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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

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
Both Were Born to Ball
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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
Musical Machines
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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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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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Softball Preparations Throughout the Season
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Catching a ball, junior Alivia Robinson plays at the Cedar Park vs Glenn game. Having played since she was 5 years old, she is dedicated to softball and has committed to UTPB for softball. “When I got my offer it took me a very long time to decide where,” Robinson said. “Softball has always been my dream for college, and UTPB is my fit. When [I committed] I knew I was going to be loved and supported.”

This season, the softball team has played nine games and has more to come. Preparations such as practicing different situations that may occur on field and working on things specific to the team they play are all activities that the team does to practice for the games. 

“We’ve been working hard in practice just trying to get better,” junior Hayden Price said. “Each day is a building process and we’re working to be as prepared as we can for district games. One of my main goals is really to just have fun and enjoy playing, but I also want to get better each day and hold myself accountable for everything I do on and off the field.”

*As the season continues throughout the spring, the players set goals for themselves and work hard. 

“My personal goal is not to be selfish and to help and teach my teammates,” junior Alivia Robinson said. “[I want] to help them become better mentally and physically in this long [season].”

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With softball being a sport that relies heavily on teamwork, the players have done activities and taken field trips together to become closer with each other and improve their communication.

“I bond with my team by hanging out outside of practice and having team dinners,” Price said. “Over spring break we all went out and played pickleball together for team bonding which was really fun. We all have bad games but overall we perform pretty well together.” 

For Robinson, the softball team stands out because of their close relationships and bonds.

“I believe that our connection to one another sets us apart,” Robinson said. “Whether having three years with the seniors or just meeting these new freshmen, our bonds [with each other] grow stronger and deeper as the season picks up.”

According to Price and Robinson, their coaches have played a big role in this season and have contributed to the players’ performance.  

“My coaches have helped me become a better player and learn more about the game,” Price said. “They’ve helped me become a better teammate by trusting me to step up and be a leader.”

Challenges such as injuries, bad wind, losses and different levels of experience within the team have made it difficult for them to perform perfectly. 

“One thing I do to stay motivated is focusing on the positives and what we can do better,” Price said. “Setbacks are inevitable, and when they happen I just try to think about how I can overcome them.”

As student athletes, it can also be difficult to juggle between schoolwork and athletics. For Robinson, it is especially difficult with her being involved in basketball, track and softball. 

“High school ball can get very challenging mentally,” Robinson said. “I am at school before and after school everyday to practice and I spend all of my school time working hard. My future not only includes college softball but school as well and I need to be prepared for it.” 

With the season almost halfway through, there are many achievements to come, but for Price there are still things to be pleased about. 

“I am most proud of making varsity my first year back,” Price said. “This was something that I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do because I took a break from softball for a few years, and I felt really proud of myself when I was told that I was going to be playing varsity.” 

Since she was five years old, Robinson has stayed dedicated to softball. This led to her commitment to UTPB after many school visits and tours.

“When I got my offer it took me a very long time to decide where,” Robinson said. “Softball has always been my dream for college, and UTPB is my fit. When [I committed] I knew I was going to be loved and supported.”

 

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Julia Seiden
Julia Seiden, Reporter
Julia is a junior and first year reporter. In her free time she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and listening to music. She enjoys getting to write about people’s lives and telling a good story for everyone to enjoy. She wants to be a photojournalist and wants to travel and explore the world. She is super excited to be writing for The Wolfpack this school year.

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