The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


“Whenever I was younger, I did competitive cheer and I loved it. I was mid-competition of my 
cheer when my appendix ruptured. After that moment, I stopped doing competitive cheer. Obviously, it wasnt my ideal situation to be in. I wasnt very happy that I discontinued competitive cheer, but I decided that I wanted to start doing something else that filled the shoes of competitive cheer. That was tennis. My parents pushed me [to become] the player I am today. Of course, like any other athlete, Ive had regrets and moments I felt proud. After all of it, I knew I was happy with the friends and the person I have become from tennis. The environment [around] tennis was just amazing. I continued playing tennis and now, freshman year, Im on junior varsity and love it. I look forward to practices and matches after school. I love the activities we do as a team and I love how my team just bonds. Overall, taking the risk is scary but its worth it.” - Kaitlyn Sundermeyer, 9

Kaitlyn Sundermeyer

Megan Price, CJ1 Writer November 6, 2023

Female tennis players thrive regardless of their limitations. While there are many issues within the sport — unequal pay, no maternal care for athlete-mothers, unequal opportunities for different races and more — many activists have been advocating for change within the industry. “I hope there are a lot more milestones set along the way and a lot more improvements in [tennis],” freshman and JV tennis player Sara Ashok said.

Game, set, equality

Ruthvi Tadakamalla, Social Media Manager October 27, 2023

The United States Open Tennis Tournament, commonly known as the U.S. Open, was transformational for women's equality nationwide. Competitor Coco Gauff won the women’s singles division and earned a $3...

Freshman Mireya David stands in a tennis court, swinging her racket in front of her while stepping forward.

Eyes on the prize

Lia Emry, Staff Writer October 10, 2023

With girls tennis season in full swing, freshman Mireya David stepped onto the court hitting hard and precise shots in the first week of tryouts. The 14-year-old took the court by storm, winning point...

“Tennis is something I spend a lot of my time on. My dad played tennis throughout high school, so he wanted me to get involved in the sport so that he could teach me. I enjoy playing tennis because I love to win, and it gives me satisfaction to have a mindset to strive to win every game. My favorite tennis player, Roger Federer, inspires me to do my best in tennis, and I learned a lot from him just by watching him play. His strokes are very pretty, and his form is really good, so he usually is my go-to pro tennis player to watch. Along with just enjoying tennis, it has also improved my thought process and mentality a lot because when you’re playing singles, you don’t have a lot of help, so you have to think and do everything for yourself. This has also helped me in school because, say if you’re taking a test or doing work, you have to work independently and for yourself.” - Kai Daudsyah, 10

Kai Daudsyah

Angie Ren, Staff Writer April 17, 2023

Chloe Ottman

Chloe Ottman

Hannah Jacquin, CJ1 Writer November 18, 2022

“All of middle school, I was just trying to pursue friendships that weren't good for me. But I think that eighth grade was the worst because I was just so dug into a hole of a friendship that I didn't...

Freshman Raj Jaladi and senior Sri Jaladi pose for a photo after tennis practice. The brothers and teammates had high hopes to play in state but ended their season losing to Priory’s doubles team in the second round of districts. “It’s not like we don’t get along at home, but we communicate best at a tennis match,” Raj said.

The dynamic duo: Jaladi brothers ace the season

Elle Rotter, Awards Coordinator June 2, 2021

Working side by side for their varsity tennis season, freshman Raj Jaladi and senior Sri Jaladi were the top two players on the team. They got to play as a doubles team in districts but their season ended...

In this photo-gallery, read about the JV sports team’s season summary.

Spring JV season wrap up

Elle Rotter, Awards Coordinator May 24, 2021

With the spring sports season jumping to a close, team members say good-bye to their seniors and continue practicing for their next season. In this photo-gallery, team members describe how they felt about...

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.”

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

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...

Between all the sports, the average cost to play and to buy equipment is $275. Athletes have to spend  not only their health and time but also their money or their families money.

The underlying price of high school sports

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer March 3, 2020

Whether it is fees for a club team, equipment, travel, event admission or other sports costs, families can spend thousands of dollars on athletics. In addition to the cost of club sports, when kids reach...

Rallying for the point, junior Lindsey Anstrom plays during girls tennis senior night Oct. 1. Both JV and varsity defeated Eureka while honoring their seniors. “The season went by really quickly. This was the best season for me because I had my best friend, Gabrielle Oliver, as my partner, and we would just have fun on the court,” Anstrom said. “We would worry about the score, but we wouldn’t stress if we were losing. We did this handshake after each play, no matter if we won or lost the point; it was just a sign of sportsmanship and that we trusted each other.”

Photo of the week – Sept. 30

Sabrina Bohn, Managing Editor-in-Chief October 4, 2019

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