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Boys soccer lances Knights in 3-1 win

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 Falc...
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Day in the Life: Julian Levy

The day Julian Levy (12) learned to ride a bike came not long after he took his first steps. “My dad put me on a bike when I was one or two,” Levy said. “He cycled and raced, too.” Fast forward 16 years and Levy is a competitive cyclist with a spot on the VeloSport Junior Development team, the largest junior and U23 road cycling racing program in America.  Levy competes in events for both road and velodrome cycling, two vastly different types of racing.  “Velodrome races are more fast-paced than huge, long races,” Levy said. “At most, ...
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Wrestling falls to San Pasqual 60-19 in season opener

Wrestling (0-1) suffered a loss to San Pasqual High School (1-0) 60-19 on Nov. 30 in the Falcons’ first preseason dual meet of the year. TPHS won four of the 12 matches, with one tie and seven losses. “The team did excellently,” head coach Martin Brown said. “We had about seven wrestlers where it was their first match, and they had a lot of wins.” Among the winners were Gabe Panikowski (9) DJ Younkin (12), who both said hard work, dedication and having the fight and will to win led to their victories. Younkin, who won 10-9, prevailed using strength, the &ld...
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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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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...