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After 32 years of running, they finally made it

After 32 years of running, they finally made it

By Karoline Jacobs, Triton High School

December 19, 2018


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For the first time in 32 years, the triton girls cross country team has gone undefeated. “I never thought I would play a sport that would win a CAL, and it still hasn’t settled in that we have one of the best records in Triton history,” said junior Kerry Power. The Triton Cross Country team...

Nick Smith: You have to know that you’re going to make a save

Nick Smith: You have to know that you’re going to make a save

By Kate Balicki, Wayland High School

December 19, 2018


Filed under Sports

Senior goalie Nick Smith has been a key member of the boys varsity soccer team for the past two years. In 2017, Smith helped advance the Warriors to the sectional semifinals. In 2018, his exceptional effort in goal led the Warriors to win the Division 3 State Championship. Smith started playing soccer...

Spiking Sophia

Spiking Sophia

By Sofia Erlin, Clayton High School

December 19, 2018


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The stands watched silently as the Clayton and Ladue varsity volleyball teams battled for the winner of Volley for a Cure. The rally went on for a few minutes before the ball was set outside. CHS sophomore Sophia Boyd leaped up and slammed the ball down, scoring another point for Clayton. While Clayton...

Girl’s cross country’s second place finish is best state performance since 1990

Girl’s cross country’s second place finish is best state performance since 1990

By Claire Smout, Parkway West High School

December 18, 2018


Filed under Sports

A moment of quietness and stillness. Then the gun goes off and an anticipatory shout rises from the crowd. After the runners go by, flocks of parents, teammates and coaches scatter every direction to line the course in order watch the race unfold. The state cross country meet has just begun. After ...

Fully immersed

Fully immersed

By Sally Parampottil, Coppell High School

December 18, 2018


Filed under Sports

It started with a toddler’s size seven pair of skates which had been worn by her two older brothers. When 2-year-old Romy Thibeault pushed off for the first time on the ice, she also pushed off into what would become the object of her infatuation: hockey. The years passed and Thibeault immersed hers...

South sports in jeopardy after recent budget cuts

South sports in jeopardy after recent budget cuts

By Eamonn Briem, South High School

December 18, 2018


Filed under Sports

Over the past 2 years the entire district has been facing harsh budget cuts that have severely affected various school sports in a multitude of ways, “It's hard to cut from what we had because we have nothing.. Equipment budget, supply budget, coaching budget we still don't have it” said Amy Carda...

More than a statistic: Dealing with an ACL tear

More than a statistic: Dealing with an ACL tear

By Macy Fowler, Fossil Ridge High School

December 14, 2018


Filed under Sports

There are roughly one hundred thousand to two hundred thousand Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears a year, according to Beaumont Health, and they are becoming one of the most common high school sports injuries. For Karalyn Tool, her second to last year of soccer was left behind on the field simply because of ...

Trinity Baseball to Have New Home in Familiar Territory

Trinity Baseball to Have New Home in Familiar Territory

By Dominick DelSignore, Trinity High School

December 14, 2018


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After the spring 2018 flood left more than seven feet of water on the Thurman-Hutchins Field, Trinity was in a desperate mode to find a spot for home games. Two bad floods in four years on Thurman-Hutchins Field, located on River Road, was tough on the team's practice and game times this past season. Trinity...

For the Love of the Sport

For the Love of the Sport

By Bailynn Bradley, Dallastown Area High School

December 14, 2018


Filed under Sports

Starting at the bottom and working your  way up to your goals is only possible with consistent effort and dedication.  2005 Dallastown graduate Brian Tucker started wrestling at age five. Now, at 31, he is the head wrestling coach at Seton Hill University, a Division II school outside of Pittsb...

A Love for Basketball: Lost and Found

A Love for Basketball: Lost and Found

By Alexis Olson, Antioch Community High School

December 13, 2018


Filed under Sports

When it comes to sports, athletes are bound to face challenges throughout their season. Athletes need to be challenged, otherwise they will never become better. However, there are times where the only challenge is being able to find the motivation to go and practice or play the next game. Sophomore J...

Pitch Perfection! Junior High Girls Soccer Complete Undefeated 2018 Season

Pitch Perfection! Junior High Girls Soccer Complete Undefeated 2018 Season

By Cate Baran, Tyrone Area High School

December 13, 2018


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The 2018 Tyrone/Bellwood girls junior high soccer team did something never before accomplished in Tyrone soccer history, an undefeated season.  Going 16-0, the team scored an amazing 83 goals, while only giving up seven. The Lady Eagles were led by captains Chloe LaRosa, Eliza Vance, and Rayann...

Wilhite for the win

Wilhite for the win

By Ellery Wakeman, Cathedral Catholic High School

December 13, 2018


Filed under Sports

Since she was nine years old, Cathedral Catholic High School Student Peyton Wilhite ‘19 has excelled at volleyball, putting hard work and dedication into the sport for nearly her entire life. “I did little toddler camps in first and second grade, but I started playing club volleyball when I w...

The Reserves: Waiting for Their Chance To Play

The Reserves: Waiting for Their Chance To Play

By Ryan Gumm, Scott County High School

December 13, 2018


Filed under Sports

Driving the ball up the court, the senior starting forward receives the ball from a cross court pass, just skimming past the fingertips of an outstretched defender. Making a quick move, the ball flies from one hand to the other as if on a string, flying past another defender. Thundering down the paint, eyes...

Game, set, match: DGS tennis star qualifies for state

Game, set, match: DGS tennis star qualifies for state

By Andrea Davenport, Downers Grove South High School

December 11, 2018


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The sun was out, but it was cold. The wind blew as sophomore varsity tennis player Gerda Jucys stared down her opponent at the other end of the court. She threw the ball up into the air, swung her racket and hit the ball with all the power she could muster for one last serve. At 9 a.m. on Thursday,...

Kicker: a leg above the competition

Kicker: a leg above the competition

By Sam Blas, James Bowie High School

December 11, 2018


Filed under Sports

The ref hands him the ball. The band is playing their music, the crowd is chanting their chants, and the coaches are yelling their orders. He gets in his steps. He looks over to his coach. Breathe. Then he repeats to himself, “Walk. Jog. Run. Walk. Jog. Run. Kick.” This is the kicking process o...

A Pair of Shorts and a Pair of Wins to Match

A Pair of Shorts and a Pair of Wins to Match

By Bella Niems, Sage Creek High School

December 11, 2018


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The boys beach volleyball came through with another win against CIF opponents Saint Augustine on Oct. 22. The game took place because of the recent controversy based on the Bobcat team’s mismatched shorts. Coach Mark of Saint Augustine allegedly called the boys beach volleyball commissioner before ...

Senior sets goals high, toe touches higher

Senior sets goals high, toe touches higher

By Bella Russo, McCallum High School

December 11, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

By the end of her junior year, Naiya Antar was determined to make the most of her upcoming last year at McCallum. The basketball athlete tried out for the cheer squad, and now she’s spending the football season on the sidelines, dancing with pompoms in a blue-and-white dress. “Since it is my se...

Kicking cancer: Richwine raises money for kids

Kicking cancer: Richwine raises money for kids

By Meg Tate, Carlisle High School

December 11, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Football is not always just about wins and losses. For one team member, this season was all about making a difference in the lives of children. Senior Caleb Richwine has been kicking for the varsity team ever since he was a freshman. Richwine was recruited to the team because he was a soccer player ...

Girls’ Wrestling Prepares for First Season at FHN

Girls’ Wrestling Prepares for First Season at FHN

By Joel Boenitz, Francis Howell North High School

December 10, 2018


Filed under Sports

The FHN boys’ wrestling program is one of the most prized sports teams in the entire high school. Holding home to 10 individual state champions, there’s not much they can do to further enrich their program. That was until March of 2018, when MSHSAA listed girls’ wrestling as an official high school s...

Just a cheerleader

Just a cheerleader

By Mya Decker, Bellwood-Antis High School

December 10, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Basketball, football, volleyball, and hockey are sports. Cheerleaders on the other hand, are a sideshow, a part of the action but eye candy at most. At least that's the popular perspective in Bellwood and many other high schools in America. High school sports are a core part of the student experience, an...

Silent tradition

Silent tradition

By Sophie Stephens, West High School

December 10, 2018


Filed under Sports

The rules are simple: be completely silent. No audible conversations. No getting up and walking around. Just sit, relax and take a few minutes to get a clear head and prepare for the night. This is what head football coach Garrett Hartwig expects for 15 minutes. This allotted time, deemed “quiet time,...

Sophomore Girl Skates Onto RAM Varsity Hockey

Sophomore Girl Skates Onto RAM Varsity Hockey

By Zoe Moser, Rockville High School

December 6, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Sophomore Evelyn Leighton has grown accustomed to breaking boundaries. As one of only two girls on the Rockville and Magruder (RAM) ice hockey team, and the only girl on the roster last year, Leighton uses her strength and determination to ensure no one treats her differently and that she continues to push ...

Girls cross country follows birthday traditions

Girls cross country follows birthday traditions

By Anna Pavlisin, Parkway West High School

December 5, 2018


Filed under Sports

Lining up 500 varying sized cups of water, the girls cross country team prepared for coach Charlie Cutelli's belated surprise birthday celebration. Rather than decorating his room on his birthday Oct. 11, the team waited four days to reveal their surprise. “[The team was] originally going to dec...

Amanda Trendell: a backstory

Amanda Trendell: a backstory

By Kaelyn Kroeger, Aspen High School

December 5, 2018


Filed under Sports

One of the most beloved staff members in the Aspen High School has worked here for less than a year. Since starting work at AHS, Athletics Department Administrative Assistant Amanda Trendell has been appreciated and adored by the girls' lacrosse players, ex-ed students, and colleagues. She moved t...

Senior Josh Daughtery Tries for the Basketball Team all Four Years

Senior Josh Daughtery Tries for the Basketball Team all Four Years

By Claire Huss, Francis Howell North High School

December 4, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Senior Josh Daughtery heads toward the door of his coach’s office. He’s nervous. The basketball coaches are letting the players know if they have made the team or not and he’s been cut the last three years. With defeat in his mind, thinking he will get cut once again, Josh walks in the office...

Field Day and fall sports

Field Day and fall sports

By Maeve McGuire, Aspen High School

December 3, 2018


Filed under Sports

On a typical school day, the sleepy, overworked students of AHS wander the chilly hallways lethargically, wearing the same sweatshirt from the day before and longing to climb back in bed. However, one day every fall breaks this cycle: Field Day. On this day the students skip joyously through the hallw...

The quest to reveal the chest

The quest to reveal the chest

By Will Howes, Lincoln High School

November 29, 2018


Filed under Sports

Over the past few weeks, LHS XC runners have become increasingly agitated over the enforcement of a policy mandating athletes wear shirts during practice. Perhaps even more frustrating is the labyrinth of failed attempts to justify why the rule exists in the first place. The stated goal of the SFSD administration i...

Girls wrestling team fighting to become official

Girls wrestling team fighting to become official

By Natalia Ruiz, Downers Grove South High School

November 28, 2018


Filed under Sports

Wrestling was first introduced in 1905 in the St. Louis games as a freestyle sport, and for 89 years, it was considered a boys-only sport. Starting this school years, girls wrestling is considered an emerging sport in the IHSA state series competitions. Girls wrestling is not official yet, but it ...

Girls’ volleyball defeats Episcopal for first time in six years

Girls’ volleyball defeats Episcopal for first time in six years

By SJ Lasley and Ryan Doughty

November 28, 2018


Filed under Sports

Coming off back-to-back victories and undefeated in counter games, the girls’ volleyball team beat Episcopal for the first time in six years. The Mavericks faced the Knights on Oct. 26 at Episcopal’s home court. “We normally play better when there’s a lot of energy in the gym, whether it’s...

Trainers help athletes get back on their feet

Trainers help athletes get back on their feet

By Caitlin Worthington, James Bowie High School

November 28, 2018


Filed under Sports

Blue and red sirens fill the parking lot as the medical trainers rush onto the field. A wave of players get on one knee and raise their hands, crossing two fingers, and bowing their heads. Silence sets upon the stadium, and everyone locks their eyes on fifty yard line where an athlete lays, clutching his...

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