Monthly Archives: February 2021
2021 Coming to Assist
By: Dillon Myers
The head coach of Boys’ Basketball, Coach Marquez, stated his expectations for the season is, “To do the best they can during district. To go as far as we can during the playoffs.” When asked what his favorite thing about basketball is, Coach said, “My favorite thing about basketball is the competition, to see the boys compete every single day. They push themselves to compete and play as hard as they can every single day. Whether it’s in basketball practice or during school.”
The Eagle boys won by a long shot on November 17th up against Brooks Collegiate Academy. Three days later, they had a close game against Lanier, once again coming out on top. The next day, on the 21st, the Eagles lost 63-65 against Wimberley. On November 24th, the Eagle boys lost to Young Men’s Leadership Academy. The Eagles stomped Winn four days later, with the score coming out to be 76-34. Bandera took quite a beating on the first day of December, with the final score being 84-49. Hondo lost to our Eagle boys on the fourth of December, with the score being 76-40. The following day, the Eagles won against Del Rio by 22. Nearly a week later, the Eagle boys won against Luling. The next week, Uvalde and Jones both were crushed by our Eagle boys. This was followed by a three-game losing streak by our Eagles on the 19th, 21st, and 30th by Southwest, New Braunfels, and San Antonio Christian, respectively. On the second of January, the Eagle boys won against Davenport. Three days later, they won against Fox Tech, with the score ending as 74-47. On the 8th, the Eagle boys barely lost against Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering, with the score being 61-69. On the twelfth and nineteenth, the Eagles beat Navarro and Gonzales, with the scores being 60-52 and 68-38, respectively. The Eagle boys lost to Cuero on the 22nd and lost to La Vernia on the 26th. On the 29th of January, the Eagles won against Navarro. Then, on the fifth of February, the Eagle boys won yet again against Gonzales, with the score turning out to be 85-42. The Eagle boys´ playoffs game, which took place on the 23rd, ended with a losing score of 53-57.
Coach Marquez commented that the end to their season was unfortunate, later adding, “The guys did a really good job. It’s one of those things you hate to see ending…” Coach Marquez went on to say, “I’m looking forward to seeing the boys play hard. For them to come out and grow as players. We strive to push them as hard as we could in sports, school, and life in general.”
That’s All, Folks!
By: Kori Miller
The Pleasanton High school girls basketball team began their second round of district this season, going head to head against La Vernia, but falling to the Lady Bears with a score of 57-29. On January 29, Navaro traveled down to face off with the Lady Eagles for the second time. After a close game, Navaro ultimately won 42-30. On February 2, the Lady Eagles traveled to play the Gonzolez Apaches to determine who would place 4th in the district to make it to the playoffs. Pleasanton triumphed, scoring 32-29. However, because the Apaches had won the first round of district against the Eagles, the teams would have to go to a pre-playoff game to determine who would make the cut. On February 5, the girls played in Lavernia and after a tough game, Gonzolez won 39-34, knocking the girls out of their shot at playoffs. We’re very proud of the fight our Lady Eagles showed us this season, packed with determination and will. We´re all looking forward to seeing what our PHS athletes have in store for us next season!
A New Goal
By: River Reyes
The Pleasanton Highschool Mens’ soccer team has had quite the successful month in February with great performance befitting the top team in the district. So far the team goes undefeated with a record of 4 wins and 0 losses this month.
The boys played four games until the time of writing (February 23rd), winning each game. They played against the following schools: La Vernia Highschool (3-0), Poteet (unlisted), Uvalde (1-0), and Somerset (3-1). When asked about his favorite game, Coach Brieten said “The games have been fun, my favorite game this month has been our game verse LaVernia. It was an intense and well played game.”
With a strong hold on the season, the boys continue to improve their skills and teamwork. They will without a doubt continue to uphold both their position and standard for the rest of the season.
By: Adelena Vera
Continuing their season, the Women’s Soccer team played Fredericksburg on January 26th and tied, 0-0. They kicked it up a notch with a 7-0 win at Fox Tech on January 29th. Four days later, on February 2nd, the team played hard against La Vernia, the game ending with a 0-0 tie. The girls played hard on February 5th and won 8-0 against Poteet.
Last week’s soccer games that were scheduled for February 16th and 19th will be rescheduled for a later and warmer date. We wish the Women’s Soccer team good luck on their future games.
Respect All, Fear No One!
By: Eileen Jaksik
The Pleasanton tennis season has once again begun! There have only been three tournaments since the spring season started, but there have been great outcomes so far. On Friday, January 15, 2021, they had their first tournament of the spring season. It was the East Central Winter Classic tournament at East Central High School. The team had been practicing everyday for this tournament and it paid off. Elly Hernandez and Bennack Conroy received first place in varsity mixed doubles. Luke Harlos and Blake Moose also received first place in varsity boys doubles back draw. On Friday, January 29, 2021, they participated in the tournament, Dogfight in River City. Elly Hernandez and Bennack Conroy got first place in varsity mixed doubles. Makenzie Richter and Evelynn Caraway got a trophy for girls doubles. Coach Schwab said, “All the players were playing in every division boys and girls but only came back with two trophies.” The third tournament was on Tuesday, February 9, 2021; the tournament was the Southwest Dragon Tournament in Southwest. Blake Moose and Luke Harlos won first place boys doubles in the main draw. Cian Martinez and Gage Pawelek won second place boys doubles in the main draw. Elly Hernandez and Bennack Conroy won first place mixed doubles in the back draw. Josh Schmahl and Illianna Solorzano won second place mixed doubles in the back draw. Cade Macmanus won first place boys singles in the back draw.
When Coach Schwab was asked if he had any encouraging words to his players, he said, “Every time you step out on that court, you should be there to win; there should be no reason why you can’t win a game with the talents that you have when you step out on that court. It’s all you; you take to the court. … It’s what’s between your skills and your hearts; you should be able to win every game, and there is no doubt in my mind with that. One of our mottos is, ‘Respect all, fear no one.’”
Elly Hernandez was also asked if she had any encouraging words for her teammates. She said, “Do your best and don’t give up because you never know the outcome of the game. Win, go through the match until it’s over ‘cause you can always pull through and get the W[in].”
This spring season has been a challenge for all the tennis players. Due to Covid, there are a lot of restrictions while at the tennis tournaments. Elly had a lot to say about the Covid restrictions. She said, “Covid kinda sucks, because at tournaments we all got to walk around to like other teams we know, and we got to hang out with our friends from other schools who play tennis also. There were normal concession stands that we could buy from, but we can’t do any of that anymore due to Covid. Also playing with the masks is pretty difficult too, it’s hard to breathe.” The tennis players push through the hard restrictions and fight to play a great game.
Good luck to the Pleasanton Varsity Tennis team. Pride! Pride!
By: Jaelyn Morales
The 2021 golf season has finally begun and both girls and boys are excited to be back on the golf course after being gone so long. Unfortunately, last year’s golf season was cut short due to Covid-19 guidelines. The teams still had two tournaments to go, but because it was cancelled, they were stopped from going to the regional tournament. “We didn’t get to finish our season last year, but I’m anxious to see how well our teams will respond,” Coach Guerra stated, “We got a good group of kids coming back and with the help of a couple other newcomers, were looking forward to a pretty good season.”
The Lady Eagles first tournament of the season was on Feb. 2nd at the Devine Golf Course. The team consists of Lacey Stevens, Sadie Mcada, Ashlyn Vera, and Blaise Diaz finished 4th overall and had a team score of 463. Lacey Stevens led the group in individual scoring with a score of 89 and finished as the 4th place medalist. Sadie Mcada shot 120, Blaise Diaz shot 123, and Ashlyn Vera shot 131. Their next tournament was on Feb. 8th and was held at the Hyatt Golf Club in San Antonio. The team finished 9th overall and had a combined team score of 454. Lacey Stevens again led the group in individual scoring with a score of 89, next was Sadie Mcada who shot 114, Blaise Diaz shot 118, and Ashlyn Vera shot 133.
The Eagles first tournament of the season was on Feb. 3rd at the Somerset Golf Tournament located at the Pleasanton Country Club. The team consisting of Travis Garcia, Matt Garcia, Reed Foster, Brady Stevens, and Trent Crady had an outstanding start to the season by taking 1st place with a combined team score of 350. Travis Garcia led the eagles in individual scoring shooting a round of 79 and medaled 1st place overall. Matt Garcia shot 89, Reed Foster shot 87, Brady Steven shot 95, and Trent Crady shot 110. Jake Casias also competed as a medalist and shot a round of 90.
When asked what will be the biggest struggle this season, Coach Guerra responded, “Our districts are pretty tough and it’s gonna be a struggle just to get the players to be consistent with their play and in order to get passed the district round we’re going to need to be more consistent. I think that’s gonna be the biggest hurdle we have to face this year.” While this season is off to a pretty good start for both teams, they will have to keep working and practicing hard to have a successful season.
Run fast or be last!
By: Ariana Johnson
February 10, was the start of the Pleasanton Eagles track season where the Pleasanton Eagles track team went against Juordanton, Hondo, and Dilly at the Pleasanton Track. The Pleasanton Eagles the Varsity team placed 1st in this track meet and JV placed 3rd. For the girls discus the girls placed 4th and 5th by Genavieve Alvarado and Ariana Johnson for the JV and Sofia Aguilar placed 5th for Varsity. Sofia Aguilar said, ¨It is different for sure with covid but it is what it is. I also want to improve on how far I throw and improve my form. I want to make memories with my team and friends.¨ For shot put Genavieve placed 2nd for JV and Sofia Aguilar placed 3rd for Varsity. Genavieve said, ¨Things go pretty well with masks and trying to keep everyone safe and doing our events during covid. I also want a good season and get over 20 feet in the shot put. I also want to get along with her teammates and get to know them better and go to other track meets with other great throwers.¨ For the Varsity hurdles Jillian Barcomb placed 1st and Emily David placed 2nd for Varsity. Jillian Barcomb said, ¨It’s pretty normal for this season just with extra health precautions. To get faster in hurdles. To hopefully get past the district meet.¨ For the girls high jump Kara Hinojosa placed 3d and Victoria Castillo tied for 2nd for Varsity. Kara Hinojosa said, ¨It’s definitely challenging and it definitely feels different from what I’m used to. Just the P.R. for my mile time. The comparison for this season cause I´m new here and I want to see what they got.¨ For the girls pole vault McAda Rutherford had no height and she did not place for the JV. McAda Rutherford said, ¨I don’t feel like it’s not that different from what we usually do, just smaller teams. My goals for this season to show some improvement from the beginning of the season to the end of this season. I’m looking forward to actually having a season and COVID not shutting us down.¨
For the 2 mile Caitlin Hernandez placed 1st for JV and Kassidy Vickers placed 1st and Fe Vielma placed 3rd for Varsity. Caitlin Hernandez said, ¨I feel like everything is more empty and I feel more open and less likely to win. Just try my best and make a new PR. Just to be with my friends and having fun and seeing how much better I have gotten.
By: Libby Sanchez
The Pleasanton Lady Eagles Softball Team’s season has officially started. Last year’s season was unfortunately cut short due to Covid-19, and the girls are ready to step up to the pitch and pick up where they left off. “The majority of last year’s team is back and ready to continue what we started last season. We plan on being aggressive and adding some different options in our offensive game,” stated Coach Savage.
The girls have been practicing new game strategies and plans since January. “So far the season has started off really well! Everyone is contributing and doing what is best for the team, so I can confidently say that if it continues, our team will only continue to get stronger. Everyone is working as hard as possible, and I know that all our hard work will pay off in the end,” stated Anai Gonzalez, sophomore. Both teams are proud of their progression shown at practices. On February 2nd, both Varsity and JV went up against Natalia in a friendly scrimmage. Despite Natalia’s hard-hitting offense, our Pleasanton Lady Eagle’s came out on top with good bats and great defensive stops. On February 5th, both teams scrimmaged Cornerstone. Scores were not kept during this game but it was a well fought match. Again on February 9th, both teams went up against Cotulla and brought home a win of 8-2. Their first official games were cancelled due to weather, but the girls are looking forward to adding new strategies to their game and having a great season!
Batter, Batter, Swing!
By: Victoria Chavez
Tryouts for the mighty Eagle Baseball team were held on the 22nd and 23rd of January. In total, 30 team members made the team, 15 on JV and 15 on Varsity. They kicked off the season strong by hosting a 13 hour practice on January 30th. Soon after, both teams competed in their first scrimmage of the season that took place on February 6th against Sinton High School and Brackenridge High School. The team is very hopeful for a great season and plans on making it last. On February 23, the Pleasanton Eagles traveled to McCollum High School and faced the McCollum Cowboys for their very first game of the season. After a long fight, the varsity Eagles pulled through with an 8-5 win.
“This season I’m really excited… because our team has improved this year and we’ve learned a lot.” said senior Roman Cuevas. Coach Standley commented on his predictions that he has this year saying, ”They’re really bonding right now and they want to be great…we have a great senior leadership and they will lead us to our goal for district championship.” We can all agree that this years’ baseball team has high hopes and is determined to hit some home runs. Pride! Pride! Eagle Pride!
Student Spotlight: The Twins Edition
By: Kristina Mertz
Did you know that for every 1,000 births, only 32 are twins? Well, here at PHS we have a whopping six sets of twins. Summer and Autumn Webster (freshman), Ayden and Andrew Parker (sophomores), Jaclyn and Jonathan Gonzales (sophomores), Logan and Mitchell Alexander (sophomores), Kelly and Kristina Mertz (juniors), and Reagan and Ryan Moore (juniors).
There are many highs and lows to being a twin, and all twins have different opinions on what it really means to be a twin. Sophomore Jonathan Gonzales states, “The perks of having a twin, is that you’re never alone and you always have someone to talk to.” Jaclyn Gonzales added, “He always makes me laugh when I am not in a good mood.” They both fight around two or three times a week and have twins on both sides of the family. When asked if they wished they weren’t twins, both replied “No” and “No never.” Jaclyn said, “I can tell by his facial expressions when something is wrong… You’re never alone and they are there for you when you need them the most.” Jonathan concluded with, “The best thing about my sister is that she is my best friend and that she can turn anything from a positive into a negative.”
Summer and Autumn Webster are surprisingly fraternal twins. Summer, a freshman said, “For us two, 90% of the time we have the same interests, so we can talk about lots of things… since you’re often close to each other, you also have someone who can accompany you when you’re lonely.” Autumn added, “The best part about Summer, is that she’s very interesting. She likes what I like, she listens to me with patience and understanding and… she’s generally a very likeable and cool person.” When asked if their parents could tell them apart, Summer responded with, “ Mostly, our mom can tell us apart via our voices, but she does get us mixed up sometimes.” Autumn later contributed, “We don’t argue that much I’d say maybe a few times a week but most of the time they’re small and petty quarrels and usually get resolved fast.” Both of them said that they would never want to change being a twin.
Logan and Mitchell Alexander are currently sophomores this year and are fraternal twins, with Logan being the oldest. Mitchell said he is, “Not sure” about what the perks are of being a twin, while Logan said, “You have someone to go talk to if you need something and someone to look up to.” When asked what the best part about each other was, Logan said, “He’s kind, when he wants to be at least, and he’s understanding.” and Mitchell added, “He doesn’t annoy me.” Both brothers said they don’t argue very much, and they have a set of twin girl cousins. Logan said he would, “never change [being a twin] for anything.”
Ayden and Andrew Parker are also sophomores this year, and are fraternal twins. Ayden said the perks of being a twin are, “Fighting, having the same birthday, being minutes older than each other, being competitive with each other, and arguing all the time.” He said if he had the choice he would change being a twin and the best part about Andrew is that “He’s annoying, he’s funny sometimes, and he’s a couple centimeters taller than me, he’s smaller than me.” Ayden added that he and his brother argue “like three times a week.” He later said, “Sometimes we will say the same thing at the same time.”
Most students are familiar with juniors, Ryan and Reagan Moore. Reagan says the perks of being a twin are, “Having a built-in best friend.” While Ryan stated, “Some perks are just having a friend that’s always there for you and someone to compete against to make yourself better in sports.” Ryan said the best part about his brother is, “I’d say how smart he is and he applies himself before anything else” while Reagan added, “Probably his height.” Both twins said they argue almost every day and Reagan said he wouldn’t change being a twin, while Ryan said “I think I would, of course there’s moments where I wish we weren’t [twins] but he’s always been there for me.”
Lastly, Kelly and Kristina Mertz are fraternal twins and juniors this year as well. Kristina said, “There really is no other words to describe the kind of connection we have as twins, she just always gets me. I think the perks are always being able to have someone to believe in you and what you can do, never in my life has Kelly doubted me and she always encourages me to be my best.” Kelly said the perks of being a twin is “For a lot of memberships that require your picture Kristina and I could share a membership like for Six Flags, Sam’s Club, Costco, you know the drill.” Kristina later said, “The best thing about Kelly, is she is very forward and knows what she wants from life. I think, no, I know, she is going to go very far in life. She also gives some pretty good hugs when I need it the most.” Kelly wanted to add, “[We’re] always being compared like, which ones the fatter twin, the prettier twin, the smarter twin, the funnier twin, or the nicer twin… being a twin you have to kind of gauge your level of tolerance for it. Most of the time Kristina and I are like, ‘okay this guys a tool’ but sometimes you just can’t handle it and it’s very sad, like sometimes it can really get to you so, a word of advice to anyone please do not compare twins.” Kristina said they fight, “Every day, we could go up to five times a day if we have to, for anybody that knows us, we are either laughing or yelling at each other.”
Thank you to all the wonderful twins we are fortunate to have at PHS!
By: Wanish Tortes- Mcginnis
From teaching classes like Audiovideo 1 and 2, Digital Media, and Business Professionals of America Mrs. Olavarri does it all.
Mrs Olavarri was born in Jourdanton, Texas at Mercy Hospital in the 1970s. She graduated from the University of Incarnate Word in 1998 with a Bachelor Business Administration with a concontration in Marketing. Most of her work in college was Business and Marketing. In Mrs. Olavarri’s senior year she took an internship at a non profit and got to be a marketing coordinator for an organization.
Mrs. Olavarri has been teaching for 21 years at Pleasanton High School;it would be 22, but she took a year to sell yearbooks. Business has always been a subject she had taken a liking to. In her senior year of college, she had her first child. She thought she would be a stay at home mom, but soon got bored of being at home all the time. At the same time she was looking for a job, Pleasanton High School was looking for a business teacher. Mrs. Olavarri’s favorite part about being a business and technology teacher at PHS is sponsoring BPA (Business Professionals of America). Every year, kids who want to join this club are driven and goal oriented.“It is so much fun helping these students build projects that they can compete and win with!” BPA definitely makes her job valuable and rewarding. This year was Mrs. Olavarri”s first year teaching AV (Audiovideo) Program of Study along with Digital Media, in recent years she taught career preperation and PIT classes which was a part of the Business and Industry field.
This year, Mrs.Olavarri came up with a podcast called the Big E Broodcast to show that Pleasanton is a great school by interviewing students of PHS and those who have already graduated from PHS.
By: Courtney Henson
Mrs. Royal is a name you might hear around a lot during the 2020-2021 school year. Mrs. Royal has stepped up time after time and led a class where they were missing a teacher. Earlier this year Mrs. Royal stepped up to be a long term sub for the Health Science classes. More recently, she has acted as the long term sub for Mr. Ruiz, beginning when the students came back from winter break until the end of February. She has faced every responsibility of being a teacher and done amazing while doing so!
Mrs. Royal earned her degree, a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, from UTSA in 2010. From a young age, Mrs. Royal realized she wanted to be a teacher saying, “It’s what I knew I would eventually be doing.” Through interacting with others and being a part of something bigger, Mrs. Royal has allowed herself to thrive in our community and school. While being a substitute teacher at our school, and being a long term substitute for a lot of that time, she learned a lot and made a huge impact on her students. She stated that, “Doing what mattered most with every minute I had became my goal.” Mrs. Royal rose above the challenges she faced and left a positive aftermath on her students. Mrs. Royal faced these many difficulties with a positive attitude, determined to conquer them. Understanding the lack of appreciation students have for educators is the challenge Mrs. Royal finds the hardest to overcome. “Trying to figure out a way to connect and challenge those students is what keeps me on my toes.” Although being a long term sub brought many challenges, it ultimately proves very rewarding. “It would have to be seeing change!” Mrs. Royal said about the rewards of teaching. “There is nothing like trying to connect with a student and then watching them achieve something and/or change for the better!” Luckily, through this crazy season of learning, Mrs. Royal has always been able to find the silver lining saying, “There was always so much to figure out! It was very rewarding to get to know the students and I really enjoyed most of them!”
Despite the year we had, Mrs. Royal stayed optimistic and it paid off! In her words, “You don’t know what you don’t know until you know that you don’t know something. Then you’ve got to go figure it out!” Thank you so much Mrs. Royal for everything you do, we really appreciate it! Pride! Pride!
By: River Reyes
This month the Pleasanton Highschool Eagle Battalion participated in the JPA (JROTC Program for Accreditation) Evaluation. The JPA Evaluation is designed to evaluate the JROTC program to see how well it is following the minimum program criteria.
Select Cadets were chosen to participate, creating portfolios that detailed their experience within the JROTC program. The Staff created several slides detailing the Battalion’s current state. The inspection would also extend to involve our principal (Ms. Guajardo) and superintendent (Dr. Mann). The Pleasanton Highschool Eagle Battalion performed extremely well, achieving the highest award – The Honor Unit with Distinction.
Following up last month, the Eagle Battalion held a Cadet of the month board as well as a Noncommissioned Officer of the month board. The winners of these boards were Cadet Pvt. Courtney Cearley and Cadet SSG. River Reyes from Bravo Company.
The month of February was a very exciting and productive month for the Eagle Battalion and we hope to keep the effort up for the rest of the school year.
By: Adelena Vera
The annual Pleasanton High School Junior and Senior prom will now be held on May 1st at the Espee. The Espee was formerly known as Sunset Station and is located by the riverwalk in San Antonio. The change of venue will now allow seniors and juniors to invite a guest, either any underclassmen or someone from another town. The prom committee, junior and senior class officers, and Mrs. Guajardo have estimated that ticket prices will be about $40 and will be available after spring break, around March. The theme (The Great Gatsby), dress code guidelines, and the mask mandate has remained the same and is still in effect.
Students of the Month
February’s students of the month are:
9th- Alexandria Balderas
10th- Angel Tucker
11th- Kevin Banks
12th- Emiliee Moron
Eating Disorder Awareness
By: Adriana Clark
The month of February brings awareness to eating disorders by educating others. Eating disorders have affected over 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States things like body image and poor self-esteem can contribute to a development of eating disorders-not only in young girls, but in men and women of all ages. Anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and bulimia nervosa are some of the most well known eating disorders. There are, however, many other disorders that are not commonly known such as like avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), pica (craving or chewing substances that have no nutritional value), and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED). National Eating Disorder Awareness is sponsored by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) and their message of 2021 is to invite “Every Body to Have a Seat at the Table”. this aims to highlight individuals and communities because demographics find themselves underrepresented about disordered eating. They hope to inspire conversations surrounding awareness. Some organizations that bring awareness to eating disorders are the National Eating Disorder Association (http://www.nedawareness.org/ ) which is dedicated to bring awareness and provide resources on their website helpful videos, resources for family members, and support group information. Eating Disorders: Every Body is Beautiful (http://www.eatingdisorders.com/ ) their website provides helpful and supportive articles along with videos about eating disorders. Eating Disorder Hope (http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/) their website has a positive focus on embracing their life and promotes recovery from a variety of eating disorders. If you are struggling with an eating disorder or you know someone who is talking to a parent, doctor, or reaching out to help by calling (800) 931-2237 where they can offer support, resources, and treatment options for you or your loved one.
By: Ricky Fabrow
Relationships are a hard thing to maintain in general, but a lot of people, mostly teens, are victims of unfair or abusive relationships. The unfortunate thing is that it’s easier for teens to fall in love at these ages, yet they don’t exactly see how poor their partner is treating them exactly see how bad or awful their partner can be because they’re blinded by love or too afraid to speak up. This happens because two people that date can have different reasons for the relationships, as one might want to be loved and cared for while one just wants attention and to be told they’re great. Down below I have provided links to websites talking about this problem of teen violence and how to stop and help with the situation.
Don’t Tell a Soul (about this movie)
By: Kori Miller
Thrillers, albeit difficult to pull off, are probably one of the most diverse genres practiced in film. They’re usually pretty straightforward; keeping you on the edge of your seat down until the final seconds of the satisfying conclusion. They’re also probably the most popular genre to date. This month’s flavor of the week has been Don’t Tell a Soul, a film with an all-star cast that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Matt and Joey are brothers robbing a tented house, making out with over $12,000 in cash. Although they manage to escape, the only witness, a security guard that goes by Hamby, ends up falling into an abandoned well in the midst of chasing them. The pair of boys have to make an important decision; leave the man to die and keep the cash, or save the life of someone potentially innocent.
It’s hard to find a place to begin with this dumpster fire of a “psychological” thriller. When you read the cast list, there’s a lot to expect considering it is composed exclusively of very capable actors. However, the writing and motivations for the characters are so skewed that even the best of the best would seem as bland as a bowl of chowder. It’s almost embarrassing. It’s the kind of film you have to completely turn your mind off to enjoy, as one split second of complex thought will have you second-guessing
what it is you’re even watching. We’re meant to believe not a single character in this film owns a cell phone, none of them consider the legal repercussions of a single decision they make, and most of all, no one has a brain in their skull. It’s intensely distracting for the kind of film you’re supposed to sit around and think about. The issue with this one is that the longer you think about it, it ages like a slab of ham left out in the sun.
If you couldn’t already tell, this film is a complete pass. Without a second of its runtime being even minorly worthwhile, you’d likely find more entertainment in watching paint dry. It falls into the same tropes we’ve all seen a million times, from the brother dynamic to the ‘x is actually a serial killer’. It’s a tired script that should have been recycled the second someone sat down to write it, and I pity the stain this will leave on the filmography of everyone involved.
Don’t Tell a Soul currently holds a 69% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.9/10 on IMDB.
True Crime Vol. XIX: The Dating Game Killer
By: Victoria Chavez
For most people September 13, 1978 was just another day, but for Cherly Bradshaw, a bachelorette on the then famous TV show, The Dating Game, that day would be remembered for the rest of her life. During the 60’s and 70’s The Dating Game was notoriously known for matching couples together and sending these couples on ‘dream dates’. That episode Bradshaw had chosen what she thought was her perfect match, bachelor number one, Rodney Alcala.
Rodney Alcala was originally born in San Antonio, Texas in 1943 and became a serial killer that terrorized the woman between 1977 and 1979. Bradshaw, who knew nothing of his past, luckily had an ill feeling about Alcala once the show was off the air. She reported that he gave her the “creeps” and she never wanted to see him again. If the popular dating show performed background checks on their bachelors, they would have discovered that this “creepy” guy had already spent three years in prison for unspeakable crimes against two minors. This had landed him on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List. The rejection of Bradshaw only put fuel to Alcala’s fire, which he then committed a killing spree of at least 50 women within the following months.
The total number of victims that Rodney Alcala has is unknown, but what officials found in his possessions is photo albums of all the women and children he could have possibly killed while he was posing as a professional photographer. They have already identified at least 30 women but are still holding out hope for the rest of the unclaimed identities. Alcala is now sitting on death row in a California prison after he was found guilty of murder for only 5 of his victims.
If you want to help spread the word and find the identities of these women and children visit: https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/crime/slideshow/Rodney-Alcala-photos-117804.php
By: Gabby Palacios
Aries (March 21-April 19)- The month of March will consist of you overcoming apathy, solitude, and emerging victorious from this time, surrounded by loving friends and opening up career opportunities. At this time, you are advised to find time for proper sleep and rest. There are big events and successes coming your way.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)- For the Taurus, this month will be successful and calm. Financial situations are looking to be favorable and this is the right time to sort out your affairs and put them in order. Luck will be on your side, so your focus should be on work projects and developing relationships with your friends.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)- This month’s horoscope predicts professional and personal luck for Gemini. Still, this is an important time to maintain a balance between work and relationships. In the midst of these exciting times, it’s important to not forget about your health. There will be temporary difficulties in mid-March, but life is promising improvements in emotional health and relationships with friends and family.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)- The horoscope for Cancers this month is favorable. You have been working very hard and this month will reward you for it. This month, you will be prompted by natural intuition to stop doubting yourself and take initiative to stop at nothing to get what you want. These days are the most favorable times for new beginnings.
Leo (July 23-August 22)- The month of March is bringing great strength, energy, and ability to work for Leos. Any actions and efforts made to achieve a goal will be justified in the near future. Your personal life will become eventful and you are promised a good rest from all of the hard work you have done at the end of this month. There will be many opportunities for personal and career growth this month.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)- March will give Virgos the energy and ability to solve difficult problems and correct mistakes of previous months. This month is a dual month for you, meaning you will feel free and have internal energy for the implementation of long-awaited plans, but any issues you have in a relationship may worsen. Still, at the end of the month, any problems you have will sink into oblivion and you will feel clear happiness.
Libra (September 23-October 22)- This time for Libras will be relatively uneventful. It will be a good time to make an effort to notice the many positive moments that you experience in the midst of dull days. You may feel some fatigue and boredom throughout the month, but that will change when you receive good luck in creative activities towards the end of the month.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)- This month will be smooth and calm for Scorpios. The search for spiritual meaning and the manifestation of desires to take on new obligations are at high possibilities this month. Even though this month will be calm with a lack of any extravagant events, it is not a good time to overestimate your professional skills or deny yourself good food or good rest.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)- The Sagittarius horoscope has a relatively normal everyday life, occasionally disturbed by unexpected circumstances. During these times, it is important to rely on your own strength and increase your emotional and physical activity. These calm times call for some self-care and mental improvement.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)- March for Capricorns will be successful with many positive trends. This time will be very spontaneous with a new understanding of special relationships. New business and innovative ideas are ideal for Capricorns this month, with good offers and opportunities being presented to you. The odds are in your favor, so take advantage of it.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)- This time for the Aquarius promises to be prosperous, including a spring of love. Those who show their maximum commitment and efforts will receive rewarding results. With all of the efforts you may put in, the end of the month may feel like a waste of emotional and physical energy. It will call for rest or time devoted to hobbies you enjoy.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)- Pisces this month will experience times of recovery and healing. It is important to monitor stress which can cause health issues. With careful attention, a surge of strength will make its way to you. Your desires to observe and create will then be improved and you will finish off the month with a positive outlook on life.
Monthly Poll – Valentine’s Day: Sweet Hearts or Chocolate?
By: Dillon Myers
Be sure you tell your loved ones that you love them not just on Valentine’s Day, but everyday. With that being said, Valentine’s Day came and went just as quick as high school relationships do… It is a time for couples to love, and a time for loners to party. A time for candy, and a time for chocolate. Of all the Valentine’s Day gifts, there are two that stand out amongst the others: sweet hearts and chocolate. We asked those at PHS which of the two they prefer, and these were the results:
Be sure to have some green clothes handy to be ready for St. Patrick’s Day!
Sweet Treat: No Bake Cheesecake
By: Heaven Marquez
Cheesecake is definitely one of my top 5 favorite desserts, and not having to bake just makes it taste even better. Today I will be introducing you to your next favorite dessert- Oreo cheesecake.
For the COOKIE CRUST you’ll need-
- 24 Oreo cookies (just the cookie part- no filling) about 1 ½ cups
- 6 tablespoons of melted butter
For the CHEESECAKE FILLING you will need-
- 16 ounces of cream cheese
- ½ cup of granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 2 ½ cups of heavy whipping cream
- 1 ½ cups of powdered sugar
- 15 crushed cookies (about a cup)
- Hot fudge
- Cookie filling from 24 Oreos for cookie crust
- Add the 24 Oreos to a food processor until the cookies are finely crushed.
- In a large mixing bowl add the crushed cookies and melted butter together and stir.
- Pour the mixture into a 9-inch springform pan and press into the bottom and sides.
- Place into the refrigerator to chill.
- In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese until it’s light and fluffy. Add in the sugar, vanilla, and cookie filling.
- In a separate bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream with a hand mixer until it thickens. Add in powdered sugar and beat until peaks form.
- Fold 2 cups whipped cream mixture and crushed Oreos (reserve ¼ cups for garnish) into the cream cheese.
- Pour mixture on top of OREO CRUST and spread.
- Place into refrigerator and chill for 3-4 hours.
- Garnish remaining whipped cream, remaining crushed Oreos, and hot fudge.