April 26, 2017

Athletic history finds new life in digitized photos

Photos of the WHS sports teams and athletes in the athletic hallways will soon be taken down and digitized. The photos, which are located in the boys locker room hallway and showcase alumni and their various sports achievements, have accumulated over the years and have been slowly consuming the amount of wall space left in the hallway. Steve May, assistant principal of student activities, has been talking about digitizing the photos for a couple years. He was influenced by parents and the other D214 schools who have already digitized their sports photos to finally implement the idea. The school has…

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Water polo thrives despite lack of student attention

Patrick Ryan- While most sections in Spokesman can prompt conflict between readers over the types of material covered, there is one section that often causes disputes between readers more than any other: the sports section. Some readers want more girls basketball coverage while others say that the football team gets too much attention. Aside from the critiques of readers, one WHS sport that does not receive enough coverage and is thus unknown to many students is water polo. For those who are unfamiliar, a standard water polo game is played by two teams with seven players each (six field players…

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Wrestling ends regular season ranked 22

WHS wrestling has finished the 2014-2015 season with a record of 23-3, an achievement that has also earned the Wildcats a 22nd ranking of all class 3A wrestling teams in the state of Illinois. As a team, the Wildcats have had one of their most successful seasons in several years, according to Neal Weiner, head werstling coach. “I believe that this year sets the stage for us to be one of the better teams in Illinois in the next few seasons,” Weiner said. On Jan. 31, the Wildcats took 6th out of 13 teams at the MSL meet, a result…

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District 214 new pool rules

New rules have been implemented in D214 regarding pool dress codes. The new rules state that all girls wearing a two piece must wear a shirt over her bathing suit, and boys are no longer allowed to wear speedos in the pool. “Who wears a speedo in school for swimming class?” Alicja Sieracka, freshman, asked me when I told her about the new rule regarding speedos. Even though I’ve never seen a speedo during school outside a swim meet, I have seen a lot of two piece and bikinis in the pool over only two years. “I have yet to…

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Wildcats punch their ticket to State after taking down Conference Rival

by Alex Gleyzer, staff reporter For the third time this year, Wheeling and Barrington would face off but this time the stakes would be even higher. Wheeling would attempt to enter the final four for the first time in school history, barrington remained hopeful on continuing their dominance. Both teams entered the game looking to gain an upper hand on each other. Luis Herrera, senior, found his game early on testing the Barrington goalie multiple times in the first half. However, Barrington goalkeeper Pat Deroche remained strong in the first half stopping all Wildcat shots he was faced with. Both…

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Familiar face returns to Wheeling Soccer

by Alex Gleyzer, staff reporter With the Wildcats historic success this year, one of the biggest surprises has come from behind the bench. Along with Ed Uhrik and Kevin Lennon, coaches, Leo Elizalde, assistant coach, has joined the staff. Elizalde returns to Wheeling after spending four years at Dominican University. During his time with the Wildcats, Elizalde was named to two conference teams and a player of the year award. Playing for both coach Uhrik and Lennon in high school helped his success at Wheeling. Elizalde captained the Wildcats to a playoff race in 2008, and a historic season of…

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High School Cube broadcasts boys soccer Super Sectionals

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Sectional victory leads to rematch between Wildcats and Broncos

by Alex Gleyzer, staff reporter After a thrilling 2-1 victory over Evanston, Wheeling claimed the sectionals title and advance to the super sectionals. For Weeling this is their third title this year and a ticket to the super sectionals The Wildcats were propelled by the efforts of Luis Herrera, senior, who scored both goals for Wheeling. For Herrera, he recorded his fourth goal of the state playoffs and his second game winner. “I felt good knowing that we had won something that has only been won one time in the history of Wheeling. I was very relieved because we knew…

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Wheeling soccer looks to continue historic season with another title

by Alex Gleyzer, staff reporter After a close opening round win in the sectionals playoff, the Wildcats will look to continue their success this Saturday in their Sectional championship game against Evanston. The Wildcats will play for their third title this season, and more importantly, they will play for a birth in the super sectionals. “We are used to these games now because we have been here before. Our offense is great and our defense is solid; we are confident about Saturday,” David Benitez, senior, said. The Wildcats punched their ticket to the final matchup after a 1-0 victory over…

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Regional Champs look to ride momentum into sectionals

by Alex Gleyzer, staff reporter The Wildcats capped off their Regional playoffs by beating Maine East on Friday night 3-0. The Wildcats ended the week going 2-0 scoring nine goals and allowing zero. Jose Garcia, senior, led the pack by scoring four of the Cats goals this week, followed by Elias Cisneros, sophomore,  and Luis Herrera, senior both scoring two goals and Francisco Arellano, junior, adding one as well. Herrera would end up scoring the first goal on Friday’s contest with a header coming from a cross from teammate Michael Hernandez, senior. The goal would come with just 17 seconds…

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