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The winner of the 2024 Kinetic Grand Championship: HumBULLdt Pie Factory
Competing for the glory at the annual Kinetic Grand Championship
Ryenne Kile and Taya HolmesJune 12, 2024

The 2024 annual Kinetic Race took place over Memorial Day Weekend. It launched on Saturday, May 25 at 12:07 p.m. from the Arcata Plaza and concluded...

Cast of Alice by Heart bowing at the end of closing night
Down the rabbit hole: A review of “Alice by Heart”
Ilana Maclay, Feature editor • June 12, 2024

Lights fade. Drapes open. The audience falls quiet. The Spring musical production of “Alice by Heart” opens with a beautiful image of Alice...

Ethnic studies class postponed yet again
Taya Holmes, Copy Editor • June 12, 2024

California will be the first state to implement a high school graduation requirement for an ethnic studies class. California is requiring that...

Bathrooms vandalised, students suspended
Caterina Morones, Production Manager • June 12, 2024

Admin closed multiple bathrooms until further notice due to accounts of vandalism, vaping, and other disrespectful acts. Principal Ron Perry...

Gary: The man behind the cemetery gate
Andrea Merezko, Social Media Director • June 12, 2024

When one goes to school it isn't plain to the mind what surrounds the school campus. Whether that’s coffee shops or gas stations for snacks...

Vadenplas returns as QB for win over Panthers

The Tigers are a different team than fans have seen before
Kloe Bryant

Senior quarterback, Cole Vandenplas, led the Arcata Tigers to a rivalry win against the McKinleyville Panthers. The Tigers defeated the Panthers 44-6 on Friday night at the Redwood bowl. 

Vadenplas threw for 337 yards, with six touchdowns in his first game back after missing games due to injury. Vadenplas made connections with junior Lennon Gieder for three touchdowns. 

Senior Oscar Carlson, sophomore Lincoln Neuman and junior Dayquan Dunn, all had one receiving touchdown. Then junior Alex Greenway had one rushing touchdown. 

“Defense played lights out all night,” head coach Matt Magers said. Neuman led the Tigers for tackles with eight total tackles, including one tackle for loss. 

Friday was also Senior Night and the seniors honored were Oscar Carlson, Ronnie Franklin, Cole Vandenplas, Tanner Via-root, David Halligan, Jafet Herrara, Matthew Anderson, Brycen Collinson, Destinlee Mendez and cheerleader Evangelina Reed. 

The Tigers are a different team than fans have seen before. Magers said, “This year and last year are the only teams I’ve had that will play back from a losing situation.” During the Homecoming game on October 6th, the Tigers were down 13-27 by halftime, but came back to win the game 32-27.

Kloe Bryant

The Tigers are now 3-0 in the league and 5-2 in the season. Arcata will play the Hoopa Valley Warriors at Hoopa High School on October 20th at 7:30 p.m. The Tigers have shut out the Warriors both times this season with both wins reaching at least 50 points. 

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Kloe Bryant
Kloe Bryant, Reporter
Kloe Bryant is a freshman who is a driven and passionate writer. Kloe is ready to expand her writing from just writing essays and personal pieces to reporting and writing for the Pepperbox. She finds excitement and enjoyment in sport articles, especially pieces that go into the mind of an athlete. She loves books, specifically the ones that make you forget about reality, but not fantasies. Kloe wants to be a writer who can write about anything, the one who can take a boring topic and make it a phenomenal and engaging piece. You can find her on instagram @kloebryant.
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