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Stories from Smithson Valley High School
Remembering Stacie Younts
Features

Rebekah Mann | November 6, 2020

The metal bench sits behind the flagpoles facing the school where social studies teacher Stacie Younts taught for 22 years.

An engravement on the bench reads “In memory of Stacie Younts.”

Younts…

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King of the mountain
Sports

Jackson Posey | April 21, 2020

As the clock ticks down to the start of the game, two teams prepare for a 32-minute slugfest. But their first battle is the tipoff.

San Antonio Reagan sends out their champion: Will Carsten, their 6…

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School cancellation extended
Coronavirus

Rebekah Mann | March 19, 2020

Within the first few days of Comal’s extended spring break, San Antonio has confirmed five additional Coronavirus cases, Scholastic Aptitude Testing has been cancelled and Governor Greg Abbott has waived…

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From hopes and dreams to Harvard
Features

Emma Siebold | February 28, 2020

From the concrete steps of Smithson Valley High School, to the nearly 400 year-old pathways of Harvard University, James Mendez will make the 2,000 mile journey to the prestigious university in Cambridge,…

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Bench Mafia gangs up on opponents
Sports

Jackson Posey | February 26, 2020

As the clock hits zero, the ball slices through the net. The crowd erupts.

But it isn’t the players who are the most excited. It isn’t the coaches, either, nor is it the fans who have shown up in…

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Play ball
Features

Jackson Posey | February 13, 2020

The heart monitor flatlines. A sharp buzz echoes throughout the room, piercing the ears of weeping witnesses. The lights go out on stage left.

Caleb Mosley plays varsity basketball, but his biggest…

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How to save a life
Features

Rebekah Mann | January 30, 2020

Coughing and turning blue, the baby boy showed signs of distress. 

Without hesitation, waitress Natalie Bueno jumped into action, leaned the infant forward and placed his chest in one hand. With the…

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Chick flicks fall short
Arts & Entertainment

Joey Clark | December 17, 2019

In my house, the holiday season doesn’t truly start until my mom starts binging Hallmark movies in the living room.  Every so often I’ll indulge in watching one with her, and every year, she is overjoyed…

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Brothers for life
Sports

Jackson Posey | November 22, 2019

Months of preparation went into the Rangers’ 21-3 playoff loss this past week, all of it seemingly for naught. From an outsider’s perspective, wins are the only thing that seem to matter. But to those…

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One girl changing football history
Sports

Emma Siebold | October 4, 2019

The quarterback snaps the ball on third down. It’s a tie game. The linebacker surges forward, ready to defend the run, but instead is pushed back by the opposing team’s fullback. Little did he know,…

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Kicking goals into the future
Sports

Rebecca Covington | April 28, 2019

Damita Mendoza knows what pressure is. Her heartbeat echoes in her ears as she ties up her cleats, fingers fiddling with the laces. She remembers these words to herself: Do not get discouraged. Do not…

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LGBT community met with various reactions
Features

Chloe Presley-Gundaker | March 12, 2019

Taking a deep breath, nerves on edge, she was unsure what response she would get. Walking through the halls, holding hands with her girlfriend, she knew what they were thinking: the smirks, the snarls…

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Changing directions
Sports

Jackson Posey | January 17, 2019

Former star quarterback Levi Williams decommitted from the University of Houston on the heels of former Cougar head coach Major Applewhite being fired in lieu of former West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen,…

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The right combination
News

Leslie Juarez | December 21, 2018

Over the years, students have been questioning the lockers that are in the C wing hallway. Questions include, “Why don’t we have lockers anymore?”

Assistant Principal Dean Hofer said that due to the…

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