Written By: Jillian Birt - Russell Every year the NHHS Pep Squad works hard to promote spirit on campus by attending numerous sports events, performing at rallies, and enduring weekend competitions. Their support for the school’s athletes is endless, whether they’re making posters for their basketball buddies or they’re on the sidelines cheering on football players. But there’s one night out of the year where the team gets some cheerleaders of their own – Spirit Night. It takes place in the main gym and showcases all of the routines performed by the cheer, song, and baton teams throughout the school year. There are even some numbers put on by local preschool and elementary groups as well as a competition routine from the Ensign Seabees. Newcomer to the team, freshman Madelyn Ocana felt that the evening of Sailor Pride required an immense amount of dedication to make happen. “A lot of work went into the performance. We worked for days to get the routines right and make sure we all knew them, but in the end I think our hard work really paid off,” she explains. The girls learned multiple sideline dances and competition routines during their summer practices and had to remember all of them when their big showcase arrived. "We need to review routines from the beginning of the school year and create new routines in a limited amount of time, but it is so exciting to perform in front of everyone so they can see how hard we have been working," says sophomore baton twirler, Zoe Gleason. However, this year the event was very special, because a portion of the show served as Senior Night and honored the thirteen graduating Pep Squad members that had been a part of the team since they were freshman. Each girl was escorted by her family out onto the gym floor and received a bouquet of flowers as a video of them that was filmed earlier that day played, sharing their favorite memories of the team and their aspirations for the future. There was also a slideshow of photos dating back to as early as their freshman year, which reminded them of all of their favorite moments they experienced with their teammates. “I will miss the relationships I've made with all the girls, especially the sophomores on my team, because they are like my little sisters,” shares senior varsity cheer captain, Margaux Brook. It also made many of the seniors realize that being a part of the team taught them more than just skills needed to stunt or tumble. For senior Cassidy Peterson, her role as overall Pep Squad captain and her four years on cheer have helped her attain skills for the future. "Being captain is more than just being a leader, it is being a friend or a person who could offer a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, or even just someone to be there for her teammates. It is the most important part of leading a group of individuals to give their all to the team and work as a family to ensure the success and happiness of the entire team.” The lessons she learned as a member of the team will follow her well into the future. Although, Spirit Night was already a very emotional time for the seniors and the teammates they're leaving behind, it became even more so when it was announced that veteran Coach Amanda Pabon would also be saying her final farewell. As niece of the Pep Squad advisor and former high school cheerleader, Amanda coached every team from Ensign cheer, to JV, and varsity, but now she is on the road to becoming a school teacher. Many of the senior girls ran to huddle with Amanda in a group hug, each one in tears but also very excited for the changes in the near future. Margaux Brook went on to say that she was emotional over Amanda’s farewell, but also pleased that she was able to have her as a coach for four years. “I'm really sad about Amanda leaving, because she’s been in my life since freshman year, but I am happy that she is leaving as I am graduating.” Spirit Night was an evening of entertainment, Sailor Pride, excitement, and emotional goodbyes. Though the event was one of last Pep Squad performances of the year, the memory will stay anchored with the team members for many years to come.Continue
On any team, it is incredibly important to have close relationships with your teammates. For the Newport Harbor’s Girl’s Varsity basketball team, their closeness helped them achieve their goals. By being such a close team, the girls were able to celebrate their many victories and move on and learn from their losses. On and off the court, these girl’s friendship with each other impacted the program. During season, the girls’ closeness with each other helped them acquire eight wins in league. They achieved this awesome feat through a combination of mad skill, speed, and communication. As well as all this, forming solid friendships with each other helps keep the energy and excitement up during a game, and positive thinking can make a difference in the resulting score. Sophomore Hannah Hiromoto says, “being friends with everyone helps because you can always be there for each other.” Supporting each other throughout the season helped them play better on the court because knowing that your teammate has your back allows you to focus in the moment in the game that matters. For the second year, the girls’ varsity team has been able so have an athletic set of sisters, sophomore Alexia and senior Angelina Alvarez, whose bond as siblings helps the team on the court. “The whole team has a good connection,” says Hiromoto, but “it's the bond that they already have as sisters that makes it even better.” For many people, being on a team is like being a part of a second family, but for these sisters, playing together is just another opportunity to bond with each other while playing the sport that they love. At the senior night game on February 6th, Alexia Alvarez had an open court and the perfect opportunity for a layup, however she passed the ball back to her sister who was running up behind her so she had the opportunity to make the shot in one of her last games at Harbor. In the end, the girls won that game against Fountain Valley 40-34 because of their teamwork! The team’s wins are examples of how although there is a pair of sisters on the team, every player is family with each other, and they want to help each other enjoy the game while getting better. As a team, but equally importantly as friends, the girls grew close together and had a fun season and the non-seniors can't wait for next year. Written By: Delaney KnippContinue
Friday night brought a very strenuous game for both the Newport Harbor Sailors and the Huntington Beach Oilers. Sharing the same record (16-11) both schools looked to take third place which meant an automatic place in playoffs. Beating them at home on the day before “they felt pretty confident going in” Bradley Siegel says. Bradley Siegel a junior starting on Newport Harbor has shown tremendous potential as his first year on varsity basketball. The momentum was in Harbor’s favor around about 80 seconds left in the game, when they scored and put them only down by 1. However, the momentum switched back 10 seconds later when Gonzalez made his first 3 pointer of the night, putting the Oilers at a 4 point lead. Brodt, who received the assist to the 3 pointer, explained how it was a "Big shot by [Gonzalez]." The game took a turn for the worst with a final score of 48-40 in favor of the Oilers. And with playoffs approaching the Harbor Basketball faced the illuming possibility that they would not make the cut. After the disappointing loss, Newport Harbor Coach Bob Torribio explained to his team that "You're not going to win a Sunset League [game] scoring 40 points, and you're not going to win a Sunset League game not making free throws. You better make a lot of three-pointers, if you're not going to make free throws. You got to do one or the other. We didn't make many threes tonight and we didn't make our free throws." Ending the game going 5 for 28 on three pointers it was easy to see why coach Toribio felt like they did not put their best foot forward. On the other side of the ball, Coach Billy Thompson explained to his team that "[Newport Harbor] is a super-tough team. We're eventually going to have to win a game where we don't shoot well, and we finally did." In an overall recap of the game harbor scored 40 points, Zach Blaine ended the game with 18 and 4 3s, and the second most for Harbor was Colin Pipkin with 13 points. On the oilers, Starkel ended the game with 15 points, and Sueda came in with the second most on his team at 11 points. Although Newport Harbor did end up winning the game, our boys put up a good game and ended up winning their next, leading to another CIF game versus Buena Park on February 17th at home. Sadly on Friday February the boy’s season ended short with a home loss against Buena Park in the second round of the CIF Playoffs. The team fought hard but lost in the final minute of the game. Written By: Jarrtan Ellis-Josch & Nathan MedinaContinue
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.
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.
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 Edison'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:
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. Coach 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 Division 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. Continue
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. 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. 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! Continue
Written By: Jillian Birt-Russell
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 with 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 20 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, until 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.Continue
Written By: Kenia Ciraulo
The Newport Harbor 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.” 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” said 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. Continue
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 MedinaContinue