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Eagle Athlete Spring Spotlight: Gabriela Ortega

(Girl’s Volleyball and Softball)

By April Zavala

Senior Gabriela Ortega is John Glenn High School’s star softball player who is known for her fascinating pitching skills that often leave her opponents stunned. She has played softball all four years of high school and is considering playing in college.

Aside from softball, she has also played volleyball all four years of high school. She played middle position for the team and won us our very first game with an ace! She is captain of both teams and plays both sports extremely well while balancing school work and homework on top of it all, which is what makes her our Spotlight Athlete for spring.

Q: How do you feel having been chosen for our Spotlight Athlete?

A: I think it feels good! It is a demonstration of all the hard work I put into the softball field every day.

Q: Considering how young everyone on the team is, what is it like being a mentor/role model to them?

A: I think it is a good thing because my coaches believe I can help whenever they need me to step up; although it can also be a challenge since they don’t always take things seriously.

Q: What are your plans after high school?

A: My plans after high school are to continue my education and hopefully become a surgical nurse or an registered nurse.

Q: If you could play any sport other than softball or volleyball, what sport would you be interested in playing?

A: I think it would be soccer. I’ve never tried to play but it seems really fun. All the plays and cool tricks they do seem intriguing.

Q: What song is stuck in your head at the moment?

A: A song that is currently stuck in my head is “Who’s that Girl?” by Eve.

October Athlete of the Month: Natanael Jacobo

By Joseph Kilis

Natanael Jacobo is a senior who is a current member of the JGHS Football team. He has been with the football, basketball, and volleyball teams since his freshman year, and even made his way to playing for the varsity basketball team in his first year here, as well as playing varsity for the other two sports as a junior. Natanael also plays clarinet in the marching band, and is the known leader of the clarinet section. The positions he has played in his various sports are point guard/shooting guard for basketball, a quarterback and middle linebacker for football, and also outside hitter/opposite hitter for volleyball.

Just recently I had the pleasure of being able to ask him a couple questions about himself in general, his wishes for the future, and also some “fun facts” he wished to share with our Bugle readers.

Natanael Jacobo, Homecoming King, at the Homecoming Game on October 8, 2021

Question 1: What is your favorite sport you have ever played or participated in?

Answer: Basketball is my favorite sport and the best sport I have participated in. I take it very seriously and I have the most fun playing basketball.

Question 2: How do you feel you have done personally throughout this football season?

Answer: I think I have had a great season playing both quarterback and middle linebacker. It’s been hard for me throwing the ball but this is my first season playing the QB position and I have thrown the ball pretty well. I will say I have made many mistakes but I move on and stay positive by making big plays. I have had many forced fumbles, touchdowns, and impacted the team by being a team leader. As a team I think we had a great season due to everyone on the team and not just one player.

Question 3: What sports are you planning to play throughout the school year?

Answer: I played football for the winter. I have two competitions for band, play basketball and volleyball.

Question 4: How do you juggle school work, life, and classes?

Answer: I try to manage my time with everything. A philosophy that I stand by is communication with my parents, teachers, and my coaches. Then in all my free time I make sure I get all my homework done and get enough sleep. Also, throughout the day I keep positive energy and a positive attitude.

Question 5: Have you thought of wanting to go to college? If so, what college will you strive to attend?

Answer: I want to attend UCLA to play basketball and I plan to major in engineering.

Then I got to the serious questions.

Question 5: What is the best movie you have ever seen?

Answer: My favorite movie is Hacksawridge and I also love all the Marvel movies. 

Question 6: What was the best food you have ever tasted?

Answer: I love my mother’s cooking but my favorite meal is tostadas with beans, meat, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and a salsa on top. 

I want to give one more huge thanks to Natanael for allowing me to bombard him with questions. I have personally known him since sixth grade, and I am so happy to be able to interview him for our newspaper and see him thrive through the things he loves to do. If you are attending any further football, basketball or volleyball games, make sure to cheer him on!

Eagle Athlete of the Month for September: Alexa Cabrera

By Ros Avila

Senior tennis player Alexa Cabrera has been playing tennis for three years. She started playing during her sophomore year, deciding to join tennis at El Rancho High School after her friend Coryln informed her about tryouts. She said that it keeps her active and she enjoys sportsmanship and playing tennis with her friends on the team.

Alexa plays in the number one singles position. Her best move is her forehand where she swings her arm across her body towards her left shoulder where it makes an efficient hit.

Congratulations, Alexa, for being named our Eagle Athlete of the Month for September 2021!

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.