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January 25, 2008 Vol. 25 No. 4 100 Skyway Drive, San Jose, CA 95111

Valley Christian High School

Teaching and Touching

By Caitlin Mulvihill Opinions Editor

People often speak of the encounters they had that enabled them to better understand the nature of life, malice, and grace. These encounters are highly enviable, as they provide insight into the intricacies of existence that the lens of every-day life is unable to convey. Valley Christian students were privileged to have made an acquaintance with a woman whose story offers the spectacles that grant a glimpse into the extent of human potential. She is a holocaust survivor, and her name is Chayale Ash. Ash’s story began in 1920 when she was born on a stage to parents in the acting business. Her childhood dream was of becoming a director, which was slightly stifled in 1930 when the Jewish theater was brought to an abrupt end. Chayale and her family were among those who lived through the brutality of labor camps and endured the consequences of unspeakable violence and hatred. She was a part of a people group that was dehumanized by another and made to work like slaves whose only reward was the hope of a piece of bread at the end of the day. While in the Nazi labor camp, Chayale worked in factories and fields through ailment and disease and watched her mother wither away and die. We all know of the types of horrors and atrocities that took place in the various Nazi camps. Many of us have even read Elie Weisel’s memoir, Night, which tells of his unbelievably horrific experience at Auschwitz. While the details of these happenings are truly astounding in what they betray about the human capacity for evil, they are even more remarkable when survivors overcome them to reveal the depths of human grace. After Chayale spoke in chapel, she visited a Leadership class where she shared more of her story. When

Holocaust survivor’s story inspires and uplifts

Holocaust survivor Chayale Ash, a Romanian Jew, related her tremendous story of love and loss, inspiring teachers and students alike.

it was inquired as to how she managed to survive her experience, Chayale explained the role that her sense of humor played in getting her through trials. She told a story about how muddy and dirty her feet would be upon returning from the day’s labor, and how she would wash her only pair of shoes in the murky stream of water that weaved through the wet camp since there was no running water in the barracks. One day, as she was washing her shoes, one of them swam away down the stream. When people became hysterical over her illfated loss, she began to laugh and dance in the snow without her shoe. The woman

who endured the pits of human suffering somehow managed to light a spark of hope in the midst of despair. Students flooded onto the floor of the gym following Chayale’s speech in order to shake her hand and to offer gratitude for her story. Each outstretched hand was met with Chayale’s comforting grasp. She would hold the hands of students and tell them that she was truly happy to meet them. Her sincere eyes seemed filled with laughter as she encouraged everyone to love life, to be gentle with it, and to be gentle with one another. It was astonishing that the same eyes that witnessed murder

and despair were able to offer love and hope. The same hands that bled from working in frozen cotton fields as a result of hatred became soft again and made us feel cared for. Humanity has the potential to do great things, and has chosen, at times, to use that potential for evil. But even in the midst of a holocaust, there is still dignity, charm, and beauty in the human soul. People continued to be hopeful during a dark time, and were not consumed by the evil around them. We look at Chayale’s story and see how resilient humans can be. Where there is malice, there is often grace.

Lady Warriors Basketball Team Notches First Ever Win Over Mitty By Alyssa Berding Junior Sports Editor

Kelsey Byrd launches a jumper for two points in the Warriors’ one-point win over the Monarchs.

After dominating their early non-league schedule, the girls varsity basketball team is still on the rise and has moved into West Catholic league play. Carried by their quick fast break and powerful defense, the Lady Warriors have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with and have successfully maintained their third place rank in the San Jose Mercury News. The girls are continuing to build on last year’s breakout season as they push on toward the goal of another CCS championship. On December 17, the Lady Warriors took on Monterey High School and earned a decisive victory over the Tornados, 79-42. The girls then went on to play Saratoga High School on December 19. Pulling ahead of their opponents early, the Warriors never let up and finished with win, 63-27. Junior Kelsey Byrd led the Warriors in scoring with an impressive 24 points. Finishing up their non-league schedule on December 22, the girls played against Wilcox High School and struggled at the foul line. Presented with a See VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL pg. 19


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2007-2008 Warrior Staff Alyssa Tomasello Jr. News Editor Kaitlyn Baker Assistant News Editor Erin McKinley Assistant News Editor Liz Flemming Jr. News Editor Tori Bergland Features Editor Christine Byrne Jr. Features Editor Caitlin Mulvihill Opinions Editor Adam Hill Sports Editor Brittney Tanori Assistant Sports Editor Alyssa Berding Jr. Sports Editor CJ Wrye Jr. Sports Editor Eric Nguyen Photography Editor Caitlin Mulvihill Business Manager Kaitlyn Baker Assistant Business Manager Erin McKinley Assistant Business Manager

Staff Writers Eric Bates Tanner Burns Joyce Chen Lindsay Cole Tarah Duarte Joe Garcia Amber Garman David Henderson Amanda Hochmuth Jon Hughes Stephen Lam Jonathan Lampkin Aidan Lenihan Melody Makhfi Megan McKinley Arman Moghtaderi-Zadeh Jeff Mueller Shalmalee Pandit Erica Parker Jacob Ruiz Jamie Walitsch Rosha Zabihi

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this week’s sports...

Mens Basketball: Sat. 1/26 vs. Archbishop Riordan, Wed. 1/30 vs. Bellarmine, Fri. 2/1 at Sacred Heart Women’s Basketball: Fri. 1/25 at Sacred Heart Prep, Tue. 1/29 at Presentation, Thu. 1/31 at Sacred Heart Boys Soccer: Sat. 1/26 vs. Archbishop Riordan, Tue. 1/29 vs. St. Francis Girls Soccer: Sat. 1/26 at Sacred Heart Prep, Tue. 1/29 at St. Francis Boys Wrestling: Fri. 1/25 and Sat. 1/26 at Gilroy (Mid Cal), Tue. 1/29 vs. Archbishop Mitty


A Glance Within

Ryan Eshoff Editor-In-Chief/News Editor

-Valley Christian students and faculty travel to STN convention -Warriors shine in mathematics competitions -Get an update on VC Winter Guard


-Find out which restaurant was reviewed this month -Which movies should you see? -Follow the BluRay versus HDDVD battle!


-Working on preparing for Winter Ball -Go behind the scenes of a Valley Christian newscast -Check out all the fascinating relationships among your VC teachers

in SPORTS -Varsity Girls Soccer team continues to contend in tough WCAL -Hockey team dominates all opponents -Newest Spotlight Athlete revealed!

From the San Jose Mercury News... January 9: VC’s AJ Newton wins Athlete of the Week! Newton, the Mercury News freshman of the year who led the West Catholic Athletic League in scoring last season, is off to an excellent start in her sophomore campaign. The 5-foot-2 point guard has outstanding speed and anticipates well on defense. Thursday, she was all over the court in the Warriors’ 55-40 victory over host St. Francis. She scored 16 points - combining drives to the hoop with a smooth outside shot - and had eight rebounds, six assists and five steals.

Check Out The Valley Christian Club Scene! Valley Christian Clubs! Want to add more extra curricular activites in or if you just want to meet up with people with similar interest. Joining clubs is a great way to achieve both! Chinese Language Club – Want to learn more about the Chinese language or you just want to share what you know? Come to Chinese Language Club! Meets every second Tuesday of the month in room 111. Christian Club – Meets every Thursday at lunch in room 218. Come hear Bay Area youth pastors and your friends share with us. The Film Society – Popcorn, soda, and a flick; coming soon French Club – Bonjour or hello, want to learn more about French? French Club coming soon Illusion Club – Want to learn some tricks to amaze your friends? Come to Illusion club! First meeting October 5 and room will be announced. Japanese Club – Konichiwa, Nihongo o narimasuka? Translation: “Hello want to learn about Japanese?” Come to Japanese club. Latin Club – Want to know more about Latin in general? Come to Latin Club in room 221 on Tuesdays at Lunch Mock Trial – Are you interested in a future with law? Join Mock Trial! They meet at lunch in room 107G Mu Alpha Theta – Interested in math? Want to increase your math skills? Join Mu Alpha Theta. They meet at lunch every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Nu Delta Alpha – Don’t be deceived! Its not another match club but this is a dance one! Photo Club – Interested in photography? Come to Photo club in room 303 from 2:30 to 3:00 every Tuesday. International Awareness – Worried about the world? Come to International Awareness! Young Political Leader Club – Interested in politics or just want to talk about it? Come to room 107G every Friday at lunch! Ultimate Sports Club – Everyone needs some recreation time and just have fun. Ultimate Sports Club is coming! Slam Poetry Club – ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Poetry is an imaginative awareness of experience expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices so as to evoke an emotional response. Have no idea what that means? Come to the Slam Poetry Club and find out! Fridays at lunch in room 422. Spanish Club- Hola! Experience all the thrills of Spanish culture, Wednesdays at lunch in room 105 Go-Green – Worried about the environment? Come to Go- Green Club! Art Club – Interested in sketching, painting, or any other form of art? Art Club Fridays at Lunch in 127G


Friday, January 25, 2007



Students Broadcast “Warrior Watch” By Jon Lampkin Staff Writer It all started with a televi-

sion program showing every morning during homeroom called the KVCH News. The KVCH News gives students their daily news and includes information and previews on all of the current Valley Christian High School events. And now, the Communications Department has fashioned a full-blown television program showing on Comcast Cable Networks. This brand new montage of student work debuted on December 17, 2007 This new show airs every Sunday at 1:30PM on Comcast Channel 15, and is now beginning to obtain a true weekly audience. Warrior Watch is an tremendous outlet to showcase the excellent work and effort of extraordinary Valley students. Many students have already taken advantage of this opportunity and even a select few have a dedicated weekly time slot on the show. Things such as video montages, sports highlights and even footage of extra-curricular activities related to Valley Christian High School have been displayed. The project has been spear-

Seniors Adam Hill and Ryan Eshoff have a short sports segment on Valley’s new Warrior Watch. Catch the show Sundays at 1:30 on ComCast Channel 15.

headed by Valley Christian Communications Department radio teacher, Mr. Donny Fugate. He is excited about the

new Comcast program and looks forward to spotlighting various departments of the high school in the months to come.

One of the weekly segments is hosted by seniors Ryan Eshoff and Adam Hill. Their program is called “The Fanatix.” During the program they discuss the latest professional sports happenings and also all of the latest news in high school sports. The television segment is fashioned after ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” and includes the discussion of a single topic for about thirty seconds to one minute, discussing different viewpoints on a topic and usually conflicting ideas about the recent sports happenings. The senior pair look forward to continuing their television show, especially in the newly refurnished KVCH On-Air radio studio. The studio will be used in all of their Fanatix film sessions to come. Other segments on the show include video clips, short films and interesting events taking place in the lives of Valley Christian students. Also, the television program includes a weekly devotion in which the Communication Department strives to spread the Word of God through this excellent opportunity. Check it out on Sundays at 1:30PM.

Valley Goes to the STN Convention By Ryan Eshoff & Liz Fleming Editor-In-Chief and Jr. News Editor The fifth annual Student Television gates from other schools and organizations. Network convention was held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA from January 18-20. For the third consecutive year, Valley Christian sent a team to the threeday event that features breakout sessions, on-site competitions, and other activities. Both students and teachers in the broadcast field got the chance to receive professional instruction and interact with dele-

This year’s VCHS team was led by Mr. Terry McElhatton, Mr. Nate Marshall, and Ms. Alexis Reichow. Students in attendance included seniors Justin Ching, Amy Carpenter, and Jeff Belgum, juniors Aneesh Chaganty, Seyka Huff, Jordan Brazie, Adam Obreiner, sophomores Marissa Earles and Omar Iturriaga, and freshman Bill Hix.

The experience provided the ten students with the opportunity to learn a lot about the fields of communications and television from professionals and teachers from around the country. Highlights from the conference included guest speaker Bob Dotson of NBC, who encouraged students to “make it memorable” in the opening ceremony for the conference, ISM sessions for film production, and an on-site contest

Ryan Eshoff’s Guide to:

The Super Bowl Experience

called “Laptop Journalist.” Numerous other film contests were held, with awards being granted for achievement in a variety of areas.

The Math Club is on a Roll

By Brittney Tanori Assistant Sports Editor This school year’s Math Club By Ryan Eshoff Editor-In-Chief

7:26 am: Instead of CNN, you flip to FOX for the Pre-Pre-Pre-Game Show. Terry Bradshaw’s head is already red. 8:43 am: As you are leaving, your wife/ girlfriend/mother informs you that it’s inappropriate to wear a foam finger in church. 9:42 am: The preacher continues his sermon, on the story of Samuel and Eli. You wonder if Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning will be as kind to Patriots’ cornerback Asante Samuel. 11:17 am: You rush your family home from church even though the game does not start for another 4 hours. You do not want to miss the special on Eli Manning’s second cousin’s stepbrother’s nephew, who is, amazingly, ALSO a quarterback!!! 12:38 pm: As you are eating your lunch the first friends start arriving. A host of neighbors show up unexpectedly soon after. 12:57 pm: People that you have never seen before begin showing up. “The bathroom is down the hall, and are you going for the Pats or the Giants?” 1:39 pm: Party members marvel at how FOX has managed a sideline reporter for

every player and coach on each team. 2:14 pm: You and your more energetic buddies head outside for a last quick game of catch. But with a wind chill of 52 degrees, you decide it is far too cold for football. 3:32 pm: The game finally kicks off. Some idiot makes a wisecrack about the power going out, and someone else punches him. Refill on the Tostito’s. 3:47 pm: First big play of the game, a long completion from Brady to Moss. The Pats fans in the group jump for joy. Rufus starts barking madly and leaves a reminder that he’s a Giants fan. 4:02 pm: The first commercial involving: a) an adorable dog, b) horses or c) a romantic evening, airs. You remind your wife/girlfriend that there is no swooning during the Super Bowl. 4:11 pm: The Giants’ Plaxico Burress catches a touchdown pass. A quick survey reveals that no one at the party knows anyone named Plaxico. 4:39 pm: The first commercial involving bikinis airs. Your wife/girlfriend reminds you that there is no swooning during the

Super Bowl. You quietly thank God for high definition television. 5:11 pm: Halftime arrives, and you begrudgingly admit that you forgot Tom Petty was still alive. 5:42 pm: Play resumes. You have now memorized the entire TV spot for “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” 6:08 pm: FOX’s Joe Buck compares the Manning brothers for the 67th time. 6:52 pm: Tom Brady throws his fourth touchdown pass of the game. You and your friends get into a heated argument over who is more attractive, Giselle Bundchen (Brady’s current girlfriend) or Bridget Moynahan (the mother of his child). 7:02 pm: You realize that you have had a salsa stain on your Giants jersey the whole game, and nobody bothered to tell you. You decide you will pass it off as blood. 7:16 pm: The game finally concludes, with the Patriots completing an undefeated season. Your friends begin to file out. 8:14 pm: The last of your friends leave the Super Bowl XLII party. Finally. Now you can watch “Desperate Housewives.”

started off with strong motives to work to the top with the help of Trig/PreCalc teacher and coach Mrs. Claudia Smith. Aside from being involved with the Math Club, students must attend the competitive math competitions. November 29, 2007 was the Math Club’s first major team competition in which 33 members worked together in a team scramble to answer 100 problems in just 30 minutes. Valley Christian High School’s club placed 4th in California and 17th place in the United States. Their next big competition was on Thursday, December 13, 2007 where the individual member worked on their own. Junior Timothy Lin scored the most points from Valley, and placed 12th in the nation among 11th graders. Valley Christian High School placed 3rd in California as well as 12th in the nation. The latest local math contest was on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at Santa Teresa High School. Lin placed 3rd in the 11th grade division. The next upcoming national math contest is January 31, 2008 in a “Four-By-Four Competition.” This contest features ten rounds where students have three minutes to answer problems, and alternate between individual and team work.


Alumni Alert: Katie Allen in major Car accident By Alyssa Berding Junior Sports Writer

Over Christmas Break, Valley Christian alumni Katie Allen’s life changed forever. She suffered through and survived a horrific car crash on January 6, in which her car flipped two and a half times, leaving her with serious brain bleeding and minor paralysis. She entered the hospital directly after the accident and was tended to by doctors and nurses for five days before being released on January 11 to go home to her parents. According to her family, Katie keeps improving day to day, but she continues to need prayer as she starts therapy. To battle the paralysis, Katie will engage in six months of speech therapy, along with occupational and physical therapy. Her doctors continue to remain hopeful that she will fully recover from her injuries. Currently, she is able to walk around and has even tried out the treadmill. Although her speech is slurred, she is able to smile, which is a blessing in itself. After six weeks, Katie will return to the hospital for a check-up MRI and is hoping to receive a good report from the doctors on her progress. Please keep Katie and the Allen family in your prayers as they continue to persevere throughout this difficult time.

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Vision Revolution By Eric Nguyen Photography Editor

Flat screen TVs are all the rage energy efficient. Another benefit of the nowadays. Everyone wants one, whether laser is that the color is much richer and the it’s in his or her bedroom or the living room. contrast level is definitely raised. Currently Currently there are only LCDs and Plasma Mitsubishi is making a line of them. Another type TVs out, but of TVs that coming soon have been are two brand released is new types of OLED. OLED televisions. are similar One kind is to LCDs, called Laser but they are TV and the clearly better. other is OLED One of its (organic benefits is light-emitting that they do diode). not require backlight. Laser TVs Not requiring came out Mitsubishi’s LCD TV backlight is a huge advancement last year, but since flat screen TVs were just recently released, many to TVs, since that would minimize power companies did not want to invest in a consumption. Another advantage is that new type of television. But now that the it doesn’t need a glass cover. They are market is becoming more competitive with also easier to make and can be made even the entrance of new companies, the older bigger! Samsung has just come out with companies are starting to expand their a 83-inch super high definition TV. The TV types. Laser TVs are one of the new resolution of this TV is three times the holders of the future. Laser TVs are similar normal 1080p in TVs. So before you start going out to to projection TVs, but instead of light and filters, they are now using lasers. With the buy that new flat screen television, make speed of lasers, the flicker effect on TVs sure you check out these two new types of decrease greatly and they are now more TVs.


A Strong Beginning for Winter Guard By Erin McKinley Assistant News Editor This year’s Winter Guard members have high hopes of starting off their season strong. Winter Guard, indoor color guard, will be competing with their four minute show in places all over California from now until early April. They are excited to compete with their show that is currently untitled. The song that they are using also does not have a title, because the composer and Valley Christian student senior Doug Wagner has been hard at work writing the song. The Winter Guard had their first show on January 11 at Gilroy High School. This was called the evaluation show because the judges assessed each winter guard on talent so as to place them into a category that would have fair competition throughout the season. The guard members felt that it was a great show partly because they did not have to be perfect when they performed because there was no judging for points. In this show, the Valley Christian Winter Guard performed only two minutes because that was all that they had learned so far in their season. Winter Guard Captain senior Elaine Ku has high hopes for this season as well, and she “hopes the positive attitude and high energy can carry on until championships in April.”


Friday, January 25, 2008

The Mauling at the San Francisco Zoo By Joe Garcia Staff Writer Seventeen-year-old Carlos Sousa

Jr. was taking a trip to the San Francisco Zoo, when a tiger escaped from its enclosure and killed him. Late in the afternoon on Christmas day, Sousa and two of his friends were just about to leave the zoo when Tatiana, a 350 pound Siberian tiger, escaped. The park was just about to close on a slow Christmas day. The San Francisco Zoo had around 25 visitors left in the park including Sousa. and two of his friends, Paul and Kublir Dhaliwal. Police investigators say that Tatiana escaped by either jumping or climbing out of her enclosure. The animal traveled over a 20-foot wall and a 15-foot moat, which is under zoo regulations. Initially, Tatiana attacked 19 year old Paul Dhaliwal and Sousa and 23 year old Kublir Dhaliwal tried to intervene. Sousa was trying to scare the tiger away when Tatiana turned and mauled Sousa to death. After killing Sousa, the tiger then stalked the brothers and tried attacking them when the police arrived. Lt. Ken Smith said, “As that tiger was attacking someone they shot that tiger to save that person’s life.” After the attack, the Dhaliwal brothers made a complete recovery. Paul had severe gashes on his head and many scars. Kublir is now walking with a limp on his left leg. The event marked the second time Tatiana had mauled someone. On December 22, 2006, the tiger attacked a zookeeper during feeding time. The tragedy is some of the few dangers involved in keeping animals in captivity, but animal expert Jack Hanna

said people should not be afraid to visit a zoo. On January 8, 2008, 200 friends and family attended Sousa’s funeral at

Tatiana before she was shot and killed.

a San Jose church. Sousa was laid in his casket with his favorite Oakland Raiders jersey. He was like the Jolly Green Giant,” said 17 year old Josh Vega, who had known Sousa since 3rd grade. “He was the biggest, kindest guy, but he was like our little brother, a little, big, giant. He was the last person you’d expect to die. He was not a gangster. He was a loyal friend.” Sousa was a huge football and music fan. Sadly Sousa will never accomplish his dream of becoming a recording artist. Mother of Sousa, Marilza Sousa was restrained in assigning blame for the attack. She noted that the enclosure’s wall was too low by the zoo’s own admission. She said, “It was too small, but. . .it doesn’t change anything. My son is dead.” The family hired Michael Cardoza who is famous for his Scott Peterson and the San Francisco dog mauling cases. Carlos Sousa, the 17-year-

Thursday night may at first have seemed like nothing, but the gentle raindrops soon turned into frightening gusts of cold air and terror. On January 4, 2008, many people of the Bay Area were affected by the storms that blew in late that evening, and continued throughout the weekend. Winds reached up to nearly sixty-five miles per hour, destroying yards and fences, blowing off roofs, and making peoples’ worst nightmares come true. The residents in San Francisco were bracing themselves for a series of storms that were forecasted to be the worst storms in over a decade. The storms were forecasted to bring around six inches of rain to many areas, causing widespread mudslides in areas in some areas. Visitors at the Sierra Mountains witnessed around ten feet snow. Authorities warned residents of life-threatening flash floods along rivers,

advised to avoid travel between January 4 and January 5. Also, residents were told to stock up on emergency supplies just in case the storm got out of control. Many Valley students and faculty experienced the horrible aftermath of the storms and their mighty power. Though many had no power, the electricians and PG&E worked fast to help all residents regain power. The storms continued through January 7, with flooding and the coastal waves up to 33 feet. California received 65 percent of its annual rainfall for the season already. While many residents were praying for clear skies, the people in the skies-those up in the airplanes--were praying even harder. Many airports across the Bay Area experienced the affects of the storm. Baggage claims were put on hold, and even the plane flights were being canceled. Though the delays were two to three hours


Goodbye to The Year 2007, And Hello To 2008!

old’s father said, “I sat down with a lot of different lawyers, and I liked Michael Cardoza. He has character, the potential, and he had a good heart.” Cardoza said “Carlos Sousa Jr.’s parents are not only concerned with being compensated for the loss of their child, but also want the zoo to immediately address its safety issues.” He said they were upset to hear of other events who occured, including a polar bear nearly scaling the wall of her enclosure and a snow leopard chewing through a temporary cage. “These parents are going through an awful lot. There is nothing worse than losing a child,” Cardoza said. “The family needs to be compensated for their horrendous loss, but they’ve said to me several times already that they want to make sure that no other family has to go through something like this.” Recent reports suggest that 911 help was too slow. The zoo was ill prepared for this attack and zoo regulators are thinking of new ways to prepare for another event like this. The 911 help spent too much time thinking the event was a hoax rather than a real event. Sousa’s two friends who were injured by the tiger, have already hired a Los Angeles attorney, Mark Geragos, who represented Peterson in his murder case. Investigators said that the brothers were under the influence of drugs and are currently trying to get a warrant to search the brother’s car.

WOOOOOOOSH’ AND THE STORM ARRIVES In California!!! By Joyce Chen and Erica Parker Staff Writers Heavy rainstorms on a regular creeks, and streams. People were also


long, none of the major airports, such as the San Francisco International Airport, were overly affected with time delays or damage of airport property. No one was killed, but reports say that some were injured. Now that California has experienced one of the worst storms of the year, they will hopefully now be prepared for any more upcoming emergencies.

By Melody Mahkfi and Jamie Walitsch Staff Writers 2007 was a very hectic and exciting year filled with many shocking events from the unveiling of the iPhone to the Virginia Tech shootings; 2007 will definitely be a year to remember. The year started off with the execution of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on February 18. He was found after months of hiding near a farmhouse outside the city of Tikrit. His capture brought a new hope to the citizens of Iraq. On April 16, Virgina Tech experienced the worst school shooting in American history. A gunman stormed the school, killing 32 people including students and teachers. Then the 23-yearold troubled man took his own life. College students from all around were in a state of mourning for this horrible massacre. During June of 2007, Apple introduced their very successful iPhone. Junior Stephen Lam stated, “I love my iPhone! It is one of the most revolutionary devices ever made.” The iPhone created a spark in the cellular world. Verizon tried to compete with AT&T’s iPhone, by introducing their new Voyager. Running at $300, it is $100 cheaper then the iPhone. Southern California had a horrible 2007 October as Tuesday the 23rd began a huge fire spreading throughout many homes, and towns. A total of 15 fires, killed 22 people, and destroyed 3,640 homes. The whole nation was able to rally together to help those in need from the fires. Many of us know the sad breakdown of former pop singer sensation Britney Spears. Sophomore Taylor Batey said boldly, “I have completely lost all my respect for her, I used to love her, but now she has just lost it.” On the other hand, senior Rosha Zabihi said, “My respect for Britney has increased so much this year! How would you feel if you had the tabloids always bashing you on your mothering skills?” Teacher Mrs. Cronquist stated, “Its is a sad thing when anyone has a breakdown; I think its because she got to much attention too fast, and too young.” 2007 was an interesting year, from the good, the bad, and the ugly. But with 2007 behind us, we need to look forward to a great 2008. It will be year full of the Beijing Summer Olympics and a new president. Let’s hope we all make the most of 2008.

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More Repeats on Television, Writers’ Guild Still on Strike! By Stephen Lam Staff Writer On November 5 of last year, 12,000 writers from the Writers Guild of America lined up to protest in front of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producer (AMPTP) and are still protesting today. Many episodes and talk shows have been put on hold due to this massive strike across the nation. The two labor unions, Writers Guild of America East and West, whose members write for film, television, and radio began their strike over the new basic contract that is made every three years with the AMPTP discussing details on the writer’s and producer’s employments and residuals. The contract, also called the Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA), came to a deadlock when neither side could agree upon a reasonable decision. Thus, the WGA and its members started its strike against the AMPTP in hopes to win a more substantial decision. The large issues that the writers are arguing over are the DVD and “new-media” residuals. Since home video sales are 4.8 billion in only 3 months (New York Times), writers want double the percentage income from home video sales rather than their VHS residuals which has dropped dramatically; thus writers feel shortchanged by the AMPTP. Also, the WGA is negotiating residuals for Internet sales like downloads from iTunes, or video-on-demand from Comcast because this “new-media” enterprise is booming in today’s market and soon will be the largest market. The WGA proposed a 2.5% income of distributor’s gross for “new-media” sales and distribution.

A picture from the picket lines in Los Angeles.

When the AMPTP foresaw a possible strike coming, they accelerated T.V. show production and stockpiled episodes to last through the rest of the season. However, some of America’s T.V. shows are still on repeats. For example, the Late show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Saturday Night Live are either showing past episodes, or the T.V. hosts are writing their own shows to continue their broadcasts. ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ugly Betty,” “Lost” and “Brothers and Sisters” have either half or

more of their episodes completed in which they will sparsely disperse throughout the season to keep the show running; however, repeats are the fallback plan incase striking continues. Even HBO and Showtime shows are taking a toll and are possibly going to run on repeats. After a short and unglamorous Golden Globes Awarding, millions of viewers around the world hope that an agreement can be made between the WGA and the AMPTP because everybody wants to see what happens next in “Heroes.”

Numerous Records Broken in 2007 NFL Season By David Henderson The National Football League’s season is coming to an end, but not without a number of milestones being broken and new ones being set. The first record that was broken in the 2007 football season was Patriot’s defensive back Ellis Hobbs. He returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown breaking the record of ex Cardinal Roy Green’s 106 yard scamper in 1979. Rookie running back for the Minnesota Vikings, Adrian Peterson broke the single game rushing record by rushing for

296 yards and barely breaking the record by a single yard. The next record set will most likely never be broken, and that is the San Diego Chargers’ star defensive back Antonio Cramartie’s 14-second and 109yard return for a touchdown off a missed field goal. The reason that this record can never be broken is because of how close Cramartie came to going out of the back of the end zone; the best any player can do in the future is tie this magnificent record. The New England Patriots acquired wide receiver Randy Moss this season from the Oakland Raiders, and they made a great

decision as Moss helped lead the Patriots to a undefeated regular season, hauling in 23 touchdowns and breaking the single season touchdown record. But the leader of the Patriots charge is quarterback Tom Brady who threw 50 touchdowns this season, breaking Peyton Manning’s previous record held in 2006. The story of the year was the seasoned veteran Brett Favre who passed over 61,361 in his career, breaking the all time record, and 420 career touchdowns, shattering the all time record in that category as well. 2007 was the year of shattered and new records; expect more next year.


Benazir B h u t t o By Liz Flemming Staff Writer In a tragic incident occurring at a political rally in Pakistan on December 27, ex-prime minister and political figure Benazir Bhutto died from a traumatic head wound in what appears to have been a suicide bombing attack that claimed twenty lives. Born into one of Pakistan’s most prominent political families, Benazir Bhutto followed in her father’s footsteps, serving as prime minister from 1988-1990 and again from 1993-1996. She stood as a moderate, democratic force in politics. At the time of her election in 1988, Bhutto was one of the most glamorized and famous women politicians in the world. She was well known for being the first woman prime minister in any Islamic nation in the world. Despite her appealing character, her two terms as prime minister were tainted with rumors and accusations of corruption against herself and her husband. After her dismissal from office in 1996, Bhutto left Pakistan with her family to live abroad. Encouraged by the United States government, she returned to Pakistan in 2007 to campaign for a third term as prime minister. She hoped to make her Pakistan’s People Party (PPP) a dominant force in politics. Western countries, such as the United States, were encouraged by Bhutto’s moderate beliefs and hoped that her election could restore popular legitimacy to President Musharraf’s failing war against Islamist militants. The implications of Bhutto’s assassination are significant in Pakistan and around the world. Benazir’s 19-yearold son, Bilawal, has been selected to take over his mother’s position for the PPP. They both will continue to fight for democracy in Pakistan. Meanwhile, the United States and other Western countries must watch developments in Pakistan with a close eye. Political turmoil in the country is a pressing issue, as many fear the possibility that the country’s supply of mass weaponry could fall into the wrong hands. As Pakistani government officials search for Osama bin Laden and other terrorist leaders, the United States must remain close to the teetering situation developing in Pakistan.

Features Silicon Valley: Growing Up in the Hurricane By Caitlin Mulvihill Opinions Editor The velocity of Silicon Valley’s change and development in a myriad of industries keeps the rest of the planet panting for breath. During the past decade and a half, Silicon Valley has become a meritocracy that offers a blind eye to race, religion and cultural differences while opening welcoming arms to the best and brightest around the globe. Here, the laws of competition govern the fast paced lifestyles, turning many children into “blackberry o r p h a n s . ” The pressure to perform in order to keep up characterizes the lives of the Valley’s youth, and children become busy and overcommitted at a young age. The fast-paced, everchanging, performance-based culture of the Valley has not-so-subtle implications for the way in which those who grow up here will perceive and relate with the world. Being raised in the frenetic Silicon Valley can often be like trying to find direction and order in the eye of a hurricane. Every Kid an Ivy Kid The region in the south bay that became known as “Silicon Valley” was once a sleepy agrarian community that was

hit with a flash flood upon the invention of the silicon chip. There was a massive culture shift during the next decade in which technology companies replaced orchards, and the world’s cream of the crop was lured to the valley of silicon

San Jose Skyline

with the promise of opportunity. As more companies emerged, the culture became further defined and dominated by the pace with which people compete for skills and knowledge. Children, in mimicking their parents, began to deal with heightened expectations regarding college and careers. Anyone stepping onto a high school campus in the Valley becomes acquainted with the tense emotional climate of students who work hard to keep up, wondering if they’ll

survive the vicious pecking order. Silicon Valley: Where Redefinition is Constant Although Silicon Valley does in fact house the intimidating corporate food chain, its DNA is first and fundamentally fueled by the heat of ideas. It is the start up’s garage, not the office that serves as the icon for the Valley, and an MBA from Harvard or an Engineering degree from Stanford are not the only tools that are valuable here. The soul of the Valley is one of innovation. It began with the microchip and expanded to Internet, software, search engines, games, biotechnology, and more. The Silicon Valley became known for its technical artifacts, but they become obsolete as time goes on an innovation continues. The Valley’s market consumes itself, offering no persistent value to the various tech industries. This concept is the foundation for the Valley’s predominant culture, which allows for and fosters change and redefinition. Silicon Kids are cool with change because individuals do not have a “fixed identity” See SILICON VALLEY page 12

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Teacher Feature: Mr. Maples By Kaitlyn Baker Assistant News Editor As many students know, Mr. Wessling, who taught Applied Ethics last semester, has left teaching in order to pursue a higher degree in college. Temporarily replacing him is Mr. Maples, who is teaching Applied Ethics and Romans for juniors and seniors. Mr. Maples and his family are missionaries in Kenya, so he most likely will not teach for the entire semester. However, for the present time, he is capturing the attention of his students with interesting stories about his missionary work. He has been a missionary for 10 years, and is involved with church planting and evangelism in Kenya. Growing up in a Christian family, Mr. Maples learned a lot about Christianity from his parents. He became a Christian when he was 5 years old, and during high school and college, he began to explore his faith for himself. Praying for missionaries and going on short-terms missions trips when he was young sparked his passion for mission work. In addition to missions work, Mr. Maples also has teaching experience. He has served as a substitute teacher for Valley in the past, and he also taught math, business, and religion in Kenya for seven years. Recently, Valley asked him work for a longer term and temporarily fill Mr. Wessling’s teaching position. Mr. Maples returned to the United States last November, and is adjusting back into American culture. Outside of school, he enjoys reading and loves to play golf. No matter how long he remains teaching at Valley, he wants to make an impact in his students’ lives. Overall, he wants his students to learn to apply biblical knowledge in a variety of situations and most importantly, “be able to understand how their faith works in life, and I also want to give them an idea of what missions is really about.”

Do your Best Preparation for Winter Ball By Victoria Bergland Features Editor

The second Homecoming of the year- it’s the big one, the one with the dance. Yes, the dance. The word “dance” itself may bring many various emotions to different individuals. For example, it could bring a feeling of giggles, maybe pure excitement. “Dance” might spark anxiety, nervousness, or even past rejection. Either way, February 2 is sneaking up fast. Are you ready? To be completely honest, there are no steps to take which are going to create perfect preparation, but that does not mean that the

night will not be perfect. Winter Ball is going to be held at the Marriot Hotel in downtown San Jose. A special hint to remember is to plan the parking situation prior to the actual evening. It is downtown and there are public parking lots, but on a Saturday night in the heart of one of the biggest cities, you can figure out what might be the situation. Before we jump to the actual night, the preparation you are doing right now is going to basically set the foundation for the big night. Next week is the dance.

Girls, make sure you have your dress and shoes this weekend. Last minute dress shopping is one of the most stressful maneuvers because we all know each girl has the “perfect” dress in mind so trying to cram and look for the one three days before creates lots of tears and heartache. Also, keep in mind that if you want the guy to match your dress, it might be difficult if you go the procrastination way. This leads me to guys. You might want to talk to your dad before going tuxedo shopping. Yes, moms are extremely helpful and make sure you look nice and handsome, but the girl may have some specific things in mind you might want to be aware of. On the other hand, she may care less- so just make sure to talk

before you doing your end of the deal. If you have not purchased your tickets by now, bring money on Monday and get it done. If you have paid for your date’s ticket that does not attend Valley Christian but you have not turned in your guest pass, make sure you do that as soon as possible so it doesn’t slip your mind. A word of wisdom to all-try and figure out pre-dance and post-dance plans early next week and let everyone involved know. A lot of parents are curious about the evening and giving at least a vague overview of the night will please them greatly. Next week is Spirit Week so amidst the excitement (or the terror) of next Saturday, don’t forget to get involved throughout the week.

8THE WARRIOR How To Keep your New Year’s Resolutions

By Alyssa Tomasello and Christine Byrne

3…2…1… HAPPY NEW YEAR! A new year has begun and to bring in the new In order to save yourself from these bothersome steps, the best way to keep your New Year resolutions are not to make any at all! That way Step One Aim low. It goes without saying that most New Year’s resolutions are easier said than done—but if you set the bar too high, you’re doomed from the start. Instead of a sweeping declaration like “I will lose 30 pounds by April and finally fit into that dress,” target a goal that’s more attainable, like losing 5 or 10 pounds. Step Two Don’t overload yourself. It’s difficult enough for the average person to follow through on one ambitious New Year’s resolution; why on earth would you saddle yourself with three or four? Choose the most pressing issue at hand—losing weight, finding a girlfriend, improving your relationship with your parents—and concentrate on that. Trying to do everything simultaneously practically guarantees failure across the board. Step Three Tell everyone you know. One school of thought says that New Year’s resolutionare best kept to oneself, but look at it this

way: the more people to whom you announce your resolution (say, to get out of your dead-end job by spring), the more people there’ll be to prod you along if you fall behind. There’s no shame in seeking help if you can’t accomplish your resolution on your own. Step Four Reward yourself. Following through on a New Year’s resolution is rarely easy. If you’ve resolved to shop less, reward yourself for not buying those shoes by springing for a steaming hot cappucino at the mall. If you’ve resolved to be nicer to people, buy yourself a nice jacket after enduring that tedious party without delivering any insults. Step Five Wait until spring. Sometimes the best way to accomplish a New Year’s resolution is to make it at a time of year of your choosing, rather than the one dictated by the calendar. May 1 is a good alternate date, since the change of season will neatly coincide with the change you’re hoping to accomplish in yourself. To keep yourself from the frustration of breaking your resolutions, just skip the whole process and don’t make any!

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FEATURES Friday, January 25, 2008 THE



Fun Facts About Those In Charge By Tori Bergland Features Ediotr

Have you ever been to the grocery store or movie theater and seen a teacher or administrator? Yeah, it’s weird. Surprisingly, members of admin have lives outside of their classroom! Even though some of the teachers are open about their lives at home, a lot of times private lives are kept a secret. As students, we are left to only imagine their existence beyond the classroom door. There are many connections and interesting facts about a few administrators and teachersthat most people do not know.

Some of the teachers now went to Valley Christian before!

Mrs. Griffin Counselor Mr. Adams Miss Isaacs Science English Mrs. Delke Ms. Klebig Bible English Mr. Diatte Mrs. Mendolia P.E. English Mr. Fugate Miss Reichow Communications English

Similar last names=Family

Mrs. Fugate Communications is the mother of Mr. Fugate Communications. Mrs. Isaacs Art is the mother Mrs. Marshall History is of Miss Isaacs married to Mr. Marshall English. Communications. Mr. Valenzuela Mrs. Torode Photography Bus Driver and is married to Mr. Torode Mrs. Lopez Photography who is the Spanish are son of Dr. Torode Principal. siblings. Mr. Gunter Music and Mrs. Gunter Music are married. Mr. DeMeritt Theatre and Mrs. DeMeritt English are married.

Then there are the more round-about Miss Pipkin relations:

Bible is the aunt of Mr. Cadiente Science

Miss Claypool English taught Mr. Nees Bible and Miss Hassen English when they were in high school.

Mr. Adams Science is the sonin-law of Mrs. Corona Mr. Carlson’s Athletic Bible wife is the Department Mr. Fugate Mrs. Silva softball coach. Communications is English is the Mr. Hinn engaged to Miss Miss Hori mother of Miss Bible Keel Science. English is the neice Griffin taught of Mr. Gregoric Counselor. Mr. Ullom Music. History Spanish in high Mrs. Huber Sign Mrs. Samuelson ASB school. Language goes to taught second grade to church with Mr. Miss Isaacs English. Burton Principal of Academics.

Mrs. Connolly’s French daughter is married to Miss Isaac’s English brother. Mrs. Fair went to high school with Mrs. Schmidt Administrator Assistant. Mr. Meester Counselor went to Calvin College like Mr. Nees Bible & Miss Hasson English.


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Student Television Anchors Gina Portale



Tori Bergland


the beautiful faces that make the news every morning,

and bring the news that matters to

Valley students. Both anchors are quite experienced with Gina on her second year and Tori working on her fifth year as a news anchor.

Floor manager Michael Reiling helps manage everything outside the control room, from signaling the anchors to making sure all cameras are operating and all sounds are functioning.


ensures that

the news runs smoothly every morning.


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Television Operations The TV Control

room, managed by

may seem cluttered to

Mr.McElhatton, the untrained eye. but all of

the devices serve a specific and advanced purpose to the production process.

For example, the teleprompter display


the operators a view of what the anchors see and allows to

them check,

on the fly, if there is a problem.


Obereiner, the webcast operator, syncs and helps produce the webcast,


anchored by


Ryan Adam

Eshoff and Hill during one of the Warriors’ football games.

Working the Control room during the live broadcasts, the Director, Switcher, Computer Graphics Operator, Teleprompter and Audio operators work to produce the daily news each and every day. They produce all of


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TV Screen. the

Friday, January 25, 2008 12 THE WARRIOR Jammin’ with VC Student Band: Traffic

By Jeff Muller Staff Writer Valley Christian has one of the top Dave Gregoric. Creel plays the trumpet, Expressway during the month of February. high school music programs in California, teaching the students the ways of musicianship. S e v e r a l students have used their talents to combine in to a jazz band, called “Traffic.” Through the idea of senior David Creel, seven VC students have combined their talents to perform and entertain through their high school years and into this coming summer, influenced by many groups and talents such as Victor Wooten, Tower of Power, Bob Marley, Red Hot Chili Peppers, DJ Adams, and of course their mentor and jazz band teacher Mr.

senior Michael Morrison plays the drums, senior Matt Carol plays the tenor sax, sophomore Nick Sutton plays the bass, sophomore Ben Adams plays the trombone, sophomore Giancarlo Garrett plays the alto sax, and sophomore Spencer Ramsey plays the guitar. The band members spend approximately 3 hours a day, including class time, practicing and writing their own music in order to achieve the perfect mix of liveliness and entertainment. So far, “Traffic” has played at three locations: The Acavuti Missions Fundraiser, Church on the Hill, and Christmas in the Court. There is another show in store for audiences, which will be located at Sonoma Chicken Coup off of Almaden

For an updated date and location, the band can be e-mailed at trafficfunkband@gmail. com, or can be e-mailed through the bands Myspace page found with the same e-mail address. “Traffic” is also looking to play at some outdoor venues such as Santana Row once summer arrives when the weather is nicer and more relaxing. “We play everything from Reggae to R&B to Latin. Anything we can lay a solid groove on, we play. Come out to see us play, sit back and relax, and let the jazz flow,” Morrison commented. Be ready to be entertained by your very own high school classmates, because this talented group of guys is ready to jam all through the night.

Staph Infection Awareness for Students By Jacob Ruiz Staff Writer Recently, a few students from various high schools around the Bay Area have contracted a dangerous staph infection known as MRSA. There are many different types of staph infections, some can be treated easily and others are so dangerous they can cause death. MRSA is a dangerous form of the infection because it is resistant to antibiotics meaning once you have it, its hard to treat and if it isn’t caught in time, it can lead to death. A study in 2005 showed that 19,000 deaths were caused by MRSA and various strains of the infection, which was a greater number than deaths caused by AIDs that year. A majority of schools in the Bay Area have had at least one case of MRSA affecting one of their students. Last month a freshmen girl from Freedom High School in Oakley went to the doctors with what she thought was an infected spider bite but found out she had a MRSA staph infection. A notice was sent out to parents and she stayed at home to recuperate for a few weeks. Another student at Northgate High in Walnut Creek contracted the infection through a cut in his arm. He had a quick recovery but caused quite a scare in the school. MRSA, although far from being considered a pandemic, has been causing a lot of fear in schools by the students, the teachers, and parents. ABC 7 reports a Northgate High senior expressing her fears

saying, “I’m taking the panic approach. I don’t want to be anywhere near that, like the keyboards, the desk, the lockers.” Students and teachers alike have been a little paranoid lately with all the talk of this contagious infection. Bottles of Purell hand sanitizers have appeared in nearly every classroom of Valley Christian. “We spent like an entire period disinfecting our classroom. We wiped down tables and keyboards and everything,” said sophomore Melody Makafee. These fears are legitimate and while precautions and awareness should occur, some people have blown the issue out of proportion. Dr. Erica Pan, a disease specialist from San Francisco said, “People should be aware but calling it a superbug as some have, is an overstatement.” Some people have the idea that this is a new and unknown virus of some sort. Pan again explained, “It’s something that comes and goes from the public’s attention.” Seth Hemmelgarn of the Bay Area Reporter said “MRSA is not a new bug, and staph infections frequently become resistant to antibiotics.” Although MRSA is not a widely spread problem and will eventually become a lesser worry to the public, it is still a dangerous infection that should be dealt with immediately. If you think you may be developing a staph infection, consult a doctor as soon as possible. Some possible symptoms to look for are:

1. Cellulitis: infection of the skin or the fat and tissues that lie immediately beneath the skin, usually starting with small red bumps. 2. Boils: pus-filled infections of hair follicles 3. Abscesses: collections of pus beneath skin 4. Sty: infection of eyelid gland 5. Carbuncles: infections larger than an abscess, usually with several openings to the skin 6. Impetigo: a skin infection with pus filled blisters The easiest way to contract MRSA is by making direct skin contact with MRSA patients or carriers. Patients and carriers of MRSA are not always identifiable, so make it a habit of washing your hands as often as possible. Wash your hands properly as well, not just a quick rinse. Biotechnology teacher Doug Canepa said “Sing Happy Birthday while washing your hands. That’s how long you should be washing your hands for.” If you have any open wounds, disinfect them and keep them covered with a Band-Aid. Also, make use of those Purell hand sanitizers in the classrooms. It’s a simple and efficient way of protecting yourself from not just MRSA but all sicknesses. MRSA staph infection has been causing a lot of hype but don’t live in fear. Just be wise and aware.


Silicon Valley

Continued from page 7 “Change” is not a bad word here. As the center for an industry that is constantly redefining itself, Silicon Valley’s careers and job-titles are also constantly redefining themselves. In the Valley, it is considered perfectly acceptable to have several different careers during the course of one’s life. The constant sense of reinvention that accompanies the developing market means that there is always room for change. Kids grow up with a parent’s start-up not “starting up” or a neighbor who leaves one job for a start up company. Since change is always occurring, Silicon Kids have become used to it and have begun to understand that a person is not defined by what she does. Silicon Kids Take Chances Here, all the clichés about “following your dreams” manifest themselves in the ever changing industry and become a reality. The foundation for chance-taking is laid by the fact that identity is not fixed and that a failure isn’t that big of a deal. In fact, some would say that in the Valley, a person can’t even be successful unless he has failed. People can make a buck here by perusing their passion and doing what they love. After all, that is how this place (Silicon Valley) made its way to the map. Kids who grow up here often understand this dynamic and aren’t afraid to take a chance. Silicon Valley: Where Failure Never has the Last Word Here in the Silicon Valley, the pace is set by the competition driving innovation. In the midst of the whirlwind, it is all too easy to become discouraged and feel left behind by the brilliance and level of professionalism concentrated in one region. However, it should be taken into account that the Valley is a place where everyone has a chance, where failure is never final, and a person’s past does not follow him around. Kids compete with one another, but many also understand that their SAT scores are not the end-all. Here, a person’s education and career does not determine what she does for the rest of her life, because a career is not definitive. The technological hurricane can sometimes cause quite a ruckus, but in the end, Silicon kids can rest assured that they can peruse almost anything they want and still succeed here, because in the Silicon Valley, everyone reinvents themselves.

Opinions Blue Ray V. H.D DVD



On Cloverfield: “It was extremely artistic and I think the new camera angles are revolutionary. I look for-

“Cloverfield was cool...

ward to seeing more original


films in the future.”

some chick

-Jeff Belgum

-Jordan Smallwood

“Juno provided a shockingly real insight into an aspect of our society that is often shunned to the shadows, allowing for all teenagers to see that every action has a consequence and that love is

“In One Missed Call

“August Rush is the ultimate musician’s movie. Freddie Highmmore is adorable!”-Jordan Tao

there was more than one missed call.”

-Cory Gambello Juno is not just the story of a fleety teenager who gets pregnant. It is about a girl with lots of layers who lives her life trying to an-

still alive.”

“Atonement was a fantastic movie, but also very upsetting. Once was definately enough!”-Kristina Micotti

comedy not only stole my hart but also gave me great belly laughs!”

swer the question of wheth-

-Alyssa Tomasello

She humorously manages to “make light” of a compli-

“Cloverfield was amzing. I liked the filming style, and the story was good, but I got

cated and difficult situation

motion sickness and

for the ride through

couldn’t focus...still a

York’s destruction.” -Adam Oberainer

er or not two people can love one another forever.

without glorifying it.


I’ve seen in a long time. -Caitlin Mulvihill film

great movie, though.”

“Cloverfield is a gripping movie that drags you along


-Allie Perry

Now In Theatres world, but also struggles to find a cure for the remaining people of those whom are not yet infected.

One Missed Call (PG-13)

Continued, See page 14

-Corey VanHuystee

“27 Dresses is my absolute favorite movie of all time. This past weekend I saw it twice in one day. James Marsden is my future husband. This romantic

By Jon Hughes and Tanner Burns

HD DVDs frail in comparison of durability and company support but there is one bonus to them. They are less costly to start production. The creation of HD DVDs doesn’t require as much new technology to make. The transfer from DVD companies to HD DVD is easier. This makes the disks cheaper in the short run. Also HD DVDs can have hybrid disks unlike Blu-ray. On HD DVDs one side can be regular DVD while the other can be HD. This makes it easier for consumers to buy the disk and watch it around the house. Since the prices on the HD DVD players as well as Blu-ray’s are high, not many households possess an HD player in every room yet. The cost of any high definition player cost at least two hundred while a DVD player can be sold for as little as fifteen dollars. Currently the unintentional battle between these two next-generation disks is going in favor of Blu-ray. Many movie studios have been making the switch from HD DVDs to Blu-ray. Universal and


The WFILM P age WE T

By Jacob Ruiz and Eric Nguyen Although many may be unaware, a battle has been going on in the media industry. With the rising of high definition movies, a battle between Blu-ray disks and HD DVDs has occurred, each bringing their own advantages to the table. Blu-ray discs are a nextgeneration optical disc format. The Bluray Disc Association, which include some big name companies such as: Apple, Dell, HP, JVC, Panasonic, Sony, and Samsung has developed new technology to replace the current DVDs and to defeat HD DVD. Blu-ray discs offer more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs and can hold up to 25GB on a singlelayer disc. “You’re basically getting five times the amount of capacity than you would on your standard DVDs,” said film teacher, Nate Marshall. This extra amount of space along with the use of advanced video and audio codecs offer consumers an unprecedented HD experience. Blu-ray technology lies in the smaller blue-violet laser used to read and write data on the discs hence the name Blu-ray. The benefit of using the smaller blue laser is that it has a shorter wavelength and smaller aperture than the red laser DVDs use.This allows data to be packed more tightly, and stored in less space, even though it is the same size as any other ordinary disk. Also there is a special coating on the Blu-ray disks which prevent finger prints and small scratches.

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When Beth Raymond, played by Shannyn Sossamon witnesses the deaths of two friends and is convinced it is a matter of supernatural beings than just tragic coincidence. A few days before each friend died, both victims received a missed call and an alarming voicemail. The voicemail is a recording of their own voice yelling out in agony and pain. Though police believe Beth is insane, detective Andrews who’s played by Ed Burns believes her. Together Andrews and Beth try to discover the mystery behind the terrifying messages before they receive a missed call of their own.

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (PG) When a young Scottish boy named Angus, played by Alex Etel, discovers an enchanted egg, he brings it home and quickly realizes this was no ordinary egg. He finds himself face-to-face with an extraordinary creature, known as the mystical water horse of Scottish folk tales. Angus’s new friend is threatened by military weaponry and Angus begins a journey, which leads him to discovery, and risks that would protect his secret forever.

National Treasure: Secrets (PG) I Am Legend (PG-13)

Alvin and the Chipmunks (PG) Tim Hill directs this film and focuses his movie toward a younger audience, Alvin and the Chipmunks is sure to delight. With a storyline based on comedy, Alvin and his friends learn a lesson of moral truth. After abandoning their original producer for more fame and fortune, the Chipmunks are faced with adversity and decide to return to what they know as home.

The movie takes place in the upcoming future and a doctor creates an antidote for cancer. The newly constructed antidote was able to cure all of the 10,000 cancer patients temporarily. Society soon finds that when you take matters into your own hands you too will also be held responsible for your actions. The supposed cure for cancer eventually mutates into a plague, which destroys the majority of mankind, turning them into crazed mutants that kill the few survivors. Will Smith stars in this movie and is the last human in New York City, and quite possibly in the world. He plays the part of a military geneticist who works extensively to not only survive and overcome death in this new nightmare



Nicolas Cage has become well known after the success of the precursor movie National Treasure. Cage’s character is now a professor who happened to be lecturing on the heroic efforts of his great great grandfather. His grandfather attempted to prevent the South from winning the civil war, and in doing so a new piece of evidence is brought to their attention. Cage discovers this when giving a lecture to his class about the heroic efforts of his great great grandfather and the civil war. This point in the film starts the adventure for Cage and his father to clear their family name. This adventure takes them to England, France and around the United States discovering the secrets to the lost City of Gold that will essentially clear their ancestor’s name.


Restaurant Review: Glory Days

By Tarah Duarte

Downtown Morgan Hill is filled Days has one of the best around. The with great restaurants. A local favorite is tailgater burger is a 1/3-pound patty served Glory Days, a restaurant located at the with anything you choose- cheese, bacon, corner of Monterey Road and Fourth avocado, grilled onions, mushrooms and/ Street. Glory Days loves to provide great or chili. Another of Glory Day’s specialties food while allowing their customers is the Steak Sandwich. Teriyaki marinated to enjoy the sports games on the TVs. skirt steak on garlic bread with lettuce, Serving high quality food at a great price tomato and onion makes your mouth any person would immediately fall in love water. If wanting something light, Glory Days offers a variety of salads. Favored by with this restaurant. many, the Apply Upon entering, Valley Salad customers is delicious. notice the A refreshing TVs located salad featuring in the small baby spinach, but cheerful m a n d arin restaurant. oranges, granny Located in the smith apples, bathrooms are walnuts, blue TVs so you cheese crumbles won’t miss and dried a minute of cranberries all the big game. Glory Days is one of Morgan Hill’s Favorite Sports Pubs tossed in apple cider The walls are filled with sports memorabilia including signed vinaigrette is delicious. Make sure to not jerseys and football helmets. The friendly forget dessert! They offer five different waiters quickly seat you and hand you a desserts and make it hard to choose just menu filled with a variety of foods. For one. Glory Days is an affordable restaurant, those in the mood for tasty appetizers, especially for the quality of food. The the calamari is amazing. Lightly breaded main dishes average at $10 dollars, but calamari is served along with different some dishes like the Filet Mignon can go sauces and can satisfy any craving. One as high as 23 dollars. If a big game is on, appetizer that is seen being served often the restaurant can be busy but usually there is the Thai Beef Sticks. Asian marinated is no wait. Glory Days is a great restaurant beef strips are glazed with sweet Thai to enjoy with family or friends. chili sauce and are the taste of perfection. If you’re craving a real hamburger, Glory

January 25, 2008

Blue Ray Vs. HD DVD


Continued From Page 13 HD DVD has switched to promote Bluray. Sony has also contributed much with the sale of Playstation 3 and Microsoft has stood firm in their support for HD DVDs with the Xbox 360. DVDs soon will probably be replaced like how they replaced VHS but the DVDs wont suddenly become worthless. If companies such as best buy or Circuit City are trying to get rid of their DVDs then consumers will be in for a treat. How ever if you want to watch something in high definition then the switch better start soon.

HD DVD is expected to become etinct

Blue Ray Players are expected to become standard within the next several years.

Sony Recently announced their shift to Blue Ray Disk

Planing a Trip to the SNOW! By Lindsay Cole and Amber Garman As the winter season continues to bring snow into skiing and snowboarding resorts throughout California, this month is a great chance to grab your skis or board and hit the slopes. With huge storms this winter, all resorts got plenty of snow to make a trip enjoyable. Before you plan a trip to the snow, make sure you check so you are prepared for any harsh conditions. It is best to check at least two days before you leave because the weather forecast is always changing. With all the money being put into a trip, you don’t want to get caught in a snow storm! As of January 14, most resorts near Tahoe and northern California have received 16 or more inches of snow. Where can you get the best deal? Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge Resorts have the best prices for a one-day ski lift

ticket at $39 for teens (ages 13-19). Other resorts like Northstar and Heavenly range from $49-$60 (ages 13-19). If you are not looking to pay high rates or wait in twohour lines, your best bet is to rent your equipment at Mel Cottons, or any other sporting good stores. If you do not have room for a equipment in or on your car, Dodge Ridge again has the best deal at $35 for teens. For a few dollars more, Bear Valley, Sugar Bowl, Alpine Meadows, and Sierra also have the best prices on rentals. Looking for lessons? Check online at your resorts’ webpage. Many lessons contain lift tickets and equipment in the package so be sure to find one that suits your needs. You can save money by purchasing packages instead of paying regular teen prices. As long as you are prepared you will have an enjoyable trip, but get out there soon before the season is over!


Friday, January 25, 2008


Success Isn’t Easy: But They Make it Seem Like It

The Ladies are on their way toward another Championship

A Second-Half Team is about to Catch Fire By Jeff Mueller

By CJ Wrye

Staff Writer

Junior Sports Editor

The year 2007 had some definite ups and downs for Valley Christian’s varsity guys soccer team. As the year 2008 has begun, the Warriors season has taken a bright turn, highlighted with the long-awaited return of senior captain Tyler Seaman. “Having Tyler back is a very good thing for this team. He’s a great player with a great mind for this game, and immediately impacted the strength in our defense,” senior captain John Walitsch stated. Seaman, who was held out for the first 12 games of the season due to a leg injury, made his senior year starting debut against St. Ignatius on January 12. When the starting whistle blew, both teams challenged each

After one week off for Christmas break, the Warriors came back pumped to dominate in their second half of the season. Coach Jolene Keel prepared work out schedules for each player to make sure no one fell out of shape during the holiday. With the WCAL playoffs coming up and CCS the Lady Warriors have been training harder than ever to prepare for the upcoming games. On Thursday, January 3 the Lady Warriors traveled to Presentation High School to take on the Panthers. The stands were packed as all the fans came to see the two rivals face off. After the first half, despite various attempts by the Warriors offense, the game remained scoreless. As the rain began to fall, the two

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Senior Blake Cardoza dances around before getting the assist.

Keeper Kenda Gillio is a huge part of the teams shutout.

Warriors Tame the Lions

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Big-Time Player Leads A Big-Time Team By Adam Hill Sports Editor

By Chris Meyer

With a burst of speed, Captain Anthony Bradley sprints past his defender for his third assist against the Lions.

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The Valley Christian Warriors Ice Hockey opened their season against the Peninsula Lions on Sunday, January 13, 2007 with a 5-1 win. Although the score seems to show an easy win for Valley, it was hard-fought and well-earned by the Warriors. The first period was hard fought with a no scoring for either side, and solid goalkeeping on both sides of the ice kept the goals off the scoreboard. Both teams played solid, conservative defense and risked little and generated few chances for scoring. The second period started with

the Lions scoring on a strong breakaway by Kevin Hyle. The Warriors answered a few minutes later with a goal by freshman Tommy Nourie and assisted by Sean McMaster. Sixty seconds later Daniel Connell scored another goal assisted by Marco Gagliardi and Tommy Nourie. Valley continued to press the attack into the first minute of the third period with another goal by Connell who was assisted by Anthony Bradley and Marco Gagliardi. The Warriors scored yet again less than six minutes later with Gagliardi garnering his 3rd point

A top athlete, with a high goal and standards for himself, leads one of the best teams in the Bay Area in one of the toughest leagues in California. Point Guard Austin Simon is having an unbelievable season, capturing the attention of some of the elite colleges in the nation. Simon averages over 16 points per game, including a 30 point game against Burton High School. “Every year he has improved, and I’m proud of his abilities and what he has done consistently,” stated head coach Steve Cotton. “A big time situation, always needs a big time player,” said teammate Ryan Eshoff, “I’m so glad we got him on our side.” Simon has been clutch, and fearless of a game-ending situation. Earlier in league play, the team was down by two with seconds left, Simon took the shoot, missed, rebounded and put it in to take the game into overtime at the end of regulation. With his break out year, he has drawn the serious attention of Hawaii Pacific, Seattle University and Rutgers University. Talent, hustle and the drive to win is what keeps Simon among the elite players in the Bay Area.

of the game and Bradley earning his 2nd assist. Valley sealed their victory with a goal with 2 minutes left in the game by Max Vallis and assisted by Connell and Bradley, earning his 3rd assist. Valley opened with an excellent game, showing that this year, the Warriors are in no way diminished from last year. Valley plays again on January 27 at 6pm against the Redwood City Polars. The team is currently led by Anthony Bradley, Daniel Connell and Marco Gagliardi at 3 points each. Hanging from the rim, Austin Simon shows off his high jumps against Gunderson.

The Toughest of the Tough: Exile Rugby Team Begins their Annihilation By Alyssa Tomasello Junior News Editor What in the world is rugby? Rugby is a game that originated in England. The game of rugby, which is called a match is played with 15 players on each side, and is played on a field, called a pitch. It begins with a kickoff, and the ball is progressed down the field by means of carrying and kicking the ball. The ball cannot be passed forward, only backwards. When the ball

carrier is tackled, the ball is placed on the ground, and possession is fought for by means of a ruck. A ruck is where two or more players come together, and engage their heads and arms and try to push the opposing team over the ball, so that their team can gain possession. When a minor infringement of the rules or stoppage of the game occurs, restarting of play is done by

means of a scrum. A scrum is where eight players on each side bind together in three rows. The first rows on each side interlock heads and then the scrum half throws the ball into the tunnel. In the case of a severe infringement a penalty kick is awarded. Once the ball has progressed to one end of the field, the team can score what is called a Tri. To score a Tri, the ball must be touched

to the ground in the Tri zone. After a Tri has been awarded, there is an opportunity to gain more points by a conversion kick. A Tri is worth five points, and a conversion is worth two points For most, rugby is quite confusing. But for the Valley Christian Exiles, it is their favorite thing to do. Exile season begins soon...


Frosh Girls Soccer Plays Hard By Shalmalee Pandit Staff Writer The freshmen girls soccer team is playing hard in their West Catholic Athletic League games. After a loss in a scrimmage against Leland in December and a loss against Santa Clara, the girls played their first league game on December 8. Playing against St. Ignatius, the girls suffered a terrible loss. On the thirteenth of December, they played Mitty only to lose 5-0. Defender Arazue Moghtaderi-Zaden said, “We could have played better, but we tried our hardest and will improve in the future.” The team followed what Moghtaderi-Zaden as they won against Sacred Heart Cathedral 1-0 on December 15. Starting a new year, the girls lost to Notre Dame-Belmont on January 7. “It

was a good game,” said defender Dejannah Currington. The next day, they played St. Francis and fell short, 4-0. In their game against Presentation on January 14, “We lost 6-1; Katie Hughes kicked our corner kick and the ball headed into the goal,” said Amber Garman. “We all bond really good together,” stated freshman forward Amber Garman, “and we always have fun during games, whether we win or loose.” Laughing, this team bonds wonderfully together and with the coaches. “Coach Stephanie (Patterson) is awesome!” said midfielder Kyle Stagnaro. With a wonderful team and coaches, this soccer team seems to have fun no matter what.

Team gathers around for another rough day of practice.

JV Girls Soccer Experiences Success By Aidan Lenihan Staff Writer JV girls soccer is off to a great start. With only two losses in the season, the Lady Warriors are showing they can hang with some of the leagues best teams. On December 13 the girls went up against the very experienced Archbishop Mitty Monarchs team. Despite their tremendous effort the Warriors failed to pull out on top, losing 3-1 with the only goal coming from sophomore Cari Cronquist.

Sophomore Jacqueline Flores passes the ball for her first assist.

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Their next league game was against Sacred Heart Cathedral. The girls came out strong taking an early first half lead. The energy did not stop, and the Lady Warriors ended up winning 3-1, goals coming from freshman standout Bernadette Fahmy and sophomore Riana Ghafari. Next the Lady Warrior went up against a very strong Los Altos team. It was a very evenly matched game, and the Warriors ended up coming out on top, winning 2-1.

Sophomore Cari Cronquist takes charge.

JV Lady Warriors team gather around each other after game.


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teams started the second half with high On Thursday, January 10 the energy. With a free kick given to the girls came out ready to play against Sacred Panthers, twenty minutes into the second Heart Prep. The Warriors were having half, the Panthers broke through Valley’s trouble connecting and before they knew defense and scored the first goal of the it they were trailing Sacred Heart Prep 1game. Despite various attempts by senior 0. However, the Warriors did not let down Forward, Morgan Celaya, the Warriors and before the first half finished senior could not S a r a h find the net R o t h and suffered volleyed a 1-0 loss to the ball the Panthers. into the I n goal off of spite of the a corner blistering kick. The s t o r m , Wa r r i o r s the Lady came out Wa r r i o r s pumped took the up after field against the half Notre Dame sophomore Belmont on keeper Senior Sarah Roth goes in for the score! S a t u r d a y, Kendra January 5. As the Warriors battled through Gillio had many saves to keep the the pouring rain and high winds, the Warriors in the game. With ten minutes half ended scoreless. As the second half left in the game the Warriors needed began the warriors were awarded a corner another goal. Off of a corner kick taken kick. The Warriors took advantage of this by VonRaesfeld, McMillian headed the opportunity and junior Macie McMillian ball into the goal to win the game for the nailed the ball into the net to put Valley Warriors. in a 1-0 lead. As the game persisted, Despite sicknesses on the team Emily VonRaesfeld put in the Warriors the Warriors prepared to take on St. second goal with an assist by senior Anna Ignatius on Saturday, January 12. The Calderon. Through the rain and hail Notre Warriors woke up and Roth also put a Dame came back with a goal to put them goal away the first half to tie up the game. right back into the game. Senior Katy McLaughlin, junior CJ However, it was not enough and Wrye, and Gambello held the St. Ignatius the Warriors went home with a 2-1 win forwards tight to prevent them from over Notre Dame. taking an unwanted lead. VonRaesfeld The Warriors took on the St. came through once again for the Warriors Francis Lancers on Tuesday, January and knocked the ball into the bottom left 8. The Warriors played a strong first corner of the goal. As the final whistle half. Senior Stephanie Bales controlled blew the Warriors celebrated their 2the middle, and the defensive line lead 1 win over the Wildcats. Junior Sarah by sophomore Dana Gambello and Suwanda said, “The team this year is McMillian held the Lancers and ended the very talented and we are all working very first half 0-0. As the second half started hard at practice to overcome the WCAL senior Lyndie Housman had some power teams. Everyone is ready to go all the shots, but couldn’t quite find the net. way again!” The Lady Warriors are Soon, the Lancers were able to find holes dominating there way through the West in the Warriors defense and put two goals Catholic League and becoming closer away. Despite the Warriors strong efforts, friends though the experience. the game ended in a 2-0 loss.


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Boys Varsity Basketball Demands Respect By Liz Fleming Junior Opinions Editor Boys varsity basketball has

continued to demand respect in Bay Area high school athletics. Following their West Coast Classic tournament, the guys returned to their home court to face McClymonds on December 13. The Warriors fought hard, but their defense could not hold back McClymonds’ aggressive offense, and the guys came up short 7247. Despite a tough loss, the guys fought back, posting a convincing 77-50 win against Gunderson on December 20. Continuing their difficult non-league schedule, they went confidently into their game that Thursday against St. Joseph of Alameda, securing a 56-48 victory. After breaking for the holidays, the Warriors resumed play, preparing for some stiff competition at the Stokes Tournament. They opened the tournament on Thursday morning with a 10:30 a.m. face-off against St. Vincent. The game proved to be quite exciting, with the score remaining very close the entire time. The Warriors pulled through in the end with a 64-61 victory. The next afternoon, they dominated their opponents, Ferndale, in a lopsided 73-35 win. After securing such a comfortable win, the Warriors moved assuredly into the tournament finals against Burton S.F. Valley proved to be the better team, posting a convincing 87 points to Burton S.F.’s 66. Senior Austin Simon received top honors as the tournament MVP, while sophomore Max Hooper

10, the team challenged Sacred Heart Cathedral. Valley Christian built up an early lead, but the tenacious Cathedral team fought back tough, pulling the game into overtime. Tim Harris led the team offensively with 26 points and also contributed with outstanding defense. In the end, Valley suffered another close defeat, losing 77-73 in the overtime. Saturday’s match up with St. Ignatius proved to be equally challenging for the team. The opposing Wildcat lineup was extremely daunting, with nearly every starter well over 6 feet tall. Their sheer size made scoring difficult for the Warriors, and kept them at only 47 points. Despite a great effort, they lost 56-47. The Warriors’ next game was against the undefeated Mitty Monarchs. Valley Christian played well, but struggled to gain the upper ground against the sizeable, talented Mitty team. Austin Simon led with 24 points, while Tim The Warriors continue to power their way through the WCAL with their fast offense and strong defense. Harris had 13, and Max Hooper had 11. In was named to the all-tournament team. Christian’s 88-84 victory. The guys next the end, the first-ranked Monarchs pulled Concluding their non-league play faced Riordan, starting off strong, building through with an 83-57 victory over the on a high note, the Warriors opened their a 19-point lead at halftime. Riordan fought Warriors. On January 18, the Warriors faced league play with an extremely exciting, back in the second half, but the Warriors once off against Junipero Serra High School. intense game against St. Francis. The game again pulled through with a 65-62 victory. Serra’s strong offense threw the Warriors went into double overtime, with Valley The following Tuesday, the Warriors took off their game and caused the Warriors Christian eventually handing St. Francis on Bellarmine in an intense, but ultimately to fall behind early. Unforunately, they their first loss of the season. Junior guard, a home court advantage for the Bells gave were unable to come from behind and fell Tim Harris led the team with 25 points, the Warriors their first league loss. Despite to their opponents, 67-53. Hopefully the while seniors Simon and Eric Bates had a solid defense and tough offense, the Warriors will be able to finish their WCAL 24 and 20 points respectively. Hooper Warriors could not overtake Bellarmine season strong and be ready for CCS. also had an impressive 13 points in Valley and dropped 65-59. On Thursday, January

Frosh Boys Basketball Faces WCAL By Arman M. Zadeh

JV Boys Warrior Basketball Stays strong By Eric Bates Staff Writer January started out tough for the JV Warriors, with a loss to St. Francis of Mountain View. The Valley Christian JV basketball team has struggled so far this season with no wins and 5 losses. Some games were close, in which the Warriors started out well, but ended up losing the game in the 4th quarter. The Warriors have lost to WCAL powerhouses St. Francis, Riordan, Bellarmine, Sacred Heart, and Saint Ignatius. Even with a discouraging WCAL


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The Warriors continue to play strong.

record, the Warriors have put a lot of hard work into their practices and are continuing to gain experience and skill. Their practice effort is more disciplined and the Warriors are ready to win. They are playing tough with head Coach Forrest Coffman pushing them harder than ever. “It has been a really tough year, but we are playing harder every game and now that we are reaching the halfway mark of the season, are goal is just to play with more pride and improve as a whole,” said Arman Zadeh.

Despite Preseason has being 0-2 in league, been over for three weeks the Warriors kept their and the freshmen boys spirits high when they basketball team is now faced Sacred Heart enjoying the competition Cathedral. Damon of the WCAL. They Bates and Zayn finished pre-season Kirkendoll led the with an undefeated 4team to a strong 170 record. The Warriors point victory, 52-35, defeated Woodside 44-37 and the team’s first on December 20. Two win in league. Their days later, they played next match-up was a an incredibly traditional home game against St. St. Joseph of Alameda, Ignatius. This game in which the game came was one to remember. down to the fourth quarter They Warriors played and the Warriors pulled Kirkendoll drives down the sideline and their hearts out and away with a 45-40 victory. prepares to attack on offense. pulled out a close On January victory in the final 2 of the New Year, the two minutes, 27-26. young Warriors faced The Warriors faced St. Francis for their first Archbishop Mitty next league game. St. Francis on January 15 and the has a reputation of having game was exciting until a phenomenal freshmen the Monarchs began to team as they took over pull away in the 3rd and won league last year. quarter, finishing with This year, however, the a 12-point victory. Warriors gave them their It was a tough loss money’s worth as they for the Warriors challenged them until the but they could only very end. Unfortunately, look into the future. they lost, 50-36. This The Warriors was another difficult face huge opponents game for the Warriors as these coming weeks the team lost 59-41. The as the second half of Valley Christian freshmen league play is just stuck with the Bells at beginning. Rivalry halftime and only trailed game against the until six. In spite of this, Bellarmine Bells. the Bells came out strong in the second half and Sophomore Jeremy Thompson goes up for an Come and support aggressive jump shot. your freshmen team! defeated the Warriors.


Friday, January 25, 2008


JV Boys Soccer Battle Through West Catholic League By Alyssa Berding Jr. Sports Editor

Working to persevere through their tough league schedule, the JV boys soccer team is continuing to improve each and every game. After finishing pre-season play without a win, the boys are looking to step it up in league and develop their team’s young talent. In their first WCAL game of the season on December 8, the Warriors faced off against St. Ignacius and struggled to keep up with the fast-paced game of their opponents. Falling behind early, the boys were unable to establish their momentum and suffered a disappointing 6-0 loss. On December 13, the Warriors went on to play against the Mitty Monarchs. The Monarchs’ quick passing threw the Warriors off their game and they proved unable to recover. In the end, the Warriors lost, 3-0. Still hungry for a West Catholic League win, the boys prepared long and hard for their game on December 15 against Sacred Heart Cathedral. With sophomore Ian Karlsson scoring an early free kick from the top of the box, the Warriors quickly established their presence on the field and looked to be heading towards their first league victory. Freshman captain Justin Berding proved to be a force on offense, scoring two

important goals terrible weather for the Warriors. conditions U n f o r t u n a t e l y, during the after suffering worst storm a few errors on of the season, defense, the boys the boys faced were unable to hold off against off their opponents. Saint Francis With the score tied High School 3-3 and the second in another half winding hard game down, the Warriors on January 8. surrendered an Pounded by unexpected goal, the wind and resulting in a the rain, the heartbreaking Warriors let the Sacred Heart elements get C a t h e d r a l the best of them victory, 4-3. as they lost this To start game, 5-0. On off the New Year, January 10, the Warriors took the Warriors on the first-place went on to Bellarmine Bells play against The Warrior win the ball from an Archbishop Mitty opponent. on January 3. Archbishop The boys were unable to effectively control Riordan and hoped to bring home a win. the ball, as they struggled to gain shot With a free kick by Karlsson, the Warriors opportunities and pressure their opponent. surged ahead in the first half and created The Warriors fell to the Bells, 5-0. Fighting their momentum. Sophomore Sam

Wrestling Team Powers Through Clayton Valley Invitational

Varsity Boys Soccer

By CJ Wrye Jr. Sports Editior On January 12, 2008 nine of Valley Christians varsity wrestlers traveled to Concord for the Clayton Valley invitational tournament. This invitational is a one day tournament and is known to be one of the toughest one day tournaments in the state. Thirty highly ranked teams from all over California and even Nevada came to this tournament including one team from the West Catholic League, St. Francis. The tournament was very competitive, but the Warriors were ready to compete for their school. Senior AJ Crawley wrestled the best that he has all year and tucked away two dominating wins early. Unfortunately, due to a shoulder injury Crawley had to forfeit his last match, but took sixth place in his weight group. Senior Charlie Galaviz won his fist two matches to put himself into the semis. Facing off against Central Valley, Galaviz once again overcame his opponent and went on to finish second in his division. Ranked fifth in CCS, Junior Peipe James dominated the upper weight division going undefeated throughout the whole tournament. James was the champion of his division and was awarder Outstanding Upperweight Wrestler. This was junior Mafoe James first varsity tournament. James used the skills and techniques his coaches taught him to prove to everyone that this was were he belonged. He used his power to take down his opponents and took fifth place in the invitational. Junior Chris Tozer, who seeded #1 in the tournament, took down his first two opponents by fall in the first period. However, Tozer had difficulty overcoming an opponent from Freedom High School and ended up taking fifth in the heavyweight division. Coaches Oscar Gonzalez Jr. and Oscar Gonzalez Sr. were very proud of how each of their players wrestled in the tournament. It was a great opportunity for everyone and helped the team prepare for upcoming tournaments.

Mathison stepped up and helped spark the Warriors’ intensity, scoring two key goals for his team. This proved to be a turning point in the Warriors’ season, as they earned their first league and season victory, 3-1. With this new momentum, the Warriors were ready to take on St. Ignacius High School on January 12. Warriors sophomore goalie Balan Campeau had a breakout game, blocking a difficult penalty kick and saving many important shots for his team. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to bring his team to victory, as the Warriors lost this game, 4-0. On January 15, the Warriors played against Serra and struggled to maintain their defense. Although the Warriors did score a goal during this game, they were unable to push ahead and fell to their opponents, 4-1. On January 17, the boys took on Archbishop Mitty and played one of their strongest games yet. Unfortunately, in the second half, the Monarchs took the lead and came out on top in the end, 20. As the Warriors continue to improve their play, they look on towards the end of their season and hope to finish strong.

Continued From Page 15 other immediately with shots. The game would go back and forth until the 22nd minute when a great series of passes found senior midfielder Nick Reyes’ feet, who then found junior midfielder Jake Joseph. Joseph took a brilliant turning first touch to beat his defender and fired a shot in to the side-netting, making the game 1-0 in VC’s favor. With the second half underway, the Wildcats began to put relentless pressure toward VC’s goal, but the Warriors defense held strong and kept SI silent. “Our defense was great today,” Coach David Fugate said following the game. “I’m proud of the way my kids played back there. Having Tyler back seemed to have a calming effect on all the kids, something we really needed.” Coach John Basanese commented, “We showed desire today. I’ve been waiting for it to show up all season, and today it arrived big time. I saw guys blocking shots with their face, winning headers, and giving everything they had to the team. I’m proud of my guys today. I hope they

The team’s win against SI followed the Warriors first league win against Riordan on January 10. The game got underway, and right away the Warriors applied pressure to Riordan’s defense. VC would light up the board first when Reyes took a nice pass from Alex de Leon and played a brilliant cross to the feet of Fahmy, who calmly put the ball past the goalie for his 3rd goal of the season. The rest of the first half, VC would hold an 8-0 advantage in shots, although the score remained 1-0 going into the second half. Basanese commented, “We knew Riordan would look to slow the pace of the game, so we tried to pressure them in their back to cause turnovers. I thought our forwards did well with this, and it paid off.” The second half would show the same for the Warriors. VC would score again when junior forward Joseph RosaDiniz took a pass from Fahmy down the line, and as Riordan’s goaltender committed to the shot, RosaDiniz passed it to oncoming Fahmy who finished it for his 4th goal of the season. Toward the end of the game, Alex De Leon leads his team toward a VC goal. the Warriors added another goal when all realize that we can compete in this league this year, and we don’t need to wait for next year to win games. The coaching staff has faith in the kids we have, and it was sure nice having Tyler back out there!” The 1-0 win for the Warriors marked the team’s and sophomore goalie Austin Mansker’s first shutout of the season, and Joseph’s goal marked his first gamewinning goal of his varsity soccer career. Also, the win marked the Warriors’ first win against SI since the 2004-05 season.

Fahmy goes up for a powerful header.

junior midfielder Britt Nelson found junior forward Trevor Plug in the box, who put the ball away to make the score 30. In the last minutes of the game, however, Riordan would put one on the board and the game would end at 3-1, marking VC’s first league game win of the season. The team also had a few games over Christmas break to prepare for, including powerhouses Bellarmine and defending CCS division I champions Gilroy. Despite the 3-0 loss to Gilroy on December 17, VC would see many positives from the game. “We had a few chances there. When we were playing with confidence, we showed what we could do out there. I’m proud of the way the guys never gave up,” Basanese said. Also, Mansker put on a great show of spectacular saves, including a first time shot from the top of the 6-yard box. “On the season, the Warriors are 4-10 and are 2-5 in the West Catholic league. The team played Junipero Serra on January 15 and Archbishop Mitty on January 17.

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number of free-throw opportunities, the girls were unable to capitalize on their opponents’ mistakes, which resulted in a tight game in the final minutes of play. However, the Warriors pulled it out in the end and finished the game with score of 5957. On December 27, the Warriors played their first game in the West Coast Jamboree against Foothill High School. Establishing an early lead, the girls dominated the court and earned a final victory, 62-48. In the second round of tournament play, the Lady Warriors faced off against Vanden High School and pulled out an impressive win, 62-50. The championship game proved to be much more challenging for the Warriors, as they took on Bishop O’Dowd High School from Oakland. The game was very intense with both teams vying for the championship title, but in the final minutes Bishop O’Dowd barely pushed ahead and claimed a nail-biting 42-41 victory over the Warriors. This game marked the end of the Lady Warriors’ perfect 12-0 record and sparked a new determination within the girls’ minds as they prepared for their first league game of the season against St. Francis on January 3. The Lady Warriors did not fail to disappoint in their first WCAL game against the Lancers. The girls efficiently moved the ball around on offense and earned scoring opportunities for their entire team. Sophomore point guard AJ Newton amazed and scored a solid 16 points along with eight rebounds, six assists, and five steals, earning her the coveted position of Mercury News Athlete of the

Week. Securing their first league win, the Warriors came out on top with a final score of 55-40. On January 5, the Lady Warriors took on the Gators of Sacred Heart Prep and proved their ability to dominate the floor. Their quick passing and aggressive offense led them to a solid victory, 6730, over their opponents. The girls faced off against Presentation High School on January 9 and showed, once again, that

they are a force to be reckoned with. The Warriors’ stayed strong on defense and forced their opponents to make numerous offensive adjustments. Their quick hands resulted in many open lay-ups, as the girls would quickly steal the ball and run it up the floor. These fast-break opportunities kept the Warriors in control and rewarded them a well-earned final victory, 56-48. On January 11 came the most

Junior Jazmine Ross passes for one of her many assists against Tracy High School.

anticipated game of the Warriors’ entire season, as they welcomed the Sacred Heart Cathedral national champions into their home gym. After surviving intense practices and much hard work, the Warriors were prepared to take on the best of the best in high school girls basketball. The game started off with both teams staying fairly close on the scoreboard. However, in the second half, Sacred Heart Cathedral began to gain the momentum with countless fastbreaks and a rapid offense. The Warriors struggled to gain open shot opportunities and were unable to recover their intensity. In the end, the Warriors fell to the Irish, 51-35. On January 12, the girls faced off against St. Ignacius High School and struggled to gain their footing early. Falling behind, the Lady Warriors were unable to recover and lost this disappointing game, 60-46. However, the Warriors were able to shake off these two sudden losses and regain their momentum as played against Mitty on January 16. The game came down to the final few minutes with the Warriors ahead by two points, when Mitty scored a three-pointer to gain a one-point lead. The Warriors did not give up, but instead fled down the court, ready to score. With 2.1 seconds left, the ball was passed to Newton who drained a beautiful floater from the elbow of the court, securing an exciting Warrior victory. According to head coach Richard Harris, this was Valley Christian’s first win over Mitty in school history and the team could not be more excited or ready to take on the rest of their season.

JV Girls Basketball Takes First in Monte Vista Tournament By CJ Wrye Junior Sports Editor

The New Year has come and with it comes the second half of the JV girls basketball season. The ladies have been fighting hard this year and so far, have had a very successful season. The ladies proved their strength over Christmas Break at the Monte Vista Tournament. The Warriors opened the tournament against Evergreen High School on Wednesday December 26. The ladies worked together and defeated Evergreen 54-46. Next, the Warriors took on Wilcox High. The Warriors offense was on fire this game overcoming Wilcox 55-32. For the semifinals the Warriors played Carlmot High and was determined to make it into the Championship. The Warriors defense shined this game keeping Carlmont behind the Warriors offense. In a close 52-46 victory over Carlmont the ladies were ready to go all the way. For the championship the Warriors played Lynnbrook high and were prepared to fight until the end. The Warriors defeated Lynnbrook 44-21

Freshman Danielle Furr puts up 2 against Tracy.

taking home the gold at the Monte Vista tournament. Sophomores Danielle Furr and Briana Cotton were named to the all tourney team, a great accomplishment for

the two JV players. The Warriors continued the second half of their season on Thursday January 3 against powerhouse St. Francis.

The Warriors played hard, yet they fell short by ten points to the Lancers in a 2737 loss. To days later the Warriors played Sacred Heart Prep on Saturday January 5. The Warriors defense held them tight which allowed more scoring opportunities for the Warriors. In an easy win with a score of 44-25 the Warriors prepared for their next game. On Wednesday January 9 the Warriors took on their rivals the Presentation Panthers. After a long hard game the Panthers defeated the Warriors 43-36. Next the Ladies faced off against the number one Sacred Heart Cathedral Irish. The Warriors were easily defeated 14-56, yet they played with incredible heart. The JV girls basketball continues to work hard to prepare for their upcoming games.

Freshmen Girls Basketball Plays Hard to Achieve Excellence By Megan McKinley Staff Writer As the winter cold sets in, the freshmen girls basketball team started off their season with some heat. Before Christmas break the team was excelling in their game and cooperation, but after break the basketball routine seemed hard to get back into. But according to the team’s captain, freshmen Rebecca Roth, practicing has really started to pay off, “We had a hard time coming back after break. But since practicing, we have improved to become better than at the start of the season.” Coach John Haggerty, who also coached the freshmen girls volleyball team in the fall, seems to be doing a great

job pulling the team together. One of the freshmen team’s guard, Shalmalee Pandit, said, “We have the most extraordinary team with various personalities that all seem to laugh together. But even though our personalities are very unique we seem to bond together as a family.” Roth seems to be having a great time being a captain along with co-captain freshmen Morgan Rosa-Diniz. “It’s cool being team captain [because] I can show leadership,” said Roth. But Roth takes on a different view of the captain’s role. “Even though I’m captain I’m still one of

the other players.” The point guard also said, “Yeah I’m captain, but I’m not real special.” Roth is a good team captain and role model because she models a great team player and shows humility, which is a huge factor when playing a sport. In the West Catholic League, the competition is tougher, but in the freshmen girls pre-season games, they beat Tracy, Saratoga, and Gunn high schools. Although the team has lost all the league games of the season, the team won all but one preseason game, and did exceptionally well in the James Logan Winter Jam Tournament, winning second place out of eight teams.

In fact, at the James Logan Winter Jam Tournament, freshmen Emnet Mekonen, was awarded the Most Valuable Player on the girls basketball team for her talented athletic abilities. On January 9th, the girls freshmen team lost a tough game against Presentation with a final score of 22-38. And in games against Saint Francis the girls lost 21- 41. On January 11th the girls team lost in a hard match 11 to 61 against Sacred Heart Cathedral. And on Saturday January 12th against St. Ignatius the girls lost in a difficult game with the score of 8 to 48.

20 Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see

Until Next Time...


The winter season is well under way and Valley Christian is feeling the full effect of the cold weather on the hill. Do not be discouraged by Jack Frost’s icy gift. Rather, treat yourself to a warm homemade cup of hot chocolate, relax by the fire and try your luck at an old fashioned cross word puzzle from back in the day.

Word List: igloo, mittens, penguin, scarf, sleigh, snowman

Hot Chocolate Recipe DIRECTIONS

Put milk into a microwave-safe container and cook on High in microwave for 2 minutes. Mix in chocolate, sugar, and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk an egg until smooth, then mix it into the chocolate mixture. Return to microwave and cook on High for 3 to 4 minutes or until foamy (be careful not to let it boil.) Whisk until smooth and pour into 3 mugs. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.


3 cups milk 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate, grated 1 tablespoon white sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 egg














What do snowmen like to eat for breakfast?

Frosted Flakes


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Where do snowmen keep their money?

In a Snow Bank

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The Warrior January 2008  

The Valley Christian High School Warrior student newspaper.

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