Together We Rise

By: Courtney Henson

The Pleasanton Eagles excitedly rush out of the Eagle to begin the game.

On October 30, the Pleasanton Varsity football team traveled to Somerset to face the Bulldogs. The Eagles battled hard, but came just short of a win. Somerset came with power and were leading 20-0 after the first quarter. At halftime, the score sat at 20-14 with Somerset still in the lead. After an intense fight during the 3rd and 4th quarter, the game ended with a final score of 29-27, Pleasanton falling to Somerset. Leading offensively were JJ Morales and Diego Luna, with a touchdown a piece, as well as Sean Ramos with 2 rushing touchdowns and 2 passing touchdowns. 

On November 6, the Pleasanton Varsity football team partook in their last district game of the season against the La Vernia Bears. After a long and hard fight through all 4 quarters, the Eagles fell to La Vernia with a finishing score of 42-0. Some outstanding players from this game include Carlos Garcia with 17 tackles, Tommy Lee Ramirez, Cole Wiechring, and Toby Garner. 

Despite the outcome of the La Vernia game, the varsity Eagles football team will be advancing into the playoffs for the first time since 2017!

On Friday, November 13, the Pleasanton Eagles faced the Austin LBJ Jaguars in the bi-district playoff game of the 2020 playoffs. After a tough fight through all 4 quarters, the Eagles fell 61-0. Sadly, this concluded the Eagles tough season and ended the seniors high school football career. 

While this has been a crazy season with both its ups and its downs, the head coach, Coach Liska, is very proud of his boys performance this year. “I am most proud of the boys who played football this year and stayed with us the entire season. Also, for making the playoffs after a 0-4 start to the season.” 

While this season hasn’t 100% gone as hoped, Liska believes the team has improved a significant amount this year and will only continue improving in the future. “Sticking together,” Coach says, “At times during the year we had a choice to fold up the tent or to try and make the playoffs. WE trusted each other and stuck together to gain a playoff spot.” With all of this in mind, when asked about his thoughts and outlooks on this season, Liska stated, “In the months of April through July the uncertainty of us even having a football season due to Covid-19 pandemic was mentally, emotionally, and physically draining. The message was to stay positive and be flexible! The Covid-19 protocols were changing daily and we had to be able to adjust and adapt. We were blessed to be able to start practice in August and play all 10 games.”

As the football season comes to an end, Coach Liska leaves the team with these words, “In life you will face adversity and things don’t always go as planned… but you have to pull up your britches, wipe your nose and do the best you can. Congratulations you survived a pandemic. MASK UP!” We will continue to be proud of the boys performance and their strength concluding this year. Amazing job this season and we can’t wait to see you return next year. Pride! Pride!

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!

One Last Match

By: Hayden Schmidt

Varsity district players get together for one last match for the season

The Eagles’ varsity tennis team has officially ended their fall seasons after competing in the bi-district tournament at Boerne on October 27. 

This season, the Eagles had to push hard to get their wins. “Since we’ve been out in a new district, we played some tougher competition. But overall, I’m proud of how well our team did this season,” said senior Blake Moos.

Despite their struggles, the team kept pushing through the season and participated in the Bi-District tournament at Boerne on October 27. The Eagles had to play their hardest to attempt to beat their opponents. Sadly, they fell short of moving on to the area tournament. 

When asked about his opinion on the results, Coach Schwab was very proud. “I think we were up against an incredible first place team in Boerne, and the results were as expected. We knew going in what the results were probably going to be, and we just got a chance to play some more tennis and learn and gain some more experience against a quality team, and that’s what we got.” 

Now that the fall season is over, players and coaches have had a chance to look back on their performance and look forward to the future. Looking back on the season and the performance of the players, Coach Schwab said, “I think based on the district we were in and the age of our team, I think we did an excellent job. We finished fourth in district, and we got the chance to play post-district play. The players played a great season and I am pleased with how they finished.” Interview answers from players.” Despite the rough season, Coach Schwab is ready to get back in the game with the Spring season. “Right now we’re doing relaxed practices just to keep in tune, and then when we come back in the Spring we’ll do our 8 Spring tournaments in preparation for the District tournament, and we’ll see where the chips lie.”

Congratulations to the players and coaches on a hard fought season these past few months. Here’s to next season!

Cross Country

By: Ariana Johnson

Girls Varsity Cross Country team pictured at Corpus Christi.

On Monday, October 26, Varsity boys and girls, along with JV girls went to Segiun for the Cross Country District Meet, where Varsity Girls placed 1st for the second year in a row. Caitlyn Nieschwitz placed 2nd, Kassidy Vickers placed 3rd, Kara Hinojosa placed 7th, Kennedy Guajardo placed 11th, Mary Martinez placed 14th, Fe Vielma placed 15th, and Lindsey Klein placed 19th. JV Girls placed 1st with Jillian Barcomb placed 2nd, Raylin Castillo placed 3rd, Sofia Aguilar placed 5th, Itzel Perez placed 7th, Savannah Clark placed 9th, and Adriana Clark placed 11th. Varsity Boys were short-handed this District Meet with Wanish Tortes-McGinnis placing 10th, Xavier Rodriguez placing 15th, Jayden Ogg placing 24th, and Zander Zamora placing 25th. Varsity Girls and Wanish Tortes-McGinnis qualified for the Regional Cross Country Meet in Corpus Christi on November 10th.

On Tuesday, November 10, Varsity Girls and Wanish Tortes-McGinnis went to Corpus Christi for the Cross Country Regional Meet, where Varsity Girls placed 5th with Kassidy Vickers placing 7th, Caitlyn Nieschwitz placing 13th, Mary Martinez placing 40th, Lindsey Klein placing 42nd, Fe Vielma placing 47th, Kara Hinojosa placing 51st, and Kennedy Guajardo placing 64th. Wanish Tortes-McGinnis placed 59th out of 130 people. Kassidy Vickers will compete at the State Cross Country Meet in Round Rock on November 24th. Great job Cross Country Girls and Boys. Pride! Pride!

Aiming High

By: Jaelyn Morales

Basketball players RJ Marquez, Juan Lopez, Heaven Marquez, Kayli Kennedy, and Reagan Moore pose for a picture.

The Pleasanton girls’ and boys’ basketball teams started their season off with scrimmages to get ready for their upcoming games. The Lady Eagles had their first scrimmage of the season on Saturday, October 31, against Alamo Heights. The following Tuesday, November 3, they played the Dilley Wolves. Their first game was supposed to be on Tuesday, November 10, against Crystal City, but was sadly cancelled. Their official first game was on Friday, November 13, against Bandera. They lost with a score of 39-37, but it was a very close game. When asked what her biggest goal for this season is, sophomore Sadie Mcada responded, “My biggest goal is getting our team to have a positive outlook on this season even through the obstacles, work harder than ever.” The Lady Eagles are starting the season off strong and positive and, most of all, they are aiming high this year.  

The Eagles had their first scrimmage on Saturday, November 7, against Southwest/Highlands. Then they played the following Tuesday, November 10, against the Lytle Pirates. Their first game of the season was Tuesday, November 17, against Brooks Academy. The Eagles are off to a good start, but will need to keep working hard to have another incredible season like last year. To put into perspective the Eagles had booked their first trip to the regional tournament since 1991. They did this by beating Port Isabel in the regional quarterfinals and faced Stafford in the class 4A Regional Semifinals, but sadly lost. Even though this year has been a challenge, that won’t stop either team from giving it all they got on and off the court.

Football

By: Wanish Tortes-McGinnis 

Senior Ty Hehman caught an interception in the 4th quarter

Ending September with a win by the Pleasanton Eagles against Corpus Christi King 24-6, the first quarter started off slow but rapidly changed when Toby Garner scored 2 touchdowns in the second half. During the third quarter, Toby Garner scored another touchdown followed by a field goal by Jose Angel Perez making the eagle up 24-0. The last quarter ended with Corpus Christi scoring one touchdown and making the final score 24-6 with a win by the Pleasanton Eagles.

The Eagles started October with their first district game against Boerne. The first half started slow with Boerne scoring 2 points. The second half, Boerne got up 22 points and scored 3 touchdowns. The Pleasanton Eagles scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and both were made by Toby Garner. Borene also made two touchdowns in the third quarter making the score 38-14. Jayden Palacios made a receiving touchdown, and Boerne as well made a touchdown. Making the final score 45-20 with loss by the eagles. 

On Friday October 23rd, the Eagles had a home game against Uvalde. The eagles led the way starting with two interceptions made by Marco Quinonez. Ty Hehman, came with another interception for the eagles, and Ashon Thompson with an interception and a touchdown. Sean Ramos, threw two touchdown passes. Finally, Toby Garner made 2 touchdowns to finish the game with an amazing score of 30-7. 

You Just Got Served

By: Gabby Palacios

The PHS varsity volleyball team pictured discussing the game during a timeout.

After suffering a 3-1 loss against the Cuero Cobblers in their first district game, the Lady Eagles varsity volleyball team played LaVernia in their second district game, ending with a 3-0 loss against the Bears on Friday, September 25. The following Tuesday, September 29, they suffered another 3-0 loss, with the Navarro Panthers coming out victorious.

Starting the month off on a good note, the Eagles traveled to SA Holmes and bagged a 3-1 victory against the Huskies on October 3. They kept up the good pace against the Gonzales Apaches on October 6, gaining a 3-0 victory. Unfortunately, they suffered another loss on Friday, October 9, against the Cuero Gobblers, ending with a 3-2 score. On Tuesday, October 13 the Eagles traveled to LaVernia and ended with another 3-0 loss against the Bears. The team lost against the Panthers on Friday, October 16, with Navarro gaining a 3-0 victory over the Eagles. Fortunately, the Lady Eagles ended their last non-district game with a 3-0 win over the Tilden Cowgirls on Tuesday, October 20.

On Friday, October 23, the team played their final district game against the Gonzales Apaches. Going into five total sets, the Eagles came out victorious with a 3-2 ending score. Only winning one district game up until this point, the team needed this win in order to advance. 

Excited to advance on to Bi-District Playoffs, Senior Jussiah Lopez states, “The game honestly was the craziest game like ever for me… within my high school career. Both teams went out… fighting to win. We all celebrated at the end of the game. Even Coach Aguirre was like ‘YEAH!’ We were all pumped…” 

The first playoff game is taking place on Thursday, October 29. Lopez continued on with encouraging words, stating, “No matter how we do, it was a good season and at the end, we all had fun throughout it.”

Wishing the Lady Eagles varsity volleyball team lots of luck at their first game. PRIDE PRIDE! EAGLE PRIDE!

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!”

Cross Country

By: Adriana Clark

Girls JV Cross Country team is pictured at Bandera.

The PHS Varsity Cross Country teams traveled to Dilley on September 27th. The varsity girls had 8 girls who placed in the top twenty, with Caitlyn Nieschwitz taking 3rd place, Kassidy Vickers in 5th place, and Kennedy Guajardo taking 7th place along with Kara Hinojosa in 8th, and Mary Martinez in 10th place. Karolyna Arguijo placed 13th, Fe Vielma placed 18th, Jillian Barcomb with a time of 14:23, Raylin Castillo 16:02, and Sofia Aguilar 16:20. For the Varsity boys, Wanish Tortes-McGinnis placed 5th, Tim Klein placed 6th, Xavier Rodriguez placed 12th, Zander Zamora placed 15th, and Jaydon Ogg placed 19th.    

Our Cross Country team later traveled to Devine on Wednesday, September 30th. There, our Varsity and JV girls placed 1st. Caitlyn Nieschwitz placed 2nd, Kassidy Vickers placed 5th, Kara Hinojosa placed 7th, Mary Martinez placed 8th, Karolyna Arguijo placed 11th, Fe Vielma placed 13th, and Kennedy Guajardo placed 14th. Running for the JV team, Raylin Castillo placed 1st, Jillian Barcomb placed 2nd, Sofia Aguilar placed 6th, Itzel Perez placed 7th, Adriana Clark placed 12th, and Savannah Clark placed 13th. Varsity boys ran their best performance of the season so far, with Wanish Tortes-McGinnis placing 9th, Zander Zamora in 10th, Xavier Rodriguez placing 12th, and Jaydon Ogg in 18th. 

On Saturday, October 10th, both the Varsity boys and girls, along with the JV girls went to Bandera, where the Varsity Girls placed 2nd.  Caitlyn Nieschwitz came in 8th place, Kassidy Vickers taking 9th, Kara Hinojosa 15th, Mary Martinez 19th, Kennedy Guajardo 23rd, Fe Vielma 34th, and Karolyna Arguijo in 35th. JV Girls placed 1st with Jillian Barcomb in 1st, Raylin Castillo in 2nd, Lindsey Klein in 4th, Sofia Aguliar placed 13th, Itzel Perez placed 14th, Illianna Solorzano placed 15th, Savannah Clark in 20th, and Adriana Clark in 21st. For our Varsity Boys, Tim Klein took 19th place, Wanish Tortes-McGinnis placed 23rd, Xavier Rodriguez placed 24th, Zander Zamora placed 26th, and Jaydon Ogg placed 31st.

On October 14th, the teams traveled to Devine, where our Varsity girls placed 1st. Caityln Nieschwitz placed 1st with Kassidy Vickers right behind her at 2nd place, Kara Hinojosa placed 7th, Mary Martinez placed 8th, Kennedy Guajardo placed 9th, Fe Vielma took 10th, and Karolyna Arguijo placed 11th. The girls JV placed 1st with Linsey Klein taking 1st place with Raylin Castillo taking 2nd, Sofia Aguliar taking 3rd, and Itzel Perez right behind her taking 4th, and Adriana Clark placed 6th. Varsity Boys had Xavier Rodriguez in 7th, Wanish Tortes-McGinnis in 8th, Zander Zamora in 9th, and Jaydon Ogg in 17th. 

Congratulations to all the runners, District is their next big meet. Wish them luck!

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. 

 

Lady Eagles Want the Win

By: Jaelyn Morales

Lady Eagles celebrate after winning the point against Hondo | J Garcia

 

The Pleasanton Lady Eagles started the season off with seven straight wins before falling to Poth and now stand at 10 wins and 8 losses, but with district starting they will have to step it up and play even harder to make it to playoffs and hopefully be bi-district champs again.

 Last year, the Lady Eagles made it to the playoffs after beating the Cuero Gobblers and had a spectacular first playoff game against Devine, by getting the win and becoming bi-district champs after 5 sensational sets. Sadly their next game ended their playoff run with a loss against the Hidalgo Pirates, but this year the Lady Eagles want to make a comeback and for that to happen they will need to work together as a team and overcome their obstacles.                                                                                                                    

 Their first district game of the season was against Cuero on Tuesday, September 22 and they fought hard till the end, though unfortunately came out with a loss. The score for that game was ( 25-23, 20-25, 18-25, 20-25 ) and although they were defeated it was an exciting game to watch. JV and Freshman also lost their games, but hustled and the score was close throughout the game. When asked about how this season is going so far, Angel Tucker responded, “So far it’s been okay, but we as a team have had a habit of taking too many breaks during a game and that sometimes causes us to be defeated. We’ve had some pretty good wins but I hope we can fight for every point in our upcoming district games.” Fighting for every point will be necessary in their upcoming games so they can make it to the playoffs and be champions, but to do that they will need your support. They hope to see more fans at their future games so please show your eagle spirit and come on out to one of their games and cheer them on. Let’s go Lady Eagles!       

Ace, Ace, Baby

By: Courtney Henson

The Pleasanton JV and Varsity tennis team assist with a food drive at the Pleasanton First United Methodist Church.

On Monday, August 3, after a very long break, the Pleasanton tennis team returned to practice. With a very exciting fall season ahead of them, the team was very anxious to get back. They worked very hard with a positive outlook on the season, but unfortunately this season has not gone as they hoped it would. On August 26th the Pleasanton Tennis team faced Hondo and fell 15-4. On September 2, the Pleasanton Eagles were beaten 16-3 by Devine and on September 12, with 4 players gone, they lost 19-0. Recently, on September 26, the Pleasanton tennis team defeated Somerset 10-7.

When asked about his thoughts and outlooks on this season, senior Blake Moos says, “This year we have new teams in our district so it’s going to be a difficult season for us. We’re all having fun though and that’s what really matters.” When asked the same question, junior Emalee David said “This season we’ve been doing really good so far. Despite the new challenges and regulations everyone has grown and gotten better each day.”

Coach Schwab is known to be a very optimistic person, and this answer reflects just that. When asked about his thoughts on the season Coach Schwab said “Well my thoughts on this season are that it’s 2020 and this whole season is just… wack. It’s different than any of us have ever imagined, I mean we’re on the court in masks and we can’t touch anybody. I mean we have to follow protocols on the bus. Everything is different so we’ve had to adjust to that, and it’s been crazy.” This year the tennis team is facing a district with much stronger teams, but Coach Schwab remains positive about the outlook of the season saying “we’re just as ready as we can be and we’re gonna go play. I mean we’re going in true eagle pride and eagle fashion and were going to go play and do the best of our ability. That’s all we can hope for and that’s all we’re gonna do. We’re all going to be there and we’re all going to do our best and we’re all going to walk off that court with our heads held high, whether win or lose and we’ll see what happens at the end of the 5 week run.”

The tennis teams, along with other sports, have been greatly affected by the new rules regarding Covid-19, however, they have handled them with respect and ease. Senior Blake Moos says, “Due to COVID, it is somewhat difficult to find teams that want to have matches with outside teams, but Coach Schwab has done a great job finding us matches. Also, wearing a mask on the court is a real struggle for our stamina, but we make it work!” Regarding the changes Covid has made to the team, junior Emalee David says, “Some schools can only travel with their varsity team, so our JV team doesn’t always get to play at every tournament. We also have to wear masks on and off the court, and even while we play, which has been a big challenge. Fortunately, all of my teammates are willing to get past the mask and focus on the sport.”

Although this season has not turned out as the team had hoped, they will continue to work hard and stay positive. Through this tough time, your teammates have some words of encouragement for you. Blake Moos says “Just keep coming to practice and we will keep getting better together.” Emalee David says to her fellow teammates, “For my fellow athletes in tennis and any other sport I just want to say that I’m so proud of everyone. Each new challenge that we face, we have gotten passed and are ready to face the next one. I just ask that everyone keeps persevering and looks at the positive. We’re all in this together.”

Lastly, from Coach Schwab to his players, “We’re still a team that’s standing. We haven’t even been scared about it, so the encouragement is they know that if they go out there and do what they are supposed to do things are gonna fall right and I don’t know what can be more encouraging than that. I’m proud of them, I’m proud of the work they have put in, I’m proud of what they’re gonna put in and I just hope that we’ve done enough. Well, find out. We’re gonna find out one way or another. And that’s where we’re at. We’re in one of the hardest districts we have and they are just doing so amazing. They really are awesome.” While Coach Schwab provides encouragement to his players everyday, they also encourage him and continue to make him proud everyday. “They do what they have to do, they want to play tennis,” Schwab said, “and that’s what I find so encouraging and so incredible that they want to play tennis.”

Although this season has not started as you hoped it would, we wish you the best of luck on the rest of your matches to come Eagle Tennis. Pride! Pride!

Cross Country

By: Wanish Tortes-McGinnis 

Varsity Cross Country Girls getting ready to run.

The Pleasanton Eagles have begun the school year in Cross Country with a great start. Natalia was the first meet, and overall, the Varsity girls took First Place! The Varsity boys did great as well, coming in 4th overall. For the girls, 1st place was Caitlyn Nieschwitz, Kennedy Guajardo 3rd, Mary Martinez 4th, and Kassidy Vickers 5th. For the boys, Alberto Vielma placed 16th, with Wanish Tortes-McGinnis in 17th, Xavier Rodriguez, 18th, Zander Zamora in 25th place, and Jaydon Ogg in 29th. 

During the second meet, it had rained the night before, so there were some rather damp areas to run through. Our guys and gals did quite well, for many schools were at this invitational. 

Caitlyn Nieschwitz again came in 1st, Kennedy Guajardo coming in 2nd and Kassidy Vickers in 3rd only being a couple of seconds behind Kennedy. Kara Hinojosa came in 16th, Mary Martinez finished strong with 22nd place, and pulled up the rear where Karolyna Arguijo came in 32nd. Fe Vielma in place at 33rd, and Jillian at 44th, with Raylin Castillo 52nd. Even with as many participants as there were, the girls managed to come in 12th. The boys ran hard, and Alberto Vielma came in 63rd, Wanish Tortes-McGinnis in 64th, Xavier Rodriguez in 70th, Zander Zamora in 73rd, and Jayden Ogg in 83rd. Overall, the boys came in 12th.

The last meet which was held in Bandera, brought JV girls Jillian Barcomb in 1st place, Raylin Castillo in 4th place, Sofia Aguilar in 16th place, Savannah Clark in 24th place, and Adriana Clark in 25th place. Varsity girls included Caitlyn Nieschwitz in 3rd place, Kennedy Guajardo in 7th place. Kassidy Vickers placed 9th, and Kara Hinojosa placed 13th. Mary Martinez placed 24th, followed by Karolyna Arguijo in 27th, and Fe Vielma in 32nd place. 

The Varsity Boys included Wanish Tortes-McGinnis, 24th place, Xavier Rodriguez in 27th place, Zander Zamora in 28th place, and Jayden Ogg, at 41st place.                                                    

Dilley is our next big meet, held at the High School this Saturday, September 26. Wish us luck~

Pride, Pride. Eagle Pride                                                               

 

                              

 

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!

Get Your Kicks

By: Nohemi Vallejo

Senior Soccer Players with Coach Bird

With their continuous victory, PHS soccer girls keep kicking their way up to the top. On Friday, February 21st, the girls’ varsity team won against Yoakum (5-0). On Friday, February 25th, the varsity girls’ team won yet again this time against La Vernia (4-0). On Friday, February 28th, the junior varsity girls won against Gonzales High School (4-0). While the varsity girls’ team did an amazing job by scoring 6 goals against Gonzales who scored 0 goals. On Tuesday, March 3rd, the girls’ varsity won against Yoakum High School for the second time this season (7-0).

The most important part of winning is working together, Coach Bird also agrees with this statement. “… watching the girls come together and form their bond. Each team, each year seems to create a different bond and having this group of seniors. Watching them from their freshman year gain more of a leadership role.. Seeing them form that bond a uponst the five of them and realize it’s their last year has been fun to watch.” These girls have done an outstanding job. We are proud of your hard work, even if your season was cut short due to COVID-19!  Way to go, Lady Eagles!

*That’s the Goalie*

By: Dillon Myers

The boys’  Eagle’s JV soccer team had two games, which took place on February 8th and 19th. On the 8th, they came out with a tie against Bandera, while they beat Beeville 3-1 on the 19th of February.

As far as Varsity went, the Eagle boys played five games on 2/18, 2/21, 2/25, 2/28, and 3/3. On the eighteenth of February, the Mighty Eagles faced Fox Tech and came out with a victorious 6-1 score. At 6:00 p.m. on the 21st, the boys beat the Yoakum bulldogs on their own turf. The score ended up 4-1. On 2/25, the Eagle boys had a close match against La Vernia with the end score being 3-2. At 7:00 p.m., February 28th, the Eagle boys lost to Gonzales 0-4.  On March the 3rd, the boys faced and won against Yoakum once more. The score concluded with a whopping 2 and 0. La Vernia beat the Mighty Eagles on Friday the 6th. On March 17th, their final game, the gnarly Eagle boys…did not get to play due to COVID-19. All sports seasons were abruptly canceled as of March 13th.

Tim Klein, a freshman here at PHS, commented, “I am sad the season ended the way it did, but I am happy to have had the privilege to play this season with this amazing team.”

Coach Breiten later stated, “Unfortunately, this past Friday, the UIL (who governs all extracurricular activities) stated that any spring sports will be canceled for the rest of the school year. As a coach, I know the UIL did what they needed to do to try and keep us safe, even though it was a tough decision.” When asked how he feels about soccer, quarantine, and all that is happening, he said, “I believe we had a great soccer team this year that was poised to make a potential playoff run. I know quarantine is hard on most of us because it took the ‘norm’ out of our lives. The biggest piece of advice I can give about quarantine is to try to stay positive and try to make the best out of this situation.” “For the most part, us as coaches make contact through Google Classroom, phone calls, or text messages. I know of many athletes are completing home workouts or still practicing their craft even though their seasons for this year is over.”

Keep Calm & Tennis On

By: Hannah Richardson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pleasanton’s Tennis team played at the Southwest Tournament on February 7, 2020.  As stated on the Pleasanton High School Athletic page, Anai Gonzales got first place in the girls’ JV single back draw match. Lauren Dowdy got first place in the varsity girls single back draw match. Then Blake Moos and Mathew Garcia got first place in boys varsity double back draw. On the varsity boys singles, Luke Harlos won two out of three matches, and Cade Macmanus won one of two matches. Lauren Dowdy on the varsity girls singles won four out of five matches and took first place. In the varsity boys doubles, Wyatt Garcia and Luke Gonzales won two out of three matches and Blake Moos and Mathew Garica won four out of five matches. In the mixed doubles match, Devon Clark and Elly Hernandez won one out of three matches.

On February 21, 2020, the teams competed at Uvalde High School. The Pleasanton High School Athletic page states that in the varsity boys singles, Cade Macmanus finished the tournament with fourth place and Luke Harlos finished the tournament with third place. In the varsity girls singles, Lauren Dowdy finished the tournament with thirteenth place and Makaylah Canales finished with first place. In the varsity boys doubles, Wyatt Garcia and Luke Gonzales finished the tournament with fifth place, and Blake Moos and Matthew Garcia ended with first place. In the varsity mixed doubles, Devon Clark and Elly Hernandez went home with second place.

On February 28, 2020, the Pleasanton High school Tennis team competed at Navarro High school. In the JV boys singles match, Mayson Smith finished the tournament with fourth place, and Angel Hernandez with third place. In the JV girls singles match, Anai Gonzales finished the tournament in third place. In the JV boys doubles match, Bennack Conroy and Cian Martinez finished the tournament in second place, and Wyatt Porter and Gage Pawelek finished in third place. In the JV mixed doubles, Josh Schmahl and Kamryn Salais finished in first place, and Conner George and Kaylee Titzman ended in third place. In the varsity boys singles match, Cade Macmanus finished the tournament with first place main draw, Luke Gonzales finished with second place back draw, Wyatt Garcia finished with third place, and Luke Harlos finished the tournament with fourth place. Varsity girls singles match Lauren Dowdy finished the tournament with first place back draw, Makaylah Canales finished second place back draw. In Varsity mixed doubles Blake Moos and Claire Benavidez finished the tournament in first place and Devon Clark and Elly Hernandez finished the tournament in third place.

The Eagle’s tennis season came to an end with UIL calling off all sports due to social distancing guidelines related to COVID-19.  Nonetheless, we congratulate our players on their season and wish them best in the future.

Golf Strong, Go Long


The Pleasanton Eagle golf team has been very busy these past few months competing in tournaments. The first tournament for the varsity boys was in Navarro, and they placed 4th.  They went on to be in 1st after day 1 in the Pleasanton tournament at the Pleasanton Country Club. Matt Garcia, Reed Foster, Luke Thornton, Trent Crady, and Garner Kemp shot a team score of 370. Matt Garcia and Reed Foster shot a round of 88, Luke Thornton shot a round of 90, Trent Crady shot 104 and Garner Kemp 116. The Eagle golf team took first place at the Pleasanton Eagle Invitational Golf Tournament on Friday and Saturday, February 14th and 15th. Matt Garcia, Reed Foster, Luke Thornton, Trent Crady, and Garner Kemp shot 377 for a two-day total of 747. Matt Garcia finished with 3rd place medal and an 87 on the 2nd day for a two day total of 175.

On February 27th, The Eagles golf team headed off to the NISD campus in Concan, where they finished day one of the tournament in 21st place and ended the day still in 21st. As of February 29th, the Eagle team placed 1st and played well at the SAISD tournament. Matt Garcia, Luke Thornton, Reed Foster, and Trent Crady shot a team score of 370 to lead 1st in the tournament. The team finished the SAISD Golf Tournament held at Willow Springs Golf Course in San Antonio on Friday and Saturday, February 28th and 29th as champions. Matt Garcia, Reed Foster, Luke Thornton, and Trent Crady shot a score of 356 with a 2-day total of 756. The Eagles were led by Matt Garcia, who shot a two day total of 177.

The Eagle #2 golf team finished 5th place at the Jourdanton golf tournament held at the Pleasanton Country Club on Monday, March 2nd. Carter Benavidez, Wyatt Tom, Jayden Koti, and Malaquias Gutierrez finished had a team score of 484. Carter Benavidez had a leading score of 110. Malaquias Gutierrez shot 121, Jayden Koti shot 125, and Wyatt Tom shot 128.

On Friday, March 6th, the Eagle golf team took 4th place at the Jay Mustang golf tournament at the Cedar Creek Golf Course in San Antonio. Matt Garcia, Reed Foster, Luke Thornton, and Trent Crady shot a team score of 379. Reed Foster led the Eagles with a score of 91. Matt Garcia and Luke Thornton each shot  93. Trent Crady shot a score of 102.

When asked about how he feels about his team this year, Coach Guerra stated, ¨The team is kinda in a rebuilding mode. We lost a lot of players last year, and we have a lot of inexperienced players because they didn’t have a lot of district and regional experience from last year, and the boys’ side were rebuilding because we lost a lot from last year’s team…but we’re getting better and coming along.¨ 

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, UIL has suspended the season due to social distancing guidelines. However, we are very proud of our teams for all they have accomplished.