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Webb Canyon Chronicle

Small team, big dream

Captain and star running back and linebacker Troy Seanoa (‘24) gets ready to face a Difficult Temecula Prep Defense, at home, under the lights, on Thursday night. Leading 14-10 going into the half the Gauls knew that to stay in the game and keep maintain their dominance they would need to step up their game throughout the second half.

The Webb Football team is having an impressive and successful season. They are currently 7-1, clinching a spot in the playoffs. Led by a strong senior class, the football team was confident enough to continue their winning tradition at the annual home game under the lights. 

 This game was not an easy task, however. Their opponent and the reigning champion, Temecula Prep, is  notably known as a fierce opponent in the Manzanita league. Emotions were high heading into the game, coming off a tough close loss to Silver Valley.  

 The football team knew they had to bounce back and continue to establish themselves as major players in the league. 

 “I thought that we had a good week of practice leading up to that game, and we were looking for a little payback from the year before because Temecula Prep beat us in a close game,” said Amahl Thomas, head coach. 

 Tensions were high before the game between the two teams, as Webb felt a level of disrespect radiating from the Temecula players towards themselves and the school.   

“Temecula Prep got off the bus and talked a little bit of mess,” Coach Thomas said.  “So our players were eager to get out and defend our home field.” 

The game was very exciting for the team as it was the first under the lights game since pre-covid. In this tradition, when playing in these primetime games the team has never lost.  

“I always enjoy the under the lights game,” Coach Thomas said. “Not only because we’ve never lost under the lights, but it’s a great way to build community at Webb and give our players a special game to always remember.”  

On top of being confident to keep the streak alive, the players had a boost of motivation coming from the stands as they were filled with friends, family, and classmates all cheering them on in hopes of a good game, and a win.  

“Playing in front of fans is always a motivating factor for players,” Coach Thomas said. “But it is particularly special at Webb because of the unique situation of being a boarding school.”

After a hard-fought game by both sides, the Gauls emerged victorious in a 21-10 win over the Patriots to improve to 5-1 in the Manzanita League. 

Webb’s successful regular season has landed them a playoff spot in the 2023 CIF Division 14 playoffs, with their opponent still to be determined; hopefully the Gauls can bring in a state championship for the first time ever in Webb football history. Go Gauls! 

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Troy Seanoa, Chief of Sports
If Troy Seanoa (‘24) got the chance to go on vacation at this moment, he would escape to Hawaii to soak up the sun. His laid-back attitude, mixed with a willingness to try something new, are what distinguish him as a friend and a journalist. When Troy is not on vacation, he shines on Faculty Field as a senior football team captain with years of rugby football experience under his belt. After the games are over, he can be found eating At Chili’s with friends, hanging out at his grandparents’ house, or relaxing on Sundays. Like an ocean breeze, Troy goes with the flow in any situation. Whether it is daily activities with his friends, exploring a vacation spot or catching up with his grandparents, Troy will always find enjoyment in whatever he decides to do. As a journalist, Troy channels his easygoing vibe in his articles, spanning a variety of sections ranging from sports to features. For the future, Troy wants to maximize productivity during the publication cycle to maximize relaxation on vacation. Favorite Song: "I'm Geekin" by DDG
Brandon Arteaga, Editor of Sports
Shortstop on the Easton Prime baseball team, expert at Mario Kart, and Editor of Sports at the WCC, Brandon Arteaga (‘24) embodies Yoshi a friendly, carefree cartoon dinosaur. And much like a Yoshi, Brandon always brings positive energy to his surroundings, from leading the Webb baseball team and Easton Prime as captain to making goofy jokes around his friends. Just like how Yoshi’s constant exclamations of “Yoshi!” endear him to his fellow dinosaurs, Brandon expresses care of culture through play and language –– seeing Spanish as a medium to reconnect with his dad’s side of the family. Over the weekend, you may find him playing Call of Duty at his home in Upland, chilling with his two dogs, Mambo and Simba, or laughing through the out-of-the-box plot in the Regular Show. In addition to his generosity towards friends and family, Brandon is an avid sunset lover. His fondness for nature blossomed into a passion for climate change activism during his time at Webb, and he hopes to continue raising public awareness around this topic. Looking forward to the year, Brandon hopes to submit his works on time and explore diverse avenues of college baseball, exemplifying Yoshi’s adventurous spirit. And who knows? He may gain another inspiration to tackle global warming during a late-night drive to the beach or spontaneous stargazing venture –– and begin flutter-jumping! Favorite Song: "The Good Ones Go" by Drake
Ethan Normann, Staff Writer
If you spot a football cutting through the Webb sky, chances are that Ethan Normann (‘25) is nearby. As a quarterback for Webb’s football team, Ethan throws and catches his beloved football almost every day, whether with his friends during lunch time, at practices with teammates, or when playing high-stake games on Faculty Field. Just as Ethan hurls a football to his teammates, he launches himself at experiences and opportunities, embracing them like one might catch a swift, spiraling pass. Ethan credits Ms. Fisher’s American Society class as a “life-changing Webb experience,citing the games and materials as having fueled his growing passion for history. He has also developed a fine taste for all corners of the entertainment world: country and rap music, timeless movies like Forrest Gump, and TV shows like Brooklyn 99. His love for movies and TV shows has sparked an interest in the writers strike, as he hopes to advocate for the writers behind his favorite movies to get compensated. Junior year will be an exciting one for Ethan Normann as he aims for big goals: to make this the best year it can be write more meaningful content for the WCC, and to win even more football games. Favorite Song: "Power Trip" by J. Cole

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