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    East softball looks to defend title

    By: Kayla Merriweather Coming off their first PAC-6 conference championship in school history, the East softball team is poised to defend its title this year with a strong returning roster. Having lost just one senior, the Wildcats look to utilize their experience to improve their 9-2 conference record from last year. According to senior captain Jenny Suwanmanee, the team’s major goal for the season, reaching the playoffs, is dependent upon their conference performance. “We are all striving to become conference champs for two years in a row and we are looking forward to winning our very first first-round playoff game this season,” described Suwanmanee. In regard to how to accomplish…

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    The rise of self-care products signifies a cultural shift

    By: Kayla Merriweather Juggling school, sports, extracurriculars, and sleep is a big weight for high schoolers to withstand. As a result, many seek ways to alleviate stress in a pleasurable way that is also somewhat constructive. The increasing popularity of self-care products has swept the East student body, with females being the primary users. The products are utilized to not only increase one’s health, but also to relax and reduce stress. “I use face masks usually once or twice a week,” said junior Alex Mauney. “ I have a lot of bath bombs but I never really have all that time to take a bath so I have to be…

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    AAU basketball does more harm than good

    By: Kayla Merriweather For many young athletes, the AAU, or the Amateur Athletic Union, provides the opportunity to play sports at a competitive level. The AAU has various advantages, as it gives kids the opportunity to make new friends, learn more about the sport they like, and develop leadership skills. However, the purpose of AAU has become skewed, focusing more on the monetary benefits rather than character building. AAU basketball has become more of a business than “[offering] amateur sports programs through a volunteer base for all people to have the physical, mental, and moral development of amateur athletes and to promote good sportsmanship and good citizenship,” as the mission…

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    First annual Kenzie Jump-A-Thon is a success

    By: Kayla Merriweather Even Winter Storm Helena couldn’t put a stop to the first annual International Jump-A-Thon Honoring Kenzie Ruston. Although the event was scheduled for Jan. 6 at University Mall, the mall’s closing prompted the Jump-A-Thon to be moved to the Bouncing Bulldogs’ gym in the Timberlyne Shopping Center. Despite this unforeseen mishap, the participants still managed to adjust. “The Jump-A-Thon was absolutely a success,” describes senior Rebeccah Musson. “We succeeded in our goal of jumping for all 24 hours and did something Kenzie always wanted to do and would have been so proud of us for doing.” Ruston, a passionate lover of aviation and jumping rope, passed away…

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    Carolina women’s basketball perseveres

    By: Kayla Merriweather The Carolina women’s basketball team has experienced a topsy turvy year. While the team is ripe with young talent and seasoned veterans, several possible wins have slipped out of reach in the final minutes. At first glance, their 12-7 overall record reflects a competitive team with room for improvement. The team came into the season hot, winning four of its first five matchups. As the season has progressed, they’ve absolutely pounded other opponents at certain points, with the margin of victory being as high as 35. However, a closer inspection of the record exposes the Tar Heels’ faults. Conference play began Jan. 2, and the team is…