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Meet The Press


Blazing infernos in the PNW, “lit”

Editorial Board Jesica Currier


Danny Fratella

News Editor

Cory Owsen

Opinion Editor

Melanie Bell

Life & Art Editor

Hanna Larsen

Sports Editor

Hayley Deti

Feature Editor

Kalani Martin

Photo Editor

Additional Staff McKenna Berkley Ad Manager Gabi Tedeschi

Copy Editor

Arianna Dictado

Copy Editor

Benjamin Huff


Reporters Keanu Davis

Katelyn Griffith

Anna Hartman

Lauren Killgrove

Madeline Morrisson Alyssa Smith Akina Nishikawa

Gabi Tedeschi

Calvin Thompson

Daniel Bell

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Fires in eastern Washington.

Photo courtesy of SuperSamPhotography, CC BY-SA

by Hanna Larsen Sports Editor


ashington is famous for its gray and rainy days, but when the sun comes out, it stays and gives the rain an occasional rest. On the other side of the Cascades, agricultural fields vastly spread the land and dries out within weeks. During the last stretch of summer, August seems to be Washington’s hottest month with temperatures exceeding the mid-80s and scorching in the rural areas across the state. About a month ago, a large series of lighting struck eastern Washington. The winds quickly picked up and the following day it caused the fires to increase in size. Countless hours and work from firefighters have been put forth to stop them. In the process, three firefighters have lost their lives. At least 305,000 acres have been burned, which resulted in the loss of many houses, cabins, and other pieces of property. Moving

west from the fires, the smoke spread from Spokane to Cle Elum and put a damper on the last few weeks of summer, with many popular recreational areas and state parks being closed. The effects of the fires were felt everywhere, with smoke-filled air spreading throughout the entire state. “I feel terrible for all the residents who were displaced by the blazing infernos. They were incredibly lit,” senior Heidi Shepard said. Summer is always fun in Washington, but when things dry out, it can take only minutes for an inferno spreads and destroys the land. “Many times when people go through a fire like that and trauma that comes through there, you see the smoke, you see the fire, you’re definitely going to have concerns and people should be concerned,” said Nathan Rabe, a Fire Management Team Incident Commander. “I hope that people can take the time and get there properties prepped. This fire extended with the winds that they had. It threw embers and stuff down wind,” he said.

Homeroom changes focus by Gabi Tedeschi Copy Editor

seem silly to teenagers, goal setting, Pizzalato believes, can help students succeed. I know that this is your “It really can help least favorite thing,” you stay on track,” she said. Jessica Pizzalato said Advisory is now of homeroom, leveling with intended to serve as a period the senior class during the that will help students thrive first school week presentation. in high school. Math and Pizzalato, a science tutoring will be homeroom coordinator, available for students who are explained the lesson plan struggling. Students who excel and policy changes the administration hopes will make homeroom, now held every Wednesday with the exception of late starts, more productive. Cell phone usage and computer games will not be allowed and attendance will be more strictly enforced. There will be fewer class activities in these subjects, meanwhile, on topics like Internet safety have the opportunity to that have been major focuses become tutors and earn in past years. Students will community service hours. typically have time to study or Culminating project work read in advisory. Occasionally, will be more of a focus in they will use the period to the second semester than answer surveys, vote in student the first. This is partly due to elections, check their grades revisions made to the senior and set goals. Though it may

“[Homeroom] can really help you stay on track.”

project that administrators feel will make it simpler. “We have really tried hard to make this easier for you,” principal Joe Potts said at the presentation. “We tried to eliminate as much as we could.” Reflections are no longer required for students’ best work, community service or job shadow. However, a new item, the thirteenth year plan, has been added. Some older students think that these changes, compounded with the revisions made to the class of 2016 and beyond’s project last year, hurt more than help. Last year’s changes included adding job shadow and community service hours. Many students had already done these and their reflections. “They doubled community service and job shadow hours and cut off of things most of us had already done,” senior Jacob Cantrell said. “It’s not as helpful as they thought.”




Differing opinions: new schedule policy

Schedule policy encourages students to be responsible by Ben Huff


Schedule Crisis by Akina Nishikawa

t is important to select classes carefully. Administration and the counseling center has enacted a policy which does not allow schedule changes to take place, unless you are a senior who is missing credits or someone who does not have a class assigned for a certain period. And while this is upsetting to some students, the policy has been in place for years now; just this year it has become fully enforced. As the dean of students Ron Webb said, “We don’t have any wiggle room; we are at our max student enrollment right now…we have more students than we had in the last eight years: this year we have 1593 students.” With that many students, the process of adjusting the master schedule has become overly complicated. The policy is now enforced because it has become almost impossible to account for multiple schedule changes. Athletic director and assistant principal Bruce Rick said, “It takes at least 4 months to make the master schedule […] based on what students sign up for [...] and counselors make it very clear that the classes you really want are the ones you should pick.” Rick also mentioned the term “seat availability” which basically means if there are too many (or too little) students, there is a dilemma in the schedule process. Senior Austin Nguyen, who is ASB president said, “It’s unfortunate for the

students, but it is understandable for the counselors. Students only get one opportunity to get the class they want, but it is also difficult for the counselors to get every student everything they want.” Even though the lack of schedule changes may upset some students, they should have taken their class list seriously in the spring to avoid changes later.

Even though the lack of schedule changes may upset some students, they should have taken their class list seriously in the spring. Although a student panel was formed to discuss various school policies, they didn’t have input into the schedule change decision. “It was an administrative decision. Before the school year started, we had a student panel, we talked about different things and I guess schedule changes weren’t necessarily a topic that we discussed,” Nguyen said. But even if students had had a say in the decision, it would not have been likely to change anything since allowing students to change their schedule frequently is not practical or possible for the staff.

Possibility of removing bells shows no downsides


by Cory Owsen Opinion Editor

fter a decade or more of public education, the loud beep of the dismissal bell is simply part of the backdrop for high school students; something that people rarely notice, much less think about altering. However, students and staff may have to think about bells much more this school year, as administration is considering eradicating the use of beeps to control class periods altogether. Part of the reasoning behind the proposal is that at this stage in education, students should already know how to get to class in a timely manner. “The idea is that you guys are in High School, and you obviously know how to tell time,” said Vice Principal Erica Hanson. Under this assumption bells serve no practical purpose,

Most agree that while it would be weird at first, having no bells would be a change for the better. but are instead only a distraction and a nuisance. Another reason to remove bells is that they prevent the teachers’ ability to dismiss the class. Ultimately, a lack of bells would provide more control to teachers over their classroom. Math teacher Tim Van Schenck gave his opinion on the topic, “I think it’s better if we didn’t have the bells, then the kids would get used to their teachers

dismissing the class instead of the bells,” Van Schenck said. When deciding whether or not to keep bells it is important to consider why we have bells in the first place. After pondering this topic most would conclude that there is no obvious reason at all. Everyone who has been marked tardy for getting to class ten seconds after the bell knows that tardiness should be based on them actually missing the beginning of class rather than missing the exact moment that the bell goes off. After all, this establishment is designed to provide a comfortable environment from which to learn. And while it is state run, it does not need to be run like a prison. Whether or not this change will be put into effect is still in discussion by administration, and whether or not it would include lunches is inconclusive. While it would be weird at first, having no bells would be a change for the better.

Removing bells: good idea or bad?

“I think it’s a bad idea because I have late start and so how am I supposed to know when the bells are? Especially when it’s the homeroom day or the late start day. So I think it would be confusing focusing on the clock instead of waiting for the bells.” Hunter Ellison [12]

“I think it’s a bad idea because then I’m not going to know if I’m going to be tardy or not. And I could get detention for being tardy.” Jared Humphrey [9]

photo courtesy Arianna Dictato

photo courtesy Arianna Dictato

“I don’t think it will really make a difference because teachers keep us in after the bell anyways.” Elisia Figueroa [10]

photo courtesy Arianna Dictato

photo courtesy Arianna Dictato

“It would keep students on time. I would say I’m for it so I’d pay attention to the time instead of paying attention to the bell.” Dianne Eleccion [9]


SEPTEMBER 18, 2015



Dear Freshmen, staff editorial


e want you to know that everyone in this building has been where you are now. Every student and teacher was a once a wide-eyed 14-year-old nervous about fitting in and passing math class. We all got through our freshmen year and so will you. You will quickly discover that most students will treat you well and that teachers want you to

succeed. You will find out that you are smarter and more capable than even you know, when you rise to the occasion, unexpectedly writing eloquent essays and dominating in Jeopardy-style chapter reviews. However, you will face some challenges. You need to learn to adapt to change and persevere through difficult situations, sometimes alone. Not to say that


he picture of high school from a middle schooler’s perspective is frightening: difficult classes and scary upperclassmen. When I started high school in 2012, I had minimal knowledge of what it would be like. My older brothers went to Kentlake but gave me little to no advice, so I was forced to face my fears alone. I eased into high school with core classes. Upon finishing these classes, I had a 3.5 GPA, and while I was proud of it, I knew I was not living to my full potential. Having that GPA was great, but GPA is not the only factor that colleges consider. It is important to take classes that are tailored to your strengths, even if they are difficult. When I started taking more challenging classes, my GPA dropped, but not significantly. If classes are too easy, step it up. Take a chance. Good grades, a higher GPA, and challenging courses give you a better chance of getting accepted into your top choice schools. It is important to keep track of your grades, and to establish a trusting relationship with at least one of your teachers. Sophomore year, I joined Journalism because I love to write. Not only did I meet new people and build friendships with the students in the class; but I developed a friendly relationship with Susan Best, our advisor. Mrs. Best is great at encouraging students to move out of their comfort zones. She is easy to talk to and will always lend an ear. Each teacher is different, but all of them can be helpful mentors. It is very important to talk to someone other than your peers.

by Melanie Bell Student Life Editor

there is anything wrong with turning to friends, family, teachers, and somewhat wise upperclassmen. A big part of being successful in high school is learning to take advantage of the advice and assistance you are offered. We want to give you some tips now so you can start the year out right. Though we not perfected the art of balancing work, pleasure,


ake a breath. Seriously, it is your first year of high school and you are probably over-thinking half the things in your mind at this point. It is only the first couple weeks, and you are in a brand new school, it is okay to be nervous. I know that you are busy hustling between each period, but you need to remember that you are still a human being and you need to be taken care of. You are important too, do not forget that. Just because you are in high school not does not justify the thought that you are the on top of the castle, it is more than okay to be a kid. Nowhere in the student handbook does it say that you have to stop daydreaming. Do not limit yourself; it is the time to find yourself while maturing, seconds are ticking from the time you walk in, and to the time you walk out. Speaking of not limiting yourself, everyone has their own taste in music, however, let’s keep the use of speaker or speaker boxes inside of our households. It is exciting when you buy expensive hand-held speakers, but concerts are more enjoyable outside school walls. The pro side of this? You can share your sick beats with your parents instead. Lastly, with all the tests and homework, it is easy for it to pile it up and even though it makes you want to scream, go ahead, just not at school. You never know who has pulled an all-nighter to finish up a project and everyone around you would find it more than exceptional if you would keep the screaming to an extreme minimum.

by Arianna Dictado Copy Editor

and being decent human beings, we have had some practice. We have learned something from each of our mistakes and perhaps if we share our knowledge with you, you will make fewer mistakes than we did. Heed our words and the words of others who you trust, work hard, stay positive, join a club or sport, and your freshmen year will be a success.



igh school is similar to junior high, but there are some important differences. Most of your friends will inform you that your GPA does not matter freshman year, but what they do not realize is that it matters perhaps the most this year because it is the baseline for your overall high school GPA. This means that you should do your homework, study, and not skip class. During my freshman year, I often chose friends and relaxation over homework and constantly found myself saying, “I’ll get to my homework tomorrow, or I’ll take a quick thirty minute nap.” If you do this, no matter how honest your intentions, it is more realistic that you are not going to do your homework and that you will end up sleeping for a good five hours. Instead of following the example of your apathetic peers, work hard and get things done. School is obviously not our favorite thing in the world; most of us would all rather be doing just about anything else. However, high school is what you make of it. Get involved in clubs and activities, go to sporting events and attempt to enjoy school. Spend time with friends and get to know your classmates. The more positive your attitude, the more enjoyable your high school experience will be. Despite your busy schedule, be sure to balance your friends and school work and of course, do not fall behind. Finally, the most important thing you could ever do in high school is join journalism, so you should probably all talk to your counselors immediately.

by Hanna Larsen Sports Editor




Mary Poppins slated to open November 5th


photo courtesy of Kalani Martin


by Melanie Bell Student Life Editor

s the 2015 - 2016 school year begins, the annual fall production will be performed by the drama department. This year, Pamela Cressey has chosen to showcase student talent with a rendition of the musical Mary Poppins. For those unfamiliar with the plot, Mary Poppins follows the story of a magical nanny that visits a family in London and how she changes the family that she visits. This year, the play will feature Madeline Payment, 12, the lead role of Mary Poppins; Matthew Graham, 9, as Bert; Colin Snell, 10, as George Banks; and Gabriela Tedeschi, 12, as Winifred Banks. Other actors include Lily Garrett, Sage Hayes, Michael Graham, Megan Monahan, Shelby Norman, Alex Pearman, Kiera McCurdy, John Snell, Cameron Sye, Fiona Higgins, Brian Torres, Eden Daus, Brianna Tinnel, Presely Malcolm, Amanda Ades, Cody Hayward, and Natalie Derrick. The yearly productions usually stun audiences with performances, sets, music, and more. This will be the second Disney production in a row by the drama department, the first being Into The Woods that closed out the 2014-2015 school year. Production has been underway for several months. Applications for the production were sent it, sets were built over the summer and auditions were held after classes on the first and second days back. As the arrival of the production grows closer, it is back to the grindstone for former students and a great chance for new students to come out of their shell.





Would you rather travel backward or forward in time?

by Benjamin Huff Staff Reporter

“Back to fix mistakes. If you go into the future, you don’t know what you’ve done by then.” William Kelly (12) photo courtesy of Ben Huff

photo courtesy of Ben Huff

“Forward [because of] curiosity about what the future would be like. I can ‘seek the great perhaps.’” Scott Cleary photo courtesy of Ben Huff

“Go forward, because I already know what happened in the past, I want to know what happens in the future. Lauren Sandwith (12)

“Go back, because I know what I would be doing in (in the past), and I won’t miss my high school experience.” Nick Shepard (10)

“Forward 10 years, because there’s no use having regrets about stuff that’s already happened.” Connor Roley (9) photo courtesy of Ben Huff

“Back, so I can go back and put money in all of the sports games.” Tyler Padilla (11)





“I love Kentlake because I student taught here two years ago, so it’s really fun to be back. I enjoy the administration, great students, good community. It’s great to be here.


“Uh.. Yeah, I was a kid in high school. I was on the swim team in highschool and I played waterpolo.”

photo courtesy of KSD


MARKETING/ FOOTBALL TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND FIRST IMPRESSION OF KENTLAKE: “I have taught high school in Connecticut, where I come from, and middle school and high school in the San Francisco bay area. I’m enjoying building new relationships with the students; I have a really positive first impression of the student body. The students seem conscientious; they are very helpful [and] friendly.”

AS A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: “[It was] before electricity, [but] I was a good student [ and a] three sport athlete. School was, by my recollection, a very busy time; the four years flew by in the blink of an eye. People will tell you that the friends you make in high school won’t last, but for me, it resulted in several lifelong friendships.”

photo courtesy of: Kalani Martin


“Community here is like one, it’s not the ninth graders and tenth graders, or this certain group of kids and this certain group of kids, it’s like Kentlake is one, you can say Kentlake and that applies to everybody there, I thought that’s really cool.”

AS A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: Uhhh I was into things that other kids weren’t into, so like I had a small group of friends, but I was into like weight training, and martial arts, and jazz, which like nobody else was into. I wasn’t like that popular. I was like that scary kid that nobody messes with. Just left him in his own space, leave him alone, he’s fine.




“I love that everyone has their own laptops. I’m definitely using it a lot. I’m aiming to go paperless, eventually. I like that we can integrate it, bring our laptops and use the technology that’s available to us.




“I was a student that was always trying to get straight a’s, extra credit. Writing.. I was in creative writing and I was submitting courtesy of: ksd poems trying tophoto get them published.

“This is my first year teaching, though I was [a substitute teacher] for part of the year. When I was subbing, I went into my old [high school French] classroom, and for a few days, I had to job shadow the teacher and lead the class a bit, and that was memorable because it reminded me of what my teacher did really well, so it was nice to take those ideas and use them myself.”

FIRST IMPRESSION OF KENTLAKE: I really like the staff; they are really friendly [and so are] the kids. It seems really positive and the administration is thoughtful about how to make the students and the staff happy. photo courtesy of: ksd


SEPTEMBER 18, 2015





by Melanie Bell Student Life Editor

shley Frangipane, an up-andcoming artist that makes music under the name “Halsey,” has taken the world by storm. At the age of 20, the newlysigned musician released her debut album, Badlands, on August 28. Prior to the release of the album, Frangipane made Room 93, a five song EP that temporarily satisfied fans as they awaited the release of her full-length record. The deluxe version ofBadlands houses 12 tracks, two of which are also featured on Room 93. The tracks “Color,” “Gasoline,” “Castle,” “Young God,” “Control,” and “New Americana” seem to be fan-favorites, but many agree that all of the tracks on the album are satisfactory. Seemingly overnight, listeners fell for Halsey as an artist and as a person. Each of her songs differ in tempo, tone, and message, creating a personal relationship between the artist and the listener. Her style is unique in today’s cookie-cutter world of music. Most, if not all, of the tracks on Badlands are centered around life today and in the 1990’s. Halsey examines society’s structure, socially and physically. “I was obsessed with this society, so I sat down and thought, ‘What do the people look like? What do the buildings look like? What are they advertising? What’s the music like? What’s underground?’I went off into this imaginary world,” Halsey said, in an interview with Rolling Stone.

Badlands gives listeners a catchy way to be passionate about the world around them. Songs like “New Americana,” the third track on the album, describe what it is like to be a part of the millennial generation, or the “new americana.” The song is self-explanatory, as the catchy chorus claims, “We are the new Americana, high on legal marijuana, raised on Biggie and Nirvana, we are the new Americana.” Another beloved track is “Castle,” a song that, according to Halsey, is meant to represent herself, or someone else, making their way in the music industry. “’Castle’ is my first song from the perspective of someone in the music industry,” Halsey said in an interview with Interview Magazine. “It’s this idea of me gunning for my moment.” While this experience is not something everyone can relate to directly, the song can still be interpreted in a multitude of ways, and, as the first song on the album, it sets the bar high. While all of the tracks are great, there are some that are better than others. Some of the lesser-loved tracks include “Coming Down,” “Hurricane,” “Ghost,” and “I Walk The Line.” “Hurricane” and “Ghost” are both from her

Room 93 EP, so they are easily pushed to the back burner in favor of the new material on Badlands. With “Coming Down,” it seems that the repetitiveness of the chorus did not impress her audience. It is a bit different from the other songs on the album, but it still stays true to her anecdotal and autobiographical style of songwriting. “I Walk The Line” is a slower song that seems to close out the album on a bit of a low note. It is not as catchy as the other tracks and seems to be a bit of a lull.

“I am Halsey. I will never be anything but honest. I write songs about sex and being sad.”

Despite some minor mishaps, Badlands is a success. It introduces new musical elements and challenges the usual style of most of today’s music, which is a breath of fresh air.




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by Danny Fratella News Editor


umbershoot has been an annual Seattle tradition since its inception in 1971. Taking place in the heart of Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend each year, the 3-day music and arts festival has drawn crowds with its diverse musical lineup and eccentric art installations. This year, in addition to musical acts, the festival showcased

a variety of other art forms, including two comedy venues, a stage for poetry, a silent disco, and a theatre screening independent documentaries and films from the Seattle International Film Festival. Ticket sales, however, are always driven by the festival’s starstudded lineup. With headliners like The Weeknd, Zedd, Ellie Goulding, and Hozier, the musical portion of the festival spanned five different stages, including Key Arena and Memorial Stadium.

This year’s festival sparked controversy amongst long-time attendees, however, with ticket prices at an all-time high. “I almost had to take out a second mortgage to go to Bumbershoot,” said Danny Westneat, a columnist at The Seattle Times, “How did it come to cost $109 a day? The first year I went to Bumbershoot, in 1985, a ticket cost only $4.” Single day passes were available beginning at $93. 3-day passes were available starting

at roughly $175 after fees, with prices rising as the event drew closer. $375 VIP package, which provided deep-pocketed attendees with priority entry and exclusive viewing areas for their favorite sets. Despite the high prices, attendees raved about the spectacular acts all weekend long. From Ellie Goulding’s luminescent Halcyon Days-based setlist to The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers’ performance of hits like “Mr. Brightside,”

Bumbershoot’s lineup offered something for everyone to enjoy. Single-day tickets for Saturday sold out in advance, aided in part by The Weeknd’s recent rise to fame, and other headliners including hip-hop phenomenon Chance the Rapper and power violinist Lindsey Sterling. “Bumbershoot was awesome. It was a really cool experience to see so many great artists all in one weekend,” senior Kennadie McDermott said.

Melanie Martinez impresses worldwide audience by Arianna Dictado Copy Editor


nother alternative electronica pop artist made her big breakthrough while circulating social media. Her her raspy sweet voice captured the ears of thousands and continues to wow audiences as she tours America. She might sound familiar from season three of the reality show The Voice, but after three years of being invisible, Melanie Martinez has made a name in the industry and does not seem to be going anywhere. By releasing her debut album Cry Baby, on August 14, Martinez has proved that winning a television show is not the only way to get famous.

Her dark, twisted songs [will make] you feel like the world is yours

Martinez started off in 2012 with NBC’s third season production of The Voice, and her job in auditioning was to turn the chair of one of at least one of the four celebrity voice coaches: Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine. She took the stage with Britney Spears’ hit song “Toxic” as she added a teasing burlesque twist, slowing it down with her guitar and simultaneously playing the tambourine with her foot. Martinez was able to turn the chairs of Shelton, Green, and Levin; in the end, this dual-color haired artist chose Team Adam. With her unique vocal talent, Martinez

stayed on the show until the Top Six. Though she was eliminated, she still left with studio recordings of her revolutionary performances of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes and “Too Close” by Alex Clare, which eventually reached the Top 10 on iTunes. With this success she took the studio immediately and after two years’ time, returned with her first EP Dollhouse on August 19, 2014. This four-track EP peaked the chart at number four for the U. S. Heat. Her hypnotizing tunes did not stop there. More than a year later, she released her first full studio album Cry Baby, which, in two weeks dominated the charts and peaked at #6, sold 40,000 copies, and topped the U.S. Alternative Albums chart at #1. Returning from her EP, songs “Dollhouse” and “Carousel” made it onto the top of the track list, and are receiving as much praise as they did when first released. Beyond her soft voice and dulcet tone, Martinez’s explicitly brutal lyrics may be shocking. From, “Blood still stains when the sheets are washing, sex don’t sleep when the lights are off, kids are still depressed when you dress them up, and syrup is still syrup in a sippy cup…” from her song “Sippy Cup” to, “Oh Mrs. Potato Head tell me, is it true that pain is beauty? Does a new face come with a warranty? Will a pretty face make it better?” in “Mrs. Potato Head.” Though some female artists tend to avoid exposing lots of pop culture norms, Martinez tackles them full on without any fear and records her tracks sounding more confident than ever. Though “Cake” and “Play Date” may not be the typical break up ballads, Martinez makes a fierce stand to take back, prompting listeners to take back what is theirs after losing a loved one. There is no playing around with this 20-year old singer, as her dark, twisted songs will give a surge that will make you feel like the world is yours. There is in no doubt that she is a formidable competitor for other young female artists in the contest for fame.


SEPTEMBER 18, 2015



“As soon as I joined, I started getting attached to my fellow runners. It’s not just about the running, It’s about the team as well. Its an experience to hold dearly forever.” Ben Huff said.


ross country captains lead the team in warmups and stretches, but must also lead by example throughout practices and meets, demonstrating what it takes to succeed as a long distance runner. This is why coaches select runners for the role who work the hardest. “[Coach Scott] Cleary wanted people to lead by example,” senior Ben Mitchell, one of this season’s captains said. “He just knows that I give 100 percent. He wanted someone that people look up to in training.” Mitchell and his co-captains, seniors McKenna Berkley, Ben Huff, and Kaitlynn Foley, dedicated runners who give their all to cross country, are certainly ready to lead the team by example. They did not expect to love cross country when they first joined the team, though. Mitchell vaguely recalls that he liked running. Huff simply wanted to stay in shape and have his P.E. credits waived. Berkley and Foley, meanwhile, admit that they began running cross country at their parents’ insistence. However, the captains quickly bonded with their teammates, finding a home in the team. “Originally, my freshmen year, my parents forced me to do cross country,” Foley said. “However, the other three years I did it by choice because I like the environment.”. Long distance workouts can be extremely challenging and runners depend on their teammates for encouragement. “My teammates are just support,” Mitchell said. “We get really close because we work out together and it’s hard. And we just build each other up.” “We always cheer each other on and it’s a great feeling when your whole team wins a meet,” Foley said. The coaches have made a major impact on the captains. Guidance and support from Cleary, Coach Jolai Persinger, and former Coach Carrie Heitz was key to the runners’success. “My coaches have inspired me to keep running and always persevere,” Berkley said. “Persinger is always there whenever I need to talk about anything.” Though the captains of course enjoy winning, they understand that hard work and improvement are important goals. Ultimately, they hope to lead teammates, put in their best effort and shorten their times over the course of the season. “I’d like to make it to state as a team, but if we just improve, I guess that’s fine,” Mitchell said. “If we end up being faster by the end of the season, we can’t say that we failed.” “Just to do our best, honestly; that’s all I’ve ever wanted for my team,” Foley said. What the team captains have learned about perseverance from running cross country aids them as they face life’s challenges. “I’ve learned to be more disciplined and I can maintain a clearer focus on goals, long term or short term,” Mitchell said. “I think I just learned to persevere through my challenges because as a runner you might feel tired, you might be in pain. You can’t just stop or everything you worked for will be gone,” Huff said. “When you finally reach that last stretch of the track, you can either give up, mosey along or you can give it your all, finish strong and use every last ounce of strength to finish the darn race.”

photo courtesy of: Kalani Martin

OCTOBER SPORTS CALENDAR Football •Sat, Oct 3 6 PM- Home •Fri, Oct 9 7PM- Away •Thur, Oct 15 7PM- Home •Fri, Oct 23 7PM- Away

Boys Tennis •Thur, Oct 1 3:30 PMAway •Mon, Oct 5 3:30 PMHome •Wed, Oct 7 3:30 PMAway •Tue, Oct 13 3:30 PMAway

Girls Soccer •Fri, Oct 2 3:30 PM •Tue, Oct 6 7:30 PM •Fri, Oct 9 3:30 PM •Tue, Oct 13 7:30 PM •Thur, Oct 15 3:30 PM •Sat, Oct 17 1:00 PM

XC •Wed, Oct 7 4:30 PM Away @ Tahoma •Sat, Oct 10 10:00 AM Away @ Lakewood •Wed, Oct 14 4:30 PM Home @ Kentridge

Volleyball •Wed, Oct 7 7:15 Home •Sat, Oct 10 Away •Mon, Oct 12 7:15 Away •Wed, Oct 14 7:15 Home •Tue, Oct 20 7:15 Away •Thu, Oct 22 7:15 Home

Girls Swim •Thur, Oct 1 3:30 PmHome •Tue, Oct 6 3:30 PM Home •Thur, Oct 8 3:30 PMHome •Tue, Oct 13 3:00 PM Away


Soccer dominates season so far


Seahawks will visit superbowl this year by Calvin Thompson Staff Reporter


photo courtesy of: Kalani Martin

“I like this years coaching more than last year because she’s harder on the players and is even more competitive.” “I feel like since I got moved up to varsity this year, as a team were definitely improving, compared to JV. We’re getting much stronger with each other and learning how each person individually plays and we’re building ourselves up as a team.” Alexis Newsom said.

t is hard for a team in any sport to build a dominating force that will stick around for years but John Schneider and Pete Carroll have done just that with the Seattle Seahawks, the Seahawks have been the most dominating team in the NFL for the last two seasons, boasting an astounding 25-7 record and going to back to back super bowls. Seattle looks like they will be heading back to the super bowl for a third time after having another spectacular draft where they picked up defensive end Frank Clark and return specialist/wide receiver Tyler Lockett. On top of that we traded for perennial all-star Jimmy Graham during free agency. This gives pro-bowl quarterback Russell Wilson to be a huge target to throw to as well. It is no debate that the Seahawks defense has been the reason that they have went to back to back super bowls, in the last two season we have gave up an average of 270 yards a game, a league best, and this year nothing is in our way of making that average get a little lower. On the contrary our offense in the last two seasons has been nothing but mediocre, that changes this year, although our offensive line is not looking too good, the amount of talent we have at other offensive positions makes up for it. With Jimmy Graham at tight end we should see an increase of passing touchdowns by Russell Wilson and more running lanes for Marshawn Lynch. This improved offense and stellar defense would give any team a good chance of going to the super bowl, gladly the Seahawks are equipped.

Mariners Baseball by Calvin Thompson Staff Reporter


he baseball season is nearing an end and some teams have already solidified a spot in the playoffs, while other teams are fighting for their lives to find a spot in the playoffs, or at least stay in the playoff hunt. With the final stretch of the season upon us many players are trying to show the MLB that they are forces to be reckoned with and make a strong argument as in why they should be NL MVP and AL MVP, some of these players include Josh Donaldson, Bryce Harper, Jose Altuve and surprisingly good second basemen, Dee Gordon. The National League is really outdoing the American League this season in winning ball games and it looks like a team from the L will take the World Series again. This would be the fifth time in the last six seasons a national league team wins the World Series and would really show how dominant the NL compared to the AL. Some of the teams that have the best chance of winning the World Series are the Saint Louis Cardinals who are leading the MLB with an astounding 88-51 record or the Pittsburgh Pirates who boast an 83-55 record. No team from the AL seems like a competition

for either the Pirates or the Cardinals. Most likely Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals will win the National League most valuable player with a stellar .336 average and 36 homeruns and 86 runs batted in, he has led the nationals to a 7168 record and although they will probably miss the playoffs, Harper has brought them more success then they could’ve imagined, and that’s what the MVP is all about, not individual statistics but who meant the most to what team. That is why you can make such a strong argument for the AL MVP being Josh Donaldson, he is leading his new team, the Toronto Blue Jays to a 79 and 60 record and leading them in average (.307) home runs (37) runs (108) and RBI’S (115). The Blue Jays have almost guaranteed themselves in the playoffs and it is because of the stellar season that he is putting together for them. The Los Angeles dodgers have two pitchers on their staff who could win the NL CY Young award, with Zach Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. Greinke, who has a 16-3 record and a 1.83 ERA has been nothing but spectacular all season leading With just over 20 games left in the season some franchises still have a lot to look forward too, trying to win big awards and trying to send their teams to the World Series.






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