Budget, Editorials, Sports

Budget cuts strain sports

With the Legislature cutting funds to every part of public education, everyone is worried about the lack of resources at Leon High School. One of the areas that already has limited funding is the athletic department.

Every year, the Leon County school district issues $17,500 to Leon High, earmarked for the athletic department. That is divided by the number of student activities sponsored by the school. Every sport, including cheerleading, sports training and dance, gets a cut of the money.

Some sports are excluded from the funds that Leon High distributes. For example, football does not get a share because it generates its own revenue.

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Features, Sports

Morales shares passion for sports medicine

The end of the school day signifies the beginning of work for Leon head athletic trainer Alan Morales and his team of student trainers.

They hurry around the training portable, frantically taping, icing and stretching the sore joints and muscles of athletes who are about to take the field.

In 10 minutes, close to 15 people cycle through the room. The rush usually does not stop until about 5 p.m. Until then, the trainers barely get a minute to breathe.

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Baseball, Features, Sports

Read keeps dreaming big

Varsity assistant baseball coach Robby Read once dreamed of having a career like Major League pitcher Nolan Ryan’s.

Now he dreams of a shot at a state title for Leon High baseball.
“Nothing is impossible,” Read said.

He learned that firsthand, having gone from what he called an ordinary Tallahassee childhood to a selection in the seventh round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft.

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Baseball, News, Sports

Future looks bright with newest class

You walk out on the field with your team, flags flying over your head. Printed on the banners around the field are the words “World Series.” The fans in the crowd cheer as you jog out to your position, and the umpire yells “Play ball!”

Members of Leon High School’s freshman baseball class have already experienced that feeling. But, the setting was in Quincy, Massachusetts for the Babe Ruth League World Series.

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Lacrosse, News, Sports

Lacrosse looks to move up ranks

After an inaugural season, which included just two victories, the Leon lacrosse team has its sights set on winning at least half of its games and contending for a district title.
Head coach Allan Rice has 36 players returning from last year’s team, and a majority of them are sophomores and juniors.

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Features, Sports, Weight Lifting

Sullivan weighs little but lifts a lot

When one first looks at Sarah Sullivan, it would be difficult to guess that she’s a member of the girls weightlifting team, and also one of the key returnees.
“[I like weightlifting] because it challenges some stereotypes.” Sullivan said. “I’m really small and I lift weight.”

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