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Spring Edition: Seniors commit to their school for collegiate sports

Senior Lauren Beard finishes her last lap at a swim meet. Beard plans to continue swimming at the collegiate level. “It’s such an escape from life’s craziness,” Beard said. “It allows me to take a step back and get out all of the anger and frustration I have built up. The community is so supportive and it’s like a second family.”

Zoe DeYoung, Ridwan Oyebamiji, and Lydia Roseman

May 28, 2020

Tia Reed-Basketball Senior Tia Reed couldn’t imagine the idea of playing collegiate basketball, but that changed when she began to hear offers from Missouri Baptist University, Lyon College, Fontbonne University and Fisk University during her high school career. “[I never] really believed [I could play...

Coaches share the disappointment with student-athletes regarding canceled sport seasons

Preparing his team for the upcoming girls lacrosse season, coach Tom Herpel directs his players during the parent/ player game, not knowing the coronavirus would halt the season from begining. With all the varsity players returning, hopes were high for a winning season. “I was heartbroken. I knew how hard the girls worked over the past couple years to put themselves in a position to be so successful,

Cooper Walkoff, Convergent Media Writer

May 21, 2020

Student-athletes aren't the only ones who are disappointed with their seasons being cancelled due to the coronavirus. The coaches are equally frustrated about not being able to lead their teams during the spring.  “This season we had a very strong team with exceptional volleyball skill and knowle...

A time to remember: Inside senior Robert McKnight’s tennis career

Holding their third place medals from districts, senior Robert McKnight stands alongside his teammate Matt Boyd and tennis coach Katelyn Arenos after a practice during their junior year. They spent most of their season playing doubles matches with each other. “Playing tennis has taught me a lot. Staying committed to my training has taught me discipline. Struggling through back injuries has taught me how to always find the silver lining. Most importantly, my tennis career has taught me a lot about humility and respect,” McKnight said. “Respect is earned in many ways. It’s about correcting your mistakes and putting others first, and improving the lives of those around you, because you [can] personally have an impact.”

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

May 12, 2020

After placing third in the district doubles tournament his junior year, team captain and senior Robert McKnight is poised to become a tennis star. Even though his final season has been postponed due to COVID-19, McKnight is excited for his future. He recently got accepted to the University of Missouri a...

Substitute teacher and professional umpire: alumnus Trevor Dannegger’s journey from education to officiating baseball games

Putting his arms up to strike the batter out, alumnus Trevor Dannegger makes the call behind home plate. Dannegger started officiating minor league baseball games in 2016, along with being a substitute teacher in his time off. “I try to stand out in both roles,” Dannegger said. “Whether it be asking a teacher to continue their lesson instead of showing a video or going out of my way to help players on the field.”

Drew Boone, Staff Writer

May 11, 2020

Spending the long hot summer days calling balls and strikes on the baseball field, and working with students in the classroom during the winter, alumnus Trevor Dannegger works to fulfill his dreams on and off the field. Starting from a young age, Dannegger found his passion was for officiating base...

Senior Ryan Caton reflects on his running career after his final season is postponed

Sprinting toward the finish line, senior Ryan Caton races at the Missouri Sectionals meet at Parkway Central High School Nov. 2, which was one of the last cross country races of his career. He finished the race in 14th place and qualified for state the following week. “My teammates [were] everything. Nobody was motivated for themselves; everyone was motivated for the whole team, and that is something I can’t thank them enough for,” Caton said. “I felt very happy that I was able to end my season at state. Not very many people were able to do that.”

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

After three months of preparation and running more than 500 miles during the off-season, senior Ryan Caton is one of many spring athletes seeing their final season slip away due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parkway officially announced April 9 that all schools and athletics, including track and field, were...

Senior Sam Goedde and freshman Jack Goedde’s work ethic ‘set’ them up for success as volleyball teammates

Wearing their varsity jerseys, brothers Jack and Sam Goedde smile for a photo. This year, the brothers had the opportunity to play on the same volleyball team, but their season was cut to only two weeks due to the outbreak of COVID-19. “I know that Jack worked extremely hard to prepare for this season so that he would have a chance to make varsity and play with Sam,” boys varsity volleyball coach Susan Anderson said. “Had [they] been able to play, I know they would have pushed each other on the court and really bonded.”

Mira Nalbandian, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

From practicing volleyball in their front yard to sharing the varsity court, senior Sam Goedde and freshman Jack Goedde took their bond to a new level as teammates on the boys varsity volleyball team. Both Goedde’s have been playing volleyball since they were young, starting on Catholic Youth Coun...

Meet the new “Jett-setting” softball coach

Junior varsity baseball coach Andrew Jett swings his arms while coaching third base telling senior Jason Reilly to run to home plate.  Jett feels at home when coaching baseball. “ I hope that in 10 years I meant so much to them that they invite me to their weddings,” Jett said.

Gabi Badami, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

It is safe to say that Math teacher Andrew Jett will be coaching the varsity softball in the 2020 season. Social Studies teacher Jeff Chazen has coached the softball team for 11 years and recently stepped down. “I was very shocked when Chazen resigned, our season had more ups and downs than usu...

Junior Matt Cosgrove’s journey to becoming a Division I athlete

Jumping up in the air, junior Matt Cosgrove winds his arm back to serve the ball. Cosgrove turned down four other offers to commit to Pennsylvania State University to continue his volleyball career. “[Playing club] is a lot more competitive and challenging than playing for your school because you play kids all around the country, and it forces you to raise your level of play,” Cosgrove said.

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

After playing volleyball for three years, junior Matt Cosgrove committed to Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) to continue his volleyball career.  “Penn State came to watch me play with my club team [High Performance] in Chicago last summer. I felt so loose, and I ended up playing really well there. T...

Junior Emily Sipp wins Fleet Feet Snowball Series

Running down a path surrounding Creve Coeur Lake, junior Emily Sipp completes the third race of the Fleet Feet Snowball series. Sipp had to run through a variety of weather conditions, but still got first female in the race.  “My feet were freezing, as I had just run through 6 inches of standing lake water,” Sipp said. “These race conditions were 45 degrees and 17 mph winds in my face, although I didn’t mind the freezing water too much–it made for a good story later.”

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

Running uphill as she nears the end of a five-mile race at Forest Park, junior Emily Sipp notices something bizarre: there are no other women on the pavement in front of her. Suddenly, yells from the crowd bring her back to the present. “You’re the first woman!” She understands now what they m...

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