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Fernandez gets to the point

Rodrigo Fernandez and Nickolas Harvey prepare for the upcoming tournaments.
January 15, 2021

When high school athletes are asked what sports they play, many answer with traditional spectator sports like soccer, football, baseball and basketball. Sophomore Rodrigo Fernandez, however, would say...

Junior Kyle Ponsler makes Olympic Trials cut

Junior Kyle Ponsler splashes water in celebration after winning the 200 freestyle relay against rival HSE at the sectionals meet on Feb. 22, 2020. Ponsler set new pool and school records for the race at the meet.
January 14, 2021

On Nov. 12, junior Kyle Ponsler raced the twentieth fastest time for a 16-year-old boy in US Olympic Trials Qualifying Standards history for the 400 individual medley (IM). Ponsler achieved a qualifying...

Learning through the eyes of sports broadcaster, Mr. Bruce Beck

Mr. Bruce Beck is currently the lead sports anchor at WNBC-TV.
January 14, 2021

Bruce Beck, an accomplished sports broadcaster who currently works for WNBC-TV and News 4 New York, is a frequent visitor to Sacred Heart Greenwich. From speaking to the Sacred Heart Broadcast Journalism...

Sibling athlete duos dominate sport scene

Juniors Mackenzie and Aidan Kelley hug each other. They are twins and run cross country together.
January 13, 2021

Playing sports can be a big part of many students’ high school experience and even impact their lives. For some student athletes; however, they have the chance to enjoy their sporting experiences with...

Taha Dinana trains in Egypt to prepare for his first college squash season

Taha Dinana training last spring in the Fonseca Center on campus.
January 8, 2021

Being the top-ranked squash player for his age and getting accepted to his dream school, Taha Dinana, a freshman squash player at the University of Virginia (UVA), and a Masters alum, has been training...

Game Ball: Senior softball player travels from coast to coast pitching in for her teams in Virginia, California

Then-junior Abbie Landrum pitches in an 11-4 win against Tesoro at Sunny Hills High School on March 7.
January 8, 2021

During her sophomore year, senior Abbie Landrum had an essay assignment related to the novel Fahrenheit 451. Unfortunately for Landrum, the essay was due as soon as her plane touched down at the Los...

Twins on the three-point line

The high-flying Wades as seniors against Austin High and St. Andrew's earlier this year at DCG. As John and Rob Wade head into the final year of their  high school basketball careers, they are thankful that basketball has been central to their high school experience. From keeping them in check in the classroom to helping them meet some great people, they are are thankful for their shared time in the program on and off the court. “I’m most excited about the journey,” Rob said. “Whatever the result is, I’m just going to be satisfied with the group of guys that we have been playing and practicing with all year.”
Wade brothers reflect on lifetime of basketball, brotherhood
January 5, 2021

The stakes were high for the freshman boys basketball team. Their opponents for the night: district rival, Austin High. After the Knights' devastating two-point loss at the buzzer to the Maroons...

United as One

Shyan Skriver '24 and Shaylin Brown '22 smile as they pose in their City High swim gear. They both go to West Branch High School but swim for the City High girls swimming and diving team.
Some schools offer only a limited selection of sports, so their athletes compete for other schools, such as City High
January 4, 2021

Teammates train together, compete together, and work together towards a common goal. For high school sports teams, this often means representing their school. However, not all athletes are enrolled in...

Joe Porrell: Former WHS wellness teacher and basketball coach of nearly 45 years passes

Joe Porrell worked at WHS for 45 years as a teacher and coach. He was a wellness teacher and the head varsity basketball coach for WHS after graduating from Springfield College. “[There is a] special place in my heart for Coach Porrell,” wellness department head Scott Parseghian said.
January 4, 2021

Working at the same place for 45 years could seem uneventful for some, but with the passion for Wayland that Joe Porrell carried with him, he was able to impact all students and colleagues he met throughout...

Football team comes together to support teammate

Football varsity assistant Rob Griffin meets with the players Nov. 11. The team came together to support their teammate in a time of need.
Players conduct fundraisers to help victim of shooting
January 4, 2021

After hearing a fellow player was involved in a shooting, the football team pulled together to support their teammate. According to junior captain Christian Arteaga, the team jumped into action and prepared...

Friendship is right up their alley

Seniors Miles Lee and Bruno Cioci, Coach Dave Stanton, junior Keegan Langley and senior John Pratt share a fist bump at a Dart Bowl match in January.
McCallum bowling team reflects on takeaways from teamwork as pandemic puts season on hold
December 29, 2020

When Bruno Cioci convinced his reluctant freshman classmate John Pratt to join the bowling team, what he didn’t account for was that one day Pratt would become the better bowler. He also didn’t account...

Beyond the glamour

Dancer Lora Simakova performs at the United States National Amateur Dancesport Championships.
The world of ballroom hides behind its competitive nature
December 28, 2020

Hundreds of dresses sparkle with hand-placed Swarovski crystals as dancers step into the performance area. As competitors warm-up, practice routines, and touch up their makeup, they prepare for their shining...

Talonette takes a knee to ‘take a stand’ in National Anthem controversy

In this digitally constructed image, junior  Karolina Rubio kneels during the National Anthem and dances during halftime. Rubio performs with the Talonettes at halftime at football games and has been on the Talonettes since her freshman year.
December 18, 2020

When the crowd stands as the first note of the "National Anthem" rings throughout the stadium, Talonette and junior Karolina Rubio drops to her knees. Despite the disapproving whispers, she said she...

Back on the pitcher’s mound

Freshman Chris Noe was diagnosed with leukemia in May 2019. He is now one year cancer free and playing baseball for the school.  Chris said that  throughout treatment, he never gave up on his goal of returning to the field.
Baseball motivates freshman through leukemia treatment
December 18, 2020

When freshman Chris Noe threw a tennis ball down the hospital hallway as an eighth grader, he didn’t think about his leukemia. In his mind, he was on the pitcher’s mound, glove on one hand, baseball...

Collegiate Athlete Sarah Fuller Inspires Conversation Surrounding Gender Equality in Athletics

December 17, 2020

Over the years, women have gained authority over their existence, advocating for gender equality and the same rights, opportunities, and responsibilities as men.  However, in the realm of sports, the...

Football’s Flight Crew allows for role models, encouragement for children

Holding up a sign for his Flight Crew buddy, second grader Eli Mahan supports varsity senior football player Jackson Berry at a home football game. Government teacher Irish Mahan, Eli Mahan's mom, said that her son always makes sure to wear his Berry %235 T-shirt when he goes to games.
December 15, 2020

Second-grader Eli Mahan runs onto the field, uniform on, ready to play flag football, knowing he has a special fan watching him. In the stands is varsity football quarterback senior Jackson Berry, who...

A new sport: (Social) distance running

Runners transition from running with their fellow competitors to running solo and tracking their progress through apps.
December 14, 2020

On your mark, get set, go! Imagine a typical holiday 5k race: runners lining up at the starting line, listening for the sound of the starting gun and waiting to dash down the path. Organizers are waiting...

Horrible Harry wreaking havoc in the NFL

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle and former Millard West football player Harrison Phillips celebrating after a nice play. He has recorded a total of 40 tackles in his first three seasons with the Bills. “You got 90 guys out there competing for only 53 spots,” Phillips said. “Starting in May each year, guys are going really hard and competing to try and earn those spots.”
Former Wildcat currently in his third year with the Buffalo Bills organization
December 9, 2020

It’s been almost three years since Buffalo Bills defensive tackle and former Millard West football player Harrison Phillips heard his name called in the NFL draft. The Wildcat alum remembers his time...

Fueling the flames of inequality: The sports world’s struggle with sexism

Despite being responsible for some of the greatest athletic achievements, female athletes still face an extensive amount of sexism in their profession.
December 9, 2020

Gender equality has been a struggle for a long time. Women’s suffrage was not granted until more than a century after America’s founding, and today, women make only 81 cents for every one dollar a...

Athlete of the Week Award Prompts Conversation on Gender Equity

73% of Athletes of the Week were male athletes and 27% were female athletes during the 2019-20 school year.
December 9, 2020

Wauwatosa West senior Janessa Runyan has been a dedicated and involved athlete since she was five. “I wanted to find a sport that I like to do, so I tried tap, ballet, volleyball, softball, and all...

A “Pool” Kid

Eyes forward and head out of water, junior Thomas Wu competes at the 5A state championships in February. Wu made it to the finals for the 100yd butterfly and 100yd breaststroke events.  “Breaststroke has always been my best and favorite strokes since I started swimming, and I have spent a lot of time and effort working on it,” Wu said. “For the past year or so, I've also been trying to expand my horizons and improve my other events. For example, last year I really focused on the 100 butterfly and I improved a lot finishing fourth at the state championships.”
Junior competes at US Open, Looks to State Title
December 8, 2020

Jumping off the starting board, he heads straight into the chlorine infested pool water. The lack of spectators are replaced by cameras live streaming and the fastest swimmers in the nation surround him....

Tommy’s T-Drive

Senior Tommy Hartman runs towards the end zone scoring his first Viper touchdown against Hutto
Senior football manager scores first touchdown
December 7, 2020

After four years of intense dedication and support from the sidelines, senior varsity manager Tommy Hartman played with the varsity team for the first time Nov.13 against Hutto. Running a 49-yard touchdown,...

Kim Ng is a role model and trailblazer for women in sports

CHANGING THE GAME: Miami Marlins hire Kim Ng shattered two different glass ceilings last Friday when she became both the first female and first Asian-American general manager in MLB history.
December 4, 2020

Staffers Madeline Schallmoser and Emma Cho share their thoughts on some of the biggest current news in sports. As hosts of The Omega’s Cubs podcast, The Ross Riot, Madeline and Emma are empowered by...

Rise In An Unpopular Sport: Pickleball During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Wyatt and his friends are playing pickleball at a local court. He likes playing pickleball because everyone is pleasant to play with, and he often makes new friends.
December 4, 2020

Any student living through the COVID-19 pandemic will remember the trending activities it seemed like everyone took part in: playing Among Us, doing Chloe Ting workouts, watching Tiger King, and… playing...

BSM snowboarders find international success despite COVID

Senior Rose Bransford tears up the slopes in an effort to continue her climb up the snowboarding charts.
December 3, 2020

While many students worry about their ability to see friends and be with family during these COVID times, two Benilde-St. Margaret’s athletes have already made the decision to put aside those important...

Junior keepers diving for Bold

GOAL SIDE: Junior Zach Kos dives to block a shot. He started playing soccer after his third birthday and became a goal keeper shortly after. He credits his success to his family and goalkeeper coach, Ryan Thompson.
December 3, 2020

Fans fill the stands, erupting into celebration as a player breaks through the opposition’s defense and shoots the ball into the back of the net. This is exactly what junior goalkeepers Zach Kos and...

New name, same game

The Iowa City West High
Following decades of state championships for girls sports teams under the Women of Troy nickname, all West High sports teams will now share the same name regardless of gender: the Trojans.
December 2, 2020

Exhilarating wins and devastating losses are engraved in the culture of sports, and West High is no stranger to these experiences. For years, Trojan athletes have dominated in numerous spheres of athletics...

A second family

Football team manager Jordan Caperon '23 poses at his house on Nov. 2.
For team manager Jordan Caperon ’23, football means both responsibility and friendship.
December 2, 2020

The bright floodlights and cheering crowds of Friday night football games are always met with excitement from many. For one student, however, these games mean more than just entertainment and school pride....

Football Player Dedicates His Sophomore Season to Friend’s Memory

Sophomore Trae Ferril plays for the Raider team wearing number 84, the number that his friend Tayden Stentz used to wear.
November 23, 2020

Wearing jersey number 84 sophomore Trae Ferril gets in stance for kickoff. The whistle blows and the game begins, but Trae's mind is elsewhere. He's thinking about his friend, the original number 84, and...

Equine beastice

Senior Anna Iovinelli rides in on her horse after an eight mile ride. Iovinelli rode in the Trace the Trail competition.
Senior horseback rides at Trace the Trail competition
November 20, 2020

Trot. Canter. Gallop. Walk. Three horses and three women. Hammer could be mistaken for a massive chocolate bar from the Rocky (Road) Mountains. Morez and NY Crossfire (Twix for short) are built for endurance...

Fantasy managers adapt to not-so-fanciful football

Denis Sadrijaj '22 sets his line up for his upcoming fantasy football match-up.
November 19, 2020

Junior Kyle Benson checked his Fantasy Football team in week four of the NFL season counting on his star player, Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans, to score big. That week, 23 players on the Titans...

You’re the impostor — water polo edition

Floating in a world of uncertainty and insecurity can feel like being the imposter in Among Us for the very first time. My experience with impostor syndrome in water polo almost made me quit the sport, but I realized that the fun bus rides home and the banter between teammates, not just winning or losing, were at the heart of my athletic career.
November 19, 2020

Red lights flashed across my face as my hands clammed up, my body almost paralyzed out of terror. I was surrounded by what can be described best as absolute chaos, and the only figures I saw were different-colored...

Breaking boundaries: Life as a male dancer

Louie Conn, Pleasant Valley Platinum’s first male dancer is enjoying his last year on the school's dance team, but says his dancing journey is far from over.
November 18, 2020

Graceful, an adjective often associated with women, might be the perfect word to describe dancers when they are in their element. But one Pleasant Valley senior is breaking both boundaries and stereotypes...

Lancer esports team makes its season debut

Lafayette has gained its first ever esports team. Consisting of six players and a coach, they play against schools across the country in the car soccer game, Rocket League. However, they look forward to playing different teams and adding new recruits to their own.
New team plays Rocket League, looks forward to expansion
November 17, 2020

The world of competitive gaming is on the rise, especially during the recent stay-at-home orders. With many famous gamers holding streams for millions to see on apps like Twitch, many teenagers and young...

Understanding mental, physical aspects of pacing, distance racing

Coppell junior Lane Jacobs stays ahead of a pack at the Coppell Invitational on Sept. 4, 2019 at the course at Coppell Middle School West.
November 17, 2020

Whether pushing off the starting block for a 500-yard freestyle or starting a 5K run alongside many others, distinct patterns emerge as long-distance racers compete using various strategies tailored to...

Sports team loyalties: lifelong or adaptable?

The Sidekick junior staff writer Anjali Vishwanath shows her team loyalties with a sweatshirt and newspaper article describing the New England Patriots’ 2019 Super Bowl win at Andy Brown East. Vishwanath moved from Massachusetts to Texas in 2018, but finds that her loyalty remains with New England sports teams.
A Lone Patriots Fan in Texas
November 17, 2020

It is hard to be a New England Patriots fan in Texas. Sports are typically a connection point; people commiserate over the shared joy of a win and sit in silence together after a major loss. How do...

A life worth living: Travis Roy’s story

Travis Roy (left) as a young hockey player at Boston University. Roy's injury occurred 11 seconds into his college hockey career and caused his paralyzation. Roy (right) living a happy and positive live after his injury.
November 16, 2020

A high school freshman sat down in his bedroom with a pen in his hand and a thought in his mind. He’d always played hockey, and as an athlete, he’d always been told the importance of setting goals....

Futures on hold: the fate of collegiate athletic recruiting in the age of COVID-19

Senior Caden Daniels committed to Wesleyan University for lacrosse in August.
November 16, 2020

Every year, thousands of high-school students across the country spend their summers competing for coveted — and limited — college athletic scholarships. They travel all around the United States, playing...

Thrown in the deep end

Greta Kraske '23 and the Iowa City West girls' swim team after they placed first during a conference meet at Linn-Mar on October 26, 2019.
Rather than pursuing her athletic aspirations, Greta Kraske ’23 has had to navigate her way through two knee injuries, putting her softball and swimming careers on pause for nearly two years.
November 10, 2020

You step onto the West High softball field for the very first time, ready to represent the Trojans with pride. The thought of a life-altering injury, let alone two, is unimaginable. Greta Kraske '23 never...

8 months later and the championship memory lives on

Holding the UIL 5A state championship trophy, MVP of the tournament Jazzy Owens-Barnett  and Kayla Pernis (left) stand outside the Alamodome after the Redhawks claimed the first basketball state title in Frisco ISD history. But the team didn't get to celebrate the win when they got back to school as the COVID-19 pandemic forced all students to virtual learning just days after the state championship.
Redhawks open defense of state title Friday
November 10, 2020

 It's been eight months since a Frisco ISD high school earned the district’s first state championship in basketball. Eight months. It’s been eight months since the Redhawks beat...

KCBY livestreams making Coppell sports a click away (with video)

Coppell High School junior Hally Leonard and CHS senior Rohan Jani operate cameras in the press box for the KCBY-TV livestream of the homecoming football game against Plano West at Buddy Echols Field on Friday. This year, KCBY is livestreaming every home football, volleyball, basketball and soccer games match for people to watch from their homes.
November 9, 2020

With the subtle adjustment of a camera lens and the dedicated camera running alongside the ball, the cheer of the adoring crowd can come to life on a cell phone. Thanks to the KCBY-TV crew and special...

Diving into the sports industry with junior Zach Yaqub

Yaqub interviews guest and Washington football legend Brian Mitchell on his channel “Interviews with Zach Yaqub.”
November 9, 2020

At 5 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon, most high school juniors would take a nap or finish their homework, but Zach Yaqub has other priorities. After an exhausting, day-long baseball tournament in Virginia,...

Girls wrestling: finding their strength

Wrestlers Madyson Harris and Jamie Sirianni practicing for the new season.
November 6, 2020

Since opening in 2006, Wiregrass Ranch has seen major progression in its wrestling organization and in recent years, an increase in female participation. Head coach, Jamey Ketler, began a push to recruit...

Senior varsity football running back Anthony Tyus is on the road to greatness

Anthony hoists the Kavanaugh trophy after PN's victory over PC in 2019.
November 5, 2020

Almost everyone in the Portage area knows Anthony Tyus, Portage Northern’s standout senior running back who committed early to Northwestern. His talent has been on display not just on game days to those...

Life in the fast lane

Aurora Roghair ’21 has established herself as an all-around top swimmer in the state, allowing her to carry on her talent at the collegiate level.
November 5, 2020

For many high school athletes, some of their best memories are a big win over their cross-town rival or a trip to the state tournament, but not for Aurora Roghair ’21. Only a couple of months before...

“My favorite thing about Red Rhythm is everything”

Sophomore Simon Pham, breaks gender stereotypes by becoming the first male dancer. Although Pham has received some criticism, he's not planning on letting that get to him.
The third installment in a special report on students challenging stereotypes within sports
November 2, 2020

Only one year after the first male cheerleader and first female football player, Redhawk students continue to defy gender norms in sports and fine arts as the campus has their first male dance team member,...

COVID-19 Prompts the Community to Navigate Major Changes to Athletics

“One great thing that we've seen from a lot of our kids and a lot of our coaches in our community is just a tolerance — a level of acceptance of just the new conditions,
“Everything in this pandemic is in pencil as we go forward.”
October 29, 2020

After several athletic seasons were cut short and others completely cancelled last school year, the rampant coronavirus prevailed, and with sports now underway again, those involved in the athletic community...

Eaton High coach brings positive message through TikToks

October 29, 2020

Locker Room talk and tough tackles have always been a part of Marco Regalado’s daily routine, but how does acting, lip-syncing and dancing play in as an addition? As the current Eaton High School...

The Stipanovich Legacy

Steve Stipanovich with his direct family. From left to right: Luke Stipanovich, Kelli Donat, Hannah Stipanovich, Steve Stipanovich, Terri Stipanovich, Katie Putnam, Sadie Montgomery, and Emma Stipanovich.
October 27, 2020

“Sports, in general, teaches you how to deal with everyday life situations, and I think in that regard, sports has always been a benefit to me,” Stephen “Steve” Stipanovich said. “Sports very...

Senior set to play flag football at Kansas Wesleyan

KANSAS BOUND. Warming up before the game against Huntsville, senior Emilee Buhl gets ready with the team. Buhl has committed to Kansas Wesleyan as a member of the flag football team.
October 26, 2020

Just one of the guys. Since her sophomore year, quarterback Emilee Buhl has just been one of the guys. As a senior, she now suits up and plays alongside the boys of the varsity football team on Friday...

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