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Walker makes moves in Big Apple

Walker makes moves in Big Apple

By Kaitlin Palaian, Henry. W. Grady High School

November 16, 2018


Filed under Sports

Tyrius Walker is on the brink of making his dreams come true with the New York Knicks. The 6-foot-1-inch guard who played Division II at Morehouse College is the second player in Morehouse history to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA), behind Harold Ellis. After graduating from Morehouse earlier this...

Improving the Game: Titan GPS Tracker

Improving the Game: Titan GPS Tracker

By Josh Schreiber and Max Brande

November 16, 2018


Filed under Sports

The WHS boys' varsity soccer team looks to maximize their performance with the purchase of real-time Titan GPS tracking vests. The coaching staff made this purchase in the early parts of this fall season, and it has opened up a whole new world for the players with new statistics and visuals. "[The...

Setting standard of excellence

Setting standard of excellence

By Valerie Benzinger, Lewisville High School

November 16, 2018


Filed under Sports

After a 27-21 win against Hebron High School at Max Goldsmith stadium on Friday, Nov. 2, the Fighting Farmer football team secured a spot in the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. The victory on Friday raised the team’s overall record to 7-2. Advancing to playoffs is a major accomplishment for the team as it is a go...

Verbal abuse leads to a decrease in high school soccer referees

Verbal abuse leads to a decrease in high school soccer referees

By Isabelle van Nieuwkoop, Walt Whitman High School

November 16, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Maryland soccer referee Dan Heldman watches closely as a player slides studs up into a dangerous challenge, and his opponent crashes to the ground in pain. Heldman blows his whistle and reaches for the red card in his pocket. He raises it above his head and immediately hears screams and profanities c...

Freshmen ace their way to the top

Freshmen ace their way to the top

By Naya Tillisch, James Bowie High School

November 15, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Jumping higher, blocking better, diving further, and hitting harder has allowed two freshmen to play varsity volleyball this season. Freshman Katherine Crosley made varsity volleyball. Freshman Zeta Jenkins played varsity volleyball for part of the season when she was moved up. Both girls have prove...

Girls Varsity Soccer Adds 8 Freshmen, One as Captain

Girls Varsity Soccer Adds 8 Freshmen, One as Captain

By Michael Carvajal, Rockville High School

November 15, 2018


Filed under Sports

Girls varsity soccer has a young roster this year with eight freshmen and one earning a captain position, altering the usual structure of a varsity team. Despite having many more younger players than in previous years, the team has made up for a lack of high school experience with motivated young...

Tearing through the pain

Tearing through the pain

By Ellie Fasbender, Orono High School

November 14, 2018


Filed under Sports

Many may remember the hush that fell upon the crowd as Orono played Chaska back in 2015. Now senior Ari Dworsky, was in the process of blocking one of his opponents when they fell on his leg and hyperextended it. As the players took a knee, the trainers rushed onto the field, and the crowd took a...

Dara Freshman Andringas commits D1 for soccer

Dara Freshman Andringas commits D1 for soccer

By Rosie Nichols, Stillwater Area High School

November 14, 2018


Filed under Sports

Few students, let alone freshman, get the opportunity to commit their future away before even stepping foot in a high school. Junior Dara Andringa commited to play Division 1 soccer for the University of Wisconsin as a freshman. Very rarely will a freshman in high school be offered a scholarship ...

Swimming across the world

Swimming across the world

By Reese Berry, Parkway West High School

November 14, 2018


Filed under Sports

With little competition in Albania, freshman Kledi Kadiu moved 5,407 miles to St. Louis to train for the 2019 Phillips 66 National Championship, leaving his friends, family and home behind to realize his “American dream.” Having to deal with the distance of leaving his family, learning a new la...

Support from coach key in senior’s transition to quarterback

Support from coach key in senior’s transition to quarterback

By Gabby Norman, Kingwood Park High School

November 14, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Senior Sam Johansen never intended on being a quarterback his senior year. In fact, he had been looking forward to spending his third year on the varsity football team as a linebacker. However, his coaches had something else planned. “When we moved him over to quarterback, it just felt like he w...

Rigorous schedules, grueling routines

Rigorous schedules, grueling routines

By Emily Davis, Starr's Mill High School

November 14, 2018


Filed under Sports

Competitive cheer is preparing for the state competition held in Columbus this weekend. However, that preparation comes at a price, especially for those whose passions extend beyond the Starr’s Mill athletic complex. When the season began, competitive cheer coaches Heather McNally and Todd Saye sat...

Team managers assist coaches, become part of team family

Team managers assist coaches, become part of team family

By Mia Hawkins, Mater Dei High School

November 14, 2018


Filed under Sports

Mater Dei's dozens of records and championships are proof that student athletes have some of the best coaches and support systems out there. But behind the scenes, team managers, which are students, help coaches make sure athletes stay on their game. "I'm honestly here to keep the girls motivated,"...

Let’s take a second look

Let’s take a second look

By Josh DeLuca and Noah Schwartz

November 12, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

As the first half ticked down, Pascack Valley quarterback Stephen Begen lofted a pass into the corner of the end zone, looking for receiver Andrew Martinez. Martinez came down with the pass, but to the dismay of the Valley sideline, the referee signaled that he was out-of-bounds. In most games, the Indians woul...

College exposure not reliant on high school

College exposure not reliant on high school

By BRAYDEN DOTOLI, Roseville High School

November 9, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Decades ago, exposure for college sports was primarily, if not entirely, based on high school performance. Today, with the expansion of club sports and college showcases, scouts are increasingly considering using other sources besides high school. Athletes now have to consider what could give them the...

Low turnout for women’s sports

Low turnout for women’s sports

By Scotty Martin, The Cardinal Times

November 9, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

January 2016: the rowdy Lincoln crowd overflows the gymnasium. The bleachers are packed from shoulder to shoulder as friends and family cheer on the men’s varsity basketball team in a battle against a close rival, the Wilson Trojans. Just below the court, the girls’ varsity team is preparing in ...

Hard hits: sports-related concussions continue to impact Lincoln athletes

Hard hits: sports-related concussions continue to impact Lincoln athletes

By Cole Pressler, The Cardinal Times

November 9, 2018


Filed under Sports

A routine tackle. A soccer ball to the head. A slip on the field - all causes of concussions for high school athletes. Studies in recent years have put pressure on high school sports to be held accountable for the countless concussions sustained by athletes and have prompted students and parents to wonder...

Lily Tardif: There was never a time I wanted to quit

Lily Tardif: There was never a time I wanted to quit

By Christina Taxiarchis, Wayland High School

November 9, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Entering sophomore year has its perks. One is no longer a freshman but doesn't carry the responsibilities of a junior. For many, sophomore year is about finding a happy medium before stepping up to the plate to figure out where you belong in the coming years after high school. However, Senior Lily Tardif...

Playing Their Role

Playing Their Role

By Jorden Melson, Mansfield Legacy High School

November 9, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Since freshman year, senior Cameron Chlup has never missed a football practice. He attended every summer workout and he takes training and film sessions serious. Yet, despite his best efforts, he does not play. One could say he bought into the team. So what makes Chlup so committed? He has a desi...

New Track and Field Provide Top Notch Athletic Facilities

New Track and Field Provide Top Notch Athletic Facilities

By Amy Yip, Dhir Patel, and Madison Burnett

November 9, 2018


Filed under Sports

The new track and artificial turf field are two important additions to Holbrook Middle-High School. Our coaches and student-athletes are all excited to be using them this year. Ms. Betsy Eaton, the cross country coach, says, “Even if the field is not used by all students, it looks great, it adds a po...

Colonia’s volleyball outside hitter triumphs kidney failure

Colonia’s volleyball outside hitter triumphs kidney failure

By Angelina Wintonick, Colonia High School

November 8, 2018


Filed under Sports

A year ago, Colonia High School sophomore, Tiffany Rolon-Locus was enjoying her remaining second season playing for the Colonia’s Girls' Varsity and JV volleyball team. Having a successful season, Rolon-Locus was not nearly close to expecting what was going to come during her club season that win...

Cross country runners go ‘extra mile’ with extra-curriculars

Cross country runners go ‘extra mile’ with extra-curriculars

By Ben Wrightsman, Stillwater Area High School

November 8, 2018


Filed under Sports

Thirty-five years ago, in 1983, a major player in the school's athletic history was just beginning his journey in leading the Ponies in running the distance; boys cross country. Since then, it would be hard to tabulate exactly how many miles this team has cumulatively run over the years, but they have...

Aliso Niguel vs Santa Ana: The Aftermath

Aliso Niguel vs Santa Ana: The Aftermath

By Christopher Chavez and Joanna Mejia

November 8, 2018


Filed under Sports

Every sport has a few memorable moments that go down in history. While some of these moments are honorable, there are also a few that disgrace the sport as a whole. In recent news, the Santa Ana High School vs. Aliso Niguel High School football game made headlines when Aliso Niguel students who attended...

Swimmer breaks barriers

Swimmer breaks barriers

By Ashwini Manokar, Owatonna High School

November 7, 2018


Filed under Sports

Junior Emily Haas is a swimmer for the OHS Girls Swim team. She joined the swim team in the beginning of her freshman year, and her favorite event to swim is the 50 freestyle. The past three seasons have been filled with Haas training hard to beat her previous times, and working to get new personal bes...

Diving into a new sport

Diving into a new sport

By Carmela Cohen Suarez, West High School

November 7, 2018


Filed under Sports

The silence of an entire room weighs down across the pool. Everyone holds their breath, waiting for the dive to be executed. Once the diver’s head breaks the surface, her team roars in approval of the feat. It may look seamlessly simple at first glance, but Austyn Goodale ‘20 did not always find it so...

Fighting through the ranks

Fighting through the ranks

By Valerie Benzinger, Lewisville High School

November 6, 2018


Filed under Sports

The sound of the bell breaks the silence, signaling the beginning of the sparring match. Two teenage boys stride toward each other, gloved hands protecting their faces. Powerful strikes are thrown and returned between the two boxers, with swift dives and blocks used to defend themselves. After the three...

Sanchez fulfills marathon dream

Sanchez fulfills marathon dream

By Matthew Martinez, Mount Carmel High School

November 2, 2018


Filed under Sports

Mount Carmel senior Cristian Sanchez ran his first ever marathon on October 7th. As a sophomore, he decided to set a goal for himself of running the Chicago Marathon by the time he graduated from high school. Sanchez never thought of himself as much of an athlete, so he wanted a challenge. "Running 26.2...

The next level: Seniors on college sports recruitment

The next level: Seniors on college sports recruitment

By Ellie Tyska and Meredith Prince

November 2, 2018


Filed under Sports

While many seniors are scrambling to fit in college tours, interviews and applications, a few have had a chance to catch their breath. Several students have been recruited to colleges to pursue sports at a higher level. Seniors Kate Maietta, Nate L’Esperance, Jake Tyska and Abby Mitty have dreamt of...

Gridiron Gryphons Take Flight

Gridiron Gryphons Take Flight

By Evan Dorian, St. George's Independent School

October 31, 2018


Filed under Sports

“I’m looking forward to making sure everyone in the city knows my name after this season.” That’s what junior receiver Isaac Smith had to say about what he hopes this football season holds for him. Gryphon football is back, and with it a new season of recruiting for several players on the team...

Conrad cultivates compassionate culture as new girls’ volleyball head coach

Conrad cultivates compassionate culture as new girls’ volleyball head coach

By Sarah Barber, Downers Grove South High School

October 31, 2018


Filed under Sports

There is a new player on the court for DGS girls’ varsity volleyball: the new head coach, Kristina Conrad. Conrad has coached the sophomore volleyball team at DGS for five out of her seven years with the program and has a total of 12 years of coaching experience under her belt. Conrad has high ho...

After Over 30 Years, Central’s Track is to be Rebuilt

After Over 30 Years, Central’s Track is to be Rebuilt

By DayOnna Carson, Chattanooga Central High School

October 31, 2018


Filed under Sports

To both students and teachers, the likelihood of receiving a new track was very slim. A majority of the student body firmly stood by their beliefs that Central would never be able to acquire a new track and field after noticing the lack of action taken by Hamilton County. Now, after years of setbacks,...

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