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Ashley Acuna digs at the pink out game

Tim Tschoepe, Sports Editor

July 12, 2020

What is faith? The Webster dictionary describes faith as being " belief and trust in and loyalty to God," but to Ashley Acuna it is much more. Acuna is a graduating senior and is committed to play volleyball at Blinn College in Brenham.  Acuna is a record holder for digs and a has competed in the playoff...

The Last Hoorah

Team in a huddle at a home game

Tim Tschoepe, Sports Editor

July 9, 2020

Training. The work, blood, sweat, and tears for a game. A game that is your life, your passion. The reason you give 110% for every serve, for every volley, for every spike. But is it all for nothing? For the seniors on the volleyball team, this season is more than just another season. This year is...

All’s well that ends, ‘Wells’

Brothers Kasen (center left) and Jarek Wells (center right) pose for end-of-year  photos. The two share a last name, but they're

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor

June 6, 2020

Jarek and Kasen Wells are brothers, but their connection runs deeper than blood

This is…Lucy Capt (Part I)

This is...Lucy Capt (Part I)

Daniel Lackey, Editor-in-Chief

June 3, 2020

  Before Smithson Valley: The College Years   Texas A&M freshman Lucy Capt wrestles with her mind. Business...or history? History...or business? Since graduating as her class’s salutatorian from Uvalde High School, Capt sights were set on majoring in business—just like her father. But an overal...

This is…Lucy Capt (Part II)

This is...Lucy Capt (Part II)

Daniel Lackey, Editor-in-Chief

June 3, 2020

  During SV: Struggles and Revelations   Tap. Tap tap tap tap. Tap tap. Tap. Tap.  It’s early November. Night falls. Capt’s at home, at her desk, typing up the program for the previously mentioned induction ceremony.  She’s tired. She’s overburdened.  What am I ...

He couldn’t breathe

Protesters flood the streets of Minneapolis after the murder of George Floyd. The incident sparked riots across the nation.

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor

May 30, 2020

George Floyd's death wasn't an isolated incident. It's a wake-up call

Flying from state to state

Avianna Trinidad high fives Coach Ulbricht after a good jump

Tim Tschoepe, Sports Editor

May 17, 2020

A dream. That's where it all starts. For Avianna Trinidad, it started back in middle school. When she realized that she could pole vault higher than the boys. “At my very first meet I jumped 8’10, while most of the boys only jumped 7’’she said. “From there, I reached higher heights and real...

A fish’s view

A fish's view

Catherine Diel, Social Media Manager

May 11, 2020

Crystal blue skies are way up high, out of sight, out of mind. Murky water clouds the eyes of the little fish as they swim along. The fish are smaller than most others in these waters, fresh to a new setting. But just when they thought they were surviving in the big sea, COVID-19 made a splash, muddyin...

The hearts behind home plate

The softball team poses before the 2019-2020 season. The team was 13-6 before COVID-19 shut down the season.

Tim Tschoepe, Sports Editor

May 4, 2020

As the sun fades in the Texas hill country, high school sports teams have to go on without a season. One of those teams is the softball team. Being one of the programs under a new coaching staff, they were really looking forward to having a season this year. The team was fresh off a win against rival N...

Tips for quaran-teens: staying productive

Tips for quaran-teens: staying productive

Aidenne Despres, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

Online school can be overwhelming, and it is easy to lose motivation when you don’t know where to start. Here are six ways you can be more productive in quarantine and better manage online assignments all supported with resources on why these steps are scientifically proven to work. Wake up o...

Make plans now for modified AP tests

College Board made changes to the Advanced Placement exams so they can be taken online.

Joey Clark, Staff writer

April 20, 2020

With schools ground to a halt because of the Coronavirus, College Board is offering modified Advanced Placement testing for at-home exams and restricted the material on the test to only curriculum covered up until early March. Test Preparation College Board offers free AP review videos on Youtube (https:...