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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,...

Round Four or Bust

Varsity Baseball Begins Scrimmages, Prepares for Upcoming Season
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Following through his swing, senior Logan Hedges hits to right field for a base hit in a scrimmage against Vandegrift on Feb. 3. Hedges said the team has big goals this year including making it to the State Tournament. “It’s definitely interesting considering that if we play super far playoff baseball we’ll be playing after we graduate,” Hedges said. “Just the thought of being able to go that far with the guys that we’ve been playing with for years now is just, it’s kind of inspiring. It’s what motivates me, just to think that you know there’s a chance to be out of high school still playing ball with my friends, so just one game at a time. One win at a time. Just figuring out who’s going to do it for us.”

The silence hangs heavy over the dugout as they watch the opposing team celebrate. It was within reach, but simply slipped through their fingers as one run turned into three, which then turned into nine. A hug goodbye to the seniors, a hug to comfort the ones taking over, the ones that are coming back. As the 2023 season came to an end, they knew the battle would start again, the battle against third round games.

With varsity baseball tryouts wrapped up and upcoming scrimmages kicking off the season, the team looks to win district for the fourth year in a row and make it past the third round. The team currently has 16 seniors all of which are returning to the team after playing last year. 

“Whenever you have 80-to-90% of your guys returning, you feel really confident,” assistant baseball coach J Stout said. “I think a lot of people doubted us last year and I think we kind of proved them wrong. I think with everybody coming back, the experience they had along with the heartbreak of the last couple of years in the third round is something that we’re striving towards; to kind of break that curse and get through it this year.” 

Even though the team’s goal is to be playing in May, senior shortstop Logan Hedges said the team is taking it one game and practice at a time as tournament season approaches in the upcoming weeks.

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“I would say I feel pretty optimistic about what we have going on,” Hedges said. “I feel like normally on our first week of practice it has looked a lot different in the past, but this year it has been really fluid and we are looking like a team that’s been at it for weeks now.”

Last season, the team finished with a 25-23-2 overall record and an 11-4 record, earning another district title. After two playoff wins against Tivy High School and Medina Valley High School, the T-Wolves lost to their cross-town rivals, Rouse High School, in a 9-8 battle at Concordia University in round three.

“I would say when it came to the playoffs we were playing near-perfect baseball until probably the last three innings [of the Rouse game],” Hedges said. “I think if you’re looking distinctly at the game we lost it was a matter of being complacent. We had a huge lead in that game and there were just a couple of instances where we kind of just let the game slip a little bit, which in baseball that’s all it takes. One run can turn into three and a couple innings of that can flip a game on its head.”

Along with playoff revenge, senior pitcher and second baseman, Parker Greene said the team is looking forward to going back to Mira’s Bayfront Bash Tournament Feb. 29-March 2, a tournament they went to last year and lost 1-11 to Lake Travis in the championship game.

“It’s exciting that we’re getting to be seniors now and instead of having to sit back and watch stuff like that fall apart, we get to take it in our own hands a little bit and have a bigger role to play this year,” Greene said. “We can encourage the younger guys to get loud in the dugout and that kind of helps to not fall apart.”

Both Greene and Hedges said the senior class is trying to instill a culture on the team where the freshmen are not scared to ask the seniors for help, and one where even if you aren’t playing, you still have a position on the team during a game.

“We are definitely seniors that I wish I had [as a freshman] because I would feel much more confident in my mind in my abilities if I had seniors looking at me saying ‘hey you’re doing a great job,’” Hedges said. “That is something that we find super important because hopefully they will become the seniors we are.  I feel like for me, as far as from a leadership standpoint, it’s about keeping everybody invested no matter the score.”
The end goal for the team is reaching the State Championship at Dell Diamond, but they are still taking the season one practice, game and tournament at a time.
“It’s definitely interesting considering that if we play super far playoff baseball we’ll be playing after we graduate,” Hedges said. “Just the thought of being able to go that far with the guys that we’ve been playing with for years now is just, it’s kind of inspiring. It’s what motivates me, just to think that you know there’s a chance to be out of high school still playing ball with my friends, so just one game at a time. One win at a time. Just figuring out who’s going to do it for us.”

You can access the schedule for the team here.

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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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