Common Sense

Varsity Letter: End of an era

John Riker, Editor In Chief Emeritus

May 30, 2019

The most impactful moment of my high school athletic career came in the least likely of places and the least extraordinary of days. After a nondescript road run for track practice during my junior year, all of the distance ...

Varsity Letter: Column of fame

John Riker, Editor In Chief

May 7, 2019

Over the course of my four years at this school, I’ve had the great fortune of sharing the field with some of the best teams in our school’s history. These teams not only won, but were victorious at the highest level...

Varsity Letter: There’s no time like the present

John Riker, Editor In Chief

April 15, 2019

Time is a crucial, if convoluted, element in the majority of our school’s sports (I say majority because, well, golf). Without time, there wouldn’t be the thrill of a buzzer-beater, the magnitude of a broken record in...

Varsity Letter: Faces in the crowd

John Riker, Editor-In-Chief

March 28, 2019

This year’s ice hockey state championship game, featuring our Patriots against rival Churchill Bulldogs, was a special experience. The high stakes and fierce rivalry built a tense and exciting atmosphere, but a description o...

Ayissi-Etoh earns top honor

Ayissi-Etoh earns top honor

February 26, 2019

Can’t take the ‘W’ out of Warren

John Riker, Editor-In-Chief

December 12, 2018

If you ever need to find security guard Harold Warren, a Patriots’ sports event might be your safest bet. Warren, in his second year at this school, not only serves as an assistant coach for the indoor and outdoor track...

Varsity Letter: Captain is more than a title

John Riker, Editor-In-Chief

November 29, 2018

To an outsider, the position of captain of a high school sports team can seem to be merely a title, little more than a patch on a sleeve or a nice addition to a resume. In my first years of high school, I looked forward to...

Varsity Letter: Soccer reels in elusive playoff victory

November 8, 2018

John Riker editor-in-chief When the boys’ varsity soccer team entered their stadium for their first round playoff game against Northwest on Oct. 30, it did not matter that the team was 11-0-2. It did not matter that they were t...

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