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Issue #4 March 8, 2012

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Q: Why did you try out for this year’s dance team? A: I needed another sport to keep active. Q: What is your typical practice like? A: First we get ready. Then, we put up the mats. After that, we start running fifteen laps around the room. Next, we stretch while Mrs. Major talks about the plan for the day. Then we do our routine. Q: What is the most fun thing you did on this year’s dance team? A: Playing Ships and Sailors. Ships and Sailors is like the game Red Light Green Light, but more complicated. For example, if Mrs. Major calls out “ships,” you go towards the left wall. The command “sailor” is to the right wall. Also, there are group commands like “three men eating,” where you have to get in groups of three people. All remainders are eliminated.


Page 4 Shaylyn Brownell Page 5 8th-Grade Athletes Page 6 Ms. George






Q: How was the first performance? A: I felt nervous, but I think we all did very well. Q: How long did it take to get ready for all of the performances? A: It took about 45 minutes for everybody. Q: What are the rules for dance practice? A: You need to have hair up, no jewelry, and wear your dance practice uniforms. Q: What was it like with Mrs. Major having her baby? A: It was exciting and we missed a week of practice, but we were fine without it.




Page 2 The Young Bucs Page 3 Mrs. Montiel

Breanna Wright is a two-year member of the Silhouettes. Outside of dance, she does karate, cross country, track, and softball. She is also on the honor roll with a 4.0 GPA. We asked Wright a couple of questions about daily practice procedure and performance etiquette.


Profile Special

Q and A wit h Dancer Breanna Wright

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The Silhouettes prepare to exit Marshfield’s Main Gym, finishing their season. The 2012 season ended early as a result of not entering a competition.

The Silhouettes: Dominique Miller, Jessica Kohl, Sadie Camacho, Rachel Mckenzie, Dominique Randle, Janey Suppes, Kaylee Krajcir, Brittani Spangrud, Breanna Wright, and Heidi Baer dance to “Waka Waka.”


The Silhouettes are an 8thgrade dance team that has been performing for three years. They are coached by Laurie Major and assisted by Abby Jones and Tori Dellinger. Major, who was involved in gymnastics, cheer, and dance all the way through college, said “I originally started (the team) because boys had wrestling and the girls had no separate sport to be involved in. I plan to coach in the future, but since I’ve had my son, I’ve had to focus on him more than coaching.” The 2012 season lasted for five months, beginning in October and ending in February. Practice was held in the Harding multi-purpose room two to four times a week. The main dance routine this year was choreographed by Dellinger to “Waka Waka.” The song, inspired by African tribal culture, was written by Shakira while on tour in Africa. It was the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which was held in South Africa.


Young Bucs

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Welcome to the Show!

A group of MHS graduates had an idea that formed the The Young Bucs. The Young Bucs started with two separate groups: Doo Wop and Bluegrass, until eventually the Bluegrass group dissolved. Kevin Freeman, Les Engle, Gino Harpold, Floyd Montiel and John Thomas make up the Doo Wop group. Doo Wop is a vocal group harmony with a wide range of voices. The Young Bucs. The name may seem strange for a band of middle-aged men. “At the time we were a lot younger,” said Floyd Montiel with a laugh. As a Marshfield teacher and longtime member of the band, Montiel is one of the main masterminds of the Young Bucs. “Bucs” stands for Buccaneers, another word for Pirates, the Marshfield mascot and logo. Everyone in the band was involved with Marshfield as a graduate, a teacher, or both. The group was formed by Les Engle. You may know him from his smiling face on the Farr’s sign, but that is only one of the many jobs that he thoroughly enjoys. The group had its first gig in 1999 at a talent show that was just “for fun,” Montiel said. Little did he know that this would turn into a much bigger thing. The band performs on a weekly basis at sporting events, restaurants, class reunions and small festivals. Their next major gig is at the Clambake Festival on September 11th. The Young Bucs once had two groups: Doo Wop and Bluegrass. Built upon vocal harmony, Doo Wop was one of the most mainstream, pop-oriented R&B styles of the 1950s and 60s. The Bluegrass section of the band no longer performs, but had a CD made that is still enjoyed by the public. When you listen to the band you may notice that the members are not always the same. Because of conflicting schedules the members are “always changing,” said Montiel. These bucs may not be as young as they used to be, but they are eager for the world to see them for what they are: the Young Bucs!

Where Can you Listen to the Young Bucs? • The Clambake Festival

• Jazz Festival • Class Reunions • You can also buy Doo Wop songs of the Young Bucs on iTunes. For only $12 you could be rockin’ and rollin’ to “Lookin’ Back at The Oldies”

The Doo-Wop Bucs, Kevin Freeman, Floyd Montiel, Les Engle, John Thomas, and Gino Harpold, pose for a shot.

Songs by the Young Bucs 1. If It Dont Work Out 2. Baby Come Back to Me 3. Be My Baby 4. I Wonder Why 5. Surfin’ USA 6. Come Go With Me 7. Sunday Kind of Love 8. Little Bitty Pretty One 9. Save the Last Dance For Me 10. Little Darlin’ 11. That’s My Desire 12. Blue Moon 13. Why Do Fools Fall in Love 14. Under the Boardwalk 15. When You Dance 16. Love Came to Me By Jake Miles & Joel Gregory

March 8, 2012

Q&A wit h Mrs. Mont i el


Tammie Montiel is a math teacher and volleyball coach at Marshfield High School. She is married to Floyd Montiel, a Spanish teacher and softball coach here at Marshfield. Mrs. Montiel attended Marshfield herself in the early 90s. She teaches Integrated Math 1, Trigometry, and Calculus. Aside from teaching math, She has been coaching varsity volleyball for eight years and was an assistant coach for six years. This year, her team made it to the final four in state with a 5A league record of 9-1, and a Hybrid league a record of 12-1. They were undefeated until they played Marist. In the tournaments, her team came 2nd in Roseburg, 1st in their home tournament, and 4th at state. Q. Why do you like teaching math? A. Its not the kids’ favorite subject, and I try to make it as easy as possible. Q. What is your favorite period of the day and why? A. I don’t have a favorite period; I have really good kids all day long.

Tammie Montiel watches her 7th period class scrimmage.

Q. Which math courses do you like Q. What do you like the best about teaching? coaching volleyball? A. Anything but Geometry. A. Not the long bus trips, but having Q. What made you want to be a the relationships with the girls. teacher? Q. What is your favorite thing to do A. When Sunset burned down and the after school? middle school was in Harding, I A. Spend time with my own children. worked (as a teacher assistant) in Q. What is your favorite part of math classrooms. I also wanted to be teaching? a coach. A. Being able to relate to the kids, and Q. Why do you like volleyball? see them learn things. A. I played volleyball in High Q. What do you think all of your school and College. students like the best about you? Q. How would you describe A. The way I explain things to make it your personality? as easy as possible. A. Reserved, not outgoing, but ap- Q. How is Marshfield different now proachable, friendly. compared to when you Q. If you didn’t teach math what went here? would you teach? A. It was a good place to be, and there A. P.E.; I chose math because it was were more students (about 400 more easier to find a job. students).

Mrs. Montiel grading papers in her 6th period Integrated 1 Math class.

By Tay Mckee and Isabel Groth


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Brownell “The

Bre aks Brownell’s Record

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share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move” Shaylyn Brownell’s favorite quote - Alexandr Popov

Shaylyn Brownell started swimming when she was four, and has not slowed down since. Now she is speeding up and breaking records. Brownell is currently a sophomore at Marshfield High School and is considered an elite swimmer after breaking her sister Kaley’s record in the 100-yard breaststroke. Shaylyn broke the record of 1:09.44 by a jaw-dropping seventeen hundredths of a second. She now holds the record at 1:09.27. Shaylyn Brownell has dreamed about the 100yard breaststroke record ever since the 5th grade. To accomplish her goal, she follows the motto “Practice like you play” and puts a lot of effort into practice. Also, when she was younger, her parents would reward her with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups when she won a race. She still eats those little treats before every practice and meet. After years of practice and peanut butter cups, Brownell’s day came at the Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis, Oregon at the “Skip” Rumbaugh Invitational. She finished

Brownell Practices the Breaststroke at the Mingus Park Pool.

1st and looked up at the scoreboard. The time looked a little different, a little faster, a little better than the person she had looked up to since she was a little girl, her big sister. Shaylyn Brownell said after breaking the record that “I was excited, but also kind of sad because it was my sister’s [record].” She now hopes to improve her record time to 1:07.00 or better. Brownells’ coach, Kathe Stufflebean has been coaching swimming for 35 years, and has never seen a sibling break an older

family member’s record. Stufflebean had a “good feeling” about the Rumbaugh meet. After Shaylyn Brownell’s recordbreaking swim, Stufflebean said “I was very proud of her.” Kathe also believes that “[Shaylyn] will continue to improve on the 100 breaststroke record and maybe get the medley record, too.” At the time of this issue’s printing, the MHS girls swim team has gone undefeated and plans on getting as many people to qualify for state as possible.

The girls won the district meet but fell short at state as Brownell took 4th in the 100-yard breaststroke, and participated in the 200-yard girls medley relay team which also took 4th. She is now eying the 200-yard medley record that is held by 1994 graduate Shannon Hosack. Shaylyn is four seconds away from breaking this record, too. Brownell now wants to be the captain of the team after senior Kayla Bauer is finished with high school.

March 8, 2012

8th Grade Athletes: Once and Future Pirates


Along with the change of being at MHS, 8th graders also got the privilege of playing sports at Marshfield facilities. Colby Callaway and Joey Torres are 8th graders who made the big change, and both are athletes currently playing for the Pirates. With Callaway playing basketball and soccer and Torres playing football and basketball, we had a great opprotunity to see how they feel about playing here this year.

Colby Callaway By Zak Escalante Soccer may not be the most popular sport here at Marshfield High School, but to Colby Callaway it is the only sport he enjoys playing. “I really like my place [on the field],” commented Callaway. “I’ve been playing since I was in elementary school.” Marshfield’s soccer team this year was a in very strange situation and it could get even stranger in the future. With serveral rumors of the soccer program being cut from athletics, Callaway was asked what he would do if the program were eliminated. “[If] I heard they were going to cut soccer, [I would] go and play for [North Bend].” Also, Callaway was a part of the first 8th grade JV basketball team at Marshfield. “It was just something to do, but I had fun,” stated Callaway. He played as a Point and Shooting Guard for a team that had a bumpy season, but a lot of improvement from their players, including Callaway. After high school, Callaway said he would like to attend University of Santa Barbara, and play soccer. And then? “I want to play professional soccer!”

Joey Torres By Casey King Joey Torres is an 8th-grade athlete at MHS, and is among many who were able to play on the historic sports facilities at Marshfield. Pete Susick Stadium and Bruce Hoffine Court are where Torres and the other newcomers played their football and basketball, respectively, this year. When asked how he is adjusting to the change, Torres responded “It’s been a different experience; I’m learning a lot from it, but it hasn’t really effected the way I play or practice.” Torres played football and basketball this year for the pre-frosh team, and was asked what it felt like to play in MHS’ Stadium and Gym. “It has been overwhelming to be able to play [at MHS], and I’ve really enjoyed it,” Torres said. Torres was an Offensive and Defensive Lineman in football, and a Shooting Guard in basketball. He said that he was grateful that coaches Doug Miles, Rick Cooper, and John Baldwin took time to help out their basketball team, and he hopes to play for them again in the near future. When asked about what he wanted to do after high school, Torres responded with a grin “Play college hoops.”


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The Life of Linda George

By: Katie Whitty and Khalani Hoyer

Linda George was born in Sacramento, California, but moved to Coos Bay when she was two. She grew up watching her father and brother playing basketball in the driveway, which eventually inspired her

Linda George with Jacee and Mylee.

to start playing sports herself. During her 8th grade year in 1974-75, George was a part of the first girls basketball team at Millicoma. As a student of Marshfield High in 1980, her basketball team took 5th place in the 5AAA State Tournament. Throughout high school, she also played volleyball and City League Softball. When asked what sports team she would have liked to play for, George said Tennessee women’s basketball, because of coach Pat Summitt. “The way [Summitt] coaches and cares for her kids. She is the best coach ever.” For a time, George wanted to be a veterinarian. But in her freshman year, her P.E. teacher, Cherry Blaine, influenced her to go into the field of Physical Education. She has been teaching for 23 years, 22 of them in Coos Bay. For the past 21 years, George worked at Sunset Middle School as a P.E. teacher. She recently got shifted up to Marshfield along with other staff members from SMS.

She said that she enjoys working here because she can see former students and get to know other staff members. Her favorite activities in her class are badminton and basketball, badmintion because it is a diversity sport that everyone can play and basketball because she played it herself and the kids enjoy it. George enjoys teaching because it gives her a chance to get to know her students. “Every day is different,” she says. Over the years she has coached volleyball, basketball, track, and softball. She doesn’t know which one she enjoys coaching the most, though. “I’m torn between volleyball and basketball.” George says. In general, George says her greatest personal accomplishment was acquiring her Masters Degree in Education and becoming a teacher. Some of her proudest moments as a coach are getting to see her athletes excel after she has coached them and watching them become great athletes, because she knows she had an impact.

Fun Facts: Ms. George’s favorite color is blue. Her favorite board game is Monopoly.

Mylee George, 6 years

The Twilight Saga is Ms. George’s favorite book series. She once fell out of a tree in the 3rd grade and broke her arm. In her free time, she likes to walk her dogs around Mingus Park. One of Ms. George’s all time favorite movies is Fried Green Tomatoes.

Jacee May George, 3 years

March 8, 2012

Wyldlife Leaders


At Marshfield High School, there are many different clubs and activities. Basketball, football, ASB, and chess are clubs and activities students may be familiar with; but Wyldlife might not be. Wyldlife is for 7th and 8th graders and is a branch of Young Life, a similar club offered to students in grades 9-12. Wyldlife consists of multiple games and activities. At the end, a small part of the Bible is read, and a lesson about life and our existence on Earth is presented. Students may choose to listen to the lesson or not; no one forces their beliefs on anyone. There are about 13 “leaders” present at each Wyldlife. These leaders supervise and participate in the activities, and take turns giving lessons. One of the more active leaders is Todd Tardie. He is present at almost every Wyldlife meeting and is active in Young Life. “Well, I was a director

for Young Life for 20 years. In the last three years, I felt we needed to do Young Life for middle school students. I decided to start up Wyldlife, but I knew I couldn’t run it myself so I asked Nicki and Doug Miles to be Leaders,” Tardie said. “The vision behind starting up Wyldlife was that I worked at the high school and I felt I needed to get to know the students better before 9th grade.” Doug Miles is another active leader at the meetings. Miles has been involved with Wyldlife since the Fall of 2010. “Mr. Tardie asked me to get involved and I thought it was a great idea,” Miles said. “I enjoy every part of Wyldlife...Everything is fun and I like spending time with the middle school students.” Miles also said that Wyldlife has changed many things in his life. “I see the students in a more positive light, and some of my personal beliefs have changed.”

Todd Tardie and Doug Miles


Zak Escalante

Zak Escalante, an 8th-grade student here at MHS, attends Wyldlife regularly after being invited by some of his friends last year. “[My friends] Justin Cooper and James Miranda invited me. My favorite part is that it’s really fun, a lot of my friends are there, and it gives me something to do. I can get out of the house

so I don’t bug my mom and get in trouble for something stupid. I also really like when we go upstairs and play games and have Bible study,” Escalante said. One way Wyldlife changed Escalante is his religious perspective. He really never knew anything about the Bible until he started going to Wyldlife.

Cameron Trujillo

Cameron Trujillo is also a student here at MHS and also goes to Wyldlife. “Jenny Shaffer was the person that started getting me to go to Wyldlife last year. Getting to hang out with all my friends and my peers and when people go on the stage and play games is the best part,” said Trujillo. She also said that she plans on going to Young Life in the future.

Wyldlife Info Date/Time: Every other Monday 6:00-7:30 pm Address: Corner of 5th and Johnson, Coos Bay By Cole Smith and Cassie Dallas


Kayla Bauer

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Swim Captain, Editor-in-Chief, Loyal Pirate By:Cheyenne McNeely and Kayla Sparkman Kayla Bauer is well-known on the Marshfield High School campus. She is a senior, and will graduate this year with the rest of the class of 2012. She will then be off to college to start life on her own. Bauer is the daughter of Sean and Marion Bauer, and has four siblings. Born in Redding, California, she moved to Coos Bay in the 4th grade. Since she was a sophomore, Bauer has been a part of the Marshfield Times newspaper staff. As a freshman, she knew she had an interest in both writing and photography, so she got involved in the Journalism class, which produces the Marshfield Times. She has been the Sports Editor, Opinion Editor, and is now one of two Editors-In-Chief. The Marshfield Times recently took part in a student publications convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There, the newspaper was ranked 4th Best of Show. This was a competition open to high school newspapers from everywhere in the United Sates, and to place in Best of Show was a great achievement for the team. As far as independent awards, Bauer received an “excellent” at the Spring National High School Journalism Convention for sports writing, “superior” at Oregon Fall Press Day in sports writing, and “superior” at the Ball State University High School J-Day Writing Competition for sports page design.

Bauer swims freestyle in her warmup while preparing for the upcoming state meet.

“Overall I’ve had a positive experience at Marshfield, it has given me the tools I need for life.”said Bauer.

Bauer has also been the captain of the Marshfield High School Swim Team for two years. Before swimming in high school, she was a club swimmer for the Gold Coast Swim Team. She swam on and off through 7th and 8th grade. As a freshman, she joined the Marshfield swim team, and gave up club swim altogether. Bauer says the people, the atmosphere, and the feeling of family are what make up a strong team. She led the girls’ team to victory, winning the 2012 district meet held in Springfield, Oregon. Every year since she was a freshman she has placed in the district meet. As a freshman, she placed 4th in the 200 yard Individual Medley. She ranked 4th place in the 100 yard butterfly both her sophomore and junior years. Bauer was a part of the Marshfield High School swim team all four years of her high school career. Already, colleges are accepting Bauer. She has applied to the University of Oregon, Portland State University, Seattle University, Ball State University, and Stanford. So far, she has been accepted by the U of O and Ball State. Where she goes all depends on who else accepts her, but for now she has not made a decision. Also undecided is what she will be studying in college. Both the community and the Marshfield campus have been affected positively by Bauer’s dedication to her friends, her family, and any team she has been a part of. The Marshfield Times and the Marshfield Swim Team were led to victory more than once with her help.

Pieces of Eight has too much good stuff for just eight pages! Check out the Po8 Online Edition at the Marshfield web site (http://marshfield. under “Student Publications” for an exclusive ninth page, featuring interviews with MHS graduates, coaches and teachers Justin and Jesse Ainsworth. Thank you for reading and go Pirates!

March 8, 2012

Return of the Ainsworths


What are the chances of two brothers both returning to the same state, same city and same school where they grew up to become head coaches of the sports they played? Apparently, a lot higher than you might think. Marshfield High is the old stomping ground of Jesse and Justin Ainsworth, and they have returned to stomp some more. Justin, the Free Safety for the 1992 State Champion football team has come back to coach the Pirates. Jesse, the younger of the two, has also returned to Marshfield after playing for the Pirates as a Point Guard, and is the Head Coach of Marshfield Basketball. Both of these brothers contribute off the field as well ason, Jesse as a construction teacher, and Justin as a History teacher. Pieces of Eight had a chance to sit down with both Justin and Jesse for an interview.

Justin Ainsworth

Jesse Ainsworth

Q: Did you always have a passion for sports as a child? Q: Did you always have a passion for sports as a child? A: Yes, I was a three-sport athlete: Football, Basketball, and BaseA: I didn’t start playing basketball until Junior High (7th grade). My ball, which was my first sport, and the one I was best at. dad was a surfer and my mom was a beach bunny, so hoops was the Q: Who was somebody you looked up to as only answer. a teen? Q: Who was somebody you A: I had a really good senior class ahead of looked up to as a teen? me who eventually won a state championship. A: Hands down, Mike George, who I played Free Safety when we won it, and I was my varsity basketball coach really looked up to the upperclassmen. In bas[and] also a father figure to me. Also ketball I looked up to Bob Hurley, who played I lived with my JV basketball coach at Duke as a guard. [Doug Fendall]. Q: When did you realize that you wanted Q: When did you realize that you to be a coach? wanted to be a coach? A: In college, I just toyed around with what I A: When Coach George talked wanted to do with my life. about it. I had a strong basketball Q: What’s your style of coaching? IQ. My senior year I got injured, A: I think the style fits your personality, I but I came back and was basically a give intense criticism, but ‘loud’ is not my player/coach. style. I build relationships. Q: What’s your style of coaching? Jesse and [Assistant Coach] Josh Line perform their synchonized coaching routine Q: What is it like to work with your A: I don’t have a style. [My] style is me, who during a playoff game. brother? I am. You’re going to get every little bit of me A: It’s great. I’m blessed to and who I am. “I don’t want to fail” is the way I be here at Marshfield. [All coach. the] coaches are friends and Q: What is like to work with your brother? my best friend (Josh Line) A: He’s more methodical, while I’m kind of bipois right across the hall from lar. He keeps me level-headed, and he was also a me. father figure in my life; he basically raised me. Q: What are the pros Q: What are the pros and cons of having your and cons of having your brother work with you? brother work with you? A: Not a lot of cons, there’s more pros than cons. A: There are definitely more The [biggest] pro is all the support. pros than there are cons. I’ve Q: How did it all play out to reunite at Marshspent a lot of time with my field? brother, [we’ve had] a lot of A: I came back not intending to be the head conversations, and we can coach. I would open the gym for Doug [Miles] for go through trials and tribula- Justin breaks down the X’s and O’s... of World History. two days a week. I wanted to be around the game tions together. as much as possible. [Justin] came from North Q: How did it all play out to reunite at Marshfield? Valley High to coach football. He was [Kent] Wigle’s assistant for A: [It] was definitely not scripted. I’d say it’s a very unique situation four years. that just happened to fall into place, [without being] pre- meditated. Q: What do you enjoy most about your teaching career? Q: What do you enjoy most about your teaching career? A: It’s not necessarily this class [Carpentry], but the opportunity to A: Young people. They are full of energy. I also have a passion for work with kids. I love the energy the kids bring; it’s like going to the history. Fountain of Youth, being around the kids.

By Rylee Trendell and Justin Cooper

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