Varsity Boys take on Horn: Soccer Report

The Mesquite Skeeter Varsity Boys Soccer Team took on the Horn Jaguars in their first district match. This huge rivalry continued its heated athletic confrontations on Tuesday’s game.

Mesquite’s boys looking to change their ways this season, after their disappointing 1-9 recording in the 13-14 season, came into the game live with confidence and energy.

The Skeeter’s found themselves controlling the game throughout the first half, having multiple scoring opportunities and controlling possession of the ball firmly. After having many close chances, the Skeeter’s struck magic with Defender Saul Para’s goal on an assist from Striker Eddie Sanchez. After scoring this goal, the Skeeter’s didn’t slow, quickly having multiple more scoring opportunities before the halftime whistle brought play to a halt.

Horn having multiple opportunities in the first half knew that they were still strong contention in this competition. With the whistle the action began again; with the Jags having scoring opportunity after scoring opportunity. After countless saved opportunities by the Skeeter’s keeper, the Jaguars finally found the back of the net off a strike by Jaguar striker Jacob Tellez. With the game now being tied 1-1, the Skeeter’s seemed to be in a panic, frequently losing possession and finding it hard to build play. The Jags on the other hand were on fire, storming at the Skeeter’s exhausted defense and finding possession of the ball in their attacking third. After countless attempts on goal by the Jags and countless saves by the Skeeter’s exhausted goalie and defensive players, the Jaguars put another one away with Jacob Tellez once again finding the net off a controversial non-call by the referee. The goal, caused by two Horn players colliding with the Skeeter’s keeper and knocking the ball out of his hands, was the moment that poured gasoline on an already heated match. With an enraged bench and support group surrounding them, the Skeeter’s now found themselves down a goal and short on time. The final, valiant efforts of the Mesquite players were not enough to comeback against an energetic Horn team.

The final score being 2-1.

A demoralized Skeeter team returned to the locker room with memories of last years disappointing season now reminiscent in the minds of the returning varsity players. With a new fire burning inside, the Skeeter’s are ready to fix their mistakes and get back onto the pitch.

The Skeeter’s next game is on Jan. 30th at Lake Highlands.


Mesquite Meets Mary Poppins Re-Cap

The Mesquite High School Theater Department took on the challenge of being one of the first amateur theaters to perform the freshly released

Mary Poppins (musical)

Mary Poppins (musical) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Broadway rendition of Disney’s Mary Poppins. 

This spectacular kids’ classic about the paradoxical world around us and the value of  the family has been masterfully brought to life in The Sherman Brothers’ and Cameron Mackintosh’s Broadway variation. Luckily for the audience viewing Mesquite’s performance on the weekend of Thursday, Jan. 22 to Saturday, Jan. 24, the life of the work was almost brought to life in the bold attempt of the MHS Theater Department, but seemed to lack a certain panache that would make the evening’s proceedings truly dazzling.

To begin, immediately as the performance began, I was overtaken with the set. While not the most complex scene, it was subtle and just enough to convey the setting. The artwork allowed for the scenes such as the park and Bank’s home to give off an air of simplicity yet luxury that permeated English upper-class of the time. Although, I was taken aback a tad when Mr. Banks pulled a modern-day umbrella from the wall towards the beginning of the performance, but such trivial nuances hardly detract from the overall merit.

As the night continued, I was delighted to hear tunes that I was familiar with in my youth from the original Disney production of Mary Poppins. The actors seemed to invoke the memories of childhood with familiar numbers such as Chim Chim Cher-ee and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. It was heartwarming to see such numbers performed with an air of lightheartedness and outright fun that the cast provided. Personally, I find the most important thing in any performance is that the actors enjoy what they do, and as always, the cast here at Mesquite High did just that.

However, I was a bit disappointed in some of the English accents I heard. While I myself probably have a horrible English accent (as most Americans do),  almost from the get-go some characters seemed to be finding the accent they desired and unfortunately did not find it until a quarter of the way through the performance. Although, some accents actually impressed me because knowing some of the actors and having talked to them, I would have never believed that they were capable of producing such believable tones and dialects in a voice besides their own.

These variations of accents for the most part translated into splendid vocal performances by most of the cast, but a few times there were instances of  incorrect tonality for the character’s role, which did not by any means take away from the performance by the cast in general.

The same could quite possibly be said for a majority of the choreography presented throughout the night. While the score was quite impressive in the upbeat portions where large amounts of choreography were used, the choreography often seemed out of synch and confused, could have just been open night jitters.

By the end of the night, I would have to say that although some parts showed some flaws the overall performance by the cast was phenomenal.  A few things needed tightening up, but many things were very well performed.  Personally I would have liked to see a sense of ownership between actor and role but all-in-all, I enjoyed the performance. It was charming in its own way, and the willingness of the actors and their familiarity with the pieces music of Mary Poppins allowed for an enjoyable performance for everybody.






Skeeter’s take on the Stangs!

The Skeeter boy’s basketball teams were in action last night vs. the JJ Pearce Mustangs.

Varsity Skeeters
The varsity team played a great game and dominated the Mustangs 60-43. The Skeeters were led in scoring by Bryson Robinson with 21, Josh Nzeakor 16 points, and Jared Mitchell chipping in with 15 points.

JV Skeeters
The JV basketball team beat the Mustangs JV 57-40 in a game that saw the young Skeeters start off the 1st quarter with a 12-0 lead. The JV Skeeters were led in scoring by Anthony McGee with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assist, Kalon Penagraph 12 points and 9 rebounds, and Aaron Sanders 6 points, 3 assist, and 3 steals.

Freshmen Skeeters
The freshman Skeeters A team lost a close game 33-30 to the Mustangs and the B team lost 55-42. The freshmen A team were led in scoring by Lester James with 8 points followed by Cameron Wilkins with 7 points. The B team scoring leaders were Jonathan Lott with 16 points and Jaylyn Hunter with 10.
All teams will be in action for a very big game with co district leader Richardson Berkner Friday night @ Berkner High School. Games times are JV and Varsity 6:00-7:30 in the main gym and Freshman A and B teams 5:30-6:45 in the small gym. Please come out and support your Skeeter basketball teams.

We Are Maroon!

Skeeter Guys Dominate Wildcats!

The Skeeter boy’s basketball teams were in action on Friday night vs. the Lake Highlands Wildcats.

Varsity Skeeters
The varsity team played a great game from start to finish and dominated the Wildcats 66-52. The Skeeters were led in scoring by Courtney Jones with 21 points, 7 rebounds, Josh Nzeakor 14 points, 10 rebounds and Bryson Robinson 14 points 5 rebounds and 3 steals.

JV Skeeters
The JV basketball team beat the Wildcats JV 62-33 in a game that saw the young Skeeters lead by as 30 points in the second half. The JV Skeeters were led in scoring by Raquan Brockington who had 12 points, 4 assist, 3 steals, Kalon Penagraph 8 points and 9 rebounds, and Aaron Sanders 5 points, 4 assist, and 2 steals. The JV Skeeters had 11 players score in the game.

Freshmen Skeeters
The freshman Skeeters A team lost a close game 65-62 to the Wildcats in double overtime and the B team won 54-44. The freshmen A team were led in scoring by Reggie Peck with 17 points followed by 15 points, 7 rebounds from Kevon Cooper and 13 points and 10 rebounds from Lester James. The B team scoring leaders were Schjuan Johnson with 12 points and Jaylyn Hunter with 16.

All teams will be in action Tuesday night vs. JJ Pearce at Richardson Pearce High School. We will start the second half of district play tomorrow night. The varsity Skeeters are in a 3 way tie @ 6-1 for 1st place with Richardson and Berkner high schools. Games times are JV and Varsity 6:00-7:30 in the main gym and Freshman A and B teams 5:30-6:45 in the small gym. We would like to thank all the staff, students, and workers who were at Friday night’s game. Please come out and support you Skeeter basketball teams.

Passing the Torch

Midfielder, Steven Gerrard, has made 695 appearances for Liverpool Football Club in his career. Gerrard, now nearly 35, has been with the Merseyside club since he was scouted at age 8 when playing with his local team. Since being signed by Liverpool’s youth team his career has done nothing but skyrocket, producing 181 goals, and 92 assist in 458 starts with the club. In his 17 year professional career Gerrard has captained Liverpool 460 of his 695 appearances; he is the most captained player in Liverpool Football Club history.

Gerrard, coming to the end of his career, has now found Liverpool’s back turned on him. Coach Brendan Rogers has stated his desire to move Liverpool away from its older heroes and on towards the new and upcoming generation that plays fast and sharp instead of skillful and determined. This change of direction has caused many Liverpool legends, such as Steven Gerrard, to be left in the shadows struggling to get game time that is vital for any professional to continue a healthy career.

This type of betrayal is becoming more and more common among professional clubs in today’s game. Landon Donovan a recently retired soccer player who spent 14 years on the United States Men’s National Team was shunned from the team before the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Donovan, the team’s all-time leading goal scorer and assist leader, was excluded from the team due to Coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s belief that he was too old to play at that stage. Donovan responded to this snub by having a record-breaking season in the MLS, becoming the leagues all time leading goal scorer and all time assist leader. He also topped this season off by winning his 6th MLS Cup; more than any other player in the history of the league. Players like these who have loyally stood by their teams through the good times and the bad now find that the very teams they gave everything to are giving up on them. Many of these players are well decorated and are known throughout the soccer world.

Gerrard has a long list of achievements with Liverpool such as winning 2 F.A Cups, 3 League Cups and the Champions League including multiple individual awards. He is seen by his teammates as an important influence and contributor to the play of the team.

Jose Enrique, a Liverpool Defender, speaks of Gerrard saying, “he’s our captain and he’s been really, really important for us,” this aspect on Gerrard is shared by many players and staff members.

The loss of Gerrard is taking a toll on many of his teammates who saw him as a fundamental part of the Liverpool squad. Liverpool Striker, Mario Balotelli, stated his views on Gerrard’s departure by saying, “He’s an amazing player. It’s going to be very difficult for the team to find another player like him in the future”.

Gerrard is set to make a transfer to the Los Angeles Galaxy, a club in United States’ Major League Soccer, during the summer transfer window.