Saturday, December 24, 2011

Grades are in..... -_-

I'm pretty disappointed in my grades this semester as a first year grad student. I received one A a B and B+, which many of you are probably saying that is damn good, not to me. I don't think I prepared myself as much as I should have.

Some of my friends are saying that I did well and I should look at it as those grades being all A's in a undergrad class. Well I guess that maybe true, grad school is a lot more work and at the time I was taking on three jobs.

I am a person that always has to be doing something and I have build my character in order to face anything around me. Next semester hopefully it will be different. I will still have three jobs while taking on two classes.

Wish me luck!

Their living with no goals

As I was driving in the bad part of where I live just now, I sat back in my car and thought "wow I'm glad I'm not like many of these people here that don't get out."

I am blessed to have the parents I have, who were lenient but had the right mix of being strict with me. If they weren't who knows what I may have become living next to a bad neighborhood. I am a college grad student and I feel bad for most of these people here, right next door that aren't going to get that opportunity because they choose to go a wrong path.

I'm thankful the Lord gave me the smarts to stay out of trouble and the ambition to want to make something of myself one day. I have worked so hard to where I am at now and have had so many great mentors to strengthen that path for me.

My only wish is I continue to grow and make right decisions while those in the hood get left behind for who knows what :(

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Say it isn't so James!!!

Okay I am really surprised I didn't receive more text messages and facebook comments when the story of James Loney side swiping three cars and crashing came out last week. Now here I am, coming to terms with it. I still don't believe it happened.

Everyone knows how much I love this player. Even with him coming out of another bad season this year, I stuck by him with many of you saying he will  be gone this coming season.

This is a crazy situation, which I have to believe what Loney says and that is he wasn't under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Right now result have not been available to confirm this, but we all have to wait and see what happens.

Hitting three cars, falling asleep and then leaving to crash again though hmmmm I just don't know. I don't like what one of the women he hit said though. She was so frightened, yet she went to his car to see if he was okay. um dumb on her part for doing that is she was scared for her life. Come on really...

The Dodgers Ned Coletti said this hasn't changed his decision of making a deal for Loney to stay here in L.A. Loney and two other players are eligible for arbitration.

I can't see Loney wanting to do anything crazy though. I really don't know what to say to it until more about it comes out.

Kemp should have won in the first place

Catching up on reading (the sports page) and I came across the recent story on Matt Kemp perhaps winning the MVP if Ryan Braun appeal of failing a drug test doesn't go in his favor. Now I like Braun and think he is a great MLB player, but if this is true I got to admit it's sad.

Voters though say they don't want to vote if the appeal is upheld. Which I understand because with all this mess on who is taking what in the MLB no records have been taken away, so why should this one?

Players win awards all the time and records if the MLB were to take those back then that be a total mess in the record books. I have to agree with them on this one and they shouldn't take it away since they can't take any others back. It would be nice if they could, but it won't happen.

This could have been avoided if the just gave it to Kemp in the first place!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's done

I'm here at Matdor Hall wating for my last meeting in class to end my first semester as a grad student!! It will be done, but won't know what I received as far as grades until probably two weeks.

I have to admit with so much work it was fun to meet the people that I did. My fellow classmates are amazing and really fun to be around. During this time I took on three jobs too, believe me I have no idea how I did it.

Here at CSUN I had a great experience working along side the Athletic Media Relations Department that I have decided to stay and help out and gain more experience next semester. I am also happy that I am able to take photos at games, which you see a few here.

I have been really busy with work as you can see, since I have't been writing anything on here, but I am sure these five weeks off of school I will be bored and have things to write about. Especially with so much that is going on in sports right now gees.

Well I am tired and probably go sleep in my car a few hours lol... until next time, which I hope will be soon

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Needs a new begining to end this one....

Those that know me, know I get bored easily. Not to say I'm not blessed with what I received this past summer, such as getting into grad school. Its just time for me to want change, meet new people. I'm always intrigued by people's stories, hence being a journalist. I know, I don't know everyone's story in my current surroundings, but I need fresh people to interest me.

What better way to get that then to exploring a new place, but where??

I've been applying to jobs trying to get out of the Valley area. At this point, I'm searching other Universities so I can hopefully transfer my credits to continue my masters somewhere else and most importantly for free. Really tough when money is hard to come by and trying finish school when you have bills to pay.

Taking care of my family is my goal, but right now I just feel my break isn't coming as soon as I thought. My emotions are going crazy right now with failure, negativity and loss. It sad to be thinking this way, I know, but how else can I stopped this reckless rollercoaster.

There is a time to feel obstacles in life and right now I have many. This isn't something I only go through. I don't know how the other express themselves so I can't speak for them.

In the long run though its moments like these though that make a person stronger as long as they are willing to fight and not let the discouragement win. I know that's what I want to do and I can be stronger than people think .

One thing I have learned though, is you can't be patiently thinking your dreams are just going to come. You need to step up your game and go grab it before someone else does.

My rant can go one but I might say things that I shouldn't so I'm going to end it here for you all.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Learning and keep on grinding

Hey guys, well I'm a month and a week done with grad school and the learning and reading keep on coming. My classes are very small with the same great people. I have been fortunate in getting to know these fellow students and where they came from.

My internship with the CSUN athletic department is going well. I am learning a lot and already had a story published on the site Check out the story on CSUN women's soccer player Brielle Slepicoff. I am also currently working on three other stories, wow talk about being busy. But with the tiresome workload I am enjoying it.  I sometimes feel like I am in a CSUN sports library with all the information on teams the school has or had. Because of that I am learning about players, sports, division, conferences and much more on the Matadors I didn't know. And I love it. Yes some of the work is never ending, but when isn't work done when you are on top of your game?

To explain the picture on top, this past Sunday at the CSUN women's soccer game they didn't have a co-anchor for the radio. So I was asked to put on the headphones. I didn't say too much because soccer is still new to me. I just went by what I saw and what little I knew about the game. I definitely want to do it again, next time though more prepared =)

I also had a long day last week following Reader Digest around campus. What an experience that was. I know now how much PR professional don't get their office work done when they have to stay with a major media outlet. The day was noon to 6:30 p.m. just in time for me to get to class. I was drained, but I'm thankful for the experience.

Bringing it back to class, I have a ton of reading do every week. I never read so much in my life, but hey it comes with the territory now. I haven't had to do much writing, but I expect that to pick up within these last two and half months of school. Pretty crazy to think my first semester of grad school will be done in ten weeks.

Now what should my thesis be????

Saturday, September 3, 2011

And so it begins

I have one week under my belt as a grad student and well it is going to be a lot of work. I started reading one book out eight just for one class. The other is not so bad with just one, but I will be writing three papers for it.

I also will be interning with the CSUN athletic department this week and I'm pretty excited for a new experience. I'll do some of the same things I did with the Los Angeles Sparks, but more writing.

As for the Sparks, they finish up their season next Saturday, they had some highlight this season, but with Candace Parker out to long with her knee injury LA couldn't get enough wins to make the playoffs.

With that being said, and as much work I'm sure my blogging will take a set back again while I go MIA again and try my best at grad school.

Sports Notes:

Dodgers are now on a five game winning streak and there is talk on whether Matt Kemp should win the MVP of the National league and Clayton Kershaw the Cy Young since their both on a team that isn't a contender for the playoffs. Still the debate will stand until the end of this month.

College football starts today, excited about that and of course the NFL will have its season start soon. Unfortunately for the NBA its still in a lockout and I honestly think there will not be a season this year, but we will see what happens.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


I am two weeks from starting my masters and all the emotions are running wild inside me. I can't wait, but I am also scared about what to expected. This week I ordered some of my books, can you believe one class requires eight books? wow. I want to get started on the right foot though and hopefully bring up my GPA as well as gain more experience in the journalism field. As summer ends I have been working a lot, but got to say it has been okay.

My internship with the Los Angeles Sparks is coming to an end and I have learned about the other side of being a reporter in working with public relations. I have been fortunate to write a few stories for them, but hope to write more in the last few weeks. With this internship though, I hope continue the same thing with the Cal State Northridge Athletic Media Relations department. It might be easier knowing that I know the teams there and some of the players. I am looking forward to it.

As far as things in the sports world, well football pre-season games start tomorrow after they were in a lock out, I don't know why I am excited about the season, why is this a a shock for me, well because I really don't care for football. Anyone that knows me knows how much hockey and baseball are my sports, but I think I will take on some football games this season too, it won't hurt right?

well blogging family that is all I got today, hopefully I will be back at the of the week.

ps. if you got twitter come follow me @moniquemuniz1

Monday, July 18, 2011

Writers Block

Me at work in by Brian De Los Santos

As the summer is ending I can't help but feel I have lost contact with my writing. I haven't had much an opportunity to cover games and I was feeling a little worried about the outcome. I know it's just me because once I get in the writing mode and have my material I CAN WRITE.

Today I started a player feature that I'm actually feeling good about. Learning to talk to players and coaches and getting to know them a bit helps when you need to get your story done. It is when you don't know them or don't even get to interview them that you feel lost and not a complete reporter.

I was just thinking the other day I haven't been doing interviews and that's on my mind now, getting that great quote or antidote to grab readers into the story. That needs to be my next step, just so I don't lose that confidence of what I know.

I have had a lot on the mind about other things other than sports so it has been a little tricky for me to concentrate on my sports writing, but I am watching games when I can. I have also come up with some ideas for the Los Angeles Sparks website, since it lacks a few things that other sites have. Hopefully they take into consideration some of the ideas to draw more fans in.

Well that is all for today got to go into the office soon and get ready for tonight's game.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dodger Stadium looking like old times

The ticket machines were clicking away as a swarm of blue was coming into the stadium. As I sat at the box seats I couldn’t believe my eyes. It felt like it was 2009 again when there were fans cheering on their team and thanking the owners for a season they wouldn’t miss.

This 4th of July Dodger Stadium felt like old times. I sat there looked around and was surprised to see the seats filled from pavilion to top deck, but then again what would you expect with tickets being cheap as four dollars for top deck and reserved and field level at 27 dollars.

People came to the stadium because it was a cheap place to see fireworks, but for three hours it didn’t feel like that. There was the wave, making nose, beach balls landing on the field and chanting “lets go Dodgers” it was my blue heaven I missed.

It gave my friends and I hope that it may one day be like this again. I do hope this happens soon, but with Frank McCourt continuous battle to keep the team, who knows when Dodger Stadium will see its glory days again.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer time blues for NBA

As the NBA just had its draft, making families proud and players reaching their dreams. The NBA announced today they will be locking out players for the up coming 2011-12 season.

I think its sad that this big organizations have to be fighting over money. The owners and players make so much money it is kinda of ridiculous they want more of it. The NFL just locked their players too, will there be sports to watch this coming fall other the college ball?!?!

At least college is entertaining most of the time, we all will have to sit and wait now.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

New owner for the Dodgers and emptiness in the stadium

As the week closes down most of us Dodger fans and media are awaiting what will Frank McCourt do on June 30th. Many don't think he will make the payroll since Bud Selig denied the Fox deal.

As a fan I want McCourt out, I don't like to go to the stadium and look at all the empty seats. It really is sad.

This Friday was the most I seen Dodger Stadium filled in a long time, even employees were in shock and found it weird to see fans in the seats.

Really McCourt, just sell the team and let fans come back and support the team. Of course there are the loyal fans that are there no matter what, like me, but still breaking the attendance record mostly every year for the team needs to come back.

What was more sad to see was Saturday's photo day being empty. Since I was a young girl I have attended this event every year. It is a chance for fans to see the players up close and if you're lucky enough you can take a photo with them if they stop.

The very first one I went to, Mike Piazza stopped (my favorite all-time Dodger) and took a photo with me, he even handed my camera to the security guard take our photo.

Yesterday my goal was to get a photo with Don Mattingly and James Loney, which I got, but at a different location, instead of entering the field I went to my seats. This event allows fans to enter the field and wait for the players. It usually is packed with fans pushing and shoving just to reach the front of the fence they have around the field so they can get the photos they need.

Well, this was not the case this year. There was so many holes around the fence that the fans that were out there can breath and stretch as they pleased. It was a surprise to all my friends I was with because we had never seen it like that.

Lets hope that changes as this Thursday comes soon. #GoBlue

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there, who no matter what their children do they are there for them all the time. To pick their children up when they fall and to wipe their tears when they are hurt.

I thank God for giving me such a loving caring father, without my dad I wouldn't be here today and doing what I love. He has guiding me through life telling me stories of teams and players in the sports world. My dad has taken me to all my first sporting events and has passed his love of sports onto me. Writing , photographing, talking, videotaping sports is all because of him.

Thank you dad, even though I may have had some faults you have never turned your back on me and have guided me through my life. I would not be the caring loving person I am today if it were not for you and I definitely would not be working in sports if it weren't for you.

And I missing half of fathers day because I am working at the L.A. Spark game today.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Grad school, Sparks and my Dodgers

Entering the summer has been going, well a little bumpy. I recently received notice that I have been accepted to grad school this coming fall at Cal State Northridge, believe me I am happy and proud that all my hard work has paid off.

I made preparations already with my advisor on classes to take and now I will be waiting for my first day of school the end of August.

In other news, my internship with the Los Angeles Sparks is going well. I am writing some previews, feature stories and quote taking at games. The team of interns are awesome and I know I will have new friends for a long time. Just within the first game of us working together, we know we are a team and we shared many laughs already.

hmmm sports wise well I just watched the last NBA championship and CONGRATS to Dallas, glad to see the Lakers didn't lose to just a mediocre team. Weird how their celebration was though, shock of winning for them must have been lingering.

I am hoping to get more involved in my Boys in Blue, I feel I have been neglecting them since I was in school, well that has to end. The few games I attended though, wow, what a change in the stadium. It is really sad to see Blue Heaven with no fan support with what happened on opening day =(. Well I will be there and hopefully the team will pull off a good season and the fans will come back to see the Dodgers succeed.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Just noting

Hi all
Well it has been a little more then one week since I ended my journey at CSUN. I have been some what busy, but still the thought of having time on my hands seems kinda of scary.

I recently stared my internship with the Los Angeles Sparks. The day after graduation was their first preseason game, which I attended and it went well. I had the opportunity to sit in the press conference room to take quotes and I felt like I was made for the job even though I wasn't asking question.

My first shift in the office was Wednesday and my first assignment was to write a preview for the Sparks home opener, talk about jumping in. I did the best of I could and that night the article was on the website, of course with a little added information from my boss, but all-in-all I wrote and I know I can get better the more I do it.

next up is the home opener tonight. It is going to be a long day =)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Chapter 2 closed

Walking into Cal State Northridge just two summers ago I didn't know what to expect. I had finally made it to a place in which my dreams were suppose to blossom and grow, well they did.

The end to receiving my B.A. at CSUN is tomorrow, I just can't believe it is finally here. Some of you know it has taken while for me to get here.

I have always loved school and every chance I got I was there, summer, winter and regular session. Heading into college and a single mom I didn't think I get this far. I had to take on two, sometimes three, jobs while taking very few classes in order to be there for my child.

With the support from my family, especially my mom and dad, I had full support of receiving my higher education and still while working I was able to start taking a full-time role in school.

My time at East Los Angeles Community College change my life for the better. My advisor added a mass communication class on my schedule and while taking it I fell in love with what the news offered.

Jean Stapleton, the ELAC Campus news publisher, was the teacher and she soon pushed me to be on staff. Shortly after taking the first news paper class I became sports editor and my journey as writer came together.

I was about to finish school satisfied with only my AA, but my advisor once again, said "You are almost done and I'm putting you down as a transfer student" so here I was starting my second chapter of my life finding a four-year college to go to.

CSUN admitted me and I began my journalism career. My first semester was a breeze and by spring of 2010 I was on staff as a sports writer and interning with Fox Sports West as a production assistant. My writing only became better with the help of Melissa Lalum and my editor Gilberto Manzano.

The time I had in the newsroom at CSUN was crazy, exciting, professional, fun, exhausting and overall awesome. In the newsroom I met some inspirational people, who I will hold close to my heart always and forever. They were there for me as I was there for them, supporting each other through classes and life's everyday drama.

These last 16 weeks I met more people outside the newsroom that have touched my life in a certain way or another, to my beat the CSUN women's water polo team (which I did not know anything about), CSUN basketball team that had a good season and some skilled players to watch and meet, the media relations department (Bob V. and our weekly visits to talk about life and sports) to those in my classes that were nice and made my classes more enjoyable.

I went through CSUN as a student, staff writer, assistant sports editor to sports editor. This journey of two years has come to an end and quickly. I can go on, but I will end it here.

I now will shut the pages to this chapter of my life in order to start a new one after tomorrow.

With that to be continued...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wow it is finally over

After three semester on the Daily Sundial at Cal State Northridge I am finally done. I published my last sports page on Thursday May 12th and it came out today. It was pretty emotional seeing the last page as sports editor being exported to the printer. Today I seen the final result and also published the last stuff online (other then two stories my senior writer said he wants to put up).

As much as I was stressed this year and completely over the paper, because of all the other load of classes and stuff I had, I am going to miss all of it. The people I met through the three years on the paper made my college life at CSUN worth it. I couldn't have gone a day with out the many friends I made through these years. I have to thank everyone that gave me the opportunity and support of doing something I love and that's write and photograph sports.

This semester was a lot of work as sports editor, but with so much to do I think I did a good job. I wish I had more time to use more of the ideas I had, unfortunately I couldn't.

I do love that fact I had the chance to take more photos of games. I believe over the season I got better in capturing some great moments at the CSUN men's basketball games, water polo and the Big West Tournament at the Honda Center.

My life was centered around the Sundial and it was like a real job. It was also a family, dysfunctional at times, but we all got along for the most part and had some great times. I will miss you all and hope that whatever the future brings to you will be a AWESOME one.

Up next graduation on Tuesday!!!!! =) wow I made it

Saturday, May 7, 2011

How bout that Dre

Quick write up before I head back to work. Just have to say wow to Andre Either, who has been on a 30 game hitting streak. I am proud of him, but I don't think he is going to break the record of 56 by Joe DiMaggio. It is a nice ride though for him and the Dodgers, who have been caught up in the news since Opening Day.

With some new ownership hopefully the Dodgers will turn around its season and have a better year this time around.

Two more weeks of school!!!!!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

To you friend

#justsaying...... never forgotten.. hope everything is going well.

Count Down

It has been such a rough semester and now it is down to four weeks in the newsroom, five weeks of classes/ finals and six weeks until I walk for graduation. WOW

I can't believe how time is flying by, I want it to go faster, yet I still want to push the breaks and stop it all so I can restart over.
Not to say Cal State Northridge hasn't been good to me, it just went too fast. I love school and learning and I am not yet ready to stop that in a school setting. But I must move on and try and grow up in the sense of getting a career. 

I have applied to grad school, but not to sure if I will get in and if I don't I have two options, which will give me more experience in what I want to do.
The count down has begun and now I have to push myself to be more motivated and end what I started when I entered college.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Not missing you

They way you change with me in the last month-in-half was hurtful in certain ways, I took the short ends you gave me as if you were just having a bad day.

I told you I will care for you forever and I mean that from the bottom of my heart.
I only want the best for you and to succeed in all your goals sweetie.

I want to miss you, but the way you treated me as a friend in the end I just can't. I wished so many times you start being the friend I met in the beginning, but it wasn't happening.
You said you understood what I was telling you when I told you how I felt, but I don't think you really did.
Now if we ever cross paths it be as if we never even met, two strangers walking along the same route, but never saying a word to each other.
I asked many times for an explanation, which with everything I did for you, I think I deserve, but I guess I will never know what made you decided to leave my life.

I don't miss you because of the way you shut me out, but I will confess I miss the sweet friend, who gave me the best hugs and text me "how are you" "I appreciate everything you have done for me" and "I'm glad you are in my life" that is what I will miss about you.

Goodbye sweetie (maybe just for now.. maybe)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Dodgers win!

Waking up today I just didn't know what to expect. A four year tradition of my dad and I going to the games ended today because he had to go to work =( Here I was with an extra ticket and kinda of feeling down, but I knew once I got to the stadium everything was going to be okay.

I left home 15 minutes until one and just like always I was there on time to be the first at the gate I enter.

Heading to the lines I seen my uncle Robert, aunt Carol and Linda. Then the blue gates opened and we were in the stadium. It is like I never left home, the familiar faces welcoming me, hugging me and saying "we are back" YES and even in the heat I was able to take it and get photos with Dodger short stop Rafael Furcal and catcher Rob Barajas.

Rafa and me

Barajas and me

Seen mostly everyone I wanted to see there at the game and like I said being HOME was awesome.

Hearing Vinny's voice "It's time for Dodger baseball" as the team ran out to the field was priceless.

I was able to share the day with a friend, who got out of work to make it. As for the game it was a great pitching dual between Clayton Kershaw and Tim Lincecum, but the Dodgers prevailed with two runs to give them the 2-1 win over the hated Giants of the bay.

Going back to Blue Heaven Sunday!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Get away!!

Many have that one place they can go to for some time to think and escape. By the end of the week I will have my slight get away to my second home, my blue heaven, Dodger Stadium. No matter how many times I have been there it never gets old. My problems I have just seem to fade away as I am there with my friends, my dad and my Boys in Blue. For those few hours everything outside the stadium does not exist and I really need that right now.

After this week spring break, which will be spent on catching up on reading and my group project (maybe I can get away once I done school work for a couple of days).

Once I get back to school there will be SIX weeks left of school, including finals. FIVE weeks of the paper left YES! and SEVEN until graduation day MAY 24.

What am I going to do after that is a good question... I'll be back later bye for now.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Big West tourney, last CSUN games and thanks too...

What an experience I have as a student journalist, I was able to attend the Big West Tournament with CSUN seeding third in the conference. March Madness, wow its crazy, three days in Anaheim at the Honda Center for basketball photographing CSUN games and the championship game.

First game to shoot was CSUN vs Cal State Fullerton for the third time this season the teams met again, this time in the quarterfinlas. Well, the Matdors came out playing and won 75-54. It was a late night with the game starting at 8:30 p.m., but I had fun. Lenny Daniel had 19 points and nine rebounds.

Second day of action I showed up early to take some photos of the Long Beach State vs. UC Riverside and well the 49ers came out of that one with no contest. Then the No.3 Matadors vs. No. 5 Gauchos in a 9 p.m. game, so exhausted from the night before and school, but I was there and the Gauchos just had more experience to give them a 83-63 win over the Matadors. Again late night in the media room with my Krew, but it was well worth it and getting last interviews from the players and  coach Bobby Braswell.

Saturday came along and even though I didn't have to go to the championship against Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara I felt I had to go and see a game like that and sure enough it was well worth making the trip to Anaheim for a third time.

Walking through Honda Center was cool, even though I don't like the DUCKS YUCK!!!!

Okay well my trip to Cal Poly was fun even though CSUN got blown out by the Mustangs. My poor friend was sick, but still made the trip to recap the game. The way back was full of sports talks and basketball scenarios.

Got to admit it was a good season for the Matadors, who were polled to finish eighth in the conference, to being No.3 with eight freshmen on the team.
During the season I made some new friends, Cassy, who is awesome with all the work she does filming highlights of the games, Bobby V. (media relations for CSUN) who is hilarious and cool to talk to when I need someone, some of the players, who even though I had to run some bad stories and photos about them always respected my job and still wanted to be friends with me after LOL and of course my Krew, Vic and Gilbert.
special thanks for Gilberto Manzano for allowing me to photograph the team when they were on the road. I definitely took my photography to another level.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Clippers in Championship! Yosemite Clippers

Hello again, I have been SUPER busy with school, but I thought I take the time to check in and write something.

I recently went to Yosemite minor league basketball game (9-10 years old) to watch the Clippers, who finished second, play its first playoff game against the Spurs.

The Spurs had beating the Clippers twice already and the Clipper players were actually worried, a parent was telling me that the team felt they had no chance and that the Spurs were going to win.

Well, turns out it didn't happen that way at all, the Clippers won 39-21. The first half the Clippers were on a roll and the Spurs just couldn't get its offense starting. The Spurs came as close as seven points, but never took the lead.

The Clippers did a great job on the defensive end the team will now face the Magic in the championship game tomorrow, which I am sad I have to miss because of school and covering water polo.

I will post a photo of the game later tonight. =)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CSUN men's basketball

Here I am, no I haven't forgotten to write, but I have been super busy writing and being sports editor at the Daily Sundial at CSUN.

One of the joys I have of writing and taking photos, is the trips I have been blessed on being a part of. Tomorrow I head to Cal Poly for the CSUN men's basketball game.

The team is in third place and will be competing against the Mustangs, who are in second. The two teams were both sharing second place just a week ago. So I am hoping for a good game tomorrow night.

The Matadors freshmen have been stepping up their game and in a recent trip to Cal State Fullerton the Matadors looked like they were finished after the Titans were leading as much as 14 points, but a second half surge and a 3-pointer by Aqeel Quinn to tie the game 61-61 with about two minutes to play, then Josh Greene, who hit six 3-pointer in the game, hit a game winning three with 24 seconds left.

It was a crazy ending and exciting game, best of all I got a photo of that winning three. =)

On Saturday CSUN lost to No. 1 Long Beach in a game that the Matadors within reach at certain times, but 49er Casper Ware came through for his team and scored a game-high 22 points to give his team the a 79-62 loss.

Well let us see how tomororw goes and if I have time I will post on my mini trip with my sports crew.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Clippers lose, but its only the first game

Of course, I'm not talking about the Clippers you all know. I am speaking of the youth basketball league, which started its season yesterday. The parents are ready with cameras and video recorders, while the kids are excited or nervous about playing the game.

Inez started her first season as a minor, wow where has the time gone? why can't she be a mighty mite again?
Well she is a Clipper for the second time and she is the teams motivator. Like professional sports has their player that pumps up the team, Inez is that player. She stands in the middle of her teams circle before the game and calls out three times "How do we play" and the teams follows by each one saying "tough" "smart" "hard" then all of them shout "Clippers"

The Clippers had some butterflies and trailed as much as 17 points, but as in the second half, the Clippers started playing defense and made a comeback. They had a good run, but lost by 11 points. Coach told them after the game they played well and just needed to start playing harder defense in the beginning of game. All-in-all it was a good game and its only the first game.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Bye Bye 2010

okay I am a little late, but Happy New Year!!

Wow 2010, what can I say it was a great year and the good times definitely weighed out the bad.

DAILY SUNDIAL: I started my second semester at CSUN as a staff writer and took on a sport I knew nothing about (water polo). I worked my a** off for the paper, which I believe helped my editor trust in me. I met many people on the paper and I'm grateful for some of the friendships I made. I received the opportunity to cover a beat, which made the championship game and was included in covering the men's volleyball team championship game in Stanford, CA.

INTERNSHIP: Not only was I on the paper, working, and taking a full time schedule at CSUN, I also had an internship with Fox Sports West. It was an awesome experience for me and I met some great mentors there.

SUMMER: Tuesday nights were the best!!! the spot I was at, with three amazing women made the summer memorable. Sports: Laker, CHAMPIONS BABY!, The Dodgers hurt me in not making the playoffs, but I was always happy to see my Dodger family. I had some crazy nights, but all worth it =)

BACK TO SCHOOL: This is what just ended three weeks ago. WOW no social life lol. I was assistant sports editor and finally the sports section was cut some slack, because we made deadline quit a few times. I didn't write as much as I would have liked to, but that's my fault. I took an awesome PR class, which helped me in many ways. Also, I started to take more photos, which I love to do. I traveled back to North Cal and went to Pauley Pavilion for the first time. I had my ups and downs this semester, but I had great friends, who were always there for me no matter what! THANK YOU!!! =)

NOW: My work has not been done. I am now sports editor and this winter break I am still covering the CSUN men's basketball team by taking photos. The last two weeks of 2010 was work, work ,work.
Holidays were relaxing and new years eve and coming into this year was GREAT!!! ;)


Hi guys,
Been busy, but doing what I love and that is taking photos for
sports games. I am getting better at it too, so my portfolio is growing.

Well, stress, this is something I tend to do a lot and I feel it is piling up more. My only escape is sports. Going to a professional or college event, lets me concentrate on the game and not focus on what the outside world wants from me. And for those three hours it feels great.

Sport editor time: I am trying to organize everything and I think I've done a great job at it, but the
Sundial is taking a lot of my time, which I should be focusing on my winter class. Also I have been trying to apply for grad school and I'm taking a back burner on it, which I shouldn't because deadlines are coming this month eek.

I am taking deep breaths and trying to focus on just my job and not others. I really need to get what I need done. Zumba class, gym and walks are back in my routine, which is helping me limit my stress!