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2/16/17

By: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid, Sports Editor

   Isaac Balderrama has been playing soccer for over a decade. However, this Friday night’s game will be what he calls the biggest game of his career thus far. On this Friday night, the Varsity Boy’s Soccer team will play its round one CIF Playoff game. A loss means automatic elimination. A win moves the team onto round two. Nevertheless, the season has been a success as the Highlanders ended as Baseline League champions, with an overall league record of ten wins and two losses.

    Isaac Balderrama, the junior center back and center defensive mid, has been playing soccer since he was four years old. It’s been a long road and he believes his success came from great coaching. “Coaches have pushed me hard to become a great soccer player, and they still do,” said Balderrama. Nothing compares
to this year, however, as Balderrama explains that varsity head coach, Coach Diaz, has really created the opportunities that he needed to become a better player. “The atmosphere Coach Diaz has created this year has also made me work harder to be a part of varsity. This year has also been very different because of the coaching style we have, and I’m learning a style of soccer that I grew up idolizing,” said Balderrama.

    Besides a great staff, Balderrama has also enjoyed having valuable relationships with his fellow teammates. When asked why he loves soccer so much, Balderrama said, “The game of soccer has allowed me to make relationships and memories that I’ll have forever. The camaraderie it creates is amazing to me.” Obviously, the entire soccer team, as a whole, has developed a strong amount of chemistry and great relationships, as the team has had a memorable season. “The goal, just like every other team, is to win CIF. I’m very confident in the team that we can do it. We’ve grown a lot together. Tough losses and unforgettable victories have allowed us to become a team that fights for each other” said Balderrama, who believes if the team continues to hold their heads high, the year will be a success.

    Balderrama’s main focus right now is not on a CIF championship. He is solely focused on what will happen Friday night. Balderrama said, “We’re capable of winning CIF. We have the dedication and the right leaders. But, that’s the future and the focus right now is on La Mirada at 5pm on Friday.” He went on to say, “I believe the team is capable of delivering a championship worthy performance, but nothing in life is guaranteed, much less a title.” Regardless what the results of this year’s CIF playoffs will bring, Balderrama just wants to see his team hold their heads high. “I expect nothing more than what my team is willing to offer, so long as they can hold their heads high at the end,” said the MVP of games against Damien and Rancho Cucamonga.

    Considering Balderrama is only a junior, the success can only come in greater volumes next year. But, nothing has come easy for him, as he stressed that becoming a great player takes a lot of dedication and effort. To anyone who wants to follow a career in soccer, Balderrama said, “Stick to it because soccer is a sport where you only get better as long as you keep practicing consistently and putting in an honest effort.” All of Balderrama’s hard work, practice, and efforts will culminate into one big showdown on Friday evening.

    The Highlander team, which is coming off a co-championship in the Baseline league with Chino Hills, will be playing at home (Highlander Stadium) against La Mirada, this Friday night at 5:00pm. Balderrama and company will be looking for the victory that will carry them one step further. The team has the capability to achieve great success this season, and only time will tell.

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2/3/17

By: Nailea Castillo, The Plaid Editor-in-Chief

     On February 1, 2017, five Upland High School athletes gathered with their families and friends to participate in “National Signing Day.” Peyton Angulo, Kylie Bruce, Natalie Copenhaver, Tyler Sweet, and Gary Theard have made commitments to various colleges that will further their athletic careers after high school.

     Peyton Angulo, who has committed to Utah Valley University for softball, informed the audience that she plans on majoring in Political Science, with an emphasis on Public Law. Angulo, despite the upset in tearing her ACL during this past year, has assured her friends, family, coaches, and teammates that she is ready to get back on the field and continue her career in softball for many years to come. “Upland has given me a lot of memories,” she said, “I feel like I’ve really grown in my four years of high school and I’ve learned a lot so I’m excited for the future.”

     Soccer teammates Kylie Bruce and Natalie Copenhaver also participated in “Signing Day.” Kylie Bruce, who has played soccer since she could walk, has committed to Roanoke College. There, she hopes to pursue Veterinary Science in college. “Upland has been great for me; it really has,” she said. “I’m going to miss this team more than any other team I’ve ever been on.”

    Also, a soccer player signing today, Natalie Copenhaver, signed with the University of San Diego. Copenhaver discussed all of the overwhelming love and support she received from her teammates, friends, family, and coaches alike. “My team was always there to help me and support me through hard times.” She said. Copenhaver is still considering her major, deciding between either Nursing or Kinesthesiology, but, nevertheless said, “I’m really excited just to get to college and know that all my hard work has finally paid off.”

    Aside from these students, were Tyler Sweet and Gary Theard, both signing for football. Tyler Sweet has played football since he was seven, has become a key member within his team, and has been taught to strive for greatness, both on and off the field. Sweet discussed the tremendous amount of support he has received from his friends and family, especially his coaches and teammates at Upland High. “I felt the love when I came here,” he said.

    Football player, Gary Theard, has committed to the Naval Academy. “This is what’s going to set me up to be the man I want to be,” Theard said. With his loved ones alongside him, dressed in Navy gear, Gary Theard shared his experiences as a student athlete. “Coming to UHS my freshman year, my second semester, was probably the best decision I’ve ever made- hands down.” Theard said. “The love and support that you guys provide me, ever since I was a little kid, it’s really going to push me and help me through this whole process, so I want to thank you guys for that.” Theard particularly paid thanks to his father. “You’ve suffered,” He said. “Dad, you’ve done a lot for me. You’ve sacrificed a lot. I’ll never forget when, at the barbershop, you quit your job, just to take me to practice. I’ll never forget that. It means a lot to me.” In addition, Theard thanked his teacher Mrs. Waldo and his fellow teammates.

     It’s clear that these students have worked extremely hard to get to where they are today. “I’ll never forget my dad told me that, ‘Would you rather have fun for four years and struggle later in life or go through the hard, for the next four years and be set for life,’" Theard said in reference to the hardship student-athletes face on the road to success. However, with the love and support of their loved ones, each and every one of these athletes found the strength and determination to persevere through their athletic endeavors, allowing them to confidently sign on the dotted line, and take the leap into a prosperous future.

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2/2/17

By: Destinee Mondragon, The Plaid, Staff Writer and 

Nicoletta Domicolo The Plaid, Staff Photographer

 

The Girls’ Varsity Soccer team proved to be the best when playing against Saint Lucy's on Tuesday, winning with the score of two to zero. The Highlanders demonstrated an excellent game in keeping possession of the ball the majority of the game and having an unstoppable defense. The Saint Lucy’s girls were witness to the fact that the Highlanders can take the heat at anytime of the game and return an attack ten times stronger.

    The Highlanders were not fully attacking in the beginning of the quarter because they were sizing up Saint Lucy’s play. The game began to pick up with the Highlander offense by pressing the Saint Lucy’s players and maintaining ball possession, as demonstrated by Senior, Lupita Cabanillas, forward. Senior Captain, Natalie Copenhaver played an outstanding forward game, by attacking the Lucy’s goal and dribbling back in forth, for a clear shot, in the effort to make a goal.

    There was a near-shot, play-by-play, between Senior midfielder, Maya Cornejo and forward Cabanillas, which left the crowd at the edge of their seats and cheering the girls on more.  There was an outstanding goal that was first attempted by Captain Copenhaver but was quickly recovered and made by Senior, Brenda Maldonado, at minute nineteen, in the first quarter. The Saint Lucy’s players tried their hardest to break into the hard defense of the Highlanders but couldn’t find a clear shot by defender, Senior Captain, Alyssa Pigoni and blocks, by Junior keeper, Maddie Soto.  

    For the second quarter, the game for Saint Lucy’s was a desperate charge to the goal, in effort to score, but the Highlanders proved strong and determined to defend their territory on the field. Sophomore, Alyssa Duke chipped the ball up, far to the left, in a nice effort but was quickly recovered by freshman, Marin Whieldon. As the game progressed, Saint Lucy’s began to play more and more dirty with whistles and warnings being called at players. There was a yellow flag against Saint Lucy’s, with an opportunity for the Highlanders, which was not wasted. Sophomore, Chase Bibbey passed the ball to Captain, Copenhaver, who made the shot. Freshman, Marin Whieldon had a underdog moment in the game, with Freshman, Kaya Pigoni recovering the ball and making a perfect pass to Whieldon, who attempted a cross-cage shot but barely missed it. During the last ten minutes of the game, everything was intensified because Saint Lucy’s was trying everything in its arsenal to make at least one goal but the game finished with the Highlanders winning, with a score of two to one.

    Senior Captain, Natalie Coppenhaver commented on what her expectations of this season, when she said, “I knew we were going to be hardworking team with a lot of talented new players because we had something to prove compared to last season.” When comparing this season with the past four seasons she said, “We are a lot younger team compared to past seasons and we have the same goal which is win baseline league and just give it your all on the field.” Since it is Captain Copenhaver’s last season she said, “I am really honored to be captain and to lead the team on and off the field.” The message she wants to leave for the team is that, “I would like to say that hard work prevails over anything else and go on the field and have fun and do what you love.”

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1/24/17

 By: Anthony LopezThe Plaid Sports Editor

Photography By: Morgan Price, The Plaid Sports Photographer

    It was yet another disappointing night for the Upland Highlanders boys varsity basketball team last Friday night, as they lost to the Etiwanda Eagles, 74 to 47. The loss moved the Highlanders to a league record of 0-4, while the Eagles now have a 2-2 regular season record.

    Right from the get go, the Eagles played well on defense. Etiwanda’s basketball team has long been known for its defense and it proved to be the Highlanders Achilles heel on Friday night. The first quarter was full of defensive action from both teams, as a matter of fact, as the score ending the opening quarter was only nine to six, with Etiwanda in front. Oz Stokes, Bryce Parker, and Michael Flynn led the way for Upland in the opening quarter with the three players each making a basket.

    Etiwanda was shot out of a cannon in the second quarter, as they quickly began to make baskets and pull away with the lead. The Eagles offense was rolling the entire quarter, while the Highlanders defense began to struggle. Too many players were left open around the court, which ended up hurting the Highlanders all night long. While the Eagles offense was powering its way past Upland, Etiwanda’s defense was also coming up big, during the second quarter. The defensive front held the Highlanders to only 13 points in the second quarter, while the Eagles were able to score 26 points. It seemed the Highlanders were just struggling on both sides of the ball in the opening half. Heading into the locker room at halftime, the score was 35 to 19, and Etiwanda was quickly pulling away.

    The long night for the Highlanders continued in the second half. The third quarter included many turnovers, fouls, and struggling defense for the home team. This led to another big offensive run from the Eagles. There was just something about the entire game that made it seem no matter what the Highlanders did, the Eagles were always ten steps ahead. Offense, defense, and anything in between, the Eagles were simply outplaying the Highlanders. And to make matters worse for Upland, Etiwanda’s defense really got strong during the third quarter. Heading into the final quarter, Etiwanda had a 19 point lead, as the score was 53 to 34. Kessler Edwards, one of the Eagle’s best players, had 25 points, nearly 50% of his teams total score. Oz Stokes was leading the way offensively for the Highlanders at this point, as he had 15 total points.

    There was one point in the fourth quarter where it seemed like the Highlanders would have a chance, as they got within 12 points of catching back up to the Eagles. However, the glimmer of hope was short lived. Etiwanda had a late, explosive offensive run in the quarter to finish it off. Multiple fans in the stands were calling on Upland for its lack of passing the ball on offense, and its defense that repeatedly struggled time and time again throughout the entire game. After a very disappointing game, and certainly one that the Highlanders did not need, the final score from the Highlanders old gym was 74 to 47. Etiwanda won by nearly 30 points.

    Kessler Edwards scored 30 total points for the Eagles, while his teammate Miles Oliver scored 18 points. The two combined had a total of 48 points, more than 60% of the total 74 points the team scored. Oz Stokes was Upland’s highest scorer of the night with 20 points. Michael Flynn also turned in 8 points with a few rebounds. When asked of his thoughts on the game, Highlander’s head coach, Anthony Mason, said, “Etiwanda is a good team. I think we came out a little sluggish and then we found our stride a little bit later. I was happy with the way my guys competed in the second half though, but, Etiwanda is a good team and they ran their stuff tonight.”

    The Highlanders next game is tonight, Tuesday, January 24, at 6:30pm. It is another home game for the team. Their opponent is the Los Osos Grizzlies, who have one win in this regular season. The game is almost a must-win situation for Upland, as the team is desperately looking for momentum as they sit dead last in the Baseline league standings with only a handful of games left.

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1/19/17

Destinee Mondragon & Haley Seiberling The Plaid Staff Writers and Nicolletta Domicolo The Plaid Staff Photographer   

     Despite the best efforts of the Boys’ Varsity Soccer team, they lost to the Chino Hills Huskies on Tuesday, by a score of 2-1. The Varsity team demonstrated strong defense and offensive skills; however, it was not enough to take down the Huskies.

    In the first quarter, the Highlanders showed great defensive backbone, with players such as Senior, Chase Hargrove and saves made by Sophomore, Cameron Walker. Senior Captain, Tyler Schrock dribbled and pressured the Huskies all throughout the quarter. Schrock’s multiple attempts at goals, however, only resulted in crossbar shots. Senior player, Joaquin Jaime was fouled multiple times throughout the game, playing both offence and defense. After many close calls, the Huskies received a yellow card and the Highlanders gained a free shot. It was a close shot but did not result in a goal.

    There was a lot of body banging between both teams. However, the Huskies played a tactical offense. Coach Diaz called for his players to put up a more aggressive defense and a precise offense.  The first quarter ended with no scores by either team.

    The Highlanders seemed determined to bring their A-game for the second quarter. However, the Huskies’ aggression on the field was hard to miss. There were some questionable plays, which seemed to be missed or ignored by the referee. However, the crowd did not miss them and called out, protesting their frustration.  Players, like Schrock and Jaime, tried desperately to make a goal, only to have their attempts end with whistles being blown and re-positioning for the Highlanders.  Senior goalie, Jose Salgado did an outstanding job at blocking crossbar shots. In the middle of the second quarter, the team barely missed a goal attempt by the Huskies.

     After a couple of turnovers of the ball, the Huskies made their second goal, which forced the Highlanders to try to pick up their pace. But it was not until near the end of the game that the Highlanders finally scored. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to pull out a win against the Huskies. The final score for the game was 2-1. Despite the loss, the Boys’ Varsity team is not discouraged and eagerly looks forward to taking on their next opponent.  

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1/18/17

By: Rachelle Ignacio, The Plaid sports writer

    Last Friday night, the Upland Lady Scots took on the St. Lucy’s Regents, for the second week of league. After a rocky start offensively, in the first quarter, the Highlanders bounced back and ended the night with a victory of 62-32.

    The night started off shaky, as both teams had a good defensive start. Consequently, the first quarter consisted of many fouls and free throws. With these constant interruptions, the Scots were not able to attack the basket, as they usually do. Finishing off the first quarter, the girls held the lead with a score of 9-6.

    Going into the second quarter, the Lady Scots turned up the aggression with an offensive comeback. With 15 points, Essence Carrington got the Lady Scots back on, with the help of several assists by Alexis Sanchez. The Highlanders held their ground on defense, rewarding them with turnovers and fast breaks. At the very end of the quarter, newly joined, Aysia Campbell, finished up the quarter with a quick layup, with milliseconds to spare. After an offensive change in gears, the Lady Scots ended the first half with a score of 33-14.

    At the start of the second half, St. Lucy’s had the starting possession. Upland then continued to play at a fast pace, with constant shots being made. The Lady Scots maintained their defensive plays throughout the third quarter. As a result, the Highlanders held their lead with a score of 49-26.

    During the final quarter, the Lady Scots resumed their executions within offense and defense, which truly payed off. Due to Upland’s consistency, the Regents could really only resort to their defense, in an attempt to survive the last quarter. At the end of the night, the Highlanders won the game with a 30-point lead against the St. Lucy’s Regents 62-32.

    With a well-needed comeback, within the second quarter, Upland finished off the game with an exceptional win. The leading offensive player of the night was Essence Carrington, scoring 26 points throughout the game. Alexis Sanchez and Mina Guevara-Goss also had significant stats, as Sanchez scored nine points, as well as five assists. Guevara-Goss scored eight points, with several assists as well. Upland averaged around 15.5 points each quarter, while St. Lucy’s averaged eight points per quarter. The following day, basketball player, Reina Solarez, commented, “Essence was shooting well and getting back on defense great. All of them were just running up and down the court, doing their best and trying to defend the offense from scoring.” Due to our ladies’ outstanding dedication, they were able to finish off the night with a significant lead.

The Lady Scots’ next game is Friday night, where they will take on the Etiwanda Eagles, here at UHS.

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1/17/17

By: Rachelle Claire Ignacio, The Plaid Staff Writer

The Upland Lady Scots and the Kaiser Cats faced off Tuesday night to start off the season. Upland started the game full of energy and finished the game with a whopping score of 71-19.

    Upland started the first half strong as junior #3, Essence Carrington, scored 16 points all within the first quarter. After a few fouls and turnovers, the team ended the quarter with a lead of 19-2. In the second quarter, the Lady Scots changed gears towards their defense. With less than five minutes left in the quarter, the team managed to defend the basket until the opposing team’s 30 second shot clock ran out.

    Going into the second half of the game, Upland continued on with their defense and completed several more turnovers than the prior quarter. This then caused fast breaks and so the team passed on the ball and relied on junior #1, Alexis Sanchez, and sophomore #5, Mina Goss Guevara, to finish it off with their 3-pointer jump shots.

    During the last quarter, the team generally played the same as the last two quarters which in the end payed off. Although since the team was not too worried about scoring, several other players had the chance to score as well. With these consistent executions, senior #22, Gabby Marlen, ended the game with a quick lay-up, milliseconds before the buzzer rang.

    Upland played hard all throughout the game, even with a big lead to start. The following day, Coach J said, “I thought we ran the fastbreak really well as a team. It was kind of hard to run offense because the other team was not very good defensively, but we passed the ball well and Mina and Essence shot the ball real well.” The Lady Scots’ relentless defense and and strong offense earned them the most glorious way to start off the season.

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1/17/17

By: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography provided by: Benny Rodriguez, Yearbook Photographer

         The 2017 Varsity Basketball regular season has officially begun, as it got started off with a controversial game between the Rancho Cucamonga Cougars and the Upland Highlanders. After a dismal second half of play, along with questionable calls and no-calls from the referees, the Cougars dismantled Upland in a 78 to 59 victory on Tuesday night. The loss also ends a ten-game win streak that started in early December for the Highlanders.

         The game started off with an extremely fast tempo that is not always seen in basketball games. The first quarter zoomed by with very little interruptions. Both teams played good offense in the opening quarter. Oz Stokes and Bryce Parker were Upland’s scoring leaders during the opening portion of the match. At the end of the first quarter, the Highlanders held the lead by one point, as the score was 19 to 18. The longtime rivalry between Upland and Rancho was alive once more, and the action was just starting.

         Rancho Cucamonga began to show more strengths than weaknesses, in the second quarter, as the Cougars’ defense played aggressively and forced Upland into some tough situations. Noticeable throughout the entire game, the Cougars were playing man on man ball and were strictly sticking to that plan. The Highlanders offense scored only 13 points in the second quarter, while the Cougars put up 23 points on offense. It seemed the Cougars were double teaming Highlander players as often as possible and forcing them into dicey offensive situations. It made  for a tough-going on offense, for Upland. After a very defensive quarter, the score going into halftime was 41 to 32, with Rancho Cucamonga in the lead.

         The third quarter kickstarted the controversial part of this game. The quarter was plagued with lots of fouls and other calls made by the referees; almost all of them were on Upland. However, from the stands, many fans didn’t see as many fouls that were called and the Upland sideline was teeming with anger. Adding salt to the wound, the Highlander team had a nightmarish third quarter. The offense couldn’t get much going, as they were plagued with turnover after turnover. Upland was able to stay in the game though, as the score ending the third was 60 to 49 with the Cougars maintaining their lead. It was hard to tell whether it was the referee’s calls that killed Upland this quarter, or if it was the amount of turnovers that landed major blows. Most likely, it was a combination of both.

     With the game separated by 11 points, it was still anybody’s game to win, heading into the fourth quarter. As the action quickly picked up again, resuming its incredible fast pace, the Cougars began to run away with the score as the quarter dragged on. As if the third quarter wasn’t enough, there were still some questionable calls and untimely turnovers, proving costly to the Highlanders. There wasn’t much Upland could do late in the game to make a comeback, as the Cougars lead extended at one point, to 20 points, with a few minutes left. After a wild night, and one the Highlanders would like to forget, the final score from Upland High was 78 to 59. The loss ended the awesome 10 game win streak the Highlanders had put together during the preseason.

         Oz Stokes led the way offensively for the Highlanders, as he scored 21 points throughout the game. Bryce Parker and Michael Flynn also turned in recognizable stats, as Parker scored 15 points and Flynn scored nine points, along with multiple rebounds. Rancho Cucamonga’s Kahlil McGuire was the game’s overall scoring leader, as the senior earned 24 points. All together, the Highlanders averaged 14.75 points per quarter, while the Cougars averaged 19.5 points per quarter. When asked of his thoughts on the game, Highlanders' coach, Anthony Mason, said, “Apparently, I have a misunderstanding of what the rules are because the rules they (the referees) explained to me was that you can’t ride one man all the way up the floor. That pretty much put a saddle on us tonight.”

         The Highlanders next game is Friday night, as they take on the Damien Spartans at Damien High School.

         

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1/17/17

By Michelle Mercado and Gabriella Campo-Poe, The Plaid Staff Writers

    Even though wrestling has been traditionally identified as a “masculine” sport, some of our women on campus are proving that stereotype to be false. From tackling their best friend to the floor, to helping each other fix their hair afterwards, the Girls’ Wrestling team just goes to prove that women can really do it all and never fail to impress us.

    McKenna Hutchison, one of the captains of our Girls’ Wrestling team, is petite in stature but the illusion shatters, once she steps foot onto the mat. McKenna said, “People get surprised but intrigued. And I think that’s really cool because a girl who is in soccer may be really good at soccer. But that’s it. Just soccer. It’s really common for women to play. But with wrestling, people take a step back and start asking questions because of how shocked they’ve become. A lot of people are still really receptive about it, as well. Even when I was the only girl on the Boys’ Wrestling team. At competitions, the guys on other wrestling teams will be really receptive when they see me, even though they don’t understand the dynamic of it.”

    McKenna has become extremely respected in the wrestling community here and even at other schools, while competing. She continues to break boundaries and gender roles in her community. Hutchinson said, “The thing is, there’s no such thing as a ‘masculine’ sport. It’s just getting yourself out there
in the first place. That’s what’s hard. And, especially when there’s a Girls’ team of the ‘masculine sport.’ It’s a perfect time to join because you don't have the down looks of the other guys. But honestly, I wouldn't even worry about it. Everybody is so receptive nowadays. It’s not a guy sport. It’s your sport. It’s what you love.”

    Anatli Smalley is also one of the Girls’ Wrestling teams’ captains. She is determined, driven, strives to improve in wrestling, and never backs down from a challenge. Even though a lot of time and work are put into wrestling, Anatli still manages to make room for those she loves and said, “I spend a lot of time with my family when I get to because I do have to spend a lot of time in the wrestling room”. Just like any other teen, Anatli has many hobbies that occupy her time, away from wrestling and school work: Smalley said, “I surf, play basketball, soccer, volleyball ...and spend time...drawing and playing the piano.” When asked to give a message to girls who desire to participate in masculine-stereotyped sports, such as wrestling, Smalley said, “I wouldn’t call it a ‘masculine’ sport at all, actually. I think that when women come into the sport, a lot of times we’re a lot more powerful and aggressive than some of the boys are. I feel like it shouldn't matter whether you're a girl or a boy. Our bodies both move the same and we can both handle the stress that it gives mentally.” There seems to be a special bond between the girl wrestlers that Smalley described as, “super close. It goes beyond friendship with all of the girls because not only is it a verbal relationship but it’s a physical relationship.”

     Even today, the societal division, which has been maintained throughout the generations, of what men and women should participate in, continues to plague our society and our mindsets. The Girls’ Wrestling team shows us that no one should feel like he or she is prohibited from doing what he or she desires, due to gender stereotypes.The girls expressed that no woman should feel pressured or dominated by men, in anything that society has typically classified as “masculine.” Everyone person, no matter the gender, should be able to do what he or she loves, despite what society has traditionally said.

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12/2/16

By: Destinee Mondragon, The Plaid Staff Writer &

Nicoletta Domicolo, The Plaid Staff Photographer

    The Boys’ Varsity Soccer team has seen many changes to the team, such as a new coach, new team members and high expectations for the 2016 season. The team consists of eleven seniors, eight juniors, four sophomores, and two freshman. The new coach or rather. returning coach, Mr. Diaz, actually coached the team from 1994 to 2004. Diaz then coached the Girls’ Varsity team, from 2006 to 2016. Now, Diaz is back and taking on the role of the main coach. His efforts seem to be paying off as the Highlanders beat the Esperanza Aztecs 2-0.

   In Diaz’s opinion, the team’s biggest strength is its comradery and how it really comes together as a team. Diaz said,“The boys have all put the team’s needs first and they work and fight for one another.” The aspect that Mr. Diaz would like to work on this season is, “Getting used to the new system and coaching staff.” Mr. Diaz also said that another goal for him is to see the team become even more unified, play attractive possession-style soccer, really come together as a unit, and make sure the boys to enjoy themselves in the process. When asked which school would be their biggest competition. Diaz said, “The whole Baseline League is very competitive and all six teams are quality-sized and not easy. It will take a lot of work from the team but I know the boys will put in all the effort needed to win the games.”

    The two varsity captains are Senior, Tyler Schrock and Junior, Isaac Balderrama. Captain Tyler Schrock has been part of the soccer team for all four years of high school and this is his second year as team captain. When asked how he feels about this season’s changes he said, “I feel like Coach Diaz has changed our old tactics and put more discipline into the team and I see these changes in a positive way, leading the team to success.” Schrock’s goals for his second year as captain are to make everyone better as a team and to follow previous captains’ footsteps with great leadership. In his opinion, the team’s biggest competition would be Damien High School.

    Captain Isaac Balderrama has been on the soccer team for three years, and this is his first year being a captain. His goals as captain this year are, “I want to get far with the team and make it CIF finals. I want to the team to be champions and nothing less.” Balderrama believes that their biggest competition would be Damien or Chino Hills.

    The boys’ first game of the season was on November 28, against the Esperanza Aztecs. Upland took the win, with a score of 2-0. The Upland boys had possession of the ball most of the time in the first half, with a great defense. Schrock showed his impressive skills and demonstrated possessive-style soccer against the Aztecs’ captain, Robbie Newberry. The Aztecs could not keep Upland’s offense away, with Schrock making the first goal, at minute 35 of the game and proving that he is a threat, no matter where he is on the field.

    The second half of the game was intense with the Aztecs’ desperation to score and the Highlanders’ efforts to keep the upper hand. The Highlanders’ defense was maintained by Senior defender, Chase Hargrove, keeping the Aztecs away from the goal. Upland’s offense really came alive in the second half, with Senior, Joaquin Jaime making a cross-shot at minute 65. Despite Jaime’s best efforts, he narrowly missed making the goal. Ali Khalil made an incredible save for the Highlanders, with a 360 spin, taking the ball away from an Aztec offender. Jaime scored the second goal of the game incredibly, at minute 75, against two Aztec defenders, ending the game with an Upland win.

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Hip Hop: More Than Just Dance

By: Kevyn Garcia, The PlaidStaff Writer 

     The Hip Hop team continues to be one of the most popular performances at school rallies. Students cheer with anticipation, as the Hip Hop Team walks out and begins to dance to today’s modern hits. The students have worked hard all semester, in order to perfect their smooth moves, which they certainly demonstrated at the December 2, “Hip Hop Show.”

     Many of the dancers have expressed the feeling of the team being a growing family. New members join every year and evolve into great dancers. Auditions were held last June and many students auditioned. However, only the best of the best made it on the team. Senior and first-year dancer, Precious Armendariz said, “Every family has their problems but at the end of the day, we still stick together and leave everything on the floor.”

     The Hip Hop team is mostly, a student-run club. The more experienced dancers lead the team and work to pull the team together as one unit. Officers are elected to distribute responsibilities, and to provide students leadership roles. For example, the two Hip Hop Team Captains Senior, Ruby McAuliffe and Senior, David Macias, were responsible for choreographing their own dance numbers. The 2016-2017 school year is “Going to be fun and full of so many memories,” said Hip Hop President and Senior, Aris Pangan. They hope to win many competitions and give the best shows they can.

     When asked about the Hip Hop Show and the work that went into it, Armendariz said, “We have some of the first rally pieces in there. We have been working on it all year. Even on Saturdays. Practice during the week is on Tuesday and Thursdays from five pm to 8:30 pm. On Saturdays, practice is from eight in the morning to three in the afternoon.”

      With a ticket count of over 500, the December 2 Show was a huge success. After the final bows, the dancers were in tears after presenting their coaches and advisor, Ms. Jay, with a bouquet of flowers. As guests were exiting the building, they complimented the dancers on their impressive performance. Some of the comments overheard by audience-goers were:“One of the best shows this year.” “Their dancing was in sync to each other and the music.” “My favorite part was how cool the music sounded and how the dancers looked in the lights.” Hip Hop Team Lieutenant, Senior Selene Barragini said she was, “So thankful for these people and their constant support and love,” when referring to her friends and family that came out to see the show.

      Overall, the Hip Hop team looks forward to another year full of dancing and fun. If you enjoyed the show, look out for the Winter Dance Concert on Friday, December 16th, when more great dancers and performances will be featured.

  

Students Escape From Alcatraz to Promote Health

By: Andrea SosaThe Plaid Staff Writer

    On October tenth, Juniors, Sanaa Johnson and Savannah Trujillo participated in the Alcatraz to San Francisco swim, the infamous prison in San Francisco, California. Known for its reputation as one of the hardest prisons to escape from, Alcatraz is  located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. The swim was organized by PATHSTAR that helps educate about and encourage wholesome nutrition and a stay-active lifestyle among American Indians and Alaska Natives. The purpose of the swim event was to bring awareness to health issues in  Native American culture.

Sanaa Johnson and Savannah Trujillo flew to San Francisco together, without their family on October 2nd and were meant to swim October 10th. The normal age group of the race participants was from the late thirties to the fifties, which made the girls the youngest of the group.

    Sanaa and Savannah wanted to participate in this swim when Sanaa’s mom, a Native American, saw the ad for the race on tv. She told the girls and they immediately became very interested. The water was at a 50 degree temp but that didn't stop them. Savannah Trujillo said, “It was fun and a new experience. I would definitely go back.”  The race took a lot of preparation and both girls knew it would be long and tiring, but they were more than ready to participate. In order to prepare for this race, Sanaa Johnson said, “I went on a no carb diet. No sugar. Everything was proportioned and I had to eat a bag of salad with each meal.”  According to both girls, the diet was the hardest part of the preparations that went into readying them to do well in the swim.

    Sanaa said, “It was very scary and unexpected to see real-life animals in the ocean because I've never been in open water swimming. I was afraid I was going to get eaten by a shark.” On the day of the swim, Trujillo said, “I woke up at 4:00 to get ready and at 5:45 I started swimming.” Despite the difficulty of the challenge, the girls were eager to bring awareness to the cause that they came there for. So, getting up early and the very cold temperature of the waters did not stop them.

    Both girls want to go back and are also very interested in swimming the Golden Gate Bridge. It is not a funded race itself, but they know a someone who can take them out on a boat, in order to swim from one side to the other. Johnson and Trujillo are also interested in bringing along more people with them to participate in this (PATHSTAR Alcatraz Swim Week) amazing experience.

Feature

 Hasta La Bye Bye Barboni

 By: Hailey Higley, 

  The Plaid staff writer

     Many students know Spanish teacher, Mrs. Barboni. She has worked here at Upland High for 28 and a half years and she is retiring on December 22nd. After retirement, she is headed off to Barcelona, Spain! “I plan on a one way ticket to Barcelona, Spain to celebrate. I want to go back to the place that started my love for Spanish,” Barboni said.

    Surprisingly, Upland is not the only school she has worked at. “I have taught in Brawley, California, Yuma, Arizona and I taught for three years in South America,” Barboni said. Spanish is the only subject she has taught.

    Mrs. Barboni said her favorite part about teaching is, “I really like presenting a good lesson to kids who are curious and enthusiastic about learning. To be honest, I really like teenagers.” The weirdest thing to ever happen, while she was on campus, was after 9/11 happened. She said that she remembers how, “it was such a somber day. Nobody really spoke. It was probably one of the strangest feelings on campus.”

    Over the years, Mrs. Barboni has really enjoyed meeting some amazing colleagues. She has also enjoyed making friendships with some of her former students. Adults now, her former students have kept in contact with her through the years.

    Perhaps her favorite memories have come from working with her students and taking 28 tours abroad. She will miss teaching so much! She loves teaching itself. “There have been seven principals in my teaching time. But this year is the best year ever,” Barboni said. All of the students and staff at Upland High wish Mrs. Barboni a lovely and safe retirement. “Hasta La Bye Bye, Mrs. Barboni!”  

News

12/6/16

By: Zach Triay, The Plaid Staff Writer

       On November 17th, Upland High School hosted its first ever “Chili Cook-Off”for teachers and staff. As a bonding activity initiated by Principal Salgado, teachers and staff were invited to bring their chili submissions, as well as sample the various chilis. Voting took place after participants had a chance to taste all of the chili submissions. There were various types of chili, with many different levels of spiciness. In the end, the winner of the first “Upland High Chilli Cook-off” was Mrs. Vickers.

       Mrs. Connor, organizer of the event, explained why the chili cook-off was started when she said, “The idea came from Art McCain and Pam Salgado, the new principal, as a way to bring our staff together.” Due to the success of the first chili cook-off, when asked if there will be another one next year, Mrs. Connor said, “Yes. We plan on it being annual.” Mrs. Connor had also mentioned her favorite chili was Chili Con Carne.

       Mrs. Vickers, the winner of the cook-off, received a trophy, which resembled a chili bowl. When asked why she participated in the event, Mrs. Vickers said, “I wanted to use my mother’s chili recipe that she [my mother] had won with [too].” As the reigning champion of Upland High School’s chili cook-off, Vickers plans to participate next year as well.

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11/17/16

   
By: Hailey Higley, 

   The Plaid staff writer 

     As many of you may know, on Friday November 4, 2016, we had our tenth annual Trebuchet event. If you do not know what a trebuchet is, it is best explained by Mr. Geller, who said it is,  “like a seesaw with a weight on the short end and a sling on the long end.” To build a trebuchet, you need  wood, rope, metal, and bolts and screws. The event happens every year in November and the builders are roughly 500 Physics students.

    Students start making large trebuchets in late September and the smaller ones in early October. When it comes to the assembly Mr. Geller said, “most are made at home, but some are made at home.” Most students want to make a trebuchet, but you must be a Physics student to make one.
 Senior, Dayjon Jackson, said that the trebuchet his group made, “took about five days to build.” Seniors, Thatcher Vermillion and Denny Duhaime said that the  height of their trebuchet was, “with the arm on it, it was almost nineteen feet.”

    According to Mr. Geller, the farthest distance a pumpkin has ever been launched, “was roughly 600 feet. It could have been thrown well over Foothill Blvd. But we wouldn’t let it go that far, so we measured about 600 feet.” The launching of pumpkins started by accident one year. Students used to launch basketballs but decided to launch pumpkins instead. “My real favorite part about launching pumpkins is watching pumpkins splatter. But as a teacher,  my response is that I like watching students take on a challenging engineering project,” Geller said. Trebuchet is a good teaching tool for Physics because it is the best physical example of conservation of energy.

     When it came to how the day faired, Jackson said, “We had many hits and misses.” The tenth anniversary of the Trebuchet proved to be just as exciting as in previous years. There were many participants, lots of squashed pumpkins and extreme fun was had by all.

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By: Rylee Johnson, The Plaid Staff Writer 

     The Scottie Dog is what most people associate with Upland High. Although, most do not know that the masculine Highlander is our rightful mascot. Painstaking research was conducted to answer one simple question, “What is the origin of the Highlander?” Most people know that the Highlander is derived from Scottish tradition, which is what the school is based on. Apparently, our very first principal thought it was suiting. However, what we do not know are: Why the Highlander? Who actually thought of it? Why is it shadowed by an adorable dog?

     According to our history, the Scottie came up back in the fifties, when the school was undergoing construction for the soon-to-be students. Since, the school was just beginning we did not have much money. Of course our school needed sports uniforms for events like football, soccer, baseball, cheer, etc. With little to no funds, the school went for a cheaper route. The word ¨Highlander¨ is about nine letters and each letter costs money. Therefore, to afford the uniforms they put ¨Scots¨ instead.“The Highlander is the main mascot,¨ Wilson said. So, because Scots is on everything people can assume that we are the home of the Scots.  

      Ms. Wilson, head of ASB, was able to provide a little information about the origins of  the Highlander. When asked when the Highlander mascot made his first appearance [the costume], Wilson said, ¨Sometime back in the day.¨ In addition, when asked if she knew how old the costume was or who created it, she said, ¨Probably when the school started and no.¨  

      It was said that the principal in 1994 wanted a more powerful representation. Before 1994, the Highlander that was printed out on everything appeared as more meek, than the bold and strong figure we see today. It is a possible hypothesis that because of  a chain reaction, the principal might also have wanted to have a costume that demonstrated the strength of our school. But after countless hours spent researching past yearbooks and searching the internet, there was no real confirmation of any ideas.

     Luckily, in the quest to find the real answers, there was still one more possible avenue to pursue.  Our actual Highlander-wearing-mascot. The job is a volunteer position, which junior, Nia Bratton, has decided to undertake this year. ¨[I] love spirit. The mascot needs to be brought back,¨ Nia said about the strange reappearance of the Highlander at football games. Nia did not seem to know how old the costume was or where it came from. The date is not known although, she believes it is at least ten or more years old. But she did admit to the cheerleaders shaving off an orange beard that was originally on the mascot’s face.

     What has presented itself as a problem though is that many Highlanders are not too fond of this mascot. Some have described the Highlander as “scary”, “a troll”, or even “a caveman.” However, Nia said, ¨It is a ten year old costume. It is kinda scary.¨ With the way it looks, Bratton is brave and loves to put on the head. ¨People need to know it is original and it is cool to be spirited,¨ Bratton said.

     In order to wear to costume, Nia must observe some rules or regulations. Nia said she, ¨Can not take it off, like Disneyland in public. I can take off head in the bathroom and changing room.¨ Spirit is good but, it can be costly. Nia said, ¨[I] cannot see, only through the mouth. Inside is hot. It is hard to get on and off.¨

     A handful of students were interviewed as to their opinions of the Highlander costume. Senior: Penny Boyle, Junior: Lamar Quinn, and Sophomore: Ireland Rosa all said that they had never seen the costume before. Senior: Kylie Barefoot, Junior: Giovani Aguilar and Junior: Isaiah Cabrera all agreed that it was funny when they think of it. Most people believed that the Scottie is more of a representation of our school than the Highlander. Mrs. Spears, an art teacher on campus said, ¨[She] graduated in 2002 and the costume was not a thing. However, two Scotties were. A boy and girl.¨ When asked what she thought about the Highlander, when she sees it now, she said it,¨Represents strength and power.¨

     Although, there have been some rumors of a Highlander mascot, with an orange beard, making appearances back in 2009, there is no real conclusive proof. The costume is estimated to be from ten to thirty years old. Not even some of the alumni, who work here on campus, seemed to be able to shed some light on our mystery man. So, unless someone comes forward and provides some real proof, the Upland Highlander mascot will remain a mystery. 

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Sports

2/16/17

By: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid, Sports Editor

   Isaac Balderrama has been playing soccer for over a decade. However, this Friday night’s game will be what he calls the biggest game of his career thus far. On this Friday night, the Varsity Boy’s Soccer team will play its round one CIF Playoff game. A loss means automatic elimination. A win moves the team onto round two. Nevertheless, the season has been a success as the Highlanders ended as Baseline League champions, with an overall league record of ten wins and two losses.

    Isaac Balderrama, the junior center back and center defensive mid, has been playing soccer since he was four years old. It’s been a long road and he believes his success came from great coaching. “Coaches have pushed me hard to become a great soccer player, and they still do,” said Balderrama. Nothing compares
to this year, however, as Balderrama explains that varsity head coach, Coach Diaz, has really created the opportunities that he needed to become a better player. “The atmosphere Coach Diaz has created this year has also made me work harder to be a part of varsity. This year has also been very different because of the coaching style we have, and I’m learning a style of soccer that I grew up idolizing,” said Balderrama.

    Besides a great staff, Balderrama has also enjoyed having valuable relationships with his fellow teammates. When asked why he loves soccer so much, Balderrama said, “The game of soccer has allowed me to make relationships and memories that I’ll have forever. The camaraderie it creates is amazing to me.” Obviously, the entire soccer team, as a whole, has developed a strong amount of chemistry and great relationships, as the team has had a memorable season. “The goal, just like every other team, is to win CIF. I’m very confident in the team that we can do it. We’ve grown a lot together. Tough losses and unforgettable victories have allowed us to become a team that fights for each other” said Balderrama, who believes if the team continues to hold their heads high, the year will be a success.

    Balderrama’s main focus right now is not on a CIF championship. He is solely focused on what will happen Friday night. Balderrama said, “We’re capable of winning CIF. We have the dedication and the right leaders. But, that’s the future and the focus right now is on La Mirada at 5pm on Friday.” He went on to say, “I believe the team is capable of delivering a championship worthy performance, but nothing in life is guaranteed, much less a title.” Regardless what the results of this year’s CIF playoffs will bring, Balderrama just wants to see his team hold their heads high. “I expect nothing more than what my team is willing to offer, so long as they can hold their heads high at the end,” said the MVP of games against Damien and Rancho Cucamonga.

    Considering Balderrama is only a junior, the success can only come in greater volumes next year. But, nothing has come easy for him, as he stressed that becoming a great player takes a lot of dedication and effort. To anyone who wants to follow a career in soccer, Balderrama said, “Stick to it because soccer is a sport where you only get better as long as you keep practicing consistently and putting in an honest effort.” All of Balderrama’s hard work, practice, and efforts will culminate into one big showdown on Friday evening.

    The Highlander team, which is coming off a co-championship in the Baseline league with Chino Hills, will be playing at home (Highlander Stadium) against La Mirada, this Friday night at 5:00pm. Balderrama and company will be looking for the victory that will carry them one step further. The team has the capability to achieve great success this season, and only time will tell.

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2/3/17

By: Nailea Castillo, The Plaid Editor-in-Chief

     On February 1, 2017, five Upland High School athletes gathered with their families and friends to participate in “National Signing Day.” Peyton Angulo, Kylie Bruce, Natalie Copenhaver, Tyler Sweet, and Gary Theard have made commitments to various colleges that will further their athletic careers after high school.

     Peyton Angulo, who has committed to Utah Valley University for softball, informed the audience that she plans on majoring in Political Science, with an emphasis on Public Law. Angulo, despite the upset in tearing her ACL during this past year, has assured her friends, family, coaches, and teammates that she is ready to get back on the field and continue her career in softball for many years to come. “Upland has given me a lot of memories,” she said, “I feel like I’ve really grown in my four years of high school and I’ve learned a lot so I’m excited for the future.”

     Soccer teammates Kylie Bruce and Natalie Copenhaver also participated in “Signing Day.” Kylie Bruce, who has played soccer since she could walk, has committed to Roanoke College. There, she hopes to pursue Veterinary Science in college. “Upland has been great for me; it really has,” she said. “I’m going to miss this team more than any other team I’ve ever been on.”

    Also, a soccer player signing today, Natalie Copenhaver, signed with the University of San Diego. Copenhaver discussed all of the overwhelming love and support she received from her teammates, friends, family, and coaches alike. “My team was always there to help me and support me through hard times.” She said. Copenhaver is still considering her major, deciding between either Nursing or Kinesthesiology, but, nevertheless said, “I’m really excited just to get to college and know that all my hard work has finally paid off.”

    Aside from these students, were Tyler Sweet and Gary Theard, both signing for football. Tyler Sweet has played football since he was seven, has become a key member within his team, and has been taught to strive for greatness, both on and off the field. Sweet discussed the tremendous amount of support he has received from his friends and family, especially his coaches and teammates at Upland High. “I felt the love when I came here,” he said.

    Football player, Gary Theard, has committed to the Naval Academy. “This is what’s going to set me up to be the man I want to be,” Theard said. With his loved ones alongside him, dressed in Navy gear, Gary Theard shared his experiences as a student athlete. “Coming to UHS my freshman year, my second semester, was probably the best decision I’ve ever made- hands down.” Theard said. “The love and support that you guys provide me, ever since I was a little kid, it’s really going to push me and help me through this whole process, so I want to thank you guys for that.” Theard particularly paid thanks to his father. “You’ve suffered,” He said. “Dad, you’ve done a lot for me. You’ve sacrificed a lot. I’ll never forget when, at the barbershop, you quit your job, just to take me to practice. I’ll never forget that. It means a lot to me.” In addition, Theard thanked his teacher Mrs. Waldo and his fellow teammates.

     It’s clear that these students have worked extremely hard to get to where they are today. “I’ll never forget my dad told me that, ‘Would you rather have fun for four years and struggle later in life or go through the hard, for the next four years and be set for life,’" Theard said in reference to the hardship student-athletes face on the road to success. However, with the love and support of their loved ones, each and every one of these athletes found the strength and determination to persevere through their athletic endeavors, allowing them to confidently sign on the dotted line, and take the leap into a prosperous future.

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2/2/17

By: Destinee Mondragon, The Plaid, Staff Writer and 

Nicoletta Domicolo The Plaid, Staff Photographer

 

The Girls’ Varsity Soccer team proved to be the best when playing against Saint Lucy's on Tuesday, winning with the score of two to zero. The Highlanders demonstrated an excellent game in keeping possession of the ball the majority of the game and having an unstoppable defense. The Saint Lucy’s girls were witness to the fact that the Highlanders can take the heat at anytime of the game and return an attack ten times stronger.

    The Highlanders were not fully attacking in the beginning of the quarter because they were sizing up Saint Lucy’s play. The game began to pick up with the Highlander offense by pressing the Saint Lucy’s players and maintaining ball possession, as demonstrated by Senior, Lupita Cabanillas, forward. Senior Captain, Natalie Copenhaver played an outstanding forward game, by attacking the Lucy’s goal and dribbling back in forth, for a clear shot, in the effort to make a goal.

    There was a near-shot, play-by-play, between Senior midfielder, Maya Cornejo and forward Cabanillas, which left the crowd at the edge of their seats and cheering the girls on more.  There was an outstanding goal that was first attempted by Captain Copenhaver but was quickly recovered and made by Senior, Brenda Maldonado, at minute nineteen, in the first quarter. The Saint Lucy’s players tried their hardest to break into the hard defense of the Highlanders but couldn’t find a clear shot by defender, Senior Captain, Alyssa Pigoni and blocks, by Junior keeper, Maddie Soto.  

    For the second quarter, the game for Saint Lucy’s was a desperate charge to the goal, in effort to score, but the Highlanders proved strong and determined to defend their territory on the field. Sophomore, Alyssa Duke chipped the ball up, far to the left, in a nice effort but was quickly recovered by freshman, Marin Whieldon. As the game progressed, Saint Lucy’s began to play more and more dirty with whistles and warnings being called at players. There was a yellow flag against Saint Lucy’s, with an opportunity for the Highlanders, which was not wasted. Sophomore, Chase Bibbey passed the ball to Captain, Copenhaver, who made the shot. Freshman, Marin Whieldon had a underdog moment in the game, with Freshman, Kaya Pigoni recovering the ball and making a perfect pass to Whieldon, who attempted a cross-cage shot but barely missed it. During the last ten minutes of the game, everything was intensified because Saint Lucy’s was trying everything in its arsenal to make at least one goal but the game finished with the Highlanders winning, with a score of two to one.

    Senior Captain, Natalie Coppenhaver commented on what her expectations of this season, when she said, “I knew we were going to be hardworking team with a lot of talented new players because we had something to prove compared to last season.” When comparing this season with the past four seasons she said, “We are a lot younger team compared to past seasons and we have the same goal which is win baseline league and just give it your all on the field.” Since it is Captain Copenhaver’s last season she said, “I am really honored to be captain and to lead the team on and off the field.” The message she wants to leave for the team is that, “I would like to say that hard work prevails over anything else and go on the field and have fun and do what you love.”

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1/24/17

 By: Anthony LopezThe Plaid Sports Editor

Photography By: Morgan Price, The Plaid Sports Photographer

    It was yet another disappointing night for the Upland Highlanders boys varsity basketball team last Friday night, as they lost to the Etiwanda Eagles, 74 to 47. The loss moved the Highlanders to a league record of 0-4, while the Eagles now have a 2-2 regular season record.

    Right from the get go, the Eagles played well on defense. Etiwanda’s basketball team has long been known for its defense and it proved to be the Highlanders Achilles heel on Friday night. The first quarter was full of defensive action from both teams, as a matter of fact, as the score ending the opening quarter was only nine to six, with Etiwanda in front. Oz Stokes, Bryce Parker, and Michael Flynn led the way for Upland in the opening quarter with the three players each making a basket.

    Etiwanda was shot out of a cannon in the second quarter, as they quickly began to make baskets and pull away with the lead. The Eagles offense was rolling the entire quarter, while the Highlanders defense began to struggle. Too many players were left open around the court, which ended up hurting the Highlanders all night long. While the Eagles offense was powering its way past Upland, Etiwanda’s defense was also coming up big, during the second quarter. The defensive front held the Highlanders to only 13 points in the second quarter, while the Eagles were able to score 26 points. It seemed the Highlanders were just struggling on both sides of the ball in the opening half. Heading into the locker room at halftime, the score was 35 to 19, and Etiwanda was quickly pulling away.

    The long night for the Highlanders continued in the second half. The third quarter included many turnovers, fouls, and struggling defense for the home team. This led to another big offensive run from the Eagles. There was just something about the entire game that made it seem no matter what the Highlanders did, the Eagles were always ten steps ahead. Offense, defense, and anything in between, the Eagles were simply outplaying the Highlanders. And to make matters worse for Upland, Etiwanda’s defense really got strong during the third quarter. Heading into the final quarter, Etiwanda had a 19 point lead, as the score was 53 to 34. Kessler Edwards, one of the Eagle’s best players, had 25 points, nearly 50% of his teams total score. Oz Stokes was leading the way offensively for the Highlanders at this point, as he had 15 total points.

    There was one point in the fourth quarter where it seemed like the Highlanders would have a chance, as they got within 12 points of catching back up to the Eagles. However, the glimmer of hope was short lived. Etiwanda had a late, explosive offensive run in the quarter to finish it off. Multiple fans in the stands were calling on Upland for its lack of passing the ball on offense, and its defense that repeatedly struggled time and time again throughout the entire game. After a very disappointing game, and certainly one that the Highlanders did not need, the final score from the Highlanders old gym was 74 to 47. Etiwanda won by nearly 30 points.

    Kessler Edwards scored 30 total points for the Eagles, while his teammate Miles Oliver scored 18 points. The two combined had a total of 48 points, more than 60% of the total 74 points the team scored. Oz Stokes was Upland’s highest scorer of the night with 20 points. Michael Flynn also turned in 8 points with a few rebounds. When asked of his thoughts on the game, Highlander’s head coach, Anthony Mason, said, “Etiwanda is a good team. I think we came out a little sluggish and then we found our stride a little bit later. I was happy with the way my guys competed in the second half though, but, Etiwanda is a good team and they ran their stuff tonight.”

    The Highlanders next game is tonight, Tuesday, January 24, at 6:30pm. It is another home game for the team. Their opponent is the Los Osos Grizzlies, who have one win in this regular season. The game is almost a must-win situation for Upland, as the team is desperately looking for momentum as they sit dead last in the Baseline league standings with only a handful of games left.

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1/19/17

Destinee Mondragon & Haley Seiberling The Plaid Staff Writers and Nicolletta Domicolo The Plaid Staff Photographer   

     Despite the best efforts of the Boys’ Varsity Soccer team, they lost to the Chino Hills Huskies on Tuesday, by a score of 2-1. The Varsity team demonstrated strong defense and offensive skills; however, it was not enough to take down the Huskies.

    In the first quarter, the Highlanders showed great defensive backbone, with players such as Senior, Chase Hargrove and saves made by Sophomore, Cameron Walker. Senior Captain, Tyler Schrock dribbled and pressured the Huskies all throughout the quarter. Schrock’s multiple attempts at goals, however, only resulted in crossbar shots. Senior player, Joaquin Jaime was fouled multiple times throughout the game, playing both offence and defense. After many close calls, the Huskies received a yellow card and the Highlanders gained a free shot. It was a close shot but did not result in a goal.

    There was a lot of body banging between both teams. However, the Huskies played a tactical offense. Coach Diaz called for his players to put up a more aggressive defense and a precise offense.  The first quarter ended with no scores by either team.

    The Highlanders seemed determined to bring their A-game for the second quarter. However, the Huskies’ aggression on the field was hard to miss. There were some questionable plays, which seemed to be missed or ignored by the referee. However, the crowd did not miss them and called out, protesting their frustration.  Players, like Schrock and Jaime, tried desperately to make a goal, only to have their attempts end with whistles being blown and re-positioning for the Highlanders.  Senior goalie, Jose Salgado did an outstanding job at blocking crossbar shots. In the middle of the second quarter, the team barely missed a goal attempt by the Huskies.

     After a couple of turnovers of the ball, the Huskies made their second goal, which forced the Highlanders to try to pick up their pace. But it was not until near the end of the game that the Highlanders finally scored. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to pull out a win against the Huskies. The final score for the game was 2-1. Despite the loss, the Boys’ Varsity team is not discouraged and eagerly looks forward to taking on their next opponent.  

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1/18/17

By: Rachelle Ignacio, The Plaid sports writer

    Last Friday night, the Upland Lady Scots took on the St. Lucy’s Regents, for the second week of league. After a rocky start offensively, in the first quarter, the Highlanders bounced back and ended the night with a victory of 62-32.

    The night started off shaky, as both teams had a good defensive start. Consequently, the first quarter consisted of many fouls and free throws. With these constant interruptions, the Scots were not able to attack the basket, as they usually do. Finishing off the first quarter, the girls held the lead with a score of 9-6.

    Going into the second quarter, the Lady Scots turned up the aggression with an offensive comeback. With 15 points, Essence Carrington got the Lady Scots back on, with the help of several assists by Alexis Sanchez. The Highlanders held their ground on defense, rewarding them with turnovers and fast breaks. At the very end of the quarter, newly joined, Aysia Campbell, finished up the quarter with a quick layup, with milliseconds to spare. After an offensive change in gears, the Lady Scots ended the first half with a score of 33-14.

    At the start of the second half, St. Lucy’s had the starting possession. Upland then continued to play at a fast pace, with constant shots being made. The Lady Scots maintained their defensive plays throughout the third quarter. As a result, the Highlanders held their lead with a score of 49-26.

    During the final quarter, the Lady Scots resumed their executions within offense and defense, which truly payed off. Due to Upland’s consistency, the Regents could really only resort to their defense, in an attempt to survive the last quarter. At the end of the night, the Highlanders won the game with a 30-point lead against the St. Lucy’s Regents 62-32.

    With a well-needed comeback, within the second quarter, Upland finished off the game with an exceptional win. The leading offensive player of the night was Essence Carrington, scoring 26 points throughout the game. Alexis Sanchez and Mina Guevara-Goss also had significant stats, as Sanchez scored nine points, as well as five assists. Guevara-Goss scored eight points, with several assists as well. Upland averaged around 15.5 points each quarter, while St. Lucy’s averaged eight points per quarter. The following day, basketball player, Reina Solarez, commented, “Essence was shooting well and getting back on defense great. All of them were just running up and down the court, doing their best and trying to defend the offense from scoring.” Due to our ladies’ outstanding dedication, they were able to finish off the night with a significant lead.

The Lady Scots’ next game is Friday night, where they will take on the Etiwanda Eagles, here at UHS.

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1/17/17

By: Rachelle Claire Ignacio, The Plaid Staff Writer

The Upland Lady Scots and the Kaiser Cats faced off Tuesday night to start off the season. Upland started the game full of energy and finished the game with a whopping score of 71-19.

    Upland started the first half strong as junior #3, Essence Carrington, scored 16 points all within the first quarter. After a few fouls and turnovers, the team ended the quarter with a lead of 19-2. In the second quarter, the Lady Scots changed gears towards their defense. With less than five minutes left in the quarter, the team managed to defend the basket until the opposing team’s 30 second shot clock ran out.

    Going into the second half of the game, Upland continued on with their defense and completed several more turnovers than the prior quarter. This then caused fast breaks and so the team passed on the ball and relied on junior #1, Alexis Sanchez, and sophomore #5, Mina Goss Guevara, to finish it off with their 3-pointer jump shots.

    During the last quarter, the team generally played the same as the last two quarters which in the end payed off. Although since the team was not too worried about scoring, several other players had the chance to score as well. With these consistent executions, senior #22, Gabby Marlen, ended the game with a quick lay-up, milliseconds before the buzzer rang.

    Upland played hard all throughout the game, even with a big lead to start. The following day, Coach J said, “I thought we ran the fastbreak really well as a team. It was kind of hard to run offense because the other team was not very good defensively, but we passed the ball well and Mina and Essence shot the ball real well.” The Lady Scots’ relentless defense and and strong offense earned them the most glorious way to start off the season.

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1/17/17

By: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography provided by: Benny Rodriguez, Yearbook Photographer

         The 2017 Varsity Basketball regular season has officially begun, as it got started off with a controversial game between the Rancho Cucamonga Cougars and the Upland Highlanders. After a dismal second half of play, along with questionable calls and no-calls from the referees, the Cougars dismantled Upland in a 78 to 59 victory on Tuesday night. The loss also ends a ten-game win streak that started in early December for the Highlanders.

         The game started off with an extremely fast tempo that is not always seen in basketball games. The first quarter zoomed by with very little interruptions. Both teams played good offense in the opening quarter. Oz Stokes and Bryce Parker were Upland’s scoring leaders during the opening portion of the match. At the end of the first quarter, the Highlanders held the lead by one point, as the score was 19 to 18. The longtime rivalry between Upland and Rancho was alive once more, and the action was just starting.

         Rancho Cucamonga began to show more strengths than weaknesses, in the second quarter, as the Cougars’ defense played aggressively and forced Upland into some tough situations. Noticeable throughout the entire game, the Cougars were playing man on man ball and were strictly sticking to that plan. The Highlanders offense scored only 13 points in the second quarter, while the Cougars put up 23 points on offense. It seemed the Cougars were double teaming Highlander players as often as possible and forcing them into dicey offensive situations. It made  for a tough-going on offense, for Upland. After a very defensive quarter, the score going into halftime was 41 to 32, with Rancho Cucamonga in the lead.

         The third quarter kickstarted the controversial part of this game. The quarter was plagued with lots of fouls and other calls made by the referees; almost all of them were on Upland. However, from the stands, many fans didn’t see as many fouls that were called and the Upland sideline was teeming with anger. Adding salt to the wound, the Highlander team had a nightmarish third quarter. The offense couldn’t get much going, as they were plagued with turnover after turnover. Upland was able to stay in the game though, as the score ending the third was 60 to 49 with the Cougars maintaining their lead. It was hard to tell whether it was the referee’s calls that killed Upland this quarter, or if it was the amount of turnovers that landed major blows. Most likely, it was a combination of both.

     With the game separated by 11 points, it was still anybody’s game to win, heading into the fourth quarter. As the action quickly picked up again, resuming its incredible fast pace, the Cougars began to run away with the score as the quarter dragged on. As if the third quarter wasn’t enough, there were still some questionable calls and untimely turnovers, proving costly to the Highlanders. There wasn’t much Upland could do late in the game to make a comeback, as the Cougars lead extended at one point, to 20 points, with a few minutes left. After a wild night, and one the Highlanders would like to forget, the final score from Upland High was 78 to 59. The loss ended the awesome 10 game win streak the Highlanders had put together during the preseason.

         Oz Stokes led the way offensively for the Highlanders, as he scored 21 points throughout the game. Bryce Parker and Michael Flynn also turned in recognizable stats, as Parker scored 15 points and Flynn scored nine points, along with multiple rebounds. Rancho Cucamonga’s Kahlil McGuire was the game’s overall scoring leader, as the senior earned 24 points. All together, the Highlanders averaged 14.75 points per quarter, while the Cougars averaged 19.5 points per quarter. When asked of his thoughts on the game, Highlanders' coach, Anthony Mason, said, “Apparently, I have a misunderstanding of what the rules are because the rules they (the referees) explained to me was that you can’t ride one man all the way up the floor. That pretty much put a saddle on us tonight.”

         The Highlanders next game is Friday night, as they take on the Damien Spartans at Damien High School.

         

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1/17/17

By Michelle Mercado and Gabriella Campo-Poe, The Plaid Staff Writers

    Even though wrestling has been traditionally identified as a “masculine” sport, some of our women on campus are proving that stereotype to be false. From tackling their best friend to the floor, to helping each other fix their hair afterwards, the Girls’ Wrestling team just goes to prove that women can really do it all and never fail to impress us.

    McKenna Hutchison, one of the captains of our Girls’ Wrestling team, is petite in stature but the illusion shatters, once she steps foot onto the mat. McKenna said, “People get surprised but intrigued. And I think that’s really cool because a girl who is in soccer may be really good at soccer. But that’s it. Just soccer. It’s really common for women to play. But with wrestling, people take a step back and start asking questions because of how shocked they’ve become. A lot of people are still really receptive about it, as well. Even when I was the only girl on the Boys’ Wrestling team. At competitions, the guys on other wrestling teams will be really receptive when they see me, even though they don’t understand the dynamic of it.”

    McKenna has become extremely respected in the wrestling community here and even at other schools, while competing. She continues to break boundaries and gender roles in her community. Hutchinson said, “The thing is, there’s no such thing as a ‘masculine’ sport. It’s just getting yourself out there
in the first place. That’s what’s hard. And, especially when there’s a Girls’ team of the ‘masculine sport.’ It’s a perfect time to join because you don't have the down looks of the other guys. But honestly, I wouldn't even worry about it. Everybody is so receptive nowadays. It’s not a guy sport. It’s your sport. It’s what you love.”

    Anatli Smalley is also one of the Girls’ Wrestling teams’ captains. She is determined, driven, strives to improve in wrestling, and never backs down from a challenge. Even though a lot of time and work are put into wrestling, Anatli still manages to make room for those she loves and said, “I spend a lot of time with my family when I get to because I do have to spend a lot of time in the wrestling room”. Just like any other teen, Anatli has many hobbies that occupy her time, away from wrestling and school work: Smalley said, “I surf, play basketball, soccer, volleyball ...and spend time...drawing and playing the piano.” When asked to give a message to girls who desire to participate in masculine-stereotyped sports, such as wrestling, Smalley said, “I wouldn’t call it a ‘masculine’ sport at all, actually. I think that when women come into the sport, a lot of times we’re a lot more powerful and aggressive than some of the boys are. I feel like it shouldn't matter whether you're a girl or a boy. Our bodies both move the same and we can both handle the stress that it gives mentally.” There seems to be a special bond between the girl wrestlers that Smalley described as, “super close. It goes beyond friendship with all of the girls because not only is it a verbal relationship but it’s a physical relationship.”

     Even today, the societal division, which has been maintained throughout the generations, of what men and women should participate in, continues to plague our society and our mindsets. The Girls’ Wrestling team shows us that no one should feel like he or she is prohibited from doing what he or she desires, due to gender stereotypes.The girls expressed that no woman should feel pressured or dominated by men, in anything that society has typically classified as “masculine.” Everyone person, no matter the gender, should be able to do what he or she loves, despite what society has traditionally said.

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12/2/16

By: Destinee Mondragon, The Plaid Staff Writer &

Nicoletta Domicolo, The Plaid Staff Photographer

    The Boys’ Varsity Soccer team has seen many changes to the team, such as a new coach, new team members and high expectations for the 2016 season. The team consists of eleven seniors, eight juniors, four sophomores, and two freshman. The new coach or rather. returning coach, Mr. Diaz, actually coached the team from 1994 to 2004. Diaz then coached the Girls’ Varsity team, from 2006 to 2016. Now, Diaz is back and taking on the role of the main coach. His efforts seem to be paying off as the Highlanders beat the Esperanza Aztecs 2-0.

   In Diaz’s opinion, the team’s biggest strength is its comradery and how it really comes together as a team. Diaz said,“The boys have all put the team’s needs first and they work and fight for one another.” The aspect that Mr. Diaz would like to work on this season is, “Getting used to the new system and coaching staff.” Mr. Diaz also said that another goal for him is to see the team become even more unified, play attractive possession-style soccer, really come together as a unit, and make sure the boys to enjoy themselves in the process. When asked which school would be their biggest competition. Diaz said, “The whole Baseline League is very competitive and all six teams are quality-sized and not easy. It will take a lot of work from the team but I know the boys will put in all the effort needed to win the games.”

    The two varsity captains are Senior, Tyler Schrock and Junior, Isaac Balderrama. Captain Tyler Schrock has been part of the soccer team for all four years of high school and this is his second year as team captain. When asked how he feels about this season’s changes he said, “I feel like Coach Diaz has changed our old tactics and put more discipline into the team and I see these changes in a positive way, leading the team to success.” Schrock’s goals for his second year as captain are to make everyone better as a team and to follow previous captains’ footsteps with great leadership. In his opinion, the team’s biggest competition would be Damien High School.

    Captain Isaac Balderrama has been on the soccer team for three years, and this is his first year being a captain. His goals as captain this year are, “I want to get far with the team and make it CIF finals. I want to the team to be champions and nothing less.” Balderrama believes that their biggest competition would be Damien or Chino Hills.

    The boys’ first game of the season was on November 28, against the Esperanza Aztecs. Upland took the win, with a score of 2-0. The Upland boys had possession of the ball most of the time in the first half, with a great defense. Schrock showed his impressive skills and demonstrated possessive-style soccer against the Aztecs’ captain, Robbie Newberry. The Aztecs could not keep Upland’s offense away, with Schrock making the first goal, at minute 35 of the game and proving that he is a threat, no matter where he is on the field.

    The second half of the game was intense with the Aztecs’ desperation to score and the Highlanders’ efforts to keep the upper hand. The Highlanders’ defense was maintained by Senior defender, Chase Hargrove, keeping the Aztecs away from the goal. Upland’s offense really came alive in the second half, with Senior, Joaquin Jaime making a cross-shot at minute 65. Despite Jaime’s best efforts, he narrowly missed making the goal. Ali Khalil made an incredible save for the Highlanders, with a 360 spin, taking the ball away from an Aztec offender. Jaime scored the second goal of the game incredibly, at minute 75, against two Aztec defenders, ending the game with an Upland win.

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12/6/16

By: Zach Triay, The Plaid Staff Writer

       On November 17th, Upland High School hosted its first ever “Chili Cook-Off”for teachers and staff. As a bonding activity initiated by Principal Salgado, teachers and staff were invited to bring their chili submissions, as well as sample the various chilis. Voting took place after participants had a chance to taste all of the chili submissions. There were various types of chili, with many different levels of spiciness. In the end, the winner of the first “Upland High Chilli Cook-off” was Mrs. Vickers.

       Mrs. Connor, organizer of the event, explained why the chili cook-off was started when she said, “The idea came from Art McCain and Pam Salgado, the new principal, as a way to bring our staff together.” Due to the success of the first chili cook-off, when asked if there will be another one next year, Mrs. Connor said, “Yes. We plan on it being annual.” Mrs. Connor had also mentioned her favorite chili was Chili Con Carne.

       Mrs. Vickers, the winner of the cook-off, received a trophy, which resembled a chili bowl. When asked why she participated in the event, Mrs. Vickers said, “I wanted to use my mother’s chili recipe that she [my mother] had won with [too].” As the reigning champion of Upland High School’s chili cook-off, Vickers plans to participate next year as well.

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11/17/16

   
By: Hailey Higley, 

   The Plaid staff writer 

     As many of you may know, on Friday November 4, 2016, we had our tenth annual Trebuchet event. If you do not know what a trebuchet is, it is best explained by Mr. Geller, who said it is,  “like a seesaw with a weight on the short end and a sling on the long end.” To build a trebuchet, you need  wood, rope, metal, and bolts and screws. The event happens every year in November and the builders are roughly 500 Physics students.

    Students start making large trebuchets in late September and the smaller ones in early October. When it comes to the assembly Mr. Geller said, “most are made at home, but some are made at home.” Most students want to make a trebuchet, but you must be a Physics student to make one.
 Senior, Dayjon Jackson, said that the trebuchet his group made, “took about five days to build.” Seniors, Thatcher Vermillion and Denny Duhaime said that the  height of their trebuchet was, “with the arm on it, it was almost nineteen feet.”

    According to Mr. Geller, the farthest distance a pumpkin has ever been launched, “was roughly 600 feet. It could have been thrown well over Foothill Blvd. But we wouldn’t let it go that far, so we measured about 600 feet.” The launching of pumpkins started by accident one year. Students used to launch basketballs but decided to launch pumpkins instead. “My real favorite part about launching pumpkins is watching pumpkins splatter. But as a teacher,  my response is that I like watching students take on a challenging engineering project,” Geller said. Trebuchet is a good teaching tool for Physics because it is the best physical example of conservation of energy.

     When it came to how the day faired, Jackson said, “We had many hits and misses.” The tenth anniversary of the Trebuchet proved to be just as exciting as in previous years. There were many participants, lots of squashed pumpkins and extreme fun was had by all.

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