The Oracle

Teen Center prepares kids for sports season

Jimmy McMahon, Sports Editor

June 1, 2011

With basketball coming to a close, many local basketball players are looking for a decent court to play on. Luckily for them, nearby Washington Irving Middle School provides that court through their Teen Center program. Teen...

Stormy weather plagues spring sports season

Jimmy McMahon, Sports Editor

May 26, 2011

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...

Letters: Balance is the key

May 26, 2011

Dear Editors, In the April 12 edition of The Oracle, Nicole Brigham’s article entitled, “Finding a Balance,” talks about the topic of students being overworked by sports and academics. Fennville High School’s Wes Leona...

Letters: Familiarity=popularity

May 26, 2011

To the Editors: I am writing because I have taken an interest in an article in the April 29 issue by Lauren Giery called “Where is the Love?” The article talked about how non-sanctioned school sports don’t get the credit o...

West End Rugby deserves more recognition

Julie Parisi, Oracle Editor

May 11, 2011

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,...

Athletes’ work halted by unexpected accidents on field

Nora Osei, Viewpoint Editor

May 11, 2011

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

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

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)...

To shoot or not to shoot? Team’s premises not in compliance with no-gun policy

Karista Giordana, Forum Editor

April 29, 2011

Tell kids they can’t have sweets, but give them candy. Our school always finds a way to contradict itself and now, even though guns are a huge no-no, we have our own rifle team. Not only school, but FCPS policy prohibits...

Where is the love?

Lauren Giery, Page One Editor

April 29, 2011

We hear there’s a “rebirth” of Spartan Spirit, yet attendance at non-sanctioned school sport competitions is still at a low. It’s about time these teams get the credit they deserve. When was the last time you heard...

Finding a balance

Nicole Brigham, Orange Page One Editor

April 12, 2011

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...

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

Austin Kaminski, Orange Sports Editor

April 12, 2011

“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...

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