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Winter Athlete Spotlight: Andrea Urena–Girls’ Wrestling

By Stany Hernandez

Andrea Urena is a senior and long time member of the Lady Eagles Wrestling team.

She has been dedicated to the program for her entire high school career and won league champ. She reflected back on this experience in the following interview:

  • What drew you to the sport?
    • It made me tired, like I’d never been in such a sport that made me tired like that. I got a good night’s sleep; and you know what, I want a good night’s sleep all the time. After my first win, the rush of getting your hand raised and you doing it for yourself, it was the best feeling ever.
  • Why did you stick with it for so long?
    • I just didn’t want to leave after a while. My friend dragged me to the first practice and I kind of fell in love with it since then. Even if I ever wanted to quit, I wouldn’t, my love for the sport is so much I wouldn’t want to leave.
  • What are your season’s goals? What do you want to achieve?
    • Probably get first place at a tournament, like I’ve done it before, but I’ve never done it individually. Probably be league champ again, two times in a row and just win league again because like I’ve never lost league since I’ve joined the team so if we lost my senior year that would be pretty embarrassing, just do my best and work harder than I’ve ever worked before.
  • What are you most excited for in your last season? Will you cry?
    • I will definitely cry. Probably on my last match, I’ll break down on the mat crying and I won’t get up. You’ll probably have to drag me away. I’m excited for how the season’s gonna go, right now, we have a good, solid team. We’re strong, everybody shows up, and it’s really united. Since it’s my senior year it pushes me to do more, like work harder, and enjoy every moment I have left.
  • How does it feel being a senior and getting your senior night, finally?
    • It’s, like… bittersweet. For senior nights I’ve been a part of, I’ve always tried to make it the most memorable night for my seniors and I’ve noticed that sometimes I’m the only one that does the work, and I think “Will I get that?” But it’s gonna be different; it’s gonna be weird not being the one doing the work, and getting the work done for and I hope it’s nice, and I’m probably gonna cry again. I’ll be crying a lot.

JGHS Boys Wrestling: Are We off to a Good Start?

By Daniel Altamirano

This wrestling season started off pretty well with a 46-0 Win against Bell High School and a 66-18 win against Gahr High School.

Recently, at the San Clemente Tournament, we had three placers with sophomore Jacob Enriquez (128 wt) taking second, senior Emmanuel Enriquez (122 wt) taking third, and senior David Barahona (HWT) taking fourth. We also have two sophomore transfers: Cameron Nuñez (132 wt) and Ruben Gomez (220 wt) doing really well.

Pictured L-R: Jacob Enriquez, Emmanuel Enriquez, David Barahona (picture courtesy JGHS Wrestling Instagram)

It looks like the JV team and the Varsity team both have a full lineup which is good news because that means more people are joining the team.

However, even with all these victories we have some bad news to share, two of our key seniors — Diego Lopez (152 wt.) and Emmanuel Rebollar (220 wt.) have gotten hurt in a tournament and are out for most of the season; and a couple of our JV and Varsity wrestlers also have gotten sick.

We still have two months left in the season so let’s make this season count! GO EAGLES!

2022 Wrestling Squad (credit)

Here are the big league matches to look forward to:

John Glenn Vs Cerritos 1/12/23

John Glenn Vs Pioneer 1/19/23

John Glenn vs Artesia   1/24/23

Here are the dates for Finals:

Glenn CIF Duals 1/28/23

John Glenn 605-League Finals 2/3/23

Eagles’ Wrestling is led by coaches Monaco Enriquez, Adrian Enriquez, and Martin Gevorkian.

Glenn Boys Basketball off to a Great Start

By Carlos Lopez

As teams in the NBA season continue to dominate, our JGHS boys’ varsity basketball team has also been brewing up a storm of their own.

As of today (December 9), Glenn has gone 2-5 during their pre-season campaign (not counting many successful tournament games) starting with their season-opening win versus Bassett High by a score of 66-43. Armando Arreola was the leading scorer with an impressive 29-point performance accompanied by Sebastian Figueroa’s notable all-around performance.

I had a chance to talk with the team’s head coach, Sam Abebe, after their first win. The following is our Q&A session:

Q: How do you feel about tonight’s game?

A: “Obviously I’m glad we got the win. But as a coach who wants excellence and wants perfection, I thought that we struggled a little bit: not understanding what we needed to do to break that zone that they played all night. But at the end of the day, I have to understand that we got a win and move on and come back tomorrow and just get ready to work again tomorrow.”

Q: Who or what stood out to you the most?

A: Armando Arreola. The whole game he just played with high intensity; it’s just unfortunate that other guys couldn’t match his intensity. But for his first game here at John Glenn, for him to play that well and be able to score tonight and pretty much be the best offensive player for them all night, I thought he did a great job; he stood out to me the most and I’m proud of how he played.

Q: What should we expect for the rest of the season?

A: “I mean, on paper, this team is better than last year’s team–we’re deeper, we have more guys. But again, it’s a mental thing with this team; today felt like a loss even though we won but how are we going to come back tomorrow? Are our leaders going to step up and say something, or are we just going to keep letting the mediocrity fester? That’s the thing. But we’ll see; it’s early in the season obviously. I’m glad we got the win and we just got to move on now and look forward to Saturday.”

605-League play begins with a home game against Whitney on Wednesday, January 4.

Your New Year’s Resolutions

The Shoemaker Bugle sent out a survey to ask our readers for their New Year’s Resolutions. Here were the best responses:

To gain 100 subscribers on YouTube.

Anonymous

• To graduate high school
• Stay consistent with my work
• Take a break from my stresses


I want to become buff and have the physique of a body builder.

To be honest, my New Year’s resolution is to focus more on myself than on what others think of me.

JGHS Student

“My New Year’s resolutions are to learn a new skill or hobby, spend less money, and do a random act of kindness.”

–Halie Ambriz


“Just to graduate, man. I’m done with school!”

-Anonymous

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Let us know in the comments section below. Happy new year, Bugle readers!

Student Voices: How Was the First Semester? 

By Genesis Garcia-Rizo

The Shoemaker Bugle went around campus asking fellow John Glenn and Southeast students about how their first semester has been. Here are some responds we’ve gathered:

Jonathan Sanchez: I can’t say that the semester has been so great as I planned. It has been rough from the beginning since I missed a week and got behind a bit. 

Anonymous Senior: The semester has been pretty average for me, but that is because most of my classes aren’t that bad. If I had to say anything, Homecoming was fun, but I do feel like the semester has gone by fast. I have also felt a little bit of senioritis as well when it comes to some of my work. I haven’t been giving it my full effort, but not to the extent where my grades drop below an A.

Karen Lopez: The semester has been very hard when understanding some concepts in class. But it has been very fun, which makes it worth the struggle. 

Erick Estrada: First semester has been quite physically and mentally demanding. Whether it be from homework or events outside of school, getting 2-6 hours of sleep a day, or trying to apply to as many UCs and Cal States or scholarships as possible, it has been quite the challenge; but I know it’ll be well worth it when I’m finally done.

Angel Bautista: This semester has been difficult in some classes and easier in others, but I’ve been able to turn in almost all of my assignments. I didn’t put as much effort into this semester as others.

Katherine Magana: This semester my classes have been more difficult but I learned how to manage my time better. I struggled in the beginning but I learned how to manage school better with a positive mindset.


Every student has had a different experience of their first semester whether it managing their time, understanding different concepts in class or submitting their college applications. Even through all the struggles, we encourage each student to always keep trying.

Shoemaker Bugle is very thankful to the students who gave their input to make this article. We wish both John Glenn and Southeast students to keep striving for excellence in the second semester!

Track and Field Season Underway

By Daniela Galindo

It was a rough start for the JGHS track & field team when there were very few members, but after winter break, as more students joined, their hopes started to rise. Now the team has about 35-40 members.

Since December, coach Andy De La Torre and captain Javier Reynoso have been training with the members in preparation for their first meet, which occurred in late February. There, sophomore Melanie Hernandez (pictured below) placed top 10 in the 3-mile run and qualified for CIF to represent JGHS at Mt. SAC.

Melanie Martinez proudly displays her medal

A few of the highlights of the team’s second competition for this year at Norwalk on March 10 were that junior Stany Hernandez took 1st place in discus for throwing a disc at 61’ ½”. With an effort of 59′ 3.6”, Jasmine Madina took 2nd place in discus. For the girls shot put throw, Anh Dang took 1st place with a throw of 23’10’’. Mikel Udengwu placed 1st in the Boys Varsity discus with a throw of 116′ 6″ in the competition. Second place went to Gabriel Pasillas, who threw 108′ 10”. Among the boys varsity miles, captain Javier Reynoso (pictured below, with the distance runners) took 4th place. In addition to taking 4th place, he also set a new personal record of 5 minutes, 17 seconds.

Captain Javier Reynoso (back row, third from left) and the Cross Country Squad

During a recent interview with Reynoso, he mentioned that they share great memories from bus rides, especially since they weren’t able to go on bus rides previously due to COVID, and even just attending meets is a great experience, particularly after almost two years of not being able to do so. Additionally, we discussed the goals the team has, such as going to as many competitions as possible and having a good overall performance as a team.

He also noted that the main goal is for every individual to improve. They train hard so they can win against other schools and have personal records at each meet. Communication seems to be the most important key in order for the team to have improvement and win competitions.

Track athletes prepare to start

Boys Volleyball Makes Best of Tough Schedule

 By Oliver Cisneros

The JGHS boys volleyball season is off to a decent start considering we have a relatively new team. Eagles volleyball currently has a record of 2-4 (through March 20).

The team has been struggling to maintain their numbers and have had to practice elsewhere without our gym here at Glenn (the gym is currently under construction as they prepare a new floor). Every day we have to be at school at 5pm to take a bus over to La Mirada High School and practice from 6-8 on just a fraction of their gym. We then take our bus back to Glenn and go home, making us all get home around 9pm. This leaves little time for any homework to do at night.

Despite these setbacks, the team has been able to win against Cabrillo High School and Lynwood High School. Our league games are soon starting and we are hoping for a better position than in previous seasons. With our gym coming back within the next month, we will be able to practice here in our own home and continue to win more games and grow as a team. The two captains, me and Richard Castro, return for their 4th year of playing to help support the newer players and grow as a team.

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.

Eagles Basketball Recap

Successful Season Complete as Boys Get Deep into CIF Playoffs

By Pedro Torres

The John Glenn boys varsity basketball team qualified for the CIF playoffs this season and had a deep run to cap a successful journey. Finishing the season with a record of 14-13.

With a 50-44 win over Pioneer on January 31st, 2022, the boys finished in 3rd place in the 605 League. This was the first time in 22 years that the team had automatically qualified for the playoffs due to league placement (the last time the team went to the playoffs was in 2014 with an at-large bid.)

In the first round of the playoffs, the Eagles defeated River Springs Charter from Hemet 55-24 on February 11, 2022. This is the first time Glenn’s varsity basketball team has won in the playoffs in over 20 years. 

The Eagles made even more school history in round two when they advanced to the quarter finals on Friday, February 15, 2022, with a 61-58 win over Hawthorne MSA here at JGHS. It was such a great game! Thank you to all our staff who attended the game. Our students really had a great time cheering on our team.

In the final playoff game against Fontana, the Eagles’ playoff run came to an end with a 48-40 defeat on February 18th, 2022. In that final game, there were lots of turnovers. Despite the fact that we lost, there were two key 3-pointers by Seyharmony Somchan to get the Eagles back in the game. Yet it was not enough to secure a win. The Eagles trailed just 28-26 at halftime, yet the game got away in the third quarter, as the Eagles were outscored 12-2.

Although the season ended in defeat, Eagles basketball should be proud of a good playoff run with only having 6 players for the season. Next year, the Eagles hope to build another program that can make the playoffs and make some noise.

Eagles Winter Sports Round-Up: Basketball, Wrestling, Soccer

By Oliver Cisneros

In our first month back for the second semester, winter sports are wrapping up their seasons. Soccer, basketball, and wrestling each have had their own great experiences this season and here is a recap.

SOCCER:

To help recap soccer, here is a quote from Jimmy Torres. Jimmy has been playing soccer for all 4 of his years at Glenn and provided me with a statement about how the team has performed this season: “It’s been a work in progress, the program is trying to build with the potential that the underclassmen have. Upperclassmen play a big role when it comes to the games. Overall, the guys on the team will fulfill their potential in the next upcoming years.”

The varsity boys soccer team defeated Whitney 1-0 on Tuesday, January 25th, the second time they defeated Whitney this year. The team is led by Giovanni Martinez, who scored a hat-trick (3 goals) against Whitney on January 7. In addition to Torres, Junior Jose Navidad also leads the defense at left back.

Aerial photo by O.Cisneros from January 4, 2022

WRESTLING:

For the fourth straight year, JGHS Boys and Girls Wrestling has won the 605-League Championship title. In a meet on Tuesday, January 25th, varsity girls defeated Pioneer 42-15, including junior Trinity Escobar winning her match with a pin. The girls also soundly defeated Artesia 60-12 in a meet on January 24th. The defeat of Cerritos High on January 20th was also notable, as pins by Diana Bravo and Mia Ramirez helped the Lady Eagles win 54-18.

Varsity boys also beat Pioneer by a whopping 66-18 on January 25th. Emmanuel Enriquez, Daniel Altamirano, Diego Lopez, Benjamin Sanchez, and Alex Valdez all won their matches by pins. It has been a dominating finish for wrestling, as the boys also defeated Cerritos in a much tighter contest 39-26, including pins by Freddie Valdivia, Robert Renteria, Diego Lopez, and Jacob Enriquez.

The JV team also finished their season with an undefeated league record.

Initially, our wrestling team was off to a rocky start with the effects of Covid but as their season progressed, it has been pretty successful. All members of the team have been putting in hard work and have pulled through in the end with a much more successful season. In addition to the league matches, Freddie Valdivia, a senior, and junior Emmanuel Enríquez placed 5th at the Monte Claire Classic Bob Bellot Tournament on January 21st.

BASKETBALL:

Finally, the basketball season has been pretty successful this year. The team’s overall score is 9-9 with hopes of making it to the playoffs for the first time in 20 years. Here’s a quote from Natanael Jacobo, a senior who has been playing basketball for all four of his years at Glenn: “As for us we know what we are capable of and I would say we could’ve done much better than what our record says. It’s been really fun and hard but it’s always a rollercoaster when there is success!”

Overall, Covid can be to blame for any of the teams’ lack of performance this season as it greatly impacted the whole school and it’s programs. All the teams this season have worked hard and put in the effort to get to where they are now and will continue to work harder for more successful years to come. 

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