Acalanes High School - Aklan Yearbook (Lafayette, CA)

 - Class of 1981

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All in the family. Kathy and Maggie Van fj Zeeland compete in the 1 00-meter high hurdles against California High. Girls ' track wasn ' t divided into Varsity and I junior Varsity teams, so athletes of all I abilities participated in each event. Wound up. In the De La Salle meet, Alec Aspinwall throws the discus. Because of such outstanding weightmen as Alec, Dave Maggard and Paul Rosati. it was common for the team to take first, second and third places in both the shot put and discus. Smooth clearance. Kris Lingelser clears eight feet on his first attempt. Technique was more important in pole vaulting than in any other track event because of the uniqueness and difficulty of the vault. i leaps and bounds. The 1 0O-i low hurdles required technique as well as speed. Bonnie Carlson concentrates as she clears a hurdle. Charge. The sprint down the runway gave pole vaulters the momentum to spring themselves over the bar. At the meet against California High, Frosh-Soph team member Adrian Levy builds up his speed before attempting his vault. 77 TRACK

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On the Right Track Passing the bar. Concentrating intensely, high jumper Peter Stauffer attempts to clear 5 ' 10 " . Peter used the Flosbury Flop, which included having his back parallel to the ground at the time he cleared the bar. as the team. " Coach Warren commented, " You could have the best athletes around but those athletes had to have a good attitude toward the sport and a competitive spirit in or- der to succeed and contribute to the team. " Coaches as well as athletes felt the pressures of competi- tion. Coach Warren said, " Of course I got nervous at some of the meets, especially with the 440 Relay- For that event, it was all in the pass. " Jim Parlette added, " I think that most people got nervous be- fore their events. " He contin- ued, " In a way, nervousness helped me run faster. After fourth period on the day of the meet, I would start thinking about my race and begin get- ting a bit uptight. " Being ner- vous somehow brought teammates together, resulting in a feeling of team unity at the meets. Bill Durbrow com- mented, " Even though the people on the team were doing different events, everyone still encouraged each other. It re- Best foot forward. As Phil Barham checks for a foot fault, Chip Upshaw flies over the long jump pit. Good timing j on the approach was as important to a =» long jumper as leg strength Vocal minority. Home track meets attracted generally small but enthusiastic crowds. Spectators await the start of the 100-meter high hurdles at an early-season meet. ally helped. " Beyond the victories, what would the Acalanes ' track per- son remember most about the sport in ten or fifteen years? Would it be the distance thrown, the height jumped, the time run ... or something else? Coach Smith thought, " More than anything else, I ' ll remember the different per- sonalities that I got to know. " Tracy agreed, " The friendships that I developed on the team — that ' s what I ' ll remember most. " Up in the air. Todd Christensen struggles to make it over the bar at opening height. Pole vaulters spent entire after school practices testing their abilities and rejoiced when they reached a new height. First of four, lane Morgan takes off from the starting block to run the first leg of the 400 meter relay, lane ' s quickness made her a valuable member of the relay team. 76 TRACK

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The Energizers Perfect positioning. The ). V. yell leaders complete their Standing Tall cheer at the first basketball rally. They made up the cheer and performed it at school and in a November cheerleading competition it Si Gary ' s College. Gathered round. The varsity spirit Shouts and yells echoed leaders begin their routine to Come th h crowded Back. The pom-pon girls created the ° . °- routine, which they performed with the Suddenly, the commotion died yell leaders and majorettes at basketball down and a cheer erupted as games, yell leaders organized the fren- zied crowd into one excited rooting section. Pom-pons, cartwheels, jumps, and splits accompanied the yells of A-C- A-L-A-N-E-S. The buzzer sounded, the first half was over and spectators rested their voices while they watched a few minutes of half- time entertainment by the spirit leaders. Yell leaders ' cheers, pom- pon girls ' dances, and ma- jorettes ' routines kept the crowd psyched up for each game. Supporting champion- ship football teams and con- trolling rowdy basketball crowds were additional duties of a spirit leader. " We went to camp and learned about crowd control, but it didn ' t work un- less students were willing to help out and put in the effort. It helped a lot when people started cheering with the cheerleaders. " explained J.V. yell leader Kara Ascarrunz. A spirit leader ' s afternoons were often spent rehearsing at school or baking cookies for members of the various sports ' teams. Instead of studying Spanish vocabulary, the spirit leaders had to spend their eve- nings performing at the two or three required games each week. Because of the boy girl equality issue, the thirty-one spirit leaders had to cheer at girls ' as well as boys ' games. They were also expected to at- tend water polo games, soccer tournaments, wrestling matches and volleyball games. " Cheerleading took up a lot of time. We had to go to practice Caught by the clock, lunior majorette Heidi Borgwardt glances at the scoreboard to see how much time is left before halftime. The majorettes joined the band in performing a halftime show during the football season. Pre-game pin-up. Varsity yell leader Karen Ward pins on Tom Morgan ' s boutonniere. At the Homecoming rally, the spirit leaders and football players exchanged flowers and good luck wishes. Shoulder to shoulder. Nancy Scala and Molly Carr look into the crowd as they lead a cheer at the Alhambra game. Several alumni members of the |oe Carr Fan Club had returned for the game and entertained the cheerleaders with their inventive veils. 78 CHEERLEADING

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