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Black History Month -

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The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Friday, February 16, 2018

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Bearcat Badminton is Back

Badminton will start their season in a new league this year—the upper “Bay” division. Though they ended the seasonwell last year—particularly doubles duo Jordan Wong, then senior, and Timothy Tam, then sophomore, who remained undefeated for the entire season—players are nervous this year. Being in the highest division, Bay Division, will mean going up against more and more competitive schools, namely Aragon High School, Mills High School, South City High School, Menlo-Atherton High School, Carlmont High School, Westmoor High School, and El Camino High School.

I just want “to win one game,” said sophomore Leslie Chan, who will play girls singles this year as number one on ladder. But she says that she’s looking forward to this season anyways, and hopes to start off the year “hitting some birdies and kicking some butt.” Junior Timothy Tam was more optimistic: I want to “lead the team to a good record,” he said. A strong and consistent player who has played various positions on ladder at his time at San Mateo High School, Timothy will most likely play number one singles for boys this year. Timothy said he was “excited” that the badminton playoffs were being held at a center he often practiced at—the Bay Badminton Center in Millbrae. “I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

Although the season hasn’t officially started yet—games don’t start until mid-March—conditioning has already begun. Players do various jumps, practice footwork exercises, and run incredible amount of laps to get their bodies in shape for game season. “We run until our butts are sore,” said Leslie.

Timothy’s optimistic mood remains. His confidence is what makes him a great player. He said he wants the team to “stay in the upper league” this year. “I hope we make it to CCS again.”

Badminton, though not always recognized as so, requires an enormous amount of stamina to get through matches, which consist of two games with fifteen points each. And if each player wins a game, the match will result in an additional match to determine the winner, which is hard if a player’s stamina has already been depleted by the two previous games. Of course, stamina is something that our bearcats have and will never run out of.

Badminton, like all the other sports at Mateo, needs your support to be successful this season. Be sure to come out and support the hard-hitting team when they play

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