Wildcat baseball struggles to score

Ma'Lik Berginer stands in front of Garinger's baseball field. Photo by Demetri Johnson.

By Ma’Lik Berginer
Baseball has been a struggle at Garinger High School.
For the past four years we have won a total of 14 baseball games. Year after year it has been loss after loss.
At times, we were led to believe that it was the players who were disobedient and disrespectful. But that wasn’t the case. Since I arrived at Garinger when I was a sophomore, I have realized many things. I witnessed some coaches who didn’t want their players to succeed, some teachers who wouldn’t teach and much more.
The sad part about the start of this season is the fact that we did not get a coach until four days before our first game, and we had a total of three practices.
That is not fair when there are other teams who have been practicing all year to prepare, yet we have three days to get it together.
Coach Lorenzo Graves said he saw “some hard working players who give their all…I hope the best for them.”
Next year, he plans to start training early.
“We will win. Best believe that,” he said.
Yes, the odds have been stacked against students who go to Garinger High School, especially sports wise, but I also have seen athletes make it out of here and become something great.
Take me for example. I’m going to N.C. State as a red-shirted walk-on for the football team. Darius Dobson is going to Wingate University, Kemmi Pettway is going to UNC Chapel Hill and Donquarious Howie is going to UNC Charlotte.
In the future, I think Garinger students will have a better chance at success. Maybe not this year, maybe not next year but in four years it will become a completely different environment here at Garinger High School.
I see the change happening now, so I look forward to seeing what’s next.
I hope it all changes for the best.

From struggle comes strength: Wildcat football

By Demitri Johnson and Yahya Abdur-Razzaq

In the past four years, the Wildcat football team has won 12 out of 40 games, has had four different head coaches, and just last season fell 0-9.
Many people believe that the Wildcat football program is a joke; other teams tend to schedule them for homecoming in order to have an easy win.
Well, this upcoming season, they plan to turn that around.
The Wildcats are lead by coaches Alston (Head Coach), Pope (Asst. Head Coach), Stovall (Offensive coordinator), and Brumfield, Neeley, Scott and Jordan (DB and Line coaches), who all have a strong ambition for winning.
They are trying to change the morale here at Garinger.
“We must have structure, discipline, commitment, effort, knowledge, courage, wisdom and intensity in order to become a winning program,” Coach Pope said.
The Wildcats are not only concerned about winning games; they are also concerned about the community and establishing more school sprit here at Garinger.
“We plan to have cookouts and raffles to get more people in the stands,” Pope explained.
The one advantage that this team has is that it has a good core group of players returning, mostly lineman that plan to have a major impact.
Lineman who were the Achilles heel of the team last year plan to turn that around this season.
The Wildcats have a bad taste in their mouth, one that they will never forget and hope to never taste again.
Will this be the season that the Wildcats turn it around, or will it just be another fail?

If you want to be part of the positive change on the football field, the team holds practice every Monday through Thursday after school. The coaches ask that you have your grades intact and come ready to work.

Send us your prom photos

Elizabeth Manasala, Kathy Vang, Linda Soth, Jenny Nguyen and Krystal Manasala are posing for the camera at Grand Central. Courtesy of Linda Soth.

By Eric Salinas and Linda Soth

Edna Ramirez, Lyan Martinez, Jiadara, Linda Soth and Kathy Vang are posing for the camera at Freedom Park before heading out to prom. Courtesy of Linda Soth.
Linda Soth, Tiffiny Mendez and Edna Ramirez are posing for the camera at Grand Central. Courtesy of Linda Soth.
Jackie Olguin, Linda Soth and Kathy Vang are posing for the camera on the night of prom. Courtesy of Linda Soth.

It was a night to remember!

The music was bumping and people were dancing like there was no tomorrow.

The prom was held at Grand Central on May 4.

It was a phenomenal and amazing space to roam around and just party with your close friends.
The prom started at 7:30 p.m. and sadly ended at 11 p.m., however, the moments people experienced still live in the pictures they snapped.
We want you to share your pictures. Please email them to esalinas8589@cms.gaggle.net.
Tell us the name of the photographer and identify the people in the photo from left to right.