Sports Life jr. Volume 2

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Middle School Journalists share Their Opinion On The Sports Of Today

Sports Life Jr. Edition



Writer Of The Year Remiana Tapleshay



My dream has always been to someday become an Olympian. I have been swimming competitively for about 3 years. So, getting to meet the people who have made it to the Olympics was a dream come true. My dad and I had to wake up ridiculously early to meet the Olympians. And good thing we did, because we got stuck in LA traffic. I was really nervous to meet the Olympians. I kept worrying I was underdressed. When we finally arrived the first thing I noticed was how tall some of the people were; that’s how I knew who the Olympians were. The first person I met was Rowdy Gaines. Rowdy is a three- time Olympic gold medalist, and member of the Swimming Hall of Fame. He was so easy going and such a down to earth guy! Next, I got to meet Missy Franklin. Missy is a five-time Olympic gold medalist and still holds a few world records. She is my favorite Olympian! I was so nervous! She was so kind and welcoming. I absolutely loved how she had swimmers hair, just like me! Before I got to meet anyone else, Rowdy called me over to take some pictures. In one of the pictures I got to hold the Olympic Torch! It was one of the coolest moments of my life! Then it was time to get some food and sit down and listen to some speeches. Rowdy went first and he talked about how he was rejected from many sports like baseball, football and track and field. He didn’t even start swimming until he was 17. And although he started really late, he stayed committed and pushed himself every day. This really encouraged me because compared to most girls on my team, I have had a late start too. And I have always felt that I was at a disadvantage. My favorite speech was by Missy, of course, because she’s my idol. The part that stood out to me the most was when she was talking about her experience when she swam in the Olympics. She said that before her race, her coach told her to do her best and to finish, her main goal was just to get it done. When she got done with her race she heard everyone cheering. She thought wow they are really proud of me for finishing. Then she looked up on the scoreboard and saw the letters WR next to her name. She made a world record and won a gold medal! It still gives me chills when I think about that. After all the speeches, the Olympians sat down. Missy came and sat next to ME! This was so unbelievable to me because I look up to her so much. And here she is sitting next to me talking to me about my future swimming career! She even let me wear her medals and she took a selfie with me. It was totally awesome! All in all, this was such an amazing experience that I will remember forever. Hopefully the next time you see me, I will be holding the Olympic torch when I am an Olympian myself!

Iceland’s Athletes By: Writer Of The Year, Remiana Tapleshay & Paige Levitt

Iceland's original name was Snowland. After one winter, a Norwegian Viking, Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson, sailed to “Snowland” and thought it should be called Iceland. Iceland is a country in Europe. Alcohol was illegal in Iceland till 1989. There are no McDonald's drive-throughs in Iceland. Iceland was one of the last places to be settled by humans. Iceland was settled by immigrants from Scandinavia and the British Isles in the tenth century. Due to Iceland's location, it was mostly outside for the influence of contemporary culture in Europe and America, until the late nineteenth century. 1. Vala Flosadóttir Vala Flosadóttir was born February 16, 1978, & grew up to come up an Olympic Pole Vaulter. “She saw her heyday in the late nineties, when she set five world junior records and two world indoor records. She won various competitions, the greatest performance being the bronze at the 2000 Olympics with 4.50 metres, a lifetime best.” She is the only woman from Iceland to ever win an Olympic medal. 2.. Gylfi Sigurðsson Gylfi Sigurðsson was born September 8, 1989. He is an “Icelandic professional footballer (soccer) who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Swansea City. He is a specialist on set-pieces and possesses great long-range shooting ability.” “He began his professional career with Reading in the Championship, and in 2010 was sold to Hoffenheim in Reading's biggest sale. He was voted Player of the Season for two consecutive seasons — for Reading in 2009–10 and for Hoffenheim in 2010–11.” After a season back in soccer with Swansea he joined Tottenham Hotspur. Gylfi made his senior international debut for Iceland in 2010 and has since earned over 40 caps. “He represented Iceland at their first major tournament, UEFA Euro 2016, where the Nordic country reached the quarter-final.” 3. Aníta Hinriksdóttir Aníta Hinriksdóttir was born January 13, 1996. She is an “Icelandic middle-distance track athlete who competes in the 800 meter distance. She holds the Iceland national record in the 800m of 2:00.49, and placed 4th in the women's 800m at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics.” On July 14, 2013 Aníta won the 800 meters in the 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics in Donetsk, Ukraine. On July 20, 2013 Aníta won the 800 metres at the 2013 European Junior Championships in Athletics. “These achievements make her the first person to win gold medals at both the World Youth championships in athletics and the European Junior Championships in athletics.” 4. Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir was born August 2, 1991. “She was a participated in the 4×100-medley relay competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics, but did not win a medal.” She competed for Iceland at the 2016 Summer Olympics in both the 100 m breaststroke and the 200m breaststroke. She finished 6th in the 100m breaststroke with a time of: 1:07.18. She finished 5th in her semifinal of the 200 m breaststroke with a time of; 2:24.41 and did not qualify for the finals.”She was the flag bearer for Iceland during the closing ceremony.” As you can tell these 4 have proven to be the best in their country. Their determination and passionate attitude should be copied around the world. These athletes may be different but in the end of the day everyone puts in the same amount of effort.

1) Pool Werx - Page 2 2) A Dream Of Becoming an Olympian - Page 3 3) Iceland Athletes - Page 4 4) Showcase Training Stables - Equestrians - Pages 5-12 5) Life & Death In The Arena - Pages 13-15 6) One Of Soccer’s Best - Page 17 7) Life Of An Announcer (Equestrian) - Pages 18-19 8) Is Band Or Color Guard A Sport - Page 20 9) Notorious - Page 21 10) Allyson Felix - Page 22 11) Lindsey Vonn - Page 23 12) Seconds Of Gold - Pages 24-25 13) Scout Bassett - Page 26 14) New Zealand Athletes - Page 27 15) Michael Phelps - Page 28 16) A Players Dream - Page 29 17) Fastest Women Swimmer - Pages 30-31

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Life And Death In The Arena

Julio and the Llano Estacado

The Islamic contributions to western civilization have been minimal; however, their contributions to horsemanship, mounted warfare, and the development of the forerunners of the modern breeds, were monumental and changed equine culture forever. They weren’t altruistic horsemen, their motivation was to create the perfect war horse. During the Islamic wars of conquest throughout Eurasia, Eastern Europe, the Levant, North Africa, Spain, France, and Portugal, the Muslim invaders were open to adopting the horses and horsemanship of each geographical area. There were no distinct breeds, but there were similarities among the horses of each region and the horses of the Iberian Peninsula inflamed the imagination of the Islamic horsemen. The Islamic conquest of Spain pitted two advanced horse cultures against each other, who met on many fields of battle with 10,000 or more stallions (there were no geldings, mares were used as packhorses and it was considered effeminate to ride a mare) in precision formations. However, when the Moors observed the horses of Spain and Portugal, they were anxious to cross these nimble and courageous horses with their Barb (From the Barbary Coast), and the Jennet (progenitors of all gaited horses) from North Africa. The Islamic war of conquest for the Iberian Peninsula continued for 780 years, (711 to 1491); although, there were intermittent periods of peace, when both Castilian and Moor strived to breed and perfect the ultimate horse. During the rare intermittent periods of peace in the Iberian Peninsula, the most realistic way to test the agility, speed, and courage of the war horse was in the equestrian bullfighting arena. Borne from these magnificent horses, came the horses of the conquistador, the legendary Spanish mustang, and many of the American breeds. There were periods of conflict and periods of peace, for nearly eight centuries, and horsemen are keen observers, who are always ready to improve their skills and horses. One of the traditional places to practice the art of mounted warfare, during periods of peace was in the bullfighting arena. The equestrian bullfighter performed many of our present day dressage movements at the speed of a charging bull. This was great sport among rough men who were accustomed to bloodletting and death. It also tested the riding skills of the equine matador and the agility, courage, and speed of the horses. It was a sport enjoyed by both Muslims and Castilians.

The Muslims were finally driven from the Iberian Peninsula in 1491. By the time Columbus returned from the New World with dreams of gold and new lands to conquer, there were many unemployed soldiers who gladly stepped forward to become conquistadors. Indeed, the Muslim occupation created the perfect Spanish conquistador; hardened to war and killing, they were ready to conquer a new world. Julio was born in 1570, to a fifteen-year-old Indian girl who fell in love with a twenty-year-old Mexican of Castilian heritage, Don Onate. Known as the last conquistador, Onate was in line to inherit a huge silver mining hacienda near Zacatecas. Young Julio spent his first eight years learning to ride, learning arithmetic, and learning to read. He and his mother had a carefree life, but his father had a marriage opportunity to a rich and powerful young woman. She was one of the many illegitimate children of Hernán Cortés (a prolific womanizer) and a granddaughter of Moctezuma. The marriage would provide massive wealth, opportunities, and prestige. Onate’s father advised him to marry as soon as possible. Unfortunately, his mistress and son posed a problem. He didn’t want his new wife to think he cavorted with common Indians. To avoid complications, he sold his mistress into slavery, to a friend in Cuba, under the condition that she work as a house servant and not a field hand with a short life expectancy. He arranged for his son to serve as an apprentice with one of the world’s greatest equine matadors, Paco Santee. He paid handsomely to have this opportunity for his son. Don Onate hoped, Julio would make the most of the opportunity. Don Onate took his son to Mexico City, under the pretense of Showing him the city and to see the bullfights. After watching Paco Santee, Don Onate asked Julio if he would like to be a bullfighter, and like most young boys, he answered, “Yes.” Don Onate told his son he would see if he could arrange for the schooling.

The Muslims observed the athletic and brave Spanish horses and strived to improve their cavalry horses. The Spanish saw the Zanetta tribesmen of Libya, who used lighter, more agile horses known as the Barb, from the Barbary Coast of Libya. They carried lighter weapons like the bow and the stabbing javelin. The concept a stirrup, consisting of a brass ring for the big toe was a revolutionary idea adapted from these loin cloth-wearing warriors. The idea of the European knight riding heavy draft horses and carrying heavy weapons was soon to become obsolete. There was a new, extremely lethal, warrior on the battlefield, he rode fast nimble horses and carried lighter weapons. Julio and the Llano Estacado, is a chapter from “Fifty Thousand Years,” an historical novel that portrays the struggle to survive and the hardships of epic migrations from the glacial maximums of the Ice Age, through the dawn of civilization, and into the present. The story follows a strain of Mitochondrial DNA through a family of talented and creative women; unlike most DNA, Mitochondria doesn’t recombine at conception with male and female input, it remains constant and is passed on from mother to daughter. Every man has his mother’s mitochondria, but is incapable of passing it on. Therefore, the line remains unchanged through tens of thousands of years, until there is a mutation. This story is different because women are given heroic roles and credited with sculpting the precision stone tools of the Stone Age, and for painting many of the masterpieces in the caves of Lascaux. There are many characters, some are heroic and some are renegades, and they all come together for a story that entertains the reader while teaching a few basic lessons about science and history. Fifty

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The fog and early morning chill had Julio shivering during the ride to Santee’s rancho in Cuernavaca. Hector, a bodyguard and servant for Don Onate, told young Julio, “Santee es un hombre del tierra.” (Santee is a man of the earth) That was all he would say about Santee.

LISBON - JUNE 19: M. Vacas de Carvalho horsemen bullfighter performs at a portuguese style bullfighting show in campo pequeno in Lisbon, Portugal, June 19, 2014

Julio knew Paco Santee was considered by the horsemen of Mexico to be the world’s greatest horseman and an equine matador who killed bulls so gracefully, he was known as “The Dancer.” Julio also knew Paco Santee raised fighting bulls for the arena, at his rancho near Cuernavaca. Paco Santee was a master showman and a perfectionist; he wanted precise results in the arena of Mexico City and at home, when he trained his young horses. Julio was to arrive a half-hour before daylight on the Ides of March. He was to be mounted on a wellschooled and well-made horse of good bloodlines; a horse that would become Santee’s property, when the boy progressed and moved up to a more advanced horse. Julio was to bring all his possessions on a pack mule that would become Santee’s as well.

intense stare was cold, dark, and mysterious. Santee thought: The lad has bravado and intelligence. The bulls and horses will test him, and we will soon learn if the boy’s courage is real. He cursed the poor judgment of the father for sending him on an ill-trained horse. He wanted the boy to gain confidence on a well-trained horse. This horse would be a constant struggle, just to ride, and possibly a waste of time. This is what you expect from a man who pretends to be a Castilian caballero (gentleman or horseman), the type who thinks he looks good riding a nervous, ill-mannered horse. If the boy can stay on this horse without getting hurt, there will be many horses, many bulls, and many lessons. A slight movement caused the tiny spur chains on Paco’s boots to swing, and the horse rotated his ears forward and backward in anticipation. His horse’s body tightened, and the blood vessels began to bulge on his face and neck. The horse knew Santee was about to ask, and he was poised to spring into action, but he remained perfectly still. Santee raised his rein hand and tilted the reins backward in a barely perceptible way. Without looking behind him, the horse trotted backwards for thirty feet. Santee tilted his hand slightly to the right, and the horse performed a pirouette to the right. He tilted his hand to the left, and the horse performed a pirouette to the left. He cantered a ten-meter circle to the left and a ten-meter circle to the right. Santee cantered along the fence and picked up a lance off the rail. He stuck it in the dirt, and at arm’s length, while holding onto the shaft, he cantered slowly around the lance to the left and to the right. Santee picked up the lance and held it vertically. Santee lifted the reins two times, and the horse stood poised in the classical Levade stance on its hind legs. When he lowered his lance and pointed toward Julio, the horse ran at full speed toward the boy. Santee raised his lance, and his horse slid the last twenty feet to stop directly in front of Julio’s horse.

Hector was to stop at the arena gate and let the boy ride up to Paco, alone. Santee calculated every move for maximum dramatic effect; this morning, the boy was to realize, he had a unique honor to train with Paco Santee, and for the next thirteen years, Paco would be his mother, father, and professor. If Julio had the courage, talent, work ethic, cunning, and intelligence to learn, he would live on this rancho and learn the lessons that would make him a man and a caballero. Santee saw that Julio was riding a well bred, but ill-trained horse. It was a wasted ride for the boy and the horse. Now, Paco would need to ride the horse to see if it was worth the time and effort to train. Hopefully, the boy wouldn’t get hurt before a suitable mount could be found. Santee remained aloof and stared off into the gray mist. Julio rode up to the horseman; his horse saw Santee’s stallion and stopped acting like a nervous fool. Santee looked at the horse and thought; At least the horse has enough common sense to realize he is outclassed. Santee’s powerful stallion ignored the newcomer and stood waiting for the faintest cue. Paco looked at the boy to say, “¿Mi vagamundo para donde vas?” (My vagabond, where are you going?)

Paco Santee was impressed. Julio showed no fear when Paco’s horse ran toward him, and smiled when he slid to a stop. Julio passed the first of many tests on the path to becoming a caballero and an equine matador. Julio saw five minutes of riding and realized Paco Santee made the horsemen of his past seem clumsy and stupid. Now, he knew why horsemen spoke of Santee with reverence and hushed tones.

Julio recognized the clipped nasal accent of a Castilian aristocrat. With the voice of a hero-worshiping Mestizo boy, he replied, “Mi tío, voy a ir contigo al infierno o al cielo. Tú eres mi professor.” (My uncle, I go with you to hell or heaven. You are my teacher.)

Julio’s father, Don Onate, wanted to erase all signs of his former mistress and his bastard son; in his mind, selling the mother into slavery and apprenticing his son for thirteen years was logical and humane, compared to the other options available.

Santee looked at Julio with a slight grin. His almond-colored eyes had a gold ring around the irises, possibly a Moorish influence; his

Onate and his fiancée were Criollo, of Spanish heritage, but not born in Spain. This was a stain against them in Spanish society.

Despite being rich and powerful, they were considered to be morally, physically, and intellectually inferior to native-born Spaniards. Unfortunately, the friend of Don Onate who bought Julio’s mother was killed during a card game, and his wife sold everything before returning to Spain. A bordello purchased Julio’s mother and a jealous customer killed her three months later.

for the hatred he felt for his biological father. It was Paco Santee, who kept the cold, indifferent killer of Mexican fighting bulls under control, but Julio killed so effortlessly and devoid of emotion, he worried Paco Santee. However, Julio was devoted to his mentor and would never disappoint him with antisocial or lawless behavior. Santee returned the loyalty with the love a man bestows on a son.

Don Onate distinguished himself as a military leader against the Indians of Northern Mexico, and Onate was given permission to exploit vast lands north of the Rio Grande on September 2, 1595. Onate would become the ruler of all the land he colonized in New Mexico, from the Red River to the Pacific Ocean. He was to outfit two hundred men and provide mining equipment, tools, seed, farming equipment, trade goods, medicine, and one hundred head of cattle, a thousand sheep for meat, a thousand goats, and one hundred fifty mares. Everyone was expected to pay a fifth of all wealth discovered or made on the new land to the king of Spain, referred to as the King’s Fifth. The possibilities for corruption and graft were monumental. Julio learned of his mother’s fate at the age of sixteen, in 1582. His father didn’t give him the aristocratic name Onate, so Julio adopted the name Campo Santee. He became Julio Campo Santee, a man of the earth, a man like Paco Santee. By this time, he was considered the best equine matador in Mexico, and many Spanish aficionados of the sport were saying he belonged in Madrid, but the details of his mother’s death changed Julio. Previously, he was considered to be the prototype of Paco Santee and the crowds loved him, but suddenly, he changed, and the attitudes of his horses changed, since the personality of a horse reflects the personality of its rider. Julio and his horses now enticed and weakened the bull with precision movements and a careless indifference to the thirteen hundred pounds of violent death waiting to destroy them at the first sign of a mistake. However, Julio and his horses didn’t make mistakes. The crowds continued to roar approval. Paco played to the crowd and worked them, but Julio ignored the crowd, like he ignored death. From the poorest Indian hovel to the wealthiest haciendas, Julio’s latest performance was the main topic of conversation, until his next sensational performance. No one ever complained of him being an arrogant showoff; indeed, he was an indifferent, cold blooded killer.

Santee realized at this time, Julio was the best student he had ever trained or seen. The student surpassed his instructor, and Paco retired from the arena to watch and help Julio with his horses. Julio’s skills in the bullfighting ring were already legendary—fame, fortune, and women were his for the taking, but he chose the austere life of his benefactor and stayed with Santee during his declining years. Paco was his surrogate father; the only father Julio had known. Like the colt that is kicked out of the herd, the rage seethed in Julio. The killing of bulls was only a superficial release

They lived in Santee’s log and adobe ranch house twelve more years, and Julio continued to kill the bulls from horseback with such grace and elegance, mature men were seen crying in the stands, and women of all ages threw him flowers with messages of love and lust. Paco Santee loved to watch his protégé perform the magic dance of death, but he wished Julio would become involved with the beautiful Mexican women who flocked around him. Sadly, the professor and his student always rode home alone. Paco Santee passed away in his sleep at the age of seventy-eight, when Julio was twenty-eight. Julio burned the ranch house with Paco still in his bed, and headed north with their gold, silver, cattle, horses, and pack mules in the middle of the night. The rules and laws of civilized men no longer applied to Julio. He felt profound sadness when he left the burning ranch house. He wanted to cry, but Julio had no tears; without knowing why, he tilted back his head and made the mournful cry of a wolf grieving for a lost pack mate. This cry of the wolf became the calling card of Julio Campo Santee, and from that night and into the future, when Spaniards, campesinos, vaqueros, gringos, and Indians heard this mournful cry, they locked their doors and kept a weapon next to their bed. Julio rode north into Texas. He avoided everyone and eventually found the Llano Estacado, one of the great grasslands of the world. He had a mule that could smell water from thirty miles away; so the unmarked and unending topography was not an inconvenience. He appreciated the loneliness of the Llano Estacado. The isolation and solitude fit Julio’s personality. He found the buffalo and discovered they could perform like the fighting bulls of Mexico City, except they were faster, with more endurance, and they were more unpredictable. Julio killed them in a sporting manner if they chose to fight, but if a bull ran from death, he ran it down and let the speed of his horse drive the lance behind the last rib and forward through the diaphragm and into the lung and heart area. It was like fighting the bulls without a crowd. Julio didn’t need a crowd to enjoy killing. A Chief of the Quahadi Comanche heard about the Mexican magician who killed buffalo effortlessly from horseback and wanted to meet this strange horseman. The two men became instant friends, and Julio put on a demonstration of his skills. After the demonstration, Julio was encouraged to live with the Quahadi and teach them about riding, horses, and killing buffalo from a horse.

One of the chief’s daughters was an attractive H1W2 maiden, and she brought Julio out of his self-imposed shell. The Quahadi Comanche soon became the greatest horsemen and horse warriors in the world. After Julio taught the Comanche the finer aspects of horsemanship, horse theft became a major industry, with Don Onate supplying the best horses. Julio taught the Comanche to leave the best broodmares and older stallions to make sure the Spanish continued to raise good horses for them in the future. The Quahadi Comanche increased their herd size by over ten thousand in two years. The horses coming from Canada and the US mixed with the greater numbers from Mexico to increase the herds of wild horses by hundreds of thousands on the extraordinary grasslands of the American Plains. Julio lived with the Comanche well into his seventies and died over a hundred years before the American Revolutionary War. He and the Quahadi Comanche developed their horsemanship far beyond the level of everyone else; they conducted their raids with virtual impunity. They were the epitome of the primitive horseman and lived in a horseman’s paradise, the Llano Estacado. The wild horse herds are estimated to have been over one million, and the buffalo, their main staple, numbering several times that amount. They considered the theft of cattle and horses to be a game of sport. They also engaged in slave trading and slavery, and their reputation for cruelty to captives is hard to imagine. They existed in a primitive state of freedom. Two hundred and fifty years later, their concept of freedom was to lead to the inevitable demise of the Quahadi Empire. Freedom was a vague concept to Julio, but his mother’s loss of freedom and unfortunate demise became painfully clear to him during a chase for a gray stallion with black ears. The stallion had eluded the Spanish, the Mexicans, the Indians, the Americans, the Canadians, and the Comanche, but Julio and a band of hard-riding Quahadi horsemen had been chasing the gray ghost for three days in the canyon country of New Mexico. Each time they thought he was trapped, he knew or found an escape, but he finally made a mistake and led his mares and colts onto a pieshaped mesa with steep walls over a hundred feet high. With a herd trapped like this, Julio taught the Quahadi to employ his signature technique for breaking horses, a method that allows a good horseman to train a horse in a few hours. While the riders kept the herd from escaping, several of them threw their ropes to catch a mustang around the neck. The mustang fought, and the loop tightened to became a ligature; soon the horse could no longer get enough air and eventually collapsed. The loop was loosened, and while the mustang was recovering, the Comanche was sitting on the horse’s neck, with the horse’s head pulled up to the man’s chest, and the Comanche breathing into the horse’s nostrils. When the horse stood, the Comanche was on the horse’s back; inevitably, the horse accepted the rider. Perhaps it was better to have a rider than the suffocating rope, but a wild horse could be trained to ride within minutes. It was a rough technique, and occasionally the horse died, but there has never been a comparable way to break wild horses. When the Comanche horsemen approached the gray with black ears, he was running wildly around the perimeter looking for an escape, but he had no options. The mares and juveniles were together in stark terror as the men and their horses closed in on them. When the stallion realized there was no escape, he galloped around his mares one last time to say goodbye and ran toward the

precipice at full speed. Julio heard himself say, “No, no, no,” as the stallion jumped into the void. The riders were happy to capture the colts and fillies by the gray ghost. They were laughing and joking as the breaking process began, but Julio felt sick. He turned his back on the colts and fillies being roped on the mesa. With tears in his eyes, he thought of the magnificent stallion and his unwillingness to give up his freedom. He chose death over slavery, and Julio was the one who made him make that choice. Julio thought of his mother, being sold into slavery, and realized the importance of freedom, and how quickly it can be lost. If he had not chased the stallion so relentlessly, the horse would still be alive and eluding everyone. Horses were Julio’s life, and sadly, he had just killed the finest specimen of them all. He never chased mustangs again. Julio had rejected Spain’s culture of Old World aristocracy and feudalism to embrace the primitive Quahadi horse culture; with Julio’s direction, the Quahadi were catapulted from Stone Age horsemen to become the greatest Iron Age horsemen of the world. The Quahadi Comanche measured wealth primarily in horses, but their portfolios also included gold, silver, and slaves. During and after the time of Julio Campo Santee, the Quahadi Comanche were the richest Indians in North America. Julio’s horsemanship was the culmination of thousands of years of accumulated horse culture, a culture honed to perfection during the Moors’ occupation of Spain and the age-old tradition of raising, moving, testing, and fighting the black and brindle fighting bulls from horseback. The vaquero (Mexican or Spanish cowboy) used the fourteen-foot blunt-tipped lance to move and test the cattle for the fighting spirit required in the arena. This is the reason our American cowboy, the prodigal son of the Mexican vaquero, was initially known as a cowpoke. The precise movements he used in the arena were derived from the precision required to keep 10,000 cavalry stallions in formation on the parade grounds and on the battlefield. The cavalries are gone, but every weekend people around the world try to recapture the essence of these movements in dressage competitions. They are alone in the arena, and without the rampaging bull, or thousands of stallions (The Spanish only used stallions for war), or enemy cavalry. Our riders no longer sit back with their stirrups on the horse’s shoulders, to rest a heavy weapon on a high pommel, until it is needed. Our English and Western riders sit straight up, with their legs underneath them, and ride lighter saddles that allow greater mobility. The Islamic conquest of North Africa took 300 years. The northern third of Spain was never conquered, and the lines of conquest were always changing. The Islamic architecture can still be seen in Spain, but the Islamic influence on equestrian culture spread all over the Americas and Europe.

One Of Soccer’s Best

By: Destiny Chaidez

Career Carli Anne Hollins Lloyd is one of the best woman soccer player of all time. She is a 2-time Olympic gold medalist, and the 2015-16 FIFA Player of the Year. Currently, she plays Midfielder on the U.S Women’s National Soccer Team, and on Manchester City W.F.C., where she is #10 on both. Lloyd started her journey in 2002 when she was part of the U.S Junior National Team. The team won the Nordic Cup from 2002-05. She considered quitting the sport after she was cut from the team at one point, but shortly after she met with local coach James Galanis. Galanis helped Carli forget about quitting soccer, and instead helped her improve at it. In July of 2005, she joined the U.S Senior Team, and made her first international appearance vs. Ukraine. When the summer of 2007 rolled around, Carli participated in the FIFA Women World Cup. After the World Cup, Carli played in the 2008 Olympics. She scored the lone goal over Japan in the group stage, and then kicked the game-winner into the net in overtime vs. Brazil for the gold. Loyd was also named the U.S Athlete of the Year after the games. In 2009, she played for the Chicago Red Stars, of the Women’s Professional Soccer league. Carli then decided to join the Sky Blue FC in 2010 and Atlanta Beat in 2011 where she was happily reunited with her old coach Galanis. Also, she played in her second World Cup where she lost to Japan in the finals of the game. Lloyd also scored the gold medal over Japan in the Olympics. One of Carli’s greatest achievements, was when she won the top-scoring Midfielder For The U.S National Women’s Soccer Team History. In 2013 she helped Western New York Flash of the National Women’s Soccer League reach the championship game. She also won the 2015 Olympics, and was honored the Golden Ball as the top player of the tournament. Sadly, they lost the 2016 Olympics to Sweden, and they filed a federal complaint about the wage difference between men and woman soccer players. Recently, in January 2017, Carli won the Best FIFA Women’s Player.

Personal life Carli Lloyd does not keep most of life too personal. She is 5’7 and weighs 141 pounds. She was born on July 16,1982, which makes her 35 years old today. Her parents are Steve and Pam Lloyd. She was born in Delran, New Jersey, and went to Delran High School. At her high school, she was named (2 times), the High School Player of the Year. She also won back-to-back state cups with the Medford Strikes Club team. Lloyd went to Rutgers University. She learned to play soccer at age 5, and now runs a soccer summer camp for young athletes that have the passion for the sport just like she did when she was little. She married her high school sweetheart Brian Hollins, in 2016. Carli Anne Hollins Lloyd is a great inspiration for all young athletes, and will hopefully work hard and inspire more people as she continues her journey through the soccer world.

Is Band and Color Guard a Sport? The Controversial Story By: Alexis Cordero To begin with, in my opinion, I feel band and Color Guard should be considered a sport. Band and color guard practices involve much time and stay outside a lot longer than a football and soccer teams. The time and effort put into Band and Color Guard is equal or even more than other sports as well. Also, after long and hard-working practices it can result in an injury such as, blisters, soreness, and dehydration, and may sometimes lead to even worse such as a sprained ankles. If Band And Color Guard practice for so long and could possibly result in an injury just like any other sport, why aren’t they considered one? Many people will say Band And Color Guard is “easy” just twirling flags and banging drums, right? Well, not really, even if we were, we are doing it with a weighted flag for several minutes while running around the field in step with everyone else. In sync with the music. Getting to the right position without hitting anyone else is highly difficult. (Ever been hit with a metal rod before? It doesn’t feel good.) Completing all Color Guard basics and tricks require stamina, timing, skill, and cooperation. Color Guard has many competitions just like any other sport. The only difference is that in regular sports you may kick, throw, or hit a ball to score points, but in color guard it all depends on your performance presentation. Football players have play just like we have drill, or Color Guard. Color Guard makes the crowd pumped and energetic in the middle of football games, and it actually forms shapes when watching the performance from above, it’s pretty amazing if you ask me. Although, many people argue the controversial topic, if Band And Color Guard should be considered a sport, there are some negative facts that show Band And Color Guard could possibly be considered more of an art than sport, such as, band And Color Guard not having a clear way to win. For example, in football you score touchdowns to win points, but in Band And Color Guard you only win by someone else's opinion on you. Sports should have a more defined way on winning. In conclusion, I think Band And Color Guard should be considered a sport, because it has physical exertion, requires strength, skill, and stamina to do. Even though we may not score points, we still compete just like in sports. We still sometimes practice a lot longer than any other sport. Band And Color Guard was never meant to be just twirling flags and banging drums, it’s much more.


By: Katie Segerson

Notorious At only 5’9 and 154 pounds, 28 year-old Conor McGregor managed to be the Featherweight champion for 7 years (2008-2015). That’s not the only category he conquered, he was also crowned the Welterweight champion of 2016 and the Lightweight champion from 2008-2012 and from 2016- present time. McGregor is a beast with a reach of 74 inches and shows no mercy to his opponents. He won 21 out of 24 games. UFC president Dana White does not believe that Conor McGregor is fighting Floyd Mayweather later this year. If this fight does happen it will bring the two biggest names in combat together in the Octagon. I think that Conor McGregor is one of the biggest names in MMA in a decade. On March 5, 2016 McGregor gave in round two against Nate Diaz. Nate Diaz did not come out of the ring untouched though, he had blood dripping down his face and McGregor definitely put up a hard fight in the 4 minutes and 12 seconds that the fight lasted. He did not give up though and beat Diaz in a later fight on August 20th. This man was a Featherweight and Lightweight champion at only 19 years old. With 9 years of professional training and fighting under his championship belt, I wouldn’t mess with him.

Shawn Johnson by: Karla Alba Shawn Johnson is an American gymnast. In the 2008 Summer Olympics Shawn won a gold medal on balance beam, a silver medal on the floor exercise, a silver medal in all-around, and a silver medal in team all-around in Beijing, China. After winning season 8 of Dancing with the Stars in 2009, Johnson began training for the 2012 Summer Olympics. However, the athlete's Olympic hopes came to end in June 2012, when she announced that she would be retiring from competitive gymnastics due to a complications with a years-long knee injury. She has slowly been building her skills back up. Unfortunately because of her injury there is a very low possibility of her returning to her olympic levels. She was very inspirational to many kids my age. Hopefully one day she might end up returning to the olympics or to competition.

Allyson Felix was born on November 18, 1985 in Los Angeles, CA. In the beginning of Felix’s career she was nicknamed chicken legs because of lanky physique. Felix then later went out for highschool track. She excelled greatly in the start, within a year she eventually became a five-time winner. In 2003, Track and Field News named Felix it's National Girls "High School Athlete Of The Year." Soon after, as a high school senior, she finished second in the 200 at the U.S. Indoor Track & Field Championships. That same year, she made history in Mexico City, finishing the 200-meter race in 22.11 seconds, a new world record in the under-20 category. In 2003, Felix decided to forgo college eligibility and instead sign a professional contract with Adidas, who picked up her college tuition at the University of Southern California. At 18 years old Felix competed in her first Olympics in 2004. At the 2012 Olympics in London Felix won her first individual gold medal. With her first-place victories in 2012, Felix became the first American woman to win three gold medals at an Olympics since Florence Griffith-Joyner at the 1988 Olympics. Felix made history again at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, earning a silver medal in the 400-meter race, making her the most decorated woman in U.S. track and field history with a total of seven medal wins. After the race she stated “I gave it everything I had, It's deeply disappointing. I'm a competitor. "She added: “When I look back, I know I will be proud of this medal with everything that came along with it.” Felix put the disappointment behind her and finished on top winning two gold medals.

Felix is an inspiration she has shown us this by first being called “ chicken legs” and now being one of the greatest athletes ever. She should be followed all around the world for strength, courage, and ambition. She is truly someone to be remembered for generations to come.

By: Paige Levitt

Lindsey Vonn’s Return And It’s Accident Free By: Paige Levitt

Lindsey Vonn was born on October 18, 1984 in St. Paul Minnesota. Lindsey Vonn was raised with four siblings. Vonn began her ascent to sports stardom as a toddler, when her father, former competitive skier Alan Kildow, first put her on skis. He would later serve as her first coach. Vonn trained locally with coach Erich Sailer before moving to Vail, Colorado, in the late 1990s. In 1999, the 14-yearold Vonn made history when she won the slalom at Trofeo Topolino in Italy, becoming the first American woman to attain this honor. Over the next few years, she excelled as a junior competitor, and was selected for the U.S. Ski team for 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. The following year, she won a silver medal at the Junior World Championship. Vonn won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010, Winter Olympics, the first ever in the event for an American woman. She has also won a record eight World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline (2008–2013, 2015, 2016), five titles in super-G (2009–2012, 2015), and three consecutive titles in the combined (2010–2012). In 2016, she won her 20th World Cup crystal globe title – an all-time record among. She announced that she wouldn't compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics due to her injury. Vonn remains one of the top competitive skiers in the world. Vonn made an impressive comeback the following year, winning two silver medals at the 2007 World Championships in Sweden, in the downhill and the Super G. Vonn then began her winning streak at the World Cup in 2008, with a downhill championship victory—marking her domination of the sport. In 2009, she took the gold in the downhill and Super G competitions at the World Championships and won both the downhill and Super G events at the World Cup. In 2010 Vonn won two medals at the Olympic games in Vancouver.

Lindsey Vonn is truly an amazing alpine skier. She has just recovered from an injury and is making

an amazing comeback. Vonn is an amazing inspiration for young girls. She continues to prove she is an amazing Alpine skier to the world.

Seconds Of Gold By: Lauren Trippeer

Tony Kanaan during a quick pit stop. Photo by Gary Trippeer Cars whipping around an oval track at 230 miles an hour, pit stops where one tenth of a second is like gold. The greatest spectacle in racing. This is none other than the Indy 500. The Indianapolis 500 experience brings excitement and fascination to race fans. The excitement begins when the announcer says “Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines” and when the flag bearer waves the green flag. ‘Start your engines’ excites the whole crowd. An energy vibrates through the crowd as the owner of the track walks to the MIC. The cars are lined up on the track ready to start the race. With a roar of the crowd, the engines leap to life. The crowd is connected, anticipating the start of the race. The cars are loud but the people are louder, cheering their final “good lucks” to the drivers they are rooting for. Excitement also climbs when the green flag is waved. If you think that starting the engines causes excitement, then you have no idea how exciting the wave of the green flag is. The cars take a warm-up lap around the track, following a pace car. Then the pace car leaves, and the excitement climbs. The cars near the start/finish line, and the excitement boils. The cars pass the line and the green flag flies! The roar of the crowd is loud and the sound of the engines is deafening. The race has officially started!

Excited fans ready for the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500. Photo by Gary Trippeer

The Indy 500 fascinates spectators because of how fast and how far the cars go. Cars traveling at upwards of 220 miles per hour interest race fans because a vehicle traveling that fast, with a person inside, is amazing. Fans wonder how the cars are made in order to allow them to travel as fast as they do. How the engines are built also engages the fans. Race fanatics also find the length of the race very interesting. Racers must stay in their car for the duration of the 500 mile race. Race fans are fascinated by the endurance the racers go through. “What kind of training must the drivers endure to be able to drive that long? Do they get thirsty? Aren’t they sick of driving? These are all questions fans ask themselves. In fact, racers do train. Indy drivers often train by improving their cardiovascular fitness.

Tw o c a r s r a c i n g f o r t h o s e p r e c i o u s s e c o n d s ; P h o t o b y G a r y Trippeer

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Fast as lightning, cars race around the track. The greatest spectacle in racing fascinates and excites all of its fans. With the amount of happiness the Indy 500 gives fans, there is no doubt that it will continue for another hundred years.

Author Lauren Trippeer and Gary Trippeer, (Father)

pose for a selfie in front of a car getting ready for its next race! Photo by Gary Trippeer

Bio: Lauren Trippeer loves to sing, act, and perform at her current home in Palm Desert, California. She enjoys dancing around the house, creating Lauren Reporting Live videos for her website,, and walking her neighbor's golden retriever, Daisy. Lauren is thirteen and is in 7th grade at Palm Desert Charter Middle School. This is my first published piece and hope that like it.

Scout Bassett

Scout Bassett is a paralympic racer that was born in China. She lost her right leg in a fire, but an artificial leg took its place. Ever since that day, she has faced many challenges. It all started when she was around the age of twelve years old. She started off trying out for soccer, softball, and basketball, but her coaches rejected her as of her disability. She built up more strength every time she has been rejected and dishonored in the past. Scout Bassett was motivated to become an athlete because she wanted to prove that she is capable of achieving, instead of being looked at as someone that can’t be athletic in life because of her prosthetic leg. In the year of 2001, Scout received her first prosthetic leg, and ran in the 100-and 200-meter dash for disabled athletes. Unfortunately, she came in dead last, but fortunately she learned from that, worked harder, and was a great experience for her. Now, she is currently 27 years old still trying and what she said to the world was inspiring for many people. “ Whatever you face in life, you have to push through ,” -Bassett said. Scout has been training for many more events and will even race in the 100-meter race in the 2020 Olympics. She has shown perseverance throughout the years of training because whenever she gets turned down, she tries more and more each day when she trained for what she works hard for. She is now learning from her past and when she was turned down, that one time she now knows now that she needs to try harder and over time, she did. This is how she did what she did and still does to this day. She trains almost 7 hours each and everyday. First, she runs her laps, then she goes to the gym and does her leg, ab, and arm workouts. Then, she would soak in a bath to calm her sore bones from all the hard work she puts into her daily schedule. If you don’t know what it feels like to be picked on and experiencing this tragic scene of losing one of your legs in a fire as a (very) young child then you can’t judge her by what she looks like. In fact, she looks like (and is) a very hard worker and a leader that is fearless. She has accomplished so much for the past few years, training for the 2020 Olympics that she hopes to race in. I hope to see her in the 2020 Olympics and let’s vote for her to win something, but if she doesn’t then she will know that we know how hard she tried to even make it to the Olympics. In my opinion, Scout Bassett is the most idolized Paralympic racer in the world, and this is because she shows leadership, kindness, and strength. She works hard to work for what she deserves, such as when speaking to her she stated that she is working so hard every single day to compete in the 2020 Olympics .

By: Kyla and Reyna Manning

New Zealand's Athletes By: Remiana Tapleshay & Paige Levitt New Zealand's Capital is Wellington. There population is 4 Million. New Zealand is located to the south western of the Pacific Ocean. A Dutch Explorer named Abel Tasman spotted what is now New Zealand in 1642. In 1645 another explorer named Nova Zeelandia saw the land we now call, New Zealand. And later named the land New Zealand. New Zealand is home to the smallest dolphin species. New Zealand's capital is the southernmost capital in the world. There are no land snakes. But there are some amazing athletes. 1. Peter Snell Peter Snell is an Olympic athlete. He runs for team New Zealand, and has won three Olympic gold medals. He is the only male middle-distance-runner since 1920 to win the 800 and 1500 metres at the same Olympics, in 1964. He was born December 7, 1938l, In Opunake, Taranaki. “Snell had one of the shortest careers of world-famous international sportsmen, yet achieved so much that he was voted New Zealand’s Sports Champion of the (20th) Century". Snell became super famous when he won a gold medal, and set a national record for the 800m in the Rome Olympics in 1960. 2. Yvette Williams Yvette Williams is an Olympian. She is the first woman to win a gold medal for her country, New Zealand. She also held the record for women's longest long-jump. She was born April 25, 1929. “As a schoolgirl, Williams showed little of her future athletics ability. However, she joined the Otago Athletic Club in early 1947, mainly for social reasons. Two months later, she came to national attention when she won the shot put at the New Zealand athletics championships.[7 She would go on to win 21 national titles in all, across five disciplines, namely: shot put (1947–54), javelin (1950), discus (1951–54), long jump (1948–54) and the 80 m hurdles (1954).” 3. Valerie Adams Valerie Adams was born October 6, 1984, she is a Olympic shot putter and a 4 time world champion. “She currently holds the New Zealand, Oceania, Commonwealth and equal World Championship records with a personal best throw of 21.24 metres.” She won a silver medal in Rio 2016 by throwing a distance of 20.42 meters, that put her behind USA, Michelle Carter. “Adams is one of only nine athletes (along with Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Yelena Isinbayeva, Kirani James, Jana Pittman, Dani Samuels, and David Storl) to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. She is the first woman to win four consecutive individual titles at the world track and field championships.” 4. John Walker John Walker was the greatest middle-distance runner of his era. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the USA, had a meet and John Walker ran his first sub-four minute mile. He later won gold during the 1976 Montreal Olympic games. Walker and Bayi both broke the existing world record in 1974. Walker also won bronze in the 800 meter race. John Walker is the second fastest runner in New Zealand behind Peter Snell. Walker broke the world record in the mile run with a time of 3:49.4 in Sweden. In 1966 Walker had Parkinson's disease and is now operates an equestrian shop in Auckland, New Zealand. 5. Lisa Carrington Lisa Carrington won a bronze medal in June 2009 during the World Cup in Szeged, Hungary. Boys couldn’t do anything without Lisa Carrington wanting to do it too. When Lisa was 12 she entered a surf lifesaving competition in New Plymouth. Lisa Carrington said after overcoming 6 foot waves “I was in tears on the beach………. But tackling those big waves, it was such an achievement to be out there in massive surf. It’s awesome to be able to do something like that.” As you can tell, these athletes represent the best of their country, there determined and hardworking. They never give up in the face of a challenge!

Michael Phelps ¨I want To Test my maximum” Michael Phelps is an Olympic swimmer. He was born on June 30th, 1985 in Baltimore, Maryland. His parents are Debbie and Fred Phelps. Michael has two sisters Hilary and Whitney Phelps. Near Baltimore is where Michael went to school by the name of Towson High School. He graduated in 2003. Some say Michael is done with his swimming career? I heard him say at the Champions that he’s truly done. Michael Phelps is hardworking, talented, and fast. According to author Sarah Tieck in her book Michael Phelps, The Greatest Olympian it states. During elementary school, his family discovered that Michael had ADHD, made learning harder for Phelps. ADHD is a hyperactivity/ attention disorder. He still graduated from high school. Michael started swimming at age 7. When Phelps started he was scared to put his face in the water. First he was taught by his coaches to float on his back, to train for the backstroke eventually. Then Phelps started to grow stronger as a swimmer. Bob Bowman is Phelps coach. They started working together when Phelps was 11. He went to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney Australia when Phelps didn't win any medals. Then in 2004 at the Athens Greece Summer Olympics, he took home 2 bronze medals and 6 gold medals. In the few weeks prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Phelps swam 80,000 meters (49.7 miles). Michael Phelps became a professional swimmer in 2001. I think Michael’s ADHD helped him focus on swimming. People with ADHD can focus on some things from what it seems through Michael Phelps. It took a lot of hard work to achieve these things . When Phelps was 15 years old he swam in the 2000 Olympics, was the youngest swimmer in 68 years! It was an honor to race even though he did not win any medals. At Beijing Michael Phelps swam the lead off leg In 4 times 200 and 4 times 100 free relay. Phelps won 8 gold medals in Beijing. According to Author Sarah Tieck, in her book, it States that Michael Phelps The Greatest Olympian. At the 2008 Olympics, Michael swam 17 races in nine days.” His older sisters were “top-level swimmers”. Michael hands are as big as dinner plates! When Michael swims his arms act like paddles. He has a very flexible body, which gives him the ability to bend with ease when he is in the water.

According to the authors of USA Today and their book Michael Phelps The World's Greatest Olympian it states “I just play video games, sleep and eat. I’m laid-back. “When out of the pool, I’m a normal kid.” when he went first professional he was a kid! I believe he had a body truly built for swimming. he was a Phelps had a hobby on top of swimming and has talent coursing through his veins! On July 14th, 2004 at the US Olympic trials, Phelps won the individual 200-meter medley. According to the authors of USA Today and their book Michael Phelps, The World's Greatest Olympian, it states “In one of the most memorable moments of the Beijing Olympics, Phelps” “barely out touches Milorad Cavic of Serbia in the 100-meter butterfly final.” After 2012 he had a total of 22 Olympic medals and 18 of them gold, but he didn’t stop there. After setting this medal record he went to the 2016 Olympics in Rio. He swam 3 relays the 4 times 100 free, the 4 times 100 medley, and the 4 times 200 free relay. Phelps won gold in all of these. He swam 3 individual events the 200 butterfly, the 200 medley, the 100 butterfly, he won silver in the 100 butterfly and gold in the others. “To do this you have got to be fast.” Michael Phelps Is believed to appear on the opening night of shark week on discovery channel. Rumors are going around the Michael will be racing sharks and maybe persuaded to go into a shark cage. Although the facts aren’t determined. I don’t think he would swim with sharks unless it’s safe. “I think he will be in the water on the show.” Photo By:

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If I could spend a day with Michael Phelps I would go swimming with him for fun and for stroke work. I would ask michael how he stays focused when he swims and for his autograph. My closing statements: Michael had a hard time learning with ADHD, but still graduated. Michael went to the 2000 Olympics as the youngest swimmer in 68 years. Phelps did not win any medals, but came back in 2004 and won 6 gold and 2 bronze! He was made to swim with a flexible body and with paddle like hands. Phelps even has another hobby, video games! Michael had set a record after the 2012 Olympics for the most Olympic medals. He went to the 2016 Olympics and won 6 medals all but one gold. I think Michael had a natural talent for swimming. I believe that Phelps was very committed and worked immensely hard. He definitely “changed the world of swimming” Michael Phelps was hard working, talented, and fast!

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A Players Dream By: Marissa Raabe Imagine spending your whole life working toward your dream, working hard to prove to yourself and those around you that you will succeed and make it to where you have always hoped to be. After throwing only three pitches in the bullpen, 23 year old Payton Lobdell was signed to the Illinois Miners. A definite step closer to the Major Leagues, this is the best thing that could have happen to Lobdell. His many years of practice, hard work and determination has finally paid off, Lobdell’s skills and talent on the mound has moved him even closer to landing his dream of becoming a Major League Baseball Player. Lobdell who is a right handed pitcher was playing for the Palm Springs Power when he got picked up. The Palm Springs Power has a winter and summer league. The summer league consists of young college kids from all over the United States who participate and compete. The winter league has players from all over the US, Canada, and Japan. Both leagues play here locally in Palm Springs, California. Owner of Palm Springs Power, Andrew Starke and his team recruit these young men to come out and participate. During these games you find many scouts in the stands watching and trying to find the next best player to sign on and bring into the minors and/or majors. Payton who started by playing in the summer league decided to also play in the California Winter League, (CWL) which is when he got his call and contract for the Minors. The Southern Illinois Miners are an professional team in Marion Illinois. The Miners are part of the West Division which is part of the Independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a professional independent baseball organization located in the Midwestern United States Their stadium is called Rent One Park. The Miners got their name from the history of coal mining in Illinois. Although there are many different leagues one can be signed with, the Frontier League opens wider doors being it is an actual independent league and is not associated with any one Major League Team. Lobdell is 6’1 and weighs about 190 pounds, his full name is Payton Anthony Lobdell (named after Walter Payton former running back for the Chicago bears). He was born on September 4, 1993 in Fountain Valley, California but grew up in his home town of Huntington Beach, California. Lobdell graduated from Marina High School and went on to further his education where he attended Hope International College and Cypress College, majoring in Political Science. When Lobdell has a break from practice and games he loves to golf and hang out at the beach with his friends. Payton normally plays in Jersey number 17, as Walter Payton wore number 34. Lobdell wanted to be even half as great as Walter Payton was so he was so he decided he would be number 17. Paytons friends would describe him as a friendly and outgoing person. Payton is very close with his family and friends and would do anything for them. Payton has a very important inspiration that has helped him get to where he is today. Lobdell’s inspiration was his mom and dad who are very important to him. Payton’s father passed away when he was in eighth grade, so they never had the chance to go to a baseball game together. Lobdell made a promise to himself that he would do anything and everything he could to make it to the pros so he get both of them to a game together. Payton’s mom taught him the passion he has for the game and his step-dad was always in his corner every step of the way and they did everything in their power to get Payton to where he is today.

Payton wasn’t always a pitcher. He played shortstop then moved to the outfield but he couldn’t hit the ball very well so he became a pitcher. Payton turned out to be really good at that. He played other sports like soccer when he was younger but he knew baseball was his true passion. Lobdell believes you need a strong mental game and the drive to want to finish anything to be successful. His advice to someone following their baseball dream is “ Have fun and don’t stress. Remember it is just a game and play it to honor your name”. Lobdell believes having good mental strength is good for baseball even quoting Yogi Berra. Yogi Berra once said “The game is 90% mental strength and the other half is physical. His favorite baseball memories are throwing a no hitter for the Power in the Winter League as winning the 2014 Cypress College State Championship. Lobdell’s favorite team is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and his favorite player is Garrett Richards. Richards is a Righthanded pitcher for the Angels. Lobdell hopes to someday play for the Angels. He looks up to Pedro Martinez. Martinez is a workhouse on the mound and that is what Payton wants to be like. Martinez is a retired hall of famer who played for the RED SOX. Lobdell says many people have helped him get to where he is today. Ranging from his parents to any coach he has ever had. He doesn’t really have a day to day routine or diet because it changes every day. It depends on what day it is and what has to get done. Payton mostly listens to how his body reacts to know what he should do that day. Lobdell enjoys and loves the game of baseball a lot. The best advice he ever got was “Have fun and just breath” which is good advice for every aspect of life. There is always a lot of pressure on the mound but Payton says keeping calm comes naturally now because he has been doing it for so long. As most know, many players have superstitions even Mr. Lobdell has one. Payton believes his superstition doesn’t help him but it does get his mind right. His superstition is he has to wear the same socks and underwear to every game. Payton believes that getting signed to the Miners is the best thing that has ever happened to him and he is very happy he is there. You could call it his greatest baseball achievement so far. “It is a lot different than playing college ball. The Minor Leagues have better players and the competition level is through the roof. The level of playing is much faster and you have to learn to slow it down” Payton said . The process of signing wasn’t that difficult for him. He went to the California Winter League one day and started throwing in the bullpen. After that, Scout and Head Coach of the Power , Casey Dill took him to the side and said he was very interested in him. The next day Payton had a contract waiting for him. Payton never quit and that is why he is where he is today, although there were times he wanted to give up he didn't as his family helped him keep going. Lobdell knows the struggles one goes through and how easy it is to want to give up but his advice to them “ Don’t give up, keep fighting through it, there will be ups and downs in life but keep fighting.” this isn't meant just for baseball this is advice to be used in every aspect of life. Payton has been told many times that he should stop, that quitting would be a better choice, but knew that if he fought through it he could prove them wrong and that is exactly what he did. The perseverance and character you see on and off the field with Lobdell is something we could all learn from. This is a young man we can all look up to and be proud of. I know I am.

Katie Ledecky: “Fastest Women in Water” Article By: Remiana Tapleshay - Palm Desert Charter Middle School

Katie ledecky was born March 17, 1997 in Washington D.C., she is a Gold Medalist Swimmer, and is a five-time Olympic Gold Medalist, nine-time world champion. Katie is the current world-record holder in the women's 400-, 800-, and 1,500-meter freestyle (long course). She also holds the fastest-ever times in the women's 500-, 1000-, and 1,650-yard freestyle events.” In her international debut at the 2012 London Olympic Games as a 15-year-old, Ledecky unexpectedly won the gold medal in the women's 800-meter freestyle. “Four years later, she left Rio de Janeiro as the most decorated female athlete of the 2016 Olympic Games with four gold medals, one silver medal, and two world records.” She has won 20 medals (19 golds and one silver). During her swimming career, she has broken thirteen world records.“Ledecky's success has earned her Swimming World's World Swimmer of the Year and the American Swimmer of the Year awards in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Ledecky was also named the international female Champion of Champions by L'Équipe in 2014 and the Female Athlete of the year.” Mrs. Ledecky began swimming at the age of six, due to her older brother. Her mom was a swimmer as well, she swam for the University of New Mexico. During her time swimming in highschool she swam twice for the Us open record in the 500-yard freestyle. And she set the national high school record in the 200yard freestyle. In 2013 she attended the world championships. She won gold in 400-, 800-, and 1500meter freestyle. She also set two world records. “In winning the 400 through 1500-meter titles, she became the second woman to ever win the event in a World Championship since German Hannah Stockbauer in 2003.” In 2014 she began the year breaking her own world records. She was able to break the world record in the 1500-freestyle with a time of 15:34.23, beating her previous time of 15:36.53.The she broke the 800meter freestyle time of 8:11.00, beating her previous time of 8:13.86. In the Pan Pacific championships, she won gold in the 200-, 400-, 800-, 1500-, 4 times 200-, meter freestyle. “Mrs.Ledecky began the World Championships by winning gold in the 400-meter freestyle in a time of 3:59.13, a new championship record and almost four seconds ahead of her closest competitor.” On The day three of competition, during the morning session, Ledecky swam the 200-meter freestyle, and qualified first with a time or 1:55.82. During the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil Ledecky won 4 gold medals for, 200-, 400-, and 800-meter freestyle, and the 2 times 400-meter freestyle relay, and received a silver medal for her 4 times 100-meter freestyle relay. Overall Ledecky has won 20 medals, 19 of them were gold, and 1 silver. She has proven herself to be a major competitor in the swimming world. She is an inspiration to everyone, especially young girls. As katie lecky says “I would encourage you to set really high goals. Set goals that, when you set them, you think they're impossible. But then every day you can work towards them, and anything is possible, so keep working hard and follow your dreams.” -Ledecky

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