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!

Track & Field

By: River Reyes

January is coming to a close and Track season will be moving into motion. All participating members have spent the month diligently training for the upcoming season. From footraces, to hurdles, to high jump to polevault, there’s a training regiment to be fulfilled every practice.

Starting the second week of January, athletes started conditioning by running and building both endurance and speed. Something new this season is that runners will be going to the weight room after practice in order to maintain muscle for their respective sports and general fitness. Athletes will generally begin practices from 3-4 pm and finish anywhere between 5-6 pm. Improvement is the key and our runners have spent the better part of the month getting times and planning for improvement. 

As for our field events, most have yet to really get started, but the Discus and Shotput throwers have been working on their throws for the past few weeks. The rest of the field events will be getting into motion as the season progresses and the athletes get with their coaches and plan for their respective training.

With a strong start, the season is looking to be very prospective as the varsity athletes set their sights for the State meet at UT in the coming months. 

PHS Tennis

By: Farah Standley

Devon Clark and his new medal

The tennis season started with a well-played tournament. The players are getting better, and preparing for an amazing season. The tennis team went into battle at Clemens on Friday, January 21st. Devon Clark got 3rd place overall and won consolation, as the only Pleasanton athlete that placed. I interviewed Shyanne Sexton after the tournament, and when asked about how she feels about the season, she replied, “I feel it started off rough, but we have a lot of new players and we are changing it up this Spring. I feel like we have a fresh start.” The players have been practicing hard every day after school. Upon being asked about practice, Shyanne stated “I feel we have made a lot of progress during practice since last year. It was awkward adjusting to the new coach and new environment, but we are getting into a groove.” The tennis team has their eyes on District, and are preparing for success. On Thursday, January 27, 2022, the JV tennis team will fight hard to win our first home tournament! The Varsity team will follow after on Friday the 28th. You can come to the home tennis courts by the ROTC building to show your support.                                                  

“Good, Better, Best.”

By: Aaliyah Herrera & Libby Sanchez

Seniors Joel Arevalo (left) and Peyton Eichman (right) holding Dr. Mann’s honorable jersey before round three of playoffs.

The Pleasanton Eagle Football team traveled to Kerrville on Friday, November 12, to play Lampasas in the first round of play-offs. Both teams fought hard and were tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter. Wanting to drag on the question of who would win, they proceeded to go into halftime tied 14-14. In the third quarter, Pleasanton decided it was time to kick it up a notch and upped the score 21-14, ensuring their lead in the fourth and final quarter. Lampasas, determined to get their comeback, scored a touchdown with the extra point with 10 minutes left of the fourth quarter, making it tied once again 21-21. With their comeback came a new rush of adrenaline, causing them to score a final touchdown with 3 minutes left in the game. The excitement was too much for their kicker, who missed their extra point but kept them in the lead 27-21. All for dramatics, Pleasanton waited till the final minute of the game to do something spectacular. A pass was completed for a touchdown, along with the extra point with only seconds left to spare. Making it impossible for Lampasas to make a final comeback. The game was close throughout all four quarters, and ended with a final score of 28-27, sending Pleasanton to round two of the playoffs. Setting Lampasas seasonal record to 5 wins and 6 losses, and making ours 8 wins and 3 losses.

On November 18, the Eagles faced off against the Trojans in the second round of playoffs here on our home turf. Pleasanton packed the stands in green and white to show their support for the team. The Eagles ended the first quarter with a lead of 7-0, setting their spirits high for another great game. With 7 minutes left in the second quarter, Jones scored their first touchdown to tie the game with the eagles. Pleasanton, wanting to keep their lead, scored another touchdown. Taking us into halftime with a positive score of 14-7. Ensuring Jones couldn’t make anylast-minute points to come back and beat them, Pleasanton ended the third quarter with another touchdown and extra point, making it 21-7. Taking advantage of Pleasanton’s focus to keep distance between the score, Jones attempted to make a comeback with some final touchdowns but still fell short in the fourth quarter. Once again, the Eagles kept their fans on their toes throughout the game and brought home another win by one point. They beat the Trojans with a final score of 21-20, now upgrading their seasonal record 9-3 for the year, and sending themselves well on their way to round 3.

The eagles, determined to stay ahead of their game, were up bright and early every day during the break practicing for their next game. Game 3 was set to be played on November 26, the day after Thanksgiving against Fredericksburg. Aiming for round four of playoffs, the Eagles ended the first quarter with a lead 6-0. Both teams fought hard during the second quarter and made it entertaining, bringing us into halftime with a score of 14-13 in Fredericksburg’s favor. Third-quarter only continued to benefit Fredericksburg, ending with a score of 18-13. Much like the previous games, Pleasanton attempted a last-minute comeback to win the game and scored a final touchdown. Unfortunately, after a well-fought game, the Eagles fell short 28-20, ending their 2021 season. 

This season held great teamwork, sportsmanship, and great positive choices that contributed to the team. We are happy to say our eagle football team had yet another great season this year, and can’t wait to see what next year has in store!

AND THAT’S A WRAP

By: Shyanne Sexton

We have reached the end of the Lady Eagles volleyball season. November was a tough month for our Lady Eagles as they fought two tough battles: one against Boerne and the other against Needville.

On November 2nd, Boerne lost 3-1 in four sets due to a very tough game played by the Eagles.

In Needville’s victory over the Lady Eagles on the third of November, the season came to an end. The Lady Eagles fought hard, but Needville came out on top with a 3-1 victory. 

In the opinion of head volleyball coach, Gabrile Agurrie, the girls had a great year. This year’s Lady Eagles made it all the way to the second round of the playoffs. Receiving two honorable mentions, two first teamers, and a district MVP award (Sadie McAda).

The Eagles are now working on improving their speed in off-season classes so that they can compete at a higher level with our district’s top two teams next year. When asked how he sees the future seasons unfolding, head coach Agurrie replied “It is very bright. I’m only losing three seniors this year, so we will have a lot of experience coming back next year.” .

The Lady Eagles prove to be better and better each year, improving and accomplishing more and all of us at PHS wish them the best with future seasons.