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...

The underlying price of high school sports

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.

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 high school, parents must pay what is required to participate in high school athletics. “We...

Alumna Audra Hartwell returns to reverse roles from player to coach

JV tennis coach Audra Hartwell gives sophomore Betsy Weaver parade line up details before the Homecoming parade begins. Hartwell made a point to her players about having fun while also competing at a high level. “ I want tennis to be the best part of their day because it keeps them coming back,” Hartwell said. “I want them excited to come to practice or a match.”

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Turning right at the stoplight into 14653 Clayton Road is not out of the ordinary.  Gearing up in Columbia Blue Longhorn apparel seems like an old habit. After a six-year hiatus from playing softball and running cross country, during high school, 2013 alumna Audra Hartwell has returned to coach the JV gi...

4. In memory of Joe Ross

2016 graduate Drew Bonnett and the late Joe Ross pose for a picture at a Parkway Swim Club swim meet. Bonnett and Ross swam together for many years and grew up as best friends. “Joe was a light of joy and laughter,” Bonnett said. “I loved him and respected him deeply.”

Maria Newton, Staff Writer

January 30, 2018

Alumnus Joseph Alan Ross passed away on Jan. 20 at age 19, while studying economics at the University of Chicago. Joe, as he was more commonly referred to, graduated in the class of 2016 as the president of the Math Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and was a member of the Science Honors Society, Beta C...

Tennis team ramps up for season

After winning a point, seniors Dillon Youngberg and Kenji Yanaba encourage each other as double partners.

Grant Aden, Sports Editor

March 18, 2017

With winter transitioning into spring, members of the tennis team find themselves making the daily walk up to the courts with goals for the season. “I hope to get better, I want to make my serve harder and more consistent because my goal is just to lose as few of matches as possible. I think Ke...

Townsend retires from coaching tennis after 13 years

Coach Jason Townsend talks to the girls varsity team before a round of matches.

Grant Aden

October 17, 2016

After 13 years of coaching, Jason Townsend is stepping down as the head coach of the girls tennis team. “It is a really difficult decision for me to step away from the kids and the parents and the family that we have built because it is such a great thing,” Townsend said. “I am going to still be ...

Swinging to State

On their road to state, juniors Ava Larson and Claire Martin competed against Lafayette's top State ranked double's team.

Allie Collins, Staff Writer

October 16, 2015

The Missouri State Tennis Tournament begins in Springfield, MO, today. For the second time in a row,West will be sending their top-ranked doubles team to the competition. Last time, it was alumni William Tong and junior Kenji Yanaba. This time, it will be juniors Claire Martin and Ava Larson playing for their own state title.

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