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Stormy weather plagues spring sports season

Jimmy McMahon, Sports Editor

May 26, 2011

Filed under Sports

As spring sports come to a close, I can’t help but notice a striking similarity between the 2011 season and the past several years. After months of indoor sports such as track and basketball, WS athletes look forward to enjoy...

Weightlifters hike White Oak

Jimmy McMahon, Sports Editor

May 26, 2011

Filed under Sports

From class time workouts to Firebreather competitions, this year’s weight room activity can only be described as one thing: people picking things up and putting them down. What better way to end a year of intense non-stop work...

West End Rugby deserves more recognition

Julie Parisi, Oracle Editor

May 11, 2011

Filed under Sports

Baseball was not the only local team to win a state championship last year; West End Rugby is the defending 2010 Division 1 Virginia High School State Champion. In front of about 300 spectators at the T.C. Williams turf field,...

Reunited and it feels so good.

Lee Gleason, Sports Editor

May 11, 2011

Filed under Sports

Reunited and it feels so good. Senior captains Paige Bable and Danielle O’Brien  of the Varsity girls soccer team have been playing high school soccer together for the past four years. What makes this tandum different...

Athletes’ work halted by unexpected accidents on field

Nora Osei, Viewpoint Editor

May 11, 2011

Filed under Sports

Sports are always fun..until you get hurt. Many high school students play a sport either for the competitiveness of their school team, or for their club team just for fun. Through this they improve their fitness level, make...

Spartans prepare for success

Allie Collela, Forum Editor

May 11, 2011

Filed under Sports

Although officially the Spartan Boys Basketball season is complete, the team’s work is far from over. Coach Jason Eldridge, who joined the basketball program at the beginning of this year, began offseason training on March...

‘Practice makes perfect’ takes on a whole new meaning

Jake Trump, Sports Editor

May 11, 2011

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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, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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...

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