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Bryant Estate leaves Nike, future of partnership uncertain

Joshua Brown, In-Depth Editor June 3, 2021

Photo courtesy of Sole Collector Jan. 26, 2020 is a day we sports fans will never forget. The moment the news broke that Kobe Bryant died in a fatal helicopter crash shocked and saddened us all....

NBA Topshot: The future of sports collectibles, or an unsustainable fad?

Daniel Holtaway, Staff Reporter April 15, 2021

230 million dollars in sales. 325k packs sold. Individual collectibles reselling for over $200k.The digital collectables, known as moments, sold by NBA Topshot may be the future of sports collectibles....

Spring sports fans turn hopeful as COVID-19 restrictions loosen

Spring sports fans turn hopeful as COVID-19 restrictions loosen

Luke Kurcina, Staff Reporter April 13, 2021

Madison sports fans and athletes are hopeful at the prospect of larger crowds being allowed to attend sporting events through the spring season.  The fall season (actually taking place in February...

The Comprehensive March Madness Preview

The Comprehensive March Madness Preview

Joshua Brown, In-Depth Editor March 18, 2021

After a COVID-19 hiatus, the greatest postseason tournament in the sporting world is finally back. March Madness is truly Christmas in March: creating 20 different iterations of a bracket that gets busted...

Madison begins first season of winter sports during pandemic

Madison begins first season of winter sports during pandemic

Anna Long, Staff Reporter February 27, 2021

Madison spring sports were quickly put on hold last year with the swift and immediate reaction to a spike in coronavirus cases which shut down in-person learning, and subsequently all Madison sports. This...

Uncertainty surrounds postponed Tokyo Olympics

Uncertainty surrounds postponed Tokyo Olympics

Elizabeth Casto, Staff Reporter February 23, 2021

COVID-19 is responsible for the cancellation of many events, and the Olympic Games is no exception. In April of 2020, Olympic officials made the call to postpone the games until the next year, setting...

The Revival of American Soccer

The Revival of American Soccer

Joshua Brown, In-Depth Editor December 17, 2020

After a stunning failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it would have been unfathomable to think that the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) could have a chance to do some serious damage...

The Return of Alex Smith

The Return of Alex Smith

Connor Foote, Sports Editor December 17, 2020

Washington comes out in a singleback set, two wide receivers to the left, Antonio Gibson in the backfield. Alex Smith takes the snap, sets, scans, and fires a bullet to Isaiah Wright who brings it...

Comparing the NBA and NFL's Social Justice Initiatives

Comparing the NBA and NFL’s Social Justice Initiatives

Connor Foote, Sports Editor November 5, 2020

Social injustice has long been an issue in America and has recently gained a larger spotlight. Since the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in May, protests have picked up significantly around...

College Commitments During the Pandemic

College Commitments During the Pandemic

Elizabeth Casto, Staff Reporter November 5, 2020

Many student athletes rely on their junior season of high school sports to get recruited and possibly gain scholarships to play in college. However, COVID-19 has affected college recruitment and commitment....

Mookie Betts Heading Out West

Mookie Betts Heading Out West

Ethan deBorja, Digest Editor February 28, 2020

Mookie on the move?  Yes, you heard right. Star outfielder Mookie Betts has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for young outfielder Alex Verdugo and two other prospects. On Feb. 11, 2020,...

Paige Counts focuses on the field while surrounded by her teammates.

Tackling Gender Roles in Football

Mia Pisani, Lifestyle Editor January 22, 2020

On the freshman football team of 60 people, 59 are boys. Paige Counts (’23) is the only girl in the Madison football program, and while most high school female football players are kickers, Counts is...

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