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First time commit

First time commit

Wyatt Tomallo, Sports Editor

December 18, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

When Smithson Valley Lacrosse Club began eight years ago, people often wondered if there would be enough interest for the program to grow and prosper. Not only has it grown substantially in numbers, but it is now seeing it’s first recruit go on and play at the next level. Senior defenseman Brance Anders...

The most dangerous game

The most dangerous game

Bobby Palomin, Editor-in-Chief

December 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase, Sports

There are two paths traveled when you are playing fantasy football. The first being you are mildly interested and really don’t understand the point of drafting a bunch of players from separate teams. This leads to taking minimal time to set and manage your weekly line-up as quite frankly you could care...

Why college athletes should be paid

Why college athletes should be paid

Hudson Murphy, Sports Writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase, Sports

College athletes today deserve the right to get paid for all of the work they put in because of the large amount of money that the NCAA as well as the coaches profit off of these athletes for. Along with this, players work as hard as they would for any other job so they deserve to get compensated like...

Basketball starts winning streak

Basketball starts winning streak

Bobby Palomin, Editor-in-Chief

December 11, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The boys varsity basketball team improved to 6-5 on the year after a solid showing at the SAISD tournament this past weekend. The team went 3-0 defeating San Antonio Kennedy, Corpus Christi Ray, and San Antonio Highland. The undefeated tournament was marked by a forced forfeit by the team on Friday n...

Football season comes to a close

Football season comes to a close

Wyatt Tomallo, Sports Editor

November 29, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The varsity football team ended their 2017 state playoff run on Friday with a disappointing 51-31 loss to Austin Westlake in Alamo Stadium. The first quarter consisted of both teams exchanging blows on the scoreboard with the Rangers striking first off of junior kicker Mason Reid 24-yard field g...

Football’s race for state begins

Football’s race for state begins

Zach Dimmitt and Wyatt Tomallo

November 17, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The football team begins its quest for a state title as they take on the Jay Mustangs this Friday at home in a do or die playoff matchup. The Rangers are coming off last week's 23-7 win against the district rival New Braunfels Unicorns, a win that helped crown them as district champions. The w...

Snapped up

Snapped up

Zach Dimmit, Staff Writer

November 14, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The snap. The hold. The kick. Always overlooked, always taken for granted. The simple three-step process carries so much weight, especially in the hands of the long snapper. Junior John Beck understands this pressure. If anything, he embraces it. “I can’t let anything get to my head,” Beck said...

Two sport stud

Two sport stud

Bobby Palomin, Editor-in-Chief

November 14, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

On a Friday night Mason Pierce is asked to carry a heavy load. Starting at cornerback on the varsity football team, Pierce is asked to guard the opposing team’s best athletes in arguably the toughest district in Texas. While this might be a big enough task for most, Pierce is also playing wide receiver...

Hitting the road

Hitting the road

Hudson Murphy, Sports Writer

November 14, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

In her final year as a Smithson Valley volleyball player Senior outside hitter Maddie Mckay has taken on a large leadership role as one of the important players on the team this season. In this season, Mckay leads the team in kills with 2.32 per game and second in blocks per game with .35, contr...

Serving it up

Serving it up

Wyatt Tomallo, Sports Editor

November 14, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The varsity tennis team opened up its fall season on Aug. 29 with a 4-10 loss against New Braunfels, but the varsity bounced back the following week with a 10-0 win against Wagner. Momentum pushed the team into a four-game win streak over the next couple of weeks, with wins coming against Steele 10-3...

Cross country looks forward to next year

Cross country looks forward to next year

Zach Dimmitt, Sports Writer

November 10, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

After an abundance of top five finishes during the season, the boys cross country team ran away with fifth place at the state championships. The group was led once again by the junior tandem of Clayton Wilkerson and Andres Engle, as they finished 12th and 17th place overall, respectively. For head...