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Sparkle Brings Equality into Cheer at City High

Sparkle Brings Equality into Cheer at City High

By Alice Boerner and Sophia Wagner

November 18, 2019

The football team crashes through the City High banner, flanked by Sparkle cheerleaders excitedly waving pom-poms towards the stands. Although often overlooked by the crowd due to the bustle of a home football game, the Sparkle team continues to bring enthusiasm and energy.  Laura Schwab is the City...

Mind over matter

Mind over matter

By Joe Goodman, West High School

November 18, 2019

One can of tuna. That’s all wrestler Brock Pelfrey ’22 allowed himself to consume on the day of last year’s dual meet against City High. In the weeks leading up to the meet, Pelfrey, who plays tackle for the Trojan football team, made a choice to enter into the 195-pound weight class. After ...

Declining Participation Creates Fear for the Future of High School Football

Declining Participation Creates Fear for the Future of High School Football

By Carlie Weigel, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory

November 18, 2019

High school football is in crisis mode.  Nationwide, football participation is the lowest it's been in 20 years. This fall season, it faced a decline of 582 players in the state of Oregon. At La Salle alone, the team was composed of only 51 players this year, compared to 88 players just four years...

Eat, Sleep, Derby.

Eat, Sleep, Derby.

By Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos and Alison Kenaston

November 15, 2019

The smell of sweat fills the air as team members of the Iowa City Bruisers push past their opponents, gaining points to win the match. The team is the only free roller derby team in the world. It includes members from all three high schools in the district with an age range of 6-18 years old.  Roller...

Women’s soccer champion brings her beliefs to the fields

Women’s soccer champion brings her beliefs to the fields

By Charlotte Burchetta, Sacred Heart Greenwich

November 15, 2019

As a part of the Fall East Coast Tour Soccer Training Clinic, Megan Rapinoe, United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) champion, held four soccer clinics, two hosted in Greenwich, with her sister Rachael Rapinoe. The camps were held at Sacred Heart Greenwich November 2 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. The company Rapinoe, co-founde...

Getty fire impacts athletes’ practice, game schedules

Getty fire impacts athletes’ practice, game schedules

By Lizette Gonzalez, Rio Hundley, and Celeste Ramirez

November 15, 2019

Archer remained closed and in the evacuation zone from Oct. 28 to Oct. 31 due to the Getty fire. This impacted multiple sports teams' practice and game schedules. The Oracle sat down with the six sports teams that are still in their fall season to discuss how the players were affected. Varsity tennis  J...

The bench acts as a catalyst to uplift Carlmont sports games

The bench acts as a catalyst to uplift Carlmont sports games

By Lexi Romanowsky, Carlmont High School

November 15, 2019

Whether it be a benchwarmer, backup, or sub, starting a game sitting on the sideline might be one of the most crucial positions on a Carlmont sports team. In sports, it is a common misconception that if players are on the bench, they are unskilled and aren't worth the team’s time or energy. After...

Is Mac football a ‘have’ or a ‘have not’?

Is Mac football a ‘have’ or a ‘have not’?

By Grace Nugent, McCallum High School

November 14, 2019

Ant bites. That’s an injury the McCallum football players are worried about, ant bites. The field is full of the eusocial insects, the little things squirming around the mounds and piles of dirt that are scattered sporadically on the multi-purpose field that the team utilizes for practice. “It’s...

It’s Not All in Your Head: Mental Health in Athletes

It’s Not All in Your Head: Mental Health in Athletes

By Jesse Hausknecht-Brown, Iowa City High School

November 12, 2019

Before the sun has risen, Heidi Stalkfleet ‘22 pulls her goggles down over her eyes and dives into the cold pool. This early morning swim practice is followed by school, another swim practice, homework, and finally sleep–only to get up at five am and do it again. This is the daily routine of many...

Redhawk’s win makes national TV

Redhawk’s win makes national TV

By Yael Even, Liberty High School

November 12, 2019

The afterglow of Friday’s win over Wakeland 45-35 continued with highlights from the game aired on NBC’s broadcast of Sunday Night Football between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings. "Seeing our guys on SNF was a surreal feeling, especially after our victory on Friday night,” assistant ...

Redhawks break losing streak

Redhawks break losing streak

By Aaron Boehmer, Liberty High School

November 12, 2019

45-35, the score that broke a two year, 20 game losing streak for the Redhawk football team and led to the team's first win of the season on Friday against Wakeland at the Ford Center. It's a score that will be remembered as the 2019-2020 roster’s legacy and a game that left a lasting impression on almost eve...

Serving it up with NC alum Hunter Reese

Serving it up with NC alum Hunter Reese

By Peyton Stack, North Cobb High School

November 11, 2019

Fans cheering, heart racing and match point with a deciding a trip to the second round of the U.S. Open Grand Slam on the line, Hunter Reese eagerly awaits his partner, Evan King, to serve. Positioned near the net, Reese looks to seal the duo’s first-round marathon match with his signature forehand...

One of the Guys

One of the Guys

By Ben England and Peter Leensvaart

November 7, 2019

Softball, volleyball, field hockey, cheerleading, soccer and football. All of these seem like women’s sports right? Except for football, or so you thought. Josie Manning ‘22 has been kicking for the football team this season. Manning had been kicking the soccer ball around since she was five....

Seniors on college sports recruitment: Class of 2020 Edition

Seniors on college sports recruitment: Class of 2020 Edition

By Ellie Tyska and Meredith Prince

November 6, 2019

For the majority of the senior class, college admissions are just around the corner, but some outstanding athletes already know where they are almost certain to attend. The Class of 2020 has over 15 students who have already committed to college to play a sport, and it's barely November. Senior athletes...

Challenging gender roles in football; Chloe Olson is recruited to be new kicker

Challenging gender roles in football; Chloe Olson is recruited to be new kicker

By Guille Bastain McClain, South High School

November 6, 2019

This fall season, junior and captain of the women’s soccer team, Chloe Olson was persuaded into being the kicker for the football team. She was the only girl on the team and has turned a lot of heads. She was already in her committed to her position as goalie of the varsity women’s soccer team when...

The end of football?

The end of football?

By Dylan Davis, Saint Stephen's Episcopal School

November 6, 2019

In recent years, concussion studies have shown that football has a startlingly high concussion rate: 6.4 concussions per 10,000 athletic exposures (an athletic exposure or "AE" is defined as one athlete participating in one game or practice). As a result of the hard-to-swallow numbers, the safety...

There’s a method to the madness

There’s a method to the madness

By Duncan Tanner, Henry W. Grady High School

November 5, 2019

After practice, most Grady tennis players pack their bags and head home. But not sophomore Scott Whitley, who changes into his cleats; he will only be 15 minutes late to ultimate frisbee practice. The same goes for senior Elijah Whigham, who runs track and plays varsity lacrosse. During the season...

Rau twins commit to play Division III softball at UW-OshKosh

Rau twins commit to play Division III softball at UW-OshKosh

By Sarah Barber, Downers Grove South High School

November 5, 2019

Senior varsity softball players and identical twins Morgan and Sydney Rau have just fulfilled a dream they’ve had since first stepping onto a field 12 years ago: committing to play at the collegiate level, at the same school. In the fall of 2020, the Rau's will trade in their Mustang jerseys for...

Alcala bounces back from injuries for one final season

Alcala bounces back from injuries for one final season

By Gabby Norman, Kingwood Park High School

November 5, 2019

A few seconds was all it took. For senior Luisa Alcala, her dreams of collegiate swimming vanished when she felt the pop. Her childhood dream vanished as quickly as the pain rose. “I remember it like it was yesterday,” Alcala said. “I was swimming butterfly, and from one second to another, I...

Trojan Workhorses: Offensive linemen

Trojan Workhorses: Offensive linemen

By Joe Goodman, West High School

November 5, 2019

They are five of the biggest guys on any given football field, yet most fans hardly even notice they are there. Football fans eyes’ are almost always glued to the ball, meaning they focus on the quarterback and the rest of the skill position players. In spite of their cruciality to the offensive...

From bat to business

From bat to business

By Caylee Cicero, Starr's Mill High School

November 4, 2019

Panther grad Brian Fletcher spent his youth looking up to his father, MLB player Scott Fletcher. From a young age, Fletcher knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and play baseball professionally. What Fletcher didn’t anticipate was how he would later turn his passion for baseball into...

Veteran coach settles into new home with Panthers

Veteran coach settles into new home with Panthers

By Taylor Rankin, Kingwood Park High School

November 4, 2019

In James Showers’ 30-year coaching career, he has coached a half dozen sports, reached the playoffs and won coaching awards. The accomplishment he considers his greatest, however, did not happen on the football field. “I am proud of my kids because they have been successful in school and are still...

Lifelong friends will play together at Northwestern

Lifelong friends will play together at Northwestern

By AJ Shaw, Lake Forest High School

November 4, 2019

From a young age, seniors Bridget Mitchell,  Nicole Doucette, and Ingrid Falls had something special about them. Not only were the three girls immensely talented on the soccer field, but they had a connection that began in the Lake Forest Soccer Association (LFSA) and will continue for the next four...

Sophomore Victoria Villaflor receives support from swim team after shaving her head due to Alopecia

Sophomore Victoria Villaflor receives support from swim team after shaving her head due to Alopecia

By Madalynn Lambert, Judson High School

November 1, 2019

High school is the time where kids grow into young adults. It can be the best and worst times. One of the points of high school is to figure out their ways of overcoming the trials and tribulations they go through. Sophomore Victoria Villaflor was diagnosed with Alopecia in December of 2018, which...

Passion to excel guides Overmyer to the top

Passion to excel guides Overmyer to the top

By Kathleen Ortiz, Kingwood Park High School

October 31, 2019

Senior Libby Overmyer changed in and out of dance tutus, heels and fancy outfits 10 times a day. She pretended to be a ballerina and practiced back handsprings in her yard daily, convinced she would become a gymnast. After a growth spurt put her at 6-foot tall, she realized there might be another plan...

Porcelli Energizes Football Team

Porcelli Energizes Football Team

By Kavya Jain, Marquette High School

October 31, 2019

“Joe! Joe! Joe! Joe!” As the sun sets and the Friday night lights begin, students can feel the energy of an undefeated season. They can also hear Stang Gang erupting into a chant, only the name they say isn’t a player’s name, but a manager: Joe Porcelli, sophomore. Senior Claire Jones,...

Top of his field

Top of his field

By Jack Matousek, Kirkwood High School

October 31, 2019

With a neutral expression on his face Sam Bryan, junior, makes his way to his first hour. His quiet demeanor may keep him from standing out, but Bryan has done something most students would be instantly recognized for. He recently committed to University of Missouri (Mizzou) to play Division 1 baseball...

Lady Eagles Honor ‘Team Mom’ Doreen Walls

Lady Eagles Honor ‘Team Mom’ Doreen Walls

By Hailey Vanish, Tyrone Area High School

October 30, 2019

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Lady Eagles soccer team honored someone very close to them who is bravely fighting this disease. Doreen Walls, the mother of goalkeeper Rayann Walls and wife of volunteer assistant coach Alan Walls, was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Breast Cancer ...

Committing to excellence

Committing to excellence

By Andrea Plascencia, Lewisville High School

October 29, 2019

Twelve years. Twelve years is the time it took to arrive at this destination. What began as a mere pastime is now the center of her world. The blood, sweat, tears and countless hours of practice are all behind her now. As much as it hurt then, she looks back at the physical and mental scars with gratitude...

Swimming against the current

Swimming against the current

By Samantha Thornfelt, Marcus High School

October 28, 2019

Senior Emma Vega felt good as she dove into the pool at the start of the race. She was confident. Emma had swam this race hundreds of times and knew exactly how to pace herself. As she kicked off the side of the pool in between laps, Emma noticed something was off. The weight on her chest grew heavier...

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