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Lily Taylor, Sports Editor | March 23, 2020

Jam-packed into the stands and dressed head to toe in this week's theme stands MN’s student section. As they proudly look on from the wooden bleachers of the Stable, the boys basketball team fiercely takes the court, getting ready for another big game.  While the student section is now filled with deafening cheers and jumping students, just a few minutes before, our defending state girls basketball...

Nate Hollenbeck, Staff Writer | March 23, 2020

Perseverance, strength, speed, precision.  Junior Hannah Hailu has been honing these skills since she first took a swim lesson at two years old. Hailu dove into the pool and never looked back.  Hailu has had a long record of success since medaling in multiple events at the Metro championships as a freshman in 2017.   Hailu comes from a swimming family and attributes the beginning of her high...

Sam Hoops, Staff Writer | March 23, 2020

Being thrown into an unexpected situation and being forced to thrive can be difficult, but it can also pay off greatly in the end. This was the case for seniors Ryan Mendez, Mark Geiger, and Tommy Roland who made the JV baseball team as freshmen. All three started together on JV and have leveled up together, all three finishing their career on varsity.  “I had fun playing with Ryan and Geiger,...

Isa Luzarraga, Lifestyles Editor | February 29, 2020

The glare of the stadium lights reflects on the lacquered court as the basketball pounds on hardwood. A blur of blue and white uniforms dart across the court, taking advantage of the fast break.  A guard throws the ball up near the basket, a perfect alley-oop for senior forward Max Murrell. As he slams down his fifteenth dunk of the season, the noise of the crowd echoes throughout the stadium. On...

Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Anjali Pullabhotla, Opinions Editor | February 12, 2020

“Go big blue.” Led by the deafening sound of a bass drum, MN’s white-themed student section’s spirit rises with the gradually intensifying chant.  Amidst the cries, junior Hunter Sallis, a point guard ranked eighth in the nation according to Rivals, makes a show-stopping dunk. The final score is 68-60. MN wins.  Defeating Creighton Prep on Jan. 3, leading to their first Metro Holiday...

Making Plays and Making Grades

Gracie Schweers, Staff Writer | February 12, 2020

In the world of sports, young athletes often play and work hard with the goal of playing in college and beyond. However, the stats of going Division I for basketball is 2.1% for boys and even lower at  1.1% for girls.  But MN’s own senior point guard Nicole Avila-Ambrosi is in that 1.1%. Highly regarded as one of the top girls basketball players in the state, she has already signed her letter...

Pin the Opponent, Pin the Dream

Anna Pipinos, Staff Writer | February 12, 2020

Middle school is a time for finding new hobbies. This was no different for the varsity wrestler, Guilermo Espinoza. With all of his friends wrestling in seventh grade, he decided to see his wrestling career in motion, not letting his late start shake his ground.  Motivated by his coaches and family, Espinoza dedicated much of his time to wrestling and learning all the little techniques to catch...

Sam Hoops, Staff Writer | February 5, 2020

Since 1993, the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) released sports video games, partnering with Electron Arts, a video game producing company. However, those video games haven’t been made since 2014, due to legal conflicts involving payment for using the players’ likenesses. Ed O’Bannon filed a lawsuit in 2014 against the NCAA for using his and other players’ likenesses without...

Sireen Abayazid, Online Editor | February 5, 2020

The district cross country meet is about to begin. Ten minutes before it’s time to run, junior Gretchen Braak’s mind begins to wander. She wonders if she’s good enough. She breathes, telling herself to focus only on the moment and prepares to run. Every sport comes with stress, and in an article for the Atlantic, New Jersey-based sports psychologist Marshall Mintz, who has worked with teenagers...

Spiking down setbacks to state

Molly Murch, Co-Editor-in-Chief | February 5, 2020

It can take up to 20 years for a saltwater pearl to form. For the varsity volleyball team, however, it took just one season to embody their theme of pearls, to prove themselves as capable of withstanding hardships and still returning victorious. They were well into their season when they were notified of a roster mix-up that required the team to forfeit 14 wins, nearly all of their wins at the time....