KC Carr Runs Tillers to Second Round of CIF

By Benjamin Rodriguez Photograph by Cesar Padilla of Ocular Photography On Friday, November 11, the Tillers took on the Huntington Beach Oilers in the first round of CIF playoffs. All night fans heard Mr. Martyn’s recognizable voice hollering through the speakers, “KC Carr, touchdown Tillers.” They heard it six times to be exact, as Carr…

Tillers Varsity Water Polo Wiped Out

By Camille Yost and Kimberly Ayon Despite a painful loss, the Varsity Boys’ Water Polo team ended the year strong with their “best game of the season”, according to Jonathan Diaz. The game went into double overtime and ended with a score of four to five. Tustin High’s Varsity Boy’s Water Polo finished off with…

The Rivalry on El Camino Real

By Benjamin Rodriguez On Friday, September 23 the Tillers took on the Beckman Patriots in what is known as the “El Camino Real Rivalry.” The Tillers who throttled the Patriots last year looked to do the same on this day. The Tillers did what they do best, pounding the ball down the defenses’ throats. The…

Colin Kaepernick and the Movement

By Edwin Contreras When you would sit down on a Sunday night and watch a football game what normally grabbed your attention before the game was the singer’s standout performance of the national anthem. However, Colin Kaepernick showcased a controversial performance of his own before the game had even started. It was on August 26,…

The Rams Are Back

By Benjamin Rodriguez At the end of the 2015-2016 NFL season the St. Louis Rams made a big announcement: they were returning to their beloved home, the city of Los Angeles. The Rams had previously called Los Angeles home from 1946-1994. After the 1994 season in which the team went an abysmal 4-12, they packed…

Tillers Suffer Tough Loss to Foothill

By Benjamin Rodriguez On Friday, September 2, the Tillers took on the Foothill Knights in what is always one of the most exciting games of the year. Not only are the schools down the street from each other, many students from both schools grew up with each other. Just like last year’s game, it was…

Tiller’s Baseball Gets the Win in their Staff Appreciation Game

By Katelyn Merrell               Every year the Tustin baseball program holds their staff appreciation game where the players get a chance to choose their favorite teacher or staff member and ask them to wear their jersey at the game. Some of the special staff members out at the game sporting their students’ numbers were Mrs….

Senior Lacrosse Boys go Out With a Bang

By: Benjamin Rodriguez On Friday, April 22 Tustin’s boys’ varsity lacrosse honored their senior players during their Senior Night ceremony.The players recognized were, Matt Gaddis (#44), Caleb Bullock(#28), Jim Garcia (#3), Julian Martin (#7), Jacob Ixta (#33), Hugo Virgen (#18), Lucas Gerome (#29), Nick Stanczyk (#12) Ramon Lucero (#25), and Eric Salinas (#2), Aldair Salas…

Tiller Boys’ Volleyball Quick Victory Over Kennedy’s Irish

By Kristina Ching Tillers’ boys’ volleyball faced off against Kennedy’s Irish in a high energy game Tuesday afternoon in the sports pavilion. The Tillers expected a close fight going into the match against their two year rivals, but ultimately fought to a victory in three games. Coach Joanna Johnson explained that, “We felt like we really had…

Larissa Connors: From Tustin High School to Rio de Janeiro

By: Karli Stichter Former Tustin High School math teacher Larissa Connors discovered her new passion of mountain bike racing and cycling in the past two years. Despite her natural talent and skill in the mountain biking profession, this wasn’t the original plan for Connors’ life. Graduating from University of California, Davis, she was immediately drawn to…

Girls’ Lacrosse Loses to Northwood

By Jacob Rivas On March 15, the Tustin girls’ lacrosse team went head to head with Northwood High School. The game began with Northwood dominating the offensive end of the field as they constantly put the pressure on Tustin’s defense. This high pressure lead to Northwood scoring their first two goals in the first two…

An Interesting Week for the Boys’ Lacrosse Team

By Nayeli Medina This season for the Tustin Boys’ Lacrosse team commenced with a successful win in their first scrimmage against University High School. Unfortunately, their first home game was a tragic 17-0 loss against Yorba Linda. However, they powered through to the best of their abilities against a school that is in one of…

Coach Sydney Means

By: Ahrize Faletoi Track and Field season has finally begun and has made a few changes to the coaching staff. The coaching staff has added Tustin alumni and former student-athlete Sydney Means as the new head coach of shot put and discus. She is a former member of the Tustin High’s girl’s basketball team and the…

Free Agency Frenzy

By Benjamin Rodriguez On Wednesday March 9, the NFL’s new league year started, commencing  the event known as Free Agency Frenzy, which is one of the most exciting events during the NFL offseason. This means the teams can start signing free agents to deals. One major trade took place between the Miami Dolphins and the…

Varsity Volleyball: The Battle Between Tustin and El Modena

By Katelyn Merrell Tuesday night, the D4 Tustin Tillers took on the D2 El Modena Vanguards in a preseason battle for the books. The game went into five extremely close matches. However, El Modena came through with the win in the 5th game, despite the Tillers putting up an incredible fight. In the first game,…

Rough Start to Girls’ Lacrosse Season

By Clea Thomas Tustin High School’s very own Lady Tillers Lacrosse team put up a hard fight in both games last week. The Lady Tillers competed against vicious Yorba Linda last Wednesday. Unfortunately, they lost 3-12, but our Tillers played strong. Tustin scored the first goal of the game within the first three minutes. Shortly…

Tustin Defeats Uni Despite Comeback Attempt

By Benjamin Rodriguez Last night, Tustin’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team looked to get their season off to a 2-0 start against the University High School Trojans. The Tillers defeated Valencia 9-6 in their first game of preseason. The Tillers got off to a hot start against University, scoring two goals in the first minute of…

A Successful Start For Boys’ Varsity Volleyball

By Katelyn Merrell The Tustin varsity boys’ volleyball team competed against Garden Grove Tuesday, March 1 in their first game of preseason. Tustin and Garden Grove both stepped on the court ready to play, ready to compete, and ready to win. However, Garden Grove’s efforts came up short against the Tillers’ powerhouse front line. With…

Girl’s Basketball: Round 2

By: Ahrize Faletoi Saturday night, February 20th, the Lady Tiller’s faced the tough Canyon Comanches team at Canyon. The Lady Tillers did not come up with the win but played tough throughout the first half. Hea Pau’u and Devyn Barner scored most of the Lady Tiller’s points and kept the Tillers close within the first…

Girl’s Basketball: CIF First Round

By: Ahrize Faletoi On Thursday night, February 18, the Tustin girl’s basketball team played their first CIF playoff game of the season against the Temple City Rams. The Lady Tillers captured the easy win by 23 points and move on to round two. The Lady Tillers were led by Devyn Barner, who had a game-high-tying…

The Year of the Lady Tillers: Tustin’s Girls’ Sports Dominate CIF

By Katelyn Merrell In the words of Beyoncé, “Who runs the world? Girls.” This winter sports season can easily be classified as “the year of the ladies.” This year, Tustin High’s girls’ basketball team and girls’ water polo team both qualified for CIF and are on their way to the next rounds of the tournament….

Successful Send Off for Boys’ Basketball

By Katelyn Merrell Despite an upsetting loss to Western the previous Friday, the Tiller’s varsity basketball squad came out ready to play and compete in their senior night game against Kennedy High School. With their peers, family, and friends in the audience, the boys were “fired up” and ready to prove themselves, despite the disparagement…

Boys Basketball: Many Upsets

By: Ahrize Faletoi Last Friday night, the Tustin Tillers took on the Western Pioneers. Tiller Haakon Ullrich had 19 points to lead all scorers, but it wasn’t enough to rally the Tillers past the Western Pioneers. The Tillers are 8-16 overall and 2-6 in the Empire League, after their 34-37 loss on that night. Throughout…

Up and Coming: Sagel Simon

By Zachary Apperson “God gave me the abilities. I’m gonna go a hundred miles per hour,”  sophomore, Sagel Simon confidently states in an interview. Sagel started as varsity quarterback and is currently a part of the starting five for the Tiller’s varsity basketball team.  If one thing’s certain–Sagel has game. Simon, a natural athlete, began…

Celebrating National Signing Day at Tustin High

by: Karli Stichter and Benjamin Rodriguez Yesterday Tustin High School celebrated seven exceptional athletes in the plaza to announce where each Tiller will attend college in Fall 2016. This year’s athletes were a part of the largest signing day group the school has ever held. This was a highly anticipated day for all of the…

UCSD Picks Up Pitcher Tony Barrios

By Katelyn Merrell Sports Editor Tustin High’s varsity baseball pitcher and first baseman Tony Barrios committed to UCSD (University of California San Diego) in October of 2015 and finalized his decision later that month when he signed his letter of intent with the Tritons. UCSD recruited Barrios as a pitcher for their 2016 class. However,…

The Myth, the Man, the Wrestler: Andrew Longmore

By: Cris Segura Tustin High varsity wrestler Andrew Longmore obtained first place on January 9, in the 2016 Asics SoCal Challenge. Tustin’s former varsity wrestler Guillermo Avila went undefeated in the 2014 tournament, which encouraged Longmore to work hard for his new goal: to win the Asics. His journey to the belt wasn’t easy, but…

Boy’s Basketball: League Begins

By: Ahrize Faletoi On Tuesday, January 12, the Tustin boy’s basketball team played their first league game against the tough Cypress Centurions. The Tillers managed to keep the game close throughout the first half but could not keep up with the Centurions throughout the second. The Tillers were lead by sophomore point guard, Isaiah Gonzalez…

Cypress Cradles a Victory Against Tustin

By Jacob Rivas On January 13, Tustin varsity wrestling went head to head with Cypress. Tustin entered the mat with an amazing and dramatic intro, as they stormed into the gym. The match began with Enick Clayton, who wrestled in the 106 pound weight class, and was unfortunately pinned in the first round. Up next,…

Crimson Tide Wipes Out the Tigers in a Close College Football Championship

By Benjamin Rodriguez On Monday January 11, the Alabama Crimson Tide took on the Clemson Tigers in the second annual College Football Playoff National Championship. The number one-ranked Tigers, lead by dual threat quarterback Deshaun Watson, were the seven point underdogs, despite finishing the season with a number one ranking. The seven point favorite,  Alabama,…