Category: Sports

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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...
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Girls Volleyball takes 6th in Durango Classic

Girls volleyball competed at the Durango Fall Classic in Las Vegas on Sept. 15-16, securing their place as the sixth best team in the nation.  According to Coach Brennan Dean, the Durango Fall Classic is “the most competitive tournament in the U.S.” and TPHS has historically done well there. Sophia Chen (11), who has played volleyball for five years, was very excited about the tournament because of the “really good teams from all around the country that were going to be playing there.”  The competition was difficult; among 64 of the best volleyball teams in the Un...
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Steiner joins Junior National Cycling Team

McKenzie Steiner (11) rode for the Women’s Junior National Cycling Team for the Junior Track World Championships, which was held in Montichiari, Italy on Aug. 24-28. Held annually, the Junior Track World Championships is a biking competition composed of events such as the Omnium, a series of four races, and the Madison, a partner-based speed relay race between junior bikers from various countries. The national team placed eleventh overall and Alijah Beatty was the only biker who qualified to move onto the final round of her event. Steiner’s teammate for Team Pursuit, an event in which the cyclist...
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Expression Session to be hosted by TPHS Dance program

The Torrey Pines High School Dance program will host “Expression Session” in the TPHS gymnasium on Sat., June 10. The annual showcase will feature dancer students from the Dance PE classes, as well as dancers from both the JV and varsity dance teams. They will perform numbers from different genres including hip hop and contemporary. “There’ll be some hip hop numbers, some contemporary numbers and some lyrical numbers,” said Simone Swift, the choreographer for both dance teams. Among the dance numbers are routines that have been performed at competitions, as well as ne...
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One Night At The Freddies

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Day in the Life: Jake Boone

It is May 2017, a beautiful day in San Diego. As the TPHS baseball team runs into the outfield to begin warming up, dedicated fans fill the bleachers, ready to support and cheer on the team. Lifelong baseball fan and shortstop Jake Boone (12) joins his teammates with the enthusiastic support of familiar faces; his father, Bret Boone; uncle, Aaron Boone and grandfather, Bob Boone. “My entire family plays baseball,” Jake said. “I started playing when I was two years old, and that was kind of it.” When Boone says his entire family plays baseball, he is not talking about adult leagues or ...
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TPHS Swim and Dive sets new league record after winning another consecutive CIF.

The TPHS Swim and Dive Team claimed wins in both the Avocado West North County League and Division 1 CIF, their eighth consecutive CIF win for the girls and third for the boys. Both Avocado League victories took place at the Carlsbad Monroe Pool on the Carlsbad High School campus, with diving on May 5 and swimming on May 6. Meanwhile, the CIF victories took place on May 12 at San Diego Mesa College for diving and May 13 at Granite Hills High School for swimming. “[The Avocado League is] not really what we’re after at the start of the season, our goal is always to win CIF ... we’re always lo...
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Independent investigation into pay-for-play claim launched

After pressure from CIF and multiple requests from TPHS parent Wendy Gumb, the SDUHSD school board hired an independent investigator, the Sobel Group, to investigate the TPHS baseball program’s donation policy in light of allegations of a “pay for play culture,” according to TPHS Principal Rob Coppo. Coppo does not believe a pay for play culture exists and says such a culture would “destroy an athletic program.” Gumb, in a 16-page complaint filed through CIF, claimed that TPHS students were denied access to TPHS batting cages, that emails requesting donations from parents were c...