Club sports and high school sports: the real rivalry

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By Cooper Graham

Sports have been a big part in the lives of athletes and those close to them, whether it be micro soccer or professional soccer, pee wee football or college ball at a D1 school. Sports and other activities have the potential to change people’s lives, and they have for years.

Sports teach skills that can be used as the athlete gets older, and it is done in a way that allows them to have fun in the process of it. They can even be a potential money maker or saver as athletes enter the next stage in their life.

There are tons of sports out there to participate in, and no two are exactly the same. For teenage athletes, there are two main categories; high school sports and club sports. The differences between the two include the level of competitiveness, the importance of education and connections to college…

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Cracking down on distracted driving will save lives

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By Connor Patrick

With the advent of smartphones, distracted driving has become a glaring problem around the world. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, 1330 injuries and 14 deaths directly resulted from cell-phone related distracted driving crashes from 2011-15. These numbers are just from the state of Oregon.

The state has addressed its feeble cell phone laws and is cracking down on distracted driving. Effective October 1st, Oregon will put into effect a new, strict distracted driving policy.

Previously, the law discouraged cell phone use but had many loopholes and was basically only enforced for drivers that were obviously texting or talking on the phone. Texting or calling (without a hands-free device) while driving held a $160 fine. When the new law is implemented, the presumptive fine will be $260, with a rapidly increasing cost for repeat offenders. A third time offender could face a misdemeanor charge with jail time…

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Jesuit hands off QB Alex Brown to Beaverton

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By Noe Lambert

Beaverton High School has welcomed senior, Alex Brown, not only to the school this fall, but the varsity football team. Brown was a student at Jesuit his first three years of high school, one of Beaverton’s biggest competitors. However, Brown was prompted to become a Beaver his last year of high school because he felt Beaverton’s football program was a better fit for him. The 6’5” senior snagged the role as starting quarterback this season, contributing to the Beavers’ two victories over West Linn and Battleground.

Entering a new high school and securing a role on the starting lineup may seem intimidating, especially if you’re a senior. However, Brown has felt completely accepted by his new teammates. From the minute he was introduced to the Beaverton Football Program, Brown felt as though he had been there a lifetime. The quarterback stated, “Even though I have only known…

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Meet Junior Lily Potter

Hi! My name’s Lily Potter and I’m a junior at Beaverton High School. My position in student leadership is the assistant shadow coordinator. I chose that position because I want to help ease the transition from middle school to high school to the best of my ability. Plus, I get to work alongside Claire Arnold, the shadow coordinator, and she’s a pretty cool gal.

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I try to stay connected with the BHS community by participating in this years LINK Crew, Leadership program, and the spring tennis team. 2017 has been a very busy year so far. In the summer I traveled abroad to Costa Rica with an organization called Global Leadership Adventures. There, working in a small but hardworking group, I built a recycled tire playground in a small city on the Pacific side. The experience was truly eye opening and sparked an interest in future travels.

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I don’t plan on changing the leadership program by myself, but I do know that this new group is really special and we’ll all have something unique to bring to the table. As for making a difference, I just want to succeed in being someone the underclassmen look up to. I’m looking forward for this year especially because there are already so many new opportunities that I get to explore now that I’m older. So many doors have been opened and I’m excited to see where they’ll take me. I am nervous mostly about making sure I keep my grades up and staying healthy over the duration of junior year. I hear it’s the hardest year and I want to make sure my mind’s in a good place.

Meet Senior Mike Distifeno

Hi everyone my name is Michael Distifeno and I’ll be the Senior Secretary this year!  This will be my senior year and I’m excited to be part of leadership.  I think Beaverton is a great school that is made even better by those who are active parts of the community. Throughout my past years here I’ve made many great friends and memories. Beaverton is not just a school, it’s a community with amazing people and I hope everyone will enjoy this year as much as I will. Instagram Page

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This is my first year in leadership but my sister Megahn was senior secretary two years before me and was the one who encouraged me to join.  I hope to start Spikeball club this year and have it continue after I leave.  I love going to football games with my friends during the fall and basketball games in the winter.  Spring is when LaCrosse starts so it’s my favorite time of the year.  I’ve been playing Lax since fourth grade and was on varsity my freshman year.  I helped us win the state championship against Jesuit in 2016.  The championship game is one of my favorite memories ever.

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Outside of school I enjoy playing basketball and video games with my friends.  I’m also learning Italian and Programming in my free time.   This year I’m looking forward to some great sports seasons and assemblies.   I’m ready to help lead the senior class and all students at Beaverton.  Good luck to everyone this year!

Meet Senior Ruben Villalobos

My name is Jose Ruben Villalobos. I’m going to be a Senior this year at Beaverton High school. My position in Leadership is an at large position organizing musical open mic events. At BHS, I’m involved with Concert Choir and the magazine project with Mrs. Lux and Mrs. Yost.

Outside of BHS, I play lead electric guitar for a church called Calvary Chapel Beaverton Campus, and sometimes Calvary Chapel Hillsboro Campus. I play for them every sunday morning and thursday night at their youth groups. I currently attend 2 youth groups a week and every other week on Monday nights I go to younglife.

I like going to church a lot, it’s been a big part of my life and my biggest inspiration for singing. Infact I learned both to sing and to play guitar in the churches I’ve been going to. I was raised in the church so naturally, God has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. When It comes to music, I’ve only had maybe two actual guitar lessons and almost no singing lessons besides tips and tricks. I picked It all up from hanging out with the worship leaders at the churches.

I’m really excited for this school year. I hope that I’m able to impact the BHS community in a positive way through working with the student leadership team.

Here are links to the churches that I play with: (If you play the video you can see me playing electric) ( I don’t usually play for them, I usually substitute for the other electric guitarists.


In the bottom are some pictures of me leading some songs.


Meet Freshman Loke Yokoyama

Beaverton High School, here I come! My name Loke Yokoyama and I’m an incoming freshie, involved in leadership and sports. I’ve always given my full commitment to things that will better myself, like a better player on court or committed to school studies. I’ve been selected to be the freshman secretary for leadership. The only other time I’ve given my time and dedication to my school, was in middle school for our school activities like volunteering at bingo or our school fair. My middle school was very small with no student body or any athletic teams for our middle school. Since sixth grade, I have learned a lot towards support, and leadership, and I can’t wait to bring that to beaverton high school.

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As a student at Beaverton, I am involved with sports and many clubs I might join. Right now I play setter and a D.S for the JV2 team for volleyball. I’m really excited for our season to kick off and for our home games. I especially can’t wait for my team to improve and work together. Outside of school and volleyball, I’m usually caught practicing volleyball skill sets or at an academy for improvement. If it’s not school, sports, or family related, I usually don’t have time to handle or take care of the situation. After school volleyball season is finished, I end up going to club volleyball. For a year now, I have stuck with YVBA (Youth Volleyball Association) for club season, summer academies and league. After club is when i can start a spring sport like softball or tennis. Besides sports, I take my school work very seriously. From a freshman to finishing a senior year, I want to be able to get into a great college playing volleyball or for a medical purpose, to increase my experience in the medical field for anything in the pediatric field or a nutritionist.

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Outside of school, I mainly focus on 3 things. Homework, volleyball and family. Having extra time is like a privilege or a reward for my hard work during the month or the week. If I have extra time, I usually spend it on either more volleyball, binge watching ‘Grey’s Anatomy”, or playing with my dogs. I have three pets. Two dogs named Poma’i and Snoopy. As well as one cat named Lulu. But usually I reach out to my best friend/cousin, Aubree Edwards. When were together were complete dorks. Our family nickname for us is tweedle dee and tweedle dumb. According to my grandparents, I’m tweedle dumb. I enjoy family night dinners. They basically consist of either a NFL or NBA game on. For our dinners I’m found either down stairs with cousin Aubree or upstairs trying to watch the game as well as managing my two year old cousin Makoa. I have a lot going on in my life right now so I’m barely free.

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Meet Senior Makenna Blix

Hello, Beaverton High School! My name is Makenna Blix and I’m your senior representative. I still can’t get over the fact of how fast high school has flown by. It seems like just yesterday we were introduced to our LINK Leaders and getting lost over and over again in the BHS hallways, not to mention almost getting tossed over the stadium bleachers during football games due to the compactness of the student section. One of my fears as a freshmen, as many of the freshmen this year face is nerves. I was nervous I wasn’t going to make any friends, have terrible grades, and the thought of having everyone older than me was the scariest idea that I couldn’t wrap my head around. We were at the bottom of the pile and everyone above us looked so scary. I thought, how am I going to make it? What I came to realize however if how accepting and caring this high school truly is. I made tons of friends my freshmen year that I still consider my closest friends to this day. You begin to come close with your class and get to know many different individuals. Trust me, freshmen year might seem scary, but this whole high school experience will go by way too fast, so make the most of every moment with your best friends by your side.

One program I was lucky to be apart of at Beaverton High School, was the soccer program. I’ve been playing soccer since I was about four and the idea of being on varsity soccer in high school was not what I was expecting to be apart of my freshmen year. However, I was chosen to play at the varsity level. In all my years of playing soccer, I’ve made some of the closest friends I’ve ever made. The team was all so accepting and some of my favorite memories from high school have come from soccer. Family dinners, GA’s, lazer tag, and team sleepovers are truly the best spent when you’re with your best friends.

Throughout the last three years, I’ve had older kids to look up to. The most exciting thing about this year is WE, the seniors are what the underclassmen are looking up to. Going all out at sports games with my best friends by my side is what I look forward to most. Caring about what I Iook like, or what people will think of me will be the last thing in the back of my mind. This year I’m stepping out of my comfort zone, talking to people I don’t usually talk to, and having the most fun I can possibly have in this last year of being a Beaverton High School Beaver. Class of 2018, let’s make the most out of this year to come!!

Meet Junior Joe Ricci

Any good blog starts off with a solid introduction. It doesn’t necessarily matter how you do it, the intro should be a way for the readers to get into the blog and what it’s about. So I guess I’ll start it off with an introduction of myself. My name is Joe Ricci, I’ll be a junior in High School at THE Beaverton High School with over 100 years of rich tradition and history. I was fortunate to be voted into leadership by my peers as a Junior Class Representative. In my opinion the position of Junior Class Rep. is a very important one because it means that I will be representing all of the class of 2019 and their opinions. I guess a special characteristic of me is that I can make the adjustment of being a leader of a group and being a follower when it is necessary. In my opinion this is crucial because it is not good for a group to have two leaders with budding opinions.

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Involvement at BHS is a pretty big deal around the school. As one of our motto’s goes “Community connects us” and in my opinion I am very involved in the community. Well obviously I’m involved in Leadership so I would think that’s a pretty big deal when it comes to involvement inside of school. I was fortunate enough to play on the varsity golf team that went to the state tournament for the first time in over 20 years. We had a very fun team and I encourage anyone who plays to come and try out. We had a very successful season finishing third in the league behind two of the best teams in state Jesuit and Sunset (Schedule). Besides golf I am also involved in LINK Crew which is basically overseeing freshmen during their first year of high school and making sure they are comfortable and doing well.

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Outside of school I love to travel. The definite highlight of my summer was having the honor of traveling to South Africa. It was an amazing cultural experience that gave us everything from one of the largest slums in the world to getting almost dangerously close to lions in Phinda Game Reserve. Overall the trip was very eye opening and impressive to be immersed in another country’s culture, especially since it was a culture on the other side of the planet. There were many beautiful sunsets and animals that you could only see in the zoo walking freely about. I could not have imagined a better way to spend the beginning of summer break. Outside of traveling, as any other teenager will tell you I like to relax, as a shocker to no one relaxing is a very big part of the day in unwinding and settling in after a tough day in school.

Meet Senior Halle Velenchenko


My name is Halle Velenchenko and I am the Fall 2017 Senior Vice President for the class of 2018. I am very hardworking, passionate about helping others, and I strive to show kindness and empathy towards those around me.

At Beaverton, I am involved in the National Honors Society, the Multicultural club, and a writer/contributor in the newly introduced Literary Magazine. Outside of BHS I babysit for 5 families, work at VillaSport in the Kids department, I volunteer weekly at Play.Fit.Fun, as well as occasionally feeding the homeless downtown with my teacher Ms. Osman. I enjoy staying active and I love to spend time with friends and family.

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By becoming involved in the Student Leadership program this year I want to be a voice for those in our senior class, especially for those who are underrepresented and often neglected or unheard. I want to aid our class in becoming an even closer community that is welcoming to everyone no matter their race, ethnicity, gender identity, or religion. It is important to me that everyone is given an equal opportunity to be recognized for their individuality and that they feel included in what is happening at Beaverton. I plan on achieving these goals by spreading acts of kindness and using word-of-mouth techniques to smile and say hello to people that I meet, as well as using this technique to pass along information to those I come across. I also believe that by introducing the Literary Magazine to BHS this will give the student body the opportunity to reconnect and express their talents and pieces of work. In doing so, our senior class and student body as a whole can be exposed to the expressions of others that attend our school. To share these pieces with the school allows for voices to be heard and accepted and I look forward to spotlighting the individuals who possess talent that Beaverton has yet to see.

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Lastly, I’m mostly looking forward to becoming more involved during my senior year. I’m excited to learn new things and grow as a person. To join a club that encompasses so much passion and diversity is an interest that I’m happy to become a part of. Senior year is a time that brings lots of positive butterflies and I’m ready to cherish the time I have left with friends and family. That being said, I’m also terrified. I don’t like sudden change and it’s scary to me how quickly time is passing by. I literally still see myself as a freshman and to know that the clock is ticking is not a great feeling, though it also makes me value those who I surround myself with even more. I’m nervous to see what Senior year has in store for me!