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Student Athlete Pros and Cons

Student Athlete Pros and Cons

Stacia Simmons February 2, 2024

Being a student-athlete is an opportunity that should be taken advantage of, but it can also come with a lot of hardships. Being a high school student is already a lot to manage but trying to juggle a sport at the same time can start to get very stressful....

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The Life of an Athlete

The Life of an Athlete

Stacia Simmons February 1, 2024

Have you ever wondered what athletes do in their free time? Lily Johnson, a Senior here at Lakota West, plays Varsity girls basketball. She has been playing basketball for 12 years, and high school varsity all four years. She plans to attend college and...

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Wrestling Expectations this Year: Coach Meyer Shares his Thoughts

Wrestling Expectations this Year: Coach Meyer Shares his Thoughts

From hundreds of wins to the first GMC victory since 2009, the 2022-2023 Lakota West wrestling season was phenomenal. The victories didn’t come with ease, for there was a lot of dedication, inspiration, and hard work. With a prominent wrestling coaching...

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Athlete Spotlight: Brayden Rice

Athlete Spotlight: Brayden Rice

Sydney Simpson May 18, 2023

Brayden Rice is a senior track and cross-country athlete. As a recent commit to Northern Kentucky (NKU) ro run D1 in both events, he is excited to make a name for himself and get to know the team at NKU. He strives to get into the NIL and be a consistent...

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Athlete Spotlight: Leah Fisher

Athlete Spotlight: Leah Fisher

Sydney Simpson May 18, 2023

Leah Fisher is a senior soccer player at Lakota West High School. She has played soccer for Lakota West for all 4 years as well as ran track for all 4 years. She is currently committed to playing college soccer at Ohio Dominican University (ODU) where...

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Athlete Feature: Lauren Mang - She’s a Runner She’s a Track Star

Athlete Feature: Lauren Mang – She’s a Runner She’s a Track Star

Sydney Simpson, Social Media Manager March 31, 2023

When asked, people usually say they hate running; but, for Lauren Mang, it’s quite the opposite. Lauren is an unstoppable force when it comes to the track and cross-country course. Ever since she was in elementary school doing Girls on the Run, Lauren...

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Athlete Spotlight: Emily Steen

Athlete Spotlight: Emily Steen

Sydney Simpson March 1, 2023

Emily Steen is a senior at Lakota West High School. Her high school athletic career has consisted of soccer for two years, swimming for one year, and rugby for three years. Since Lakota West does not have a rugby team Emily had to find a different way...

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Athlete Spotlight: Four Sport Athlete Anna Wells

Athlete Spotlight: Four Sport Athlete Anna Wells

Sydney Simpson January 30, 2023

Anna Wells is a senior at Lakota West and she definitely puts the “athlete” in student athlete. She is committed to Thomas More University to play Lacrosse. Not only does she play lacrosse in the spring for West and in the summer for Velocity, but...

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Athlete Spotlight: Malik Hartford

Athlete Spotlight: Malik Hartford

JT Washing October 27, 2021

There are many great athletes on the football team, and there are many great athletes on the lacrosse team, but there is only one that is a stand-out player on both teams. His name is Malik Hartford. Malik is a junior here at Lakota West and already has...

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Athlete Spotlight: Tegra Tshabola

Athlete Spotlight: Tegra Tshabola

Tegra Tshabola is a senior on the Lakota West varsity football team. Tegra has played football ever since he was just seven years old, yet he has always played with a purpose, his family. He is a stand-out when it comes to the game because of his work...

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Athlete Spotlight: Morgan Allison and Paige Striley

Athlete Spotlight: Morgan Allison and Paige Striley

Cole Cronk February 4, 2021

Recently‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Lakota‌ ‌West‌ ‌Swim‌ ‌Program,‌ ‌there‌ ‌were‌ ‌two‌ ‌huge‌ ‌collegiate‌ ‌ commitments‌ ‌made‌ ‌by‌...

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Kailyn Dudukovich Athlete Spotlight

Kailyn Dudukovich Athlete Spotlight

JT Washing December 17, 2020

Kailyn Dudukovich is the closest thing to a celebrity there is at Lakota West, but being an all-star in soccer is not enough for her “perfectionist” mind. The key is she “needs to find a balance between sports and school.” The Ohio State University...

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