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Loss at 100th annual football rivalry ends 13-year winning streak

Loss at 100th annual football rivalry ends 13-year winning streak

Jessica Emerson, Texas High School

October 1, 2014


Filed under Showcase, Sports

100 tears shed. 100 hearts broken. 100 fans coping. The Texas High Tigers took their first loss to Arkansas High, in 13 years, on the 100th game played. "I'm just glad I'm not a senior. I honestly want to cry. Although I know it's not my last Texas versus Arkansas game," sophomore cheer escort Ricky...

Kansas student travels across the country to compete in triathlons

Kansas student travels across the country to compete in triathlons

Braden Shaw and Brooke Wiebe

September 18, 2014


Filed under Showcase, Sports

As he crosses the finish line, body drenched with sweat and completely exhausted. Senior Callahan Eckardt just finished a 1-mile swim, 24-mile bike ride and a 10K run: a triathlon. Callahan was inspired to do triathlons by a cyclo-cross race, which is an off-road bike race that also involves other obstacles. He was only 12, and h...

Football team beats Millard South, picks up first win of the season

Football team beats Millard South, picks up first win of the season

Aren Rendell, Westside High School

September 17, 2014


Filed under Showcase, Sports

For the Westside varsity football team, all that matters is 1-0, which is the team’s record in district games. After losing its first two games, the team picked up a 21-13 victory over ranked district opponent Millard South thanks to a gritty defensive performance that highlighted the unit’s playmaking...

Everything she has is dedicated to becoming state champion powerlifter

Everything she has is dedicated to becoming state champion powerlifter

Alexis Megdanoff, Fenton HS, Fenton, Mich.

June 11, 2014


Filed under Profiles, Sports

The inside of a gym is a familiar sight for senior Crystal Krupp. For four years, she has trained every week to succeed in the sport of powerlifting. Powerlifting at the high school level involves three separate lifts: the squat, bench and deadlift. Each participant has three chances, the highes...

Groundbreaking athlete reminisces about experiences

Groundbreaking athlete reminisces about experiences

Abbi Faflick, Wichita HS East, Wichita, Kan.

May 15, 2014


Filed under Sports

Fifty years ago, as a junior, Jim Ryun, ’65 East graduate, became the first high school athlete to ever break the four-minute mile, at 3:59.0 in Compton, California.

Coaches take on twice the teaching load

Coaches take on twice the teaching load

Serene Gallardo, Downey HS, Downey, Calif.

April 24, 2014


Filed under Profiles, Sports

At Downey High, teachers tend to take on twice as much as expected – that is, alongside teaching curriculum courses, they take hand in coaching a team. Managing both classrooms full of students and a sports team is double duty, but these teachers are willing to go the distance. The process to apply...

The final frame: A perfect goodbye to bowling star

Beth Keefe, Glen Rock High School

April 16, 2014


Filed under Profiles, Sports

After 30 perfect games and 16 years of bowling experience, Glen Rock’s own Jake Rollins became the Boys’ Bowling State Champion on Feb. 11, 2014. In the title-match, Rollins bowled the first 300 in the 13-year history of the stepladder playoff, making it the last, perfect shot of his high scho...

Longboarder balances safety, thrill to master art of speed

Longboarder balances safety, thrill to master art of speed

Walker McCrae, West Linn HS, West Linn, Ore.

April 10, 2014


Filed under Sports

You can hear Jeff Lofurno, junior, long before you can see him. And when you do see him, it’s not for very long. Lofurno flies past on his longboard at speeds of at least 30 miles per hour, weaving around cars and people, with the grind of wheels on asphalt fading in the distance. Lofurno didn’t...