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From sidelines to starters

From sidelines to starters

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

October 5, 2017


Filed under Fall, Football, Sports

Until this year, senior Hayden Weatherman always sat on the sidelines during football games, cheering on the team with the rest of the student body. Now, Weatherman is a starting varsity kicker for the football team. At Jamboree on Aug. 11, starting varsity kicker senior Justin Hansen suffered a Grade...

In the water, your only enemy is the clock

In the water, your only enemy is the clock

Hani Youif, Sports editor

October 4, 2017


Filed under Fall, Sports

The clock starts. Freshman Brennen Johnson dives into the water and takes off down the lane. Johnson flip turns and comes back with a lead time of 27.34. Freshman Ray Guerrero dives into the water right after and comes back around. The clock reads 55.3.  Sophmore James Long goes in. Freshman Sullivan...

Football’s first hit

Football’s first hit

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

August 15, 2017


Filed under Fall, Football, Photo gallery, Sports

The football team showed improvements in their overall skill and communication according to athletes and coaches at Jamboree, where they played in front of a crowd for the first time this year on Aug. 12 at North Kansas City High School’s District Stadium. Besides the Winnetonka Griffins, Jamb...

Behind the win

Behind the win

Kaitlyn Minet, News Editor

May 17, 2017


Filed under Sports, Spring

The buzzer sounds. Another win for the Griffins. Most people do not have a clue, but the players know. No matter the sport, coaches work together to help athletes be the best they can be. From improving individual performance to organizing time for team bonding, coaches do it all. A...

Girls 4×400 meter relay breaks school record

Girls 4×400 meter relay breaks school record

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

May 6, 2017


Filed under Photo gallery, Showcase, Sports, Spring

    To most students, four minutes means passing period. But to the varsity girls 4x400 meter relay team, four minutes seven seconds means running a mile. At 9:45 p.m. on May 6 at Belton High School, senior Cayla Adamson, juniors Lily Abdulla and Dinedye Denis and sophomore Ashley J...

Crossing the line

Crossing the line

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

April 15, 2017


Filed under Photo gallery, Sports, Spring

  The track team took sixth place at their varsity meet on April 13 at the District Activities Complex. The meet functions as a fundraiser for the track team. Six other schools, including North Kansas City, Ruskin, Central and Park Hill South attended the meet. The team had several fi...

Catching a cure

Catching a cure

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

March 14, 2017


Filed under Photo gallery, Sports, Spring

On March 11 an ultimate frisbee tournament was held on the field as a fundraiser for Relay for Life. The tournament raised over $150 for the ultimate frisbee Relay for Life team. Tonka won its first match against Oak Park before losing to St.Joe and then Staley. They finished third overall in the...

Wrestling to state

Wrestling to state

Kaitlyn Minet, News Editor

February 23, 2017


Filed under Sports, Winter

Senior Tyler Stults went to the wrestling state competition on Feb. 16 in Columbia, MO., making him the first state qualifier for head coach Ryan Lowry. Stults won second place at the district wrestling tournament on Feb. 11, qualifying him for State. Over the years, Lowry has seen Stults’ abilities...

Swimming for a win

Swimming for a win

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

February 5, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Winter

    On Feb. 4 the girls’ varsity swim team took fourth place at conference hosted at the Gladstone Community Center. According to senior Suzanna Zimmerman, conference is the most important swim meet of the season. “Every meet is a chance to get better,” Zimmerman said. ...

Griffinettes Get the Gold

Griffinettes Get the Gold

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

January 30, 2017


Filed under Sports, Winter

  On Jan. 21 the Griffinettes varsity dance team won first place for their mixed routine at regionals. “It was intimidating because we were in front of all the parents and coaches and judges,” freshman Halle Stamper said. “Our coaches sat in front of us too and they were cheering us ...

Where the fundraising money goes

Where the fundraising money goes

Hayden Weatherman, Writer

December 21, 2016


Filed under Sports, Winter

Each winter sport team has come up with different methods to fundraise in order to provide money for improvements. The girls swim team raises the majority of its money by hosting an invitational swim meet. This year, the swim meet was held on Dec. 10 at the Gladstone Community Center. “We host...

Tumbling into second

Tumbling into second

Hayden Weatherman, Writer

December 16, 2016


Filed under Sports, Winter

Due to the cheer team’s determination and hard work, they were able to place runner-up at the state competition on Nov. 5 at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo. From cheering at football games to cheering about school spirit, the cheer team has had to transition into competition cheer. “There’s a huge differ...

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