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The Student News Site of Parks Junior High School

Parks Panther Press

The Student News Site of Parks Junior High School

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Flag Football Championship Game

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On Nov. 2, 2023, at Nicolas  Jr High, the Parks Panthers and the Nicolas Knights battled it out in the flag football championship game. At the start, Nicolas won the toss and chose to give us the ball. To kick off the game, the Knights got a pick-six off QB Aiden Grajeda and took it down the sideline, but missed the one-point conversion. The Parks Panthers responded with a touchdown pass from Grajeda to Kyle Han over the middle, making the score 6-6. During the second quarter, the Panthers went back out on defense, and then, on offense,  Grajeda to Brandon Kim scored a touchdown. With the score now 12-6, our school’s Jakob Espinoza scored another touchdown for the team, but again, failed to score the one-point conversion. In the second half of the game, the Nicolas players made a huge comeback and by the end of the third quarter, the Knights took the lead with a score of 24-18. After, the Knights went out and got the one-point conversion to take the lead. With  42 seconds left, Logan Ploog made a one-handed catch to bring the Panthers to midfield. With the clock ticking down 10-9-8-7-6-5-4, Grajeda hiked it up to Jaewon Lee, but it ended up being an incomplete pass. In the end, despite a tough fight from the Parks Panthers, Nicolas took the FSD championship title. 

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Aiden Grajeda, Contributor
      Aiden Grajeda was born on June 23, 2011, the same day as Pro Hall of Fame running back LaDanian Tomlinson. He is the second child of his parents Melssia and Andrew Grajeda. He has an older brother, a younger brother, and a younger sister. Aiden also has a desire for his pets: he has two dogs, one turtle, and five chickens. His hobbies are playing sports which are baseball, football, and basketball. He also loves hanging out with his family and friends. His goals in life are to become a professional athlete in baseball and football. Another goal for Aiden in life is to have good grades in school. Aiden tries his best to have the best grades so he can do whatever he wants if sports don't work out for him. Aiden is planning to go to college, his dream school is USC but if someone gives him a full-ride scholarship for sports he will take that no matter what school. He wishes to become a multi-sport athlete like Deion Sanders. Aiden wishes he gets drafted and goes pro to the Cowboys for football and the Angels for baseball. He loves watching his favorite teams play on tv which are the Cowboys (Football), Angels (Baseball), and the Lakers (Basketball). Aiden’s quote that he goes by is “The moment you give up is the moment you let someone else win.” (Kobe B Bryant ) This quote inspires him because he always tries his best at everything he does
Owen Zeiler, Contributor
Owen Zeiler was born on July 26, 2010, and shares a birthday with the actor Jason Statham. A historical event that happened in the same year he was born was when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded. He has lived in Fullerton most of my life with his family. In his free time, he likes to play sports, watch tv, and play video games. He’s also on the Park's football team; representing the school is hard but it's fun knowing when you win you are winning for the whole school. When he grows up he wants to be an NFL player and be one of the best QBs ever. This quote that Owen lives by is “ The only person who can tell you you can't win is yourself, you just don't listen to anybody else”. This quote means a lot to him because he lives by experience; no one thought he was good enough then he started to think the same, so this quote shows how determined he is to prove himself.    

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