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Turner stands out on softball field

Turner stands out on softball field

Meredith Prud'homme

June 16, 2019

Sophomore Ava Turner of Middletown proved to be a pivotal player for her team this spring season, which became Middletown High School North’s most successful season in varsity softball history. As the right fielder and right-handed hitter, Turner made great strides on the path to her team’s victor...

Economic divide subtracts from the value of the game

Economic divide subtracts from the value of the game

Mia Gallo and Meredith Prud'homme

May 10, 2019

High school athletics are a nationwide phenomenon. With many students all vying for the same scholarships, the need to train harder and more frequently arises, a discipline that does not come for free. CHS students aren’t free from this burden just because the school lacks sports. Junior Coli...

Athletes face body image issues

Athletes face body image issues

Mia Gallo and Meredith Prud'homme

May 10, 2019

The pressure to succeed athletically manifests differently depending on the sport: the fastest times, the longest jumps or the highest scores. Sometimes, this compulsion extends outside of the sport and into the way athletes view their bodies. Eating disorders and unhealthy body comparisons remain common am...

Injuries put CHS students on a break from athletic success

Injuries put CHS students on a break from athletic success

Michael Rau

May 10, 2019

Sophomore Zoe Conner-Bennett of Ocean Township had been participating in gymnastics, basketball and softball in seventh grade, but after landing unusually on a trampoline during gymnastics, she never played organized sports again. In seventh grade, she tore her left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), whi...

UVA wins March Madness

UVA wins March Madness

Emma Barofsky

May 10, 2019

For basketball players and watchers alike, the month of March isn’t complete without a bracket. Each year, fans unite as they eagerly await the start of an annual tradition: March Madness. This phenomenon, also known as the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, is a single-elimination tournam...

Brady and Belichick clinch sixth Super Bowl win together

Brady and Belichick clinch sixth Super Bowl win together

Meredith Prud'homme

March 15, 2019

Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots, clinched their sixth championship win on Feb. 3, 2019 against the Los Angeles Rams, with a final score of 14-5. After defeating division leaders, the Kansas City Chiefs, in the playoffs, the Patriots continued their perfect attendance at the Super Bowl fo...

Referees prove to be game changers

Referees prove to be game changers

Isabella Castelo

March 15, 2019

The possibility of a biased referee during the biggest game of a team’s career is a daunting one. This is what happened to the LA Rams. According to Rams Wired, Rams fans everywhere petitioned to remove referee Bill Vinovich from the NFC title game. The LA Rams had a 0-8 streak when Vinovich wo...

Collegiate athletes not compensated for their value

Collegiate athletes not compensated for their value

Mia Gallo

March 15, 2019

It’s well known that college sports teams bring their respective schools a lot of profit. In the 2016-17 academic year alone, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) brought in over $1 billion, according to Zacks Investment Research. And rightfully so: the decision to play sports in coll...

Students eat and stay on their feet at lunch

Students eat and stay on their feet at lunch

Michael Rau

March 15, 2019

CHS students may be “the unathletic ones”, but that doesn’t stop those who frequently utilize the ping pong table, volleyball net or basketball hoop during lunch. Freshman Ezra Shim of Spring Lake Heights plays soccer for Manasquan High School. Shim said to stay active during lunch, he shoot...

Hazing poses dangers to high school, college students

Hazing poses dangers to high school, college students

Emma Barofsky

March 12, 2019

Senior Phoebe Drummond of Little Silver runs cross country for Red Bank Regional High School. Last year, the upperclassmen on her team decided to blindfold sophomores during practice, while others would guide them around. Although most students found this to be “great team bonding,” the initiation...

Serena Williams serves up dialogue on sexist referee calls

Serena Williams serves up dialogue on sexist referee calls

Mia Gallo and Meredith Prud'homme

January 25, 2019

With countless grand slam titles, major brand deals and four Olympic gold medals, tennis player Serena Williams has become a household name. Following her first grand slam win at 17, her two-decade career remains climbing. Williams is one of the most influential and affluent females the sports world has ev...

Women’s soccer players face gender bias off the field

Women’s soccer players face gender bias off the field

Sally Ehlers

January 25, 2019

Thousands of players and guests in formal attire filled the exquisitely decorated gala, while one group sported tacky t-shirts and sold raffle tickets. FC Basel, a European football club, sparked controversy after the gala held to celebrate their 125th anniversary. Players, coaches, representative...

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