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The Kickapoo Chiefs and Lady Chiefs have enjoyed success over the recent years, but not on their home field. Jose Florez Field, home of the soccer Chiefs has been completely renovated. With Primrose Street widened to five lanes in the next year the soccer field that lies next to Primrose had to be moved over 30 yards. The field was supposed to be completed by May of 2018 but in May of 2019 the field it is still under construction. The field was delayed because of they lost the surveying points of the field two times. The survey points make the field at a one degree grade. Also the sod laid on the field was shorted two trucks delaying the field by months. On top of the the irrigation system was not properly done then delaying the construction even more. This past fall season for the boys and spring for the girls all practices and games have been on the football field. Soccer coach Phil Hodge was hoping to be back on the grass field by the fall but had to be on the football field. “In the fall we had practice at 6 in the morning working with football’s schedule and the girls have to share with track. It isn’t ideal but we make it work,” Hodge said.
With all of this happening over the past year and a half the field is near complete. The soccer chiefs will finally be on Jose Florez field in the fall. The field now has a locker room for the Chiefs and Lady Chiefs with the benches connected to the locker room. There are also new bleachers for fans to sit on. Also the goals are not planted in the ground like the old goals were so the players can move them off the field. The field is fenced all around the field and this will hopefully defer people from getting on the field. “Before anyone could get on the field and now with the fencing people can’t. This will keep our field in the best condition and it will be the best before it used to be,” Hodge said. The field is about to be handed over to the school and by the fall the boys will be playing on the new grass field for the first time. “It is an exciting time to be a Chief, I’m really excited for this new facility. I think it’s going to be the nicest in the area,” Hodge said. Now the soccer Chiefs get their home back and look to have a bright future on their new facility.
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Varsity Track & Field

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The Varsity Track and Field team has attended two major upper-level meets in the month of April. At the Kansas Relays, an invite only meet held at KU, three athletes placed high enough to earn medals. Senior Ethan Bowers placed 3rd in the 400 Meter Dash. Junior Tayte Kozlowski places 6th in the Triple Jump and 7th in Long Jump, and Senior Kennedy Aurentz placed 2nd in Shot Put. At the SBU Class 4 and 5 meet, held at Southwest Baptist University the girls team placed 2nd overall.
Senior Kennedy Aurentz placed 1st in Shot Put and Discus. Senior Katelyn Clark placed 4th in Javelin with a 13 ft personal record. Juniors Tayte Kozlowski, Mia Thompson, Sophomores Chloe Merced and Imani Robinson placed 1st overall in the 4×200 relay. The boys team did not place overall but many placed individually. Senior Cy Warlick placed 2nd in Discus. Senior Ethan Bowers received 2nd in the 400 Meter Dash. Junior Brady Bauder placed 2nd in the 3,200 Meter Dash. Varsity Track and Field Conference is Wednesday, May 1st.
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Feel The Vibrations

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Drumline: one of the most underrated and mentally tasking sports at school.  The season goes from November to April but competition season doesn’t start until February. Their most recent competition was Saturday at Nixa high school.   The main, intense practices are from November through January but practice never stops even during competition season. Rehearsals are every Tuesday, Thursday, and sometimes on Friday. Practice can go from five to nine or six to nine. At the LPA assembly on February 21st, it was mentioned that drumline was ranked 4th in the United States but this changes constantly due to competitions always happening around the world. Big groups from California and Flordia compete which can knock drumline down a rank. Chase Sullins a member of drumline has been apart of drumline for 5 seasons. This includes Marching band and Winter drumline season each year. Judging in the percussion world is very intense. Last year drumline made prelims and semifinals. “Everything is seen from your feet and the way you play the music. They see super small things and add every decimal point it’s very very hard to make finals,” junior Chase Sullins said. Drumline works very hard on what they do and their schedules can be hectic. It takes a lot of time and energy. “It is a lot of time. It’s a huge time commitment and it cost a lot of money be prepared for the time dedication and money. It’s very hard for me on my schedule. I’m pretty much never home. That’s how it is for all of us,” Sullins said. Although it is a lot of work and a huge commitment, there are the experiences and the adrenaline of being on the floor doing what drumline knows best giving all they can when they hit the competition floor. “My favorite part is probably just my experiences. The experiences are really good like going to competitions and stuff. I’ve had a lot of troubles and a lot of good. It gives you a lot of discipline. The intense drumming is kind of like the military it’s like doing military drills it’s tough,” Sullins said.  Drumline doesn’t get the attention they desire at school. Few people go to their competitions other than band kids. Drumline’s hard work seems to be overlooked when compared to other sports. “I would really like to have more kids come out and support drumline. We usually don’t see a lot of kids other than band kids, we usually just see parents. It would be very inspiring to see more kids out there. There’s always a lot of support for football but not for drumline. That would make us really happy,” Sullins said.

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Down the Lanes

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  “If you pick up your bowling ball and you’re on the approach and you don’t know what you’re doing you’re in trouble,” sophomore Spencer Robarge said.

  Robarge is a bowler on the varsity bowling team. He’s been bowling for twelve years.

  “I spent so much time in the bowling center that it became second nature for me to be there for twelve-fourteen hours a day,” Robarge said.

  His mom started him bowling at a young age. While his dad would have preferred he play a different sport, he received endless support from his mom, brother, and grandma.

  “They’ve supported me taking me to tournaments all the time and watching me bowl,” Robarge said.

  He started bowling when he was four and soon after he was bowling competitively.

  “It was a lot of fun being really young and bowling, you didn’t really understand what was on only that you try to hit the most pins,” Robarge said.

  Over the years his love for the sport grew along with his knowledge and skill.

  “As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized it’s much more intriguing and much more intricate than I originally thought,” Robarge said.

  For him, bowling was the only sport he’s ever played.

  “I wasn’t fast enough to play basketball I wasn’t big enough to play football I didn’t have enough stamina for something like baseball I was really good at bowling,” Robarge said.

  “Nobody really understood what it was and as they got older, second or third grade, I got a lot of ridicule for it,” Robarge said.

  Another place he’s been able to find support is with his teammates on the lanes.

  “I’ve been on the team with him since a sophomore year but I’ve known him since freshman year,” junior Graham Mortimore said.

  From the beginning, Mortimore admired Robarge’s ability.

  “I remember first watching him and just being in shock about how good he was,” Mortimore said.

  Mortimore not only sees Robarge as a great bowler but also as an uplifting teammate.

  “He always takes the lead and gets up hyped up and gives us tips on how to improve,” he added.

  Growing up playing a nontraditional sport Robarge has been met with a few misconceptions.

  “Bowling is a sport you can do for the rest of your life. Go to Andy B’s on any afternoon and you’ll see older people that have been playing for years,” Robarge said.

  He combats nervousness with calm confidence in his abilities. His goal going in is always to win.

  “In my eyes, my job is to win the tournament, to make sure this kid who thinks he will win doesn’t,” Robarge said.

  He ensures his confidence in his playing through hard work and practice. Robarge spends anywhere from one to twelve hours a day bowling. Either working in the pro shop or bowling, his life is spent in the bowling center.

  “I really don’t like mediocrity if I can win, put the time in I’ve spent the last 60% of my life bowling, I’ve worked for where I’m at and my job is to work to stay where I’m at,” Robarge said.

  He also spends a lot of time studying.

  “It’s almost like school, you may be at school for seven hours but you’re doing school work for more than seven hours a day,” Robarge said.

  One way he stays calm during games is with a hard working and humble mentality.

  “If it doesn’t work out it doesn’t work out, all you can do is prepare better for the next time,” Robarge said.

  Robarge has had above average scores in tournaments in the last few years with the highest possible score being 300.

  “Between 230 and 250 in the last three or four years,” he said.

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 He has scored 21 official 300 point games and is close to beating the youth bowling record with only ten more to go in the next four years.

  One of his main career goals is to work with storm bowling. Storm bowling is a leading bowling ball and bowling equipment manufacturer.

  “They’ve known me pretty well the last couple of years I have my foot in the door, they would allow me to go on tour which is my main goal,” Robarge said.

  Robarge has appeared in advertisements for this company within the last two years.

  “I want to work for them and hopefully make their company better than it is. With an already great company it’s a tough task ahead,” Robarge said.

  He is also interested in owning a bowling center when he’s older.

  “I’ve been around it my whole life and I feel like I could really run a center successfully,” Robarge said.

  He wants to combine old and new styles of bowling centers by combining cosmic flashy style bowling centers with more traditional lanes for league bowling.

  “A lot of people only do one or the other and don’t do both and I think that’s where the gap is at,” Robarge said.

  Before he works in the bowling industry Robarge wants to go to college. He wants to attend a college with a good bowling team as well as a business program to help him later on. Through his bowling, he could receive either partial scholarships or even a full ride as some schools have already offered.

  “If I keep on I should be able to get a full ride because I’m not only a good bowler but also a good student. I will have academics as well as athletics,” Robarge said.

  Robarge would also urge people who want to try bowling to come out and try it.

  Throughout his athletic career, Robarge has paid for bowling through fundraising through different companies. In the next few months, he plans to start fixing up and reselling used bowling balls from his own home.

Robarge throws another ball

  “I’m going to buy bowling balls plug them make them look good, and sell them,” Robarge said.

  “I would definitely encourage younger kids to come out and try it and see if you like it,” Robarge said.

Bowling has had an impact on his life and he wants to encourage others to play.

  “A wonderful thing about it is all the great people I’ve met,” he said.

  He is thankful for other athletes he’s helped throughout the years and hopes to spread a love for the sport.

  “I just want others to fall in love with the sport and hopefully grow the sport as a whole,” Robarge said.

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Beat Of The Drum

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Nothing gets an assembly going like our drumline.  Our drumline is one of the most appreciated sport of the arts we have at the school.

   The energy they bring to the gym every assembly  is what many students look forward to. The crowd always gets the loudest when you hear that first sound of a drum come from the hallway.

   Senior Alex Southard has been in drumline for six years.   

   “I started playing in sixth grade, but I didn’t really start taking it seriously until I got into high school. But now it’s my life,” Southard said.

   Southard’s skill is shown at assemblies for everyone to see.

   “We play some groovy cadence stuff for assemblies because it’s super fun and everyone loves it,” he said.

   But there is much more to drumline then what is seen at an assembly.

   “Competition is a whole other world,” Southard said.

   The amount of time spent getting ready for competition is monumental compared to assemblies.

   “It takes months to master a show. We perform on a big tarp while playing amazing music, running, and dancing,” Southard said.

   While performing at assemblies and  competitions is fun, Southard’s favorite thing about drumline is the social aspect.

   “The best part about drumline is making memories and the people I’ve met. In these last four years I have made many friends that I will remember forever,” he said.

   Southard plans to continue his drumline career after high school.

   “ I plan to march for Missouri State, and eventually tryout for Gateway Indoor,” Southard  said.

   Gateway Indoor is a percussion group out of St. Louis that competes nationally.

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NBA Playoffs Review

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The NBA season has been an up and down roller coaster this season. The Cavaliers got taken to seven games by the Pacers, yet bounced back in the second round to sweep the number one seed Toronto Raptors. Lebron James has been solidifying his case as the best player of all time averaging over his last 30 postseason games, 33.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.4 assists while shooting 55.7% from the floor. These are some of the best numbers we’ve ever seen and are witnessing one of the best players of all time. The Warriors are back to their dominant ways as they currently lead the Pelicans 3-1 in their series and will look to finish them in game 5. The Celtics currently lead their series 3-1 over the 76ers in a battle of inexperienced playoff teams as they both have multiple players getting their first real taste of the postseason. The Celtics have outcoached and executed the 76ers this entire series and will look to finish them in game 5 as well. The Rockets are currently up on the Jazz 3-1 but this series has been a lot closer than the series would indicate. These two teams have fought back and forth for every game but game 3, but the Rockets firepower has ultimately been too much for the Jazz to handle. These series haven’t been too close, but once the conference finals come around there will be some very competitive basketball.

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FBI Exposes NCAA

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The NCAA FBI probe is one of the biggest scandals in sports that will shake the college basketball world for years to come.
This multi-year investigation finally had some findings as in February the FBI released its report on it. Numerous big name schools such as Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina have been linked to the FBI investigation. Some allegations have had steeper accusations than others. There is also already been some fallout to these accusations. Some parents have been accused of receiving payments as well as players. Miles Bridges from Michigan State could not practice until the NCAA cleared him a couple of days later. Deandre Ayton and Sean Miller drew negative press when a audio recording was released of Sean Miller discussing a 100,000 dollar payment to Deandre Ayton to get him to go to Arizona. Sean Miller took a leave of absence for a week before returning to coaching after nothing official was confirmed.  Wendell Carter has also had to deal with opposing fans taunting him about being involved in the scandal.

This is only just the beginning as no harsh punishments have been handed down and they are not done investigating. NCAA president Mark Emmert was quoted as saying “Everybody from me on down is deeply committed to making big, significant changes,” Emmert said. This could come down hard on some programs resulting in sanctions such as loss of scholarships, vacating wins and titles, and a postseason ban. This will be something top college basketball programs will not take lightly and will be on the lookout for the foreseeable future. Multiple schools will be expected to receive some form of punishment Wins will be vacated, championships will be vacated, coaches will be fired, and recruits will be lost. Most of the student-athletes featured in this scandal will go play professionally soon and will never see any sort of punishment. Although if some athletes stay, they can be counted as ineligible until the NCAA does more investigating.

This scandal could affect more people than who are involved in this. There has been talk of the NCAA tournament being put on hold until everything is resolved. Future recruits could consider other options such as going to the NBA G League and Overseas to help further develop their basketball game and get paid. This could also affect the conferences as some

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of the best teams in the power five conferences will not be able to compete at that same high level.

The college game is losing their amateur calling and will look to crack down hard on those ruining the reputation they had built on the college game being an amateur game.

They have kept that reputation for over 70 years and will not go lightly on these coaches and schools.

This upcoming season will be filled with multiple allegations, recruits having to sit out due to being ineligible, and some coaches finding out they no longer have their job.

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Catchin Up With Kody

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The summer of sports will host the NBA finals, the MLB regular season and the World Cup.   These three events should carry sports fans into the fall while they wait for the return of College Football, College Basketball, and the NFL. The NBA finals viewership has increased over the past five years, The MLB is at its peak with pitchers more dominant than ever and hitters hitting more home runs than ever, and the world cup is always a big headliner when the time for it comes. The issue with the World Cup is that for the first time since 1986, the United States will not be participating due to not qualifying. This will hurt viewership across America, but for those who still watch will still see the best players in the world playing for their respective countries.

The NBA finals have been the Warriors vs the Cavs for the past three years. Those three years it has almost been guaranteed they would face off. This year they are once again the favorite to make it out of their conferences however, they have a lot more competition with the Rockets, Thunder, Raptors, and the 76ers. Nov every series has some meaning to it. This will make the playoffs more intriguing to watch and have people watching before the final series.

The MLB season will be one dominated by the games best players and have a new style of player brought to the game. Shohei Ohtani is the first player since 1920 to both start games pitching and hitting. He will pitch every fifth day and hit every other day. He will bring a lot of attention to the Angels and will redefine the term valuable. The Yankees own the most powerful offense in baseball and should provide entertainment across the entire. Look for stars such as Mike Trout,  Bryce Harper, and Shohei Ohtani to gain major sports media attention for how well they are playing.

The summer of sports will be an entertaining and exciting period. It doesn’t have everybody’s favorite sports, but there will still be something for somebody looking for a sport to watch. Some of sports biggest stars will be featured and will always put on a show for those watching.

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The Jacks’ NFL Offseason Review

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Head Coach Mike Zimmer, (Far Left), General Manager Rick Spielman (Right) and co-owner Mark Wilf (Far Right) introduce Quarterback Kirk Cousins (Left) at a March 15 press conference. Photo courtesy of the Tribune News Service

Head Coach Mike Zimmer, (Far Left), General Manager Rick Spielman (Right) and co-owner Mark Wilf (Far Right) introduce Quarterback Kirk Cousins (Left) at a March 15 press conference. Photo courtesy of the Tribune News Service

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The 2018 NFL offseason has been every bit as hectic and chaotic as the season itself, and it featured something we have never seen before: a healthy franchise Quarterback becoming a free agent.

Kirk Cousins was set free by the Washington Redskins because they didn’t want to pay him top dollar in terms of Quarterback salary, so the Minnesota Vikings swooped in and signed him to a three year, $84 million contract.

This deal makes Cousins the highest paid player in the league in terms of average annual salary, and marked the first time in NFL history in which a player received a fully guaranteed contract, which means the Vikings have to pay him all of that $84, even if he gets hurt or gets cut.

This deal was the biggest free agency deal of the year, and it makes the Vikings bona-fide Super Bowl contenders. Minnesota wasn’t the only team that improved their title odds in free agency, however.

The Los Angeles Rams may be the biggest winners of free agency, bringing in dominant Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh from the Miami Dolphins, two of the best Cornerbacks in the league in Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib and game-breaking Wide Receiver Brandin Cooks all in the same offseason. These moves show that the Rams are going for broke trying to bring a title to Los Angeles.

The Denver Broncos also got a new Quarterback in Case Keenum, and his presence should push Denver back into the playoffs with a defense that is postseason ready right now. And with the hiring of coach Matt Nagy, a whole new offensive staff to join him and a brand new cast of playmakers starring Allen Robinson, the Chicago Bears will finally have a functional offense that could bring them back into playoff contention.

However, for every team that signs a new player that helps them inch closer to glory, there is a team that loses a winning piece to their puzzle.

The mighty New England Patriots were gutted by free agency, losing Left Tackle Nate Solder, Running Back Dion Lewis, Cornerback Malcolm Butler and Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia. The Pittsburgh Steelers could also be in danger of losing star Running Back Le’Veon Bell, who is very unhappy with his current contract situation.

Seattle is also feeling the effects of free agency, as key members of their vaunted defense like Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett and Sheldon Richardson all walked out the door. Miami also made some curious moves, releasing one of the best players at his position in Suh, while also trading away Jarvis Landry for little in return and trying to replace him with inferior receivers like Danny Amendola.

The Jacks’ 2018 NFL Mock Draft

1.)   Cleveland Browns: Josh Allen – Quarterback – Wyoming

2.)   New York Giants: Saquon Barkley – Running Back – Penn State

3.)   New York Jets: Sam Darnold – Quarterback – USC

4.)   Cleveland Browns: Bradley Chubb – Defensive End – NC State

5.)   Denver Broncos: Quenton Nelson – Offensive Guard – Notre Dame

6.)   Indianapolis Colts: Denzel Ward – Cornerback – Ohio State

7.)   Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick – Safety – Alabama

8.)   Chicago Bears: Tremaine Edmunds – Linebacker – Virginia Tech

9.)   San Francisco 49ers: Derwin James – Safety – Florida State

10.)   Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith – Linebacker – Georgia

11.)   Miami Dolphins: Josh Rosen –  Quarterback – UCLA

12.)   Buffalo Bills: Baker Mayfield – Quarterback – Oklahoma

13.)   Washington Redskins: Vita Vea – Defensive Tackle – Washington

14.)   Green Bay Packers: Marcus Davenport – Defensive End – UTSA

15.)   Arizona Cardinals: Calvin Ridley – Wide Receiver – Alabama

16.)   Baltimore Ravens: Mike McGlinchey – Offensive Tackle – Notre Dame

17.)   Los Angeles Chargers: Da’Ron Payne – Defensive Tackle – Alabama

18.)   Seattle Seahawks: Connor Williams- Offensive Tackle- Texas

19.)   Dallas Cowboys: Courtland Sutton – Wide Receiver – SMU

20.)   Detroit Lions: Jaire Alexander – Cornerback – Louisville

21.)   Cincinnati Bengals: Isaiah Wynn – Offensive Guard – Georgia

22.)   Buffalo Bills: Josh Jackson – Cornerback – Iowa

23.)   New England Patriots: Leighton Vander Esch – Linebacker – Boise State

24.)   Carolina Panthers: Christian Kirk – Wide Receiver – Texas A&M

25.)   Tennessee Titans: Rashaan Evans – Linebacker – Alabama

26.)   Atlanta Falcons: Maurice Hurst – Defensive Tackle – Michigan

27.)   New Orleans Saints: Mike Gesicki – Tight End – Penn State

28.)   Pittsburgh Steelers: Harold Landry – Defensive End – Boston College

29.)   Jacksonville Jaguars: Lamar Jackson – Quarterback – Louisville

30.)   Minnesota Vikings: Will Hernandez – Offensive Guard – UTEP

31.)   New England Patriots: Derrius Guice – Running Back – LSU

32.)   Philadelphia Eagles: Nick Chubb – Running Back – Georgia

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Should College Athletes Get Paid?

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DeAndre Ayton cuts down the net after Arizona wins the PAC-12 Championship Game. Ayton is one of the numerous players named in the NCAA’s pay-for-play scandal.
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DeAndre Ayton cuts down the net after Arizona wins the PAC-12 Championship Game. Ayton is one of the numerous players named in the NCAA’s pay-for-play scandal. Photo courtesy of the Tribune News Service

DeAndre Ayton cuts down the net after Arizona wins the PAC-12 Championship Game. Ayton is one of the numerous players named in the NCAA’s pay-for-play scandal. Photo courtesy of the Tribune News Service

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A recent scandal has shaken college sports to its very core, and has brought one of the most hotly debated questions in sports back into national light: should college athletes be paid for what they do?

This scandal involves several big name basketball universities allegedly paying big-time recruits to ensure their commitment to their school or providing special financial benefits to the athletes, both of which are major violations of NCAA (National College Athletics Association) rules. The headliner in this investigation, which the FBI has become involved in, is the University of Arizona and head coach Sean Miller, who allegedly paid 5-star center and future NBA lottery pick Deandre Ayton $100,000 to guarantee his commitment to the university.

Several other name brand basketball schools have been named in the investigation, with Kansas, Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky headlining a list of about 20 other universities. This pay-for-play scandal could result in major punishments for the schools, including loss of scholarships for the school or having to vacate wins from previous seasons.

After news of the investigation broke, every sports talk show, and news publication  gave their opinion on whether or not these athletes should be allowed to get paid.

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The NCAA made over $1 Billion in revenue on just March Madness alone last year, according to Investopedia. And that was with a National Championship game with the lowest television rating in 20 years.

Over the next 14 years, the NCAA will make $10.8 Billion on a television contract with CBS and TBS. And since they are considered a “not-for-profit” organization, the NCAA doesn’t even have to pay taxes on that money.

According to data collected by 24/7 Wall Street, the highest paid public employee in 39 of the 50 states is the head coach of a college sports team.

All of these numbers help prove the point supporters of a pay-for-play system are trying to make: the NCAA is a corrupt organization that make universities rich and its coaches richer, while the athletes that make the money don’t see a dime of it.

Stores are selling jerseys with players’ names on the back of it, fans are buying tickets just to see them play and television networks are paying billions just for the right to showcase the athletes’ talents. But, athletes like former Central Florida kicker Donald De La Haye lost his NCAA eligibility because he “used his image to make money” by making a YouTube channel and posting videos about football.

This side of the argument isn’t just about money, however. It is also impossible for some student athletes to take advantage of the education they are given due to the time and effort that is required to be put into a college sport.

According to The Nation, some athletes are devoting forty or sixty hours a week into their sport. How are they supposed to balance that and a full class schedule without letting one of the two slip?

Nobody is concerned with the top prospects getting paid in college: most of them will be millionaires before the age of 25. The main point of concern is for the rest of the players, the ones who have no professional career ahead of them, but are put behind in their majors because of the immense dedication it takes to play a college sport.

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The most popular argument for those who oppose compensation for NCAA athletes is that these are college students, not professionals. Scholarship athletes are already getting a free college education, why do they deserve to get paid on top of that?

They get to leave their university with no debt, and they receive certain benefits that other students aren’t given. Free room and board, access to meals via the school’s cafeteria, treatment from some of the best medical staffs in the country and they get to gain exposure to scouts from professional teams.

Some of these kids are getting the opportunity to receive a higher education from some of the finest universities in the country, an opportunity the lower-income athletes couldn’t even dream of otherwise.

ESPN writer Pat Forde tells a story about high school basketball player Allan Guei, who gave away $40,000 of prize money he won in a free throw shooting contest. He gave it to the people he beat out because Guei received a full athletic scholarship to Cal State-Northridge.

“I feel like I was well taken care of to go to school and play the game I love for free,” Guei said. “The position I was in was different from a lot of good kids who needed it more than I did.”

An athlete should not be treated any differently than someone attending a university on an academic scholarship, or even a regular student paying their way onto campus.

There is also almost no way to fairly compensate every athlete on campus. Does the university pay the All-American football player the same as the third string quarterback?

Or what about the less popular sports, like golf for instance. Would a golfer attending Michigan State get paid the same amount as a basketball player, even though the basketball player brings in more money for the university?

Student athletes should be content with getting a free college education and to play the sport that they love.

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SPS has introduced Chromebooks to their curriculum for all students to use this year. This gives every student the opportunity to have Internet access on a computer and can use Google Docs to store and save all their work. This has been a debate all school year, in which some people enjoy them while others don’t. I asked a few people what they thought about the Chromebooks. “They are useful resources, but they are not needed very often.” Senior Ian Martus said. They have their uses for the classroom but can take away from the learning experience by distracting students with the gaming capabilities and being able to browse the internet. The Chromebooks are not a favorite among people, but they get the job done. They will be in the school’s curriculum for the foreseeable future.

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NBA Playoffs Review

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The NBA season has been an up and down roller coaster this season. The Clippers decided to go into rebuild mode by deciding to trade their star Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons. This is Detroit’s biggest acquisition in the past decade. This will help Detroit make the last minute playoff push they’ve been looking for this year. They have been on the outside looking in and will look to sneak into one of the last spots available.

The New Orleans Pelicans looked destined for the playoffs as they were the number four seed in the Western Conference. This was before the big injury to star center Demarcus Cousins. This will take the Pelicans out of the playoff picture in what was one of the most promising seasons in franchise history.

The most surprising story of the season has to be the struggle of the Cleveland Cavaliers during this season. They have not gotten off to the start they would have liked as new point guard Isiah Thomas started off the season injured with a hip injury. They have also not all gotten along as some teammates have accused Kevin Love as not being dedicated enough to the team. They will look to turn this around if they want to make it back to the finals.

The Warriors will look to repeat as the NBA champions with another strong start this season. The Houston Rockets are looking like the favorite to dethrone the Warriors this season. With adding Chris Paul the Rockets have become one of the best teams in the NBA. James Harden is having an MVP caliber season for them, including being the first player in NBA history to have a 60 point triple double. He is the frontrunner at the moment, but the NBA is one of the most unpredictable sports, which means anyone could take the lead by next month.

The NBA playoff picture will change so many times by the time the season ends. The first round always has some classic seven-game series that we all will remember forever.

These epic series will lead to one epic NBA final showdown. The NBA finals almost never disappoints and gives us the best basketball possible. The best players in the world will be giving us all we could ask for and deliver one great series.

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Winter Olympics Scoreboard

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Chloe Kim, of the USA, and teammate Arielle Gold, right, celebrate after placing first and third in the Women's Snowboard Halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games on February 13, 2018.
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Chloe Kim, of the USA, and teammate Arielle Gold, right, celebrate after placing first and third in the Women's Snowboard Halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games on February 13, 2018. Photo Courtesy of the Tribune News Service

Chloe Kim, of the USA, and teammate Arielle Gold, right, celebrate after placing first and third in the Women's Snowboard Halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games on February 13, 2018. Photo Courtesy of the Tribune News Service

Chloe Kim, of the USA, and teammate Arielle Gold, right, celebrate after placing first and third in the Women's Snowboard Halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games on February 13, 2018. Photo Courtesy of the Tribune News Service

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With the Winter Olympics having come to an end, let’s take a look back at the ten countries that had the most success!

1.) Norway – 39 Total Medals (14 Gold, 14 Silver, 11 Bronze)

2.) Germany – 31 Total Medals (14 Gold, 10 Silver, 7 Bronze)

3.) Canada – 29 Total Medals (11 Gold, 8 Silver, 10 Bronze)

4.) United States – 23 Total Medals (9 Gold, 8 Silver, 6 Bronze)

5.) Netherlands – 20 Total Medals (8 Gold, 6 Silver, 6 Bronze)

6.) South Korea – 17 Total Medals (5 Gold, 8 Silver, 4 Bronze

7.) Olympic Athletes from Russia – 17 Total Medals (2 Gold, 6 Silver, 9 Bronze)

8.) Switzerland – 15 Total Medals (5 Gold, 6 Silver, 4 Bronze)

9.) France – 15 Total Medals (5 Gold, 4 Silver, 6 Bronze)

10.) Sweden – 14 Total Medals (7 Gold, 6 Silver, 1 Bronze)

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NBA All-Star Weekend Review

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  The NBA (National Basketball Association) All-Star Game is back in all its former glory. The buildup to the actual game didn’t go as well, but at least the game itself was competitive.

  The first event of  All-Star Weekend was the Skills Competition, where the competing players would go through an obstacle course of sorts, combining passing, shooting and dribbling skills to crown the most “skilled” player competing. The Brooklyn Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie beat out the Chicago Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen in the finals of the competition to win the crown.

  While it was a relatively boring event, the Skills Competition at least gave the audience a chance to see the taller players compete against shorter guards in a competition based on skill. It also gave us a look at some of the younger, more exciting players who could morph into stars once they hit their prime.

  The 3-Point contest was much more exciting than the Skills Competition, but even then there were some performances that let the crown down (looking at you, Paul George). After it was all said and done, the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker ended up winning the long ball contest, and ended up breaking the contest record by scoring 28 points off of 20/25 shooting.

  Booker’s performance highlighted an exciting finals of the competition, with the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson coming in a close second with 25 points.

  The Dunk Contest was supposed to be the highlight of the night, a showcase of creativity and skill that has captivated audiences worldwide in recent years. From Blake Griffin jumping over a car to the duel Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine’s memorable duel, the competition has riveted us in past years.

  This year was different, however. Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz beat out the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr. in the finals of the competition to secure the title, but the contest lacked a lot of creativity and there was not a truly memorable dunk that people will remember. The main event of that night was shown up by Booker’s flamethrower performance in the 3-Point contest, and capped off what was a disappointing night for the All-Star Weekend.

  Luckily for the NBA and its fans, the actual game itself finally returned to legitimacy and made up for a somewhat boring Dunk Contest and Skills Challenge. After years of high-scoring affairs where little to no defense was played and too many three point shots and dunks plagued the game, the players actually took it seriously.

  The game was losing viewers because the games weren’t competitive, but everything changed this year. Team captain LeBron James had a steal in the first minute of the game, and that set the tone for the rest of the game. It let everyone know that this was a real basketball game, and effort had to be put forth.

  It was a close game throughout, with Team LeBron beating Team Steph 148-145. Believe it or not, the game ended on a defensive play, with LeBron and Kevin Durant shutting down Steph Curry on the final possession.

  The effort and defense was a welcomed sight for the fans, and it saved the game’s ratings. Maybe the increased competitiveness was related to the new format of the game.

  The top vote getters in each conference (LeBron James in the East, Steph Curry in the West), and they picked their teams from the remaining pool of players, playground style. Whether or not that made the difference, all that matters is that the NBA All-Star Game was watchable for the first time in years.

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Olympic Skier Finds Loophole in System

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Elizabeth Swaney, a skier from the United States found a loophole in the system and somehow made the Hungarian Olympic Team.

 

Swaney started halfpipe skiing five years ago knowing there was one way for her to make the Olympics, a dream of hers.

 

She traveled around the world competing in World Cup Circuits. She found the smallest events possible because to be eligible for the Olympics, she needed to finish in the top 30 in ever event without falling.

 

With a few injuries and a little bit of luck Swaney found a spot on the Olympic Team. Throughout her runs in the games, she did no tricks and just went up and down the halfpipe. She did not qualify for the finals.

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Adam Rippon Denies Mike Pence

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Adam Rippon is an American figure skater who participated in the past Winter Olympics and also happens to be gay. He is in the headlines all across America, but not for what he has done on the ice. He was not pleased when he heard Vice President Mike Pence would lead the 2018 U.S. Olympic delegation to South Korea. Rippon was quoted as saying “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon said. “I’m not buying it.” This comes

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after controversial comments made by Mike Pence concerning conversion therapy for Homophobic people.

Rippon would not meet with Pence before his event due to these concerns. This has caused media outlets across America to discuss with Pence and Rippon on the situation. It appears that they have solved their problems, as Rippon said he would now accept a call from Mike Pence if he were to call him.

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Track and Field Preview

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Senior Liam Lynch warms up for a track and field practice after school at Kickapoo High School

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The Kickapoo Track & Field team had a terrific run, with girls winning the conference title and the boys coming in second. All in all, nine runners went to the state meet, and senior runner Liam Lynch expects a similar season.

While the team has not had their first meet yet, Lynch says their training has already begun.

“Distance offseason has pretty much been working ever since the cross country season ended, and sprints work started mid-January,” Lynch said.

Lynch also believes that the team will at least match the success they had last year.

“We expect to send multiple people and relays back to state this year, in addition to those who barely missed out last year. A conference championship is likely this year,” Lynch said.

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March Madness Preview

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Duke forward Marvin Bagley III,  blocks a shot by Michigan State’s Nick Ward (44) in the State Farm Champions Classic at the United Center in Chicago on November 14, 2017.
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Duke forward Marvin Bagley III, blocks a shot by Michigan State’s Nick Ward (44) in the State Farm Champions Classic at the United Center in Chicago on November 14, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Tribune News Service

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Every March, the 64 best men’s college basketball teams face off in a postseason tournament to decide the national champion.

In what is typically referred to as “March Madness”, this win-or-go-home tournament is one of the most exciting events in all of sports. From underdogs and cinderella stories to the blue-blood programs flexing their muscles, March Madness is a magical time of year.

This year, we get to see an awesome blend of the traditional powerhouse programs like Duke or Kansas showing that they are still on top of college basketball, but we also get to see programs like Purdue and Cincinnati who are maybe not as well known across the country, but still excelling on the national stage.

As we approach this year’s tournament, teams start to emerge as legitimate contenders to win it all.

Led by a senior-laden starting lineup filled with length and athleticism, the Purdue Boilermakers look primed to make a run at the title. Maybe the most well-rounded team in the country, Virginia, will give any team trouble as well.

If one player on a team gets hot, they have the ability to put a team on their back and carry a team through the tournament. Players like Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton have the ability to lift their teams to great heights despite being freshmen.

Maybe the nation’s best player, Oklahoma’s Trae Young has a chance to become the only player in Division I history to lead the country in points and assists per game. He could take over the tournament and guide Oklahoma to a title despite a lack of talent around him.

You can never count Kansas or North Carolina out of any tournament game, as they have two of the best coaches in college basketball in Bill Self and Roy Williams, respectively.

Another team to watch this year is Villanova. The Wildcats have the most efficient offense in the country. They are lights out from three point range shooting 40 percent on 30 three point shots a game. They have a deep team this year, and even with injuries they still managed to sustain their high level of play.

The next team with a chance to win it all is Michigan State. The Spartans are a team with NBA talent in Miles Bridges  and Jaren Jackson Jr., as well as excellent coaching with Tom Izzo. He has a history of success in the tournament with two national championships and a streak of 20 consecutive invitations to the tournament.

With a tournament pool bound to be filled with talented teams and players, March Madness is shaping up to be must-see TV.

“The fun starts with Selection Sunday on March 11. The tournament culminates with the Final Four in San Antonio, semifinals on March 31, title game April 2,” Jenny Green, The Indy Star.

Kansas’ Marcus Garrett drives past Texas A&M’s D.J. Hogg (1) for a layup during a game on January 27, 2018, at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas
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NFL Season Recap

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The 2017-18 National Football League (NFL) season featured one of the most topsy-turvy, upside down seasons in recent memory.

Let’s start off with the biggest storyline from early this year: the protests. Many players took it upon themselves to kneel during the National Anthem to protest inequality across the country.

Many fans were angered by the way the players chose to voice their opinions, and that may have contributed to the 9.7% decrease in ratings the NFL experienced this season.

Injuries to some of the league’s biggest stars could have affected ratings as well, as we saw All-Pro players like Green Bay Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, New York Giants Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Houston Defensive End J.J. Watt miss significant amounts of time.

While these superstars were sorely missed by fans, the young talent in the league showed us that the NFL is in good hands moving forward. The most explosive rookie season in recent memory authored by Houston Quarterback Deshaun Watson and an MVP-caliber season by second year Philadelphia Quarterback Carson Wentz (who both had their seasons tragically ended early by torn ACLs) were evidence that the league has superstars ready to take over as faces of the league once legends like Tom Brady or Larry Fitzgerald retire.

These injuries led to some of the expected playoff contenders to miss out on the postseason, as only four of the twelve teams that made the playoffs this year were in it last year. Teams like the Los Angeles Rams and  Jacksonville Jaguars ended lengthy playoff droughts and showed promising signs for future success.

Tom Brady, Case Keenum, Nick Foles and Blake Bortles were the last four quarterbacks left. Obviously, the 5-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady was the outlier of these four.

The fact that these were the four quarterbacks left standing at the end of the season shows that teams do not need a superstar quarterback to succeed in this league.  If a team has a great defense, all they need to find is a quarterback that can manage the game and not turn the ball over. A great defense can carry a mediocre offense. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings are perfect examples of this.

Carson Wentz’ backup, Nick Foles, took over in Week 15 of the regular season and guided the top-seeded Eagles to the big game to face off against Brady,’s Patriots with the storyline of a former backup looking for revenge trying to take down the NFL’s reigning dynasty and the most accomplished coach and quarterback of all time.

Speaking of Tom Brady, the New England Quarterback added another brilliant season to his Hall of Fame resume, and has his team on the cusp of a sixth Super Bowl victory in one of the weirdest matchups in the league’s history.

Against all odds, Nick Foles led his group of underdogs to an upset of the favorited Patriots 41-33 to win the Eagles franchises’ first Super Bowl, with Foles being named MVP.

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