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The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

Smiling for a picture, senior identical twins Ethan and Drew pose with a statue of a parrot mascot. The twins will both attend the University of Arkansas in the fall and major in business. “I didnt really mind going to different colleges, but we had the same [college] choices,” Ethan said. “We both liked Arkansas, and I dont mind him coming with me. If we cant get [a] rooming situation down, were just going to do a quad together. Which Im kind of down for a quad, because there is more room.” Photo courtesy of Drew O’Conner
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Kacey Miller, Editor-in-Chief • May 21, 2024

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Standing on the drum major’s platform, senior twin sisters Abby and Courtney McDanald pose for a picture. This fall, Abby will attend the University of Texas at Austin to study nursing and Courtney will major in theater education at Stephen F. Austin University. “I was definitely sad about [attending different universities] because weve been so close,” Abby said. “Being that far away from someone for a long time will be hard. We didnt do it on purpose, we just wanted different things in schools. Its definitely sad, but I think itll make seeing her more special.” Photo courtesy of Abby McDanald
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Parking Lot Attendant Alan Gallagher poses next to his sign notifying that students can no longer purchase parking passes. Students without passes will not be able to park in the school parking lot, and if they do, AP’s will be notified. ““[When I catch people skipping] I notify the students AP and from there Im not sure what happens,” Gallagher said. “[I can also stop people for] speeding through the parking lot [since] the speed limit is 10 mph on campus.”
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Heidi Williams, Reporter • May 21, 2024

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Following through, senior Kade Davis throws a pitch in the game against Lockhart on March 26. Davis threw the first no hitter in Timberwolf Baseball history that night as the team won 15-0. “I was pumped, our team was pumped, everybody was happy, and we were winning the ball game,” Davis said. ““During the game I tried not to think about it because youre not supposed to think about a no hitter while youre still in the game or you could jinx it. I was just worried about winning the game, I didn’t care so much about the no hitter during the game, I just wanted to win.” Photo by Jim Cowlishaw
No Hitter, No Problem
Alyssa Fox, Reporter • May 21, 2024

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Smiling for the camera, Junior Adhit Eswaramoorthi and his fellow DECA member Justin Khadivi and Aryan Anarkat as they stay in their room during the state competition in Houston. Eswaramoorthi, Anarkat, and Rushil Mehta participated in the event Franchise Business Plans and advanced to the DECA International Competition. “I think being in DECA and talking to different people from different schools allowed me to expand how I view and go about meeting new people, Eswaramoorthi said. Which connects to robotics and the work ethic you have to have.
The Man, the Myth, The Legend
Penny Moreno, Reporter • May 21, 2024

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Senior Andrew Giguere strikes a pose with his car before prom in April. Giguere said he’s proud of his car after saving money for a year. “I really like the way it looks,” Giguere said. “I looked at a lot of cars before buying this one, but the Mustang was my best bet.” Photo Courtesy of Andrew Giguere
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Raegan Ford, Guest Reporter • May 21, 2024

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Jumping in mid air, sophomore Nabil Ismail takes the shot while being blocked by Glenn’s defense on Jan 30. Ismail was awarded Newcomer of the Year, which is given to a new varsity player across the district who is a standout. “In my first ever varsity game, I was nervous about a lot of things, the biggest was if I was going to be able to make shots in the game,” Ismail said. “I remember being nervous up until I made my first shot and then from there I felt really comfortable and confident out on the floor.”

The squeaks of sneakers on the court are drowned out by the sounds of the student section’s shouts. The players look around for a way to get the ball past the other team’s defense. His teammate looks at him and within seconds the ball is his. He runs up the court and takes the shot. It’s in.

Averaging 9.4 points per game, sophomore Nabil Ismail was the second highest scoring player on the varsity team.The team made it to playoffs and finished 3rd in their district. He also averaged 2.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game and overall top five in every stat. On a district level, Ismail was ranked seventh for points per game, fourth in rebounds, and fourth in assists.

“This season was really fun and I enjoyed playing with the team, they’re all good players and they’re all nice,” Ismail said. “I appreciate the way my team fought through adversity, the difference between our team and others is that we all like each other and there’s no issues and we can all talk to each other.”

The game he was most nervous for was the first game of the season against Westwood. He said he was worried because of what he had heard about varsity being different than any other level of basketball. He said he was able to get over it and made his first layup in this game. 

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“My biggest accomplishment this season was in the San Antonio tournament against Nixon,” Ismail said. “I had 22 points, it felt great because we won that game in triple overtime and I felt like I was able to contribute a lot to the team. My biggest fear when playing is not doing enough personally to help get my team the win.”

Ismail was the youngest on the team and he said that being the youngest on varsity was fun, but he had to earn his respect. Nonetheless, Ismail said he felt the upperclassmen made it easy for him to fit in and that one of the things his team is best at that helps him is the chemistry.

“We try to do team bonding outside of school at least once a week somewhere,” Ismail said. “Team chemistry is important because if you don’t have chemistry you are not going to know how each other play on the court and you have to be able to know what everyone’s good at so you can play the best as possible.”

Almost half of the team this past season were seniors, with Ismail only being a sophomore, he said he will miss their energy, enthusiasm, and how fun they made the season.

“They used to tell us how to do things and set us up for success,” Ismail said. “Reid Vines really helped me through this season, he had been playing basketball for a long time, been on varsity for a couple of years, and he was able to help me get accustomed to how things work varsity.”

Ismail has been playing basketball for eight years and when not in season for school, he plays for Centex, an AAU team, who’s season started in March. He played basketball for school all three years of middle school and practices by himself on his own time outside of school.

“My parents really pushed sports onto me and basketball always caught my eye as something that looks like a lot of fun,” Ismail said. “I have been working on my game and developing very well and the coaches have done a great job with me.”

He says his playing style is very balanced but Ismail prefers attacking the rim for layups and creating open shots for his teammates. Ismail says that he hopes his team can go to playoffs again next year and advance further. His personal goal is to average 15 points per game. In the future he hopes to play in college at a D1 or D2 school. For now, the team works on lifting and shooting to prepare for next year. 

“I was very happy that I did well on varsity just to know that I got to playoffs,” Ismail said. “I wanted to win that first game but it’s all good, I’m just glad we were able to get to playoffs because none of [my teammates] have gone to playoffs yet.”

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Mai Cachila
Mai Cachila, Reporter
Mai is a senior and a first year reporter. In addition to being a member of The Wolfpack, she is also a part of the Tracks Yearbook staff. In her free time she likes to read and take photos. She enjoys writing about people’s interests and meeting new people. She is unsure where she will attend college, but wants to study Criminal Justice. She loves hanging out with friends and trying new things.

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