Lady Panthers on the Prowl

Paige Skousen spikes the ball onto the opposing team's side

By: Alexes Niekamp and Aubrey Thompson

Our Tri-City Prep volleyball team is doing a great job this season! But the season is finishing up and the girls are kicking it into gear.

 The Lady Panthers played against the AAEC, an agricultural and equestrian school in Prescott Valley, for a scrimmage on Monday, October 3.  Both teams did amazing and had an awesome time playing against each other. Coach Wamsley told the girls to enjoy themselves and use this as a good learning experience. Both Tri-City varsity and junior varsity (JV) won against AAEC.

Tri-City junior varsity girls played against Spring Ridge on Tuesday, October 4. The JV team was on their game and won two games with scores of 25-14 and the second with 25-9.

While the girls were warming up before the varsity game, the varsity captain of Spring Ridge Academy, Meredith, who did not want her last name revealed, said, “I don’t want to lose.”

Before the varsity game, the coach of Spring Ridge Academy, Jana said, “It is good that the team gets the experience with the junior varsity and varsity, because other schools don’t always have both. It is more realistic for my girls, and a better view instead of the regular boarding school teams.”

Our varsity team walked onto the court prepared and ready to work as a team. Tri-City pulled ahead in the games and won the matches. The scores were 25-15, 25-20, and 25-14, all in favor of TCP.

The big rivalry game, Tri-City against Trinity, was on Wednesday, October 5. Both teams wanted the win desperately, but only one could win. Up first were the JV teams and our girls prevailed. The matches were quickly won with 25-9 and 25-14.

The varsity team was ready to play. Both teams played hard and did their absolute best. The Tri-City ladies were all over the floor, diving for every ball, some dives resulting in bruises. The first game was awarded to Trinity, 25-15, and the second also to Trinity, 25-23. Tri-City then switched it up and won with 25-23. But Trinity drove it home and won the fourth game with a score of 25-23. All of the games were close calls and everyone was impressed with the effort and sportsmanship.

For the first time in over four years, our Tri-City volleyball teams are having a winning season. Congratulations to all the players and to Coach Wamsley for a successful season so far. Don’t forget to come out and support your team in the last few games before the tournament, and don’t forget that the Panthers are on the prowl!


TCP Junior Wins Robotics Competition

By: Jacob Holevar

                       Robots; portrayed in hundreds of movies, from the small square robot that makes toast, to the humanoid shaped robot that is better than humans themselves. For many people robots are a mystery, what are the built out of? How do they move? How do they know where to move to? How do they know what to say? The list goes on, questions about how robots interact with their surroundings. Well, for a small group of middle and high school students, the robotic world became a lot clearer over the summer.

            This summer, Yavapai College hosted a free robotics camp in which students learned about robots and then built their own later in the course. Miles Mabey, a sophomore at TCP participated in the camp over the summer, and he and his partner won the competition at the end.

            Mabey wants to work in robotic engineering when he graduates from college and he said that the camp was a great program because there was no prior knowledge needed to enter the camp. He also said that he enjoyed the camp and that he would recommend it to others, his only complaint was that he wishes it could have been longer, because he didn’t want it to end.

            “It was an awesome opportunity and I’m glad I got to experience it,” said Mabey.

            The first portion of the camp was devoted to teaching the students how to build and program the robots, and all of the students had to learn how to program the robots using only line by line code.

            “It was cool because the leaders of the program taught the participants how to program their robots so that anyone could participate in the program,” explained Mabey.

Mabey and his partner used this to their advantage and programmed their robot to reverse direction if it was approaching an area where the ground was white. This was a tremendous asset during the competition, in which the robots try and push each other out of a white rimmed circle on a black mat.

The robot parts which came in the kit weighed three hundred and fifty grams, about 0.77 pounds, but the robots were allowed to weigh up to five hundred grams, 1.1 pounds, in the competition. This allowed teams to customize their robots to an even greater extent, did they want it to be fast and mobile, or did they want it to be heavier so it could push the other robot more efficiently?

            The robot kits came with no instructions, only raw materials, and it was left completely up to the students to build, customize, and program their robot.

            Although Mabey won the competition, when asked, he said that his favorite part of the camp wasn’t building the robots or watching them compete, but rather, learning about robots that are used in the industrial world.

            This camp is a great opportunity for anyone interested in robotics, and since no prior knowledge is needed, anyone can join. Yavapai College is hoping to continue the program next year and offer the camp again, but with two workshops for middle and high school aged participants.

            If you’re interested in robotics, Rick Peters, the Pre-Engineering Program Director can be reached at

Rowing Competes in Their First Regatta

By: Emily Schulze

The rowing team traveled to Tempe during the first weekend of fall break, October 7-9, and competed in their first regatta.

Before racing or rowing in any boat, all equipment on the boat must be checked and double checked.

“We have to check riggers, foot straps, oars, and everything else. We pretty much have to check over the whole boat,” says novice Gabriella Griest, a sophomore who rows three seat in the mixed novice boat.

Rowers not only have to prepare their boats, but themselves. The team is required to eat carbohydrates and drink water constantly during the week leading up to regatta. On the day of the regatta teams must run, stretch, and warm up before their boat can be sent on to the water. Since rowing is a team sport, rowing crews must practice together constantly before they are deemed ready to race in a regatta.

“We have to do warm ups to loosen our muscles in addition to a month and a half of training prior to the regatta,” says varsity rower Ashley Nache, a junior who rows bow seat.

The race was 5,000 meters, about 3.1 miles, and focused on endurance. It was a difficult race, but all of the teams finished, and all four crews were very proud of their efforts.

Mr. Pasterino’s only goal for the novice crew was to finish the race, and the novices accomplished that goal. The novice boat came in second in a race consisting of two boats, however, they were racing against a varsity crew that had much more experience than them. Even though they were racing a varsity crew, the novices definitely agree that there is room for improvement.

“We can keep working on timing, focusing, and adjusting quickly when there is a problem,” said Griest. Timing and focus will help improve the team’s speed, and solving dilemmas quickly will improve the overall completion time. If the boat can improve in these areas, the crew will be well prepared for the regatta in December.

The women’s varsity boat did well, but they also agree that there is room for improvement.

“But that’s the fun thing about rowing, it’s a fun sport that you are never a complete expert on so there’s always more to learn,” states Nache. The girls boat rowed very hard, so hard that one of them had an asthma attack on the water, and another one couldn’t breathe when the boat returned to shore.

“I think we could improve our stamina as a team, as well as building more pressure in our strokes for longer races,” Nache declares. Stamina is very important in rowing because it takes enormous amounts of energy to move a boat with five people in it.

The men’s varsity team placed second in their race in a race containing three boats. The boat that came in first bout the TCP boat by two minutes. However, the boat that beat the other boats was penalized for passing under a bridge which is prohibited during the race. As such, they only won by one minute and thirty seconds.

The double, consisting of John Dery and Jessica Holevar, placed first in their race, even though they were racing against more experienced rowers.

The team as a whole is working very well together, and the team seems to be very strong this year. The novices are excited to be a part of the crew and they are looking forward to the next regatta.

Lady Panthers Overwhelm Northpoint

Hannah Sherwood and Paige Skousen block a set by Northpoint's #9

By: Alexes Niekamp and Aubrey Thompson

At the beginning of the volleyball season, Coach Wamsley had said, “all in all I would like the team to come together and…to have a fun season. We have a good chance at winning this season. We have an exciting year because we are in our first conference and we actually have a chance at the tournament.”

On September 28th, the volleyball girls played the Northpoint Expeditionary Academy Ravens. Because Northpoint doesn’t have a junior varsity and a varsity team Coach Wamsley combined Tri City’s JV and Varsity and formed a mixed roster. The match took place in Tri City’s gym giving the Panthers the home advantage. The girls were confident and prepared for anything that came their way.

The Panthers took the lead with the Ravens following close behind. Our girls won the first three games, even with an enormous amount of time outs from the Ravens in the second game, which resulted in an overall victory.

“Congratulations Lady Panthers on your phenomenal volleyball win. You are off to an amazing start!” said Ashley Santillan, the team manager.

The teams would like to invite everyone to the rest of their games. The next home game is Monday October 17th followed by Thursday the 20th. The more fans that are in the stands the more confidence the players have. Overall our Varsity girls have a record of seven wins and one loss making the team a hopeful for the tournament. Keep it up Lady Panthers!

Yet Another Standardized Test Hits Tri City

Emma England Studying Up for her PSATs

By: Sabrina Flick

Many sophomores and juniors from Tri City College Prep have stepped into the studying zone for the next few weeks. For most, the Preliminary SAT’s, also known as the PSAT’s, are the first step to a bright future. With a chance of qualifying for National Merit Scholarships and a chance of colleges scouting you, the students are aware that studying is the key to success.

“I have looked over all of the vocabulary to be prepared”, said Emma England.

The PSAT’s range from reading skills, math skills, and writing skills. With a handy PSAT study guide distributed to each student that signs up, going into the PSAT test students can be confident that they will achieve their goals.

There is a large process that goes along with the National Merit Scholarship. First of all, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a non-profit organization that works without government assistance.  In order to enter to receive scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in 2013, students must take the PSAT’s. The top 50,000 high scorers will be recognized in April of 2012. They will be offered the College Plans Reporting Service and they will be allowed to choose to college in which they would like NMSC to refer them to.

 34,000 of the 50,000 students in September 2011 will receive Letters of Commendation, but won’t continue in the National Merit Scholarships. Some of these students will be candidates for special scholarships.

16,000 students will go on to the semifinalist and only 15,000 will advance to be finalists. There will be 1,300 special scholarships awarded and 8,300 Merit Scholarship winners.

The PSAT’s will be held on October 15, 2011 for $18, in the TCP auditorium. All writing utensils will be supplied.