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KickingIt intoHighGear
March 16, 2018
Issue 6, Vol 2
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As the 2017-2018 season
sets, the dawn of the Flour
Bluff boys and girls soccer
teams rises to the occasion
with twelve seniors, seven for
the boys and five for the girls.
The boys are led by seniors
Fabian Pallares and Mia Gar-
cia. The seniors have been
the main catalysts for the
team’s success.
“I think the seniors that we
have are a huge part of every-
one’s lives and push us to do
better and be better people,”
junior Ashley Maw said.
The girls soccer team is
coming off a regional semi-
finals appearance, losing to
Boerne Champion 5-2 mark-
ing the end of the 2016-2017
season. The girls ended with
a 10-3 district record with
their only losses to CC Vet-
erans Memorial and Grego-
The most energetic girls
game this year was against
Corpus Christi King High
School, which the Lady Hor-
nets won 4-3. The Hornets
struck first with junior Olivia
Cerna making the first goal of
the night, but then the Mus-
tangs were able to keep up
the pace.
The shootout was back
and forth for both offenses
as it went to the wire when
junior April Polansky came
in strong with the game-win-
ning goal to secure a big dis-
trict win over a very tough
Lady Mustangs team.
“King really brought it, but
we worked hard and got the
win in the end,” senior Kaya
Smiling said.
The girls team is dominant
in district and hopes to make
it to the UIL playoffs.
Senior Mia Garcia, Univer-
sity of Houston-Victoria sign-
ee, has been kicking her way
on varsity for four years and
has been a real eye-opener
across South Texas.
“I mean, I definitely think
it shows the recognition
on how they [the coaches]
pushed me to be a better
player, both my club and my
high school coaches,” Garcia
This girls soccer team is led
by head coach Mario Lopez
who has traditionally taken
his teams deep into the UIL
The Flour Bluff boys soccer
is coming off an area round
and are hungry for some-
thing bigger - a state title. Se-
nior Fabian Pallares, a Univer-
sity St. Edwards signee, also a
four-year starter, has scored
21 goals and has been a huge
part of a swarming Hornet
attack. With a district record
of 11-1-1, the high-flying Hor-
nets have been red hot, scor-
ing an average of just over 5
Freshman Alexia Barreda, Lady Hornet varsity soccer player (Photo by Tyler Bills)
A Buddy Bench in Memory
of Layla Sabatini
– by Story and photos
provided by Kim Knief
and Madeline Bowen
On Wednesday, March 7,
2018, the life of Layla Sabatini
was remembered by a gath-
ering of many who knew and
loved her. Layla, a Flour Bluff
Primary student passed away
February 17, 2017, at the ten-
der age of 6. “She was a little
girl who brightened our lives
in many ways. We want to
honor her memory by dedi-
cating a Buddy Bench to the
campus and student body to
use and share for many years
to come,” said principal Shea
Hernandez. “This idea was
fulfilled by the ECC/Primary
PTO’s generous donation.”
“The Buddy Bench is a sym-
bol of kindness and friend-
ship,” said counselor Cindy
Blackstone. “It will become a
safe haven for students who
are in need of companion-
ship and acceptance. In the
time I knew Layla, she was
always thoughtful of oth-
ers. This bench will honor
the example she made while
treating others with respect.
Because of this bench, a child
will smile, kindness will be
shown, and friendships will
be made for many years to
“There is so much that
can be said about Layla,” said
teacher Mandi McFall. “She
had a smile that would light
up any room and a sweet
spirit that was a friend to
everyone. I really try to not
think about our loss but think
of it as God’s gain, that Layla
was just on loan to us to al-
ways put smiles on our faces
just by thinking about her.”
Layla Sabatini came into
the world on June 1, 2010,
and left too soon on Febru-
ary 17, 2017.
Buddy Bench in Memory of Layla Sabatini
goals per game and losing
just one game in their most
intense district matchup
against their district rival, un-
defeated Veterans Memorial.
Down 2-0 ten minutes into
the first half, the experienced
Hornets were never phased.
Fabian Pallares fired two
goals in the last fifteen min-
utes of the very intense game.
In the final five minutes of the
game, senior Dylan Dunn
made a clutch goal and tied it
up at 3 apiece. Defense was
the key to success in the final
phrase of the game shutting
them down to tie the hig
Hornets –
cont. on page 3
– By Tyler Bills
Friends of Layla Sabatini sit together
on the Buddy Bench.
Mayra Zamora, Local Artist
Speaks Heart through Art
– by Shirley Thornton
On Saturday, March 10,
2018, Mayra Zamora, local
Chicana artist presented “Ro-
sas Para Mi Corazon” at the
Janet Harte Library in Flour
bluff from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Family, friends, fellow artists,
and patrons of the arts joined
her to celebrate her 31st
birthday with a solo art show.
Zamora, who was born in
Austin and raised in the small
town of Tivoli, Texas, now re-
sides in Flour Bluff. “I came
from a very small town. My
graduating class had all of
nine girls!” said Zamora.
It was in this tiny town
where she received her first
art lessons. “I am very for-
tunate. I had the same art
teacher, Mr. Frank Garza, from
kindergarten through twelfth
grade,” explained Zamora.
“When I got to high school, I
chose the Distinguished Path
of study, which meant I could
only take one art class in my
last four years of school. But,
I would just go to Mr. Garza
before school, after school,
during lunch, whenever, and
show himwhat I was working
on and get his opinion and
When in kindergarten,
Zamora experienced her
first trip to an art gallery, the
Rockport Center for the Arts.
She went on other trips to
surrounding cities, including
Corpus Christi. “I came to
Corpus Christi to go to the
aquarium and visit the Lex-
ington, which connected me
to the city. And, of course,
I dreamed of running into
Selena back then! When my
family traveled to Mexico, we
always asked our parents to
drive through Corpus Chris-
ti; it was the ‘big city’ to us,”
Zamora said with a laugh.
After graduating at the
top of her class from Tivoli
High School, Zamora started
college as a student of fash-
ion design at IWA San An-
tonio but decided to follow
her younger sister to Corpus
Christi where she was attend-
ing school at Del Mar College.
She received her Bachelor’s
Degree in Art and Master’s
Degree in Secondary Educa-
tion from Texas A&M Univer-
sity at Corpus Christi. Zamora
currently works at the Art
Museum of South Texas as
an Outreach Coordinator and
Arts After-School Teacher at
the Antonio E. Garcia Arts &
Education Center.
“I work for the Art Cen-
ter of Corpus Christi, the Art
Museum of South Texas, and
Kspace Contemporary. It’s
through Kspace that I do se-
Artist Mayra Zamora stands next to “Para Mis Abuelos” (Photo by Shirley
Mayra –
cont. on page 3
nior outreach at the Ethel
Eyerly Community Center in
Flour Bluff,” said Zamora. “It’s
one of my favorite things to
do. It has just come to an
end and won’t start again un-
til August unless we receive
additional funding through
grants. These seniors love
it! They look forward to us
showing up. Plus, it’s good
for me. They give me lots of
“Think of your child, then, not as dead,
but as living; not as a flower that has with-
ered, but as one that is transplanted, and
touched by a Divine hand, is blooming
in richer colors and sweeter shades than
those of earth.”
~ Richard Hooker, British theologian
good advice about all kind
of things, especially abou
“When I teach kids art,
want them to know that the
can make it as artists,” said
Zamora. “I tell them that it
is wonderful that they creat
beautiful art alone in thei
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