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Wolson skis slopes, makes memories while earning money

Wolson travels to Vermont to ski almost every weekend from late November to March.

Luke Sassa

January 12, 2018

She loves to spend her time making memories in a setting filled with pale, powdery terrain, but it is not the setting you would expect for a resident of Bradley Beach.  No, senior Rachel Wolson does not plant herself on the beach. She sticks to the ski slopes. “I was probably 2 or 3 [years-old]...

Do colleges value academic achievements over academics?

Survey of 138 students from Dec. 12 to Dec. 15, 2017.

Meredith Prud'homme

January 12, 2018

According to the Huffington Post, 60 percent of the University of North Carolina’s football and basketball players read below the eighth grade level, and 8 to 10 percent read at or below a third grade level. This statistic begs the question of whether colleges value athletic accomplishments more than...

Athletes are picky eaters to improve performance

Several athletes in CHS follow a diet to improve performance on the field.

Michael Rau

January 12, 2018

Whether in the professional leagues or on high school teams, some athletes eat a variety of foods to keep themselves in shape for their seasons, while others adhere to no diet at all. Professional baseball player Dominic Smith, first baseman for the New York Mets, diets to lose weight. He lost 21...

Horseback riding is a lifestyle for some CHS students

Photo courtesy of Julianne Sackett.

Mia Gallo

December 18, 2017

Horseback riding feels like more than just a another sport to its participants.They make it a lifestyle, an activity in which they find a family and a home. Junior Emily McNeill of Colts Neck knows this to be true. McNeill started to ride when she was 12 years old. She began after she went on a ride...

Coaches inspire students in different ways

Coaches can help and inspire students both on and off the field.

Emma Barofsky and Erin Brady

December 16, 2017

Not only do coaches help athletes to improve their physical performance, they also encourage them to improve themselves as people and to exceed their own expectations.  Whether they play field hockey, soccer, tennis or football, players learn from their coaches in many ways. Junior and field hockey...

CHS athletes answer: why did you begin to play your sport?

Health benefits and lasting friendships are among the reasons why students start playing sports.

Michael LaRocca, Michael Rau, and Luke Sassa

December 16, 2017

One may not normally associate athletics with Communications High School, but that doesn’t mean CHS isn’t filled with athletes passionate about what they do. And all of them have a distinct reason for why they began to play their sport. Sophomore Joseph Matthews of Middletown was influenced by...

Can sports make you a better person?

Survey of 163 students from Oct. 24 to Oct. 27, 2017.

Lauren Arnao

December 16, 2017

When people hear about high school sports, they automatically think they are about winning or losing. They think that the numbers on the scoreboard make a difference. Though to some that’s true, to most, sports are about the lessons that are learned throughout the years. Between teamwork, leadership...

Water sports: students beat summer heat

Hecht spends much of her free time in the water, as a swimmer, a surfer and a lifeguard.

Sarah McNey

September 15, 2017

Staying cool during the summer can be a challenge, especially on the Jersey Shore. Several CHS students have found a way to beat the heat: water sports. Swimming is a popular sport among high schoolers, with over 300,000 participants in the country, according to a 2015 survey from the National Federa...

Pre-season training proves worth it for athletes

Preseason for fall sports such as tennis begins as early as July.

Emmanuella Macri

September 15, 2017

For student athletes, summer break doesn’t mean a break from sports but rather a time to train for the upcoming season. Senior Megan Stanislowski of Wall plays volleyball for Wall High School. She starts practicing with her team in July. Tryouts are held in August, after which practices are he...

Athletes and their parents pay a hefty price for sports

Survey of 92 students from Sept. 5 to Sept. 8, 2017.

Emmanuella Macri

September 15, 2017

Sophomore and figure skater Ainsley Vetter of Wall is familiar with the expenses that come with full commitment to a sport. “In my sport, athletes have to pay for their own skates, blades, competition dresses and outfits for practice. Competitions also have an entrance fee … coaches also have...

Warm weather makes way for new activities

Photo obtained through Creative Commons from the National Parks Service.

Meredith Prud'homme

May 9, 2017

The beginning of spring marks the start of warmer weather and more opportunities for outside activity. Hiking and camping are two ways some students may enjoy the sunny weather, but fitness teacher Ginny Clevenger said both activities are also great for student health. “There are so many healt...

Student athletes defy unathletic reputation

In addition to playing varsity field hockey, senior Riley Mullan of Long Branch plays lacrosse for the Green Wave.

Mary Kate Cashman

April 20, 2017

Can’t throw a touchdown. Can’t shoot a basket. Can’t hit a homerun. All of these describe the “not athletically gifted” stereotypical CHS student, said senior and varsity cheerleader Caroline Collins of Tinton Falls. But Collins doesn’t believe in the generalization. “I do not believe in the stereotypes becau...

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