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Girls’ lacrosse defeats Lamar, honors the Kensingers

Girls’ lacrosse defeats Lamar, honors the Kensingers

By Grace Randall, St. John's School

May 17, 2019


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Showcase, Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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...

Separated no more: The Spelhaug sisters will reunite as Cyclones

Separated no more: The Spelhaug sisters will reunite as Cyclones

By Natalie Murphy, Pleasant Valley High School

April 29, 2019


Filed under Sports

For Pleasant Valley athletics, last year brought with it the end of an era. With a combined eight years of tri-sport varsity play, Ellie and Carli Spelhaug competed in their last games together, seemingly forever. The elder Spelhaug sister committed to playing basketball for Bradley University and...

Kicking goals into the future

Kicking goals into the future

By Rebecca Covington, Smithson Valley High School

April 28, 2019


Filed under Sports

Damita Mendoza knows what pressure is. Her heartbeat echoes in her ears as she ties up her cleats, fingers fiddling with the laces. She remembers these words to herself: Do not get discouraged. Do not forget your role. Just brush the grass off your legs and keep running. Keep leading. As one of three...

Squire Places First in Bouldering National Championships

Squire Places First in Bouldering National Championships

By Nicolette Peterson, The MacDuffie School

April 28, 2019


Filed under Sports

On February 2, 2019, MacDuffie Freshman Brian Squire won first place at the 2019 USA Climbing: Bouldering Youth National Championships in Redmond, Oregon. His victory was the culmination of a lifetime of training. “Both of my parents were climbers,” Squire says. “So they kind of got me into...

Max Ashton and Hollman Smith: Mason basketball’s dynamic duo

Max Ashton and Hollman Smith: Mason basketball’s dynamic duo

By West Hagler, George Mason High School

April 26, 2019


Filed under Sports

Since they were kids, seniors Max Ashton and Hollman Smith spent a majority of their time together with a basketball in hand. Whether it was shooting around at the Rec Center as middle schoolers, or attending practice everyday as high schoolers, basketball has always been a huge part of the lives....

Aiming high, Kabongo reaches new heights

Aiming high, Kabongo reaches new heights

By Catie Reeves, Liberty High School

April 23, 2019


Filed under Sports

Raising the bar for Texas track and field, senior Nissi Kabongo is the number one high jumper in the nation, after her 5’10” jump at the Wildcat Relays meet in February. Her performance not only set a new record for the school, but a new national record as well for high school girls. ...

Down, but not out

Down, but not out

By Marissa Drake and Alex Ketcham

April 22, 2019


Filed under Sports

High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries, each year, according to Stop Sports Injuries. LZHS athletes are of that number, and trainers help to get them back in shape. For the love of the game Injuries are a seemingly inevitable part of sports at any level. Even the profes...

Girls soccer makes it rain at Drip, ends Tigers’ reign

Girls soccer makes it rain at Drip, ends Tigers’ reign

By Kristen Tibbetts, McCallum High School

April 19, 2019


Filed under Sports

As the perfect addition to International Women’s Day yesterday, 21 Lady Knights varsity soccer players deserve their names all over the McCallum Wall of Notable Women after a 1-0 victory over the previously undefeated Dripping Springs Tigers. Dripping Springs has been a tough opponent for McCallum...

From a failed dream to a future Olympian

From a failed dream to a future Olympian

By Zoe DeYoung, Parkway West High School

April 19, 2019


Filed under Sports

"Speechless." That is how sophomore Karen Trevor-Roberts describes the moment she discovered she will be attending Sport EuroTour Drivjer GK Academy in Amsterdam, deemed to have the “top training and competition abroad,” for field hockey goalies. While eating lunch at West County Mall, Trevor...

If Guys Can Do It So Can Girls: High school sports should be coed

If Guys Can Do It So Can Girls: High school sports should be coed

By Makayla DePinto, Mayfield High School

April 19, 2019


Filed under Sports

If boys can play on female sports teams, then girls should play on male sports teams. If the constitution states that everyone is equal then shouldn’t sports follow that rule? In the article “Could high school sports be coed” by Dana Benbow it mentioned that in 1979 Ben Davis High School in...

Ryan Custer reflects on his time at Elder High School

Ryan Custer reflects on his time at Elder High School

By Maxwell Deters '19, Elder High School

April 19, 2019


Filed under Sports

Roughly two years ago, Ryan Custer '16 was injured at a party in Oxford. He jumped into a makeshift pool, severely injuring his spinal cord. Now, he uses a wheelchair to get around and needs a lot of assistance from his parents and siblings. Ryan is partially paralyzed and visits Good Samaritan Hospital...

Trust and Commitment

Trust and Commitment

By Alyssa Bailey, Liberty High School

April 19, 2019


Filed under Sports

Playing a sport in high school only lasts for so long, but the memory of who inspired you to grow as an athlete carries throughout the rest of your life. For many athletes, their inspiration and determination comes from their coach. A coach has various jobs, which range from giving advice and guidance...

Golden trio surrounded by rivalry, love

Golden trio surrounded by rivalry, love

By Gabby Norman, Kingwood Park High School

April 18, 2019


Filed under Sports

If there’s one thing the Golden siblings can’t agree on, it’s who would win in a race. They all know that John, a junior and the oldest of the three at Kingwood Park, would come in first, but the potential 2nd and 3rd places cause quite a disagreement between sophomore Victoria and freshman Grant. ...

Swinging for the fences

Swinging for the fences

By Alex Ketcham, Lake Zurich High School

April 18, 2019


Filed under Sports

Having your future decided at 16 may be daunting to most high schoolers. However, for this student, it is motivation. Tyler Snep, senior, committed to play baseball at the University of Iowa his sophomore year, and recently made it official by signing the paperwork on Early National Signing Day. “It ...

Opinion: WPIAL Softball mercy rule needs revisions

Opinion: WPIAL Softball mercy rule needs revisions

By Lindsay Bonetti, Baldwin High School

April 11, 2019


Filed under Sports

Our team was winning 26-0, it was my fourth time up to bat in a first inning that already had lasted for over an hour, and all I could think about was: How much longer will this last? Baldwin varsity softball’s home opener on March 26 was halted in the third inning due to the “mercy rule.” We...

Sports attract all body types

Sports attract all body types

By Jasmin Lykke, Richmond High School

April 10, 2019


Filed under Sports

The room is filled with people, everyone’s eyes are on self-conscious Brooke. She glances around at her diverse team, comparing herself to her teammates. She imagines the spectators’ judgments about her looks, wondering if her body is acceptable in her sport compared to her teammates’. Some sports ...

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