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Emeralds perform Jan. 14 at the varsity basketball game.

Despite Challenges, Emeralds Still Shine

Team Struggles To Secure Practice Area
Sarah Tarpley, Reporter January 16, 2022

    For a dance team with a season that begins in April and ends in March, the Emeralds have challenges that other sports don’t face. The biggest issue is securing a spot to practice.       “Everything...

File Photo: Ruby Henson in the 2020-2021 soccer season in the 1-2 loss against Park Hill High School in the district game May 20.

Soccer Running Tests Show More Than Endurance

Coaches Say Tests Prove Players' Commitment To Team
Alessandra Calderon, Reporter January 15, 2022

     Running tests have been a requirement for varsity boys and girls soccer since the school opened. Even star players won't make varsity if they don't pass two running tests out of the...

Swimmers prepare to dive in Dec. 6 at the Gladstone Community Center natatorium.

Athletes Avoid Rest, End Up With Overtraining Injuries

Injuries More Common In Anaerobic Sports
Ava Wariner, Reporter January 15, 2022

     It’s easy to assume that extra training is essential to improving performance, and while that is true, it’s easy to do too much. 30% to 65% of athletes will become overtrained at...

JV tennis player junior Ava Gates practices during the off season Dec. 5.

JV Tennis MVP Works Toward Varsity Goal

Gates Plans Off-Season Practices When Weather Allows
Brooke Holliday, Reporter January 14, 2022

     The sound of a racket cracking against a tennis ball when the courts were predicted to be silent for the winter was something new this year.       Junior Ava...

The Flock is back at the Homecoming game Sept. 24. It was an 8-10 loss.

Flock’s Return Boosts Athletes’ Morale

Athletes Glad To See Student Section Full
Annamarie Malena, N2 Sports Reporter January 9, 2022

     After a year of few opportunities for the student section to support their teams, the Flock is back. Fans were allowed back in the stands when sports started this school year, and athletes...

In the Falcon Fieldhouse during the wrestling duel against Kearney High School, junior Jack Stoffel goes for a pin on his opponent in Dec. 9. Duels provide an  environment with different lighting and setup as compared to a normal meet. “It’s really awesome,” Stoffel said. “Especially when we’re at home, it has a big team aspect. We are all cheering each other on and it’s really energetic and fun.”

Athletes Grow Up In Wrestling Program

Coaches Follow Wrestlers Years In Advance
Elyse Bredfeldt, Reporter, Copy Editor December 17, 2021

     The boys wrestling program is more strategic than people may think. Wrestlers often start the sport early in elementary school and continue through high school, often because of the...

Sydney Becker

Top-Tier Athletes Work To Be Recruited

Two Percent Of Athletes End Up With Offers
Lauren Dyke, Reporter December 17, 2021

     Each year, student athletes dream about getting scholarships to play at the collegiate level, but the numbers actually recruited are lower than some might think. About 8 million student...

Loss Of Softball Starting Player Meant Big Changes

Loss Of Softball Starting Player Meant Big Changes

JV Player Steps Up To Fill Senior's Cleats
Sydney Klusman, Reporter December 17, 2021

    When a starting varsity player is injured, it can mean big changes in the original plan for a team’s season, and other players get bumped into a starting spot. That’s what happened with...

Trying to pin her opponent, senior Kule’a Grace holds down freshman Kaylee Anthony from getting up Nov. 22. Anthony was working on specific skills to improve her game. “Right now, I’m solely focusing on shooting, because last year I was not offensive at all,” Grace said. “I’m trying to perfect it so I don’t overthink in my head.”

Girls Wrestling Rises In Popularity

Coach Brent With Team Since Beginning
Brianne Tremper, Managing Editor December 16, 2021

     Since the school opened, there has only been a boys wrestling team. But in 2017, a wrestling team exclusively for girls was started, and one coach who has been with the girls wrestling...

Making A Splash For State

Making A Splash For State

Swim And Dive Brings Contenders To State
Landyn Goldberg November 10, 2021

             Following winning performances at districts, 12 swimmers and divers will head to St. Louis Nov. 11 and compete in St. Charles, Mo.,...

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