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Freshmen who earned at least a 4.0 GPA for the third quarter:
Sitting: Natalie Bavinez Ortiz, Emalyne Davis, Judith Lopez Figueroa, Brooke
Ashmore, Madison George, Phenix Harmer and Craig Popejoy. Kneeling: Ethan
White, Chelsie Quintero, Natalie Rubio, Vinisha Keshav, Jeidy Perez, Roxana
Jarrahian and Chase Cortez. Standing: Chloe Parmenter, Jaylyn Isbell, Emma
Neudorf, Reese Walker, Willow Pilgrim, Leslie Hinojosa Ortiz, Ilan Katz, Jeanete
Gamez Gill, Presley Golling, Macayla Wells, Erik Blanco, Bailey Harrington,
Jackson Mainard, Daniela Rodriguez and Dominic Krier. Not pictured: Chloe
Dodson, Robbi Caudle and Xylandra Yates.
Sophomores who earned at least a 4.0 GPA for the third quarter: Sitting: Tayler
Portenga, Raygan Wescott, Sierra Kozloski, Carmen Sebastian, Marline
Figueroa, Lupita Diaz and Ivonne Gutierrez. Kneeling: Morgan Pulido, Rylee
Mizener, Taylor Reed, Pedro Cota Valenzuela, Antonio Nunez Martinez, Yasmin
Cisneros and Kyleigh Phillips. Standing: Xitlaly Gonzalez, AshlynnSmith, Tisel
Martinez Flores, Desiree Harris, Camila Uribe, Reagan Haumilton, Hannah
Huckins, Richard Posey, Hailey Steele, Jacob Ellis, Kenya Orsburn, Ulises
Sanchez, Davino Flores and Tyler Terrell. Not pictured: Regan Barnachia,
Kenneth Caballero and Yadhira Quevedo.
Juniors who earned at least a 4.0 GPA for the third quarter:
Sitting: Brian Rivera, Tyler Nguyen Ngo, Yajaira Sanchez, Cherise Strong and
Rachael Yochum. Kneeling: Erin Gilbert, Cielo Woggn, John Connick Reagan
Montgomery and Destiny Harris. Standing: Madison Jordan, Damaryz Hernandez
Gil, Tucker Banner, Rebecca Cuevas, Rodolfo Magana Lopez, Cristina Bautista
Vega, Nicholas Castillo, Zughei Guzman, Dennis Posey, Emily Adams and
Jackson Van Roekel. Not pictured: Bryson Ginn, Millie Reynoso and Rylea
Seniors who earned at least a 4.0 GPA for the third quarter:
Sitting: Christina Martin, Nicole Gee, Abigayle Kindred and Brooklyn Yaws.
Standing: Alondra Cisneros, Kendra Dennis, Katie Swope, Sierra Pilgrim, Baylee
Pritchett, Clayton Hamblin, Jeanette Teniente and Sawyer Maier. Not pictured:
Benjamin-- Johannes Borger and Jazmyn Ramage.
Taft High’s varsity boys’ tennis team dedicated its final league matches
Thursday, April 19th to a former player, Alex Arguello, who was killed Tuesday
night in an automobile accident on Taft Highway.
Arguello was a member of the 2016 varsity team that went 12-0 to win the
school’s only South Sequoia League title in boys’ tennis.
The 2018 team, at the suggestion of player Jose Ramirez, wore
wristbands with Alex’s name inscribed and had a minute of silence before the
“Alex was quick with that beautiful smile of his and always seemed
happy,” Taft High coach Jim Carnal said. “On his way back from Taft College, he
would often stop to talk to coach Bill Friend and myself. He matured a lot in
college. He will be sorely missed by tennis players and Taft High students and
Taft shut out Shafter twice, 9-0, in a doubleheader to make up a rained-
out match. In games, Taft won the first match, 96-12. Carnal played lower
players in the second match but it still ended 96- 10 in games.
Taft improved to 19-6 overall; including 13 shutouts. Taft was 12-2 in the
SSL behind undefeated Bakersfield Christian. Wasco finished 10-4. Shafter, with
wins over Robert F. Kennedy and Cesar Chavez finished 2-12.
Taft will host the South Sequoia League individual championships
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24-25th. The eight SSL teams will each bring
their top six players. Each team will field two singles players and two doubles
teams. The top six singles players and top six doubles teams will advance to the
area (Kern County) individual tournament May 11 and 12. Team playoffs begin
May 3 with seedings announced April 30.
Taft’s JV team, under first-year coach Leroy Day, finished 18-7 overall and
2-1 in league to tie for the championship with BCHS.
Photos by Jim Carnal
Taft tennis players show their support for their former teammate, Alex Arguello.
Jose Osornio, Tyler Nguyen, Rodolfo Magana, Sawyer Maier, Jordan Miranda,
Enrique Reyes, Brian Rivera, Jose Ramirez and Antonio Guzman.
Alex Arguello in 2016.
The Taft High’s varsity boys tennis team shut out the McFarland Cougars twice, 9-0 and 5-0, Monday, April 16th in a doubleheader to make up a rained-out match.
Taft secured the victory in the second match and then coaches terminated the final games because of a severe dust storm.
“McFarland was much better this year than in the past,” Taft coach Jim Carnal praised. “They have a new coach, Jaime Bravo, and Marc Johns, one of the top players in Bakersfield, has been working with them. Usually, they would go winless just about every year but they came in with wins over Shafter, Robert F. Kennedy, and Cesar Chavez.”
Taft No. 1 Enrique Reyes beat Ignacio Medrano twice by a combined total of 24-3. Sawyer Maier beat Christopher Perez, 6-1, 6-0, in the first match and Rodolfo Magana beat Perez, 6-2, 6-0 in the second. Magana beat Carlos Leon, 6-2, 6-0, in the first match. Maier’s match with Leon was suspended because of the swirling dust. Tyler Nguyen shut out Hugo Cazarez, 6-0, 6-0, in the first match. Jordan Miranda beat Cazarez 6-1, 6-1, in the second. Brian Rivera was the first one off the court with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of Adrian Cota then Jose Ramirez beat Cota 6-1, 6-0. In the first match Ramirez beat Carlos Gonzalez, 6-2, 6-0, then Jose Osornio beat Gonzalez, 6-1, 6-2.
In the first match doubles, Reyes and Rivera beat Medrano and Perez, 8-1. Miranda and Osornio beat Cazarez and Leonardo Nunez, 8-1. And, Bryson Ginn and Antonio Guzman shut out Christian Reyes and Xavier Perez, 8-0. The wind kicked up before doubles could be completed in the second match.
Taft improved to 17-6 overall; 10-2 in the South Sequoia League.
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McFarland dropped to 3-9 in the SSL.
Taft will host the South Sequoia League individual championships Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24-25. The eight SSL teams will each bring their top six players. Each team will field two singles players and two doubles teams. The top six singles players and top six doubles teams will advance to the area (Kern County) individual tournament scheduled for May 11 and 12. Team playoffs begin May 3 with seedings announced April 30.
7:45 AM - 2:55 PM State Testing
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Pizza with the Principal
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Pastries with the Principal
7:45 AM - 2:55 PM State Testing
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Senior Class Meeting
7:45 AM - 2:55 PM State Testing
8:00 PM - 11:55 PM Prom
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 4th Technical Forum Meeting
Taft Union High School District’s vision is “Excellence by Design”
Taft Union High School District’s mission is to provide engaging rigorous curriculum with global applications.
The Taft Union High School District has three overarching goals:
The following are the principles that will guide the work of Taft Union High School District:
Continually acquiring new information and modifying existing knowledge and skills
Working collaboratively toward common goals
Operating in a manner that is visible, predictable and understandable
Demonstrating fairness, honesty and consistency
The will to do the right things and to do things right