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Varsity football ends season 5-5

BY JEREMY JACKSON

SPORTS CODY EDITOR

The Bay’s football team finished the season 5-5 (2-4 in district play) and was eliminated from playoff contention.

Heading into its matchup at Western, the Lightning had just brought in junior three-star transfer quarterback Marlon Serbin the week prior. Head Coach Mark Guandolo said Serbin was a welcome addition to the team.

“We’ve got some good young talent and Marlon [Serbin] has really been a big difference for us and he’s only going to get better,” Guandolo said. “The future looks real good for us.”

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Lightning Round (Ep. 7)

DIRECTED BY ELI FUHRMAN, SPORTS MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

Cypress Bay’s sports podcast show the Lightning Round with Manuel Solorzano (left) and Brian Kessler. In this show, Manuel and Brian discuss Tim Tebow’s future in professional baseball.

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In My Opinion: Kaepernick brings light to racism

BY DREW SISKIND

SPORTS EDITOR

In the past two months, one of the nation’s biggest headlines has been San Francisco 49ers’ backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who, in protest of racial injustice, has not stood for the National Anthem before games.

Kaepernick, along with fellow NFL players who have joined his movement, has received every response imaginable for his continued action, ranging from praise to hateful condemnation.

But the hatred has overshadowed the support.

According to ESPN, a poll by E-Poll Marketing Research recently named Kaepernick the NFL’s most disliked player. The social justice activist beat out alleged rapist Jameis Winston by a margin of 7 percent. The top five was rounded out by Ndamukong Suh, who has been fined multiple times for dangerously violent play; Tom Brady, an accused cheater; and Ben Roethlisberger, another accused rapist.

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Lightning Round (Ep. 6)

DIRECTED BY ELI FUHRMAN, SPORTS MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

Cypress Bay’s sports podcast show the Lightning Round with Manuel Solorzano (left) and Brian Kessler. In this show, Manuel and Brian discuss college football, NFL Season, and European soccer.

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Boys volleyball prepares for districts

BY TORI REISER

The varsity boys volleyball team is off to a great start this season. On Thursday, March 31, the boys defeated Cooper City High School, winning in straight sets 25-13, 25-18, and 25-13. The win improved its record to 9-4.

Senior, libero, Zach Corliss, said the team competed well against Cooper City, but needs to work on some things in practice.us

“We need to work on not playing down to our competitors performance because it affects our level of play during the game,” Corliss said.

Corliss also said during the game the team scored a lot of the points by serving at the weakest players.

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Boys Lacrosse starts season 4-2

BY DREW SISKIND

Six games into the season, the boys lacrosse team has already endured ups and downs.

The team started by winning its first three games each by double digits and by an average of 13 goals.DSC_0095

“We were simply unstoppable in those first three games,” junior goalie Justin Hochberg said. “Everyone on the team was playing well, and our chemistry was perfect.”

Hochberg gave up zero goals in the third win, a 17-0 shutout at South Plantation.

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Boys basketball competes in regional semifinals

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The boys basketball team advanced to the regional semifinals this season. However, its journey to that point was nothing short of “fantastic” according to Head Coach Jason Looky.

“We went from a team that couldn’t win a game in the summer to a team that barely lost in the regional semifinals. It was a work in progress,” Coach Looky said.

After a season in which the team got to play a tournament in California and won a second consecutive district championship, it was able to host a regional quarterfinal game against JP Taravella High School on Feb. 11. The team had just received a brand new court and new Under Armour uniforms.

“We were excited when we learned that we would be able to play at home in front of our fans in our brand new uniforms,” senior Jake Londos said.

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Self-promotion leads to collegiate opportunities

BY ALEXIS SOBEL

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Nearly 8 million students currently participate in high school athletics in the United States, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). However, only approximately 460,000 high school students continue to play their respective sports at a collegiate level.

Student athletes need the best exposure to colleges if they want to further their careers, due to the competitive field of athletes around the nation.  Athletes at the Bay use social media, highlight videos and coaches’ assistance to gain attention from schools.

Varsity Football Coach Mark Guandolo said high school athletes need to focus on the present instead of the future.

“Too many high school players are more worried about self-promotion and less about the daily grind of trying to improve themselves in the weight room, on the field and in the classroom. Again, college coaches will evaluate game film and transcripts,” he said.

In the past years, more than 85 student athletes at the Bay have been placed in college football programs of all levels. This year, there will be a total of 22 Lightning football players playing Division I football in the fall of 2016.

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Special needs cheer team participates in competitions

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A handful of students at the Bay spend their Saturday mornings coaching a special needs competitive cheerleading team. The team competes in competitions across Florida including the Special Olympics and Contest of Champions. Sophomore Julia McLaughlin has been coaching the team for two years.

“When I first heard about this team I was ecstatic but really nervous,” McLaughlin said. “At my first practice I was very quiet, but with time, the other buddies made me feel a lot more comfortable.”

Head coach Melissa Jablonski and daughter Ashley Jablonski started the program in 2009.

“Hotshots started out as a simple dream,” Ashley Jablonski said. “We never expected it to be as sustainable as it’s become.”

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Boys volleyball gets their season started

BY TORI REISER

Last year, the varsity boys volleyball team made it to District finals, but lost in a close match against Archbishop McCarthy. This season the team is making crucial changes to its game by getting physically and mentally prepared.

Freshman, Mariano Robert, said he has a lot to work on this season especially as a libero.

“The position as libero can be hard, but I practice defense everyday and strive to work harder and harder for this coming season,” Robert said.

Robert said the biggest competition in the district is Archbishop McCarthy because it has the strongest players out of all the teams in the county.

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