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The Voice of the Wildkats

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The Voice of the Wildkats


MIND ON THE GAME. After scoring the first goal at the game against Aldine, the team takes their places on the field.

Wildkats claim bi-district title with 3-2 victory over Aldine

by Rosalyn Gutierrez, VOW staff Mar 28, 2023

Defeat will not steal their focus. Defeat will not take this team. Each victory they secure reminds them of the sweat they spent during hours of practice under the burning sun, the energy they put...

MAKING IT LOOK EASY. At the magnolia meet, junior Makinna Kleb lifts to reach her goal to qualify for regionals. After a third place at regionals, Kleb will compete at the state meet on March 15.

Junior headed to state powerlifting meet

by Rosalyn Gutierrez, VOW staff Mar 9, 2023

The inexplicable often leads to questions and uncertainty. A sudden noise in the deep darkness that follows the night into the late hours of the day will cause a person’s heart to race. The restless...

GOALS MET. After the victory against Grand Oaks, the varsity softball team takes a victory photo with their completed whiteboard goals. The team is 3-0 in district and at the top of district 13-6A.

Softball smashing whiteboard goals to reach top of district 13-6A standings

by Hannah Hartman, VOW staff Mar 3, 2023

Bottom of the 7th, tied ball game against the Grand Oaks Grizzlies, one last goal to “answer back” and win it all. Mazzlyn Heyer is up to bat, The pitch is sent. She makes contact. She’s running...

IS IT WORTH IT? Playing sports often leads to injuries.

Effects of sports injuries live long past glory days

by Jason Clark, VOW staff Feb 16, 2023

It’s Friday night and the first game of her high school career. For years she has dreamed of playing high school basketball and tonight is her chance to enter the team with a bang. The stands are full....

BATTLE OF TEXAS QUARTERBACKS. THe Super Bowl showcased two former Texas quarterbacks.

Texas athletes at top of their game

by Reid Henderson, VOW Feature Editor Feb 13, 2023

After 153 days of football season, all of the hard work, big plays, and bigger hits have all condensed into one greatly anticipated game, the Super Bowl. This game, watched by over 100 million people,...

GAME TIME. Before he swims the 100-yard butterfly, freshman Aaron Barker takes a deep breath before the officials start the race. Barker, alongside three of his teammates, helped reset the school record for the 200-yard freestyle relay at this years regional meet.

Swimmers cheer on junior diver, reflect on past season

by Blaine Eckert, VOW staff Feb 10, 2023

The opportunity to represent oneself at the state championship in any sport is something that people dream of doing. The road building up to it is a hard road, but it is very rewarding with the sense of...

SIGNING DAY. Addressing the crowd in the gym, senior Lucy Smith talks about her college plans before the signing day ceremony. Smith will continue her soccer career at TSU next year.

Seniors celebrate milestone on National Signing Day

by Hannah Hartman, VOW staff Feb 10, 2023

As seniors line up to take their first steps toward the signing table, emotions and memories begin to flood through. Different goals and dreams were accomplished by these young student athletes, and...

BREAKING THE TENSION. Seniors Lainey Niederhofer, Jolie Boyd, Hannah Hartman and Lindey Hues talk to pitcher Kynlei Chapman during the scrimmage against Livingston.

Softball team hopes to knock season out of the park

by Reid Henderson, VOW Feature Editor Feb 10, 2023

With the bases loaded and the game on the line, who else to be up to bat but Lainey Niederhofer? As she locks on the pitch and delivers a monstrous hit to left field, she sends the opposing team packing.  Softball...

OLD GAME. NEW PLAYERS. Boys volleyball is coming. All students interested in playing should attend the meeting on Feb. 22.

Interest in boys’ volleyball spikes, meeting set for Feb. 22

by Julia Humphries, VOW staff Feb 7, 2023

Students buzz with excitement as flyers posted in the hallways read of a new sports team. Male students have expressed an interest in playing volleyball, and Coaches Stephanie Shelly and Megan Storms have...

In a tight game against Cleveland, junior Luis Velazquez kicks the ball into the goal for the first point for the Kats. The game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Change evident in soccer program

by Juan Meza Chavez Feb 3, 2023

Playing under the Friday night lights of Yates feels different for the soccer team this year. The team is more than a team. The mutual respect and support they show each other makes the team feel like...

BATTING 100. The baseball team is holding an event on Saturday to raise funds for Coach Matt Pavlichs family.

Baseball team knocks support out of park

by Jason Clark, VOW staff Jan 28, 2023

Baseball is a sport known for its high emotions. The enthusiastic cries of the fans. The nailing-biting windup of the pitcher. The crack of the bat as it sends the ball into the stands to the roaring crowds...

GAME, SET, MATCH. Playing against a district opponent, freshman Bryce Bickley celebrates after winning a point. Bickley and the rest of the team will travel to Humble on Friday and Saturday, January 27-28 to compete in a tournament against many different schools.

Varsity tennis begins tournament play Friday

by Blaine Eckert, VOW staff Jan 27, 2023

Waking up at 5:30am or even earlier to ride a yellow school bus while it is still pitch black outside. Wearing multiple layers to protect themselves from the frigid climate. Whenever classes start at 7:30...

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