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San Joaquin Memorial March 17, 2017 Volume 1 Issue 6

Check out a conspiracy theory on page 4.

Check out the Boys volleyball team on page 8.

Check out the play Xanadu on page 6.

Mr. Spencer’s Adventures Mr. Spencer is embracing and connecting with the Memorial community. Edward Medina StaffWriter Tom Spencer takes on the position of Principal continuing to roll out changes that keep Memorial cutting edge. He was previously vice principal and principal at Sierra High and then principal at Saint Joachim’s Catholic School. After being appointed last semester as temporary head of school, Spencer became quite involved with the school and community. “We got a lot of momentum, but keeping up with the changes was one of the biggest challenges,” Spencer said. Next year the administration has plans to start a STEAM program which would add a rich emphasis of agriculture, tecnology and engineering to the Memorial academic curriculum. “We have an incredible team for this project including college professors, faculty members and business leaders shaping the vision,” he said. His commitment to the school and students is seen in his efforts to bring the Memorial community together to improve upon the school as a whole. Investment in these fields open the stu-

dents to whole new opportunities such as new classes, clubs and programs. Spencer has thoroughly enjoyed his tenure as principal-admiring the tireless efforts of the faculty and even the students. “I don’t think the students here really realize how different they are,” he said. His love for the com-

munity and education was made apparent after he praised Memorial students for having a hard work ethic, keeping balance, and being innovative, among many other things. Spencer’s passion for agriculture and country life is seen in his pastimes, hobbies and roots. He owns over 80 acres of land in the foothills

of the Sierra Nevadas. His work ethic is seen on his ranch where he tends to his land by repairing fencing, raising cattle, etc. “You all often see me in a suit and tie, but I’d rather be out with my cowboy hat and jeans on,” he said.

(L-R) Katerina Spencer, Kerri Weisert, and Tom Spencer enjoying the valley championship basketball game. Courtesy of Martha Qualls

Adoremus is on the Rise Kerri Weisert StaffWriter What is Ador-ayeMOOOSE? Adoremus is a night of self reflection, musical worship, and available confession. It is a time where people can come spend time in their own thoughts, talk to God or a priest, but also be in the presence of others. This is the second time this year the event has occurred. The first sight of Adoremus on campus was during the beginning of December. Its

success of over one hundred people compelled the Campus Ministry team to host a second Adoremus. The group in charge of Adoremus had to begin immediately after they returned from Christmas break. In order to publicize this event, the group had to divide and conquer. Senior and group member, Gaby Ramirez said, “our team worked well in advance to make sure the date and time were well publicized. Posters were painted and hung around the school and we contacted all local

church youth groups with the hopes of an increased turnout.” An element about Adoremus that is not well known is that this event reaches out to all local parishes. Though this was the first year that Adoremus has been hosted at San Joaquin Memorial, it has been an ongoing event at other parishes and is not solely meant for SJM students, staff, alumni, etc. When asked how Adoremus was, senior student and group member,

Shane Jacoby said, “while at first thought Adoremus may seem very old style churchy stuff, it’s actually a very interesting and satisfying form of prayer.” What the preparation group added to Adoremus to make it different from the last was the addition of refreshments afterwards; they had cookies, chips, a veggie tray and water. This event is largely unknown right now but it’s name will be appearing more and more throughout the next school year.

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The Drought Persists Francesca Favagrossa

StaffWriter It’s raining, it’s pouring, the drought is still roaring. California, though receiving nearly 200 times the normal amount of rainfall, remains in a drought. According to CNBC,”The latest [rain] monitor shows 47 percent of California being designated at some level of drought intensity.” Although that percent is down from 73 percent at the beginning of the winter season, it still displays that a large portion of California remains in moderate or severe drought conditions. Even with the added precipitation in the last couple of months, the California Water Resource Control Board has voted to extend the emergency drought regulations, set to expire on Feb. 28. According to csmonitor. com, “[s]cientists caution that the drought is a long-term problem that won’t be fixed by one season of heavy precipitation, and they advise officials to stay the course.” Some conservationists suggest that now is the time to double-down on water regulations to secure a sustainable amount of water for the future. With the snowpack at 180 percent of the average, many farmers oppose this opinion. With Governor Brown’s request in April of 2015 for cities to cut water usage to 75%, farmers were hit hard because they no longer had access to surface water and had to rely almost entirely on personal well and pump systems. In accordance with the state and scientists, California is still in a drought. “We’re at halftime. We’re not doing too badly, but we certainly haven’t won the game yet,” State Water Resources Control Board chair Felicia Marcus said.

The Madness Begins

March Madness has just begun and your chances of getting a perfect bracket are still next to none. Max Coyle Sports Editor March Madness, the time period where you glue yourself to the TV, make your bracket prediction, and watch all 64 teams compete against each other for the National Championship. Nobody in the history of bracket predicting has ever predicted a perfect bracket. That means that for 78 years and out of the billions of people that have tried, nobody has ever proved all the right college teams to win in their brackets. It’s so rare that in 2014, Warren Buffett offered $1,000,000 to any person who proved to have a chosen perfect bracket. For those of you who do not follow basketball and basically base your choices on a coin flip, your chances of predicting a perfect bracket, according to, are 1 out of 9.2 quintillion. However, if you are a follower of college basketball and can make well informed predictions, like understanding that a No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed, your chances of choosing a perfect bracket

significantly increase to 1 out of 128 billion, according to

the studies of DePaul University math professor Jeff

Malik Monk drives in on Lonzo Ball.

Bergen. So even if you have done your research and have been following college basketball year long, your chances are still slim to none. Therefore, don’t be heartbroken and pout if you make almost all the wrong picks, because chances are 100 million people probably made that same pick. Headed into the tourney this year, No. 1 Villanova, No. 2 Gonzaga, No. 3 Kansas, No. 4 Arizona, and No. 5 Kentucky are expected to go the furthest in the tourney given their high seeding. While these teams and players play at an elite level, let’s not forget about teams like No. 9 Oregon who has been playing sound ball all year long and only lost to No. 6 UCLA by three points, and No. 12 West Virginia with an absolutely dominant defense that forces more turnovers out of any team in NCAA basketball. Regardless of the outcome, the 2017 NCAA March Madness will pan out to be a great one and a definite must-watch.

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Staff Box: Editor-in-Chief of Content: Victoria Vidales Editor-in-Chief of Design: Francesco Giordano Primavera Web Masters: Rachel Giardullo Kerri Weisert

Mission Statement

The Red and Bule is an award-winning, student produced publication that is executed in a professional manner by delivering quality stories that are up to date and accurate. All staff members understand and abide by the standards of ethics and professionalism set forth by California State Law and the proposed Diocesan Publications Policy. The school community anticipates and appreciates the publication and plays an active role in providing feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of San Joaquin Memorial High school and/or the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno.

News Editor: Mia Gambero Opinion Editor: Edward Medina Elliott Nerenberg Out of Uniform Editor: Brandon Kendall Sports Editor: Max Coyle Designers: Patrick Lewis Tony Fagundes Sadie Gleason

Staff Writers: Melanie Abercrombie Penelope Estrabao Francesca Favagrossa Chase Fitzgerald Sara Garcia Conner Markarian Kendall McKinney Sasha Tomaino

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Out of State College or In State College Out of Uniform Editor It's that time of the year again where seniors are faced with the tough decision: where to go to college. People have applied all over the country, but many wonder why choose out of state? There are plenty of good colleges up and down California, but many students want something more than just the location and education that their home state has to offer. They want experiences. California is known for having some of the best schools across the nation, but there is just something alluring about schools from out of state. Just the thought of picking up and moving somewhere totally different excites people; new people, a new area, and most of all new experiences. The excitement comes from finally being on your own in a new place to forge your own way through life. No one knows what is going to happen, and there's something different everyday which is what excites people the most. Another reason for excitement, is a different school system out of state. Most people want to get out of school as fast as they

can, and in California that's looking harder and harder to do. With the UC system and many state schools having many students graduate in 5 years or more, this leads to problems. People don't want to wait that long, and the private schools are so expensive they can sometimes seem like bleak options. With out of state schools there are options across the country to choose from to see what's right for each person. Some may say that going out of state can lead to being lonely, or uncomfortable, but it really is what you make it. If someone goes into a new place expecting to meet new people and have fun, then they will have an amazing time. If going out of state is the plan, be prepared to make new friends and be outgoing because that is what will lead to the best time. For many it's the new environment and experiences that calls them to out of state schools, and for others it's a change in school systems. For each person it is different, but in the end it is a choice that should be on the table for anyone graduating this year or in the years to come. Don't be afraid to try new things, and find the college that fits you.


Brandon Kendall


Web Master College – the next big step after high school, and there are more than four thousand colleges in the United States from which people are able to choose. So what is the final decision going to be? Are you going to college in or out of state? Do you want to be in the heat or in the cold? If you are deciding to stay in California, you are able to get the best of both worlds. Though staying in California may seem like the “boring decision,” there are many benefits to staying in state that Californians may not realize. When thinking about where to go to college, one of the first components that comes to mind is weather. In California, people can experience both the heat and the cold. There is the choice to go to a college right along the coast in order to feel that cool breeze hitting your face when it’s warm or taking a hike in the mountains on a day off of school. Even if someone has chosen to go to a more beach centered college, they are able to go


to the mountains by taking just a small drive. Another element when going to college is the cost. The cost for tuition outside of a person’s home state in comparison to the tuition inside the state can range from just a few thousand dollar difference to more than ten thousand dollars. Debt is like a dark rain cloud that can hang over someone’s head if they have an extreme amount of student loans to pay after college. Someone leaning towards going to college out-of-state may say they want to experience and see places they have never seen. But the factor that a lot of people tend to forget when choosing what college to attend is how long it will take to get home. Choosing where to go to college is difficult because a person has to choose where they want to live, without those people they have lived with for their entire life, for the next few years. Making the decision of where to go to college is important, and it determines the place you will be living for the next few years. So make the decision based on what is the best for you.

Staff Editorial: A New Therapy Dog For Students Recently, schools nationwide have begun the practice of having a school therapy dog on campus for students and staff to reach out. The purpose of the dog is to lower stress for students in a chaotic environment, allowing them to relax and feel comfort in the presence of a furry friend. The staff of The Red and Blue propose that the school begin fundraising for a therapy dog for

the student body. A therapy dog could bring many positives to the Memorial community. First, it would allow students to become more relaxed if they were in a stressful situation. Although the school has adult and peer counselors, people cannot provide students with the special happiness a dog can. The dog can also be a source of comfort for students living in the boarding school on campus, giving them the op-

portunity to connect with an animal to ease them through their time away from home. Opponents may argue that there is no room for a dog on campus, nor money to provide for a dog. However, in terms of fundraising, an idea could be using similar to the efforts to those that the student body took part in three years ago to build a new canopy for students to sit under during lunch. A school wide ‘phone-a-thon’

could take place, and some of the money earned from Panther Palooza, one of the largest student based fund raisers of the year, could be used as well. As for where the dog may stay, it can live in the dorms with the boarding students or be hosted by a staff member or a student. Last month, SJM students and staff rescued a stray dog who needed a helping hand. Even though, people

came together to help save the poor animal, dogs do so much more for humans than we could ever do for them. They are our protectors, our companions, they are truly man’s best friend. Having a dog on campus can open so many happy doors for students, bringing them comfort and compassion from all angles.



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Conner’s Conspiracies What' s really behind those lines in the sky? Conner Markarian

Resident Conspirator One of the childhood memories that many people share is laying on the lawn and looking up to the sky. Planes have always been fascinating as to how they seem to defy gravity, and when they fly at a certain altitude another event occurs: the production of a condensation trail, at least that is what we are told. Is it possible that those white lines across the sky are actually harmful? Condensation trails are formed when exhausts fumes from the jet engine crystallize, forming cloud-like structures behind the plane. Many people believe that there are actually chemicals that are placed into the jet engines of planes and released when

at altitude, thinking that the government has some sinister plan to control population size. But in all reality, this is not very likely. If there were a single most correct theory as to what the trails are, the most reasonable would be atmospheric regulation, where the release of certain chemicals by planes at specific altitudes can actually block out some of the greenhouse effects that people feel. Due to the constant debate over whether these trails are contrails (condensation trails) or chemtrails (chemical trails) the US government published a document writing : “Aircraft engines emit water vapor, carbon dioxide, small amounts of nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, sulfur gases, and soot and metal particles, formed by the high-tem-

perature combustion of jet fuel, during flight. Of these [emissions], only water vapor is necessary for contrail formation.” This has been the same stance of the government since the first chemtrail theory was released in the early 90s. People are entitled to their own opinions, and that’s what allows for people to be similar yet different at the same time. Whether the trails are chemical like some believe or condensation like the government tells us, it is up to us to make that differentiation. The important thing to remember is to not blindly follow these theories, but to do research and form your own opinions. Who knows, maybe one of you is on your way to a major scientific breakthrough?

Flat Bottom Grill Makes the Rockin World Go ‘Round Sara Garcia

StaffWriter Fans of musical puns and great food; Rejoice! There’s a new food truck in town one that combines the band Queen with local food. LoCAvoria559 Flat Bottom Grill first debuted in Fresno on June 22 of 2015 with a name that reminds all of the 1978 Queen song, “Fat Bottom Girls.” Queen is a British rock

This Queen themed food truck “will Rock you!” band that formed in London in 1970. Queen’s earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but eventually the band ventured into other genres gaining the admiration of all, including LoCAvoria559 Flat Bottom Grill’s chef Josh Stout. After coming up with the name Flat Bottom Grill, “It was really easy coming up with an entire menu based

on all Queen Puns” Stout said. That’s why there are menu items such as: Armenian Wrapsody, a pun of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which is a chicken wrap with curry yogurt sauce, olive hummus, cherry tomatoes, feta crumbles, and lettuce on a warm pita. Another Bun Bites the Dust, a twist on ‘Another One Bites the Dust,” which con-

sists of a beef patty, melted cheddar and jack cheese, applewood bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, and garlic aioli on a warm pita. And my favorite item off the menu, I’m in Love with my Carnita Tacos, a pun of “I’m in Love with my Car,” which includes pork belly carnitas, cotija cheese, cabbage slaw on a corn tortilla, served with a side of salsa roja or verde. The menu appeals to taste

buds of all kinds. There is something spicy, something juicy, something cheesy -there’s something for everyone! You can find out the schedule for the bright green truck on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or, just by going to Enzo’s Table in Clovis or Gazebo Gardens in Fresno. You’ll “Want it All” from the menu!

Attention: An Actually Good Spin-off Lego Batman exceeds expectations with a rating of nine out of ten. Mia Gambero

News Editor I love The Lego Movie. It's every child’s dream movie: action, adventure, pretty colors, etc. But what if there was a movie like that, but better? That's Lego Batman. In the opening studio credits, Will Arnett, as Batman, makes fun of the way movies start with a lot of advertisements and the use of dark screens to create a “serious” mood. The satire

stretches through the first 20 minutes of the movie, which I believe is the best and most heart-warming sequence ever created in a movie. The beginning then starts with utter chaos with every single villain in the DC Universe planting a bomb in the middle of town. Then there's Batman, out of nowhere, taking care of his business. It sounds boring, but the Lego Movie franchise knows how to take any situation and make it entertaining. From the music choice, to the script, and even the voice

acting convey emotion. Especially Batman, an emotionless hero, has likable qualities, which is very hard to capture in a stop motion animated movie. Speaking of animation, it was completely perfect and seamless, as if stop motion wasn't difficult and time consuming enough. The lighting and effects were perfectly intertwined with the animation as if it was happening all at once. You can say the same thing about the first Lego Movie. Since Batman has a notably dark and mysterious

mood, the lighting should complement this mood. In this movie, it not only complements the mood, but accentuates it by adding to the theme, which is that life shouldn't be lonely. The overall production reflects the massive budget, which was $80 million! This movie was filled with endless laughs, especially in the first few minutes, at which I found myself nearly crying. I however give this movie a 9/10 because after the first few amazingly hilarious scenes, there was a long period of

just enjoyment and after a crazy amount of excitement it got a little boring after a while. This movie involves and appeals to every person who can laugh. From Harry Potter, to Doctor Who, to Lego fans, this movie satisfies every person willing to sit down in the theater, not just the kids it's marketed for. Overall, I can see myself enjoying it when I watch it every night on DVD.

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March 17, 2017

Five St. Patty’s Day Traditions You May not Know Much About Ever wondered why the Chicago River turns green on St. Patrick’s Day or why shamrocks are associated so closely with the day? Patrick Lewis Designer


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St. Patrick’s Day is full of amazing traditions from dyeing the entire Chicago River green, to parades, shamrocks, leprechauns, and corned beef and cabbage. Yet all of these countrywide, almost worldwide, traditions began with humble roots. Back in 1762 in New York, New York, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held and by the mid 1800s, parades for St. Patrick’s Day were commonplace around the country in big cities. Now St. Patrick’s Day parades can be found in town and cities across the country. The turning of the Chicago River green can be assumed to be a huge project, yet only six people do it and the only way to be a part of that group is to be blood or marriage related to the Butler or Rowan families. These two families have

The Chicago River turns green for Saint Patrick’s Day. Photo courtesy of

been responsible for this massive undertaking for the past 50 years! The shamrock tradition dates back to the days of St. Patrick himself. In Ireland, St. Patrick used the three leaf clover, or a shamrock, to signify the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit when he preached about the Trinity and converted the natives there. Nowadays, however, shamrocks are rarely used for this religious reason and are mainly used in decorations. The corned beef and cabbage tradition has more humble roots than people think. Although it is more American than Irish, back in

the mid 1800s, Irish immigrants to America were very poor. Because of this, the only meat they could afford was corned beef and cabbage which was a convenient spring vegetable that was also cheap. Those crazy, short, redhaired, rosy-cheeked leprechauns find their origin in 8th century Irish folklore. The most well accepted origin for leprechauns is the word luchorpán which means “little body” to describe the water spirits in Ireland. Today, leprechauns have taken over this holiday as the official mascot.

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what in internet sensation? “What in tarnation” rocks the nation. sadie Gleason Designer

Cartoon by Melanie Abercrombie

What in tarnation is this meme? Everyone knows the common southern saying. However, the meme puts a twist on the original, replacing “tarnation” with other words that sound similar. The phrase is often accompanied with an image of the subject wearing a photoshopped cowboy hat. The meme does not aim to critique a flaw of society or create irony as many memes before it have. Instead, it simply showcases the unexpected amount of words that rhyme with ‘tarnation.’ “Just last week, it helped me capture my true feelings about statistics: what in standard deviation? This meme is practically applicable to anything,” senior Carson Chapman said. The meme started to gain traction on Twitter in late February. Due to its rapid expansion, some of the elite meme Twitter accounts feel that it is becoming a “normie meme,” a meme that is not

special anymore because everybody knows about it. Twitter user @BillRatchet tweeted, “It’s officially dead my friends, we have fought a long battle,” after news of the meme made it to ‘Moments’ on Twitter. The Tarnation meme has become the meme of the month due to its utter explosion of popularity. However, this widespread circulation has generated discontent among some meme connoisseurs. Much of the meme economy’s health depends on scarcity, and the Tarnation meme certainly is not difficult to come by for anyone with a Twitter or Tumblr account. “The ‘what in tarnation’ meme is a disaster,” senior Aaron O’Day said. “Many people think that making one of these memes is ‘funny’ or ‘clever,’ but what they fail to see is that by making 1000 variations they are over-saturating the sacred Twitter timeline and pushing good content creators like @dril to the side in favor of these plebeian memes.”



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Visual & Performing Arts Xanadu More Than Amuses

Pizza & being out of uniform

Actors (L-R) Jack Benscheidt, Josh Mireles, and Sadie Gleason Attempt to memorize their lines. Photo by Melanie Abercrombie


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Snapchat, Spanish music & soda @Classof2018

Baked goods & Chick-Fil-A


Ancient Greek deities pretending to be Australian humans in 1980s Los Angeles: Xanadu is, from its most basic rundown, creative to say the least. That is not even including the ‘40s number juxtaposed with classic rock and forbidden love. The play is very entertaining, and the time spent watching it flies by quickly. Xanadu follows the story of the afflicted artist Sonny Malone as he seeks fulfilment, and the Greek muse Clio as she seeks the elusive, enigmatic prize of “Xanadu.” Clio dons skates, legwarmers, an Australian accent, and the name of

Students seize the opportunity to attend the Valley Teen Ranch Prom. Rachel Giardullo

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“Kira” as a disguise while she appears to inspire Sonny. The conflict stems from the impracticality of Sonny’s dream of starting up a theater/roller disco and the jealousy of Clio’s oldest sister, Melpomene. “We’re all really comfortable with each other, so that just makes the chemistry on stage that much better,” sophomore Kyle Sedra, who plays the muse Thalia, said. The muses’ interactions with each other are a highlight of the play, bringing liveliness and humor. The music is a major draw. Most of the tunes are throwback, classic 1980s: new wave, disco, synthpop, rock. The play embraces the cheesiness of the music and twists it to humorous advantage. The cast has a lot of vocal talent, specifically senior Sadie Gleason (Clio), junior Gianna Provenzano (Siren 3) and

freshman Josh Mireles (Sonny). The choreography this year is well done and incorporates student ideas. Junior Julia Roque was a key player in spicing up the dances. “After watching the Broadway version of the songs and listening to them over and over I got a feeling for what the cast members could follow and eventually make it their own,“ Roque said. Look out for the songs, “I’m Alive,” “The Fall” and “Strange Magic,” because those feature Roque’s moves. This musical is worth seeing. Xanadu, with its humor, uniqueness, engagement, entertainment and introspection, is a good reminder of why art is valuable.

Valley Teen Ranch Prom Here We Come!

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This year’s spring musical is a melting pot with a tasty result.

As we approach the end of the school year, the students of SJM know what is quickly approaching: service hour deadlines. Because the deadline is sneaking up on many of the students, the school provides a variety of service opportunities to help. One of the service opportunities that is coming up is the Valley Teen Ranch Prom. Valley Teen Ranch is an all boys Christian organization in Madera. The boys can either live on

the ranch or visit. VTR helps teens who are in an unfit home, have made a few wrong decisions, or even are just a little troubled. These boys live a life far from normal and sometimes it’s not even their fault. The boys at Valley Teen Ranch have one opportunity a year to live a normal high school life: prom. To even be able to go to prom the boys must earn it, through good behavior and good grades throughout the year. After the boys receive permission to attend prom, they go through many steps to make sure prom will be near perfection. All the boys attending the prom take a series of etiquette classes to make sure they are on

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their best behavior. They are also fitted for tuxes. At the actual prom, there will be a lot of supervision, including our very own teachers, Clarissa Myers and Cindy Campbell. At the doors, the chaperones will take the ladies phones to make sure there is no pressure for a relationship after the prom is ended. The phones can be given back to the girls upon request at any time during the night. This is a great opportunity for the ladies at SJM to make a positive impact on people around the community! Thank you to everyone participating.


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March 17, 2017

Boys Volleyball Makes A Comeback

Rugby Breaks through for Another Year Rugby renewed for their second season. Penelope Estrabao

Chase FitZgerald StaffWriter StaffWriter Memorial’s boys volleyball program has had several losing seasons in past history. Whether this was due to subpar coaching, lack of talent or both, the boys team has a new coach that can give the team the experience and teachings that can help the boys compete and win. “Coach Kevin knows a lot about the game of volleyball and we are going to have a successful season,” senior Jacob Orlando said. The players this year are much more talented than they have been in years past and a bright future can be seen ahead for the boys. The boys are working hard in the gym and tremendous improvements are being made. They showed their talent and skill against Clovis West, a talented team, when they lost, but competed and kept the game close. “Coach has pushed us to work very hard in gym and our hard work has been showing. We are ready to start competing with other teams and we can go all the way”, senior Kenan Sagouspe said. It is looking like the losing will come to an end. This year’s team is ready to work hard and compete with any opponent. Much excitement is coming from the team this year and with new players and a new coach, a lot of positive results may arise.

Upcoming Sporting Events 3/17 Rugby- V. Buchanan@ SJM 6:30 3/18 Softball- V. Garces @SJM 11:00 3/21 Baseball- V. Sanger@ SJM 3:30 Volleyball- V. Sunnyside @SJM 6:00 3/23 Lacrosse- V. Bullard@ SJM 5:00

Rugby renewed its second season in February, travelling to San Jose to compete with the Bay Area’s team. In the week of February 5th, SJM went head to head with Bellarmine Prep. Senior, Gabriel Gavia started the match off by intercepting a pass and taking it in for the score which was followed by sophomore, Jake Negrete’s conversion to put the Panthers up 7-0. Bellarmine battled back and took a 12-7 lead, but Memorial’s junior, Jordan Diaz touched the ball in the try zone, tying the game last minute. Sophomore, Jake Negrete made the conversion and was able to lead his Panthers to a 14-12 win. Panthers won against Silicon Valley, with juniors, Jordan Diaz and Riley McCann scoring in a 14-0 win. Playing in a game against Los Gatos II, with Los Gatos scoring first but followed by two tries by seniors, Gabriel Gavia followed by one try by Vince Gonzalez. Leading to Memorial winning 21-1. The second match was played against Danville Oaks, with

Danville scoring an early try in the game, followed by two tries from Memorial Seniors, Vince Gonzalez and Roberto Gonzalez. The final score was Memorial 14 -Danville 14. In less than ideal conditions, on February 12, SJM played against Southside Irish, coming out with a 38-19 win. Junior, Dashawn Holliman and senior, Gabriel Gavin both scored two tries,

Freshman Kayden Sherrell found the try zone for the first time, and sophomore, Jake Negrete added a try and 4 conversions. What a great way to start the league season! On February 26th, Memorial went against SouthSide once again and were able to hold on for a 31-25 victory. The Panthers join Bullard and Buchanan at the top of the

Teams huddle around the ball, gearing up to fight for possession.

league standings. Memorial boys were able to pull these wins off, yet did not come out unscathed; senior Paul Perez suffered from a torn pec and a sprained breast plate ball joint, senior Kevin Wiseman with a broken collarbone, freshman Clarke Woolf with a broken nose, and junior Deshawn Holliman with a black eye.

Photo by Penelope Estrabao

Lacrosse Strikes Back Girls LAX finds itself on Memorial’s team roster for its second season. Sara garcia StaffWriter Last school year marked the introduction of Memorial’s lacrosse program. Lacrosse, a contact team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball and a lacrosse stick, was a long desired sport by Memorial students. Once the program was finally introduced to the roster of sports teams last year, it became extremely popular among Memorial’s female students.

Lacrosse has allowed students to pursue something that they have never had the opportunity to do. Compared to the other athletic programs offered at Memorial, lacrosse requires an aggressive play style. The program, run by head coach Jade Jones, requires strong mental skills and dedication to teammates and the sport itself. Although lacrosse may not seem like a popular sport, the program saw, and has continued to see, plenty of eager players looking to win

and develop their own abilities. In its first year, lacrosse saw 17 girls, ranging from all grade levels, come out to the field. This year, the program has risen up to 23 girls, many returning from last year, but mainly freshmen girls eager to participate in the sport for the first time as many of the local middle schools do not offer it. “You don't get the same team experience like you do in Lacrosse in any other sport,” said junior Ari Garcia, “the team is really close and we have fun.”

The team has already had a few matches, including a tournament at UC Davis, and has matches against McLane, Edison, Sanger, Fresno High, Bullard, Sunnyside, Hoover, and Roosevelt coming up in the month of March. The program was successful last year so the team hopes, and is motivated, to continue that same success this season. “I think we’re way better this year, we got off to a good start,” said senior Melanie Abercrombie, “so we’re going to try our hardest to continue this success.”



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DeCastro Dominates the Court

SJM Boys Tennis player Emmanuel DeCastro shares his thoughts on life as a tennis player. Elliott Nerenberg

Opinion Editor Swoosh. The green tennis ball flies over the net and across the court. Thwack. The racket, striking savagely, sends the ball back to where it had been only seconds before. Swoosh. The other racket sends the ball in the other direction once again. The process repeats, sometimes for minutes at a time. The adrenaline kicks in. The audience watches closely, waiting for that one fatal mistake. Swoosh! ... plop. After much back and forth, one small misstep can cause the player to miss the

ball, and the point is lost. A game of tennis, while possibly intense, can also be quite fun. This is common for a tennis player, and Emmanuel DeCastro, sophomore, experiences it every day. “I was inspired to join the team by my dad, who also played tennis in high school,” DeCastro said. DeCastro, who has been on the team since his freshman year, practices his sport every week day with his teammates after school at the Sierra Racquet Club. His coach is Santino Reynolds, who is also a teacher at SJM and coaches the Girls basketball team. “The season so far has been going great,” DeCastro

said, “We are all really enjoying ourselves.” According to DeCastro, tennis is similar to other sports, but requires a certain set of skills, such as always having a firm grip and being able to predict where the ball will land. However, there’s something more to playing tennis that makes one a great player. “What makes someone a good tennis player is the willingness to learn,” DeCastro said, “Also, know your mistakes and how to correct them.” Make sure to come out and support the Boys Tennis Team for their next match! The boys tennis team strikes an enthusiastic pose.

Photo by Elliott Nerenberg

Swimmers Dive into their Season The swim team sets their expectations high as the season commences. Sadie Gleason Designer SJM aquatics have had a fresh start this school year with two new coaches, who have big dreams for the swim team. Tom and Gary Gleason both played water polo and swim in high school, and Gary Gleason went on to coach water polo for several years at Bullard High School. This year they have taken on coaching both of the aquatic sports offered at San Joaquin Memorial. All of the swim coaches are excited about this new season. “We’re looking strong

with some senior leadership from Shane Jacoby, Aaron O’Day, Matt Smith, Francesca Favagrossa, and Molly Campbell,” coach Tom Gleason said. Nevertheless, he hopes more seniors will come out to play and support the program. “Swim is a sport that takes everyone from No. 1 to No. 12 to swim their best and we expect a great team effort,” Tom Gleason said. One of the coaches’ goals this season is to finish in the top three out of the six schools in the CMAC. Tom Gleason jokes that his personal goal is “to not have anyone drown this season.”

The athletes are expecting to get a lot out of the season, too. Senior Shane Jacoby said that his “goal is to place high in breaststroke, butterfly, and IM.” He is also trying to qualify for state in breaststroke. The general consensus among the team is that they want to improve themselves, work hard and grow together to achieve their goals. “Swimming isn’t just about getting first, it’s about improving yourself as much as you can to whatever that may be,” Jacoby said.

Junior Celeste Madrigal swims butterfly.

Photo by Francesca Favagrossa

New Season, New Baseball Team and Coach SJM baseball team gears up for the new season with a new team. Mia Gambero News Editor As they enter into their last spring season, the seniors of the SJM baseball team have a lot of experience to hand down to their younger teammates. But this year especially, they are preparing to leave a bigger mark with the increasing number of underclassmen on the team. Though having a lot of underclassmen on a varsity team is not new, this year's group of guys has more than Memorial baseball teams

in the past. Having many underclassmen pulled up to varsity can be beneficial for future seasons as the team grows and matures together, but for this season, it's up to the upperclassmen to teach them how to play as a team. “It's fun having them on the team. Hopefully their heads won't get too big,” junior, Tony Fagundes said. The season so far has been tough with a record of 1-5, with their huge win against Clovis West, a major Division 1 championship contender, on February 28. But the Panthers still have plenty of games left in their

long season to mature as a team. The new SJM baseball coach, J.D. Salles, said, “The season has been rough so far, but I'm sure the team will pull it together as the season goes on.” This new team also has a list of pitchers that are eager and ready to help out the team, many of which are underclassmen. Although the roster of the team is not finalized and players are being switched between varsity and junior varsity, the team is in the works to be very successful this season.

March 2017  

The Red and Blue |San Joaquin Memorial HS Archived Publication: March 2017

March 2017  

The Red and Blue |San Joaquin Memorial HS Archived Publication: March 2017