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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The Coppell girls basketball team plays at Coppell High School Arena. Staff writer Ava Johnson reports the systematic and cyclical issues behind the disparities in womens’ sports and journalism.

Separate playing fields: The systematic gender stigma in sports

By Ava Johnson, Coppell High School May 25, 2023

The clock reads 8:30 p.m. as the Coppell boys basketball team jogs onto the court. It’s a cold and rainy February night at Coppell High School, but an incandescent glow radiates inside the arena. There...

Club lacrosse team Fire Lacrosse holds up sticks to cheer after a practice at John Adams Middle School. High school soccer goalie and club volleyball player Serenity Jones-Nwankwo said she has played through and not been fully honest about her injuries because she would rather play hurt than not play at all.

Managing athletic injuries: High school, collegiate concussion protocols, injury awareness

By Claire Doyle, Archer School for Girls May 24, 2023

"How many fingers am I holding up?" "Are you dizzy?" "Nauseous?" These are all questions used to diagnose concussions in athletes. According to Stanford Medicine, of the 30 million children and teenagers...

Coach Brendan Adams throws the frisbee during a match with his old team. He got his start playing frisbee at Texas A&M.

Adams captains pro frisbee team

By Jacob Valcarce, Kingwood Park High School May 24, 2023

In 2014, math teacher and coach Brendan Adams was just a junior at Texas A&M. Adams, with only so much experience, tried out and made it to the school’s frisbee team. Adams played his junior and...

Senior Owen Taylor swings at the ball during practice on Monday, March 13, on the Sunny Hills tennis court.

GAME BALL: Senior manages playing boys tennis, volleyball in same season

By Grace Min, Sunny Hills High School May 23, 2023

Two years ago, senior Owen Taylor decided to add a new dimension to his tennis game – volleyball. Having played on the varsity boys tennis squad since his freshman year, Taylor tried out for the boys...

16 year old Alyssa Jurado 25 proudly dons El-Salvador U-18s uniform

Student scores spot on El Salvador U-18 soccer team

By Areeshah Farooq '23 , ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN HIGH SCHOOL May 23, 2023

Sophomore Alyssa Jurado’s soccer skills are clear-cut as she was immediately accepted into El Salvador’s U-18 team upon referral. She was then invited to tryout for the U-20 team and elected to play...

Sophomore Vince Incorvati looks on as his brother, senior Dom Incorvati, invites his girlfriend to Homecoming after scoring a goal at home.

Rocket siblings are good sports about playing, competing together

By Raegan Collins, Streetsboro High School May 19, 2023

Growing up, a lot of siblings have played sports together. While sometimes fun, and other times stressful, being teammates has helped them bond and build their relationships. “It's more fun being...

The proposal reignited debate over the eligibility of transgender student athletes to compete, with some arguing that Title IX should protect fairness and inclusivity in womens sports.

New Biden proposal addresses transgender athletes

By Nicole Ge, Lynbrook High School - CA May 18, 2023

On April 6, the Biden Administration and the U.S. Department of Education proposed a rule that offers educational institutions a new framework for formulating eligibility standards for transgender student-athletes....

Sophomore Skylar Nguyen has been practicing aerial silk since her freshman year and is continuing to grow her skillset with more difficult movements. “Usually when it comes to doing my drops the first time is always the scariest,” Nguyen said. “Im usually high in the air, so its not like anyone can really, like, help guide my back. Usually though, after practicing it a couple times, I get used to the height and the drop and the technique.”

Grace Through Silk: Sophomore Skylar Nguyen Finds her Art Form Through Aerial Silk

By Arshia Sista and Shaina Taebi May 17, 2023

Sophomore Skylar Nguyen finds her art form within different hues of silk. As pastel-colored silks hang from the ceiling, flowing down in waves, Nguyen takes on the performance of aerial silk which is the...

Lunging for the ball, senior Julia Liguore looks for a pass. Liguore was a starter and team captain of the varsity soccer team. “[My favorite thing about] high school soccer is getting to play in a stadium, getting [my] name called out and running out through the [player] tunnel,” Liguore said.

The net ninja

By Ruthvi Tadakamalla, Parkway West High School May 17, 2023

Arms pumping, heart pounding and sweat dripping, senior Julia Liguore dribbles toward the goal. She spins around one, two, three players before shooting the ball, which swooshes up against the back of...

The Rise of St. Louis’ Street League

By Diego Perez Palomino, Parkway Central High School May 17, 2023

St. Louis City SC, our city's newly founded Major League Soccer team, has had a significant impact on the community. Since the team's debut in February, there has been a growing sense of pride in the sport;...

Senior Chetnaa Prasad is batting in a cricket game. She is a member of the USA Women’s National and Womens National Under 19 Training groups.

Carrying the bat

By Kalyani Puthenpurayil, Monta Vista High School May 12, 2023

“Chetnaa, you got on the team!”  One day in early 2021, senior Chetnaa Prasad heard her dad’s loud voice at 4 a.m., and still in bed, she opened her eyes wondering why she was being woken up...

Periods are natural monthly discharges of blood from a female’s uterus that typically last for two to seven days, and often bring on abdominal cramps, mood swings and muscle aches — the severities of which vary from person to person.

Female athletes versus menstruation

By Susanna Tang, Lynbrook High School - CA May 11, 2023

About half of the Lynbrook student body experiences “that time of the month”: that time of the month when you may feel more moody; that time of the month when your joints may ache; that time of the...

(From left to right) Scarlett Class, Coach Jessica Huber, and Aiden Graham practicing ball handling skills on their first day of the season on Apr. 18th. Practice was moved indoors due to heavy rain.

Kicking stigmas aside with unified soccer

By Klaira Zhang (she/her), Inglemoor High School May 11, 2023

Unified sports joins people with and without disabilities together on the same team. The main goal is for people to train, play, and build friendships together between people of all abilities. This spring...

Referees and athletes discuss the benefits and difficulties with reffing today in the Midwest region.

Where’s the whistle?

By Ella De Young, West High School May 8, 2023

From California to Minnesota, New Hampshire and Indiana, news stories nationwide detail a shortage of officials for various sports at different levels within the past year. Iowa is no exception — a noticeable...

TUMBLING TWINS: High up on the rings, senior Akshay Puri engages in a difficult routine at gymnastics practice. He and his twin brother, Kavan Puri, are accomplished student  athletes who find strength in family.

Balancing Act: A brotherly bond drives twin gymnasts Akshay and Kavan Puri to success

By William Tan, University of Chicago Laboratory High School May 8, 2023

Walking into the Lakeshore Academy gym is like entering the big top tent of the Ringling Bros. Circus — chalk dust swirls through the air and gymnasts of all ages tumble from every direction. At...

Sophie Dumanski poses in front of the Golden Gate Bridge with her teammate after swimming its length. Accomplishing this goal helped raise money for the Neptune Swimming Foundation and water safety.

Sophie Dumanski swims beyond limits for water safety

By MJ Martinez, Sports Editor and Asiana Guang, Faith in Action Editor, Xavier College Preparatory May 8, 2023

Some went to concerts. Others went on vacation or stayed home for spring break. Sophie Dumanski ‘26, however, swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco, all in the span of 26 minutes on April 15. Then on the...

Walker and Bednar linked by more than WPIAL roots

By Andrew Deal, Shaler Area High School May 8, 2023

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had players from as far away as South Korea, Japan, India and Lithuania on their roster at some point in team history, but recently two of their players, Pine-Richland's Neil...

Silberman, Hawkings, and Belinkie answer questions from audience members during the event.

School hosts blue carpet event for cross country team


In past years members of the CESJDS cross country team have been faced with a difficult decision. Many of the more observant members of the team had to choose whether or not to run in the state championship,...

Kimberly Wiese makes her international debut, representing Team USA in the Women 71kg class.

Kimberly Wiese represents Team USA’s Weightlifting Team

By Emily Wong, Dougherty Valley High School May 8, 2023

Junior Kimberly Wiese represented Team USA, which placed second out of the 58 competing countries, at the 2023 International Weightlifting Federation Youth World Championships from March 25 to April 1...

Khylen Murray (12) celebrates the last football game on Oct. 27, 2022. Murray and Alyssa Winston (12) were the only seniors on the 2022-23 football cheer team.

Murray challenges cheerleading gender norms

By Hannah Lam, White Station High School May 5, 2023

Pom-poms, mini skirts and hair bows often represent the epitome of a cheerleader. However, Khylen Murray (12) disbands what most people view as a stereotypical cheerleader as the only male on the Spartan...

At the Tokyo marathon, math teacher Steven Stallis poses before recieving his medal. Stallis ran his personal record at the marathon, finishing 128 out of 27,927 racers.

Racing against the odds

By Samantha Haney, Lafayette High School May 5, 2023

Although finding time to train among his busy life can be difficult, math teacher Steven Stallis has managed to beat personal record after personal record, leading to experiences he hadn’t even considered...

In front of the Laurie Martin Championship Court, a bench with Martin’s face and name was created. The bench allows the spirit of Martin to be around the players who are playing on the court.

A tennis court with a deeper meaning: Honoring Laurie Martin

On Monday, June 6, 2022 Laurie Martin, a 17-year varsity tennis coach at Xavier College Prep, passed away. Martin suffered a brain injury due to a fall, leaving behind her husband Stan, her daughters Amanda,...

Sophomore Mateo Allen-Aguirre gets ready for a speed workout by running 50 meter strides and doing drills to warm up his body. “My aspiration is mainly to see how hard I can push myself both mentally and physically to attain a level of commitment that is uncommon,” Allen-Aguirre said.

Sophomore Mateo Allen-Aguirre Races to New School Records in Track

By Aditi Salunkhe, Portola High School May 4, 2023

With adrenaline coursing through his veins, sophomore Mateo Allen-Aguirre sprints down the last 100 meter stretch of the track, passing two other runners to win the 1600 meter race. As he collapses on...

St. Andrew’s South African rugby team poses with the Staples boys’ rugby team at the Gonzaga Rugby Classic Tournament.

Staples boys’ rugby team welcomes South Africans to Westport

By Madison Mayr ’24, Staples High School May 4, 2023

The bus rolled into the Staples High School parking lot on April 15. The boys’ rugby team anxiously stood, waiting for its arrival. The doors opened, and the first of the visiting team came out, carrying...

Senior Hannah Leierer pitches against Dayton in April. She will play at Campbell University in the fall.

Leierer’s persistent pitch pays off

By Maya Ortiz, Kingwood Park High School May 3, 2023

Chuck Leierer sat and listened as his 8-year-old daughter Hannah begged to pitch. The intense college football coach looked at the little girl and could not picture it. His first instincts were to dissuade...

Junior Tyler Cherry looks to snap the ball in the state title game against Carroll on Nov. 25. The Trojans won 35-9.

Who’s next?

By Gourav Pany, Center Grove High School May 3, 2023

It won’t stop buzzing. Sitting in his Geometry class, junior Tyler Cherry should be focusing on triangle proofs and circle theorems. But Cherry isn’t. Every time his phone vibrates, it could be a...

Reaching new heights, Watts sprints the 300 meter hurdles at the 2023 Northwest Invitational track meet. With her best time at 48.27 seconds, Watts qualified for the 2022 MSHSAA Track and Field State Championships and placed 11th as a junior. “My greatest accomplishment is competing at [the state championships]. I remember breaking two personal records at Conference and medaling in all of my events and feeling on top of the world. I knew at that moment that I had a chance to go to state. My favorite track memory is running the 300 hurdles at sectionals and getting fourth, barely making it to state. I remember finishing the race and running toward my hurdles coach [Kat] Briggs and yelling ‘Did I make it? Did I make it?’ She gave me the biggest smile and hug and said I made it to state,” Watts said.

Senior Cece Watts named St. Louis Post Dispatch Scholar Athlete

By Makinsey Drake, Parkway West High School May 3, 2023

Senior Cece Watts was one of 18 students awarded the St. Louis Post Dispatch Scholar Athlete award this past Wednesday. In its 57th year, the program honors one student from every area school, the requirements...

Sophomore Callen Romell poses with her district team championship medal. Romell also placed second individually
at the 5A district

Callen on the course

By Elena Ulack, McCallum High School May 1, 2023

Sophomore Callen Romell started playing golf at 5 years old, and ever since, all of her free time has been spent on the golf course. “My dad coached at a program called First Tee, so when I was old...

The entire Fossil Ridge varsity baseball team at Coors Field.

More than a game: Fossil baseball takes on Coors Field during foundation game

By Dylan Heinrich, Fossil Ridge High School May 1, 2023

When people ask about a game, the only thing they really care about is the score. As it boils down to it, sports are all about winners and losers. But for games like this, the final score tells none of...

Quinnipiac Chronicle sports editor and PI alum Cameron Levasseur ‘21 arrives at the 2023 men’s Frozen Four site in Tampa on April 8.

Anchor alum covers Division I Frozen Four championship

By Cassidy Carlisle, Presque Isle High School April 26, 2023

In the journalism lab in room 129, there's a row of awards with one name in common: Cameron Levasseur.  While some step into the Anchor classroom looking to fulfill a fine arts credits, Cameron saw it...

Ashlyn and Amyra Snyder are enjoying their time working together as pitcher and catcher for the B-A softball team.

Softball sisters form special tandem

By Tighe Eaken Jr., Bellwood-Antis High School April 26, 2023

Two members of the Bellwood-Antis softball team are carrying on a family tradition, and in the process creating a very special pitching/catching duo. The tandem consists of senior Ashlyn Snyder and...

Seniors Jackson Tweed and Sophia Rososki at New Balance Nationals in Boston, Massachusetts. They were held March 9 through the 12, and both Tweed and Rososki competed solely in pole vaulting.

Seniors Sophia Roskoski, Jackson Tweed compete in nationals

By Bailey Holmes and Garin Warner April 26, 2023

Driving down the track with a pole as long as 17 feet, the hot sun beats down on the black rubber and reflects back into the eyes of an athlete feeling the pressure of if they're making it over this time...

Junior Kai Uemura competes on the parallel bars at the Junior World Championship in Antalya, Turkey.

Uemura In Antalya

By Benjamin Kagan, Francis W. Parker School April 25, 2023

On Friday, March 24, junior Kai Uemura boarded a flight at O’Hare International Airport, bound for Antalya, Turkey. Uemura was heading off to Turkey to represent Team USA in the Federation International...

Sam Paris ’23 represents Team USA as a Skyliner Senior Synchronized Skater.

Team USA competitors juggle athletic, academic pursuits

By Paige Tighe ’24, Staples High School April 25, 2023

Three math problems left. Five minutes until the performance. She frantically continues with her worksheet, eager to get it done before the other team finishes its routine. One problem left. The music...

THROWING HEAT. Sending the ball as far as she can, sophomore Madison Leverette throws the softball at The Woodlands High School meet.

Special Olympics provides venue for success for members of Champions Academy

By Stone Chapman, Willis High School April 17, 2023

Running a track or throwing a ball might seem easy for some students, but for others, working up the courage or energy to hit a softball can be challenging. Students in the Champions Academy prove...

The amount of injuries that a track can cause is a lot, especially a track with not as much bounce and cushion.

Let’s crack down on the track

By Paetyn Rector, West Linn High School April 13, 2023

Running tracks can last 20—30 years. That is, they can, if monitored frequently and used correctly. Proper upkeep may  include preventing misuse by athletes, routine maintenance, and overall making...

New boys field hockey league comes to Parkway

By Risa Cidoni, Parkway West High School April 13, 2023

Starting this March, a new spring sport is coming to Parkway: boys field hockey. Established by girls field hockey coach Dawn Callahan, the Boys Inaugural Field Hockey League is an opportunity for boys...

Junior Rose Chambers climbs a boulder problem at Rock’n and Jam’n, which closed Feb. 28. “So much of my life happened there,” Chambers said. “It’s really upsetting to have to let go of a place so important to me. It saw me grow up.”

Creek Climbers Mourn Loss of Indoor Rock Climbing Institution

By Katya Roudakov, Cherry Creek High School April 13, 2023

Junior Sophia Diaz-DaCruz began rock climbing less than two years ago, dragged to an indoor climbing gym by her dad and brother. Then, an employee offered to belay her, she got on the wall for the first...

Baldwin softball hired coaches Steve Dadig 
(bottom left) and Ron Santillo and their daughters Taylor Dadig (top left) and Carly Santillo.

Father-daughter coaching duos hope to help softball program

By Allison Huschak and Leila Usanovic April 12, 2023

Their dads once coached them in youth softball, and then cheered for them throughout their college playing careers. Now Baldwin alums Carly Santillo and Taylor Dadig are back at Baldwin, helping their...

Freshman Srimayi Sriram aims to hit the shuttlecock during a practice game at Northern Virginia Badminton Club (NVBC).

Badminton serves as backyard, professional sport

By Hansika Gautama, Chantilly High School April 11, 2023

With around 220 million people playing it each year, badminton is the second most popular sport in the world, according to PledgeSports. However, in the U.S., badminton doesn’t have a large following...

Madeleine King cries in joy as she breaks the tape as the first woman to cross the 2023 Shamrock Marathon finish line on March 20, 2023.

Madeleine King, born to win

By Khadija Sissoko, Ocean Lakes High School April 7, 2023

Cross country runner and Class of 2017 Ocean Lakes graduate Madeleine King continues to inspire those around her.  With a time of 2:44.42, King placed first for women in the recent 2023 Shamrock Marathon...

Senior Hayden Bender rushes toward the end zone while pulling defenders in a regular season game this fall.

Davidson offers Bender opportunity to serve, play

By Yusra Hasan, Kingwood Park High School April 6, 2023

Senior Hayden Bender kickstarted his football career at the age of seven when he first joined the Kingwood Football League and became a quarterback. Bender’s parents were hesitant at first, concerned...

Junior Alex Shiffler (center row, fourth from left) smiles with her synchronized skating team, the Lexettes after winning the Spring Cup. The Spring Cup is a figure skating competition that took place in Milan, Italy. During the competition, the Lexettes won first place with a cumulative score of 188.5 points for its short and free programs.

Alex Shiffler: Synchronized skating worldwide

By Aimee Smith, Wayland High School April 4, 2023

For some people, the winter months mean bundling up in a warm blanket at home. However, junior Alex Shiffler has spent a significant part of the past few months on a freezing ice rink, figure skating with...

Tahoe resident Regan Clute trains for a giant slalom race at her home mountain, Palisades Tahoe.

Teen skier races to qualify for the Olympics

By Samantha Crowther, Carlmont High School April 3, 2023

There is a higher chance of picking a four-leaf clover, getting into Harvard, or living to 110 years old than making it to the Olympics. According to Bill Mallon, co-founder of the International Society...

Junior Nathan Nagy started his spring break as a starter for the Knights as they started district play against Crockett on Monday March 13. Nagy combined with reliever Sam Stevens to extinguish the Cougar offense as the Knights won at Northwest Park going away, 10-0.

From T-ball to team leader

By Lanie Sepehri, McCallum High School April 3, 2023

When it comes to baseball, junior Nathan Nagy knows exactly what he’s doing. Because it’s part of him. It’s been part of him since he was 4 years old playing T-ball with Northwest Little League....

Junior Bradley Dulay races with other athletes at the 2023 RustBuster Invitational

Right On Track

By Lily Jiang, Monta Vista High School March 31, 2023

Tanay Parikh: Long Distance Events Sophomore Tanay Parikh first joined track and field in sixth grade, starting with the long jump as his first event. He was also a part of the cross country team in sixth...

Baldwin High School serves the Baldwin, Whitehall, and Baldwin Township communities.

New venue, same values: Athletes who became teachers

By Purbalite Staff, Baldwin High School - PA March 30, 2023

While students look to social media for inspirational sports figures, they sometimes fail to notice the teachers that they interact with on a daily basis who were once athletes themselves. These teachers...

Junior Alex Reichmann leads a pack of three while racing.

Pedal to the medal

By Sasha Karasik, CHARLES E SMITH JEWISH DAY SCHOOL March 30, 2023

As he takes a glance at his opponents, anxious sweat drips from his face. Junior Alex Reichmann prepares himself for the 2022 USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships. Since starting his biking...

Coppell High School senior high jumper Megan Judd trains at Buddy Echols Field on March 21. Judd set a school record of 5 feet, 9 inches on the high jump at Coppell Relays on March 4.

Trusting in the tune

By Shrayes Gunna, Coppell High School March 30, 2023

Before the sun rises, Coppell High School senior high jumper Megan Judd laces her Nike High Jump Spikes and sinks down into the tattered olive school bus seats as she awaits the Flower Mound Jaguar Invitational. She...

From left to right: Jack Elking, Lydia Elkings mother Kerry, Dani Elking and coach Kleekamp stand with Lydias framed St. Louis Scott Gallagher and Liberty jerseys.

Lydia Elking Memorialized at Girls Soccer Home Opener

By Gavin Block, Wentzville Liberty High School March 29, 2023

An immense amount of people from the community gathered at the varsity girls soccer team’s opening home match on the evening of Monday, March 20, to honor the memory of Liberty sophomore Lydia Elking,...

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