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Soccer teams strong start

Chadd Brown, Reporter

September 25, 2020

Soccer started the off season with a 9-1 record. With a dominant start to the season, players have maintained their season goal. “The goal has always stayed the same, and that is to give us the best chance to go to state,” sophomore Jacob Wignall said. Having a dedicated team is important especially with a team sport such as soccer. Keeping the team motivated is something that has helped them in their strong start to the season. “It is really fun and enjoyable when we play and practice. I feel like we are going...

The student section last year at the first football game against Andover Central. Now, students must have vouchers in order to watch a home game in person due to COVID-19.

Student section limited due to COVID-19

September 17, 2020

Due to COVID-19, student athletes and coaches are only allowed a certain number of vouchers a game allowing whomever they want to attend to watch in person. The school has offered a way to watch from home; however, the experience is not the same. The enthusiasm of the student section amps the adrena...

Senior night moved due to pandemic

 Senior Ely Wilcox stands with his parents on the track at Hillier Stadium after his name was announced. Senior night for football, cheerleading, dance, cross country, and golf was Friday, Sept. 4.

Maddie Smart, Reporter

September 8, 2020

Sports were one thing everyone was skeptical about due to the pandemic. Students and families were not sure if athletes would even be playing this year.  The school staff was not sure what the end of the season would bring, resulting in senior night coming at the beginning of this season rather than at ...

Augusta football team carried the Oriole flag ready to be back on the field Sept. 19.  The final score on was 12-20.

Athletes facing many hurdles into the fall season

September 8, 2020

Augusta athletes and coaches are ready to get their fall season started, but this year is different for them all and coaches are having to make changes they never thought they would have to make.  “Whenever possible we are practicing in smaller groups and very rarely having the whole team together on an...

Gracie Johnston helped lead the Orioles to a 4A state championship last year. Rival schools were excited for the 2020 softball season because Johnston would be in college.

Softball season returns after state championship

April 10, 2020

Editor’s Note: Sports editor Ivory Rightnar talked with players and coaches for this story during the first week of practice before the season was canceled as a result of COVID-19. The Augusta Oriole decided it was important to publish this story as written because it is a record of a moment in hist...

Sport definition creates debate of colorguard

Sport definition creates debate of colorguard

Savannah Athy-Sedbrook, Managing Editor

April 7, 2020

According to the dictionary, a sport is ‘an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.’ “To me, a sport is an athletic endeavor that is competitive,” head football coach Jason Filbeck said.  Along wi...

Senior Brice Helton signs to Emporia for cross country and track. Helton is excited about continuing his athletic career at Emporia and ready to compete at the collegiate level.

College recruiters notice hard-working athletes

April 7, 2020

Student athletes strive to earn recruitment opportunities to start their college careers and be able to play at the next level. The process of being recruited has many steps involved, one of which is receiving the offers.  “I have been approached by recruiters from many different schools invitin...

Three wrestlers place at state tournament

Savannah Athy-Sedbrook, Managing Editor

March 9, 2020

Cheers and shouts fill the crowded arena of Tony’s pizza event center. The stench of sweat mingles with the smell of mat cleaner. Determination gleams in the eyes of each individual wrestler ready to take their place as a state champ.  Three wrestlers made it to the state championship this season, all of which placed. Junior Andy Lin placed sixth in the 106 weight class, sophomore Garrett Davis placed second in the 145 weight class, and freshman Grady Fox placed third in the 113 weight class. Hours of hard work was...

Seniors Zach Davidson and Garret Belknap hug after Belknap played for the first time since 7th grade. Davidson and Belknap have been friends for years.

Senior basketball manager plays in first game since 7th grade

March 2, 2020

Senior Garret Belknap played in the last regular season game against Winfield Feb. 27. Belknap had not played basketball in a competitive setting since he was in 7th grade because he realized he would rather manage. Belknap and the team had no idea he was playing until after practice on Wednesday, gi...

Teenagers speak out on Kobe Bryant’s death

Kobe dunks during a game against the Warriors.

Claire Pletcher, Reporter

February 25, 2020

Former NBA star, Kobe Bryant, and his daughter Gianna were among the nine people who died in a helicopter crash Jan. 26 near Calabasas, California. People gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles yesterday to honor the lives of Kobe and his daughter; the two now join the growing number of celebri...

Freshman Alli Eastridge motivates her teammate Jenna Speere at their volleyball game. The team worked together to get the victory.

Negative attitudes lead athletes in wrong direction

February 13, 2020

“I believe negative attitudes affect the team because in team sports you must rely on each other to stay positive, so if one person gets negative everyone reflects it,” freshman Gracie Dalziel said. Athletes have come to realize that negative attitudes affect their teams even if they do not realize...

Boys varsity basketball played in the Baldwin Invitational tournament on Jan. 21-25. The boys ended up winning the tournament, beating J.C. Harmon High School 54-46 in the championship game.

Boys varsity wins Baldwin tournament

February 7, 2020

The boys varsity basketball team played three games in the Baldwin Invitational tournament Jan. 21, 24 and 25. In the first game, the Orioles beat Anderson County High School 62-29. The Orioles then played Bishop Seabury Academy three days later and won 60-47, which allowed the team to advance to the cham...

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