Luke Modugno

Staff Author


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Migos “Culture II”

The trailblazing rap trio Migos, featuring Quavo, Offset and Takeoff, has made its return to the rap game after a dreadfully long one-year hiatus. Migos recently released its third studio album, “Culture II,” a sequel to their wildly popular 2017 project, “Culture.” With two 2018 Grammy nominations for “Culture,” “Culture II” has become one of the most highly anticipated hip-hop records of 2018.  “Culture II” starts off slowly with forgettable tracks like “Higher We Go (Intro)” and “Supastars.” These tracks provide nothing new for ...
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Olive earns first career ‘at El Camino’ win

Boys basketball (16-2) defeated El Camino High School (9-7) 57-54 in the Jan. 12 away game that was heavy in rough, physical contact.  After the tip-off, the Falcons did not start off incredibly strong due to the powerful crowd presence. While exchanging free throws and layups with the Wildcats, the Falcons gradually fell behind. “Their crowd was amazing. They really made their presence felt and got to us,” Falcons’ small forward Brandon Angel (10) said. “Once the game got close, rough fans were yelling and throwing things at us.” Not accustomed to the aggressive...
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Staff Picks: Stranger Things

Aliens, otherworldly dimensions and superpowers. The ‘80s were a wild era, but not nearly as extraordinary as the world the Duffer brothers created in their hit  show “Stranger Things.” The two part sci-fi thriller has captured a cult-like following over two years on Netflix.  “Stranger Things” takes place in  Hawkins, Ind. The story focuses on a group of friends named Will (Noah Schnapp), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Mike (Finn Wolfhard). The first season of the show focuses on Will’s mysterious disappearance and the equally mystifying Depart...
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Sports Corner: December

Boys soccer (1-0) defeated the San Marcos High School Knights (0-1) 3-1 in their season-opening match on Nov. 30, with forwards Ted Merrifield (11) and Tyler Weinrich (12) and midfielder Alec Philibbosian (11) all scoring goals. “As a team, I thought we pushed the ball forward, created chances and, in the end, put the ball in the back of the net,” left wing and captain Grayson LeRose (12) said.  Possession was relatively balanced until nine minutes in, when San Marcos got its first chance to score. But defender Blake Munchnick (12) blocked the shot leading to a huge counterattack by the Falcons. Merr...
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Football break the Lancers

The The Falcons (6-2) defeated Carlsbad High School (4-4) in a 31-24 victory on Oct. 20.  The Carlsbad offense started its opening drive slowly. After two short runs, the Falcons defense looked ready to hold the Lancers to a “three and out.” Facing their first big third  down, the Lancers converted on a short pass to Joe Fontenot (11), who followed his blocks and ran for a devastating 70-yard touchdown.  Trailing early, the Falcons relied on both Sully O’Brien (12) and Mac Bingham (11) to jump start the running game. Rumbling up the field, the offense began to gain momentum. ...
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Sports Corner: October

After a dismal qualifying campaign, the U.S. Men’s National soccer team has failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.  Following a 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, USMNT will miss soccer’s biggest tournament for the first time since 1986. Clearly, this is a massive embarrassment and setback for the entirety of the U.S. soccer system. The question is: what went wrong? Following an electrifying 4-0 win over Panama just a week prior, things were looking good for USMNT heading into the final game of  qualification for the upcoming World Cup. So good in fact, that the United Stat...
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Football loses high-scoring battle with El Camino

The TPHS football team (2-2) lost to El Camino High School (3-1) on Sept. 15, giving up the win 42-31. TPHS kicked the game off with good defense. Michael Perrone (12) successfully thwarted El Camino’s opening drive. A poor punt from the Wildcats and an offsides penalty opened up an easy drive for TPHS, starting off with big runs by Mac Bingham (11), Sully O’Brien (12)  and Jason Heine (11) and capping off in a touchdown run by Bingham with six minutes left in the quarter.  On the defensive end, a missed tackle by Jack Raser (12) allowed for a 30-yard  touchdown run by El Camino ru...
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Multiple car break-ins reported in TPHS parking lots

Three cars owned by TPHS students Alexita Velasco (11), Isabella Collins (11) and Grace Kratzer (12) were broken into  in the TPHS student parking lot on Sept. 14 between 12:55-1:45 p.m. According to Leighton Balalio, Cathedral Catholic High School’s Director of Campus Security, it was also discovered at around 2:30 p.m. that two vehicles parked on Cathedral Catholic High School’s campus were broken into that day as well.  According to Assistant Principal Tracy Olander, the TPHS administration staff was notified of the break-ins on campus by a TPHS student who noticed an individual walking away fr...
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Con: Raising the Minimum Wage

Only a handful of issues in the United States have remained controversial as long as minimum wage. Since its creation in 1938, minimum wage has been an intense point of contention among the American working class. Its recent meteoric rise holds frightening implications for small businesses and the U.S. economy at large.  Although the fight for a raise in minimum wage has good intent, the U.S. economy cannot sustain the damage done by its ascension. In each of the 22 readjustments of the minimum wage by Congress, small businesses have suffered greatly. According to Forbes, increasing wages is one of the top five reaso...