Meet, Defeat, Repeat

By: Kassidy Vickers

On March 2nd, the Eagle Track Team had their third meet of the year on their own turf. Both the Varsity girls and boys dominated the meet with many gold medals and overall team wins. The girls ended with a total of 264.5 team points and the guys had 199. The female first place gold medalists were Alex Balderas- 200m dash, Ciarah Garcia- 400m dash, Kassidy Vickers- 3200m run, Megan Mayse- 300m hurdles, 4x100m relay (Mary Martinez, Kennedy Miller, Angel Tucker, Alex Balderas), 4x200m relay (Alex Balderas, Kiley Wiechring, Angel Tucker, Megan Mayse), Kennedy Miller- Long Jump, Victoria Veale- Spot Put and Discus, Ciarah Garcia- triple jump, Kiley Wieching- high jump, and Layla Rodriguez- pole vault. The male first place gold medalist were Brian Jones- 100m dash, Sean Ramos- 400m dash, long jump, and triple jump, Mason Little- 300m hurdles, 4x100m relay (Timothy Klein, Bryan Jones, Daniel Coronado, Sean Ramos), Evan Guardiola- discus, and Alvaro Sanchez- pole vault. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans for this home meet and it ended early.

Following this great win, the eagles track team traveled to Somerset to compete in the Detmer relays on March 9th. The varsity girls team came in second while the boys came in 4th. The gold medalist for the girls included Ciarah Garcia in triple jump and Kiley Wiechring in high jump. For the male team, the gold medalists included Sean Ramos- 400m dash and the 4x400m relay team (Sean Ramos, Daniel Coronado, Timothy Klein, Jayden Palacios). While this meet did not see as many gold medals, everyone still did amazing and worked really hard.
On March 23, coming off of spring break, the Pleasanton Eagles track team traveled to La Vernia. All of the Eagles tried their best and did so many amazing things.

A week later on March 30, the Eagles traveled to Randolph to compete in the Randolph Invitational meet. Unfortunately, the track team faced more problems with the weather and field events were canceled. However, the running event still continued on and there were many great athletes who gave it their all even through the unpredictable weather.

Our Pleasanton Eagles track team had an amazing experience as the varsity women’s 4x400m relay team (Megan Mayse, Mary Martines, Angel Tucker, Ciarah Garcia), and the males 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay (Sean Ramos, Daniel Coronado, Timothy Klein, Jayden Palacios) teams made it to the Texas Relays through their hard work and exceptional times. The guys 4×400 really showed off their talents with being placed 3rd overall at this huge event. The women’s 4×400 also did astounding and received a personal best time.

Senior Angel Tucker is one of the incredible women that is on the 4x400m relay team. She also competes in the 4x100m relay, 4x200m relay, high jump, and discus. For Angel, what has been the most rewarding is all of the hard work that she has put into track. She says, “Especially not giving up no matter how hard the workout is. Now it finally paid off and I’m headed to Our Lady of the Lake for track.” That is absolutely remarkable for Angel and we want to congratulate and hope for the best as she continues her track career into college. Her goals for this season is to make it to regionals in the 4x400m relay and to constantly be improving. We wish her the best of luck as she continues this season and we know that she will be able to achieve great things.

The Pleasanton Lady Eagles also have two new coaches this season, Coach Foster and Coach Leal. This year will make it Coach Fosters 6th year coaching. From Coach Foster’s perspective, the season has been going great and she said, “We have a great group of girls who really work hard and want to get better each day and it’s been a really fun and exciting journey so far and I think it’s still only the beginning for the girls track program.” That is such great news and we wish her luck as she guides our athletes to success.

The Pleasanton journalism staff would also like to wish our Pleasanton Eagles track team the best of luck as they head into district on April 12th and 13th. We hope to see lots of athletes continue on their season and advance to area. Pride, Pride!

Atascosa County Livestock Show

By: Kassidy Vickers

Pleasanton FFA Agricultural Mechanics sweepstakes winners

Back in January, Atascosa County held a livestock show in which many Pleasanton FFA members participated in. Everyone worked really hard to get to where they were with their SAE projects and their progress showed. With hard work and a little friendly competition, this year’s show was very successful and overall great.

First off is Agriculture Mechanics. In this event, people build or make their own project. Pleasanton overall where the sweepstakes winner and got 1st in ag mechanics. Some participants were Evelynn Caraway, Micheial Castio,Mathew Gudea, Mallory Fey, Tanner Hollis, Brady Stevens, Wyatt Tom, and Kassidy Vickers. Wyatt Tom on top of that also earned Grand Champion for showmanship. 

Moving on to the Livestock show which had many participants. In the swine classes, there was lots of success. In senior showmanship, Jayce Krauskopf got Grand Champion and Kinsley Barker received Reserved Champion for showmanship. Kinsley also earned Champion in the senior light cross class. In the steer classes, Jayce Krauskopf also won sr. cattle showmanship as well as Champion Brahman Steer. Grayson Chessher was also Reserve Champion for Sr. British Steer class. For Turkey Hen, Ally Sherley received Reserved Champion Turkey. 


Class 3 Other Cross: Kinsley Barker- 8th, Brooke Rankin- 4th and 3rd, 

Class 2 Hampshire: Kinsley Barker- 4th, Corgin King- 5th, Luke Smith- 10th

Class 1 Light Cross: Kinsley Barker- Champion, Jayce Krauskopf- 4th, 

Class 3 Duroc: Kinsley Barker- 7th, Jaxson Bryan- 2nd, Corgin King- 5th

Class 2 Duroc: Jaxon Bryan- 9th, Brayden Ratliff- 14th

Class 1 Duroc: Jayce Krauskopf- 3rd, Brennan Lopez- 13th

Class 1 Hampshire: Kaydin Olle- 2nd

Class 2 Light Cross: Corgin King- 3rd, Jayce Krauskopf- 1st

Class 1 Other Cross: Jayce Krauskopf- 3rd

Class 2 Yorkshire: Brennan Lopez- 1st

Class 1 Light OPB: Connor Lopez- 4th

Class 2 Dark OPB: Connor Lopez- 4th, McAda Rutherford- 5th

Class 1 Yorkshire: Bryndan Olle- 2nd

Class 3 Hampshire: Sadie Schimelpfening- 5th


Class 2 Market Goats: Caylee Durbin- 7th


Broilers: Lillian Krause- 11th


Turkey Hen: Ally Sherley- Reserve Champion

Turkey Tom: Ally Sherley- 4th


Class 2 Charolais: Jayce Krauskopf- 3rd

Class 2 Brahman: Jayce Krauskopf- Champion Brahman Steer

Class 1 Brahman: Brooke Rankin- 3rd

Class 4 ABC: Sadie Schimelpfening- 6th

Class 5 ABC: Sadie Schimelpfening- 2nd

Class 1 British: Grayson Chessher- Reserve Champion

Student Spotlight: Isabela Osorio

By: Kassidy Vickers

For this month, the journalism staff has chosen Isabela Osorio. Isabela is a Freshman here at PHS and is already involved in so many activities. She is kind to everyone and is always there to lend a friendly hand. We had the opportunity to meet with Isabela and interview her for this month’s article and learn more interesting facts about her. 

Isabela is not only a great student but also an amazing athlete. As a freshman, she was a member of the women’s varsity cross country team as well as a member of the tennis team. She enjoys running and is always trying to better herself in all aspects. Her main goal for high school consists of being a good student and athlete and making sure she always puts in her best efforts. Being a freshman this year, one of the most shocking things since coming into high school for Isabela, was becoming good friends with many people that she never really got the chance to communicate with.   

The journalism staff is very appreciative to have this opportunity to get to know more about Isabela and we are looking forward to all of the amazing things she will accomplish as she continues her career at Pleasanton High School. Pride, Pride! 

Nothing but Net

By : Kassidy Vickers & Alexandra Garcia

The Pleasanton Girls Varsity Basketball team started off this year fighting hard. The Lady Eagles have already played over 27 games this season, and 6 so far in the month of January. As of January 20, the win-loss rate is 13-18. In January, the Lady Eagles have won 3 and lost 3.

On January 3rd, the Lady Eagles played Somerset. After a hard fight the girls fell short, ending with a score of 31-57. The girls did not let this bring them down and came back in their next game on January 6th against Pearsall with a 44-31 win. Their next game was on January 10th against Floresville where they lost 24-48. Their next game was against Uvalde on January 13 and after struggles the lady eagles pulled through and secured the win, 38-31. Four days later on January 17th, the girls received another win against Carrizo Springs with a final score of 52-32. The 6th game so far in the month of January was on January 20th against Marion. After another tough fight, the girls lost with a score of 33-41.

Stephanie Hernandez is a junior player on the varsity women’s basketball team and has been playing for four years now. For Stephanie, this team is in her words, “Kind hearted, fun, and joyful to be around.” Stephanie explains how rewarding the team’s wins and time together is. This team proves to have a strong bond and together they can achieve many great things. Hopefully together they can achieve their goal to make it to the playoffs.

The head coach of our varsity girl’s basketball team is Coach Rentfro. This year he is trying something new by switching up the offense by changing the previous two post offense to a four out ball post offense. This change has been proving beneficial as the girls’ production has gone up. The coaches have also been charting the turnovers, and how and why they happened. As a result they are able to target down the problem and the turnover output has been cut in half in the last three games! Coach Renfro said, “They have improved in so many areas! Growth is key, and they are much more resilient.” This season seems to have many positive improvements and outcomes and hopefully this will continue as the season progresses.

We want to wish the women’s basketball team the best of luck as they head to the second round of district. Pride, Pride.

Kicking off the Season

By: Kassidy Vickers

Senior, Brylee Miller running her timed mile at soccer tryouts.

The 2022-2023 Women’s Soccer season has kicked off to a start with the conclusion of tryouts on Friday, November 18th. The tryouts consisted of a long week that included speed, skills, and discipline. All of the girls tried their absolute hardest when it came to running their mile, doing the beep test, and showing off their ball-touching skills.

This is a new and exciting season with a new head coach and assistant coach. Starting this season Coach Joseph has moved up to be the head coach and Coach Townsend as the assistant coach. When it comes to Coach Joseph’s new position, he says, “I feel very proud to be the new head women’s soccer coach. It is an honor to be the second head coach in the program’s 21-year history, and it is a blessing to inherit a program that has such a positive and unique culture.” When it comes to this season compared to the 2021-2022 season, Coach Joseph plans to utilize new tactics and run different systems which ultimately come with a different set of instructions and practices, as well as evolve the girls weight training. Coach Joseph sees this upcoming season in a positive light as he predicts that, “…us running our new system of play effectively and building unbreakable chemistry. There will be trial and error, but as long as we remain committed to learning and acting in the best interests of the team, we will continue to foster trust and belief.”

Senior Brylee Miller is one of the girls who made this year’s varsity team. For this upcoming season, Brylee says that it is hard to tell how the season will play out but she is staying positive saying, “I know that we are all excited. It’s always good to predict wins over losses.” Some of Brylee’s goals to achieve this season she says is, “Of course winning the game is the number one goal, but with me being a senior and my best friends playing being seniors, I just hope that we all have the most fun that we can and whatever happens this season we’re going to be thankful that we got to play this sport for four years together.” Brylee is setting a good tone for this upcoming season and it will surely be one to remember.

Congratulations to all the girls who made the women’s varsity team this 2022-2023 season: Madalyn Allen, Kathrein Banda, Madeline Brymer, Adeline Collins, Paige David, Trinity Garcia, Slayde Huggins, Grace Keylich, Emerie Lopez, Kara Medina, Brylee Miller, Madison Peters, Melinda Randolph, Paige Read, Makenzie Richter, Sarah Scharmann. Also, congratulations to all the other girls who will be representing our school this soccer season. We wish y’all all the best of luck this season!

State Bound for the FFA

By: Kassidy Vickers

Our FFA chapter has had a strong start to their season as they began with fall Career Development Events (CDE’s). The first contest our students attended was the Area X Multi-District Fall CDE’s contest for their district competition on September 28. Kinsley Barker represented the Homesite Team and took home 1st place. The Land team also took home a 1st place win with Victoria Urbanczyk leading the team, coming in 2nd, then Saide McAda- 3rd, Blair Warden- 6th, William Turner- 8th, Jerry Chessher- 9th, and Corgin King- 10th. The Plant ID also did great, getting 2nd place overall with Brady Stevens leading Pleasanton with a 3rd place finish, followed by Paige Read- 9th, Carlos Cruz- 10th, McAda Rutherford- 11th, Chloe Nieschwitz- 12th, and Mark Thornton- 24th. Finally, the Range team finished 4th overall as a team with Rene Castillo being first for Pleasanton in 18th, followed by Austin Dinscore- 19th, Evelynn Caraway- 23rd, Matthew Guedea- 27th, and Wyatt Tom- 33rd. All of the teams advanced to area.
Their second competition took place at Hondo in preparation for area. The Homesite team got 6th place with Kinsley Barker coming in 24th and Kendal Crouch coming in 31st. The Land team got 6th place as well with Texas Townsend coming in 15th and first for Pleasanton. He was followed by Jerry Chessher- 27th, Blair Warden- 31st, Ashton Barker- 37th, and Corgin King- 46th. Carlos Cruz represented the Plant ID team, coming in 17th and Rene Castillo represented the Range team, coming in 32nd.
The FFA teams’ third contest was area. The Homesite team finished off their season with a team placing 10th place. Kinsley Barker finished 24th which was first for Pleasanton, followed by Presley Crouch- 34th, Kendal Crouch- 61st, and Baile Saenz- 66th. Land had an excellent performance and came in 2nd place overall as a team. Texas Townsend came in 1st place for Pleasanton and 1st overall in the contest. Following Texas was Sadie McAda- 3rd, Victoria Urbanczyk- 21st, and William Turner- 31st. Plant ID also did great, coming in 3rd overall. Paige Read came in 1st for Pleasanton and 4th overall. Following Paige was Brady Stevens- 6th, Carlos Cruz- 8th, and McAda Rutherford- 13th. The Range team had a great performance as well and got 6th overall as a team. Austin Dinscore came in 16th place, followed by Rene Castillo- 19th, Evelynn Caraway- 21st, and Matthew Guedea- 37th. As a result of this contest, the Land, Plant ID, and Range teams all qualified for state.
We interviewed Evelynn Caraway who is a member of the Range team and is also the president of the Pleasanton FFA chapter. Evelynn said that she chose this contest because, “It is really interesting to me and I get to learn a lot of new things about plants and other related things in the process.” Evelynn also likes to be a very active member in the FFA community and tries to get involved in every way she can. We also interviewed Mr. Stubenthal who is the agriculture teacher in charge of leading the Range team. When asked about his thoughts on the progress of his team, Mr. Stubenthal said that, “I have seen a lot of improvement. I see that they are starting to be able to identify the plants. We still have a lot of work to do identifying some of the characteristics though. . . . I’m excited, I guess that’s what I could say about the progress.” Mr. Stubenthal has high hopes for his team and is excited for the spring when the contest picks back up again.
All of these FFA members did an outstanding job and put in a lot of work to get to where they are now in their contest. We wish all the qualifying team the best of luck as they advance on to the state contest in the spring.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By: Kassidy Vickers

During the month of October, we raise awareness of the impacts to those who have, or still continue to suffer from breast cancer. The goal of this month is to get as many people involved in raising awareness, and to earn funds to help support the life-saving and life-changing research and medical support. 

So, what is breast cancer? Breast cancer is a type of cancer in which the cells in the breast grow out of control. Unfortunately, breast cancer is a fairly common disease and around 12.9%  of women in the U.S. today will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. This is about 1 in 8 women being diagnosed. Other than skin cancer, it is the most common form of cancer worldwide. This is also not a disease that only affects women. About 1 out of every 100 cases of breast cancer in the U.S. is men. On average, every 2 minutes someone is diagnosed with breast cancer. 

There are many organizations in the U.S. and all around the world that are helping advance the research for breast cancer. One of the largest breast cancer organizations is the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Other organizations include the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the American Cancer Society. These organizations are really helping make a difference for breast cancer. 

This October, you can spread the word and get as many people involved and educated on breast cancer as possible. You can show your support for this month by wearing pink, sharing your knowledge on breast cancer, or even by donating to one of the many charities supporting the resolution to breast cancer. Every person counts and no voice goes unheard. Let’s make this month bigger than ever starting with your support!