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Falcons lose Surfboard to the Mavericks

Despite jumping out to a 21-6 halftime lead, the Falcons (6-4) fell to La Costa Canyon High School (7-3) 27-21 on Nov. 3. The Falcons seized the momentum early in the game after they picked off the Mavericks on their opening drive and forced a fumble on their next drive. A solid rushing attack by Mac Bingham (11), quarterback Jason Heine (11) and finally Sully O’Brien (12) gave the Falcons a 7-0 lead. After the Mavericks turned the ball over on downs on the Falcons 21-yard line, Heine capitalized by hitting O'Brien for 25 yards and then took the ball in himself for eight yar...
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Girls lacrosse takes hard-fought victory over Dons

Girls lacrosse (16-0) defeated Cathedral Catholic High School (9-5) 15-10 on April 24 at TPHS for head coach Kaitlin Doucette’s hundredth win. “Cathedral is always a tough game no matter what,” Marisa Kuberra (12) said. “Because we all know each other and that [creates a] rivalry between the schools.” The first goal of the night was made after Kelli McKinnon (11) passed the ball to Bailee Monjazeb (11), who then cut right through the 12-meter fan and scored a swift goal. Cathedral quickly rebounded just a few plays later, scoring off a free position shot to tie the score at 1-1....
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Coachella: 5 Things Instagram Never Told Me

After five years of daydreaming, constantly begging my parents to let me go my senior year and imagining myself jamming out to my favorite indie bands, I finally went to Coachella. The months leading up to the weekend were some of the most excruciating months of my life; as a frequent concert-goer, I was very excited to spend a whole three days with my best friends at what is perhaps one of the most glorified music festivals in the world. Even though I had a wonderful experience overall and will definitely be returning in a few years, there were a lot of problems I encountered over the weekend that I had wished the cli...
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1 in 2,568: Rayhan Tabani

At Public Square Coffee House in La Mesa, the focus is not on the drinks or the food; instead, much of the attention is directed toward the live performances and local artists. The stage, illuminated by red and purple lights and surrounded by late-night customers and musicians, is set up in the center. Jazz bands, soul artists and folk singer-songwriters have already taken the stage, but there remains one more act to supply the crowd with its nightly dose of rhythm and blues: Sugar Ray Ray. Rayhan Tabani (11), who is originally from Orange County, has been singing his whole life. Known by fellow Falcons as “Sugar...
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Bouchard and Dupree awarded Teacher and Employee of the Year

Special education teacher Susie Bouchard was named TPHS Teacher of the Year and then SDUHSD Teacher of the Year, and special education instructional aide Janine Dupree was named TPHS Classified Employee of the Year, an award presented to non-credentialed staff members, on Mar. 9. Bouchard and Dupree were nominated by their TPHS co-workers and then won after receiving the most votes by colleagues. Bouchard teaches the Transitional Alternative Program, which is a part of the special education department. The program is for “students who require functional, social, vocational and independent living skills...
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Con: Standing Up for the Pledge of Allegiance

The right not to have to stand up for the pledge is one protected under the  free speech clause in the U.S. Constitution — not one that can be sacrificed because over-patriotic citizens feel the need to impose their views on their peers. The idea that not standing up for the pledge is somehow dishonoring those serving in the military is unfounded, baseless, and frankly, ridiculous. It is nothing more than an attempt by others to force people to believe what they believe, to stand for what they stand for, and to ignore constitutional rights.  Students have been classically conditioned to stand up at...
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Boys lacrosse edges Loyola with last-minute goals

Boys lacrosse (5-0) narrowly defeated Loyola High School of Los Angeles (6-1) with a final score of 9-7 on Mar. 18. Loyola took the ball in the first face-off, but it was quickly won back by midfielder Spencer Grant (11). Midfielder Shayne Grant (11) scored only 40 seconds into the game, assisted by attackman Alderik van der Heyde (12). The Cubs made repeated scoring attempts in a short period of time, but goalie Makail Fraboni (11) knocked all of the shots down before they reached the goal. “[I reacted] to the shot as fast as I can and being confident is crucial in making a nice, fluid save...
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Girls lacrosse dominates rival La Costa Canyon

Girls lacrosse (6-0) defeated La Costa Canyon High School (3-2) 16-8 on Mar. 18 at LCC, with dominant offensive plays and good communication on and off the field.  “LCC is super competitive, so they’re always going to be one of the rivalries,” head coach Kaitlyn Doucette said. “They’re always going to be a tough game; they’re always going to be competitive regardless of the players or anything like that.”  According to Marisa Kuberra (12), although they had played another game earlier in the day, TPHS still started off strong with powerful offensive attacks and successful pa...
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Musically Noteworthy

The morning bell rings on a Thursday, just two weeks before the Chamber Concert at Canyon Crest Academy. Members of the TPHS orchestra file into the music room to perfect their pieces. The violins, clarinets and flutes can be heard from beyond classroom doors, the music leaking into the crisp spring air. TPHS music students have the opportunity to further develop their talents and passions for music through the music department, in ensembles like symphonic band, jazz band, wind ensemble and choir. Helping them perfect their skills and prepare for upcoming concerts and competitions is music teacher Amy Gelb, who has b...