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‘Come together’: Dance team combines multiple styles, heads to nationals

‘Come together’: Dance team combines multiple styles, heads to nationals

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
April 5
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Alyssa Smith The dance team struggled with unity at the beginning of the year. “It’s a very young team. We have a lot of new members this year,” Jennifer Guebert said. “They are each individually very talented, but the goal is to get them to all look like one unit.” More than half of t...

Golf breaks multiple records

Golf breaks multiple records

Caitlin Golden, Staff Writer
March 30
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Brittanie Garrison broke a 12-year-old record during the last golf tournament, a feat she attributes partly to the weather. “It was perfect weather, especially Friday, and it wasn’t very windy, and I hit the ball well,” she said. “It was like everything was going right.” Garrison shot ...

‘Pay it forward’: Softball team plays for special causes

‘Pay it forward’: Softball team plays for special causes

Caitlin Golden, Sports Writer
March 29
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The softball team decided to honor senior infielder Toni Braun’s grandmother, Vicki Tuggle, this year. Tuggle became paralyzed   three years ago. Braun said she’s excited for Tuggle to see her play again. “It’s cool to have a lot of family and friends and have a lot of people to come out for it,” Bra...

Respect the ribbon

Respect the ribbon

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
March 29
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  Kate Bruggenschmidt died in an ATV accident in the hour or so she had between her doubleheader softball games. Her mother, Ashlee Bruggenschmidt, said the support of friends and family afterward came almost immediately. A fews days later, the idea of “Play for Kate” developed. The second ...

Take a walk

Take a walk

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
March 23
Filed under Sports

Don’t be like me. Don’t work more hours in a week than you know deep down you can handle. Don’t pay for access to the Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center and then only use it for the one required health class. Both archery and quidditch team members have said they...

‘Surviving and thriving’: Quidditch team prepares for Consolation Cup

‘Surviving and thriving’: Quidditch team prepares for Consolation Cup

Sarah Loesch, sports editor
March 22
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Keller Stevens knows every angle of quidditch. He joined the team as a player, became a captain and now, after graduating from USI, co-coaches the team. “Speaking captain” was a lot of fun, he said. This role is appointed to a member of the team who speaks to referees and officials...

‘Not every champion is a prodigy’: Johnson, mom twirl through life together

‘Not every champion is a prodigy’: Johnson, mom twirl through life together

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
March 22
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For Rachel Johnson, the hardest part of twirling isn’t the tricks or skills. It’s the loneliness. From age six to 17, she practically lived in a gym between training with her mother and her coach. “It was just really lonely,” Johnson said. “I think that as a child, you’re looking to buil...

Aim, release, follow through: archery club continues to grow, open for all

Aim, release, follow through: archery club continues to grow, open for all

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
March 15
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The first aspect of archery that struck Shelby Hammel was the sound an arrow makes when it hits the target. She joined the archery club in the fall of 2015. But before that, she had never touched a bow. “I had just shot guns before, so shooting a bow, you have to put more muscle into it,” the ...

Savor the moments

Savor the moments

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
March 1
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  A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with high school journalism students about the dreaded “We’re a family” quote that often pops up in athletics. The students told me the phrase is banned in their yearbook because of  overuse and  fear of playing into a cliché. From my position of m...

Runners pace for championship

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
March 1
Filed under Sports

Senior Johnnie Guy said he is focused on enjoying every moment he has left with the men’s track team. “It adds a little bit of motivation when it’s your last time to achieve your goals,” Guy said. “I’ll never be able to do this again. I’m trying to take it all in while I can.” Guy ...

Athletes stress nutrition

Athletes stress nutrition

Megan Thorne
March 1
Filed under Sports

Before baseball season started The Shield sat down with three members of the baseball team to discuss their nutrition habits. While the stands are filled with burgers, pretzels and nachos, the players on the field often keep steady nutrition in mind. Shawn Williamson said nutrition is important to him...

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