The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

Senior executive editor Natalie Murray, senior associate editor Lily Cooper and junior designer Ava Eaton all sit in conversation with recent clients. After the completion of the Parks and Trails Foundation logo, representatives visited the T-Wolf Agency to provide thanks for all the work done. “I know how beneficial it is to be able to work with clients,” Murray said. “We had a previous executive editor come back and tell us how good of an opportunity it is to have this agency here especially if you want to go into graphic design after high school. The people she’s in classes with didn’t have any access to the things we do here and theres only one other LISD school that has a class like this. It’s just a really good opportunity to get real world experience especially when we get to work with people outside the school. It’s just so real to get that experience with actual clientele and how things really work in the industry.”
Photo by Paige Hert
Sketch to Screen
Jane Yermakov, Reporter • February 23, 2024

Walking through the halls, climbing...

Posing with the gold ball trophy, the varsity girls basketball team takes a team photo after beating Liberty Hill 42-37 in round three of the playoffs. The team will face Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial High School on Friday at 5:30 p.m in San Antonio. “I’m feeling so excited [to move on in the playoffs],” senior guard Avery Allmer said. “I feel like this is a big moral boost because we’ve lost a lot of close games and I feel like this is just a really big win for us.” Photo by Alyssa Fox
Third Time's a Charm
Alyssa Fox, Reporter • February 21, 2024

The varsity girls basketball team...

Carefully balancing one piece of paper over another, junior Ryder Wilkinson builds a paper tower with his team at the Architecture Club’s second meeting. Ryder said he was interested in architecture in the past, but the Architecture Club allowed him to get back into it and learn new things. “I [won] one of the competitions, the first one that we had,” Wilkinson said. “[In the second competition] we lost [because] we could not build a tall enough tower that could withstand the blow of a powerful fan, [but] I still had fun because I was with my friends.”
Building A Legacy
Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter • February 21, 2024

After hours of sketching, days...

A few of my favorite movies of this month are shown in this image. I had to limit myself to only two Andy Samberg movies, otherwise the graphic looks more like a memorial.
Movie a Day: January
Mia Morneault, Reporter • February 20, 2024

I know, another movie review article...

Echo is a short TV series about a deaf Native American assassin who tasks herself to discover the secret behind her extraordinary ancestral gifts, while trying to fall her uncle’s empire in the process. Graphic by Cason Johnson
Sight of Sound
Cason Johnson, Reporter • February 16, 2024

I was lazily scrolling through...

Pictured above is the crafting club social media page that junior Makena Filippoff and sophomore James Morris-Hodges created. The crafting club was created to allow students to have an opportunity to learn how to create different kinds of crafts and to collaborate with other students interested in crafting. “I love to do crafts but I find myself feeling lonely when doing crafts,” Filippoff said. “With no one to share my ideas or experiences with, it can get boring. I wanted to get a group of people that have an interest in learning [and] doing crafts to be able to have fun and socialize while crafting.”
Photo used with permission from Makena Filippoff
Sewing and Social Hour
Julia Seiden, Reporter • February 16, 2024

The sound of scissors snipping,...

Best team in the nation makes CPHS proud

     The Cedar Park Boys Cross Country is one of the top teams at the school. This year however, they have exceeded everyone’s expectations. As of August 29th their dreams come true and were ranked number one in the entire nation.

     Their road to the top was not an easy one. Through intense workouts and grueling mental strains, the team persevered and over came all the obstacles they faced in order  to be the best.

     Their first race of the season was a relay. After months of brutal workouts in the hot summer heat, Cedar Park brought two separate relay teams to Dallas to compete. At the time they were ranked fourth in the nation, but the boys wanted more. After a spectacular showing, relay team A, consisting of Parker Stinson, Jay McIllece, Bobby McIllece, and Austin Geerts, took first place with a time of 30 minutes and 11 seconds. Relay team B: Weston O’Donnell, Herbet Gutierrez, Richard Weeks, and Cameron Shoppach, placed third. The impressive performance earned the guys the number one spot in the nation. However, this success didn’t happen over night.

     “We typically run 70-80 miles a week, on hills and through trails.” Jay McIllece, senior said.

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     That amount of running is more then most teenagers drive in a week. But their training doesn’t only consist of running. Two to three times a week the team practices with medicine balls and performs complete agility workouts. They also improve their strength by lifting weights and doing abdominal workouts daily. On Sunday mornings, the team travels downtown to Lady Bird Lake to train with long runs. These runs consist of a 14 to 17 mile run with the last six of those miles being run at around a 6 minutes per mile pace.

     These intense workouts are not only physically draining on the team but mentally draining as well. Research shows that 20 percent of running is physical strength while the other 80 percent is pure mental strength.

     “Beating a person in a race is not about being physically faster but being able to mentally outlast the pain longer than the rest.” Cameron Shoppach, senior said.

     The extreme training is the secret behind their success. Most other cross country teams take a month or so off in the summer but for CPXC there is no off season. The boys stay physically and mentally fit year-round, so that they are always race-ready.

     Cross country differs from other sports not only in the amount of training but in their competition as well. Their meets are early in the morning on weekends as opposed to Tuesday or Friday nights. They also travel all around Texas to compete against the best rather than staying strictly within the district.

     The team has had to face adversity in order to be where they are now. Last season the team was expected to win state but some of the runners fell victim to injury. They ended up placing third, but still were able to continue to regionals.After a strong showing at the race,they advanced to nationals in Oregon where they finished their season strong. This year they want revenge at state and another trip to Oregon. The only team standing in their way is the Woodlands’ cross country team. Last season, it was the Woodlands who placed first at state and the guys would like nothing more than to take their title.

     At school, which is normally dominated by football spirit days, the team is starting to feel the support from the student body. There are signs posted all around the school telling the student body just how good the cross country team is. They also offer words of encouragement to the guys; a small gesture to boost their day.

      “We love seeing support from the school. It gives us more motivation and pushes us to work harder.” Parker Stinson, senior said.

     It may seem like the boys’ lives are completely devoted to running but when they do have free time they’re just like every other student at Cedar Park. They attend every sporting event they’re in town for and do their best to keep up with how each team does. Almost all of the team is looking to continue their running career in college and maybe one day even the Olympics. For now, the guys are working as hard as they can to make their goals a reality.

     “We’re really good this year and this may be one of the last years that Cedar Park Cross Country is known as such a national powerhouse. I’m enjoying every minute of it.” Bobby McIllece, senior said.

     Only time will tell if they accomplish everything they are hoping to this season. With the support of each other and the school, these boys seem to be capable of anything. They’ve come exceptionally far within the last four years to get to where they are now, and their future is bright.

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