Swinging for success

By:Leighlah Silva 

Under the guidance of first-year coach Michael, the Pleasanton boys and girls golf teams are setting their sights high this season. With a goal of making it to the state tournament for the boys and regionals for the girls, the teams have been working hard to achieve success.

The boys team, led by three experienced seniors, has shown their skill and dedication on the course. Their first-place finish in the District 28 4A tournament is a testament to their hard work and talent. With standout performances from Mark Thornton and Levi Turner, the boys are primed and ready to compete at the regional tournament.

On the other hand, the girls team, although less experienced, has shown great promise and determination. Their second-place finish in the district tournament was a stepping stone towards their goal of making it to regionals. With coach Michael’s guidance and the support of their teammates, the girls are motivated to continue improving and competing at a high level.

Coach Michael is impressed by the commitment and dedication of all the golfers on the team, both experienced and new. He believes that golf is a sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime and is excited to see the progress and growth of each player.

As the teams prepare for the regional tournament in April, the Pleasanton golfers are focused and determined to achieve their goals. With a strong work ethic and a supportive team environment, both the boys and girls teams are confident in their abilities to succeed on the course. With their eyes set on the prize, the Pleasanton golf teams are ready to show what they are capable of at regionals.

Student spotlight: Jayden Fox

By:Leighlah Silva 

From navigating the highs and lows of high school to embracing challenges both in and out of the classroom, Jayden Fox has illustrated what it means to be a dedicated and driven student at Pleasanton High School.Throughout his four years, Jayden has been an active participant in extracurricular activities, including cross country and track, showcasing not only his athletic brilliance but also his commitment to personal excellence. Additionally, Jayden has showed his musical talents to the school band, skillfully playing the tenor saxophone with passion and skill.However, Jayden’s impact goes beyond the field and the stage. Inspired by his father, Jayden has embodied the values of resilience and strength, turning obstacles into opportunities for growth. Jaydens father’s guidance has shaped Jayden into a compassionate and determined individual, ready to take on new challenges with unwavering determination.Jayden’s academic journey has been marked by the support and guidance of teachers like Mrs. Bast, whose dedication to her students has inspired Jayden to strive for greatness. Mrs. Bast’s commitment to excellence has not only influenced Jayden’s academic pursuits but has also served as a guiding light in their personal development.Looking ahead, Jayden plans to attend Texas A&M University in College Station to pursue a degree in electrical engineering, a testament to their ambition and drive. With a goal to inspire others and make a difference in the world, Jayden is poised to embark on a new chapter filled with endless possibilities.As Jayden Fox prepares to leave a lasting legacy at Pleasanton High School, his journey serves as a reminder of the power of perseverance, determination, and the unwavering support of family and mentors. Jayden’s story is not just one of academic achievement but also of personal growth and resilience, making him a shining example for his peers and a source of pride for the Pleasanton Highschool community

Sliding into the season!

Sliding into the season!

    By: Leighlah Silva 

It is that time of year again, baseball season has started here at PHS! The head coach, Coach Standley, has some high expectations for his team. “Our goal is to win the district championship”, last year they made it very far and enjoyed every moment of it. Coach Standley is most sure that these young men have what it takes to go far. The tryout requirements involved tracking the speed of a throw, hitting a baseball off of a “Tee”, and also tracking the speed of that, they have a timed mile-and-a–half run, and they are required to catch pop flies while saying “ball,ball,ball”. 

Coach Standley has coached baseball for twenty six years as a head coach. This is his fifth year at Pleasanton as a head coach, unfortunately his first year at Pleasanton was cut short due to Covid-19. Coach Standley played baseball all his life including college baseball. “I’m a very competitive person and I grew up playing baseball. I’ve played college baseball. It’s anatomy to help kids become better people, fathers, sons, husbands. Baseball tides in with all that very well”. Baseball has been Coach Stanley’s way to meet these wonderful young men and teach them ways to be better on the field, in the classroom, and outside of the classroom.We wish the baseball team a good season and hope to see them at district championship. Pride, Pride!

Live-Love-Pitch

Live-Love-Pitch 

By: Leighlah Silva

 

Get ready to rally under the lights and feel the pulse of the school spirit in softball! Softball season has officially started here at PHS.“The goals for the season are to continue changing the culture of the softball program.  This is a rebuilding year; and we want to add to the foundation that we started last year. We will be very young this season and introducing new concepts to the younger group as well as the returners from last season. We will always build on the success from the previous year and our goal is to have a successful season and make the playoffs.” says Coach Cook, Which we know they are capable of. 

The newcomers have settled in very well on the team “Great team, just need more experience”. The freshmen have really out done themselves especially during tryouts.“We put the girls through a variety of drills that tested their abilities to catch, throw, run, and hit.  They had to be able to attempt each drill and were given a score based on how successful they were at completing .We recorded their times from contact to first base and to second base. We were looking for kids who could achieve times to first in 3.5 seconds and 7 seconds or less to second.” And they have surely found them. 

The girls have played in scrimmages and tournaments, they are having a very good start to the season with not much loses. We hope the girls have an amazing season and continue to shine bright in the school’s eyes. Pride, pride!

 

Student spotlight

Student spotlight 

By: Leighlah Silva 

Welcome back PHS, another month has passed which means another article! This month’s student spotlight goes to the amazing freshman Claire Keylich. Claire is involved in many extracurricular activities including student council, volleyball, and soccer. “I’ve been doing volleyball since 7th grade and have been in club volleyball for 3 years. I made varsity volleyball this year and it was definitely a big jump from 8th grade to varsity, a whole new level but I was able to adjust and improve to have a successful season. Lastly, I’ve been playing soccer since I was 5 and I’m now a freshman on varsity. Varsity soccer is a lot harder than I thought it would be, but I’ve gotten better at adjusting to the speed and rhythm of the game which has made me improve a lot”. As you can tell Claire is a highly gifted student-athlete, making varsity in two sports as a freshman is very outstanding! 

Claire has accomplished so much and will continue throughout her years at PHS. “My mom helps me the most when I need help or encouragement whether it’s sports, school, or advice. She is always giving me positive feedback and is always encouraging me at my sport events or my school events, however my sister inspires me the most. I always look up to her and she is the person who is always there for me. She is the first person I go to whenever something happens or whenever I need her the most”. Claire is a great role model and always will be! The Quill staff hope you enjoy the rest of Claire’s highschool years, and we hope everything continues to go well for her. We are honored to have this opportunity to write an article about this outstanding freshman. Pride pride.

Student Spotlight: Emiliano Lugo

By: Leighlah Silva

Good afternoon PHS! The quill staff are coming to you with yet another student spotlight article. This month Emiliano Lugo has been selected as our spotlight. Emiliano is a highly gifted and talented student both in and out of the classroom. He participates in many extracurricular activities such as chess club, art club, and bowling club which is a new club here at PHS! You can say he is very active in and out of school. Emiliano says that all of these extracurricular activities have helped him experience new things and meet new people. His chess instructor Ms.Infante has very good feedback she says “He is very polite and generous, he helps his teammates improve in many things, even though sooner or later they will be going against each other in chess. He has a very great mindset about everyone being a winner”. 

Emiliano says that his peers have impacted his life in ways that many don’t and that is what is important because he has experienced many opportunities that he wouldn’t have experienced if it weren’t for them. Emiliano says he has adapted to the high school lifestyle by walking a lot in the hallways and meeting new teachers. 

The PHS quill staff are thrilled to have this opportunity to get to know Emiliano and honor him for being such a great student! 

Student Spotlight: Sydney Sorola

By: Leighlah Silva 

 

Welcome back PHS we are coming to you with more articles this month! Our student spotlight for October is Sydney Sorola. Sydney is a highly accomplished junior that is involved in many extracurricular activities within the school . This junior is involved in NHS (National Honor Society), HOSA (Health Occupations Students Of America), student council, and dance. “My main goal is to leave an impact” stated Sydney, which she has! 

Sydney has been a dancer since she was five years old and continues dancing on the dance/drill team here at PHS. Sydney has the magnificent duty of being the pacesetting major and only wants what’s best for the team, “I want to accomplish things within the team that haven’t been accomplished before”. Her peers on the dance team have made a huge impact on Sydney, “These girls motivate me so much, they really inspire me to be better”.

      Dance has always been her main extracurricular activity ever since she was home schooled, being in HOSA,NHS, and student council has brought her so many amazing opportunities and friends! Being in all of these extracurricular activities has also taught Sydney self discipline, respect towards others, and has helped her prepare herself for life after high school. Within the talk about life after high school ,Sydney has stated that she plans on attending (TJH)  Tyler Junior College to be an almighty apache belle on their dance team. She plans doing her basics at Tyler Junior College, but her “end goal” for her adult years is to study neuroscience and become a neurologist.

The PHS quill staff members are delighted and very thankful to have this opportunity to put the amazing spotlight on Sydney Sorola and get to know her better. We wish you the best and hope you have a great junior year, keep pursuing your dreams!

Student Spotlight: Stephen West

By: Leighlah Silva and Kendall Zuniga 

 

 

Welcome back to PHS! A new school year means new students in our monthly student spotlight. This month, the Quill staff have chosen senior Stephen West to shed some green and white light upon. Though quiet to the school’s eye, Stephen makes noise with the varsity football team every Friday night whether it’s being in the game or on the sidelines cheering for his fellow teammates on getting a touchdown. In his free time, Stephen continues to play football from 4 to 7 p.m. after school. Participating in sports has brought many friends and opportunities into Stephen’s life over the last 4 years of his high school career, and continues to be an experience he admires greatly. He has shown a lot of “Eagle Pride” within his fellow peers over the years and he is excited to finish off his football career with the Pleasanton Eagle Varsity Football team.  

After high school, Stephen plans on attending A&M Kingsville University. He is uncertain what subject he wants to major in. Nonetheless, we know that no matter what he will be successful and the timing will come when he decides what he wants to major in. Stephen is highly talented both in and out of the classroom. He has an amazing future ahead of him. The Journalism staff are filled with gratitude for the golden opportunity to become acquainted with more knowledge about Stephen West. We wish him the best of luck for the amazing future he has ahead of him! Pride, Pride!