Mrs. Syron

Cody Jones

May 7, 2013

It is rare when a teacher is able to cater to a variety of personalities and needs within the classroom. It has taken me four years to find someone who does it and does it successfully. Every student enrolled in this teacher's class has connected on a personal level, making the classroom environme...

Playing Charades

Cody Jones

May 6, 2013

Typically, at my band's shows, I am a man on a mission. "Play the show, market, and leave." It's a strategy that has paid off big time in the past, saving me from viewing really obscure local acts. But last night at my show in Alton, something in my gut told me to stay. The acts that followed blew m...

The grand finale

April 3, 2013

Success has been finding the winter guard squad this year quite frequently. After a slew of second place finishes, the team is gearing up for one last ride. The championship competition is this Saturday, April 6 in Springfield, Missouri. And while the season has had its share of successes, the most re...

Strength of schedule

Cody Jones

January 17, 2013

Just two years ago, Hockey was preparing for a march to the state championship. Nowadays, they are just trying to not fall through the ice. If the team wants a chance to fight for the Wickenheiser Cup, it must win its final two games. Such a feat is not impossible, but players know the magnitude of the ta...

Early preparations

November 30, 2012

Winter Guard is slowly, but surely, beginning their season preparation. The first step was finishing auditions, which the squad wrapped up recently. “We just got done with auditions, and we have set the guard at 24 people,” senior Katie Tobin said. The group is mainly fall guard crossovers, but...

Punk Goes Pop 5

Cody Jones

November 14, 2012

This time last year, I got my hands on one of my favorite compilation albums in my recent memory, Punk Goes Pop 4. Each track brought something to the table, creating an album I thoroughly enjoyed. It was the perfect blend of hardcore and pop-punk. A year passed, and without fail, a new slew of covers re...

Spartans advance in playoffs after last minute victory

Cody Jones

November 7, 2012

The first game of the 2012 soccer playoffs ended in a bittersweet nature. On one hand, the Spartans were able to withstand a Holt rally late, but on the other hand, the team, according to coach Nic Beckmann, played sloppy and emotionless. "Awful. [The team] came out tonight expecting to walk all over...

Preparing for playoffs

Cody Jones

October 25, 2012

A road trip down to Jackson ended in another loss for the Francis Howell Central Spartans football team, 56 to 26. The team traveled down to Jackson Friday during sixth hour. Due to the length of the trip, the team decided to be more extravagant for the players. “It was a long trip, but it was a ...

Spartans revert back to losing ways

Cody Jones

October 2, 2012

The Spartans varsity football team traveled to Timberland last Friday with momentum from a 34-0 win over North. Any confidence carrying over from that game was met with a resounding thud. The Spartans lost 36-23. “We simply played a better team. North was downright shitty,” said senior captain J...

Spartans get first W

Cody Jones

September 25, 2012

After four close losses to open the season, the Spartans finally began to get into their stride Friday night. Against Francis Howell North, the team pitched a shutout, while scoring 34 points of their own. “We performed great Friday. The defense was perfect and the offense executed in the red zone....

Spartans lose grip

Cody Jones

September 5, 2012

Whether the cause was the inclement weather or a lack of focus, the varsity football team could not seem to hold on to victory Friday. After jumping out to a 14-0 lead on Fort Zumwalt South by halftime, the Spartans fell flat. The team allowed 21 unanswered points in the second half, losing the game 21...

Spartans drop opener

Cody Jones

August 28, 2012

After months of practice and preparation, the Spartans football season began with a season opening loss against Fort Zumwalt East, with a score of 34-20. The team squandered several opportunities in the red zone, much to the dismay of players and coaches alike. The third quarter was the main culp...

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