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Running along the sideline, teacher and coach Jennifer Garner watches the match. Garner has been a professional referee since 2013 and received her FIFA badge in 2018.

Changing the game: world history teacher referees for World Cup qualifier match

By Emma Hutchinson, Prosper High School April 20, 2021

Fans cheer. Music echoes through the stadium. Colorful face paint covers the crowd. From the stands, triumph rings loud with unified voices screaming above the tension on the field – but for world...

Against Valley View in the state semifinals, senior Jesus Cervantes blows a kiss toward the fans in the stands after scoring his first goal of the game in the second half.

With support of family, Cervantes ready for high school’s biggest stage

By Kathleen Ortiz, Kingwood Park High School April 20, 2021

Jesse Cervantes jogged to the 25 yard line, yelling alongside his teammates with a grin on his face. He had just scored his first goal of the 5A boys state semifinal game when he looked into the crowd...

Brian McBride (third in the top row) was a member of the soccer team at St. Louis University from 1990-1993. During his college career, he set school records for number of goals (72) and assists (40).

The First Soccer Capital of America: History of Soccer in St. Louis

By Taryn Moore, Marquette High School April 19, 2021

After failing to get bids in the past, St. Louis is officially getting a Major League Soccer (MLS) team in 2023 with the stadium to be located in the city with a capacity of 22,500 fans. Chris Kenny,...

The graphic represents the NCAA's unfair treatment towards women's sports. Which was prevalent at the past March Madness Tournament.

NCAA needs to reevaluate their treatment of women’s sports

By Preston Meier, Owatonna High School April 16, 2021

Women’s sports have grown tremendously over the years by gaining popularity and providing more opportunities for women to play. Since 1988, over 800 Division I women’s sport teams have been added to...

Sophomore Sydney Barros performs a floor routine at her first international competition in Jesolo, Italy in 2018.

Reaching for the rings

By Sophia Craig, Marcus High School April 13, 2021

When Carine Barros signed her daughter, sophomore Sydney Barros, up for gymnastics as a 6 year old, she never could have imagined that 10 years later, she would be one of the top 50 gymnasts in the country....

Lauren Kelly of the Boston Pride (and Watertown Middle School) celebrates with the Isobel Cup after Boston beat the Minnesota Whitecaps, 4-3, for the NWHL title on March 27, 2021, at Warrior Ice Arena.

A championship to cherish ‘for the rest of my life’

By Katherine Schick, Watertown Middle School April 13, 2021

“Pure joy and excitement!” That’s how professional hockey defender and Watertown Middle School instructional assistant Lauren Kelly felt when her team, the Boston Pride, won their second National...

Jared Rawlings (10) makes his entrance into a championship match — the biggest event of his professional wrestling career so far. Posing on the top rope is one of many ways to make a powerful first impression.

Rawlings takes impressive strides in professional wrestling career

By Sari Richmond, White Station High School April 13, 2021

Blinding lights. Triumphant cries. The smell of sweat. The exhilarating atmosphere of a wrestling match can be intimidating for anyone unfamiliar with the sport. However, Jared Rawlings (10) has never...

Brian Flores, Ron Rivera, Robert Saleh, Mike Tomlin, and David Culley (all pictured above) are the only five minority head coaches in the NFL, heading in to the 2021 - 2022 NFL season. This translates to just 13% of the league’s 32 head coaches, which is surprising considering that over 70% of the NFL’s players are of color, according to The Institute For Diversity and Ethics in Sports’ 2020 NFL Gender and Racial Report Card.

Racial disparity persists in NFL coaching and ownership despite league’s efforts to promote diversity

By Vishnu Kannan, The Harker Upper School April 13, 2021

Mike Tomlin. Ron Rivera. Brian Flores. Robert Saleh. David Culley. The names of the only non-white head coaches in the NFL. In a league where minorities make up the majority of the player pool, one would...

Michael Dunn ('12) tackles his opponent. Dunn was recently signed to the Los Angeles Rams' practice squad, and his journey in the NFL continues.

Cleveland Browns guard Michael Dunn started his NFL career in Jerome M. Marco Stadium

By Rafe Epstein, Walt Whitman High School April 12, 2021

As Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield yells pre-snap audibles, guard Michael Dunn (’12) is lined up, ready to block Pro Bowl defensive linemen T.J. Watt. Dunn scans his surroundings: the bright...

Recent laws passed in Georgia make it illegal to give food and water to voters waiting in line, among other stipulations.

Bowles: MLB makes the right call by moving All-Star Game from Georgia

By Luke Bowles, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science April 8, 2021

Georgia governor Brian Kemp and well-known Republicans such as Donald Trump have already begun criticizing Major League Baseball (MLB) after their decision to move their All-Star game out of the state...

Coppell junior guard Ryan Agarwal avoids defensive pressure from Allen senior forward Ian Motta at the CHS Arena on Feb. 20. Agarwal announced his commitment to Stanford University, his dream school, on March 16.

Cowboy to Cardinal: four-star wing Agarwal commits to dream school

By Meer Mahfuz, Coppell High School April 7, 2021

Playing NCAA Division I basketball is a difficult feat on its own, especially for those with Indian origins. With his commitment to Stanford University, announced on March 16 via social media, Coppell...

On March 2, Olympians Alex Morgan, Simone Manuel, Chloe Kim and Sue Bird announced the launch of their new brand: TOGETHXR. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil writes about their goal to promote more female athletic representation and how this brand and similar organizations are huge steps of progress for women in sports.

One small step for women, one giant leap for women in sports

By Sally Parampottil, Coppell High School April 2, 2021

Four percent. According to UNESCO, that’s the approximate amount of media coverage for women’s sports. Pathetic, isn’t it? On March 2, entering Women’s History Month, four U.S. Olympians...

After many years of swimming for West Ottawa, Fris became a coach for WO's USA swim program

Elizabeth Fris: Back home at WO

By Meagan Rockafellow, West Ottawa High School April 1, 2021

  On Saturday, November 17, 2012, then WO Sr. Elizabeth Fris stood on the diving block preparing to anchor the 200 yard freestyle relay, mustering up all the energy she had left after her previous event,...

With athletes training their physical strengths, often their mental health is overlooked.

The game beyond the game

By Kinley Bokermann, Kirkwood High School April 1, 2021

*Opinion After making the number one ranked USC volleyball team as a walk on, Victoria Garrick was overjoyed to finally be on the path to play for her dream college. Although finally living her dream,...

Sam Holtz, senior, has recently gone viral on TikTok for discussing his March Madness bracket. Holtz won ESPN's 2015 Tournament Challenge beating out 11.57 million entires

Bracketologist turned TikTok Famous

By Alex Ketcham, Lake Zurich High School March 31, 2021

ESPN’s March Madness Tournament Challenge and other March Madness bracket games take the sports world by storm each spring, with avid fans attempting to achieve perfection in their predictions. No one...

Jennifer Craig and her husband attend a Red Sox baseball game in the U.S. Many members of the community are avid sports fans who attend matches or watch them online.

Unconditional loyalty: exploring the relationship between fans and their teams

By Jasmin Taylor, The American School in London March 29, 2021

From volleyball to tennis, swimming to cross country, sports are an integral part of the ASL community. With 14 sports offered pre-COVID-19, each with their own combinations of JJV, JV and varsity squads,...

Loving gymnastics should be easy, with the sparkly leotards, adrenaline-inducing flips and pumped-up teammates. But as we have seen on the news in recent years, those in authority over America’s best gymnasts are disgustingly neglectful. Along with thousands of other gymnasts around the world, junior Allison Bricca can’t deny her outrage toward USA Gymnastics over their failure to keep gymnasts safe.

Underneath this love

By Allison Bricca, Los Altos High School March 29, 2021

Trigger warning: Discussion of sexual assault. I love gymnastics.  I never thought that sentence would be difficult for me to say. But the face of the sport continues to let me down.  I walk...

For three teams on campus, it's a family affair as there is a coach with a child on the team, including golf's Adam and Raleigh Davidson, baseball's Cade and Scott McGarrh, and tennis's Erica and Milla Dopson.

Family games

By Harley Classe, Liberty High School - TX March 29, 2021

Most teams strive to create a feeling of family both on and off of the field. However, it is easier for some than others. For three pairs of coaches and athletes this comes naturally, as multiple sports...

TAHS senior baseball players raise the flag at the flagpole honoring their friend and teammate Adam Fink.

Angels in the Outfield: ‘Team Adam’ Dedicates Flagpole at TASD Baseball Field

By Ashlynn McKinney, Tyrone Area High School March 26, 2021

A flagpole memorial was dedicated on March 22 at the TAHS baseball field by senior members of the Golden Eagle's baseball team in honor of a teammate and friend they lost to childhood cancer nine years...

Dallastown students Olivia Martin and Damian Vaughn (lower left and center) represented Dallastown at Capitol Hill Day to promote and to raise money for Unified Sports. They also met with Maureen McCormick (upper right), former Brady Bunch actress who is involved in the support of Special Olympics.

Unified and Urging Positive Change

By Ava Markel, DALLASTOWN AREA HIGH SCHOOL March 26, 2021

School sports are an outlet for students to be physically active, engage in competition, and get the chance to better themselves as an athlete and individual. While these things can inspire an athlete...

Two San Ramon FC players attempt to score a goal during a team shooting drill.

Local youth soccer clubs keep the ball rolling amidst COVID-19 safety regulations

By Jade Wang and Soham Kinhikar March 19, 2021

Some players disclosed sensitive information about their clubs in this article under the condition of anonymity; pseudonyms are indicated with ‘*’. On March 11, 2020, Italian soccer club Juventus’...

Walter Johnson high school football players pose for a photo at the March 14 “Let Us Play” rally. About 100 MCPS student athletes, parents and coaches gathered to protest restrictions on sports, despite coronavirus outbreaks on Whitman teams.

Local families push for athletes to return to the field despite outbreaks, shutdowns on Whitman teams

By Lily Freeman, Walt Whitman High School March 19, 2021

To respect wishes for privacy, some students' names have been withheld. Some protest leaders attempt to excite crowds with elaborate chants, but not Walter Johnson High School senior David Gardner....

“Let Them Play” is Trying to Bring Sports Back to California

By Charles Sirey, Los Altos High School March 11, 2021

This story was originally published on LAHS - New Media Lit on March 3, 2021.

Hudnall can’t be pinned by opponents or pandemic

By Alice Scott, McCallum High School March 11, 2021

With years of experience under her belt, London Hudnall, the senior co-captain of the wrestling team, who attended last year’s state competition, is now ranked second in the state in her weight class....

First base coach of the Tampa Bay Rays, Ozzie Timmons

Boyhood Dreams, A Never-Ending Passion For The Game

By Lily Belcher, Durant High School March 8, 2021

In 2017, four years removed from their last playoff appearance, Rays’ manager Kevin Cash selected an ebullient former outfielder to fill the void left by the loss of first base coach Rocco Baldelli....

Pirates play by play announcer Greg Brown in the booth at PNC Park

Greg Brown still excited after more than 25 years of Pirates play by play

By Anthony Cugini, Shaler Area High School March 4, 2021

Greg Brown has been in the Pirates organization since 1979. He is currently a play by play announcer for Pittsburgh and is regarded as one of the best in the league. Brown got a quick start to his career...

GABRIELLA GRAY MAKES HISTORY -- Sophomore Gabriella Gray talks to Coach Ryan Mallory for a strategy to win her match.

Sophomore Gabriella Gray Becomes First Female Wrestler in Chattanooga to Qualify for State Tournament

By Haroun Ghazi, Chattanooga Central High School March 3, 2021

Central’s wrestling program continues to grow and make history. Last year, the program featured the first female wrestler in Central’s history. Foreign exchange student Anna Markstrom was the first...

Three seniors on the soccer team get the opportunity to ens their last year of high school soccer playing with their younger sister. For all six, they love the opportunity to play with each other and finds that it pushes them to be better athletes.

Girls’ soccer team a family affair

By Remi Williams, Liberty High School March 3, 2021

Cones, clipboards, and a loud voice are all part of a coach's toolbox. But when it comes to motivational talks, metaphors are king. One of the biggest in the sports world is calling a family a team. ...

Small size but sweet charisma: Wojick implements bubbly personality in pole vaulting despite height (with video)

By Varshitha Korrapolu, Coppell High School March 2, 2021

She runs. She stabilizes her pole. She lifts her body upwards. She propels herself over the crossbar. She lands. She repeats. “[Pole vaulting] is stressful, but it’s so fun and you have so much...

Bleachers in the lower gym at Presque Isle High School stand empty, devoid of parents and students alike due to the indoor gathering restrictions put in place by the Maine CDC.

From the Bleachers to the Sofa – Presque Isle Parents Frustrated but Grateful for Challenging Season

By Cameron Levasseur, Presque Isle High School March 1, 2021

It’s 5:34 am on a Saturday early in March. Rachelle and Kendall Roy have just pulled out of a Tim Hortons drive through somewhere deep in the heart of New Brunswick. Yawning and rubbing their eyes, the...

At the recreational level, playing squash is a very lighthearted experience. Competitive squash, however, is a completely different game, James said.

James Jabara squashes the competition

By Quentin Corpuel, Walt Whitman High School March 1, 2021

A rubber ball zips at over 100 miles an hour toward senior James Jabara. He hits a shot back that barely lands between the two out lines on one wall of the giant glass box surrounding the court. His opponent...

Esports players compete on mobile devices, tablets, consoles, laptops and PCs.

Rated E: Esports for everyone

By Tom Mueller, Kirkwood High School March 1, 2021

It had been a summer of losses: losses of time for socializing with friends, losses of opportunities for outdoor exploration and losses in video game competitions. Yet on the eve of the new school year,...

Despite progress made toward the inclusion of transgender and non-binary athletes in high school sports, challenges and stigmas are still prevalent in athletic programs throughout the state.

Beyond the binary

By Hanah Kitamoto and Caroline Mascardo March 1, 2021

In the world of sports, there’s no in between. The ball is either in or out. You make the shot or miss it. You win or lose. Even the way sports teams are categorized is firmly rooted in the binary:...

Soaring to new heights: 
Ayumi Oshiro flies across the balance beam at a gymnastics competition.

Pressures of elite sports: The impact on body image

By Nyah Simpson, Carlmont High School March 1, 2021

Around 49% of D1 athletes develop body image issues. But, that is only the reported amount. Many athletes with eating disorders fly under the radar, and the disorder is often left untreated. Furthermore,...

Steve Bergman’s squad is filled with former Hawkeyes sons, including Jeff and Pete Moe. The father-son duo is keeping the Moe legacy alive after moving back to Iowa City this fall.

Moe legacy lives on in Iowa City

By Owen Aanestad, West High School March 1, 2021

Six foot nine Pete Moe ‘22 is easy to spot in the hallways, regardless of the recently crowded West High halls. Knowing almost no one beyond his new teammates on the basketball court, Moe found himself...

Carey Koenig ‘21 kneeling on the ground after catching
the softball with her left hand.

The Differences Between Specialized and Multi-Sport Athletes

By Julianne Berry-Stoelzle and Jae Dancer February 26, 2021

Many athletes train to get better. They put so much time and effort into their sport because they want to improve, to drop another second or increase their hitting record. They feel pressure from both...

Girls basketball coach and entrepreneur Jamal Woodson lives a busy life, but prioritizes his team.

From pop stars to food trucks, basketball coach balances busy life and team

By Grace Hampton, Baldwin High School - PA February 26, 2021

Coaching a high school sports team with title aspirations is a huge commitment, but girls basketball Coach Jamal Woodson is taking on the challenge -- while also handling his other responsibilities, including...

Riley Pennington, member of the women’s basketball team and senior, passes a basketball to a teammate during a game. She said she thinks the demographics of Carmel explain why there may be underrepresentation of blacks in some sports at CHS.

Athletics at this school increasing in Black representation, reflecting national trends

By Alivia Romaniuk, Carmel High School - IN February 26, 2021

February is Black History Month, dedicated to remembering and celebrating those who paved the way for today’s society, breaking deeply-rooted racial barriers. Arguably some of the most groundbreaking...

The APS Board voted to rename Grady Stadium to Eddie S. Henderson Stadium, after a previous Grady football coach, Archer principal and APS Athletic Director. Henderson was instrumental in making Grady and APS what they are today.

Grady Stadium renamed in remembrance of Eddie S. Henderson

By Ava Smith, Henry W. Grady High School February 26, 2021

On Eddie S. Henderson’s first day coaching at Grady in 1970, his car was spray-painted and vandalized. But the next day, and every day for many years after that, he went back to work and loved it.  ...

Llamido's match just started. She is looking to set up a shot. Llamido won this match by pin, and was the champion of her weight class in the Bear Claw Tournament in 2020.

Llamido taking down expectations

By Karson Cuozzo, Hagerty High School February 25, 2021

For years, junior Jada Llamido watched as her older brother won multiple trophies and medals for wrestling. Wanting to win herself, Llamido was motivated to start her own wrestling career.  “My dad...

Senior Sophia Little wrestles against an opponent at the North Atlanta Warrior Classic back during the 2019-20 season.

Wrestling pushes athletes to brink

By Cole Parker, Henry W. Grady High School February 23, 2021

After practice, most athletes are relieved and begin settling down. That does not apply to junior wrestling captain Jack Collins who piles on multiple layers of clothes and finishes with a two-mile run...

After stepping off the court or getting out of the pool, being unsatisfied with a performance is difficult to overcome for athletes. Learning how to handle these off days is what separates novice athletes from the elite.

Post-performance

By Camille Gretter and Alaina Greenlee February 23, 2021

When parents first sign their children up for a recreational soccer league or for tennis lessons, kids probably don't think of it as much more than an activity that takes up a couple of hours of their...

Assistant Basketball Coach James Singleton instructs junior Christian Weddington during the game on Feb. 2.

Ball in a new court

By Hyunsung Na, Marcus High School February 23, 2021

It may surprise people to find out that former professional basketball player James Singleton played more chess than basketball growing up. The recently hired coach brought his love for the chessboard...

Owen O'Conner, preforms alongside JV Eagle Elite dancers in the homecoming pep-rally drive through.

Breaking It Down To Show It Out

By Christine Vo, Lake Ridge High School February 22, 2021

Complete uniformity throughout the team with sparkling attire, one member stands out from the rest. Junior, Owen O’Conner is the only male member among the many female dancers.  On Thursday, October...

Coppell senior Helen Tan committed to Yale for fencing in March 2020. Tan has been fencing for about nine years and has been part of and traveled with the U.S. Junior Olympic team for the past five years.

Tan taking international fencing experience to Yale

By Drishti Gupta, Coppell High School February 17, 2021

As she approached the fencing strip, adrenaline and excitement pumped through her body. With a mental plan ready, she faced her opponent, ready to enforce the techniques and skills she developed through...

Dickinson was one of only five freshmen named to the Naismith Trophy watchlist on Thursday. The trophy is given to the top college basketball player of the year.

DeMatha alum Hunter Dickinson dominating at Michigan

By Raha Murtuza, Richard Montgomery High School - MD February 16, 2021

Hunter Dickinson, a 7’ 2 freshman center, has gotten the attention of many basketball fans across the country for his impeccable talent and athleticism. He’s been named the Big Ten Freshman of the...

5 student-athletes share the meanings behind unique sports phrases. Photo illustration by Jayanti Jha

Man on the street: Athletes share special phrases from their sports

By Jayanti Jha, Monta Vista High School February 15, 2021

JJ · Special sports phrases Splat. S-p-l-a-t. Bogey. B-o-g-e-y. Offside. O-f-f-s-i-d-e. Paint. P-a-i-n-t. Pancake. P-a-n-c-a-k-e. As possibilities of the start of sports seasons arise, El Estoque...

Sterling Damonte ’22 and Jada Harris ’21 were the first female athlete to earn bricks.

Female athletes build foundations by earning training bricks

By Sophia Carrasquilla '22, ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN HIGH SCHOOL February 15, 2021

Throughout the seasons and off season workouts, athletes work toward personal and team goals that sometimes results in tangible awards. Ryan Jones ’09, Riordan’s Strength and Conditioning Coach,...

Anna Duffy (’21) rows with ASL crew teammate Claire Graham (’21) in October 2019. Duffy committed to Cornell University for rowing.

Lockdowns disrupt college athletic recruitment

By Sophia Bassi, The American School in London February 15, 2021

Due to the various lockdowns imposed in the U.K., the U.S. college athletic recruitment process has been more challenging for student athletes. Not being able to train, compete or meet college coaches...

Senior Brian Gould focuses on the hoop as he readies himself to take a free throw

How quarantine changed senior Brian Gould

By Jackson Cox , Londonderry High School February 15, 2021

Last year during every varsity basketball game, senior Brian Gould always found himself sitting at the end of the bench, watching time run off the clock. Quarters, halves, and entire games would go by...

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