacher. “As a staff we feel this is happening quite a bit on campus,” said social science teacher Marie Criste. “We need a strict, more specific way to address this serious issue and to provide consistency because with inconsistency there’s cracks.” When English teacher Michelle Cole found that two of her students were openly copying homework in another class, she turned to other teachers for advice. “I had never come across such blatant cheating,” said Cole. “I emailed other teachers and asked about their policies, which opened a big can of worms. Cheating is an issue we’re aware of but as of yet there is no policy or uniform idea and we really need a school wide policy for cheating.” The RHS student planner, while encouraging honesty, does not address the consequences of cheating leaving it entirely up to the preference of the teacher. Some RHS teachers have only begun an initial discussion on whether or not it is necessary to have a uniform policy and what might be included in such a policy. Math teacher Scott McCullough conducted an email poll on whether teachers think that cheating is a problem at RHS. Of the teachers that responded to the poll, 96 percent believed that cheating is a problem. The administration is currently considering a uniform cheating policy among RHS teachers. “[We are] looking at how we want to approach it,” said assistant principal Matt Pipitone. “[There have] been no formal discussions other than some informal e-mail discussion.” Spanish teacher Maria Pitts has already taken many measures within her classroom to prevent cheating and believes in a unified policy. “Students’ cell phones are to be turned off, in their backpacks in the corners of the room and if they’re caught with a phone during a test I will send it up to the office and they will receive a zero with no chance to retake [the test],” said Pitts. “We definitely need to have a unified policy so that everyone knows what the repercussions are.” Other schools in the district implement various disciplinary policies for cheating. Granite Bay High School has developed a “cheaters list” so that teachers can keep a closer eye on those who have been previously caught. Punishments at other schools vary from receiving zeroes to partaking in 8-10 hours of community service or suspension

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MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Eye of the Tiger, a news publication produced by the students of Roseville High School, is to inform, entertain, and serve as a public forum for student expression. We will accomplish our goals by reporting unbiased news, while offering student perspectives in our columns and editorials. This includes, but is not limited to, prominent issues, changes, and events that have an impact on the students and communities of Roseville High School. We will strive to report with depth, accuracy, and timeliness. It is not our goal to invoke controversy or sensationalize issues. We do not push moral values or political agendas. Views expressed in the opinion and outlook sections, columns, and letters-to-the-editor are those of the individual author, and do not necessarily belong to Eye of the Tiger staff, this publication or Roseville High School. We reserve the right to edit submitted work as needed for space limitations and content. Nonattributed editorials reflect the opinion of the editors and must be approved by the entire editorial board.

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November 16, 2009

Upcoming Events Project Blue Star collects supplies for troops overseas By natasha dev

Mistywood visit Today

By RObbie Mancuso

Students interested in this community service opportunity can visit senior citizens at the Mistywood Retirement Home after school at 3:00 p.m.

The student government class’s JUMP (Join Us in Making Progress) program is continuing with Project Blue Star, which is an event that collects supplies to send to the troops overseas. The students at Roseville High School are working in conjunction with the Blue Star Moms organization in Danville, CA. The project members have posted flyers on cars and in elementary schools, asking for supplies. “We’re trying to collect as many items as possible,” said senior Nicolette Haflich. The list of supplies needed for the troops was included on the back of the flyer. The project started on last month and the supplies donated were shipped out last Saturday. “[It was] pretty productive,” said junior Kayla Granucci. The project was inspired by family members of students who are going overseas. Besides this motivation, the students are hoping this project will improve their

if I’m a billion miles away, I can still make a difference,” said Roland. However, the project did not succeed in all its endeavors. “We sent letterheads to Safeway and dentists’ offices, but they never responded to us,” said Roland.

Fashion class

Class learns about marketing through creating product lines By GALINA sERMAN

The fashion classes put up a new display in the office two weeks ago. The objective for the project was to create a line of bags (for fashion 1 students) or a line of whatever you wanted (for fashion 2 students) that followed students’ inspirations.     The fashion 1 class started with an individual project in which they had to cut out 10 pictures that inspired them and put them on a collage. Then they were to form groups of two to three and find their common inspirations.      The group then came up with a name and logo for their imaginary business. Next, using their inspirations, every individual had to create a bag for their line. Students had two styles of bags to choose from and had to create the actual pattern on the bag. They had to measure the bag on fabric, cut it out of the fabric and make the handles.      “It was hard to sew the straight lines, but it was fun to try new things,” said freshman Brittani Mascarelli.      The base of the project was to create a recycled bag meaning the bag had to be made of something that was not needed because students were not allowed to spend money.      “The project was used from

Late registration deadline for the December 12 test date.

recycled stuff so it was good for nature,” said junior Sarah Warrnll. In creating the bags, students used the 10 soft skills and techniques they learned throughout the term such as color, design elements, and principles of design.     After creating individual bags, the entire group had to create one. All the bags were part of the bag line which represented their store. For each individual bag the group also had to make a pricing tag that included the name and logo of the business, and the name of the bag.      “Our groups bags were centered on girly prints, the color pink, and lips,” said Warrnll whose line name was Luscious Candy.      Once the bags were finished a profile presentation had to be created for each bag because the students would have to try to sell their line of bags to a boutique. In this case the boutique was represented by fashion teacher Tara Kringel. If the line was rejected the group had to fix the profile and try again. In this way, students get a feel of what real merchandising is like.      “It made me work more cautiously, take my time on my bag and try not to make any mistakes,” said freshman Chanisse Hendrix.       The fashion II class started off the project similar to fashion I with the inspiration collages. Instead of making bags lines the students where free to create a line of any

The elected representatives from each homeroom classroom will meet in the JB Gale Theatre during second period.

Deadline for CSU/UC applications November 30

SAT & subject tests December 5

ACT test

UC applications

December 12

November 19

Counselors will be holding workshops to assist students in completing UC applications. The workshops will be held in room 937 at 2:30 p.m. after school.  

Canned food drive ends

Yoplait Yogurt fundraiser

Through December 18

RHS is collecting pink Yoplait Yogurt lids to support the Susan G. Komen foundation to fight breast cancer. Each lid donates 10 cents to the cause and may be submitted to the box in the front office.

type of clothing or accessories. Some lines that were created were centered on jewelry, scarves and bags, dresses, and home accessories. Price tags were also created. Then, like fashion 1, groups had to make a profile presentation and try to sells their lines to Kringel’s boutique.     “When Mrs. Kringel first told us that we had to try to sell it to her, it altered my perception on what ideas were good or bad,” said senior Deven Allen.       The grading process was based around two words: rigor and relevance. Rigor represents how tough students worked and following what was expected. Relevance represented the boutique and how the project applies to real life.      “I told the students that if the profile was not in order and neat I wouldn’t even grade,” said Kringel. “I just give it back to the group to have it fixed and turned in again.”      Kringel accepted lines whose profiles were neat, easy to grade, in order and labeled; good first impression. According to Kringel, these standards were established in order to prepare students for real sales situations.       “In real life the profile has to be neat and in order because the store only has five minutes to look and everything has to be easy to access or the store won’t bother looking through it,” said Kringel.

SG Corner

A submission from ASB president Senya Merchant, vice president Alex Kludjian, secretary Kathleen Sweeney, and treasurer Jonathan Pham

Hey Tigers! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Roseville High School is preparing to make this an enjoyable holiday season for all. Student government would like to commend all of your efforts to bring in canned foods and non-perishable items. The students, teachers, and faculty of Roseville High School have come together to collect a running total of 10,431 cans. With one week left of the canned food drive we have already surpassed our goal of 10,000 cans. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this cause; through opportunities like this Roseville High School is truly embodying “Roseville’s”

Testing will take place at 7:30 a.m. in the library. Students can sign up in the College and Career Center.

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organizational skills. “If you’re not organized, things fall through,” said Roland. The students also appreciate the fact that they are doing something to help people. “It’s the satisfaction of knowing

ACT test deadline

Student Senate

Project Blue Star collected donations for the troops last week.

The KCRA Kids Can food drive will be coming to a close. Bring in your canned goods and nonperishable food items to your homeroom classroom. Each item is worth one point. RHS is in competition with Antelope and Woodcreek High School.

ASVAB testing November 18


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High School by responding to the needs of our very own community. Congratulations once again Tigers but don’t forget the battle has yet to be won! We are neck and neck with Woodcreek High School who is up by 1,500 cans. This is the last week of the canned food drive competition. Classes will be awarded double points for bringing in cans on Thursday, November 19th. It’s crunch time Roseville, let’s hear you roar! On that note, we’re happy to announce that student senate will be taking place during 3rd period on Wednesday. Your homeroom class senators will be provided with the agenda to discuss with your homeroom class and then bring to the senate meeting. Please give your senators your thoughts, ideas, feedback, and suggestions as they will be representing you and your

homeroom class in the senate meeting. The goal of student senate is to give students a voice in the events and activities taking place around campus, so if you have ideas for Casaba theme or would like to give us feedback on a past rally feel free to speak to your homeroom class senator on these issues. JUMP projects are already underway with our first official project taking place today at the Mistywood retirement home. If you’d like to be involved in the Tiger JUMP movement, come into 606 during 3rd period or after school and JUMP to make our community better. Please see a schedule of upcoming JUMP opportunities that will be posted in your classrooms and in 606. Thank you for reading the SG Corner and have a great week Tigers!

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RHS students Club holds bag fundraiser and will reach out to initiate Adopt-a-Child next month senior citizens By Shayna powless

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Student government developed a committee devoted to assisting the senior citizens of the Roseville community. As part of the student government JUMP program, students will have the opportunity to volunteer at local retirement homes.     After school, the student government class as well as other students that are interested can go to the Mistywood retirement home at 3:00 p.m.       “We called and they said that what they really needed was just for someone to just come and hang out with them,” said freshman student government member Alyssa Slead.      This event has been announced over the morning bulletin, welcoming any students to take part in providing companionship to seniors. Future events include a formal dance for members of the Eskaton retirement home, taking place next Friday. Upcoming holiday events in December include plans for a Christmas theme party on December 13, held at Eskaton village and a car-

oling event on December 18, which will take place at Mistywood.       “It’s a great opportunity for the students who need community service hours to help make the holidays special for the senior citizens,” said freshman committee member Kali O’Connor.       Students agree that this project is beneficial to the city. “I think it’s really sweet,” said freshman Paige Crouch. “It’s so cute.”        According to committee chair Stephanie Blumm, their goal is to increase involvement between the seniors in the retirement homes with the teenagers. Committee members hope that this event will have a positive impact on the Roseville community, reaching outside of the campus itself.      “We hope to create a bond between the younger and older generations to make the community whole,” said junior Mandy Strobridge, junior chair of senior citizen outreach committee. “We hope that what the volunteers get out of the project is life experiences that form a bond of friendship.”

Barnes and Noble fundraiser

Money supports new library books By miranda trujillo

Barnes and Noble will host a library fundraiser in order to raise money for Roseville High School’s Julie Estridge library. The fundraiser proceeds will be supporting the print collection as well as financing new books. “[This fundraiser] is not on campus,” said RHS librarian Lauren Zdybel. “You actually have to go to the book store.” Zdybel collaborated with the community relations manager of Barnes and Noble, Nathan Spraldin, to organize the fundraiser that will be held this Saturday and will continue through Thanksgiving break. “Not only our Roseville location, but Barnes and Nobles in general is very excited to work with RHS,” said Spraldin. “This fundraiser is the first event with a local high school since I’ve worked here, and I’m really looking forward to it.” They arranged for this event according to RHS’ thanksgiving break schedule. “It’s the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and I wanted to take advantage of the proceeds we’d bring in because of black Friday,” said Zdybel. With the exception of gift cards and ebooks, any Barnes and Noble purchase from any Barnes and Noble location will donate 10% to the library. “Upon purchase, fundraiser participants simply need to mention the RHS’ library fundraiser or present the vouchers that will be available in teacher’s classrooms,” said Zdybel. The library fundraiser is experimental. However, RHS has high hopes that it will be effective.

Each year, Roseville High School’s SAGE (Student for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship) club holds a fundraiser that benefits the homeless or the community. During this month and next, the club is planning a project that will benefit needy kids in foreign countries and some local organizations in the Roseville area. Every year, SAGE has a different theme for what their activities are based on. This year the theme is ROAR, Reaching Out And Responding. Roseville Homestart, SPCA, and Roseville Recreation Center are among the organizations SAGE is reaching out. “Each project we do every year has to incorporate what we did the previous year, and it is all student run” said SAGE adviser Tara Skinner. In addition to supporting different businesses from last year, SAGE is also planning to sponsor a needy child in a foreign country through a program called Adopt-a-Child next month. “This will be the first year we have done the Adopt-a-Child program,” said Skinner. “For the Adopt-a-Child program, we are not necessarily sending out a care package, but are going to send out as much money as we can earn from our fundraising to the child we are sponsoring,” said Skinner.


20 percent of the money raised from the bag fundraiser will support SAGE club. Last year the SAGE club made various hats for cancer patients. This year the club is in the process of making bags to sell as part of the fundraising. “All the material we use to make the bags is recycled, and donated from interior design stores and companies, and each one has its own saying such as, ‘adopt peace, joy, or happiness,’” said senior Victoria Nguyen, president of SAGE.

The bags are being sold for $10, with 20 percent of the proceeds going to the SAGE club’s profit. The SAGE club has been making the bags for about two years. “We are definitely going to continue doing fundraisers for causes like these, and are also going to keep making bags in future years,” said Nguyen. Next April, the SAGE club plans to participate in a competition that

involves competing with SAGE groups from other schools. The competition will take place on April 30 through May 1of next year. “The point of the competition is to see which school’s SAGE group has done the most fundraising and helping out for the community,” said Skinner. “It also determines which group is the most global and eco-friendly.”

“It will allow people to buy books and benefit Roseville High School at the same time” said Zdybel. “We need [the] extra money to keep the print collection of interest to students.” This is the first time RHS has hosted a book fair fundraiser that reaches out to the community. “If the fundraiser proves to be successful, I would be interested in partnering with other RHS departments,” said Zdybel. If the library teams up with the other departments, proceeds from Barnes and Noble purchases, including those from the Starbucks, will benefit RHS on a larger scale. “We have a fairly good budget,” said Zdybel. “However, we could use a little more money for the library as a whole.” Senior Deveney McKelvey hopes that this fundraiser will have a good turnout. “It will spread eagerness to read,” said McKelvey. “New books would [also] mean a better variety for the library.” Reminders for the fundraiser will be in the bulletin, online, and around school. People will have one week to buy from any Barnes and Noble location. According to Zdybel, the fundraiser currently has no volunteers, but if anyone is interested, they are strongly encouraged to contact her. “I don’t want to ask students to help out because it’s over thanksgiving break, but it would help to have students pass out vouchers,” said Zdybel. According to Zdybel the week of Thanksgiving break has the potential to bring in a lot of proceeds. “This fundraiser is relatively simple and would really help us out in updating our books,” said Zdybel.


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Benefit concert

November 16, 2009

RHS science teacher Robert Mahlman Students collaborate meets cast of Discovery Channel show to save program for atrisk youth of Roseville

by Chrissy Rogers

Recently, science teacher Robert Mahlman met the hosts of Discovery channel’s MythBusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. Mahlman was introduced to these cast members on his friend’s property, where the television show was filming. “Their father [children that were on the filming site] is a friend of mine, and they did the explosion on his property, so Ia got to meet them,” said Mahlman. MythBusters needed a safe place to shoot their episode involving the hypothesis that a person would be safe if they jumped into water after an explosion went off near them. One cast member of MythBusters, Hyneman, spoke with Mahlman and told him his thoughts on the experiment. “He told us about the myth and he thought you could survive after being under water,” said Mahlman. Hyneman’s prediction was that a person could only survive the explosion if they jumped into water as it went off and were a distance of five feet underwater and five feet away from the explosion itself.

By sydney maynard


Science teacher Robert Mahlman watched the filming of an upcoming MythBusters episode. Since Hyneman and Savage and “They were working so we didn’t ranch. “It was fun watching the explothe rest of the MythBusters crew really get to talk,” said Mahlman. Mahlman enjoyed meeting the sion; they were nice,” said Mahlwere working, Mahlman did not get to ask as many questions as he cast members on the Discovery man. would have liked. Channel and his day at his friend’s

Roseville High School’s student government and SAGE club are in the process of attempting to set up a benefit concert in order to keep the Roseville Heights after-school program at the North Roseville Recreation Center open. So far, nothing has been planned. The Roseville Heights program is designed to keep kids off the streets. “Basically all of the kids have ties to gangs,” said junior Alexandra Lee. There are about 90 kids in the program and there are on average 40 kids that stop by each day. The REC center needs about $6000 to continue the program. Currently, they only have $2000. “The REC Center was supposed to close this month, on the first,” said Lee. “The executive director, Machel Miller-Presley, is working really hard to keep it open. She may have to work without pay.”

The location of the concert and date are unknown, as nothing is set in stone. “It will probably happen at the beginning of next year,” said junior Jessica Payne. “The people who want to participate will have to pay a small fee.” Currently, they have faced several difficulties while attempting to set up this concert. “Someone else requested to have a talent show and since they did, we can’t request one,” said SAGE president Victoria Nguyen. “We are trying to figure out who put in the request form, but it got lost so we don’t know whom it was. There are some kinks in the road but we are doing what we can.” Students see that this benefit concert will not only help the REC center, but also the students and kids that will be participating in the program and the fundraiser. “I think it’s really beneficial for the community and SAGE,” said Payne.

Cheating: Teacher’s Paintball tournament responsibility is key Roseville team wins one of four matches By tYLER HERSKO

Last Wednesday, the Roseville Police Activities League held their second annual high school paintball tournament. Local high schools were invited to send five students each to participate in tournaments. Last year, Roseville High School won the tournament. This year, RHS sent sophomore

Tracy Koshmen, junior Cody Lamant, senior Nathan Beam and freshmen Michael Piet and Shawn Bowman to participate. RPAL ran two paintball tournaments on Wednesday. “The tournaments were woodsball and speedball,” said Lamant. “There are a lot of trees and obstacles in the woodsball arena, while speedball is more open.” According to police officer Randy

Fasani, RHS won one out of four of the matches they entered. “RHS won one of the woodsball matches, but lost everything else,” said Fasani. “Woodcreek went undefeated in all four matches.” According to Fasani, the team shows promise. “I think with some practice, the team could really improve,” said Fasani. According to Lamant, the tourna-

ment was still fun. “After the tournament, two of the teams teamed up against the police officers,” said Lamant. “It was pretty cool.” Following the tournament, the attendees had a barbeque to celebrate the day. “It was a fun day,” said Lamant. “Even though one of the police dogs stole my hotdog.”

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from school events. “Behavioral punishments can be more powerful than getting a zero, but stronger consequences can be construed as unfair,” said Criste. According to Criste, cheating comes down to a character issue. Teachers want students to want to do what is right. “It is our job as teachers to mold students to become responsible citi-

zens and uphold morals and values,” said Criste. “Cheating causes it not to be fair for the honest and we need to be able to provide an equitable, safe environment.” Cole shares these feelings. “Besides the fact that you are not doing your own work, it’s morally reprehensible,” said Cole. “As teachers it’s our job to prepare you. If you cheat later in life you can lose your job and earn a bad reputation.”

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Game review


LEGO Rock Band caters to younger audience than its many predecessors BY TYLER HERSKO

The music video game genre has been a gargantuan success since the release of Guitar Hero in November 2005. People who had no experience with gaming were enamored with rocking out to popular songs on plastic instruments. Fast forward four years, and the excitement has been distilled by an over saturation of the music game market. So far this year, there have been a total of six “Hero” music games, and that’s not even counting the portable/mobile versions. While Activision, the publisher of Guitar Hero, is oft-criticized for milking the franchise (and rightfully so), Harmonix considers their music game, Rock Band, to be an evolving music platform. Harmonix has been releasing weekly downloadable content since Rock Band’s launch back in 2007. In stark contrast to the glut of Guitar Hero games released this year, there have been but two major Rock Band releases.

Game review

The first, The Beatles: Rock Band, received nearly universal praise when it was released on September 9th. On November 3rd, LEGO Rock Band was released. At first glance, it seems like a strange concept. Why would there ever need to be a Rock Band game based in the LEGO universe? It’s obvious, LEGO Rock Band will appeal to a younger demographic. Though the game may have a kiddy exterior, the core music experience is unchanged from previous releases. You still hit “falling notes” with either a guitar or drum peripheral, or sing in a way not dissimilar to karaoke games. It seems everyone has played at least one of these music games, and if you liked the game play in past Guitar Hero/Rock Band games, you’ll probably like this one too. The soundtrack caters to the younger crowd, with very well-known songs such as “We Will Rock You” by Queen and “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas. Thankfully, there is some decent variety with songs from Blink-182, Foo Fighters, KoЯn, Tom Petty and even The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Even though the setlist is small, (just 45 songs, compared to Rock Band 2’s 84), there’s a good chance everyone will find at least one song they like. Unfortunately, the focus on the younger bunch extends to the extra options. Chief among these problems is online play, or lack thereof. There is no online play, at all. This is obviously an attempt to shield kids from the rampant immaturity and vulgarity that is an unfortunate part of online gaming, but is a big step backwards for the franchise and seriously hampers the longevity of the game.

So you’ve got a game with a small set list and gimped features. What’s the draw? The game is obviously based around the LEGO universe, but in actuality it is just a graphical swap. You can build your own LEGO bandmates, but you could already create bandmates in past Rock Band titles. You can play in the World Tour mode and earn money, but that’s not a new feature either. The LEGO premise is amusing for a short time, but in the end you’ll only get your moneys worth if you enjoy a good portion of the available songs. I should note that you can purchase a “transfer license,” which will allow you, among other things, to import all of the LEGO Rock Band songs into your main Rock Band titles. This is the only way to play these songs online. The catch is, due to licensing fees, it will cost you $10. To add insult to injury, there are a few things prospective owners of the Nintendo Wii version of LEGO Rock Band should know before buying. This game took one hell of a beating from the ugly stick, the text is hard to read and the overall game looks jaggy. And you can’t purchase the previously mentioned transfer license, so you’re stuck with the 45 songs and no online play. Ultimately, it all comes down to the available songs and how much you enjoy them. If you have a younger sibling who is into music games or LEGO, this could make for a good Christmas present. If not, you’ll be better off spending your money on the myriad amount of downloadable songs for the main Rock Band titles.

Modern Warfare 2 delivers thrilling multiplayer gaming, gorgeous graphics BY TYLER HERSKO

There is always a certain amount of excitement surrounding the release of a major product, be it an appliance, movie, or video game. Some titles are destined to sell millions, such as the Halo video game franchise. Others come seemingly out of nowhere and are lauded with praise and unexpectedly high sales, such as District 9. In 2007, Infinity Ward released Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. This was the first game in the series to be featured in current times because earlier titles were focused on World War 2. The original Modern Warfare was expected to sell well, but none could have predicted that the game would become one of the most successful entertainment products of the decade. Nor could anyone predict that it would reshape first-person shooter video games as we knew it. Modern Warfare blurred the line between video games and action movies. It was one of the most intense, exciting, and downright jaw-dropping games ever to be released. Even two years later, millions of people were still logging in daily to fight the good fight. Last Tuesday, the hugely anticipated sequel, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, finally released, selling several million units on launch day alone. Almost every store that sold electronics celebrated with a midnight releasing of the game- even Wal-Mart. I went to the midnight release at a local Gamestop in the company of another two hundred or so people. Adjacent stores were offering free products, and there was a large gaming tournament that lasted

several hours. Unsurprisingly, there were several unexplained “absences” at school the following day. Modern Warfare 2 is finally here, but can it live up to the mammoth hype, or has it already lost the war? When you first play the game, one thing becomes immediately clear - this game is gorgeous. Though it uses the same engine that powered the original Modern Warfare, the amount of graphical detail in this game blows its older brother out of the water. This is one of, if not the most graphically advanced games ever created. If you’ve played the original Modern Warfare, you know what to expect in the sequel. The original Modern Warfare had one of the most intense, nerve-wracking single player campaigns of this generation, and the sequel follows suit. You’ll sabotage an Arctic base, hijack a terrorist ship, and even invade a medieval castle. The single player is a nonstop highlight reel of awesome set-piece moments. Just when you tire of whatever you are currently doing, the game will throw something new your way. I need to note that one of the earlier levels is quite controversial - so much that the game actually offers to let you skip it. I actually had a shiver run down my spine the first time playing this level. Without giving anything away, I strongly suggest that if you are a sensitive person or have morality issues, you take the offer. Though the single player is fun in its own right, the nonstop action doesn’t make up for the sloppy story. It seems like the developers had a lot of good ideas, but not enough time to implement them. You’ll often be left wondering why you’re doing a certain thing, or how something happened. There are several gaping plot holes, and though the game does try to explain what the hell is going on, it often does so in the middle of a level where reading a character’s text isn’t exactly top priority. As long as you play the campaign with a sense of detachment, you’ll still have plenty of fun shooting terrorists and seeing (and causing) big explosions. Unfortunately, it’s not a lengthy experience. The average gamer will be able to

beat the campaign in a couple of hours, but searching for collectibles and attempting the campaign on the higher difficulty settings (good luck with that), can extend your playtime by several hours. The new Special Ops mode fares much better. You can play solo or with a friend in co-op. There are 23 missions ranging from protecting civilians, killing special enemies, and even snowmobile racing. This isn’t an easy mode and serious coordination and practice is required to beat these levels on the higher difficulty settings. The single player offerings are solid enough in their own right, but the multiplayer is what has kept people coming back to the series for years. For all intents and purposes, the multiplayer not only lives up to the hype, but vastly exceeds it. There are so many new additions that it makes the offerings of the original Modern Warfare, which was still the definitive multiplayer title right up to the sequel’s release, look downright paltry. There are dozens of unlockable weapons, attachments, cameos, and plenty of new perks, which act as special boosts for your character. One of the coolest features is the ability to customize your kill streaks (kill a certain number of enemies and be rewarded). With these, you can launch guided missiles, take command of an AC130 gunship or even call down a tactical nuke that annihilates the enemy team and instantly ends the game in your favor. The new multiplayer maps are great fun. There are maps with narrow tunnels, ideal for submachine guns, while snipers will have a field day on maps with lots of open terrain. All in all, you’ll get addicted and will probably be playing this game for many, many months to come, or at least until the inevitable sequel next year. If Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was The Godfather of video games, then Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is The Godfather: Part II. It improves on what many considered to be perfection. It has a thrilling (if not slightly stupid) single player, and a multiplayer component that will keep you playing long into the night. Respond to the call of duty – this is one war you can’t afford to miss.

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Play review

Picnic offers bland plot, decent acting By Danielle martin

The Burning Bright Theatre at Roseville High School recently performed its fall repertory for RHS students and parents’ viewing pleasure. Or at the very least, there was an attempt to perform the fall repertory of plays for everyone’s viewing pleasure, as only one play was performed last Friday due to a cancellation of the second for reasons that have managed to escape me. While I’m sorry the drama classes ran into whatever problems caused a disturbance in the schedule, perhaps only one hour-or-so of a high school play was enough for the evening. When one thinks of a “high school play” two visions come to mind: that of an unrealistically glamorous high school where the drama club has the attention of every student on campus and then some, putting on a musical spectacular of some sort, and then one may picture the reality – a performance that most people didn’t even know about because the last home football game of the season was on the same night and announcements of the show were mysteriously passed over in the bulletin. Picnic, directed by RHS student Ashley Wallace and written by not-RHS student William Inge, met the standards of the second vision. The first play, and onlty

play performed, in the sort-of repertory was Picnic. During the course of the play I found myself having a hard time paying attention. This may be an effect of my faulty attention span but one factor of the presentation specifically threw me off, and that was the character names. In some cases I can only assume the male characters were doing what most males in real life do: they have a tendency to refer to each other on a strictly lastname basis. The constant name changes with the other characters, however, have no excuse. And I know I’m not alone on this. I can’t be. Madge, played by Christina Cologne, started off as Ash, evolved into Ashley, and then finally the rest of the cast decided to establish her as what I guess is the real name, Madge. And Millie, played by Sierra Spandow, had a name unbeknownst to me until very, very late into the play as most of the time everyone referred to her as something along the lines of “Madge is the pretty sister.” The plot – and this again may be my attention span’s fault – seemed somewhat indiscernible. From what I can gather, the play was about a group of people who are going to a picnic even though they don’t seem too into the idea, and end up drinking moonshine instead. A realistic enough plot, I’ll admit. But otherwise it seemed to be a bunch of people watching Devon Allen’s character Hal run around without a shirt on. While the acting was decent as far as high school plays go, this wasn’t the most exciting performance. But having said that, I have to add that Picnic is only one of three plays, and who’s to say the other two won’t be better? Give your fellow students and the drama class a chance – go and make up your own mind about the fall repertory.

DVD rentals

New releases to check out over Thanksgiving By heather crom

It’s getting close to that time of year again. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and there will be lots of time to spend to watch movies with the family. There are some good flicks out that work for everyone’s idea of fun. I Hate Valentine’s Day     Another funny flick starring Nia Vardalos and John Corbett. The two actors perform together again in this romantic comedy, written and directed by Vardalos. This is the tale of Genevieve (Vardalos), a romance loving florist who meets a restaurateur named Gregg (Corbett). Genevieve has a flaw; she only goes out with a guy five times, and when this rule shows her just how much Gregg means to her, the fun begins. This was a cute movie that shows just how silly people can be when it comes to love. This is yet another movie by Vardalos that I find fun and interesting to watch. She has a way of making cute and sweet romantic comedies you just can’t help but enjoy. The Taking of Pelham 123      A remake of a 1974 thriller, The Taking of Pelham 123 is an intense thrill ride that takes the train (literally). Walter Garber, played by Denzel Washington, goes into work at New York Transit Authority and gets the call that a group of terrorists, led by a man named Ryder played by John Travolta, have hijacked train Pelham 123. Garber must get a step ahead to save the passengers. This film was exciting and psychologically thrilling. You get pieces of the puzzle you can’t connect until the very end. Travolta did great playing the seemingly crazy terrorist leader. He was calculating and intriguing at the same time. You just can’t wait to see what he does next.

Not Forgotten     This was a film I saw at blockbuster that had a cool looking cover and starred Simon Baker from the show The Mentalist, so I thought I would give it a try. There’s nothing bad about judging a movie by its cover sometimes. I thought the film was ok. The plot involved an interesting religion, Las Santa Muerta, where the people prayed to death. The story was interesting and had a lot of twists and turns that made it dynamic and twisted. There is a nice gory scene where a man is getting attacked by Baker’s character, Jake Bishop, with a broken bottle (good for you Saw fans). The ending is something I didn’t expect and I hope for those who see it, it will be a mystery until the end. Children of the Corn I checked out the remake version of this horror classic and it was pretty good. Very similar to the original, the film carries out the plot of the Stephen King novel of the same name. A young Vietnam vet and his wife stumble upon a town run over by demented children who take out any grown up that crosses their path and worship a god called “he who walks behind the rows.” I thought the movie was pretty good, though the ending could have been better. I think this is a good film that will attract those who loved the original and those who love Stephen King horror movies, of which there are a lot. Not a bad flick to check out for a mild creep out, but I don’t recommend this for those who are easily creeped out by crazy children. Long holidays are the best times to check out movies and just relax during that time that there is no school stress weighing you down. Go out and pick up a few flicks and watch the fun and relaxation flow.


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Veteran’s Day tribute

November 16 , 2009


Former U.S. soldiers deserve Christmas season overshadowed by our respect and admiration by Avery barnes & trey rosenberg

As we all know, last week on Wednesday, November 11, Roseville High took the day off from school to pay tribute to all Americans whom have served in the military. That being said, Vet-

erans Day is a near sacred day for many – a day that touches people’s hearts as they honor the veterans of this country that have kept this nation free and will continue to do so. Despite this, many students only think of this day as time off of school or a day where they can finally sleep in for once. This is a day where the bravest people in our country should be honored. These people are more important than big time movie stars, athletes, and music sensations. Yet it is celebrities who are glorified for everything they do. Our veterans have given their all to our country and yet we Americans could seem to care less. Why is that?

Our country has lacked respect for our veterans for many of years. Our veterans have gone out and done what none of us wanted to do because of the love they have for our country. The beautiful thing about our country is that because the draft hasn’t been reinstated for several years, all of our soldiers volunteer to fight of their own will. We were incredibly surprised to hear many students saying they had no clue why we had the day off. We couldn’t believe that so many students were unaware that last Wednesday was a holiday. How could students be unaware of a holiday that honors those who fight for their freedom?

The fact of the matter is that our country is where it is now because of our veterans and what they have done for our country. They deserve the national holiday because of the sacrifices that they made for us. Any time someone puts their lives on the line for other people, they deserve to be honored for what they have done. Lives can not be replaced, so why would people just forget about what these soldiers have done for us – yes, every single one of us. Let’s stand up for our veterans and make them feel like they are doing something for a reason. After all, this is the best country there is. To all of our veterans, happy belated Veterans Day.

Classroom etiquette

Makeup application is added to a long list of classroom distractions by jene ramsey

The number of distractions in the classroom environment seems to be growing and growing. Anything from texting and blasting iPods to comic books and doodling can pose as a distraction.

However, in recent weeks I’ve noticed more and more girls putting on makeup during lecture and class work. It seems to be a growing fad among female students. My question is, why didn’t they put it on before they came to school? I understand the feeling of being late and having to rush out the door, but why not put it on during passing period or perhaps ask to be excused to the restroom? It’s not only distracting to the girl putting on the makeup but it’s distracting

to students around her. Most women who put on makeup end up leaving their mouth wide open. It looks like they’re trying to catch flies. It’s very funny but quite distracting. It’s even funnier when the person you’re looking at pokes themselves in the eye with mascara. I understand the need to wear makeup sometimes. However, I wait until the very end of class to put on makeup if I need to. At least then I know that I won’t

miss any important information, the teacher won’t subtract two points from my grade, and a huge group of students won’t be staring at me as much. If you’re worried about the current state of the makeup you’ve already put on, there are such products called primers that help makeup stay on for hours at a time. That way you don’t have to keep reapplying your makeup throughout the school day and distracting the rest of us.


Intent of canned food drive is skewed by students’ greed by Chrissy rogers

As most of you know, the canned food drive has been going on for the past million years. Of course student government is extending the canned food drive this year because we are hoping to get more donations, so they need more time to “beat WHS, yeah!” Not that I’m against can food

drives; I think donating to the needy is a great thing to do. But when teachers and student government have to bribe students to donate a few extra cans, then the whole thing becomes selfish. Mr. Morris is one teacher that would firmly agree on this with me. In my second period AP Literature class, students begged and pleaded with Morris to offer extra credit points if they donated cans. When he declined and said helping the needy is supposed to be a selfless act, not for your own benefit, everyone whined, saying they would not donate at all.

I am truly disappointed that RHS students have this selfish mentality. They only want to help out if extra points or free food is offered in return. I would not mind getting free Chipotle; I’m sure everyone would be happily surprised if they won free food for donating cans. Perhaps the school could reward the generous students by surprising them after the competition. The one way that the students have been encouraged the right way is by the Tiger Text. Senior Jon Pham has taken the can food drive into his own hands by sending out encouraging reminders to students

so they will donate cans. Pham not only sends out texts to students using the Tiger Text, but he also texts all the students in his phone book from his regular number. He isn’t bribing students nor is he making them feel guilty if they do not donate cans, but he is getting RHS students in the Tiger spirit and making the canned food drive more exciting and enjoyable. This is the type of attitude that RHS students should look up to when the annual canned food drive rolls around. We should begin doing things because we care, not because there is an incentive.

Improvements in education

Schooling of 21 century better than previous years st

by shayna powless

People around the world are questioning whether or not today’s kids and teenagers are actually smarter than kids and teens 100 years ago. Education has obviously changed tremendously from the beginning of the century, and kids are definitely not the same as they were in the early 1900s.

In 2007, there were about 53,218 elementary schools; in the early 20th century, there were fewer than 1,000 colleges with 160,000 students that existed in the United States according to a statistic conducted by MSN. Also, with the amount of technology we now have in schools, appliances such as computers and calculators have made our lives a lot easier and technologically advanced than it was when our grandparents and great grandparents were young. Technology has helped many successful people get to where they are today. In the early 20th century, kids were not required to attend as many years of school as kids today. There

were also few women and girls who attended school, unlike the men, whom people thought, would need education the most. Students were required to attend school until the age of 16, though most never made it past eighth grade. Only a small number of teens went to high school, and only a few attended college. Honestly, there are a lot more kids and teens today that attend school and go to college. Back in the day, people just did not put education as their number one priority, whereas today, education has been made one of the most important things a person can pos-

sess. Kids in the late 1800s and early 1900s were taught to focus primarily on working/farming or taking over their parents’ or relatives’ family business. Most jobs back in the early 1900s did not require the education that is required for high jobs and positions today. To even get into a good college, one must have decent grades. Kids today, in my opinion, are definitely smarter than they used to be. Though, in another hundred years or so where people will be even more technologically advanced than we are today, kids will be smarter than we ever were.

marketing frenzy by alex mertz

Santa h a s a rrived at the mall, which means that the holidays have officially begun, and by that I mean Christmas is here according to 96 percent of Americans in a statistic taken from FOX news. That statistic means an estimated 296,000,000 people in America celebrate Christmas, over double the number of people who voted in the 2008 presidential election. Our nation is almost entirely built around Christmas, whether we are conscious of it or not. Is it purely coincidental that the economy flourishes in the weeks leading up to December 25? Actually, most Americans do not even celebrate Christmas; we celebrate Santa-mas. Christmas originated as a mass in honor of Christ. This was started in order to combat the pagan new year during the winter solstice. The birth of Christ is commonly assumed to be the origin of Christmas, but this is not true. Astronomists estimate he was born closer to June, providing the Bible is accurate. However, Americans see Christmas as a holiday to buy and exchange gifts, therefore worshipping modern commercialism. Believe it or not, I am attempting

to restrain myself as much as possible from going on an Abbie Hoffman style anti-capitalism rant. America has always been considered as the melting pot of other cultures and religions, claiming to have no singular religion we abide to as a mass. Yet, the time we spend worshiping idols like Santa-more time than we spend voting for our own president-should be reason enough to consider Santa the head of the American neo-religion of mass consumerism. And why not? Santa’s arrival to the mall, starting a month and a half before Christmas, shows more national dedication than the week or so spent shopping for colorful explosives before the celebration of our nation’s freedom. Even plastic Christmas trees are sold before plastic jack-o’lanterns. Christmas isn’t a holiday in America any more, as very little of it actually is holy. The word ‘holiday’ gets its roots from the phrase ‘holy day.’ I am in no way saying that this is bad. I am saying that this is the way it is. This is our reality, an accepted part of the American life style. I suppose I’m just becoming a bitter old man complaining about what the world is coming to and how things aren’t how they used to be, and overreacting to a fat man in a fluorescent red suit talking to children at the mall. Perhaps, pretty soon, I will be visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Bah, humbug. Regardless, Merry Santa-mas, and happy shopping to all!

Top 10

by Zach anderson & Travis James

RHS is debating whether to eliminate class colors. Here are the top 10 reasons why class colors should stay.

10. We need to keep the rallies nice and colorful and pretty. 9. EVERYTHING around this school is already orange, black, gray, or white. 8. We’re going to wear our colors, paint the parking lot, and decorate the senior wall anyway. 7. We wouldn’t have those sweet color-coded spirit graphs in the cafeteria anymore, not that anyone really knows how you get points anyway. 6. Everyone already spent a bunch of money on stuff with our color that we would never otherwise wear, which wasn’t easy for the purple kids – trust me. 5. Anthony Roberts can’t wear his Tinky Winky Tellytubby costume anymore. 4. I wouldn’t be able to rep my gang’s colors, bruh. 3. The school would have to bring back Tall Tee Day since Class Color Day would turn into Roseville Tee Day which replaced Tall Tee Day due to a gang affiliation problem, leaving Monday or Friday without a theme. Got that? 2. There would be some sort of racial complaint about the black and white colors, just like the homecoming themes with the tribal debacle. 1. You’ll probably get dress coded for wearing your class color shirt. And without your planner, you might get suspended too.


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coach profile

November 16, 2009

JV Football

Accomplished high school wrestlers Tigers finish season with 9-1 record and take on the Roseville coaching job

second place in SFL

By Matt Hack

For the 2009-2010 wrestling season, Roseville High School welcomes new wrestling coaches with very impressive backrounds and strong motivation starting this season. Head coach Jeremiah Miller and assistant coach Rick Randolph. The coaching staff has six coaches for the wrestling team and will include a world class fitness instructor as the strength and conditioning coach. Both coaches have a very strong history in wrestling and are willing to pass it on to their team. “We are ridiculously excited about this season, it’s a great program and so far everything has been better than excepted,” said Randolph. Randolph was a Roseville graduate in 1993 and wrestled varsity all four years. His freshman year was a rough learning experience as he finished with a winning record of 17-15. Throughout his senior year, Randolph placed seventh in the state and was runner up in the section two years in a row. Randolph attended Chico State however did not wrestle but still pursued wrestling by freestyle and Mixed Martial Arts. Randolph has helped out at Roseville for a couple years before and is looking forward to this year a lot. Miller graduated from South Hills High School in Southern California. He was named California State champion his senior year in 1992 with an undefeated record 51-0.

By trey rosenberg


Jeremiah Miller (left) and Rick Randolph are the new coaches for this years wrestling team. After high school, Miller attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and was a four year starter. Before his senior year in college, Miller had three season ending injuries. Freshman year he broke his collar bone and sophomore and junior years he was out due to an injured back. For Miller’s senior year he battle back from the injuries and placed second in the Pac-10, a huge accomplishment for any wrestler. For the past 5 years Randolph

and Miller both have participated in MMA and will put some of that into this year’s season. “Ancient warriors used wrestling as a non-lethal way to practice the techniques that they would use in battle,” said coach Miller. Together these two coaches are going to put together a great program and they are looking forward to having a lot of fun. “As coaches, we respect the warrior tradition and we are building a

program and a culture that fosters the warrior spirit,” said coach Miller. With the back rounds of the two coaches, RHS wrestlers are very excited and some students are thinking about joining the team. “If anyone wants to really push themselves, if they want to be a part of something really special, and want to have a lot of fun, and learn to kick some butt along the way, join RHS Wrestling,” said Miller.


Katie Simon commits to play at the University of Nebraska

freshmen football

Tigers fail to defeat the Rocklin Thunder BY TRAVIS JAMES

The Roseville High School freshman football team ended their season last Thursday with a loss to the Rocklin Thunder. Despite the effort, the Tigers were unable to win with a loss of 13-7. The only Tiger to make it into the end zone was freshman Angel Nolasco, topping off what freshman quarterback Austin Ash called the “strongest drive of the night.” “The team finally came together during our last game,” said Ash. “We realized how much we had progressed over the season.” The Tigers’ final record was

1-4 non-league, with a 1-4 league record, and an over all record of 2-8 on the season. “We didn’t really do anything bad,” said Ash. “We played good but were not able to pull away with a win.” The Tigers played the Woodcreek High School Timberwolves on November 5. They lost this game to the league rival for their third straight loss. Now that the season is over, some of the players are feeling nostalgic. “I am kind of glad the season is over, but I am going to miss playing football,” said Ash.

jv girls volleyball


Last Wednesday, Katie Simon, a senior at Roseville High School, signed a letter of intent with the University of Nebraska to play college basketball. Simon was awarded a full-ride scholarship, which includes up to five years of classes, and all four years of basketball eligibility. Simon chose the Nebraska Cornhuskers over schools such as Vermont, Gonzaga, Long Beach, UC Davis, and even Ivy-League school Princeton. Simon, who carries a 4.1 GPA, was also contacted by other Ivy-League schools. The 6’2’’ Simon averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds last year at Roseville. “I chose Nebraska because I love everything about it,” said Simon. “The facilities are amazing, the coaches are great, the area is nice, and they are sponsored by Adidas, which is really cool.” Simon, who has played since the third grade, was first spotted by Nebraska while playing in a tournament in Arizona with her AAU club team. “I got emails from a couple of schools after the tournament, which was really cool,” said Simon. Simon’s signing took place last Wednesday in the Moeller gym at RHS. Athletic director Erin Granucci and head varsity girls basketball

The Roseville High School JV football team ended their season last Friday night with a win against the Rocklin Thunder. The team’s 39-21 win over the Thunder gave them a 9-1 record and the second place spot in the Sierra Foothill League. “We did really well,” said sophomore quarterback Zac Cunha. “We finished in second place in the SFL.” Sophomore Casey Lambert finished off the season with five rushing touchdowns along with sophomore Grady Allin who had a receiving touchdown from Cunha. The team also ran a hook and lateral play that worked well. “We ran a trick play that worked,” said Cunha. The previous week, the Tigers continued their winning streak against their cross town rival in the Woodcreek Timberwolves. The Tigers beat the Wolves 19-6 in a tough

and impressive win. “We played really good, but we also went and made a little too many mistakes,” said Cunha. The Tigers defense stood up to the challenge of the high powered Woodcreek offense. The defense has been big all year mainly contributing to their 8-1 record up to this point. “Our defense shut them down, and played really good as a unit,” said Cunha. Cunha is pleased with the team’s performance and thinks it bodes well for next year. “Our season went really well this year,” said Cunha. “We accomplished all of our goals and I am very proud of all of our guys.” The team is looking forward to their varsity season next season and according to Cunha, the team has high hopes for taking the first place spot in the SFL. “Hopefully we can get first place next year,” said Cunha.

Lady Tigers suffer loss to Golden Eagles in last game of season BY ALEX ESCAMILLA


Simon’s signing took place last Wednesday morning in Moeller Gymnasium. coach Ron Volk coordinated the press conference that announced the signing, from making sure all attendees knew when to attend to make sure the background of the interview table looked perfect. “I haven’t been able to talk to Katie directly, but I think it’s really cool that she has signed at Nebraska,” said Granucci.

Along with Granucci and Volk, Nebraska’s head women’s basketball coach Connie Yori, Simon’s AAU coach Marvin Nakamoto, booster club president Tom Hack, Surewest Sports Channel’s Mike Finnerty, and multiple Roseville Press-Tribune photographers attended the press-conference. Simon will begin taking summer

school classes and attending team workouts at Nebraska following the 2009-2010 school year, and will move to the Lincoln, Nebraska area during her attendance at the school. “I’m really excited,” said Simon. “I can’t wait to get going. It’s going to be a great experience.”

The Roseville High School JV girls volleyball team season has now ended with the Lady Tigers’ last game against Del Oro High School on November 4. The game ended with a loss for the Lady Tigers, but many players kept things in perspective. “It was a good game because our coach said win or lose, just have fun,” said freshman Lauren Stafford. The score for the first game was 25-14 and for the second it was 2523, the game being a best two out of three. Although the JV season is over, there were three players selected to move up to varsity and compete in the last week’s playoffs. Stafford along with sophomore players Kendall Harrison and Kirsten Merlino were chosen. “I was really excited [being moved up to varsity],” said Harrison. “The team was really welcoming and I learned a lot from them and Mr. Grove. I think during the end of

the season we worked together and moved well as a team.” The three JV players took part in last week’s varsity tournament that took place last Monday through Thursday. “I had a great experience because we worked hard even though we didn’t have an ideal record, I still think we played strong,” said Stafford. For JV volleyball coach Keith Hart, a highlight for this year’s season was the game against Woodcreek High School on October 28. “Jen Simon made a block during a turning point in the game which had afterwards inspired the team to play harder,” said Hart. They had won that game with a score of 25-17 in the first game and a close score of 25-22 in the second. “The girls played hard and the score was very close in the last game,” said Hart. Although the Lady Tigers had a well played season, improvement is always welcome. “They played well,” said Hart. “We can always do better.”

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varsity boys soccer


November 16, 2009

Girls tennis

Boys fall 3-0 to Rockin Thunder Girls end season at section tournament in the second round of playoffs By zach anderson

By Chris Agan

The Roseville High School varsity boys soccer team ended their season last Wednesday with their second round playoff loss to the Rocklin Thunder by a final score of 3-0. According to head coach Pablo Gutierrez, Roseville’s mental lapses allowed Rocklin to get up on the scoreboard. “Rocklin played a perfect game,” said Gutierrez. “We made a few mental mistakes on the defensive end and it allowed them to score on us.” Rocklin keyed in on senior forward Tanner Roland the whole game dropping three people back on him all night long. Roseville made their way to the second round game by beating the undefeated Grant Pacers in the first round. Roland and senior Alex Both were able to score the goals for the Tigers, while senior keeper Josh Pulver shutout the Pacers leaving the final at 2-0. The Tigers improved their record this season dramatically by finishing 11-9-1 after their disappointing 5-13-4 record this past season. Gutierrez felt that the highlight of the season was the team’s progression throughout the year.


The Tigers defend a penalty kick during last Wednesday’s loss to Rocklin. “The highlight of the year is that our team progressed steadily and got better each game,” said Guiterrez. “Many teams had more individual skilled players, but Roseville built a team unit that improved each day. I’m very proud of the entire team. They were very easy to coach.” Roland also agreed that the season was a great success. “We had an amazing season,” said

Roland. “It was way better than we had expected and we had a great run to finish the season.” Next year Roseville will be losing Roland, who is a four year varsity player and is going to play soccer at Fort Lewis College in Colorado. Also they will be losing three year varsity player Josh Pulver, but will return a key player in sophomore Giovanni Reader.

Gutierrez felt that the season was a great success. “I have a great feeling of success,” said Guiterrez. “Our team showed to the entire league and other leagues how powerful a team can be  when they play as unit. Our team showed a total team effort.  They made Roseville High a very proud school to attend.”

varsity football

Tigers end 2009-2010 season with 51-27 loss to Rocklin High School

The Roseville High School varsity girls tennis team ended their season on November 4 with the Sierra Foothill League doubles sectional tournament. Roseville sent junior Kristen Kilarski, sophomores Remy Spandow, Bianca Luna and Kira Magnusson, along with seniors Shelby Duncan, Sarahlyn Adkins and Natasha Richardson to the tournament. The girls did not win any matches at the season ending tournament. The team’s closest match saw Adkins and Duncan taking on a pair of Grizzlies from Granite Bay. While the match was close, the girls lost in a tight third set tiebreaker. “It was a fun match to watch, really close,” said senior Markie Nush, who played doubles during the regular season. “They played really well, but lost a really intense match.”

The Sierra Foothill League section singles tournament took place on November 2. Roseville sent Luna, Magnusson and Kilarski to the tournament. Each of the Roseville representatives lost their opening round singles matches, eliminating RHS from the tournament in the earliest stage. “Bianca probably played the best match, which isn’t really surprising because she was our number one singles player on the team this year,” said Nush. “It was a bummer that nobody won.” The girls will continue to work hard and prepare for next season by playing on their own, and entering individual tournaments not affiliated with the school or the league. “I’m disappointed that the season didn’t go a little better,” said Nush. “We could have probably had a little better year, but we got better and improved a lot. It was a lot of fun.”

varsity girls volleyball

Girls eliminated from playoffs by St. Francis By jordan magnusson

The Roseville High School girls varsity volleyball team’s season ended last week after reaching the second round of the San Joaquin playoffs. After beating the Ponderosa Bruins the Lady Tigers traveled to St. Francis High School for the second round last Thursday. The team came out slow and lost the first two games 25-15 and 25-20. The squad came back to win the next two games to force a deciding game five. The Lady Tigers ended up empty in a 15-4 lost. “We played our best game we could,” said junior Jessica Richardson. Before playoffs started, the team decided to pull up sophomores Kendall Harrison and Kirsten Merlino, along with freshman Lauren Stafford due to injuries to have more people in practice. The team also lost junior Simone Durham to injury over the weekend to go along with junior Kelsey Roland and Abbey Wade due to previous injuries. In the first round of playoffs the Lady Tigers took on Ponderosa High School last Tuesday. The team took games one and two in a breeze winning 25-14, and 25-18. In game three, the Bruins would take the tight game, 25-22. The Lady Tigers

would finish the Bruins off in game four, 25-21. Losing Durham to injury over the weekend the team had senior Katie Simon and junior Stephanie Blumm help the front row with big blocks and kills in crucial moments. Junior Allison Campbell and Hilary Coy helped the back row to not let the Bruins get back into the game. “I thought we really played well,” said coach Ron Grove. “One of the best things we did was overcoming losing players to injuries.” On November 4, senior night, the Lady Tigers beat the Golden Eagles of Del Oro High School in the last league game. The team swept Del Oro 25-20, 25-23, and 25-19. Simon and Blumm led the team with nine kills while senior Morgan Diminyatz led the back row with Coy to counter the Golden Eagles back row. Playing in a non-league game up at Placer High School on November 3, the Lady Tigers easily finished off the Lady Hillmen. The squad started out slow but would recover to win the game, 27-25. After losing game two, the team would finish off Placer in the next two games. Richardson and Coy played well in the back row with 25 and 12 digs respectfully, while Durham added nine kills to help the front line. “The whole season was pretty good,” said Richardson.


RHS runners qualify for state competition BY TONY COSTA & BRANDON MOSS


The Tigers were unable to get a win in the season’s final game against Rocklin High School last Friday night. By Chris Agan

The Roseville High School varsity football team concluded their season last Friday night against the league champions in the Rocklin Thunder. The Tigers came out looking strong, but were unable to hang with Rocklin the whole game with a final score of 51-27. Junior quarterback Nick Blaser led the Tigers’ offense with 353

yards and two touchdowns on 36 passing attempts. Senior wide reciever Matt Hack caught 10 passes for 185 yards and Beau Smith did his part, catching four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. Vladi Tkachenko was unable to find the end zone twice on short goal line rushes. The Tigers’ defense was unable to slow down Rocklin’s rushing game, letting Rocklin Thunder running back Jackson Cummings rush for 355 yards on 31 carries and racked

up six touchdowns. On November 6, the Tigers traveled to Woodcreek to take on the rival Timberwolves. The game was a defensive battle with the score staying close the entire game, but the Timberwolves were able to get the upper hand on the scoreboard winning by a final of 16-7. Blaser led the charge on the offensive side of the ball, passing for 210 yards on 40 attempts and one touchdown. Hack led the Tigers’

receivers, catching two balls for 83 yards and one touchdown. The Tigers finished the season with a disappointing 2-9 record and an 0-5 record in SFL play. Blaser and Hack were the two bright spots of the year for the Tigers. Hack led the league in receiving yards, catching 48 passes for 948 yards and 7 touchdowns. Blaser led the league in passing yards with 2,317 yards on 331 attempts and 15 touchdowns.

Roseville High School’s cross country teams ran the sub-section qualifying meet on November 7 at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp. At the meet sophomore Shayna Powless and freshman Logan Stahl qualified for the state meet. Every team in the Sierra Foothill League ran for the goal of being one of the top eight teams or for individuals to be one of the top 10 runners in order to qualify for the sections championships. The championships were held at the Willow Hill course at Folsom High School last Saturday. Standout runners in the subsection qualifying meet were Stahl who finished in the top 10 in the

freshman boy’s race. His time of 12:29 over the hilly two mile course was the second fastest time in the race. Powless finished her 3.1 mile race in fifth place with a 19:22 time for the varsity girls. Some other standouts were, freshman Jun Oh who finished 43rd with a time of 14:03, sophomore Christian Boehle-Silva who finished 83rd with a time of 13:40, and senior Jacob Schmitz who finished 64th with a time of 18:02. Freshman Alexis Oranen finished in the top 25 in league and freshman Kirsten McFey came in 12th place in league. “This has been a very rewarding cross country season,” said coach Gary Casagrande. “Although our overall numbers were down, these athletes worked diligently to continue to improve and were rewarded by meeting their projected time goals.”

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