Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
By Jon PerezReporter
Upsets were the order of the day in the Junior Varsity division of the 2007 Private School League yesterday at the Marianas High School Gym.Defending champion Whispering Palms marched through the finals after pulling off a hard-earned 25-23, 18-25, 15-4 upset win over the top-ranked Saipan International School Green, while third-seed Seventh Day Adventist ousted No. 2 Grace Christian Academy, 17-25, 25-10, 15-11.The fifth-ranked Whispering Palms arranged a title showdown against SDA in today's finals at 4:30pm after the 3:30pm consolation match between GCA and SIS Green. The games will be played at Whispering Palms in Navy Hill.It was a tightly fought contest as the defending champions managed to save two set points to comeback and win the first set.SIS Green then bounced back from an opening set loss and dominated the net en route to a 25-18 second set win to force a rubber.SIS Green looked poised to ending Whispering Palms' title bid when they went up 3-0 as Becca Newman's wards were pumped up in the game.Whispeing Palms, however, got their acts together and scored five straight points to go up 5-3 then leaned on Caleb Arriola's seven service points to pull away and secure the win.Errors did not help the SIS Green cause as they let the game slip away from their hands.It was a painful loss for the SIS Green after going undefeated the whole season that earned them the top seeding.Whispering Palms won the title last year when they beat the Melissa Halaby-led SIS crew.In the varsity tournament, No. 4 Marianas Baptist Academy and third-seed GCA defeated the upset-minded and fifth-ranked Calvary Christian Academy and Northern Marianas Academy.The MBA Storm swept past CCA, 25-23, 25-16, while the GCA Eagles clawed the NMA Stingrays, 25-10, 25-15.CCA battles MBA into a tight contest in the first set but ran out of steam in the second frame to let the Storm march into the semifinal round against the top-ranked Mt. Carmel School Knights.In the Eagles-Stingrays match, GCA was merciless against the Stingrays as they opened up with an 11-1 lead capitalizing on NMA's errors and miscalculated shots.GCA even led 23-4 then allowed NMA to make a brief run before closing out with two set points.The Eagles then put its second stringers in the second set and delivered the killer blow that earned them a semis showdown against No. 2 SIS.The second round of the playoffs in the varsity division will be played on Monday at 3:30pm and 4:30pm at Whispering Palms. Tuesday will be the consolation and finals matches at MHS Gym at 3:30pm and 4:30pm.
Posted By: Amy Arenovski
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Posted By: Amy Arenovski
By Roselyn B. Monroyo
Variety News Staff
YESTERDAY’s playoff match between Whispering Palms and Calvary Christian Academy was not for the weak heart.
Whispering Palms survived the CCA Sharks in three tightly contested sets to advance to the semifinals of the CNMI Private School junior varsity volleyball tournament.
Calvary entered the playoff match with a slight advantage as the Sharks finished the regular season in fourth place. The defending champion Whispering Palms placed fifth.
With Caleb Arriola, Ilia Corella, Hunter Thorpe, Amy Arenovski, Crosby Schultz and Min Joo Jung starting for the Navy Hill-based school, the defending champion won the opening set, 25-18.
Whispering Palms’ bench took charge in the second set and had a neck-and-neck battle against the Sharks, who escaped with a 25-13 triumph to force a third set.
The Sharks picked up where it left off in the deciding set, as Whispering Palms failed to return CCA’s serves.
Calvary caught Whispering Palms flatfooted in the first half of the last set and took a commanding 8-0 lead.
Whispering Palms’ coach Mark McDonald sued for time to restore order on the team. The temporary lull brought Whispering Palm back to life as it move within two 6-8.
Hunter Thorpe sparked the comeback when he saved the ball down the left sideline near the Sharks’ bench. Christian Miller, who was part of Whispering Palms’ second unit, but played in the crucial third set, received the ball and returned it to a napping CCA defender, and scored their first point
It was CCA coach Scott Norman’s turn to call a time out and he made the right decision, as the Sharks regained the form and moved a point away from winning the match, 14-8.
The next plays were nerve wracking, especially for Whispering Palms, as one mistake would mean goodbye to their title defense bid.
But Thorpe would not let his team down as he delivered the killer blows that led to perhaps the biggest comeback of the season.
After a CCA wide return, Thorpe’s stepped unto the service area and Calvary and Whispering Palms supporters watched how the fifth grader tore the Sharks apart with his impressive serves.
Actually, Thorpe’s serves were not that explosives, but they have a certain spin and very tricky that made it hard for Calvary to return.
His first served landed in the middle with Calvary’s players on the backcourt a step slower for the ball.
Hunter scored for more aces with the ball either dropping near the net when Calvary players were moving at the backline or at the middle passing the Sharks’ blockers and not reaching the backline defenders.
His last ace with the ball dropping a few inches from the net tied the game at 14-all.
With the momentum shifting to Whispering Palms’ side, Hunter continued to serve well and his game was completed by his teammates willingness to hustle for the ball.
A CCA wide returned moved Whispering Palms within a point of wrapping up the match.
Thorpe served for the match point with the ball heading to the back line. A CCA player hit it, but the ball did not cross the other court, yet and instead another CCA player made the second hit . Still the second hit was not enough to return the ball to Whispering Palms. With the ball heading to the right sideline, a CCA player chased it and hit it, but the ball landed near Calvary’s net capping the Sharks’ end-game collapse and handing Whispering Palms the win.
“It was one of the greatest comeback I’ve ever seen,” said Tom Weindl, who despite the air-conditioned venue (MHS Gym) was perspiring due to the intense action.
Thorpe, who was still gasping for breath with his long stint at the service area, could not believe they won the game.
“All I knew when I was at the service are was I didn’t have to make a mistake. All the serves must be perfect and my teammates will take care of the rest,” Thorpe said.
Whispering Palms’ next assignment is the winner of the SIS Green vs MCS tiff. Saipan International School topped the regular season while Mt. Carmel finished last.
Other pairings are Grace Christian Academy vs SIS Blue and Seventh Day Adventist vs Saipan Community School.
The three other playoff games were also played yesterday at the MHS Gym, but results of these matches were unavailable at press time.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Today we finished all of our mysteries and read them to each other. On Friday we have a spelling test due. This Friday is a half day. School ends at 11:00. Next week Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are all half days. Wednesday (Halloween) is a full day!
Posted By: Amy Arenovski
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Wednesday we have another test.
The test Wednesday is on Elements of Literature.
Study hard to get an A!
Wednesday our mysteries are due.
Thank you to the students that got the mystery books in on time!
Spelling test on Friday.
We read with our reading buddies today!
Two weeks from today we will have new reading buddies.
Posted by: Amy Arenovski
Monday, October 22, 2007
We have a volleyball game tomorrow!
Bring your volleyball jerseys.
Social Studies test tomorrow
Wednesday: Elements of Literature test
Wednesday: Mystery Books are due.
Friday: Spelling Test lesson 8
Study Study Study!
Indian Perimeter test on Oct. 23 (Use your study guide worksheets you did with Auntie Martha)
Elements of Literature test on Oct. 24 (Collection 1 in your textbook)
Spelling test Oct. 26 (lesson 8)
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Social Studies Test on the Indian Perimetertest review Monday! Test on Tuesday.
6th grade Elements of Literiture test on Monday.
spelling test Friday!
6th grade math test tomorrow!
Pursuasive speech due Thusday and Friday. Look Nice! See rubric for specifics.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Every Tuesday the 2nd and 3rd graders come to our classroom, and read with us. We help them learn how to read and become better readers.
Madison and Natalie, Clay and Rachel, Amy and Tayah, and Crosby and John.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
* 8th grade: math worksheet
* 7th grade: math make-up test
* 6th grade: we did a review in math.
* 6th, 7th and 8th grade: spelling test tomorrow, social studies poster due on Wednesday.
* Friday the 12th: against SCS at SCS
* Tuesday the 16th: against GCA at WPS
* Wednesday the 17th: against Calvary at WPS
* Thursday the 18th: against SIS blue at WPS
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
* 8th grade: Holt reader due Friday, math pages due tomorrow, math test tomorrow
* 7th grade: Had a math test
* 6th, 7th, 8th: spelling test and social studies poster due Friday
We have a volleyball game today, Thursday, and Friday.
Today: At SIS/Green
Thursday: Home game, SDA
Friday: At SCS
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
to tell us about Pakistan. Sohail is from Pakistan
and his wife Paula is from Saipan. They talked
about Ramadan. He talked about how they can
not eat from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm and how there
is a siren that goes off when it is 5:00 pm so when
the siren goes off everyone can eat so everyone
stops and stops everything that they are doing
and they go eat. Sohail also talked to us about the
culture of the Muslim religion and how Pakistan is
different than India.
Posted by: Amy Arenovski