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Volleyball with a grain of sand

Coppell junior outside hitter Haley Holz awaits a serve during the match against Marcus in the CHS Arena on Sept. 24. Holz is one of many high school athletes playing both sand and indoor volleyball.

Meer Mahfuz, Co-Sports Editor

September 16, 2020

Coppell junior outside hitter and 692 Beach Volleyball player Haley Holz breathes volleyball. Whether it be skedaddling across sand volleyball courts or flying up and down the grippy indoor volleyball courts, Holz is in the environment throughout the year.  This is her double life. Year in and...

GOAL! Vegas Cup winner Peek scores big with commitment to Rice

Coppell junior midfielder Bailey Peek visits the academic quadrangle in front of Lovett Hall at Rice University on July 11. Peek verbally committed to play Division I soccer at Rice on July 10.

Meer Mahfuz, Co-Sports Editor

August 26, 2020

As Coppell junior midfielder Bailey Peek sat at dinner, the realization came to her. Her unofficial visit to Rice University would conclude with an offer to play Division I soccer for her dream school. The nervousness and shock set in through the remainder of dinner, as she continued listening to ...

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...

Farmers no match on the pitch against Cowgirls

Coppell sophomore forward Michelle Pak scores against Lewisville on Friday night at Buddy Echols Field. The Cowgirls defeated Lewisville, 5-1.

Nanette Pottoore, Staff Writer

March 1, 2020

The Coppell girls soccer team jumped on top of Lewisville in the first half and did not look back in a 5-1 victory Friday night at Buddy Echols Field. The Cowgirls started strong during the first half, with sophomore forward Michelle Pak scoring the first goal within four minutes. Senior defender Haley ...

Leveling the marching field

Coppell High School Band members perform at the first home football game of the season against L.D. Bell on Sept. 6. CHS9 student Iniya Nathan thinks marching band should be considered a sport.

Iniya Nathan, Guest Writer

February 25, 2020

Principles of Arts, AV Tech and Communications students at CHS9 have the opportunity to submit content for after an introductory presentation about The Sidekick newspaper. The following is a column by freshman Iniya Nathan.  Is marching band a sport?  It’s a question t...

CHS ‘14 alum to play in Super Bowl LIV with defensive powerhouse 49ers

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Solomon Thomas played football for and graduated from Coppell High School in 2014. Thomas will play in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami

Meer Mahfuz, Staff Writer

January 31, 2020

Coppell High School 2014 graduate and San Francisco 49ers defensive end Solomon Thomas will run onto the turf of a rowdy Hard Rock Stadium with indescribable emotions and millions gazed upon him when he takes the field with the 49ers against the Kansas City Chiefs for Super Bowl LIV in Miami on Sund...

Offseason pushes coaches to improve on their athletes

Coppell tennis coach Rich Foster advises doubles teammates junior Matthew Abbey and sophomore Vinay Patel at the CHS Tennis Center on Thursday. Foster is preparing the team for the spring season with practices and socials to build camaraderie between old and new players. Photo by Camden Southwick

Nanette Pottoore, Staff Writer

December 18, 2019

Mile-runs, gyms, and more workouts. As Coppell transitions from fall sports to winter sports, fall season coaches are working to improve their athletes in preparation for the next season.  Coppell tennis coach Rich Foster helps motivate tennis athletes during the offseason by encouraging socials a...

Cowgirls best Lady Tigers to kick off season

Coppell sophomore defender Bailey Peek crosses a free kick into the box on Saturday at Buddy Echols Field. The Coppell Cowgirls defeated the Lady Tigers, 2-0.

Meer Mahfuz, Staff Writer

December 15, 2019

With the blow of the first whistle, the Coppell Cowgirls knew that their long awaited season had finally begun. All the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into the last four months of training would finally be able to prove itself on the field. The result that followed with the Cowgirls beating Belton High S...

Taylor embraces varsity lifestyle early on

Coppell freshman Preston Taylor executes a ball roll during practice on Nov. 21 during fifth period on Buddy Echols Field. Taylor is the first freshman to play on varsity since Ryan Barlow in 2011.

Meer Mahfuz, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

Coppell freshman Preston Taylor’s obsession with soccer started off ever since he was able to walk.  Taylor would randomly kick around a soccer ball in his house and take a soccer ball with him whenever he went outside. Taylor eventually played soccer with more vigor as he grew and that is when h...

McBride returning to sidelines

On Friday, former Coppell football coach and current athletic director Joe McBride accepted the position as head coach and athletic coordinator at McKinney Boyd High School. McBride leaves behind Coppell football with a legacy of three district titles in five seasons from 2010-14.

Christine Zacuai, Executive News Editor

January 25, 2019

Coppell ISD athletics director and former head football coach Joe McBride officially accepted the head football coach and athletic coordinator position at McKinney Boyd High School.   The news was first reported by Matt Stepp of on Friday.   “It just was in ...

Fewer players, more coaches: Coppell ultimate frisbee taking new approach with smaller roster

Coppell High School senior’s Vinny Vincenzo, Luke Raetzman and Ethan Thompson practice throwing the frisbee among each other while running. They met after school at New Tech High @ Coppell with the rest of the team in order to practice their frisbee skills.

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer

October 1, 2018

Standing on a field, with seven players on each team, the objective of an ultimate frisbee player is to pass it to their other teammates without the interception of their opposing team and make it to the endzone. Even though only seven players are on the field, the effort behind the club requires many m...

On the Spot: A life-changing signature for athletes

Coppell athletes smile for the camera after signing their letters of intent during the National Signing Day on Feb. 7. Athletes are looking forward to playing at their intended college this upcoming semester in order to pursue their passions.

Pramika Kadari, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018

Across the United States, star high school athletes woke up this morning in anticipation of a life changing signature. Today is the first National Signing Day of 2018 as nationwide, student athletes are signing a binding contract to further their athletic passion on the collegiate level.   Coppell High S...