Features-11/20/09

Soccer not over for some

By Sarah Hlavaty
Features Editor

The soccer season may be over at LHS, but for a few passionate students the indoor soccer season is just picking up the pace. This indoor type of sport is actually known as futsal, or mini-soccer. Futsal is like regular soccer in every way except that it is much faster and played indoors– in either a gym or an actual futsal building. There are only six players allowed at a time during the game, but each team can have limitless substitutions, which enormously add to the fast pace and fun of the game.DSCN9936
The term futsal is coined from the Spanish words for “soccer”—futbol–and “indoor”—sala. The origin of the game can be traced to Uruguay in the 1930’s when Juan Carlos Ceriani devised a different version of soccer for a YMCA youth competition, and the game grew more popular with time. Futsal began its rapid spread throughout South America, particularly Brazil. Many soccer superstars developed their skills while playing futsal. The first international competition took place in South America in 1965. The U.S. Futsal Federation was founded in 1981, with its first president Osvaldo Garcia. Futsal’s first World Championship was in Brazil in 1982.
The United States’ first international futsal match was in 1985, in which the U.S. beat Australia. The Boys and Girls Clubs of America have taken a strong interest in this popular sport, and it is now played at approximately 1,100 clubs throughout the U.S. The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) also plays the sport in association with U.S. Futsal.
There are a total of 11 talented players on this year’s futsal team, including current LHS students D.J. Hall, Quinn Hilberg and Miguel Hernandez. Also on the team are past students Paul Salas, Cisco Hernandez and Richard Salazar. This team, called Wolfsburg, participates in the league El Sol de Nevada, which has been running for quite a few years.
The coach of Wolfsburg, Ozzie Perez, commented on why he was taking part in the sport. “I love futbol,” he said. “I believe that it’s the best sport in the world. I also love mentoring students of all ages, helping them get through real life situations. I do it any chance I get.” Coach Perez has also recently appointed LHS senior Jose Ramirez as the team’s assistant coach, who will be using this coaching experience as part of his senior project.
As for Wolfburg’s plans for the season, which started about four weeks ago, Perez said the team just wants to continue to play better as the season goes on, win more games and get ready for the upcoming regular season of soccer.
Wolfsburg has a game every Sunday at Wooster High School in Reno, usually around midday, and welcomes anyone who would like to come and watch. The futsal season will last about 16 more weeks; Perez said anyone who wants to know the exact schedule can go online to: http://www.elsolreno.com/deportes.html.
Perez said that Futsal “combines two of my favorite things in life: futbol [soccer] and ministering.” He said that doing this helps students get involved, gives them something to look forward to every week and helps keep them out of trouble.
Coach Perez said he was thankful for all the people who generously donated money to help the team enter and play in El Sol de Nevada.

LHS world history class presentations

By Jillian Lane
Roar Reporter

An LHS teacher and an LMS teacher are collaborating to provide unique approaches for their students. LHS history teacher, Joanne Nunes had her sophomore World History classes do presentations on historical events and trends from 1400 to 1800 for Sandi Kendall’s seventh and eighth grade classes.
The middle schoolers participated in several activities such as coloring maps and significant trade routes, and also wrote and illustrated their own haiku poetry. The workshop as a whole not only supported what the sophomore class was learning at the time, but also followed the curriculum of the LMS students.
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Each LHS presenter had a different part to teach the class on the specific projects being administered. Nunes had the presenters divide the kids into groups to give individual attention to each of the middle schoolers and to make a creative environment based on teamwork.
“The presentations of map routes and trade [routes] showed Columbus’ discovery of America and the Diaz expedition [to South and Central America],” said Nunes. The kids also built a replica of a tall ship used for long trade journeys across the seas.
Nunes was enthusiastic that the method of “kids teaching kids” was a great success and believes that the sophomore class were great role models to their underclassmen.  “I think with [the sophomores’] examples and teaching they’ll all remember these lessons forever.”

Dear Gabby

Dear Gabby,
I am currently on a sports team. I like the sport, but I get injured during every game, and my teammates all laugh at me. I’m not sure how to deal with this. Please help.
– Conflicted

Dear Conflicted,
Think to yourself why you keep getting hurt. Maybe you are playing a position that isn’t suited to your particular talents. Is there something you can do to prevent further injury? As for your teammates, they should be ashamed of themselves. What kind teammate mocks their injured comrade? Teammates should look out for each other. How can you trust them if they don’t stand by you when you need them the most? Talk to them; tell them that they aren’t helping you in your decisions by laughing at you when you need their support. You should decide whether or not you want to continue playing if you aren’t enjoying yourself fully.

Dear Gabby,
I’m having problems with my relationship. Lately, my boyfriend has been pressuring me to do some things that I don’t feel comfortable with. I’m not sure how to tell him, or if I should tell him. Please give me your advice,
– Uncertainty

Dear Uncertainty,
You are a dignified member of the human race and have the right to speak how you feel. Don’t let your boyfriend make you do something when you don’t want to. All you have to do is look him in the eye and communicate in a clear, strong voice that he can’t make you do something that isn’t comfortable for you. Make him see that you are clearly an individual who has an opinion of her own. In this kind of situation it’s important to make sure that both of you feel certain of the decision to be made. If he’s a good boyfriend, he’ll listen to what you have to say and respect you for standing up for yourself. If he doesn’t respect your feelings, then it’s obvious that he doesn’t deserve such a strong individual.

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