Monday, May 22, 2017

Sports

Fort Madison, Iowa: Behind the Team All the Way

By Elizabeth Gullett Mikaela Foecke is an incredibly powerful volleyball player, whose humble and down to earth demeanor is inspiring to say the least. She knows that her power comes from being a team player, and is therefore not one to take all the credit for her accomplishments. Her small hometown of West Point, as well as the surrounding region …

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Mikaela Foecke Rises on the Love and Support of Her Town

By Natavia Howell It must feel great to be a local celebrity in a small town where everyone knows your name. For this young athlete, she has this experience every day. She’s an 18-year old high school senior who stands 6’3″ tall and has already had much success in her athletic career. Mikaela talked about her own successes, but what’s …

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Brooke Vines: Lovin’ The Game

By Noor Jahanshahi As a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estate, California, Brooke Vines is capping a high school softball career that began when she was in first grade in local recreation leagues. Ranked seventh in the nation for girls softball and heading to the University of Tennessee to play softball as a Volunteer, Brooke …

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Ben Simmons: On Top of the Game

by Dominique Waldron What makes a great basketball player? His versatility across the entire court? The strength he has developed to stand against bigger players? Perhaps it is his humility to acknowledge his own superior skills and play and yet to acknowledge and fully appreciate the support and power of the full team and the contributions of each of the …

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Katie Ledecky: The Best Swimmer in the World

Katie Ledecky Prepares for Olympic Gold by Russell O. Karr Katie Ledecky in the best swimmer in the world – male or female. A partial listing of her accomplishments illustrates her dazzling swimming skills: USA Swimming National Team member, fourteen-time USA Swimming National Champion, winner of ten gold medals in major international competitions including the 800 M Free gold at …

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How Lexie Scott Made a Name for Herself in High School Football

By Madeline Stokell Lexie Scott is a senior at St. Francis Catholic High School in Gainesville, Florida. For years, she has defied the odds by making her way in a male-dominated sport, football. Now, she’s a kicker on the Wolve’s Varsity team. High School Illustrated talked with Lexie to see just how she got to where she is today. How …

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Paul Thiergartner – Deafness is No Barrier

The Silent Strength of Teamwork By Russell O. Karr The short jog from the locker room to the practice field at the beginning of a new high school lacrosse season is usually just an insignificant event. But it can be a gauntlet of anxiety and questioning if you are the only deaf player heading into your first practice with new, …

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Michelle Mazza: When You Throw, Throw Hard

Michelle Mazza Overcomes Challenges Early in Life By Norma Palacios and Bianca Olvera Lopez Helping people is a long-term goal for Ocean Township High School (NJ) senior track and field star Michelle Mazza. Her courageous accomplishments in sports and life in the face of difficult medical challenges have focused Mazza on a medical career to help others as she has …

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Colin White: Skating to the Top

A rigorous road for Colin White, on his way to play professional hockey. By Kristen Giddings ANN ARBOR, Michigan__ Even before he was old enough to understand the depths and dedication his dream would require, Colin White dreamed of playing hockey. He dreamed of Boston College hockey, of playing for a team he idolized, and being one of the few …

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DIG IT! Kathryn Plummer — Confident, Competitive and a Flair for Fun

By Russell O. Karr “Set your goals high, and don’t stop ’til you get there.” – Bo Jackson “Honestly, I want to be the first woman to get two Olympic gold medals in volleyball; one in indoor and one in beach.” This is how Kathryn Plummer clearly and confidently explained her goals to High School Illustrated in a recent interview. …

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