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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...
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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...