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Let the Madness Begin.

Lee Gleason and Luis Lester, Blue Sports Editors

March 28, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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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, 2011

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...

25 years of dedication: Schmitz remains Lady Spartans’ biggest fan

Nora Osei, Viewpoint Editor

February 21, 2011

Filed under Sports

Players can’t play without fans; fans can’t watch without players. So the fans are just as important as the players at basketball games. The Lady Spartans basketball team has one fan in particular who has made it to almost...

Fellow Spartans question school spirit

Lee Gleason, Blue Sports Editor

February 21, 2011

Filed under Sports

A struggling team with devoted fans. At Varsity boys’ basketball games row after row of bleachers are occupied by students who came to cheer on their team.  In a previous issue of The Oracle, head Varsity basketball coach...

Student section comes alive

Haley Spicer, Journalism 1

February 21, 2011

Filed under Sports

Everyone heard about it from classmates, players, or the coach—the crowd at the first home game of the boy’s basketball season was a disappointment, to say the least. Students probably already knew that there was not going...

Superbowl XLV was a big hit for the viewers

Jake Trump, Blue Viewpoint Editor

February 21, 2011

Filed under Sports

Football concluded. After all of the uncanny Doritos and E-surance commercials have been watched and all of the celebratory confetti fell there was only one NFL team that stood alone in the pinnacle of sports. This year, Aaron...

Winter sports wrap-up

Jimmy McMahon, Orange Sports Editor

February 21, 2011

Filed under Sports

Another year of Winter Sports has come and gone. The Spartan athletes entered the season with high hopes for the 2010-2011 year. Looking back, the Spartans had mixed success this year. Despite going into the season looking...

New Frisbee club flies

Andy Gholson & Thomas Ariale, Oracle Staff Writers

February 11, 2011

Filed under Sports

It is 175 grams of pure fun. Ultimate Frisbee is quickly growing into a new trend for students to participate in after school. They meet on the practice field after school to play with each other for about an hour. “I...

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