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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, Features Editor

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, Features Editor

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, Sports Editor

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, Sports Editor

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...

Wrestling team grasps for medals

Wrestling team grasps for medals

Asmaret Fissehaye, Writer

November 30, 2016


Filed under Sports, Winter

The wrestling team does not just want to qualify for state tournaments but they want to bring back medals this season to show for their accomplishments. “We have a few new teams and competitions new to our schedule this year,” head wrestling coach Ryan Lowry said. “We will be hosting three home...

Pack the House

Pack the House

Ciara Arena, Writer

February 22, 2016


Filed under Sports, Winter

Intensity in the Pack the House boy’s varsity basketball game on Feb. 19 was at an all time high. The crowd and the student section were very supportive and cheerful. “It [the crowd] helped a lot! We need a crowd like that every time, after every made shot, steal or foul on them the crowd goes...

Girls swim JV conference

Girls swim JV conference

Angela Sluder, Writer

January 31, 2016


Filed under Sports, Winter

  On Thursday 28, 2016 Blue Springs hosted the JV girls swim and dive conference. Winnetonka had a total of four girls go to the JV conference. The first event the girls swam in was the 200 Medley Relay. Unfortunately, the swimmers disqualified when the third swimmer left the block too e...

Wrestling team works on safety feature

Wrestling team works on safety feature

Amber Murray, Co-copy editor

December 24, 2015


Filed under News, School, Sports, Winter

On the morning of December 23, the wrestling team began construction, after 10 hours of work and countless pieces of plywood they had finished building a sub-floor. A sub-floor works as a shock absorber so that there is more between the wrestlers and the concrete. Before this project there was little...

Double the dedication

James Palmer and Rachel Adamson

December 1, 2015


Filed under Sports, Winter

As seniors Deenia McMiller and Perry Randle put in 15 hours at basketball practice every week, they are reminded that each day is an opportunity to improve. McMiller has grown with a basketball background, which helped mold the passion she has today. “My mom’s love for basketball...

Tonka dance brings home accolades

Jocelin Egeland

August 27, 2015


Filed under Sports, Winter

The Griffinettes received several important awards this summer at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) Summer Dance Camp. Four dancers were also selected as UDA All American Dancers. Senior Danielle Swinney, junior Gracie Taylor, junior Jessica Gebauer and junior Mya Riley all accomplished the UDA...

Ending with determination

Savannah Moore

February 12, 2015


Filed under Sports, Winter

The leadership on the girl’s basketball team has brought out the determination in all of the girls. “…we have good seniors this year, but there’s not as many, and because of that, how we respond to our senior leadership [has been] different,” coach Terry Vickers said. With freshmen playin...

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