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Retail Stores’ Non-existent Holiday DIANA LI News Editor With the annual Black Friday sales approaching, it is no surprise that more stores intend to retain employees for longer hours in order to keep up with the busy holiday sales. Midnight openings have become increasingly common, but this year, the retail store Kmart plans to open its doors on Thanksgiving and to stay open for 41 consecutive hours, a controversial decision that comes at the expense of their workers. Other stores, including Best Buy, Macy’s, Walmart, Kohl’s and Toys “R” Us, will also open on Thanksgiving, but Kmart’s opening time is among the earliest. The reason for this year’s early sales is simple. In order to attract the most customers, stores strategically extend their sales dates. However, after Kmart announced that it would stay open from 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day to 11 p.m. on Black Friday, critics challenged the company’s aggressive schedule. “There’s an extent to which stores can do this to get profit,” sophomore Kesia Eng said. “Employees do most of the labor work, so they deserve to stay home and be with their families.” However, others point fingers at consumers for being hypocritical by shopping during the late hours that prevent employees from being home for the holidays. Still others argue that employees who are unsatisfied with their work hours are not obligated to take the job. Kmart officials extended the hours for flexibility and the convenience of customers. “Kmart has been a destination for early-bird shopping and last-minute entertaining needs on Thanksgiving Day for 22 years,” Kmart spokeswoman Shanelle Armstrong wrote in
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013
Select Schools in 19 States Send ‘Fat Letters’ Home to Students
JANET GUAN ANGELA YANG Staff Writers
ents, as well as eating disorder specialists, who are concerned about the toll that letters take on children’s self-esteem. To what extent can schools in“I just think it’s responsible of terfere in children’s health? In re- parents to send them out looking cent years, the U.S. seems to have for free candy just because all the been going through a health epi- other kids are doing it,” a woman demic resulting in higher obesity identified as Cheryl said, accordrates affecting not only adults, but ing to CBS. children and adolescents as well. Criticism arose about the ethAccording to the Centers for ics of BMI testing in schools, as Disease Control, in 2010, 12.1 many felt that singling out overpercent of children ages two through five, 18 percent of children ages six through 11 and 18.4 percent of adolescents ages 12 through 19 were considered obese. Overall in the U.S., obesity rates have levelled off, but still remain quite high. However, another reminder of the na- weight children was problemtion’s recent health epidemic may atic. Massachusetts schools also soon be sent by schools them- dabbled in the practice of sending selves. fat letters home but soon stopped Select schools from 19 states, after self-esteem and bullying issuch as Arkansas and Florida, are sues were reported beginning to perform body mass “I would like to see BMI testing index (BMI) screenings on stu- in schools banned. For those who dents and are sending the results are already insecure about their home to warn parents of their weight, these tests can […] potenchildren’s risk of potential obesity tially trigger an eating disorder,” and health issues. These warnings, Claire Mysko of the National Eatnicknamed “fat letters,” have re- ing Disorders Association said, ceived much backlash from par- according to ABC News.
Select California schools have also begun sending “fat letters” home to students and parents. Districts like Riverside County follow state guidelines and send test results of the child’s BMI to their parents. Despite the criticism from multiple parents and specialists, some nutritional experts believe that the letters may help combat childhood obesity more efficiently. “It shouldn’t be a stigma, it’s not a way to categorize someone. It’s just showing that this child has increased risk to be obese as an adult, which then could lead to quite a few chronic diseases,” nutritionist Lauren Schmitt said, according to CBS. Others acknowledged that the letters have both benefits and detriments. “I think it’s good because it regards someone’s health, but it might also be offensive because it brings down self-esteem,” sophomore Toni Shyy said. Ultimately, sending fat letters home as a method of informing parents of their child’s health continues to be adopted by schools despite the backlash. MOOR graphic by SIMON ZHAO
ISSUE 12, VOL. 104
Hot Sauce Company Under Heat JOSEPH ALAN NEY-JUN Staff Writer Processing the ingredients to make the Sriracha sauce releases strong fumes into the air that cause irritation in the nose, and at its strongest, the skin and eyes. While the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale, CA does have a filtration system already in place, the locals do not believe it is strong enough. The southern Californian factory for the famous rooster sauce almost crowed its last peppered breath when the residents of Irwindale petitioned a local judge to shut down the factory until a better air filtration system was put into place. “The smell is [really] strong, and it kind of burns our eyes and burns our lungs,” Irwindale resident Lawrence Castro said, according to ABC News. The bulk of their year’s supply is made during the time between September and December. In 2010 the company produced 20 million bottles. It is a crucial time for Huy Fong Foods, as the hot sauce is one of their most popular items, earning $60 million a year. “Without Sriracha, it would be difficult for me to eat many foods. Sriracha makes the food I put it on taste better,” sophomore Jack Xie Chen said. Durrng this time of rapid production, the city of Irwindale has come under the exhaust of the beginning of 45 million kilograms of peppers. The petition was turned down by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert O’Brien, who stated that it was “a very radical order on 24-hour notice.” Huy Fong Foods is denying that there is an odor problem, but there is a growing movement among the people of Irwindale to stand against the factory until the odor problem is resolved. MOOR graphic by GEN THIPATIMA
Farewell to AHS’ Assistant Principal of Guidance
CINDY LUO Staff Writer
After seven years of administrating at AHS, Assistant Principal Jeremy Infranca stepped into his new position at the district office as the Coordinator of Child Welfare and Attendance on Nov. 15. Infranca has worked in education since 1997. Growing up in the city of La Crescenta, he attended Crescenta Valley High School and, later, the University of La Verne. Infranca became a teacher because he was inspired and motivated by several excellent teachers, who he regarded as role models. He taught English at Walnut High school until 2005. In 2006, Infranca joined AUSD
“[Seeing] the excitement, relief and started at AHS as an Assistant office in 2008 as the district’s EnPrincipal of Student Services. ergy Manager, but he decided he and pure joy on the faces of stu“Frankly, I see myself as a very “wanted to come back to Moor dents and parents was always the small piece of a very big puzzle Country.” highlight for me. Plus I loved readthat is Alhambra High,” Infranca “Mr. Infranca is one of the few ing the names of graduates in front said. people I met in the school that lis- of 7,000 of my closest friends at Throughout his duration of tens to the same music that I do,“ East LA College,” Infranca said. work, Infranca has worked in junior David Hernandez said. ”It According to Infranca, being a three difteacher ferent or adI’ve learned so much from our students. They have offices minisshown me motivation, resiliency and the courage at AHS, trator at to go out into the world and stake their own claims. including a large Student school -Jeremy Infranca Services, always Business and Activities and re- pains me to say goodbye to a fel- has challenges. All of the obcently Guidance. As the Assistant low person who enjoys Slayer.” stacles that he has encountered Principal of Guidance, his primary Among all the positive memo- have helped him to develop and role is to support and encourage ries during his time at AHS, In- improve teaching and communistudents and parents. He spent a franca’s favorite memories are of cating skills, which leads him to short period of time at the district graduation. where he is today.
“I believe I’m much more understanding, patient and ready to handle any professional challenge that comes my way as a result of my time here,” Infranca said. “I’ve learned so much from our students. They have shown me motivation, resiliency, tolerance and the courage to go out into the world and stake their own claims.” Infranca wants all Moors to keep striving for success and honor. He would like to show his gratitude to all the students. “Because of you, I’ve grown as a person and I’m eternally grateful,” Infranca said. “I have always been treated with kindness and respect by all students and staff at AHS. In my heart I will always be a Moor!”
That Was Fast: Colleges Fail to Responsibly Address Sexual Assault DEBORAH CHEN Copy Editor Numerous students at the University of Southern California (USC) have filed federal complaints that the school has failed to adequately respond to sexual assaults on campus. Similar complaints have also been filed at other schools around the nation, including Occidental, Yale, University of California Berkeley, Dartmouth and Swarthmore. There have been many situations in which school officials do not do their
job, which is to provide a safe environment for the students on campus. In addition, their reasoning for why rape is not a crime is ridiculous. “Even though his penis penetrated [her] vagina, because he stopped, it was not a crime,’’ a Department of Public Safety detective allegedly told a victim, according to Mail Online. That is absurd! Rape is still rape, regardless of the fact that he “stopped.” The fact that he discontinued does not make it any less of a crime. He still committed an atrocious act and there-
Should Bullies be Charged for Murder When Victims Commit Suicide?
REBECCA ZENG Staff Writer
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Murder is defined as the unlawful killing of a person. When juvenile bullies harassed an innocent 12-year-old girl telling her kill herself, she eventually did. Though this was indirect murder, it is still murder as it was a causation of the end result, and therefore the bullies who harassed her should be faced with criminal charges. Those bullies who initiated the harrassment deserve to be punished severely as courts would punish murderers even if their actions were indirect, but consciously caused someone to die. It does not matter if they are remorseful or not, since it is impossible to bring back a life; any bully who caused their victims to commit suicide needs to be punished. This is because more bullies tell their victims to kill themselves, despite knowing the power behind words and more often than now, hey succeed in traumatizing or even driving the victim to commit suicide. A slap on the hand and a reprimand will not transform anyone’s behavior, much less apathetic intimidators. The First Amendment protects verbal bullying, since it gives everyone the right to free speech. However, just because people in the U.S. are allowed to speak their minds, civil harassment laws state that harassing someone causing substantial emotional distress without a legitimate purpose is a crime. Due to these laws, everyone, including bullies, is held accountable for their words and actions.
BARRY CHEUNG Staff Writer
People commit suicide for a variety of reasons— one being bullying. Bullies should not be charged with murder, even if their victims commit suicide, because bullying and murder are not comparable in a sense of laws, morals and ethics. Some adolescent victims of bullying commit suicide, but should the bullies go to jail for almost all of their lives because someone else killed themself? They should not be charged with homicide, since suicide is often the result of multiple, coupled factors. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, these factors include mental disorders, a stressful life, drugs, exposure to another suicide and allowed access to lethal suicide methods. Since there are so many factors involved in suicide, it is unfair to only pinpoint one external cause, bullying. As stated in the First Amendment of the Constitution, everyone is given the freedom of speech. It is true that bullies misuse it to unfairly attack their victims, but they still do have the right to say whatever they want. If bullying is proven to be a main reason for the suicide, then charging the bullies with harassment, assault and battery would be more appropriate than charging them with murder. If there were to be a charge for this predicament, then it should not be treated as a homicide. Bullies do not premeditatedly kill them, nor necessarily expect it to occur.
fore there needs to be consequences for his actions. According to Merriam We b s t e r, rape is “illegal sexual contact t h a t u s u ally involves force upon a person without consent or is inflicted upon a person who is incapable of giving consent.” So, last I checked, the definition for rape still has not changed.
In addition, officials should always try to solve rape cases to the best of their potential. The fact that the students are paying to attend that college and the college will not even protect their basic rights is astounding. Why aren’t the officials making every effort they can to arrest the rapist? Why are they instead making excuses for the attacker? Another student, Tucker
Reed, stated that her exboyfriend raped her in December 2010. However, when she went to officials in December 2012, she said her case was not properly investigated and was eventually dismissed, even though she had presented detectives with a recording of her alleged rapist admitting to the crime. Everyone who reports a crime deserves to have their claim investigated thoroughly. The fact that her case was ultimately dismissed even though there was evidence to back up her claim demonstrates
Giraffes: Another Pointless Challenge JADE LIEU Staff Writer 3:00 a.m., the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors, your parents, are there for breakfast. You have strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese. What is the first thing you open? For the past few weeks, many Facebook users have been trying to solve this riddle and some have been unsuccessful. If the person answering the riddle gives the incorrect answer, they must change their profile picture into a giraffe for the next two days. Many took part in the “Great Giraffe Challenge,” which swept through social media. This is one of many challenges that teenagers have followed throughout the past couple years, which range from hilarity, like the “Chubby Bunny Challenge,” to more harmful tasks such as the “Cinnamon Challenge.” Teenagers tend to jump onto the bandwagon, despite there being no reason to. Teens know that these chal-
lenges are foolish, uncalled for and potentially dangerous, and yet we still manage to popularize them. Upon answering the riddle, no one was forced to change their picture into a giraffe. Nobody needs to know how many marshmallows they can stuff into their mouths or how much cinnamon they can consume before eventually coughing up a cloud of brown. The mouth can only fit so many marshmallows, which may lead to choking or triggering of the gag reflex. Cinnamon is a spice that dries the mouth and taking in a large amount is a safety hazard which can lead to choking, throat irritation or even lung damage. Although all these safety hazards are well known, teenagers still manage to conjure up ridiculous challenges for others to complete. Whether it be as simple as the “Giraffe Challenge” or as life threatening as the “Cinnamon Challenge,” perhaps due to our reckless teenage minds, we still tend to follow these ridiculous trends. MOOR graphics by SIMON ZHAO
the unfairness present in society when dealing with sexual assaults against women. The officials need to step up and do their job to the best of their ability by properly investigating each case every time and ensuring that the the rapists are brought to justice. It is the officials’ jobs to protect the community, and it is blatantly clear through several occurrences that the officials did not deliver that protection. More action must take place at these universities to ensure a safer community against sexual violence.
IN THE RICE BOX Numbers Game OLIVIA CHEUNG Editor in Chief Anyone who tells you that balance is easy is a liar. As teenagers, we know of the failed attempts at balancing our academic, social and personal lives all within 24 hours. As students, we are encouraged—if not conditioned—to tip the balance scale in order to prioritize our grades for a comfortable future. But what if our futures aren’t meant to be just comfortable? What if we want to tell our college friends about the time we snuck out of the house at four a.m. to bike around the empty streets with a dear friend? What if we want to tell our kids about the time we spent 20 hours binge watching Gray’s Anatomy and still bear no regrets? What if we want to live a little? Don’t get me wrong. Grades are important—I would be a liar if I said I let my grades slide—but so is everything else that pertains to us. I’m consistently asked why I sleep at 1 a.m. on a near daily basis if I know it’s awful for my health, but I laugh every time and smile like I did when I was five years old, an age epitomized by invincibility and happiness, and answer, “balance.” I may look like a walking corpse at school, but I feel alive to an extent schoolwork alone could never afford me. I often envision myself as an overworked 30-year-old and ask, “Will I remember how many A’s I earned in high school? Or will I remember the time I watched Piranhaconda with a friend and laughed for what felt like the first time?” I believe there’s more to our lives than paper and numbers. I hope you believe so, too.
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BR ebrated on the fourth Thursday of NoIA N vember. It originated in 1914 when Pilgrims celebrated with a large feast after their first successful wheat crop. The holiday has become a day when families and friends gather to eat dinner and commemorate their blessings. Although Thanksgiving seems like an American holiday, it is celebrated by many countries around the world,though under different names Like America’s Thanksgiving, China’s Moon Festival is a time for families to honor the end of the harvest season with a giant feast. As one of the most celebrated Chinese holidays the Moon Festival often occurs around the months of September or October. During this celebration, people eat mooncakes, a flaky pastry stuffed with either sweet or savory filling, usually red bean or lotus seed. Canada has been celebrating Thanksgiving before the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth. When Martin Frosbishor arrived in Newfoundland, Canada, where he celebrated his safe arrival, an event now celebrated on the second Monday of October. Aside from the date, the celebrations are largely similar with families gathering around tables stacked high with turkey, stuffing, and pies. Although Thanksgiving is celebrated in many different ways around the world, it usually symbolizes the end of an important event. We celebrate Thanksgiving by eating and enjoying what life has given us.
Elementary school teachers have incessantly engraved images of Pilgrims and feasts into young minds. Giving thanks should be a daily practice, so what is so exceptional about this sole holiday besides stuffing ourselves with delights? Thanksgiving commemorates the historic day when Pilgrims successfully settled on American soil, but most of all, it is a reminder. This autumn holiday reminds us that despite the unappetizing cafeteria lunches, we still have options to select from. It reminds us that we are well-fed enough to dump out tasteless broccoli and peculiar boxes of dried fruit and nuts and that we are financially well off enough to purchase one dollar Hot Cheetos from the vending machine. Overlooking the negative events in life and taking time to reflect over the better moments is crucial to good health—not physical, but spiritual and relational health. Thanking stimulates healthy relationships and gratitude fosters optimism within individuals. Inevitably, we will have sorrows, but even misery comes and goes. Why focus on the gloominess when we could focus on experiences worth our appreciation?
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A. George Washington C. John Hancock B. Benjamin Franklin D. Thomas Jefferson 2. Which U.S. president established Thanksgiving as an annual national holiday? A. George Washington C. Franklin D. Roosevelt B. Abraham Lincoln D. Rutherford B. Hayes
True or False 1. The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog. 2. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days. 3.The date of Thanksgiving was once changed to the economy 4. Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey. Fun Fact Here’s one of those funny Thanksgiving facts: Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead. Answers: 1. B 4. B 6. B 7. True 9. True
People enjoy stuffing their faces with pumpkin pie, turkey and mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving. However, the day after Thanksgiving is when the real fun begins. Black Friday is when stores have huge sales and we can finally shop to our heart’s content without spending too much. Black Friday first started in the 1960s as a kickoff to Christmas shopping. Back in the day, when accounting records were recorded by hand, red ink indicated a loss, while black ink indicated a profit. Therefore, Black Friday refers to the stores transitioning from “red” to “black.” However, Black Friday is notorious for being an unsafe shopping spree day. Black Fridays have occurred with disasters such as murders, mayhem and stampedes. In 2008, Wal-Mart worker Jdimytai Damour was crushed to death in a shopper stampede while four others workers were injured. Last year, an argument in Toys ‘‘R’’ Us led to a shootout and the deaths of two shoppers. In addition, a woman attacked other shoppers with pepper spray because she did not want to be beaten to a bargain last year. Although these disasters have occurred, Black Friday is still a day to shop to our heart’s desire and have fun. Safety should be a priority during this event. However, for those shoppers that didn’t have as much luck on Friday don’t forget you still have Cyber Monday.
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Cross Country Team Auspiciously Finishes League Finals
MOOR photo by YIBEI LIU ALPHA OF THE PACK AHS varsity cross country junior runner Nicholas Kirya sprints passionately towards the finish line during his last 500 meters of the Almont League Finals at Whittier Narrows. KAYIU WONG Staff Writer On Nov. 6, cross coun-
try officially ended their season after the Almont League finals at Legg Lake.
The varsity teams both ended in the same league rankings as last year, with
Nate’s Nation Make Me ‘Like Mike’
NATE GARCIA Sports Editor The countless sports advertisements that are played during the halftime show of an NBA game or placed on the billboards on the freeway, seem to have piled up into a corporate game of cat and mouse. Whenever I walk by Sport Chalet, Footlocker or any other sporting goods store, the presence of giant posters of professional athletes sporting the latest shoes in obnoxious colors is overwhelming. The companies that create these products have one goal: make big bucks. They couldn’t care less if I were to actually have a chance at becoming the next Jeremy Lin, because after three weeks, the fad would be over and the next line of sneakers would come rolling in. Large companies, such as Nike and Adidas, have long sponsored professional athletes and teams over a wide range of sports. The method used by these companies to attract customers is none other than the infamous placebo effect. If the shoes are advertised as if Lebron can shoot threes with these sneakers, I should be able to also, right? Don’t get ahead of yourself. Whatever it is that urges most people to go out and buy a colorful pair of shoes for over a hundred dollars is working very well. That “it” is the dream of being like the pros. The ability to make a 40yard goal or to dunk from the key is on their bucket list. These dreams are unimaginable for us high school “ballers”, so consumers go and buy the products that worldwide manufacturers advertise with star athletes, hoping that these products will make them superstars. They think that if they do not own the shoes that everyone else has, they will not play to their best ability. I’m not one to be easily manipulated by these foolish campaigns, because although I know in fact that I’m not that great at basketball, practice is the only method toward improvement. Although at times it may be hard, it is better to go through the pain of practice to achieve higher goals. After all, practice makes perfect. Most people believe that owning a good pair of shoes advertised as the best in the market will make them an instant star. Slapping on a pair of Kobe VII’s isn’t going to increase my chances of getting into the NBA. Sure, it will provide grip and maybe stability, but Nike’s advertisements of Kobe VII’s makes them seem almost magical. Any decent player can make a shot with a worn-out, generic pair of sneakers just as well as they could with the latest Hyperdunks. It’s all an illusion. Nike, Adidas and other big name companies want your money and nothing more. They wouldn’t be surprised if after their products are sold, the consumers don’t become like the pros. Give your wallet a break; instead of going out to buy the latest kicks, get a basketball and go out to play to improve your game. These “Pumped Up Kicks” may look stylish, but if you’re getting them because you think they’ll make you a superstar, think again. They’ll only make you a hypebeast.
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the varsity boys finishing in fourth place and varsity girls placing third.
A majority of the team attained new personal records during the final race and used their endurance drills to their advantage. Individually, junior Anhayte Guajardo placed second, freshman Yaneli Guajardo placed third and senior captain Luz Badillo placed sixth for the varsity girls’ team. For the varsity boys, junior Daniel Ramirez came in seventh place and junior Gabriel Castro finished in ninth place. “I was nervous as the race started, but became more and more comfortable along my run. I feel I did well in achieving a new personal time and am glad to be awarded with a medal,” Ramirez said. Being in Almont League’s top three, the varsity girls’ team moved on to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) preliminaries on Nov. 16.
“I [envision] the girls coming home with a new personal record at the Mount Sac course and running to their best potential,” Head Coach Sandra Rodriguez said. Rodriguez, plans on maintaining a successful season next year and anticipates 12 current frosh soph runners moving up to varsity. She is personally proud of all her runners for maturing and constantly pushing themselves this year. For the team as a whole, the athletes look back to the past season and remember the strides they have progressively made. “I feel I ran a good race overall and I am ecstatic we had so many personal bests this last race. We really showed all the hard work we put in. Next year, we are definitely looking forward [to] first or second place,” Anhayte Guajardo said.
Girls’ Volleyball Slides Its Way Through Season WESLEY TSAI Staff Writer The Moors had their last league game on Nov. 5 against the Mark Keppel Aztecs which was the last game of senior players’ high school careers. The win resulted with the Moors receiving a record of 3-7. It took the Moors four intense sets to defeat the Aztecs resulting with the set score of 4-1. “I feel like our last game was good. I saw real aggressiveness come out from our players and some of the underclassmen really made me proud,” captain Catalina Lee Kim said. With five seniors leaving this year out
prepared. Tran hopes to work on their defense and offense so that they can perform better. “The team needs to be more mentally strong so that they can play at their full potential,” Tran said. The Moors’ expectations are high, not from coaches, but from the players themselves. Working diligently is key, and to be successful, the Moors need effort in the offseason to be different next year. MOOR photo by SHANNON KHA “My expectations for next year are high. THE FINAL PRACTICE Lady Moors varsity [The] majority of us volleyball team prepares for a victory in their final will be varsity returnleague match against the Mark Keppel Aztecs. ers. We’ve had a rough season this year, so I classmen are very high. varsity pace itself. With hope we learn from our Most of the varsity the benefit of knowing mistakes and struggles players this year will be who they’re going to to be a better team,” returners, thus mean- play against, the Moors junior defensive speing that they should be can adjust to be more cialist Carol Chen said. of a team that consists of 18, the expectations on this year’s under-
used to Head Coach Charles Tran’s coaching strategies and the
Varsity Football Easing Back Into Offseason SIMEON LAM Staff Writer As the varsity football team finishes off the season, the team has begun to look ahead to the future within the program. With 16 seniors graduating this year from the squad, next year’s team will consist of many returners, but also plenty of new faces. Head Coach Eric Bergstrom believes that the team should be fine heading into next season even though they fell short of some expectations this year. “This season, the players showed a lot of motivation by focusing on their own skills
and not the opponent’s skills,” Bergstrom said. “With more preparation, we hope to build momentum from the offseason into the season,” After finishing with a 2-8 record, the Moors earned the Tri-City
addition, Bergstrom has stated that the lack of an offseason was a major factor in the number of losses. He plans to endorse continued weight training and conditioning during the offseason.
“This season, the players showed a lot of motivation by focusing on their own skills and not the opponent’s skills.” -Eric Bergstrom
Award. This award is given to the team with the best record among Mark Keppel, San Gabriel and Alhambra. In
“We plan to work hard in the weight room every day, especially during the summer,” junior wide receiver Si-
mon Poon said. “We’re also [going to work] hard on conditioning,” Overall, Bergstrom and the players are excited for what a full year of training will bring. They believe that fixing small mistakes will lead to more wins and a successful season. They can only wait to see where the football program at AHS heads. “As a new coach, we didn’t have much of an offseason this past season,” Bergstrom said. “This year, I plan to start much earlier. In my opinion, that will be the biggest difference that will get us better.” MOOR graphic SYDNEY LI