Huskies defeat eagles in double overtime

January 6, 2012

Ricky Lang

The Washington Boys Basketball team opened MVAL league play with an exciting 67-57 victory against American on Wednesday, Jan. 4.  The game went into double overtime before a winner could be decided.

The lead changed hands countless times in the first three quarters with both teams playing extremely well. With 2.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Huskies led 50-46 and American had two free-throws. The Eagles made the first free-throw but intentionally missed the second and dished the ball to Connor Tse, who drained a clutch three-pointer to tie the game at 50-50 just as time expired. The American fans erupted and even ran out onto the floor to celebrate the unlikely comeback.

However, Washington did not let this change of momentum psych them out. With time running out in the first overtime period, Washington Senior Pierce Romero stole the ball and attempted to dunk. But, the play was called back because American had intentionally fouled. Senior Matt Songponnopachon then headed to the line and sank two free-throws to tie the game at 54 all and send the game into double overtime. Now it was the Washington crowd’s turn to cheer. The Huskies dominated the second overtime thanks to a technical foul on the hot-headed American head coach, the muscle of Haniteli Lousi, and the scoring machine Matt Songponnopachon, who was a perfect 10-10 from the free-throw line and ended the night with 22 points. The final score was 67-57 in favor of the Huskies.

“It felt great just to get the W. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us tonight,” senior Pierce Romero (18 points on the night) said after the game. 

The chaotic overtime win makes Washington 1-0 in MVAL league play and 4-11 on the season. The Huskies have a bye on Friday, Jan. 6 but resume play at home on Wednesday, Jan. 11 against Newark Memorial.

Washington suffers first loss to Irvington in six years

October 6, 2011

Cyril Sambrano

Washington kicks off the season with a loss against Irvington on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. Washington’s starting quarterback, junior Kyle Malpede, missed the second half due to a concussion and is expected to be out for about a month. The back up quarterback, Brandon Sewell, threw for ninety-eight yards, including a sixty-five yard touchdown pass to junior Andrew Llanos in the third quarter. The Huskies went into the fourth quarter with a 33-23 lead over the Vikings. Irvington started their comeback with less than four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Their first touchdown in the quarter occurred with 3:39 left on a one-yard touchdown run. With only fifteen seconds left, the Vikings scored their second one-yard touchdown run to finish off a fourteen point fourth quarter and end the game a the score 33-37. Senior Defensive captain Ali Saleh said, “It’s a very crucial point in our season. Our next game can make or break us.” Washington and Kennedy will face off each looking for their first win on Friday, October 7, 2011 at 7 p.m. Both sporting matching records of 0-5.

Actor Mario Rappa

January 25, 2011

Avnish C. Patel

Artist Profile on Mario Rappa, class of 2011. He is currently starring in Starstruck Theatre’s Annie as cabinet-member Harold Ickes.

An unfortunate product of the times? Random drug tests at Winter Ball

December 17, 2010

Avnish C. Patel

This previous Saturday, December 11, Washington High School had its Winter Ball. Despite the festivities enjoyed by the attendees, the sentiment of the occasion was slightly disturbed by some students possible experimentation with drugs. During sixth period the previous day, Assistant Principal Sean Moffatt made an announcement over the intercom regarding the dance. Apparently information was made available that certain individuals would be attending the dance under the influence of drugs, so the administration warned that they would be testing for illegal substances.

The main concern of the administration is the safety of the students and faculty of the school. A safe environment is conducive to education, the reason why students are in school. Because of the tip that certain students might come to the dance after experimenting with drugs, the administration took the  initiative to warn the student body against this. The warning was meant to serve as a deterrent and Mr. Moffatt felt that it served its purpose, as at the dance, he did not get the sense that anything was out of the ordinary as the throngs of dance-goers passed by him at the door. Because of the lack of signs of drug use, no tests had to be administered and the deterrent seemed to work.

Now it seems sad that these individuals who wished to attend the dance “high” would choose drugs. Is it so difficult to enjoy the dance for what it is, a dance? Why are drugs deemed necessary to have a good time? This, unfortunately, is another textbook example of a few individuals making questionable choices and spoiling it for the rest of us, who are just trying to have some good clean fun.

In our generation, drugs seem accessible and almost overt in our everyday lives. We see celebrities in rehab for various addictions and the overall detrimental effects of drugs. However, some still choose the instant gratification of a “high” over the possible long term consequences. Granted a drug like marijuana is lauded as a medicine, but all drugs have their side effects that can drive students into dangerous and compromising situations. In the midst of a dance, with loud music and a crowd, any number of issues can be exacerbated by being under the influence. In effect, drugs taken by any person puts their life in danger as well as the safety of the countless with whom they interact. Mr.Moffatt echoed this sentiment when he affirmed, “If you’re taking drugs, you’re  a danger to yourself…School is not a place for those kinds of things.”

It is immediately obvious that it is difficult to eradicate the problem from any one place, as the problem is ubiquitous. Drugs are everywhere and available to those who want them badly enough. However, the drug issue does test the moral discipline and soundness of mind of modern youth… a test they will surely fail if not in their right mind.

“Winter Ball?” Huskies find creative ways to ask

Gaurav Desai (11) asks Ayesha Ruprell(11) to Winter Ball.

Photo Credit: Ninon Becquart

Guarav Desai (11) asks Ayesha Ruprell (11) to Winter Ball.

December 9, 2010

Ninon Becquart

During a certain week of December, flowers are in abundance at Washington. Boys, both brave and bold, carry around bouquets until the girls are proudly clutching them in their arms.  It’s the same with posters. They’re seen all around campus, and held by girls and boys.  All the posters have two words in common followed by a question mark: “Winter Ball”. I decided to ask Huskies about the creative ways they found to ask their dream date to Winter Ball.

For example, Grant Perry, a junior, put goldfish on his date’s porch and had signs that said, “Of all of the fish in the sea, will you go to Winter Ball with me?” He then gave her roses, and she, fortunately for him, said yes.

Sammy Steadman, another junior, was very surprised when she was asked.

“So it was our sixth month anniversary and he was taking me to dinner,” she explained.

Her boyfriend, Nick Ravenscroft, a senior, wanted to take her somewhere nice for their anniversary, while Steadman simply wanted to go to Panera Bread.  He finally agreed to go, but warned her that they couldn’t leave for twenty minutes in order to raise his girlfriend’s suspicions.  However, nothing happened at Panera, but while walking back to his car, he mentioned that he had problems with his car. In order to make the bad luck seem real, Ravenscroft  figured out how to make it seem his car was going haywire by purposely taking his foot off the clutch, which made his car break down at random places while they drove back to his home.

“I was getting hecka freaked out!” Steadman exclaimed. It only got scarier.

About a mile from his home, Ravenscroft then made the car buck six times, and the radio even changed stations. He told Sammy to stay in the car, opened the car, and waved his hands as if there was smoke.  Steadman was nervous and  got ready to run out to get her car. That’s when her boyfriend admitted that his car was fine, and revealed a sign that said “Winterball”.

“I thought he was going to do something to my house,” Steadman recalls. She said yes, and admires her boyfriend’s creativity.

However, just simply asking verbally can be a surprise like when Mary Chan, a freshman, was asked to Winter Ball.

“I was surprised,” Mary says, “I didn’t see it coming.  He just came out and asked.”

Mary was eating lunch with her friend when he asked her. Fortunately for her date, she accepted to go with him. She believes that the best way to ask someone to Winter Ball is by doing something special and sweet.

She comments, “I wish he did something more special and different.”

Others were too shy to ask, but were simply excited that others are attending Winter Ball. Nico Belingheri, a junior who currently does not attend Washington, received a guest pass from her best friend. She jumped at the chance to see all of her old friends again.  At the last second, the girl she liked was transferred to Washington, so Nico got the chance to tell her crush that she was going to the dance, and she is now her unofficial date. This made Nico very happy, though she didn’t actually ask her, because of feeling shy.

Huskies, regardless if they’re upperclassmen or lowerclassmen, all had creative ideas for asking their dates to Winter Ball. Most guys asked girls, though girls definitely asked guys, and girls even asked other girls. (As well as boys asking boys). Winter Ball was a chance for Huskies to really demonstrate their creativity this year.

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Washington Cheerleaders Place First Again

Washington Cheerleaders Place First Again

Photo Credit: Rosie Chu


November 8, 2010

Ninon Becquart

On November 7th, 2010, Washington High School hosted the regional cheer competition held by the United Spirit Association (USA).  Washington cheerleaders performed at 10:15 AM in the Small Varsity Show Novice division and competed against Notre Dame, Los Altos, Saratoga, American and Wilcox.  However, many other teams were competing as well, with 81 teams competing in total in over 35 divisions.  The event itself lasted from 9 AM to 4 PM, and the judging for the first third of the divisions began at 11 a.m.  During this judging, Washington cheerleaders as well as other teams awaited the judges’ decisions and sat anxiously in the center of the gym.

Washington cheerleaders performed the same routine that they had at their Santa Cruz competition earlier in the year; it was performed without dropping any stunts and set to the music of “O.M.G.” by Usher and and “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga.  Like the Santa Cruz competition, the routine won them first place.

Although the team performed without any mistakes, cheerleader Jenna Bettencourt fainted immediately after the performance and had to be carried off by teammates.  Other injuries included a cheerleader who suffered a sprain ankle and one that had suffered a hairline fracture earlier that week. Despite these obstacles, the Huskies managed to snatch another first place plaque to add to their collection.

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Varsity Girls Cross Country win League Title


December 3, 2009

Kaylee Miu

The MVAL schools met at Coyote Hills Nov. 12 for a final race, as runners double-knotted their shoe laces and prepared themselves to fight for the the 2009 cross country league title. Washington, James Logan and Mission San Jose dominated this season and all three were determined to secure the title for their own school.

The Washington girls entered MVAL finals with a 5-1 record, losing only to Mission San Jose. However, the girls pulled through to victory with a final score of Washington 41, Mission San Jose 51, and James Logan at 61. Mission San Jose had an undefeated regular season, after a defeat by Washington, both schools share the league title as co-champions. Junior Jessica Gerards led the team, placing first (20:42), with junior Rachel Gerards coming in third (21:05), and junior Maggie Sullivan taking tenth (22:00). All three girls were 2009 First Team All League.
Boys Cross Country entered finals with a 4-2 league record, losing to both Mission San Jose and James Logan. Seeded third in league, the boys held their rank, with Mission San Jose 51, James Logan 52, and Washington 80. Defending champion senior Ben Rich placed second (17:55), with junior Jessie Chestnut following close behind (18:00), losing to junior David Brody of American High School (17:25).
North Coast Sectionals (NCS) at Hayward High Nov. 22 will give the boys team another chance to take lead and face off against Brody.

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4-1-1 on Cross Country 2009-2010


October 14, 2009

Kaylee Miu

1. 53 runners; 14 varsity

Cross Country is one of the largest sports teams at Washington, with 14 varsity runners. Though there has been a shortage of girls on the team in previous years, this season it is evenly split, creating a solid girls team. The JV girls defeated Mission San Jose Oct. 7.

“Our girls are stronger than ever this year,” junior Jessica Gerards said. With all returning runners, the girls varsity team continues to grow as a team.

2. Varsity Boys have won the league title for the past 3 years in a row.

For the past three years, the varsity boys’ team has had a perfect season; undefeated and owning the league title. In 2007, the boys’ team placed 4th at the North Coast Sectionals, and in 2008, they took 2nd, only 4 points shy of making it to state. 4 varsity runners graduated, but a strong team continues with new incoming runners.

With a tough loss of graduating 4 of the 7 varsity runners, most teams would be set back in league. However, the impact isn’t as bad for the huskies, especially with fast incoming freshmen and upperclassmen stepping up their game to fill in their shoes.

“Running varsity is a lot more fast pace than racing for CYO. Everyone is really focused and serious about running in general,” freshman Jessica yee said.

3. Roaming Practices

There is no set practice location for the cross country team. They typically run from school to Quarry lakes, approximately 3 miles round-trip, then once at Quarry Lakes, they then take a run around either “big lake” or “baby lake.”

“We easily run over 500 miles a season,” senior Ben Rich said.

4. More injuries than football!

Cross Country is classified as a non-contact sport, yet many runners every year are put on the injured list. So what’s going on? According to team members, calf, hamstring, quadricep, and shin injuries are frequent every season and require weeks to recover. So why run?

“I run because i love the exhileration and feeling of it,” sophomore Sameed Siddiqui said.

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Art teacher to pass on artistic passion

Art teacher to pass on artistic passion

Photo Credit: Paolo Bonaccorsi


October 14, 2009

Sarah deLanda

Art teacher Robin Downey is among the newest members of the WHS staff. Last year, she was an art teacher at Centerville Junior High School. The transition between two age groups is virtually unnoticeable to her. No matter how old her students are, she recognizes that they are capable of producing high-quality work when given the right tools.

Having been a teenager herself when she discovered her passion for art, she understands the importance of encouragement and challenge for her students.

I’m hoping that [this art class] is going to bring their skill level out… That’s the beauty of being a teacher,” Downey said.

To her, it is an extremely rewarding profession; being able to foster the skills of students and watch them grow as artists is important to her. This year, her students will create self portraits, learn different art elements and designs, and better develop their thought process behind creating art, among other things.

The students are going to be working with quite a few mediums, and she seems pretty enthusiastic about it. She partially attributes this to the environment of Washington High School itself.

“I think the kids here just seem like they’re really good kids. I feel really safe here,” Downey said.

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June 26, 2009

Washington’s 450 graduates of the Class of 2009 received diplomas on June 19.

Photo by Paolo Bonaccorsi

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