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Fantasy Football Positional Rankings, Weeks 7-10

By Michael B., Alex M., and Kyle W.





Latest news about the most popular teams

New York Giants
No injuries at the moment
New York has to find something that will control Odell Beckham Jr.’s anger. The Giants are thinking about bringing Tom Coughlin to help with  Odell’s anger. Odell apologized, and said “I don’t want to set a bad example for kids.” Eli Manning tells Odell Beckham Jr. “ Just play football. Keep making plays and do your thing.” New York plays the Rams Sunday at 9:30am. Both teams are 3-3.This game will be one of the best of week 7. The giants are going to play at Twickenham stadium. All the giants need to do is make sure their defence holds up and that their offensive line doesn’t collapse. The giants defensive has to make sure no one gets through the middle and sack Eli Manning. Or lose yards when trying to run the ball. Most people think the giants are not doing well because of Odell, but think of this the giants haven’t made the playoffs on 6 years. Odell has only been with the giants for 2 years. They changed their coach and nothing else.

San Francisco 49ers

Vance Mcdonald: Hip  injury: Questionable for return: When he is uninjured, an extra ten days will be added to fully heal

Kerley Palmer: Ankle injury: Questionable for September 9th and October 16th  game

Navorro Bowman: torn left achilles tendon:Not known for return

Colin Kaepernick was put in as starter last Sunday. After being under investigation for kneeling for the national anthem, he was finally cleared and said, “I don’t want to kneel forever.” and “I want these things to change.” He was kneeling for black people’s rights. The main reason he was kneeling is because of the Black Lives Matter cause. He will soon be interviewed again.

Seattle Seahawks

Kam Chancellor, line backer, was out with a groin injury.

Russell Wilson: Ankle/knee: Will play, however, this injury could slow him down

Thomas Rawls: fibula injury: He will be out for at least another month.

Jimmy Graham: back/knee:Questionable for return: Unknown return

No exciting news at the moment

Dallas Cowboys

Dan Bailey: Back: Questionable for play this Sunday

Dez Bryant: Knee: Questionable for return

Tony Romo: Back: Out right now, but will be checked if he is allowed to play again

David Irving: Concussion: Will be out for at least 3 more weeks

Dak has to start over Romo. Rumor has it that players on the cowboys don’t want Romo starting again. The big question is will they start Dak or Romo.

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Yankees Pull off Comeback, but Did They Really Win?

By Ty P.

Infielder Starlin Castro makes a good first impression.

Infielder Starlin Castro makes a good first impression.

The Yankees started of Spring Training with a game against the Detroit Tigers. Starting for the Yankees was the 22-years-old Luis Severino who made his debut last year and had an ERA of 2.98.

The Yankees started off a bit shaky when Severino gave up five runs early in the game. From then on, the Yankees started rallying back, led by Starlin Castro. He did plenty on the offensive side and defensive side of the ball in his first game wearing pinstripes. Down 6-0 at one point, the Yankees refused to wave the white flag.

About halfway through the game the Yankees offense came alive. Castro was 2-3 with an RBI Double and Austin Romine also went 2-3 scoring twice and driving in one run. Although many big names didn’t play like Brett Gardner, who is off until March 15th, or Jacoby Ellsbury, who had the day off, the Yankees younger players showed that they have some talent and proved to Manager Joe Girardi they can compete in the big leagues.

The Yankees might have had a good win on the field, but off the field they suffered a major loss. Aroldis Chapman has been given a 30-game suspension by the MLB because of an investigation going on where he allegedly fired nine shots at his girlfriend in a garage. This could be a big loss, but the Yankees might not suffer. According to ESPN Sports Analyst Aaron Boone, the Yankees have to best bullpen in the league. He says they have depth and the relief pitchers can pitch as a closer or the next game pitch in the 7th inning. Many Yankee fans are unhappy with Chapman and say he was a waste. We can only determine that when he comes back.

If the Yankees’ offense keeps doing what they’re doing then they will be fine. If the starting pitchers can give up only one or two runs when the bullpen comes in, it’s almost an automatic win. Yankee fans have a lot to look forward to this year.

Big Teams Make Big Moves, Part 2: The Mets

By Ty P.

Yoenis Cespedes, a returning Met who had an outstanding season last year.

Yoenis Cespedes, a returning Met who had an outstanding season last year.

On the other side of New York lies the New York Mets, who had an incredible run last year in the playoffs. They started off by beating the L.A. Dodgers 3-2 in a five game series. But that’s not all. They swept the Cubs, took the Pennant, and crushed the prediction in Back to the Future that the Cubs would win the 2015 World Series. Then they faced the red-hot Kansas City Royals who beat them in the World Series in the 6th game of a seven game series. The Mets are looking to rebound and start off strong against the Florida Marlins on March 4th. Their Spring Training Field is Tradition Field located at Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets also made some moves when they lost Daniel Murphy to the Nationals and Jenrry Mejia who failed to pass three P.E.D. (Performance Enhancing Drugs) Tests. But don’t worry Met fans, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has re-signed and also outfielder Alejandro De Aza signed with the Mets.  Some notable games coming up for the Mets are against the Nationals, Braves, Cardinals, and the Yankees. Games can be seen on the SNY Network.

Big Teams Make Big Moves, Part 1: The Yankees

By Ty P.

image via Yankees

image via the Yankees

After a tough season last year, losing to the Astros in the Wild Card Playoff game, the Yankees look to play further into October. On March 2, the Yankees kick off their Spring Training with a game against Detroit at 1:05pm. The team’s Spring Training Field is Steinbrenner Field, also known as GMS Field, located at Tampa Bay, Florida. With a new stacked bullpen consisting of Aroldis Chapman, bought from the Cincinnati Reds and Dellin Betances, coming back, they are bound for a great start of the year. In addition, the Yankees made some big changes on the offensive side. They have picked up 15 minor league players and brought up minor league players from last year including first baseman Greg Bird and second baseman Rob Refsnyder. The Yankees didn’t get many big offensive players from the majors because of what they did with the bullpen. They’re also saving money because they are looking to get Bryce Harper in 2018 when he becomes a free agent. Many good things have happened to the Yankees in the off season and hopefully it will only get better. Some notable games coming up in spring season are against the Phillies, Astros, and the Mets. Games can be seen on the YES Network.

Bulldog Girls Face Devastating Loss to USR

By Avyn S. and Megan W.

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The Bulldog Girls' Basketball team had a 
very successful season. 
Photo: Avyn S. and Megan W.

The Brookside Bulldogs girls’ basketball season came to an end on February 10, when the team lost in the semi-final round of the playoffs to Upper Saddle River’s Holdrum Middle School. The intense game started with yelling and screaming, which filled up the gym from the bench to the audience.

The Bulldogs started off with Emma C. stealing the ball and taking it in for the basket. On the other hand, Holdrum immediately scored 3 points, so the score was 2-3 Holdrum. Then, Brookside’s Lauren B. stole the ball and passed it down the court to Breanne D., who scored. USR was on its A-game, though, and outscored the Bulldogs in the first quarter. Coach Ritter called a timeout to get the girls together and in the game to beat this team.

The girls then went back on to the court and played their hardest. It paid off on defense with all the turnovers Brookside caused Holdrum to give up.  Breanne D. then stole the ball from the other team and got fouled on the shot, putting her at the line. She scored both of the free-throws, putting the score at 7-11, Holdrum.  Katie M. then stole the ball from USR and went straight to the hoop, getting fouled.  She made both her shoots.  The Bulldogs then got the ball back on defense and caused a turnover.  Breanne got the ball and put it up for the 3-pointer and scored! That tied the game up 14-14 at the end of the half.

The Bulldog girls were fired up, ready to play great defense, and won the second quarter. The girls played the best defense and offense anyone could imagine.

The 3rd quarter, however, was an on-and-off quarter for the Bulldogs.  The girls passed the ball around the court, hoping to open room for them to get a shot off. But when the Bulldogs shot it, the shots just did not go in for them.

After a timeout was called, the Bulldogs came back and played off-of-the-hook amazing.  The Bulldog Boys were there to support the girls’ team for their comeback, when the girls cut the score at the end of the 3rd quarter to 2 points.

The 4th quarter started with the Brookside crowd applauding and screaming. Breanne D. came out ready to play, and she immediately put up a three and it went in. Everything went the Bulldogs’ way for about 2 minutes. Sophia L. scored two 3-pointers and Melissa W. was fouled twice and made two foul shots, which tied the game briefly. Katie M. had a great pass to Breanne for another basket. Kelly K. and Claudia M. also had some great plays on the defense side of the court, stopping the other team from scoring.

But then in the blink of an eye, Holdrum started to score and they cut the lead down, 34-35, Bulldogs. Then the game what into overtime with everyone biting their nails. The Bulldogs put up a good fight in the game, but they ended up losing to Holdrum 50-42.

First Cross Country Season a Success

By Mikayla W.

Cross country, the newest addition to the Brookside School sports program, is coached by Mr. Ritter, and is open to students in grades 6-8. Mr. Ritter is passionate about running, taking an interest in the sport when he started running his freshman year of high school at the age of fourteen. Mr. Ritter said that what he likes most about running is “being alone with myself and my thoughts for one, but mostly I like to see how much I can push myself.” He also runs competitively.

Mr. Ritter’s motivation to start a track team was to create an environment for the students to be successful, and personally to coach his son who on the team. According to Mr. Ritter, “the track program is meant for everyone. There are many reasons for people to participate in track. There is something for everybody and you don’t know what you can do until try.” He also wanted to beat Ho-Ho-Kus and Upper Saddle River.

Mr. Ritter went through many steps to get the program up and running. First, last spring, some local parents started a rec program to create some interest in running competitively. Mr. Goodman, the Brookside athletic director, took the necessary steps to have the team approved by the Board of Education. Mr. Ritter held a meeting with parents to explain the program. He then told those attending to tell their friends because we all know that it is more fun to run with friends.

The team held practices everyday after school. At these practices they ran three to six miles and performed different types of workouts which include hills, sprints, progression runs, and intervals. At meets, runners compete in a 1.5 mile,1.87 mile or 3,000 meter course.

There will be a spring track program, but since Mr. Ritter will be coaching baseball, he will not be coaching spring track.Mr. Ritter will be providing his runners with workouts for the off season. He said, “ They are still my team, I don’t abandon them.” This program starts in April. The events for spring track include:

55m (sixth and seventh)
long jump
high jump
shot put (girls 6 lbs/ boys 8 lbs)
discus (1.5 kg)

Sixth grader and competitor Cassidy B. thought this program was beneficial because it kept kids in shape that would usually be just sitting around. She said that her favorite part of cross country was probably the big meet they competed in and the trip to and from it because you got a chance to bond with everyone on the team.

Healthy Recipes

By Juliana M.

The season of winter is a great time to get your hands dirty in the kitchen. Many people may not even realize how much fun you can have while baking apple pie with family or friends. Although these treats may be delicious, they contain many calories, which can harm your health. However, this does not mean you must stop enjoying your favorite treats. There are many ways where you can limit the amount of calories you consume, but still be able to savor your treasured delicacies.

For example, Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies are a great treat that keep your health in check. Registering at an outstanding 54 calories each, these cookies are not only good for your body, but leave your taste-buds wanting more, and more can be afforded in this case. Throw away the Slice and Bake because nothing is better eating your own homemade treats. The ingredients to this healthy, yet delicious cookies are as follows…

1 ½ cup sweetened dried cranberries
1 cup of cranberries, fresh or frozen, thawed
½ cup honey
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cardamon, or allspice

2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
I cup whole-wheat flour
1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cardamon, or all spice
⅓ cup canola oil
3 ½ tablespoons butter, melted and cool
1 cup sugar
⅓ cup honey
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons low-fat milk, plus more as needed
2 ½ teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
(contains contents of nuts)

For further instructions on how to make these tasty cookies visit

Although desserts are delicious, there are many favorable meals that can be enjoyed for dinner with your family on a weeknight or over the weekend when you can put your chef hat on. For example, many people enjoy seconds of a tasteful meal known as Pumpkin Raviolis. This pleasurable treat satisfies your stomach and leaves you rushing to the kitchen to make more. The ingredients are listed below.

1 can canned pumpkin
⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon black pepper
24 wonton wrappers
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup chicken broth
1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter
Chopped parsley

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Nothing can stop the temptation of wanting these delicacies and nothing is better than knowing you have created them all by yourself. Enjoy these tasty yet healthy treats and have fun in baking and cooking in the kitchen.

What’s the Winkelstein Mile?

By Juliana M.

Starting in 1998, students were able to participate in an event known as the Winkelstein Mile. Every year a goal is set by our very own principal who sets a time for the mile run where students are encouraged to beat throughout the year. In return for their hard work, students receive a free homework pass that can at any be used at any time during the year, along with adding their name onto a board displayed in the school gymnasium.

However, there are many different opinions about this topic depending on the person. Some argue that it is a waste of our gym class and can sometimes be unfair for those who do not enjoy participating in running, but enjoy swimming or biking. Although many may feel this way others believe it is a great way to be active and keep our bodies in shape. During an interview with Juliana Mercurio, Mr. Bruce Winkelstein, principal of Brookside School, states, “The mile run day is generally not everyones’ favorite activity but to have an incentive seemed to be a good way to make it an interesting event.”

Mr. Winkelstein also frequently mentions that nobody expects the fastest mile time to be broken. He does not always want to see olympic type records, but wants all times to show improvement. He realizes that many people take this event seriously. Although he encourages students strive for success, he always wants to ensure growth in it’s best possible form. The Winkelstein Mile has brought this positive growth out in many different students.
Throughout the years, Mr. Winkelstein continued the beloved tradition along with adding other events to this challenge. For instance, about six years ago, the principal also began to participate in setting records for curl-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, and much more. This created another goal for many of the students, and is designed to assist them in their athletic development.

Although these events are not regular occurrence in physical education class, they are performed when students participate in physical fitness testing. This testing is a requirement for all schools, but to make the event shine, our school has added an additional goal for all students who strive for success. A few years back, Mr. Winkelstein agreed to complete our testing and set goals which were built into the program, trying to help students improve previous scores.

Mr. Winkelstein and the school faculty have worked hard to allow all of our students to be able to improve. With their diligence, hard work, and creative thinking, students are able to reach our target and beyond.