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Webb football competes in their first game after months of practicing

Bryan Oglesby (‘23)
The Webb football team lines up on defense.

Cleats grounded into the freshly cut grass, teams huddling developing game plans, and spectators gathering with excitement to watch the Webb football team in action against Don Bosco Technical Institute. Players were hyped that they could return to in-person play after over a year of suspended games. You could feel the elation and enthusiasm in the air. High school football is back 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, practices did not begin in August before the schoolyear and instead, began in December when athletes returned to campus for sports practices after months of virtual meetings and film sessions.  

Another noteworthy change is that the team gained two new VWS players. In the past, the team has had VWS players compete, so it is encouraging to see more VWS players joining and competing. Webb’s football team came out on top with a 28-20 win over Don Bosco which sparked excitement among many players.  

Senior captain and quarterback Ethan Caldecott (21) was proud of the way the team carried itself to a victory.  

Our offensive line really dominated in the trenches,” Ethan said. “Now it may not show up on the stat sheets, but our line dominated on both sides of the ball and that is what ultimately led us to victory. 

Webb got off to a hot start with a 60yard touchdown pass from Ethan to Jake Baiz (21) on the opening offensive play for the Guals. The duo kept the foot on the gas and scored two more touchdowns through the air before the end of the second quarter. At halftime, the score was 21-7 Gauls. 

Don Bosco rallied in the second half with a strong running game, totally 260 yards for the game. They scored twice in the second half on the ground, but a 36-yard touchdown pass to Justice Thomas (21) early in the 3rd quarter and a key fourth down stop on defense gave Webb the edge to win the game 28-20. 

The team was generally happy with their performance against Bosco Tech, but is looking to improve for the next game following some tense moments at the end of this match 

“Everyone can improve in some way,” Ethan said. “It was our first game, and no one played perfect including myself. There is a lot we can improve upon as a team going into this last game. 

On the road to victory, the younger players on the team were given the opportunity to step up and make winning plays. There are a lot of new faces on the team this year, as some players chose to play other sports due to coinciding sports seasons. 

“New players have had a great impact,” Ethan said. We have had some key acquisitions this year. It has definitely been a team effort. Everyone has a very important role from scout players to starters. New players are really catching on and having a great impact.” 

New members of the football team include VWS students Katie Arzate (23) and Dora Csonge (21). 

“It means a lot to me to be able to play a sport that is usually maledominated,” Dora said. Obviously, there are some differences in our physique and strength, but I think I can keep up well at this level.”  

Due to the fact that the game was not at home, Don Bosco had differing rules than Webb revolving around COVID-19. Spectators for the game were limited to household groupings of four for players and staff; you could not show up on site and be admitted into the game. Webb does not currently allow spectators, but these were Don Bosco’s rules, so it was permitted for the game. Other important COVID-19 rules that were in place was that players had to wear masks on the sidelines and fans had to wear masks and were not allowed to yell.  

The pandemic has brought upon many challenges for the football team and Webb sports in general. There was a point earlier this year when no one was even expecting to play games, which brings more meaning to this win.  

I am really happy we were able to play,” Ethan said. As much as I wish we could play the same amount as everyone else in LA County where teams on average have about five games and we only have two, I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to play. 

“The team did amazing, and I felt proud of what we have accomplished,” Dora said. “It was also sad because I knew I was only going to get to play in two games the whole season, and since I’m a senior it’s both my first and last season of high school football.” 

Starting the season with a win will hopefully inspire the team for their upcoming game, one being against Western Christian on Thursday April 1st at 6:30 pm. Even though playing in a COVID-19 era is not normal, the football team, along with every other sports team on campus, is making the most out of their experience playing sports in-person and is representing Webb at its best.  

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David Hastings, Editor of Sports
Captain of the Webb football team, David Hastings (‘22) leads with distinction and serves as a suitable Editor of Sports. However, his interests stretch far beyond one activity; music also constitutes an integral part of his identity. David has rocked out instruments since he was young, initially playing the drums but later transitioning to the guitar; he now plays for his band “Orange Juice.” David also likes to hang out with friends in the Claremont Village or binge Netflix shows with a bucket of fudge brownie ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s on his lap. Unfortunately, he missed out on many social interactions because of the pandemic and looks forward to re-establishing broken social connectivity by learning and reporting individuals’ stories for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. Apart from contributing to the WCC as an athlete, musician, and editor, David strives to make every community member’s voice heard. Favorite song: "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve
Bianca Arteaga, Public Editor
Do you know many busy bees at Webb? If you don't, then maybe you haven't met Bianca Arteaga ('22)—a self-described bee, she is productive, cheerful, and hardworking. She is, like many productive people, a morning person, and very organized. So perhaps it is no surprise that she is taking on the added challenge of AP Spanish this year, in order to better help people internationally in the future. Bianca eventually wants to become a lawyer and help people worldwide, which she may need Spanish for. For now, Bianca wants to help people locally by using the WCC to teach freshmen and sophomores to love Webb as she does. Bianca's other passion is protecting the environment. Despite being a very busy and successful student, Bianca is also very skilled in the athletic department. She is the varsity softball captain and hopes to continue playing even once she goes to college. Besides her work, Bianca also has a fun side: she loves playing the guitar, is obsessed with Taylor Swift, enjoys watching romcoms, and loves dad jokes. Bianca's many interests, well-balanced lifestyle, and unwavering work ethic truly make her a queen bee! Favorite song: "All Too Well" by Taylor Swift

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