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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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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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Day in the Life: Stephen Lukashev

Fueled by his love of the water, Stephan Lukashev (10) stands on the edge of the starting block,  anticipating the buzzing sound that signals the start of the 100-meter butterfly.  For the past nine years, Lukashev has devoted himself to the water, which has led to many victories in his impressive swimming career thus far.  “I started [swimming] around the age of seven at [the University of California, San Diego] just to learn how,” Lukashev said. “I was always a kid that was fond of the water. Whenever I was in our pool I would always jump around and kind of adapt to the sit...
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Cross Country top 10 in national Mt. SAC Invitational

The cross country team returned with ninth in varsity boys, third in varsity girls, and first in freshmen boys on Oct. 22 at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. In a 2.93-mile race, cross country raced alongside schools from all over California and some out-of-state schools. The Mt. SAC Invitational is well-known among high school cross country teams and   competition that many aspire to go to. In this top cross country competition, TPHS qualified for the individual sweepstakes competition, which is an improvement over past years.  “In years past, we have always bee...
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Boys water polo finishes strong in SD Open Tourney

Boys water polo won four games out of five at the San Diego Open Tournament on Oct. 19-21.  The Falcons first met on Oct. 19 with California High School, who would prove to be their toughest opponent. In what was a close, hard-fought four quarters, the Falcons fell 13-12. It was a close call between TPHS and California High School as the game went into overtime.  “We were going into the fourth quarter of that game down by five [points],” Chris Stapakis (12) said. “But we made a comeback, went into overtime and lost after they hit a lucky shot on our goalie.” Becau...
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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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Day in the Life: Hannah Zhao (12)

As she steps onto the tennis court for the final match in the Girls’ 18 Singles event at the Southern California Junior Sectional Championships, returning champion Hannah Zhao’s (12) brain seems to freeze. With all eyes on her, arms shaking and heart pounding, Zhao breathes in and out, becoming more confident with each hit until the match is over and she is crowned the champion. However, Zhao is no stranger to winning; ever since she began hitting balls with her father at age 5, she has always excelled in tennis. “I was pretty good at [tennis and] it was basically the only sport I had ever played,&rdq...
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Field Hockey perfect in Serra Tournament

Taking first seed in Pool D, Girls Varsity Field Hockey won all three games on Sept. 16 at the Serra Varsity Field Hockey Tournament.  For the first game, TPHS (6-2) defeated long-time rival school, La Costa Canyon High School (3-4). TPHS faced tough competition, according to Kristin Bitter (11).  Bitter and midfielder Emma Marks (12) started the first half by scoring the first two goals of the game, giving TPHS a lead.  “We came in kind of tired, so we were slow at first,” Bitter said. “But we just had to wake up a lot and really had to overcome [our tiredness].&r...