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The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

Scot Scoop News

The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

Scot Scoop News

Elizabeth Cruz

Elizabeth Cruz, Scot Scoop Editor

Elizabeth Cruz is a junior at Carlmont High School and a second-year journalist with Scot Scoop. She is one of the vice presidents of her class and is currently employed at Nothing Bundt Cakes. In her free time, you can catch her working tech crew in the PAC or in the student section of a Carlmont sports game cheering her friends on! To view her portfolio, click here.

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Senior Zachary Lefer fakes out the opponent to open up space for a pass. The Scots were able to execute many quick moves to create openings for plays or runs. This is what allowed them to outperform the Grizzlies in the offensive half of the court.

In photos: Varsity basketball nets back-to-back victories

Elizabeth Cruz and Alyssa Bish January 14, 2024

In the first quad game of the season, both varsity girls and boys basketball took home wins for the Scots. The varsity girls finished 48-45 against the Mills Vikings, while the varsity boys scored...

The varsity girls and coaching staff cheer on the sidelines in support of their teammate Charlotte Lin making a basket. I think the closeness of the game, the adrenaline factor, does really show. We picked up the intensity level starting right from the first quarter, played really well as a team, and had great team chemistry overall, Lin said.

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The varsity girls and coaching staff cheer on the sidelines in support of their teammate Charlotte Lin making a basket. "I think the closeness of the game, the adrenaline factor, does really show. We picked...

Junior Cyan Yee dives to recover a loose ball. While on offense, the Scots lost control of the ball and Yee had to act quickly to retain their possession. I was very motivated to secure the ball and to make sure that we could secure the win. I had a singular focus, dont foul and make sure we have control, Yee said.

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Junior Cyan Yee dives to recover a loose ball. While on offense, the Scots lost control of the ball and Yee had to act quickly to retain their possession. "I was very motivated to secure the ball and to...

Clothing the distance

Clothing the distance

Elizabeth Cruz, Scot Scoop Editor December 19, 2023

A pile of t-shirts is sprawled out underneath a stack of jeans, with a once-worn Lululemon jacket on top. Among these pieces lie various skirts and sweaters, that are all “out of style” or “unflattering,”...

Most people dont pay attention to the caffeine level of their drink. The majority of caffeinated drinks have more than the recommended amount for teenagers, but we drink them anyway.

[Photo] Editorial: We need to be conscious about our caffeine consumption

October 4, 2023

Most people don't pay attention to the caffeine level of their drink. The majority of caffeinated drinks have more than the recommended amount for teenagers, but we drink them anyway.

The seniors pose for a picture on the field with their families.

In photos: Girls Lacrosse Senior Night

Elizabeth Cruz, Scot Scoop Editor April 25, 2023

Senior Emily Mannion runs down the line as the team cheers her on.

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Senior Emily Mannion runs down the line as the team cheers her on.

Senior Natalie Dronskiy laughs while she is surrounded by her red wig-wearing supporters.

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Senior Natalie Dronskiy laughs while she is surrounded by her red wig-wearing supporters.

Senior Katherine Yu and her parents pose for a picture.

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Senior Katherine Yu and her parents pose for a picture.

Senior Brynn Toomasson walks through the stick tunnel with her family.

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Senior Brynn Toomasson walks through the stick tunnel with her family.

Junior hitters Eli Nathan and Kevin Tomita block San Mateo. “We wanted to play strong, weve seen them play before so we knew it was gonna be an extremely tough game, we just had to play our game,” Tomita said.

Scots sweep Bearcats in dominant win

Elizabeth Cruz, Scot Scoop Editor March 23, 2023

In their first league game of the season, the varsity boys volleyball team beat the San Mateo Bearcats in three sets. This game marks the Scots ninth win, while the Bearcats are on an 8-game losing streak.  “Our...

A parent hands Russon his shoe and sock after the rally is over as the team laughs.

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A parent hands Russon his shoe and sock after the rally is over as the team laughs.

Senior opposite hitter Brant Russon gets back into blocking position after losing his shoe and sock.

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Senior opposite hitter Brant Russon gets back into blocking position after losing his shoe and sock.

Junior libero Will Won elevates as he jump serves.

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Junior libero Will Won elevates as he jump serves.

The Scots in a pregame huddle ready to play the Bearcats.

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The Scots in a pregame huddle ready to play the Bearcats.

Junior middle hitter Eli Nathan jumps to serve the ball.

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Junior middle hitter Eli Nathan jumps to serve the ball.

Junior setter Simon Hua sets the ball to middle hitter Kevin Tomita.

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Junior setter Simon Hua sets the ball to middle hitter Kevin Tomita.

Junior libero Will Won and middle hitter Kevin Tomita dive for the ball.

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Junior libero Will Won and middle hitter Kevin Tomita dive for the ball.

The bench celebrates after middle hitter Eli Nathan gets a kill off of a headshot.

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The bench celebrates after middle hitter Eli Nathan gets a kill off of a headshot.

Touchless payments are accepted at businesses all over the globe, both at the register and the drive-thru.

Touchless payments are taking over

Elizabeth Cruz, Scot Scoop Editor March 20, 2023

Double-click to pay. Just hold your phone near the reader, and the transaction is complete. Seems pretty simple. But what about the technology behind it? “Faster and easier than using cards and cash.”...

Bryce Kupbens completes a layout step out on beam at the Level Nine Gymnastics Regionals. “I genuinely love this sport. Theres something about doing scary skills which is so fun, learning new ones are so exciting and just everything about it is really fun for me,” Kupbens said.

Athlete Profile: Bryce Kupbens’ twists and turns

Elizabeth Cruz, Scot Scoop Editor March 3, 2023

Imagine having a tightrope in your ankle. Gymnast Bryce Kupbens does, and it’s not the fun type. Kupbens is a sophomore at Carlmont High School and has been a gymnast since she was eight.  “My...

Heart-shaped Valentine’s Day grams in Carlmont’s C-Hall mark this special day. These grams are alphabetized for all grades.

[Photo] Best Valentine’s Day gift ideas

February 9, 2023

Heart-shaped Valentine’s Day grams in Carlmont’s C-Hall mark this special day. These grams are alphabetized for all grades.

Sophomore point guard Willow Ishibashi-To drives to the basket with a strong finish as Bears sophomore Eve Amram races to defend her. Everyone put out their best effort and we were really aggressive, especially in the fourth quarter. It really showed how much we wanted it, Ishibashi-To said.

Bears beat Scots in close match-up

Elizabeth Cruz, Scot Scoop Editor February 4, 2023

In the last home game of the season on Feb. 3, the Carlmont varsity girls basketball team fell to the Menlo-Atherton (M-A) Bears 51-46.  This was the team's second loss to M-A, who they had played...

A teenage customer uses  Apple Pay to buy gelato

[Photo] Benefits for businesses

March 20, 2023

A teenage customer uses Apple Pay to buy gelato

Spotters lift flyers Sarah Shalita, Makayla Miller, and Marina Mendez into a pose. Although they come from different sideline teams, the bond on the competition team is no different. Were all really nice and encouraging to each other, and its good, were all friends, Mendez said.

JV cheer flies into competition season

Camille Ching and Elizabeth Cruz December 7, 2022

Nothing screams spirit as loud as cheerleaders do. Carlmont’s cheerleaders are known for bringing the spirit to football and basketball games, but what do they do during the off-season? On Saturday,...

Christian Booth falls to the ground after being tackled by a Sequoia defender.

[Photo] Scots play their hearts out against Ravens in season finale

November 5, 2022

Christian Booth falls to the ground after being tackled by a Sequoia defender.

Shawyaan Hajebi Tabrizi recovers an onside kick attempt.

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Shawyaan Hajebi Tabrizi recovers an onside kick attempt.

Quarterback Johnny Dunne passes to running back Christian Booth.

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Quarterback Johnny Dunne passes to running back Christian Booth.

Center Oliver Diamond prepares to snap the ball to the quarterback.

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Center Oliver Diamond prepares to snap the ball to the quarterback.

Wide receiver Daniel Mattioli attempts to take a kick return to the end zone.

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Wide receiver Daniel Mattioli attempts to return a kick to the end zone.

Players wait in anticipation for the referee’s call after what looked like an incomplete pass.

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Players wait in anticipation for the referee’s call after what looked like an incomplete pass.

Co-captain James Mauck throws a ball past Terra Novas defense, helping score a goal for the Scots and contributing to their first win. This victory broke a five-game losing streak.

JV boys water polo splashes through season of setbacks

Camille Ching and Elizabeth Cruz October 19, 2022

Dealing with various injuries, a new coach, and inconsistent team captains, Carlmont’s junior varsity (JV) boys water polo team has had a challenging season. All of these factors have given them a lot...

No matter the theme of a spirit week, Friday is always Scots Day. Students dress in Carlmont merchandise or Carlmont colors to show their school spirit.

[Photo] Homecoming spreads school spirit amongst Carlmont students once more

October 15, 2022

No matter the theme of a spirit week, Friday is always "Scots Day." Students dress in Carlmont merchandise or Carlmont colors to show their school spirit.

Daniel Mattioli, sophomore wide receiver, catches the ball before scoring a touchdown.

[Photo] Mustangs destroy Scots’ hopes of going undefeated

October 4, 2022

Daniel Mattioli, sophomore wide receiver, catches the ball before scoring a touchdown.

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