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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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

An exhilarating finish: Cowboys triumph over Guyer in penalty shootout

An exhilarating finish: Cowboys triumph over Guyer in penalty shootout

By Akif Abidi, Coppell High School

April 9, 2019

LAKE DALLAS - The penalty shootouts score stood 4-3 with the Cowboys in the lead and the Wildcats on their last penalty shot. If they missed now they would be eliminated from the playoffs. A single penalty kick. A moment that is over in a split-second. A split-second that could break down what...

O’Connell and Amaral slam stereotypes on the wrestling team

O’Connell and Amaral slam stereotypes on the wrestling team

By DANIELLE DENMAN, Gloucester High School in Gloucester, MA

April 5, 2019

For the first time ever at GHS, two freshmen girls, Kylie O'Connell and Olivia Amaral, have joined the varsity wrestling team and are competing alongside their male teammates. Amaral has broken a GHS record, being the first female in school history on the team to win a match. The two girls who...

Through the cold

Through the cold

By Brennan Dolnick, De Smet Jesuit High School

April 5, 2019

Stepping outside, he enters the polar vortex. The freezing winds begin to penetrate his jacket as he looks around at the newly whitened ground. As snow trickles down his neck, he questions his motives. Then, he remembers his team. He remembers that they are counting on him. He takes a deep breath of...

For the Avres, wrestling is a family affair

For the Avres, wrestling is a family affair

By Kinsley Wilcox-McBride, South High School

April 5, 2019

February 28th to March 2nd was Minnesota’s high school state wrestling tournament. This year two South High wrestlers qualified for the competition, brothers senior Brian Avre and sophomore Daniel Avre. Wrestling is a family tradition for the Avres, which is driving the passion the brothers have...

Lynsay Garrett leaves an impact on girls’ basketball program

Lynsay Garrett leaves an impact on girls’ basketball program

By Amanda Lurey, Oak Park High School

April 5, 2019

Senior Lynsay Garrett started playing basketball when she was around 6 years old. She is a two-year varsity player and co-captain on the 2018-19 girls’ varsity basketball team. Garrett wrote to the Talon about why she started playing basketball: “I love the sport and watching it so why not play...

Girls varsity basketball team looks for players to take on new roles headed towards districts

Girls varsity basketball team looks for players to take on new roles headed towards districts

By Tre Bell, Parkway West High School

April 5, 2019

With the 2019 season already underway, the girls varsity basketball team is pushing players to fill new roles to end the year with a strong finish. “Our goal is to continue to focus on the regular [season] games we have left so we can then direct our attention on districts and creating a game plan....

Sexism in the Student Section?

Sexism in the Student Section?

By Cache Goracke, Olathe West High School

April 2, 2019

In 1972, Title IX was established in schools to make certain that girls sports would receive the same government funding as boys. According to www.womensfoundation.org before Title IX, one in 27 girls played sports. Today that number is two in five. While that is a drastic and positive change in norm...

Seventh, eighth grade track and field kicks off

Seventh, eighth grade track and field kicks off

By Brayden Adams, Altoona Area Junior High School

April 2, 2019

The seventh and eighth grade track and field team began practice on Monday, March 4 at the junior high with an informational discussion about what athletes will do in track and field. The track and field team will be having a total of 12 eighth grade meets and nine seventh grade meets.  Four of these...

From the Congo to America

From the Congo to America

By Jennifer Castillo, Judson High School

April 1, 2019

Diversity among the campus is a welcomed constant. Several students come from different countries and cultures, adding to our flourishing melting pot. Three years ago, varsity soccer and football player junior Raphael Moembo moved to America from his home country of the Democratic Republic of the...

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