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Cubby Walk, One for the Books

30 April 2014 No Comment

By Louis Koll

box2Thursday Apr. 24th was this year’s Cubby Walk, Northside’s annual trek to Wrigley Field and a day dreaded by Sox fans, eagerly anticipated by Cubs fans, and necessary for Mustang fans. The day was kicked off with a pep rally, overflowing with both Mannys and excitement. Ethan Moskal, Adv. 601, dressed up as lovable security guard Manuel Campoverde, better known as Manny, to go over the Cubby Walk rules and safety information. However, he was replaced shortly thereafter with Northside’s one and only true Manny. Moskal had to hand over the coveted Manny uniform shirt and mustache to the real Manny, who came galloping in on his broomstick all the way from Northeastern Illinois University where the juniors were taking the ACT. Manny then passed out milk to the crowd, and wished the school a happy and safe Cubby Walk. After all the drama ceased, Assistant Principal Jeff Finelli came out to pump up the crowd and explain an addition to Cubby Walk this year, the Twitter photo contest. Students participating in the walk could take pictures with their advisories of various people or in various poses to complete tasks. The advisory with the most completed challenges would receive the first ever Cubby Walk trophy. Some requirements were to take a picture at a checkpoint with the most number of students in an advisory doing the robot and to recreate a scene from a Disney movie.

box1The record number of students participating (733, including 221 freshmen, who had the most representation) were dismissed from the gym in class sections to walk towards Wrigley Field. The air was full of an excited hum as students talked and laughed on the move. Victor and Omar Perez, uncles of senior Angelo Perez, Adv. 407. followed along the route on their bikes taking pictures of the students. Teachers and police also followed the group, making sure street crossings were safe and no one was wandering off. Once at the game, students were given bagged lunches, including PB and J’s, orange juice, and an apple. Students could also visit the local restaurants to eat before the game. Some favorites were Bacci’s, home of the gigantic pizza slice, and Dimo’s, home of wacky and delicious pizza creations.

Students then finally could go into the historic stadium, where Northside’s own acafella group had sung the national anthem on Tuesday the 22nd. The park had a post-celebration atmosphere with signs and ads still up from the previous day, the centennial celebration of Wrigley Field.

The game started off neck and neck with the Arizona Diamondbacks scoring a run in the first, followed by the Cubs’ own run at the bottom of the inning. At the top of the second however, the game took a one-sided atmosphere in favor of the Diamondbacks after they hit in two runs for a 3-1 lead. For the next five innings however, the first three batters up to bat got out almost every time. With the same score at the bottom of the seventh, the game had been going very quickly. It would start to look like a lost cause at the top of the eighth, however, when the D-Backs scored two more runs off a double and a single. The Cubs responded with a quick double play however, and a nice home run by Anthony Rizzo at the bottom of the eighth to put the score at 5-2, which would end up being the final score after a scoreless ninth inning. Though the Cubs lost, it was fun for many students, and Northside received some much needed funding, with the total amount raised being at least $25,655.

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