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Erin Choi Shoots for Success in Archery

Erin Choi Shoots for Success in Archery

By Ajinkya Rane and Ki Joon Lee

May 30, 2019

Freshman Erin Choi lifts her carbon coated arrow and loads it into her bow as she eyes the target in front of her. She strenuously pulls back the braided string and rests her hand underneath her chin. As her arrow inches along the bow, it brushes by her clicker and launches toward the vibrant hues o...

Varsity girls’ soccer makes history funding female trophy case

Varsity girls’ soccer makes history funding female trophy case

By Lily Kane '20, Staples High School

May 30, 2019

The varsity girls’ soccer team has recently committed to raising money for the construction of a girls’ trophy case to house their many championship trophies. After years of filling up the general trophy case in Staples High School with their growing number of awards, the team is finally raising...

Breaking barriers and clays

Breaking barriers and clays

By Kenzie Haberman, Owatonna High School

May 29, 2019

Trap shooting has traditionally been a fairly male-dominant sport, but these girls have decided to break the stereotype by showing everyone that girls can shoot too. The Owatonna trap shooting team kicked off their season with their first meet on April 24, 2019. Since then, they have completed three...

International audition

International audition

By Hannah D'Iorio, Lovejoy High School

May 29, 2019

Dressing into her red uniform top that reads “Mexico” across the front in white letters, senior Celeste Soliz begins to get ready for the game. She slips on her white pants and red cleats and takes a deep breath. The jitter of nerves and anxiety hits Celeste. This wasn’t a typical high school...

Anthony Lu: A Story of Injuries, Recovery and More Injuries

Anthony Lu: A Story of Injuries, Recovery and More Injuries

By Farhad Taraporevala, Portola High School

May 24, 2019

There have been many enduring sports curses, from the Madden cover curse of the NFL to the curse of the Bambino that plagued the Boston Red Sox. Now, Portola’s baseball team has its own: the Anthony curse. Junior Anthony Lu has never completed a full season of high school baseball and has completed...

Shalhevet announces it has suspended play against Valley Torah in basketball

Shalhevet announces it has suspended play against Valley Torah in basketball

By Alex Rubel, Shalhevet High School

May 22, 2019

Shalhevet will refuse to play Valley Torah in boys’ basketball until the school’s head coach is replaced, because of help the coach provided to the Palm Springs High School Indians, the Firehawks’ opponent, in advance of this year’s CIF quarterfinal game, Rabbi Segal has announced. It was...

Varsity softball gains new coaches mid-season

Varsity softball gains new coaches mid-season

By Nicole Ash and Brooke Yungfleisch

May 22, 2019

Former junior varsity softball head coach Harold Hale and OPHS government teacher Robert Hall have rejoined the coaching staff for varsity softball after coaching changes occurred mid-season in March. Interim varsity head coach Harold Hale explained that he has previously done a decade of coaching...

Mustangs swing their way into history

Mustangs swing their way into history

By Bronlyn Holland and Payton DiSario

May 22, 2019

Making history on the diamond field, the Mustangs won the Elite Eight Class AAAAA State playoff against the Buford Wolves at the end of Game Three with a score of 8-3 on Thursday, May 9. On Wednesday, the Mustangs won Game One, 5-2, and lost Game Two, 3-1, which led to a tiebreaker game. “T...

Teachers run in the 123rd Boston Marathon

Teachers run in the 123rd Boston Marathon

By Amy Overhulser, Features Editor, Londonderry High School

May 22, 2019

The overwhelming support from the crowd but the quietness and solemn silence of the racers surrounds them. The cheers push them, the support rings in their ears. The rush of adrenaline pumps through their body as they run through the pain and long for the finish line. Math teacher Ms. Brennan a...

The freshman phenomenon

The freshman phenomenon

By Morgan Vehige, Lafayette High School

May 22, 2019

Many freshmen are taking to the fields, courts and pools in order to make their mark at the varsity level. At Lafayette there are only a handful of freshmen that play on the varsity level instead of on a freshman or junior varsity team, and there’s even more who swing up to sub in for injured players....

From home to baseball diamond: Polk brothers catch opportunity to bond, play baseball together

From home to baseball diamond: Polk brothers catch opportunity to bond, play baseball together

By Sofia Guerrero, Coppell High School

May 21, 2019

Playing catch with their dad, Chad Polk, as children turned into a lifelong love for brothers CHS9 freshman Walker Polk and Coppell High School junior Hudson Polk. Both made the varsity baseball team as freshmen and feel they have become closer because of it. This news meant the boys’ work is...

Thos Tough

Thos Tough

By Lottie Gidal, Iowa City High School

May 21, 2019

Every morning Thos Trefz writes a quote on the blackboard that hangs over his room. Quotes are all over his Instagram and T-shirts; they are layered throughout his coaching lessons. Any of the runners that frequent his room could tell you about all the times Thos has used a quote to help them push through...

David Edwards becomes first DGN alum drafted to NFL

David Edwards becomes first DGN alum drafted to NFL

By Mary Wojcik, Downers Grove North High School

May 20, 2019

Former DGN football player David Edwards is added to the Los Angeles Rams roster as the 169th pick during this year’s NFL draft, which took place April 25 through April 27. “We had heard so many different things about where I would get picked in the draft and I felt really prepared for wherever...

Howard leads soccer to a 10-2 start

Howard leads soccer to a 10-2 start

By Sophia Scheller, Lafayette High School

May 20, 2019

Nobody really knew what the girls soccer team was going to get from freshman Rylee Howard, but the freshman standout has already made her mark on the team, leading in scoring with 19 goals and 45 points. Head girls soccer coach Tim Walters said, "[I] had a good idea she was coming.  Never know for...

Quinaliza draws on experience to guide jumpers

Quinaliza draws on experience to guide jumpers

By Kaitlin Palaian, Henry W. Grady High School

May 20, 2019

The sun blazes down on the crimson rubber beneath his feet as he sprints down the 1.22 meter wide lane preparing his motions: a hop, a step and a jump. The mark is 16 meters 47 centimeters or 54-0.425 feet, a personal best for him in the triple jump. The athlete is 57 year-old Ecuadorian, triple...

Girls’ lacrosse defeats Lamar, honors the Kensingers

Girls’ lacrosse defeats Lamar, honors the Kensingers

By Grace Randall, St. John's School

May 17, 2019

As the largest crowd ever seen on Caven Field gathered in support, the girls’ lacrosse team prepared for the most difficult game they would ever play. The overflowing number of supporters came together not just to cheer for the Mavs against the Lamar Texans in the City Championship Semifinals, but...

2020 start time may impact sports teams

2020 start time may impact sports teams

By Sophie Olmen, St. Louis Park High School

May 17, 2019

With the new change in school district start times, sophomore Ryan Barnett said he feels a range of emotions. “I have mixed feelings about it. I think it’ll be good for the middle schoolers so they don’t have to wake up too early but I feel like it’ll create a lot of conflicts for sports and...

Making A Comeback

Making A Comeback

By Haleigh McCune, Liberty High School

May 17, 2019

There's this kind of awkward time in between middle and high school. At the end of your eighth grade year of course you know that you’re moving schools, but sometimes you don’t really feel like a high schooler until you’re actually there for awhile. Until that moment, it can be scary. Trying to fig...

Freshmen athletes conforming to high school athletics after initial scheduling issues

Freshmen athletes conforming to high school athletics after initial scheduling issues

By Akif Abidi, Coppell High School

May 16, 2019

Before basketball season came to an end late February, CHS9 freshman boys basketball player Anthony Black’s school schedule was a monotonous grind. Black woke up early in the morning to get to Coppell High School to train with his team. As the clock hit 9:55 a.m., the freshman would rush to the...

Next Level Seniors: Alyson Miura Chooses USC, Continuing Her 13 Year Long Basketball Career

Next Level Seniors: Alyson Miura Chooses USC, Continuing Her 13 Year Long Basketball Career

By Emily Hawkins, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory

May 16, 2019

Playing basketball has been an important part of Alyson Miura’s life for a long time, beginning when she was five years old, and now she will be moving on to compete at the collegiate level. Miura signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the University of Southern California (USC) on Wed...

Throwing like a girl

Throwing like a girl

By Audrey Brown, Eureka High School

May 15, 2019

When Skylinn Pogue (9) found out she made the freshman baseball team, her family was not surprised. Skylinn Pogue grew up in Canada, where baseball was a popular sport for both boys and girls to pursue. Her passion for the game started when she was just three years old. “I can’t say that I...

Chris Lee and Billy Paschen drive York’s hockey program to elite level

Chris Lee and Billy Paschen drive York’s hockey program to elite level

By Murphy McFarlane, York Community High School

May 15, 2019

It's been three years since York hockey has been inducted into arguably Illinois's most competitive high school hockey league, and, since then, the program has seen great success. This season, JV won the Scholastic Hockey League (SHL) Championship while the varsity team ranked eighth in the state,...

Committing to coaching

Committing to coaching

By Valerie Benzinger, Lewisville High School

May 15, 2019

The sun sets slowly in the background as the Fighting Farmer baseball team lines up together on the field, brought out by head baseball coach Mike Campbell. The opposing team, the Hebron Hawks, is led onto the field by their coach as well. The announcer begins a speech about Campbell, praising ...

Tennis players bothered by off-campus courts

Tennis players bothered by off-campus courts

By Brynn Gillen and Jackie Jablonski

May 15, 2019

Mayfield High School tennis players are being affected by using off-campus courts on a regular basis. Many players have no choice but to walk to Highland Heights Park and cross main roads in varying weather conditions to practice, due to the fact that the school no longer has a tennis court. Mayfield...

Water polo club fights to be recognized by the IHSA

Water polo club fights to be recognized by the IHSA

By Natalia Ruiz, Downers Grove South High School

May 15, 2019

Water polo has been a club at DGS for six years. The numbers have grown tremendously, and this year the club is hoping to be recognized by the administration and the IHSA. Pool manager and swim coach Frank Kuchta started the club when he first arrived at DGS. Everyone is welcome, and there are no...

Godinez Aquatics Swims Past Struggles

Godinez Aquatics Swims Past Struggles

By Alex Bernal, Godinez Fundamental High School

May 15, 2019

The Godinez swim team had already gone through struggles before the swim season even started. This school year, Godinez Aquatics had many changes including: new coaches, athletes leaving, and swim meets or tournaments being canceled or rescheduled. However, the team is trying to make the most...

Choose To Include

Choose To Include

By Tenley Wright, Millard West High School

May 14, 2019

Unified athletes at Millard West recently began practices for the first Unified Swimming season. The team, which was founded by senior and head coach Rebekah Hitz, practices each Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30. The swimmers were divided into two groups. The Millard West Green relay team includes...

Inaugural track and field festival to be held at West High

Inaugural track and field festival to be held at West High

By Kara Wagenknecht, West High School

May 6, 2019

A new tradition will begin this Saturday at West High: the Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival. Teams and individuals from across Iowa will show up and compete in hopes of qualifying for the Drake Relays later this month. The Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival will sound familiar to those wh...

Growing the Game

Growing the Game

By Kendall Carll and Haidyn McKenzie

May 2, 2019

Kendall and Haidyn take us to the field of a sports program that is growing in the Lovejoy community. This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on March 25, 2019.

Next Level Seniors: Brigid Hanley Commits to Run Track & Field and Cross Country at the University of Arizona

Next Level Seniors: Brigid Hanley Commits to Run Track & Field and Cross Country at the University of Arizona

By Emily Hawkins, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory

May 1, 2019

Brigid Hanley began her competitive running career freshman year of high school and has broken a school record along the way. Now, just three and a half years later, she has committed to run for the Division I cross country and track & field teams at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is...

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