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Closure and a new beginning

Coppell junior defender and The Sidekick co-sports editor Meer Mahfuz shoots during an individual practice on Aug. 25 at Buddy Echols Field. Mahfuz reflects on last year’s season and explains how the process of returning to athletic play this season has impacted him.

Meer Mahfuz, Co-Sports Editor

September 4, 2020

If you were to ever tell me I would have to learn how to play soccer wearing a mask or that I wouldn’t be able to walk into the locker room with my teammates, I would not have ever believed you.  But such has become the reality for high school athletes. And while I often reminisce about last se...

Music serving as key player for sports

Music and sports influence each other and entertainment culture in many ways. The Sidekick staff writer Angela Yuan discusses their intersection.

Angela Yuan, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

The player scores a touchdown, and a tune blasts across the bleachers and field, sending adrenaline rippling through the roaring crowd. Music is not associated foremost with sports, but the two intersect in ways that leave lasting influences on each other and entertainment culture as a whole.  Th...

Taking fashion to the field: A ranking of Coppell jerseys

Taking fashion to the field: A ranking of Coppell jerseys

Lilly Gorman, Photographer

May 13, 2020

Imagine if players from every Coppell athletics team wore their jersey and walked down a runway for judges to score their style. That would never happen. But that’s why I’m here to help.  Here we have all Coppell jerseys, and it’s time to rank them based on fashion. It’s as simple as th...

More than a game

The Sidekick adviser Chase Wofford and his children Caroline and son John, attend the Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners game on July 30 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, marking their last time to see the Rangers play in the stadium. Like many Dallas-Fort Worth sports fans, the Wofford family was excited about games in the new air-conditioned Globe Life Field this season before sports were put on hold due to COVID-19. Photo courtesy Chase Wofford

Chase Wofford, The Sidekick adviser

May 7, 2020

Sitting in section 209 of the American Airlines Center on a warm spring evening in downtown Dallas, I watched the Mavericks take on the Denver Nuggets. I had little idea how life would change by the game’s end. I sat with my wife and teenage son, Sarah and John Wofford. I had accidentally left my...

Roll the tapes

Oftentimes, movies are based on true stories in which a memorable event took place. The Sidekick executive copy and design editor Nick Pranske lists his top 10 stories worthy of a sports movie, including Kobe Bryant’s journey to becoming a basketball icon, Deflategate and Tiger Woods comeback after winning his fifth Masters title.

Nicholas Pranske, Executive Copy and Design Editor

April 19, 2020

Sitting at home during isolation, we all have a lot of time to sit down and watch a good sports movie. Saying that, a few movies come to mind: Field of Dreams (1989), The Sandlot (1993), The Blind Side (2009) and a dozen others. However, there are quite a few untold sports stories in the cinematic world. Here is my li...

Please don’t take away my senior season

Coppell senior Sidekick staff writer Sydney Rowe sprints down the runway on March 2, 2019 in the CHS Field House. Rowe reflects on her last high school pole vaulting season and how the coronavirus is affecting high school and collegiate sports.

Sydney Rowe, Staff Writer/Photographer

April 9, 2020

I have always been an extremely competitive person.  Sports have always been an extremely prominent part of my life. Some of my fondest memories include when I was 5 years old, bouncing around trying to score on a soccer field, all the way to now, pole vaulting in places all across Texas and Arkansas. There...

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...

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...

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...

Defining a sport

There is debate about whether certain activities are classified as sports. Although endeavors such as football and basketball are universally known as sports, it can be more difficult to define activities such as marching band, chess and dance.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

February 21, 2020

Mainstream sports - football, basketball, baseball, soccer - are all common in that they are athletic competitions. The results of said competitions are due to the athleticism of the participants.  In hearing this, it should be clear that these are the defining traits of a sport; however, an alarm...

Will decade of mediocrity come to an end with new hire?

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett departed from the team on Jan. 5. The Sidekick staff writer Arman Merchant discusses the impact of this departure upon Dallas Cowboys’ fans in Coppell.

Arman Merchant, Staff Writer

February 6, 2020

After a 3-0 start to the 2019 season, Dallas Cowboys fans were thrilled, as they hoped for the Lombardi Trophy. With one of the best rosters in the last two decades, I, along with other fans, was excited. However, everything turned south after three blowouts to what are considered some of the sorriest...