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At the Suburban Conference Green Pool, a track and field competition at Ladue High School, senior Micah Harris starts the first leg in his 4x200 meter relay. Harris, along with seniors Ja’marion Wayne and Tre Bell and junior Brian Cambell, ran a time of 1:30:47 and placed first overall. “In the moment, all I could think about was running my quickest, so we could have a decent lead. It felt good seeing we placed first,” Harris said.

Senior Micah Harris’ journey to Louisiana State University

Samari Sanders , Staff Writer 1 day ago

Senior Micah Harris’ feet pound quickly on the track, a gust of wind hitting his face. Time rapidly passes as he approaches his last 50 meters. Finally, with a gush of relief, Harris crosses the finish...

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Albert Pujols takes a swing at the plate. “Albert Pujols” by Photo by Dirk DBQ is licensed with CC BY-SA 4.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0

Albert Pujols and the Cardinals work to meet the expectations set for them

Drew Boone, Staff Writer May 5, 2022

Having been away from the city where he started his MLB career over 10 years ago, future Hall-of-Famer Albert Pujols brought number five back home to play one final season at Busch Stadium. With many people...

Racing to the ball, freshman Molly Bailey and her opponent swim without hesitation. Bailey joined water polo for the first time this year, and although the sport has proven to be difficult, she has persisted. “Water polo is a sport that has pushed me physically. At the start of the season, I asked myself why I was there and why I decided to sign up for it in the first place,” Bailey said. “But as the season progressed, something about the sport kept me wanting to play more and more. I love the people, the competition and the game.”

A new beginning for female water polo

Sabrina Urdaneta, Staff Writer May 5, 2022

From 2018 to 2019, boy's water polo participation has risen by 8.8%, while girl's water polo participation across the country has seen an 18% increase. Team captains Taylor Johnson and Thalea Afentoullis...

Hustling off the field, alumnus Drew Seers finishes one of his many season games. The 23-year-old started his football career through the junior Longhorn program, “I was glad that I was able to start playing football at Parkway West’s Jr. Longhorns program. West allowed me to meet a lot of great people and form relationships that I’ll have for a lifetime,” Seers said.

Road to the 2022 NFL Draft

Lia Emry, Staff Writer April 13, 2022

Less than 2% of college athletes get drafted into the National Football League (NFL). However, alumni Drew Seers is determined to be a part of that percentage.  From Friday Night Lights to running...

Preparing to pitch, senior Luke Wright reads his pitching sign from his catcher. Wright has 22 strikeouts through five games pitched. “[Reading my catcher’s sign] is very important, we have to be on the same page to be successful throughout the game or else it’ll throw off our rhythm, and our team as a whole won’t be as successful,” Wright said

Taking an unexpected twist: senior Luke Wright’s baseball recruitment goes from Division I to JUCO after summer injury

Tre Bell, Staff Writer April 12, 2022

Having pitched one summer game, senior Luke Wright played in a baseball tournament in Wisconsin when he experienced an unexpected turn that changed his future baseball path: he tore his Ulnar Collateral...

Doing his pregame lineup handshake, senior Martin Franciscus (left) pretends to shoot an arrow in the student section with junior Brady Kuehl. Franciscus got his first career varsity basketball start against Fort Zumwalt East for senior night. “My basketball skills have improved thanks to being a part of [our school’s basketball] program,” Franciscus said. “I am a better defender, shooter and ball handler than I otherwise would have been.”

Four years in the making: senior Martin Franciscus leaves his mark on the boy’s basketball program

Drew Boone and Tre Bell April 8, 2022

Sitting on the edge of his seat, a tunnel of his teammates and cheerleaders pave the way to the massive student section waiting to hear Martin Fraciscus’ name to be announced as a starter. As the announcer...

At the St. Clair girls tournament, sophomore Brooklyn Eddy 
takes on her opponent from St. Charles High School. Eddy joined wrestling 
for the first time more than halfway through the season and managed to obtain
three pins for beating her opponent. “Wrestling is different from everything you 
ever do in your life. When you’re on the mat, you have to leave everything 
there, and you have to fail to succeed,” Eddy said.

The effects of making weight on female wrestlers

Sabrina Urdaneta, Staff Writer March 28, 2022

In the last 10 years, over 22,000 high school female wrestlers joined the sport in the U.S., and 15 states will be hosting their first girl's championship in 2022 and 2023. With an increase in athletes,...

Senior Ben Noonan rides his horse Keep Kitty in the Tryon International CCI competition. Noonan and his team finished first and Noonan got his first gold medal for horseback riding. “I would say [I’m best at] cross country [riding] just because I really enjoy the adrenaline of it. You can definitely feel the high speeds and just its really a fun part of the sport. I placed individually gold and my team placed gold as well. That was really special seeing all your hard work come through,” Noonan said.

Ben Noonan leaps into his future of becoming a future horseback rider

Jordan Scales, Staff Writer January 28, 2022

Senior Ben Noonan is ready to take the next leap into horseback riding and go to Florida after he graduates in January. In Florida, Noonan wants to practice in similar weather conditions similar to his...

Back on the court, senior Abbie Zensen warms up to play in the first game of the Summit Holiday Hoops tournament. Zensen was injured in May, leaving her unable to participate in sports. “I was a little worried at first because I wasnt sure what it was going to be like cutting on my knee. I hadnt done stuff like that,” Zensen said. “The first basketball game was really exciting. When I first went down with my knee injury, I didn’t see myself coming back.”

A season-ending injury to a new school record

Danica Gatchel, Staff Writer January 27, 2022

During one of the soccer team’s last games before the quarter-finals, senior Abbie Zensen was involved with a contact-on-contact collision, resulting in a dislocated kneecap and torn knee ligaments leaving...

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