The Phantom Voice
On March 28, students, staff, and other members of the Bayport-Blue Point community shaved their heads in effort to raise awareness for childhood cancer. This year, Saint Baldricks was held in the James Wilson Young Middle School Gymnasium. The event was packed with shaviees, parents, students cheering on their friends shaving their heads, as well as many volunteers. The National Junior Honor Society of the middle school ran the event, cleaning up the shaved hair, running the photo stand, advertising raffles, and selling baked goods at the bake sale outside.
Overall, participants in the James Wilson Young Middle School event raised a total of nearly $10,000. This was done with the help of over 100 shaviees and volunteers, some of which teamed up. One team, by the name of “William’s Warriors”, raised over $3,000 alone, in honor of William Shultz, a Bayport-Blue Point student, who recently lost his life after years of battling childhood cancer. “William’s Warriors” was created by William’s friends and family, and grew into an even greater group in the past few years.
Saint Baldrick’s is just one of the many ways William’s legacy lives on. There have also been “Chalk the Walk”, and other events in his honor.
It was beautiful to see the number of community members that came out to Saint Baldricks, to donate, and participate. The positive energy, and smiles filling the room on this day were contagious. Each shaviee demonstrated the compassion that makes Bayport-Blue Point the amazing community we are.
If you would like to donate, or shave your head, doantions can be made on the Saint Baldrick’s Website listed below. This event is held every March, so next year is your chance to shave your head to help children currently going through cancer, or honor those who have lost their lives.
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By Nick Stewart
The draft winds are swirling, even more than usual this year. Nobody really knows how it will play out for the New York Giants the NFL draft, which begins April 26. They are in a position of power with a valuable piece of currency: the second overall selection. Now most giants fan can agree that we should use this second overall on the once in a generation talent Saquon Barkley. But then that brings in the question on our quarterback issue. Due to unstoppable force of the aging process, Eli Manning is slowly deteriorating as a quarterback. He is way past his prime of the 2-time superbowl champion that we know him as. But he isn’t fully past his glory days, most would argue that Eli has two or three more productive years before he truly is past his prime. Now this brings up a hot topic debate on who we should actually draft. They’re plenty of young QB’s available in this year's draft, many who have proven their worthiness like Sam Darnold from USC. That being said, the human highlight reel that is Saquon Barkley is a once in a lifetime draft pick. He will change whatever team’s program for the better. Personally, i’d love to have this guy in the back field. If we just add a couple more pieces to the O-line the giants offense would be lethal, there would be no weaknesses.
By Vincent Orlando
He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge on Wednesday, March 14, his family said. The British scientist was famed for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time. At the age of 22 Professor Hawking was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease. The illness left him in a wheelchair and largely unable to speak except through a voice synthesiser.
In a statement his children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said: "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. "He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years." They praised his "courage and persistence" and said his "brilliance and humour" inspired people across the world. "He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him forever." A book of condolence has been opened at Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge, where Prof Hawking was a fellow.
The scientist gained popularity outside the academic world and appeared in several TV shows including The Simpsons, Red Dwarf and The Big Bang Theory. He was portrayed in both TV and film - recently by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything, which charted his rise to fame and relationship with his first wife, Jane. The actor paid tribute to him, saying: "We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet." Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Prof Hawking in a BBC drama, said he was "a true inspiration for me and for millions around the world".
Factfile: Stephen Hawking
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the web, said: "We have lost a colossal mind and a wonderful spirit. Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking," he said. The vice chancellor of the University of Cambridge - where Prof Hawking had studied and worked - Professor Stephen Toope, said he was a "unique individual" who would be remembered with "warmth and affection". Prof James Hartle, who worked with him to create the Hartle-Hawking wavefunction to explain the Big Bang, said Prof Hawking had a "unique" ability to "see through all the clutter in physics" and get to the point. The comedian and presenter of the BBC's Stargazing Live Dara O'Briain said the scientist had an "immeasurable life" and "one of the few people I would call a hero of mine". Theoretical physicist, professor Jim Al-Khalili, from Surrey University said Prof Hawking had a tremendous sense of humour. He told BBC Radio Surrey: "He was a fun loving guy. Inside that shell, inside that body that was paralysed, was someone who was full of vigour, full of passion for life."
Gian Giudice, head of theoretical physics at the European nuclear research laboratory CERN, said Prof Hawking had a "great impact" on the centre's research, adding: "A giant of our field has left us, but his immortal contributions will remain forever."
Benches Cleared Twice at Fenway Park During Yankees vs. Red Sox Game
By Rayan Alam
On Wednesday April 11th, 2018, tempers flared at Fenway Park between the Boston Red Sox and the visiting New York Yankees. This was not a surprise for most people considering that the Red Sox and the Yankees are rivalries. There’s been previous brawls in the past between both teams but this particular brawl heated up the rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees.
It all started in the top of the 3rd inning when Yankees 1st baseman Tyler Austin made an aggressive slide to 2nd base. The Red Sox 2nd baseman was not happy with the way Tyler Austin slid. Both players were arguing with each other which caused both benches to clear for the 1st time during the game.
In the top of the 7th inning Tyler Austin was up at bat. Red Sox Pitcher Joe Kelly threw the ball at Tyler Austin’s ribs. Then he slammed his bat on the ground and charged after Joe Kelly. Both benches and bullpens were cleared once again. Punches were thrown during the brawl and multiple players were ejected from the game. The next day, Tyler Austin received a 5 game suspension for his actions during the brawl and Joe Kelly received a 6 game suspension for the same reason. At the end of the game, Yankees won 10-7 against the Red Sox.
Play Ball! The New York Mets have began their 2018 season with a bang already having the best record in the MLB within the first ten games. This years squad exudes talents with the pitching and batting lead by the new head manager Mickey Callaway. Mickey being a former player and now coach at age 42 makes him the youngest manager in the league. The additions from free agency were very vital picking up two former all stars Adrian Gonzalez and Todd Frazier along with the return of Jay Bruce. Having these veterans helps the team gel and improves the mind sets of the less experienced. One thing the New York Mets have been recognized for over the years is their phenomenal pitching staff. The three headed monster of Noah Syndergaard, Jacob DeGrom, and Matt Harvey in the rotation is exhausting for other teams. As long as this hot team can stay healthy, we could see them making a run to be the NL East champions. It will also be interesting to see if the bats stay consistent throughout the entirety of the 162 games. In the past the Mets have had a tendency to start off with a bang and once summer starts they die down. Fortunately for Mets fans the pitching staff seems to be at its prime with Thor being completely healthy and Harvey having a full winter to recuperate from his recurring injuries. One things the miracle Mets have solidified about their squad in this early season is that they have the ability to fight back from a deficit leading the league in comeback wins. They must keep their heads high during downfalls and bask in the high points of this season. New York Mets want their team to be playoff bound once again and Mickey Callaway is delighted to provide them with hat, but will it all go to plan?
By Annie Buxton
The 20th century is an era of technological change and advances. With Dubai working on the creation of digital license plates. These new plates will detect oncoming collisions, flash current weather conditions, and have GPS trackers in them. All these features are going to be available within the next month.
This new feature will impact cars significantly for the better. For example, if a person gets into a car crash, the plate will immediately singal the police. Not to mention, the plates will also deduct fines out of the driver’s account right away, which may or may not cause problems. Interestingly, in 2013 California passed a bill to start testing digital license plates. However, AMericans had an issue with their privacy being compromised These cool innovations, however, are an invasion of privacy, knowing your location at all times with the GPS tracker may be beneficial to the police, but civilians may not appreciate it. Not only can the transport authority can change your license plate number from a remote, but also these new plates are linked to people’s bank accounts, will make it easier for hackers to get your account information and money,
Overall, although cool, the new Dubai plates may cause more harm than good and it is up the consumers to decide whether they are worth the state knowing your every move or not.
New Dubai plates being released next month
I have been playing softball since kindergarten all the way up until now. The Bayport-Blue Point softball team in my opinion has always been very good. We win most of our games, and when we don’t we are playing challenging teams. Last year when I was a freshman we had Coach Russo as a coach. He was great, it was his first year coaching. That year we had an amazing record where we won 17 games and only lost a few. He moved to a private school sadly, so this year we have a new coach named Coach Brenner. He has been really good as well. This season we have been doing well so far and I’m excited for the many more games to come.
There are 13 girls on the JV softball team including myself. I play left field. My teammate Caroline Ogno plays center field and is guaranteed to catch every pop fly hit at her, especially during the game. Erin Echeverria plays right field along with Kate Behan who is also a catcher, which they are both very good. Carla Tataro played first base but due to Olivia Monturo’s injury she now plays third base. Ally Larkin who is only in 8th grade is now our first baseman. Jenna Reilly who is not only a star at second, but our lead hitter, is very talented and dedicated to the sport as we all are. Julia Drago who was injured in the beginning of the season started playing again recently and she is a second baseman as well. Our shortstops are by Charlotte Fuller and Sofia Cetina. Charlotte is also a pitcher alongside her older sister Amelia Fuller who is our star pitcher, but they are both very good. Olivia was an excellent teammate and player, and it is very sad that she cannot play, due to an injury, especially knowing how talented she is. Although, Carla is doing a great job taking over third base and we cannot be happier for her smooth transition from first. Alyssa Zelenka is our catcher. Annie Buxton used to catch as well but due to her arm being very injured since she had to catch every game last year and it now being worn out, Alyssa and Kate are our only two catchers, both who are very good.
I am excited for what the season will bring, and for me to go to the Academy fields everyday after school and spend time with these amazing people. Not only softball, but many sports are a team sport. We constantly are lifting each other up when one makes an error, which is simply just part of the game. I am proud to say that they are my teammates, and I am proud to be on the softball team. I highly recommend to join next year if your interested, it is a lot of fun. We are practically a family. Now everyday me, and the other 12 girls, work hard every single day, with 101% effort, to make it up to varsity with Coach Sace and Coach Reilly.
By Meghan Clayton
The first article I wrote this year, I asked seniors about how they felt about graduating, their time at Bayport Blue Point High School, and what the future may hold. They told me about their memories of time spent here, lessons they have learned, and plans for the future. Now, as the year comes to a close, I want to thank the seniors who made my time here so far so wonderful, specifically the members of the girls distance track team.
When I started out as a freshmen on the team last year, I was nervous to be joining such a strong team, scared that I wouldn’t be able to keep up or that I wouldn’t fit in. Yet, what I found was quite the opposite. The upperclassmen were kind, inclusive, and funny, and I quickly became a part of a family. I could not have asked for a better group of girls to help guide me my first two years on the team, and I hope to be as wonderful as an upperclassmen as they were. They help me at my worst, congratulate me at my best, and pushed me to work harder each day. No matter what kind of day I may have had, I can always rely on my team to cheer me up at practice, with whatever stories or advice they may bring.
For this, I would like to say thank you to those who are graduating this year. For pushing me to beat my personal record, work harder each day, and to become a better runner than I ever thought I could be. You made the hardest workouts seem possible, and the longest runs go quick. I am always going to be grateful for my time spent with you, and wish you the best of luck with whatever your futures may hold.
With the start of Spring, many baseball fans are putting on pinstripes, getting their baseball gloves ready, and anxiously waiting for the Opening day of the MLB season. On Thursday March 29th, the Yankees played the Toronto Blue Jays, but no home field advantage. The Yankees won the game 6 to 1.
The Yankees had strong starting players along with a good lineup. Gary Sanchez was the starting catcher. Tyler Austin was the first baseman starter, and also plays right field. Neil Walker played as second baseman. Brandon Drury played third base and is also an outfielder second baseman. Didi Gregorius was shortstop. Brett Gardner was left field with Aaron Hicks at center field, and Aaron Judge as right fielder. Luis Severino was the starting pitcher.
As Giancarlo Stanton steps onto the Toronto Blue Jays field for the first time with the Yankees, he hit his first homerun of the season, against pitcher J.A. Happ. He hit another home run in the ninth inning. With Aaron Boone’s first win with being in charge of the Yankees, he must be a proud and happy man. Luis Severino pitched 5 and a half innings and struck out seven people. Along with Stanton hitting two home runs, Brett Gardner hit a solo home run. The Yankees had a very good first game and continued to put all their effort in while playing the other 3 games. Winning the first 2 games.