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High ‘Lite” of The Week

On Sept. 28, head coach Phil Lite gives the team a post-practice talk. It was the day before a game, and the players had just gotten done with walk throughs. “He’s a good speaker, and he just gets us ready to play. He’s a coach on the field but like a friend off the field,” said varsity quarterback senior John Raybourn. Photo by Leidy Venegas

Dawson Parks, Staff

October 11, 2017

Award winning varsity football head coach Philip Lite won the K.C. Chiefs coach of the week award.  Lite won the award after leading his team to 22-15 win against the undefeated Fort Osage high school. This made Staley the No. 2 class 5 team in the state. “Personally, this is more of a team...

Young Tennis Player Takes Top Spot

Alexa Schulte, Staff

September 15, 2017

     The No. 1 varsity girls’ tennis player is freshman Claire Thimgan. In her first tournament, Claire took first place in the Lee’s Summit North Tournament, playing against Lee’s Summit North in the Championship for A singles. While this was her first tournament win for Staley,...

Fall Sports Team’s Traditions

The Emeralds are praying before performing at the home football game against North Kansas City on Aug. 25. Each person in the group puts a foot in the middle to clear their minds and pray. “It’s our make it or break it moment. It’s the moment where we unite as a team so we can execute our dance successfully on the field,” said sophomore Grace Siegfried.

Jack Warner, Staff

September 13, 2017

     Fall sports are in full swing, and so is the team bonding. Each group has different traditions that help them create a family-like bond.      Before the Friday night lights, there is a lot of time with the team. The football team has a pregame meal after school where...

Wrestling State Champions

In the last match of a dual, junior Dan Mangold is going up against a Park Hill High
School opponent in the fieldhouse. Mangold ended up winning the match in double
overtime. “That match was big for districts team,” said Mangold.

Haylee Roberts

March 11, 2017

For the first time in school history, the wrestling team won the state championship. The team competed in the MSHSAA State Tournament on the weekend of Feb. 16 in Columbia, Mo. The group began preparing to come back after the 2016 state tournament, and they were determined to do better and keep pushing...

Lane to State

At swim practice on Jan. 31, some state qualifying athletes, prepare for conference. Freshman Bridget
Hoth, Sophomores Chase Kirby and Abby Hall, Junior Rachel Janiak and Senior Maddie Kovarik

Haylee Roberts

February 1, 2017

As the girls swim season comes to an end, more and more swimmers are getting their state cuts and dropping time. Stoaktown is a combined swim team of Staley, Oak Park and North Kansas City high schools. They are all from different schools in the same district but practice and attend meets together...

Journey to the Top

Preparing to start the second period of
his match against Liberty High School
on Feb. 1, freshman Khyler Brewer
walks to the middle of the mat. This is
Brewer’s first year wrestling for Staley
and his seventh year overall. “It feels
good being on varsity as a freshman.
I can’t wait for the next years to
come for me, and I aiming for a state
championship this year,” said Brewer.

Haylee Roberts

February 1, 2017

The varsity wrestling team is ranked second in the state and 17th in the nation. “It’s a pretty big deal because you have teams like Neosho and other teams that have won six straight titles, and Smithville that has also won a couple straight titles. It is nice that this happened through all classes,”...

New Cross Country Course Under Construction

New Cross Country Course Under Construction

Hannah Zank, Reporter

December 20, 2016

With cross country ending in the fall, Coach Elisha Bears and seniors Casey Flynn and Tyler Collins have been working to build a course to use for practice and meets. “When the idea was first mentioned to the team, Tyler and I stepped up and started helping with the preparations,” said Flynn. Bears...

Preparation for a New Season

Preparation for a New Season

Maddy Benda, Editor-in-Chief

December 9, 2016

As a new season of high school sports starts, new goals and aspirations are also rising.  Varsity girls basketball are hungry for a successful season and a district title. “I feel like we have a lot of work to do, but we’re getting better day by day,” said freshman Gracie Neff. Neff...

Running Back Ross Earns Thomas A. Simone Award

Senior Julian Ross was interviewed after being awarded the Thomas A. Simone award in the falcon fieldhouse on Dec. 6 2016.  This is considered the Heisman Award of high school football and Ross was the first football player from Staley to win this award.

Emilie Kerr, Editor-in-Chief

December 6, 2016

Senior Julian Ross was awarded the 34th Annual Thomas A. Simone award Dec. 6 in the Falcon Fieldhouse. The award is presented every year to the most outstanding high-school football player in the Kansas City Metro area. Some consider this award to be the “Heisman” of the metro area. “Most people don...

Fall Sports Wrap Up

Fall Sports Wrap Up

November 15, 2016

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