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.

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.

Alicia Reyes Breaks State Record

America Cardenas Pueblo El Guerrero

By America Cardenas

Pueblo Basketball Player Alicia Reyes Breaks Arizona Record For 3 Pointers Made In A Game
Alicia Reyes (Center) holds scorebook showing the 17 3-Pointers she made to break record.

On January 27, Pueblo’s Girls’ Basketball team enjoyed a colossal win over Cholla with a final score of 98-11. Another victorious moment that night was sophomore Alicia Reyes, Class of 2018, setting a new state record.

Reyes made 17 three-pointers during the game (for a total of 51 points in just three-pointers!) and ended up scoring a total of 57 points, topping the previous Southern Arizona high of 54 made by another Warrior, Angela Lopez, set in the 2007-08 season.

“She [Reyes] is my shooter, she is my best shooter!” exclaimed Coach Ismael Galindo.

The previous record of three-pointers made in a single game was 14 set last season by a Phoenix Sierra Linda High School student, Janae Gonzales.

“When I hit the record breaking three-pointers, I could not stop smiling,” Reyes said. “I could see my teammates cheering for me, and it was a great feeling!”

Reyes tied the national record of 17 three-pointers that was set by Rebecca Greenwell from Kentucky back in January 2013.

“I want to break the national record!” Reyes exclaimed. “That would definitely be something to talk about for a long time!”

One of the team’s greatest games this season was their matchup against the Safford High School Bulldogs; that evening, the Warriors girls’ basketball team broke that team’s 24-consecutive winning streak.

The girls’ basketball team ended the regular season with a final record of 22-3, going undefeated in their section. They need the support of the Pueblo community when they take on the Casa Grande Cougars in the second round of sectional playoffs on Thursday, February 11.

Warriors Attend University Of Arizona Press Conference

America Cardenas Pueblo El Guerrero  Avae Velasquez El Guerrero Pueblo

By América Cárdenas and Avae Velasquez

Bobby Taylor, Cedric Cotton & Principal Dr Romero being interviewed by America Cardenas & Avae
Basketball players Bobby Taylor, Cedric Cotton & Principal Dr. Romero being interviewed by America Cardenas & Avae Velasquez at the MLK Classic 2016

On Friday, January 15, two members of Pueblo’s varsity boys’ basketball team participated in a press conference at the University of Arizona—regarding the Martin Luther King Classic, alongside Coach Kelvin Eafon.

The boys’ basketball team participated in the 13th Annual Martin Luther King Basketball Classic that was held at the McKale Center at the University of Arizona.

“It is such an honor to be able to coach on the court that I played on years ago,” said Coach Eafon.

The Warriors took on the Rincon Rangers in the final game of the night; unfortunately, they came up short with the final score of 54-67.

Pueblo Basketball Cedric Cotton Coach Kelvin Eafon Bobby Taylor
Cedric Cotton, Coach Kelvin Eafon & Bobby Taylor at the MLK Classic press conference

Sophomore Bobby Taylor said, “I’m glad my team had the opportunity to participate in such an honorable event in honor of Dr. King.”

The Warriors are currently 12-8 and will take on the school’s rival team the Cholla Chargers tonight at 7:30 in Lever Gym. The team urges all members of the Pueblo community to attend the game tonight and to wear white to show their support.