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The World Series: A Game by Game Breakdown

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In game one at Progressive Field in Cleveland, the Indians’ Corey Kluber threw a 6+ inning gem with 9 K’s (strikeouts), while the Indians offense was powered by catcher, Roberto Perez’s two homers. One of the homers was a three-run home run off Cubs’ ace Jon Lester. Relievers, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, held the Cubs at bay and secured the shutout as the Indians won 6-0, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.
In game two, it was the Cubs’ hitters that stole the show. Kyle Schwarber led the charge with a crucial RBI single in the third inning. Pitcher Trevor Bauer was removed from the game in the fourth inning as the Cubs powerful offense proved too much. Cubs’ pitcher Jake Arrieta dominated throwing a little over 5 no-hit innings. Aroldis Chapman eventually took over to close out the game. The Cubs won by a score of 5-1, evening the series at one a piece.
In game three, runs came at a premium as the series moved to Chicago’s historic Wrigley field. Both the Indians’ Josh Tomlin and the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks pitched well; however, both were taken out after about four innings despite neither have given up any runs. With the help of an RBI single from the Indians’ Coco Crisp, the Indians took a 2-1 lead in the series.
In game four, Corey Kluber delivered a fantastic start for the Indians, out pitching the Cubs’ John Lackey. Despite giving up a run in the first inning, Kluber threw six strong innings before turning it over to the bullpen in the seventh. Lackey gave up three runs and the Cubs bullpen gave up four more en route to a 7-1 Indians win. Jason Kipnis was the offensive star hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning. This win put the Indians up 3-1 in the series, one win away from becoming world champions.
In game five, the last game at Wrigley, the Cubs needed to win to stay alive. Again, the Cubs got to Trevor Bauer in the fourth inning. Meanwhile, Jon Lester pitched well for the Cubs, limiting the Indians to just two runs. In the seventh, Cubs manager Joe Maddon brought in closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman came through, keeping the cubs’ championship hopes alive by sending the series back to Cleveland.
In game six, the Cubs were once again facing elimination. However, they had gained some momentum from their game five win. The Cubs’ offense was relentless scoring three runs in the first inning and four runs in the third inning. After the Cubs got ahead they never looked back and they won the game by a score of 9-3, forcing a game 7.
In game seven, the Indians had their ace Corey Kluber on the mound. For the second time in the series, Kluber was pitching on short rest and he only lasted a little over four innings. By the sixth inning, the Cubs gained a commanding 6-3 lead. However, Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman surrendered a game-tying three-run home run to Indians’ centerfielder Rajai Davis in the eighth inning. The whole baseball world was stunned as it seemed the Cubs were once again falling apart. After both offenses were blanked in the ninth inning, the game went into a seventeen minute rain delay before extra innings. During this rain delay the Cubs’ Jason Heyward called a team meeting in the clubhouse. He reminded the team of who they were and what they were there to do. The Cubs went out in the tenth inning and rallied. A double from Ben Zobrist scored Kyle Schwarber and then a single by Miguel Montero gave the Cubs an 8-6 lead. The Indians would score one run in the bottom half of the inning, but fell short, giving the Cubs their first World Series championship in 108 years.
That game seven could very well go down as the single greatest game ever played in the history of Major League Baseball. The Cubs’ 2016 championship could be the greatest achievement in Baseball history possibly sports history. Yes, winning the World Series is special for any team that wins, but this one was different. Some might say that “the curse of the billy goat” has been lifted. In reality, there was no curse or evil spell, just a franchise whose fans desperately craved a championship. Well, now you have one Chicago.

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NBA Finals

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The Playoffs are coming to a close and so far, the games are exciting. The Cavaliers won the Conference Finals against the Raptors 4-2. In the first two games, the Cavaliers overwhelmed the Raptors, 84-115 in game 1, and 89 – 108 in game 2. But, in games 3 and four, the Raptors were able to pull off the upset and won 99-84 in game 3, and 105-99 in game 4. Lebron James, however, and the Cavs showed why they are the number one team in the east by winning game 5 and 6 116-78 and 113-87. The Cavs ran their offense through their stars, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, and Kevin Love. In the end, they won the Eastern Conference Title.

The Warriors were also able to beat the Thunder to win the Western Conference Title. At first, the Thunder surprised Warriors fans when the Thunder beat the Warriors 108-102. Then, the Warriors shut down the Thunder 118-91. However, in game 4 and 3, the Thunder were able to beat the Warriors 133-105 in game 3, and 118-91 in game 4. This series was the only time that the Warriors lost two games in a row this season. However, even though the Thunder were up 3-1, the Warriors were able to pull of an amazing comeback to win 4-3 games: 120-118 in game 5, 108-101 in game 6, and 96-88 in game 7. So, in the NBA Finals (which start tomorrow), the Warriors and the Cavaliers are going to have a rematch of last year’s Finals. Be sure to tune in to see both star-studded teams duke it out for the championship!

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Softball Field Struggles

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As the year comes to a close, the intensity of the spring sports season heightens. One team in particular, Varsity Women’s Softball, is currently experiencing a small bump in their spectacular season, as an opposing team refuses to play on the Head-Royce field. The team, Ferndale High, says that due to the fields having a pitching mound (which is technically illegal in softball), they are refusing to play. Coach Blakely, who is in charge of resolving this conflict, noted that, “In the softball rulebook, it is technically illegal to have a pitching mound, although the effect i has on the game is close to nothing.” The School, pressed for time, searched for another venue to possibly have the game. Changing fields, however, would prevent the team from having home field advantage in one of their last and most important games. The only alternative was to rent a small bulldozer and remove the pitching mound, which was done today only hours before the start of the game. Come out at 4pm and support your Jayhawks!

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The World Series

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The World Series is a widely known sports event that consists of the best two baseball teams of that year.  The World Series is best out of seven games so the first team to win four games is the victor. This year, the teams were the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets. Even though the World Series can go to seven games, this series only went to five. The Royals won four of the five games, and the Mets won the remaining game. The first game was on Tuesday, October 27th, and the Royals won five to four.  The second game was on Wednesday, October 28th, and the Royals won seven to one.  The third game was on Friday, October 30th, and the Royals won nine to three. The fourth game was on Saturday, October 31th, and the Mets won five to three.  The fifth and final game was on November 1st, and the Royals won seven to two.  During the fifth game, the Mets were winning by two runs in the top of the ninth inning, and the Royals hit a double with a runner on second, who scored.  Later in the inning, a batter hit a ground ball to the first baseman with a runner on third base, who also scored. The game then went to extra inning. Extra inning happens when two teams are tied at the end of a game; they then play as many innings as it takes for one of the teams to win. The Mets and Royals played three extra innings, for in the last inning, the Royals hit two singles and two doubles, thereby scoring five more runs and beating the Mets seven to two.

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Golden State Warriors

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The Raiders and the 49ers. The Giants and the A’s. It’s safe to say Bay Area sports fans have much to argue about in regards to allegiance for their teams. Through all of this rivalry and aggression there is one common ground Bay Area sports fans can reach: the Golden State Warriors. Even if you are an NBA fan or not, it’s hard to forget the Warriors’ exciting and unexpected championship season last year. Last year, the championship was highlighted by Stephen Curry winning the MVP award over a very salty and Lil B-cursed James Harden. An even bigger bonus from last season was that Andre Iguodala, whose son attends the School, was named MVP of the NBA Finals. I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that last season was a dream for most Warriors fans.

After an offseason that saw the unfortunate departure of long time Warrior David Lee and small additions like draft pick Kevin Looney and center Jason Thompson, the Warriors were able to retain most of their championship squad from last year. Time and time again, many championship teams are not as motivated to build off their success from the previous year. The Dubs happen to be doing just the opposite.

Through the first four games of the season, the Warriors are undefeated and are playing like a team who is willing to silence all the people from Cleveland, Ohio who called last season’s run “lucky.” If the 4-0 record doesn’t tell the whole story, the Warriors have won each game by an average of 25 points. Even better for Warriors fans, the Houston Rockets lost each of their first three games of the season by 20 points. In this amazing opening stretch of the season, Stephen Curry is averaging an astounding 37 points per game. Any questions of Chef Curry not deserving the MVP have effectively been put to rest.

Although the Warriors haven’t left off from last year’s amazing season, fans around the Bay Area can only hope they sustain such a high level of play.

 

UPDATE: Since this article was written, the Warriors won three games against the Clippers, Nuggets, and Kings. With a 7-0 record, this makes them the only undefeated team in the NBA.

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Fantasy Basketball

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It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing colors, the birds are singing their tunes, the children are laughing. No, it’s not the holidays; it’s even better, Fantasy Basketball Season!

That’s right; it’s the moment we have all been waiting for. No more mock drafts, no more preseason games: it’s time for the real thing. Experts and amateurs alike are finishing up their final days of research before attempting to draft a team that could quite possibly win them the title of their respective leagues. Everyone thinks they have a shot at winning this year. Indeed, it will be “the year” for many, yet for other, less fortunate players, there will be no trophy. For these poor losers, there will be no pride, no bragging rights– only contempt and mockery from their fellow league members. Everyone wants to win, but there must always be a loser. It is a law of nature. In this article, I will help you not lose your league (no promises).

The first step to creating a winning team is the team’s name. There a few different ways to go about making the perfect team name. If they are not well thought out, then team names can trigger pre-season mockery which you do not want going into the start of the season, for if your team is the laughing stock of the league before the start of week one, then you have no chance of winning. The classic team name of a good fantasy basketball team is a pun based off of the name of one of your best players. For example, if you have Blake Griffin, a good team name could be, “Blake Griffindor”. Or, if you have Danilo Gallinari, you could name your team, “Fried Gallinari” (instead of fried calamari). If you do not want to name your team after one player, you can always name it after another member of your league to poke fun at them, such as: “My Grandma Can Beat Jake At Fantasy Basketball”. You can also be more creative by crafting a pun based on one of your friend’s names. If you have a person named Paul in your league, “He’s APAULling at Fantasy Basketball” is a wise choice. (The team names in my league are quite vulgar, but because this article is for school, I cannot give you innapropriate examples). Usually, you want to avoid using your own name for your team. I’m just saying, if your mother’s maiden name is Rafanelli, do not do something like “Rafanelli Rage”. An Alliteration usually is not funny, and in this case, it definitely isn’t. It is hard to go wrong with your team name, but as long as you don’t have something as terrible as “Rafanelli Rage”, you should be fine.

The second part to creating a winning team is the good luck charm. Every good fantasy basketball player has one. You can go the traditional luck charm route and acquire a rabbit’s foot or a horseshoe, but the best luck charms are more personalized. You can use a signed jersey of your favorite player, although they have to be on your team; otherwise, throw that jersey away. Whatever it is, you should always keep your good luck charm with you during fantasy basketball season, and whatever you do, do not let your fellow league members get their hands on it. Many people don’t have a good luck charm and are still successful. How, you may ask? Their luck does not come from inanimate objects: it comes from something in a higher place. They get their luck from worshipping their league’s trophy. They pray to it, offer sacrifices to it, and if their devoutness pleases the trophy, it will grant them good fortune in their matchups. I have presented good examples on how to gain some extra luck for your league, but each good luck charm is unique to the person, so you ultimately have to find it on your own.

The third and final step to creating a perfect fantasy team is in the research. This requirement may seem like the most boring part, but without it your team will be nothing. You cannot simply rely on ESPN’s fantasy rankings. If you do, you will be setting yourself up for failure before you even begin. Firstly, you need at least three different sets of rankings from three different websites. Next, you need to participate in some online mock drafts: after all it has been a year since you last drafted. After this you need to watch training sessions and preseason games. These games do not necessarily display how a player will perform in the upcoming season, but they will demonstrate each player’s style, which will show how they mesh with their teammates. After this research, you must use your knowledge to create a ranking of your own. You will finally then be ready to draft.

I have helped you all I can, gifted you with as many tips as I have. All that is left to say is, good luck, and godspeed.

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Cross Country Team 2015

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Men’s Varsity Basketball to Second Round NCS

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The Men’s Varsity basketball team brought home the win tonight in an impressive game against the St. Vincent de Paul Mustangs. Even before the game started, energy was high on and off of the court. The boys were yelling and clapping, and the fans were cheering and screaming. The School was very excited for this game. The Jayhawks obtained an early lead by scoring 12 points before the Mustangs could score any. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 14-3 and the crowd was eager for more. The second quarter was equally as exciting and ended 22-18, HRS. After half time, the Jayhawks rowdily re-entered the court and got ready to play again. The high energy paid off, because the Jayhawks walked away from the third quarter leading 37-26. When the final quarter started, the fans were louder than ever. Everyone was cheering and screaming for the players. The Jayhawks knew that the win was in the bag, but that did not stop them from playing their best. But the Jayhawks didn’t just win; they maintained their lead for the entire game. The final score was Jayhawks 54, Mustangs 35.

Tonight was the first round of the NCS finals; because the Jayhawks won tonight, they will be playing the Saint Joseph Notre Dame Pilots at 8:00 PM on Saturday, February 28th, at SJND. If you are free this coming Saturday, come out to SJND at 1011 Chestnut Street, Alameda to support our Jayhawks!

Basketball moves on to NCS

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Last week the men’s varsity basketball team wrapped up a successful league campaign by winning the BCL-East tournament with a win over the top-seeded Valley Christian team and defeating the host school, Bentley in the first round.  Both games were extremely thrilling, back and forth games.  Bentley was beaten 60-58 while Valley Christian was beaten 50-40.  Senior Donovan Redd was named to the all-tournament team, while senior Elias Romero was chosen as the Most Valuable Player for the tournament.

 

The team has earned the #6 seed (out of 16 teams) for the NCS tournament this week. Head-Royce will host #11 St. Vincent de Paul (a team that the School as scrimmaged in the beginning of the basketball season) on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for students, seniors and children.

Junior Chris Wright dribbles the ball.

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Junior Chris Wright dribbles the ball.

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BCL East Playoff Soccer

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JV Soccer

It’s playoff time. The Men’s Varsity Soccer Team, who recently won the league, is looking to solidify their status as the clear-cut number one team in the BCL East Playoffs. Today, the team faces the number four-seeded Bentley Phoenix. Although the School has beaten them twice, the Phoenix are returning some key players that were absent during the regular season matchups. Playoffs are a time when all is that stake and the Phoenix will fight to keep their season and NCS hopes alive, but the Jayhawks will hope to ride the momentum of their first place finish during the playoffs.

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Winter Sports Preview

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As fall season is coming to a close, the winter season looks to kick off strong from the School’s basketball teams. The women’s team, who finished third in league last year, look to pick things up. Despite loosing two of their captains, this team we be lead by Senior Cai Johnson, who has been on the team for all four of her high school years and two other returning staters. The Lady Jayhawks hope to be right in the middle of the playoff competition as always in the end of the year.

On the men’s side, the Jayhawks also hope to rebound after an unusual third place finish. After starting 11-0 during tough preseason schedule, the Jayhawks dropped very close games during the second half of the season. Things are looking very good for this team, as they only lost one senior and return a core seven current senior players who were an ample part of last year’s success in the postseason.

Junior Chris Wright works his way around a Cougar defender.

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Junior Chris Wright works his way around a Cougar defender.

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Varsity Soccer: Taking the Lead!

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The end of October is upon us again, and it’s a very special time for our varsity soccer team. “If we win or tie today [October 21st] then we will clinch first in our League,” says Wyatt Clancy, a ninth grader on the varsity soccer team. The Varsity team seems pretty confident going in to the next important game. Ninth grader Tyler Markovich states, “It’s going to be so easy to beat this team. Last time we beat them 6 to nothing!” Markovich is also very excited to be a part of the varsity team this year, “Man, I love being on varsity. We’re doing so well and it’s great to be a part of that” Markovich excitedly states. Although the junior varsity team is not in the league playoffs this year, they are still encouraging people to come and cheer them on in the games. “We aren’t going to be in any kind of playoffs really, at least I don’t think. I mean, that being said, it would be awesome for more people to come to the games. We have a really strong team, and we are thankful to all of the fans that have stuck with us no matter what happens!” ninth grader Grayson Tupper says. Tupper is the second string goalie on the Head Royce junior varsity team.
The junior varsity team, however, is not the only team enthusiastic about the
team spirit. Clancy states, “In the beginning of the season, before league started, coach put us up against some pretty tough matchups and we played some really hard high schools. We are thankful for it because I think it got us ready and prepared for League play. We have to give them respect, because they aren’t bad teams, they just couldn’t move the ball as well as the teams coach put us up against in the beginning, which I think got us ready for what we had to do.” As a ninth grader, Clancy is very excited to play for such a strong team. “The road here has been tough, but really fun. Again, if we win or tie today we clinch first, and I am so pumped to be playing, and really just to be a part of all of this,” Clancy says.
No matter what the place or situation in which one of our teams are in, it’s always great to show your support and school spirit. “It really does brighten my day when I see my friends and family cheer me on. The extra motivation really does make me feel good, and I’m sure it’s the same for everyone else on my team, the varsity team, and really just all Head Royce players of any sport,” Tupper states.

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