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The Milwaukee Bucks' Historic Victory Over the U.S.S.R

by Zayn Khalid, age 13

The United States and the Soviet National team (U.S.S.R.) had one of the biggest basketball rivalries of the '70s and '80s, especially when the U.S. lost to the U.S.S.R. in the 1972 Olympic finals. Then 15 years later, the Milwaukee Bucks played the U.S.S.R., and the game was not even close.

In 1987, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the U.S.S.R. at the McDonald’s Basketball Open. The final score of the game was 127-100 with the Bucks leading by 50 points at some parts of the game. The win was the second of a three-day tournament.

The Bucks still dominated with three of their better players out, including Sydney Moncrief, who had just received knee surgery, John Lucas, and Rickey Pierce. The U.S.S.R. was also missing players like their dominant 7 '2 center Arvidas Sabonis, due to an Achilles injury, and his backup, Aleksandr Belosteni, who suffered a sprained left ankle. [Read More]

The History Football: A Rough and Thrilling U.S. Tradition

by Ermiyas Abiy, age 8

Football is a very interesting sport and fun to play! Lots of people like football and you might like playing football too. However, let me warn you, it is a very rough game. Football's first-ever game was in 1865. Rules for college football were made two years later and the very first NFL game was played in 1895.

When a match is played, it starts with a kickoff. The kickoff team kicks the football to the receiving team. One player from the receiving team catches the ball and must run it to the other side of the field – but here is where the game can get physical. The kickoff team can do anything they want. They can tackle, throw down, or push the ball carrier out of the sidelines. When the football goes out of the sidelines, it is called out of bounds.

The grassy football field is in the shape of a rectangle and is 120 yards long. For a team to score a touchdown, they must bring the football to their opponent’s endzone on the other side of the field, where they score six points. But while going down the field they have four tries, known as “downs”, to move the ball at least ten yards. Both offense and defense teams have 11 players on the field. [Read More]

The Journey of Pelé, Brazil's Soccer Maestro

by Edwin Torres, age 12

Pelé has been considered one of the best soccer players in the world by many. He has been the only player to win three World Cups. How did he get the title “Best Soccer Player”? Well, we are going to have to go all the way back to his early life in Brazil.

Pelé, whose actual name was Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, was born in Três Corações, Brazil, on October 23, 1940. Pelé grew up in poverty, and was really passionate about soccer. Since he could not afford a good ball to practice with, he kicked a rolled-up sock stuffed with rags around his neighborhood. The kids in his neighborhood called him “Pele” for no specific reason. He did not like it, but the name stuck to him.

When he was a young teenager, he joined a youth team managed by a former player from Brazil’s soccer team. At age 15, Pelé left his home to join the Santos professional club, which was five hours away. A few months after he joined the club, he scored the first goal of his professional soccer career. The Brazilian national team spotted his spectacular skills on the field, and recruited him to play for the team at the early age of 16. [Read More]

Remembering Jim Brown: NFL Legend's Impact Beyond Sports, from Athletics to Activism

by Katina Maclin, age 17

Jim Brown, two-time NFL champion and four-time league MVP, recently passed away. Although he was well-known for his achievements in the NFL, his impact reached far beyond the world of sports.

Jim Brown was born in 1936 in St. Simons Island, Georgia. Growing up, he was an athletic and versatile young man. He attended the University of Syracuse in New York, where he was a star football and lacrosse athlete. He shined both on the field and in the classroom, as he was deemed an excellent student.

Drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round, Brown prospered in the NFL, quickly becoming a Star. He gained many awards and was named All-Pro eight times. He made himself a well-known name in pro football. [Read More]

Packers Legend LeRoy Butler Inducted in Hall of Fame

by Owen Ayite-Atayi, age 15

The Green Bay Packers are a National Football League (NFL) team in the National Football Conference (NFC). Wisconsin, home of the Packers, has had a great amount of talent come through the state throughout the years, with athletic players like LeRoy Butler.

In 1990, the Packers drafted a safety named LeRoy Butler who was born in Jacksonville, Florida on July 19, 1968. Butler would continue his football journey and attend Florida State University in 1986. In 1990, he went second overall in the NFL Draft, being drafted by the Packers.

Butler played 12 healthy seasons in the NFL, being selected by fans and coaches to play in the Pro Bowl four times. The Pro Bowl is an annual NFL All-Star game with the best players in the league competing against each other. Butler was voted All-Pro four times by sportswriters and analytics. With the help of Butler, the Green Bay Packers would win their third Super Bowl championship in 1997 against the New England Patriots by a final score of 35-21 in a thrilling game. [Read More]

Olympic Speedskater Returns to Milwaukee for Training Camp

by Jules Da Costa, age 14

Erin Jackson is a skater for the U.S. national team. Her feats are incredible and she continues to impress many more with her skills on the ice.

Jackson, a 30-year-old speedskater from Ocala, Florida, returns to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the U.S. Championships. The U.S. team had previously gone to Milwaukee for a training camp in September 2022. Jackson has represented the U.S. on their national team in Olympic inline speedskating, roller derby, and long-track speedskating. Upon returning to Milwaukee, Jackson said she enjoyed being back, this time with a very different experience from the last due to the lack of COVID-19 restrictions.

During the Olympic trials, Jackson made a mistake that cost her a spot in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Thankfully, her friend Brittany Bowe gave up her spot so that Jackson could compete in the Olympics. This gave Jackson the opportunity to make Bowe proud by winning gold in the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games. However, this was not Jackson’s first time participating in the Olympic games. Two years after her graduation from the University of Florida Honors Program in 2015, she switched from inline speedskating to speedskating on ice. Shortly after this switch, she qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics. [Read More]

The End of Brazil's Soccer "Golden Age"

by Moore Vang, age 14

Brazil’s national team has had many achievements, beginning with winning their first-ever World Cup in 1958. Illustrator John Mulliken from Sports Illustrated wrote about their win saying, “Brazil itself went wild.” Brazil may have looked impressive, but in some people's eyes that was not the case. The French leader by the name of Charles de Gaulle in 1963 stated, “Brazil, that is not a serious country.” During this time many people doubted Brazil, but Brazil was very ambitious about soccer.

The sport first came to Brazil in 1894. The game originally came from Britain but spread to people of the lower class. A breakthrough came in 1923, when a club founded by Portuguese bankers in 1898 allowed poor black players to join their club. They went on to win a city championship that same year.

From 1938 to the 1990’s, Brazil experienced a golden era of soccer. In that time, it strengthened Brazil’s national identity. It even hosted the 1950 World Cup at the Rio Stadium, which was the world’s largest at the time. Even with the team’s great soccer skills, the country was still criticized as an underdeveloped nation. The sport of soccer elevated Brazil to a high level in the second half of the 20th century. [Read More]

More than Just a Basketball Star, Bill Russell Helped Change America

by Makya Rodriguez, age 17

Bill Russell was a huge representation of the Black community, a good friend of Martin Luther King Jr., and a great leader in basketball. Russell was able to show respect for the sport in and out of the court. At a young age, he was able to outshine others in basketball.

Bill Russell was tall, fast, and smart. He played basketball in high school, and college and even led his team in the Olympics of 1956, right before he joined the NBA to play with the Boston Celtics. Bill Russell attended and played at the University of San Francisco during his time there. He didn't stand out at first until his senior year when scouts were looking to draft him. Before that, Bill Russell had one initial goal in mind: to play for the U.S. Olympics in basketball. Russell played in the summer of 1956 in Australia for the U.S team, going 8-0 winning the Gold Medal.

To many, Russel stood out mostly due to his unique playing style. Russell played a central position in the sport. He was not as big and strong as other centers, but his success came from his teamwork, rebounding, and other skills. He also learned to have a different defensive play style than other centers. Instead of focusing on defending the other team's centers, he would utilize his speed advantage and height to defend the other team's forwards and block their shots. [Read More]

WNBA Basketball Might be Coming to Milwaukee

by Owen Ayite-Atayi, age 15

LeRoy Butler is a former Green Bay Packers player and is very well known in Wisconsin. Butler played for the Packers for 12 years and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a phenomenal player and helped the Packers win the Super Bowl in 1996.

After Butler finished his football career, he wanted to make a leading effort to try to establish a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) team in Wisconsin. The WNBA currently has 12 teams and is looking to add on more as seasons continue. The league was established on April 14, 1996, by David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA). According to The Athletic, Milwaukee is one of many cities that is in consideration to add to the WNBA.

A group that is controlled by Butler is trying to raise 100 million to prove to the WNBA that Milwaukee is dedicated to starting a new and healthy WNBA franchise. [Read More]

Jackie Robinson, The Legend Who Changed Major League Baseball

by Max Moreno, age 11

Jack Roosevelt Robinson, also known as Jackie Robinson was a legendary baseball player who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball by becoming the first Black American to be in the MLB. However, Robinson wasn't just any ordinary baseball player.

Robinson was born on Jan. 31, 1919, and grew up in Cairo, Georgia. During high school he played many sports like baseball, basketball, football and track. He was also named the state's MVP in 1938. He attended UCLA, where he was the university's first student to win varsity letters in four sports. In the 1940s Robinson met his future wife, Rachel Isum, when they were attending UCLA and got married in 1946. However he had to drop out of UCLA just shy of graduation because he didn't have enough money. After moving to Honolulu Hawaii, Robinson played football for the semi-professional league but his season was cut short as the United States entered WWII. He was drafted to the war from 1942 to 1944 and served as a second lieutenant but never fought in combat. After he was discharged from the army, Robinson began to play baseball but at that time baseball was segregated and white and Black people played in different leagues.

Robinson started his pro career in the Negro leagues and played for the Kansas City Monarchs. The president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey, wanted to get Robinson to join the MLB to prove to the world that Black Americans can play baseball with white Americans. But Rickey knew that it would be difficult for Robinson so he personally tested him to see his reaction when being called racial slurs. He also asked Robinson to promise to avoid fighting back when faced with racism. Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. Robinson was faced with racism from the beginning of his career. Some of his new teammates refused to play with a Black American on their team. People in crowds often insulted him and he and his family received death threats. Many opposing teams refused and threatened not to play with Robinson and even his teammates sat out in games. Despite the insults, he continued to play. Though in one infamous game when fans were harassing Robinson, team captain Peewee Reese walked over to him and put his arm around him as a gesture signifying peace, a moment that became legendary in baseball history. [Read More]

Doc Rivers Seeks to Revitalize the Milwaukee Bucks Amid Coaching Slump

by Owen Ayite-Atayi, age 16

Doc Rivers, the new head coach for the Milwaukee Bucks, is facing a slump in his coaching career. However, he is continuing to find ways to improve the team.

The Bucks replaced Adrian Griffin with Doc Rivers. Although Rivers accepted the coaching opportunity, he is currently in a coaching slump. After the Bucks lost three straight games to the Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies, and Toronto Raptors, Damian Lillard said in a post-game interview, "I just feel like we're a lot better than that. We're a more mature and responsible team than we've shown by allowing these games to get to the points they've gotten to and then putting ourselves in a dogfight and giving it a chance to end this way. But it's part of the game." Doc Rivers also responded similarly to Damian Lillard, saying, "The last three were against three bad teams. To me, that's inexcusable. For all of us. As I told them, this is on me. I gotta figure out what we gotta do to play at a higher pace." Rivers has noticed how disjointed the offense and defense have been during the last season.

Glenn Anton Rivers, known as Doc Rivers, was born on October 13, 1961. He was nicknamed "Doc" because he attended a summer basketball camp at Marquette University while wearing a "Dr. J" T-shirt of Philadelphia 76ers player Julius Erving. Rivers began his coaching career in 1996 after retiring as a player for the NBA. Rivers played for the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, and the Boston Celtics. He started off coaching the Orlando Magic from 1999-2003. Rivers expanded his coaching opportunities throughout the years by coaching for numerous teams. He led the 76ers to a third seed in the playoffs and fell short against the Boston Celtics in the 2022-23 playoffs. During the 2023-24 season, the Milwaukee Bucks organization fired Adrian Griffin after just 43 games with the Bucks, despite having one of the top records in the league. [Read More]

Meet Victor Wembanyama: The 7-Foot-4 Basketball Phenom

by Kaleab Afeworki, age 12

Victor Wembanyama is one of the best rookies this year, according to National Basketball Association (NBA) commentators. He gained popularity for his tremendous height reaching 7 feet 4 inches at just 20 years old. He was chosen by the San Antonio Spurs with the first overall pick of the NBA draft.

Wembanyama was born on January 4, 2004, in Le Chesnay, France. He was greatly known for his height, at the age of nine he was 5 feet 11 inches tall. At ten years old, he joined the Nanterre basketball team and gained gained skills on the court and enhanced his abilities to shoot, pass and defend. According to Wembanyama, it was during these times that he developed his desire to play basketball at a professional level. Over time, he taught himself English as he knew it was the language of the NBA, and he continued to practice his skills.

In 2019 at the age of 15, Wembanyama made his professional debut by appearing in the European professional basketball competition EuroCup with Nanterre's senior team. They were able to win a silver medal in the tournament. In 2020, Wembanyama played in the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament and helped the Nanterres win second place. [Read More]

NCAA Faces Legal Battle Over Name, Image, and Likeness Regulations

by Jules Da Costa, age 15

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has been involved in legal battles regarding its name, image, and likeness (NIL) guidelines.

In the ongoing case Tennessee and Virginia v. NCAA, the states want to remove rules regulating players' compensation for their name, image, and likeness. The NCAA is the largest college sports governing body in the US. They earn billions from the revenue their player's NIL brings them. College athletes receive several benefits but are not being compensated for their NIL. The suit claims the NCAA has violated the antitrust laws by denying athletes the ability to earn total compensation. They seek an injunction to do away with the NCAA's NIL rules. Florida-based sports attorney Darren Heitner claims there has been misclassification of athletes and that they should be referred to as employees rather than student-athletes. This lawsuit brings the total number of antitrust lawsuits the NCAA is defending to at least five, three of which also seek employment status for college athletes.

In a statement, the NCAA claims that taking this legal action and suspending the NIL regulations would further encourage what they consider a "wild west atmosphere." The NCAA worries about uneven playing fields between neighboring states and student-athletes being vulnerable to exploitation without the proper safeguards. According to the statement, the association does want to protect NIL rules but is also open to expanding NIL rights and opportunities for its athletes. [Read More]

Mohamed Salah's Journey to Soccer Stardom in Liverpool

by Ermiyas Abiy, age 8

Mohamed Salah is a professional soccer player who has played for multiple teams over the years. He is one of the best forwards and a serial winner with Liverpool Football Club (FC) since his arrival in 2017.

Salah was born on June 15, 1992, in Basyoun, Egypt, a city north of Cairo. When he was young, he admired professional soccer players such as Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima and tried to imitate their moves on the field. At age 14, he joined the Egyptian club, El Mokawloon’s youth team. His amazing speed caught the attention of Swiss club FC Basel, which led him to a contract in 2012. He helped lead the team to the Swiss Super League title and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Europa League semifinals in 2012. During that season he earned the Swiss Golden Player award for being an outstanding player.

Salah transferred to Chelsea FC of the Premier League in January 2014, where he struggled and only had six Premier League matches before he was loaned to Italy’s top league, Series A in 2015. Salah’s performance improved during his time in the Italian league, and later he was loaned to another Serie A team, AS Roma. He completed a permanent transfer to AS Roma and soon achieved 19 goals and 13 assists in the 2016-17 season. This gave him recognition as AS Roma’s player of the year. [Read More]

Virgil Van Dijk Shines as Liverpool's Star Defensive Player

by Oliver Zink, age 13

Virgil Van Dijk has shown that he is a world class defender and can compete at the highest levels in competitive soccer. He proved that by joining Liverpool in 2018 to play at a higher level after playing on smaller teams, such as Willem 11, FC Groningen, and Celtic.

The Dutch player helped Liverpool lift every major league trophy to date. He is a constant, imposing presence at the back line, while still helping up front with approximately five goals every Premier League season.

In the 2019-2020 season he won the UEFA Super Cup and a FIFA League World Cup which no one has done before. He also helped clinch a European Cup. In the 2018 season he only missed 35 minutes throughout the entire season, which is one of the lowest in the league. He was an outstanding player at the heart of the success of Liverpool, especially when the team made a comeback and beat Real Madrid securing the Champions League in 2019, after losing the year before. [Read More]

Learn About Real Madrid's Century Long Soccer Success

by Juanes Palma, age 11

Real Madrid is a professional soccer team that has dominated European soccer at a level that exceeds many other teams. The complete name is Real Madrid Club de Futbol. They are also called Los Blancos, meaning “the whites” in English.

Real Madrid branched off from another team founded in 1897 in Madrid, Spain. It wasn't until 1902 that Real Madrid was officially founded. The team has had countless achievements since then. When the European Cup was first held in 1955-56, Real Madrid was the tournament’s first winner and continued to dominate the scene yearly.

On their team, they have had superstar players like Ferenc Puskas, Alfredo di Estefano, Paco Gento, Hector Rial, Miguel Muñoz, David Beckham, Luis Figo, Ronaldo, Zidane, Kaka’, and Cristiano Ronaldo, to name a few. They won five European Cups in a row. One of the teams they played against was Germany, winning 7-3 in 1960. [Read More]

Marquette's Oso Ighodaro Named BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete

by Jules Da Costa, age 15

Marquette University basketball player Oso Ighodaro has recently been named the Big East conference’s scholar-athlete, a first in Marquette history.

Ighodaro will graduate with two degrees in four years. The Marquette senior earned a finance degree in three years and is working towards a Master of Business Administration (MBA), which he will complete in the summer. In these four years, he has managed to maintain a 3.54-grade point average. The conference’s Academic Affairs Committee voted to give Ighodaro the award and will grant him a $2,000 scholarship for graduate or professional studies.

Ighodaro also succeeded this season, earning all-Big East second-team honors. The 6-foot-11 forward averages 14.4 points and a team-leading 7.2 rebounds per game. Marquette head coach Shaka Smart said he is “incredibly proud” and that “it’s a well-deserved award.” Ighodaro said, “I think it’s cool to show that I can do my best at both.” [Read More]

March Madness Is the Ultimate NCAA Basketball Showdown

By Owen Ayite-Atayi, age 16

March Madness is one of the most anticipated and most-watched sporting events there is. It is a high-stakes environment with a roaring atmosphere that keeps family, friends, and basketball fans on the edge of their seats.

For the uninitiated, March Madness is a college basketball tournament. It is sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and determines the national champion of college basketball.

The name “March Madness” comes from the annual Illinois High School tournament, the first that used the term “March Madness” to describe its annual championship event. Henry V. Porter, a coach and educator, established the phrase in a 1939 essay for the Illinois Interscholastic magazine. His article was called “March Madness”. [Read More]

Embiid's MVP Pursuit, Playing for His Late Brother's Memory

by Jacob Dunn, age 14

Joel Embiid, the 2022-2023 NBA MVP, is doing amazing things this 2023-2024 season, and it's all for his brother.

In 2014, Embiid was drafted into the league by the Philadelphia 76ers. Embiid and his family are from Yaounde, Cameroon. Embiid had one person that motivated him in his life: his brother Arthur. Before Embiid moved to the United States he and Arthur were always together. When he was 16, he had his first day of basketball camp but was too nervous to go, so he skipped and stayed home to play a soccer video game with Arthur. Unfortunately, Embiid's dad found out and everything changed. He was forced to go to his basketball camp and would hardly ever see Arthur again.

After going to camps in his country, Embiid was recognized and got the ability to play basketball in the United States and the family moved. After a couple of years passed he was declared for the draft. He ended up being drafted in 2014 by the Philadelphia 76ers as the 3rd overall pick. When Embiid got drafted, Arthur was still in Cameroon. He missed him and wanted him to come to see him play in the league. Four months passed and Embiid got a call that Arthur was killed in an accident back home. After he heard the news, Embiid turned to shambles. Although he was in a rough spot, he was not letting that stop him. Embiid pushed himself to be great and face his challenges. Embiid won the Most Valuable Player award in the 2022-2023 season, proving himself as one of the best foreign players in the league. Embiid is showing his worth in the league as a foreign player. [Read More]

HBCU Makes History With New Ice Hockey Program

by Moore Vang, age 15

Tennessee State University (TSU) is one of the largest HBCU colleges in the U.S. and is widely known for its athletics. This includes sports such as basketball, football, tennis, and more. It has established the careers of many athletes such as Wilma Rudolph and Tiger Belle who both made track history. The university has also produced Super Bowl champion Ed Jones. TSU has established many sports for its athletes, however, they’re looking to make a huge change by becoming the first-ever historically black college to introduce ice hockey.

Earlier this year, Tennessee State collaborated with the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Hockey League Player’s Association, and one of the most well-known hockey teams in the United States: the Nashville Predators. Before this partnership occurred, the NHL, along with the players’ union, sponsored feasibility studies for U.S. colleges and universities interested in the addition of Division Ⅰ men’s and women’s programs since 2017. This idea for ice hockey came to fruition when Sean Henry, the president of the Nashville Predators, said there were discussions of helping raise $1 million in scholarship funds in a month. This turned into the idea of bringing up the subject of ice hockey in January 2020.

“The announcement gives him goosebumps thinking of how this could change hockey,” Henry states. Not only will this change the landscape of ice hockey, but also of HBCUs all around the U.S. For decades, HBCUs have mainly been recognized by their popular sports such as basketball and football. However, with the addition of ice hockey, it adds to the preexisting sports. The athletic director of TSU, Mikki Allen, expressed that the program will help diversify hockey and embrace inclusivity. [Read More]

UW Madison Basketball Sensation A.J. Storr Leaves Mark On and Off the Court

by Owen Ayite-Atayi, age 16

Wisconsin Badgers basketball player A.J. Storr has become a key contributor to the Badgers’ 2023-24 lineup. Not only does Storr have an impact on the court, but he also has an impact on the community.

A.J. Storr’s heart and passion for basketball were ignited by his mother, Annette Brandy, and his sister, Ambranette Storr. Both of them played basketball at a sensational level. Storr’s mother played at Clemente Community Academy, and his sister embarked on her legacy by becoming one of the top scorers in Illinois.

Storr was a solid player at the collegiate level, averaging 8.8 points per game for St. John's Red Storm during his freshman year. He was also named to the 2023 Big East All-Freshman Team and Big East Freshman of the Week three times. Despite earning all the accolades, Storr felt like Wisconsin was a better program and a great fit for him, so he transferred. The program felt like home, and he truly admired how Wisconsin Badgers coach Greg Gard appreciated his unique skill set. [Read More]

How the Carlisle Indians Became a College Football Powerhouse

by Owen Ayite-Atayi, age 16

Richard Henry Pratt, an abolitionist, created a college football powerhouse team called the Carlisle Indians that dominated in the early 20th century. Pratt believed that Native Americans should be included in American society.

The Carlisle Indian Industrial School began in 1879 with Henry Pratt wanting to assimilate Native Americans into society. Pratt was dedicated to starting the school so he did just that, by making a journey into the Dakota territory to enroll students into Carlisle. Three years later, the students decided that they wanted to start a football team for the school which was called the Carlisle Indians.

The Carlisle Indians were a dominant team by 1907. The collegiate team knew how to operate and facilitate the game at an efficient pace. In one of Carlisle’s games, the Indians defeated the U.S. Army team, which included Dwight Eisenhower in its roster. In Carlisle’s former years, the school produced amazing talent which included Jim Thorpe and Glenn Scobey also known as “Pop”. [Read More]

Muhammad Ali: The Unmatched Legacy of a Boxing Legend

by Iliyan Hoskins, age 10

Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., more commonly known as Muhammad Ali, was a professional boxer who achieved many accomplishments, including an olympic gold medal in 1960 in Rome and a world heavyweight championship title. Throughout Ali’s career, he faced much success and controversy that would make him a household name.

On January 17, 1942, Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He was named after his father Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr. Clay's mother was Odessa O’Grady Clay. Clay was born dyslexic, so it was hard for him to learn in school and it caused him some trouble throughout his life.

When Clay was 12, a thief stole his bike. Clay’s boxing coach, Joe E. Martin, and a police officer saw Clay upset over the incident and at that moment, Martin encouraged Clay to try boxing. [Read More]

Nikola Jokic's Journey to Double MVP Triumph

by Kaleab Afeworki, age 11

Many people believe Nikola Jokic to be one of the best NBA players. Jokic is placed over LeBron James and Jason Kidd on the triple-double list in the NBA – a status given to a player when they get at least 10 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds.

Nikola Jokic was born on February 19, 1995, in Sombor, Serbia. His two older brothers, who were 11 and 13 at the time, introduced him to basketball. At age 17, he made it to the KK Mega Basket League in Belgrade. In the 2015-2016 season, Jokic joined the Denver Nuggets. He also helped Serbia earn a silver medal in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Jokic recently became the 11th player in NBA history to receive multiple MVPs and an NBA title, following names like Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Larry Bird. [Read More]

Why the Milwaukee Bucks Traded Jrue Holiday

by Owen Ayite-Atayi, age 16

Although the Milwaukee Bucks won the 2021 NBA finals, the organization has faced loads of criticism, backlash, and mixed emotions on the trading of Jrue Holiday, who will now play for the Boston Celtics.

The starting roster during the 2020-22 seasons consisted of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Bobby Portis, Jrue Holiday, and Brook Lopez. The roster was solid for the Bucks after they acquired Holiday in the 2020-21 season. Holiday is a point guard who controls the game with an amazing and efficient pace. He averaged 16.4 points per game, 4.1 rebounds, and 6.5 assists in his time with the Bucks. Although Holiday is an explosive player on offense, he is also a great and proactive player on defense.

The organization is facing mixed emotions from fans on Jrue Holiday being traded for Damian Lillard, who is also a point guard who can shoot efficiently and facilitate on offense. Throughout his career with the Portland Trail Blazers, Lillard averaged 25.2 points per game, 4.2 rebounds, and 6.7 assists. Although Lillard is an offensive weapon, he struggles on the defensive side, unlike Holiday. The trade was a three-way blockbuster deal with the Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks also sent Grayson Allen to the Phoenix Suns, while the Trail Blazers picked up Deandre Ayton. “Before I even won here I thought I said I'm a Buck for life and I mean that like deep in my heart, I don't want to play for any other team,” Holiday said. The day after he said that the Bucks traded him to the Portland Trail Blazers, who then traded him to the Boston Celtics for Malcolm Brogdon, Robert Williams, the 2024 1st-round draft pick, and the 2029 unprotected 1st-round draft pick. [Read More]

Young Soccer Prodigy Jude Bellingham's Rise to Glory

by Oliver Zink, age 13

In the world of professional soccer, young English player Jude Bellingham is playing for Real Madrid and is a powerhouse for soccer. Bellingham started his rise at Birmingham where he achieved multiple records. He was the youngest player to play for Birmingham, along with being the youngest goalscorer at Birmingham.

Jude played in 31 games in England’s tough-as-nails second-tier championship where he started 24 games and scored four goals and got two assists. He was recognized for his excellent playing on the field and was awarded the English Soccer League’s Young Player of the Month for November. Bellingham decided to leave Birmingham and transfer to Dortmund for more opportunities.

Jude made history at Dortmund as the youngest goalscorer in the D.F.B. Cup. He also became the youngest Englishman to start in a Champions League match. Bellingham went on and got his first Bundesliga League goal against VFB Stuttgart. Four days later he became the second-youngest player to score in a Champions League match. Bellingham joined Youri Tielsman as one of the two players to make double-digit appearances in the Champions League before the age of 18. [Read More]

Inside the NFL Turf Debate for Player Safety and Finances

By Jacob Dunn, age 14

The ongoing debate surrounding whether football players should compete on turf or real grass has sparked arguments from various perspectives, encompassing players' health and cost considerations.

In the NFL, only 14 fields boast natural grass, with 18 utilizing turf, and a single hybrid field, belonging to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Players mostly prefer real grass over turf because many think their cleats perform better on natural grass. They say it does not put as much pressure on their legs and ankles. Due to this, and many other reasons, players strongly agree with replacing all turf fields with real grass.

Most data from recent years points toward slightly more injuries occurring on turf, but there is plenty of real grass as well, according to the NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA). Perhaps a greater factor of why the NFL leans towards having turf is the cost of maintenance. "However, moving all stadium fields to high-quality natural grass surfaces is the easiest decision the NFL can make," NFLPA executive director Lloyd Howell said in a statement. [Read More]

Team USA's Quest for Redemption: Building the 2024 Olympic Basketball Roster

by Owen Ayite-Atayi, 16

The unexpected loss of the USA men’s basketball team in the 2023 Federal International Basketball Association(FIBA) semifinals set the stage for building the 2024 USA Men’s Olympic Basketball Team.

The 2023 USA men’s basketball team had a devastating loss in the semifinals against Germany on Sept. 8, 2023. The 2023 USA team consisted of veteran NBA players such as Anthony Edwards, Jalen Brunson, Tyrese Haliburton, Austin Reaves, and Mikal Bridges. The final score for the semifinal game was 113-111. The loss would knock Team USA out of the FIBA playoffs and into the third-place consolation game. Unfortunately, Team USA fell short against Canada with a final score of 127-118.

Noah Lyles, an Olympic athlete, stirred up controversy when he said in a press conference, “The thing that hurts me the most is that I have to watch the NBA Finals and they have the world champion on their head. World champion of what? The United States?” NBA players flooded social media with confusion once they heard about his comments. After Lyles shared his opinion on the NBA finals, momentum began to build for the future 2024 Olympic roster. [Read More]

NBA's Stricter Player Participation Policy Spurs Concerns Among Teams

by Jules Da Costa, age 15

NBA teams are expressing their concerns about the new rules established by the NBA's board of governors, which pertain to the Player Participation Policy (PPP). This policy penalizes teams for resting star players during nationally televised games.

The previous Player Resting Policy was initially introduced in the 2017-18 season, preventing NBA teams from resting high-profile players during nationally televised games and imposing a minimum fine of $100,000 for violations. However, for the upcoming 2023-24 season, the NBA is taking a stricter stance with the introduction of a new policy called the Player Participation Policy. Under this policy, any violation will incur a first-offense fine of $100,000, a second-offense fine of $250,000, and an additional fine of $1 million for each subsequent violation.

Teams must ensure that no more than one-star player is unavailable for the same game, emphasizing that star players should be available for all games, particularly on national television and during in-season tournaments. Teams such as the Golden State Warriors must make sure Steph Curry or Chris Paul is available for each game, particularly on national television and during in-season tournaments. [Read More]

The Green Bay Packers, From Bankruptcy to Community-Owned NFL Legacy

by Kaleab Afeworki, age 11

You may have heard of the Green Bay Packers, but did you know that this successful NFL team once faced bankruptcy? It's true!

Back in the early days, Green Bay, the smallest city in Wisconsin to join the NFL, had a relatively small fan base and limited financial resources. This situation left the Packers in precarious financial shape during the 1920s. In 1935, they hit a critical point, ultimately going bankrupt. To navigate this financial crisis, they established a new company known as Green Bay Packers Inc. and raised $15,000 by selling stock shares of the team to the public.

The team's founding fathers, Ed "Curly" Lambeau, after whom the stadium was named, and George Calhoun, played pivotal roles in the Packers' history. The name "Packers" itself has an interesting historical connection. It was inspired by Lambeau's affiliation with the Indian Packing Corporation, a meatpacking company. This choice resonated with the working-class residents who made up the core of the Green Bay community during that era. [Read More]

Lionel Messi Leads Inter Miami to Historic Victory

by Moore Vang, age 14

Lionel Messi has made his presence known in Major League Soccer since joining Inter Miami in July. He has scored 11 goals and has played in 11 games in which his team has won them all. Due to these wins, they advanced to the Leagues Cup tournament finals on Aug 20 and defeated Nashville.

The Leagues Cup tournament is a month-long competition between the 47 clubs of MLS (29) and Liga MX (18). The competition is hosted in the U.S. and Canada and is a World Cup-style tournament that pauses seasonal games for a month from mid-July to mid-August. The top three teams in the Leagues Cup advance to the Concacaf Champions League in 2024. This league consists of 27 teams competing in a five-round knockout phase which takes place in North America. The winner will advance to the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup in the U.S., along with the winners from 2021 to 2023.

Messi has changed the landscape of Inter Miami by scoring the club’s first ever trophy-the Leagues Cup title. In their match against Nashville, Messi scored the first goal in the 23rd minute. However, Nashville scored in the 57th minute, tying the game 1-1. The match went into penalties with each player taking a shot. In the end, Inter Miami won 10-9 on penalties, earning them the Leagues Cup title. [Read More]

Kylian Mbappé, A Rising Star in World Soccer

by Iliyan Hoskins, age 10

At the young age of 24, Kylian Mbappé is one of the best soccer players in the world.

Mbappé was born in Paris, France, and raised in Bondy. Growing up his idols were Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo Nazario, and Cristiano Ronaldo. He wanted to play for Real Madrid when he was young.

On August 31, 2017, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) announced the signing of Mbappé from Monaco on loan. In July 2018, Mbappé was given the number seven jersey for the upcoming season. He became the highest paid teenager earning €145 million plus €35 million in add-ons and endorsements. In May, he was called up to the 2018 World Cup. He led France to the finals against Croatia with a 4-2 win. [Read More]

BIG3 Basketball League Faces NBA Obstacles but Thrives in Its Own Right

by Jules Da Costa, age 15

The BIG3 basketball league has been facing challenges due to the NBA’s influence. Despite this, the league is still thriving.

The BIG3 three-on-three basketball league was founded by Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz in 2017. The BIG3 league takes place during the NBA’s off-season. It consists of retired NBA players and players who didn’t make the NBA. They are currently a 12-team league with three-player lineups and five-player rosters.

Ice Cube, a well-known actor and hip-hop artist, claims that the NBA has been blocking this league from wider exposure. He is accusing them of gatekeeping sponsorships and network deals they could use. In an interview with podcaster Joe Rogan, he said that the NBA has been “...encouraging people not to sponsor us…” and “...encouraging networks not to play us.” He clarified that they are not in any way trying to compete with the NBA. He then explained how having the NBA viewing his league as competition prevents it from expanding. “Labeling us as competition prevents other NBA owners from investing,“ he said, adding they are also going to sponsors and telling them not to work with the BIG3. [Read More]

Aaron Rodgers Injured, Zach Wilson Takes Over as Jets Quarterback

by Jacob Dunn, age 14

In a tragic event for Jets fans, Aaron Rodgers was injured and carried out of the stadium during the team’s first regular-season game on Sept. 11. Now, he will be replaced by 2021 number two overall pick, Zach Wilson. Wilson will be the new QB1, with a 14-21 record, averaging only 168 yards per game in the 2022 season. To compare his average passing yards, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes almost doubled that in last year's season with 303 passing yards per game. When signing Rodgers, the Jets had a 60% chance of reaching the playoffs, according to SportsLine. Now with Wilson, the Jets only have a staggering 0.2 % chance of making the playoffs.

The injury occurred on the fourth play of the game. The Jets were attempting a drive and pass rusher Leonard Floyd got through the offensive line and sacked Rodgers. Once Rodgers got up, he stood for a moment before going back to the ground and holding his leg in pain. After Rodgers was carried out by medics, Wilson had to step in to replace him. Wilson ended up taking the Jets to victory against the Buffalo Bills 22-16. He threw for more than 50% while completing 14 for 21 on passing, ending the night with 140 passing yards.

After the game, there was a press conference where Jets coach, Robert Saleh, said that Rodgers' injury did not look good and that they were putting their faith in Wilson. The following morning Rodgers got X-rays and it was ruled that he had torn his left ACL and would not be able to return until the 2024-25 season. [Read More]

Jordan Love: Green Bay Packers' Rising Star and First African-American Starting Quarterback

by Owen Ayite-Atayi, age 15

Jordan Love is currently the starting NFL quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, stepping in for Aaron Rodgers. He holds the distinction of being the first African-American quarterback to start for the Packers.

Born on November 2, 1998, in Bakersfield, California, Love faced a significant loss at the age of 14 when his father, Orbin Love, passed away. He attended Liberty High School in Bakersfield, where he made a mark in high school football. Love led the Liberty Lions to their first-ever Central Section Division I title, showcasing his skills by completing 114 of 224 passes, accumulating 2,148 passing yards, and scoring 24 touchdowns. He also demonstrated his versatility by rushing for 806 yards.

During his high school career, Jordan Love received multiple college offers from institutions such as Eastern Michigan, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Sacramento State, and Utah State. He ultimately committed to the Utah State Aggies, signing with them on December 16, 2015. Love completed four years of college and earned a degree in human movement science. In 2017, he took a redshirt year after his freshman season to focus on improving his physical condition and overall performance. Love graduated from college with the distinction of ranking second in Aggies history in passing yards, having thrown an impressive total of 8,600 yards during his college football career. [Read More]

Johnny Davis: A Rising Star's Journey from La Crosse to the NBA

by Jules Da Costa, age 15

Wisconsin basketball standout, Johnny Davis, recently finished his rookie season and it has been a rollercoaster.

Johnny Davis was born on February 27, 2002, in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Sarah and Mark Giles Davis. Davis’ father was also an NBA player. He was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 79th overall pick in the 1985 NBA draft. He played professionally for 13 seasons and retired in 1999. Like his father, Johnny Davis plays as a small forward and shows a lot of potential in the position.

Davis attended La Crosse Central High School. During his high school career, he played both football and basketball. In his first basketball season as a freshman, he earned a Division Two State title. In his junior year, he averaged 23 points and nine rebounds per game which led him to win the La Crosse Tribune Player of the Year award. By the time he had graduated, Davis also held the title of La Crosse Central’s highest scorer with 2,158 career points. [Read More]

Rising Star: The Journey and Achievements of NBA Player Tyrese Haliburton

by Owen Atayi, age 15

Tyrese Haliburton is a National Basketball Association (NBA) player who is currently playing for the Indiana Pacers. He is northeast Wisconsin’s first NBA All-Star.

Tyrese John Haliburton was born February 29, 2000, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Haliburton wasn’t your average kid who played video games all day. At just six years old, Haliburton was already playing basketball and improving. Haliburton knew at a young age that it was time for him to separate himself from the pack and do what he loved. He would often run through drills with his father John Haliburton so he could elevate his game.

He had a phenomenal high school basketball career. During this time, Haliburton was a 6’5” point guard and attended Oshkosh North High School. He finished his high school career averaging 22.9 points per game (PPG), 6.2 assists (AST), and 5.1 rebounds per game (REB). He was a 3-star recruit on all recruiting platforms. After high school, he received a basketball scholarship to play for the Iowa State Cyclones. [Read More]

Milwaukee Bucks' New Head Coach, Adrian Griffin

by Owen Ayite-Atayi , age 15

Adrian Griffin, the new NBA head coach for the Milwaukee Bucks, went through many ups and downs in his basketball career and coaching career.

Griffin was born July 4, 1974, in Wichita, Kansas. He grew up loving the game of basketball and had dreams of making it to the NBA, continuing to work at it every day. In his college career, Griffin attended Seton Hall University to join the Seton Hall Pirates men’s basketball team. From there, Griffin’s basketball career skyrocketed. Griffin was six feet and five inches tall, a small forward, and a two-time All-Big East player. Throughout his college career, he averaged 11.5 points per game and 2.2 assists while shooting 50.6% from the field goal range.

After Griffin’s college career, he entered the 1996 NBA Draft. Unfortunately, Griffin went undrafted. Griffin knew that many paths existed to become a part of the NBA. He knew that there was no giving up, so he started to play professionally in lower American leagues. He played for the Continental Basketball Association where he was named the league's Most Valuable Player in 1999. Griffin averaged an outstanding 17.5 PPG, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.1 AST. Griffin’s extraordinary performance in the CBA led to him signing an NBA contract with the Boston Celtics the same year as a free agent. [Read More]

Lionel Messi's Journey to Inter Miami: A Decision Beyond Soccer

by Moore Vang, age 14

One of the greatest soccer players in the world, Lionel Messi, has signed a deal with Major League Soccer club Inter Miami.

By going to Inter Miami, Messi decided to leave his previous club, Paris Saint-Germain. His exit was confirmed by PSG hours before their last game in June, during which Messi lost his final match with the club. After the match, he sent a message to the club saying, “I wish you all the best for the future.” PSG thanked Messi for his service to the group, but fans felt otherwise. They booed his name relentlessly in warm-ups, during the game, and continued to show their frustration during a celebration for the club’s recent French championship victory. Messi went on to state that PSG did not give him the happiness he once had when he played with the Barcelona team, where he won many championships.

When looking to sign a new deal, Messi received many offers from different teams. One of the teams that reached out was his first professional team, Barcelona, which is where he made his debut at the age of 17. He left the team in 2021 for PSG, after Barcelona was financially unable to sign him under a new contract, due to the Spanish League rules. Initially, Messi seemed eager to return to Barcelona, and he even discussed the idea with the club’s manager, Xavi Hernandez, and president, Joan Laporta. However, the club’s continued financial crisis caused him to not sign a deal with Barcelona. He did not want to be responsible for the team having to eliminate current players or lower the team members’ salaries to accommodate him. [Read More]

From Wisconsin to NBA Stardom, Devin Harris' Remarkable Journey as a Basketball Sensation

by Jules Da Costa, age 15

Wisconsin has produced many basketball players throughout the years and Devin Harris is definitely among the best. Harris is a former National Basketball Association (NBA) player. He played for 15 years professionally and ran a pretty impressive career in college and the NBA.

Devin Harris started playing basketball as a toddler. As he grew, he took a liking to volleyball as well. He attended Wauwatosa East High School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. There, he played both basketball and volleyball until his sophomore year when he dropped volleyball to fully invest his time in basketball. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury which made him unable to play ball for the season. He came back junior year stronger than ever, and as a senior Harris became Wauwatosa’s highest scorer and also won Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball.

Due to injuries, Harris missed many offers but was eventually recruited by UW-Madison’s coach Dick Bennett. Bennett, however, retired before Harris joined the team so he played under new head coach Bo Ryan instead. During his college career, Harris started all seasonal games as a freshman, helping the Badgers win the Big Ten Championship. During his sophomore year, Harris led his team to another championship win. In his last season with the Badgers, Harris averaged 19.5 points, [Read More]

Tony Bennett's Remarkable Basketball Journey from Player to NCAA Championship Coach

by Owen Atayi, age 15

Tony Bennett is currently a National College Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball head coach for the Virginia Cavaliers. However, Bennett isn’t simply just a coach; he was first a great basketball player.

Anthony Guy Bennett was born June 1, 1969, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Growing up, Bennett enjoyed playing the game of basketball. In high school, Bennett was a six-foot point guard who attended Green Bay Preble High School. After high school, Bennett made a big jump to college basketball where he represented his father, Dick Bennett on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix men’s basketball team.

In college, Bennett averaged 21.5 points per game as a junior and 20.2 points per game as a senior. Bennett wasn’t just your ordinary basketball player. He shot a whopping 51 percent from the three-point range. Bennett finished off his college career in 1992 and was named Mid-Continent Conference’s all-time leader, along with many other NCAA accolades. [Read More]

Olympic Medalist, Ralph Metcalfe, Left his Mark on Wisconsin and the World

by Owen Ayite-Atayi, age 15

The Summer Olympics, also known as the Games of the Olympiad, are a series of multi-sport events that are usually held every four years. The Olympics include track and field, archery, gymnastics, and swimming , among other events.

The late Olympic African-American athlete Ralph Metcalfe left his mark on Wisconsin, nearly winning a gold medal in the 1932 Olympics. Metcalfe was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 29, 1910, and moved to Chicago, Illinois, with his family at a young age. He attended Tilden High School in Chicago, where his interest in track and field erupted. He later pursued a collegiate track and field career at Marquette University as a sprinter.

During Metcalfe’s career at Marquette University, he was America’s leading sprinter from 1932 to 1934. In his sophomore year, he ran a 10.3 in the 100-meter dash and a 20.6 in the 200-meter dash, tying world-record times in both events. In 1932, Metcalfe won three of the first National College Athletic Association (NCAA) championships. [Read More]

Exploring the Global Phenomenon of Soccer

by Bruno Torres, age 7

Soccer is played all over the world, but depending on where you are, this game might have different names like football or futbol.

The soccer field is in the shape of a big rectangle and teams of 11 players compete with one another. To win, players must kick the ball into the opponent’s net and score a goal.

Players can headbutt the ball or control it with their chest or feet, however, they are not allowed to touch it with their hands. The only exception goes to the goalie, who usually stays in the goal box. There are various formations soccer coaches may use to best set up their players to optimize their skills. [Read More]

Former Badger Troy Vincent Selected to College Football Hall of Fame

by Zayn Khalid, age 13

Former defensive back Troy Vincent was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2023. He is the 12th Wisconsin Badger to win this award.

Vincent was a former defensive back for the Wisconsin Badgers. He had 192 tackles, four interceptions, and 31 defended passes. Additionally, he was a punt returner, with 66 punt returns for 773 yards. He holds the record for the longest punt return in Badger history.

Once his college career ended, Vincent was selected as the seventh pick in the 1992 draft by the Miami Dolphins. He played 207 games in 15 seasons for four different teams: the Miami Dolphins, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Buffalo Bills, and the Washington Redskins. After retiring, he became president of the NFL Player Association from 2004 to 2008. Now, he is serving as the executive vice president of football operations for the NFL. [Read More]

Neymar Jr. and His Rise to a Becoming a Soccer Legend

by Moore Vang, age 14

Neymar Jr. is one of the most famous athletes in the world and one of the greatest soccer players in Brazilian history. He is famously known for playing as a forward for Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil. Although when he first started playing, he mainly played as a winger. Neymar is also known for his quick agility, dribbling, and shooting accuracy. His skills on the field have even been compared to some of the greatest soccer and Brazilian players of all time such as Pele and Ronaldinho, Neymar Da Silva Santos Junior, famously known as Neymar Jr. was born in

Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil on February 5, 1992. He began playing soccer at a young age in the streets of Brazil where he was in a youth soccer team called Sao Vicente. He was mentored by his dad, Neymar Santos Sr., who was a professional soccer player at the time. His dad, along with playing in the streets, was a huge influence on Neymar’s professional soccer career later on.

During his youth, he began to develop many of his own techniques that mixed speed, dribbling, and shooting while playing with the youth club Portuguesa Santista. His talent quickly caught the attention of Brazilian club Santos. He began to play for Santos youth ranks in 2003 and was seen as the next big star in world soccer. Neymar would go on to receive a contract from Santos which paid him $2,000 a month at the age of 15. By the age of 16, Santos signed him to a bigger contract that was long term which gave him $23,000 a month before becoming pro. When he turned 17, he was earning more than the average professional soccer player in South America and was promoted to his first team where he would make his professional debut with Santos on March 7, 2009. In that match, Santos won 2-1 against the team Oeste. This would officially begin one of the greatest careers in Brazilian soccer since the likes of Pele and Ronaldinho years prior. [Read More]

Women’s Volleyball: Wisconsin and Marquette to Meet at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee

by Owen Ayite-Atayi, age 15

The Fiserv Forum is the NBA (National Basketball Association) stadium for the Milwaukee Bucks. Although a vast majority of games at this stadium have been basketball, college volleyball will be making their debut at the Fiserv Forum.

At a basketball game against the University of Wisconsin (UW) Badgers, the Marquette Golden Eagles announced that the Badgers women’s volleyball team will be facing off against the Golden Eagles at the state's largest arena, the Fiserv Forum. The game is set to be played on September 13th, 2023. Ryan Thesis, the Golden Eagles coach, has dreamed for many years of holding the match at the Fiserv Forum and it is looking like it will be a reality.

The Badgers and the Golden Eagles are two of the best women’s volleyball teams in the country. In the 2022 volleyball season, the Badgers finished off a strong season going 28-4 as their overall record with Kelly Sheffield as their coach. The Golden Eagles also ended off on a strong winning season going 27-3 overall with Ryan Theis as their coach. [Read More]

The Last Championship of the Homestead Grays

by Jules Da Costa, age 14

The Homestead Grays were one of the most popular and triumphant teams in the Negro League Baseball. It cultivated the best and most well-known Black baseball players, such as Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard.

The Homestead Grays formed in 1912 in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with many steel manufacturers. They started as a little-known team and lasted less than 50 years but left a huge legacy on the history of Negro League Baseball. They went into business after Major League Baseball (MLB) quit signing Black players. The Homestead Grays played in the Negro Leagues for 38 seasons until 1948. Homestead Grays players Buck Leonard and Josh Gibson were both inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame even though neither had played in the MLB.

Many people were drawn in to see this team play. In 1948, which was their final season under a league, they defeated the Baltimore Elite Giant in the Championship Series to win their ninth league pennant. In the 1948 Negro League World Series they beat the Birmingham Black Barons to win their third World Series title. [Read More]

Innovative Coach “Air Coryell” Changed the Way Football Is Played in the Modern NFL

by Giovanni Tecuatl Lopez, age 17

When you think of the greatest football coaches of all time, Donald David Coryell might not make your list. However, as former coach of the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers, his legendary “Air Coryell” offense has made its way into every team's playbook. Donald David Coryell’s wide range of offensive plays greatly influenced the sport and changed how the modern NFL stands today.

Coryell first started gaining recognition during his time at San Diego State University (SDSU) from 1961-72. Here, he led the Aztecs to a 104-12-2 record using a then-rare pass-heavy offense. The Aztecs had three undefeated seasons, making them well-known and placing them into Division I. Working alongside Coryell were famous individuals like John Madden and Joe Gibbs, who served as assistants at SDSU.

Coryell developed his unique style while studying the philosophies of head football coach Dutch Meyer who developed Spread Formation Football, a technique where the defenders are spread horizontally. In addition, Coryell analyzed Sid Gillman, head coach of the Rams and Chargers, who innovated the downfield vertical attack. With this information, Coryell was bold enough to transition his efficient I-formation, a formation that leaves a balance between passing and running plays, into a new playing style, changing the way of the game for his future career. [Read More]

La Follette eSports Team Wins the High School State Championship

by Amare Smith, age 19

Similar to traditional sports, eSport involves players who like to compete and play games – except, eSport involves video games! The La Follette eSports team has been at the school for a little over two years. The Lancers eSports team competed in the high school state championship and recently won the competition. The game played was Super Smash Bros, a video game where players pick a character and fight against each other. Matthew Wright, the team captain, made a last-minute decision to choose a character other than his favorite, Captain Falcon, for the sudden death battle.

The CapTimes had a discussion with Wright on the State Championship and how he got involved with the team. Wright first heard about the group from word of mouth from his classmates and eventually met the coach, Mr. Pellien. Super Smash Bros was an addictive game and Wright progressively improved his skills with different characters as he played the game. Wright enjoyed attending practice and telling his teachers about it. He was an excellent student and didn’t fall behind in any of his subjects in school. To Wright, eSports was like a dream come true.

Competing in the state championship at Madison College was very special to Wright. The year before it happened, he went solo and was happy he made it to the top 16, but the team didn’t win first place. Either way, it was a great learning experience. He was happy to see the community and watch other people compete. Most importantly, Wright enjoyed his first time participating in a competition. This year, his second time around, he enjoyed how his team worked together and was able to secure first place. What Wright learned from his experience was the importance of teamwork and how it helps everyone improve their skills and communication. [Read More]

Participation in Girl's High School Basketball Declines

by Owen Ayite-Atayi, age 15

Enthusiasm for girls' high school basketball peaked two decades ago. Almost all seats were filled with families and students. All the girls’ basketball teams had full freshman, junior varsity and varsity players.

Now, participation in girls basketball has dropped to 19 percent while girls’ track and field has increased by 10 percent. Soccer and volleyball are also sports that have increased in girl’s participation. Overall, participation for both boys and girls high school sports have decreased by four percent. The majority of female athletes are focusing on an individual sport nearly year-round like cross country. Many girls see basketball as a difficult and not “cute” sport to play, coaches say. Natalia Bryant, the daughter of Kobe Bryant, told Teen Vogue that she preferred volleyball over basketball because she does not like to run.

Erica Delley, a first-year head coach at Dallas’s Kimball High School says, “Its sad. That's why I came back, to make a difference and try to encourage kids to play.” Not only has participation decreased in girls basketball at Dallas Kimball High School, but other schools are experiencing the same issue, such as Nebraska. [Read More]

Lessons From a Soccer Superstar

by Shalmat Shalom, age 14

Ronaldinho is known as one of the greatest fútbol or soccer players of all time.

Growing up in Brazil, Ronaldinho was always surrounded with soccer players: his father, brother, and uncles all played the game. Like all professional players, he had both achievements and challenges.

Ronaldinho’s father was Joao Moreira, a welder in a shipyard who had previously been a professional soccer player. His mother Minguelina de Assis, worked as a cosmetic saleswoman and later became a nurse. Ronaldinho looked up to his father who sadly suffered a fatal heart attack when Ronaldinho was only eight years old. [Read More]

The Greatness of Hank Aaron

by Owen Ayite-Atayi, age 14

Hank Louis Aaron was one of the greatest African-American Major League Baseball (MLB) players. Hank was known for breaking Babe Ruth’s Hall Of Fame and Most Valuable Player (MVP) home run record. He hit 755 career home runs, to Ruth who racked up 714 hits for the Boston Red Sox.

Hank Aaron was a phenomenal MLB player, who went on with his MLB career to have 2,297 runs batted and 3,000 hits. In the 1970 season, Hank became the first player to hit 500 home runs and top it off with 3,000 hits in a single career. He won 3 Golden Glove awards for his outstanding out-fielding. In Hank’s 1957 season, he led the Milwaukee Braves to a World Series and took the victory in a thrilling game against the New York Yankees. Hank won the MLB’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in 1957 and was an outstanding player for the following seasons.

After Hank’s Milwaukee Braves' 1965 MLB season, he switched teams to play for the Atlanta Braves located in Atlanta, Georgia. Hank was having an outstanding season as usual, but once he relocated, many people began to hate Hank because he broke so many all-time records in the MLB. Racist people began to threaten Hank with harmful letters. Hank overcame all the hate and pressure and broke a record to end off his season by hitting 755 home runs. [Read More]

How the Milwaukee Bucks Won Their First Championship

by Owen Ayite-Atayi, age 14

The National Basketball Association, informally known as the NBA, has featured lots of fascinating teams and players over the years. Most people know about the Milwaukee Bucks because they won the championship in 2021. But many of the team’s current fans are not familiar with the team’s rich basketball history.

The Milwaukee Bucks started as an expansion franchise in 1968. Like most first-year teams, they were not very good. Then, in 1969, the team drafted a player named Kareem Abdul Jabbar. [Read More]

Badger Basketball to Host Games at American Family Field in Milwaukee — by Jules Da Costa, age 14

For the first time in Wisconsin, college basketball will be played on a baseball field. The University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s basketball games will be played at American Family Field, (formerly known as Miller Park) home to the Milwaukee Brewers. [Read More]

Zlatan Ibrahimović, A Soccer Legend's Remarkable Career and Colorful Persona — by Shalom Harimana, age 14

Zlatan Ibrahimović is known to have been one the best soccer players in history. Zlatan was considered a fascinating person both on and off the field. [Read More]

Dominik Szoboszlai, A $76 Million Sensation at Liverpool — by Oliver Zink, age 13

Hungarian soccer player Dominik Szoboszlai was bought by Liverpool in 2023 for $76 million. Szoboszlai gave his opinion on the team by saying it has "... outstanding players, good coach, everything is good. For me, it is perfect." Szoboszlai will leave the Leipzig team, where he did well between 2021 and 2023. His jersey number will change to number eight at Liverpool. [Read More]

The Life and Career of the Great Bill Russell — by Owen Ayite-Atayi, age 15

Bill Russell was the pillar of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the Boston Celtics. Russell was not just a once-in-a-lifetime player, he was also an activist and spoke about racial injustice [Read More]

UW Field House, a Madison Landmark — by Owen Ayite-Atayi, age 14

The UW Field House is a landmark building initially built in 1930. It serves as the home to the UW volleyball and wrestling teams. Other UW teams are included as a part of the Field House family, such as the basketball, boxing, and track and field teams. [Read More]

Play Ball! New Youth Baseball League Launches in Madison — by Josepha Da Costa, age 17

On a sunny Saturday in early July, several Simpson Street reporters headed to Elver Park to watch a baseball game. It wasn’t just any game though; it was a little league game played by kids from all over Madison, including one of our own staff writers, Max Moreno! [Read More]

From Seattle Pilots to Milwaukee Brewers — by Julian Medina, age 14

Where did the present-day Milwaukee Brewers originate? The Milwaukee Brewers baseball team, formerly known as the Seattle Pilots, was established in Seattle, Washington, in the 1960s. [Read More]

Lisa Byington Makes History as Basketball's First Female Play-by-Play Announcer — by Josepha Da Costa, age 17

While the Milwaukee Bucks came up short in this year’s playoffs, it was still a great season. The team won its division, defeated the Chicago Bulls in a five-game playoff series, and once again excited Wisconsin basketball fans. [Read More]

The Rich Basketball History of Madison La Follette High School — by Josepha Da Costa, age 16

The 2021-22 Madison La Follette High School basketball team had a very successful season. But this isn’t the first time La Follette has had an excellent team. In fact, the school has a rich basketball history and the Lancers have won three state championships. Many La Follette players have gone on to play college basketball for major programs like the University of Wisconsin and Creighton University. [Read More]

Michael Jordan's 1995 Return is One of the Greatest Comebacks in Sports History — by Zayn Khalid, age 12

Michael Jordan stands as one of the greatest athletes of all time, and is considered basketball's most renowned players. Jordan is one of the fastest players to adjust from different sports. [Read More]

El largo camino de los Milwaukee Bucks hacia el campeonato — por Zayn Khalid, 11 años de edad; traducido por Yoanna Hoskins, 17 años de edad

Durante los 50 años anteriores a la temporada 2020-21, los Milwaukee Bucks no habían ganado un campeonato de NBA. Los playoffs de los Bucks en 2021 y la victoria en el campeonato fue uno de los años más emocionantes de la NBA. [Read More]

Oscar Robertson: the Milwaukee Bucks' Superstar — by Amare Smith, age 18

Oscar Robertson grew up in a poor family. By the age of two, he and his family had moved to Indiana, a state where basketball was beloved as a very popular and growing sport in the 1950s. Oscar made tennis balls and rags into basketballs and used peach baskets as basketball hoops to practice. [Read More]

Greatest Game in Football History? The 1967 Ice Bowl! — by Jacob Dunn, age 12

The “Ice Bowl” was a Green Bay Packers football game that forever left its imprint on NFL history. It is also one of the most important sporting events in Wisconsin history. [Read More]

New Baseball Stadium Opens in Wisconsin — by Max Moreno, age 10

A new baseball stadium built for the Lake Country DockHounds opened this summer in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. [Read More]