By: Mitchell Steinberg
*January 4, 2021 is a big day if all remains the same over Christmas Break, it will bring the first action in Howard County High school sports since March thirteen this past year. Still a bitter taste stays with students as the postponement of high school sports has continued along with the delays of a return to school. Currently, Howard County students are staying virtual until the end of the third quarter. This vote came as a shock since the reevaluation was not supposed to be until January 26 at the end of quarter two, but instead the vote may have come too soon and jeopardized a chance at returning to school in the third quarter if it all this year. Since once the decision is made it is hard to reverse it and change direction for thousands of students and teachers.
By: J.T. Shatzer
After a decade of high-flying dunks, flashy passes, clutch performances, and all-star caliber seasons, The Washington Wizards have parted ways with John Wall, as they send him to the Houston Rockets in exchange for former league MVP Russell Westbrook. The trade came into fruition after both Wall and Westbrook expressed their desire to leave their respective franchises. From an outside perspective, the trade can be seen as a win-win situation for both teams, as both the Wizards and Rockets are looking to make major jumps this coming season. Wizards fans all across the DMV took to social media to express their gratitude for John Wall’s contributions to both the team and the community over the years.
By: Mitchell Steinberg
The 2020 NBA Bubble has been the center of the sports world since sports were able to return during the pandemic. The Bubble was the central location where the NBA decided to resume and finish its season that was halted by the pandemic. As a lot has happened in the country during the pandemic with police brutality and racial equality, many players have used the Bubble to promote movements throughout the pandemic and even playoff games have been postponed in an act or protest for racial justice. The Bubble has not been bullet proof though as some players have broken guidelines to get food or sneak in outsiders to their rooms. Overall atmosphere of the Bubble is off as the arena has been compared to a high school basketball court. With the walls being closer to behind the backboard and overall smaller arena has been proved to increase depth perception, which many fans and NBA enthusiasts believe is the reason for all of the high performance shooting in the Bubble.
By Evan Whatley
2017 World Series champions, the Houston Astros were the epitome of the Major League and at the top of baseball, until about a month ago. The Houston Astros have been accused by multiple players, trainers, and analysts to have cheated during the entire 2017 Major league baseball playoffs in order to win a World Series championship.
By Liam Day and Justin Robertson
On January 26th, 2020, the basketball community and the entire world lost an icon in Lakers’ star, Kobe Bryant. The forty one year old legend was killed in a tragic helicopter crash in Malibu California, along with his thirteen year old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.
By JT Shatzer
After starting their first four games on the road, The Gladiators Men’s Basketball team found themselves in a tenacious fight against Chapelgate Christian Academy in their home opener. Despite being an out of conference matchup, the atmosphere in the gym was filled with excitement, and some students even showed up nearly an hour early to ensure an opportunity to support the Gladiators in their first game at home. As the Gladiators jogged into the gym after meeting in the locker room before the game, the gym erupted with energy. As warmups concluded, the starting five players of each team were introduced, and both groups took the court for the ensuing tipoff.
When fifteen year old New Jersey high school baseball player, Jake Mesar, slid into third base during a 2012 Junior Varsity (JV) game, he most definitely was not thinking about the possible fallout of his legs falling into the dirt and digging into the rubber bag. However, that slide would unknowingly change his future for the rest of his life, as he received a severe broken ankle. Yes, that type of injury is painful, and yes, his injury did require multiple surgeries, but it will not be the story of the broken ankle told by those involved. Instead, people will tell the story of the high school coach who told Mesar to slide, and the lawsuit that followed the incident, seven years later.
By Mitchell Steinberg & Charlie Leimbach
Should college athletes make money off of their fame? This was the debate until a recent policy was imposed to let college athletes profit off of their likeness and fame starting January 1st, 2023. This policy came as a surprise to many people considering the fact that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has been considering this, but never actually implemented it, until now.
By Eric Hicks and Jackson Carstea
On Wednesday, November 11, 2019 the Washington Nationals won their first ever franchise World Series championship. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning the St. Louis Cardinals were down to their final out in game four of the National League Championship Series. Danial Hudson, the Nationals’ closer, threw the final pitch of the game which ultimately ended up in the glove of Victor Robles, the Nationals’ center fielder. The Astros went down 2-0 in the series to the Washington Nationals.
By Jeffrey Winkler and Jon Nagle
On October 4th at 7:41 PM, Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted an image supporting the citizens of Hong Kong who are fighting for freedom from the Chinese government. This tweet was quickly deleted, and Morey apologized for his actions. Despite the apology, China canceled the streaming of all Houston Rockets games in China. This further extended to China’s television network, the CCTV, refusing to stream any NBA preseason games. China also told NBA commissioner Adam Silver that Morey must be fired and completely removed from all interactions with the league, which the NBA refused to do.
By Tegan Swope and Chase Campbell
The Glenelg Gladiators football team finished their regular season with a record of 6-3. After many challenging games, the team is confident that they are well prepared for the start of the playoffs. Like all teams, their primary goal is to make it to the state championship. All coaches, players, and fans have high hopes for the teams success.
By JT Shatzer and Zach Kersh
As the regular season for Glenelg fall sports teams comes to a conclusion, the mentality of players, coaches, and fans alike must shift into “playoff mode.” At this stage of the season, results in the regular season no longer matter, being that the fate of each team’s season lies on the outcome of their playoff games. How will the results of last year’s end of season results compare to this year?
By Sarah Kang
The Glenelg Varsity Football team, one of the strongest teams in Howard County, had an outstanding season with limited unfortunate losses. Despite these losses, on October 25th at 7:00 in the evening, the team celebrated an unforgettable Senior Night, as well as a victorious win over Wilde Lake High School, ending the regular season strongly.
By Liam Day
Arguably the most important person on the court during basketball season, is the one that draws up the plays. Especially when it comes to high school basketball, the head coach can get more out of his players than they know they are capable of. Over the last 15 years, coach Jansen McMillan has done exactly this and taken a school not generally known for the individual talent they bring to the court, and turned them into a team that can compete with anyone in the county on any given night. His former All County Forward, Ryan Davis expressed that “McMillan was a great coach and he deserves respect for what he’s done for Glenelg and for me as a player.” Despite his success, he has decided to step down as Glenelg’s head coach to pursue his interest in becoming an administrator at Wilde Lake High school.
By David Toronto
There are some pretty immaculate and rare stories out there, but none compare to the underdog stories of Devlin Hodges and Kurt Warner, two NFL quarterbacks that found a very abnormal way into the spotlight.
By Mitchell Steinberg
Athletes and sports fans around the world have their superstitions. NBA legend, Michael Jordan, wore his UNC shorts under his uniform in every game. Houston Astros ace, Justin Verlander, orders three crunchy taco supremes, a cheesy gordita crunch, and a Mexican pizza the night before each start.
By Zach Kersh
Fall sports have kicked off in full swing. Even with heartbreaking ends and surprising finales, last season is in the past. It’s a new school year, a new season, and a new chance for students to redefine themselves as athletes. How will Glenelg’s fall sports’ teams compare to the previous year?
By Chase Hensing
After a disappointing end to a great season, the Glenelg Gladiators have returned to the colosseum with one goal in mind; winning a state championship. The Gladiators have started off the 2019 season hot, opening up with two straight wins against tough opponents such as Marriotts Ridge and Smyrna. Head Coach Cullen says,“These early wins are very important to build momentum that we hope can carry us into another championship.” The Gladiators have had to adapt to many new challenges in order for them to get back to their winning ways.
By Allie Kang
On September 19th at 10:15 in the morning, Glenelg’s Girl’s Freshman/Sophomore Cross Country (XC) Team lined up at the starting line and waited for the gunfire to initiate the start of the three-mile race. After an arduous run through the Centennial campus, the girl’s team placed second with a score of 61 points-- following Broadneck High School by 37 points (The smaller amount of points a school has the better). Throughout the meet, however, Glenelg’s Girl’s Team was closely trailed by Atholton, with a difference of 7 points.
By David Toronto
Josh Gordon was on the streets, lost, with his dreams crushed. Gordon learned the hard way when it came to drug usage, as it destroyed his Pro football career. But that never stopped Gordon from clawing and fighting his way back into the NFL spotlight.