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Boys varsity swim wins fourth state title after an undefeated season

The swim and dive team celebrates Coach Mike Foley's 500th win. This year the boy's team hit many milestones including Foley's 500th win, a fourth consecutive undefeated season and a fourth consecutive state championship win. “I think that we are a family and that we’re willing to fight for each other,” senior captain Jack Brown said. “We’re willing to hurt for each other. We’re willing to push that extra bit for each other that other teams might not be able to push.”

By Sidney O'Rourke, Wayland High School

March 11, 2020

The WHS boy’s swim and dive team secured its fourth state title in a row at the Division 2 state meet on Feb. 16. This year, it went 18-0 in the regular season before going on to win sectionals and states. Over the three previous seasons, the swim and dive team has had relatively the same team,...

Transfers on the rise for West athletics

The ICCSD has seen an increase in the number of intradistrict transfers since the opening of Liberty High in 2017.

By Joe Goodman, West High School

March 10, 2020

It’s almost an unspeakable phrase in Iowa high school sports: transfer. Whenever a student-athlete transfers to a new school, particularly without changing their residence, rumors and speculations inevitably begin to circulate. The word “transfer” itself conjures up accusations of recruiting and misconduct that can blemish the reputation of an athlete ...

Step by step: Olympian spreads her wisdom to make young athletes greater

Junior Harmony Creasy poses for a picture with Tianna Bartoletta after the 'Why You're Not a Track Star' workshop at PVHS

By Lena Ahrens, Pleasant Valley High School - IA

March 10, 2020

A two-time olympian and three-time olympic gold medalist can provide a lot of insight, wisdom and advice to athletes training to be something greater. It’s not everyday that anyone gets to meet an athlete as successful and experienced as Tianna Bartoletta. Bartoletta currently co-holds the women’s world record and recei...

Let’s get ready to tumble

Senior Quinn Maguire competes for Winkids in Tumbling and Trampoline. He also coaches children of all ages, from toddlers to high schoolers.

By Adriana Pueskens, Marcus High School

March 9, 2020

The arena is half-full with spectators there to see the tumblers. The place is filled with the sound of feet hitting the trampolines, and competitors practicing their routines on the floor. Senior Quinn Maguire has to focus on his routine and block out the noise. He’s done this routine a thousand...

Athletes create new possibilities for women in sports

Wrestler Erin Martin, ‘22, standing with her coach, Matt Lindsay, after winning her first match at Moeller. Martin defeated a male opponent from Anderson High School.

By Bobby Keegan, Walnut Hills High School

March 9, 2020

Typically when one thinks of girls’ sports at WHHS, many think soccer, volleyball, lacrosse or basketball, but very few will think of one of the heaviest contact sports: wrestling. At WHHS, there isn’t a girls wrestling team, there’s only a junior high boys team and a high school boys team. ...

Last coach standing

Head coach Tim Serbousek talks with senior wrestler Edward Thomas during a dual on Jan. 15 at BVNW. As the head coach for 27
years, Serbousek holds a 426-182-1 record as head coach. Former athletic director Steve Harms said that Serbousek knows what it
takes to be a successful head coach and has the correct priorities for his team.

By Ben Hobbs, BLUE VALLEY NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL

March 9, 2020

 Head wrestling coach Tim Serbousek remains as the only coach left from 1993, when the school opened. Starting his coaching career in Iowa with a youth league, Serbousek moved on to utilize his coaching talents at Northwest Missouri State University before moving to Blue Valley High School in 1985....

Catching a break

Student athletes are tasked with balancing both sports and academics, which often takes a serious toll on their mental health.

By Andrea Plascencia, Lewisville High School - TX

March 9, 2020

On the surface, they are stars. They are the popular kids. They exude perfection on and off the field. Every game day, these athletes are expected to be flawless; to play immaculately. Stepping onto the field, they know they are part of something larger than themselves. They don’t play for themselves;...

U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon conclude with unlikely qualifiers

Left to Right: Jacob Riley, Galen Rupp, and Abdi Abdirahman stand with the American flag in celebration of making the U.S. Olympic Marathon team for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Rupp finised first followed by Riley in second and Abdirahman in third.

By Kaitlin Palaian and Elias Podber

March 9, 2020

Atlanta is known as “Running City USA,” and for having a large, dedicated running community that takes to the Peachtree Street, Piedmont Avenue and surrounding streets to run every day. When the Olympic Team Trials – Marathon took place Feb. 29, the city turned out in droves to support the record...

The underlying price of high school sports

Between all the sports, the average cost to play and to buy equipment is 75. Athletes have to spend  not only their health and time but also their money or their families money.

By Michael Lolley, Parkway West High School

March 5, 2020

Whether it is fees for a club team, equipment, travel, event admission or other sports costs, families can spend thousands of dollars on athletics. In addition to the cost of club sports, when kids reach high school, parents must pay what is required to participate in high school athletics. “We...

JV hockey reclaims Scholastic Hockey League title in double overtime

The team crowds around the SHL trophy in eccentric spirit; however, the season is not over yet.

By Murphy McFarlane, York Community High School

March 4, 2020

Last Wednesday night, York JV hockey competed against Glenbrook North in the Scholastic Hockey League Championship. With the best of three series tied 1-1 and the SHL trophy on the line, both teams hit the ice not willing to let up. At the end of regulation, the score remained 0-0, and it wasn’t until...

A day in the life: Justyne Wright

JV girls basketball morning practices are from 5:45 a.m. to 7 a.m.

By Mya Copeland, Kirkwood High School

March 3, 2020

When Justyne Wright, sophomore, gets up at 5:10 a.m., she needs to be dressed and in the car by 5:25 a.m. She drinks Gatorade on the way to school, then practices until 7 a.m. After practice, she grabs a donut before getting dressed for school. This is routine for Wright and the rest of the KHS JV girl...

A Little Hawk in Green

Sophia Strathearn '21 posing in the City High wrestling room with her West High girls wrestling uniform.

By Alison Kenaston and Julianne Berry-Stoelzle

March 3, 2020

The shrill sound of a whistle filled the room, signaling the end of the match. Sophia Strathearn ‘21 released her opponent and rose to her feet. This was only her second official wrestling match, but she had won. She turned to the other girl and they shook hands, smiles on both of their faces.  ...

Coach Inspires Players Both On and Off the Court

Coach E looks to inspire his team during a timeout at a league game versus El Toro High School. The Stallions defeated the Chargers, 64-59 and eventually made it to CIF.

By Jack O'Connor, San Juan Hills High School

March 3, 2020

He started to feel pain in his back and hips in January of 2019. March and February came around and the pain increased dramatically throughout his lower body. In April, the pain had spread to the rest of his body. It had gotten so bad that he got a buzz cut because brushing his hair had become too painful....

USA developmental sled hockey team: How PV aide is shining a light on females in sports

 PVHS aide and captain of the USA women’s sled hockey team, Erica Mitchell warms up for her game against Canada.

By Sunny Wolfe, Pleasant Valley High School - IA

March 3, 2020

Pleasant Valley High School’s aide Erica Mitchell recently had the opportunity to lead her sled hockey team to Canada to compete, while also addressing gender inequality in sports.  Mitchell first started racing twenty-three years ago in Chicago. “I had tried out for the men’s Development team...

NFL 101 Awards recap

In the Kansas City Chiefs part of the 101 awards, Chairman and CEO of the Chiefs Clark Hunt speaks.

By Jonny Isaacson, BLUE VALLEY NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL

March 3, 2020

The 101 Awards, which recognizes the top NFL players and coaches each year, occurred earlier Saturday at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. This was the 50 anniversary of the event. The players and coaches who received the awards and attended the event are as follows: AFC Offensive Player of the Year...

Equestrian jumps to new heights

JUMP FOR JOY: Juliane Payne practices jumps with her horse, Bee, at practice.
She began riding horses in elementary school and now rides at Creekwood Stables.

By Naya Tillisch, James Bowie High School

March 2, 2020

She gracefully bounces up and down while trotting through the course before flying through the air in the perfect position to help her horse jump as high as it possibly can. Junior equestrian Juliane Payne and her beloved horse, Bee, clear the jump by a mile to win the approval of the crowd as applause f...

Q&A with top qualifiers, U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon

Left to right: Top seeded runners Kellyn Taylor, Emily Sisson, Sara Hall and Des Linden sit onstage as Linden answers a question from a high school runner in the crowd. Linden finished second at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon in Los Angeles, qualifying her for the Rio Olympic Games.

By Kaitlin Palaian and Elias Podber

February 28, 2020

Southerner sports editors Kaitlin Palaian and Elias Podber attended a Feb. 27 press conference and conducted a Q&A during a media round table with the top-seeded athletes gearing up to run in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon on Saturday, Feb. 29 in Atlanta. Athlete Round Table Leonard Korir South...

Monte Vista community mourns loss of basketball coach

A basketball and “Lemmon Strong” shirt sit on one of the coaching chairs. In this way, Monte Vista women’s varsity basketball team honors Coach Lemmon, who died after battling cancer for several months.

By Claire Chu, Monte Vista High School - Danville, CA

February 28, 2020

“Lemmon Strong.” That was the slogan for the Monte Vista women’s varsity basketball team and fellow community as they remembered beloved coach Jim Lemmon, who died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. He battled with cancer that began in the summer of 2019. Lemmon was 58. The players’ parents found...

Ben Carpenter: The trail to the 2026 Olympics

Carpenter makes high speed arcing turns as he races through the run for gold. “I decided to leave WHS because, through one of my best mates, I was able to find a school which specializes in the sport I wanted to pursue, snowboarding,” Ben Carpenter said. “It wasn’t the easiest decision to make because it meant leaving everything I had ever known and then moving to a place I had only been once before.”

By Allie Nunn, Wayland High School

February 28, 2020

As he nears the frosted drop-off, the snowboarder finalizes the adjustments to his board and fixes goggles to his eyes. Seconds later, he plows down the mountain, gliding on the snow as he races to the bottom. Former WHS student Ben Carpenter, who is now a junior at Steamboat Mountain School in Colorado,...

A Heads up on Concussions

While helmets can help prevent more serious brain injuries, they do not  help prevent concussions.

By Julianne Berry-Stoelzle, Iowa City High School

February 28, 2020

Everyone only has one brain, and protecting that brain can be a challenge. According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, football is the sport with the highest concussion rates followed by girls soccer and boys ice hockey. Nathan Bradford ‘23 has had three concussions from playing football—one...

Lady Lancer basketball hosts first annual SHEro Night

On Friday, Feb. 21 the Lafayette Lady Lancers basketball team hosted their first annual Shero Night, aimed to honor females who have made a positive impact in their lives.

By Chloe Baker, Lafayette High School

February 28, 2020

On Feb. 21, the Lady Lancers basketball team hosted their first SHEro Night, a night dedicated to honoring the female heroes in their lives. The players, managers and coaches took a moment before the game to honor a woman in their life as their shero.  Head Coach Denise Meyer came up with the idea...

Panther to Met

Pete Alonso walks onto the field and raises his hat to a crowd of 32,210 after hitting his record-breaking 53rd home run of the year at Citi Field, Saturday, Sep 28, 2019. Alonso’s 53 homeruns were the most ever hit by a rookie. Photo courtesy of MLB.com.

By Ari Dolgin, HB Plant Senior High School - Newspaper

February 27, 2020

A crowd of over 30,000 Mets fans stood up and cheered when Plant alumnus Pete Alonso hit his record-setting 53rd home run of the season over the center-field wall. Two months later, Alonso received 29 out of 30 first-place votes from the BBWAA to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Alonso...

Jeon hits it out of the ballpark: from Texas Rangers fan to Rice commit

Coppell junior and pitcher David Jeon pitched during the scrimmage against Birdville on Feb. 15 at the Coppell ISD Baseball Complex. Jeon verbally committed to playing baseball at Rice University. Photo by Alishba Javaid

By Victoria Hertel, Coppell High School

February 27, 2020

David Jeon, Coppell junior baseball, Dulins Dodgers club team and future Rice University pitcher and catcher, was only a third grader when the Texas Rangers went to the World Series for the first time in October 2010. This event would mark the first time Jeon found his admiration for baseball. ...

Royal dad

Troy Stremming attends a Royals game with former Kansas City, Mo. mayor Sylvester James.

By Matthew Lemke, BLUE VALLEY NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL

February 27, 2020

Troy Stremming, father of junior Sydney Stremming, is a partner in the Royals Crown Partners, one of the 22 owners of the Kansas City Royals baseball team franchise.  Stremming said playing college baseball at Washburn University was one of the reasons he is now a part owner.  “I played baseball...

Riordan manager Dominic Stevens’ iconic journey to the court

Team manager Dominic Stevens '20 paused for a photo before the big game.

By Steven Rissotto ‘20, ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN HIGH SCHOOL

February 26, 2020

It was well anticipated that Dominic Stevens '20 was going to make an appearance on Tuesday's basketball senior night. He always does, the only difference is that he had the opportunity to suit up as a player for the first time in his high school career. That means quickly swapping his khakis for a jersey. For...

Retired coaches reflect on their careers

Mr. David Herbst has enjoyed having more free time in his schedule since retirement.

By Connor Rahill, Benilde-St. Margaret's School

February 26, 2020

When a varsity coach steps down, they usually say their final goodbyes and completely disassociate with the school. However, three of BSM’s former varsity head coaches -- Pat Krieger, David Herbst, and Bob Lyons -- still work with their student-athletes every day, but now as a teacher instead of a...

Bench Mafia gangs up on opponents

Kylen Morton (left), Jalen Nutt and Michael Freitas celebrate a big play during a loss to New Braunfels. The Bench Mafia has been at the forefront of the team's culture shift this season.

By Jackson Posey, Smithson Valley High School

February 26, 2020

As the clock hits zero, the ball slices through the net. The crowd erupts. But it isn’t the players who are the most excited. It isn’t the coaches, either, nor is it the fans who have shown up in droves this season. It’s the bench. Ever since a preseason matchup with San Antonio Sam Houston,...

Long journey to long snapping: Scales relishes road to NFL

Chicago Bears long snapper Patrick Scales stands on the sidelines during the 2019-20 NFL season.

By Ethan Taylor, Riverside Brookfield High School

February 26, 2020

Holding a job that only 32 people across the country are able to have is quite impressive, especially when it comes with the tag of being a pro athlete for one of the most well-known franchises in a sports league that owns its own day of the week. After years of anticipation, training camps, and tryouts,...

Pom poms won’t cushion the fall

Carlmont competition cheerleaders are  warming up before practice in a complex pyramid.

By Phoebe Gulsen and Anna Cassidy

February 25, 2020

The athletes lined up, ready to bring their flyers toward the sky. They began to count off. “One, three, five, seven.” The flyers jumped into their bases’ hands and were pushed straight up into the air. Their bases’ arms were locked, and everyone was concentrated on keeping the flyers...

Scarcity of striped shirts: Why there is a lack of referees

Shaking hands with the official, senior Walker Piles prepares to take the field. Due to the lack of officials, the football team was forced to play Thursday, Oct. 17, opposed to the regular Friday night games. “One reason is a lot of the officials are older and nearing retirement and are not physically able to do it,” varsity football coach Jeff Duncan said. “I think the most significant reason is a lot of refs, just due to the nature of parents and the way that they act and yell along with the coaches and players, makes it not an enjoyable experience for them.”

By Drew Boone, Parkway West High School

February 25, 2020

In recent years, it has become a far too frequent sight that sporting events turn into two teams versus the officials. While these events are meant to be a safe and competitive environment for the student-athletes participating, the emotions in the heat of the game can cause the players, coaches and...

R.I.P. Kobe Bryant: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Journalism Adviser Kristen Hunter Flores poses with Kobe Bryant in his second year with the Lakers.

By Kristen Hunter Flores, Ridgeview High School

February 24, 2020

Growing up in the 80’s as a young child, I grew up watching the Showtime Lakers.  Ervin Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Kareem Abdul Jabar, and AC Green in the forum was on my television all the time. In high school, I had a mission that I would sit on the Great Western Forum floor and meet the Lakers...

Nike pushes sport technology to its brink

The Nike Zoom Vaporfly features technology such as

By Bram Mansbach, Henry W. Grady High School

February 24, 2020

Wearing them is essentially cheating. When the Nike Zoom Vaporfly was created, many assumed it was another big-money advertising campaign for a shoe that made promises it could not keep. Soon though, the marathon became must watch television with records falling left and right. With the U.S. Olympic...

Hidden keystones: winter team sports managers

Boys varsity hockey team managers seniors Timmy Goodfellow and Brett Morris take on many jobs, one of them being filming games.

By Ellie Tyska, Wayland High School

February 24, 2020

When talking about sports teams, everyone knows there are the coaches and players, but many forget the important role the team manager upholds. As their presence in the game may go unseen, their enthusiasm and hard work are often unnoticed. For the WHS winter team managers this year, some are new...

Defining a sport

There is debate about whether certain activities are classified as sports. Although endeavors such as football and basketball are universally known as sports, it can be more difficult to define activities such as marching band, chess and dance.

By Sally Parampottil, Angela Yuan, and Nicholas Pranske

February 24, 2020

Mainstream sports - football, basketball, baseball, soccer - are all common in that they are athletic competitions. The results of said competitions are due to the athleticism of the participants. In hearing this, it should be clear that these are the defining traits of a sport; however, an alarming...

Beneath the jersey: the 20-year history of sports uniforms at West

West Side Story takes a deeper look into the 20-year history of sports uniforms at West High.

By Joe Goodman and Natalie Katz

February 24, 2020

Forest green and Vegas gold.  The colors that so classically represent West High athletics, or at least are supposed to. For athletes competing under the West High name, having a high-quality uniform is meaningless without these colors on display. As integrated as they are into West High’s name,...

Randall Graduate Lands Dream Job, Works Super Bowl

2015 Randall graduate Ryan Larson stands on the field after the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49'ers at the Super Bowl.

By Maci Weathers, Randall High School

February 24, 2020

While 100 million people watched this year's Super Bowl, 2015 Randall graduate Ryan Larson worked it as a Fan Experience Representative for the Kansas City Chiefs. As a Fan Experience Representative, Larson attends games, training and more to assist with customer service needs. Larson started out as a ...

Power Couple

Johanna Leduc, 11, prepares to squat at Legacy's powerlifting meet on Feb. 5.

By Madison Palmer, Mansfield Legacy High School

February 21, 2020

Dusting off the leftover chalk, junior Johanna Leduc adjusts her wrist wraps and walks over to the bench. Nervous for her first powerlifting meet, she takes a deep breath and glances in the direction of her boyfriend for encouragement.  “I got into powerlifting because I had a couple of friends...

Accomplished St. Louis Area Runners Train For Olympic Marathon Trials

Jackie Pirtle-Hall, moments after the St. Louis Go Marathon race showing off her first place medal. All smiles knowing she qualified for the Olympic trials.

By Emily Barnett, Wentzville Liberty High School

February 21, 2020

An Olympic year is upon us. Accomplished athletes from across the globe have spent several months in intensive training in hopes of having the honor to represent their country in front of the whole world. The time for the United States’ top marathon runners to express years of dedication and months of ...

Nine years in the making, senior gets his one shining moment

Celebrating Philip's time on the court, head basketball coach Stephen Friar cheers with Philips for his points scored at senior night. “It's better than any win, any record, any play off, moments like this is what lasts forever,” Friar said. “Moments like this is what you remember 20, 30, 40 years from now, so him scoring four points for the varsity game on senior night, couldn't imagine anything better than that. We're really proud of him.

By Aaron Boehmer and Kirthi Gummadi

February 20, 2020

For nine years, the Redhawks were his high school favorite, watching as his two siblings suited up in the red and black. First it was his older sister Sarah. Then it was his older brother Joshua. Then, finally, in middle school, it was his turn, as he took on the role of team manager. For...

Commentary: ‘Mamba Mentality’ — Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles legacy

A screen across the street from the Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26 paid tribute to NBA star Kobe Bryant. Bryant, along with his 13 year old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash.

By Molly Goldberg, Archer School for Girls

February 20, 2020

It is difficult to articulate how much Kobe meant to people who grew up in Los Angeles. For 20 years he was on the television screens in living rooms and the posters in bedrooms. We watched him grow up. This city’s unrelenting approach to sports grew with him and ultimately became him. Kobe Bryant...

Baseball program gets a special visit from former MLB pitcher

Jason Simontacchi sits with Rich Sturm in front of the baseball team, on Jan. 14.

By Davin Smith, Oakville High School

February 18, 2020

Jason Simontacchi, a former pitcher and pitching coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, and current minor league pitching coordinator for the Kansas City Royals, paid a visit to OHS on Jan. 14 to talk to the baseball program. “I came to Oakville to talk to some players and some parents, give them information,...

Patrick Mahomes- Beyond Super

The Kansas City Chiefs' defense fights against the St. Louis Rams during a 2006 game.

By Benjamin Bradford, Cinco Ranch High School

February 17, 2020

Patrick Lavon Mahomes II. If you live in the year 2020 or have any sports knowledge whatsoever, you have probably heard this superstar’s name. The 24-year-old quarterback just won his first Super Bowl ring with the Kansas City Chiefs and became the youngest player in football history to ever be awarded...

Under Pressure: Student Athletes Face Challenges in Collegiate Sports Recruiting

Seniors announced their commitments to different colleges on the first national signing day of the year, Nov. 23. Four incoming athletes signed to state schools and three signed to junior colleges.

By Connor Del Carmen, Marquette High School

February 17, 2020

Connor Throneberry, junior, verbally committed to Penn State for baseball as a sophomore which puts him on the younger end of athletes who commit to a school. “With all the juniors and seniors worrying about college, I don’t because I already know where I’m going,” Throneberry said. “But...

Will technology revolutionize the world of fitness?

No form of swallowable technology can give anyone the same look of determination Carisa Joyner '21 has on her face.

By Carisa Joyner, Flintridge Sacred Heart

February 17, 2020

According to a study in Forbes, obesity in America is at an all-time high, affecting 39.6 percent of adults and 18.5 percent of children, a considerable jump from 30.5 percent and 13.9 percent, respectively, in 2000. Since 2008, the number of fitness centers in the US has increased from about 30,000 ...

Losing Kobe Bryant isn’t just about Basketball

Kobe Bryant coaching his Mamba Academy team at Hope University in Fullerton.  Photo taken March 31, 2019 at 9:22 a.m.

By Roman Arcos, GODINEZ FUNDAMENTAL HIGH SCHOOL

February 14, 2020

Kobe Bryant looks at the ref and calls a time out. As he calls in his team and grabs his clipboard, click, I take the photo. I took this photo during my sister's morning basketball game last March. It was a typical day, just like that Sunday. Then things were different. I received a screenshot...

Junior Sophia Little, Grady’s first girl wrestler, qualifies for state

Junior Sophia Little wrestles against an opponent at North Atlanta Warrior Classic tournament during the 2019-20 season. Little is Grady's first female wrestler and is the only one of the Knights to qualify for the state meet.

By Sophia Maxim, Henry W. Grady High School

February 13, 2020

Junior Sophia Little is the only girl on the Knights’ wrestling team this year, and the only athlete to make it to the state tournament, which starts today and ends Feb. 15. Little placed second at sectionals, pushing her into the state tournament. Both Jack Collins and Marcus Shackelford each fin...

Seniors make their mark on the diving boards

Senior Hannah Donner mid-dive. Donner has been diving since she was nine, diving for her summer team.

By Matt Mande and Andrew Eagle

February 13, 2020

Senior Hannah Donner began diving when she was nine for her summer team. Senior Liam Gilbert-Lawrence took a similar path, starting when he was 12, also for his summer team. Since then, both Donner and Gilbert-Lawrence have joined the Whitman Swim & Dive team, racking up hundreds of points for both...

Departing football coach made an impact off the field as well, players say

Loran Cooley, who led the Baldwin football team for three seasons, announced on Monday that he is leaving to become wide receivers coach at Westminster College.

By By Purbalite Staff, Baldwin High School - PA

February 12, 2020

Coming out of middle school, Dorien Ford was not especially hard-working or motivated when it came to playing football. Then, for Ford’s freshman year, Loran Cooley became Baldwin’s head coach. “He saw I was more laid back and lazier, and he changed that about me as a person and an athlete,”...

Rugby making its mark in boys, girls sports

Let the games begin.
Blair United Rugby is looking for students to join their rugby program. The games for both the girls' and boys' teams will begin on Sunday, March 15.

By Sydney Wilfong, Altoona Area High School

February 12, 2020

The British sport of rugby has been around since the eighteenth century but is just now becoming more popular in America. Open to students from all over Blair County, Hollidaysburg has both a boys’ and girls’ rugby team. This spring, the program is looking to expand both teams. Coach Andy Haines...

A ‘diamond in the rough’

Squaring up with his opponent at Trinity Trojan Invitational, Freshman Mitchell Bornyack looks to shoot. The Trojan Invitational is one of Redhawk wrestling's biggest tournaments of the year, and with Bornyak placing fourth out of 64 competitors in his weight class, there are high expectations for what he can accomplish in just his first high school season.

By Maddie Aronson, Liberty High School - TX

February 12, 2020

With a winning record and almost 500 wrestling matches in the past four years, freshman Mitchell Borynack entered high school as one of the team’s most experienced athletes, bringing the Redhawk team an unexpected new edge in competition.  “I’ve been wrestling for almost five years,”...

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