“Depending on the day of the week we have five to seven players,” said Coach Jan Migaki of the boys’ tennis team.
The amount of players needed to be able to win a match is nine.
Kevin Nguyen, a member of the team, said, “I think [there are few players] because of a lack of advertisement and I also think tennis isn't that much of a popular sport.”
The majority of the sports have ways of advertising for themselves around the school. Football has a green arch they use next to their sign-up table at the May sports fair.
Clubs and classes like journalism and Business Academy inform students of their curriculum and ask people to join. Boys Tennis, on the other hand, do not formally recruit or advertise.
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Coach Migaki of the tennis teams said, “We don’t focus to recruit members, but we should.”
ASB and members of the team put a poster or two on the walls when a match is coming up.
“I haven’t seen any banners for the tennis team,” said Johnny Huynh, senior.
In previous years, the tennis team has had all of their spots filled regardless of the amount of advertising.
Some students left because they held priorities in other places.
“I wanted to be in a sport but I couldn’t. I had a lot of academic stuff I had to do first so sports came second,” said Nguyen.
Some people don’t want to play tennis because their passion is somewhere else.
Johnny said, “I wanted to join basketball because I’m used to it and I enjoy it more.”
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Students know that the tennis team exists.
Huynh said, “Yeah I’ve heard of them, but I’ve never seen them actually—just heard about them.”
Although the tennis team is short the amount of players they need, they continue to play in the matches.
Migaki said, “We still play our matches but we have to default some spots”. These are all singles matches since they don’t have enough for doubles.
Nguyen said, “When I was a freshman and I saw tennis one day. I really wanted to try it, so I tried it and really fell in love with it. I saw it in the athletic sheet where it says which sports are in what season.”
Getting to know the Golf team
Yes, Costa Mesa High School has a golf team. The golf team requires practice grounds that aren't really accessible at school, so all practice and matches happen off campus. Although Golf is free to play at Costa Mesa High School (unlike some schools) and counts on the list of athletic activities, golf isn't really presented and acknowledged by students. After the retirement of the two coaches John Courey and Tom Baldwin, Derek smith; currently an E.L.D. teacher at Costa Mesa High School, took over the golf program and placed forth a new future. Besides Girls Golf, there are currently 6 boys on varsity.
So how do you play golf?
Golf is played similarly to quite a lot of other different sports such as soccer, football, and hockey. You're shooting an object into some type of goal to win points! The objective of golf is to hit the ball into the hole in the least amount of strokes (Hits). Golf is laid out in many yards ranging from 200 yards - 500 yards before the end, where the hole lies. Meanwhile, you're trying to avoid trees, sand bunkers, water, and of course people. While doing so, you're also working on keeping your ball straight and landing it as close to the green (area of which the hole lies) as possible without going over or hitting the ball too short. There's all types of clubs to hit that have their own distance and own type of loft (Angle at which the ball proceeds after impact). This is not everyone's game of course. Most of golf relies on your swing and tempo. Golf courses can be miles long at most and tread your feet afterwards. In fact, some researchers believe walking a 9 hole course and back can be equivalent to running a mile in track! No excuse for fitness there!
Sushil Bhakta (Junior) and James Nashar (Senior) are the shining stars of the Costa Mesa High School team. Sushil Bhakta has exceeded his peers in excellence and improvement, scoring low scores and representing Costa Mesa High School. James Nashar has being playing golf for a pretty long time, and part of his family even owns a golf course. These two are truly the best on the team.
"Golf is all mental. Don't think about your bad shots much when you play, but your good shots. Don't let it get to you!" -James Nashar; senior
Of the whole golf team, these two: Chae Ho Kim and Daniel Suarez have improved so much since the beginning of the season. With no experience what so ever, Daniel was referred by Michael Hutchinson to join the team. He ended up liking it a lot. Now, he's playing varsity matches and scoring those points! He's #6 on the team, out of 6. Chae on the other hand, has very little experience but is working hard on improving his swing. Chae is #5 on the team, out of 6. Although Daniel and Chae aren't the top of the leader board, they've shown enough hard work and dedication to be proven not only Scholars in school, but Achievers in golf!
The golf team is particularly small, but the students who occupy it are friendly and very out going. It may seem like golf is an easy sport, but it's not. It requires some strength, accuracy, rhythm, and mental stability; it's not as easy as it looks. Plus, it must be a pain walking out on the golf course with a heavy bag on your back walking on grass and up hills over and over. Despite, I would recommend you give it a try! You might actually like it, and the team is welcoming to anyone who wants to join.
Written and photos by Michael Hutchinson
Last week, The Habit sponsored a fundraiser for Costa Mesa High School’s boys’ volleyball program. Nancy Perlin, mother of volleyball player Lisa Perlin, organized the event. Customers showed their support by simply bringing in a flyer passed out by volleyball players, and then making their order.
Volleyball, like other sports, has a difficult time in raising money to run its own program due to the fact that “pay-to-play” fees are illegal for public schools. The law was made when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had sued California in 2010 on the grounds that children attending public schools deserve a free education. This not only includes academic courses, but extra curricular activities as well. Prior to the law, the fees were used on what fundraisers pay for now.
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“Each program, boys and girls, needs uniforms, equipment, fees for tournaments, coaches, awards, and team bonding whether it be retreats or dinners,” says Debbie Krohnfeldt, a member of the Volleyball Booster Club.
On one hand, students are able to participate in sports they want to play regardless of financial burden. However, a glaring “$3,000 per season per program” remains unaccounted for.
The CMHS volleyball program will receive approximately 20% of the total sales made from orders that came with flyers. The amount fundraised is yet to be determined. Krohnfeldt remains optimistic nonetheless:
“The place looked pretty busy and the players would hand flyers to customers as they came in. I think posting on Facebook and having both boys and girls participating helped.”
Written by Maria Diaz
Photos by Royce Friedmann
The banquets come every year for each sport during which the team comes together to eat, hang out and get awards—well, sort of.
Most of the awards given do not say, “Most Improved” or “MVP,” they say “Participation.” After a long season of killing myself over a sport, the last thing I would want to see is that I got an award for participation.
The biggest problem with these types of awards is that I know I participated.
I was there. I don’t need to be reminded that everything I did up to that point was only worth a nothing award. You might as well not give me anything.
Another thing, in my sports in particular cross country and track, you don’t have to try out for the team. For this reason, you get a lot of people who either don’t show up or don’t participate when they do. When they end up showing up to the banquet or getting their “award” later, it’s the same as yours.
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So basically, it tells me that I’m on the same level as someone who doesn’t show up? That makes me feel great.
Also, I get more satisfaction after hearing my coach tell me that I’m doing a good job and to keep going rather than getting a piece of paper that’s supposed to be telling me the same thing. Some people enjoy pieces of paper with encouragement or awards, but I prefer words instead.
I don’t feel so bad about not getting an award while others do. Sometimes, you don’t have the knack for something or you didn’t have a good season this time around, but that’s okay. I just don’t need it written anywhere besides where my race times are.
I’m not saying that coaches mean to make you feel bad—I bet they do it to make athletes feel better—but it just makes it worse than it would have been.
We should avoid the “participation award” and just not give arbitrary awards. Sure, it feels bad to know you weren’t awarded, but it’s way better than having it on a piece of paper that you’re nothing special.
Written by Maya Lee-Lopez
Photos by Raymond Andrade
Shoes. We all need them. We all use them. What would we do without them? All of us walk every day, even if we just walk from home to school and from school back home. We tend to buy and wear shoes that are both comfortable and fit our style.
Sports shoes; almost every sport uses specific shoes and they are all different. Well according to all players the need of sports shoes consists of the demands of that sport. For say, track and field, the practice shoes are slightly different than the actual race shoes. According to Brett Bermudez and other track members, Dakota Alford, "both shoes are comfortable, since the sport is based on a lot of footwork, but race shoes consist of spikes." Brett also mentioned that for sprinting he prefers Nike over any other brand, while for distance he prefers Saucony. The spikes help the runner keep a better form and help prevent them from tripping. The type of race also has an effect on the type of spikes used on the runner’s shoes.
Soccer and baseball also have a sort of spike (cleats) in order to sustain them from slipping when they're running and to up their performance level on the playing field. Salvador and his brother, Julio said that, "the quality of their cleats really helps them while they're playing and that the different colors and styles are pretty sweet!" They went on to explain how the different colors and styles can help show team spirit and just show a little about your personal style as well. Christian Sandoval, stated, "I mean the company name isn't really 'too' important, but if you see a professional soccer player wearing a specific type of Adidas and you admire the way they play; you'll probably prefer those shoes to other ones."
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In football, Mauricio Orellana mentioned, “If I want a specific type of shoe and color and I usually buy Nike, but this one time the shoe I want is a different brand, then I'm going to purchase the other brand. I feel like if the player isn't comfortable with the shoes they wear, they won't perform to their best level."
So over time shoes have gone further into simply their purpose but also to express the players feel for the game.
In volleyball, Romario Orellana and Ziad both agreed, "It's like car brands or clothing brands, the better the brand and shoe; the more 'respect' people will give you. We don't really know how to put it in words, but we guess that people should choose their shoes based on comfort and the specific sports' excercise first followed by color or brand."
What about a sport such as swimming? Well swimmers use fins while practicing, in order to help them with their leg work and overall stroke. It helps the swimmer and makes him/her feel faster in the water. They are only used in practice because they aren't allowed in an actual race but it really leaves an impact on the legs and helps a lot.
So overall shoes are necessary in almost every sport and they can really help a lot. So, the type of ball (if used) isn't the only thing that differentiates one sport from another but also the shoes. They help the player, the team, and it allows them to have something comfortable to wear while also showing bright colors to show their style or school spirit.
Written by Jimmy Palacios
Photos by Jocelyn Gutierrez
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Bowls, rails, heats, skaters and cheerleaders; the only place it all comes together is at the Volcom Skate Park for the NSSL skate competition.
The National Scholastic Skateboarding League 3rd round competition was held this Friday, continuing the 2013 competition which started in January. The entire competition was something like a party being held from 5pm to 10 pm due to various schools, skaters, and heats (levels of skill) with tons of loud music and teenagers.
OCSL El Toro, Shore Cliffs, Estancia and Costa Mesa were among the schools in attendance to participate in the competition.
The night started off with high school bowl competition while middle school simultaneously participated in the street skate competition. 1st up overall in the bowl competition was Ethan Mctague from CMHS, making the Mesa name known. There were fewer skaters in the bowl competition due to the fact that “most skaters not as comfortable with bowl, it is a different skill” yet just as street skating has a skill rating with the first heat being the least skilled and the fifth being the most skilled. All skaters were judged on style, consistency, and degree of difficulty by volunteer judges.
As the competition went on a CMMS skater, Devlyn Neilson suffered a fall after attempting a trick during the street contest in which he landed on his side and hurt his arm and face . The whole situation was cleared up when “Dr. G” or Dr. Garret Weilrich came out to assist Neilson and within a minute he was back on his feet and ready to “shred and skate”.
Skaters from CMHS included Ethan Mctague, Christian, Brandon Olguin, Michael Schmidt, also known to many parents and frequent attendees of the NSSL skate competitions, the CMMS “superstar” who maintained his nickname with landing a nose grind, 360, fakie and the notoriously missed rail grind in the last five seconds of his forty five second debut .
Chuck Hults, owner of DeckCrafters Skateboard Company- whose “claim to fame” was the invention of the skateboard as it is known today (kicked up on both sides) was in attendance with his daughter, first time competitor Kaylie Hults. Hults helped found and fund the Volcom skate park, which “took a lot of work, but was worth it because this is now the most used skate facility” said Hults along with a fellow founder who received a Golden Shovel in recognition of the foundation of the nearly ten year old skate park. -Read Also: CMHS Skate Team Takes Third by Niki Stanborough
Kaylie Hults, a seventh grader has been skating since she was a baby although this was her first competition ever in the first heat (lowest difficulty) division. Although it was “definitely never racking and I couldn’t hear when I was going to start (due to the unfortunately low quality of speakers) it was fun.”
Another interesting member of the skate competition and the CMHS teams was Paige LaBare. A freshman in high school, cheerleader and skater has been in the league for three years saying “This [the NSSL league and competition] is what got me into skating.” Although she is a cheerleader and “wanted to follow [her] sister’s footsteps [as a cheerleader]” she also “wanted to do something more.” LaBare has been skating for CMHS league since seventh grade.
Most of the time she has no problem with strange looks in the park due to her gender because of the fact that her “skills match theirs”. [LaBare is a bowl skater which is difficult for most due to the steep jump into the bowl, she has no problem being comfortable with the deep, open bowl and high rails.]
“As long as you plan out your tricks and kind of know what you’re going to do you’re fine, but you can’t think about it.” LaBare also comments on the view that a cheerleader cant skate in saying that it pushes her to be a better skater than the boys.”
All in all the competition was filled with interesting tricks, interesting leaders and interesting skaters. Round four of the NSSL skate competition will take place at the Etnies Skate Park in Lake Forest March 29th will St. Anne/St. Edwards, Costa Mesa, Sowers/Masuda, and South Lake participating in the middle school division as well as Costa Mesa, El Toro, Estancia, Fountain Valley, and Irvine participating in the high school division.
Written by Nakita Rico
Photos and Videos by Jose Palacios
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Leslie Diaz, crossed the finish line with a throbbing foot. She finished her mile notably, after a recent foot surgery. Many would say that with the recent surgery, it would be hard to perform an A game, yet Leslie managed to medal in discus and shot put.
Earl Engman Relays kicked off the team to an impressive start, The CMHS Track and Field Team brought home 30 medals, this past Saturday.
Earl Engman Relays has always been the first meet for the CMHS Track Athletes. It gives the athletes an opportunity to race as a team, rather then as an individual.
You could see and feel the pressure everywhere as athletes, were afraid of dropping the baton or disappointing their team members. Many were impressive, but Dakota Alford, distance runner, shocked everyone on the team, when he ran a 23 second 200 meters. That was faster then the top sprinter for boys.
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Other honorary athletes were Jennifer Daley who managed to dodge a girl, who ran into her lane while racing the 4 x 100. This obstacle didn’t stop her and her team from medaling and placing 4th overall.
The boys 4 x 100 came in 3rd place.
The boys 4 x 800 and the girl’s sprint medley both placed in the top 4.
This year’s team has a very great outlook, there were many early season personal records and the team had over 50 CMHS athletes at the meet. There are more athletes on this team then seen in a while for CMHS.
Written by Jocelyn Gutierrez
Photos by Serena Ozonur
Jayson Baker, 10th grade, Track and Field
Cathrine Debbas, 12th grade, Tennis
Kirsten Gyorgy, 10th grade, Soccer
Jake Lux, 12th grade, Basketball
Juan Partita, 11th grade, Wrestling
This past year at Costa Mesa High School we’ve had more than a handful of new coaches. So we asked ourselves, what does it take to be a coach here at Costa Mesa High School? And what are the students looking for in a coach? Are these the same things?
On the NMUSD website it clearly states the required criteria to be a coach. The criteria includes: possession of a valid California teaching qualification permitting teaching at the secondary level [necessary if a teaching position became available in your approved area]; a successful sport coaching experience at the high school, community, college, or university level; knowledge of CIF Blue Book and District rules that apply to the sport and student eligibility, as well as technical knowledge of the sport.
Mrs. Uhl notes, “it’s gotten more complex lately due to recent head injuries so now you have to get cleared for First aid, CPR, knowledge on how to use a defibrillator, concussion training, walk on coaches: drug tests, FBI fingerprinting
, certified in all coaching aspects, not just the sport but managing kids, the mental, the physical aspect of coaching. So it’s not just ‘hey I’m a good volleyball coach I get to go out and coach volleyball.’”
While those are the mandatory qualifications there is also a desired qualification criterion. It is recommended that you have had a successful teaching experience
, curricular instruction knowledge (necessary for a teaching position) along with a successful experience
working and fundraising
with the booster club or other athletic support groups, and experience promoting high school athletic programs to the media. The ability to effectively communicate and interact with students, parents, and booster organizations is also seen in athletics as vitally important. Coaches are also seen as people who must be a positive role model
for students and parents, who should have evidence of a professional demeanor on and off the field, court, campus, pool deck and in the community. They are expected to be honest, have integrity, and sportsmanship, and be dedicated and committed to success. They should place high emphasis on loyalty to the school organization and aim to motivate and inspire student-athletes and coaches throughout the program. It is also expected they be skilled in working with students, parents, other teachers, and athletic and school administrative staff in a positive way. Finally, they should place high emphasis on student academic development in addition to physical development.
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Once applicants have all of these required qualifications and most of the desired qualifications, the next step is contacting the school in which they would like to be a part of in which the selected school begins to get an interview panel together.
This panel generally consists of both the athletic directors, both a boy and a girl athlete from that sport, parents from the booster, and one administrator.
And even after you get the job you have yet another set of standards to
meet and tasks to complete.
It is the job of a school athletics coach to pick and lead a staff to coach the varsity, JV, and freshman teams. They must also control the budget, coach all stages of a sport, pre-season, in-season, post-season, and summer, teach safety basics of the sport to the player, recruit athletes from the school and maintain a positive relationship with the press and the community. A coach must also maintain good communication with player’s parents through parent meetings, establish seasonal and long term goals, promote participation in other sports, maintain communication with all staff and promotes athletic director policies, appropriately promote athletes to college scouts, monitor student’s attendance and academic performance, run or assist parents with booster program and finally run fundraisers for the sport.
Yet in that, it hardly every mentions the importance of personality for that coach, which is something most players look for, it only does so in the "desired qualifications" and not in the mandatory.
Every coach not only has to fulfill the standards of the District, but also the standards of their players.
So to be a coach in the NMUSD school district comes with not only a ton of requirements and desired qualifications for the interview, but also even after you get the job it comes with un-written assumed set of qualifications that you’re expected to have.
Written by McKenna Patton
Photos by Carly Dixon