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Back on the court

Back on the court

Carson Smith, Contributing writer

November 4, 2017


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During boys basketball tryouts on Oct. 30, sophomore Maximus Hook defends against sophomore Jackson Moss. The players began with a few running drills, then played one-on-one matches and ended with a full-court basketball game. Hook and Moss were both selected to be on the team. “This coming year is ex...

Shooting for a spot

Shooting for a spot

Carson Smith, Contributing writer

November 3, 2017


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During girls basketball tryouts on Oct. 30, sophomore Evana Loukawila gets ready to take her shot, hoping for a spot on the team. The girls did a variety of drills, including  passing, shooting, and running. Loukawila was selected for the team after three days of tryouts. “ I feel that the team i...

Tea Party

Tea Party

Derek Walsh, Contributing Writer

November 1, 2017


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Sophomore Kayli Flores sits and greets kids who dare to enter as she and other members of the Gay Straight Alliance Club (GSA) dress up as haunted members of a tea party during the annual Student Council Haunted House, which was held at Winnetonka on Oct. 28. When the kids walk into the terrifying tea...

Blood, sweat and cheers

Blood, sweat and cheers

Maggie Williams, Contributing writer

October 30, 2017


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Tonka students sing along to the fight song during the Fall Pep Assembly on Oct. 27. The Main Gym had been under construction for the past few months so many of the students were excited to finally get into the gym, including junior Sarah Hughes. “I was excited to finally sit on the bottom bleache...

Rising to the top

Rising to the top

Maggie Williams, Contributing writer

October 27, 2017


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Juniors Emily Grady and Maddie Whistler are held up in a lib stunt at the Cheer Mock in the Tonka Aux gym on Oct. 24. The Varsity Cheer team hosted a mock performance to prepare themselves for the State competition on Oct. 28. At State, the team took 2nd place in the 4A small division. Grady and Whistler are flyers on the Varsity squad. “Being a flyer is really fun, but it can be stressful. If...

Collecting letters

Collecting letters

Kelsey Cowden, Contributing writer

October 22, 2017


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Senior Skylar Seitz shakes principal Eric Johnson’s hand as she receives an academic letter for the 2016-2017 school year on Oct. 19. After working hard last school year, Winnetonka students that received a 3.75 or higher GPA received academic letters. Students and their families went to the auditor...

Pushing past the tackle

Pushing past the tackle

Erica Burnett, Contributing writer

October 21, 2017


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During the last freshman football game against Raytown South, freshman Mark Waller runs the ball down the field on Oct 18. The team went on to lose the game 0-46. In a speech after the game, coach Kevin Griffith encouraged the boys to try new sports for winter and spring and to come back next year. ...

A time to remember

A time to remember

Erica Burnett, Contributing writer

October 21, 2017


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At the first Viva La Improv show on Oct. 19 in the Little Theatre, senior Kylee Zerbe thinks about what she will say next during a game of typewriter. The 48th Street Players had a spooky start to the year with the first show being Halloween themed. They have been working on their improv skills for ...

Sing loud, sing proud

Sing loud, sing proud

Derek Walsh, Contributing writer

October 19, 2017


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A Cappella Choir students sing in harmony a song about being a train on Oct. 17 at the fall choir concert. One by one, each choir group got a chance to sing three songs for the full auditorium. The show contained three solos, including one from freshman Jordan Prince. “I was nervous but very exci...

Stopped in time

Stopped in time

Aletha Good, Contributing writers

October 17, 2017


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Sophomore Destiny Occelin waits for Platte County to serve the ball during the C team volleyball game in the Aux Gym at Winnetonka High School on Sept. 26. In the preceding point, Platte County scored. Occelin then got into stance to try to get the ball back. Platte county served the ball and Occeli...

Blocking the shot

Blocking the shot

Bri Milam, Contributing writer

October 6, 2017


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While warming up for the annual Winnetonka Soccer Tournament, freshman Blake Barnes catches a shot before it crosses the goal line. Goalies have to be prepared to dive and catch the ball in any way to stop it from getting in the goal. This year the team has more goalies than usual. “We still h...

Clearing the way

Clearing the way

Carson Smith, Contributing writer

October 3, 2017


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At Missouri West State University on Sept. 30, junior Brian Purkaple sets the pace for the following varsity runners. He was the first Winnetonka runner to pass the finish line with a time of 19:20. “The highlight of the meet was, for me, getting to run on a new course, since most of the year I ha...

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