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Plates: Not Just for Baseball

Alana Cervera, Online Managing Editor, Sports Columnist

March 30, 2019

When you think of sports, you probably don’t think of food right away. The image that comes to mind is usually a scoreboard, field and/or players. I can hear parents cheering on the sidelines, teammates shouting different plays at each other, and heavy breathing. I see and smell sweat dripping from the athletes’ bodies,...

Sideline parents

Alana Cervera, Online Manaing Editor, Sports Columnist

March 6, 2019

I loved all my teammates’ parents. They drove me to practice, cheered for me on the sidelines and went out to dinner with my family. I would say I was as close to them as my teammates. They were a part of our team, journey and gymnastics family. This was until the Gateway Challenge gymnastics meet in sixth grade. I was...

Attention problems

Alana Cervera, Online Managing Editor, Sports Columnist

February 6, 2019

The Title IX law enacted 47 years ago states that any school receiving federal financial assistance cannot discriminate on the basis of sex. This law addresses gender bias, sexual harassment and violence in and outside the classroom. It is supposed to hinder schools from treating women unfairly, considering there is a la...

NFL fumbles the ball once again

Alana Cervera, Online Managing Editor, Sports Columnist

December 21, 2018

Former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson used a switch (a thin branch or rod used for whipping) to discipline his 4-year-old son that resulted in numerous bruises and lacerations on his body in May 2014. The bruises were discovered during a routine doctor’s visit concluding the injuries were from apparent child abuse. A...

Head games: The truth about concussions

Alana Cervera, Online Managing Editor, Sports Columnist

November 22, 2018

As I hit the water, I immediately knew something was wrong. It was towards the end of my Tuesday practice and the week of the DuPage Valley Conference (DVC), my last diving meet of the season. I watched the playback on the TV screen next to the pool and didn’t think much about my head hurting. It was just one bad dive, right...

Practice vs. Procedure

Alana Cervera, Online Managing Editor. Sports Columnist

October 31, 2018

Serena Williams, Michael Jordan, Rafael Nadal, Tiger Woods and a countless number of other professional athletes have some of the weirdest superstitions. From bouncing the ball five times before the first serve, wearing a certain pair of shorts or taking cold 45-minute showers before a match and wearing a red shirt, they canno...

Finding a voice

Alana Cervera, Online Managing Editor, Sports Columnist

September 29, 2018

Gymnasts, dancers, volleyball players and pole vaulters have all been silent for too long. Most recently, over 300 student athletes have sued USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University in sexual assault allegations against team and university doctor Larry Nassar. Back in December 2017 and January 2018, Nassar was t...