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What is the NFL Draft?

Students of Second Period, Staff Writer

July 5, 2019

The NFL draft has changed and grown over the years. From good to bad teams, the NFL draft has helped  teams improve and gain new talent. The draft has also helped the NFL itself become more popular and advanced throughout the years. No matter how much money a team has they can only spend a certain amount of money during the draft. The reason for the money limit is because there are so many teams, some with lots of money and some without. So, they find a balance that all te...

Fortnite rapidly losing popularity

Quinn Tambyn, Tyler Garcia, and Mark Weeden

July 5, 2019

As we all know, Fortnite was a very popular video game with about 250 million players. There’s breaking news, Fortnite is losing players. Epic Games is adding to many things in the game that player don't like and taking out the guns that all the players like. Also, Epic adds new locations every new season in replacement for old locations most people love. Some people say that new weapons and locations keep the game fresh, but others say it was good just the way it was. O...

NBA free agency in New York

Marco Bower, Staff Writer

July 5, 2019

This time around in free agency we have a lot of NBA stars available, but the two teams most affected are those in New York. Both of the rosters for the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets would be different if not for a ruptured achilles. In the NBA finals, game 6 Kevin Durant has the ball coming back from an injured knee, when all of a sudden he goes down. That's when he ruptured his Achilles. “The Knicks were not ready to offer KD (Kevin Durant) a max deal of a four ye...

Warriors acquire D’angelo Russell in sign and trade deal

Gerardo Mendoza and Zachary Semon

July 5, 2019

The Golden State Warriors, five-time reigning Western Conference champions acquired D'angelo Russell from the Brooklyn Nets in a sign and trade deal late Sunday night. Earlier Sunday, Kevin Durant, who tore his Achilles in game five of the 2019 NBA Finals announced on his instagram page that he would be signing a max contract with the Brooklyn Nets. Once the Warriors had gotten news of this, they had a hole to fill and so they traded for Russell. Unfortunately, once this deal w...

The rise of plant-based food

Everett Mealor and Manny Guajardo

July 5, 2019

Meat has been important since the beginning of time. People have been eating it for a very long time, unless you don't like meat. If people were vegan, vegetarian, or any other versions of that they would eat plant-based meats made with items like Soy, Rice, or Vegetables. Well now people are starting to make more and more plant-based meat.  Some people do not want Plant-based food because it does not taste the same, however Scientists are trying to make it taste more li...

Kings look to improve with new coach

Garrett Valdez, Staff Writer

July 5, 2019

With the Kings going into the 2020 season, they have made many big changes. One new change is the person running the team, Luke Walton. Luke Walton had previously coached the L.A. Lakers for three seasons. As a player, Walton won two NBA Finals on the lakers during his ten seasons in the NBA.  Luke Walton will bring change to the Sacramento Kings. The Sacramento Kings haven't made it to the playoffs in 2006, but with their new coaching staff, things should be different ...

Preventing injuries in soccer

Charlie Black, Keith Stewart, and Leo Palatnik

July 5, 2019

Soccer is one of the most dangerous sports there is as there's lots of different injuries that can occur. While head injuries are what most people worry about, the majority of the injuries are to the lower half of the body. These injuries can occur to almost anywhere on the legs, ranging from toe to knee to hip. There are minor ones such as a muscle pull or twisted ankle. These typically keep a player off the field for a couple days, even weeks sometimes. It’s the...

The history of video games

Chris Hansen, Luke Dougherty, and Liam Shaw

July 5, 2019

Video games have an interesting history. They were designed from people messing around and for rapid code breaking. People became bored and eventually started creating the games. The games have evolved over decades. One of the first games was called Tennis for Two. Pong also became very popular. They then turned into arcade games. One of the most popular games ever was PacMan. Another game called Space Invaders was one of the first shooter games ever. This inspired futur...

Opinion: What can we do to prevent head trauma in youth sports?

Opinion: What can we do to prevent head trauma in youth sports?

July 5, 2019

Football: We can take actions to prevent severe head trauma in youth  ports. Together we can put an age limit on playing tackle Football, meaning the person needs to be a certain age in order to play in the more aggressive leagues otherwise known as...

A war between noodles

Angelo Bernardi, Anderson Tsai, and Zach Spears

July 5, 2019

Even though lots of people eat both spaghetti and macaroni and cheese, many can't decide which one is superior. Spaghetti is great because you can have meatballs with them. You can also have alfredo sauce as well as tomato sauce. The only downside of spaghetti is that the sauce can be messy and the noodles can get everywhere. Macaroni and cheese is nice because you can use any cheese, any noodle, and it will still taste magnificent. The negatives of macaroni and cheese i...

Opinion: Super Smash Bros is awesome

Dalton Donahue, Logan Rothe, Bintu Kalenda, Amaury Mckinney, and David Ramos

July 5, 2019

Super Smash Brothers Melee is a video game created by Masahiro Sakuria, a man famous for making the Kirby series for Nintendo. He first came up with the Smash Brothers franchise in 1999 with Super Smash Brothers for the N64. This game was a success so Nintendo asked Mr. Sakuria to make a sequel, which was  called Smash Brothers Melee for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2001. This development time was very crucial and Masahiro only had 13 months to develop this game. Masahiro had...

The great Roger Federer

Shawn Deli, Ethan Pham, Nolan Lachance, and Payton Coss

July 5, 2019

Roger Federer was born on August 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland. He has won 20 Grand Slam championships on the pro tour and has won 102 titles across Grand Slams, Masters 1000’s, Masters 500’s, and ATP 250’s. In majors, Federer has won a record eight Wimbledon titles, six Australian Open titles, five US Open titles, and one French Open title. He is one of eight men to have achieved a Career Grand Slam. Federer has reached a record 30 men's single Grand Slam finals, inclu...