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Flexibility: the most important trait of a dynamic athlete

Flexibility: the most important trait of a dynamic athlete

Elise Sickinger, Managing Editor

April 5, 2019

They’re age-old complaints: Why do we have to warm up? Stretching is a waste of time! The list goes on and on. While football, soccer, and other sports players may discredit the importance of flexibility, some athletes—such as gymnasts and dancers—are required to stretch daily. It’s no surprise,...

Hydration: every sip counts

Margaret Baumgartner, Sports Editor

March 19, 2019

Water: it makes up most of our bodies, but do we drink enough of it? I carry a water bottle around on a daily basis, but I still find myself struggling to get an appropriate amount of water each day. But why should I care if I drink enough water? Is it really that important? The answer to that would...

The art of being a multi-sport athlete

Siri Christopherson, Sports Editor

May 9, 2017

Imagine getting done with your school day at 2:16, heading straight to the track and field meet, sweating it out in the heat through the evening, hightailing it to your club soccer practice at 8:00, toughing it out strenuously until 9:30, and then going home to do your all your homework that’s due...

Finding balance: sleep, school, and sports

Felicia Yan, Staff Writer

March 27, 2017

Imagine getting home from school after your club meeting at 4:15, then getting ready to leave for practice by 4:30 to get to practice on time by 5:00. You have practice until 8:15, but don’t get home until 8:45. Then you need to organize and prepare for a volunteer event you have that weekend for 30...

Perpetuate that stick-with-it-ness for senior year

Siri Christopherson, Sports Editor

November 4, 2016

When you hear about a senior quitting a sport they’ve practiced for years, it’s easy to say that it’s their choice, that they shouldn’t do it if they won’t enjoy it—YOLO, right? Maybe. Perhaps, if you’re exceptionally tied up with school or other duties and simply can’t spare any time...

School vs. sports: how do we prioritize?

Sean Bates, Senior Writer

December 1, 2015

High school athletes around the world dedicate themselves to activities that go beyond the classroom, sacrificing their time, effort, money, and sleep in doing so. But is this sacrifice worth it? Do we reap the benefits of a greater purpose in athletics that the classroom just can’t provide? In the...

Discrimination in sports needs to stop

Sam Kelderman, Sports Editor

October 19, 2015

It’s the moment before game time. You hear the crowd cheering for your team. Excitement surges through your veins. You have visualized and analyzed every play and maneuvered through all potential issues that your team could face in the contest. Your training, work ethic and dedication to the sport...

Liberty coaches construct the perfect sports team

Boston Munro, Senior Writer

October 19, 2015

WIN-- that’s what every sports team strives for. However, very few can do it consistently. What separates winners from losers? How do you build the perfect sports team? These are the two underlying questions that Liberty coaches try to find the answers to. Many people fail to realize the tremendous...

Late release Wednesdays: an extreme burden on student athletes

Sam Kelderman, Staff Writer

June 2, 2015

You wake up and it’s 8:30 in the morning on a Wednesday. You feel satisfied and relaxed that you were able to have at least one day out of the week to sleep in and get the needed rest that you deserve. But then, a horrible thought crosses your mind: you have three exams today, and not only that, but...

Athletic funding is unbalanced, but is it really unfair?

Taylor Jackson, Sports Editor

June 2, 2015

Liberty High School has eighteen school-sanctioned sports (not including lacrosse or rugby, as they’re ‘clubs’ and not directly affiliated with the school), ranging from football to golf to swim. No matter what you’re into, whether it’s a high intensity game or something a little more laid...

Hawks fans: don’t forget the Moose

Sydney Hopper, Senior Writer

May 18, 2015

Navy Blue and fluorescent green fills my eyes. 12’s pop up everywhere I look. Flags decorated with “Go Hawks” fly proudly from car windows and roof tops. With two amazing seasons under their belt, the Seahawks have brought Seattle sports pride to what is seemingly an all-time high. But just...

Pastime, sport, or art?

Kenadi Browne, Staff Writer

May 18, 2015

Ask the person next to you if dance is a sport. You’ll likely hear several answers: dance is a sport because it’s athletic, or it’s not because it’s an art, or dance isn’t a sport at all because all ballerinas do is twirl on their toes. Dancers—and many non-dancers who think they’re allowed...

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