Hollywood High School’s New Football Coach

Posted on June 11, 2020 by in Sports

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By: Alexander Oppenheimer, Crimson Chronicle Reporter

Hollywood High school experienced an undermining season with a record of 3-8, change was needed. Leighton Milton, the new Hollywood High football coach is a teacher at the school for multiple different subjects. Milton has exceptional football experience; as an alumni of the great D1 school Arizona State University football team, he has great experience and knowledge of the game. Milton was questioned about the upcoming season, when asked how he is feeling about the upcoming season,
“Before this madness began, I was just hired to be head coach and began interviewing potential assistant coaches. We did hire a coach who was recently at Bernstein HS, Coach Daniel Hill. We scrambled to get the equipment ready and had to contact other schools to set up our season schedule. Other schools had their schedules completed months ahead of us. Ms. Phipps and I have been cleaning and organizing the weight room and I’ve been scrambling to create a weightlifting program. So now with this virus, I’m worried that our season will be affected as it has shut down our spring training” He stated. When asked about what the plans for the upcoming season are he said
“I feel like we are starting over again and we’ve been thrown into a new league where there is no JV football, which I think is vital in establishing a football program. For now, it’s just setting up the program and playing smart and tough football this fall.” This is also not Milton’s first time coaching a high school football team,
“No, football has been a part of my life since 10th grade. After attending and playing 2 years at Pasadena City College I earned a student/athletic scholarship to the university of Arizona. We went to three Bowl games including the Fiesta Bowl in 1994 against the Miami Hurricanes where Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson and his teammates were soundly defeated by my team (29-0). The ring I always wear is my PAC-10 Championship ring marking this occasion. From there I played a few years of semi-pro football and rugby. I had the opportunity to try out for the Dallas Cowboys but didn’t make the team. I’ve coached football at various high schools in Pasadena and LAUSD and I coached basketball at Lincoln HS. But this is my first time being a Head Coach of a football team. I’m thankful that I’ve had great coaches in my past who have influenced me: Coach Coldiron and Coach Gossard at PCC and Coach Tomey, Coach McDuff, and especially for to Coach Brooks who came to my Dad’s house and offered me the Student/Athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona.” He stated. Lastly, to describe him as a coach,
“I like being prepared. The Army ROTC program at the University of Arizona helped me learn what leadership is and how to manage people working with you. I don’t like screaming and yelling. I know some players and coaches spend a lot of time doing that. This is an emotional game and we are all human, so there might be moments of loud enthusiasm or frustration from me. I’m more or a Defensive player so I think from that perspective.”
Everyone looks forward to the new and upcoming football team and season at Hollywood high school.

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Hollywood High Volleyball Team Spikes Down Their Opponents

Posted on March 20, 2020 by in Sports

Hollywood High Volleyball Team Spikes Down Their Opponents

Jasmin Kim
Copy Editor

The Hollywood High boy’s volleyball team started off their season with a dub! They had a home game against Gardena High’s team on Friday, Feb 28 and maintained their outstanding reputation. 

The varsity team won their first game 3 to 0 after vigorous training under Coach Beverly Kilpatrick. “It was an easy win.” said Rachel Fadersaer, a member of the Hollywood High girl’s volleyball team.

Captain Matthew Herrera led the varsity team to their victory! A serve from the Hollywood High team won the final point in the game against Garden High.

Last year’s team ended their season with a record of 13 wins and 8 losses. This team is already on a great start with their 2 wins from the game against Gardena and the game against Mendez.

Sadly, due to the corona virus outbreak, all sports events have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely to promote social distancing. This will help control the spread of the virus and if successful, even bring school back into session.

Hollywood high’s pool has again become its crown jewel

Posted on March 20, 2020 by in Sports

Hollywood high's pool has again become its crown jewel

Melisa Lovos

Chronicle Reporter

After about two years of refurbishing, piping, tiling, and reconstruction, the pool was cleared-and opened on March 6 of this year. The main policy so far is that students cannot use the pool unless a lifeguard, who comes on a regular basis, and a coach are present and supervising the students in the pool. The goal is to have the lifeguard come during P.E classes, in the future, so that P.E students have the opportunity of using the pool during class as well.

“The pool is seen as the crown jewel of Hollywood High School, it’s one of the best parts of our athletic program, that we have a world class pool like that. Not having it for two years affected us because we had to send our swim team to practice at Bernstein High School.” Said Assistant Principal, Pacino Furioso.  

Due to not having a pool on campus, the swim team dealt with the struggle of having to practice in other schools, including Bernstein High School, and not allowing the P.E classes the access that students in previous years had, to the pool.  

“Our major setback was not being able to practice inside the pool. Doing exercise on land can only get us so far. We have to be in the pool so that people who has little experience can hone their skills and master the real techniques they are going to need at competitions.” Said SAS Junior and captain of the swim team, Raquel Kaufman.  

Dr. Reid has the vision to open up the pool for the community on certain days, and share it with other LAUSD schools. This not only to return the favor that was given to Hollywood High, when allowed access to the pool in other schools, but to provide accessibility for those around the neighborhood to the newly reconstructed pool. 

Saying goodbye to the track

Posted on March 19, 2020 by in Sports

Saying goodbye to the track

Guadalupe Dominguez

Chronicle Reporter

COVID-19 has brought discouraging news to Hollywood. On the night of Mar. 12 assistant principal Pacino Furioso announced the cancellation of all athletic games and practices. This news left Hollywood’s track team heartbroken. 

It had only been a week since they hosted Belmont, Miguel Contreras, Roybal, RFK, Mendez, and Downtown Magnet High school for the last preseason meet.After having won the Central League Championship in 2019 Hollywood track and field team chances of winning again were looking good for this year’s team. But they were met with the news that they no longer would have the chance to defend that title because LAUSD had decided to cancel all meets in order to prevent COVID-19 from spreading throughout the different participating campuses.

Track and field members graduating this year were left disheartened and shocked. “It does suck and it’s pretty unfortunate because we have been working really hard”, said Andrea Henao, SAS senior.

The team had already been practicing for about a month and a half. This included long hours of running, practicing hurdles, and much more. Rusty Alquiza, SAS senior, stated “Because it’s our senior season I’m really disappointed. I mean coping with it, has not been easy because I was really excited for this season.”

The rest of the team who will be participating next year is hoping to win next year for the seniors who were denied the chance to play their last season.

COVID-19 sends student athletes home

Posted on March 17, 2020 by in Sports

COVID-19 sends student athletes home

Julius Joseph

Chronicle Reporter

LAUSD decided to cancel all sports practices and games until further notice. The sports that were affected are the following: baseball, softball, track, and volleyball. Each sport was doing well at the time, baseball being 1-1-1, softball being 2 – 0 win in league, boys volleyball 3-0, and track winning every event.

An upcoming hashtag found on Instagram called #redshirtcoronayear is supporting student athletes who are being affected by the virus. It is to defend individuals who are being “[robbed] of eligibility, finishing their careers, or simply playing their sport”.

Track and Field leave the opposition in the dust

Posted on March 9, 2020 by in Sports

Track and Field leave the opposition in the dust

Henry Alquiza

Chronicle Reporter

With the first ever Central League Classic on Mar. 6th. The track team come up on top of the competition, up against Roybal Learning Center, Miguel Contreras,Mendez LC,Downtown Magnet,Belmont, Robert F. Kennedy and Helen Bernstein. Our Boys varsity lead with 114 points with the boys junior varsity being 118 points. Our Girls varsity lead with 142 points and the only loss was with the junior varsity girls with 23 points. With this, the track team is able to prepare for the competition in the varying events for the upcoming meets. Senior athlete Kana Wone said,”We haven’t lost in two years, this year is getting exciting with the new competition Mendez LC.”

The next meet coming up is on Friday against Robert F. Kennedy and Mendez LC at our own track.

Friday Sports Round Up

Posted on March 6, 2020 by in Sports

Friday Sports Round Up

Julius Joseph

Chronicle Reporter

Boys varsity volleyball beat Mendez 3 – 0 on Wednesday at Mendez. Junior varsity won 2 – 0.

Girls varsity softball destroyed Mendez 17 – 5 on Monday at Mendez. Junior varsity lost 11 -7.

At press time, Track was competing against Roybal Learning Center, Robert F. Kennedy, Mendez LC, Miguel Contreras LC, Helen Bernstein, Belmont, and Downtown Magnet.

Don’t get Served

Posted on February 25, 2020 by in Sports

Don't get Served

Cheyan Metcalfe

Chronicle Reporter

Come out to support the boys volleyball team as they strike out against the one and only, Gardena High school this Friday, Feb. 28, at 2:30 pm in the big gym. Concessions will be available. Sheik pride.

Track and Field sprints into the season

Posted on February 25, 2020 by in Sports

Track and Field sprints into the season

Henry Alquiza

Chronicle Reporter

This Friday Track and Field team will have their first preseason meet. Taking place away at Soto Mayor in East Los Angeles . The team will be going against Soto Mayor . Track and field consist of several events such as the four by four, long jump, one mile, and shot put. By being someone from the team I encourage anyone that can make it out support us in our season. As well as try the sport we encourage anyone trying to join the team. Practice is held everyday after school on the track

“I feel confident in our season, I feel that we have a good team and we are very diverse” said Senior Kana Wone about the upcoming Track season.

Boys Soccer Playoffs Continue

Posted on February 21, 2020 by in Sports

Boys Soccer Playoffs Continue

Julius Joseph

Chronicle Reporter

Hollywood High Schools boys soccer team has made it into play offs and are starting it off strong. Winning their first game 6 – 0 against Legacy, they are in for the next game. Today you may find soccer playing after school against Poly. Go root for our team, and hopefully they can take home a ring.

You can follow updates on the soccer team through Max Preps.

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