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  • Information for the upcoming wrestling season for 7 and 8 graders can be found in the 1, 2, and 3 floor guidance offices! An informational meeting will be on Monday, October 18. See Coach Luciano in room 235 with questions.
  • Like math and puzzles? If so, then join Mathcounts! See Mrs. Abbott in room 275 for details.
  • The Technology Student Association's first meeting is on Oct. 21 in room 107 for people that are interested.
  • Want to join the Lego Club? Sign up in the library before Oct. 6! The first meeting is on Oct. 6 from 2:45 - 3:45 after school.
  • Check your email to sign up for Friends of Rachel Club! Deadline to sign up September 24!
  • Thursday, Sept. 30 is team spirit/ jersey day! Wear a favorite team color and show support!
  • The Chromebook Café is open every Monday - Friday from 2:40 - 4:10 after school.
  • The fitness room is open every Monday through Friday from 2:40 to 4:10 after school.
  • All library books are due ASAP.
  • Chromebook collection will be held June 8 for Virtual/ACA students.



Feeling confident! Neatrour smiled for the camera. Having his name in his colleges hall of fame only fuels his confidence as a coach.

New Baseball Coach Shares his Love for the Sport

Bryana Ayala, Reporter June 3, 2021

Paul Neatrour’s year will be a memorable one as it marks his first year of coaching for the maroon baseball team. He’s coached for many other teams, including the high school, but this will be his...

 Silks, position! This year’s silks perform their routine for the “Star Spangled Banner. The girls trained all summer and finally showcased their skills for the crowd at this year’s marching band showcase October 16, 2020.

Marching Band Silks Proke Spirit and Awareness

Andrea Slusser, Reporter June 3, 2021

Feeling the excitement of the crowd and listening to the band blare the school’s fight song, most viewers focus their attention on the football players storming into view. However, hidden in the...

On the move! Sixth grader, Jonathan Slusser, rides on a skateboard earlier this week. He skated long before skateboarding became more popular.  Slusser said, I think that it is convenient to carry around, fun to ride and a great way to hangout with friends.

Skateboarding increases in popularity

Dominic Danastasio, Reporter June 3, 2021

Skateboarding, a relatively new sport invented in the 1940s, made a comeback throughout the spring months with students riding them to and from school. This sport has become mainstream throughout the last...

Pull, squat, jerk! Gracie Rice performs her final clean and jerk attempt at Youth Nationals. Freddie, the coach, also Rice’s uncle, encouraged her to try Olympic Weightlifting, which she eventually did and really enjoyed it.

Gain Self Esteem while Working on Physique

Isabella E. Bush, Reporter June 3, 2021

Owner and coach of Dorman’s Sports Performance, John ("Freddie"- the first name he goes by) Dorman, opened his business about six years ago. Dorman originally started out as a professional hockey player,...

Goal! Lia Sankey worked hard on improving her shot in soccer over quarantine. She said, “I worked hard because I wanted to stay in shape for the upcoming track and soccer seasons.”

Athletes during quarantine

Allison Little, Reporter June 3, 2021

On March 13, 2020, all schools in the state shutdown leaving student-athletes with an overwhelming amount of free time. The initial months of quarantine were some of the most crucial times for these athletes'...

Slam dunkin. Bailor prepares herself for next basketball season. Her stats were: 9-8 for her first year and 3-10 for her second year of coaching.

Erika Bailor Making Impact on young, female basketball players

Megan Giles , Reporter June 2, 2021

From my experience there are good coaches and bad coaches, the differences are that good coaches teach and bad coaches tell. Erika Bailor was a fantastic coach who understood the struggle of being an athlete...

Runners, ready, go! Cross country runners start to kickoff their season by beginning scheduled practices at Logan Elementary. This picture offers a somewhat glimpse into what the courses look like for this sport.

Cross Country: A sport with no off-season

Brandon R. Lyle, Reporter June 2, 2021

There are many different sports that have an offseason. Football, basketball, soccer, or baseball for example all have an off-season, but there's no such thing as an off season for cross country athletes....

Ready to Rumble! Kyle, wrestling coach of the junior high mountain lions, poses for a photo. He wanted to express his gratitude in his four years of coaching.

Pin It to Win It!

Olivia Wilt, Reporter June 2, 2021

Ever since he can recall, head wrestling coach, Cameron Kyle, has been grappling his whole life. Kyle has coached the junior high Mountain Lion wrestlers for four years now. He hoped to instill a few characteristics...

Strike three! The  White baseball team finished off the season with an outstanding record of 11-4-1!

Baseball Athletes Behind the Scenes

Abigail Shearer, Reporter May 29, 2021

Local white team baseball players Logan Meyers and Tyler Kerin give inside information on how they prepare all season for their games.    “I just go out, I try my best and go with my gut,”...

Go long! Randy Grove, lineman for the football team, poses with his favorite item, a football. Grove cannot wait for the season to come around again and for his high school football career to begin.

Altoona athletes staying in shape during off-season

Charlie Kephart, Reporter May 28, 2021

Athletes staying in peak condition during their offseason is vital for success. Most do this by eating right, exercising and joining other sports to stay active. By staying in shape while not playing their...

Stretch it out! Painful injuries can happen to any athlete, even the very best players! 
Taina Banks said, I still showed up to practices and games even though I couldnt participate and cheered my team on!

Coping with sport injuries

Theresa King, Reporter May 28, 2021

Many athletes have gotten injured while playing their sport. Coaches need to find ways to rehabilitate or replace their athletes after fracturing, spraining or even breaking a part of their body that they...

Team effort. This photo was taken after the Altoona seventh and eighth grade girls soccer team played their last game of the season.  They played Bedford and won 6-0. It was a fantastic way to end the season, said Alannah Irwin, one of the players on the undefeated team.

Streak Of Undefeated Soccer Season Lives On

Allison Little, Reporter December 10, 2020

Undefeated season! The seventh and eight grade girls soccer team finished undefeated again,  keeping their impressive record of five years without a single loss intact! The team worked and fought hard...

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