Alonso Student News
Soar like Ravens
By: Annalys Gonzalez
After such a successful spirit week, the homecoming game was the best way to end spirit week. The game was crowded with students rocking their Alonso gear; however, our rival’s side of the field was slightly emptier. Our adversary for the game was Palm Harbor University High school. Alonso took the lead for most of the game. When half time came, it was most exciting because Alonso decided to change things up this year and announce homecoming court winners. The crowd went wild when Celine Chau and Ernest Aleman were announced Queen and King. Once half time was over, the game continued. The Alonso bleachers went blurry with smoke of all different color because what better way to show spirit than color bombs from our student section. The last minute of the game was the most intense. The score was 12-10 in favor of Alonso; however, Palm Harbor had the ball on their third down and was four yards away from their end zone. Time ran out, the bleachers went silent and everyone watched the rest of the play. When the referee blew the whistle to signal that Palm Harbor was unable to score, the Alonso bleachers went wild and we had officially took the victory of our homecoming game.
By Chloe Thrasher
Last week, our varsity football players played against Leto, and they won! This season, the varsity team has been working very hard for that win and hopefully many more to come. The team wants to do better this year and be able to win more games for a chance at the championship.
Junior Dylan Schneider says that the win wasn’t a surprise, but a definite confidence boost. “We practice hard every week, but for this game, we were kind of expecting a win, but being able to score all those touchdowns helped make our team better. We are definitely going to work hard this week to prepare us for Sarasota Riverview.” The end score of the game was 36-6 and was no doubt a very exciting win.
Senior Jonathan Negron says “We expected to win due to our mindset we have our selves set on. The team got better by repetition at practice and giving a 100 percent at practice. What you give in is what you get out. And we got paid with a win.” When you work very hard for something, just like our football Ravens have been doing since the start of the season, it’s possible to make it happen.
Senior Ashton Diggs agrees that the win helped, but they’re hungry for more. “The win was satisfying, but not enough. We expected to win, but we didn’t want that to cloud our minds. The team is getting better every day, either in the books or on the field; it doesn’t matter which. We do expect to keep winning, because we aren’t planning on getting worse, and we practice hard for every team we are up against.”
The team is determined to earn more wins this season. They hope to make it to the championship this year. So far, our record this season is 2-1, meaning two wins and one loss. We can see that the team has improved greatly from our previous season.
By Annalys Gonzalez
Alonso High is very big when it comes to school spirit, especially when our football team is playing against our longest known rival, Sickles High School. Every year, football season is worshipped by students and the most visited game is always against Sickles. The Sickles vs Alonso game is a yearly tradition: Sickles students are part of a black-out and Alonso students perform a white-out in honor of our school colors. This year, it was an Alonso home game and both sides of the bleachers were committed to their color and their team.
The previous year, Alonso took the victory at the Sickles field. After seven straight years of lost games, that victory definitely boosted Alonso's confidence for this year's game. As the game began, both sides of the bleachers began cheering for their teams. It was so loud that they even overpowered the cheerleaders. Helping the students cheer were the school bands that could be heard throughout the entire field. As the game began, everyone was silent, but the silence only lasted a few minutes into the first quarter when Alonso scored their first touchdown.
Alonso High school definitely took the lead in the first quarter, but everything started going downhill after the second quarter. One of Alonso’s best defensive linebacker, Jacob Russel, #55, was injured. Afterwards, there was a small pause in the game to check on the player. Once the teachers and the referees were assured that he was alright, the game continued. By the third quarter, the score was 16-12 in favor of Sickles high school. At the time, Alonso still had hope, and the students began cheering louder and more often to strengthen their teams' confidences. As the fourth quarter came along, Sickles High school had the advantage, still at 16-12, and during the last four minutes, they labeled themselves as victors by scoring the winning touchdown, setting the score to 23-12.
Alonso students were still cheering through the end of the game because even though they didn’t win, they wouldn’t let that kill their spirit, which they are best known for. Next year, the team and students will be even more prepared to take their victory back.
By Erika Higgins
Last Friday, August 17th, at the Alonso home game versus Countryside High, we thought we were off to the perfect start with a touchdown on the first play of the game, but the referee called us down halfway to the endzone. Later in the first quarter, we were able to execute a beautiful pass into the endzone and score one extra point. We were leading seven-to-nothing through the rest of the first half.
Not long into the third quarter, Countryside High scored a touchdown, but missed the extra point. We were able to keep our one-point lead through the rest of the second half and win the game with a score of seven-to-six.
A senior, Jonathon Negron, who is #54 and a defensive tackle on the team, had a great outlook on the game. “We had a lot of players make great plays on both sides of the ball. We did have some mistakes, but it’s nothing we can’t fix or improve on to make our game better and fulfill the program’s goal, and that goal is to be great.”