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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...

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...

Football preps to make a run in the playoffs

Raising his hands in the air, junior quarterback Isaac Kittrell celebrates a touchdown. The team defeated Oakville 28-0 Sept. 6, and as they prepare for districts, they hope to have a similar outcome. “If we follow our assignments, make the right decisions and overall play well, we’ll have the potential of making a deep run,” Kittrell said.

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

November 7, 2019

As you look at the football field, you see a group of determined and focused boys getting ready to make a deep run in the playoffs. “It's win or go home at this time.  We will be the underdog in all of our games from this point on, so we know that we have to play our best football of the season in...

Varsity volleyball wins district championships

Posing with their first place plaque, the varsity girls volleyball team make longhorn symbols with their hands.

Emily Dickson and Carly Anderson

October 25, 2017

Flying into a giant dog-pile at the conclusion of the third game, the volleyball team was all smiles and happy tears as they won district championships against rival Parkway Central on Oct. 20. “After we won the game it was just pure elation. We take so much pride in that district title and defendin...

Senior Kacie Bergh swings through an unpredictable season

Lining up her putt, senior Kacie Bergh prepares a shot during a varsity match.

Katie Spillman, Staff Writer

October 6, 2017

As the only senior on the team, varsity golf player Kacie Bergh utilized her four years of experience to ignite a love for the sport among her teammates. She started playing her freshman year when she was encouraged by her dad to try out. “I knew I wanted to play golf, even though I never had before....

Volleyball coach Susan Dean steps down after 18 years with longhorns

The varsity girls volleyball team huddles around Coach Dean in celebration of her 1,000th game.

Bridget Noonan

October 11, 2016

After 31 years of coaching volleyball, 18  instructing the Longhorns, varsity coach Susan Dean has decided to step down for retirement after this season. “It breaks my heart that this is Coach Dean's last season,” setter/ right-side hitter and senior Jamie Poppen said. “I feel so thankful tha...

Girls tennis team prepares for districts

Swinging her racket, freshman Charlotte Zera plays in a singles match against Lafayette at home on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Emily Dickson

September 29, 2016

The girls tennis team beat every team they have played, with the exception of Lafayette, leading them to a 7-1 record. “Our biggest competition was definitely Lafayette. Lafayette’s team is really really loaded and they got a lot of new good freshmen,” junior Rachel Wang said. “It was goo...

Longhorns destroy Normandy 55-0

Members of the team rejoice after scoring a touchdown.

Bridget Noonan

September 15, 2016

After leading 7-0 in the first quarter, the varsity football game against Normandy got canceled due to thunderstorms in the area on Friday, Sept. 9. “We were playing kind of sloppy, and I think that the day off gave the team a chance to get refocused and get our heads straight for the game, alt...

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