Captains Ready To Wrestle

c1088537-b58c-4783-be76-1f4be18b27df The Newport Harbor wrestling team had a great season this year under their two senior captains, David Santos (left) and Harrison Reich (right)! I even had an opportunity to interview David who went to the CIF finals and heard about his experience as a wrestler. He told me that being picked for captain "felt really great" because "[he] wasn't expecting it" and "[he] was glad his teammates chose him out of all of the seniors." David also told me that his favorite moment of the season was when he and his team "[woke] up at nine o'clock in the morning to go to a fundraiser" and that they "had a lot of fun bonding at the beach" together. Lastly, after being on the wrestling team for all four years of high school, he said that he learned that "it was really tough until [he] let [himself] think [he was] able to do it" and that the key to success "is all about mentality." David and Harrison did a wonderful job in leading their team to many victories this season and one day their fellow teammates will take on the positions as captains, following in their footsteps. Until next season wrestlers! Picture: Senior captains, David Santos (left) and Harrison Reich (right). By Jillian Birt-Russell

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Boys Basketball Season

IMG_0657 The Basketball experience Newport Harbor’s Varsity Boys Basketball’s 2015-2016 season can be described as thrilling. When they beat Huntington Beach in overtime in early February, they became the seventh Newport Harbor team to record 20 wins. When they defeated Edison 61-51 at home, they ended a 15-game losing streak to the Chargers. It was an awesome season but it came to a disappointing finish with the first round playoff loss to Perris High School 52-44. In the words of sophomore six foot seven inches center Josh Phillips, “it was a quick playoff experience.” The Sailor boys finished 6-4 in league and 21-7 in the entire season, the team felt “pretty good” about the direction their season went. The highlight of the varsity season was definitely the win over Edison at home. It was the first victory for the Sailors against Edison since the 2007-2008 season and, as they split the season series in a tie for 2nd place, a coin flip determined the league’s No.2 entry into the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs. The Sailors lost the coin toss and ended up having to face a more difficult playoff opponent than Edison. It was the 4th year in a row that the Sailors have made the CIF Playoffs. The Newport Harbors Junior Varsity Basketball team also had a good season that ended as the boys finished second in league with a 6-4 league record and an all around record of 21-6. IMG_0656 “We started off good at first but [we] did not finish well,” said JV starter RJ Haskell. Haskell described his JV experience as all round “good support from the guys.” The highlight of the JV season came as they defeated cross-town rival Corona Del Mar in the Battle of the Bay game. The Newport Harbor Freshmen Basketball team had an epic season finishing 10-0 in league with first place and 24-0 in the entire season. This was thought the first undefeated boys basketball at any level ever. In the words of freshman James McConnaughey, “it was fun winning” and their coach, Coach Offer “an amazing coach and he helped us be prepared for every game.” Pictures: Left- JV Team, Right- Charlie Stassel on Varsity Written by Eann McKasson

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Valentines Day Thoughts

Valentines Day can either be viewed as a loving holiday or just a cheesy excuse to celebrate. We decided to ask students about their views on the holiday and compare their views. First, we asked the girls perspectives, one of which was Betsy Calder, a sophomore, shared her thoughts with us on Valentines Day. 27396328-d528-47d0-ad0e-311d846f17e5 She said that it is anything but a cheesy holiday and she loves all aspects about it. Her favorite part about Valentines Day is the flowers and bouquets that are gifted. Betsy believes that everyone in a relationship should celebrate Valentines Day! Processed with VSCOcam with e1 preset Another sophomore, Maddie Ciano, believes that Valentine's Day "would be great if everyone had a significant other. But seeing as that is obviously not the case, Valentine's Day seems to be a commercialization opportunity for most restaurants and stores. It is a great money-making opportunity and if you love someone you should show it to them everyday and not just on February 14."  Well said, that's right, you should show your significant other that you care for them everyday. If you don't have a Valentine, then just hang out with friends. In the photo, Ciano is pictured on the RIGHT with a friend. Written by: Jordan Golden & Kate LaGrandeur

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