The Association of Volleyball Professional (AVP) is back! The 2019 campaign kicked off last weekend with the annual Huntington Beach Open, which went from May 3-5. The weather was sunny, providing crowds all around, food and beverage vendors everywhere, and people waiting anxiously for the tournament winners. After two and a half days of competition, the finals were set. The women’s final was played first and featured top-seeded April Ross and Alix Klineman, who have won the four previous AVP tournaments dating back to last season, against fourteenth seeded Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan. Ross and Klineman lost the first set 18-21, and battled back in the final two sets and won 21-12 and 17-15. In the third and final set there was a 23 serve “freeze” meaning that neither team won a point because once match point is reached, one must serve in order to get the point. The women’s match was the climax of the day, as the men’s final was much shorter lived. It was the first tournament played by Parades and Pavan, as they became teammates over the offseason, and they battled throughout the tournament and made it to the finals. Ross, a Newport Harbor alumni and two time Olympic medalist, won her fourth Huntington Beach Open win and 34th AVP win overall. The men’s final was a little different. Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb, the number one seeded team, had to battle out of the losers bracket after losing early in the first round on Friday. Crabb and Gibb went up against the sixth seeded squad Chase Budinger and Casey Patterson, who went undefeated throughout the tournament. The first set of the men’s final was tied up 24 times, with both sides having set point numerous times, with Crabb and Gibb finally winning the set 27-25. They won the next set 21-14. Gibb, the 43 year-old three time Olympian, won his third Huntington Beach Open and 30th AVP title overall. The next stop on the AVP Tour will be the Austin Open, which will take place at Krieg Fields in Austin, Texas on May 17-19. The AVP will be back in California on July 26-28 at the Hermosa Beach Open next to the Hermosa Beach Pier.
The Decline of an Icon
On Thursday, April 25, 2019, radio and television host Larry King suffered what many believed to be a heart attack, but turned out to be an angina attack. King was on his way to the hospital for an angiogram, when he began suffering chest pains, thus sending him to the hospital in an ambulance and into the intensive care unit. Larry King was born on November 19, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. King began his career right after highschool when he became a journalist for the local newspaper. As he got older, he got a job as a reporter for CBS, and worked his way up the ranks of the broadcasting world. King’s rise to fame began in 1985, with his show, Larry King Live, on CNN. For over 25 years, King was a part of the CNN crew, and began a new line of shows, making his career the epitome of broadcasting. This is not King’s first bout with heart issues. Back in the 1980’s, King was diagnosed with heart disease, and needed to be monitored often. In the early morning of February 24, 1987, King knew something was wrong and went to the hospital where it was determined he was suffering from a heart attack. King was known to smoke two and a half packs of cigarettes a day for 33 years, but that all stopped when he had his heart attack. King had a quintuple bypass surgery done, where all five of the major blood vessels leading to the heart were diseased. He made a full recovery, and was back on the air a few months later. It has also been reported that King’s health has been in decline recently, with it being known that he has had breathing problems the last few months. His breathing issues were the reason for him to get an angiogram. In September of 2017, King announced that he had beaten lung cancer, a condition of his that he kept private. King went in for a routine check up where he underwent a chest x-ray. The doctor said that “‘something looked funny’’’, and King underwent further tests. The doctors found the tumor, which was in the beginning stages, and removed the tumor. King stated that "The doctor said to me, ‘It was malignant but you were in the first stage. If it had stayed and we didn't find it, you would have had trouble in two or three years, but we got it and you were lucky.’” The surgery removed roughly 20% of Kings lung, and he is now cancer free. King is reported to make a full recovery and is expected to return to his shows within the coming days.
The New Apollo
President Donald Trump has announced that he would like to send men back to the moon, a feat which has not happened since December 11, 1972 with the Apollo 17 mission. His reasoning is to restore America’s legacy of leadership in space and to help National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) gain more information about our space and the solar system. Trump would like to eventually send a man to Mars, and he hopes to do this with his space policy directive, which he signed back in February of 2017. NASA hopes to land astronauts at the moon’s South Pole and gather new information with their current equipment. Many members of the science community are behind Trump on this revival because they believe it will lead to new groundbreaking discoveries and gain further knowledge on lunar science. With new technology, it is believed that missions to the moon will be both robotic and crewed, leading to more useful information to promote travel to Mars. Currently, NASA is creating robotic prospector missions that will help extract the oxygen and hydrogen needed to survive on the moon and launch expeditions to Mars further in the future. This process will reduce the need to get air from earth and will allow further space expeditions even more possible. Vice President Mike Pence hopes this feat will be accomplished by 2024. NASA believes this is very possible, and with the recent increase in government funding and technology being better now than ever before, the possibility is even greater. NASA’s biggest concern is the landing sequence, since it has to be designed, built, and tested before it can be sent to space. Man should be sent back to the moon because of the possibilities that come along with 47 years of scientific and technological advancement. What NASA could learn by going back to the moon could be the key to having life on Mars. Without exploring the unknown, nothing new could be found to further the possibilities for the future. That is why modern space exploration in could ultimately be the answer to advancing human existence to the next level in the future and beyond.
"The Dirt" On Mötley Crüe
On March 22, 2019, Netflix released an original movie titled, The Dirt, chronicling the rise and fame of 80’s rock band Mötley Crüe, known for their hit songs “Home Sweet Home”, “Wild Side”, and “Kickstart My Heart”. The film was directed by Jeff Tremaine, who is also known for his association with the Jackass franchise. The film stars, Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx, Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) as drummer Tommy Lee, Daniel Webber as lead singer Vince Neil, and Iwan Rheon as lead guitarist Mick Mars. The movie goes into detail with how the band started, and they rose to the top of the music charts. The story of Mötley Crüe began when Tommy Lee saw Nikki Sixx in concert and wanted to start a band. Sixx agreed and began looking for other members. After searching for a guitarist, Sixx and Lee decided on an older man with significant back problems., deciding on Mick Mars. Needing to find a lead singer, Lee remembered that one of his old pals from high school is the lead singer of a cover band. The three went to see Vince Neil, who blew the three of them away with his voice. With the band now formed, it was time to find a name, and create some music. Their first gig did not start on a high note. The crowd was booing them and throwing food and drinks at the band,then Mötley Crüe went into action and began fighting members of the audience. This gained approval of the audience and the rest of the night went smoothly, thus beginning their illustrious career. For the next ten years, Mötley Crüe was one of the best metal genre bands, and would rock the music charts. I was a huge fan of this movie, mainly due to the fact with how the movie portrayed the daily life of a rockstar, where Mötley Crüe’s lifestyle was never average. The actors chosen to play the members of the band played their parts very well. After hearing interviews from Mötley Crüe themselves, the actors sound and act just like the band during their reign atop the rock world. With the rockstar lifestyle, however, there were some dangers. The film is rated TV-MA for its visuals of nudity and drugs, as well as explicit language. I would rate this film 9/10 because, although the film was very good, it does not talk about the band as a whole once they are together, but rather as individuals. If you are a fan of Mötley Crüe or 80’s metal music, this is a for sure movie to watch.
The National Grounding
On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, President Donald Trump ordered for all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 airplanes to be grounded until further notice. This comes after the fact that on Sunday, March 10, 2019 an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed and killed 157 people just minutes after takeoff. The plane was less than four months old. An investigation is now underway to determine what happened that caused the plane to crash. On Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 8:38am, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 left Bole Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Roughly six minutes later, the plane crashed in Bishoftu, killing 157 people on board. Minutes before the plane crashed, the captain of the flight reported that there were “flight control problems” making it difficult to maneuver the plane. A similar problem happened on October 29, 2019, when Lion Air Flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 189 passengers on board with similar aircraft control problems. In fact, Ethiopian Airlines was using the same aircraft, a Boeing 737 Max 8, as Lion Air, and there were some question raised before, and there are even more now. It is noted that some pilots of other Boeing 737 Max aircrafts have “complained of inadequate training on automation-assisted flying systems, unfamiliarity with the controls, anxiety that prompted [the pilots] to engage autopilot earlier than normal, and at least two instances where the plane pitched downward or maneuvered against pilots’ inputs.” Because of this, some pilots have noted that the faulty system could be the “possible cause of flight-control problems”, but do not know for sure. On March 13, 2019, President Trump followed many nations around the world and grounded the U.S. fleet of Boeing 737 Max airplanes. The U.S. has over 70 of such planes in current use. American and Southwest Airlines, two of the largest carriers in terms of revenue, fleet size, number of destinations and passengers, etc., have 58 Boeing 737 Max airplanes between the two of them. Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recommended to all countries to ground their fleet of 737 Max airliners until further notice. Boeing has been working on a software fix since the Lion Air crash, and the most recent accident is expected to prolong the release of the software for a few months. This new software will have to be approved and installed by the FAA in order to unground the aircraft. Boeing has since delayed their deliveries of the aircraft, with many companies cancelling their orders for the aircraft. In fact, airline Garuda Indonesia of Indonesia has considered cancelling their original order of 20, costing Boeing millions. In response to grounding the 737 Max aircrafts, President Trump said, “The safety of the American people, and all people, is our paramount concern.”
Battle of the Bell: Part One
Battle of the Bell: Part One is complete, and Estancia came out on top. On Friday, March 8, 2019, Estancia Eagles played against league opponent, and city rival, Costa Mesa Mustangs. Through a 6 ½ inning game, Estancia won with a final score of 4-1. Junior Jake Covey made the start for Estancia versus senior pitcher Tyler Corkhill for Costa Mesa. Covey pitched a complete game, while Corkhill lasted two innings before being replaced by senior Cameron Chapman in the bottom of the third inning. Senior Omar Munoz came in at the bottom of the sixth, and completed the game for Costa Mesa. In the first inning, there were no base runners for either team, as both defenses played exceptionally well in the game. The second inning, however, is when the offense came to play. In the top of the second, Omar Munoz hit a ball to senior shortstop Jake Alai who committed an error throwing the ball to first base, with Munoz advancing to second base. Sophomore Kyle Anderson blasted the ball to right field and brought Munoz home, putting Costa Mesa in the lead 1-0. Estancia came ready to play during their turn at bat. Alai, the second batter of the inning, was hit by the pitch and reached first base. Covey at the plate, hit a ball over second base and advanced Alai to second. Junior Troy Huber followed and hit the ball to senior shortstop David Gonzalez who commited a throwing error, allowing Alai to score from second, and Covey to advance to third. Junior Brandon Peck put the ball in play, sacrificing his at bat, scoring Covey. Estancia was leading 2-1 at the end of the second inning. In the top of the third, Costa Mesa had one runner on base, but that did not last long. On an attempt to steal second base, junior catcher Garrett Palme hosed the runner at second and put the second out of the inning on the board. With one out in the bottom of the third, senior Justin Wood hit a triple to the right field fence, and scored on a wild pitch just a few pitches later. Estancia was up 3-1 at the end of the third. Neither team scored during the fourth or fifth inning, but that changed in the bottom of the sixth. With Omar Munoz now on the mound for Costa Mesa and two outs in the bottom of the sixth, senior Josh Caldelas substituted in for junior Thad Sanchez, and similarly to Wood’s hit in the bottom of third, Caldelas hit a rocket to the right field fence and advanced to third. Senior Hayden Pearce sacrificed himself to get Caldelas home. Estancia was now up 4-1 at the end of the sixth inning, and would win the game with the same score. Estancia put on an strong defensive effort this game, with everyone contributing a big part to their 4-1 win against Costa Mesa. Covey finished the game with a stat line of 7 strikeouts, 4 hits, and 1 run through a complete seven inning game and getting the win. Tyler Corkhill finished with 0 strikeouts, 1 hit and 2 runs through two innings pitched. Cameron Chapman finished the game with 4 strikeouts, 2 hits, and 1 run through three innings pitched. Omar Munoz completed the game with 2 strikeouts, 3 hits, and 1 run, pitching only one inning in the contest. Estancia is now 3-0 in league play and currently sits at first place in standings for the Orange Coast League. This week, Estancia will play against first year rival the Santa Ana Saints on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Santa Ana. Costa Mesa will play against first year rival Orange Panthers on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Orange.
Baseball is Back
League baseball is back. On March 1, 2019, Estancia Eagles took on first year rival Orange Panthers at home in the first game of league baseball. Estancia came in at 3-3, and Orange came in at 2-1. Estancia won the game 4-0 through 6 ½ innings. Junior Jake Covey for Estancia made the start against junior Johnny Long of Orange. Both pitchers pitched complete games. With the first batter of league, Jake Covey struck out senior Justin Nock to begin the new season. In the first inning, Jake Covey struck out the first and third batter and the second out was a flyout to right fielder Josh Caldelas. With Estancia up to bat, first up is senior Hayden Pearce, who ultimately struck out. Next up, Nick Perales hit a single to begin the upcoming scoring circuit for Estancia. By the end of the first, the Estancia had four runs (one of which was an error committed by Orange junior shortstop Ralph Casillas). After the first inning, it was a pitcher’s game. Throughout the final 5 ½ innings, there were only a combined five hits by both teams ( 3 for Orange, 2 for Estancia). 11 out of the 27 outs in the game, roughly 41%, were strikeouts, 5 of which were looking. A majority of the other 16 outs either found their way to either third baseman Matthew Kehoe, shortstop Jake Alai, right fielder Josh Caldelas, or left fielder Troy Huber. For Orange, the defensive story is pretty similar, except there were fewer strikeouts (7) committed by Estancia. Similarly, a majority of the outs by Estancia found their way to third baseman Bryan Zaragoza, shortstop Ralph Casillas, or right fielder Elijah Wilson. Since Estancia was winning by the end of the top of the seventh, Estancia did not have to bat in the bottom of the inning, completing game. Jake Covey finished the game with 11 strikeouts, 3 hits, 2 walks, and 0 runs. Johnny Long of Orange finished the game with 7 strikeouts, 5 hits, 1 walk, and 4 runs. This week, Estancia will play at home against league rival Calvary Chapel on Monday, March 4, 2019. Orange will play at home against non-league opponent Cerritos also on Monday, March 4, 2019.
"The Crocodile Hunter"
Steve Irwin, also known as “The Crocodile Hunter”, would have been 57 less than a week ago. He died on September 4, 2006 while filming a documentary about marine life. His impact stretches all the way around the world in terms of the environment and animal life. Irwin’s television show, The Crocodile Hunter, taught all who watched about numerous kinds of animals. Steve Irwin was born on February 22, 1962, in Victoria, Australia. His parents, Bob and Lyn Irwin, owned and operated the Australia Zoo located in Queensland, Australia. From an early age he would wrestle and play with the crocodiles in the zoo, and for his birthday one year, he received a 12-foot python from his parents as a present. His first job, in fact, was to catch crocodiles for a company he was working for. Irwin said that he caught over a hundred crocodiles, some of which found their way into the Australia Zoo. Irwin’s show, The Crocodile Hunter, began in 1996 and used footage from his honeymoon as the focal points for the first episode of the show. Irwin would later go on numerous adventures for his other episodes. His show made people excited to learn about animals and the wild. Featured on Animal Planet, after one year on local television, and it was a major success all over the world. At the peak of the show’s popularity, over 200 countries were tuning in to watch Steve Irwin. His look, enthusiasm, and his signature catchphrase “Crikey” became known around the globe. Many people credit his style for making learning about animals and nature that much more exciting. Sadly, the show ended in 2004, but in the final episode, Irwin talks about some of his favorite moments including those with his wife Terri Irwin, who continues to carry on his educational legacy. After the show was over, he began to make cameos on other popular animal television shows. In fact he even made a quick appearance in the film Dr. Dolittle: 2. He died while filming a story for Ocean’s Deadliest in his hometown of Queensland. He was pierced numerous times by a stingray he was observing and one of the punctures hit his heart. Irwin died later that day due to loss of bleeding. He died on September 4, 2006. Although he is no longer with us, his moments as the crocodile hunter live on in the lives of so many around the world. His actions on television have shown people things they thought they would never see or experience. Irwin brought Australian wildlife to people all across the globe. Perhaps it is Irwin’s personality, charisma, and enthusiasm that will be missed the most. Steve Irwin is “The Crocodile Hunter.”
Global Warming and the People
On February 6, 2019, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record. In fact, the previous five years have been the hottest years on record since the data has been recorded since 1880. In total, since 1880, the earth’s surface temperature has risen by 2 degrees Fahrenheit. This may not seem like a big change, but in reality, it is changing our world. So this leads to the question, does global warming exist? Since 1880, there have been numerous advances that have taken the world to another level. There is also a greater population on the planet presently than there was in 1880. In fact, there are nearly 6 billion more people on earth now than there was in 1880. With more factories in the world, more people on the road, and more fossil fuels being consumed, there should be consequences that would impact the people. What is not often discussed is what happens to the animals and the environment. Sea levels are rising due to glaciers melting. This causes floods to be more common which can cause havoc to land and to those that live there. Since glaciers are melting, animals who live on the glaciers are left without a home. Humans have produced so much excess waste that it is now beginning to affect the lives of the people. Factories that produce goods for the people release gases that are harmful to the atmosphere. These gases are called Greenhouse Gases. The level of Greenhouse Gases in the atmosphere is higher now than anytime in the previous 80,000 years. Evidence shows that global warming exists because of how much the planet has changed since 1880, when data was first being recorded. With all of the data present, it is sure to make people wonder what will happen in the near future. Day by day, more and more animals and people are suffering, as well as the environment. We need to make better decisions if we want the planet to be in good shape for our children and generations to come. Whether it is lifestyle or travelling, anything that can be done to help the environment should be done for the greater good of humanity.