Category Archives: Sports

On the way to state, again

by Aliyana Gonzalez

2015-2016 Texas champion, member of the girls gymnastics team, Kaitlin Hornsby is now in her last competing season as a senior.

Hornsby says she feels good about this season being that her team is first in state as of now. She admits that there is some competition this year so the ranking may change. According to Kaitlin, Rockwall High School specifically is going to make it “a very interesting year.”

Gymnastics has finished the compulsory section of their meets and is now moving into the optional season.

“Compulsory is level 5 and everyone does the same routines,” she said. “Optional is level 7 (or higher) and you have your own routines and the skills are harder.”

Hornsby is most excited for the optional season because it gives her the opportunity to perform “harder skills.” In state, currently Kaitlin is 13th on vault, 12th on floor, 1st on beam, and 4th all-around.

Kaitlin says that performing on beam is her favorite because it’s what she’s best at.

“I get the most nervous for beam compared to other events, but making a solid beam routine is the best feeling,” she said.

Her least favorite event is bars because they seem to be the hardest to make improvement on.

Hornsby says that she is doing well this season, breaking personal records. What keeps her motivated is knowing that this is her last year competing, so she wants to make it her best; she’s also motivated by the close competition.


Gymnast focuses on team’s goals to go to state

by Sophie RodgersSports Editor

One of Bell’s most successful sports team is the gymnastics team, filled with amazing, driven athletes who have gone further than most. Junior Xavier Pineda is one of them.

“It means so much to me to be on this team because it is filled with the most State Championships out of all the sports at BHS,” he said. “We are one of the best teams in the state.”

Being on a team this skilled comes with a lot of hard work, time management, and dedication.

“I try not to stress too much over school work because it sometimes affects my gymnastics skills, so I only focus on gym at gym and school at school,” he said.

A unique quality about Pineda is his will to push others and himself to the best of their abilities.

“My goal is to help the Bell men’s team go back to state and win districts again,” he said. “We have gotten second since my freshman year and not been to state but this year we are first in district, second in the region (the top three go to state), and eighth in the state.”

He has grown so much from his freshman year, and he is continuing to grow to this day.

“Gymnastics showed me that your mind is so powerful and you can do anything if you put your mind to it,” Pineda said. “Also, it is teaching me what it is like to take on a leadership role.”

He is an “all-arounder” which means he does all events. However, he does have a favorite.

“Since I have big tumbling and clean form in my tumbling, floor is by far my favorite event,” he said.

Pineda also loves his team more than anything, and that’s what keeps him going when things get difficult.

“My favorite thing about gym and my team is that we choose to make it about the team and not ourselves,” he said. “We want to take the team to state, not just an individual.”

This hardworking athlete is by far one the most dedicated out there, and he is ready to see what the future holds for himself and his team.

Burns not your normal athlete

by Sophie RodgersSports Editor

She has played sports her whole life, and now as a junior, Bella Burns is a phenomenal student athlete. No matter the sport, this girl has played it.

“I started playing basketball in seventh grade,” she said, “I just played because it was a junior high sport and then I actually ended up liking it a lot.”

Something unique about Burns is that she plays two varsity sports, volleyball and basketball, along with club volleyball outside of school.

“I have played basketball and volleyball on varsity since I was a freshman, and it has been such a blessing,” she said.

Being on both teams, she believes she has learned some valuable lessons having to do with life and herself.

“I have learned how to cope under pressure and that will help me in the future,” she said. “I feel like I have grown as a person and a teammate.”

One thing that she loves about the basketball team specifically is the environment that she has an opportunity to be a part of.

“It means so much to me to be on this great team,” she said. “The relationships I have made throughout this process and the family environment is irreplaceable.”

However, Burns doesn’t wish to play basketball in college but she is planning on playing volleyball.

“I hope to play volleyball in college because it is my main sport,” she said. “Although I love basketball, volleyball is just where I am most successful in.”

As Burns finishes up her high school years, she will continue to play basketball here at Bell even though she isn’t playing in the future because of her love for her team and the game.

Motivated Noble returns from injury

by Aliyana Gonzalez

A senior and member of the varsity basketball team, Jordan Noble has overcome many physical setbacks yet still is continuing on. Noble has suffered from multiple ACL tears along with surgery on his meniscus.

Noble first tore his ACL in sixth grade during a tackle in football practice; he underwent surgery and recovered. He then tore his ACL again in eighth grade trying to perform a move during football practice, underwent surgery and recovered. His last surgery was for his meniscus, which he tore playing basketball his freshman year. He recovered from this as well.

He says that recovering was a long and hard process, “rehabbing for months.” He explains that not having the ability to play sports for a while set him back a lot in comparison to his teammates.

Noble says that with the support of his family and friends, he was motivated to work towards the strength of his knee every year. He currently has no issues with his ACL or meniscus.

He started playing organized sports again his sophomore year, when he played for L.D. Bell’s basketball team. He says he chose basketball rather than football because after the two tears of his ACL in football, he didn’t want to risk it again.

He is currently still a member of the varsity basketball team and is enjoying his season, especially with a new basketball coach. However, Jordan does not wish to continue his basketball career into college, because he wants to focus on his academics.

Soccer player serves, leads, inspires others

by Sophie RodgersSports Editor

Something special about junior Holly Madden is how kind her heart is. She is always helping others. Whether it be sharing her love for the Lord with younger high school students in Young Life or being a captain for the soccer team, she is always there.

Madden is also an advanced student and a Young Life student leader.

“Managing my schedule is easy because I fill it with things I love,” she said. “I have no reason to make excuses and skip out on anything.”

Madden has played soccer for “13 years”—as long as she can remember, she said. She has played on the varsity soccer team here at Bell for three years and plays club soccer for the Dallas Texans.

“Being a captain is an awesome opportunity because I can lead a great group of girls and hopefully inspire the underclass men to be leaders too,” she said.

Many athletes strive to play at the next level and that is exactly what Madden wants to do.

“Playing at the next level is my dream because I love the game so much,” she said.

A person like her can do anything she wants if she puts her mind to it. As she has grown, she believes playing soccer has made an amazing impact on her life.

“Soccer has taught me how to be mentally tough and the true meaning of being a part of a team,” she said.

Many friends and coaches see Madden as a hard worker and a great friend. She loves the game and her friends more than anything.

She will continue to strive for greatness to get where she wants to go!

HIGHLIGHTS: ‘Outclass Keller’ pep rally

For the Keller pep rally Sept. 15, the theme was class colors, with seniors wearing white, juniors wearing Columbia blue, and sophomores wearing navy blue.

HIGHLIGHTS: ‘Hunt the Panthers’ pep rally


Students showed off their school spirit on “camo day,” Sept. 8.

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Outshine the Cowboys

Highlights from neon day, the Sept. 1 Coppell pep rally.

Photos by Laramie Knox

Fall Sports Info

For information about each of the following sports, check out their team websites.


Girls, boys gymnastics take on state meet


The Lady Raider Gymnastics team just finished an outstanding season, placing first at district and regionals, qualifying them for the state meet where they placed third.

With the whole team qualifying, there were certain individuals who did outstandingly well.

In fact, junior Kyleigh Prather finished first at state in all around and following behind her in 13th was senior Alexis Martin.

Prather placed top 11 in all events during the compulsory part of the meet and top 6 in all events during the optional part. Thus meaning she did exceptionally well.

Her fellow teammate also placed high in all events as well. Martin finished top 13th in compulsory and top 31st in optional.

Many of the other girls on the team placed well in certain events to contribute to their outstanding team score of a 116.500 for Meet 1 and a 112.950 in Meet 2.

“We worked really hard everyday in practice” many of the girls said, “It definitely paid off.”

—Sophie Rodgers


The men’s gymnastics team did not make state but many individuals on the team did. These individuals include Dakota Burnett for vault, Isaiah Bushman for floor, and Adam Tice for all around.

Burnett, a sophomore, qualified for vault in his regional meet. The day of compulsory he scored a 9.9 and the day of optional he scored an 8.8. This gave him a total score of 18.7 putting him 27th out of 94 contestants.

Bushman, a sophomore, qualified for floor during regionals. The day of compulsory he scored a 9.00 and the day of optional he scored a 9.05. This gave him a combined score of 18.05 putting 38th out of 89 contestants.

Junior Adam Tice was the only L.D. Bell gymnast to qualify for all around. He placed 21st on floor, 53rd in pommel horse, 39th on rings, 33rd on vault, 36th on parallel bar, 21st on horizontal bar, and 20th all around out of 167 contestants.

Having no seniors on the team, there is huge potential for this team in the future.

—Christian Pineda