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In a battle of the one seeds, Gonzaga takes on Baylor for the NCAA National Championship game starting tonight at 9:20 PM ET. Which team will secure their schools first ever championship?

NCAA Basketball Finals Preview

Battle of the one seeds
Drew Berke, Sports Editor April 5, 2021

   After the phenomenal game-winner by Gonzaga's Jalen Suggs in an overtime victory against UCLA(watch here), the two teams are set in what will be the battle of the one seeds between Gonzaga and Baylor....

As opening day gets underway, the Cincinnati Reds play the St. Louis Cardinals at home and get set for the long season ahead. With the division being up for grabs this year, the Reds look to build off of last year and achieve the ultimate goal of the World Series Championship. 
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Opening Day

The top contenders of this year's MLB season.
Drew Berke, Sports Editor April 1, 2021

   As the Major League Baseball season gets underway, the hope is that this year will bring much more normalcy after having to settle for a 60 game regular season last year due to COVID-19. While Major...

March Madness Upsets

The first major upheavals of the month
Carly Thiel, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

     

MR. OVINGTON QUITS COACHING. Most people don’t even realize the impact that coaches have on them. Mr. Andrew Ovington coaches varsity men’s basketball and has recently decided to stop, leaving many Sycamore Students have been wondering why this varsity basketball coach has decided to put an indefinite pause on his coaching career.

Goodbye For Now Coach

A Q&A with Mr. Ovington on leaving basketball
Tillie Berge, Staff Writer March 2, 2021

For many high school students, sports are a big part of their lives. Athletes practice practically every day and the bonds they form with teammates and  coaches last a lifetime. Most people don’t even...

Come Sunday, Super Bowl LV will take place in what looks to be a great matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Will Patrick Mahomes win his second straight championship, or will Tom Brady win his seventh in his first year with his new team?

Super Bowl LV Preview

Drew Berke, Sports Editor February 5, 2021

We have made it to the Super Bowl! We are in for a very exciting matchup which includes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Come Sunday, we are watching the greatest, if not the greatest...

IT’S OFFICIAL! Signing day took place this morning at Sycamore High School.  Dreams came true as Jozy Allen, Tyler Ingle, Nathan Kissela, Erik Menchhofer, and Maya Oduyoye signed their letters of intent for their future schools.
Photo  via Jackson Shock

It’s Official

Sycamore High School's Signing Day
Jackson Shock, Staff Writer February 3, 2021

Signing day took place at 11:30 this morning at Sycamore High School. Dreams came true during the live-streamed event as Jozy Allen, Tyler Ingle, Nathan Kissela, Erik Menchhofer, and Maya Oduyoye signed...

Four words read on the back of Sarah Fuller’s football helmet: ‘Play Like A Girl’. While her career as a kicker may be over due to COVID-19 restrictions, Fuller has inspired female athletes and begun to break boundaries in college sports across the country.

Fuller’s Football Career Ends Due to COVID-19

Madeleine Suh, Editor in Chief December 15, 2020

   Four words read on the back of Sarah Fuller’s football helmet: ‘Play Like A Girl’. While her career as a kicker may be over due to COVID-19 restrictions, Fuller has inspired female athletes...

WORKING OUT. Whether you are in quarantine or just staying at home, exercise is a great way to boost your mood and your mental health.

Staying healthy at home

Simple ways to get the exercise you need
Jack Brownlee, Staff Writer December 11, 2020

  After a long school day, whether virtual or in-person, going home and exercising may often be the last thing on our minds. While school is mentally exhausting, it does not provide the level of activity...

SPORTS ARE ON! Although most people thought winter sports were coming to a halt, Sycamore’s Data Assessment Risk Team (DART) came to the conclusion that sports will continue during the post-Thanksgiving quarantine. All athletics for grades 7-12 will continue as planned for the week of November 30th - December 4th. 
Sycamore Athletic Director Mark Harden discussed the decision for sports to continue during the virtual week. When asked about the numbers behind the decision, Harden said, “Since September 1st there have been two positive cases. That is two student-athletes out of 708 students competing in fall (365) and winter (343) or .002%. At the Junior High, they've had one case for over 400 athletes. In addition, there has been zero team/school spread - No positive tests of those in quarantine from close contact.” Harden goes on to talk more in-depth about the decision and how it was made along with the advantages of the decision.

Sports Are On!

Sycamore winter sports will continue during the post-Thanksgiving quarantine.
Jackson Shock, Staff Writer December 1, 2020

   Although most people thought winter sports were coming to a halt, Sycamore’s Data Assessment Risk Team (DART) came to the conclusion that sports will continue during the post-Thanksgiving quarantine....

Joe Burrow's Season Ending Injury

Joe Burrow’s Season Ending Injury

Drew Berke, Sports Editor November 27, 2020

   Painful. That’s the only way to describe the Bengals season after rookie Joe Burrow suffered a horrific knee injury on Sunday’s game against the Washington Football Team. Burrow has torn both...

SEASON UPDATE. After the Cincinnati Bengals blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bengals have fallen to an uninspiring 2-6-1. Losing four of their last five games, their playoff hopes look very bleak, trailing four games from the wild card spot and seven games from their division leader, the Steelers. Having high hopes to start the season after drafting Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and signing some defensive players like DJ Reader, Vonn Bell, Trea Waynes, this team is clearly still in rebuild mode. They will need to get more talent on this team if they want to compete for a Super Bowl, let alone having to go through one of the toughest divisions in football.

Bengals Season Update

Drew Berke, Sports Editor November 17, 2020

SEASON UPDATE. After the Cincinnati Bengals blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bengals have fallen to an uninspiring 2-6-1. Losing four of their last five games, their playoff hopes look very...

READY, SET, HIKE. The Big Ten football season was back after an extended off season due to COVID-19. The conference's committee made the announcement on September 15 that they would be playing games and fans had been anxious for them to start. Other conferences such as the SEC and ACC had started the season at the original start date and showed that it was possible for college football to take place, even under such harsh conditions because of COVID-19. All 14 teams played over the weekend and there was a wide variety of games. There were blowouts like the Ohio State and Wisconsin games, and there were also close games like the Penn State vs Indiana game which was won in the last seconds of overtime. One of the biggest games was an upset by Rutgers vs Michigan State, Rutgers won that game 38-27 and ended their 3-year Big Ten losing streak. The league also has Five ranked teams after Saturday's games. I interviewed a huge Ohio State football fan to see his reaction to the start and what the future of Big Ten football will look like.

Big Ten is back

Jackson Shock, Staff Writer October 26, 2020

READY, SET, HIKE. The Big Ten football season was back after an extended off-season due to COVID-19. The conference's committee made the announcement on September 15 that they would be playing games and...

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