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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

New Trier girls wrestlers celebrate following victory at first official CSL tournament on Jan. 20

NT girls wrestling rises in third season

By Neil Sanderson, NEW TRIER HIGH SCHOOL February 22, 2024

After months of hard work and a successful winter season, two New Trier girls wrestlers are headed to the IHSA state championship this weekend. However, even as the emerging sport grows, some argue that...

Illustration by Halle Konicki

Game changer

By Ashvika Maddikonda, West Shore Junior/Senior High School February 22, 2024

Athletic Director Tony Riopelle was relieved to hear that the school district would begin paying for referees this year, which usually cost the school $20,000 to $35,000 dollars per year. This additional...

Junior Parker Silagy poses outside of his Anatomy classroom.

Synch or Swim

By Ria Gupta, Troy High School - MI February 20, 2024

Parker Silagy is many things, but a coward is not one of them. While most might be daunted by joining a traditionally all-girls synchronized swimming team, the junior takes it in stride.  “I don’t...

Figure skater Brooke Gewalt, 22 MCHS alum, glides across the rink. Gewalt competed at the 2024 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Proving the impossible

By Rose Wenckebach, McHenry High School February 19, 2024

Imagine you are a senior in high school, waking up at 5 a.m. everyday to chase the “impossible” dream. MCHS alum Brooke Gewalt did just that, waking up for early practices, training for Team USA all...

Senior Olivia LaBelle runs a 8.68 second 55-meter hurdles at the Northeast Invitational on Jan. 13, 2024; LaBelle finished first in her heat and second overall, securing her number four in the state.

Indoor track has unprecedented record-breaking season

By Laney Halsey and Kyle Miller February 19, 2024

The boys’ and girls’ indoor track teams are experiencing a season of historic proportions, made exceptional by not only the teams’ successes but also by the record breaking achievements that can...

Senior Zilynn Watt spent her high school career being a 5 sport athlete.

The Final Whistleblow

By Madison Puckett, Hancock High School - MO February 16, 2024

What if you spent years of time in and dedicated to the sports you love? What happens if unforeseen events make you give them up when you are in the finishing stretch? Senior Zilynn Watt has participated...

Senior Lucas Early picks up his opponent and throws him during a regular season match on Nov. 15.

Early to end wrestling career at State Meet

By Grace Darcy, Kingwood Park High School February 16, 2024

With his name officially hanging on the wall in the mat room, senior Lucas Early is on his way to the State Championships once again. “We take a lot of pride in having our names on our wall,” wrestling...

South OC Wave 17u girls team smiles as they were honored on stage in Orlando, Florida. The team has four players from San Juan Hills, one player from Trabuco Hills, and one player from Mission Viejo High School all coming together to represent the Los Angeles Rams.

Four Stallions at Flag Football Championships

By Joaquin Serrato, San Juan Hills High School February 16, 2024

Girls flag football has exploded onto the scene within the past year, considering the fact that it became an official CIF sport in 2023. Four SJHHS varsity players also play for a newly established club...

Looking on from the sideline, Coach Cary Black observes the action from the ongoing game.

A Golden Legacy

By Christopher Alvarez, Klein Forest High School February 15, 2024

The buzzer blares, the boys basketball team pulls off another win in a very close showdown. Coach Cary Black, thinking that this is only an ordinary win, walks to the locker room, only to be jumped at...

Behind the smile: The unseen trials of competitive dance

By Brinda Iyer, Burlingame High School - CA February 15, 2024

When people think of dance, they often picture a twirling ballerina spinning on a stage in a glittery dress with a smile on her face. What they don’t see is the hours of exertion and strength it takes...

The ABL boys spend about an hour and a half each practice that they go to, and they spend most of it scrimmaging and reviewing various scenarios.

Liberty Girls Basketball scout team

By Jocelyn Klein, Liberty High School - North Liberty, Iowa February 14, 2024

Liberty’s Average Basketball League (ABL) had its third season this year. ABL gives boys who do not participate in the actual season a chance to play. Several teams of boys come together to scrimmage...

Head coach David Attaway explains the next drill to the girls at tryouts. Focusing on the basics of the game, Attaway must teach the team proper plays and strategies before their game against Oviedo on Feb. 20.

Girls flag football kicks off

By Nadia Knoblauch, Hagerty High School February 14, 2024

Senior Gabriela Jones watched her pass soar through the air at the perfect arc. Then, she watched as it hit the ground. For girls flag football, everything is new to many players—including catching....

Rayome shaking the hand of her opponent before her match. (Courtesy of Kamile Rayome)

From the Pool to the Mat

By Coralis Colon, Lake Forest High School February 14, 2024

For much of her life, senior Kamile Rayome was a swimmer. But when the Covid lockdown took her out of the pool, she realized that she no longer found any enjoyment in swimming.  As soon as Covid restrictions...

Senior Paris Bradley prepares to push the ball down court after recovering the ball from Ryan players. The game took place on Nov. 28 and the team won 58-36.

Point by point

By Shiren Noorani, Hebron High School February 14, 2024

She’s been playing basketball for as long as she can remember.  Her parents put her into sports to learn some lessons, but as she began to grow an immense love and passion for the sport, zero points...

Next level

By Drew Newlin, West Shore Junior/Senior High School February 14, 2024

Entering the locker room, 2022 graduate Bree Ehmer is met with disco lighting, music blasting and energetic dancing as the team engages in its pregame ritual. After dedicating a bulk of her young life...

GETTING A GRIP: Junior Cooper Lieberknecht scales a wall with a negative incline.  Lieberknecht competes in rock climbing at Crux Climbing Center.

Junior mountaineer scales his way to the top

By Michael Vienneau, James Bowie High School February 14, 2024

Fingers clutched up against the crimps, junior Cooper Lieberknecht uses his unique strength and problem solving to continue his away up the wall. Lieberknecht has been climbing for two years, beginning...

Girls Basketball Wins at 1986 ‘Hoosiers’ Movie Set

By Hailey Neuner, Marquette High School February 12, 2024

The 1986 film “Hoosiers” recreates Milan High School basketball’s improbable win in the Indiana State Championship in 1954 under a newly hired but highly criticized coach Norman Dale, played by Academy-winning...

Graphic by Daphne Huang

Paddling into popularity

By Sania Nadkarni, Lauren Chuu, and Stephanie Zhang February 12, 2024

PE teacher Dasha Plaza first heard about pickleball nearly 12 years ago when she began teaching at MVHS. Pickleball, a racquet sport that initially used ping pong paddles and plastic balls, was first created...

Junior Joshua Saldana trains with the AD Alcorcon Academy in Spain. The experience has been like no other, Saldana said.

Saldana scouted by Spanish Academy, trains with Alcorcon in Spain

By Clare Kirwan, Harrisonburg High School February 9, 2024

He sat watching the ruby red jerseys run back and forth on the pitch. At age four, watching Barcelona (Barca) play on his TV, Saldana didn’t know how much of an impact the sport of soccer would have...

Wiseman dribbles the ball away from an opposing player during a club team game.

Shooting for the Stars and Stripes

By Naomi Di-Capua, McCallum High School February 9, 2024

When freshman Ellie Wiseman first got a message from her club soccer coach that a United States national team scout would be watching her game, she blew it off.  “I didn't really think much of it,”...

Tightening down the win. Junior Luke Sipes grabs the waist of a Hollidaysburg wrestler. Sipes won  the match against Hollidaysburg leading Altoona to victory.

Taking down 100 on the mat

By Jaidyn Palladini, Altoona Area High School February 8, 2024

On Jan. 26-27, the wrestling team took part in the Ultimate Warrior Tournament at West Branch High School. The team placed 11th out of a total of 44 teams. Along with placing in the top 15, junior Luke...

Coming Out on the Court

By Emme Bernard, Francis Howell Central High School February 8, 2024

During lacrosse practice, senior Sam Dobbins walked up to their head coach. They anxiously thought about the conversation at hand. They were going to tell them what pronouns they go by. “Okay sounds...

Freshman Aidan Antonio is an athlete on the 
Woodbridge High Cross Country team. He is dedicated to his sport as he is one of the top three in the nation, sub-division 16 and one of the top ten athletes in the Pacific Coast League.

This Woodbridge High Cross-Country Star Shatters Multiple State Records

By Siyona Choudhry, Woodbridge High School February 8, 2024

As the last 400 meters of the track came up, Aidan Antonio used all his strength and pushed through to the finish line, leaving all the other runners in the dust. Among the class of 2027, Woodbridge...

Milestones on the mat

By Serena Liu, Parkway West High School February 8, 2024

A sharp whistle blows. From the mat in the center of the gym, a referee raises an exhausted wrestler’s hand, declaring them the match winner. The crowd erupts into cheers. Meanwhile, on the sidelines,...

The San Francisco 49ers played the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 8.


By Kate Jesperson, Marquette High School February 7, 2024

Running down the field, Kara Miller, senior, carried the American flag across the snowy turf of Arrowhead Stadium at a Kansas City Chiefs home game in the sixth grade. “With my family being season...

A “full circle” moment: Matt Bryant’s call up to Gophers hockey

By Eitan Schoenberg, University of Minnesota February 6, 2024

Matt Bryant sat on a bench with the Gophers locker room on his left. Recalling his time with the club team, he turned to his right and pointed at a maroon door. “For club, our locker room is actually...

Maki Makes History

By Kaylee Jackson '24, Nonnewaug High School February 6, 2024

WOODBURY – Playing ball in the backyard is often the first sports memory for any athlete. It’s this memory that ignites that athletic flame for some to continually pursue a dream: reaching the pinnacle...

From St. Pölten red to McCallum blue

By Maya Tackett, McCallum High School February 5, 2024

Walking out of tryouts for the under-18 Austrian national basketball team in February, then sophomore Ella Burns was nervous and hopeful she didn’t make any mistakes. After waiting a month to find out...

Coppell sophomore Emery Darrow attempts a reverse pike dive at Coppell YMCA on Jan. 24. As Coppell dive team captain, Darrow has broken several school records and consistently places in competition.

Diving for greatness

By Namir Awan, Coppell High School February 2, 2024

Confidence.  Confidence is what Coppell sophomore dive captain Emery Darrow must meticulously demonstrate when she steps onto the diving board. Looming beneath her? A 10-foot monster unlike any...

Freshmen girls are making an impact on winter sports teams. Pictured in the front row: Addison Blons, Marie Wakefield, Rionna Martin, Amerie West and Courtney Scott. Back row: Isa Price, Sydney Ortiz, Peyton Smithson, Journie Feliciano and Alyssa Toppass.

Varsity squads benefit from strong freshman class

By Tricia Darcy, Kingwood Park High School February 2, 2024

Throughout the winter sports seasons, the freshman class has shown they have motivation to succeed.  Goalkeeper Peyton Smithson has already made an impression on the varsity soccer team. For Smithson...

Goldy Stephens in the wrestling gym at LHS.

Stephens leads girls wrestling team with confidence

By Natasha Torkzaban, Lawrence High School February 2, 2024

Wrestler Goldy Stephens knows success is all about confidence. As coaches tell the sophomore: “Wake up in the morning and be like, ‘I’m the s**t.’ ” Stephens, in her second year wrestling,...

Freshman Sarah Paisley Owen competes in the Speedo Junior National Championships. Owen finished the 50-meter freestyle in 25.61 seconds qualifying her for the 2024 Olympic Trials.

Freshman Owen shatters records, earns spot in 2024 Olympic Trials

By Cate Barton, Midtown High School February 1, 2024

Fifteen year-old freshman Sarah Paisley Owen has secured her place to compete in the 2024 Olympic Trials.  In the 100-yard free, Owen broke a 22-year-old Georgia Local Swimming Committee 13-14 age...

A look at the unsung job of a basketball referee

By Brady McGuire, Shaler Area High School February 1, 2024

As basketball season gets into full swing, hopefully you have the opportunity to check out a game whether it may be youth league, high school, college, or professional. If you have already seen a game,...

Ready to Wrestle

Ready to wrestle

By Gianna Liu and Celia Sadewasser February 1, 2024

Fourteen rows of wrestlers line up in the middle of the Xtream Arena, each holding a sign with their respective weight class. Before the champion matches begin, the girls march onto the mat in the Parade...

Perkins shoots for success, offers

By Connor Rathburn (Junior), Westerville North High School February 1, 2024

With the final buzzer for Tai Perkins’ (2025) junior year right around the corner, Perkins has put himself in the spotlight. He has made big and consistent strides in his junior season. Perkins has been...

Colorado Elk Adventure: Tyrone Student Bags 900 lb. Elk

By Abby Anthony, Tyrone Area High School January 31, 2024

Tyrone sophomore Paige Carper and her family are avid big game hunters. For the last three years, she has gone on a winter hunting adventure for elk, deer, and coyotes high in the Colorado mountains with...

Seniors Madelyn Haas and Mia Schaefer high five before the girls varsity basketball scrimmage on Friday, Nov. 17.

Senior Athletes Reflect on Club Careers

By Hailey Neuner, Marquette High School January 31, 2024

Mia Schaefer, senior, doesn’t have much to worry about when it comes to maintaining chemistry with her teammates. The Mavericks Basketball Organization keeps Schaefer and six other varsity players on...

Mullen attends a football lift where he focuses on his leg muscles.

Student athlete takes part in school community

By Kayla Kucharski, Revere High School January 31, 2024

Toby Mullen takes a deep breath before he steps onto the football field, one last moment of peace before the game begins. He enters the stadium, rushing onto the field, as the crowd cheers. Mullen settles...

Portola High Alumnus Josh Steinberg Finds the ‘Key’ to Success Through Basketball

By Camille Clement and Maya Tedini January 31, 2024

Only 3% of high school basketball players go on to play men’s NCAA basketball. Portola High alumnus and Calvin University junior Josh Steinberg took his basketball career to the next level after graduating...

Members of Creeks cheer hold up the opening banner during the homecoming football game on Oct. 6. During games, many members of the cheer and poms team face discriminatory comments that dont match the amount of respect they deserve.

Sexualized in Sports: Women Need Better Support

By Ava Segale and Serenity Hurtado January 30, 2024

Most male athletes don’t worry about being sexualized when playing a sport. But for many female athletes, including the award winning poms and cheer teams, this harassment isn’t an anomaly. “[When...

Coppell seniors Ava Payne and Karissa Ghodia lead as the 2023-24 girls wrestling team captains. Godhia and Payne apply the values they learn from wrestling in their daily life.
Photo by Sri Achanta

Godhia, Payne’s efforts culminate in wrestling leadership

By Nrithya Mahesh, Coppell High School January 30, 2024

If you ever need to find Coppell High School senior wrestling co-captains Karissa Godhia and Ava Payne, try the wrestling room. After all, they spend four out of eight school periods practicing there....

For the past 26 years, cross country coach Jeff Cramer could be found in Piedmont park, six days a week, working to cultivate relationships with his runners in order to bring out the best in each and every one of them.

Cross country coach Jeff Cramer retires after 26 years

By Molly Thompson, Midtown High School January 30, 2024

Throughout his life, Jeff Cramer has cherished every aspect of cross country, but most of all, Cramer has treasured the connections he has forged with his runners. This year, Cramer completed his 26th...

Senior John Carr practices his dives during 5th period on Jan. 24. He will defend his district diving title on Jan. 26 at the New Caney natatorium.

District diving champ ready to defend title

By Luke Cavallo, Kingwood Park High School January 26, 2024

After a year in which he has shown massive improvements, senior diver John Carr plans to return to State. That goal will start this weekend at the district meet, as he defends his title in one meter diving....

RUNNING ON WATER Roby has enough running shoes in his collection to completely surround his body, like a halo of shoes.

Noah Roby’s Running World

By Will Clifford and Christian Warner January 26, 2024

While junior Noah Roby was warming up for a cross country meet, he noticed something peculiar. One of his competitors was wearing the Hoka Bondi 8’s. To the untrained eye, they look like any other shoe....

Plant hosted the University of Georgia’s head football coach, Kirby Smart, on Jan. 25 during third and fourth period. Smart and his team are one of the many universities that has visited Plant over the past few months.

Sic’ Em Panthers! UGA’s Kirby Smart Visits Plant

By Bella Johnson, HB Plant Senior High School - Newspaper January 26, 2024

Colleges from all over the country such as Texas Christian University, Indiana University, University of Florida (UF) and Ohio State University have visited Plant to meet potential athletes for almost...

Cal High senior Maren Lee practices artistic swimming, a sport she has been involved with since the seventh grade. Her competitive team, Walnut Creek Aquanauts, earned bronze at the 2022-23 USA Artistic Swimming Junior Olympics Championship.

Maren Lee earns bronze at Junior Olympics

By Saya Kubo, California High School - CA January 24, 2024

Dive into the rhythmic world Cal High senior Maren Lee lives in, where the pool becomes a canvas for her artistic swimming. Underneath the splashes and whirls, there is a challenge and dedication to the...

Baseball coach Marc Johnson, who has been coaching at Creek since 1973, announced his retirement in October, marking the end of a 50 year career. Over the course of his time at Creek, Johnson has led the team to a number of victories and state records, and has also worked to foster the teams positive relationship with the community.

50 Years in the Making: Legendary Baseball Coach Marc Johnson Announces Retirement

By Quinn Rudnick, Cherry Creek High School January 23, 2024

Marc Johnson has been coaching Creek baseball since 1973. Over his 50 years of coaching, he has accumulated eight state titles, six runner-ups, 846 wins, and 32 Centennial League championships. But...

Gene Steratore: a look behind the scenes of life as a referee and TV analyst

By Matt Purucker, Shaler Area High School January 23, 2024

Gene Steratore’s officiating career culminated in being the referee of the biggest game in football, but it took him a long time to reach that mountaintop. As both an NFL and college basketball referee,...

Junior Ema Djordjevic prepares to serve against Wootton HS in the county championship game.

Djordjevic lifts Rockets to first state title

By Sophia Wang, Richard Montgomery High School - MD January 23, 2024

The 2023 fall season marked over 400 career kills and over 500 assists for varsity volleyball player junior Ema Djordjevic. Djordjevic has been on Richard Montgomery’s varsity volleyball team since freshman...

Justin Ma lunges towards the net, looking to catch the shuttlecock early. Photo courtesy of Justin Ma | Used with permission

King of the court

By Daphne Huang and Lauren Chuu January 19, 2024

To spare his mother an extra car ride, MVHS ‘15 alum Justin Ma started attending badminton classes at Bintang — the same gym as his older brother, Jack Ma — when he was 10. Phu Khuu, the owner of...

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