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Several students’ photos hang on the cork board in front of speech teacher Roy Waggoner’s room. Students can get their photos on the wall by simply showing the counselors their college acceptance letters Seniors Lynzi Furman, Faustino Rosas and Danielle Trevino have all been accepted to the University of Texas at Austin. They will attend UT in the fall. Photo by Jacob Sanchez
Seniors recognized for getting into college By Angela Marshall Staff When people think of schools that send a large portion of their graduates to college, Fort Stockton is not usually one of the places very high on their list. Counselor Cathy Havins hopes to change that. In fact, many students are choosing higher education. Some are going to stay in the state while others may go out of Texas. New signs point out the future destinations of these students. Showing how many students truly do go on may fill other students with pride in themselves, their friends and possibly some adults.
“I want to show the students and the community that more students than they think are attending college,” Havins said. “I don’t think people realize how many of our students are actually going on to college or to the service.” The signs highlight the success of some hardworking senior students who are now seeing the fruit of their labor. Each entry shows the student’s achievement and includes a snapshot as well. “I got the idea from a school in Lufkin,” she said. “I went by and saw their signs. Hopefully with this, other students will see that there are students from our school going on to college so they may go down that path also.”
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STUDENTS SACRIFICE TIME, WEEKENDS FOR UIL Teachers believe they have an ‘awesome group’
Students wait in line at a convenience store in McCamey to buy their dinner. All other restaurants in the town were closed. Despite the odd looks from other customers, many of the participants said the experience was very memorable. Photo by Jacob Sanchez
By Jacob Sanchez Editor-in-Chief After waiting a semester for University Interscholastic League academics to start, students once again have entered competition. They have participated in three invitational meets so far in Ozona, McCamey, and Sonora. One of the winningest teams is Lynne Beeles’ current events team. They have won first as a team at all meets, and all members have placed. “I think we have a really good chance of doing well, and if we keep it up we just could make it to state competition, which would be great,” freshman Chris Crenshaw said. With a new coach this year, English teacher
Ashley Layman, the literary crictism team has made some strides. They have placed second at both Ozona and McCamey, with a first place in Sonora. “I think we have an awesome group this year,” Layman said. “They will be very successful.” Junior Amber Garrison has placed individually in informative speaking at both Ozona and McCamey. This is her first year. “It’s a good experience,” Garrison said. “Everyone around made me feel very comfortable, especially when I’m nervous.” There are other students who participate in science, math, journalism, poetry and informative speaking.
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“MODERN” YEARBOOK ON ITS WAY By Efren Acosta Staff
Photo by Jacob Sanchez
It is that time of the year as the yearbook inches closer to being released. One group of pages is already submitted as students work hard to meet deadlines. “I like to take pictures and put together a page,” senior Marlene Espinoza said. This year’s yearbook will have a more professional design than the past, rather than a collage of scrapbook pages. “The design this year is modern, yet allows for some traditional yearbook elements as well,” yearbook adviser Roy Waggoner said. “We could still use improvement is some areas like more writing, but we are heading in the right direction.” the tumbleweed volume 65 issue 3 Feb. 10, 2012 Page 4
T HE BEAT GOES ON After unexpected rating, students to head for beach
CARING FOR ANIMAL PAYS OFF By Quentin Perez Staff While some students are involved in sports or other activities, there are those who spend countless hours caring and preparing animals for stock shows. “Stock shows are fun and very educational,” senior Bailey Cox said. Preparing the livestock for show takes a lot of time and dedication by the students so they can win. “You have to work them and set them up,” Cox said. She said it takes over two hours to get animals ready at each event. Sophomore Allison Weatherby said she has an easier time with her animal. “Since I show pigs, preparing them is simple. I put them in a wash rack and then...I shave them,” she said. Getting attached to the animal is not an option. “I have before and learned it’s way too hard to get attached to them and put them on the truck after a show,” Weatherby said.
The Pride of Pantherland band practices during their class. The entire band will travel to Galveston for about five days to relax and play music. The trip is an annual function. Staff Photo
By Stephanie Ojeda Staff The Pride of Pantherland Band competed in the annual UIL marching contest prior to Halloween. It was the start of a long year that will culminate in a trip to the Texas coast in April. Although this year wasn’t a state marching year, the band members were excited to perform their show. The numbers consisted of music from “A Knight’s Tale.” They began the show with “We Will Rock You,” continuing with “Taking Care of Business,” and ending with “Low Rider.” With a division III, the outcome of the rating wasn’t what the band was expecting, but that didn’t bring them down. “We all were very sad, but that’s not gonna stop us from doing better next year,” freshman Kristen Cardenas said.
The band also got a new director, Michael Davis. “He gets done what needs to get done and doesn’t waste time,” Cardenas said. For some students, Davis has made their year better. “Mr. Davis is the kind of person that after he gets done with what needs to be done, he’ll let us have fun, which has made my senior year better,” senior Ashley Lozano said. Other band members agree. After a hard-working year, band members will get a chance to relax soon. The band students will go to Galveston from April 27 to May 1. They will have the opportunity to perform in a nationally-recognized and adjudicated concert festival in the historic, 1894-built Galveston Opera House. While in Galveston they will play music, go to Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn, a dinner cruise and other items decided later.
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SOME STUDENTS TEMPTED TO CHEAT
Principal say students choose between wrong, right
A student tries to decide whether or not to cheat. She has one angel telling her not to cheat because it’s the right thing to do, while the devil is telling her to cheat so she can be done with her test. Photo illustration by Jacob Sanchez. Staff Photo. Cartoons found at Artisan’s Call blog.
By Shayla Ruebush Staff A test is passed out. Everyone gets to work, and the teacher steps out of the room. Then several students begin to exchange answers.The students don’t care if the answers are correct, they just want to finish. Scenarios like this happens every day. Some students get caught, others don’t. There is one thing for certain though— it is against school rules. While it is wrong to cheat, the number of people who are at least tempted to do so is high, but after knowing the consequences of getting caught, the temptation just fades away. For many students, they cheat because they just don’t pay attention in a class. Sometimes they say it’s “boring,” so they do other things to pass the time. So after class, students just ask for so-called “help” with the class work. Most students tell themselves it’s no big deal, but it makes either a positive or negative affect on their grades. “I think it’s OK when it’s on certain occasions [to cheat],” junior Karla Subia said. While cheating is wrong, people still do it. Some write answers on a piece of paper and
pass it to a friend in the hallway, some simply peer over a shoulder. Then there are others who find the answers on the Internet. “I don’t call it cheating, I call it using my resources,” senior Jacob Sanchez said. Most teachers can probably say they have witnessed cheating on a test multiple times during their career. Some consequences that can be given for getting caught are after-school detention and inschool suspension. Government teacher Joe Hilton has seen cheatingand has a very simple solution to deal with it. “[To deal with cheating], I give the zero after the first warning,” he said. Now whether cheating is a major issue here is up for debate, but everyone have different attitudes towards it. “It’s [cheating] an issue on several facets,” Principal Darrel Adkison said.“If they [teachers] aren’t supervising, [students will] attempt to cheat.” Regardless if a teacher is watching or not, there is one person that can stop cheating— the student. “It comes down to our personal integrity,” Adkison said. “[It’s] kind of like the little angel and devil on our shoulders. Sometimes kids listen to the wrong one.”
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STUDENTS SEE SOME FRESH FACES IN FRONT OF CLASS New teachers welcomed to school
Victor Melendez Chemistry & Physics
Christie Parkinson English I & II
Dinnes Ramey Wood Shop
From El Paso Went to New Mexico State University. Majored in soil science.
From Ablene. Attended McMurry University. Majored in English and minored in Education.
From Grass Valley, Calif. Attended California State University Majored in Industrial Tech. and minored in social science.
Hobbies include drawing, exercising and spending time with his family.
Favorite shows include Two Broke Girls, Ghost Adventures, The Golden Girls and SNL.
Has taught drafting, woodworking, world history, U.S. history and numerous others.
Favorite Quote: “Treat others as you want to be treated.”
Favorite Quote: “Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.”-Janis Joplin
Hobbies used to include dolphin watching while he was in southern California. Ramey also cooks occasionaly.
Woodshop teacher Dinnes Ramey shows his students the importance of safety while working in the wood shop. Staff Photo
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features GETTING PERSONAL: MIA DUARTE By Tiffany Rodriguez Associate Editor
I love doing sports and because they keep me busy. I meet amazing people along the way as well.
What’s your favorite color and why? Do you work anywhere? If so, where and what do Okay, may sound weird, but it’s white. For some you like about that job? reason it always seems to catch my eyes. I work at Tacos OJ! I like it because I’m working with my friends and because I only work on SunIf you could be anyone in the world who would it days and still get paid great money. be and why? I would probably be Babe Ruth. First because he What do you plan on doing after graduating? Do was a bad b at what he did. Second because he you know what career you want to do/college inspired so many people and was an amazing role you want to attend? model. I plan on going to the University of Arizona. I will go to college there, play softball, and eventually go If you won $10,000 what would you do with it? into the medical field to be an oncologist. I would kind of save it as life goes on and help my mom more with my family, put some on How has your family influenced you? Do the side for college, and of course buy like you have any favorite memories of them? 1,000 Kazooles and squeeze pops. :) My family has been influencing me. They are a big part of my life and always know Who’s your best friend? how to push me when I want to give up. While you have a “best friend,” I have They will always be there for me no four best of THE best friends! They matter what. would be Tiffany, Callie, Alyssa, and Murphy. (: Do you have a favorite quote or inspirational Where would you bury hidden thought to share? treasure if you had some? “With God, all things I would bury it under my are possible.” trampoline, ‘cause who would “Never let the fear think to hide it there? P.S. Just of striking out keep because I said I would bury you from playing there does not mean go look your game.” to see if I really have some there “Look up, get up, but because my dogs will attack you. NEVER give up.” “It’s not about how What school activities are you ingood you are; it’s about how volved in and why? bad you want it.” I’m in volleyball, basketball, power lift“Everything happens for a ing track and softball. I do them because Photo by Roy Waggoner reason.” the tumbleweed volume 65 issue 3 Feb. 10, 2012 Page 8
KEY CAMPUS WATERING HOLES REVEALED Students, teachers have favorite H2O spots, others prefer Diet Coke By Chris Beaver Staff
Senior Dillion Chamblee takes a drink out of his favorite drinking fountain in the English hallway. Several students and teachers expressed that this was their favorite. Photo by Christina San Miguel.
Students are at school for eight hours a day, five times a week. The school provides a key element of survival: water. Water is provided through the numerous water fountains located in various areas in the school. Some are good; others not so much. Some fountains are so bad people just bring water to school. “The best one [water fountain] in the school is the one near Mrs. Bruno’s room down the hall just around Alvarado’s room,’’ English teacher Danny Dixon said. Other teachers will not drink from the fountains. “No I do not use these fountains,” Spanish teacher Kim Dutchover said. “I see what the kids do to them.’’ When Dutchover has to use a fountain, there is only one that is drinkable. “The new one in the English hallway right by Mrs. Smith’s [room],” she said. Several students also like this new fountain. “[We like] the new one by Mrs. Parkinson’s or the one by metal shop,” freshmen Josh Mehan and Nick Fox said. “[They are both] cold and good.” Senior Derek Bassham believes the one by metal shop is the best, while senior Tiffany Rodriguez pointed to one by the office that gets little attention. Just like some teachers, students don’t like to drink water from the fountains. “I don’t like any of them,” senior Ashley Duarte said. One fountain that many athletes will agree is the best is the one in the football locker room. Students said that it is very cold and refreshes them after a long practice. For history teacher Cary Scarbrough the water fountains are used only to clean her cup. “If I ever have to wash a glass or something I use the fountain by the science rooms,” she said. “Oh yeah, Diet Coke rules!”
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entertainment ‘YOU’RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK’ By Berenice Montejano Staff
Tyga Not long ago Tyga was just a kid from the hood trying to jump start his music career. Surrounded by all the negativity around him, he never stopped. Born and raised in the infamous Compton, he built solid local buzz through impressive live shows. Travis McCoy was the main reason Tyga’s life changed. Tyga would hit up Travis nonstop every chance he could finally McCoy took him in and took him traveling all over the world. Cameron Jibril Thomaz Born September 8, 1987 and better known by the stage name Wiz Khalifa, he released his debut album show and signed Warner bros in 2007. While his mother and father were in the military, they moved on a regaular basis. He was influenced by artists such as Jay- Z, Cam’ron and the Notorious B.I.G. Wiz is continuing to rise in fame and is a great artist.
The Walking Dead The latest season of “The Walking Dead” starts with the group coming upon a traffic jam as they try to make their way to a fort. They stop to gather supplies when a heard of ‘walkers’ come through. They all hide until they pass. It seems everything is fine until one of the only two children left, Sophia, is chased by a walker and disappears. This search leads the son of the main character, Carl, to be shot. They seek help at a farm and soon discover the barn on the farm is filled with walkers and the missing girl is among them.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Colins In the post-apocalyptic world of “The Hunger Games,” children aged 12 to 18 are sent to fight in a lottery-chosen fight as punishment for destroying one of the districts. “The Hunger Games” follow Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark from District 12 as they are chosen to fight in the games. The audience view Peeta and Katniss as ‘Star-crossed lovers’ and new rules say that two can win the games if they are from the same district. Katniss plays the part of love struck girl to keep her and Peeta alive. When the two are the final ones left in the game, the rules change once again... the ‘lovers’ have to kill each other to give the games a big finish! Rating:
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WHO WILL WIN THE GRAMMYS AND OSCARS? Angela Marshall Staff
Best Picture Midnight in Paris
Best Actor Gary Oldman
Best Actress Meryl Streep
Best Supporting Actress Melissa McCarthy
Jacob Sanchez Editor-in-Chief
Record of the Year Album of the Year Song of the Year “Rolling in the Deep” Born This Way by Lady “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele GaGa by Adele
the tumbleweed is now online! Visit fstumbleweed.com The site will have all stories in the print edition of the newspaper as well as web-exclusive content.
Best New Artist Nicki Minaj
Valentine Matches are on sale! Come by Room 1 or 22 starting Tuesday to see your compatible matches. You may purchase match results for $2.
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CENSORED There is one thing that most teenagers cannot live without— the Internet. Currently, anyone can go onto any website unblocked, but if Congress has its way this could all change. The bill is called the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” and it must be stopped. SOPA will allow the United States government to block its citizens from visiting websites such as Facebook and YouTube. This is censorship of the Internet— a thing that the U.S. State Department is against in numerous other countries. By making Internet censorship the standard in the U.S., it will become the standard of the world. The method the government will take to block websites in the country is called domain name system blocking. This censorship method is the very same method that is used to oppress people in China, Iran, and Syria. There is one thing that the United States is not— oppressive of its people. The United States was born out of oppression. The way a website would be blocked is through the posting of any links that infringe any copyrights. If only a few infringing links are posted the entire website will be blocked. Not only will the website be blocked, the site operator
would see their U.S. web traffic, ad-revenue, and search traffic will all be blocked. With all of these repercussions, it is expected that fewer startup companies will begin thus causing the economy to become increasingly worse. This bill is a jobkiller that must be killed. The websites at the greatest risk are any website where people are expressing themselves or finding content. These include Facebook,YouTube, and Twitter. The blocking of these sites cannot happen because these are the places people gather now to exchange information, views and other important items. Blocking Facebook and others puts the U.S. one step closer to its demise. This bill could become law. It has bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress, and the support of numerous lobbying groups with a lot of money. The only thing stopping this bill will be the White House. The White House does not support SOPA, and wants to protect the Internet’s architecture. In this fight there cannot be compromise. The Internet must remain as is because once the Internet is blocked on a national level, the foundation of the country will be undermined. Freedom of speech is what separates the country from diving into complete and utter chaos.
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WHAT WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL VALENTINE’S DATE BE? I don’t care if they get anything. I just want to spend that day with them. :) — Raquel Singh ‘15
By Aleyni Casillas Pollster
A movie and dinner. Them some hardcore cuddling.— Nick Armendariz, ‘14
A nice romantic dinner, that’s all you really need. Keep it simple! — Callie Hatcher, ‘13
I would want to go to a Chinese restaurant. — Eli Duarte, ‘12
My ideal Valentine date would definitely be a sweet, caring guy that gets me flowers and candy. — Nicole Sanchez, Tumbleweed Staff
A surprise dinner at the beach with flowers and romantic music. — Alejandra Cordero, math teacher
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By Katy Singh Sports Editor
Before a person can be successful, one must know exactly what success is defined as. Many athletes define success as winning a big game, or scoring so many points. A person needs to remember success is a journey. It has multiple peaks, and not one ultimate pinnacle. It is the setbacks and mistakes that allow a person to climatically achieve total success. A couple of years ago, I went through a phase on my travelling softball team where I could not seem to put a bat on the ball. Game after game I’d end up striking out and sitting the bench. I had let this get to me and had no con-
fidence when I stepped into that batter’s box. At the time, I saw this as a huge barrier and negative thoughts flooded my brain. This setback made me even stronger mentally and allowed me to work harder physically as well.With practive and good coaching, this past summer, I was clean-up batter with the highest batting average on the team. I have learned, that with these obstacles, an athlete can see exactly what needs to be achieved to be the best that they can be. Success is not measured by the outcome of the game, but rather the satisfaction of the mind. If you did all that could have been done, then your goal was achieved and you know exactly what you have to work for. “Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire,” Arnold Glasow.
E’ C By Jacob Sanchez Editor-in-Chief A teacher stands in front of the classroom telling her students to open their textbooks to a certain page.They do, and begin to read. While they read, some take notes on a piece of paper with a pencil. Other students don’t pay attention.This may sound like how school is right now, but it is actually how it has been since the 1950s. School has not changed very much since the ‘50s, with the exception of computers. Other than that, nothing. Students still lug around a backpack full of heavy books. Teachers still stand in the front of the classroom. All of this is about to change. A few weeks ago, Apple in-
troduced an update to their iBook app that enables readers to buy textbooks. Now this may sound boring at first, but the book is much more than words. In the textbooks, there are videos, photo galleries, and much much more. This is just the beginning though. The best part about these textbooks is the price. Any high school textbook in the iBookstore are less than $14.99. This is a price that truly is unheard of in the textbook world. Apple has yet to say how much a college textbook will be, but expect it to be around $15. These textbooks are the future of education. Once every student has an iPad, we will be in a new era of education.
the tumbleweed The Tumbleweed is published monthly by the staff members and is printed in-house at the High School. Letters to the editor are welcome for possible inclusion in The Tumbleweed. All letters must be signed, or they will be refused. The editorial staff reserves the right to edit all letters and does not guarantee publication. Editorial opinions are those of individual staff members and do not necessarily reflect those of the faculty or administration. The paper is affiliated with the Interscholastic League Press Conference.
Editor-in-Chief Jacob Sanchez Assistant Editor Vincent Parras Sports Editor Katy Singh Associate Editor Tiffany Rodriguez Pollster Aleyni Casillas Columnists J.R. Torres Nathan Ybarra Staff Efren Acosta Petra Aguilera Lydia Aguirre Chris Beaver Jamie Castaneda Dillion Chamblee
Ashley Duarte Stephanie Elmore Nohemi Flores Isaac Franco Fiona Gandhi Dustin Gonzalez Angela Marshall Adrian Martinez Berenice Monetjano Edgar Natividad Stephanie Ojeda Quentin Perez Lizette Rodriguez Brian Rios Andres Rubio Shayla Ruebush Nicole Sanchez Christina San Miguel Edwardo Sienz Karla Subia Tyler Venegas Eddic Villa Adviser Roy Waggoner
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TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS By J.R. Torres Columnist
STUFF ABOUT STUFF By Nathan Ybarra Columnist Working at a fast food restaurant in this town has its ups and downs. Sometimes you feel as if you are working for nothing. Yet, other times, you feel as if you have accomplished something big. One time when I felt that way, I met an a-list actor in this town. Once upon a time... I was just cleaning my area, (aka playing with the sauces pretending that they were people; my job does things to you,) when suddenly a man that looks rather on the goofy side with a sweat shirt, jeans, a beard and undone hair comes in with a face that says, “What are you looking at kid, you look weird.” “What can I get you, sir?” I asked. “I need two chicken sandwiches and a glass for water.” At this point I notice his eyes, face and chin. I stutter, “Y-y-yes s-sir.” He pays with his card and I give him his cup for water. I then feel the need to ask him, “Has anyone ever told you that you look a lot like Dennis Quaid?” “I get that a lot,” he replies. When he gets his meal, he walks out with his hand over his face, as if trying to hide it.
Priorities: we all have them, no disputes, but it’s another separate motion to question if we have them in order or not. Normally, instinct tends to kick in and tell me that any group of people that dedicate any amount of time to finding fur coats and then insist on ruining the coat with red paint or any other substance for that matter, have their priorities in a bit of a tail spin. You guessed it, it’s time to pick on PETA. Statistically speaking, in the U.S. alone, there are 52 million starving, not to mention as of three years ago there are at least 650,000 unsheltered citizens, but amidst these numbers, last year PETA managed to rack up $35 million, 3.5 of which wasn’t taxed by federal government.
Now, putting things into perspective, $35 million can feed up to roughly 32,000 people Taco Bell for a whole year. The population of Pecos County isn’t even half those numbers, in fact you could feed Midland for a year, and still have enough to feed 6 percent of Odessa. Assuming that they would eat Taco Bell or an alternative which would be undoubtedly cheaper. With the math portion done for you now. Do you still feel like PETA is doing any good by holding onto their operation? Not to mention that with PETA using standard media tactics (Such as naked pictures of Ashley Green) to attract publicity, they’re putting REAL ANIMAL PROTECTION CHARITIES out of business. So make the right choice, stop supporting melodramatic naked people.
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sports Senior Katie Tavarez dribbles the ball down the court on a fast break while Lynzi Furman, Dinessah Fuentez and Tiffany Rodriguez follow close behind. The Prowlers lost to the Greenwood Rangerettes 43-66. Photo by Brenda Pilley
LIFETIME MEMORIES MADE AS SEASON ENDS By Katy Singh Sports Editor
The basketball stadium is full. The crowd is cheering everyone on. This is the team’s last chance to win. A player decides to shoot the basketball half way down the court. Time seems to slow down until that magic sound is heard— ”Swoosh.” This is the reality that the Prowlers have faced every game this year. !"#$ %&'()#&$ *+,-#.*+))$ .#+/$ "+,$ ,##0$ ,12013cant improvement in many aspects of their game when comparing to previous years. “We just click,” Senior guard Danielle Trevino said. “Our teamwork has helped us overcome a lot, and it’s something that we have a lot this season.” With a majority of the team composed of seniors, head coach Vic Ivy has some positive things to say. “Having many seniors means that you have a
lot of experience,” Ivy said. “They have played together for at least two years of varsity basketball.” The Prowlers’ season started off better than #4#&5$(1."$+$'&7$'8$9:;:$10$."#1&$3&,.$9<$2+/#,$ which included an amazing 59-point victory over the Crane Lady Birds. !"#$%&'()#&,=$3&,.$)',,$.''-$>)+6#$10$?'+"'/+$ at the Annual Coahoma Invitational Basketball Tournament, in the championship game to a very strong, and also undefeated, Grape Creek basketball team. Although starting off slow, the second and third quarters of the game picked up for the Prowlers and they traded shot-for-shot with the Lady Eagles of Grape Creek, but fell short in the #075$)',102$."#$2+/#$<<;@9A “Our shots just weren’t falling for us,” sophomore Erica Morales said. Despite the loss, point guard Katy Singh and guards Katie Tavarez and Lynzi Furman received All Tournament honors for the Prowlers. The second loss also came in a championship game, this one taking place in Ozona. It was a
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What were your expectations coming into this season?
I expected everyone to come out with a positive attitude and to come out strong. -Danielle Trevino
What was one of your personal goals coming into the season?
Senior Lynzi Furman drives down the left side of the court against the Greenwood Rangerettes. Furman had a team high of 10 points. Photo by Brenda Pilley
very hard-fought, heartbreaking thriller to a much larger and very aggressive Rock Springs Lady Angoras. The Prowlers took the Lady Angoras in overtime as they were tied at 53. “It was tough loss, but this one stings a little bit more,” Furman said. “We have nothing to hang our heads about.” !"#$%&'()#&,$"#+7#7$10.'$<;@B$C1,.&16.$>)+D$(1."$+$'&7$'8$9@;EA$ !"#$%&'()#&,$.&+4#))#7$.'$B07&#(,$.'$.+-#$'0$."#$FG,.+02,$10$."#1&$3&,.$ 71,.&16.$2+/#AH1."$+$4#&D$,)'($,.+&.$10$."#$3&,.$"+)85$."#$%&'()#&,$.&+1)#7$9I; :<$+.$."#$"+)8A$J'&.$K.'6-.'0$6G.$10.'$."#$B07&#(,=$)#+7$10$."#$."1&7$LG+&.#&$ +07$.&+1)#7$*D$MG,.$8'G&5$@I;:E5$"#+7102$10.'$."#$30+)$#12".$/10G.#,A$ With many shots attempted, they just would not fall. The Prowlers came G>$,"'&.$10$."#$#07$(1."$+$30+)$,6'&#$'8$@@;<EA$!ƚ'$(+,$."#$.'>$,6'&#&$ with 7 points. The Prowlers would then travel to Monahans, where they would get their 3&,.$71,.&16.$(10$'4#&$."#$N'*'#,A$JG&/+05$K102"5$+07$!ƚ'$+))$,6'$10$ 7'G*)#$7121.,$."+.$2+/#5$,"G..102$7'(0$."#$N'*'#,$(1."$."#$30+)$*#102$E@; 50. OH#$>)+D#7$2&#+.$+,$+$.#+/5$+07$2'.$'G&$3&,.$71,.&16.$(105P$JG&/+0$,+17A The Prowlers would again defeat Monahans in the second round of district to make their record 2-5 in district play, just shy of a spot at playoffs. Singh scored a team high with 15 points. The seniors were recognized as it would be that last time they would get to play on their home court as a Prowler. “I can’t believe it’s over,” senior Katie Tavarez said. “It has been an honor playing and representing our school, and I’m really going to miss these girls.” the tumbleweed volume 65 issue 3 Feb. 10, 2012 Page 17
A personal goal I have set for myself is to be a top rebounder and play to the best of my ability. -Gabriella Gonzales
What game has been the most memorable, and why?
So far the Monahans game. I scored 23 points, Katy scored 18, and Danielle had 12. We just played great as a team and !"#$ "%&$ '&(#$ )*(#&*+#$ win. -Lynzi Furman
,-.$ "/$ $ "%&$ '&(#$ games against OHS. Everyone was underestimating us but we came out strong and on top. -Katie Tavarez
SEEKING A SPOT FOR PLAYOFFS
By Lydia Aguirre Staff
It’s been a winning but challenging season for the boy’s basketball season so far. Now towards the end of the season, entering into district games the boys hold a one and three district record. Their overall record is 15-11 and 2-3 in district play. “I feel we can have more success this year than last year,” senior Dillon Chamblee said. As a newcomer to the basketball team this year, freshmen Isaac Acosta shares this sentiment with team veterans. “I feel that we have a pretty good basketball team,” he said. “We have the strength to thrive!” The boys show great dedication during games !"#$%&'($ )(*+'*,-*'$).$ /0"$ !)$)(!)$1"!,$ 2&33*45$ but there’s one question hovering over the boys’ heads. “Will the boys go to playoffs this year?” Cham2,**$!'6*#7$$89(*:$#*1"0)*,:$(!-*$)(*$)!,*")$).$;.$ to the playoffs, and I believe in them, so yes, I see the boys going to the playoffs this year.” Varsity coach Rene Valeriano agrees with Chamblee. “With the right attitude and motivation I think we can do it,” he said.
Junior post Evan Card puts up the winning shot at the buzzer to win against the Monahans Loboes. The Panthers won this close game 48-47 to get their second 4-3A district win. Photo by Katy Singh
POWERLIFTING TEAMS KEEP ON PRESSING By Jalen Falcon Staff
The powerlifting teams keep pressing on toward the future with some solid success. <0)($ )(4**$ +**)'$ .&)$ .=$ )(*$ /!:$ !"#$ 14')> place victories for the boys in Pecos, Kermit and ?.4)$ @).A6)."5$ %,&'$ !$ 14')>%,!A*$ )4.%(:$ =.4$ )(*$ girls in Kermit, the season is looking bright for the power lifters. Some already see for a trip to regionals. Every one is getting a chance to bring home a medal and workout even harder to try and bring home the gold. <0)($ )(*$ 4*;0."!,$ B&!,01*4'$ +**)$ A.+0";$ &%5$ the Panthers and Prowlers are coming early in the morning to lift iron and ready themselves to compete for the school. 8CD+$,..60";$=.4/!4#$).$)(*$4*;0."!,$B!&,010";$ meet,” senior Faustino Rosas said. “I’m sure everyone going will try their best.”
Junior Devan Hernandez attempts one of her lifts in deadlift at the Fort Stockton meet. Staff Photo
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Team sets goals for new season By Stephanie Elmore Staff
This year’s Panther baseball team has high hope for the season they’re about to start. LUE WAVE “This upcoming season is going MAKES A SPLASH to be great!” senior Mason Daggett said. By Nicole @!"A(*3 With determination, effort, and Staff teamwork, nothing is going to hold As the second se- these boys back from anything. “My goals for this season is to play mester begins, the to the best of my abilities,” Daggett swim team continues said. to progress. Every player on the team has a “The Blue Wave goal they would like to achieve, but swim team has had so do the team coaches. They are tremendous improvegoals all hope to reach. ments week to week,” “Goals: 1. District Championship. E.!A($ F"#:$ @!"A(*3$ 2. Success in the playoffs.” Coach said. “They are taking Scotty Bruington said. “We plan on seconds off their event, achieving these goals by working and in swimming that’s hard and striving to reach our full what it’s all about.” potential each day in practice.” In district, the team With some tough competition came home with silver ahead of them, hard work in prac!"#$24."3*$+*#!,'7 tice will get them ready for what’s This year, the team to come. B&!,01*#$ 0"$ GH$ *-*")'7$ “My outlook for the season is that The regional meet will we will compete for the district Junior catcher Bobby Celaya throws down be held in Andrews, 4-3A championship,” Bruington said. the ball to second base. Photo by Katy Singh with prelims today.
SOFTBALL TEAM GAINS NEW FACES FOR ‘12 By Fiona Ghandi Staff
The softball team is working hard to hopefully bring a Valentine’s Day /0"$=.4$)(*04$14')$;!+*$!;!0"')$E4!"*7 9(*$I4./,*4'$#0#$/*,,$0"$)(*$14')$'A40++!;*$9&*'#!:$!;!0"')$J#*''!$ High. Each year’s team brings new players with something different. “This year group is bringing a lot of natural talent to the program,” A.!A($F,*K!"#4!$?0'($'!0#7$8C)$'(.&,#$2*"*1)$)(*$)*!+5$*'%*A0!,,:$0"$#0'trict.” Senior Katy Singh is a returning starter for the Prowlers. “I love the intensity of the game and hard work and determination in practice it takes to prepare for a successful season,” Singh said. Junior Lorina Warnock squares Fish has her hopes for the season. up for a bunt in practice last “This year major goals I have set for myself and the girls is to get past week. Photo by Katy Singh the second round,” Fish said. “It’s gonna take discipline and work.” the tumbleweed volume 65 issue 3 Feb. 10, 2012 Page 19
SNOWMEN, SNOWDINOSAURS ROAM TOWN
SCHOOL CANCELLED AFTER FIRST PERIOD DUE TO SNOW IN EARLY JAN.
Photo by Nathan Ybarra
Photo courtesy of Derek Fuentes
Photo by Nathan Ybarra (TOP LEFT) The day after the big snowfall, the school stays covered with snow. There were a few patches of grass peaking through the snow. (TOP RIGHT) Senior Derek Fuentez stands next to his snow dinosaur. His snow dinosaur was over seven feet tall. (MIDDLE LEFT) The sun peaks through a tree in front of the school. The snow began to melt Tuesday Jan. 9, and was completely gone by Friday. (BOTTOM RIGHT) Senior Cheyanne Rubio and junior Nikki Patel try to push Rubioâ€™s car through the snow. The car was stuck in the snow.
Photo courtesy of Cheyanne Rubio
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