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Olympic Heights softball team’s undefeated streak put on hold by coronavirus shutdown

Olympic Heights softball team’s undefeated streak put on hold by coronavirus shutdown

Jordan Lanson, Staff Writer

March 15, 2020

 The last thing the Olympic Heights softball team and new head coach Dylan Lee needed was for the blistering streak the team is off to in its 2020 season to be put on hold. But that is exactly what has happened with the coronavirus forcing the closing of schools and the suspension of all high school a...

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson may be the best new NBA talent since LeBron James

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson may be the best new NBA talent since LeBron James

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

March 4, 2020

NBA fans are seeing possibly the best physical specimen in NBA history. At six foot seven and 285 pounds, Zion Williamson has an explosive 45-inch vertical. Zion has given fans a glimpse at future stardom with his amazing first few weeks of games wherein he has scored 20 points in all but one game s...

How fair was the NBA dunk contest? How can the contest be improved? Basketball geek Torch staffers weigh in

How fair was the NBA dunk contest? How can the contest be improved? Basketball geek Torch staffers weigh in

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor; Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor; Joshua Wolf, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

The NBA Slam Dunk Contest occurred on February 15, 2020. Participants Aaron Gordon, Dwight Howard, and Pat Connaughton all gave fans an unreal show; however, it was the Miami Heat’s Derrick Jones Jr., who brought home the title of NBA dunk champion. Jones Jr.’s victory was highly debated, so we asked...

NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash

NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash

Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor

January 26, 2020

This story has been updated to reflect that there were nine individuals killed in the helicopter crash that took the lives of retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, not five individuals as originally reported. (Jan. 27, 2020) Retired NBA great Kobe Bryant, 41, was kill...

TORCH PREDICTION: Joe Burrow will lead LSU to the national championship in a close game

TORCH PREDICTION: Joe Burrow will lead LSU to the national championship in a close game

Joshua Wolf, Staff Writer

January 13, 2020

Coming off what was the greatest performance in college football playoff history, Joe Burrow and the number one ranked LSU Tigers (14-0) are looking to repeat exactly what they did against Oklahoma in the championship semifinals when they face off with the number three ranked Clemson Tigers (14-0) in...

Anthony Rendon to the Angels and Gerrit Cole to the Yankees highlight MLB free agent signings

Anthony Rendon to the Angels and Gerrit Cole to the Yankees highlight MLB free agent signings

Joshua Wolf, Staff Writer

January 9, 2020

This MLB offseason was filled with huge contracts and blockbuster trades. Many star players such as Anthony Rendon, Gerritt Cole, and Madison Bumgartner decided to leave town to join new franchises. With that said, there are still many big players on the market including Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor,...

College athletes are often burdened with the medical costs for sport-incurred injuries

College athletes are often burdened with the medical costs for sport-incurred injuries

Alexis Rejouis, Staff Writer

January 8, 2020

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the organization that determines all rules and regulations for all college sports, ranging from what coaches can do when recruiting players to individual requirements that all players must follow, up to submitting to a drug test. Despite everyth...

OH SPORTS WRAP: Winter sports teams update; Wrestlers win JoeMac Duals; Three OH athletes sign letters of intent; Anglin finishes 8th at states diving championships

OH SPORTS WRAP: Winter sports teams update; Wrestlers win JoeMac Duals; Three OH athletes sign letters of intent; Anglin finishes 8th at states diving championships

December 18, 2019

Going into the Winter Break, the Olympic Heights girls soccer team has a 8-2-3 record, while the boys team has a 5-6-1 record. The girls basketball team has a 6-6 record, while the boys basketball team’s record stands at 2-5. It is worth noting that two of the boy basketball team’s losses were by...

NBA early Hot Takes: Buy or Sell?

NBA early Hot Takes: Buy or Sell?

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

December 14, 2019

The NBA has seen a big shake-up this season. Teams who missed the playoffs last season (the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat) are now at the top of the NBA standings. With Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Los Angeles Clippers have are competing for a title as well. The road to a title is wide ope...

Heights cheerleaders win UCA Regional Championship

Heights cheerleaders win UCA Regional Championship

Zoe Siegel, Staff Writer

December 11, 2019

The Olympic Heights varsity competitive cheer team won first place at the Universal Cheeleaders Association (UCA) regional championships held at Busch Gardens in Tampa this past weekend. The team will now be advancing to the national championship competition to be held at Walt Disney World in Februar...

OH Girls Soccer focused on goal of winning a district title

OH Girls Soccer focused on goal of winning a district title

Jordan Lanson, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

It’s that time of year when soccer season is back with a vengeance.  And the Olympic Heights girls soccer team is looking to wreak some of that vengeance by winning a district and possibly a regional championship. Last year, the girls varsity soccer placed second in the district and this season...

OH diver Danielle Anglin wins Regional Championship, advances to States

OH diver Danielle Anglin wins Regional Championship, advances to States

November 12, 2019

Olympic Heights sophomore Danielle Anglin placed first at the FHSAA Region 4-3A Girls Diving Championship on Friday, Nov. 8, held at Boca Raton High School. She now moves on to the FHSAA Class 3A State Championships in Stuart on Saturday, Nov. 16. Anglin, who placed second at the District 10-3A tournament,...

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