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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...

Individual district awards offer closure for unfinished boys soccer season

Coppell senior forward Sebastian Blaas avoids the grasp of Irving MacArthur to make a pass on Feb. 7. Blaas is one of 13 Cowboys to be selected for a District 6-6A award.

Anjali Krishna, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

From the rough beginning to the six-match win streak to the untimely ending, the Cowboys played their parts perfectly down to the line for Coppell’s very own boys soccer comeback story.  Entering their seventh District 6-6A match ranked second to last, the Cowboys did the unexpected; they took...

Head of defense

Coppell sophomore goalkeeper Arath Valdez checks his teammates during the match against Lewisville on Jan. 3 at Buddy Echols Field. Valdez is the starting goalkeeper for the Coppell boys soccer team, having beat out two seniors for the spot.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

April 25, 2020

A 6-year old boy watching UANL Tigres with his dad was introduced to the sport which would later become central to his life. Ten years later, Coppell sophomore Arath Valdez is the starting goalkeeper for the boys soccer team.  He also trains with the very team that sparked his love for soccer. ...

End of DA reshaping American youth soccer

The U.S. Soccer Development Academy was an elite youth soccer program spanning 200 teams, including girls teams, prior to its termination on April 15. Multiple Coppell High School students competed for the league, meaning they were unable to play for their high school soccer team.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

April 23, 2020

The appeal of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy (DA) was enough for Coppell High School 2019 graduate Raul Carrillo to move away from his family in Tyler to play for the Dallas Texans.  Leaving behind his parents and younger sister, Carrillo joined his older brother, who played for FC Dallas at...

UIL cancels all sporting events for remainder of school year

Coppell senior captain Maxwell Winneker is one of many athletes who saw their seasons canceled for the remainder of the school year. The University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced the cancellation of all UIL-sanctioned activities on Friday following Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to close schools for the rest of the semester. Photo illustration by Shriya Vanparia and Sally Parampottil

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

April 20, 2020

The Coppell boys soccer team was in the midst of a great comeback story, turning a 1-4-2 record into a six-match win streak in which it took down the No. 1 ranked team in Class 6A and tied for second place in District 6-6A.  With one district match remaining, the Cowboys had high hopes of making sta...

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...

Coach’s Box: Balcom leading team to turnaround, passing love of sports to family

Coppell coach James Balcom watches the action at Buddy Echols Field on Feb. 23 against MacArthur. Balcom has been coaching the Coppell boys soccer team for nine years and teaches world geography at CHS9.

Angela Yuan, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

James Balcom has been the head coach of boys soccer at Coppell for three years. He developed a love for sports at a young age, and his competitive nature drove him to become a soccer coach. He teaches world geography at CHS9 and has three children: 7-year-old Carson, 5-year-old Mason and 2-year-old Ally. He s...

Boys soccer makes big statement with upset of top-ranked Marcus

Coppell’s bench erupts with celebration as the final whistle is blown at Buddy Echols Field on Tuesday against Marcus. Coppell won, 2-1, against Marcus, the No. 1 team in Texas.

Akif Abidi, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

The clock had just hit the 10 minute mark and the scoreboard was tied. The Coppell bench was on its feet and the stands behind held the same wary air.  The Cowboys had never needed a goal as bad as now this season. The team was face-to-face with Marcus, the No. 1 team in Class 6A with a near spot...

Cowgirls look to bounce back from loss

Coppell junior forward Jojo Alonzo wins a header against Flower Mound on Feb. 11 at Buddy Echols Field. The Cowgirls face Irving tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Buddy Echols Field.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

March 5, 2020

The Coppell girls soccer team faces Irving tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Buddy Echols Field.  The Cowgirls sit in third place in District 6-6A with a 7-3-1 record, having fallen to second place Flower Mound Marcus on Tuesday, 4-0.  “We didn’t start off strong but throughout the game, our intensity, our style o...

Boys soccer to face powerhouse Marcus, look to hold playoff spot

Boys soccer to face powerhouse Marcus, look to hold playoff spot

Akif Abidi, Staff Writer

March 2, 2020

The Coppell boys soccer team is prepping up to face District 6-6A leader Marcus tomorrow at Buddy Echols Field at 7:30 p.m.  The Cowboys had a poor start in the first half of district play, standing second to last with a 1-4-2 record. But with three straight wins into the second half of district ...