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Issue 8 Magazine Sport

A-Record Breaking Season

On Tuesday, May 14th, the Knights entered the first round of the NCS playoffs. The Knights came into the playoffs after an amazing regular season going 21-3, an incredible improvement from their record from last season of 12-13. The Knights were led by Puget Sound commit Jack McCullar this season who has been averaging .458 and has 37 RBI´s and a .554 on-base percentage, and ended the season as DAL league champions with a 6-2 league record. The Knights also had 9 players receive all-league honors with Jack McCullar getting MVP, Zakai Avidor, Brad Barker, Aaron Winer, and Matt Hershey getting the 1st team and Brian Gregersen, Dylan Graham, Jake Kermoian and Aiden Pearce getting the 2nd team.

The Knights entered the playoffs as the 2nd seed and faced 15th seed Terra Linda in the first round of the playoffs. They started strong, scoring three runs in the first inning, while Terra Linda scored zero. The Knights scored 3 runs again in the second inning while Terra Linda scored zero again. Both teams went scoreless in the 3rd inning, but the Knights scored 5 runs in the 4th making the score 11-0. After Terra Linda didn´t score in the top of the 5th inning, the 10 run mercy rule was put into play. This was the first playoff win for Las Lomas in 13 years. The Knights then went on to face 10th seed, San Rafael. They previously played each other at the beginning of the season when Las Lomas won 2-0. This game proved to be a repeat of their first meeting as both of Las Lomas’s runs were scored early in the game and San Rafael was scoreless yet again; Las Lomas won 2-0. The Knights then faced their biggest challenge: Bishop O’Dowd, the 5th seed. This was set to be a competitive game from the start, since both teams had many talents and there was no clear favorite. Bishop O’Dowd was the first to score in the 3rd inning. Las Lomas then went on to score in the bottom of the 4th. After scoreless 5th and 6th innings for both teams, Bishop O’Dowd scored one run in the top of the 7th inning which was all they needed, as Las Lomas didn’t score in the bottom of the 7th. The final score was 2-1 and Bishop O’Dowd will go on to face Alhambra in the finals.

Although the Knights didn’t continue on in the playoffs, the Las Lomas community is proud to have seen them achieve so much this season. 

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Las Lomas Baseball Destroys Ygnacio Valley

On Tuesday the Knights varsity baseball team started their league games, playing a subpar Ygnacio Valley with a score of 21-3. The knights entered the game with a 12-0 record and looked to improve to 13-0. The first two innings started slow with a score of 1-0, but the Knights went on to score an impressive 9 runs in the 3rd inning more than all the runs they scored in their previous game. The Knights controlled the game for all 7 innings collectively averaging .526 with a total of 20 hits. The Knights were able to dominate on all sides, they had 5 steals out of 5 steal attempts and only allowed 6 hits pitching.

The Knights will look to get the Diablo-Valley League title this year. The other schools besides Ygnacio Valley are: Concord, Miramonte, Berean Christian and Alhambra. Only Berean Christian and Alhambra have records with a winning percentage of over .500 with records of 9-3 and 7-5 respectively. The Knights have been consistently ranked one of the best teams in all of California and NCS so they are expected to cruise past them with ease.

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Issue 6 Magazine Sport

Underrated Events in Track & Field

With over 125 student-athletes, Track and Field has some of the most athletes of any sport in the school. One of the more undercovered parts of Track and Field at our school is Pole Vaulting.

Pole Vaulting requires tons of technique and requires different equipment. Pole vaulting is obscure even to track and field athletes. “I didn’t know what pole vaulting was until I started, “ said freshmen Madison McClure. This part of Track and Field are also more dangerous than other events. As in other events, injuries may be quite rare, they are far more common pole vaulting. Knee and ankle injuries are common, but if you miss the landing pad a worse injury could occur such as a head injury. “You have to be super brave to go up, it took me a while to get up” said McClure. A jump begins with the pole vaulter sprinting in the runway so they achieve their top speed when they plant the pole into the box. They then have to, in mere seconds, turn their horizontal movement into vertical movement and stretch the pole to make to make it straight and then push themselves off without hitting the bar. Compared to events like the 100 meter-dash or long jump, pole vaulting is much more complicated and cannot easily be done without training.

More undercovered sports in Track and Field are the Shot Put and discus throws. Unlike other events, these two do not have any running involved. They are more based on pure strength and technique, because of this these athletes are bigger than pure, or jumping sprinting athletes. While these events are similar, they still have their differences. In the Shot Put, rather than throwing the ball, it is pushed. If you throw the Shot Put overhand you will tear your shoulder apart. These two events both involve getting into a “power position” before throwing or pushing he discus or ball.

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LL Baseball off to Hot Start

The Las Lomas baseball team is off to a hot start this season. They have won every single one of their games this season with an 8-0 record. They have scored a total of 90 runs this whole season and only allowed 21 runs. Their scores have been in the double digits 5 times, one time reaching 20 runs. They have been winning games by an average of 8.6 runs. The team is considered one of the best teams in California, as they are ranked the 29th best team in California by Maxpreps. The team is highlighted by star catcher Jack McCullar who has been batting with a .556 average. McCullar has committed to the University of Puget Sound to play baseball in college.

This season has been a big improvement from last season. At this point last season, the Knights had an 5-3 record and had only scored a total of 52 runs. The Knights are looking to make a deep run in the NCS playoff this year, since last year they were knocked out in the first round by Encinal. The knights next games are against St. Joseph Notre Dame, North Salem and Miramonte on Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday respectively.

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Walnut Creek School District sued for failure to stop Assault, Sexual Harassment

It has come to the attention of the Las Lomas Page that some of the language used in this article may be disturbing to certain individuals, as it pertains to severe sexual violence. If you read this article and are emotionally affected by the language used, you do so at your own risk.

According to the East Bay Times, parents of a former WCI student are suing the Walnut Creek School District for their failure to stop assault and sexual harassment. The Plaintiffs claim the district was “deliberately indifferent to” the girl’s harassment. It also stated that the girl’s harassment was “so severe and pervasive and objectively offensive that it deprived her of access to educational opportunities or benefits.”

According to the lawsuit, the girl was an eighth-grader at WCI when the harassment started. The girl received ¨sexually-oriented¨ texts from the boy about “what she would do to him and vice versa.” The suit alleges that the boy assaulted the girl on school grounds, and that after the assault, the boy and his friends would call her to yell insults at her.

The parents sent an email to the school officials about the assault and inappropriate text messages. The boy allegedly texted the girl that he wanted to “[take her] virginity, would rape and impregnate her so that no one else would want her.” The girl’s parents say the school was ¨inadequate¨ in responding to the claims and the girl still received sexual harassment.

Individuals interested in further reading about this issue should read the East Bay Times’s article here: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2019/02/12/family-sues-walnut-creek-school-district-over-students-alleged-campus-assault-sexual-harassment/

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Girls Battle of the Creek

The Knights maintained their four game loss streak Tuesday in a 52-47 loss to crosstown rivals, the Northgate Broncos.

The Knights started slow with a 9-0 run by Northgate, which was ended with a layup by freshman guard Isabela De La Cruz and a three-pointer by freshman Kaya Toor, diminishing the lead to 9-5. The 1st quarter was then followed by back-to-back baskets by both teams and ended with a score of 16-10, with Northgate in the lead. The Knights started the 2nd quarter strong with two straight 3s by senior Isabella Thomson and another three by De La Cruz. However, the game was briefly stopped when De La Cruz had to sit out with a minor injury. The 2nd quarter ended with a three by Toor, making the score 31-26 with Northgate still in the lead. The 2nd half started with a floater and three by De La Cruz. After a 3rd quarter scoring battle with three consecutive 3s (two by De La Cruz and one by sophomore Rose Morse) the quarter ended with Northgate leading by 11 at 48-37. In the 4th quarter, the Knight’s offense exploded and managed to get the lead down to a three- point game with one minute one the clock. The Knights were not able to close out the game as Northgate pulled away. The Knight’s next home games are against Campolindo and Acalanes on February 5th and 8th, respectively, at 7 pm.