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Check out Mr. Garcia on page 2.

Check out G’s Creamery on page 3.

Check out Dashawn Holliman on page 7.

There’s no place like Homecoming Kendall Mckinney

Staff Writer Games and skits and football--oh my! The annual homecoming rally took place on Friday, October 7. The event was full of excitement and school spirit was at an all-time high. Each class participated in rally games such as corn husking, scarecrow dress-up, and Wizard of Oz trivia! “We worked really hard to make our section look great. Our section is hard to do because we have so much extra space, so we have to make more posters and props,” junior Gabby Hill said. The class tackled the open space by creating a witch’s castle made of PVC pipe and cardboard. Tensions were high during the rally, due to each class’s desire to win. All students were on their feet during the

games supporting their peers. The games were not dominated by one single class, and the victories were relatively spread out. A discrepancy between the juniors and sophomores was brought about due to both classes using the

same song in their skits. At the end of it all, the Juniors won, leaving the rest of the classes in their yellow brick dust. However, later on at the homecoming football game, rivalry turned to unity as the panthers brought home

a win! The student section was alive and loud the entire time. Led by ASB members Jack Lion and Ryan Murray, the panthers were never bored, chanting for the team throughout the game.

The 2016 homecoming court poses for a photo.

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International integration Elliott Nerenberg

Opinion Editor Imagine being stranded in a world where you cannot understand anyone, and no one can understand you. Everything is completely foreign, and your friends and family are thousands of miles away. Not only that, but you have no choice but to face this world and all its challenges on your own. This is what it’s like to be a international student, and SJM is home to quite a few. “It was kind of hard to adjust at first,” Jordan

Soetikno, sophomore, said. “I was homesick.” Soetikno, who is from the island of Jakarta in Indonesia, decided to study in the United States when his cousin was offered a job here. He said that he values the education he’s receiving in the U.S., and learning is one of the most important aspects of traveling abroad. Even though he said that he will always be grateful for what he’s been able to learn in the U.S., he will never forget about Indonesia. “One will always return to their country

because it’s their home, and once you’re away, it’s all about knowledge,” Soetikno said. “Your home country is your home country, but it’s good to go learn and visit other places.” Soetikno is not the only international student at SJM who values a solid education. Amber Hou, senior, has come to SJM to improve her reading, writing, language and communication skills. She, like Soetikno, said that she appreciates the education that she has received at SJM. “We have very driven

students at Memorial,” Hou said. “I like to see that I can get into very good colleges and the other people here can too.” Hou, who is from the city of Shenzhen, China, said that she was inspired to study in the U.S. four years ago when she was touring colleges. She said she didn’t know exactly what she wants to do for a profession. “I’ll stay [in the U.S.] for a couple of years and see what happens. If I lose my job, I’ll go back to China,” she said jokingly.

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Spirits of San Joaquin Melanie Abercrombie Staff Writer

1:30 AM. It’s quiet. No one remains. Eerie red light is the only thing that folds away the heavy shadow and bounces in a slick scarlet sheen of the wood floor. Suddenly, a sound echoes through the darkness. “I started hearing a noise, like somebody bouncing a basketball inside the gym,” Ryan Padilla, head of campus security, recounts. After a recent string of break-ins, Padilla assumed this was just one more. He walked to the entrance by the boys’ locker room to surprise the intruder, burst

through the door, called out. No one was there, so he returned to his work. Almost immediately after he reentered the room, he heard the noise again. This time, Padilla resolved to catch the trespasser from the security room’s entrance into the gym. “As soon as I put my hand on the doorknob,” Padilla said, “I heard the bouncing coming towards me... I flung the door open again. Nothing.” Fearfully, Padilla closed the door, and the noise moved to sound like someone throwing a basketball directly against the wall. Padilla cracked the door for the last time and peeked

outside. Nothing. As soon as Padilla closed the door, it sounded like someone threw the basketball across the gym. “I turned the lights off, I locked the door and I went home,” Padilla related. “They say if you’re at the school long enough, you’ll hear or see something. So I guess that was my initiation. . .” Several people give accounts of nuns looing out the kitchen window in Holy Cross Hall. “Security would see people out the kitchen window, smell bacon cooking... but the stove isn’t hooked up,” Natalie Clark, the book store

manager, said. Business manager Kathy Ramirez had not been around the conversation with Clark, but her remarks also lined up. “The security had seen someone cooking in the kitchen, but that’s hearsay,” Ramirez noted. Students also have seen supernatural sights themselves. “I swear, in Holy Cross Hall... you know the windows, behind the garden? ...I’ve seen nuns in those windows!” sophomore Anna Velez said. Velez was out by Floradora after a football game when she saw the nun. “I thought it was waving at me... I came back and it was

Welcome Mr. Garcia Sara Garcia Staff Writer The 2016-2017 school year brought plenty of new changes to Memorial: new students, stronger dress code enforcement, new classrooms, and new teachers, one of which is Albert Garcia. Garcia is Memorial’s newest geometry and AP computer science teacher, a class of which was just added to the

Mr. Garcia attempts instruct the class.

school’s curriculum last year. The computer science program is something that Garcia wants to strengthen. “I really want to strengthen the engineering and computer science program, not only because it’ll lead to a great career, but it’ll also help the students become prepared and potential leaders for Fresno,” Garcia said, Although he’s new to

Courtesy of Sara Garcia

Memorial, Garcia is certainly not a foreigner to the Central Valley. He’s also taught in Madera and Visalia, but Memorial, and it’s surrounding neighborhood, hold a special place in his heart. “I grew up a few blocks from here,” Garcia said, “ The area happened to be one of the deciding factors for Garcia in deciding to teach at SJM, but his faith was another. “I really want to deepen my faith since I grew up Catholic, so it was an easy decision.” Garcia said. Garcia’s first impression of the students was favorable. “They’re bright, intelligent, and they have the right tools to perform well,” Garcia said. “They also have good listening and studying skills- which is very noticeable.”

still there... I went to go get somebody, and they didn’t see the nun.” Velez had not heard about the staff’s remarks before sharing her story. From roaming Confederate soldiers, to a poltergeist backstage, to the spirits of the Christian brothers leaving their lingering scents of cologne, cigars and cigarettes, San Joaquin Memorial has accumulated many tales of spirits. Apparently, the school remains a favorite haunt for those who frequented its halls in bygone days.

Staff Box: Editor-in-Chief of Design: Francesco Giordano Primavera Editor-in-Chief of Content: Victoria Vidales News Editor: Mia Gambero Opinion Editor: Edward Medina Elliott Nerenberg Out of Uniform Editor: Brandon Kendall Sports Editor: Max Coyle Web Masters: Rachel Giardullo Kerri Weisert Designers: Patrick Lewis Tony Fagundes Sadie Gleason Staff Writers: Penny Estrabao Francesca Favagrossa Chase Fitzgerald Sara Garcia Conner Markarian Kendall McKinney Alexandra Tomaino Photo/Art Editor: Francesco Giordano Primavera Artist: Melanie Abercrombie

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Terrorism grips the world Patrick Lewis Designer Radical Islamic Terror has taken a grip on our world and we have a president who refuses to do anything about it and even call them by their real name. Our own president has called ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, “the JV team” and later that year, they killed at least 130 people on November

13th 2015. ISIS has then continued to attack countries throughout Europe and even have some lone wolf attacks in America. ISIS would not be a threat if the United States military had not overthrown the governments in the Middle East, then occupy the region, and leave without establishing a stable government. A power vacuum was created

and ISIS saw an opportunity to take control of an entire region of the world. When the US military left, they left millions of dollars of military equipment which ISIS has taken for their conquest of the region. ISIS is unlike any other terrorist organization threat the US and her allies have ever seen. They are organized and can somewhat coordinate

their attacks against Israel, Christians, and anyone else in their way. ISIS is the largest threat to our national security since the Al Qaeda of the 1990s, the one that launched the attack in New York on September 11th in 2001. To defeat them we don’t need a president who works one side of the isle and does it all for himself and ignores the threats. We need a president who can work

with both parties and work with their generals to establish a plan, not tell the public, and execute it. ISIS needs to be dealt with the only way that can effectively cripple them. The full might of the US military needs to be reinstated into the region and we need a president who will not back down and stand up for this country and all democracy around the world.

Goodbye democracy; hello idiocracy Sasha tomaino Staff Writer A blonde alien robot. The human equivalent of a corn dog. If this isn’t what comes to mind about the 2016 election, then you, my friend, have not been following it. Both candidates have demonstrated extreme moral and intellectual incompetence on multiple occasions, and it is the common voter’s job to discern which discrepancy should lead the country. To start with Trump, the man has had his fair share of losses

financially and intellectually. At the same time, he seems to be winning in almost every category that does not concern women, minorities, non-white races, and sensible Americans. His campaign full of nativist rhetoric and nationalistic policies has attracted 45% of white, male voters, a truly diverse demographic. What Trump managed to garner numerically with his share in the polls, he lost financially in his leaked tax returns. The sheer lack of transparency on

Trump’s behalf sullied his campaign to voters who wanted an honest candidate, but failed to dissuade those who have their minds set on voting for him. However, Trump’s misogynistic and nativist attitude has alienated women and minority voters. A simple Google search of “Trump attacks…” brings up a multitude of names, like Alicia Machado, Megyn Kelly, and a new meaning to the GOP acronym. Stuck between a rock with a comb-over and a hard place, many voters have

found solace in Hillary Clinton. However, due to her email scandal, multiple health conspiracies, and Bill’s iconic misbehavior, it is no wonder the average voter is shaken. Since the September debate, Clinton has been leading in the polls, and many expect her to win the race due to her sheer experience and political know-how. This has inspired young voters to back her even more, as the election draws near. In this election, it really is a numbers game. With Hillary

leading in the polls by a 11% margin, Trump has to do major damage control and focus on policy in the following month; voters everywhere must take a step back and truly analyze what policies and mannerisms are most fitting for the future president of the United States. However, as the failed presidential candidate Ted Cruz once said, “Vote your conscience.” And that, indeed, is what America will do come Election Day.

compromised with the old ones. For example, the new handbook restricts any shorts or pants that are not Dennis Uniform or Dickies. In the past students have been allowed to wear shorts or pants that were another brand as long as they complied with the navy or khaki color SJM requires. As the fall season begins, pants for some students are a must. Upperclassmen, specifically seniors, have already purchased

personal pants from their three or four years of previously attending SJM. Purchasing a new pair of approved pants may not seem a large financial hurdle for some, but these students will not get as much use out of them as an underclassmen would. Another new development established is the restriction of any jeans that are not bootcut. Admirably, administration is trying

to express modesty and taste in students. However, bootcut jeans are no longer modern and ones that are available have a rugged and sloppy look. The bootcut jeans may be argued to ‘bring back’ modesty to students but at the expense of a sloppy and unprofessional portrait. SJM was named in the memory of native WWII veterans. These individuals selflessly sacrificed their lives in the defense of our

nation. By wearing a uniform we honor these soldiers and our proud to do so. We do not wish to disrespect the faculty and staff. Instead we want our voices to be heard, we want our opinions to matter. Few may like change, but it can be good, as long as we, students, faculty, and staff, work together and compromise our decisions for the benefit of all.

Staff Editorial: thoughts on new uniform guidelines It is no secret that student dress code rules have dramatically intensified this year. The new handbook has restricted non-Dennis or Dickies uniform shorts or pants and any jeans that are not bootcut. As students we understand that dress codes are a vital part of the Memorial community, with a purpose to preserve tradition and educate self discipline. However, we believe that when new rules are enforced they should be



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PHD: post homecoming depression Kerri weisert Web Master Once a year in the land of SJM, we endure a week of chaos, laughter, and competition. It’s name is called homecoming week. Homecoming has been a tradition at Memorial for more than 30 years, and it’s still going. This tradition is meant for the student body to

come together as a community and to find their school spirit by having dress up days, games at lunch, rallies, and dances. This year’s homecoming theme was ‘There’s No Place Like Homecoming.’ The week began with dress up days from your best rainbow themed clothes, to wearing your wackiest apparel, to twinning with your

friend, to being an animal for the day, and finally, to wearing the homecoming shirt. Every year it takes Mrs. Hodges, ASB, and leadership to plan this entire event. In fact, it takes more than a month in order to  think of the theme, ideas for decorations, what the dress up days are, and however else to get the students involved. This year something

special that ASB and leadership planned was to decorate the school according to the Wizard of Oz movie. They decorated with real hay and corn, and even created a face cutout for students to take pictures. A goal of ASB President, Mike McConnon was “the SJM students are surprised and don’t feel like it is the same event they

have seen in the past.” He wanted to make sure a “wow factor” was put into all of their work so the students can look back and remember. To finally wrap up homecoming, a dance in the cafeteria was held after the football game to keep the high energy up and for the students to enjoy each other’s company after a big win.

never realize how good they could be until you actually take a bite from them. They make the donuts in-house, which are glazed, and they are served with an ice cream scoop in the middle. In one word--delicious; this creamery is worth the trip! The ice cream served here is made locally, organically and

naturally. The ice cream is so fluffy and every flavor has a very distinctive taste. I tried every flavor and one thing is for sure: you can choose any single or combination of scoops and you will not be disappointed. They have a wide variety of flavors to choose from: classic flavors

like Mint Chip, Butter Pecan and Cookie Dough, plus more exciting flavors like Peanut Butter and Jelly and Indian Cardamom Chai. My favorites include Sweet Honey, Creamy Coconut, Indian Cardamon Chai, and Butter Pecan. Not only is the ice cream lip-smacking, but the ambience of

the parlor is fantastic and is the icing on top. I had gone at an odd time to write this story, and even then, the place was buzzing with people and positive energy. The service was great, the decor was cute, and overall I would definitely come back again and again to try other interesting combinations of flavors!

G’s creamery whips into action Penny estrabao Staff Writer G’s Creamery is probably my favorite ice cream spot in town. The place is staffed by friendly and welcoming workers, is always clean and their flavors are delicious. Their donuts served with ice cream are so delicious that you just

Major motion picture crashes into the box office Chase Fitzgerald he decides to crash his plane full of passengers Staff Writer On January 15, 2009, a man crash landed an A320 Airbus into the Hudson River. In case this is not a familiar story, the man who saved the lives of 155 people is named Chesley Sullenberger. The major motion picture Sully is based on the true story of Sullenberger’s plane crash in the Hudson River Sully is a biography about the pickle that Sullenberger got into as

into the Hudson River. Sully has a few strengths, but the biggest strength is the casting of Tom Hanks as the main character Sully. The resemblance is accurate and Hanks has already proven himself as a great actor in other movies such as Forest Gump and Saving Private Ryan. Hanks does a great job bringing the emotion of Sullenberger to life after the crash. The flaws in the movie consist of how it

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is structured. Sully can be described as very anti-climactic due to either the director or the fact that this story is already well known around the country. The fact that the crash of the plane is presented to the audience through flashback sequences seems to take away from what the audience really wants to see, which is the climactic plane crash. The film puts a lot of emphasis on the trial which takes attention away from the climactic plane crash. Overall the movie is very dramatic and well cast. The structure could have been done better, but no film is perfect. Sully deserves a 7/10 because the movie has very positive sides to it, such as casting, but it could have been structured differently.

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Visual & Performing Arts Turns out you should take it with you




Opening night of the fall play was a hit! Mia Gambero News Editor Opening night of the play. Tensions are high and the actors are nervous. The curtain opens and the play begins. At first I noticed the usual aspects of a high school production: awkward stage movements and slurred words because people want to say their lines as fast as possible so they don’t forget them. But as the play went on, I noticed a sigh of relief from the actors and everything became natural. The acting, I thought, was very smooth, almost as if I was watching a family going about their day. Every character was unique. Penny Sycamore, played by Sarah

Gonzalez, is an excited mother that really just wanted to try everything. Martin Vanderhof, also known as Grandpa, played by international student Charles Cui, is a wise old man that does not “trust” the government with money. And Alice Sycamore, played by Julia Roque, a daughter who will not accept a proposal from Tony Kirby, played by Liam Cornell, because their families are so different. I was also pleasantly surprised at how inventive and startling the comedy was. From witty quips as characters passed each other to flat out making jokes about sex, I was pleasantly surprised and proud of the whole Panther Playhouse department for

this exciting show. The actors are not the only parts that made this opening night great. Before the performance there was a spectacular art show and live music from the SJM band. During the play, there were also the unsung heroes: the stage crew, led by senior Jordan DiViccaro, and the new theater production class who constructed the detailed backdrop of the Sycamore’s living room. From my experience with the visual and performing arts for the past 4 years, I can honestly say that the departments are growing in a positive direction!

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Hall of Famers inducted


Memorial welcomes back athletes from the past Penny estrabao

Staff Writer On September 30, Memorial held an assembly and a breakfast for Hall of Famers. Many of the alumni said they loved to see what Memorial is like now. “My best memory at Memorial is Memorial’s family--the family of students, faculty. Coming back during the years and coming back now and still seeing it, you can see how we’re all united in

their behavior and their expressions,” Cindy Winstead said. Many alumni have been drawn in by the familiar feeling and some have come back to work for Memorial in their later years. “I was looking for a job and they had an opening. I was already coaching so I fell into a great situation; I couldn’t have asked for a better place to begin a career,” James Patrick said. The 1953 Football team was honored and

inducted into the Hall of Fame, not only for their great effort, but also for their great sportsmanship. They were undefeated and went on to win the Valley Championship together as a team. “You’re older and you see everything from different perspectives, so it feels so good to be back and see how everything is different from when I went here. Yet it is the same in the sense that SJM is always in your heart,” Daniel C. Grady said.

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Memorial takes on the fair Francesca Favagrossa

Staff Writer Memorial 2/3D art 3P students entered into the Fresno Bee’s “News You Can Use” art contest which is amped specifically for the fair from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6. It consisted of making art using predominately newspaper. The students had to make a piece that was, at the most, three feet by three feet. Working with newspaper was an unusual medium for most of the students. “It was hard at first to make the basic form for my piece but once I got going it got easier and easier,” senior contestant Bailey Heskett said. The top 30 pieces were sent and displayed at the Big Fresno Fair. “It was so cool to see my

piece displayed at the fair, whether I placed in the top three or not,” 2nd place winner and senior Logan Billingsley said. “Seeing my art at the fair made me really happy and proud because it was displayed for all to see and everyone could see the hard work I put into it,” senior Katie Rhoades said. All nine art pieces made by the SJM students were displayed in the exhibit. The artists who made it to the fair were Bailey Heskett, Katie Rhoades, Logan Billingsley, Francesca Favagrossa, Dashawn Holliman, Logan Feeney, Alexa Caglia, Brennen Vosberg, and Kaitlin Beaston. Many of the students and their families attended the fair to view the art and capitalized on the fair experience.

Second place winner, Logan Billingsley, showed his art at the Fresno Fair. He won a cash total of $100 for his winning piece. Billingsley named his piece “News You Chews to Use.” Courtesy of Francesco Favagrossa

“It was a special highlight to the normal Fresno Fair, to see our hard work displayed and appreciated by average fair visitors” Heskett said. While only one Memorial student was

Paranormal activity or paranormal whacktivity? Paranormal activity is something that is controversial for many. Conner Markarian

Staff Writer With Halloween just around the corner, the tone is set for tales of the ghouls and ghosts that some may believe to be real, and others may believe to be just stories. The fact of the matter is that many people believe that ghosts are real and some are even lucky enough to have “encounters” in which they experience a ghost or some kind of being. However, many still remain skeptical of these accounts, commenting that there is little or no proof of the existence of such beings. When asked about her beliefs, senior Molly

Oakes said, “Do I believe in an afterlife? Eh. Do I believe in ghosts? Absolutely.” Oakes is a strong believer in the spiritually abnormal. She strongly supports the idea that there are paranormal beings that roam the earth. Though she has not had any personal experience with the paranormal, she still holds firm in her beliefs. “My belief stems from years of watching Ghost Adventures,” said Oakes. Though it may just be a television show, it is famed for traveling to the most haunted places on earth and investigating the paranormal, and their results vary from sight to sight. They have yet to be disproven, and are

a source of entertainment and education for many of whom choose to watch. Others, like sophomore Morgan Diviccaro, think that ghosts are just made up beings used solely for entertainment. “All the ghost stories that I have heard just seem like a hoax,” said Diviccaro. She has yet to find evidence of her own to support the claims of the paranormal, and that is completely understandable. Some people need hard proof in order to fully commit to an idea, and for Diviccaro, “They are something that most people hear in folk tales and superstition.”

in the winning top three, they all considered it an honor to have been selected by the Fresno Bee to be displayed at the Fair. Although the fair comes every year, this

year was special for Memorial students and families alike. “It was a truly unique experience that I’m glad I got the chance to partake in,” Billingsley said.


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me, an intellectual

The me, an intellectual meme satirizes the use of pedantic diction by replacing common sayings with unfitting elevated synonyms. The meme seems to have originated from Tumblr, but now Twitter is getting on board. Or should I say, acquiring a foothold on the wooden plank? Memes collected by Sadie Gleason

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Dashawn digs deep The football team takes a chance on a diamond in the rough rachel Giardullo

Staff Writer Junior Dashawn Holliman has been playing varsity football on the defensive line ever since his freshman year at Memorial. It is his third season as a Panther and he has recently gotten the opportunity to play both sides of the field. Holliman has been playing running back and is thriving at his new position. “Now they count on me to get the first downs,” Holliman said. He feels pressured on both ends of the field but for different reasons. When Holliman is on defense he knows that for the team to have another win, he has got to be the best linebacker he can be. When he is on offense “the team’s

energy pushes me,” Holliman said. He does not feel stressed about his new positions because he relies on his team to help him execute the plays effectively.

It was Coach Hunter who watched Holliman all summer and decided to take a chance on him because of his athleticism. “When Demarcus got

Dashawn Holliman receiving a handoff from Alec Trujillo against Madera South

hurt at the beginning of the year Dashawn was able to get more reps and he definitely made the most of it, ” varsity head coach Anthony Goston said.

He believes that the time spent training Holliman was worthwhile because Holliman surprised everyone.The key to his success is his build. “To have a 240 pound guy that can run like him really puts a lot of stress on defense,” Goston said. The football team is expected to make it to a good position for playoffs. The coaches’ biggest concern is keeping everyone injury free and healthy, especially considering how much of the team was injured in preseason. “If we’re healthy, I think we can make a deep run in the playoffs,” Goston said.

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Déjà vu for girls tennis? Freshman make an impact in tennis kerri weisert

Web Master In 2012, there were two incoming freshmen who came to SJM and landed on the girls varsity tennis team their first year; five years later, that situation has now repeated itself. Highly-ranked singles player and freshman, Emerson Fung, has been playing for seven years and is beginning to adapt to the difference of competition from junior high to high school. A goal of Fung’s is “to get closer with [her] team and finish the season as a stronger player.” A natural element to coming onto the varsity tennis team as a freshman are nerves, but Fung says, “I don’t

ever really get nervous before my matches, and I have adapted to the playing style pretty quickly.” The second freshman that made varsity this year was Nellie Vived, a doubles player on the team. She first started to play tennis in fifth grade and had been used to being one of the older girls on her former tennis teams. But with being on varsity as a freshman, she has had to get used to playing older, more experienced players. Vived has hopes that the team will “win the championship” and is proud to say they beat Bullard because “they [were their] biggest competition.” The coaches of the team expect a lot out of Fung and Vived. Oliv-

ia Luchini, head junior varsity coach, was one of those freshmen who also came into high school landing on varsity. “By once being in

Emerson’s and Nellie’s situation, I know there is a lot of pressure involved in coming straight onto varsity,” Luchini said.

Varsity girl’s tennis team at their match against Clovis West High School

Their CMAC league season has now ended and they tied with Sanger for first with a record of 9-1. Awesome job girls!

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Girls volleyball setting up for success Max Coyle Sports Editor Coming from dominant past years with both play-off and valley championship runs, the varsity girls volleyball team began this new season with high hopes for another great year. The team spent a lot of time in the offseason preparing for the new year, including open gyms and morning workouts during the summer, led by head coach, Stacey Abney. “The offseason workouts were a huge ben-

efit to our stamina, our competitiveness, and also built up our overall bond as a team,” senior Victoria Scarbriel said. And the offseason workouts have proven to do so as the team’s competitive nature has been prominently shown in the team’s energy and spirit during the games. This is mostly due to seniors Dakota Fauntleroy, Haley Billingsley, Victoria Scarbriel and Taylor Allen, who were called to be leaders for the primarily younger team and use their experience to make their

Dakota FauntLeRoy, Tessa Martinez, and Haley Billingsley in serve recieve Photo by Max Coyle

team better as a group. As a three-year varsity player, team captain, and starting libero, Fauntleroy has high

hopes in continuing to lead the team to a successful postseason this year. “We are a young team, but we are also

very smart on the court and communicate well, which will get us very far in the season,” said Fauntleroy. The team has many impactful players that pose big threats for the other teams. Billingsley, senior outside hitter, believes the team has a lot of potential, especially on the offensive side of the ball. “As long as we continue to be strong and consistent with the offense, we will do really well this season,” she said.

Boys waterpolo dives into the new season Francesca Favagrossa

Staff Writer

New arrivals and change in leadership can be challenging but the boys water polo team is handling their challenges in coaching changes with pride. New coaches, Tom and Gary Gleason, are being lovingly referred to as “Tommy G” and “Gary G” by senior player Shane Jacoby. While each coach possesses his own set of talents, Gary Gleason is the more vocal leader on deck. He has

been involved in water polo since he was in high school, playing at Hoover and then in college. After his time as a player, he went on to be a coach and has almost 20 years of experience. His brother Tom, on the other hand, has been involved in a lot of different sports ranging from water polo, to baseball, to soccer. He played all three sports in high school and has moved on to coach both soccer and waterpolo. Tom has 20 years of coaching experience and is ready to bring

that expertise onto Memorial’s pool deck. “[The goal for this season is to] win the league and nothing short of that,” Gary Gleason said. He is reinforced by his players who are determined to make a 180-degree program turn around. “The coaches are knowledgeable in the game, have high expectations and have high hopes for the future of the program,” senior captain Michael McConnon says. The future of the program looks bright with coaches who are excit-

ed for what is ahead. “[The coaches] really know what they are doing,” Jacoby says. The team is taking the sudden change in coaches quite well. They have “talented players who work hard,” McConnon says. The team has a successful outlook to a successful program. The boys are currently in the middle of their league season. With hopes of competing in valley championship playoffs in the late fall, the team is preparing

for their game through “high-intensity practices, teamwork, camaraderie, and a good work ethic,” says goalie Griffin O’Brien. A lot is on the horizon for the boys water polo team. With their victories in most of their league games and continued growth, the prospect of playoffs is close. With much to look forward to, the team has embraced the new coaching staff and the new season the Memorial way--as a family.

Griffin O’Brien leaps into the air to block a shot.

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