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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 ...

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Showcase, Sports

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


Filed under Middle School, Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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...

What they have in athleticism, we have in heart: a tale of teamwork, resilience, and basketball.

What they have in athleticism, we have in heart: a tale of teamwork, resilience, and basketball.

By Brendan Callahan, Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School

March 31, 2019


Filed under Sports

It’s the end of the fourth quarter, and the opposing team’s fan section has finally quieted. What was a palpable tension merely minutes before has now evolved into a sense of pride and joy—the Generals boys varsity basketball team has secured a lead with not enough time left on the clock for the...

Hillsdale resident leads FDU into March Madness

Hillsdale resident leads FDU into March Madness

By Noah Schwartz, Josh DeLuca, Jeremy Lesserson, and BJ McGrane

March 28, 2019


Filed under Sports

During last year’s NCAA Tournament, Fairleigh Dickinson head men’s basketball coach Greg Herenda was just hoping to get out of Texas. Herenda wasn’t feeling great before his trip, and after he arrived, his condition only got worse. He was eventually diagnosed with blood clots in his thigh and...

Bond around the ball

Bond around the ball

By Grace Nugent and Anna Schlett, McCallum High School

March 27, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

It's easy to show up and play when your team is obliterating the opposition. In that respect, the 2017 Mac football team had it easy, enjoying a record-breaking season, in which the team reeled off 14 straight victories before finally losing a game, just one win shy of playing for a state championship. The...

Senior Wrestler Stands Tall at the Top of the Podium

Senior Wrestler Stands Tall at the Top of the Podium

By Brianna Tretter, Millard West High School

March 26, 2019


Filed under Sports

It’s as if everything is traveling in slow motion. Deep breath in and out. Sweat dripping down the side of his face. With the seconds counting down, the title is within his grasp. Three, two, one, Camden Russell, is a Class A State Champion. On Feb. 16, 2019, senior Camden Russell became a Class...

New hockey club turns gym into a rink for weekly games after Town Hall

New hockey club turns gym into a rink for weekly games after Town Hall

By Joshua Weissmman, Shalhevet High School

March 25, 2019


Filed under Sports

Every Wednesday after Town Hall, most students leave the gym and get their lunch, but a few stay behind to make a hockey rink out of the still-carpeted gym in order for Shalhevet’s hockey enthusiasts to be able to play their beloved sport. Lugging black plastic folding chairs to the sides of the...

Champions League round of 16 brings soccer to school

Champions League round of 16 brings soccer to school

By Miles Ozorio, Carlmont High School

March 22, 2019


Filed under Sports

With the UEFA Champions League tournament inching further to its final on June 1 in Madrid, Spain, fans around the world are tuning into their screens to see how Europe’s most prestigious soccer tournament will play out. “You always get to see teams play against each other in their own league, ...

Attending athletics

Attending athletics

By Ken Wilbur and Carmela Cohen-Suarez

March 20, 2019


Filed under Sports

The bell rings, signaling the end of yet another long school day. The halls are abuzz with excitement about tonight’s big event. Athletes' lockers are covered with posters wishing them luck for the game. Students rush through the hallways sporting their green and gold, and athletes wear their jerseys...

Girls varsity basketball incorporates practice players

Girls varsity basketball incorporates practice players

By Willie Roberts and Josh Schreiber

March 20, 2019


Filed under Sports

For the past few years, the Wayland girls varsity basketball team has incorporated "practice players" into their practices several times per week. This idea has been implemented by head coach Amanda Rukstalis. The practice players are a group of junior and senior boys at WHS who have volunteered to...

Caldwell leaves lasting Mac legacy

Caldwell leaves lasting Mac legacy

By Kristen Tibbetts, McCallum High School

March 19, 2019


Filed under Sports

At Coach Don Caldwell’s funeral service on Jan. 19, Caldwell’s wife, Dorothy thanked the McCallum community for being behind her husband throughout his career. They were all behind him because as multiple generations of McCallum players can attest, he was always behind them. His former players remember...

No. 5 Varsity Girls Basketball Team Takes Home the State Championship Title

No. 5 Varsity Girls Basketball Team Takes Home the State Championship Title

By Emily Hawkins, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory

March 19, 2019


Filed under Sports

The varsity girls basketball team had one goal this year: return to Gill Coliseum for a chance to play for a state championship title. They did that, and more. On Saturday, March 9, the #5 girls basketball team played against #3 Springfield in the finals and won 55-48, earning their third state ...

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