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Dontula overcoming asthma diagnosis in the pool

Coppell senior swimmer Ritesh Dontula swims breaststroke at the Ranger Relays on Sept. 28 at the SMU Robson & Lindsey Aquatic Center. Dontula was named the February NBC DFW Wingstop High School Scholar Athlete.

Tracy Tran, Staff Writer/Photographer

April 3, 2020

Surrounding himself in the water, the only thoughts in his mind are to keep breathing and getting to the next wall. Shortly after his finger touches the last wall, the timing clock for his lane stopped.  Coppell senior Ritesh Dontula finished the boys 100-yard freestyle in 11th place with a time...

Filling the empty throne of women’s professional tennis

Throughout the years, women’s tennis has always had a gold standard player; Helen Willis, Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams are prime examples. Sidekick staff writer Anjali Krishna analyzes the current state of women’s professional tennis.

Anjali Krishna, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

After her stunning victory against Petra Kvitova in the finals of last year's Australian Open championships, Naomi Osaka took the No. 1 world ranking and high regard of the international tennis community. She became the first woman to win consecutive Grand Slam singles titles since Serena Williams i...

Coach’s Box: Bourg diving into golf, calculus

Coppell golf coach Jan Bourg talks about her interests and hobbies during a video interview with the 2017-18 Sidekick staff. Bourg is also an AP Calculus teacher and licensed scuba diver.

Sreeja Mudumby, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Jan Bourg is the head coach for the Coppell girls golf team and an AP Calculus teacher at Coppell High School. Aside from school, she is a licensed scuba diver and likes to travel to oceanic places and spend time with her family.    Why do you like to play golf? Well, I like all sports,...

Age is just a number

Coppell freshman Lindsay Patton serves during eighth period tennis  practice at the CHS Tennis Center. Patton has risen to the top ranks of the girls tennis team in a matter of a year, where she competes against players bigger and older than her.

Akif Abidi, Staff Writer

April 1, 2020

The rhythmic thumping noises as the ball hits the racket and rockets across the court is noise all too familiar for Coppell freshman Lindsay Patton. It's something she’s grown accustomed to when she was 8, and now as a freshman, has a part of her everyday life.  When she first steps onto a court, opponents - ...

Reaching for the sky

Coppell sophomore Sky Schuller releases at the Coppell Relays at Buddy Echols Field on Feb. 29. Schuller broke the Coppell pole vaulting record with 13 feet at the Coppell Relays, the 100-meter hurdles record with 14.56 seconds at the Coppell Relays and again with 14.10 seconds at The Colony Invitational on March 5 and tied the high jump record with 5 feet 6 inches at both the Flower Mound Relays on Feb. 22 and The Colony Invitational on March 5. Photo by Tracy Tran

Sreeja Mudumby, Staff Writer

March 27, 2020

Fast-paced breaths. Hands tight on the pole. All eyes looking her way. She launches off of the pole and flies through the air. She falls on the mat. Screams of happiness fill the air as she catches her breath. Coppell freshman Sky Schuller broke Coppell High School’s official pole vaulting reco...

Pushed to the sidelines

For decades, women have dealt with sexism and discrimination in sports journalism. The Sidekick executive sports editor Sally Parampottil recognizes this issue and brings attention to sexist harassment and objectification of women in the field.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

March 25, 2020

Google “female sports journalists” and look at the first page of results.  Of the nine results, four of them are about the struggles of being a woman in sports journalism. Two showcased female reporters who had made great strides for their gender in the world of sports, though each inevitably had a g...

Coach’s Box: Dyson running Cowgirls with experiences coaching champions

Coppell coach Mike Dyson rakes the infield at the Coppell ISD Softball Complex on March 7, following the Cowgirls’ victory over Cedar Hill, 7-5, at the Coppell & Marcus Tournament. Dyson is in his fifth year of coaching the Coppell softball team.

Tracy Tran, Staff Writer/Photographer

March 25, 2020

Coppell softball coach Mike Dyson is in his fifth year of coaching at Coppell High School. Under Dyson, who previously coached at Frisco Centennial and Irving Nimitz, the Cowgirls advanced to playoffs in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.   When did you become the head coach of the Coppell team? Fi...

Faith, family, ferocity: Bases loaded for Ingle

Coppell junior shortstop Sydney Ingle runs to first base against Cedar Hill on March 7 at the Coppell ISD Softball Complex. Ingle was nominated as VYPE DFW 2020 Preseason Softball Player of the Year.

Anjali Krishna, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

For Coppell junior shortstop Sydney Ingle, softball means sisterhood.  As a team captain for the Cowgirls and an integral part of the Cowgirls’ dynamic, the most important thing for Ingle about the game is her team. “Having eight other girls who are like your sisters that you get to grow with, es...

How a positive mindset can empower female athletes

Megan Rapinoe, Simone Biles and Serena Williams are all examples of famous female athletes who have helped create a presence of women in sports. The Sidekick staff writer Nanette Pottoore thinks women-centric sports receive less attention than men-centric sports and investigates the reasoning behind the fact.

Nanette Pottoore, Staff Writer

March 24, 2020

During winter break, my brother and I attended a sports tournament my local church held every two years. I played volleyball, while my brother played basketball. It was a tournament where high schoolers came from all over the nation to compete for the championship. Both the volleyball and basketball competiti...

A few cards short of a full deck

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one out of every five women gets assaulted at some point in their lives. The Sidekick staff writer Yash Ravula brings attention to high school and college athletic sexual assault and how they often go dismissed. Graphic by Shriya Vanparia.

Yash Ravula, Staff writer

March 23, 2020

**Disclaimer: the following article includes discussions about sexual assault, which may be sensitive to some readers** With the rise in movements such as #MeToo in 2017, many women have come forward talking about their experiences with sexual harassment and abuse. Since, numerous popular sports figur...

Athletes utilizing resources to stay fit without school practice

Coppell senior defender Nathan Hernandez delivers a pass against Lewisville on Jan 31 at Buddy Echols Field. Hernandez has been working out this week by practicing soccer with one or two friends due to the UIL suspending all school practices outside of school hours, including the use of school facilities

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

March 20, 2020

Following UIL direction, all school practices and use of school facilities (including open gym and open weight room) outside of school hours have been suspended due to concerns about spreading the coronavirus. As Coppell ISD has canceled school through April 3, this leaves athletes without a class pe...