Category Archives: Sports

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.

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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

Girls

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

Boys

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

Runners qualify for area

by Christian Pineda

L.D. Bell Track has turned it around this year with multiple competitors qualifying for area, a track meet to see who goes to regionals.

Senior Ricky Walton qualified for the 4×1, 4×2, and the open 200. Also, senior Christion Nealy qualified for the 4×1 and 4×2.

“I am extremely happy I get to continue my track season,” Walton said. “Area is something I’ve worked for all season.”

While preparing for area, track practices had a different vibe.

“I run about three 500’s, three 300’s, or four 240’s a day,” Nealy said. “Depends on what Mama Honc says.”

Preparing yourself for an upcoming meet can be a bit stressful, but they are committed and ready for anything the coaches throw at them.

“Stretching, practicing hard, hydrating and getting in the cold tub is how we stay healthy,” Nealy said.

Although the process can be difficult, the athletes’ coaches prepared them for greatness.

“I train hard and then rest,” Nealy said.

This was his first time qualifying for area so he intended to go out with a bang.

These two athletes are very excited and humbled to have this great opportunity.

Softball builds a great friendship

by Sophie Rodgers

Junior Peyton Newman and sophomore Kallie Erwin have been playing varsity softball together for two years in school and 11 years total.

Outside of their high school team, they play together on a select team named Batbusters Gold Graves 16U.

Along with softball, they also played volleyball and basketball together when they were younger.

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(courtesy photo)

“We are really good friends,” Newman said. “And I do believe it is mostly because we have played sports together for so long.”

“Our brothers played baseball together when we were little so we would always hang out at the baseball fields, which is another reason why we are such great friends,” Erwin said.

Although they are different ages, they hope to attend the same college and continue playing softball together.

“I think it would be awesome to play at the same school in college,” Newman said.

“Having the opportunity to play with your best friend for so many years is something not a lot of people have the chance to do,” Erwin added.

With Peyton playing first base/outfield and Kallie being a pitcher/middle infielder/outfielder, they only have one position in common. However, their friendship helps with communication on the field.

“Being such great friends is a benefit to have because we know a lot about each other,” both girls said.

With multiple girls being on both Varsity and JV, the two girls set a leadership example for both teams.

Their friendship is a great benefit to the program.

Miracle League changes lives

by Sophie Rodgers

Miracle League is a co-ed baseball league in Southlake for special needs children and adults. This league gives these amazing people the opportunity of a lifetime.

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Pineda poses with one of his players. (courtesy photo)

“It makes me really happy to be out there with the players during the games,” said Dwayne McDonald, head coach of the Giants Miracle League team. “I am pretty sure I have a big smile on my face the whole game.”

In 2007, McDonald’s daughter, Amber, started playing for Miracle League in Arlington. In 2011, he helped develop the “Competitive” division for the league to accommodate the older players that had outgrown the smaller field.

Senior Christian Pineda had the chance to be the assistant coach for the Giants.

“I have multiple people in my family that have special needs,” Pineda said.

He did his Senior Project over the different types of special needs and enjoys being able to make a difference in these peoples lives.

McDonald and Pineda both plan on coaching in the future.

“We always want the players to have fun no matter what,” Pineda said. “It’s a great feeling to help everyone have a chance to play to the best of their ability.”

Each player is always ready to learn something new everyday and loves going to their games.

“The players love to be there and are always excited to participate,” Pineda said.

No matter who you are or what you do, you are welcomed to come play or volunteer for this outstanding organization.

Making the Team: Fredrick makes history as third male cheerleader at Bell

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Fredrick performs with varsity cheer at the Raiderette spring show. (photo by Sami Dugdale)

by Sophie Rodgers

Junior Keirin Fredrick is the third male student to ever make the cheer team here at L.D. Bell High School.

“I’ve wanted to cheer since the seventh grade,” Fredrick said. “The stunts, flips, and choreography interested me.”

Being the only male team member is an opportunity not a lot of people can have. There are many positives but just one negative that can be fixed.

“The only hard thing is the uniform situation, but we’re figuring it out,” Fredrick said.

He feels very welcomed by the rest of the team and is extremely excited for the upcoming season.

“I’m most excited for pep rallies because we get to show off our routines and I just love to perform,” he said.IMG_5158

Early morning practices are something that he enjoys because he knows that they will make him and the team better in the long run.

With many goals in mind for next season, Keirin has some things he wants to get better at.

“I have lots of goals for flips but also jumps, dancing, and really everything,” Fredrick said. “I want to improve my tumbling and also learn new tricks.”

Also, he is very committed to the team and process of improving.

“I want to show everyone that I’m not just doing this for social class, I am doing it because I am an athlete and cheer is my sport,” Fredrick said.

He can’t wait for everyone to see what the cheer team’s got!

NOTE: This story originally stated that Fredrick is the second male cheerleader at Bell. He is the third, following Cody Hoffman and Cody Roberts. We apologize for this oversight and thank the cheer mom who pointed out this error.

Basketball standout signs with UConn

by Jacob Sirkis

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Lexi Gordon, #34, makes her move during the Raiders’ Feb. 14 playoff game vs. Plano.

Lexi Gordon, the Blue Raiders girls basketball team’s star player, has undeniably proven that she is one of the best after receiving a scholarship to play basketball at the University of Connecticut.

Gordon, who started playing basketball at just 5 years old, credits her parents for helping get where she is today.

“They both played college basketball and have been my biggest motivators throughout the process,” she said.

Being the 29th overall prospect according to ESPN, Gordon was scouted by virtually the entire country. Never did she think that one day she would be playing for arguably the best college basketball program of all time.

When UConn told her that they were interested in recruiting her, “it was the best thing ever because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that not many people experience,” she said.

After making it official, she was “happy and relieved that my hard work had finally paid off; it was an eye opening experience before beginning the next step of my life.”

Another milestone Gordon surpassed this year was reaching the 2,000 point mark.

Gordon said she “credits my teammates for helping me get into position to score that many points.”

Gordon signed with UConn on Nov. 9. The Huskies, currently ranked #1 in the nation, won their 100th game in a row on Feb. 13.