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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Sophomore Sam Johnson and his sister, senior Natalie Johnson, stand in front of Sam's Legend race car. Sam Johnson is the second youngest driver in his age group (ages 14 to 50.)

Passion for racing fuels siblings’ bond

By Andrew Haughey, Fishers High School September 17, 2021

     Cars zip around the track on a warm summer evening. Hundreds of people crowd the stands at the Indianapolis Speedrome to get a glimpse of the action. Suddenly, one of the cars starts smoking. An...

Bringing home gold

By Torie Peck, Coppell High School September 17, 2021

Olympic gold medalists are of the most exclusive group of athletes on the globe. Now, Coppell’s own Chiaka Ogbogu has entered into this category of athletes. In recognition of her achievements,...

Texas A&M deep snapper Connor Choate runs the flag for the Aggies against Kent State on Sept. 4 at Kyle Field. Choate, a CHS 2017 graduate, was named as the 12th Man for this year on Aug. 28.

Former Cowboy to Aggie legend: Choate goes down in history after being named 12th Man

By Meer Mahfuz, Coppell High School September 17, 2021

When you think of the star players of a football team, you think quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and probably a handful of defensive players. It would be a rarity for your mind to turn to a...

Head coach Jordan Woods discusses a play during time out of the first round of substate against Blue Valley Southwest. The Dragons won and hosted Spring Hill in the substate championship game on Saturday, March 6.

A step in the right direction: SEK sports has diverse coaching staff

By Hannah Gray and Mattie Vacca September 16, 2021

When LC Davis moved to Fort Scott from his predominantly black Kansas City school, he was met with a wave of white coaches, white teachers and white peers. Growing up, he never had a coach that resembled...

BOARDS:  Members of the Shalhevet Surf Club, along with Judaic Studies teacher Dr. Shiela Keiter, met several times during the summer and plan to continue in the 2021-22 school year.
They are, from left, Dr. Keiter,  Adam Hertzberg, Akiva Rubin, Lippe Popack and Gabriella Bentolila.

Surf’s up and cowabunga, quarantine saw many more students and faculty catching the waves

By Elliot Serure, Shalhevet High School September 16, 2021

During the pandemic, new and established Shalhevet surfers found themselves zooming through frigid California waves at the crack of dawn, before returning to their computers to Zoom into class.  ...

After his second fourth-place finish at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Andrei Minakov lay paralyzed in pain and disappointment.

One Step from the Podium

By Kara Mihm, North Allegheny Senior High School September 14, 2021

“Almost.” That fatal word described the performance of 339 athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The blink of an eye or the fraction of an inch separated the top world medalists from the empty-handed...

She wears pink skirts and lifts heavy weights. NHS freshman Andie Zelaya is one of the women at NHS who are proving you can be strong and feminine at the same time.

Nevertheless, she persisted: Female athletes at NHS are fighting worn-out sports stereotypes

By Jane Jeong, Ravneet Kaur, and Kendell Simpson June 3, 2021

Today, the world can sometimes seem to be going backwards rather than forwards, the ideas of tomorrow can seem to be clashing with the ideas of the past. However, one constant through time has been sports....

Senior Kami Klapp with a pennant from Southern Oregon University, which she will attend on a softball scholarship.

The Klapp Family: Two Generations of Softball Success

By Cheyenne Arredondo, Brea Olinda High School June 3, 2021

Next Spring, when Kami Klapp, senior, is roaming the outfield of Southern Oregon University's softball field, her mind might wander to the journey that led her to Ashland, Ore., a journey that included...

Seniors Ryder Wagenknecht (left) and Chay Yeager (right) celebrate atop a dogpile at the end of the AAAAA state championship game against the Loganville Red Devils. Against a Loganville team vying for their fourth consecutive state title, the Panthers outplayed the Red Devils in two tight games to sweep Loganville 1-0 and 4-2 to win the state championship. This win was the first time Starr’s Mill has ever won the state championship. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been wanting one of these,” Yeager said. “We’ve earned it.” Next year, Wagenknecht will play at Flagler College and Yeager will play at Wofford College.

Destiny has arrived

By Daniel Stackhouse, Starr's Mill High School June 2, 2021

For many, a state championship is a dream. For the Panther baseball team, it was the goal. From seniors pushing for a ring on their last ride, to a head coach that had been yearning to win his first, the...

Male sports coaches can oftentimes be seen as father figures or life coaches to their athletes. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil explores the roles and unique coaching philosophies of male sports coaches compared to female sports coaches.

“Better man, better husband, better father”

By Sally Parampottil, Coppell High School May 26, 2021

Coaching philosophies serve as guidelines for how coaches lead the team, including morals and values beyond just the sport itself. Ask a male coach with a male team his coaching philosophy and a common...

Psychology teacher Sheryl Freedman and her son pose for a photo before watching the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Washington Football Team.

‘I haven’t missed a game’: Whitman teachers who are bigger sports fans than you

By Quentin Corpuel, Walt Whitman High School May 25, 2021

In 2019, the average MLB baseball game lasted approximately three hours, five minutes and 35 seconds. Multiply the average game time by 162 — the number of games each team plays in a regular MLB season...

A FAMILY AFFAIR: 2 year old Cade O’Hara stands next to half-brother, 18 year old Michael Torres after the 2005 Mater Dei baseball team wins the CIF Championship. 16 years on, O’Hara now wears that same uniform, representing Mater Dei. Torres has continued to be both his coach and role model. “He has developed the player that I am today and the game that I play today,” O’Hara said. “And as a person, I’ve always watched him when we were out in public. I’ve watched how he’s treated other people. He’s always been super nice and caring.”

Junior baseball player follows in his brothers footsteps towards success

By Brigette Ramirez and Justin Cassingham May 24, 2021

Deciding where to play baseball in high school was an easy decision for current junior and varsity shortstop Cade O’Hara. O’Hara grew up watching his half-brother, Michael Torres, play baseball at...

Freshman Hannah Jung performs a split leap with deep arch during her hoop routine on April 17 at her 2021 USA Gymnastics Junior Level 9 Classic and Regional Team Championships in Grand Rapids, Mich.

IN RHYTHM: Freshman aspires to move up levels in different style of gymnastics

By Irene Sheen, Sunny Hills High School May 24, 2021

One minute and 30 seconds. She has but one chance to gracefully execute the routine perfected throughout the months of long and grueling practices. At just 11 years old, freshman rhythmic gymnast Hannah...

The image is a play on the feminine symbol, mixed with the classic martial arts yin and yang. The yin and yang represents balance, which is important for gender equality in martial arts.

The Unspoken Challenges of Women in Martial Arts

By Aspen Deslongchamps, WENTZVILLE-HOLT HIGH SCHOOL - MO May 21, 2021

“You fight like a girl.” “You can do ‘girl push-ups’ if you have to.” “Here’s extra padding for your sparring gear.” “Are you sure you’re strong enough? We can find a smaller...

Senior Maddie Sandquist turns her Humble opponent as she gets ready to pin her on March 10. Sandquist is ranked No. 1 in the state.

Maddie Sandquist returns to spotlight

By Gabby Norman, Kingwood Park High School May 21, 2021

Senior Maddie Sandquist had imagined it a thousand times. The roar of the crowd, the anticipation, and the pure exaltation had run through her dreams time and time again. These dreams came to fruition...

Students are told that telling anything to an adult makes one a “tattletale” or a “snitch,” including when someone committed a wrongdoing. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil writes about the negative side of team loyalty and the resulting hesitancy to tell on friends and teammates when they have committed a crime.

One bad apple

By Sally Parampottil, Coppell High School May 19, 2021

Snitches get stitches.  Don’t narc on me.  Tattletale.  From a young age, the concept of reporting wrongdoing has a stigma attached, a little negative social label stuck onto those who dare...

The varsity volleyball team kneels during the national anthem before their March 23 game with Louisa.

Taking a Stand Through Kneeling

By Malachi Keys, Albemarle High School May 19, 2021

Despite potential backlash, a majority of the varsity volleyball team has been kneeling during the national anthem at home games in wake of recent local school and national events. “It’s been something...

Amin Motlaq, freshman, balanced participating in Ramadan with his participation on the boys track and field team.

Muslim Athletes Navigate Ramadan

By Emma Tyulyayev, Marquette High School May 18, 2021

Wednesday ended the month-long Muslim holiday of Ramadan, where from sunrise to sunset, those particpating, including some MHS athletes, were not allowed to eat or drink. Instead participants prayed...

After serving as the head coach of the softball team for 20 years, Mark Williamson has decided to step down. His career record as head coach stands at 429-230-4. The team has made it to the state championship seven times and placed as the runner-up twice in 2003 and 2020.

All good things come to an end

By Daniel Stackhouse, Starr's Mill High School May 18, 2021

Tryouts for Starr’s Mill softball begin this week as the team seeks to maintain momentum following a state runner-up finish last year. However, they will be taking the field under a new head coach.  ...

A San Diego-based study on the risk of youth soccer during the pandemic is being debated over its methodology and impact.

Surf Cup Sports study on youth soccer during the pandemic raises questions about data collection integrity and implications

By Jade Wang and Soham Kinhikar May 17, 2021

A San Diego-based study conducted by Surf Cup Sports on the risk of COVID-19 transmission during youth soccer practices has gained attention— both critical and encouraging— in the national sports...

Quinn Felton, a young bicyclist, reflects on his passion for cycling and goals for the future.

Quinn Felton takes a road less traveled

By Kiana George , Carlmont High School May 12, 2021

Throughout your life, you're conditioned to believe that college is the key to success. Your parents, teachers, and even your peers constantly remind you that getting into college is the end goal. Last...

Former head Track and Field Coach Geesey (Right) and current head Coach Gutekunst (Left) together again. They have both received the COVID vaccine shot.

Geesey vs. COVID

By Chloe Fleurie, DALLASTOWN AREA HIGH SCHOOL May 11, 2021

The outbreak of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020 stopped everyone’s lives. Schools closed, businesses shut down, spring sports were canceled. People with medical conditions and adults of older age were...

Paige Bueckers, alumni, walks up the court in the 2019 state championship game.

With National Recognition, Two Hopkins Stars Look to Foster Change for Women’s Basketball

By Josie Fieldman, Hopkins High School May 10, 2021

Hopkins has been home to some major names in the sports world in recent years.  Possibly the most noteworthy, Paige Bueckers, alumni, is arguably the best female basketball player in the country.  ...

Rather that supporting the competitive needs of an already disadvantage class of student-athletes, Senate Bill 29 manufactures a problem related to their participation that is far more hypothetical than it is empirical.

Bill to ban transgender athletes creates problem where there was none

By Thomas Melina Raab, McCallum High School May 10, 2021

Texas Republicans are once again introducing a bill that would limit the rights of transgender students, and it passed through the Senate on April 14. It's one of several bills attempting to restrict the...

Emma Yeager pumps her first as her teammates rush to congratulate her after scoring her third goal against Porter on March 12. Her final goal of the game was her 41st of the year and put her atop the record books for goals in a season at Kingwood Park.

Standing out is all Emma Yeager knows

By Maya Ortiz, Kingwood Park High School May 7, 2021

Emma Yeager wonders what being normal even means.  To the sophomore, normal is missing sleepovers and parties for soccer practices and games. Normal is scoring goals around the country as one of the...

The Warriors' Steph Curry created a book club to promote reading and unknown authors.

Curry’s book club scores with readers

By Zion Wells, ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN HIGH SCHOOL May 6, 2021

NBA basketball player Stephen Curry is accustomed to starting on the court, but this summer, he started a book club. Stephen Curry is an avid reader and has a deep passion for promoting literacy in...

The Gripps: Brandon (2014), Damon (2021) and Nicole (2013) pose in the Tyrone Middle School gym with their 1,000 point basketballs.

A Tight “Gripp” on the Record Books

By Kelton Raabe, Tyrone Area High School May 5, 2021

Scoring 1,000 points in a high school basketball career is a very rare accomplishment. In Tyrone basketball history only 10 boys and 14 girls have reached this celebrated milestone. The fact that three...

Sophomores Chloe Schaeffer, Bella Landrum and  Amy Morefield, as well as freshman Kelly Littlefield qualified for state in the 4x400 meter relay race. This is the first year this team is going to state.

Fantastic four

By Lily Bouldin, Lovejoy High School May 3, 2021

Four girls gather together and prepare for the last event of the day. They hold their personalized purple leopard baton between the four of them. This is their weapon. The sun is set, and the pressure...

Toe-tapping in the back of the end zone, Tre'von Moehrig tips an interception to himself. Moehrig, a Smithson Valley alum, is widely expected to be selected in the first round of this weekend's NFL draft.

Tre’s anatomy

By Jackson Posey, Smithson Valley High School April 30, 2021

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard, but Tre’von Moehrig has both covered ahead of Thursday’s NFL draft. Moehrig, an award-winning Texas Christian University safety and Smithson...

Taking on the hardwood, senior Kaitlyn Dickmeyer throws the ball at the NSAA Bowling Championship. With COVID-19 restrictions, this was one of the only times her mother Heidi Dickmeyer could watch her play. “I don’t think she quite grasps how cool it is that she will forever be in the books, in Nebraska’s high school bowling history, as being one of the firsts,” Heidi said. “We couldn’t be more proud of her.”

A striking young athlete

By Emma Baker, Millard West High School April 29, 2021

For years, the Dickmeyer family of seven spent their summers at bowling alleys, participating in the national Kids Bowl Free program. During the summer before her freshman year, the game got just a little...

The NCAA invests millions of dollars to ensure promotion, equipment and coverage for their male athletes. However, for their female athletes, it’s a different story.

The history of sexism of the NCAA

By Alara Dasdan, Lynbrook High School - CA April 28, 2021

The NCAA has recently come under scrutiny after a video from Sedona Prince, a member of the University of Oregon’s Women’s Basketball team, went viral on Tiktok. The NCAA responded to outraged viewers...

Jim DeLine surveys the crowd of admiring parents after doing a final cheer with his archers, who surprised him after practice today with the news that they had nominated him and he had won recognition as the 2021 National Archery in the Schools Program Coach of the Year.

Archery team surprises founder with national Coach of the Year Award for his work to build, sustain team

By Sophie Leung-Lieu, McCallum High School April 28, 2021

“The dream is free, the work costs extra.” These words echo from Coach Jim DeLine at the Highland Park Elementary School gym at the end of every practice. We practice at 6:15 in the morning,...

Junior Lexi Shannon celebrates with senior Maddie Sandquist after Shannon won her first state title.

Gold Medal Friendship

By Katie Gerbasich, Kingwood Park High School April 28, 2021

Senior Maddie Sandquist paced the purple mat in her lucky cherry pie socks. Junior Lexi Shannon played a game of solitaire on her phone. Each tried to distract themselves before their final matches.  ...

Riley Osborne amazes with her skills, strength, and resilience despite her limb difference

By Madelyn Ferreros, Arroyo Grande High School April 27, 2021

She was 10-years old, and the only one on the field who didn’t have both hands to bat or pitch. Fall softball season was coming to an end, she was among some of the younger players and her opponents...

Girls track coach Carly Littlefield ran track in high school and college. Carly's daughter Kailey shares her same passion for running.

Little things

By Calla Patino, Lovejoy High School April 26, 2021

A mass of high school girls break from their coach’s meeting to begin the warm up. Between their tall heads, the tiny, five-year-old head of Kailey Littlefield appears. She runs the two laps with the...

Freshman Milena Sobie prepares to compete in her first track meet April 6 at home, making history as Streetsboro's first seated runner.

Freshman Milena Sobie becomes Streetsboro’s first seated competitor

By Ella Kassan, Streetsboro High School April 22, 2021

Freshman Milena Sobie has become the first-ever seated athlete in Streetsboro track history to be competing with fellow female wheelchair racers as well as runners. She is setting the bar -- as well...

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,...

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