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Totalling 2,656 points at the end of their season, UConn’s womens basketball team had an impressive run. With total attendance of 124,494, this was one of their most attended seasons ever.

UConn’s student section casts a spotlight on women’s sports

Annaliese Long, Staff Reporter April 18, 2022

History was made on Mon., Mar. 21 at the University of Connecticut (UConn) women’s basketball game against University of Central Florida in the 2022 Women’s March Madness Tournament. Approximately...

In a long anticipated series of games against Lakewood Ranch High School, the Lady Patriots swept the series, taking down the number one team in the state. “It’s hard to single out any one girl,” Stanley said. “Beating a team like Lakewood takes all 15 girls on the roster. In that series we collected 25 hits and scored 16 runs, every starter collected at least one hit. That allowed Hannah and Gabbie to pitch with confidence. All of that combined with great defense. I think I have to call that series a total team effort.”

Sweeping the series

Makayla Martindale, Sports Editor April 18, 2022

With a constantly revolving mix of teams in the Extra Elite 80 national high school softball team rankings throughout the season, the top 10 experienced major changes as the varsity softball team beat...

The boys water polo team beats Gainesville in their Mar. 30 District Final. It’s awesome, boys captain and senior Will Parnell said. It just, you feel like you’re on top of the world, that you can’t really be beat.

Water polo wins at Districts

Faith Shimick, News and Copy Editor April 6, 2022

On Wed., Mar. 30, both the boys and girls water polo teams beat Gainesville High School at home in their district final game. Both teams dominated with the girls winning 22-7, and the boys 17-8.  Having...

Sophomore Shyene Harris pins her opponent at the regional competition as her teammates watch on in excitement. Coming off of a runner up placement at the prior district competition, the team entered the competition with fierce determination.

Girls wrestling goes to first Regionals competition

Annaliese Long, Staff Reporter March 30, 2022

After a momentous debut season, the girls wrestling team found themselves headed to a district competition, and eventually a regional competition. What made this event even more remarkable was the fact...

On Tuesday Feb. 22, the varsity basketball team played Oak Ridge High School in the semi-regional game and students showed up in large numbers to support the team. “Even though we lost, that was one of the most fun and loud games I’ve ever played in,” junior Eric Vandendriessche said. “Coach Cuff and Coach Anderson said that it was the most crowded they have ever seen at our gym. I think the student section was huge for us that game and every game because they are big morale boosters and keep our energy high, but I will definitely always remember that game.”

Perseverance in the playoffs

Makayla Martindale, Sports Editor March 10, 2022

Going into the semi-regional championship with a packed student section and high spirits, the varsity basketball team played Oak Ridge High School on Tuesday Feb. 22, in a long-anticipated rematch. The...

Rachel Balkovec, the first professional female baseball manager for the Tampa Tarpons, a low Class A affiliate for the New York Yankees, has been shattering sports stereotypes for years, as she initially became involved with the Yankees organization in 2019. Balkovec was hired as the first full-time female hitting instructor in the MLB for the Yankees farm system, which began her career in professional baseball and has allowed her to acquire significant success in pursuing her dreams to become a professional baseball manager. Her hard work and perseverance in a field dominated by men will hopefully inspire young women and girls around the country to believe in themselves.

Balkovec: breaking barriers

Makayla Martindale, Sports Editor February 7, 2022

Attracting about 2.7 million viewers during the regular season and 14.3 million viewers during the 2021 World Series games, baseball remains one of America’s favorite pastimes. With 120 Minor League...

On top of a spur of recent victories, the girls varsity soccer team is in great condition after beating Lyman High School 5-2. Having previously tied against the school and eager for a win, the team was full of energy before, during, and after the intense game.

Girls varsity soccer continues stellar season

Annaliese Long, Staff Reporter February 2, 2022

At the midpoint of their season, things were looking promising for the girls varsity soccer team. A few games later, things are looking even better. After pulling more wins against various schools, the...

On Dec. 10th, the boy’s basketball teams traveled to Lake Mary High School to face the Rams. The Patriots won big against their ultimate rivals, the game ending with a score of 66-57. “I absolutely loved the turnout that we had at Lake Mary with Cuffs Crew representing,” Cuff said. “That win was very intense. A very good high School game and atmosphere”.

Boys basketball: big wins, big support

Avery Ranum, Features Editor January 25, 2022

Packed stands, coordinated themes, the crowd going absolutely wild after every play: these seem to be the typical attributes of a varsity football game. But that was three months ago, and now, that same...

Senior Mya Mendoza poses in front of the welcome sign for Daytona State College, where she has recently announced her commitment to.

Committed to the future

Delaney Rosenblatt, Staff Reporter January 21, 2022

Applying for college and inevitably getting a decision is an exceptionally draining process. Over 4 million students submit college applications through Common App, an all-in-one college application service....

Down multiple players, the junior varsity girls basketball team invited junior varsity soccer players to play against Forest Lake Academy. I am pretty happy with the performance throughout the game, junior Adriana Sylvia said. Every player put in their all and didnt give up, which I truly appreciate.

From field to court

Julia Hubbell, Entertainment/Opinions Editor January 7, 2022

On Jan. 6, the junior varsity girls basketball team faced off against Forest Lake Academy. After an intense game, the Lady Patriots secured a win, ending the game 27-20. However, the girls basketball team...

Team members watch competitors eagerly from the sidelines, hoping for a win.

Girls’ wrestling takes the mat

Delaney Rosenblatt, Staff Reporter January 7, 2022

On Jan. 5, the boys junior varsity, boys varsity, and girls wrestling teams participated in the Dual Districts Wrestling Tournament at Timber Creek High School. This tournament provided many opportunities...

The girls varsity soccer team’s season is off to a successful start, as they are 4-1-1 and, for the first time in seven years, beat Lake Mary High School on Nov. 16. “It was an explosion of emotions,” senior and co-team captain Madison Jones said. “It was great for the school and it’s always nice to have bragging rights over Lake Mary.”

More than a sport

Makayla Martindale, Sports Editor December 13, 2021

As the girls varsity soccer season progresses, the team has gone 4-1-1, currently placing them as the number one rank in the 7A D3 district. In hopes to uphold last year’s title of District Champions,...

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