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Photo courtesy of: Linda Alfano

Photo courtesy of: Linda Alfano

Pinned: Wrestling sends student to state

Senior Dominic Alfano competes at wrestling Regionals. Alfano will be competing for a State Title in March and is the first wrestler to advance to state.

The Cypress Ranch High School Varsity Wrestling team completed their CODY CASARI season this month with senior Dominic Alfano advancing to the state competition, making him the first wrestler to earn the honor. According to Alfano, his goal all season was to make it to State “My goal [is] to go to State, and I want to be the first person at Cypress Ranch to win state in any sport,” he said. Last year Alfano went to Regionals, but failed to make State. “It was an awesome feeling [to make State],” he said. “Last year, I did not make it because my mind wasn’t right and I peaked too fast. This year, I was 100 percent and I wish to continue that to State.” The wrestlers competed against other CFISD high schools and various high schools around the area at the district meet where Alfano and junior Nadia Guzman advanced to Regionals. Guzman won one match, but lost two, failing to qualify for State. “It was kind of scary and exciting. It was just Dom and I, and I was really nervous and scared. It is definitely something I want to do again,” Guzman said. Despite the butterflies, Alfano said that Guzman did well under the pressure. “She did a great job for her first year and I hope she sticks with it,” he said. ALINA

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The senior wrestlers pose for a picture after the district meet in February.

To prepare for their spring season, wrestlers meet some mornings in the fall, but mostly train during first period. When the spring semester begins, wrestlers then practice after school. In order to train for their meets, the wrestlers run and do conditioning excersises. “I love going to the different meets because they are fun,” junior Matt Hudgens said. “This season was really exciting and I really like everything about it. Practice is fun most of the time, and I like talking to my friends.” The team was very excited for the district meet, and also for the opportunity to accomplish their goals. Alfano said he is looking forward to

traveling to State and will train with the help of his father. “ I will train with my dad,” Alfano said. “I train three times a day, run in the morning, work out in the afternoon and wrestle my dad at night.” Overall, compared to last year, the team as a whole did better and Alfano’s advancement is important to the team. Alfano will be supported by his team at state in March. “I like it because you can only blame yourself if you win or lose, so no matter what you have nobody to blame but yourself,” Alfano said.


PINK OUT:

2nd annual basketball game benefiting a cure for breast cancer Students wear pink in the stands at the second annual Pink Out game against Cy-Falls on Jan 28.

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Pink fills the stands as the Lady Mustang basketball team plays for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer foundation.

participated in Pink MAHMOD Out. The Varsity game Fans in pink packed ended with a win for the stands on Jan. 28 Cypress Falls, but the for the second annual Lady Mustangs worked Pink Out game. Coaches their hardest and were from both Cypress up in the first half. Ranch and Cypress Falls Despite their loss, got together to plan a the students enjoyed the basketball game dedihard fought game and cated to the Susan G. support the team regardKomen Breast Cancer less of the outcome. Foundation. “The game was The Lady Mustangs’ really fun and the goal was to raise $5,000 basketball team played They exceeded that goal really well,” sophomore and were able to raise Stephanie Lara said. $5,200 by selling the Pink Out shirts, Pink Out shirts the week ribbons, face paint and before the game and posters contributed the getting donations. excitement and energy The freshman and all felt. junior varsity teams also SAGE

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“We had a better outcome than the last time we played Cy Falls, but whatever the outcome was, we didn’t get down on ourselves,” said junior Christina Martin. All of the players went into the game fully ready to take on the Lady Eagles for a good cause. All three teams played their best and

Cheers erupt from the stands as the Junior Varsity Lady Mustangs score a basket.

remembered why they came out to play that night. “We were fully prepared for the game, but we just let it slip away,” said sophomore Ashlyn Wiemann. Members of the team got into the “Pink Out” spirit by wearing pink shoelaces as well as Pink Out shirts. During halftime, the team was seen in the stands gathering donations from patrons while the Classics performed. “I was really excited and pumped up because of all the people and how loud the gym was,” said sophomore varsity player Kristen Kech. “We couldn’t even hear

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each other talk.” With the stands packed and everyone in pink, the players said the atmosphere and mood made it easier to play. “ When we scored, the crowd went nuts,” Kech said. “The feeling it gave us made us play harder. Even those who attended the game loved how the crowd was into it. “The mood of the game was really fun, and it made me feel happy to be in this school and also knowing that it is for a cause like this makes it even better,” said freshman Sam Kastor.

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