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Take Me out to the B(ulldog) Game

By Femi Shonowo

   The baseball team is in high spirits, hoping to bounce back from their arguably average season last year. Being this early in the season, the team has the potential to do very well within and beyond the district. Due to poor weather conditions, many intended games have been rained out, and baseball players all over Houston are ecstatic for the season to take off.

   “I haven't even been going out like that I just go to the gym and practice because I’m trying to focus on my baseball career," Merick Renteria said. 


Soccer Superstars

By Aliyu Alabi

   The men’s Varsity soccer team kick off their season with a 4-1 win over Hightower. Scorers of the night include  Geno Sanchez- Dubon earning three goals along with  Eromose Iyoriobhe putting in one goal. The next game is at Kempner against the cougars.


Bulldogs Bite!

By Femi Shonowo

  The girls varsity basketball team won their conference game against Dulles Tuesday night.  The team record for the season is 2-3, after winning the latest game with a score of 57-52.

   It was a close game as the first quarter ended with a score of 12-11 and 6 fouls. Conditions improved in the second quarter, ending with a score of 28-21 and 6 fouls. The bulldogs remained in the lead in the third quarter which ended at 44-31.

  Team captain Jalynn Johnson fouled out early in the fourth quarter, but nevertheless, the girls still came out victorious. The leading scorer of the game was Eva Sanchez with 17 points. Their next game will be on Friday, Jan. 12 at Bush.

Run Kayla Run!

By Aliyu Alabi

  Track season is on the horizon so we interviewed one of the girls
track prominent members, Kayla Mcdonald.

Q-How long have you been running track?

A-"I've been running track since the third grade"
Q-What events do you participate?

A-"I run the 200, 100, 4x1, 4x2, and 4x4"
Q-Favorite event?

A-"The 200"
Q-Least favorite event?

A-"The 400"
Q-Personal expectations for this season?

A-"I expect to drop my times in all of my races and qualify for state and Texas relays"
Q-Expectation for the team?

A-"A positive outlook on the season and to work hard at practice meets. If we do this then we all qualify for state and Texas relays"
Q-Fastest time and what event?

A-"200- 25.4 seconds"


Diaz Derby 

By Aliyu Alabi

As soccer season approaches, here is some insight on the boys head coach, Coach Diaz.

Coach Diaz 

When did you start playing soccer? "when I was five years old"

What position did you play? " I play the wing or striker"

Favorite international team: TeamUSA

Favorite club team:  Liverpool 

Coaching Experience: 5 years 

What do you like most about coaching? "Spreading my passion to people who love the sport and helping players to get better."

WNBA Can't Touch AHS

An interview with basketball star Jalyn Johnson

 By Femi Shonowo

   The Austin High School girls basketball team is now winning four to one, starting off the season with an amazing record making their school and family proud as they trudge through the competitions. A major component of the team is one player, Jalynn Johnson, a 5-foot-9-inch guard who averages 13 points a game. A guard can play two positions either point or shooting guard. Many basketball teams are starting to rely on guards more because they make plays and score as well.

   Most teams aim to get better as the season progresses and win as many games as possible Austin is no different.

   "Our goals for this season are to keep improving and make it to the at least round one of the playoffs," Jalynn Johnson said.

Q: There is always room for improvement for any sports team on and off the court. What are some of yours?

"During games, I think we can communicate more because it helps both on defense and offense and during practice, we could do more conditioning and individual improvement".

Q: How does your team differ being the last year that you will play together than the other years?

"When we think about it we get nostalgic but were happy that we made it through all four years and are excited to continue in college".

Q: What are your goals for basketball after high school

"I plan to use basketball to further my education, I love basketball but education is my main goal".

   The Austin Bulldogs will continue to be watched by the school and supported by friends family and fans.


 Liangelo Leading the League in Steals

Liangelo Ball accused of shoplifting

 By Femi Shonowo

  Liangelo Ball, younger brother of the LA laker's Starting rookie point guard Lonzo ball, was arrested with two of his UCLA basketball teammates in China. They've been accused of shoplifting at Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo, and Magellan stores. The punishment for shoplifting is 3 to 10 years in jail depending on the price of the items stolen. The conviction rate in China is 99.9% and if it weren't for president Donald Trump speaking to president Xi Jinping for leniency, Liangelo wouldn't be so lucky. Liangelo ball and his teammates are now headed back to LA. A resolution to the problem will be established later. 

Big Baller Brad

By Aliyu Alabi

  Last year was a historic moment for Austin High School Basketball
Team. The team advanced to playoffs for the first time in 10 years.
Unfortunately, most players from last season's historic team are no longer
with us. Can the team make another playoff run?  With Basketball
season right on top of us, we decided to do a spotlight on one of our
prominent players. Bradley Akhile ( 6-foot-7-inches, Forward) was able
to answer some questions for us.

Q- What are your expectations for yourself this season?

A- For my self personally, higher my stats in every category and also
help my team win multiple games if not all.

Q-  What are your expectations as a team?
A- To win district and go deep in the playoffs, I feel like we can do
and accomplish that.

Q- How does it feel being your last year of High School basketball?

A-  Its bittersweet, for the most part, I just want to make the best out of it.

Q- Do you plan on playing basketball past college?
A- Yes, I do. Hopefully, I will be able to do that

Q- What is the team to beat for basketball?
A- I would have to say Travis and Bush.

  You can join the Boys Basketball team and cheer them on for their
first home game this Friday.


Go 'Stros!

Astros win game three of the World Series

 By Donna Keeya

October 27, 2017

  Last Saturday the Houston Astros won the American League Championship Series and moved on to play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. The only other time the Astros have moved on to the World Series was in 2005 when they lost to the Chicago White Sox. This is a very exciting time for Houston sports fans who could watch a World Series game from the comfort of their own city. 

  Freshman, Pamela Arjona, was able to experience the third game of the World Series live, at Minute Maid Park.

  "I wasn't at all expecting to be able to go, and I'm so lucky to have had such an amazing opportunity. It's definitely something I'll remember, and I feel so fortunate to have been able to experience history in the making," Arjona said.

  The Astros have won two games compared to the Dodgers one win. The city has high hopes for the team to win the World Series for the first time ever. 

  If you can't make it out to Minute Maid Park, the next game is tonight on Fox. 


A Bulldog Win!

Bulldogs defeat Clements at the homecoming game

By Aliyu Alabi

October 17, 2017

  The Austin High School Football Team defeated the Clements Rangers at
our Homecoming game. This wins marks the first district win for the
  With the Bulldogs hoping to clinch a playoff spot, this victory is a
very important milestone in that journey. The Bulldogs are now 1-2
  "The game was a very fun experience and everyone had fun," said Miller.
  School spirit was very evident at the game. The student section was
packed and everyone was cheering o the Bulldogs through their victory.
  Austin High School student Sydney Commerford says "This is deepest
I've seen the crowd at football games in a while".
  The Bulldogs will face the Travis Tigers this week and hopefully
clinch another win to propel them into the playoffs.


Homecoming Video By Connor Cleveland

Q&A With Sydni Rowland

Q- How was your basketball season last year?

A- "it was kinda rough and we really didn't do that well, we just
played our own game."

Q- What are your hopes for this coming season?

A- " Probably have a little more heart because a lot of people started
to give up last year, and just hope for the best for us."

Q- What are your predictions for this season?

A- " To make playoffs or at least beat Hightower, if we beat Hightower
then we will probably have the confidence to beat other teams."

Q- Personally, what are your goals for this season?

A- " Work on my game, hopefully, college scouts and if not I have
tennis as a backup."

Q- What's your favorite, basketball or tennis?

A- "Tennis, I have been playing since I was four years old and that is
probably what I'd like to play in college."

Q- How do you feel about Coach Moore?

A- " Coach Moore is great he will definitely get on your butt if you
don't put all your heart out on the court, so he's very motivational."

Q- How are your teammates in tennis?

A- " Cocky, there is a lot of competition on our team, but mainly we
are like a family."

Q- Who's the team to beat in tennis?

A- " Clements is the team to beat, but our rival is Kempner- which we
just beat."

Q- If you had an offer for basketball or tennis which would you pick?

A- " I'd probably pick basketball mainly cause I like the environment.
I like the idea of a family. tennis is more individual."

Q- Would you say you pushed yourself harder in basketball or tennis?

A- " I push myself harder in tennis because I kinda fell off in basketball."

Take A Knee Controversy 

By Mohammad Baig 

      Donald Trump’s opinionated words about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem have been widely rejected by the NFL, NFLPA and many players.

Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray posted a powerful message on Twitter about why players are choosing to protest social injustice and racial inequality in this way.

Here’s a condensed version of his argument:

   “When I hear the anthem it’s not the words that make me feel like an American. It’s us as people for one moment feeling united standing together. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize we are kneeling because we need everyone’s focus and eyes so that we can work for a change. We have your attention now. Time to start opening your eyes so that we can change and have all people proudly stand for our country.”

    All across the NFL, there are multiple players somehow linked with family contributing towards their community. Various celebrities such as J. Cole were on twitter ranting about this phenomenon. Everyone agrees that there are bigger issues in this country!

Running Back Rundown

By Femi Shonowo

 For those of you who haven't heard of him, Gerad Miller is a varsity running back, for the football team. He isn't a very big for running back, standing at 5-foot-10 inches and weighing 150 pounds. He rushes an average of 7.0 yards per game.

     Miller has been playing football for five years and hopes to continue playing after high school for the Lamar Cardinals.

     His favorite part about football is his teammates because of the good vibes they bring on and off the field. "The Bulldogs plan on getting better this season which is a team effort,'' said Miller. The coaches at Austin continue to push him to be a better teammate in person. The hardest part of being a Bulldog is the morning practices but he says that it has never made him want to quit. "School spirit is a very low here, I believe that we can do better as a team if there was more support from the student body. Some people say that games won warrant quality team spirit, but how can the team be motivated to do good if they start with zero support,'' Miller said.

     Some personal goals for Gerad are to get stronger and bigger so that it will be easier for him to do his job. The average high school running back is 6.0 ft and 210 lb.  Being only 150 lb as a varsity running back has its pros and cons, sacrificing strength and power for speed and agility. 

     Gerad is expected to do great things in the future, throughout his high school career, and beyond. The Dawgs play Katy Taylor tonight at 7 p.m. at Katy.

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