Tri City Soccer Overwhelms Camp Verde High School 8-2

Sabrina Flick, Bryten Burch, and Tim Holbrook work together to clear the ball from the defensive line. Photo by: Sabrina Flick

By: Taylor Whittemore

The Panthers battled Camp Verde High School September 21 at our home field and came out victorious with a score of 8-2.

The game was filled with active participation of the athletes. Dillon Stowell, Dallas Meade, and Gavan Turner all scored goals. Stowell scored one, while Meade scored five, and Turner scored two.

The players were ecstatic about their game performance.

“We did great!” said Emily Beaman.

“We have had a really strong team this year, but we’re still learning to play together”, said a sophomore player.

The bystanders were also very impressed.

Allegra Bodine said that there was “a lot of good passing and talking” between players.

Coach Turner could barely contain his excitement. He was proud because they had played well together. He also felt that Tri City Prep’s early lead made it a better experience because everybody participated.

Coach Rudy also thought that it was a great game.“It went real well in the first half, and we gained quite an advantage, a good goal advantage,” he said.

But Coach Rudy had a different view about Tri City Prep’s “early lead”. “When we’re ahead by four goals, everyone wants to score, and we don’t play our game anymore. Everyone wants to pass, when instead, we should take advantage of the situation,” he said.

Kyra Worden, the soccer manager, mentioned that having the advantage on the home field gave the other team more competition. She also admitted that the game went better than she expected.

The soccer team has been practicing hard for almost a month. Coach Turner thought it was to the team’s advantage by making them stronger. The team practices everyday after school to 4:30 pm. Their workouts consist of warm ups, stretches, drills, and scrimmages.

The team’s hard work and struggles paid off as they kicked off a great start to the soccer season.

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From Media Center With Broken Chairs to a Library with Minions

By: Jesse Blum

Tri City has newly re-opened its media center as a fully fledged library. As its devisor, Mrs. Gromesch hands over her precious creation over to the students of Tri City, placing a huge idea- and a large burden- on the shoulders of very capable juniors and seniors. Mrs. Gromesch is very excited to see the library succeed.

These teenagers were hand-picked by Mrs. Gromesch and her colleague Mrs. Keenan because of their positive characteristics; like determination, scrutiny, and the ability to work with people. Every day these students volunteer precious time to work their various jobs in the school library.

Jobs in the Tri City library include cataloging, tech support, checking in and out various books, inter-library loans, and acquisitions. No one job is more important than another, as anyone who works in the library will tell you, because without just one area of expertise, the library as a whole would fail.

Every library aide, for that is what the main workers are called, and various volunteers, knows how to check in and out the variety of media available for rent. But after this comes the real training. Mrs. Gromesch has spent hours with each of her aides, painstakingly priming them to care when she was gone.

But the library still cries out. Adult drivers are needed to drive boxes of books to and from the DIAL library headquarters, near the DMV, and to help with book donations. Fundraising opportunities are numerous, and Mrs. Gromesch stresses that more volunteers are always appreciated. So any help the library can get is much appreciated.

Unhealthy Choices at the Student Store

Members of Student Council work the lunch rush in the Student Store (Patrick O'Conner)

by: Patrick O’Connor

It’s a normal Monday afternoon at Tri-City Prep. Students eagerly watch the clock during fourth hour, waiting anxiously for class to end. The bell finally rings and lunch begins. Many students flock to the student store, some to get their lunch, others to supplement their preexisting lunch. But how healthy is the food at the Student Store?

On the average day, there are twenty-five to thirty-five transactions made at the student store. Of these an average of four hundred to five hundred calories are purchased per transaction. Most experts agree that to keep a healthy diet you need to intake somewhere in the area of two thousand calories a day. The calories purchased at the Student Store alone are not enough to send students over this limit; however most students don’t eat what they buy from the store alone but rather use it to supplement other foods. While not all items sold at the student store are unhealthy, enough are that the average transaction contains twenty-five percent of your daily value of fat.

In one day, Poptarts were ordered the most out of any food products. Depending on the type of Poptart, they contain three hundred and ninety to four hundred and twenty calories. They contain seventy-five grams of carbohydrates which equals about twenty-five percent of the recommended daily value. They have thirty-three grams of sugar and ten grams of fat. Poptarts contain very little nutritional value because they have minuscule amounts of vitamins and minerals and are extremely high in carbohydrates, fat, and sugar. Due to this, these items are quite unhealthy on their own, especially if you eat more than just Poptarts for lunch.

Cup of Noodles were ordered the second most frequently. They contain two hundred and ninety-six calories. They also contain fourteen grams of fat and six grams of saturated fat which is twenty-two percent and thirty-one percent of the recommended daily values respectively. In addition the contain one hundred and forty-three milligrams of sodium which is sixty percent of the recommended daily value. This is especially important because having too much sodium in your diet can lead to dehydration, elevated blood pressure, and even kidney disease. Cup of Noodles contain little to no nutritional value but, unlike Poptarts, are not commonly used as supplements to a greater lunch.

Candy and ice cream were also commonly bought. Both of these items are high in calories, sugar, and fat but low in nutritional value. Many students bought multiple candy bars or ice creams to have with their already packed lunch, making their meal especially unhealthy. While not all the items sold at the student store are unhealthy, the most commonly sold items are. Though the choice to live healthy is ultimately up to the students the student store does not seem to be encouraging a healthy diet by selling such items.

One of the easiest ways to make sure you are eating a healthy lunch is to pack it yourself. Monitoring the nutritional value is easy when you pack it the night before. For eating healthier at the student store try to avoid the candy, microwaveable items, ice cream, and Poptarts. These items tend to be the highest in calories, fat, and sugar and the lowest in nutritional value.

When asked about making healthy changes to the Student Store, Rachel Winters, the Student Council store manager, was very interested. “I want to make the school healthier, and I think it’s very important for everyone to eat healthy,” she said.

One anonymous student said, “Students have to realize that all through life there are unhealthy choices for food. You have to condition yourself, and that is what the student store is teaching us, that the quick and easy food isn’t always the best choice. It comes down to common sense and for the student to decide what is best for them.”

If you want to eat healthier at the student store stick with the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and the Baked Lays. For even healthier food on campus you can buy Naked Juice from the Green Team, which has a serving of fruit in each bottle and is high in nutritional value. Hopefully the students at Tri-City will help to promote a healthier diet.

Cross Country Panthers- More Like Cheetahs

The Cross Country Team Building Their Endurance

by: Danielle Freeman

Tri City Prep’s latest sport is cross country. It was started by Alexis Lucas, better known as Lexi, who competed in cross country in middle school. She is currently the only girl on the team, but by the end of the year, they hope to make cross country just as popular as rowing.

What is cross country? Cross country is endurance racing off of a track. Competitions are called meets, and most often they are co-ed. How the team places in a meet is based on their total amount of points. Points count against you, and the team that has the least points wins.

Tri City’s cross country team is currently meeting from 3-4 pm, and run an average of 1-2 miles, but plan to build up to 3. The team manager, Caroline, is responsible for taking care of errands, as well as keeping track of times and statistics.

The coaches, Mr. Lucas and Mr. Ward, co-instruct the team. They are both firemen, and they have opposite shifts, which mean that at least one of them is always available for practices. Their method of coaching the team is by doing a mile, stop to rest and discuss what they can do better, and then do another mile differently.

There are many different styles of running in cross country. One style is called base running, which means you simply run flat for a distance. Another method is interval running, in which you push your body like you’re running up a hill, and then going back down several times. Hill sprints are just going as fast as possible up hills. “The reason that we do all three is because it conditions your body for endurance,” said Coach Lucas.

The Panthers have many goals for the year. Their primary goal for the year is to be successful not just in winning but personally. As a team, by the end of the year they hope to achieve a legitimate cross country team, compete with other schools, and eventually get recognized. As for meets, they hope to run all the way through without stopping, and be able to run the Whiskey Row 10k (6.5 miles).

“It’s really not competing but building up endurance to do your best,” said Lexi Lucas.

In order to improve their running, the coaches want to start doing drills, which increase their endurance and determination. They practice at many different places, and each place brings a new challenge. But in spite of these challenges, the team works together and builds up their stamina with each practice.

“I think that most runners are ready for meets,” said Coach Lucas.

The coaches are impressed with the team’s attitudes and manners towards the coaches and each other. At meets the team members that aren’t running will cheer for the members that are. Both of the coaches do their best to encourage their team to reach not only the team’s goals, but their own personal goals.

The team’s next meet is Saturday, September 24 at 9:00 a.m. at North Point Academy. Both the coaches and the team members think they will be ready. But as long as they strive to reach their goals, there is nothing that can stop them.

 “We’re just pacing ourselves and doing endurance,” said Lexi.

Required Concussion Training Not Such a Headache After All

The sign that athletes passed thier online test and are elligible to play their sport(s)

by: Jacob Holevar

With the initiation of the new school year, a flood of TCP students flocked to the sports sign up sheets for a chance to join in Tri City’s athletics. Tryouts are held, and students become part of a team, dedicating themselves to the sport. Then, arising from the fact that sports come with an inherent risk of danger, the school enacted a series of preemptive efforts to keep participating athletes safe.

Among these repeated actions are physicals and insurance forms, which have been employed by the school for many years. This season, Tri City enacted yet another protocol, which was the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) concussion training course that all athletes were required to take. As this training was new and unfamiliar to many of the school’s athletes, questions were asked as to why the concussion training was needed this year. When Mrs. Winters, the athletic director at TCP, was posed this question, she said that AIA required the training for all athletes in participating member schools.

The AIA concussion certification program was a simple process, beginning with a survey to test the participant’s knowledge when they began the course. This was followed by tutorials and information, presented by avatars such as “Daredevil Dan” and “Paranoid Pete”, laid out in a Facebook imitation format. These and other characters presented their facts by commenting on videos of athletes and their doctors discussing signs of concussions and information about how to proceed if someone exhibits symptoms of a concussion. The training concluded with another survey, testing the participant on any knowledge they might have gained from the program.

The instruction given by this course was very informative, and although it helps with concussion prevention and treatment, it left out an important particular, to not to let someone who has a concussion fall asleep. It was a quality course, and has the potential to be great, especially if the AIA continues to improve it over the upcoming years.

When a recent poll was taken amongst Tri City’s athletes, sixty-five percent of participants found it worthwhile. Of the soccer and volleyball players who turned in survey forms, one hundred percent found the training helpful, whereas only thirty percent of the school’s rowers found the information practical.

Among the athletes who did find it beneficial, the most prominent, positive comments were that the program was very informative, and that the format was “cool” and easy to use. However, general observations from the players who did not find it helpful included that they already knew the information presented, and that the format could be annoying.

For the people who did not find the AIA concussion program instructive, there is good news. Most likely, athletes will only have to complete the course only once in their high school years. For those who enjoyed refreshing their memory about concussions, the training continues to be free, and they can retake it as often as they’d like