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A swimmers struggle: The race to the end

Ariel Lucas, Arts & Entertainment Writer

March 14, 2019

Competitive swimming isn’t as easy as athletes make it seem. With all the core exercises and day after day conditioning, it takes a toll on a swimmer's body, but swimmers think it’s worth it. On the outside, swimming ...

Dusting off the mats: Wrestlers prepare for upcoming season

Sonia Ventura-Mendoza, News Reporter

March 14, 2019

The season of wrestling is here and wrestlers have already been getting back into shape. Every year, new and returning members of the team start out with pre-workouts during the off-season to help them become the best they can b...

Holiday hang-up: No second helping for winter athletes

Diana Pyle, Digital Editor

March 14, 2019

For many students, the holidays mean spending time with family, lounging on breaks and, of course, digging into mouth-watering food. But for some Falcon athletes, indulging in these traditionally delicious dinners isn’t an op...

What it takes: the mentality behind martial arts

Lukas Sakalinskas, Page Editor

March 14, 2019

Perry is home to a surprisingly small amount of martial artists, with only a handful practicing taekwondo. That handful, though, has found that the mental aspect of the sport is just as important as the physical aspect. Seni...

Students on and off the field: Student athletic trainers aide teams from sidelines

Madison Pruitt, Sports Writer

March 5, 2019

On the field, they stand with the athletes with bags full of tape, bandages, and other essentials, prepared for the worst. The athletic trainers and assistants are always at hand for student athletes, working consistently in both ...

Last chance at glory for the class of 2019

Josh Reiter, Sports Writer

March 5, 2019

It is the final home game of the year: painted banners  announce the names of each senior on the team, a crowd in pink attire fills the stands, and one last game remains at Falcon Stadium. Tonight, it is Senior Night. Senior Nig...

Small fish in big pond: Freshman develop skills throughout next for years

Kellen Smiley, Sports Writer

February 4, 2019

High school athletics are typically broken down into three levels: freshman, junior varsity (JV), and varsity. At Perry Meridian, that is no different. The freshman level is usually just that. A team of freshmen getting their...

Marching band takes second through heat and exhaustion

Florence Chapell, Opinion Writer

January 22, 2019

Equipped with a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument, marching band students stand and move in intense weather as they improve their performance. Although physically draining, students are often happy with their time. Marching...

From stadium to stage: Athletics influence students’ futures

Kellen Smiley, Sports Writer

January 22, 2019

Athletics have long played a role in influencing adolescent lives, both on the field and off the field. Sports can affect young adults emotionally, mentally and socially. These effects include self-esteem boosts, experience...

Ciampa strikes leadership in the soccer team

Annie Bambang, News Writer

January 22, 2019

Senior Lindsey Ciampa, a center midfield player on the varsity soccer team since her freshman year and captain for the past two years, has grown as a leader and as a member of the team she now considers her family. Ciampa has...

The unsung heroes of the gridiron

Sonia Ventura-Mendoza, News Writer

January 22, 2019

It’s Friday night under the lights and the crowd is cheering on everyone except for the football managers such as junior Betsy Roman who rushes onto the field carrying water for the players to rehydrate. They are part of the...

Student athletes break bones, not spirits

Ximena Alaniz, Arts & Entertainment Writer

January 22, 2019

By Ximena Alaniz From tackles to tumbles, high school sports are the perfect opportunities for injury. According to high school statistics ninety percent of student athletes report an injury during their season. Perry Meridian...

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