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Swim team celebrates senior night

Walking down the aisle senior John Banks Whiteley holds his little sister's hand. Whiteley said his going miss going to Moe's after meets with his teammates.

Kate Caranante, Editor in Chief

October 16, 2020

As the sun was setting Tuesday, Oct. 13 the underclassmen lined the edge of Bobby Hicks pool holding portraits of all 23 of the swim team’s seniors.   Coaches Gil Gonalez and Royce Brown announced each senior’s name and then listed their accomplishments as the families walked along the edge of the pool towards the stage. “My favorite part of senior night...

Junior varsity football goes undefeated

Running down the sideline, the ball carrier tries to avoid a Riverview defender. The junior varsity football team defeated their four opponents by a combined 119-6.

Kate Caranante, Editor in Chief

October 9, 2020

In their final game of the of the season on Thursday, Oct. 8, the junior varsity football team defeated Robinson High School 21-6 giving them a 4-0 record on the season.  “My favorite part of the season was the Robinson game,” sophomore wide receiver Jack Turtle said. "It was the most fun game because it was the clos...

Lightning win the Stanley Cup

Forward Brayden Point lifts the Stanley Cup Trophy with the success of winning the playoffs for the first time since 2004. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars in a 4-2 series win finishing Game 6 with a score of 2-0.

Emma Kuschmeider, Staffer

October 1, 2020

Skating down the ice towards the goal, with five seconds left in the third period, Goodrow quickly turns around and throws his stick in the air, jumping up and down. This was the moment the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup the night of Sept. 28.   With a long fight and the season continui...

Varsity football player honors teammate

Running down the field, return man EJ Crawford prepares to escape the defenders. The varsity football team will face Sickles High School on Friday, Sept. 25.

Kate Caranante, Editor in Chief

September 25, 2020

Three minutes into the second half, the varsity football team was already down 32-0 versus rival Armwood High School.   The team had stopped Armwood on third down forcing a punt. Junior return man EJ Crawford lined up in the backfield. Once he received the ball, he took 85 yards all the way to the endzone.   ...

Quarantine Commits

After decomitting from Ohio State University, senior soccer player Claire Rain reached back out to University of Tennessee, which had their eyes on her since her freshman year. They immediately offered her a spot for the team that was the highest ranked SEC team headed into the 2019 season. 
“I chose to go to Tennessee because I wanted to be closer to home, and I wanted to play in the SEC,” Rain said. “I am looking forward to play at the college level and to grow as a player and hopefully get on the national team. I am also excited to get all the free gear.”

Hartley Hill, Copy Editor

September 24, 2020

Despite coronavirus and cancelled seasons, PHS student athletes have committed to colleges to pursue their sports for the next four years. These athletes, coming from seven Plant teams, are continuing their athletic journeys all over the country, from Florida to New York to Texas. ...

Lightning defeat Islanders in OT

The Lightning defeated the Islanders in double overtime to send them to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2015. The winning goal was scored by Anthony Cirelli.

Emma Kuschmeider, Staffer

September 18, 2020

Last night, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders in overtime in game six of the Eastern Conference Final in Edmonton, Canada. The Lightning are moving on to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Dallas Stars, who defeated the LA Kings in the Western Conference Final.   Anthony Cirelli scored at 1...

Varsity football honors seniors

Standing alongside his family, senior wide receiver Ray Desanto smiles for a picture during the senior night ceremony. Desanto caught the first touchdown of the season versus Lennard on Friday, Sept. 11.

Kate Caranante, Editor in Chief

September 17, 2020

Standing side by side with their parents, each of the 35 seniors on the varsity football lined up in the endzone before the start of their season opener on Friday, Sept. 11.   As each senior's name echoed over the PA system, they walked up to an archway made of gold and black balloons. They stopped in the a...

Varsity football prepares for opening game

After months of practicing during the pandemic, the football team will take the field Friday, Sept. 11. This game will used as the team's senior night.

Tyler Grubbs, Sports Manager

September 10, 2020

After three months of practicing socially distant the varsity football team will be taking the field Friday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m.   “It’s a great feeling to get back on the field again, however we’ve got a lot of catching up to do after being gone for so long,” senior wide receiver Davis Versaggi said...

Hillsborough County announces Return to Athletics Plan

 Walking up the bleachers blue masking tape X’s mark where spectators will sit. Each group of four spectators submitted by the student athlete will sit between the X’s.

Kate Caranante, Editor in Chief

September 10, 2020

As students headed back to school at the end of August, there was still uncertainty about what would happen as fall sports were set to begin.   However, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, the Hillsborough County school district rolled out their Return to Athletics plan. This plan announced that fall sports contests would begin...

Farewell Football Game Fun

 Hillsborough County Public Schools are limiting attendance to football games. The new spectator guidelines permit each participant to invite four people to attend.

Hartley Hill, Copy Editor

September 9, 2020

While written with positive intentions and for the well-being of participants and fans, the new spectator procedures under the Hillsborough County Public Schools Return to Athletics plan are flawed. They fail to prioritize students and will likely create more disorganization and confusion in a...

Virtual NFL Draft is a success

Holding a draft card, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces defensive end Chase Young as the Washington Redskins pick. The NFL held a virtual draft due to Coronavirus concerns.

Kate Caranante, Sports Editor

May 1, 2020

A chance to play in the NFL is the pinnacle of American football. The NFL Draft gets talented young men one step closer to achieving their dream of playing that national stage.   Every year, the NFL Draft is held with the players, their families, and fans in the audience. As each player is drafted, they walk across the stage and...

XFL files for Bankruptcy

The XFL fills for bankruptcy amid pandemic. This is the second time league has not made it past its first season.

Kate Caranante, Sports Editor

April 28, 2020

The 2020 XFL season was a second attempt at an early twenty first century failure.   The XFL was originally announced in 2000 when WWF Chairman Vince McMahon decided wrestling was not enough for him. He believed the NFL was too strict and dubbed it the “No Fun League.”   The new league was built up as an “extreme” football league that combined wresting an...

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