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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

In 2020, Hudak travels to Colorado to take professional photos to add to her portfolio for auditions for ballet companies.

Broken At The Barre

By Janka Gerber, Lafayette High School May 19, 2022

Ballet is one big juxtaposition. It is both a beautiful and a grueling sport that asks to fight with every muscle, and to balance just right on a block of wood no more than two inches wide just to appear...

CHATTING AT MEET: Junior Mara Saprautzki sits and talks with her track teammates in between her races. Saprautzki runs as a sprinter in several events at each meet.

Exchange student leaves mark

By Ben Tillisch, James Bowie High School May 18, 2022

Breathing deep, junior sprinter Mara Saprautzki tenses her muscles, awaiting the loud crack that will commence the fierce rush of adrenaline that characterizes the 100-meter dash. A long way from her hometown...

Leading the Redhawks in multiple offensive categories, senior baseball player Cade McGarrh has a scholarship offer from Texas Tech awaiting him. However, his plans could change if he is selected in Julys Major League Baseball draft.

College or pro, McGarrh is ready to go

By Michael Coppinger, Liberty High School - TX May 17, 2022

The Redhawks baseball season is over, but for senior Cade McGarrh, the start of what could be a promising future is just beginning. It’s a journey that began more than a dozen years ago with a play...

Sophomore Kai Uemura competes in a gymnastics competition while overseas in Germany.

Going for Gold

By Samantha Graines, Francis W. Parker School May 17, 2022

On Friday, March 18, 2022, instead of attending classes, sophomore Kai Uemura and the rest of the Men’s Junior Olympic team won a gold medal at the 2022 DTB Pokal Team Challenge and Mixed Cup at Porsche-Arena...

Racing to the ball, freshman Molly Bailey and her opponent swim without hesitation. Bailey joined water polo for the first time this year, and although the sport has proven to be difficult, she has persisted. “Water polo is a sport that has pushed me physically. At the start of the season, I asked myself why I was there and why I decided to sign up for it in the first place,” Bailey said. “But as the season progressed, something about the sport kept me wanting to play more and more. I love the people, the competition and the game.”

A new beginning for female water polo

By Sabrina Urdaneta, Parkway West High School May 17, 2022

From 2018 to 2019, boy's water polo participation has risen by 8.8%, while girl's water polo participation across the country has seen an 18% increase. Team captains Taylor Johnson and Thalea Afentoullis...

Sage Benca (left) and Selena Sifuentes Shaffer celebrate after the Vista Ridge Invitational tournament. Benca and Sifuentes Shaffer, team captains and best friends, have made a significant impact on the Ranger wrestling program.

Pin it to win it

By Jackson Posey, Smithson Valley High School May 13, 2022

After a Senior Night win over a longtime opponent, Selena Sifuentes Shaffer looked triumphant. Nothing about the match seemed out of the ordinary, save for a short scuffle afterwards. But as she beelined...

Coach King shows her Charity Miles accomplishments, with over 3,000 steps for that day. Charity Miles is an app that records individualssteps, and donates money to a charity of their choice depending on how much they run or bike. King has been able to raise money for her chosen charity, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “I enjoy being active and I enjoy supporting charities, so it’s a win-win,” King said.

Miles For Money: Students, Staff Support Charities with Steps

By Anvi Talyan, Marquette High School May 12, 2022

A new opportunity has become available to encourage teachers and students to be more active, while allowing them to support a cause that is close to their heart. This came in the form of the Charity miles...

As of 2021, only 14.4% of professional sports reporters identify as female.

Underrepresentation of women in sports journalism

By Soleil Dam, Carlmont High School May 10, 2022

One of the most common questions female sports journalists get asked is: "What is it like to be a woman in sports?" Despite 37.6% of the professional athletes in the United States being women, only...

Olivia Molnar (11) races in the 100m wheelchair race at the district meet April 15.

Dreams of 2028 Paralympics: ‘I found myself in my sport’ 

By Anisah Collazo, The Colony High School May 10, 2022

The moments begin ticking down before the race starts. When time seems to disappear altogether her tunnel vision takes over. She is surrounded by her own thoughts bouncing around in her head before she...

Isabel Higgins Sweet, recently placed fourth at the PJW championships, but shes not afraid to mix it up with the boys either.

How Sweet it is

By Julius Diossa, Bellwood-Antis High School May 10, 2022

Isabel Higgins Sweet has heard it all before. The jokes. The snickers. The insults. They motivate her. As a young female wrestler in a male-dominated sport, it's actually quite common. But while the...

Audra Yoder, junior, catches the ball during a varsity lacrosse practice. Yoder is committed to play collegiate lacrosse at Rockhurst University, and has faced pressure from the recruiting process.

Time to Stress or to Decompress?

By Aarushi Bute, Marquette High School May 9, 2022

With a deep breath in and out, Omoye Ehimare, junior, squeezes her eyes shut and visualizes herself emerging victorious after passing the finish line at her track meet.  For Ehimare, this two-minute...

The Whitman sailing team racing on the Anacostia River during practice.

Navigating friendly waters: students find unity on the Whitman sailing team

By Stephanie Solomon, Walt Whitman High School May 9, 2022

A slight breeze sweeps gently through the air as the Whitman sailing team walks down the barnacle-studded dock towards the Anacostia River. The athletes will start practice soon, but instead of school...

Freshman Ani Yordonova during her performance that would win her the title of Teen Miss Dance Pacific Coast.

Ani Yordanova: Dancing into Nationals

By Noor Khan, Los Altos High School May 5, 2022

Making hard work look effortless is, well, hard work. And when a dancer takes the stage, that is exactly what they need to do — make spinning pirouettes, landing an aerial or dropping into the splits...

The ESPN-Athletes broadcasting deal marks an advance in women’s sports online accessibility. In 2019, a study on women and men’s sports coverage found 5% of total television coverage focused on women’s sports. The study also found that 80% of highlight programs and news devoted zero time to women’s sports.

A League of Her Own: ESPN-Athletes Unlimited women’s sports broadcasting deal overdue

By Caroline Coffey '22, Staples High School May 4, 2022

When asked who my sports idol was at the dawn of my softball career in second grade, Derek Jeter was my answer. In the impassioned one-on-one pick up basketball games I played with my younger sister, we...

DOING IT ALL: As aspiring public announcer Omar Villanueva Jr. works towards his goal of a career in professional sports, he balances school, work, and announcing for the Mater Dei varsity boys’ lacrosse and baseball teams up to 3 times a week. “A typical day [for me] would be getting up around 4 AM to go to work since I work at Amazon,” Villanueva Jr. said. “Im a supervisor there for the quality department. Then lets say I do have a game for Mater Dei, Ill get off work a little early and then get ready, drive over to Mater Dei, and announce a game.” He is also a student at Mt. San Jacinto College and is currently finishing his associates degree. “[If] I dont have a game, Ill be doing schoolwork in the afternoon,” Villanueva Jr. said.

Sports announcer uses Mater Dei as stepping stone towards professional aspirations

By Brigette Ramirez, Mater Dei High School May 3, 2022

“Are you using autotune to sound like that?” This is the most common question public announcer Omar Villanueva Jr. receives when announcing Mater Dei boys’ lacrosse or baseball games. It’s...

James Madison University sophomore catcher Lauren Bernett died Tuesday, April 26. The investigation is still ongoing and an official cause of death has yet to be released.

Students, faculty grieve loss of JMU catcher Lauren Bernett, push for reform on mental health in athletics

By Maya Waid, Harrisonburg High School May 3, 2022

‘You really never know what someone is going through.’  James Madison University (JMU) alumni and former softball pitcher Oddici Alexander tweeted these words after hearing news of the passing...

Training at the gym, senior Ryan Buckner engages in a deadlift. Ryan said this one represents her favorite type. She has goals to lift 320 pounds by the summer, along with setting a world record.

Senior powerlifter looks to ‘Worlds’ as ultimate goal

By Kaya Miller, Prosper High School April 29, 2022

Channeling every muscle in her body, senior Ryan Buckner ends her high school powerlifting journey at the state meet. Ryan ended up placing third in the state for the second year in a row. But, for Ryan,...

Berg competing at the 2022 United States Figure Skating Association Championship Series in Spokane, WA.

Skating in the Spotlight: Adriana Berg

By Lauren Herrick, Jesuit High School April 29, 2022

On most Mondays at 7:00 A.M., Jesuit students are just starting to get ready for the day— trying to get the last minutes of Membean done before 1st period, stopping at Dutch Bros., or hitting snooze...

Baldwin students Delaney Howard (from left), Evelyn Wright, and Maggie Overn play in the new PIHL Girls Hockey League.

Three hockey players help pioneer new all-girls league

By Kenzie Hirt and Eliza Swanson April 28, 2022

Freshman Delaney Howard and junior Evelyn Wright made their mark on the new PIHL Girls Hockey League from the first game, with Howard scoring the first goal in league history and Wright taking the first...

CHECK THE PATRIARCHY: In a ball control drill, Prentiss Corbin ’22 trains for season opener versus Brentwood High School on Feb. 22.

First female player joins lacrosse squad

By Charlie Seymour, Harvard-Westlake School April 26, 2022

Rummaging through her backpack in search of her safety pads and helmet, Prentiss Corbin '22 prepared to leave the empty girls' locker room for her first practice with the boys lacrosse team. Corbin said...

Dr. Michael Camino has been attending Scout games for 40 years.

Super Scout Has Been in the Stands for 40 Years

By Nick Winebrenner, Lake Forest High School April 25, 2022

He’s not the loudest fan. He doesn’t paint his face. Or scream at refs. Instead, he enjoys bringing friends and colleagues along with him to support the Scouts, win or lose. For almost 40 years,...

Goalie Arjuna Thiagarjan poses with his Division 7 CIF championship plaque. He believes sports psychologists are beneficial in unpacking the harmful effects of an unattainable standard of perfectionism athletes are held to. I do not get as much sleep as I should, so I am usually very, very tired during school. Thiagarajan said.  As an athlete, I have to have very good grades to play and when I do play [especially as goalie], my games have to be perfect.

‘It does have its toxic side’: A ‘desperate’ need for sports psychiatry in athletes’ lives

By Surya Patil, Archer School for Girls April 25, 2022

Simone Biles. Naomi Osaka. Michael Phelps. Serena Williams. In recent years, the list of athletes who have publicly voiced their mental health struggles has grown exponentially. According to a systematic...

Raising the bar

By Julia Sumpter, Hagerty High School April 20, 2022

From not making the starting team in tenth grade to earning the school’s first weightlifting scholarship, senior Chloe Varady has come a long way. In her third year, she became a captain, won fifth at...

Sisters Ansley (left) and Mary (right) Hails pose for a photo before their game against Pattonville High School, where they won 16-7. During the game, senior captain Ansley scored two goals and both Ansley and Mary won two ground balls. The sisters also chose sister numbers for their jerseys, with Mary choosing 22 and Ansley choosing 23.

Sisters by chance, teammates by talent

By Jack Daws, Lafayette High School April 19, 2022

Sports teams are known for creating bonds between players that can make teammates become like family, and sometimes, family members become teammates. Senior Ansley Hails has played lacrosse on the varsity...

Strike out, Sophmore Kayla Delozier pitches. The team hopes to take home a win on their Saturday game.

Altoona hosts first annual softball strikeout for cancer

By Olivia McMinn , Altoona Area High School April 19, 2022

On Saturday, April 16, the softball team will host their first annual Softball Strikeout for Cancer game against Hollidaysburg. The game will be held at the Logan Elementary softball field. The game was...

Hustling off the field, alumnus Drew Seers finishes one of his many season games. The 23-year-old started his football career through the junior Longhorn program, “I was glad that I was able to start playing football at Parkway West’s Jr. Longhorns program. West allowed me to meet a lot of great people and form relationships that I’ll have for a lifetime,” Seers said.

Road to the 2022 NFL Draft

By Lia Emry, Parkway West High School April 18, 2022

Less than 2% of college athletes get drafted into the National Football League (NFL). However, alumni Drew Seers is determined to be a part of that percentage.  From Friday Night Lights to running...

Sam Coffey trains in practice for the Portland Thorns. She was drafted by the Thorns in 2021, but chose to stay at Penn State University for an additional year before joining the team at the beginning of 2022.

Masters alumna Sam Coffey prepares for pro soccer debut

By Ethan Schlapp, The Masters School April 15, 2022

When Masters alumna Sam Coffey’s (‘17) parents signed her up for a local American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) team as a four or five-year old, she had no idea where the game would take her. Almost...

In the past decade, the NFL has handed out a number of different suspensions. These suspensions vary in length based on the offense committed. The infographic above shows three notable suspensions since 2014, detailing the offense committed and the length of each suspension.

NFL Fans Question the League’s Integrity

By Pranav Sriraman, Marquette High School April 15, 2022

The National Football League (NFL) suspended Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons superstar wide receiver, for the entire duration of the 2022 NFL Season without pay. The reason behind the Monday, March 7,...

Petznick Field on Xavier College Prep’s campus is set up for a softball game. The field currently has lines for soccer, softball and lacrosse, but it is being redone this summer and will not only include these lines, but also lines for flag football.

Girls’ flag football: The next big high school sport?

By Campbell Linaman, Xavier College Preparatory Academy - AZ April 14, 2022

Football is a defining American sport. Each year millions of households watch the Super Bowl, and Friday night lights are often viewed as an integral part of the high school experience. While boys’ football...

Ethan Titus 22 has been a member of CrossFit Kilo 2 since 2018 and hopes to continue after high school.

Crossing the limits

By Owen Aanestad, West High School April 14, 2022

One step into Iowa City’s CrossFit Kilo 2 and all you can hear is Eminem’s ’Till I Collapse, barbells rattling, stationary bikes roaring and sweat hitting the floor as it drips off of everyone's...

Monty, the longtime mascot of Carlmont High School, sits in the administration office.

The changing tide of mascots

By Rintaro Sato, Carlmont High School April 14, 2022

The Washington Redskins. The Cleveland Indians. The Sequoia Cherokees. The Atlanta Braves tomahawk chop. The past few years have been marked with change as sports teams across the nation feel the pressure...

2022 marks the 50-year anniversary of Title IX, the legislation that made opportunities for women more equal across the board, especially in the world of sports.

Leveling the playing field

By Kinley Bokermann, Kirkwood High School April 14, 2022

No Serena Williams grand slams, no Simone Biles gravity-defying routines, no Alex Morgan goals and no Katie Ledecky golds. Without Title IX these world-renowned athletes and other women around the country...

Coach Coleman coaches from the sidelines. She has been a softball coach for 24 years.

The 500th Win

By Yialexy Martinez Gutierrez, The Colony High School April 14, 2022

She stood across from an Olympian. She stood on the fresh-cut grass at The University of Texas' new shiny softball field. Up to bat. This wouldn’t be easy. She took a deep breath. Here comes the pitch. The...

Mick Schumacher drives in the F1 Austin Grand Prix, which holds the record for largest attendance in F1 history. Kimbrell said that he aspires to move towards the F1 rank when he graduates high school.

The fastest show in the world: student shares journey to becoming an F4 racer

By Rohan Parikh, Bellaire High School April 13, 2022

He sits in the open-wheel race car with its distinct open cockpit and halo trying to extract the most from the machinery under him. The vibration of the tires against the track rattle the entire car, and...

Formula One is the highest class of international racing for single-seater racing cars.

Lights Out and Away We Go With the New Formula One Season

By Justin Riggi, Scarsdale High School April 13, 2022

As Formula One fans across the world rev their engines for this weekend’s start of the new season, the 2022 campaign is set to be more competitive and thrilling than ever. With the introduction of new...

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the federal legislation requiring gender equality in sports.

Student athletes, alums reflect on how Title IX shaped their lives

By Purbalite Staff, Baldwin High School - PA April 12, 2022

In 1972, only one in 27 female students participated in high school sports, according to an article in History.com. Now, due in large part to Title IX, the federal legislation that has required equal sports...

Memphis Voelker (9) grins as he walks up Lost Beach on Lake Delhi.

Shredding Through Summer

By Lexi Harbach, West Delaware High School April 12, 2022

Freshman Memphis Voelker is one of the best competitive wakeboard riders in the state. At only twelve years old, Voelker set himself up for success when he decided to venture into the sport of wakeboarding...

Sabine Collins victoriously high fives an enthusiastic crowd at the 2018 Special Olympics.

Looks like chocolate, tastes like gold

By Alysa Bijl-Spiro and Lucy Marco April 8, 2022

As she stands tall with a mallet in each hand, waiting for her cue to start playing her steel drum, junior Sabine Collins sports her red and yellow 2018 Special Olympics jacket. She doesn’t walk into...

Forcing transgender girls to play on boys teams invalidates their transgender identity and is nowhere near providing a gender-affirming experience for them, writes Sports and Leisure editor Meena Lee.

Transgender female athletes must be included, permitted to compete

By Meena Lee, University of Chicago Laboratory High School April 8, 2022

It’s a sunny day, a slight breeze blows, and the turf field I’m standing on is near perfection. The referee blows his whistle and the game is on. I’m transported to another world as my teammates...

Shawnti Jackson covers her face in shock as she breaks her first national record.

Shawnti Jackson: the life of a 15-year-old future Olympian

By Lauren Rochelle, Wakefield High School - NC April 8, 2022

Eat. Sleep. Train. Repeat. One would think these are the only measures someone would take as a future Olympian – not for 15-year-old Shawnti Jackson, future Olympic sprinter. Our student body wishes...

Winter Olympian Sean Farrell skates along the edge of the rink, gearing up for the upcoming game. “Even as hockey has gotten more competitive, and there are higher stakes on the line, at the end of the day it’s just the game I love to play, and I’m really fortunate to be playing it,” Farrell said.

Olympian from home: MA local Sean Farrell’s journey to the Olympics

By Nina Wilson, Wayland High School April 1, 2022

Since his parents first strapped on his skates at his grandparents’ lake house in Milford, MA, Sean Farrell has been on a quest to become an Olympian. Growing up in Hopkinton, MA and attending high school...

Senior Vera Zhong fell in love with figure skating from the moment her blade met the ice, and she’s since competed in local, regional, national and even international competitions.

Vera Zhong jumps ahead of the competition

By Lauren Heberlee, Walt Whitman High School April 1, 2022

Senior Vera Zhong gains speed as she glides over slick white ice. With a glance over her left shoulder, she brings her arms together and transfers her weight from the blade to the toe pick of her skates...

Sophomore Dhruv Balivada warms up at a Cy-Fair match. The varsity tennis player lunges for the ball and hits a forehand.

Varsity tennis player founds coaching organization

By Ariana Castañeda and Michael Liu March 30, 2022

The sparkle in a kid’s eye. Their crooked smiles. The joy radiating off of them. Despite the obstacles he has faced, those moments make everything worth it for him. Last summer, sophomore...

At the St. Clair girls tournament, sophomore Brooklyn Eddy 
takes on her opponent from St. Charles High School. Eddy joined wrestling 
for the first time more than halfway through the season and managed to obtain
three pins for beating her opponent. “Wrestling is different from everything you 
ever do in your life. When you’re on the mat, you have to leave everything 
there, and you have to fail to succeed,” Eddy said.

The effects of making weight on female wrestlers

By Sabrina Urdaneta, Parkway West High School March 29, 2022

In the last 10 years, over 22,000 high school female wrestlers joined the sport in the U.S., and 15 states will be hosting their first girl's championship in 2022 and 2023. With an increase in athletes,...

Ryan Magnusson shown teeing off during a match at the Meadow Club on Sept. 28 vs Redwood.

Ryan Magnusson: An inspiring rise to prospective golf stardom

By Hayden Rhodes, Archie Williams High School March 29, 2022

Archie Williams High School (AWHS) super sophomore, Ryan Magnusson, has risen to the top of the Marin County Athletic League (MCAL) girls golf pedestal. This past fall, she ranked seventh in Marin County...

Peter Shi (10), number 30, and Matthew Shi (11), number 3, play as point guards at White Station’s homecoming varsity basketball game. Both brothers received playing time and were able to make valuable contributions to the Spartan scoreboard.

Shi brothers strive for basketball greatness since childhood

By Sari Richmond, White Station High School March 24, 2022

At six years old, most children begin to show signs of basic athleticism. At eight years old, most children begin to develop basic social skills needed for teamwork. At six and eight years old, Peter Shi...

A photo illustration featuring Sabrina Jackson in the center and the right and Sofia Cueva on the left that portrays different elements of chronic injury confusion in student-athletes.

Chronic consequences: confusion among specialists affects student-athletes

By Kiana Hinkson, Carlmont High School March 23, 2022

"Breathe in…1...2...3...4...Breathe out...4...3...2...1," She counts in her head in an effort to meditate. She seeks this out as a possible remedy for the chronic pain in her calf. Just after settling...

Raising their UIL plaque in the air, senior Megan Woods and her teammates yell in celebration of winning the State Championship. The Lady Timberwolves beat Frisco Memorial’s Warriors 45-40 in double overtime. “We had to work hard and stay disciplined and focused for months, so finally achieving our set goal was indescribable,” Woods said. “As seniors, we always talked about leaving a legacy behind and having an undefeated season with being back to back state champions does just that, which is an amazing way to finish off our high school basketball careers.”

Uptown Dunk

By Ally JohnPress and Tristan Hernandez March 23, 2022

62 consecutive wins. Seven seconds left. Two State Championships. One lasting legacy. The game wasn’t easy, but making history never is. The clock stopped not once, but twice, before the Lady T-Wolves...

The DeMartino sisters emerged this year as a dynamic duo for Whitman’s girls soccer — a state champion team as of November.

The DeMartino duo’s rise to Whitman soccer stardom

By Stephanie Solomon, Walt Whitman High School March 17, 2022

Serena and Venus Williams, Peyton and Eli Manning, Steph and Seth Curry. Over the years, sibling duos in sports have entertained, displayed undeniable chemistry and won championships — both together...

Senior Leo Scheidler celebrates a victory with the rest of the LFHS Varsity Football team.

Scheidler to follow his brother to dream school, Notre Dame

By Louise Brickman, Lake Forest High School March 17, 2022

One day, during what seemed to be a normal basketball practice, senior Leo Scheidler’s lifelong dream finally came true. After a brief call, he learned he was offered a spot on the Notre Dame football...

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