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.

Top Five Games on Your Phone

By Arkeen Dunlap

Why do people play games on their phone? Well, some people can’t get behind using controllers, and people want to play games wherever they are. Here’s my top five list of games you can play and download.

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1. Mario Kart Tour

People love to have one of their favorite childhood video games playable on their phone for free.

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2. Fortnite Mobile

For people who do love Fortnite, it is nice to have fortnite on wherever you go.

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3. The Sims Mobile

It is convenient to have the ability to watch over your city wherever you are.

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4. Call of Duty Mobile

Finally, you don’t have to bring your console or PC somewhere to have fun COD matches against each other.

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5. PUBG Mobile

Nice to have a battle royale experience on the go.

Uncommon Times: Advice for Quarter 2

It’s a new quarter at UCHS, full of promise and potential. To help their fellow Sabers start the quarter strong, the staff writers from the Uncommon Times offered this advice.

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For quarter two I think everyone should do their homework every night. You get started off with a clean slate so you should take advantage of it! I know I don’t focus well at home and I get distracted easily, so I stay back with my teacher and get it done — that way if I need help I can ask, and I’m also getting my work done leaving me time to chill at home.

  • Adia Brooks, Grade 10

Sabers should find a way to relax to reduce anxiety for test and IAs. They also should find a way of studying that best suits them to prepare for those tests.

  • Elise Smith, Grade 10

Do your homework because if not it can bring down your grade and gpa average. Use all the practice you can to master each topic.

  • Iyana Wilson, Grade 10

Keep up with the homework and make sure that it doesn’t catch up and stress you out later. Pace yourself well so that you will get enough sleep!

  • Shania Brown, Grade 10

Keep in mind that teachers are here to teach and help you. Use them to catch up, get ahead, and get on top of your work. If you think a teacher doesn’t like you… it doesn’t matter! Feelings are feelings but your grades help your future ❤

  • Rodley Charles, Grade 10

In quarter 2 in order to keep your grades up,make sure to complete all your homework and turn it in on time, and study for tests and quizzes. If you have office hours or after school activities make sure to attend them.

  • Kelly Castillo, Grade 10

 

UCHS Students Attend Climate March

On Friday, September 20th an estimated 250,000 people, including me, showed up at Foley Square, ready to walk to Battery Park. Most of us were students who just walked out of class to join the fight against climate change. Teenagers filled the streets of Manhattan in unimaginable heat, all sweating but chanting “hey hey, ho ho, climate change has got to go!” Us young kids of the world are going to inherit this world that our parents have left behind, but our world is dying.Climatemarch

The global climate strike was organized by 16 year old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Many are astounded that such a young girl planned one of the largest global strikes in history, but this just goes to show that no one is ever too young to fight to make a change in the world. In her speech in Battery Park, Thunberg said “we will hold those who are the most responsible for this crisis accountable..and we will make world leaders act, we can and we will.”     

Seven of UCHS’ own sabers left after 3rd period to participate in the march. “It’s inspiring, “ said UCHS teacher Ms. Samlalsingh, “It’s inspiring to  know [we] are the ones in charge of the future” and it fills her with hope. 

Other participants had similar reasons for attending. For instance, Ms. Kitchens believes that it is important that her students have a world to live in.

“When we think about education we think about empowerment,” Kitchens said. “but what is more empowering than giving students a voice to actually enact change in their community. ” 

Many teens are advocating for climate change above all the other issues they could be fighting for because, climate change is “a present issue…for humanity as a whole and…the United States government has obviously refute[d] the basic evidence that shows that it’s a current issue.” says Basil Henry, a junior at UCHS. 

The world is at stake and it is our job as young adults to take the lead and fight the power because as many signs read:

                       There is no Planet B