Welcome to the first-ever web edition of the Two-Edged Sword, the student newspaper at St. Paul High School. The Two-Edged Sword will cover News, Sports and Entertainment from a St. Paul perspective and be updated throughout the week.
There are many interesting and exciting things happening on campus and we look forward to providing the St. Paul community with a student perspective of these events.
By Emily Rivera
Two-Edged Sword Writer
St. Paul High School gladly welcomed a new set of faces to the athletic program with the first girls’ golf team in school history last season. This year the fledgling program impressed everyone with record low scores and victories.
The Swordsmen defeated rivals Bishop Amat, 302-303, during the second round of league play as sophomore Allison Fonseca (54) along with seniors Brianne Gatewood (61) and Jasmine Villasenor (62) were clutch performers in St. Paul's narrow victory.
``At first, I couldn't believe we beat Amat,’’ senior Taylour Bretoi said. ``Coach Governale even asked me to add up the scores one more time just to make sure.’’
The unbelievable win against Bishop Amat is by far the most remarkable match for the Lady Swordsmen. With a large contingent of new girls still learning golf, many supporters are proud of what they accomplished in only two seasons
During the teams’ first meeting in early September at the Swordsmen’s home course, Whittier Narrows, senior Emily Rivera (55) and Fonseca (62) led the team with low scores. However the Swordsmen fell short, 289-311.
The Swordsmen are currently 5-4 and aiming for a second-place title with a victory over Bishop Connelly in the last league match. Once league play ends, the top seven girls advanced to the league prelims held at Santa Anita Golf Course in Arcadia.
By Frank Andrade
The Swordsmen football team is 6-1 record and ranked No. 2 in the Western Division. Many agree that they have a chance to win the CIF championship. The Two-Edged Sword asked students what they thought:
What is your opinion of the football team?
Brandon Cárdenas: ``They have a very competitive team, a lot of heart and have a family type of atmosphere.’’
Andre Salazar: ``They are a very good team, skilled and young. They have potential for greatness and a shot at the championship.’’
Jaime Arce: ``I think they are good so far.’’
Who do you think is a good player?
Brandon Cárdenas: ``I think Adam Sarmiento, Tom Medina and Paul Governale are good players.’’
Andre Salazar: ``I think Michael Ortega, Marcus Garcia and Paul Telles are good players.’’
Jaime Arce: ``I think Michael Ortega, Joshua Salazar and Tyler Carrillo are good players.’’
By Josh Olea
Opportunities for success was designed for students to talk to teachers and do their homework. This idea did not work out as well as originally envisioned so the program was eliminated this year.
Some students liked it because they said it was a second lunch period. Other students said they liked OFS because it got them out of class. But many students were not in favor of the program because they saw it as a waste of a day. Senior student Derek Mulcahey said it was ``dumb how we had to wait an hour and do nothing.’’
The teachers noticed it was not working as intended and removed it from the schedule.
By Bridget Ybarra
One of the biggest honors for a St. Paul football player is to be named team captain. Defensive tackle Joshua Salazar and offensive guard Eric Sanchez were named captains this season.
Eric and Josh offered their perspective on being a football captain.
“I like being captain because I feel like a leader of my team,” Josh said.
``I feel very honored and nervous being in charge of the team,’’ Eric added.
Both of these players played their hearts out as the Swordsmen won six of its first seven games and feel privileged to be captains for the remainder of the season.
By Briana Garcia
As the girls’ junior varsity volleyball team nears the end of its season, it showed improvement and signs of reaching its potential. The team and Coach Katie Savedra worked hard to make this season a good one.One of the most positive aspects of the team was its ability to work together on-and-off the court. Whether the team had a good day or bad day they always picked each other up.
When asked what qualities she saw in the team, Savedra said ``mental toughness and good athleticism.’’Savedra expects her team ``to play hard and to better themselves physically and mentally.’’
By Josh Jaurigue
The Swordsmen girls’ varsity cross country team got off to a good start this season as won its first meet in August. The team is made up of fast runners from all different grades. The runners believed Coach Adam Padilla is doing a good job leading the team with his unique and helpful coaching skills.
Junior varsity runners Jackie Scott and Nicole Bailey said the team’s confidence was high during the season.
``The season is off to a good start and it’s going to be a good one,’’ Scott said. ``All of the runners are striving to lead their team to league.’’
The team believed a league title is within reach. ``This team could be the best in 10 years,’’ Bailey said.
Scott and Bailey said, ``Coach Padilla knows what he’s talking about and knows what he’s doing.’’