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January 7, 2013

Chilly Outside, Sweaty on the Court Athletics can be intense whether it is dribbling down the court, cheering on the side, dancing at halftime or wrestling someone to the ground. When an athlete is passionate for something, they fight for victory. Mediocre is not an option when participating in a beloved sport. “I1am looking forward to being on the court and playing with my teammates I played [basketball] with last year,” said Chris Bybee, 11. Rivalry is a substantial part of sports and it often keeps the competitiveness going between teams. “One of our biggest rivals in girls’ basketball is [the] Louisburg [Wildcats],” said Shelby Baker, 10. “We have Chris Bybee, 11, Niles Kahn, Matt Smith, and Danny Martinez, 12 walked back out on had a tough time beating them in the past.” the court at halftime ready to come back and defeat the Eudora Cardnals. (photo by A. Tryouts give coaches opportunities to add new mem- McClurg) bers to the team, whether they have years of experigood grades and want to learn,” said Sam Stewart, 11. ence or none. Some sports practice for months before it is final“There are several qualities the team looks for in ly time to perform. Both cheerleaders and dancers new members. To be a cheerleader, you have to be attend competitions for chances to show off what sharp, have good facials, act with leadership, receive Continued on page 7

The weather outside is frightful - and so is that shirt with those pants As the winter winds rolls into Kansas, so does the change in popular attire. From tank tops to long sleeves, the transition from hot to cold is, as usual, gradual. The leaves transform and populate with the colors of Thanksgiving – eventually making their way to the ground below. The overcast skies become more visible due to the lack of volume in the trees. Houses add bright bulbs and green wreaths to their tan and beige paint. The list goes on and on, but there is one change that truly rules the human world – and that’s what

hangs around our shoulders. “I like how all the hoodies start showing up [around winter time],” Zach Shields, 10, said. “What I don’t like is how there are people still wearing shorts [in the cold].” We all love flip-flops and opentoed sandals, but there will be a point where shoving your feet into thick socks won’t keep you warm. Even though it’s a short walk from the parking lot to the boundaries of the school, that short rendezvous can leave faces frozen in place. “[I hate] the walk from the bus to the school,” Regan Owen, 10,

said. “It’s so short, but it’s terrible enough to ruin your morning.” Sporting earmuffs and mittens are the easiest ways to keep the most sensitive places warm – even if you look a little like an Eskimo. Feeling embarrassed about what you’re wearing is normal, especially if you are truly prepared for winter. Other students may look at you funny, but they are probably secretly wishing they had what was keeping you warm because they’re freezing in their wind-breaker. Continued on page 7

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