Crossed Sabres

Interview with Redskins coach Ron Rivera

Freshman Carmen Bunker interviews Redskins coach Ron Rivera. Coach Rivera is one of three Latino head coaches in National Football League (NFL) history.

Carmen Bunker, Staff Reporter

June 12, 2020

In the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears, with the 44th pick, selected Ron Rivera, All-American linebacker from the University of California. The following year under Head Coach Mike Ditka, the 1985 Bears won a Super Bowl with what remains one of the all-time dominant defenses in...

The impact of concussions on academics

The impact of concussions on academics

Megan Goodell, Staff Reporter

April 23, 2020

When senior Ellie Lamantia got hit in the head during field hockey tryouts two years ago, she got a concussion, leading to a four-month-long struggle with academics. Lamantia is not alone, as concussions are a common head injury that can impact a student’s ability to participate in academics, sports...

Behind the scenes of sport teams

Carmen Bunker, Staff Reporter

April 23, 2020

Women all around the world are changing the status quo, by being a female on an all male team. For example, Sarah Thomas, is the first female and only female referee, in the NFL. At our school there are female team managers on a hockey team, which is mostly male dominated. But are these women given...

School esports on the rise

Talis Walker, Staff Reporter

April 23, 2020

High school eSports is a relatively new venture for Virginia and the United States as a whole, but the school’s eSports team recently came into the spotlight after the Rocket League division of the team won the Virginia High School League’s (VHSL) state championship against William Byrd High School...

Varsity sports inspire

March 12, 2020

Senior year is full of amazing big moments like graduation pictures, prom, and for many senior athletes, their last varsity game, match or competition. Seniors are also leaders on many teams, so having a team full of good senior role models can be inspirational to the younger athletes and can often ...

Coach Hailey leaves the school

Coach Hailey leaves the school

Carmen Bunker, Staff Reporter

March 11, 2020

On December 9, it was announced that Coach Nate Hailey would be leaving the school to accept a new job as an athletic director at Wakefield High School. Coach Hailey has coached the indoor and outdoor track and field teams for the school since the spring of 2018. Many are heartbroken about his departure....

2019-2020 Winter Sports Photo Gallery

Emily Newman, Staff Reporter

March 10, 2020

Basketball: Girls varsity last game ended 41-59 Picture 1: The game on Friday, February 24 was against South Lakes High School. The supportive audience held enlarged senior portraits of basketball players to cheer on the team. Picture 2: Number 34, senior Lucy Robinson, shoots a three-po...

Happiness and horseback riding

February 1, 2020

For as long as she can remember, sophomore Natalie Almeyda has always been fascinated by horses. When she was little, she read countless books about horses and imagined owning one, too.  “She loved them when she was maybe a three-year-old,” Almeyda’s mother, Patricia Almeyda, said. “Ever...

Racing to the top

Keyli Ruiz and Ashley Rivas

January 29, 2020

For many high school athletes, playing a varsity sport is a major goal and accomplishment of their athletic career.  Varsity athletes are seen as the best in their sport, and often many of those teams will be filled by upperclassmen. However, there are always a few freshman athletes that dive straight int...

Morale of a player

Emma Stevens, Staff Reporter

January 24, 2020

During games, it is not uncommon to have fans cheering on their respective team. However, fans can also become aggressive when their team is losing. Coach Josh Shapiro has led the varsity football team for 15 years and says he can recall several occasions in which fans got particularly aggressive...

Making waves

Senior Aidan Wrenn-Walz talks with a group of elementary school kids from Kitakata City, Fukushima, the host city for the U.S. for the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games. The US team had the opportunity to row with the kids in a cultural exchange event. “I still keep in contact with one of the girls via email and I hope to visit again someday.” Wrenn-Walz said.

Talley Schroeder, Design Editor

January 23, 2020

It was 8:30 a.m. in Tokyo, Japan, and then-junior Aidan Wrenn-Walz was sitting in the bow-seat of her coxed-four shell, preparing herself to represent the United States of America in the finals of the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships. To her right were the shells of Germany, Italy, China, Franc...

Varsity Volleyball makes history

Holland Forsythe, Social Media Editor

January 19, 2020

As reported in the December print issue, the varsity volleyball team had a 25-3 record and had an extremely successful season. After winning Liberty Districts against Langley High School, winning three of the five sets, the team went on to win the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Regionals against...

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