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    Vettel will dominate F1

    With a new car design and a fierce desire to reshuffle the Mercedes Dynasty, Sebastian Vettel has emerged in 2018 as a dominant force in Formula 1 again. In late 2017, the December issue, The ECHO published a prediction that Lewis Hamilton would stutter in the 2018 season and that Ferrari’s shining red cars would take back the art. It is safe to say that Hamilton has stuttered and Ferrari is on its way. Sebastian Vettel began the season with a big win at the opener, the Australian Grand Prix. The track consists of 58 laps on a winding five kilometer circuit in Melbourne’s Albert Park. The route has become…

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    Obscure Sporting: Florentine Football

    At the visceral sound of a small cannon, the sound ricocheting off of Florence’s ancient structures, 27 players rush forward into the lurid brawl which is the sport of Florentine Football. Imagine a strange combination of handball, rugby, and hand-to-hand combat, in a sandy gladiator cage 80x40m, surrounded by jeering fans. This is the revived version of the 16th century Italian sport, calcio, which itself may be a revival of the antique Roman sport of harpastum.   In the Renaissance era, the brutal sport was limited to the most elite. Rich aristocrats played before Lent, and even Popes (Leo XI, Urban VIII) entered the game in the Vatican. The game…

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    World Cup Qualification Finalized

    With their monumental 2-0 home win on November 15 over New Zealand, Peru clinched the final spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The now-finalized 32 team selection includes a number of surprises, including Italy, Chile, the Netherlands, and the US all failing to qualify. Many fans were particularly shocked that Italy, who have won the World Cup four times and qualified for every tournament since 1958, were unable to qualify. The Italians made it to the playoff round after finishing second in their qualifying group behind Spain, and were matched up with Sweden. The Italians were favorites heading into the playoff, but failed to score in either of…

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    The final race: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    After a tight season, with unprecedentedly fast times and high strung rivalries, the final race of the Formula 1 season has yielded a world champion: the 32-year old British driver for Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton. Despite Hamilton’s win for the season he yielded the Grand Prix win to his teammate at Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas, with a defensive blocking strategy aimed at the Ferrari drivers. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held at the Yas Marina Circuit, a 5.5 kilometer track of innovative quirks which end the season in style. With tight chicanes, sliding hairpins, and small apexes, Abu Dhabi is a cosmopolitan-Frankenstein of a track. With sections of long straight, followed…

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    Playing multiple sports benefit students

      Being a multi-sport athlete is common among students at East. Many Wildcats can be spotted participating in events through the seasons, from the fall to the spring. However, there are many benefits that exist for playing multiple sports which even the most decorated athletes at East may not know about. According to Mark Rerick of The National Federation of State High School Associations, the most important reason as to why one should consider playing multiple sports is that one would be able to develop their skills year round. Although different sports require a variety of abilities and tasks, basic skills such as running and hand-eye coordination remain relevant in…