December 12, 2017

Sports scandals shed negative light

by Mike Pink, Staff Reporter The recent discoveries of Lance Armstrong getting caught for doping along with Manti Te’o getting “catfished” sheds a negative light on the integrity of sports and strays from the true meaning. In this day in age, seeing a major athlete get in trouble for performance enhancing drugs (PED) is not uncommon. Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Shawne Merriman are a few of the major athletes who were caught. The younger generation of athletes are coming in faster and stronger. The older athletes need to keep the competitive edge, so they resort to PED’s. I don’t…

Polar cats train for spring sports season

by Jean Pabon, Staff Reporter With the start of the Track Season, athletes have worked hard to prepare for the sport through Polar Cats, an informal club that was helped organized by Tom Polak, track coach. “It’s mostly motivation, and it’s not just track; it can be for people who just want to get fit and work hard,” Coach Polak  said. Outside, in the freezing air, members would run around the school to train for the upcoming sports, especially Track. Polar Cats started the first week of November and ended on Jan. 25 when the track season started. “I joined…

Rodriguez works nights, balances school, work, wrestling

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor David Rodriguez, senior, wakes up at dawn to go to work, yet he manages to balance working the night shift with school and his participation in varsity wrestling. Rodriguez first started working at 5 Aces Delivery in the summer, but now during the school year, he works the night shift between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m..  He works there for an average of three hours, and he delivers Chicago Tribune newspapers. “I started working there because my mom worked there,” Rodriguez said.  “The first week was kind of tough. After the first week I got…

District 214 ponders insurance options

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Gridiron Alliance, local advocates who reach out to paralyzed high school athletes, asked District 214 to consider a paid insurance policy that would cover student athletics in case of “catastrophic” accidents. The discussion arose at the school board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18. “The district should look into more insurance policies because there are many families who may not have insurance at Wheeling, and it would be nice to have more protection at athletic events,” Chad Mikosz, senior, said. District 214 already offers optional student athletic insurance for in school and out of school hours. A…

Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 11

Mike Pink’s Rankings Mark Tannous’s Rankings Quarterbacks:1. Aaron Rodgers2. Tom Brady 3. Drew Brees 4. Matt Stafford 5. Matt Ryan 6. Andrew Luck 7., Peyton Manning 8. Robert Griffin III 9. Carson Palmer 10. Cam Newton Quarterbacks:1. Drew Bees2. Tom Brady 3. Aaron Rodgers 4. Peyton Manning 5. Matt Ryan 6. Andrew Luck 7. Cam Newton 8. Robert Griffin III 9. Tony Romo 10. Josh Freeman   Running Backs:1. CJ Spiller2. Arian Foster 3. Ray Rice 4. Doug Martin 5. Lesean McCoy 6. Stevan Ridley 7. Jamaal Charles 8. Trent Richardson 9. Alfred Morris 10. Steven Jackson 11. Frank Gore…

Kern signs letter of intent for softball scholarship

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor, and Kelly McKewin, Staff Reporter Sara Kern, senior, had received a full ride scholarship for the University of Missouri in St. Louis for playing softball.  On Nov. 15, she signed her letter of intent. “It’s really exciting. I’ve known for a while now, but it’s good to sign my papers and make it official,” Kern said. Kern hopes to play softball starting her freshman year. “It’s something she’s worked really hard for, and she deserves it,” Mike Caringella, softball coach, said. “I’m very proud and very excited.” Kern is currently undecided about her major, but…

Busy schedules, insomnia affect sleep

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor On average, most students receive six to eight hours of sleep a night, even though they actually need nine to ten hours of sleep. Patricia Baima, psychology teacher, suggested that better time management can help students get more sleep. “When you sleep, you form new memories,” Ms. Baima said.  “If you’re not sleeping, you’re not getting stuff stored in your long term memory.” Homework, activities, work, insomnia, technology and other factors can keep students from getting enough sleep and cause them to lose energy during the day. Sports and Homework Because of sports and homework,…

Godlewski breaks school’s backstroke record

by Jess Musto, Sports Editor Last year, Theresa Godlewski, sophomore, broke the 100 yard backstroke record at Sectionals with a time of 1:01.5, which was considered a “great achievement” for the then freshman. The now sophomore started the season off by breaking her record at the first home meet by 0.02  seconds with a time of 1:01.48. “When I was swimming it, I wasn’t thinking about the record, but when I finished and saw what I did it made me feel good that I did it so early in the season,” Godlewski said. According to Lisa Poyner, varsity girls swimming…

Activity fees rise to $50

One time activity fees prove beneficial to families by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor The activity cost this year has risen from $25 to $50 for students involved in sports and other competing activities. This year, the fee will be a flat total fee of $50 to join as many sports and activities as the student desires, instead of paying $25 per sport and a cap of $100. “This helps save money and allows more students to participate in multiple activities,” Dr. Steve May, assistant principal of student activities, said. Students can now participate in as many sports as they want…

Boys water polo advances to sectionals, loses to Stevenson

Photos by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor