Issue 3 December 16, 2011
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Issue 3 December 16, 2011
Explorer Staff Editors-in-Chief
Jackie Wang Taylor Bencomo
Assistant Editor Erin Duncan
Alanna Black Samantha Skory
Mrs. Peggy Ligner Ms. Brenda Reyes
Ad Manager Cal Mundell
Assistant Managers Tommy Rash Cody Tanner
Stephanie Johnson Claire Kim
Brennan Patrick Carlos Chandler
Shooting for the Stars: New coach rejuvenates basketball team
Photography Editors Priscilla Villareal Sam Wang
Stephen Freyermuth Meredith Rotwein
T-Birds boil over with anger as heat lacks in freezing conditions
Summer Masoud Carlos Garcia Gil Arias Gaby Ferreiro
Mia Carreon Lilian Diaz Abraham Keyvan Callie Blumenfeld Desiree Garcia Danielle Molinar Meagan Fennell Angela Jimenez Megan Miller Paloma Ramos Mariana Caballero Tessa McCune
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Issue 3 December 16, 2011
Great Debate: 16th Congressional District Candidates Come to Coronado
From left to right: Tilghman, Reyes, O’Rourke. Photos reprinted with permission from Gonzalez Consulting, Congressman Reyes, and El Paso Inc., respectively.
espite this year’s seemingly messy political atmosphere, it marks the end of a neverending political campaign cycle. Next year will culminate in the most important phase of the presidential race; more scandals, faux pas, and misleading quotes are ready to reveal themselves. It is among this mess that average voters try to voice their political sentiments. The United States has always taken pride in a democracy that caters to public participation. That everyone has a voice allowing for consideration of their political views is what balances the RepublicanDemocratic governmental scale. The most direct means in which to influence the political process is to hold your representatives and those in power accountable to their country, and its citizens. Next month, set tentatively for January 16th, El Paso Congressman Representative Silvestre Reyes will return to his constituency to
participate in a democratic primary debate set here at Coronado High School. The debate will be between himself and two opposing democratic candidates, Beto O’Rourke and Jerome Tilghman. The Honorable Silvestre Reyes is running for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives, but as with any election, he must first win his party’s nomination. This year, Democrats’ O’Rourke and Tilghman have decided the time is ripe for a new face to represent El Paso. The Democratic Party currently holds a slight majority in the Senate, and lost their majority in the House of Representatives to the Republicans in elections just over a year ago. They are still recovering from this loss of power, and
Democratic President Obama is engaging in daily clashes with GOP members over policy and bills. El Paso has had a democratic representative since the mid-1960s, and with O’Rourke and Tilghman’s bids, it aims to stay that way. The debate in January is student-implemented, therefore it aims to be student-friendly. This event is spearheaded by six students: Meagan Abel, 12, George Chidiac, 12, Adi Soto, 12, Jackie Wang, 11, Jasleen Shokar, 10, and Hazel Hermawan, 10. They firmly believe that the youth are a valuable, untapped resource and can be major players in politics, and this event presents an ideal opportunity for many to get their voices heard. Story by: Jasleen Shokar, Guest Writer
O’ Rourke and Tilghman have decided the time is ripe for a new face to represent El Paso.
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1970s Boiler Chilling Classrooms of A, B Buildings As the temperature drops and the winds pick up, students hope to find warmth in classes. However, their sleep-induced drool is crystallizing on the desk due to the deterioration of the school’s archaic boiler. The boiler system, which dates back to the 1970s, was replaced over the summer before this school year. The boiler problems began with new warranty issues that did not fit EPISD policies. District maintenance and an outside engineering department were hired to work on installation of the boiler. Energy managers have decided to turn off the lights, heat, and other systems after a predetermined time in order to save the district money. The new boiler will not cooperate because its wires do not fit the appropriate plugs already installed. The entire system was fried. The district brought out the installation company, the manufacturing company, district maintenance, and the Coronado custodians to attempt to fix the new boiler system. The new system uses pipes to reach A, B, and C Building. However, the new pipes hold water, while the old system held steam. In order to
solve this problem, the pipes were flushed out, but this created air pockets. Because C Building was built in the 1980s, the entire building’s pumps, which are located in the library, are completely different from A and B Building’s. “There’s air along the pipes, and when they
up,” said Joe Para, Coronado’s head custodian. The ideal temperature the water should reach to leave the boiler is 180 degrees, and the ideal temperature back into the system is 160 degrees. The team attempting to fix this system reached these ideal temperatures. The inconsistently hot temperature in C Building was caused by Coronado personnel who tampered with the thermostat. The air pockets in B Building were fixed after the pipes were flushed out and reassembled. The predicament in A Building has been a little more complex. The energy management system was completely disorganized and has been turned off. “Once the air gets out of the system, the boiler problems will stop,” said Para. As of December 9th at 3:00 p.m., the district believes the entire boiler system to be fixed and running properly.
reach a certain room, the air doesn’t allow for the hot water to circulate and warm the room
Story by: Macy McBeth, News Editor Photograph by: Carlos Garcia, Photographer
EPISD Custodians Being“Let Go”by El Paso School District When the topic of budget cuts comes up, it is inevitable that some of these cuts will be considered unnecessary. On December 9, the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) ordered Coronado’s head custodian to lay off five of the substitute janitors by the end of 2011, which includes janitors that are paid per diem, or hired temporarily. This is one of the many ways the school district is trying to save money. To some, a resorting to something like this is outrageous. “I really don’t see the point of why they have to do this. We really need those people,” said Joe Para, head custodian. According to him, if those people were to leave, that would mean more work to the permanent custodians already here. “It is already hard for one custodian to
clean ten classes, but without the ones that the district plans to lay off there will be even more,” said Para.
“It’s really a sad thing to see people depend on one job and get it taken away from them with little reason or remorse,” said Priscilla
Tanamal, 11. Not only do they clean the classrooms, but they also set up the gym for events and clean up afterward. After the layoffs, the existing custodians are not expecting any more wage increases. Teachers are also taking action. Mr. Miranda has called for a fight to keep all of the custodians. “These people are only making $130 per week, and they really can’t afford to lose their job in this economy,” said Mr. Xavier Miranda, Coronado world geography teacher. He hopes to assemble a group and to convince central office to let them keep their jobs. “We do have the right to unionize, especially in these circumstances,” said Miranda. He planned to assemble a group on December 12th, but for now, the situation has created an uncertain future.
Story by: Abraham Keyvan, News Writer Photograph by: Carlos Garcia, Photographer
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Issue 3 December 16, 2011
Tomato Paste Now Vegetable T
he news broke that tomato paste has been declared a vegetable. How can something cooked and canned be considered a vegetable? According to Congress the measure was proposed to ensure that young school children would increase their vegetable intake. Baffled? It’s all a matter of money. The agriculture department wanted to raise standards and take out unhealthy cafeteria go-tos such as pizza and french fries, choices that are easy on the pocket and easy to sell to students. However, this lacks logic because pizza is now considered to be chock full of vegetables and a healthy choice. Changing a guideline does not change nutrition facts. According to nutriondata. self.com, canned tomato paste without salt added contains 32g of sugar, the same amount of sugar as a Beaver Buzz Energy Drink. By changing this
standard Congress has basically said it’s okay for children to consume in their food the same amount of sugar as several types of energy drinks. Moreover, pizza does not score well on the glycemic index. The glycemic index rates pizza anywhere from a 20-40 on the glycemic load. Nutritionists recommend that a normal adult person must only intake 100 total per day. But children have smaller bodies, meaning encouraging them to eat pizza would be encouraging them to gorge themselves on hidden sugars. Repercussions could include diabetes later in life and creeping weight gain. Carbs are not the enemy, but sugar is. Sugar cannot remain in the blood stream for too long, so if it is not deposited into depleted muscles, the body stores it as fat. Statistic after statistic reveals the country’s obesity rate is rising ridiculously. Con-
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gress is acting against young people by exerting their influence to misconstrue nutrition facts. How can a government, whose only concern is saving money at the cost of young lives, protect us?
Tomato Paste -A can of tomato paste has the same amount of sugar as a Buzz Beaver Energy Drink (32g of sugar) -Pizza’s glycemic index load varies from 20-40. The average adult should intake throughout the day less than 100. -Proteins in tomatoes are lost if cooked in water. -According to rodale.com, boiling vegetables causes them to lose antioxidants. -A large portion of the calories in tomato paste come from sugar.
Story by: Taylor N. Bencomo, Editor-in-Chief
Dear Editor, My name is John Zamudio. I am a senior in the band and I have a complaint about your last issue. Although the cover was a picture of a band member on our senior nights, there were no actual articles about, or pertaining to the band. The Coronado band received first place in every competition this year, and I feel that we have not received any recognition. On senior night during half time, when the band was done marching and the seniors were standing on the fields, waiting to be recognized, I stood watching as all of the kids were being called. There were about five of us left on the field and the franklin football team came out two minutes early. Franklin then erupted in cheering, and I, along with five other seniors, went unrecognized. I believe this would have been a good story. We also received Grand Champion at our biggest competition. However, just like the five seniors, the Coronado band was left unrecognized. John Zamudio, trombone/baritone player Dear John, Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate audience response. The selection of the front cover was last-minute, and it was an error on my part for not making sure we included something about the band’s success. I am a personal fan of the band, and think you guys do an astounding job. We work on the paper throughout the month, and when publication time comes, we try to be as timely as possible with our news, meaning that some competition results are left out for other events that may have occured earlier that month. I agree that it was a major error on our part for not including coverage of this event, but using the photo as our front page. To our credit, we did write about the band’s success online at explorer.episd.org. Your hard work was not completely unrecognized by us. However, in the future we will avoid this issue. On behalf of the Explorer staff, I applaud your success and express our sincerest apologies. Sincerely, Taylor Nicole Bencomo, Editor-in-Chief
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Issue 3 December 16, 2011
Rivalries Gone Too Far in High School H
igh school rivalries are what make up much of our high school experience, but just one incident could ruin someone’s entire year. Each school has a competitive counterpart: sports played between them get hyped, academic superiority is satisfying, and the schools themselves are in fairly close locations. But considering the accidents that can occur, is the rivalry really worth it? It began with a school in Arizona that cheered questionably for their basketball team. One team’s students wore green T-shirts, which signified the supposed prevalence of green card-carrying students in the other school. Meanwhile, the other team wore black-and-white striped shirts and carried fake money, to imply that the other team paid off referees. Rivalries were originally formed to help promote school spirit and give that team something to work for later in the year. Not only does this behavior promote bad sportsmanship, but it also gives that particular school a bad community reputation. Arizona is not the only place where rivalries have been taken too far. In El Paso, a few El Paso High dancers allegedly put laxatives, rat poison and other chemical household products in brownies which were given to their rival dance team at Andress High School. Each year, Coronado looks forward to the Franklin football game—it’s a fight between the two Prides of the West Side. But instead of supporting our own team, many kids just spend time trash talking the opposing team on their Facebook or to other students at that school. Rivalries are age-old traditions that follow us throughout our lives. For example, Canadian football legends Joe Kapp and Angelo Mosca got into a cane fight over a rivalry that has lasted almost 50
Comic by: Summer Masoud
years. This is an example of how long rivalries can stick with us and how much they impact our lives. Rivalries do indeed boost our school spirit, but only if we make the most of them and behave properly. All this rivalry and hate is a waste of time, because whoever wins that game is only the winner for a year; when next year comes they play again and the cycle repeats itself. Rivalry is also blinding. Whenever the referees call something against our own team, we just yell against it. When we lose, we blame it on any possible factor which protects us from blame. Ergo, next time you are preparing for your big rivalry game, focus on sportsmanship and school spirit before the crude comments and trash talk.
Story by: Meagan Fennell, Staff Writer Boiler room is under construction by maintenance, not custodians E and D building do not have heating problems like other buildings because they run on an updated system Average high for weekdays on the westside until the 16th of December is 51 degrees
Comic by: Summer Masoud
Boiler in A-building is being fixed, but is not responding to the maintenance
Dr. Garcia Departs Dr. Lorenzo Garcia, superintendent of EPISD, formally resigned as of November 9. According to his resignation letter, he did so in order to “concentrate on [his] defense and allow the District to move forward without further distractions.” He does add, however, that his resignation should not be taken as an “admission of guilt” on his part. Despite Dr. Garcia’s arrest in June and his pending trial by the FBI, since his resignation, he has managed to weasel EPISD out of $177,414. On average, Garcia made $1,182.76 per regular school day as superintendent. In addition to the $177,414, Garcia will also walk away with a $12,500 retention bonus, which he earned last summer. Earlier in the year, Dr. Lorenzo Garcia was arrested by FBI agents and is also facing four federal charges of fraud and embezzlement against the El Paso Independent School District. Garcia is charged for robbing the school district of over half a million dollars over the course of the six years he has been superintendent. If found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in a federal prison for each count of mail fraud, 10 years for theft charges, and a fine of $250,000. Instead firing Garcia, the EPISD trustee members merely placed him on indefinite, unpaid administrative leave; they still provided $10,000 for his cellphone, travel, healthcare and retirement funds. It is doubtful, however, that federal charges and the threat of losing his career will be an immediate financial concern, especially once one considers that his previous paychecks amounted to over $280,000 annually. In fact, Garcia’s base salary in 2006 was $215,000—one of the highest among the nine superintendents in the country. In his resignation letter, he wrote of his keen ability to raise the record at EPISD via “strategic improvement”, as well as the idea that he has shaped EPISD into “a learning place for all.” Under Dr. Garcia’s leadership, EPISD students were taught to excel “not only at the State exam level, but beyond as well.” Succeeding past the high school level was only a minor concern in comparison to the State level tests as long as test scores remained high. It is only with Dr. Lorenzo Garcia’s swift departure that the “community is realizing the fruits of a more rigorous curriculum.”
Story by: Samantha Skory, Design Editor
Issue 3 December 16, 2011
GAME PLAN: what each sport fundraises each year Wrestling -required to sell 8 items per fundraiser -items range from $10-$30
Tennis Amount to Fundraise: $1500 -coupon cards (10x $15) -banners to sponsors (3 x $300) Players pay partial airfare
Baseball -Multiple fundraisers -varies from $50-$200 per fundraiser
thletes have been known for their charm, but sometimes charm just can’t cut it in the game to attain funds. Paying to play is a concept foreign to many Coronado athletes, much in part to the mandatory fundraisers players must participate in. Whether it be pushing the limits of their bodies, simple bake sales, or selling banners to businesses, fundraising activities are just as much a part of playing a sport as practice or hitting the gym. While in theory fundraising is a team effort, it doesn’t come without its hiccups. “Trying to get everyone to do their share is one of the hardest parts of fundraising. It’s just a few people that bring in a lot of money,” said David Velasco, 11, who plays basketball. Through fundraising, the basketball program has raised around $15,000, according to player estimates. Other programs’ success rates have varied. This year, soccer’s fundraising totals were estimated to be around the $500$700 mark, according to Coach Isisdro Ramirez. The pressure to fundraise comes from the players’ desire to get the right exposure. “It’s a hard thing to get people to contribute to our team, but fundraising is a good thing because it helps the seniors, juniors, and sophomores on our team get seen by college coaches in tournaments. You want to get recognized on a different level, and get scouted for scholarships,” said Kenji Villanueva, 12, who plays Varsity soccer. The general consensus among coaches and players has to be that it’s been getting progressively more difficult to
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fundraise. Travel costs in the last three years have soared and equipment is not getting any cheaper. “It’s getting tougher to fundraise. The economy is bad. Nobody wants to donate or buy anything right now,” said Coach Ramirez, the head soccer coach. If a team fails to fundraise, it can’t travel to tournaments. Such a situation befell several teams this year, including volleyball and soccer. Soccer was completely unable to travel. Volleyball faced a different problem. “This year we didn’t raise enough for our out-of-own tournaments. Instead of flying to Dallas we had to drive all the way out there. It took more time, and it was just tiring,” said Carlie Murray, 12, a member of the Varsity volleyball team. Because the cost of airline fares has increased in recent years, teams have been forced to increase their fundraising efforts. Traveling to larger tournaments translates into more attention from colleges and more accolades for performance. “We have to raise money on top of practicing just so we can have the best competition and go traveling. I think fundraising should be up to the school so we can do better as a team,” said Vernon Shanker, 12, a Varsity tennis player. The most common fundraisers among all sports are selling banners, coupon cards, run-a-thons, lift-a-thons, and golf tournaments, which increase the competition among sports, and turn the fundraising effort into a mad grab for support. “It’s always hard to sell things that people might not want.
“Honestly, it can go over $2000 or $2500 dollars—-because uniforms when I was on JV were $2750. Just for uniforms, I have to buy two shells, two skirts, socks, shoes, bloomers, midriffs, three pairs of poms, sweatsuit, fleece, a bag, bows, and the megaphone. And every month we have to pay $45 for gymnastics. But we do fundraise for competitions. Our own money is only for gymnastics and what we wear.” - Varsity Cheerleader
They may say, ‘Oh, we want to help you guys,’ but when they see how expensive it is—while they’ll still give a few dollars— they won’t buy what you’re selling,” said Villanueva with a sigh. Tennis players are required to fundraise $1500, one of the larger amounts. A $10 contribution is all that is necessary for cross country. In comparison, cheerleaders must raise $375 in addition to the $2000 fee to participate in the sport. “We don’t have a budget. Everything we do, and everything we get, comes from fundraising and what the team pays. We pay for mats, safety equipment, travel, banquet, and competition,” said Coach Amy Stell of cheer. Some sports are fortunate to have extremely strong booster clubs, who take the pressure off of players and coaches by assuming the responsibility of raising money and running fundraisers and concessions. The football booster club is arguably the strongest and most organized, consisting of volunteers and an executive board, who devote much of their time and energy to supporting the program. “We want to support the team the best we can, because they will have to compete with some very large programs in our Region which are already very well-financed. To be competitive, we want the best we can afford,” said Jackie Filley, treasurer of the football booster club. Present economic conditions are making fundraising increasingly difficult, as prices on equipment and travel have soared. Fundraising is something teams have to deal with.
Story by: Taylor Bencomo, Editor-in-Chief
Football -Booster club raises funds for the team -$30 per player for a spiritpack -Most profitable fundraiser is the golf tournament Volleyball -required to sell $300 per fundraiser Swimming -fundraise $250 -pay $150 Cross Country -pay $10
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Issue 3 December 16, 2011
11 One Step at a Time: A Student’s Recovery
A student’s senior year comes to a screeching halt when he was involved in a car accident which has kept him in bed since October
Photos by: Jackie Wang, Editor-in-Chief
A Birthday Story
For many, December 8th is just another date on the calendar. However, for Kyle Cox, 10, it was an especially memorable birthday. Upon his arrival to an early-morning band practice, Kyle was surprised to see Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officers waiting for him. They awarded Cox a picture from their earlier visit during the blanket drive. Cox was also able to personally meet each officer. “I was really surprised when they came in. My mom said she was waiting in the band room the entire time and I never noticed, but it was fun,” said Cox. Kyle Cox had previously been made an honorary member of the DEA by the Make-aWish Foundation. Story by: Devin Teicher, Features Editor
Kyle Cox, 10, center, gets a handshake from one of the officers that visited him on his birthday.
It was the Tuesday of homecoming week, October 18. Cody Highfill, 12, was let out of school early for his Agriculture classes. He had two hours to kill before football practice started. He planned to go to Kohl’s to buy a shirt for the homecoming dance. Around 2 p.m., he was just about to cross the intersection of Belvidere and Resler when he t-boned another car. The impact caused Cody to ricochet into another car. He was rushed to the hospital where he ended up staying for four days. His mom, Judy Highfill, received a call from the hospital at 3:09 p.m. "It was the worst phone call of my life," she said. She immediately left work, but was so shaken up her boss had to drive her to the hospital. "I felt like I could have ran faster. The fracturing [of the vertebrae] made it possible that he could never walk again, that's what goes through your head as a parent," she said. He had to be treated for two fractures in the cervical vertebrae located in his neck. The doctors thought that the growth plate in his elbow had slipped, so he went into surgery for his elbow. He woke up afterwards to good and bad news: his growth plate was fine, but there was
instead a big chunk of glass in his arm that had severed more than 90% of his tendon. They had to take out the glass, tie the tendon, and then sew his
elbow up. Many of his friends visited him that day and the next, while fifteen had tried to visit the night of the accident. "I was at home doing homework and his mom had called my mom, she started to cry. We rushed to the hospital but we were not able to see him until the next day because he went into surgery," said Lyndsey Powell, 10 The total hospital bill was $73,000. Coming home from the hospital was hard, he was still not in great condition. "I walked like I was drunk. I had no balance, I kept tipping back and forth, and I cried a lot," said Cody.
I definitely see things differently, it sounds kinda corny, but you don’t take things for granted.” -Cody Highfill, 12 His parents had to help him with the basic routines of everyday life. He could not get out of bed by himself, he needed help walking to the bathroom, he could not brush his teeth, and he had to be fed by his parents. "At the beginning, it was like taking care of a child again, when you had to do everything for them," said Mrs. Highfill. To make it easier for him, they purchased a reclining hospital bed and a shower chair. They also had to increase his medication dosage to ease the pain he was experiencing. Despite the initially painful weeks, he has been recovering at an amazing rate. He slowly
began to walk by himself with the weekly help of a physical therapist. Eventually
he was able to start doing his homework again, his teachers emailed him his homework or his brother picked it up for him. To pass the time he would play guitar, write songs, and play videogames. "There was a lot of Xbox, a lot of MW3," he said. He was inside his house for two months straight after the accident. When he finally went outside, he was overwhelmed. "You get dizzy seeing all the trees and feeling the fresh air, it felt good but it almost felt like a different world." Eventually, he had enough energy to make a trip to school so he could be in the senior panorama picture. "At first you feel like you're not going to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we do now," said Mrs. Highfill. He is expected to return to classes in January at the beginning of the next semester, and will be graduating with his class in June. "I definitely see things differently, it sounds kinda corny, but you don't take things for granted. I felt like the world was going on without me, but I can't wait to get back to school and see my friends." Story by: Erin Duncan, Assistant Editor
Issue 3 December 16, 2011
Entertainment What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? “To make Varsity football next year, because I want to get a scholarship at some point.” Shayne Chatterton, 9.
“To get all A’s, because I want to get into a good college and do the best I can this semester.” Carli Adams, 10. “To improve my writing skills, because I want to write for a magazine when I’m older.” Whitney Walker, 11.
“New Year’s Eve” is a story about how the lives of several couples and singles in New York intertwine during the New Year’s Eve countdown. This film celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances, and fresh starts. The mingling stories show the magic of New York City on the most dazzling night of the
year. This romantic comedy features many famous actors, including Robert De Niro, who plays a bitter hospitalized dying man, and Michelle Pfeiffer, a frustrated executive secretary who sets out to complete old resolutions with Zac Efron. The ensemble cast also includes big names like Ashton Kutcher, Hilary Swank, Lea Michele,
Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Biel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katherine Heigl, Sienna Miller, Josh Duhamel, Ice Cube, Jon Bon Jovi, Seth Meyers, and Til Schweiger. New Year’s Eve will, without a doubt, be the next inspirational box office hit. Story by: Lilian Diaz, Staff Writer Photo From: New Line Cinema
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Issue 3 December 16, 2011
Early Tournaments Prove to be Beneficial When a team faces strong competition and performs well, the team will benefit from the experience. In the second tournament of the season, the Coronado boys’ basketball team went up against that had already proven itself to be greatly successful at state play. Although Coronado did not place in the tournament, the team can learn from its experiences against Plano West High School and San Antonio Reagan High School, both ranked top-20 in the Daniel Hernandez, 11 state of Texas according to maxpreps.com. The T-Birds have already played three district games, winning against Bel Air, and Socorro, and losing to Hanks, giving the team an 8-4 record overall. However, the only record that really matters is the district record for the Thunderbirds, as they try to break a nine-year streak of missing the postseason. “We think that we can make playoffs, and even win district. The tournament in San Angelo really showed that when we George Chidiac, 12
play as a team, we can hang with any team in the state, and especially in the city,” said Corey Fruithandler, 12. Coronado’s team this year is full of young players; there are only two seniors on the starting lineup. However, two of the three leading scorers are underclassmen, proving that the development of these young players will not only be crucial for the rest of the season, but the season to come. “When everyone contributes we’re difficult to beat. It’s when we play as individuals that we end up losing. I think we will develop more team play as the season goes on,” Paul Pounds, 12. In the first two tournaments of the season, the T-Birds lost to the tournament champions within the first two rounds, and with one tournament left (Holiday Hoops Classic in Rio Rancho, New Mexico) it will be interesting to see how the team can change that early loss into a tournament win. Story and Photos by: Stephen Freyermuth, Sports Editor
By the Numbers The number of home games left in the season for both boys’ varsity basketball.
The average win margin for the boys’ varsity basketball team.
The rare percentage of underclassmen on the varsity team this season.
The total amount of hours the basketball teams practices in a season.
225 Amount of travelling, in miles, for tournaments.
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Issue 3 December 16, 2011
Swimming Towards Another District Championship
Lorena Guerra, 10 Swimming has had a strong season so far, featuring dominant meets and incredible practice in preparation for the District title in January. The Varsity girls’ swimming team placed second and the Varsity boys’ team placed fourth at the Cathedral/ Loretto Invitational meet. This left many feeling confident for future meets. “We’ve been strong and are getting ready for one of our top competitors, Franklin, on December 9th, which is always fun,” said senior captain Meredith Heins. “After the break, we have the El Paso Invitational, which is against all the teams in the area, and is a great way
to see the competition for district,” said Heins. Despite the confidence they claim to possess, their win isn’t guaranteed. The other school will be trying just as hard as them. “The girls’ goal for this season is to try and defend their title and the boys’ team is looking to place in the top three,” said Chris Nava, 11. Competition outside of El Paso will really prepare the team for Regionals, and perhaps even State. “We’re going to Lubbock next semester, before our district meet, and competing with the Lubbock teams always makes the trip a blast. Then there’s Dis-
tricts, Regionals, and State,” said Heins. Aside from being determined to defeat their competitors, connections are built between teammates that help their comradery and assist in their team spirit. “This season has a much more positive feel to it, everybody was doing good and overall were healthy as a whole,” said Nava. Big expectations and the determination to soar over the competition are the two most prominent elements in a prideful season for Coronado and its swim team. Story by: Jerra Miller, Sports Writer Photo by: George Amspaugh, Photographer
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Issue 3 December 16, 2011
Dave Koz at the Plaza Theater 7:00 p.m.
19 Winter Break begins
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Students return, Spring semester begins
Boys’ Varsity Basketball Game at Coronado 7:15 p.m.
UTEP Miners vs. Southern at Don Haskins Center 7:00 p.m.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Plaza Theater 4:00 p.m.
Fedde Le Grand at Buchanan’s Event Center 9:00 p.m.
78th Annual Hyundai Sunbowl 12:00 p.m.
Candlebox at Speaking Rock 10:00 p.m.
All convicts and bonds may be released and paid in A-30! Spider-man Pop
Crime: Irresistibly delicious flavors allegedly corrupting the taste buds of Coronadoans. Bond: $1.50
Crime: Providing citizens with high levels of addiction to chocolatey delicious crunch.
Crime: Murder in the first degree of perfectly good appetites.
Crime: Illegal explosive material on restricted tongue taste buds.