Sabers Showout in Front of College Coaches, Defeat Science Skills by 71 Points

By Sports Editor Jonathan Mayers

The Sabers continued their flawless season with a 71 point blowout victory improving to 7-0 in front of NYC Tech basketball coaches. Totaling a season-high 88 points the Sabers nearly half way into the regular season are proving themselves the men to beat, and that they are coming for the city championship.  

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The Sabers continued to make history with “ATTITUDE” as they annihilated Science Skills only allowing them to tally 11 points in the first half, and remain scoreless the entire 3rd quarter in tonight’s game. 

Senior guard Ahzariah Douglas went coast-to-coast with a finesse finish at the rim for an easy layup expanding the lead to 34 points opening up the 3rd Quarter. The Sabers made defensive history by shutting out their opponents in the third quarter.  The Sabers began to pick up the defensive intensity led by senior guards Doran Williams and Caleb Brown with nine steals each. The Sabers forced 36 total turnovers–many of which led to ‘And one’ scoring opportunities. Williams led the defensive effort with a highlight chase down LeBron style block which completely demoralized the visiting Science Skills team. 

Opening the 4th Quarter Doran Williams continued his hot shooting from the School for Classics game as he opened the 4th quarter firing two 20 ft 3 pointers leading the pack in the fourth. The Sabers received a boost from Uncommon Collegiate Charter school sophomore guard Willking “Jimmy”  Grullon. Making his varsity home debut, Grullon was given a chance to shine and he made the most of his opportunity by making 2/2 free throws and attacked the rim for his own coast-to-coast and-one finish. The Sabers closed out with a final score of 88-17. 

The Sabers travel to South Shore High School for a non-league game tomorrow Saturday December 14th, as they face Scholars’ Academy out of Queens, NY at 10:00am. Location for the game is 6565 Flatlands Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11236. COME SUPPORT YOUR FELLOW SABERS AS THEY CONTINUE THEIR PERFECT SEASON! 

NHS at UCHS

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By Ariel Mayers and Shania Brown

The National Honors Society is a student based committee that focuses on a school’s    scholarship, leadership, service, and character.At UCHS, students in NHS focus on how they can make the school community better and what events could be put together. You can become apart of the committee by achieving a high GPA, attending the first meeting and applying to be in the club.

Bianca Arce, a senior at UCHS enjoys being a part of the exclusive club.

“I like working with people — I am a people person.” Arce said. “I remember hearing about this in 9th grade. I got the grades, and teachers told me to take on leadership roles, and I took on that  awareness about the National Honors Society.”

Arce urges people to become inspired by how NHS helps out their community. Arce has taken step like making slides that could be shown in advisory, so students have information about the events organized by NHS members.

Currently, NHS is working on providing clothes and food for families at the border. People can get involved by donating anything that they have, like old clothes that they don’t need anymore, and canned foods. Donations will be collected until January 10th in Room 210.

Fiction: Winona Ryder on a Friday

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“She does not look eighteen man, she’s like sixteen max.” I looked up from my ratty edition of Animal Farm and glanced over to look at the girl in question, a mysterious figure that seemingly appeared on our schools’ doorsteps last Wednesday morning. As Caleb, my best friend, (and probably the most intuitive gentlemen I know) duly noted, she didn’t really have memorable or astounding features, yet we couldn’t stop staring at her. It was Friday now.

According to Caleb, her shoulder length brown hair, brown eyes and lean build, added her up to be a four out of ten on the hotness scale.

“Fine, sixteen, so what’s that? A sophomore?” Caleb nodded, tapping his finger on his chin, making a hmm. “You know what, if she’s a sophomore, I bet David would know her, in more ways than one. You know what I mean?” he said grinning. I rolled my eyes and went back to reading, only to hear Caleb chime in again.

“It’s a sex reference. I’m suggesting he slept with her because David has been with all the sophomores.”

“Yeah I got it, you moron.” I glanced over to her, looking her up and down, taking in the features that I hadn’t noticed before. “Actually, I don’t think she’s the type, she’s reading George Orwell. People who read George Orwell don’t get laid.”

He gave me a mystified look before standing up abruptly,  declaring he had to pee, and began walking in the direction of the community greenhouse, past the outdoor bathroom.

At the end of the day, Caleb and I regrouped at a deli across the street from our school, watching as the girls and guys who ignored us most of the time, shared polite “Heys” and “Hellos”.  My gaze was following the figure of busty Teresa, when low and behold the girl emerged from the front door, the tiny chime of the crystals alerting our attention.

“You know,-” started Caleb, “-I talked to David, says he never slept with her. Said she was  ‘Too Winona Ryder’ for him.”

“The hell does that mean?”

“Did you see Winona when she was in high school, straight up looked like dude off how plain she looked, same for this chick.”

Caleb didn’t look at me when he said that, keeping his eyes fixed on “Winona”. “Well I’m glad she didn’t, she’s too good to be mixed up with that walking chlamydia ad. Besides, she’s been here for like two days, not even David can get a girl in two days.” As I was paying for my sandwich, Caleb frantically yanked on my t-shirt as “Winona” brushed up against me.

I began fumbling with my change before basically throwing it at the cashier and squealing out a “hi”. She looked up at me, then handed the man behind the counter a five dollar bill.

“Hey Steven.” She said before leaving the deli with her food, Orwell still in hand. When I heard the crystals cling again, it hit me.

“Oh shit.”

“What?”

“She’s not new.”

“You’re kidding”

“No, I have Chemistry with her, I remember her now.”

“How did you forget?”

“I don’t know I guess I didn’t pay too much attention to her.”

“Told you she wasn’t memorable.”

“Hey-”

“I’m just sayin’, she’s not worthwhile if she’s so dull-looking.”

“Yeah well you’re wrong for once.”

“What?”

I turned to look at my once all knowing friend. “If she reads George Orwell for fun, she’s definitely worthwhile.”

I walked off, following her back into school, leaving my mustard-mouthed friend behind me  in shock.

Sabers Decimate Eagles in Impressive Fashion 84-37, Improve to 5-0

By Sports Editor Jonathan Mayers

Tuesday night the Sabers suited up in their classic blue and yellow to face the School for Classics seeking to improve their win streak to 5 games, and they did just that. The Sabers obliterated the eagles with a 47 point victory, ending the game with 22 points in the 4th Quarter to embarrass the eagles in their own gym.  Senior forward Caleb Brown led all scorers with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Simultaneously, senior guard Doran Williams led all scorers in the 4th quarter with a pair of back to back 3 pointers, and a pair of tough finishes at the rim. Currently the Sabers are outscoring their divisional opponents by a score of 214-113; a 101 point lead which improved them to 5-0 last night. 

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The Sabers quickly ignited the fire in the 1st quarter when senior guard Quavon Daniel opened the game with a finessed finish at the rim followed by great defensive stops by Brown who ripped the ball from the defender, to allow his fellow senior guard Ahzariah Douglas to put back his own miss with an and one. 

Free throws were apart of the Saber success as well.  The Sabers were able to hit above 50 percent from the charity stripe reaching the line 34 times in the game striking 19, drawing fouls and finishing and ones allowed the to Sabers to proliferate the scoreboard in the away section. 

In the locker room at halftime despite their great play on the court, Coach Andrew Wright reminded the Sabers who they are playing for their late brother Christian Britto who sadly passed away 2 weeks ago. Coach Wright had this to say during halftime, “You guys say Sabers on 3, Christian on 6 for a reason right ? You say his name for a reason ?, he would want to be here with us right so do this for him, Let’s go!”

Following the halftime break the Sabers put on a show for eagle fans in attendance opening the 3rd quarter with a 22 point lead on the Eagles, (40-18) only allowing the Eagles to score 19 points from the 3rd quarter until the clock rang out double zeroes on the scoreboard, while they double their score and produced 65 points in the blowout win, every Saber was able to contribute in the second half and lead their team to an impressive victory. 

The second half felt like an encore of the first as Caleb stole the ball again, just one of his 9 steals (a near triple-double) which led to a furious dunk by Douglas. The leadership of Brown and Douglas allowed other teammates to get involved as senior center Justin Phillips went to the free throw line hitting one of two while sophomore guard Silverio Veras was able to get great looks at the basket.

The Sabers look to continue their hot start when they face their 4th floor arch rivals Achievement First with the mentality that there is no remorse for any team and the Sabers are coming for every team that steps foot in the gym.  The classic 1485 Pacific battle series is tied 2-2 and the next chapter starts at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday December 10th in the Uncommon Charter High School Gym. Students and staff members are free while outsiders are $3. See you there!

Sabers Power Through Slow Start, Improve to 3-0 (59-46)

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By Sports Editor Jonathan Mayers

Coming off a 2-0 Thanksgiving weekend at the Canarsie High School Jamboree Classic, the Sabers powered through a slow first half start and finished yesterday’s game against the Teachers Prep Eagles with a final score of 59-46.

Senior guard Doran Williams opened up the game with a strong attack to the rim to get the Sabers off to a hot start. That momentum from Doran highlighted the defensive end as well which led to a clutch right corner 3-pointer from senior guard Quavon Daniel, sparking a clamorous roar from the bleachers full of Saber students and staff.

But, the Sabers allowed themselves to reserve energy with lackluster defense allowing the Teachers’ Prep eagles to go on a 5-0 run proceeding a timeout by head Coach Andrew Wright. Coach Wright alerted the Sabers of their poor play and echoed that Sabers needed to display attitude and control the tempo of the game. The Sabers took heed to those words, especially senior center Aljay Lawes.  Lawes made his varsity debut count with an easy basket coming out of the timeout. Lawes’ strong basket allowed his teammates to control the game and get back in their groove. Senior guard Deandre Abrams showed attitude trying to get sabers back into their rhythm with great attacks to the paint, drawing contact sinking 2/2 at the free throw line.

Although the Sabers struggled getting back into the championship mode, Sophomore guard Silverio Veras, who is preparing for his JV playoffs this week, displayed varsity potential drilling 2/2  from the line and playing great defense by drawing charges to aid the Sabers in the first half. Senior forward Justin Phillips added to Veras’ fuel finishing the half with a tough layup, as the Sabers closed the 2nd Quarter with a 24-18 lead.

The Sabers didn’t show up with the playoff caliber mentality the team displayed just under a year ago, allowing the Eagles to keep pace. So leadership had to proliferate the rest of the way for the Sabers to close out the game. Despite a rough start, senior guard Ahzariah Douglas got the ball rolling in the 3rd with a punishing slam dunk off of a two footed vertical jump and drilling 2/2 at the charity stripe. Douglas, Daniel, Abrams, and fellow senior Shannon Maxwell helped the Sabers close out with a final score of 59-46.

The Sabers look to get back in their groove displaying attitude when they take a trip to School of the Classics Tuesday December 3rd at 4:30pm

UCHS Juniors Visit Colleges

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By Isabel Arce, Elise Smith, and Kelly Castillo

At Uncommon Charter High School, they aspire to motivate students to succeed and go to college. With that goal of sending students to college, in October the junior class embarked on a two day college trip where they toured campuses, spoke with current students, and attended information sessions. This experience of college can motivate students to study a major and understand, not only the expectations of college, but the advantages they can get out of it in the future.

Alia Johnson, a current Junior, was on trip 2 and went to Binghamton, SUNY Cortland, and SUNY Oneonta. Johnson enjoyed visiting colleges that had the major she was interested in.

“I was really interested in one of the colleges because it had a good science program,” Johnson said. “I’m interested in majoring in biology.”

Alia’s friend Jahlia , who went on the same college trip, also described her experience.

“We got to see a lot of opportunities, a lot of different college campuses, meet new people, and see how diverse it was,” Jahlia said. “There were many other colleges in one campus, so it’s like different opportunities in one campus”. Jahlia wants to go to college so she can have a stable life when she gets older, to support her expensive habits.

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Juniors visit Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Jaline McCallum, another junior, went to Dickinson, Franklin and Marshall, and Gettysburg. When asked if these trips inspired her she said, “I really liked Franklin and Marshall and Dickinson, and it influenced what schools I’m considering applying to.”

Every year these trips allow students to better understand the college experience and help clarify their goals. Next fall these rising seniors might be going to one of these colleges.

 

Varsity Basketball: Preseason Preview

By Jonathan Mayers

We are less than a week away from the start of the 2019-2020 PSAL Varsity season! The Uncommon Times sat down with Team Manager Aljay Lawes to look into the Sabers expectations for this season.

Uncommon Times: Where did they leave off last season? What are the stakes?

Aljay Lawes: Well, last year we finished 3rd we were two wins away from championship glory, we felt pretty  disappointed after that loss to Fannie Lou. This off season, the guys have been in the gym working on their game and just perfecting their craft. I’ve seen major improvement in Shannon’s game.

Uncommon Times: How do they feel looking forward?

Aljay Lawes: This year, we are going to pick up where we left off we going for the borough title first, and then we are looking at that city and state championship. Initially, I was going to join and play my last year with the guys, but I got injured so Coach Drew offered me a spot as the team manager so I took this opportunity.

Uncommon Times: What is the relationship like with Coach Drew ?

Aljay Lawes: Coach Drew is like an advisor for me and the guys. He makes sure we are good on and off the court, he wanted me to be in this position because he knows I know the guys more than he does, that’s why you never see us alone we are always together.

The Sabers look to redeem their defeat in the semifinals and try again with a breakout season in the 2019-2020 year. The Sabers go on the road to Maxwell High School on November 19th.