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Wrestler pins success in athletics, academics

Ellie Prober, Executive Editor-at-Large

February 1, 2019

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Entering the state wrestling tournament last year with three seasons of wrestling experience behind him, current senior Trent Williams was shocked by the environment in which he would be competing. The arena where he would be wrestling overwhelmed him with sou...

Pasta parties may scoop up problems for competition

Sarah Sandlow, Sophie Sperber, News Editor, Opinions Editor

February 1, 2019

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Wrapped around the counter, filling their flimsy paper plates with pasta, salad and desserts, the members of the girls gymnastics team partake in the custom of “carb-loading” at their pasta party in preparation for competition.  According to senior Bridget Billig, the team has pasta parties before e...

Guts and gutters, senior joins bowling team

Joey Harris, Executive Sports Editor

February 1, 2019

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Girls bowling practice was coming to a close, but before it was over, the team decided to engage in an intrasquad competition. The girls would line up five alleys across and bowl. In order to advance to the next round, they had to knock down six pins, then sev...

Girls basketball adjusts players, positions

Jonathan Lidskin, Zoe Bendoff, Sports Editor, Staff Writer

February 1, 2019

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Freshman Brooke Blumenfeld stepped out on the court with the varsity girls basketball team at their first game against Maine East this season. She had been pulled up from the freshman team, securing her spot on the varsity roster following the team’s win against Wauconda Comm...

Swim team embraces change

Megan Fahrney, Sports Editor

December 7, 2018

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In the first week of September, senior Ryan Purdy was shocked to learn Kirk Ziemke, former head boys varsity swim coach, had resigned. His teammates began to panic, some questioning whether or not they would continue to swim for the team. Ryan, along with some other swimmers, called ...

Spartan athletes’ regimens, routines and rituals

Jonathan Lidskin, Sports Editor

December 7, 2018

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Siblings tackle Israeli self-defense

Maddie Harris, Features Editor

December 7, 2018

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Walking into the five-day training to become a certified Krav Maga instructor, senior Katie Suarez felt confident in her technique. She had to train each day for about seven to 10 hours, perfecting skills in order to teach each movement correctly to students. “It was...

I’ll pass on P.E.

Haley Sandlow, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018

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It was freshman year, the day of my gymnastics meet. I quickly stretched my legs and bounced from foot to foot, jittery, my body buzzing with adrenaline. The gymnastics meet? Oh, that wasn’t until after school. At that moment, it was f...

Cheers, jeers and tears

Sonia Zaacks, Executive Features Editor

November 2, 2018

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My jaw dropped in disbelief as Serena Williams, one of the greatest female athletes of all time, smashed her racquet on the ground during the finals of the U.S. Open. My eyes remained fixated on the screen as Williams received a point penalty and proceeded to call the umpir...

Number of available certified referees declines

Micha Gachpar and Jonathan Lidskin, Features Editor and Sports Editor

November 2, 2018

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After 41 years working as an official for athletic events, IHSA referee Bill Orris has learned that handling emotional fans and coaches is a part of the job. Quieting angry coaches and containing parents’ profanity as they see controversial calls are problems experie...

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