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The bottom line

Coppell senior center Febechi Nwaiwu, senior offensive linemen Austin Darcy and sophomore offensive lineman Trevor Timmerman prepare for a play against Highland Park at Highlander Stadium on Oct. 9. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil believes linemen are essential to football but often go underappreciated.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief

October 21, 2020

The modern perception of football would not exist without linemen.  The thuds of bodies slamming into one another, the grunts and huffs of players as they grapple, the iconic row of squat poses as the ball snaps and the play begins - the imagery most people associate with football is all dependent on ...

Back on course

Coppell senior golfer Lauren Rios practices her drive at the Cowboys Golf Club on Oct. 13. Rios enters the fall season after recovering from heart surgery in December.

Iniya Nathan, Staff Writer

October 20, 2020

Injuries and health conditions can be one of the worst obstacles athletes can face. Coppell senior golfer Lauren Rios found out she had a heart murmur during her spring sports physical in May 2019. It was later diagnosed as an atrial septal defect (ASD). “They didn’t know that was the exac...

A volley of spirit

Coppell senior middle hitter Madison Gilliland spikes against the Panthers at the CHS Arena on Tuesday. Madison has been in Coppell’s varsity team for four years and will graduate early this December.

Nanditha Nagavishnu, Staff Writer

October 18, 2020

Growing up in a family of athletes, it was almost fate that Coppell senior middle hitter Madison Gilliland got involved in sports. Starting as a budding athlete playing softball in her local Little League at 8 years old, Gilliland later tried basketball before moving on to playing volleyball...

Volleyball season on hold through Oct. 23

Coppell coach Julie Price takes a picture of the Coppell volleyball team after their win against Hebron on Oct. 9. The Cowgirls are under quarantine until Oct. 23 after identifying a positive COVID-19 test result.

Anjali Krishna, Co-Sports Editor

October 18, 2020

According to Coppell coach Julie Price and Coppell ISD Athletic Director Kit Pehl, the Coppell volleyball team will be in quarantine until Oct. 23 due to a positive COVID-19 result, per UIL guidelines to pause play for two weeks. District policy and federal medical law prevent Coppell from revealing who test...

Coppell takes victory at the first swim meet of the season

The Coppell swimming & diving team hosted their first meet of the season, Trinity Dual, on Oct. 9 at the YMCA. Swimming with the home advantage was unexpected for the Cowboys, as the YMCA is a smaller pool.

Sreeja Mudumby, Communications Manager

October 17, 2020

On Oct. 9, the Coppell swim team hosted the Trinity Dual swim meet at the YMCA pool. Coppell won, with the mix of new and old swimmers.  “People really dropped some times,” Coppell junior Kaia Miller said. “It was nice to see changes and we have a lot of really strong youth swimmers this yea...

Cowgirls sweep Hebron

Coppell senior setter Mari Taira sets against Hebron at the CHS Arena last night. Coppell swept Hebron, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16, to bring its district record to 2-2.

Anjali Krishna, Co-Sports Editor

October 10, 2020

Playing smart, disciplined and according to plan since the beginning of the match, the Cowgirls quickly dominated Hebron in three sets, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16, at the CHS Arena last night. “Our kids tonight did some really smart things,” Coppell coach Julie Price said. “Sometimes we like the re...

Cowboy down

Coppell senior linebacker Marcelo Estrada collides with a Highland Park player while Coppell senior defensive back Will Kraus watches on at the Highlander Stadium last night. Coppell fell to Highland Park 42-36.

Meer Mahfuz, Co-Sports Editor

October 10, 2020

DALLAS - Booming music, cheering crowds, a passionate student section, a subtle breeze and an exhilarating atmosphere set up what could have been one of the great comebacks in Texas high school football. It all came down to one game-changing play: the onside kick. There were three onside kick attempts in the...

Cowgirls facing long-quarantined Hebron

Coppell junior right side hitter Abigail Hendricks and sophomore outside hitter Reagan Engler celebrate against Prosper Rock Hill in the CHS Arena on Friday. Coppell plays Hebron tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the CHS Arena.

Anjali Krishna, Co-Sports Editor

October 8, 2020

Heading into tomorrow’s match with a 1-2 District 6-6A record, the Cowgirls will play former powerhouse Hebron, just returning to play after quarantining due to COVID-19 guidelines, at 6:30 p.m. at the CHS Arena.  “They’re not as strong offensively and defensively as they were last year,” C...

Trinity dual at home first up for swim team

Coppell senior swimmer Cole Tramel competes in the boys 500-yard freestyle consolation finals at the Class 6A Region II Swimming and Diving Meet on Oct. 3, 2019 at the Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center. The Coppell swim team will have its first meet of the season at 3 p.m. tomorrow against Trinity at the YMCA.

Anjali Krishna, Co-Sports Editor

October 8, 2020

As with all things 2020, Coppell’s first swim meet of the year will be held in unexpected conditions. This time, that means a dual against Trinity in its home YMCA pool at 3 p.m. tomorrow.  “Usually, we don’t hold that many dual meets since our pool is very small but since we’re having the T...

Coppell places third at Heart of Texas Invitational

Coppell senior Jamie Welsh  practices at Las Colinas Country Club on Tuesday. The Cowgirls finished third at the Heart of Texas Invitational, their first team tournament of the year.

Anjali Krishna, Co-Sports Editor

October 8, 2020

Playing nearly 36 holes of golf on Friday for nine hours and another 18 on Saturday in crisp fall weather at Pecan Valley Golf Course in Fort Worth, Coppell placed third at the Heart of Texas Invitational to open up their fall season with team scores of 321, 305 and 318. “We got off to a rough start Saturday morn...

Tennis defeats Lewisville again with complete victory

Coppell sophomore Lindsay Patton hits an overhead during her mixed doubles match with Coppell sophomore Arjun Arunachalam against Lewisville Tuesday at the CHS Tennis Center. Patton and Arunachalam won their match, 6-2 and 6-4, and Coppell won overall, 19-0.

Akhila Gunturu, CHS9 Editor

October 8, 2020

Tuesday’s tennis match against Lewisville at the CHS Tennis Center ended in a 19-0 victory for Coppell.  “It was phenomenal,” Coppell junior Jasmine Durrant said. “We fought hard, we made sure that we finished the point and that’s all that mattered.”  Coppell beat Lewisville last y...

Masked giant

Coppell quarterback Ryan Walker passes against Sachse in Friday’s 42-35 victory over Sachse at Buddy Echols Field. The Cowboys play at Highland Park on Friday night.

Meer Mahfuz, Co-Sports Editor

October 8, 2020

If there was anything the Coppell football team garnered from its two-win streak, it's confidence. Hearing you have to play a No. 2 ranked team in the state could be a daunting message for any team, regardless of 5A or 6A classification. But Coppell is relatively unfazed by such a factor. Coppell wi...