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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

After running 5 kilometers, senior Sanil Desai finishes his cross country race at Vista Ridge. Desai will be attending Brown University in the fall to pursue an education in medicine. “The feeling of finishing a race is so rewarding,” Desai said. “Being involved in a variety of extracurriculars has taught me how to balance my time and be well rounded. These activities have also allowed me to be involved in my interests and the school.
Photo by Mai Cachila
Time to Scrub in
Mai Cachila, Reporter • May 24, 2024

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Crossing her fingers tightly, senior Sophie Triche smiles proudly for her senior photo. Triche plans to attend Kilgore college and is hopeful to continue high kicking with the Rangerettes in the fall. “When I first saw the Rangerettes, I was enamored by how professional they were,” Triche said. “It made me absolutely fall in love with them and everything they do. I knew I wanted to dance after high school and the Rangerettes to me, feels like home. I could not be more excited when I made the official decision to try out and let my friends and family know that I was committed to be a hopeful for such a world renowned dance team.” Photo Courtesy of Sophie Triche
Kicking into History
Morgan Nabi, Guest Reporter • May 24, 2024

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Instructing his students, tennis coach Randy Ballenger gives feedback on the dish in front of them. Ballenger has been teaching at Cedar Park for 19 years and just took on the introduction to culinary course this school year. “For the most part its been just a unique amazing work,” Ballenger said. “It’s the community that keeps me here, the people that I work with and just the encompassing school. Its just an amazing place and Im definitely rooted here for a while.”
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Much More than a Coach
Mai Cachila, Reporter • May 23, 2024

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Standing with his guitar during Garage Band practice, senior Trevor Von Wupperfeld smiles for the camera. Von Wupperfeld was a founding member of the club, along with a long line of other activities at Cedar Park that earned him the title of Most Involved. “All of the music programs at our school are very, very dedicated, Von Wupperfeld said. Its kind of an all or nothing type of deal. And I am not a big fan of the all or nothing. So I kinda found a garage band to house all of the musicians who didnt have a place in the school or people who didnt have a traditional instrument they played. We take guitarists and basses and all kinds of stuff.  Photo Courtesy of Trevor Von Wupperfeld
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Arav Neroth, Guest Reporter • May 23, 2024

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Holding her debut novel Lorida, senior Lilly Stone poses with her self-published novel for her senior photos. Stone said that she is optimistic about what her future holds in the literary world, and is proud of how far she has come despite the odds. “It doesnt take a special skill set to write a book, and you don’t have to be anyone special to do it,” Stone said. “If you have the drive and motivation, you have to just keep pushing yourself to write even when you don’t feel like it, because, in the end, you will be proud of what you’ve accomplished.” Courtesy of Lilly Stone
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Gaby Coutts, Guest Reporter • May 23, 2024

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Waterloo swim instructor, Emler swim instructor, and Camp Hope leader are just some of the jobs available for students over the summer. Junior Clara Rabago will be working as a small group leader at Camp Hope for two weeks over the summer where she will be taking care of the children there and participating in activities such as church services, games, art, and science. “I’m excited to have my own kids this year,” Rabago said. “I like seeing how a kid will come in and be super shy, but then they come out all being friends. They’re so happy and energetic and it’s just cool to see how much these kids grow within a week.”
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Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter • May 23, 2024

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Boys, Girls Basketball Teams Prepare For Upcoming Year
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Taking a shot at the basketball hoop, senior point guard Drew O’Connor participates in a drill with Nabil Ismail during practice Oct. 30. O’Connor said he is excited to be a leader for his team this year. “It feels good to be a leader,” O’Connor said. “I think it’s fun because I just like helping others on the team with stuff. [Also], with it being my senior year, [I can] play with less pressure since it’s my last year, and playing with a lot of my friends is fun too.”

They can feel chilly air as it wafts into the gym, faint yet still present. The choir of shoes squeaking on the court is like music to their ears and the rough feeling of the ball is unmistakable to their hands. Reminders flow through their heads as they dribble down the court. Pivot, don’t run, control your elbows, and most importantly, no matter what, take the shot. 

With Fall League and scrimmages winding down, both the boys and girls basketball teams are beginning preparations for their first games of the season. The boys officially begin their season on Nov. 14 against Westwood, while the Lady Timberwolves will visit Austin High on Nov. 3. After a first round playoff loss last season to Wagner, following back to back state titles in 2021 and 2022, the girls basketball team is looking to make a deeper run in the playoffs this year. 

“We played a team that ended up going to the state tournament, so they were really good,” senior guard Avery Allmer said. “But, the goal [for myself] this year is just to have a good time with my teammates and for us to grow as a team. This year, we have a lot of girls on varsity, so one of my goals is just to have a good time my senior year since I am not playing in college.”

The girls basketball team has a new head coach this year, Kami Williamson. Williamson has served as an assistant coach to the team for six years before the promotion, which Allmer has said has helped the team through the transition of coaches.

“[The coaching] has been pretty consistent to last year,” Allmer said. “We’ve been doing a lot of the same stuff, and we’re all pretty comfortable with her, so it’s not like she’s come in and done a 180 to everything. We love her and we all have faith and are trusting the process, we are just anxious to see how it’s going to be at our first game.”

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Junior guard/forward Mariah Davis said she hopes she can welcome the underclassmen into the basketball community and enjoy playing with the program as a now upperclassmen leader. 

“We have five new underclassmen on varsity this year,” Davis said. “So hopefully we can learn how to play together so we can play well next year as well.”

After going 8-6 in district last year, Allmer said the team is looking to beat a fellow LISD school who beat the Lady Timberwolves twice last year, both by a fewer than 10 point margin.

“I’m excited to play Glenn this year,” Allmer said. “They beat us both times last year, so I think we’re all just kind of excited to play them again because they’re very good. They have a new coach this year too, so we’re all just kind of nervous. But, if we could beat them it would be very affirming to ourselves and show us that we have a chance to be really good this year.” 

Finishing with a 7-8 district record last season, the varsity boys basketball team just missed the playoffs. They tied for fourth in district, ultimately losing out the last playoff spot to Liberty Hill in the last game of the season. 

“[This season] I hope we end up having a good chance at playoffs,” junior shooting guard Christian Faulkner said. “I [also] hope we end up in the top four by the end of district play. Our team chemistry has gone up way more. The team chemistry last year with the seniors was great, but it has improved a lot this year.”

The team worked on their chemistry and bond throughout the summer with open gym sessions.

“Majority of it was for fun,” senior shooting guard Carson Penland said. “But, with open gym, everyone would come together and hang out and get closer, which allowed us to [build] up a brotherhood [with each other].”

As a senior leader on the team,  point guard Drew O’Connor, said he is looking forward to his role.

“It feels good to be a leader,” O’Connor said. “I think it’s fun because I just like helping others on the team with stuff. [Also], with it being my senior year, [I can] play with less pressure since it’s my last year, and playing with a lot of my friends is fun too.” 

As for the girls, Allmer said she hopes to leave the athletic program as a whole with a changed environment for the underclassmen. 

“I want to leave the impression that everybody is welcome here,” Allmer said. “Not just if you’re good, you can learn and get better, but also understand that not everyone is the best. [Players] should be understanding of that and give them a chance to get better. I just want them to know that if you work hard, you’ll be okay and you can do it. I just want everybody to feel that even if they are freshmen, they can still talk to [the upperclassmen], I don’t want to leave an environment that’s a one pack mindset, I want it to be like a whole actual family thing.”

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Alyssa Fox
Alyssa Fox, Reporter
Alyssa is a junior and a first year reporter. Along with being a staff member for The Wolfpack, she is a Content Editor for the Tracks Yearbook and a member of the UIL Journalism team. She loves writing about her classmates and peers, as well as exciting things happening around the school. When she’s not doing homework, you can usually find her at one of the sporting events happening at school or watching a hockey game. Her favorite band is 5 Seconds of Summer and she loves Raising Canes chicken tenders. She also enjoys binge-watching early 2000s teen drama shows, superhero movies and taking weekly visits to Barnes and Noble. Alyssa hopes to attend a college up north and study journalism, with aspirations of becoming a sports reporter in either the NFL or the NHL.

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