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,…

Frosh Soccer Boys and their New Coach

By: Daniel Camano With a new man in charge, the Tustin boys’ Freshman soccer team’s new coach, David Camacho, is working hard with his players to have a successful season. The season is about to start for the boys and they have been training hard to have a great first season. Pre-season games have not…

Ballon d’Or 2016

By: Daniel Camano Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior were the three finalist for being awarded the best player of the year for the 2014/15 professional soccer season and having the chance to win the Ballon d’Or. Ballon d’Or is an award given to the best male soccer player of the…

Boys Basketball: Overtime Thriller

By: Ahrize Faletoi On Friday, January 8, the Tustin Boys’ Basketball team lost by 7 points to the Savanna Rebels at Savanna’s home court in overtime. The Rebels held their lead throughout the whole game and were conducted by Senior guard, Mark Butler, who dropped 39 points on the Tillers. The Tillers did not have…

The Return of the Legend

By: Katelyn Merrell Three years ago Myron Miller decided to resign from his position as head coach for the Tustin High varsity football team. Since then, Coach Winter Welz took the job and led the Tiller’s Varsity squad to the playoffs two years in a row, (8-3) in 2015, and continued to build the football…

THS Girl’s Basketball

By: Emily Crowl “BALL! BALL!–SHOT!” You will be able to hear the game before you see it. Girls Basketball is a loud, competitive, energetic, and supportive program for Tustin High girls. The program, lead by our very own Coach Gocke, takes in girls who may have never played basketball before and shapes them into seasoned…

A New Era For Tustin High Lacrosse

By: Joshua Muller A new season brings new players to the Tustin High Lacrosse team. This year, there are many incoming freshman who want to play lacrosse. Many have never played the sport but are willing to give it a shot and tryout for the team. Players begin offseason practice with simple drills, conditioning, and…

The Night of the Tiller

By: Benjamin Rodriguez and Katelyn Merrell Last month, November 18, the Tustin High wrestling program hosted Night of the Tiller, an event consisting of Tiller wrestlers from all grades and weight classes who competed against each other for a spot on the varsity squad. The event was held in the old gym, where parents, students,…

The New Face of Tiller Golf: Chloe Carraway

By: Katelyn Merrell and Benjamin Rodriguez “She is focused. When she gets out on that golf course she is dialed in. She focuses on every stroke, stroke by stroke.” -Coach Miguel   Freshman golfer Chloe Carraway humbly paves the way for the future of the Tustin High Golf Program as she qualified for CIF this fall…

The One and Only, Mr. Martyn

By: Karli Stichter “TOUCH DOWWWNN FOR THE TILLERS!!!!!!” yells Mr. Martyn in an animated voice at one of the Friday night football games. Although Mr. Martyn is a favorite teacher and coach at Tustin High School, he is most known as the sports announcer for Tustin’s Varsity sports. Whether it be football, volleyball, basketball, and sometimes soccer,…

Tillers vs Tigers: The Battle For the Empire League Title

By: Katelyn Merrell and Benjamin Rodriguez On Friday October 23, the Tustin High Tillers took on the Pacifica Mariners at Bolsa Grande High School, for what was supposed to be a “close game.” In fact, OC Varsity’s Steve Friar predicted the Mariners to take the win, which seemed likely after Tustin’s close call against Cypress…

Tustin-Love

By: Jocelyn You Love. In tennis terms, that means zero. Tustin’s winning, and whoever wants to try and compete better watch out. Starting in the 2013-2014 school year, Tustin High received a new tennis coach: Fabian Grassini. Known as a tennis player elitist, Coach Fabian Grassini led Tustin’s tennis team into some much needed training….

Tustin High Presents: Hoko Pauu

By: Ashley Faleao Senior Hoko Pauu comes from an athletic family full of Tustin alumni, who played volleyball, football, and basketball. Pauu is continuing the family tradition by playing basketball for the Lady Tillers. Basketball is an important sport to her, but besides playing basketball and spending time with her friends and family, Hoko is…

The Latest Ute Recruit: Alema Pilimai

By: Katelyn Merrell The Utah Utes strike again snatching up another one of Tustin’s finest athletes, senior Alema Pilimai. Playing outside linebacker, tight end, wide receiver, and quarterback for the Tillers this season, Pilimai demonstrates what a versatile and overall talented athlete he truly is. Over the past year, the 6’4” high school football star…

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By: Benjamin Rodriguez Pink socks, pink jerseys, pink laces: everything is pink, but why? The reason is because it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The NFL is one of the biggest organizations that supports the fight against Breast Cancer. The NFL’s campaign “A Crucial Catch” teams up with the American Cancer Society to emphasize the importance of early…

First Cross Country Empire League Meet

By: Karli Stichter Tustin High Cross Country ran in their first league meet on September 30. Over ninety students loaded charter busses at one o’clock on Wednesday afternoon and made their way to Craig Park in Fullerton. At Craig Park, they met their opponents in the Empire League: Pacifica, Western, Valencia, Cypress, and Kennedy High…

Homeruns for Her

By: Karley Bailey Taking a step outside onto the Tustin High baseball fields on a Tuesday afternoon, you might not notice anything out of the ordinary. The same as always, you will see three sets of boys’ baseball teams practicing: Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Frosh/Soph. Getting a closer perspective you walk onto the Frosh/Soph field…

The El Camino Real Rivalry

By: Katelyn Merrell Sports Editor On Friday September 24, the Tillers’ varsity football team set out to defeat the Beckman Patriots in their annual cross town rivalry game. Last year, the Patriots took the win with a last minute field goal to put them up 20-17. But this year, the Tillers were out for vengeance….

Upsetting Loss For Girls’ Volleyball Despite Best Efforts

By: Benjamin Rodriguez Tustin’s girls’ volleyball team got off to a quick start against a solid Segerstrom team. The Lady Tillers were unrelenting in their first game winning by a score of 25-13. The Tillers started the second game off fast leading 7-0. The Jaguars were unable to get the ball over the net because…