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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

Kicking the ball down the field, junior Jake Briseno punts to his teammates during their district match on Feb. 9 against Leander. The team battles through the second round to secure a spot in the postseason. The little things we do definitely contribute to the chemistry we have with each other, Briseno said. This year it has been continuing and I think we can go far with how close we are.” Photo by Mai Cachila
Get Your Kicks Up
Penny Moreno, Reporter • February 28, 2024

He looks at the clock and sees...

Setting up for her kick, junior and varsity forward, Meredith Koltz, swings her leg for the goal she is about to score. The varsity team is currently 7-2-1 and plays Buda Hays tonight on the home field at 7:15 p.m. “I think this team is full of amazing individuals who all have the same goal of wanting to compete with the best and play our best soccer,” Koltz said. “I have high expectations for this team and I know with our chemistry and worth ethic we can get just about anything accomplished.” Photo by Caroline Howard
A Prodigy Since Birth
Heidi Williams, Reporter • February 27, 2024

Steam from the players rises up...

Senior Adriana Slack works on her computer in her AP Capstone Research class. Slack’s research project looked into the connection between how K-pop idols and their companies utilize social media accounts to connect with American K-pop fans. “It’s hard to look at two months worth of content on a total of 100 accounts across three social media apps,” Slack said. “I’ve learned that there is a lot of potential for mistakes to be made in the research process. If the variables aren’t clear, or your survey questions are accidentally worded in a guided way, or if the identity of your participants is leaked, it could ruin your research by skewing your data or result in what could be considered an ethical wrongdoing in research.” Photo courtesy of Romy Ford
Searching for an Answer
Kassidy Wilkinson, Reporter • February 27, 2024

The Capstone program involves two...

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...

Senior team dominates aces and kings

                The Lebron James “chalk toss” imitation by the PS118 Stoop Kids at the beginning of this year’s Aces and Kings Tournament foreshadowed the five action-packed hours to come. Aces and Kings is an annual volleyball tournament in which the junior and senior boys separate into teams of eight players and compete against each other. The players are coached by varsity volleyball athletes during the three practices held before the contest. The tournament started at 5 p.m. as each team began their quest for glory. All competitors had their own individual goals for themselves and a set plan for what they wanted to accomplish.

                “Expectation is no longer in my vocabulary,” Garrett Quick, junior, said. “Just perfection.”

                Although confidence is a vital aspect in the success of a team, most players had virtually no experience in the sport. Online matches and Wii Fit games were the only courts that juniors Dominic Espinosa and Garret Quick had ever played on.

                “We were all playing Gears of War 2 at [Espinosa’s] grandparents’ house before we got here, so we were all late,” Quick said.

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                Even with the lack of experience, every team appeared as if they could be receiving volleyball scholarships rather than the football, baseball and soccer scholarships they are receiving now. Bodies were seen diving on the floor left and right, screams and yells of encouragement were heard from well outside the gym where the games were played.

The matches were more brutal than most would expect. Bruised elbows, cut knees and twisted ankles were evident in several games. Logan Yarborough, junior, broke his toe in the process of serving. He showed perseverance; however, as he continued playing on it without knowing the damage that was done.  

It was this kind of intensity that made many of the games extremely close, even though some teams had an upper hand against others.

                “We [had] a lot of tall players, and it [gave] us an advantage over the other teams,” Ryan Maas, junior, said.

                Other teams had faster players or players that could jump higher. Some players had experience in other sports, providing them with an advantage over other teams. On the other hand, a few teams were complacent in their lack of talent.

                “We may not have the most skill, but we play the hardest.” Collin Raddack, junior, said.

                Effort was plentiful that night, as each team fought as hard as they could to stay in the race for the championship, but only one team could prevail. There were a few select teams who had grudges with the referees, claiming unfair treatment and bad calls. An unidentified source accuses favoritism displayed towards the baseball players. It was also said that the referees were making inconsistent calls throughout the games, and there were complaints about the tie-breaker system as well. When two teams had the same record, the points scored by each team were divided by the total points allowed to decide who advances.  The PS118 Stoop Kids and Catalalina Wine Mixers competed for the spot. The Wine Mixers would eventually win the tie-breaker due to their win-margins and move on to the championship game.

                Austin Minor, senior for the Scrubs, came through with several blocks in the championship games, denying the Wine Mixers from going on scoring streaks. There were a total of 30 ties and 13 lead changes since the 10-10 mark of the first game played. The games were played in the “Win by Two” rules, meaning that if one team got to 25 but the other team had 24, the game would have to keep being played until a team is up by a margin of two. Game one of the championship put this rule into effect as the final score of the game ended at 33-31, favoring the Scrubs.

                The second game was just as intense as the first. Billy Bernhard, senior, was seen above the net more than the majority of any other player on the court, despite not being as tall. Junior Coronado, senior, provided the Scrubs with an explosive offense, spiking the ball on several occasions. The game was close until the Scrubs started pulling away near the end.  They ended the series on a 7-2 run, showing no signs of slowing down as they picked up the championship with a 25-19 victory in Game two.

“Every team was really tough,” Minor said. “The thing that separated our team from the others was when we finally stopped arguing. Once we started to just play the game we actually did well.”

                The Scrubs polished up with elegant tiaras and wands as their rewards. They also received five dollar gift cards to the popular drive in restaurant, Sonic. The 2009 Aces and Kings tournament was one of the most intense and debatable athletic contests ever, and we look forward to another exciting event next year.

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