Eagle Defeat

By: Heaven Marquez

Lady Eagles sing their alma mater for the last time in the 2020 season.

The Pleasanton Eagles’ volleyball team fell to the Wimberley Texans on Thursday, October 28 for a chance to win Bi-District champs. The Texans, who were first in their district, came down to the Eagle complex, taking a victory over the Eagles in 3 sets. 

“We’re still young,” said head volleyball coach, Gabriel Aguirre. “The young kids are still learning… how to win.” 

The Eagles began rough, with a 25-14 loss in the first set, but began to get into their groove in the second, ending with a loss of 25-20. The Eagles fought hard to win their third set, however, they fell short due to the strong kills and tricky blocks from the Texans, losing  25-22.  

“… we fought back and then they just kinda took it for granted,” stated Coach Aguirre. The Eagles played their hearts out on the court, but it just wasn’t enough to overpower the Wimberley Texans. 

Sadly, the volleyball season has come to an end. However, we are all very proud of the girls who worked so hard to finish their season strong. Way to go Lady Eagles!

Horoscopes

By: Ricky Fabrow

Aries: You shall either travel excessively or have some business with people who are farther away from your home. You might soon enter a period of financial and professional growth. It would also be a very good time to reassess your investments. Any Home Renovation or construction related projects will be high on your agenda.

Taurus: This December promises a lot of success and joy. Whatever job you do your income and efficiency will show great improvement and with romance in the air your beloved will seek commitment. Avoid agreeing so you can be a standing guaranteed for others, it would lead to embarrassment and legal problems. Matters relating to property will take shape during the month´s end and would prove to be positive. 

Gemini: A mysterious force of energy will help you in your need for many important projects without the assistance of anyone. You shall make more money than usual but also expected. There will be very distant travel overseas which will bring joy and happiness with a chance to reunite with an old relative or friend. Be careful with your partners or best friends.

Cancer: This December there will be very little time for socializing however you will enjoy the time you do spend with your family. You will have attracted many people with your creative ideas and will be known this month.

Leo: It is very likely that your income shall increase greatly this month from many things. The people you meet will inspire you to work harder and better. The health of near relatives and friends might cause some worry but will ultimately be nothing.

Virgo: You will take more actions for yourself rather than others and work far harder than before. You might have to travel a distance to find the true cause of your actions and purpose. Students this year will be very successful in their work.

Libra: You’ll be needing lots of comfort this month as you’ll go through an unfortunate series of events that will leave you feeling tired and sad, but a good friend by your side will always help the situation.

Scorpio: If you work somewhere, that place shall change during your time there not knowing if it will be good or bad until it is done, but in the end it will be much better for you. It would be very wise to save up for the month because something unexpected will happen that’ll cost you greatly.

Sagittarius: This December there shall be new opportunities from very unexpected moments. You will find success in many things as well as fairness in most things you will do. It is best to not look at any side of a situation but consider others viewpoints before deciding.

Capricorn: People will look at you for inspiration and make certain decisions. Your partners and colleagues will respect you greatly for carrying certain problems on your back for the team. There will be a jealous friend around so watch out.

Aquarius: There might be some accidental communication problems with friends. Be sure to always double check your work as you will have more wrong than you think. You will get great support from friends and family for any situation.

Pisces: You will enjoy meeting new people and visiting many places. You will be looked up upon the young so be careful with what you do and always try to be inspirational. You will get lots and lots of love.

Causing a “Racquet”

By: Heaven Marquez

Senior Luke Harlos ready to swing against Boerne on October 27, 2020.

The Eagles’ varsity tennis team had a tournament against the La Vernia Bears on Wednesday, October 7. “The final result was Pleasanton-2, La Vernia-10,” stated head tennis coach, Coach Schwab. “So, we did lose, but that’s not to say because [of] lack of talent…” The team has been working hard all season to stay on top of their opponents, but it has proven to be a challenge with new COVID safe regulations. “It’s changed everything we do. The way we practice, the way we play, we have to haul our own water in now,” said Schwab. 

The team has suffered a few losses throughout the season. Senior Cade Macmanus said that they are “losing to teams we usually beat.” He also stated that the upcoming district games would be difficult. Fellow senior Luke Harlos also chimed in to say, “It’s not going very good, but… we’re going to bounce back and become better.” The Eagles were one day away from playing the Devine Warhorses/ Arabians, but according to junior Luke Raney, the team was “pretty prepared, because of practice.” 

The team ended up losing to Devine, 10-1 with the only win coming from freshman Mackenzie Richter. “Devine’s a powerhouse,” stated Coach Schwab. “If we beat Gonzales, we secure fourth place, and we already know that fourth place will be playing Boerne on Tuesday at Somerset.” 

The Eagles ended up beating the Gonzales Apaches 10-0 on Wednesday, October 21 to play the Boerne Greyhounds in a post-district match on Tuesday, October 27 at 2:30 pm. “It was a good victory that put us into fourth place,” Schwab said. “Everybody played really well… and maybe we’ll give Boerne a run for their money.”

The results from the matches against Boerne still have not been released, but, to quote Coach Schawb, “Pride Pride!”

Eagles Struggle Turned Victory

By: Heaven Marquez

Pleasanton’s Toby Garner running in for his first touchdown against Corpus Christi King. (PC- J. Garcia)

Game vs. Hondo

The Pleasanton Eagles varsity football team started off the season against the Hondo Owls after a two week break from football due to Covid, and only one week of practice back on Friday, August 28. The Eagles, unfortunately, were not able to keep up with the Owls, suffering a 31-0 loss. Their scheduled scrimmages were also shut down because of a Covid scare earlier in the month, which also contributed to the defeat, as said by Head Coach Liska. The boys started off rough, but by the third quarter, the Eagles began to get back in the groove of things. However, Hondo used the time of struggle to get ahead and win.

Game vs. Poteet

The Poteet Aggies triumphed over the Pleasanton Eagles on Friday, September 4, with a 16-3 victory. Both teams were neck and neck against each other with a tied score of 3-3, until the third quarter, when the Aggies managed to score a touchdown, making it past the Eagle defense. With a rough pass from Pleasanton finding its way into Aggie territory, Poteet managed to pull through with another touchdown to end the game. This is the first time the Aggies managed to outscore the Eagles since 2009. 

Coach Liska stated, “We were flushed a couple of times, and then a couple of balls were overthrown. Timing, we’ve got to work on and got to get better at it.”

Game vs. Jourdanton

The Pleasanton Eagles fell to the Jourdanton Indians on Friday, September 18 after a rough start from the Indians. The Eagle’s sophomore quarterback Sean Ramos made their first touchdown at the beginning of the second quarter, putting them ahead, however, Jourdanton fought back with a touchdown of their own minutes later, making the score 7-6, with Pleasanton up. After half time, the Indians looked more like the team they were rumored to be, with a touchdown, a two-point conversion, and another touchdown to place them ahead 35-7 at the end of the third. The rest of the game was uneventful on both sides, with Jourdanton victorious. 

Game vs. Devine

The Eagles traveled to the home of the Devine Warhorses to battle on Friday, September 18. Unfortunately, Pleasanton was defeated by the Warhorses 30-7 after 4 long quarters of fighting. Coach Liska stated that the Warhorses use a lot of misdirection while running, which caught the Eagles off guard. The Warhorses scored first in the second quarter, and kept the momentum going the rest of the game, with the Eagles struggling to catch up. However, the Eagles came together during the second half, getting team chemistry back after the rust took over.  The Eagle’s lone touchdown was score by sophomore quarterback Sean Ramos.“Whenever we are together, we know what we can do,” said Ramos. 

Game vs. Corpus Christi

Pleasanton really played to beat the Corpus Christi King Mustangs, with senior running back Toby Garner leading the Eagles to victory. Garner had all three of Pleasanton’s touchdowns, beating the Mustangs 24-6 for the first win of the season. “We just got it done in practice and did what we had to do,” stated Toby. “It was a homecoming win, so that makes it even better. Everyone came out and played their heart out.” The Eagles certainly played out, breaking an 8 game losing streak, from 2019 to now. The Mustangs did manage to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter, putting a few points on the board, but by that time it was too late for them, crowning the Eagles victorious.

The Eagles will play Kingsville King on Friday, October 2 before their district opening against Boerne. 

 

Horoscopes

Aries (March 21- April 19): Aries have a full moon that appears on the 1st, showcasing your intense approach to life. During this month, you will feel drawn to speaking your mind and following your desires. Don’t be surprised if you butt heads with someone else, due to everyone wanting to say what they please in October.

Taurus (April 20- May 20): You will learn a valuable lesson this month, but as you move forward, you will find it becomes easier to express yourself.

Gemini (May 21- June 20): This time is set to pack a particularly emotional punch, and while it may be easier for this sign to accept, that does not mean that it will be easy either. Don’t attempt to go against the flow; instead, follow your ambitions and work smarter, not harder. 

Cancer (June 21- July 22): It will be wise to follow your gut this month. October will give you a leg up when it comes to finding your way around the world. The new moon on the 16th will point you towards home.

Leo (July 23- August 22): This month, you will notice a need to buy stuff. There’s nothing wrong with wanting new things, but make sure you don’t lose sight of what’s actually valuable.

Virgo (August 23- September 22): During October, a sudden warmth and sense of generosity will come over you. Harsh words will be replaced with open ears and you will find greater joy in agreeing with others.

Libra (September 22- October 23): This month, you will find yourself seeking out tasks that suit your skills. Your commitment to equality makes you a leader, especially during a time as crazy as 2020.

Scorpio (October 23- November 21): During the month of October, time with your friends will bring smiles to your face and joy into your heart. Love and relationships will feel chaotic starting October 31st. Expect an emotional outburst, but don’t assume it’s negative.

Sagittarius (November 22- December 21): A romantic connection to someone could reach a boiling point early in the month. It does look like an ending is near for you and the person you’re dating. There is one caveat to this- if you have the opportunity to go back to someone you used to love, it’s possible the full moon will help you find resolution. 

Capricorn (December 22- January 19): The full moon on October 1st will bring emotions to the surface. You may hear news of someone that can anger you. It’s also possible that a situation that you have invested in will reach a disappointing outcome. It may be rough, but you will come back from it.

Aquarius (January 20- February 18): Finances are looking sweet this month. You are likely to receive money from any source besides your paycheck. A beneficial financial opportunity is likely to arise through someone of great power and importance.

Pisces (February 19- March 20): As the month opens, you may find that a hasty decision involving money is causing many problems. The best thing you can do is take a step back, assess the situation, and begin moving on. You can always make more money and this experience may have taught you a valuable lesson.

Keeping Up with the COVID-19

By: Heaven Marquez

After these exhausting and boring months in quarantine, Texas governor, Greg Abbott, announced the opening of businesses and activities in the Lone Star State. The announcement on April 27 informed the public of the first phase of the plan to “Open Texas” by explaining detailed “new protocols, guidance, and recommendations.” According to the Texas Department of State Health Services.com, the proposal also included statewide testing and contact tracing to identify Texans with COVID-19 and prevent the further spread of the virus. On May 13, the Texas Tribune announced that Texas organized 49,259 tests, the “highest one-day total reported since the pandemic began.” The Texas Department of State Health Services received most of the test results from laboratories and thus began identifying the illness. Overall, 1,355 new cases were reported on May 13, the “second-highest increase since the state began reporting coronavirus case counts”, with the last amount only being 1,441 cases in early April. The new total of known cases is now at 42,403 people, with over 85% of the 254 Texas counties reporting at least one case. Texas also reported 25 more deaths, bringing the full amount to 1,158, an increase of about 2% from Tuesday, May 12. As of May 21, the current amount of COVID cases has reached 49,912 victims and 1,369 deaths. However, 29,359 people have recovered from the deadly disease. There is hope, and Texas is reopening its doors slowly but surely! 

Boys Basketball Playoffs

By: Heaven Marquez

The Pleasanton Eagles kept up the hard work, winning over the Pearsall Mavericks 100-52 on Monday, February 24. “It’s a great feeling, but we’re not ready for it to be over; we’re gonna go as far as we can,” stated senior forward, Dalton Hobbs. The Eagles were led by senior Santiago Arguijo who had a total of 37 points, Dalton Hobbs with 24, and freshman RJ Marquez contributing with 15 points.

The Eagles played the Sinton Pirates on Friday, February 28, defeating them in vengeance from last year’s loss 68-57. “It [winning] feels really good because they took us out in the third round and we wanted revenge and we wanted to get them back,” said senior guard, Santiago Arguijo. Dalton Hobbs led the Eagles in scoring with 22 points, Santiago Arguijo with 18 and RJ Marquez with 16 points.

The boys went on to play Port Isabel for regional quarterfinalists and made Pleasanton High School history by making it into the regional semi-finals. The Eagles beat the Tarpons 77-47, despite the close calls in the third quarter. “Our transition wore them [the Tarpons] out, and we started making shots, and our momentum went up, and the crowd got into it, and it was just a great feeling just to be there,” freshman RJ Marquez said. Senior Santiago Arguijo paved the way for the Eagles with 28 points, with help from fellow senior Dalton Hobbs who had 19 points, and RJ Marquez who helped out with 15.

The Eagles went on to play the Houston Stafford Trojans at the Regional semi-finals at the Regional tournament in Kingsville, Texas. The boys were off to a slow start, falling behind the Trojans at the end of the first quarter 17-8. Pleasanton began picking up the pace in the second quarter, but, unfortunately, so did Stafford. The Eagles fought hard to build up momentum and started the half time behind the Trojans by 10 points, 34-24. The third quarter brought upon its own set of challenges as the Eagles and Trojans scored back to back to take the lead. Pleasanton got a few good shots up, however, Stafford fought all attempts at letting the Eagles take the lead, completing the period 50-36. The fourth quarter gave the Eagles the chance to catch up and defeat the Trojans, and everyone could tell Pleasanton was determined to bounce back. Sadly, the Eagles’ basketball came to an end on that Friday, with the boys losing by four points, 58-54. Santiago Arguijo led the Eagles with 24 points, Dalton Hobbs had 12 points, Kade Leoffler assisted with 6 points, Juan Lopez and Jayce Krauskopf each had 5 points, and RJ Marquez added 3 more points to that.

For those interested in the basketball finals, UIL recently released a statement speaking about the cancellation of spring sports and any State tournaments that were to happen within the duration of the school year. Hopefully, next year the Eagles will continue on their road to State and making history. Pride Pride!