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  • Athletes of the Week: VOLLEYBALL: Ariana Steighner; BOWLING: Jack Cowan & Alexa Haas; CROSS COUNTRY: Nicholas Sanchez

  • Athletes of the Week: GOLF: Brooks Lamb & Jordyn Huberman; SWIMMING: Christopher Rodriguez & Falyn Housenbold

  • Students of the Month: Nicholas Defrancesco (fr.); Alexis Rejouis (sph.); Jordyn Geller (jun.); Jamison Turenne (sen.)

  • Teacher of the Month: Amy Baer: Non-Instructional Employee of the Month: Darren Studstill

UCF Football Team’s Playoff Hopes Rest on Losses by Higher Ranked Teams

UCF Football Team’s Playoff Hopes Rest on Losses by Higher Ranked Teams

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

October 31, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The University of Central Florida football team made its way onto the national radar last season with its perfect season. Despite it’s perfect record through the regular season, UCF was not ranked among the top four teams by College Football Playoff (CFP) Selection Committee, thereby leaving the Golden Knig...

Los Angeles Lakers Slow Start Complicated by Suspensions Resulting from Fight with Houston Rockets

Los Angeles Lakers Slow Start Complicated by Suspensions Resulting from Fight with Houston Rockets

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

October 23, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

With the NBA season starting, many are looking for the Los Angeles Lakers to be the most improved team. Although the team’s chemistry will improve with time, the Lakers have shown very little justification for the expectations set for them. They are 0-2 to start the year, albeit against two very good,...

NBA 2018-19 Season Preview: Can the Revamped Lakers Challenge the Golden State Warriors in the West?

NBA 2018-19 Season Preview: Can the Revamped Lakers Challenge the Golden State Warriors in the West?

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

October 17, 2018


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With the regular season starting up, each team has a goal in mind before hand. In order to achieve this goal, each squad must give full effort each and every night, but also receive some luck. Let’s see how each team does in reaching their goals. Atlanta Hawks Record Last Year: 24-58 Additions...

Who is the G.O.A.T.: Michael or LeBron? Brady or Rodgers?

Who is the G.O.A.T.: Michael or LeBron? Brady or Rodgers?

Matthew Nebenzahl, Staff Writer

October 10, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Fifteen national championships, Fifteen most valuable player awards, and four almost guaranteed trips to the Hall of Fame in their respected sports. Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Lebron James, and Michael Jordan are all considered legendary athletes, but only two of the four can be considered the G.O.A.T. ...

Serena Williams U.S. Open Controversy Highlights Sexist, Possibly Racist, Nature of Sport

Serena Williams U.S. Open Controversy Highlights Sexist, Possibly Racist, Nature of Sport

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

September 11, 2018


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Serena Williams’ clash with the chair umpire in her Sept. 8 controversial loss in the U.S. Open finals has stirred a raging debate in the tennis world, even overshadowing the win by Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who won her first Grand Slam singles tournament. Williams was hit with a combined $17,000 dollars...

Your 2018 NFL Fantasy Football Booms and Busts

Your 2018 NFL Fantasy Football Booms and Busts

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

September 1, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Football is back! And so is fantasy football! With the NFL season around the corner, many fans are looking for help deciding who to select on their fantasy team for this season. There are many players who are considered a late round gem by some but a bust by others. Those are the players mentioned below....

Brazil, Argentina Looking for Redemption in 2018 Men’s World Cup

Brazil, Argentina Looking for Redemption in 2018 Men’s World Cup

Razanne Saleh, Staff Writer

June 1, 2018


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June 14, 2018, is the date soccer players around the world are anticipating. The world-wide tournament that comes up every four years brings a rush of euphoria whenever the commercials promoting the event began airing on T.V. This is the FIFA Men’s World Cup. The best soccer players in the world...

NEWS ANALYSIS: Supreme Court Ruling on Legalized Sports Betting Poses Complications

NEWS ANALYSIS: Supreme Court Ruling on Legalized Sports Betting Poses Complications

Jacob Pasternack, Editor-In-Chief

May 29, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase, Sports

After years of legal deliberation, the Supreme Court has decided to allow states to legalize sports betting. This ruling opens a previously illegal sports gambling market, worth anywhere from $50 billion to $400 billion, for athletic leagues to capitalize on. The impact of this decision may not be felt...

NBA Awards: Who Should Win and Who Will Win

NBA Awards: Who Should Win and Who Will Win

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

May 18, 2018


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MVP Who should win: LeBron James-SF-CLE PPG: 27.5, RPG: 8.6, APG: 9.1, Record: 51-31 LeBron James is the best player on the planet. He has proven that he can do everything on the court at any moment. LeBron just finished his 15th season and it was one of his best ever. The point forward has made ...

Villanova Claims Title in Upset-Laden NCAA Tournament

Villanova Claims Title in Upset-Laden NCAA Tournament

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

April 6, 2018


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The NCAA men’s basketball championship tournament came to a close with Villanova winning its second title in the last three years with a 79-62 blowout over the Michigan, behind the stellar play of Donte DiVincenzo coming off the bench. His 31 points is the most ever in a title game coming off the bench...

The Winners and Losers of the NBA Trading Deadline

The Winners and Losers of the NBA Trading Deadline

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

February 19, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Uncategorized

The NBA trade deadline of Feb. 8, slowly crept up without much activity of note other than the deal that sent Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 29. Then, on the trade deadline date itself, a flurry of trades took place that shook up the rosters of several teams,...

The Story Behind the Alabama Back-Up QB That Led Crimson Tide to National Championship Game Victory

The Story Behind the Alabama Back-Up QB That Led Crimson Tide to National Championship Game Victory

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

January 16, 2018


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Every athlete dreams of being that special player who makes that game-winning final play of a championship game. The latest to live out that dream is University of Alabama’s freshman quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa as he threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to wide-receiver DeVonta Smith in the first overtime...

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