Coppell Student Media

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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...

Aiming for more

Coppell sophomore diver Yassin Helaly flips into the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports pool on March 2. Helaly moved to the United States last year in pursuit of a diving scholarship.

Nicolas Reyes, Staff Writer

March 10, 2020

They went through weeks of undulating blue horizons and the smell of salt lingering in the air and crowded corridors and foul-smelling food, all so they could dock in Lady Liberty’s waters.  The American dream is depicted in countless tales, but for one reason or another, the immigrants who cro...

Black History Month inspires athletes

Black History Month inspires athletes

Neveah Jones, Photographer

February 28, 2020

Two Coppell swimmers advance to state finals

Coppell seniors Aurelie Migault (top left) and Johan Pretorius (bottom right) competed in the UIL Class 6A Swimming and Diving Meet at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin on Friday and Saturday. Migault finished 13th place in the girls 100-yard breaststroke and Pretorius placed 14th in the boys 100-yard backstroke. Photos by Sally Parampottil and courtesy @CoppellSports1.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

February 17, 2020

After only clinching the last spot in finals by just over half a second on Friday, Coppell senior Aurelie Migault entered consolation finals of the girls 100-yard breaststroke on Saturday with another chance at placing high.  After dropping .08 of a second, she climbed three spots to finish 13th at th...

Migault, Pretorius returning to Austin for state championship

Coppell senior Aurelie Migault competes in her best event, the 100-yard breaststroke (which she holds the school record for), and finishes with a state-qualifying time of 1:05.50 during the Class 6A Region II Swimming and Diving Meet on Feb. 1 at the Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center. Migault and Coppell senior captain Johan Pretorious travel to Austin tonight to compete in the Texas State Swimming and Diving Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center on Friday and Saturday.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

February 13, 2020

One year after then juniors Aurelie Migault and Johan Pretorius advanced to state (Migault for the first time and Pretorious for the second), they are both returning for the 2020 Texas State Swimming and Diving Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center on Friday and Saturday.  Migault is...

Tramel claims three school records in breakout season (with video)

Coppell junior Cole Tramel competes in the boys 500-yard freestyle consolation finals at the Class 6A Region II Swimming and Diving Meet on Saturday at the Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center. Tramel currently holds three school records, for the 200-yard freestyle, the 500-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Anjali Krishna, Staff Writer

February 10, 2020

Eyes glance to the clock momentarily during the turns of the 500-yard freestyle at the District 5-6A championships at Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center. After the final lap is finished and his fingers have touched the concrete edges of the pool, Coppell junior Cole Tramel lifts himself from the w...

Coppell sending 2 to state, more records broken at regional meet

Coppell senior Aurelie Migault swims the third leg of the girls 400-yard freestyle relay yesterday at the Lewisville Westside Aquatic Center. Coppell competed in six relay events and seven individual events at the Class 6A Region II Swimming and Diving Meet.

Joanne Kim, Staff Writer

February 2, 2020

LEWISVILLE -  Armed with determination and countless hours of practice, the Coppell swim team participated in the Class 6A Region II Swimming and Diving Meet on Friday and Saturday at the Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center.  Coppell’s individual qualifiers were senior Johan Pretorius (100-yard backstroke...

Swim team rides wave of momentum into regionals

Coppell senior Johan Pretorius races the 200-yard individual medley using the breaststroke at the Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center on Jan. 18. Many elite swimmers from the Coppell swim team are competing in the Class 6A Region II Swimming and Diving Meet today and tomorrow at the LISD Westside Aquatic Center.

Pramika Kadari, Executive News & Enterprise Editor

January 31, 2020

This weekend at the Lewisville Westside Aquatic Center, many of Coppell’s elite swimmers who advanced past district are racing in their last meet of the year, the Class 6A Region II Swimming and Diving Meet - except for the ones who advance to state.  Preliminary rounds take place today and finals on Sat...

Chasing dreams from Croatia to Coppell

CHS9 student Nicolas Radicic and New Tech High @ Coppell senior AnaMarija Radicic came to Coppell after living in Croatia for nine years. Nicolas is a center midfielder for the varsity soccer team and AnaMarija is the captain of the varsity swim team.

Karen Lu, Daily News/Assignment Editor

January 28, 2020

Two school records smashed in district swim meet

Coppell sophomore Scott Moyer dives in for the first heat of the boys 200-yard freestyle yesterday at the District 5-6A championships at the Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center. The Coppell swim team advanced all of its relay teams and five individual-event swimmers to regionals.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

January 20, 2020

LEWISVILLE - In the area beside the eighth lane, in the corner adjacent to the starting block, the Coppell swim team cheered on its members during the District 5-6A championships yesterday at the Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center.  By the end of the meet, Coppell saw all six relay teams and five...

Swim team entering district meet with splash of color

Coppell senior captain Ben Borchgardt dyed his hair as a part of the Coppell swim team’s tradition before the District 6-6A Championships. The team travels to the Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center tomorrow for the meet at 1 p.m.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

January 17, 2020

Carrying on the tradition of dying their hair before the District 6-6A Championship, Coppell swimmers enter school with a multitude of colors atop their heads.  Tomorrow, preliminaries begin at 1 p.m. and qualifying swimmers will compete in finals later that day at the Lewisville ISD Westside Aquati...

Coppell sports update entering new year

During winter break, which took place from Dec. 20 to Jan. 5, the Coppell winter sports teams competed in various events, such as Coppell junior guard Ryan Chen, who competed with the boys basketball team. The Sidekick staff writers recap the events that occurred during break.

Sally Parampottil and Shriya Vanparia

January 10, 2020

While most of the school rested and relaxed during winter break, the Coppell athletics department was still hard at work. Winter sports, such as basketball, soccer, wrestling and swimming, all competed during break, which began on Dec. 10 and lasted until Jan. 5. The Sidekick recaps the events of the two week ...