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The bigger the better?

The bigger the better?

By Rob Ellerhorst

March 9, 2015

Everyone knows the electric feeling of a home basketball crowd. The passion, the intensity, and the good vibe you feel when you are in the cheering section on a Friday night is like no other. The roomy, comfortable fieldhouse definitely plays an important role in amplifying that rowdy atmosphere. Why...

Charter Oak senior battles cancer

Charter Oak senior battles cancer

By Andres Soto

February 13, 2015

December 5, 2014: the date that changed Charter Oak senior Anthony Ortega’s life forever. Anthony was going through what was a normal day in his second period economics class. “I was in second period, and my friend Ryan Hansen pointed out that I had a ball on my neck,” said Anthony. “I felt...

Sports photographer captures joy and defeat

Sports photographer captures joy and defeat

By Isabel Hanewicz, Robinson High School

January 23, 2015

Jeff Tuttle is a big believer in doing what you love. And as a sports photographer for over 20 years, he’s spent his time pursuing his passion. He knows it’s never going to make him rich. There’s not a lot of money in sports photography, but for a guy who has been nominated for two Pulitzer...

John Amaechi encourages treating strangers well

John Amaechi speaks speaks to students in the small auditorium second period Oct. 22. Amaechi, who played for the Cavs and who became the first openly gay NBA player upon coming out after retirement in 2007, is now a psyschologist and author who speaks on social justice. Social Studies teacher Amanda Ahrens arranged Amaechi’s visit. Amaechi explained his arrival in America as a high school student. He said that when he was 17, a man had told him that he would be good at basketball and, excited by the positive comment about his size, he traveled 300 miles by bus to London. There, he visited the U. S. embassy and bought a book listing all U. S. high schools. He wrote a letter introducing himself as large and British and asking if the schools would want him for their basketball teams. He sent 3,000 of those letters. “That was pre email,” he said. He received only three responses, two of which suggested he was naive and would never succeed. The third came from from Toledo’s St. John Jesuit High School, which offered him a chance. He later played at Vanderbilt University and Penn State before joining the NBA.

By Alexa Jankowski, Emily Boardman, and Zachary Nosanchuk

November 17, 2014

The world would be better if people paid more attention to those around them. “The truth is, it’s just paying attention to people and being there, not just with your body,” John Amaechi, a retired NBA basketball player turned psychologist told students in the small auditorium second period Oc...

‘It is amazing what one girl can start’

Supporters of Lauren Hill and her story crowd the entrance of the Cintas Center before the start of the game. Wristbands were also distributed at the game, calling attention to the donation website Photo courtesy Hannah Melvin.

By Lauren Saxon, Sycamore HS, Cincinnati

November 12, 2014

The Xavier Cintas Center was filled with over 10,250 spectators — completely sold out. Mount Saint Joseph University player Lauren Hill took the court for her first, and possibly last, time ever on Nov. 2. After being diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a fatal disease, Hill was given months to live, and one last chance to play the game she l...

March Madness: Harrison twins lead Kentucky to Final Four

March Madness: Harrison twins lead Kentucky to Final Four

By Adrian Martin, Travis HS, Richmond, Texas

April 4, 2014

Last March, Aaron and Andrew Harrison led the Travis boys basketball team to the Texas 5A State Championship game. The playoff road was challenging, but they rallied and Travis was victorious with a 46-38 win over South Grand prairie. This March, the twins are on the cusp of striking gold again as...

Coach’s battle with cancer inspires boys to go bald

Coach's battle with cancer inspires boys to go bald

By Cortlyn Dees, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas

April 3, 2014

The smell of Christmas scented candles filled the air and a small space heater warmed the living room. The sounds of Monday night football and the laughter of 13 teammates were drowned out by the low buzz of a white electric clipper. Clumps of hair fell to the ground, and slowly the pile of locks grew...

‘Jayhawkers’ movie shows how Chamberlain changed more than basketball

'Jayhawkers' movie shows how Chamberlain changed more than basketball

By Ryan Liston, Free State HS, Lawrence, Kan.

March 19, 2014

After a long drive from Philadelphia, Wilt Chamberlain sat down in a restaurant just outside of Lawrence. A waitress comes to his table and tells him he must eat in the kitchen or leave. At first, Chamberlain thinks his height is intimidating other customers, but he soon learns he can’t eat there...

Basketball player reaches 1,000-point milestone

Jordan Swogger and Coach Luke Rhoades pose with the ball from the game where Swogger achieved the milestone of 1,000 career points.

By Olivia Bietz, Tyrone Area HS, Tyrone, Pa.

March 18, 2014

Last night senior Jordyn Swogger joined a very elite club by scoring her 1,000th career point in varsity girls basketball. During one of the toughest games of the season against Central, Swogger hit her 1,000 on a three-pointer from the right wing with 1:52 left in the 3rd quarter. But rather than...

Even seniors get cut from the team

Southfield High School senior Ro'Kiya Parker says she didn't see it coming when she was cut from the varsity girls basketball team in her senior year. She says she will still have a spot on the track team.

By Darryl Littlejohn, Jr., Southfield HS, Southfield, Mich.

February 19, 2014

In December senior Ro’Kiya Parker would normally be spending her time after school in the shiny new field house, working up a serious sweat, practicing her free throws, her lay-ups, her dunks. She’d have another new pair of Nikes in her duffel bag and a spare pair of sweat socks in her locker. Not...

The basket that won’t be forgotten

The basket that won't be forgotten

By Jessica Parrott, Lovejoy HS, Lucas, Texas

February 14, 2014

It may not have counted, but it was a shot that will not be forgotten as life skills student Kevin Inman scored his first basket against Greenville on Senior Night. As the team manager, Inman is a part of the team, but on Tuesday, Feb. 11, he was able to suit up for the first (and last time) and step...

Basketball star Tayler Hill’s school legacy lives on

Tayler Hill is swamped by the press after a game during her senior year at South in 2009. Hill now plays in the WNBA.

By Maggie Fisher, South High School, Minneapolis

January 14, 2014

Many athletes come and go at South, but none so accomplished as current WNBA player Tayler Hill. It’s been five years since the basketball star graduated from South, and she is anything but forgotten. Her family is still involved in the South High basketball program, and the athletic department will hono...