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Denebola » Zach Pawa http://www.denebolaonline.net The Award-Winning, Official School Newspaper of Newton South High School, Newton, MA Fri, 17 Jun 2011 02:00:19 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.2 Paw-Aful and Springy for Spring http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/04/15/paw-aful-and-springy-for-spring/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/04/15/paw-aful-and-springy-for-spring/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2011 05:17:53 +0000 Zach Pawa http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5799 The spring season has arrived. For some, sports become another item to add to their already full plate of schoolwork, extracurricular, SAT tutoring, and some form of instrumental practice. For others, they become a sense of organization and relief.
I, for one, know that that when I am in season, my work ethic is entirely different. I go to Lacrosse or Soccer practice until around five, and then home to meditate.
When home, I know I do not have time to play NHL 11 for an hour or so, and then go shoot hoops with my neighbors.
I have to work efficiently with little procrastination or else the night will slowly turn to morning, and the chemistry homework sitting atop my desk will miraculously still be blank.
During winter, my offseason is an entirely different story.
I usually go to the gym to train, but when I get home it is still only four in the afternoon. What to do? Quandry.
I want to get my homework done, but I know I have nothing else to do, so what is originally a 30-minute assignment can turn into an hour-plus extravaganza.
Along with the new sense of urgency, the spring season also means spring weather.
Finally, after a winter that lasted an eternity, the snow has melted and the sun is out, allowing me to flaunt my guns for all to see.
The weather has turned and instead of sitting indoors watching Jersey Shore, we can spend some time outdoors.
With the beginning of the third, and final, sports season of the year, another thought is in the back of everyone’s mind (besides the Lacrosse team going to the State tournament this year).
Summer is just around the corner with only about two and one-half months left of school, we are in the final stretch.
So what makes the spring season so enjoyable? I have searched long and hard for an answer to this question, and after years of searching, I found the answer in a small hut located 23 miles southwest of Kyoto, Japan.
The spring season allows you to be outside in the warm weather and get that fresh air that we all crave. It’s trees budding, birds flying. The winter season consists mainly of indoor sports, and by the time you leave school, it is already dark.
The fall season has to compete with kids organizing their schedules to ensure they can achieve an above C average along with the idea that an entire school year is looming ahead.
So Spring is something entirely other,  let’s embrace it, practice hard, play hard, go home do homework (unless you are a senior, so chill, bro), and if you are lucky, you can have an extra hour of daylight to spare.
Enjoy spring while it lasts because soon enough it will be mid July and 90 degrees outside, and you will be looking back on the days when you could sit down without breaking a sweat.
So enjoy the last season of the school year, and come support the Boys’ Lacrosse team.

The spring season has arrived. For some, sports become another item to add to their already full plate of schoolwork, extracurricular, SAT tutoring, and some form of instrumental practice. For others, they become a sense of organization and relief.I, for one, know that that when I am in season, my work ethic is entirely different. I go to Lacrosse or Soccer practice until around five, and then home to meditate. When home, I know I do not have time to play NHL 11 for an hour or so, and then go shoot hoops with my neighbors.I have to work efficiently with little procrastination or else the night will slowly turn to morning, and the chemistry homework sitting atop my desk will miraculously still be blank.During winter, my offseason is an entirely different story.I usually go to the gym to train, but when I get home it is still only four in the afternoon. What to do? Quandry.I want to get my homework done, but I know I have nothing else to do, so what is originally a 30-minute assignment can turn into an hour-plus extravaganza.Along with the new sense of urgency, the spring season also means spring weather.Finally, after a winter that lasted an eternity, the snow has melted and the sun is out, allowing me to flaunt my guns for all to see.The weather has turned and instead of sitting indoors watching Jersey Shore, we can spend some time outdoors.With the beginning of the third, and final, sports season of the year, another thought is in the back of everyone’s mind (besides the Lacrosse team going to the State tournament this year). Summer is just around the corner with only about two and one-half months left of school, we are in the final stretch.So what makes the spring season so enjoyable? I have searched long and hard for an answer to this question, and after years of searching, I found the answer in a small hut located 23 miles southwest of Kyoto, Japan. The spring season allows you to be outside in the warm weather and get that fresh air that we all crave. It’s trees budding, birds flying. The winter season consists mainly of indoor sports, and by the time you leave school, it is already dark.The fall season has to compete with kids organizing their schedules to ensure they can achieve an above C average along with the idea that an entire school year is looming ahead.So Spring is something entirely other,  let’s embrace it, practice hard, play hard, go home do homework (unless you are a senior, so chill, bro), and if you are lucky, you can have an extra hour of daylight to spare.Enjoy spring while it lasts because soon enough it will be mid July and 90 degrees outside, and you will be looking back on the days when you could sit down without breaking a sweat.So enjoy the last season of the school year, and come support the Boys’ Lacrosse team.

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Newton South’s fields of dreams not always dreamy http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/newton-souths-fields-of-dreams-not-always-dreamy/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/newton-souths-fields-of-dreams-not-always-dreamy/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 07:09:02 +0000 Zach Pawa http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5538 By Zach Pawa, Volume 50
February 15, 2011

Throughout the years, South students have seen the facilities change. From the dangerous football fields of the 60s, to the state-of–the-art complexes built in 2009, there has been the addition of the new fields, the Field House, and the tennis courts. South was built in 1960 with the athletic fields already there. Then, the old layout of the athletic complex was one giant complex that fit roughly two fields in addition to a football field with bleachers.
In 1962, the land beside the school, where the baseball, softball, and soccer fields are, was swampland. A contractor was hired to fill the swamp and create usable fields. To fill it in, the contractor used swamp fill, a cheap alternative composed of dirt and glass shards, rather than clean fill, which was safe to use but was more expensive. “[The fill] really became a problem,” Jon Frieze, Head of South’s Booster Club, said. “The glass resurfaced and began cutting athletes.”
Originally, the area where the football stadium currently is was also swampland. In 1977, former Athletic Director George Winkler worked to fill in the swampland and create more fields for the school. These fields, fortunately, were filled correctly.
Not only were South athletics affected, but other organizations, such as Little League, Newton Youth Soccer, and Newton Girls’ Soccer, were also forced to cancel games.
According to Frieze, the complex was not ideal for athletics because of its uneven and mushy surface.
While the modifications to the fields appear the most prominent adaptations to South’s outdoor athletic facilities, the indoor additions shaped the current layout of the fields.
Most winter sports had to cram in two small gymnasiums, Gym B being the larger of the two, before the major renovation in 2003. Along with Gym B, there was an upstairs gymnasium where the current Dance Studio and Fitness Center are situated.
The two gyms provided minimal seating for South’s loyal spectators compared to the seating in the current arrangement.
The most beloved and greatest glory for the Athletic Department, the Field House, was built in 2003, and since its construction, it has become the center of South athletics, assemblies, and graduations.With the current complex, most programs now have the space and resources needed to compete with the high-caliber competition in the Dual County League (DCL).
Athletes love the new fields. Alex Foner, a two-sport Varsity captain, was thrilled with the new complex.
“I found with the old fields that the outcomes of the soccer games were affected by the field,” Foner said. “With the turf, the only factor affecting the games is the talent of the players.”
With the old fields, teams would usually have to go off-campus to play.
The new baseball and softball fields allow both Varsity programs to relocate to the home turf, attracting noticeably larger crowds. By having a field to call their own, the teams had more flexibility with practice time than they had when they were sharing recreational fields around Newton.
We have come a long way from the dangerous swamp-filled fields of our past to our beloved pristine facilities of today.
Two state-of-the-art turf fields, baseball and softball fields, and a 1,000-seat football and track and field facility are the pride and joy of today’s South athletics. This addition has been the final step, along with the brand new ropes course, in creating a beautiful and useful complex for South sports programs.
Prior to the 2010 – 2011 academic year, an adventure course was installed near the practice football field outside the Field House. The 19-piece course was funded by a Carol A. White Physical Education Program grant. The course is used for a new class, Project Adventure, in which students work on team building and trust. The students eventually move onto the adventure course and use both the high and low elements.
Over the past 50 years, South has seen many changes in its facilities. In the near future, there are no renovations to the current athletic complex. And why should there be? The schools, namely the Athletic Department, created a slew of facilities designed to not only keep programs at the top of the Dual County League, but to also provide the resources to propel them to perennial success.

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Boys’ Gymnastics team gains members, spirit http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/12/06/boys-gymnastics-team-gains-members-spirit/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/12/06/boys-gymnastics-team-gains-members-spirit/#comments Mon, 06 Dec 2010 08:10:13 +0000 Zach Pawa http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5144 For years a one-man team, the Newton South Boys’ Gymnastics team has added seven new members to its program. The flipping, spinning, and soaring attracted students of all grades to join this seemingly impossible sport this season.
Last year, the team only had one member; however, this year the team’s roster ballooned to eight athletes.
“It was a one-man team. I was obligated to keep it alive, senior and Captain Carlos Morales said. “For me the dedication and hard work has finally paid off. It has been very gratifying.
To acquire the new members, Morales made several announcements on the speaker system in the school throughout the fall season and pasted many flyers onto the school walls.
With the addition of three juniors, three sophomores, and one freshman the team is coming closer and closer to realizing Morales’s dream of a complete team.
“We need at least 10 more kids, freshman Khashayer Dashti said. “Then we will become a real team. According to junior Joseph Goodman, most teams have about the same number of people, but could have as many as 12.
The team is led by Head Coach Tom Steves, who faces a challenge coaching a team with inexperienced athletes. Before the team moves onto learning complicated tricks, the athletes have to acquire the basics. “My goal is to give everyone a basic foundation, Steves said. “This will build the team for future years.
As a result of their lack of experience, the team has to focus on building the program so it will continue. The team practices five days a week at Newton North High School, working to build a strong foundation for next season. Each practice consists of a demanding two-hour long cardio and muscular workout, pushing the athletes to their limits.
“We are working on basic skill and getting into shape, Steves said. “This is what will build the team.
While last year was used to gain team members, this season will be treated as a year to gain experience and skill for the team. With a limited skill set resulting from the small size of the team, it will be hard to compete at other schools’ levels this season, so the team will most likely have to wait to earn a trophy. “It will be the younger kids who lead us to success, Steves said.
With six events that need to be covered, the kids will have to work hard to produce the necessary number of competitors for each event. “It is going to be a challenge to win meets, Morales said. “We need more kids who can cover more than one event.
With a minimal number of multi-event athletes, the team is going to face many challenges this year. Before the team stands a chance of winning competitions, it will have to develop its athletes to be able to compete in all of the events. “Covering all the events is a long way away, Steves said. “This is our goal for right now.
While the team is lacking in skill, it has greatly improved since last year. Adding new members has been crucial for the team.
Last year the team didn’t win a single meet, going 0-7 on the season, and suffered periods of low morale, but it is hoping to change that this year. “It was hard to compete last year, Morales. “Sometimes I had to convince myself it was all worth it.
Time after time, asking people to join has paid off, and Morales is on his way to building a real team. “By being a one man team I thought I would draw attention to the sport, Morales said. “It finally worked and people began to join this year.
While the tournament is not in sight yet, no one can write off this team as not having a chance to win. Nearly extinct last year, the team stayed alive, creating a positive outlook for the upcoming seasons. “It’s all going to come down to commitment, Steves said. “Offseason training and hard work will decide the future of this team.
Unfortunately for the team, this will be Morales’s last year at South. “Now it is up to sophomores and juniors, Steves said. “They will carry this team. No one can say where the Boys Gymnastics’ team will be in a few years, but it is definitely heading in the right direction for success.

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Soccer gets back to tourney http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/11/02/soccer-gets-back-to-tourney/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/11/02/soccer-gets-back-to-tourney/#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 07:10:00 +0000 Zach Pawa http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4994 Starting the year without losing any of its first nine games and ending with a record of 7-3-8, the Girls’ Soccer team surprised many by advancing to the second round in this year’s tournament.
“The team was doing great; it started the season extremely strong, Head Coach Doug McCarthy said. “It looked like we were going to have a repeat of 2008.
In the first match of the tournament, Senior Hannah Nussbaum scored an early goal to give the Lions the lead.
“Hannah’s goal got the whole team amped up, senior and Captain Martha Schnee said. “It gave us an edge, and took off a little bit of the pressure.
The team held its lead throughout the game, and Jules Costa stepped up and did a good job filling in for goalie and junior Emma Friedman after her injury.
“Jules Costa played out of her mind, Nussbaum said. “She did exactly what she needed to do: shut the other team out.
In the second game of the tournament against Franklin High School, the team looked to keep its momentum going. “We had to keep our attitude positive, Nussbaum said. “We came off a good week of practice and we had to carry this over to the tournament.
The game, however, did not quite go according to the team’s plan. The team let up an early goal, and it went downhill from there. “We just lost all of our energy, Schnee said. “After the first goal we just fell apart.
The team went on to lose 4-0, ending its quest for a championship.
The injury bug struck the Soccer team not only in this game but also throughout the season.
The team’s leading scorer, Celia Kaufer, with 17 goals in 16 games, was out with a concussion. In addition, Friedman was out with a shoulder injury.
“The expectations changed, Athletic Director Scott Perrin said. “It was interesting to see how [the team] performed with some of its core players out.
Replacing Kaufer was a large problem for the team, as her offensive skills fueled the its success.
“A player like Celia is irreplaceable, McCarthy said. “She is fast, has a strong left foot, and her ball skills are phenomenal.
The team relied for the second year in a row on its younger players to fill the voids. “Younger kids on Varsity and [Junior Varsity] have been filling rolls, Nussbaum said. “As injuries have occurred, the younger players have become more ambitious. This was crucial to our tournament success.
One of the players who had to step up was Costa, a sophomore and backup who, due to Friedman’s injury, filled one of the most vital roles on any soccer team.
“I was ready for the tournament, Costa said. “I had to step up and play well under tournament pressure, and with the major help of the defense we had a great first game.
Nussbaum replicated Kaufer’s offensive production, scoring the Lions’ lone goal in the tournament.
“Hannah is a talented player, McCarthy said. “Her goal was a crucial moment in the tournament.
The team focused on limiting goals by the opposition, stressing defense.
“The fewer the goals the better, McCarthy said. “That was our game plan.
In addition to the 2010 squad, the Girls’ Soccer program has experienced medical setbacks over the past two years.
The most concerning injuries soccer players endure to the head. To minimize the chance of injury, however, members are now wearing head bands to cushion impacts.
“Soccer is a dangerous sport, Perrin said. “It is played at an extremely fast pace and the players have little protective gear.
Junior Abby Rice has been out with a concussion and has been informing her fellow teammates of the consequences of concussions.
She is trying to raise awareness in the middle schools, too.
“It is hard to be set back with such a serious concussion, Rice said. “I just have to live with it now, and I feel obligated to raise awareness.
With plenty of young players filling roles in the tournament, the team seems to have a bright future.
“The younger players have made some giant leaps, Nussbaum said. “They can only progress from here.
Although the season came to an abrupt halt, overall the team performed beyond expectations.
“I couldn’t expect anything more from the team, Kaufer said. “We experienced so many injuries it just wasn’t realistic to think we would progress too far.
With all the components already in place, the team performed to the best of its ability, making for a valiant tournament run that unfortunately ended prematurely.

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