“Shoot!” We’ll Get ‘Em Next Time!

Written By: Lea Ozdere and Kenia Trujillo

Having just placed second in their most recent basketball tournament, Harbor’s Varsity girls basketball team were disappointed to lose their game against Edison on Thursday, January 12th. Nevertheless, they ended the loss with smiles on their faces, eager to practice more and dominate their next one.Displaying image5.JPG

The girls poured their hearts and souls into the game; their sweat being the evidence of their hard work. They started by practicing some shots and passes to get fired up. Meanwhile, loud music echoed through the gym, hyping up the audience and exciting the fans to cheer with hoots and hollers. Then, the starting line-up was announced, and the first quarter began.

Starting off the first quarter with a bang, Lisa Hamilton, #42, scored the first shot, setting a nice tone for the game. Exchanging the ball between both teams the score was 10-6 with Edison in the lead, with shots by Lexi Alvarez, #2, Eunice Nacho, #3, and Lisa Hamilton, #42. Continuing in the lead, Edison scored another 4 shots, two of which being foul shots. Harbor’s own Lisa Hamilton, #42 once again made a basket to bring up the score now, 8-16. The score didn’t stay long when Lexi Alvarez, #2, made another shot, followed by three more foul shots, making the score for the 1st quarter 20-13.Displaying image4.JPG

The second quarter was looking up for Harbor with scoring one foul and one two-point shot by Lisa Hamilton and Eunice Nacho, catching up the score to 15-20. Edison struck back with a 3-pointer made and 2 foul shots. Edison’s streak was broken by the 3-pointer shot and a 1 point foul shot by #2, Lexi Alvarez. Soon 2 foul shots were made by Edison and a 3 pointer by #33. Lisa Hamilton made a 2-pointer and one foul shot, while Edison reciprocated with 2 shots and a foul shot, with the timer just below the minute mark, the score at 22-35. With 5 seconds left at the clock #3, Eunice Nacho shot a buzzer beater, completing the end of the second quarter with a score of 24-35.

With one half of the game down and a current score of 24-35, our Newport Harbor girls varsity basketball team rallied together for the second half. After a group huddle and cheer, Harbor’s girls went out onto the court, determined. Our very own freshman, Ashleigh McPhie, #35, scored the first shot of the 3rd quarter, making it 26-35. Running full speed down the court after a turnover, Harbor eventually made an outstanding 3-pointer, by #3, Eunice Nacho, after a couple passes around the hoop, leaving the fans on their feet cheering at the advance in the score of 29-43. After the ball traveled to both sides of the court with a few minor baskets, Edison attacked, once again, making two 3-pointers, expanding the gap between the two scores, Edison leading, 48-32. Harbor closing the gap with a shot by #2, Lexi Alvarez, however, only to be followed by EdisonDisplaying image1.JPG's 3-pointer. The 3rd quarter ended with Harbor still behind, 34-53.

Looking for a change in the 4th quarter, the starters were in their positions, after their small routine of huddling and getting pumped. After playing roughly for a few minutes, Harbor made a foul, giving Edison the opportunity of two foul shots. One missed, but swished the second, raising the score for Edison to 54-34. After back and forth on the court and switching possession, the score remained the same. The final buzzer rang with a buzzer beater from Edison, obtaining victory, 56-34.

Although our Harbor girls varsity basketball team were not the winners tonight, they still walked off the court full of pride and huddled together, appreciating one another for the hard work in the game. Their attitudes towards themselves and the opposing team remained positive, proving Harbor’s maturity and respect. They may not be winners in this game, but they are winners in our hearts, and we cannot wait to see them continue to push themselves and excel throughout the season. Go Girls Basketball!

Checkout the team’s website here: http://nhhsgirlsbasketball.weebly.com/varsity.html

Opinions on the 2016 Presidential Election

  Written By: Tori Carrese
  *Editor's Note: This does not reflect Newport Harbor High School's view on the election, this article just allows students from NHHS to voice their own personal and valuable opinions. The 2016 presidential election has been one of the biggest shockers that America has endured. As we all know, the Democratic nominee was Hillary Clinton and the Republican nominee was Donald Trump. Both of their campaigns however, managed to divide our country to disheartening levels. When asking our students about their thoughts on the election, their responses varied from positive to extremely upset. When Junior Mia Martinez was asked about how she felt in regards to the outcome of the election, she said “I am not happy and just by looking at me that should be obvious. I am the embodiment of everything Trump, his campaign, and supporters hate about this country. I am an educated Mexican woman that comes from immigrant grandparents, so to know that the president of my country does not like me or support my family- it worries me. This outcome truly makes me disheartened. I'm worried now more than ever. This is because he doesn't even need the support of his followers anymore, instead he will have support of the entire United States government.” As you can see, whether it be on social media or evidenced in the safety pins on t-shirts, many individuals are worried about Donald Trump’s presidency.unnamed-6 Many mayunnamed-7 be opposed to Trump and his views; but there are many people who support President Trump. For instance, senior Tony Vasi, when asked his thoughts on this year's election, said “Regardless of my political views, I think that this is a good opportunity for the Republican Party to show that their way works. They have the presidency, the House, and Senate, and will most likely have the Supreme Court as well. With all of these components, they should be able to do a lot- hopefully it will be a lot of good.” Not only is Vasi hopeful about this year's winner, he also believes the Republican party can make a real difference in the world if they chose to use the power to better our country. While some may be shocked by the elected president, hopefully we can all keep in mind that everyone needs to stay together.    

Thanksgiving Break

  Written By: Amanda Wertheimer, Carly Yasko, & Ava Glassen
  The day of eating way too much, watching football, and most importantly giving thanks, is just around the corner so we asked people around campus what their plans are for Thanksgiving, what traditions they have, and their favorite food. “For break I am staying here and chilling out. We do not have any specific Thanksgiving traditions because family is not a huge fan of the holiday that much, but I enjoy the turkey most.” -Jack Woodworth (senior) “For Thanksgiving I am going to my daughter’s house and our family is gathering there. A tradition of ours is to have a Ham and a Turkey because [my wife] Sarah prefers it, and like most people we always eat too much and the sleep too much. My favorite food is mashed potatoes with gravy and the best triple chocolate cake made by my daughter-in-law’s mother. It is just the best” -Mr. J. Robinson (teacher) “I’m going to be eating a lot of food on Thanksgiving, and probably playing a lot of tennis, and just staying in town. Usually I cook the pumpkin pie… and we play kickball with another family on Thanksgiving or the day after, and it’s really fun. [My favorite food is] pumpkin pie or the stuffing.” -Riley DeCinces (freshman) unnamed-3“I’m going to be spending time with my family who are flying in from Omaha, Nebraska. One of our traditions on Thanksgiving is after we eat our Thanksgiving feast, we all play poker at the table and we compete against each other to win the prize, which is probably money, and it’s super fun and we all get really into it. My favorite food on Thanksgiving would probably be my Grandma’s cranberries because they’re amazing.” -Ayla Spitz (sophomore) “For Thanksgiving break, I think I’m planning to stay home and local… with my family because it’s also my birthday during the same week as well! [Some traditions I have are] always [eating] Thanksgiving dinner early [in the evening] and every now and then, I get to pick dessert because my birthday is [very soon after Thanksgiving]. [My favorite food is] definitely the turkey and I like the pie at the end too.” -Justin Boals (freshman) “[My plans for Thanksgiving break include] staying home and spending time with family. We always make cream corn, irish stuffing and scalloped potatoes. Also, we always go around the table and say what we are thankful for. [My favorite Thanksgiving food is] scalloped potatoes! But I do not like the turkey.” -Annie O'connor (junior) unnamed-5Overall, there are many different ways that Newport Harbor families spend their Thanksgiving, from traveling places as a family to just relaxing at home. But no matter how Thanksgiving is spent, it is mainly about being thankful for the people you are surrounded with as well as the delicious feast awaiting you that night.

CIF Football Controversy

Written By: Jarrtan Ellis-Josch & Nathan Medina
  November 8 brought on a stunning and heartbreaking day for our Newport Harbor football team. Finishing 3rd in the sunset league Harbor was expecting to be entered into the division 6 CIF playoffs, but when the news arrived that West Covina would take the last spot in the playoffs the Newport Harbor sailors were devastated. West Covina, the third-place team from the Hacienda League, earned the final spot into the Division 6 playoffs, beating out Newport Harbor. And for the first time under Brinkley, the Sailors failed to make the postseason for the second straight year. West Covina went 6-4 in their league while Newport Harbor went 5-5. Although the records speak in West Covina’s favor, the Sailors felt that their competition in the sunset league was much more difficult than that of West Covina. unnamed-1Coach Brinkley said "I feel sorry for my seniors. The kids were in tears. It's a shame that it happened to them. Every division, one through 10, the third-place team [from a league] made [the playoffs], except for our division." As coach Brinkley stated this was mostly heartbreaking to his seniors who hoped to end their high school football careers in the playoffs. Many people feel the decision made was not fair or appropriate and many coaches and players voiced their complaints regarding it.  Many people were  especially upset because the Huntington Beach Oilers who finished fourth in the sunset league were admitted to the division 7 playoffs. Even the Edison coach got involved in this heartbreaking event. Edison’s head football coach, Dave White, explained how “[ Newport Harbor not making the playoffs was] ridiculous [because the sailors are] third [in league] and Huntington is fourth, [and the Oilers qualify as an at-large team in the Divunnamed-2ision 7 playoffs]. I don't know why they're in different divisions. They either both should be in [Division 6] or both in [Division 7]. There [are] a lot of flaws. [Newport Harbor not getting in is] a flaw. Brethren Christian not getting in [the Division 10 playoffs with a 9-1 record is] a flaw. They've got to figure out a better way." Despite this playoff selection controversy, the section committee happened to make some reasonable playoff selections within our local teams. First Corona Del Mar and Edison were the only two teams within the area to make the playoffs as a high seed. Our Rival, Corona Del Mar finished in third place within division 4 and Edison, who was in division 3, finished in second place .In addition, a couple other teams that qualified for the playoffs were Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, and Los Amigos. Despite this, hopefully Newport Harbor’s football team will break their two year streak and qualify next season.

A Taste for Competition

  Written By: Delaney Knipp
For ages, wrestling has been a pre-dominantly male sport, but for the Newport Harbor Wrestling program, the girls are some of the toughest competitors. Leading into the season, wrestlers spent every spare moment practicing techniques and pins in the gym as well as running stadiums and hills to get into the best shape for competition.
These are some of the incredibly dedicated athletes at Newport Harbor, and they show it in practice and matches. unnamed-2 Among these strong competitors are two girls, sophomore, Alina Aguirre, and senior, Cheyenne Stooks. These girls play to win, and easily hold their own against the other wrestlers around them. Stooks, having been on the wrestling team for four years, has overcome all boundaries and succeeded greatly in her sport. “I like wrestling the most because of the technical aspect and discipline that comes out of the sport,” said Stooks when she was asked what drew her into wrestling, “you have to be able to figure out situations on the spot and be willing to learn from mistakes.” Her love for the sport allows her to play hard and perform the best she can on and off the mat. At Newport Harbor, all wrestlers are treated equally, as both the boys and the girls are given every opportunity to succeed.unnamed-1 Stooks mentions how “surprisingly, we don't get treated any differently than the guys” even though that wasn't what she expected when she first started. Even though their teammates treat them with respect, there are still some hardships that go along with it. Aguirre says, “Cheyenne and I have both had an experience with a ref who wouldn't call our pins or points we deserved, but for the most part people are nice.” Both wrestlers are now preparing for another great season. The team as a whole is working on getting stronger for their upcoming December season. After beating CDM in their Battle of the Bay game, winning the Golden Singlet, and wrestling in the CIF championships, the team is looking forward to holding on to those wins and performing even better this year. The wrestling team is upping their practice intensity with the hope that this year, they will take home the wins in CIF. “It is always fun to have a goal to reach for,” says Aguirre, “this year our goal is to have a lot of wins!” Good luck to our sailor boys and girls, we are excited to see you compete!

Black Friday + Cyber Monday

Written By: Andie Lee
You may be wondering, what is Black Friday?
The idea of Black Friday is to go shopping and get the best deals on the items you're looking for right after Thanksgiving. Some people go with their friends and others go as a family. Not only does this day give everyone the excuse to splurge, some use is as a bonding experience like Katie Brockway, she says “it's a great tradition to always go shopping with my family on black friday.” This holiday can be used to get all of your Christmas preseFullSizeRendernts for a much lower price or even just an excuse to add a few more clothes to the wardrobe. Black Friday can be “really hectic but a lot of fun” says Lexy Peck, but people still endure the craziness because who doesn't want to get their Christmas presents early and cheap?  Some people even get up at the crack of dawn and camp out at retail stores. Gianna Negrete says she goes shopping on Black Friday because “it's a fun and exciting shopping experience”. This event has been going on since 1932 and originated here in the United States. Black friday takes place the day after Thanksgiving. Some people make a tradition out of this American holiday and go every year hoping to get good deals. April Scott has been taking part in this holiday and shares, “I absolutely love black friday and have gone the last 3 years.” However others find it all just way too hectic and a complete mess. People usually want to be the first ones there because products and items go very quickly. If they aren't there soon enough everything of high demand is usually gone. At the end of Black Friday stores usually look like a complete mess but they have actually made a lot of money because although they lowered a lot of the prices they sell a lot of inventory!
FullSizeRender-1There is also cyber monday which, like Black Friday, is when stores have all their products on sale for really good prices , however it is all online. Cyber Monday is the monday after Thanksgiving. A lot of people have begun to really prefer Cyber Monday over Black Friday because there is not all the chaos and craziness that come with Black Friday. You can do all your shopping from the comfort of your own home.
So what will you do this year on the day after Thanksgiving? Camp outside a store to be the first one in or lounge on your couch Monday morning, finding the best deals on the internet. Whatever you do, you are sure to find great deals on all your holiday shopping!
Pictures from Google Images


  Written By: Sophie Stameson
  Welcome to FCA! FCA stands for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Each month at lunch we have an athlete or pastor come and speak about their life experiences in the big gym. We offer free pizza to everyone after the meeting, so don't miss out! Remember, you don't have to be a Christian or an athlete to attend, we’re just glad you’re there. Our last speaker was Matt Meggers, a baseball pitcher from San Diego Christian. He came to tell us that God has a plan for your life. In Jeremiah 29:11, God says “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” The story of Job is about a man whose faith was challenged by the Devil. Job losses every earthly possession he has, even his family, but not once does he lose faith in God. Instead, Jod decides to remain in God, and praises the Lord for what he has. He knew that God still had a plan and a future for him. For remaining faithful to the Lord, Job was blessed with double everything him once had; he had twice the amount of livestock, and was blessed with a funnamedamily of seven kids. This is what we should strive to be like as followers of Christ. Be thankful and hopeful and know that God has a plan for you to prosper, even if it may not seem like it at the time. God never gives us more than we can handle. Instead, the trials we face are to better our future. Don’t rely on any worldly solution to your struggles, but rely on God and know that you will be blessed. From everyone at FCA, have a happy Thanksgiving and remember to thank a loved one! FCA would also like to shout out to our friends over at Young Life Ministry, who meet every Monday night at 7:15 at 1501 Galaxy Dr, Newport Beach. Want to grab a cup of coffee with friends? Then come see us at Coffee and Devos every other Monday morning at the Coffee Bean in Westcliff for some morning joe and a devotional. Finally, if you want to become an official member of FCA and receive updates, sign up for our remind by texting @NEWPORTHAR to 81010 and follow us on Instagram at NHHSFCA.

A Homecoming Tradition: Field Hockey’s Dance

Written By: Tori Carrese
For as long as harbor students can remember, our field hockey team has had a tradition of performing a dance at the homecoming rally. When interviewing Rylee Warmington (a junior) and the starting defender on why they perform, she responded with “to carry on thunnamede long standing tradition. Our coach performed and every year since and she has been excited to watch us not only ‘perfect’ our dance skills but our leadership skills by unifying the team with a fun activity”.  On how the tradition started,  Annie O’connor a junior who plays midfield, responded with “ No one quite knows the origin of [the dance] although its been around for as long as we can remember”. Although the girls don't know exactly how the tradition started, junior Sarah Sheldon, a three year varsity player says “ We may not know how it started, although I believe it holds significance because at our school, girls sports used to never truly matter although with this dance it makes us seen and acknowledges that we are here, we matter, and we are just as significant as the boys teams are."
As the homecoming rally came closer and closer, our varsity field hockey advanced in their league to the sunset league by beating Glendora high school  3-1 and Harvard Westlake high school 2-1, prior to their amazing victories they played in the Helix tournament down in San Diego where they came in first place, sweeping the field 5 times! All of these wins came during the rally week, boosting their reputation anunnamed-2d sky rocketing their place in league. Sammy Kerrigan, a junior on the team, spoke about their success and how they have gotten so far “ Whenever we are playing or practicing we aren’t doing it for winning we are doing it for each other, proving to everyone else on the team  that we have other one of our teammates back. We also have amazing coaches who push us every single day to finish strong." Even though these girls have played some "scary" teams, they said that the most nerve racking aspect of being on the team is always their performance in font of the whole school, and having all eyes on them. Although the team may have been nervous, they never broke a sweat, and acted cool and collected. Not only did they pull off a perfect juju, but they truly stole the show!

Spirit Week & Homecoming

  Written By: Amanda Wertheimer, Ava Glassen, & Carly Yasko
This upcoming week is spirit week, and thus, each day ASB has created four different fun-filled costume days all relating to the theme of homecoming, Classical Disney movies, in order to build excitement for the upcoming event. In addition to these fun dress-up days, there will also be activities at lunch, all related to Disney, and prizes will be awarded to those who participate! Monday is twin day, in relation to tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum from Alice in Wonderland. So grab your best friend and decide on a super cute matching outfit, even if it is a white shirt and blue jeans. Also, this day is Halloween so if you are dressing up as something within a group, make sure everyone participates! The lunch activity will be two people licking icing off a translucent icing board at the same time, to model the Disney movie, Frozen. Wednesday (Tuesday we have off) is pajama day so set your alarm later, roll out of bed, eat breakfast, and come to school. This creative idea is similar to Sleeping Beauty pre- Prince Charming. During lunch, you will be able to bob for apples like in the classic Disney film, Snow White. Thursday will be western day to mimic Woody or Jessie from Toy Story. Just wear a cowboy hat, boots and jeans, and you will be set for the day. Thursday’s activity at lunch will be a water balloon toss. The final day of spirit week falls on the day of homecoming. Start off this exciting day by getting into spirit and dressing up; it will make the whole Homecoming experience even better! For this final day of spirit week, just wear Hawaiian attire, in relation to the classic Disney movie Lilo and Stitch. On Friday, be sure to participate in the final lunchtime activity: a hula-hoop contest! During the contest, participants will be dressing up in hula attire (such as grass skirts), so be ready to channel your inner hula dancer! Grab your grass skirt and coconut bra to be ready for this year’s homecoming week. It will be a great way to get ready for the big dance! This year’s homecoming is going to be one that you do not want to miss! The theme is Disney, so get ready for a magical night! Newport Harbor’s homecoming will be at the AV club in Irvine, and according to all ASB it will be “a night to remember!” This week is definitely going to be spirit filled around campus so don’t forget to buy your homecoming ticket and join in on the fun! 7 56 6 3  

Club Corner: FCA

Written By: Sophie Stameson

Welcome to FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)! Each month at lunch we have a new athlete or pastor come and speak about their life experiences. Our meeting are held in the big gym. We offer free pizza to everyone after the meeting, so don't miss out! Remember, you don't have to be a Christian or an athlete to attend, we’re just glad you’re there. Our last speaker was Stephen Angulo, the Junior High pastor at Saint Andrew's Church and FCA member. This month, he spoke to us about the story of the Good Samaritan. In this parable, Jesus was being questioned by a teacher of the Law.  The teacher asked, “what must I do to inunnamed-1herit eternal life?” Jesus asked him what the Law said.  He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ‘You have answered correctly,’ Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” So Jesus told the story of a Jewish man who was robbed, lying on the side of the road about to die when his enemy, a Samaritan man, saved him when no one else would.  Keep in mind that at this time, the Jewish and the Samaritans were bitter rivals.  In Luke 10: 30-35 it says,  “ In reply Jesus said: ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii aunnamednd gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’” Imagine this in your own life.  You are attacked and left to die, and none of your friends will stop to help you. Then, your worst enemy walks by, and they see you on the ground. They stop. They pick you up, run you to the hospital and save your life.  And then, they pay for all your expenses.  We learned that this is what Jesus wants for us.  We have been called to love our neighbors as ourselves.  Next time you see someone in need or alone, help them, reach out to them. Know that you can make a difference.

 Want to grab a cup of coffee with friends? Then come see us at Coffee and Devos every other Monday morning at the Coffee Bean in Westcliff for some morning joe and a devotional. Finally, if you want to become an official member of FCA and receive updates, sign up for our remind by texting @NEWPORTHAR to 81010 and follow us on Instagram at NHHSFCA.