Only The Beginning

By: Brian Avery & Jayden Palacios

A Challenging Start to the 2023 Eagle Football Season!

As everyone is settling into the new school year, the Eagles are getting up and ready to take on the new season! Over the summer, they had their football camp, where they got to know the freshman athletes and get prepared for the upcoming season.

Before the first game of the season, we had the opportunity to interview a senior athlete, Diego Luna, and Coach Arevalo. Diego Luna shared his thoughts on the upcoming season, “I feel like we’ll do good this year, and when we face other good teams we’ll have good battles.”

The Eagles had their first game at home on August 26th against Antonion. The Eagles gave it their all, but unfortunately lost 27-13. The Eagles played Boerne for their first away game, the defending district champs, and it was a tough battle, ending in a loss 41-7. The following game was against Jourdanton, a long-time rival, and they were determined not to go down without a fight. The Eagles went into 5 overtimes, barely losing 27-25. Coach Arevalo had great advice, “[The] Number one[thing to do] is to stay calm. Getting out of hand mentally will never enhance the particular moment you are in. I like to stay composed so I can best be prepared to analyze the situation.” On the 16th, the Eagles played Gonzales and secured their first win of the season 37-14. 

The Eagles started off rough, but that just gave them more resolve to play harder and to push. We are looking forward to what the Eagles will do next! Pride, Pride!

That’s What She Set

By: Jaelyn Morales & Lilly Krause

Victoria Urbanzyk hits 1000 digs and 1000 assists!

The Varsity Volleyball team has been on fire since the start of the season, and they are currently at a record of 27-1. After losing their first game of the season to Johnson City in 3 sets, the Lady Eagles regrouped and came out focused and ready for their next game against Poth, coming out with a victory of 3-1. After only one game, the team found their groove and maintained it throughout the games that followed. On Aug 11-13th, the Lady Eagles won the Edgewood Tournament, placing 1st for the second year in a row. Kiley Wiechring and Madelyn Estrada made the all-tournament team, Victoria Urbanczyk was Offensive MVP, and Sadie McAda was named MVP of the tournament. On Aug. 16th the Lady Eagles played Southside and beat them 3-1. The following Thursday was the start of the Devine Tournament and our team played every game without losing a set. The championship game was against the host of the tournament, the Devine Arabians, and the Lady Eagles came out strong and beat the Arabians in 2 sets leaving the score at  2-0. Victoria Urbanczyk and Angel Tucker made the all-tournament team and Sadie Mcada was MVP of the tournament. 

On Aug 24th the team played YWLA and won 3-0, and started the Southwest tournament that Thursday. The team went undefeated throughout the tournament while playing some good competition and played the host, Southwest, in an intense match that the Lady Eagles fought in ‘till the end and won 2-1. Grace Keylich and Victoria Urbanczyk made the all-tournament team and for the 3rd time this season, Sadie Mcada was named tournament MVP. On Aug 30th, the girls were back on the road to play Randolph and came out with another win of 3-0, then played Fox Tech on Sept 3rd and won 3-0, keeping their winning streak alive. Their last non-district game before district was against D’hanis and the girls did start to struggle throughout the game, but quickly pulled themselves together and won the game 3-1. On Sept 9th, the Lady Eagles played their first district game against Carrizo Springs and with ease won the game with a score of 3-0 to start district off strong. On Sept 13th, the team had a day off from district and played John Jay in a very hard-fought game. After the girls lost their first set, they stayed focused and won the next 3 sets to beat them 3-1. On Friday, September 16th, the Lady Eagles had their 2nd district game of the season against one of their toughest opponents, the Devine Arabians. While the girls did beat them in the Devine Tournament, they still had to stay focused and come out strong to make sure they got the win. 

We decided to spotlight the freshman team, this issue, and we met with the new freshman Coach, Coach Townsend, on September 8th to hear what she had to say about the freshman team’s progress this season. She began to tell us that her goal for this season was to get her athletes to be focused and play with each other. “I don’t care how many games we win, as long as we work together as a team.” Which she continued to say was also one of their biggest obstacles and that she has some team-building ideas to help work on that. As district play starts we want to wish all three teams good luck in the future and if you have time to catch a game and support, they would gladly appreciate that. Pride! Pride!

 

Order on Court

By: Shyanne Sexton and Kassidy Vickers 

Doubles Partners Evelynn Caraway (left) and Makenzie Richter (right).

Pleasanton High School’s tennis team started off the season with a tournament against Ingram on Wednesday, August 14th. Though they fought hard, the match ended with a 3-10 loss. On August 8th Pleasanton played La Vernia on home courts, and they finished with a 2-12  loss. The following Wednesday the team traveled to Somerset ending the night with their first team win of  12-3. Starting the month of September, Pleasanton faced Navarro in a tough fight ending with a score of 4-15. Later on September 14th, the tennis team got their second big win of the season against Gonzales with a final score of 18-1. 

With the start of this season, we have already seen some great athletes including sophomore, Farah Standley. We interviewed Farah and she sees the start of this season as strong and even though there have been a few losses there have been wins along with it. Her teammates are also important to her and left a great message to her fellow teammates saying, “Stay out of your head and keep going and never stop fighting because the biggest comebacks are possible if you just keep working.” This is a great mindset for all athletes, especially our tennis players as they go through their season. 

We wish the Eagle tennis team the best of luck as they continue on with their season and dominate on the court. 

 

🎵Running Up That Hill🎶

By: Farah Standley

2022-2023 Cross Country Team

 

To start off the season, the Eagles went to Floresville, where all of the athletes fought hard to tackle steep hills and tough competition. The varsity girls got 7th place as a team overall in the 2-mile race, seeing amazing performances by all of the girls, including Kassidy Vickers (Finished 12th; Time: 13:19), Kara Medina (Finished 31st; Time: 14:02), and Shalyn Gutierez (Finished 33rd; Time: 14:03). Shortly following them came Shanna Hime, Evalynn Garcia, Aryana Partida, Jauslyn Ramirez, and Mallory Fey. The JV girls came in 7th place as a team, with contributions from Syrena Clark, Aleza Robledo, Xochitl Hernandez, Vanessa Chapa, Katelynn Garza, and Rebecca Martinez. The varsity boys came trucking through at 5th place as a team overall. The leading scorer for Pleasanton was Micah Klein at 17th place, with an 18:23 3-mile. Next came Xavier Rodriguez (Finished 37th; Time: 19:25), Ian Rodriguez (Finished 45th; Time: 19:45), Jayden Ogg(Finished 46th; Time: 19:45), Joseph Cuellar (Finished 73rd; Time: 21:00), and Logan Knox (Finished 85th; Time: 21:57).  Every athlete on the Pleasanton cross country team put in all of their effort, and pushed through mental and physical pain to better themselves and their teammates. They encouraged each other through long summer practices and early morning workouts before school, and now that the season has started, they plan to push each other all the way to regionals, and hopefully, the state meet in Round Rock, Texas. 

We had an interesting interview with Coach Foster about the season, and she seemed very excited to see what the team has to offer this year. She has been teaching/coaching for 6 years, and this is her first year here at Pleasanton. She graduated from Jourdanton High School and graduated college from Texas State University. When asked about how she feels this season will go, considering the brand new team, she stated, “I think the team is going to do very well this year, it’s a young team across the board, with only two seniors… they are going to do very well pre-season… we’re going to have a good chance to go to regionals, but also win district… girls and boys.” We also had a good conversation with Kassidy Vickers, the number one runner on the team. First, we asked how she feels about the start of her season so far, she said, “I feel like the start has already been good … It’s only been the third meet and I already have a new P.R., and I’ve just been getting better every single meet.” We asked how she feels about her new teammates, and she replied, “They’re doing really good, they’re really stepping it up, being new to high school, and they’re really strong competitors… I feel like we have a really strong team this year”. We asked how she feels about the new coach, Coach Foster, and she stated, “She’s a good coach… I would say she’s definitely helped us out… just conditioning and… working on… specific areas like endurance.” We questioned what some goals and mindsets she and the team shared for the year, she said, “Definitely a goal…for our team is to make it to State, I think we have a good chance of doing that this year, and then be District Champions… A goal for me is to be District Champ.” We also asked how far she thinks she as an individual will get in terms of competition this year, she stated, “This year, I honestly see myself making it to state because the times I’ve been hitting are… better than my state times.” Her current P.R. (Personal Record)  is 12:27, which is a seven-second jump from her P.R. last year, 12:34. The team looks forward to gaining a lot of success this year, and all of the athletes have a good outlook on the future.

Track and Field

By: Noah Ramos

On May 1, our Men’s track team traveled south with their sights set for being able to qualify for the State Track Meet and later made it to Texas A&M Kingsville where Preston Piligrim made a magnificent pole vault of 14 -6 which won a gold medal along with a place on the podium. Our eagle runners also qualified for the finals on the first day. Juan Lopez was the first to compete for day 2 with long jumping where he made it to the finals and took 5th place helping to add to the day 1 total score. Then Justin Veale performed in the 110m hurdles where he got a hard fought 4th place while barely missing the podium. Jayden Palacios and Juan Lopez worked together in the run for the 400m dash against some of the best in the region which had Palacios start out with the first 200m with a strong finish with 2nd place and Lopez who scored second to last but still helped for both of them to hit the 1st & 3rd place in the race. Palacios also claimed the 400m Regional Champion title

Softball

By: Jaelyn Morales

On April 22, the Pleasanton Varsity softball team played their last district game of the season at Hondo. The score was tied 0-0 throughout the game with good defense from the Lady Eagles until the top of the 5th when Pleasanton scored 3 runs from good base hits. The girls stayed on top until the bottom of the 6th when the Hondo Owls scored 8 total points in one inning gaining the lead. The Lady Eagles had one more chance to make a comeback in the 7th, but unfortunately only scored 1 run ending the game with a score of 4-8.  Pleasanton placed 3rd in their district and were paired with Pearsall for their bi-district game.

On April 28, the Lady Eagles opened the best of three series in Pleasanton. In the top of the 1st inning, Pearsall scored 6 runs and Pleasanton was able to score when Elizabeth Salinas reached on a walk and scored on a single by Maggie Maddox. Kadence Delgado came in to pinch run for the pitcher and scored on an error. The Lady Eagle still had hope until the 4th inning when Pearsall batted around twice and scored 13 runs in one inning. By the end of the game Pearsall had scored 23 points overall and won 23-2 after the game ended early by run rule. On May 1, the Lady Eagles traveled to Pearsall to finish the series and lost 8-2 and finished the season with a 14-8 record.

Congratulations to the following Pleasanton Eagle Softball players for their awards-

Senior Taylor Bryant: Academic All-State Honorable Mention, Co-1st Team All-District 3rd Base, Academic All-District

Senior Autumn Guerra: Academic All-State 2nd Team, All-District Honorable Mention, Academic All-District

Junior Anai Romo: 1st Team All-District Outfield, Academic All-District, Texas Select All-Star Showcase Non-Committed Player

Junior Jaelyn Morales: All-District Honorable Mention,  Academic All-District, Texas Select All-Star Showcase Non-Committed Player

Junior Bianca Cruz: Academic All-District

Freshman Elizabeth Salinas: 1st Team All-District 2nd Base, Academic All-District

Freshman Gabrielle Ramos: 1st Team All-District Catcher, Academic All-District

Freshman Finley Hilburn: All-District Honorable Mention,  Academic All-District

Freshman Maggie Maddox: 2nd Team All-District Pitcher, Academic All-District

Freshman Aubry Cantu: 2nd Team All-District Utility Player

May Baseball

By: Brian Avery

The varsity baseball team had an eventful season this year. On April 22nd, The Eagles played Hondo at home. Unfortunately, it ended in a loss for the Eagles with Hondo leading 5-2. Shortly after, the boys played Devine on the 26th, and lost again 2-0. When their next game on the 29th rolled around, they were ready. The Eagles took the win away from Crystal City with a score of 10-0. They had a week of preparation before entering the playoffs

The Eagles kept the streak going into the playoffs and won the next two games against Uvalde on the 6th and 7th of March, winning 12-2 on the 6th and 11-3 on the 7th. However, they couldn’t come out on top against Robstown for the next two playoff games, losing 3-0 on the 13th, and 4-0 on the 14th, ending their season. Good luck on next year’s season Eagles!

Men’s Soccer

By: Libby Sanchez & River Reyes

The Pleasanton Varsity Men’s soccer team finished their season out strong and are proud of the accomplishments and improvements made along the way. On Tuesday, March 8, the boys won their home game against Hondo 3-1. Soon after, on March 11, the boys hosted another home game against Somerset and won again 2-0. The boys advanced into the first round of playoffs where they agreed to meet half way to play against Gonzales on March 25. After a difficult game, the Eagles came out on top 1-0, to advance into round two of playoffs. The second playoff game would be their last, playing against Beorne on March 29, losing 0-5. The boys played well and made it far, hoping to build on their strengths and improve their weaknesses so that they can go even further in the coming years.

Women’s Soccer

By: Libby Sanchez

2021-2022 Seniors

The Pleasanton Women’s Varsity soccer team played Hondo here at home on March 8, 2022. After a great game full of good plays, our girls ended the match with a winning score of 3-0. They continued into district to play Somerset on Mar 11, 2022, and brought home the win 2-1. The girls played their final district game on Mar 14, 2022, against YWLA and beat them once again with a final score of 4-1. The Eagles advanced into the first round of playoffs where they played the Palacios Sharkettes and won 3-0, advancing them to round two. In round two, the Eagles went head to head against Wimberley, a long-time rival. After losing to Wimberley in the pre-district game, our girls were determined to win and come out on top after all our hard work and improvement. Pleasanton held their ground all throughout the first half and majority of the second, but unfortunately, Wimberley scored their first goal in the final fifteen minutes of the game. Two more quickly followed, and the game ended with a score of 3-0, ending the Eagle’s season. Senior Ashlyn Vera says, “It really was a bittersweet moment, I’ve played this sport since I was little and the moment I realized this was my last game I started bawling my eyes out.” Ashlyn, along with 6 other seniors are graduating this year, but not without leaving their mark on this program. “The junior class has grown up playing this sport with the senior class, from club soccer to school soccer, they’ve made their impact on us. It’s gonna be a huge adjustment next year without them, but I’m looking forward to their bright futures and the future of this program,” said Brylee Miller, Junior. The program is sad to see such great players leaving, but they are looking forward to next year’s team and can’t wait to give it all they got next season!

Tennis

By: Shyanne Sexton

As a result of the loss at regionals, this tennis season has officially ended. Devon Clark, a player on our boys singles team, attended the regional tournament at HEB Corpus Tennis Center on Wednesday, April 13. Against Needville, Devon played hard to finish the first set 4-6 and fought hard to finish the second set 3-6. Although Devon was not able to continue, it was a tough  loss and a valuable learning experience. Upon finishing the season, Everett stated “I am very proud of each player for working hard and how much they have improved this season and I cannot wait to see how they do in future seasons.”

All of us here at PHS journalism wish the tennis team all the best for the future as we conclude this season.

Swingin Season For Golf

By: Kendall Zuniga

Swinging into action this month is our very own mighty eagle golf team coached by our very own biology teacher, coach Guerra. The Eagles golf team finished in 1st place at the District 27AAAA Golf Tournament held at Riverbend Golf Club in Floresville on Wednesday April 6th.  This was their 8th district title in a row, as well as their 6th 1st place finish for this school year and their 5th in a row. Students Reed Foster, Jake Cassias, Brady Stevens, and William Levi Turner shot a combined score of 336 on day two and a total score of 332 on day one, giving us a combined total score of 668. 

Boy’s Basketball

By: Myame Lara and Darla Rodriguez

Although the Eagle’s basketball season has come to an end, they deserve a round of applause for all the hard work and dedication that went into making this season legendary! The month of February was very successful for our Eagle’s. On February 1st, the Eagles took a strong win against Navarro, with an 83-40 score. Following our Eagle’s first win of the month, they took another clean sweep against Gonzales, winning 62-44. On February 11th, the Eagle’s ended the week with a big win, beating Cuero in their own territory, 72-66. February 15th’s game locked in our Eagle’s spot in the playoffs, taking an effortless win against La Vernia, and ending the game with an 82-59 lead! Our Varsity Eagles stole the District and Bi-District title on the infamous 2/22/22, winning against Fredericksburg 63-48. The Eagle’s ended the month on February 25th, with a close game against West Oso, but took a win 57-54. On March 1st, the Eagle’s went onto face their third playoff game against Boerne, but sadly came up short 40-43. What an amazing season. 

We got the chance to interview our Eagle’s Varsity point guard, junior, RJ Marquez, and asked him a few questions about the 21-22 season. RJ has had a passion for the game ever since he was young and is a key factor to our Varsity basketball team! The boy’s have been practicing as a team since the summer of 2021, so they’ve had a lot of time to create chemistry and come together as a family. For the Eagle’s Varsity team, It’s important to come together and work as a team. In our district winning game, RJ had stats of: 26 Pts, 2 Rbd, 7 Ast, 8 Stl, and 1 Blk. RJ say’s, “It’s been a lot of fun, we’ve really come together as a team and as a family.”, which is a key factor to why the Eagle’s had such a great season.

We are very proud of the team’s passion and determination for working so hard throughout all the highs and lows of this season. The Eagle’s ended their season with a 28-7 overall! The boy’s varsity Eagle’s had a great season and had so much improvement since the beginning of the season. Good job Eagle’s!  Pride! Pride!

Leave It All On The Court

By: Courtney Henson

On January 25, the Pleasanton Girls Varsity basketball team traveled to Cuero high school after a long fight, the girls fell 38-18. Soon after, the team faced La Vernia high school at home. Again, the girls fought hard but were unable to pull through and lost 60-24. The team then traveled to Navarro, where they fell short 77-41.

A week later, the girls faced Gonzales in their home gym. After an impressive fight, the girls got a 57-43 win, securing their spot in the first round of playoffs. On Valentine’s day, the girls made the trip into San Antonio to face Fredericksburg in the first round of playoffs. Unfortunately for the girls, they fell 58-23, officially ending the 2021-2022 season. 

For senior Addyson Dority, this was her last time playing on this court with this team. The Eagle Basketball program has done her well for the last two years, she “gave it my all” while also still “having fun.” This team has created memories she “wouldn’t trade for the world.” 

Mens Soccer

By: Brian Avery

The month of February was an exciting but short month for the Eagles Men soccer program. Both the Varsity and JV teams had many teams to play, many away from home. Here is the rundown.

To start off the events for the month, Both the JV and the Varsity teams travelled to Uvalde, beating both the JV and the Varsity team were victorious, with the JV game ending 6-1, and the Varsity team won . Moving forward to the next game, both teams travelled to San Antonio to play East Central. Unfortunately, the JV team lost 0-3 along with the Varsity winning 2-1. On Friday the 18th, the JV went to Pieper, a new school located in San Antonio, and played their varsity, who had not built enough of a record to play other Varsity teams. The JV gave a good fight, but lost 0-12. On the 22nd, the Varsity team played Foxtech again, with the game resulting in a win of 2-1. Later on in the week, on Friday the 25th, the Varsity team played La Vernia, and with great effort, they managed to tie 0-0. On Friday the 4th, both teams played Uvalde, with both teams achieving victory. JV won 8-1 and Varsity won 2-1. 

I got the privilege of interviewing Stefon Torres, the Varsity goalie, and Mason Little, a new player to the program. When asked to comment on the current state of the program this year, Torres admitted that the program has improved from year’s past in terms of attitude, stating that “we[PHS Men’s Soccer] were known for not being the best program, but it’s greatly improved since then.”  Torres admitted that the team needs more passion and dedication outside of the campus, but the program is off to a good start.  When asked the same questions, Little had very similar things to say,  stating that he greatly enjoyed his first year inside the program. He admitted that he couldn’t think of any specific ways to better the program, but was proud of how the program was progressing into the season.

The soccer boys held a fundraiser for two weeks selling cookies from Club’s Choice. It ended Friday, March 4th, but is being regarded as a success. 

The Varsity team has their eyes and hopes set on winning District, and going beyond. Good luck to both teams!

Women’s Soccer

By: Libby Sanchez

Seniors Kendall Espey and Kenley Everett after their 3-2 victory over La Vernia.

The Pleasanton Women’s Varsity soccer team started the month off with a 3-2 win against one of their biggest rivals, La Vernia, on February 1st. After tying 0-0 and losing 1-0 against them last season, it felt great for the girls to finally avenge themselves. Not too long after, on February 4th, the girls took home another win against Poteet with a final score of 8-0. After working hard at practice and going over everything they needed to, the varsity girls were ready to play another big rival, Uvalde. It was a hard-fought game, but unfortunately, the Eagles fell short 4-1. This loss only encouraged the varsity team to train harder, in hopes of beating them in March when they play each other again. The JV team took home a 2-0 win against Uvalde to start their first game of the month off great. On February 11, the varsity team traveled to Hondo ready to play and ended the game with an 8-0 win before staying to watch the Pleasanton Men’s Varsity team in their game against Hondo right after. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams enjoyed supporting each other and look forward to doing it again when both teams play Hondo in March. The Women’s JV team ensured a 7-0 win against West Campus at home on February 11th. On the 15th, both Varsity and JV played against Somerset here at home and both teams won; Varsity with a score of 3-0 and JV with a score of 5-0. On Friday the 18th, both teams went up against YWLA and won again; Varsity 4-0 and JV 5-0. On February 28th, the varsity girls traveled to SAISD to  play against Fox Tech once again and brought home an 8-0 win. The following Tuesday, March 1st, the varsity team hosted a game against Poteet here at home and won 8-0. This night was also teacher appreciation night, where each girl selected a teacher from our district that impacted them and honored them before the game. On March 4th, both teams traveled to Uvalde ready for a good game they’ve been preparing for. Due to missing many girls for the game, varsity had a new game plan in mind in order to hold their ground. Coach Bird was forced to pull his 6th string goalie and put her in the box, along with pulling two JV girls up to play in the varsity game. After a long 80 minute game, varsity fell short 3-0. The girls are still very proud of their performance, as it went much better than they could’ve expected. Both teams are looking forward to finishing the season off strong. 

Baseball

By: River Reyes

During February and early March the Pleasanton Highschool Baseball team began their season. Currently the team is sitting with 4 losses, 4 wins, and 1 tie. With a rough start, the boys have picked up and are progressing through the season strongly.

On February 22, the Varsity team lost against McCollum 1-3, although a bit rocky, they still had much to prove in the coming games. The loss streak would prevail for the next three games against Brack Christian on February 24 with a score of 4-10, and against Lufkin and Navarro in a tournament on the 25th with scores 5-7 and 7-11. The team would make their comeback on the 26th against Akins with their first win, score 9-3. Their hot streak would persist for the next three games. On March 3rd the boys won against Fredericksburg with a score of 4/3, on the 4th during their tournament, they won against Llano and Comfort with scores of 9/3 and 15/1. The team’s most recent game against Blanco on the 5th was a tie with a score of 5-5.

Currently, the Boys Baseball team is in a good spot with an even overall score of four wins, four losses, and one tie game. The team has a lot to look forward to in the future and can make this season a good one!

Program over Feelings

By: Jaelyn Morales

Lady Eagles at Navarro Tournament

On February 15th, the Varsity softball team had their first game of the season at home against Poteet and run-ruled them by a score of 10-0. The Lady Eagles had two home runs for the night and both were back to back followed with a lot of other solid hits. Gabby Ramos, in her first appearance at bat for the eagles, hit a moonshot right over center field followed by Jaelyn Morales who hit it over right field. The team also had a great defensive game with multiple double plays and help from the outfield. Freshman pitcher, Maggie Maddox, pitched the complete 5 inning shutout. When asked what her biggest goal this season is, Coach Laws answered, “My biggest goal is for the girls to go farther than they have in a while and I would love to see them win a district championship, which is doable!” 

On February 17th-19th, the Lady Eagles competed in the Navarro Tournament at Huber Ranch, in Seguin. Their first game was against Poth and was won by a score of 9-5, then against Stockdale which was won with a score of 12-0. The next day the team started off the day with a win against Cotulla and a score of 19-3, followed by another two wins against Wagner (11-2) and Eagles Pass Winn (13-1). On the final day of the tournament, the Lady Eagles played Randolph and won by a score of 13-2. After going 6-0 the whole tournament and outscoring their opponents 77-14, the team received 1st place and Maggie Maddox received the MVP award for pitching all six successful games. Seniors, Taylor Bryant and Autumn Guerra, and Junior, Jaelyn Morales received all-tournament honors. ” I feel very confident about this season,” said senior Autumn Guerra, “We have a good hardworking group of girls and a new coach as well, we have a clean slate and opportunities.”

On February 22nd, the Lady Eagles traveled to Cornerstone Christian school and unfortunately had their first loss of the season. There were errors on defense, and offense could not get their bats going resulting in a loss of 3-5. They were supposed to play in the Floresville Tournament, but it was canceled due to bad weather. On March 1st, the Lady Eagles played against Bandera at home and the girls started out the game rough with defensive and offensive mistakes, but then started to get their groove back. They were close to making a comeback later in the game, but in the end they couldn’t get their bats going and lost by a score of 9-12. The team is using their recent losses as a sign to push themselves everyday and as motivation to, as Coach Laws said, “come out each and every game ready to put up a fight.”

It will be imperative for the team to keep working hard mentally and physically as district approaches. “The energy in the team this year is awesome. We all strive to be better and better everyday and I couldn’t ask for a better team for my final year of softball,” said senior Taylor Bryant, “My biggest goal this season is to push myself harder than ever, to me right now being great isn’t enough there is always something I can improve and hopefully go far in the playoffs this year with that mindset and I believe something we can work on this season is becoming one as a team and really getting to know each other like sisters.” The Lady Eagles have 3 more regular games and then will play Brooks Academy for their first district game. If you can, try and visit an upcoming game and show your support for them. Pride Pride!

Tennis

By: Kristina Mertz and April Martinez

The PHS Tennis team has been doing outstanding as they have placed SOMETHING.

Coach Everett says, “The season is going really well. We have participated in some good tournaments and have done well.” Coach Everett later said that,“Practice has been a little interesting. Organizing drills and playing games are what I enjoy but my athletes are not used to that yet. Getting them motivated is something I strive to do.” 

Of the tennis teammates Farah also speaks on the PHS tennis team saying, “practice is going pretty good we’re getting a lot better we’re improving it … sometimes it can get a little chaotic but it’s good we’re trying to get more organized and we are definitely getting a lot better.” Farah also lets us in on how the season is going, “It’s going pretty good, we’re just trying to move up and get a platform, it’s been pretty uphill but we’ve had some wins and losses.” Farah’s favorite part about tennis is, “Just playing around and getting better everyday because tennis is a sport that’s all about playing time and if you’re out there everyday and you’re giving it your all you’ll see improvements every single day.”She also noted that,”I’ve improved a lot.

The PHS Tennis team has done exceptionally well but Coach Everett wanted to add, “Most of my players have done well this season and all deserve recognition. However, Devon Clark has done exceptionally well in boy’s singles, even winning consolation at a big 6A tournament.” For those who don’t know Coach Everett, “I play tennis competitively myself. For me, I love to grow the game and get as many people playing as possible. Tennis is a sport that you can play for a lifetime. It seems not very many understand that.

Eagles Track!

By: Allison Collins

The Eagle track teams have been hard at work these past months preparing for the current season. Their first track meet of the season was held on March 3 in Pleasanton. The varsity girls placed 2nd with a score of 160.5. Kassiy Vickers placed 1st in the 800 M Run and the 1600 M Run. Victoria Urbanczyk placed 1st with shot put. Victoria also placed 2nd on Discus. Jillian Barcomb placed 2nd on the 100 M Hurdles and on the 300M Hurdles . Ciarah Garcia placed 2nd in the 400 M Dash, as well as second in triple jump. Libby Kemp placed second in the pole vault.  The 4×400 M relay team (Alexandria Balderas, Ciarah Garcia, Lillaian Krause and Raegan Hollis) placed 2nd. The 4×100 M relay team (Kinsley Barker, Alandria Balderas,Megan Mayse and Itez Perez) placed 3rd. The 4×200 relay team (Megan Mayse, Alexandria Balderias, Emree Adamitz and Raegan Hollis) placed 3rd as well. Megan Mayse placed 3rd in the 200 M dash. Aryanna Partida placed 3rd in the 1600 M run.  Ciarah Garcia placed 4th in long jump. Alexandria Bladeras placed 4th in High Jump as well as 4th in Triple Jump. Aryanna Partida placed 4th in the 800 M run.  Lillian Krause placed 4th in the 400 M dash. Ciarah Garcia placed 5th in the 800 M run. Syerna Clark placed 5th in the 100 M hurdles and the 300 M hurdles. Raegan Hollis placed 5th in the 400 M dash. Emree Adamitz placed 5th in the 200 M dash. Diamond Brownlee placed 6th in the 200 M dash.

 JV girls placed 1st with a score of 158. 

Sventlana Martinez finished 1st in the 100 M dash. Jauslyn Ramirez placed 1st in the 800 M run. Katelyn Garza placed 1st in the 3200 M run & the 1600 M run, Harmony Young placed 1st in the 300 M hurdles and 2nd in 100 hurdles.. Kennedy Miller placed 1st in long jump, Kennedy also placed 3nd in the 100 M Dash. Kaylie Rodriguez placed 2nd 300 M hurdles. The 4×100/4x200relay team (Svetlana Martinez, Kennedy Miller, Yasmeen Diop & Alexandra Alvarez) both placed 2nd. Alexandra Alverez placed 3rd in the 300 M dash. Aleza Robedo placed 3rd in the 1600 M run. Desire Gonzales placed 3rd with both shot put and discus. Genavieve Alvarado placed 4th in  shot put and 5th in discus. Kaylie Rodriguez placed 5th in the 100 M hurdles. Ariana Johnson placed 6th in discus. 

Boys varsity came in 1st with a score of 218. 

The boys 4×100 relay team (Rudy Franco, Bryan Jones, Esete’van Jackson and Sean Ramos) placed 1st. Jayden Palacios placed 1st on high jump and the 400 M dash. Juan Lopez placed first on Long Jump. Peyton Eichmen placed 1st on discus. Jaythan Martinez placed 1st for shot put. Esete’van Jackson got first place in triple jump, setting a PR and tie for school record. Preston Pilgrim placed 1st for pole vault. Justin Veale placed 1st in both 110 & 300 M hurdles. Nathan Din placed 2nd on shot put. Evan Guardiola placed 2nd on discus. Este’van Jackson placed 2nd in long jump. Bryan Jones placed 2nd in the 400 M dash.The boys 4×200 ran an impressive 1:32.16. The 4×400 ran an outstanding 3:32.75. Joseph Cuellar placed 3rd in the 3200 M run. Bryan Jones placed 3rd in the 200 M dash..Adrian Garcia placed 3rd in high jump. Sean Ramos placed 3rd in triple jump, he also participated in the long jump where he jumped 19′-9″. Juan Lopez placed 4th in the 100 M dash. Austin Rich placed 5th in the 400 M dash. Nathan Din places 5th in discus. Austin Rich placed 6th in the 200 M dash. 

The Boys JV team placed 1st at the meet with a score of 249.
Demetrius Jimenez placed 1st in the 400 M dash. Alvaro Sanchez placed 1st in the 800 M run. Ian Rodriguez placed 1st in the 3200 M run. Jayden Ogg placed 1st in the 1600 M run. MAson Little placed 1st in the 110 M hurdles. Paul Bernal placed 1st in the 300 M hurdles. The 4×400 relay team (Keagan Holes, Joe Turley, Damon Morales and Daniel Coronado) placed 1st.  Demetrius Jimenez placed 1st in high jump. Stephen West placed 1st in discus. Ezekial Gonzalez placed 1st in shot put. Joe Turley placed 1st in long jump. Iam Rodriguez placed 2nd in the 1600 M run, Jayden Ogg placed 2nd in the 3200 M run. Mason Little placed 2nd in the 300 M hurdles. Paul Bernal placed 2nd in the 100 M hurdles. The 4×200 & 4×100 relay team (Keagan Holes, Joe Turley, Damon Morales and Daniel Coronado) placed 2nd in both. Damon Morales placed 2nd in long jump. Alvaro Sanchez placed 2nd in pole vault.  Damon Morales placed 3rd in high jump. Mark Sorola placed 3rd in dusus. Kalib Hernandez placed 3rd in the 300 M hurdles. Evan Dove placed 3rd in the 400 M dash. Demetrius Jimenez placed 4th in the 200 M dash. Alvaro Sanchez placed 4th in the 400 M dash. Jorge Garcia placed 4th in the 800 M run, he also placed 4th in the 1600 M run. Kalib Hernandez placed 4th in the 110 M hurdles. Daniel Coronado placed 4th in long jump. Stephen West placed 6th on shot put. 

The eagles track team is hard at work and we are excited to see what they accomplish going forward. 

 

Keep calm, Golf on

By: Shyanne Sexton

The golf season is in full swing, and our players are dominating. So far, the results of the tournaments suggest a successful season. Head golf coach, Coach Guerra envisions that during this year’s district tournament our golf team will not only win the championship for the eighth consecutive year, but also compete at the regional tournament for the 11th year in a row, as well as qualify for a state tournament for the second consecutive year.

In all tournaments so far, our men’s golf team has finished within the top five. They placed second in a home tournament, first in tournaments in both Somerset and Jourdanton, as well as third in two tournaments held by Divine. There are only three players on the girls golf team this year and therefore no team awards are given. In spite of this, Sadie McAda did perform well at the SAISD tournament, finishing as the 3rd place medalist.

Recently golf team members have been working on improving their course management skills and short game to help lower overall team scores. It is during this time that Coach Guerra likes to adjust players’ swings and from there, make minor adjustments to their game that will enable players to be more successful. I had the pleasure of interviewing Coach Gurrea last week. I asked him what makes coaching this team fun and what motivates him to continue coaching. His answer was simple: “The attitude and work ethic that these golfers show everyday are what make coaching this team fun.”

Our golf team is a great example of success; we at PHS wish them the best!

Boys Basketball

By: Shyanne Sexton

We are in the thick of basketball season, and the Pleasanton boy’s team is dominating. The results so far indicate a promising season despite a couple bumps on the way. Now it’s a straight shot to the district championships and perhaps even a state championship. It is the players, both on and off the court, who bring the energy, hyping everyone up and pushing them closer toward their goals.

Let’s talk about scores. The Eagles beat Great Hearts Northern Oaks 87-50 on Friday, December 12 at home. In the days following, on December 14, the boys were victorious over Brooks Academy, coming away with a 65-40 victory, and on that Friday they had a 71-50 victory against Uvalde, showing their depth and resilience. After a string of wins, the boys played London on Tuesday, December 29, and lost 55-64. But picked it up again on Friday, December 31 against Davenport, winning 69-43. After playing Fox Tech at home, the Eagles won 81-61 the following week. The next two games would be district games, both of which the team won by over a 10 point lead.

When asked how this season differed from previous ones, players said, “Last year I don’t think we were bad, but as a team we didn’t have time to develop and understand each other’s styles but we are definitely better than last year”. In addition, the boys basketball team continues to impress and PHS is very fortunate to have these players. The PHS journalism staff wishes them the best of luck throughout district play.

Defend Our Court

By: Jaelyn Morales

Diamond Brownlee, senior, goes for a layup in the game against Cuero.

The Pleasanton Girls’ Basketball team started off District play on Jan 7th against Cuero at home. The Varsity Lady Eagles put up a good fight throughout the game staying neck and neck with the Lady Gobblers, but unfortunately ended the game with a close score of 28-24. The Lady Eagles next two district games were against La Vernia on Jan 11th and Navarro on Jan 14th, with both games being against very tough opponents. Pleasanton gave it their all but came out with a loss in both games, with a score of 61-25 against La Vernia and 60-38 against Navarro. “This season has been a roller coaster for us, ” said Junior, Mary Martinez, “We’ve had our ups and downs this season, but we have improved since last year.” The Lady Eagles may be playing against some hard competition, but that hasn’t stopped them from working hard as a team and giving it their all each and every game. 

On January 21st, the Lady Eagles played the Lady Apaches in Gonzales and won with a score of 48-41. They never gave up and worked hard to win this game. “The best part of playing basketball is being able to call the girl’s family and play with my two best friends,” said La’syenika Garcia. “The best part of basketball is the memories we make with the team and our coach,” said Mary Martinez. This team has made so much progress this season and will continue to make progress and get better as the season goes on. With the second part of district play starting up the Lady Eagles will need our support so if you can, try to make it to one of their next home games and cheer them on. Pride Pride!

Men’s Soccer

By: Kristina Mertz

The Pleasanton High School Men’s Soccer team has kicked off the season quite well. With their first game for this month against Eagle Pass where they won 2-0, meanwhile the JV lost with a score of 5-3.  There was a Varsity Tournament where, the JV team then went against Floresville and eventually tied with 0-0. On Friday January 14th, the team then went up against Canyon Lake High school and won again with a score of 4-1. That same day the JV team went against Poteet where they won 3-0. They then went up against Wimberly and lost 5-4. The Varsity Team then went up against Fox Tech on January 25th where they won with a score of 2-0. That same day JV lost against Fox Tech 8-0. Recently on January 21st the Varsity team then tied with San Antonio Christian High School. Then on January 22nd the Varsity team went against Burnet High School where they won with 3-2.

Coach Breiten says, “The season is off to a good start, we have collected a few wins which is always a good thing and we are learning who we are pretty quickly.” Brian Avery, a Junior, who is a right wing, says, “For Jv it’s [the season is] off to a slightly rough start. We’ve tied two games and lost one, but when we participated in the varsity tournament we won a game and we also lost the other, but nevertheless we’ve had a strong morale and were improving greatly.”  He later added that, “Well i would definitely say that we should work on our communication and just like having a personal understanding of each other cause they’re short with each other a lot.” While Coach Breiten said they could improve on, “learning about whoever’s on the field … trusting their abilities… we have some young people playing with us, so just being able to trust your teammate with their job…”

Brian said his favorite memory was, “Beating Poteet’s varsity was pretty cool. We didn’t beat them bad, but it just solidified that ‘hey! We might have a chance here.’” Coach Breiten then stated, “They seem like they’ve come as a team faster than years prior, which is always a good thing [as] we don’t have a lot of negative distractions.” The men’s soccer team will continue to persevere, so go catch a game some time. PRIDE PRIDE!

Water The Bamboo

By: Courtney Henson

Over the Christmas break the women’s soccer teams kicked off their season. Both the JV and Varsity teams partook in many scrimmages to begin the season and get a feel for things with new teams. On January 3, the teams faced Wimberly for the first game of the season. Unfortunately for the Varsity team they lost 7-1. Soon after this, Pleasanton high school hosted a tournament for varsity teams. At this tournament the varsity team lost to Wagner 2-1, lost to Buda Johnson 4-1, lost to Southside 3-0, tied Uvalde 1-1, and beat Wagner due to forfeit. Days later on January 11, both the Varsity and JV teams faced Boerne, falling short, the varsity team lost 5-0, and the JV lost 4-0. 

On the weekend of January 13-15, the Varsity team participated in the Wimberly tournament. At this tournament, after a few long fights, the Varsity team lost to Lake Belton 11-0, lost to Fredericksburg 4-1, and lost to Tivy 3-0. The weekend of January 21-22 the JV team partook in their home tournament. They opened the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Southwest. They soon lost to Medina Valley 1-0, but came back and beat Poteet 6-0. 

On January 26, both teams traveled to Fredericksburg for their next game, where the Varsity fell 5-0 and the JV tied 0-0. 

On January 28, the women’s Varsity team faced Fox Tech High School. Making their comeback, the varsity team won 8-0. 

Although this season has not begun as the teams had hoped it would, the girls remain hopeful and motivated. For junior Slayde Huggins, she looks “forward to getting to know my teammates better and getting to work out this new formation.”

As the season continues and the girls continue fighting, we wish you the best of luck. Pride! Pride!