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Reese McDevitt looks at the course ahead during a cross country race. McDevitt set a school record of 19:16.7 this year to become the fastest female junior in school history.

A Hunger to CompEAT

Hannah Halterman, Staff Reporter May 22, 2024

As the official blows his whistle to signal five minutes until the cross country race begins, runner Laney Parmeley rips open a packet of Skittles while Reese McDevitt drinks honey from a small bottle....

Coach Kurt Kruse holding the team state champion award while leaning in for a photo after the girls wrestling team won the state championship on Feb. 24.

Pinning down a title

Colin Nichols, Web Editor-in-Chief March 7, 2024

The FHC girls wrestling team last week on Sat. Feb. 24 made history, becoming the first sports team to win the Missouri state championship. Junior Kailey Benson was awarded the title state champ as well...

Senior Camrin Watkins pins her opponent at a meet on December 13th against Howell.

Wrestling With Success

Abby Myers, Staff Reporter February 22, 2024

Senior Camrin Watkins patiently waits on the sidelines at the FHC girls wrestling team’s meet against Troy. Wrestlers would say Watkins is ‘on deck,’ a term the wrestlers used to describe who is...

During the match sophomore Chase Gray pushes his opponents head down as he has control. He is doing this in orders to win his match and score points for the Spartans.

Timberland Throw Down

Ava Breuer, Staff Photographer January 31, 2024

Taking down the Timberland Wolves with a winning score of 53-4, the boys wrestling team captured the GAC South title for the third year in a row. The team traveled to Timberland on Jan. 17 to face...

The referee holds senior wrestler Noah Keens arm up in victory following his win.

Pin it and Win it

Kendyl Lay, Staff Photographer January 5, 2024

The boys wrestling team took on Howell in the large gym on the evening of Dec. 13. They went on to beat Howell with a score of 60-11 after a long delay to the start of the matches. Beating Howell...

Senior, Camrin Watkins, pins the opponent not long after the match starts. Right off the bat, she dominated the match quickly getting the other girl on the mat.

Breakdown on the Mats

Mallory Davie, Staff Photographer January 5, 2024

The junior varsity girls faced off against district rivals Francis Howell, taking a huge victory for the Spartans. With a big lead of 60-11, the Vikings fall to the Spartans on December 13th as all...

Junior Sam Mueller shoots the ball as he competes in the 3-point competition. Competing against his other teammates to make the most three’s for his team.

Winter Sports Blast Off

Ava Breuer, Staff Photographer December 11, 2023

  To kick off the 2023-2024 winter sports season, an annual Winter Blast was held to showcase the athletes heading into their new season. All levels of the Sensations and cheerleading gave...

State champion wrestler, Aidan Hernandez arises the crowd after succeeding in beating his opponent. Hernandez finished his wrestling career with an 161-14 record. Paul Halfacre, Special to

State Sentiments

Anabel Gundersen, Staff Reporter March 7, 2023

On February 25th, at 7:28pm, there wasn’t much going on here. However, at Mizzou Arena, in Columbia, Aidan Hernandez’s left arm was raised, announcing he was a state wrestling champion at 165 lbs,...

Coach Cross being celebrated by wrestling alumni.

Once a Spartan, Always a Spartan

Magi Temelkova, Staff Photographer February 24, 2023

  Spartan wrestlers had their senior night on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Senior night was preceded by the alumni recognition ceremony and followed by a wrestling match. The varsity wrestling coach...

Thomas Stulhman gets his hand raised after he wins a hard match.

Adding Paint To The Wall

Makenzie Solis, Staff Photographer February 24, 2023

On Feb. 18th, the boys wrestling team took first place at districts. With the season coming to an end, the boys wanted to end their seasons with “paint on the wall” . With 9 state qualifiers, 5 district...

Freshman Roberto Gil Farias tries to stay on top of his opponent.

Wrestling’s Final Hurrah

Ava Reyes, Staff Photographer February 18, 2023

A junior varsity and freshman wrestling match against South, took place on Feb. 1. This was a close match but both levels won this game. Junior varsity won 42 to 36 and freshmen won 42 to 33. Sophomore...

Junior Alanah Braun works to break her opponent down.

Newer Program, New Success

Nolan Haberstroh, Staff Reporter February 14, 2023

As junior Stevie Lupo prepares for her Friday wrestling tournament, it’s difficult to contain the feelings of anticipation for the event. After a weigh in, Lupo has an hour to eat with the rest of the...

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