Friday night turned out to be a sour disappointment for the Maroon Platoon as they lost 38-16 to the El Diamante Miners(2-3). Whitney’s defense just could not hold up against the onslaught brought on by the Miners within the first half. Even though the Miners dominated the first half, they were not mistake free. Parker Boswell, El Diamante’s quarterback, slipped and fell in the end zone resulting in a safety, giving the Pioneers their first points of the game. This seemed to inspire the boys in maroon and grey as they started to rally together and went on to score their only two touchdowns of the game. Both touchdowns came from Mt. Whitney’s backup quarterback, Jaedyn Pineda. Pineda had a breakout performance and led the Pioneers to their touchdowns on completions of 20 and 26 yards to Jonathan Hadley and Mason Parker.
Although they lost the game, the Maroon Platoon definitely didn’t lose their spirit. The students at Mt. Whitney High celebrated the week with candy themed dress-up days such as Pay Day, which was future career day, and Double Bubble Day, which was twin day. The wonderful Top 5 Homecoming nominees; Carli Ashford, Aurora Langford, Calla Langford, Ariela Ortiz, and Julia Rivas, said they felt honored, blessed, and loved by their peers as they unwrapped their bouquets of roses at halftime. With the student section going wild to know who received the one bouquet of white roses out of four red rose bouquets, Carli Ashford never expected to see those white roses under the aluminum covering. She claims that she will “never forget” those fateful Friday night lights.
The Lady Pioneers (6-4) continued their winning streak as they defeated the Exeter Monarchs (7-2) on Tuesday with a final score of 12-7 and the Lemoore Tigers (5-9) with a final score of 12-4 at home. Although the Mt. Whitney Girls Water Polo team had a tough pre-season, they’ve fought their way back in the running for the Division Ⅱ Valley Championship and showed every other team that they won’t back down. The defending Division Ⅲ Champions had back to back victories in Week 1, with a score of 13-3 against the Golden West Lady Trailblazers (4-4) and a score of 7-6 in overtime against the El Diamante Lady Miners (3-6), the defending Division Ⅱ Champions. With Hanford West and Hanford games lined up back to back next week, the Lady Pioneers are spirited and look optimistically to finish this season stronger than last. The future is looking bright for the Lady Pioneers.