“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

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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.

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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!

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Co-Drum Majors Working Together


Written By: Jillian Birt-Russell

Because Newport Harbor’s Davidson Field is under renovation, this year has been difficult for many sports teams who use the field for practice and for events, including the Marching Band. Though they are considered a part of the music department, they are also considered a sport, because they have rigorous practices to prepare for their fall marching season.
They utilize the practice field during their zero period everyday before class but they also have to take a bus every Tuesday evening to practice at Estancia High School, which is Newport Harbor’s home away from home for the season. Every single football game that the band attends is away and they have to bring all of their instruments and equipment along with them. Though this has been a challenge for band and all sports teams alike, it hasn’t broken their drive or spirit to represent Sailor Pride through their performances during football games and competitions.unnamed
This year the Marching Band has Senior Drum Majors, Jose Alatorre and Elise Denghausen leading them to victory. Anyone can easily spot these two sporting an all white uniform while raised above the band as they sit in the stands and conduct many of Newport Harbor’s traditional fight songs such as “Go Big Blue,” “Hey,” and “the Alma Mater.” They have also played some more recent and popular songs like “Shut Up and Dance with Me,” sung by Walk the Moon and “Sorry,” originally performed by Justin Bieber to really pump up the crowd.
The Beacon had a chance to interview Alatorre and Denghausen about being Co-Drum Majors and they both agreed that it was a big responsibility. Alatorre says that “the band expects [him] to know most everything and have answers at all times,” and the position has many duties including being “responsible for running practices, rehearsals, and teaching the band members to march and play music.” He knows how important his role is and that he’s “supposed to be a living example of composure for the band members to follow a rigid set of rules” and that he’s “an image of the band” meaning he “must present [himself] in a respectful manner.” Denghausen also believes that being a Co-Drum Major “is more than just conducting.” She’s “in charge of running band camp and teaching marching technique” as well as “conducting during football games and pep rallies.” It’s also their job to make sure that “everything goes smoothly on competition days.”
Denghausen said that her favorite memory was at band camp “seeing all of the crazy costumes the Seniors made the Freshmen wear.” While Alatorre’s favorite memory of the season so far was “the awards ceremony at the Newport Open” where “[they] did a special salute to the winners of the sweepstakes trophy.” Alatorre also remarked that being Co-Drum Major has taught him that, “people can’t read minds, so the directions he gives have to be explicit,” in order for his fellow musicians to understand while practicing. Whereas Denghausen has learned that she wouldn’t have been able to lead the band “on her own and that [she] is so thankful that Jose is drum major with [her].”
At the band’s last competition in Corona, thunnamed-2ey received fourth place and Denghausen felt proud about it, because the band “went up six points” and “[looked] and [sounded] a lot better than” the week before. Alatorre believes that the score “reflected [their] performance accurately but not [their] potential.” His goal for their next competition at Oceanview High School “is simply to put on a better show, because what [is the band] if not performers.” Denghausen wants the band “to improve as much as [they] can, indivually and as a group.” She says that even though “winning would be nice, it doesn’t matter as much as the experience [one] gets and the things [they] learn from it.” The Newport Harbor Marching Band works extremely hard throughout the entire school year so be sure to go support them at their competitions or at sporting events and school pep assemblies!

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Pride or Die


Written By: Lea Ozdere & Natalie Robinson
As the fall season sports are unfortunately coming to an end, the Newport Harbor Varsity Girls’ Volleyball team continues to demonstrate an amazing amount of effort and poise within their games. Despite the loss of their second to last (home) game of the season against Edison High School on October 18th, the girls maintained their sense of determination, cooperation, and sportsmanship throughout all three matches.

The volleyball players began by getting ready wunnamed-3ith different types of techniques to prepare themselves for the game. Edison’s girls mirrored Harbor’s on the opposite side of the court with similar strategies. The girls managed to unwind and ease their nerves while warming up before players from both sides were properly introduced and the first match, of five, officially began.

Edison took the lead of the first match, 8 to 1, before Harbor made their second point. Claire Covina, #5, hit a remarkable spike against Edison that landed on the boundary line, confirmed as Harbor’s third point by the referee. Although Harbor’s girls continued to work hard, Edison created a major gap in the lead at 20unnamed-1 to 6. During Edison’s match point, Harbor’s attacking players were unable to block their opponent's strike, establishing a domina ting win by Edison with the score of the first match, 25 to 9. Claire Covina, #5, starts the second match with a point for Harbor. Harbor’s girls, working hard together, blocked Edison’s shot, making the score 9 to 6 (Edison’s lead). Both teams played an amazing rally, ununnamedtil Claire Covina, #5, ended it with a point for Harbor, still behind at 9 to 16. Slowly, they started making a comeback, Edison still in lead, until Harbor unfortunately lost the match when their ball went into the stands. Edison led the third match 6 to 3, before Harbor made their fourth point. As Harbor’s ball shot high between the bars on the roof, Delaney Decinces, #15, and Jasmine Amirie, #15, continue to play a remarkable rally and try their best to get the ball over. Edison fights back and creates a 6 point streak before Callie Govaars, #24, breaks it with a point for Harbor, 12 to 20. Edison continues to score, winning the match 25 to 17, therefore winning the game.

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Field Hockey Season Successes


  Written By: Kenia Ciraulo
  The Newport HarbUntitledor Field Hockey girls have been taking their season by storm! Varsity placed second in their league heading into playoffs and both JV and Frosh/Soph held a winning record, many could say that 2016 has been a success for the Sailors. The varsity team had many great accomplishments throughout their league season and in tournaments, such as winning first place at the Highlander Cup played in San Diego. After waking up before sunrise to travel, the sailors played a total of five games. All of which they won, and kept winning until they had claimed the title of “champions” for the second year in a row. A total of 17 goals were scored by the sailors throughout the day, 11 of which were sent into the back of the cage by senior McKenzie Porteous, and the defense was on fire resulting in an almost shutout tournament. Only 1 goal was scored on them, and it was late in the championship game. The tournament was an all-around success for the team and created a sense of unity within the team. When asked about this year's team chemistry, senior defender Hayden Allen said “the team has played really well overall; we really connected together and improved a lot over the season.”9 Going into the league championship game against Edison, the team is feeling stronger than ever and ready to win! This year, over half of the varsity team is made up of graduating seniors. Composed of 12 seniors and only 9 underclassmen, the team has many experienced players who are able to contribute their skills to winning the game. “Having a lot of seniors allows for the younger girls to get a feel for everything that will be expected from us in the future,” says varsity sophomore Maddie Vargas. The seniors have years of experience they will be able to pass down onto younger grades, contributing to the growth and helping to strengthen the field hockey program. JV and Frosh/Soph have also been incredibly successful. “I think that we started out not knowing anything about how we would work as a team, but overtime and throughout the season we were able to bond and remain undefeated” 19said Tristan Warmington, a junior, about the JV Field Hockey team. In their season, JV had some tremendous wins ranging from 10-0 against Chaminade High School to aggressive 1-1 ties against the field hockey rival, Edison High School. The season ended October 22, and JV was happy to announce that they placed first in our league and “finished the league undefeated,” as said by Lauren Dewan, sophomore captain.  Personally, I can't wait to bring it next year and hopefully get that win against Edison.

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Victory in Defeat: BOTB Football

Despite Newport Harbors fourth straight loss in their huge football rivalry between Corona Del Mar, signs of character and potential were revealed by not only our players but fans as well. Cal’s future quarterback Chase Garbers threw for five touchdowns (three which came in the second half) and 277 yards. He led his team to yet another victory for the Sea Kings making them 2-1 in the season. Taevon Le who set a record for receiving yards in the previous week was double teamed by Newport Harbors defenders. This left senior receiver Billy Shaw with 1-on-1 man coverage, and as a result caught two touchdowns in the second half for 34 and 57 yards, which devastated the sailors. The sailors quick score in the third was soon followed by a explosive drive where Garber pulled off a 48 yard run, the drive ended in a 8 yard touchdown by Moses on of the two main running backs on CDM. CDM’s first drive was quick and explosive, only 70 seconds and ended in a 27 yard touchdown to Murphy (junior running back). Harbor’s next drive was more tradition and they took the ball down the field slowly each gain short but effective. This drive was put to an end with a 30 yard field goal by Chandler Siemonsma. Harbor had a rough first half, despite moving the chains they only scored two field goals resulting in a 14-6 lead by the Sea Kings. The third quarter was a new start for the Sailors, fired up they dominated on both sides of the ball. Senior defensive end Alex Michelson stripped Garber for CDM’s only turnover of the night, the loose ball was recovered by defensive tackle Blake Terry. The offense wasted no time in pushing the ball up the field, and senior running back Cole Kinder rushed for a 27 yard touchdown on first down. This was momentum changing for the Sailors finally giving them hope they could win. Instead of going for the two point conversion that would tie the game at 14-14, sophomore Ethen Schroeder kicked the extra point which brought the sailors to within one. After this touchdown, the Sea Kings dominated the rest of the third quarter by constantly running at the defence. CDM’s Moses and Murphy both ran for more than 85 yards in the last 8 minutes of this quarter. And ultimately, in the fourth quarter CDM pulled away by scoring 2 more touchdowns, which lead them to a 41-13 win against the Sailors. Newport Harbors head coach Jeff Brinkley stated that "We let them hit a couple of slants and the kid [Shaw] broke it, and that kind of wiped it out”. He also added that "We've got to learn to play with teams like this because the teams in our league are equal to or better than these guys. They're probably going to be in the league next year." Although the score did not turn out in our favor, our students and fans represented our school in a respectful matter, unlike our opponent’s student body who are now facing numerous violations and penalties. Due to their actions not only has their homecoming dance been canceled for the first time in school history but they are also forbidden from ever returning to OCC stadium.   Written By: Jarrtan Ellis-Josch & Nathan Medina

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Freshmen Win First Round: Tennis

At this year’s Battle of the Bay match, the Varsity Tennis Team came in ready to compete. Although the team didn’t reach their goal of beating CDM, they came out with fire and passion that will continue until they get revenge next year.

All pumped and ready to go, Freshmen doubles team, Amra Barton and Lauren Lipkowski, headed to the courts to start in their first Battle of the Bay Match. They knew this match wasn’t going to be easy, and Lipkowski admitted, “It was a little intimidating, but once [she] knew [she] had to do it for the team, [she] blocked everything out and just played [her] game.” Barton agreed and added how exciting it was. Although many believe that tennis is a single person sport, it is actually a team sport as Lipkowski had mentioned above. Everyone has a role to play in making the win happen. Even though the team fell short the first round 1-5, the Freshman duo pulled through gaining one win for the team. Going into that match, Barton described their mindset as focussing on “giving 100% and never stop being on [their] toes” because they “wanted to show those [CDM] girls just how bad [they] wanted it,” and they certainly accomplished that. During a match, Lipkowski loves having Barton as a partner because “[she] feels like [she] has no worries and always have each other’s backs.” Barton repeated the same for Lipkowski in saying, “[she] is so grateful for such an amazing partner [because] Lauren is able to pick [her] up on days that [she’s] struggling, and [she] is able to pump Lauren up when she needs it.” Barton admits that one of their secrets to success is that their “their friendship that continues off the court.” After the match, the pair came off the courts “not believing it but knowing [they] could do it” (Lipkowski) and “feeling overjoyed” (Barton). Although this win gave hope for Newport Harbor that they were beatable, the team knew it was going to be a tough battle ahead if they could pull it off. Barton explained that even though they had just won an amazing match that “[she] was going to go out there and grind for the next one because they were playing the #1 seed.” Unable to catch CDM, Harbor settled knowing that they are going to work harder next year and learning from the match to play their best in league.

In their last match before league, Barton and Lipkowski played phenomenally against Sage Hill last Wednesday, September 28th. They played as the #2 doubles team winning their first round in a tiebreaker and finishing off the day with a passionate celebration of their hard but well earned win against the Sage’s #3 team.

Harbor continues to fight on as they are 2-1 in league, winning to Marina and Edison but losing to Los Alamitos. More information about the Battle of the Bay match and about league are below.

 

Line-Up for BOTB Match:

 

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  1. Taryn Anderson and Eva Newsom

  2. Megan Carey and Ally Harano

  3. Lauren Lipkowski and Amra Barton (Pictured to the right)

 

Singles:

  1. Hannah Blower (Pictured playing to the right)

  2. Elise Rimland

  3. Lacey RyanDisplaying Elise Rimland.JPG

 

Sage Match from Daily Pilot:

Varsity Tennis Schedule:

DATE

DAY

OPPONENT

SITE

TIME

Oct. 4

Tue

***FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Var @ Fountain Valley

3 PM

Oct. 6

Thur

*** HUNTINGTON BEACH

Var @ NHHS

3 PM

Oct. 11

Tue

***MARINA

Var @ Marina

3 PM

Oct. 13

Thur

***LOS AL

Varsity @ NHHS

3 PM

Oct 18

Tues

***EDISON

Varsity @ NHHS

3 PM

Oct. 20

Thur

***FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Varsity @ NHHS

3 PM

Oct. 24

Mon

***HUNTINGTON BEACH

Varsity @ HB

2:30 PM

Written By: Rachel Davis

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Girls Volleyball BOTB

Sea Kings Take the Win But the Sailors Will Be Back Stronger Than Ever
At this year’s Battle of the Bay Girls Varsity Volleyball game, although not pulling through with the win, Newport Harbor was extremely enthusiastic andsupportive of the team. Even though it was an away game, many students and family members came to watch, decked in blue and white, ready to cheer on the team. Delaney DeCinces number 15, said that “the energy made the game so much more exciting and competitive.”
The girls started the match by scoring several points, but CDM caught up with them, ending the first of five sets with a close score of 20 to 25, going to CDM. Number 4, a Junior named Vivian Donovan, stood out with her powerful overhand serves, which often challenged the other team. Donovan said that scoring so many points in a row “felt amazing and built momentum and energy for [the] team, which was something [they] needed.” The girls began the second game behind CDM, but they didn’t stop fighting for the victory and ended the set with a score of 25 to 11 points, again going to CDM. Number 13, a Freshman named Jasmine Amirie, was another star player in the game and took the court multiple times throughout BOTB. She made several important hits and saves, helping to keep the team strong and motivated. “When the other team is pulling ahead, we try and focus on limiting their long streaks of points, and we try to limit our errors and keep the momentum on our side,” shared Delaney DeCinces on how they stay focused and motivated in a game when the other team seems to be winning.
The third game went to CDM, ending Battle of the Bay for the Sailors, but the team fought hard to the end without giving up, and our students’ sportsmanship shined through the loss. Donovan keeps positive with plans to “work so much harder every day in practice from now on, so [the team] will be ready to fight when [they] step out onto the court with [CDM] again.” Though the Sea Kings triumphed this year, the Girls Volleyball team will be back again next year to take back the crown and show them who really rules the bay!
Written By: Jillian Birt-Russell & Casey Church

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Pep Squad Takes Las Vegas

Last month, Newport Harbor’s very own pep squad traveled to Las Vegas to attend the SHARP International Competition where they went against many other schools and dance teams around the country. The team was very successful at the event and took home the Spirit Award for Best Overall Performance! Varsity Cheer and Varsity Song came in second place in their division and Varsity Baton took first. JV Cheer won first in their division and were proclaimed National JV Champions. db3e4a14-d435-4d58-8a7d-25c1cb5f1563After the competition was over, the team spent the evening celebrating their victory with dinner and even got to see a musical and comedic show performed by the famous Blue Man Group. The girls also had the chance of staying in a hotel all weekend and bonding with roommates over movies and snacks! Though they were only in Vegas for three days, it was such a great experience to go vacation with friends and compete! Karoline Shannon (Freshman) said that her favorite part of the trip was "staying up watching a movie after a great day of winning the competition." Libby Larner (Sophomore) also had a lot of fun on the trip and "loved how close [she] got with [her fellow teammates] in [their hotel] room” while "watching Fired Up and eating ice cream and chips.” All in all, the pep squad had a wonderful time on their trip and went home champions! Written By: Jillian Russell

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