Coach Galindo Vs. COVID-19!

by Victoria Cazares 

Pueblo High School girls’ basketball head coach, Ismael Galindo, has been coaching at Pueblo for nine years. This year, Coach Galindo and the Pueblo team have been required to follow a number of rules due to the pandemic. 

To stay safe, players must remain six feet apart and wear masks at all time, rules that the district enforces. Galindo said that he follows all of the rules and safety regulations to ensure his players stay safe throughout the 2020-2021 school year. 

“The challenges have been hard, but they are requirements if we want to have a season,’’ said Galindo. 

COVID-19 testing occurs once every week or every two weeks for players and coaches. Mr. Miguel Sandoval, who is known to most as “Coach Miggs”, Pueblo’s athletic director, enforces these requirements. If a player tests positive, the entire team has to follow district rules and guidelines—that is, the entire team has to sit out for no less than two weeks. 

Galindo said, “I don’t like getting tested because it’s really uncomfortable, but it’s necessary.’’ 

However, Galindo is not letting this pandemic affect his coaching. He is here to do his job and make his players better. All he wants this year is to have a season. 

“I feel bad watching everyone struggle, running around in masks. It bugs me,” he said. 

Learning and following all the new rules has been a challenge for coach. Checking temperatures every day and printing out the daily COVID-19 screening sheet is something he and his players just have to get used to daily. 

Coach said, “We have to follow all Arizona Interscholastic Association and TUSD rules, and now we have to follow all the COVID-19 rules.” 

The seniors graduating this year are the last group of girls who advanced to the championship in 2018. Coach wants to make their last year special by hanging up their banners in both gyms, giving them their jersey frames and putting a picture of them in the trophy case. 

“Senior Night might be earlier in the season due to COVID-19,” Galindo said. “I want to make sure the seniors have a ceremony even if it means they have to do it outside, one family at a time. Some of these girls have played for me all four years at Pueblo, and that means a lot.” 

One senior player, JaeDee Lopez, said, “Not having a normal senior year has really affected me. Sometimes I lost motivation for everything, including playing basketball. But, I’m going to keep my confidence up and make the most of this situation.” 

Another senior, Alexis Enriquez, said, “Whenever life seems difficult or things keep changing, the best thing to do is to keep moving forward and keep positive. That’s what I’ve been doing, and that’s what keeps me going.” 

Senior Getsemani Cazares said, “For a while, we weren’t even sure if we were going to have a season. Last year, when I was a junior, I couldn’t play due to an injury, so it’s really important to me that I get to play before I graduate.” 

Galindo is really looking forward to playing against their new division. They are working hard to make this season successful no matter what teams they play.

Pueblo Welcomes New Teacher, Varsity Football Coach

By Diego Pro 

On December 17, 2019, Pueblo High School hired football head coach Mr. Jacob Allen. Coach Allen has been a teacher for three years and a high school football coach for 11 years. 

Coach Jake Allen talks to team.

He started his career at Ironwood Ridge High School and coached for 10 years before coaching at Mountain View for one year. Then he decided to come coach here at Pueblo. This is his first year as a varsity head coach. 

“Teaching at Pueblo is the only job I applied for,” said Allen. “Pueblo was everything I was looking for. Pueblo has a very strong community and rich history.” 

Allen said that he had an interesting life before coming to Pueblo. After graduating high school, he wanted to join the military, but an injury from football made him unable to join. 

“My family has always been involved in the community and has been involved with the military,” he said. “I needed to find another way to contribute to my community.” 

After graduating from the University of Arizona, he became a government/economics teacher but eventually became a math and weight training teacher. 

On his first day hired as coach, Allen held a meeting with his players, and he talked about his coaching strategies as well as defined his expectations for his new team. 

He said, “I wanted the team to know that we were going to simplify the game, become explosive, be hard-hitting and to let the team know that they will be disciplined.” 

Coach Allen also stressed that his players have to value their academics to be eligible to play. 

“Earning high grades is always a priority,” he said. 

Coach Allen said that he believes that the effort he and the team put in class, will reflect how we play on the field and believes that whoever we are on the field and in the classroom, is a reflection of who we are as a person. 

For a few months, playing football this school year looked like a long shot because of the Covid-19 pandemic. On August 17, the football team was given the green light to start Phase 1: to practice in small 7-person pods. A few weeks later, players were given the green light to start Phase 2 in which players could practice as a whole team. 

“I know there are rumors going around right now that might indicate that we may not have a season,” said Allen. “However, as of right now, it’s not a matter of if we’ll have a season, it’s when.” 

Allen said, “Life is never easy. Sometimes it will come up and smack you in the face. No matter how hard and difficult it may seem, you can overcome those obstacles. No matter what obstacles you face, ninety-nine percent of the time someone will help you attack those obstacles. So stay strong and be patient because pretty soon, those obstacles will no longer be there.”

Girls’ Soccer: ‘Persevered’ Despite Challenges

by Ismael Angulo & Ivan Rosas

Pueblo Girls Soccer 2019-2020

Pueblo High School’s girls’ soccer team kicked off their season last semester, on Nov. 25, at a tournament at Amphi High School in which the team advanced to finals; unfortunately, they lost. However, our fearless lady Warriors did not let that stop them.

Despite hard work, the team had a disappointing record of 5-7.

Senior Liliana Orduña said, “Our season went well, but we still could have improved a lot throughout the season.”

Throughout this challenging season, the girls’ soccer team worked continuously on becoming more competitive and communicative; they also improved upon their chemistry as a team.

Another player, senior Jasmine Marin, said, “A lot of people doubted us, but we persevered,” said Marin.

Coach CelisaRamirez has been coaching this team for two years, and she hopes that the girls learned from their mistakes and also from their many strengths.

She said, “Missing practices really affected us, although the girls who did show up for practice showed the most strength on the team.”

“I hope I can continue to create fun memories for the girls next year,” said Coach Ramirez. “I don’t want any of them to believe in giving up.”

She said, “Next year, I would like to see a small squad and more dedicated players.”

Welcome To Pueblo, Football Coach Allen!

by Xylenn Nevarez & Mariel Ponce

Pueblo High School welcomes the new football coach, Mr. Jacob Allen, to our community. Allen was born and raised in Tucson, and he expressed that he always wanted to become the head coach of a team that represents Tucson on the State level.

“Pueblo has an incredible community and rich history which made the job impossible to pass up,” Allen said.

He added that he has big plans for Pueblo’s varsity football program.

“I want to build a program that competes with the very best in our State at the 4A level year in and year out,” Allen said. “Our goal every year is to qualify for the State playoffs and compete with the best in the state once we get there.”

He already has next year’s football program practicing for about an hour every day after school, Monday through Friday.

Truly, Allen said that he is “incredibly excited” to have this position as a new coach and hopes to inspire his players. 

“I want to let my actions speak louder than my words,” Coach Allen said. “I am here every day, working with our athletes to get them better and prepared for the fall. I expect a lot out of our players, and I try to hold myself to the same standards when it comes to enthusiasm and effort.”

Boys Soccer: United To The End

by Palmira Henriquez & Daeyalina Moreno

The Pueblo’s boys soccer season is over, and all of those long hours of practicing are over. The boys practiced everyday from 3:30-5:30 p.m., and with a new coach, Mr. Dillon Cox said, the team felt like they were going to go in a new direction this year.

Coach Cox said, “We had a lot of fun together, and despite the losses this year, I’m looking forward to the team’s future.”

However, despite all of the practice, the Pueblo boys’ soccer team end up with a season record of 1-10-1. ­­­­­­­

Senior Everto Morales, Jr. said, “The team’s weakness is that when we lost, we put our heads down and started wanting to quit the team. We needed to be stronger.”

However, despite weaknesses, the team showed many admirable strengths.

Senior Ramon Estrella, #14, part of the team’s defense, said, “One of the team’s biggest strengths was our chemistry.”

Adding to that, senior Sergio Olivas, a forward, said, “The team carried a good attitude! The guys were always ready to play, and they all had a strong mentality.” He added, “The boys felt that they touched the ball more this year, and they enjoyed the new coach’s fresh attitude about keeping us positive as well as his new vision of our team.”

Although the season is over, Olivas said, “From the beginning, it was obvious that we had a very slim to no chance of entering the playoffs, but there’s always next year for the underclassmen.” 

On Feb. 6, the Warriors played their last game against Palo Verde. Although Pueblo lost (the score was 0-4) on Senior Night. Olivas said, “Even with a losing season, we were like a family—from beginning to end.”

Girls Basketball: Learning From Their Mistakes

by Darian Aldaco & Getsemani Cazares

Girls basketball is now halfway through their season, and with a record of 7-14 (as of Jan. 28), their conference games are now coming to an end. 

Clearly, the girls’ basketball season is not going as expected, however, they continue to push forward and make the best out of the remaining season.

Coach Ismael Galindo said, “The goal is always the same, State championship; unfortunately, with a recent loss, we are out of the state tournament for the first time in five years.”

Galindo has a few words to say about his young varsity team.

He said, “I’m always excited about freshmen because it gives me time to teach them, although I feel that I can teach anyone who wants to learn.”

Freshman point guard Victoria Cazares is making huge strides as the leading scorer and starter for the varsity team.

She said, “Being a freshman on the varsity team takes hard work and dedication. A spot on the varsity team isn’t given, it’s earned.”

Myla Truitt, another Class of ’23 freshman, is a shooting guard and a starter on varsity. 

She said, “Playing on varsity is fun, it’s more competitive and faster pace. Our season has been good, but it could be better.”

Coach Galindo said the season is not over until it’s over; however, he does admit that the team will have to make some adjustments.

He said, “I’m not giving up on this season, but we can take what we’ve learned this season and use it for motivation to work harder and get better for next season.” “The differences year to year doesn’t really matter. Players have to play, and coaches have to coach,” he said.