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Swim team hosts senior night graduating members

By Section Editor, Charlotte Hood

Senior Night is an age-old tradition for all senior athletes and the boys and girls swim team showed no sign of breaking it, hosting a ceremony after their Oct. 10 meet against Cardinal Gibbons that included music, food and various gifts and remembrances for the senior members.

“They gave us baskets for college readiness and… blankets with our names on them,” senior swimmer Tiffany De Faria said. “It was really fun to see because all the underclassmen organized it for us.”

Along with such gifts, underclassman also showed their love for their seniors by presenting them with gold crowns.

“When I was coming home I felt all powerful. I was wearing my crown with my name on it and I just felt super happy,” senior swimmer Alexandra Mikhailau said.

As a final farewell to the seniors both underclassman and head coach Michael Judd left them with words of endearment and encouragement.

“Coach Judd gave us a speech and called out everyone and gave a special little ‘blerb’ about each one of us,” Mikhailau said.

Posted Oct. 15

Christensen clubs competition

By Madison Tappa, Asst. Web and Business Editor

Senior Thomas Christensen is looking to build off of last season’s 11th-place finish at the state golf tournament last year.

“States was a cool experience,” Christensen said. “I enjoyed playing the course and doing stuff with my dad and Mr. Hammond.”

Christensen, who has enjoyed playing golf for over 10 years, qualified for states by winning regionals. “My favorite part was just getting to play especially since I had just missed out the year before, so I appreciated that I was there to begin with,” Christensen said.

Mr. Hammond, the boys golf team coach is particularly fond of Christensen.

“If he wanted to go on a tour, he most definitely could,” Mr. Hammond said. “He’s the best golfer I’ve ever coached in my life.”

Christensen also has some golf-teammates who are very fond of him as well.

“Thomas is a very skilled golfer. He really has helped me improve on my chipping.” senior Kaitlyn Bergeron said.

“Thomas a plus two handicap and his lowest round is 65.” sophomore and sister Heidi Christensen said about his golfing skills.

Although Christensen enjoys golf as his favorite extracurricular activity, he also enjoys some other activities as well such as debate, Interact club and other sports.

“I have played lots of sports other than golf in my lifetime including baseball, basketball, football and soccer,” Christensen said. “I enjoyed all of them, but was never as serious about them as I am with golf.”

Mr. Hammond is not only fond of Christensen’s golfing skills but his behavior as well.

“He’s extremely intelligent, one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.” Mr. Hammond said.

Christensen even plans to make golfing his career after college.

“My goal in life is to become a professional because I know I can get good enough and I enjoy spending my time playing this sport,” Christensen said.

Posted: Oct. 15

Spikers place 3rd in Key West

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The girls varsity volleyball team poses for a group photo in Key West before starting a tournament Sept. 7-9. The team earned third place out of 12 schools. Photo by Georgia Brown

By Julia Latchana, Asst. Section Editor

The varsity girls volleyball team placed third overall out of the 12 schools at the Key West tournament over the weekend.

“I feel like as a team we really had a learning experience, traveling and playing against different schools that are not normally in our district.” senior outside hitter and middle back defender Madison Bobes said.

The team won three games, but lost its semi-final to Park Vista with a score of 25-21.

“Even though we placed third, we played as hard as we could and competed with some of the top schools, even private schools, which have an advantage, and as the underdogs, we pushed through,” Bobes said.

The next home game is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday against American Heritage.

Posted Sep. 10

Mega Bowl leaves boys mega-bummed

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By Emily Powell, Web and Business Editor

The first game of the 2019 football season occurred Aug. 24 against Monarch and, just like last year, Monarch won by a landslide: 44-0. During the game, players snapped at each other on the bench, but they and the coaches have come up with strategies to improve their teamwork as well as how they played.

“We as a team could’ve done better,” senior offensive/defensive lineman Corey Little said. “We should use this game as a way to see our mistakes and to show in what areas we have to improve.”

Players brainstormed ways to improve the way they play as a team.

“Going into our next game, we must communicate our assignments better and truly know our playbook in order to play to the best of our ability,” Little said.

Junior outside linebacker/running back Brandon Trueba also agrees that the results of this game were not the greatest, but says that no matter who they play and what the results are, their overall strategy remains the same, along with a few simple changes.

“The timidness of last game is the biggest thing we need to leave in the past in order to excel,” Trueba said. “We need to be aggressive and not be scared or timid as some people were that game.”

Head coach Melvin Jones said that he and the new coaching staff didn’t anticipate these results at all.

“The season is still very young, and we have a lot of work to do,” Jones said.

With the next game in mind, 4 p.m., Sept. 7 at Hollywood Hills, Jones and the staff have thought of different strategies to prepare the boys for a win.

“I would like us to settle down and sound Golden Tornadoes football,” Jones said. “We must eliminate the mental errors and execute our assignments in the situations that we are put in.”

As the season progresses, the coaches and team would like to move on from the errors that occurred in the Mega Bowl and are determined that the next game against Hollywood Hills will prove that they used their strategies well, as well as provide hope for a winning season.

“As coaches, we always stress the four pillars of our organization,” Jones said. “If we ‘Stay in the Moment,’ ‘Dare to be Uncommon,’ ‘Live as a FAMILY’ and ‘Hold the Rope,’ our season will be a complete success.”

Posted: Sep. 3

Girls volleyball team narrowly loses to St. Thomas

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The girls volleyball team celebrates a point during its game against St. Thomas Aquinas in the gym on Aug. 28. The team lost 3-1 to the Raiders, one of last year’s Class 8A state semifinalists. Picture by Amanda Marsenison

By Eduardo Andrade, Asst. Editor

The girls volleyball team started its season 0-1 against St. Thomas, losing 3-1 at home on Aug. 28.

“We definitely could have kept our energy higher,” senior Madison Bobes said.

The team was able to keep the score close throughout the match, except for the third set which St. Thomas won 25-15.

“We just let go of our serves, which is usually what we were dominating with,” Bobes said.

The visiting team faced many taunts, with some of the Pompano crowd chanting “free education” and trying to distract the opposing team captain. Last year, Aquinas made it to the semifinals of the Class 8A state championship.

The JV team lost 2-0 earlier that evening.

“It was horrible,” Coach William Strachan said about the JV game.

The team will play Archbishop McCarthy at home on Sept. 6.

Posted: August 29

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