By: Taylor Rosetti
Playing for a team that isn't a “Palumbo team”, frankly, sucks. Every time I have to wear my CAPA softball jersey to school, I have even teachers telling me “wrong school.” But there’s nothing I can do about it, I still love my sport and always will.
Palumbo doesn't have our own softball team because we can't afford it. An athletic director can only teach so many classes and be in charge of so many sports. If we were able to hire another Health/Physical Education teacher, we could add more sports teams.
Even though softball isn't a “Palumbo Sport” the team is comprised of mostly Palumbo girls. Of the 15-16 girls on the team, around 10 go to Palumbo.
Coming off of a year finishing second place in the silver Division, we were headed to gold, believe we didn't have a chance in the world, but we’ve surprised even ourselves. We’re currently 4-2 with 4 more games to play, and hoping for a spot in the playoffs.
I may be a little bit biased, but this is great for a team with 5 veteran players, losing 5 seniors, as well as a number of returning players, and being lead by a new coach.
Of course it hasn't been easy, we barely won our first game. We were down by 2 against Kensington High School in the last inning, our pitcher, a senior from CAPA, Temaya Valentin came up to bat and hit a hard line drive. That line drive got Temaya in, as well as the two girls on base ahead of her.
As the starting shortstop, I have high hopes for my team. Once again, I may be a little biased, but we have a lot of talent. Next season should be even better than this season, we’re only going to be losing one starting senior, and should be keeping our spot in Gold.
By: Musa Hill
This February Palumbo’s mixed team with Furness has started try outs. Journalism’s own Matthew Carlone is trying out for the catcher position which he will most likely get because he is the only one trying out for it. Matt Carlone was quoted saying, “ Practice is enjoyable since baseball has ended last October he has been missing the field and the feel of throwing balls around.” This season looks like it will be a good one we have Matty Ice trying out for the school team for the first time he is a formidable baseball player and an even better guy the team will be lucky to have him. The season is hard to judge so far but the crop of new talent we have there this year will look to improve on the solid season we had last year. I feel as though with all the anticipation surrounding baseball season this will be a fun season and the stands will be jam packed. The school is bubbling over with excitement from the up and coming baseball season so it’s going to be pretty awesome. Journalism’s own Steve started off going to try outs but had to drop it it will be the teams lost not to have Steve. Steve has speed and if I know anything excellent hand eye coordination. He is a good basketball player and one of Palumbo’s finest athletes so I hope his loss doesn’t affect the team too badly. All in all though we are on our way to another great season. Go Griffins Go!
by Musa Hill
So far winter sports at Palumbo are getting off to a pretty nice start with teams practicing to get prepared for the season. The boys basketball team has weeks of intensive training and two a days. They are expected to show up at 6:00 in the morning for an early practice session and then stay 2 hours after school as well. I think it’s safe to say they are persevering for the season. The boys basketball team has had a couple scrimmages so far, one of those scrimmages coming the day of the fall feast. They were told to get their food and roll out. The scrimmages have no official scores, so no one was declared winners or losers in their scrimmages. Rumor has it that everyone played amazing and an insider on the team, Laquan Preston informed me that journalism’s former own member, Waseem Talbert had a great scrimmage. The team is bringing in some new members with 2 new freshman guards and journalism’s own Marquez Cruz aka Quez Rules. The boys basketball seems to be on it’s way to a better season than last year, which if I say so myself is impressive. Cruz says he is ready to be the leader this team needs and will step up to the plate when needed (We’ll see). A recent setback for the team has been a hand injury to returning player Saeer Miller aka SaBuckets. It reportedly happened in an after school practice on the 3rd of December. He was in the hospital that night with a soft cast on and his mother by his side. I’m hearing barring a setback he will be able to return this season on the bright side of things.
On the other side of gender pertaining to basketball, the girls basketball team is practicing and scrimmaging too. The most recent scrimmage came against Paul Robeson and the team was very confident when interviewed in the lay up line before the game. With junior guard, Kiarah Henry otherwise known as Rooster saying, “We are about to fry them” and “It’s over with” well before the game even started ironically. Palumbo’s girls basketball teams has added two new tall girls to the team to hold down the lower block. Things are looking bright for the Lady Griffins who returned, all but one player from it’s heralded 2014-2015 team that went undefeated up until the playoffs. The Lady Griffins has some of the most heart and talent I’ve ever seen from a high school team on the floor, with essentially the core returning unchanged and with no injuries this year expect an even better year from them. The leaders of the team are point guards, Rooster and Taylor and forwards, Sleepy and Ariana Dos Santos. With a core like that, they are going to be scary for opposition, especially with the addition of two new freshman forwards that tower over most girls. I guess what this article is saying is Palumbo basketball is going to be the truth this year. Expect great things because I am.