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‘Practice makes perfect’ takes on a whole new meaning

Jake Trump, Sports Editor

May 11

Filed under Sports

Sport dedication has now reached an all-time high. Students who participate a high school sport and wish they could play year round can now rejoice.  Effective next year, Virginia High School League (VHSL)...

Finding a balance

Nicole Brigham, Orange Page One Editor

April 12

Filed under Sports, Uncategorized

Recently, at Fennville High School in Michigan, a 16-year-old star basketball player hit the game winning shot to end the game 57-55. What happened next left the crowd stunned. Fenville Junior, Wes Leonard, hit the ground and...

2012 NFL season in jeopardy: Players and owners are unable to reach a compromise

Jimmy McMahon, Orange Sports Editor

April 12

Filed under Sports

It’s the ultimate American tradition. Nothing like putting your feet up on a Sunday afternoon to watch a little NFL football. Unfortunately, football fans everywhere may have to find something else to do on Sundays now that...

It’s time to get fired up: Pregame rituals help athletes focus on games

Austin Kaminski, Orange Sports Editor

April 12

Filed under Sports

“It’s time to get loud, it’s time to represent. West Springfield, what time is it?!” This famous chant has been repeated by every girls basketball player throughout the last few years. While there is no real traditional...

Eckenrode trains with United

Peter Simonsen, Senior Staff Writer

April 11

Filed under Sports

The DC United Soccer Club is considered the most successful club in Major League Soccer, having won four MLS championships since its inception in 1995. The main club also sponsors a youth team which is recognized as one of...

The weight room: lair of the Firebreathers

Jimmy McMahon, Sports Editor

April 8

Filed under Sports

Do you have what it takes to be a firebreather? The weight room used to be a place to challenge yourself, but the new Firebreather Invitationals have turned it into a place for students to get the competitive juices flowing...

Let the Madness Begin.

Lee Gleason and Luis Lester, Blue Sports Editors

March 28

Filed under Sports, Uncategorized

Let the Madness Begin. What makes March Madness so special is the uncertainty and thrill that comes with the game of basketball. Basketball is unlike any other sport in that the smaller, seemingly less talented school always...

Cheerleaders help rising freshmen

Nicole Brigham, Orange Page One Editor

March 28

Filed under Sports

Ready…5,6,7,8! Spartan cheerleaders are already recruiting new cheerleaders for next year’s cheer squad. In order to get the incoming freshman ready for tryouts, the cheerleaders have been conducting Irving Cheer Club for...

West End Rugby returns

Danielle Mazzuchi, Blue Scoop Editor

March 14

Filed under Sports, Uncategorized

Possibly one of the most unrecognized sports at WS is rugby. With a 2010 state title under their belts, they set the standards high for this new season. SYC Rugby has had its breakthrough season last year.  The team for this...

Just keep rowing

Jimmy McMahon, Orange Sports Editor

March 10

Filed under Sports, Uncategorized

In the back hallway, people can be seen working out on the rowing machines almost all year. These aren’t just regular people, these are the members of your WS Crew team. Although the team doesn’t actually compete on the...

Gearing up for LAX

Jimmy McMahon & Austin Kaminski, Oracle Staff Writers

March 10

Filed under Sports, Uncategorized

At WS, lacrosse is one of the most well-known sports. The team is preparing to fight for this year’s district title, but many players will participate for the first time in their lives wearing a Spartan uniform. Despite...

Managers take care of business off the field

Megan Burpo, Orange Viewpoint Editor

March 10

Filed under Sports, Uncategorized

We see the players score the points, the coaches direct the plays, hear the band play the fight song, but we never stop to think about who makes it all possible. No matter the reason for being a manager (whether it is due to...

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