Month: April 2014

Soccer Championship: Leaving a Legacy

The soccer team celebrates its fourth straight State Championship after defeating Houston Awty International 2-1. (Photo courtesy of Aimee Reeves)

The soccer team celebrates its fourth straight State Championship after defeating Houston Awty International 2-1. (Photo courtesy of Aimee Reeves)

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Two years ago, senior Michael Nolan sat in Mr. Michael Beeson’s sophomore Bible class and said that he thought it would be possible for Grapevine Faith to win a state championship in men’s soccer four years in a row. Now the feat has been accomplished. The Lions claimed their fourth straight title on March 8 with a 2-1 victory over Houston Awty International–the same school that they beat in the finals last year. (more…)

Picture Day Causes Difficulties For Athletes

Even the professionals sometimes get it wrong. Chicago Cubs' outfielder, Junior Lake, (left) wore the wrong road jersey on April 3, 2014. (Photo courtesy of NBC Sports Network)

Even the professionals sometimes get it wrong. Chicago Cubs’ outfielder, Junior Lake, (left) wore the wrong road jersey on April 3, 2014. (Photo courtesy of NBC Sports Network)

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Picture day can be a stressful time for athletes. Between making sure makeup looks just right and keeping track of elusive order forms, it’s not surprising that there tend to be mishaps. Usually, these revolve around the athlete’s clothing.

Even the professionals occasionally grab the wrong uniform. Last year, Robbie Ross of the Texas Rangers wore gray when his teammates wore blue, and Junior Lake of the Chicago Cubs had a similar issue this year in a game against the Pittsburg Pirates. While his teammates’ tops said “Cubs” he wore a jersey with the word “Chicago” on it. At least Lake’s jersey was the same color as his teammates. On the other hand, everything about Senior Zane Smith’s uniform was wrong for the baseball team’s photo. (more…)

Spring Training Offers Different Perspective

Rangers' second baseman Jurickson Profar (13) signs autographs for fans before a spring game against the Cincinnati Reds in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo courtesy of Sandra Ogden)

Rangers’ second baseman Jurickson Profar (13) signs autographs for fans before a spring game against the Cincinnati Reds in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo courtesy of Sandra Ogden)

SURPRISE, Ariz. – Spring is a time known for rebirth and renewal. Nowhere can this be seen more prominently than in Major League Baseball’s many Spring Training camps. This year for spring break, my parents surprised me with a trip to Surprise, Arizona.

Major League teams report to camp in mid-February, and the first preseason games start in March. This gives the players about a month’s worth of games to prepare for the season. Half of the teams work out in Arizona in the suburbs of Phoenix, while the other half head down to Florida. One unique aspect of Spring Training is that teams forget their American and National League designations for a short time as they realign into the Cactus (Arizona) and Grapefruit (Florida) Leagues. This gives fans of American League teams the chance to see teams they typically wouldn’t from the National League and vice versa. (more…)