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Mikaela Shiffrin’s Record-Breaking Year

Leah Pothel '21

February 5, 2019

Mikaela Shiffrin, a 23-year-old American alpine skier, had a tumultuous yet eventful 2018. This was the year she became recognized by the ski community as the most successful female slalom skier of all time. Hailing from Vail, Colorado with a father who competed for the Dartmouth College ski team, Mikaela...

E-Sports: The Rise of Competitive Fortnite

E-Sports: The Rise of Competitive Fortnite

Tyler Weisberg '22, Assitant Sports Editor

February 5, 2019

Since Fortnite’s initial release on July 25, 2017, it has become one of the most popular battle royale video games. Battle royale games are games with multiple combatants that fight each other until there is only one left standing. Even at Groton, it appears to be the most commonly played video game,...

Christian Pulisic: Soccer Star with Lucrative Deal

Evan Cheigh '22

February 5, 2019

A $73.1 million transfer fee. The largest sum of money ever paid to acquire an American soccer player. What player could possibly be worth this much? One answer: Christian Pulisic. Most U.S. men’s soccer fans are already familiar with the 20-year-old American player. Now that he’s making world...

Getting Team Gear

Getting Team Gear

Tyler Weisberg '22

December 18, 2018

From black lacrosse hoodies and squash Patagonias to red cross country uniforms, members of each sports team on campus are easily identifiable by their team gear. Behind their pristine gear and uniform, however, is a long process, one which the athletic department has worked on to improve and perfect. Each...

Getting Team Gear

Powers Trigg '20

December 18, 2018

After the death in the ring of a Wisconsin boxing standout named Charlie Mohr at the NCAA Championship, a coach glumly remarked, “College boxing is now finished.”  The NCAA had already put greater safeguards in place from padded headgear to softened gloves to canvas flooring.  Nonetheless, college...

Red Sox’s Historic Season Ends with World Series Title

Red Sox’s Historic Season Ends with World Series Title

Preston Bannard '01

November 10, 2018

The Red Sox topped the Dodgers this year four games to one in a World Series that was closer than some of the scores suggested. Coming into the series, there were several intriguing contrasts between the two franchises but also some striking similarities in the rosters. The World Series has never bee...

Nike’s Ad Campaign with Colin Kaepernick

Nike’s Ad Campaign with Colin Kaepernick

Powers Trigg '20, Assistant Sports Editor

October 19, 2018

Just over two years ago, professional football player Colin Kaepernick set the sports world abuzz. By choosing to sit, and later to kneel, during the playing of the national anthem before his games, he ignited a firestorm that would transcend professional sports. Recently, the controversy was thrust...

Serena Williams Controversy

Serena Williams Controversy

Cassidy Thibodeau '21, Leah Pothel '21, and Cornellia Potter '21

October 19, 2018

The world watched in awe as the U.S Open final took place earlier this September. After having her first child less than a year before, Serena Williams returned to the Open, hungrier than ever to seize a hard, sought-after victory. Shaking off rust from the early rounds, Serena battled her way to the...

NBA Offseason & Free Agency—Summer Heats Up

NBA Offseason & Free Agency—Summer Heats Up

Bobby Meehan '19, Sports Editor

September 13, 2018

As soon as the NBA season came to a close in June, after the Golden State Warriors were yet again crowned champions, teams made moves to acquire the biggest free agent superstars on the market. This offseason was one like no other: LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers. During the final year of James’ contrac...

Mind the Gap: Facts and Figures Behind Gender Disparity in Sports

Mind the Gap: Facts and Figures Behind Gender Disparity in Sports

Alison Brown '19

September 13, 2018

Despite efforts to level the playing field, discrepancies between the recognition and compensation of male and female athletes span the sports industry. This imbalance can be traced back to the early days of modern sport, when women were considered soft, weak, and ill-equipped to cope with the demands of phy...

Girls Making Gains: A Piloted Class

Girls Making Gains: A Piloted Class

Elizabeth Girian '20

June 2, 2018

The weight room is supposed to be a comfortable, casual atmosphere, fit for working out before or after school. The daily scene in Groton’s weight room, however, may not be welcoming to all kinds of people. It usually involves loud rap music, sweat, and a big group of boys. The issue: girls are lar...