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Breaking records

Breaking records

February 20, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Boys varsity swimmers squad took their talents to state, winning events and establishing a school legacy. Swimmers Konnar Klinksiek, Sean Besch, Joe Hunt, Amechi Nwaeze, and Carter Hill mad history with first place finishes during the medley and freestyle relays. The 200m medley relay broke a state r...

Living, breathing, sleeping soccer

Living, breathing, sleeping soccer

Daniel Lackey, Staff Writer

February 15, 2019


Filed under Features, Profiles, Showcase, Sports

Whether it be driving to the school to coach girls’ varsity soccer at sunrise or manning club by sunset, one fact remains for Coach Jason Adkins: his life relentlessly revolves around the blood, sweat and tears that goes with instructing soccer for sixteen years as a head coach for the Lady Rangers...

Swimming send off

Swimming send off

Wyatt Tomallo, Sports Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The varsity swimming squad gets ready to take off for the state championships this Friday and Saturday in Austin. Come out and support the team this Thursday at 1:55 p.m. in the main hallway. The team looks to take home its first state championship with some of the fastest times in both relays and individual...

Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Julian Fernandez, Sports Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under Girls Basketball, Showcase, Sports

Girls’ basketball beat Bowie 52-38 in the first round of the playoffs on Monday. Anika McGarity lead the team with 16 points; Ashley Adaszczyk with 11 points; and Trinity Garrett with 8 points. Gabby Elliott had the most rebounds with 13, followed by Ashley Adaszczyk and Trinity Garrett with 5 re...

Kicking goals into the future

Kicking goals into the future

Rebecca Covington

February 14, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Damita Mendoza knows what pressure is. Her heartbeat echoes in her ears as she ties up her cleats, fingers fiddling with the laces. She remembers these words to herself: Do not get discouraged. Do not forget your role. Just brush the grass off your legs and keep running. Keep leading. As one of thr...

Ranger Roundup

Ranger Roundup

Elijah Goolsby, Joesph Romano, and Wyatt Tomallo

February 13, 2019


Filed under Girls Basketball, Girls Soccer, Showcase, Sports

Girls' Soccer Kaitlyn Smith and Jadelin Castillo each scored a goal in Girls’ Soccer 2-0 win at San Marcos on Tuesday.  Hailey Smith and Maddie Malo assisted on the goals.  Sophia Phelan and Melyna Martinez split time at goalkeeper with 40 minutes each and allowed 0 points. San Marcos’ los...

An honor better than joules

An honor better than joules

Skylar Butts, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Every year, one teacher is chosen to represent the school. Nominated and voted upon by colleagues, this year, Keven Harshbarger is the lucky educator given the award. “You have to be nominated,” Harshbarger said. “Some other teacher has to submit your name. And then they give you this questionn...

Girls basketball advances

Girls basketball advances

Elijah Goolsby

February 12, 2019


Filed under Girls Basketball, Showcase, Sports

In what could have been her final game in a Smithson Valley jersey, senior guard Ashley Adaszczyk stepped up in a big way to lead the Lady Rangers to a 52-38 win against Austin Bowie high school. The Lady Rangers jumped out to a hot start behind the arc, going 7-of-14 from three and jumping to a ...

Swimming heads to state

Swimming heads to state

Wyatt Tomallo, Sports Editor

February 12, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

  The boys swim squad consists of some the best swimmers in the state of Texas including that of Virginia commit Konnar Klinksiek who has set district records for the 50-yard freestyle (20.82) and 100-yard butterfly swim (50.57). "I really want to leave a great legacy for us," Klinksiek said. ...

Girls basketball hits road to playoffs

Girls basketball hits road to playoffs

Dylan McGinnis and Brandon Faubel

February 11, 2019


Filed under Girls Basketball, Showcase, Sports

Girls basketball heads into the first round of the UIL 6A Regional playoffs against Bowie high school at 7pm after a successful season  led by Anika Mcgarity and Tanyse Moehrig. The girls boast a 22-8 record, with large wins over district opponents such as a 57-45 win over San Marcos on Dec. 11...

Soles for Souls

Soles for Souls

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

February 11, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

On Feb. 4, the student led service project, Soles for Souls Shoe Drive began taking donations. "The most common type of shoe is a gently used shoe and those are the shoes that are sent to third world countries," the student leading the project junior Abigail Reddon said. The purpose of this cause...

Sports Roundup

Sports Roundup

Wyatt Tomallo, Julian Fernandez, Elijah Goollsby, and Joesph Romano

February 6, 2019


Filed under Boys Basketball, Boys Soccer, Girls Basketball, Girls Soccer, Showcase, Sports

Girls Basketball Girls basketball heads into the first round of the 6A playoffs at 7 p.m. Monday at Canyon Lake High School. The girls defeated East Central 63-37 on Jan. 29. Ashley Adasczyk led the team in points by scoring 16. Torrie Palomino led the team in rebounds with seven and Brianna Grel...