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EAGLE SOFTBALL Team ADVANCES to Quarterfinals

Updated June 6, 7:45am

Behind a complete game shutout by pitcher Gabby Ortega, the JGHS Eagles Softball team defeated Magnolia High School 10-0 by 5-inning mercy rule to advance to the quarterfinals in the CIF-SS Division 7 playoffs.

Gabby Ortega is all smiles after the shutout of Magnolia

It was a mismatch from the beginning, as Ortega set the Sentinels down in order in the top of the first, while the Eagle bats came to life with 4 runs in the bottom half. It would be more than enough run support.

The Eagles continued to pile on, however, as a big 3-run home run by Julia Cole to deep left-center field effectively put the game away in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Cole (#23) was the ultimate cleanup hitter, finishing the day 3-3 and just a single short of the cycle.

Magnolia’s defense didn’t help, as the Sentinels made 7 costly errors, including 4 in the first inning when the Eagles sent 10 batters to the plate.

JGHS also won in a 5-inning shutout in round 1 of the playoffs, traveling over 200 miles to beat Shandon High School 14-0 on June 3. So far, then, the Eagles have outscored their opponents 24-0 in these playoffs.

Up next: A home game on Tuesday, June 8 against Alverno Heights Academy who beat Bethel Christian Riverside by a score of 12-5 on Saturday.

JGHS Sports Round-Up

Press Release courtesy Mrs. Linda Parra

•Wrestling Advances to Quarterfinals

The John Glenn High School boys wrestling team won their first round dual match against Nordhoff 52-24 on Tuesday night, May 25.

They will now travel to Thousand Oaks High School on Saturday, May 29 for the Quarterfinals. The match will begin at 1:00 PM. Wish them luck!

•Track and Field

Eagles track and field star Gabriel Pasillas qualified for CIF Division 4 in Discus. The match, last weekend at the 605 League Track & Field Finals, was held at Pioneer High School.

Pasillas will now travel to Carpinteria on June 5 to compete against athletes from other schools across California. Congratulations, Gabriel!

MLB Update: SoCal Recap

By Jesus Suarez

Los Angeles Dodgers: The 2020 World Series Champs kicked-off the 2021 season pretty strong, beginning with a 13-3 record. But they have slowed down significantly, dropping 14 of 19, including just two wins in their last ten games. As a result, the Dodgers currently sit in 3rd place at 18-17, 2.5 games behind the surprising San Francisco Giants.

The Dodgers are part of the most attractive rivalry in MLB alongside Fernando Tatis’s San Diego Padres. Dodger’s star Justin Turner said of playing the Padres, “We are getting 18 World Series Games this year.” The Padres and the Dodgers have faced each other seven times with the Dodgers winning 3 games. The rivalry is only heating up and will have more exciting moments throughout the season.

Justin Turner singles vs SD Padres on 4/25/21 (MLB.com)

Anaheim Angels: The Angels have started the new season with a record of 15-18. They are currently in last place of the AL West, even after taking 2 of 3 from the Dodgers this past weekend.

One of the most exciting players to watch–not only on Angels but all of baseball–is Shohei “Sho Time” Ohtani (photos by Getty Images). Ohtani had recently become the first pitcher since Babe Ruth to start a game while leading the MLB in home runs. Ohtani is batting .276/.326/.626 with 10 HR, 26 RBI, and 6 SB. On the mound, he is 1-0 with a 2.41 ERA, and has only allowed 1 HR and 5 earned runs in the 2021 season. There is no doubt that he is an electrifying player that will get the attention of many baseball fans.

Zoey Williams: Eagle Athlete Spotlight

By Denisse Sanchez

Our Eagle Athlete Spotlight is on Zoey Williams, an 18-year old senior at John Glenn High School who is in the unique position of being a girl on the boys’ baseball team. 

Her thought process behind joining baseball is that she’s setting a good example for girls. She believes that women and girls can do as much equal hard work as men and boys.

Zoey was interested in playing baseball because she wanted to try something different. Growing up she played Little League baseball until she was 10 years old, and then she transferred to softball. In addition to baseball and softball, she also plays volleyball.

Transferring from Artesia to Glenn, it was time to meet Zoey and learn more about her, so I conducted an interview with her in early May, and this is what she had to say:

Question: What was your thought process when considering baseball at Glenn? Did the fact that the sport is led by men affect your decision at all? Does it make a difference for you?

Zoey: My thought process for considering baseball at Glenn was how I would be treated coming onto the team by the other players and parents. But I kept telling myself at the end of the day I’m setting an example that women can do as much equal hard work as men. The fact that the sport is all men didn’t change my decision on still joining. Being the only female on varsity baseball for Glenn has been different for me because I have to work ten times harder than the rest of my teammates–the throw is longer compared to playing softball and the uniforms are bigger than usual so I have to get special uniforms (laughing), but everything else isn’t really different only because I’m treated equally like how the boys who are my teammates get treated.

Question: What made you want to join baseball instead of softball?

Zoey: I chose to do baseball over softball because I wanted to try something new for my senior year and show others to not be afraid to join something they want to do. But I was on the softball team and ended up leaving the team to join baseball full time with the boys.

Question: What position do you play?

Zoey: I play anywhere in the infield except for pitcher, but my main position is catcher. When I’m not catching, shortstop is my secondary position.

Question: How have the games been going so far?

Zoey: I thought the games were really good, in my opinion, being that I started both games as catcher.

Question: As a kid did you ever play sports? Did you play Little League or softball?

Zoey: As a kid I played T-ball and Little League baseball until I was 10, which then I transferred to softball for 12u all the way up to now which will be 18u going into college level playing for a college. Growing up since I was a kid I also raced dirt bikes and quads (4-wheelers) and I played volleyball which I still do and enjoy very much.

European Super League Starts, Gets Cancelled

By Jahir Poz

What a month it was for soccer.

We had the MLS start again in the U.S., and in Europe the Champions League had an exciting week. However, during all this, the news broke of a so-called “European Super League” that was in the works and ready to take part in the next two years. Multiple big teams in Europe from across the top 5 leagues came together and agreed to start their own league apart from UEFA and FIFA: AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, all of which are very prestigious clubs in Europe.

Just hours after receiving all the criticism and rants, two teams decided to pull out of the “Super League” competition immediately. Days later more teams were pulling out of the league due to the backlash. Only two teams were left–Real and Atletico de Madrid, who are both from Spain. The Super League, which would have rivaled the pan-European Champions League organized by the European football body UEFA, was presented as a way to “provide significantly greater economic growth and support for European football.”

Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez was the man behind all this when he came up with the idea to make a new league. Even though he said the move was designed “to make football better,” this clearly would have made it worse. He even said in an interview that, “When money does not flow from the rich clubs to the poor clubs, everyone suffers… It’s impossible to make signings like Mbappe and Haaland, in general, not just for Real Madrid, without the Super League… If we don’t sign Mbappe this summer, I don’t think any fan will shoot himself in the head. They know we’re doing our best, and if things don’t happen, it’s because they’re impossible.”

A key problem was the proposal for all founding members of the 20-team league to keep their place regardless of their performance. Soccer teams across Europe have to perform well in their domestic leagues in order to qualify for the lucrative Champions League. And, unlike in most American league sports, teams who aren’t performing well face the possibility of being sent to the league below in the structure.

“The dream in football is that the smallest team can rise from the bottom to the top,” Michael Brunskill, a spokesman for the Football Supporters’ Association, said.

There’s a saying going on that states, “Created by the poor; stolen by the riches.” That is exactly what has happened here–it’s not about the passion of the fans or the players, it is all about the money for the owners who just want more and more. It is pathetic that all the rich soccer history just wanted to be thrown away for money. Every fan had the right to voice their opinion on this and not one fan said anything good that supported this decision made solely by the owners.

Fans can all agree that this Super League would have ruined football forever. As profitable as it may have been for owners, with fans, football would not be the same and it’s good that they realized it before it was too late.

Eagles Softball a Sensation

By D.Higgins

The JGHS softball team is off to a sensational start, earning coverage around the city and a reputation as a new force in the 605 League.

Backed by a group of nearly all freshman girls, the Eagles currently sit at 7-1 overall, and 3-1 in the 605 League, in 2nd place behind undefeated Cerritos.

The impressive victories include a 27-1 trouncing of Whitney, and a crazy two-game sweep of Western High, by scores of 11-0 and 19-9.

In their most recent home game against Oxford Academy (gallery below), the Eagles cruised to an easy 10-1 win behind strong pitching from starter Diana Bravo, and junior Gabby Ortega.

Left-fielder/Catcher Sienna Contreras highlighted a 4-run first inning, hitting an RBI double that nearly went over the fence.

The young team is building a strong softball program for years to come, led by head coach Larry Leal.

You can catch the Eagles at home for 3 games this week, facing off against Artesia on Tuesday, 5/11, and then in back-to-back games vs. Whitney this Thursday and Friday.

NBA Playoff Preview

By Isaac Rangel

The NBA playoffs are coming fast–the set date for them to start is Tuesday, May 18, however it is not the actual first round of the playoffs that start that day, it is the “play-in tournament” that starts on May 18. The play-in tournament is the new format that the NBA started this season where the numbers 7, 8, 9, and 10 seeds play against each other to make it into the standard 8-team playoffs. The winner of the matchup between the 7 and 8 seeds is automatically in and secures the number 7 seed. The loser between the 7 and 8 seed still has a chance because whoever wins between the 9 and 10 seed plays against the loser between the 7 and 8 seed. The winner of that game then secures the 8 seed.

Graphic: NBA.com

These “play-in” games will last from May 18-21. The traditional 8-team playoffs begin on May 22 and the Finals will start on July 8.

Here are the standings for both conferences (if the season ended today):

EASTERN CONFERENCEWESTERN CONFERENCE
1. Philadelphia 76ers 1. Utah Jazz
2. Brooklyn Nets 2. Phoenix Suns
3. Milwaukee Bucks 3. LA Clippers
4. New York Knicks 4. Denver Nuggets
5. Atlanta Hawks 5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Miami Heat 6. Portland Trailblazers
*Play-In Teams (7-10)*Play-In Teams (7-10)
7. Boston Celtics 7. LA Lakers
8. Charlotte Hornets 8. Golden State Warriors
9. Washington Wizards 9. Memphis Grizzlies
10. Indiana Pacers10. San Antonio Spurs
Standings as of Monday, May 10, 2021

Many analysts and fans feel that the favorites and the team to beat this year is the Brooklyn Nets because of the fact that they have 3 superstar players (pictured). In the East, many people see the Bucks and the Sixers as the only teams that can compete with the Nets. And in the West, most people think that the Nuggets, Clippers, and Lakers are the teams who are most likely to make it out of the West, even though the Utah Jazz and surprisingly the Phoenix Suns are having great seasons and holding the 1 and 2 seed, respectively.

Many NBA fans, however, just don’t believe in Utah or Phoenix, simply because of the fact that they have never seen these two teams do some serious things in the playoffs. Fans see the Lakers as the favorites to win the West if they are fully healthy (LeBron James has been dealing with the worst injury of his career), and can also see them beating the Nets if they meet up in the Finals. The Lakers have four games remaining in the regular season (ending Sunday, May 16) to try and avoid the play-in tournament, as they are currently 1 game behind the #6 seed Trailblazers.

NBA All-Stars Reluctantly Put on a Show

By Issac Rangel

At the beginning of the NBA season, many people and also players were really convinced that this year’s NBA season was not going to have an All-Star Game due to Covid-19 and the restrictions. The NBA had even mentioned at the beginning of the season that there was no interest in having an All-Star Game. A lot of players felt that the whole point of the All-Star Weekend is for it to be a very entertaining weekend with a sold out arena and fans seeing the best players in the world go at it. However, with Covid-19 there would be only a very limited number of fans that would be able to attend the event, which kind of defeats the purpose of All-Star Weekend.

Furthermore, teams like the Lakers and Heat–who were the last two teams standing in the bubble–felt that they deserved that little break and should not have to play in an extra game. Even after all that, the NBA decided to have an All-Star Game anyways. Players like LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and De’Aaron Fox shared their thoughts on the NBA deciding after all to have one, and they did not like the idea of it.

LeBron James claimed that the All-Star Game being confirmed was, “A slap in the face.” Giannis also had something to say, which was, “I don’t care about the All-Star Game.” And De’Aaron Fox also shared his thoughts saying, “To be brutally honest, I think it’s stupid.”

Still, all that passed by, and NBA All-Star Weekend was finally happening. This year’s All-Star Weekend was very entertaining as it mostly always is, however it wasn’t the usual weekend that fans were used to. There were some big changes into how the schedule would be. This time it wasn’t an actual whole weekend where each day had different events, like the celebrity game, the rising stars game, the dunk contest, the 3-point contest, the skills competition, and then the actual All-Star Game. This year they did not do the celebrity game or the rising stars game, but they did do the 3-point contest, dunk contest, and skills competition.

They decided to do it all in one day though this time, with the skills competition and the 3-point contest being before the game, and the dunk contest being held during halftime. The winners for each event were, Domantas Sabonis for the skills competition, Steph Curry for the 3-point contest, and Anfernee Simons for the dunk contest.

Rosters for the 2021 All-Star Game

Lastly was the All-Star Game itself. It was Team LeBron vs Team Durant. Team LeBron’s players were Giannis, Steph Curry, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic for the starting five. Team Lebron’s reserves were Jaylen Brown, Paul George, Rudy Gobert, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Domantas Sabonis, and Ben Simmons. Team Durant’s starting lineup did not include himself due to injury, but his starting lineup was Bradley Beal, Joel Embid, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, and Jayson Tatum. His reserves were Devin Booker, James Harden, Zach Lavine, Donovan Mitchell, Julias Randle, Nikola Vucevic, and Zion Williamson.

The game went pretty well, and it was very entertaining watching Steph Curry and Damian Lillard drain threes from all over the place. Team LeBron ended up dominating and winning by a score of 170-150. Giannis Antetokounmpo won All-Star game MVP, finishing with 35 points, 3 assists, 7 rebounds, and shooting a perfect 16 for 16.

Giannis Antetokounmpo holds his All-Star MVP trophy | Dale Zanine USA TODAY Sports

Play Ball! JGHS/SEA Athletes Return

By Priscilla Cardenas

Friday, March 13, 2020. Does that date sound familiar to you, California? That was the date everything changed: the whole state, and most of the country, shut down. 

We didn’t know it then, but that would be the last day any of us students–any of us athletes– would step on campus that year. 

This shutdown is tough on everyone, but it is especially tough on the athletes like me who have been anxiously waiting to get back together with our team, back to our second families. 

My Story

An athlete all throughout high school, I played both volleyball and basketball. And like most student athletes, I dreamt of senior year.  I looked forward to being a senior and playing ball with my teammates. 

Early on, I made a promise to myself that in my senior year,  one of my teams–or hopefully both– would go to CIF.

We almost achieved that dream last year during my junior year. Both  my volleyball team and my basketball team came close. We were one volleyball game and one basketball game away from going to CIF. But we didn’t make it. My teammates and I were devastated, but we told ourselves 2021 was going to be our year. 

But COVID shattered that dream too. 

Today

Flashforward a year later to March of 2021, and we are FINALLY getting a chance to be back on campus and back with our teams! 

Personally, I am so happy! But I am not the only one. 

“How do you feel to be back with your team and to be playing football again?” I asked Senior football player Anthony Lira. 

“It’s an amazing feeling just simply because I’m able to come back and be reunited with my teammates after a long year of being under quarantine in the whole pandemic. It’s just uplifting and brings back so much spirit to each player.”

-JGHS Football Captain Anthony Lira

Sports bring so much passion to high school campuses and allow students to build lasting relationships. 

We know our teammates are there for us during the blood, sweat, and tears of everyday practice and the wins or losses of every game too.

I am excited to be back, and I am anxious to see how the season goes for all of the sports teams this year.

We are in the fourth quarter; we are down 3 out of 4; but the game is not over. We are in this ‘til the end!

Click here to learn more about JGHS/SEA athletic schedules.

MLB 2021 Predictions

By MLB Correspondent D.Higgins

After the most unprecedented season in baseball history, Major League Baseball gets back to normal in 2021 (well, as normal as pandemic life can get, anyway).

Fans will be in the stands, National League pitchers will be hitting again, and MLB teams will have regular 162-game schedules. Most importantly, spring has arrived and baseball is back!

The Dodgers open tomorrow, April 1 in Colorado, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:10pm to kick off the four-game series. Their home opener will be Friday, April 9 against the Washington Nationals.

The Angels begin their season with a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox, opening tomorrow night, April 1, at 7:05pm.

We previewed the reigning World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the Angels extensively when spring training began, and now it’s time to take a wider view of the whole league. I am going to take a stab at the 2021 division standings, as well as postseason predictions and major awards.

So, in what are sure to be guesses that look completely foolish in six months, it’s prediction time!

2021 Standings Prediction

NL WESTNL CENTRALNL EAST
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. San Diego Padres
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Arizona Diamondbacks
5. Colorado Rockies
1. St. Louis Cardinals
2. Milwaukee Brewers
3. Chicago Cubs
4. Cincinnati Reds
5. Pittsburgh Pirates
1. Atlanta Braves
2. New York Mets
3. Washington Nationals
4. Philadelphia Phillies
5. Miami Marlins
AL WESTAL CENTRALAL EAST
1. Houston Astros
2. Los Angeles Angels
3. Oakland Athletics
4. Seattle Mariners
5. Texas Rangers
1. Chicago White Sox
2. Minnesota Twins
3. Cleveland Indians
4. Kansas City Royals
5. Detroit Tigers
1. New York Yankees
2. Toronto Blue Jays
3. Tampa Bay Rays
4. Boston Red Sox
5. Baltimore Orioles

Awards:

NL MVP: Mookie Betts (Dodgers)

NL Cy Young: Jacob deGrom (Mets)

NL ROY: Ke’Bryan Hayes (Pirates)

AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels)

AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole (Yankees)

AL ROY: Casey Mize (Tigers)

Postseason:

NL Wild Card Teams: Padres and Mets

NL Pennant Winner: L.A. Dodgers

AL Wild Card Teams: Twins and Blue Jays

AL Pennant Winner: Yankees

World Champion: Dodgers

The Dodgers and Yankees will meet in the World Series for the 12th time overall, and for the first time since 1981. Throughout their storied rivalry, the Yankees have beaten the Dodgers in 8 of 11 contests between 1941 and 1981, with the only Dodger victories coming in 1955 (Brooklyn’s only championship), a Koufaxian sweep in 1963, and a 1981 title led by Fernandomania. This time, exactly 40 years since they last met in October, the Dodgers will prevail again, becoming the first MLB champs to repeat since the Yankees did it from 1998-2000.

There are my fearless predictions. I’ll be sure to check back in with you in October to let you know how wrong I was; but, in the meantime, enjoy the return of baseball!

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