Donkey Basketball

By: Nikole Kimble

It’s that time of year again folks! Woodlake’s Annual Donkey Basketball is finally here. It will take place at the old gym. This year it will be FFA vs. varsity football. Tickets will be at the gate; $9 for adult, $7 for students, and $5 for children. There will be concessions selling sandwiches and nachos. At halftime, they will be announcing the FFA sweetheart and stud.  Make sure you vote!

Last year’s donkey basketball was a close game. Woodlake played against Exeter and Woodlake won by 1 point. Congratulations this year to Woodlake Football on winning!!! Here are some pictures of the game:

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Update:  To end the night of fun, Izaiah Benavides and Sierra Bolanos won the sweetheart titles!

2018 Winter Olympics

By: Callie Vincent

Are you cheering on America in the 2018 Winter Olympics? The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating. Their creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Every two years, cities around the world make bids to the International Olympic Commission to host the Olympic Games. Most Olympics games, especially the Winter Olympics, are selected on the strength of being a popular place for winter sports to occur at. The 2018 Olympics is taking place in PyeonChang, South Korea. The United States ranked #4 around the world with 9 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 6 bronze medals. With a total of 23 medals, one can say that America’s athletes are representing the country exemplary!

 

Gold Medalist Snowboarding: Shaun White (Men’s Halfpipe), Chloe Kim (Women’s    Halfpipe), Red Gerard (Men’s Slopestyle), Jamie Anderson (Women’s Slopestyle).

Silver Medalist Snowboarding: Jamie Anderson (Women’s Bigair).

Bronze Medalist Snowboarding: Arielle Gold (Women’s Halfpipe).

Gold Medalist Freestyle Skiing: David Wise (Men’s Halfpipe).

Silver Medalist Freestyle Skiing: Alex Ferreira (Men’s Halfpipe), Nicholas Goepper (Men’s Slopestyle).

Bronze Medalist Freestyle Skiing: Brita Sigourney (Women’s Halfpipe).

Gold Medalist Alpine Skiing: Mikaela Shiffrin (Women Giant Slalom).

Silver Medalist: Mikaela Shiffrin (Women Alpine Combined).

Bronze Medalist: Lindsey Vonn (Women Downhill).

Gold Medalist: United States (Women Team Sprint Freestyle).

Gold Medalist Curling: United States Men’s Team.

Gold Medalist Ice Hockey: United States Women’s Team.

Silver Medalist Bobsleigh: United States (Women 2-Man Competition).

Silver Medalist  Luge: Chris Mazdzer (Men Single).

Silver Medalist Short Track: John-Henry Krueger (Men 1000m).

Bronze Medalist Figure Skating: Shibutani/Shibutani.

Bronze Medalist: United States (Women Team Pursuit 6 Laps).

gettyimages-916107108_slide-944d5bcc4549c5fa00c922a806a2f68a0ef616cc-s900-c85The 2022 Winter Olympics will take place in the beautiful country of Beijing. Great job to the American athletes for representing our country to their fullest potential in South Korea. Until we meet again America!

 

FFA Speaking Competition

By: Kiara Benavides

On February 8, Woodlake FFA traveled to Mission Oak in Tulare to compete in the Sequoia Section Public Speaking competition. The competition consisted of a multitude of LDEs (Leadership Development Events) such as the freshmen level Creed Speaking (competitors recite the FFA Creed and answer questions about it), the sophomore level Impromptu competition (competitors select questions at random and must answer them with 30 second preparation), the Prepared competition (competitors must create a 6-8 minute speech on any agriculture related topic, recite it to a panel of judges, and answer questions about it), the Job Interview competition (competitors fill out a mock job application, submit a resume and cover letter, and attend a mock job interview in an Ag related job of their choice), and the Extemporaneous competition (competitors are given 30 minutes to deliver a speech on one of the three agricultural assigned topics). Freshman, Izaiah Benavides, competed in Creed, sophomore, Rogelio Chavez, competed in Impromptu, juniors, Edith Guijon and Aaron Edwards, competed in Job Interview, senior, Kiara Benavides, competed in Job Interview, and senior, Pia Martinez, competed in Prepared. Izaiah placed 4th in Creed and will be moving on to the regional competition. Rogelio placed 1st in Impromptu and will also be moving on to the regional competition. Kiara Benavides made it to the final round of Job Interview. All Woodlake FFA speakers represented Woodlake FFA well that night.

Carnival Fun

By: Jasmine Sandoval

Are you looking for a fun time and some yummy food? Who needs a night out on the town when you can stop by Woodlake High School’s carnival on March 16th from 5-8 p.m. The carnival will be held in the Leo Robinson Football Stadium and will be open to the public. Tiger athletics and other school clubs will be having carnival games such as; balloon pop, soccer shoot out, a dunk tank, football toss, corn hole, and so much more! Don’t be shy! Play some games and work up a big appetite because Tacos Galacticos, Jamba Juice, Kettle Korn, corn on the cob, and Kona Ice will also be at the carnival! The Tiger leadership class will be selling refreshing drinks as well. Don’t miss out on a fun time, see you there!

A New Goal to Strive For

By Jordan Price

As the new semester has arrived, many students will strive for new goals. A couple students from Woodlake High School will share their goals and what they hope to achieve this semester. These goals can vary from grades, to sports, to skill building. Interviews were held with several students to find out what exactly they are striving to improve about themselves.

“What goals and achievements do have for this new semester?”

Victoria Benavidez: “I hope to finish this semester at Woodlake and get good grades. Along with good grades, I want to hang out with my friends more often.”

 

“What goals and achievements do you have for this new semester?”

Wyatt Frazier: “I hope to raise my GPA and get A’s and B’s this semester. I hope to accomplish this goal, but if I don’t, at least I am going to spend some more time with my boys.”

 

“What goals and achievements do you have for this new semester?”

Julian Duran: “I strive to get the highest GPA in school and beat some of my swim times from last year. This semester is going to be a blast!”

 

It looks like Woodlake High School is going to have a hard working and fun semester. Later this semester, I will be checking with these students to see if they’ve met their goals for the year.

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Spring Sports Schedule

By: Callie Vincent

Girls Softball Schedule

Day Date Opponent Place Time

Friday                   Feb. 16              @Washington Union     @Washington Union   3:30 PM

Tuesday                Feb. 20              @Exeter HS                  @Exeter HS                 3:30 PM

Thursday              Feb. 22              @Dinuba HS                 @Dinuba HS               3:30 PM

Friday                   Mar.02              @Roosevelt HS              @Roosevelt HS           3:30 PM

Thursday              Mar.08               Farmersville HS             Woodlake HS              3:30 PM

Wednesday           Mar.14               Corcoran HS                  Woodlake HS              4:00 PM

Friday                   Mar.16               Granite Hills HS             Woodlake HS              4:00 PM

Wednesday           Mar. 21              @Lindsay HS                @Lindsay HS               4:00 PM

Saturday               Mar. 24    @Open Date(Fowler Tourney)    Open Date                 TBA

Monday                Mar. 26    @Open Date(Fowler Tourney)    Open Date                 TBA

Tuesday                Mar. 27    @Open Date(Fowler Tourney)    Open Date                 TBA

Wednesday           Apr.04           @Strathmore HS                  @Strathmore              4:00 PM

Friday                   Apr.06           Sierra Pacific HS                  @SPHS                      4:00 PM

Wednesday           Apr.11            @Corcoan HS                     @Corcoran HS           4:00 PM

Wednesday           Apr.18            @Granite Hills HS              @Granite Hills HS      4:00 PM

Friday                   Apr.20            Strathmore HS                   Woodlake HS               4:00 PM

Wednesday           Apr.25            @Sierra Pacific Hs              @SPHS                       4:00 PM

Friday                   Apr.27            Corcoran HS                       Woodlake HS              4:00 PM

Wednesday           May 02           @Lindsay HS                      @Lindsay HS             4:00 PM

Friday                   May 04           Granite Hills HS                   Woodlake HS             4:00 PM

Wednesday           May 09           @Strathmore HS                 @Strathmore HS          4:00 PM

Friday                   May 11           Sierra Pacific          Woodlake HS (Senior Night)    4:00 PM

 

Track (Boys/Girls) Schedule

Day Date Opponent Place Time

Wednesday             Feb.28          @Central Valley Christian HS   @CVC            4:00 PM

Saturday                 Mar.10          @Central Valley Christian HS   @CVC            10:00 AM

Wednesday             Mar.14          @Sierra Pacific HS                    @SPHS           2:00 PM

Friday                     Mar.16          @Redwood HS                          @RHS            2:00 PM

Friday                     Mar.23           @Exeter HS                              @EUHS          1:00 PM

Wednesday             Apr.04          @Granite Hills HS                    @Granite HS    3:30 PM

Friday                     Apr.13           @Tulare Western HS                @TWHS           2:00 PM

Wednesday             Apr.18            @Lindsay HS                          @LHS              3:30 PM

Thursday                Apr.19           @Sierra Pacific HS                    @SPHS            2:00 PM

Friday                     Apr.27           @Robert Kennedy HS       @Robert Kennedy   3:00 PM

Thursday                May 03         ESL Championships          Woodlake HS           3:30 PM

Wednesday           May 09           @Kingsburg HS                  @Kingsburg HS      4:00 PM

Friday                   June 01       @Open Date (Buchanan HS)   Open Date              3:00 PM

Saturday               June 02       @Open Date (Buchanan HS)    Open Date             3:30 PM

 

Swimming (Boys/Girls) Schedule

Day Date Opponent Place Time

Thursday                Feb.15                  Immanuel Schools     Woodlake HS         4:00 PM

Thursday                Feb.22                  Delano HS                 Woodlake HS         4:00 PM

Tuesday                  Feb.27                 @Dinuba HS              @Dinuba HS          4:00 PM

Thursday                Mar.01                 @Sierra Pacific HS      @SPHS                  4:00 PM

Thursday                Mar.08                 @Tulare Western HS    @TWHS               4:00 PM

Thursday                Mar.15                  Fowler HS                  Woodlake HS         4:00 PM

Thursday                Mar.22                @Mission Oak HS       @MOHS                 4:00 PM

Saturday                 Mar.24                  Delano HS                 Woodlake HS          4:00 PM

Thursday                Apr.05              @Granite Hills HS         @Granite Hills HS   4:00 PM

Thursday                Apr.12                @Lindsay HS               @Lindsay HS          4:00 PM

Thursday                Apr.19                 Strathmore HS             Woodlake HS          4:00 PM

Thursday                Apr.26                 Corcoran HS                Woodlake HS          4:00 PM

Thursday                May 03             Open Date(@Corcoran HS)   Open Date         4:30 PM

 

Boys Tennis Schedule

Day Date Opponent Time

Thursday                Feb.15              @Tulare Western HS   4:00 PM

Monday                  Feb.26                    Exeter HS              4:00 PM

Wednesday             Feb.28               @Granite Hills HS     4:00 PM

Thursday                Mar.01               @Orosi HS                 4:00 PM

Wednesday             Mar.07                 Sierra Pacific HS      4:00 PM

Friday                     Mar.09               @Strathmore HS        4:00 PM

Tuesday                  Mar.13                  Corcoran HS           4:00 PM

Thursday                Mar.15                 @Lindsay HS           4:00 PM

Friday                     Mar.16       @Redwood Invitational      TBA

Saturday                 Mar.17       @Redwood Invitational      TBA

Wednesday            Apr.04              @Orange Cove             4:00 PM

Thursday               Apr.05             Granite Hills HS             4:00 PM

Wednesday            Apr.11                   Orosi HS                   4:00 PM

Friday                    Apr.13              @Sierra Pacific HS        4:00 PM

Wednesday            Apr.18                Strathmore HS             4:00 PM

Friday                    Apr.20                   @Corcoran HS         4:00 PM

Tuesday                 Apr.24                    @Lindsay HS          4:00 PM

Thursday             Apr.26             @Granite HS(ESL Champ.)   9:00 AM

Friday                  Apr.27             @Granite HS(ESL Champ.)   9:00 AM   

 

Boys Baseball Schedule

Day Date Opponent Place Time

Tuesday                  Feb.20                  @Mission Oak HS   Woodlake                   3:30 PM

Thursday                Feb.22                   @CVC                     @CVC                     3:30 PM

Saturday                 Feb.24            @Coalinga HS                 @Immanuel HS       10:00 AM

Tuesday                  Feb.27             @Orosi HS                     @Immanuel HS        3:30 PM

Thursday                Mar.01               @Immanuel Touney    @Immanuel HS         3:30 PM

Saturday                  Mar.03              @Reedley HS               @Immanuel HS        TBA

Tuesday                  Mar.06                Caruthers HS               Woodlake                   3:30 PM

Thursday                Mar.08              Farmersville HS              Woodlake                  3:30 PM

Wednesday             Mar.14             @Corcoran HS             @Corcoran HS            4:00 PM

Friday                     Mar.16             @Granite Hills HS        @Granite HS               4:00 PM

Wednesday             Mar.21                Lindsay HS                  Woodlake                   4:00 PM

Sat-Wed.              Mar.24-28         Ron Robinson Classic       Woodlake                   TBA

Wednesday             Apr.04               Strathmore HS                Woodlake                   4:00 PM

Friday                     Apr.06              @Sierra Pacific HS        @Sierra Pacific            4:00 PM

Wednesday             Apr.11              Corcoran HS                    Woodlake                   4:00 PM

Friday                     Apr.13              @Corcoran HS                 @Corcoran HS         4:00 PM

Wednesday             Apr.18               @Lindsay HS                 @Lindsay HS            4:00 PM

Friday                     Apr.20              Lindsay HS                       Woodlake                  4:00 PM

Wednesday             Apr.25              Granite Hills HS               Woodlake                   4:00 PM

Friday                     Apr.27            @Granite Hills HS         @Granite HS                  4:00 PM

Wednesday            May 02            @Strathmore HS             @Strathmore HS            4:00 PM

Friday                    May 04            Strathmore HS                    Woodlake                    4:00 PM

Wednesday            May 09           Sierra Pacific(Senior Night) Woodlake                    4:00 PM

Friday                    May 11             @Sierra Pacific HS            @Sierra Pacific HS     4:00 PM

 

Golf (Boys/Girls) Schedule

Day Date Opponent Start Time

Tuesday                          Feb.27         Golden West HS @Valley Oak Golf Course       2:30 PM

Wednesday                     Mar.07        ESL Meet  @Valley Oak Golf Course                 1:00 PM

Monday                          Mar.12        ESL Meet @Valley Oak Golf Course                  2:00 PM

Monday                          Mar.19        Kerman HS @Madera Golf Course                      2:00 PM

Thursday                        Mar.22         Mission Oak HS@Tulare Golf Course                4:00 PM

Wednesday                     Apr.04         Riverdale HS @Valley Oak Golf Course             2:00 PM

Monday                       Apr.09           ESL Meet @Porterville Golf Course                2:00 PM

Wednesday                  Apr.11            Dinuba HS @Ridge Creek Golf Course          2:00 PM

Monday                       Apr.16            ESL 18 Hole Trn. @Springville                       12:00 PM

Monay                         Apr.23             ESL 18 Hole Trn. @Springville                       11:00 PM

Tuesday                 May.01   ESL Finals @Dinuba, Ridge Creek Golf Course               12:00 PM

 

   

   

Florida School Shooting

By:Victoria Benavidez

 

          As the news spread about the school shooting at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the gunman was 19 year old Nikolas Cruz. Cruz was recently expelled from his former high school and as retaliation, shot and killed seventeen students and adults at the school. As the kids were trying to exit the school, Cruz was trying to hide in a big group of kids that were also exiting the school. After the incident, Cruz was arrested in nearby Coral Springs. “Nikolas Cruz was armed with an AR-15 semi -automatic rifle and multiple magazines” said Sheriff Scott Israel. “You come to the conclusion this is just absolutely pure evil,” said Florida, Gov. Rick Scott.

To make matters worse, the FBI was alerted 6 months ago after a Youtube user, Nikolas Cruz posted the comment, “ I’m going to be a professional school shooter,” and unfortunately carried out those very words with a horrific incident.  According to Buzzfeed, “Cruz’s mother died in early November and he had been staying with a local family. “He lived here without any concerns or issues for almost 3 months,” stated the family that has been caring for Cruz since his mother passed away.  It’s scary to know that people just snap and commit heinous crimes just for the thrill.  Our thoughts are with all of the families who have been affected by this tragedy.    imagesdownload

Valentine’s Day!

By Clayton Vincent

              Valentine’s Day is celebrated annually throughout the world on February 14th as a day of Love. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus. However, today the tradition of Valentine’s day has changed. Now, on Valentine’s day, lovers and friends exchange candy, flowers, and gifts between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas. To make Valentine’s Day a successful one, you should show compassion to your loved ones. Events that you can do on Valentine’s Day in Woodlake or Visalia are going out to dinner, watching a movie, or even taking your date dancing.  Of all days out of the year, show your loved ones some love, especially on this special holiday.  Make someone feel special.

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Love, Simon

By: Isenia Lopez

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Tired of rereading the same book? If so, then book club can help solve that situation. In book club the group discusses a new book every month. February’s book is Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. In Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, a sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Join book club and see what happens in the book. 

 

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What is your favorite book?

Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp  

Share a favorite quote from the book. Why did this quote stand out?  

“Death brings life; life brings death. There are no words in that fleeting moment between hope and the knowledge. There is no way to express how a heart can burst and break at the same time, how the sun can cut through the darkness but will cast shadows everywhere.”

If you had the chance to ask the author of this book one question, what would it be?

Could you please make this a movie?

What was your favorite childhood book?

Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Favorite genre to read is romance.

 

New Movies And New Music Are Waiting For Your

By: Isaak Martinez

Having trouble looking for something to watch or listen to? Well, new music by your favorite artists include Drake and Kendrick Lamar. These artists have come out with some hot new music featuring other very talented artists. Not only did new music come out earlier this year, but so did a few movies starring your favorite actors/actresses. Here is a list of just a few.

Black Panther

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-After the death of T’Challa father, He returns his to home land in Wakanda in Africa.

-February 16, 2018

Annihilation

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-Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Novel, takes place where the law of nature doesn’t apply.

– February 23, 2018

A Wrinkle in Time

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– Meg Murry and her little brother Charles Wallace have been without their father for 5 years after he discovered a new planet.

– March 9, 2018

Ready Player One

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– The film is set in 2045 with the world on the edge of chaos and collapse, but the people have found salvation in the OASIS.

-March 30, 2018

You Were Really Never Here

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-A contract killer uncovers a conspiracy while trying to save a kidnapped teen from a life of prostitution.

-April 6, 2018

Avengers Infinity War

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-The Avengers gather some new recruits to fight against their most powerful enemy they have ever faced, Thanos, that threatens to destroy their home Earth.

-May 4, 2018

Deadpool 2

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– A relentless red ninja like character was a project that was a success… well in some accusations.

-May 18, 2018

Bruno Mars

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-”Finesse (Remix)” By Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B

Kendrick Lamar

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– “All the Stars” By Kendrick Lamar and SZA

Camila Cabello

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– “Camila” By Camila Cabello

Drake

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“Diplomatic Immunity” and “God’s Plan” By Drake