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Plant-powered athletes: Students share their experiences in sports with modified diets

Photo illustration of athletes who find strength in vegan and vegetarian diets.

Susie Seidel, Convergence Media Editor

January 13, 2020

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Venus Williams and Scott Jurek rank among many professional athletes who fuel their performance through plant-based diets. In addition to the big names, athletes on our home turf also find strength and endurance through vegan and vegetarianism. Lydia Roseman After months of being vegetaria...

Meeting the new face in athletics: Daniel Smith takes on role as athletic trainer

Putting on an ankle wrap after a previous injury, new athletic trainer Daniel Smith helps sophomore Sydney Slaven prepare for practice. Through Mercy Sports Medicine, Smith attends all athletic events to make sure athletes are being treated for injuries on and off the court. “Being a trainer can be very exciting,” Smith said. “You never know what's gonna happen, and you have to be prepared for everything.”

Drew Boone, Staff Writer

January 10, 2020

Surveying the basketball court, new head trainer Daniel Smith is ready at a moment's notice to help any athlete facing an injury.  After the departure of former trainer Matt Berning, Smith is enthusiastic about his new role.  “I love helping the injured athletes when they get hurt and seeing their progress...

Farewell to ‘Trainer Matt’

Matt Berning worked as the athletic trainer for more than four years, but is now leaving high-school specific work behind. Berning has taken a position at the Mercy Sports Clinic with Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Julienne Lippe.

Cooper Walkoff, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 19, 2019

After teaching classes, supporting athletes and training college students to be athletic trainers, Trainer Matt Berning is leaving to work at the Mercy Sports Clinic with Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Julienne Lippe. “Matt is someone that you can trust and count on. He has always had the players’ health and ...

Senior Erin Slutzky takes the Bronze at International Racquetball Championships

Wrapped in the American flag, senior Erin Slutzky and doubles partner, freshman at University of California, Berkeley, Nikita Chauhan celebrate their performance at the International Racquetball Championships (Worlds). Though this was Slutzky’s second Worlds debut, she won a medal for the first time. “The best thing about getting bronze was the improvement it showed from the year before at Worlds in Mexico where I didn’t get a medal. It meant my hours and hours of training had paid off,” Slutzky said.

Fatema Rehmani, Awards Coordinator

December 16, 2019

Having competed in racquetball tournaments including three High School Nationals, two Junior Nationals and two  Junior Worlds, senior Erin Slutzky has played the sport seriously since winning second place at Junior Nationals in 2018.  Watching her dad and older brother from a young age, Slutzky picked up ra...

A dangerous game, high schoolers face life long sports injuries

Junior Zoe DeYoung dances alongside her teammate at the Kids Artistic Revue competition. The competition was held in the auditorium at John A. Logan College, and was her second time competing at this competition. “The competition was one of the bigger ones our team had been to,” DeYoung said. “I remember putting on a heating pad after I danced because my back pain had been so bad.”

Tristan Caudill, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 16, 2019

According to AtYourOwnRisk.org, about half of high school students play sports. Throughout their athletic career, almost half of those students report having an injury from playing sports.  Athletic Trainer Matt Berning says that the risk of having long term effects from a sports injury in high schoo...

Professional soccer player Jansen Miller prepares for his collegiate career at Xavier University

Senior Jansen Miller dribbles the ball up the field during practice with St. Louis Football Club  (STLFC). Miller recently made his commitment to Xavier University. “It was the family culture there,” Miller said. “Most schools, you’ll hear them say ‘oh we have a family culture’ but you could really feel it with Xavier.”

Cameron Neisler, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 9, 2019

For many student athletes, high school careers leading up to college generally follow a similar process. Playing professional soccer added a unique twist to the process for senior Jansen Miller. Since eighth grade, Miller has been playing professional soccer for STLFC (St. Louis Football Club). Miller started out training with the academy team, playing al...

Father-son duo: The in’s and out’s of being the coach’s son

Finishing the layup, sophomore Luke Wright scores another basket in his first career varsity start. Wright went one of four shooting in the season opener. “I was really proud to be a starter but I know I could’ve played better that game,” Wright said. “I'm ready to see where this season can go.”

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer

December 6, 2019

For the last six years, boys varsity basketball coach John Wright has coached his son sophomore Luke Wright for the Junior Longhorns and now at the high school.  “Since I’ve always been around high school basketball, I think I’ve really developed a passion for the game,” L. Wright said. “...

Seniors commit to their choosing on College Signing Day

Seniors wait to sign their letters of commit to the school of their choosing. For senior Tommy Mohan, he still cannot believe he was able to get to this level.

Ridwan Oyebamiji and Lydia Roseman

November 13, 2019

  Having played baseball since he was four years old, continuing the sport in college was almost a no-brainer for senior Jason Reilly. Reilly committed to play baseball for Westminster, following in the footsteps of varsity baseball coach and math teacher Andrew Jett.  “What really dro...

Will Bonnett: from surgery to state in one swim season

Sophomore Will Bonnett finishes a lap of breastroke during a home meet versus Parkway Central. Bonnett focused on gaining strength outside of the pool to aide his transition back into the water after healing. “I feel like I was able to build more muscular strength while out of the pool, and I was able to put in a lot of endurance work in the water to help get me back to my past endurance level,” said Bonnett. “Both of these things combined together to help me perform better than I ever have.”

Quinn Berry, Convergent Media Writer

November 13, 2019

At the beginning of boys swim season, sophomore Will Bonnett imagined he would be training for the first meet with his teammates, not in recovery after emergency ear surgery.  The surgery, originally planned as a postseason operation, grafted skin from behind Bonnett’s ear onto his eardrum to he...

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