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FlOor Hockey Intramurals just underway

By Evan Lysek

The 2017 7th-8th grade boys floor hockey intramurals are under way. There are four teams, three of which are 7th grade teams and the other an 8th grade team. The program is being lead by Mr. Smith and takes place every Wednesday morning in the Middle School gym. So far the teams are looking for a promising season.

Grading the bills draft pickS

By Jacob Korte

Pick 1: Tre’Davious White

Corner Back from LSU. Draft Grade: A

White gives depth to the Buffalo Bills defense. He will be a good replacement for Stephen Gillmore whose contract the Bills didn't renew in the offseason. He will also pair well with the young Ronald Darby.

Pick 2: Zay Jones

Wide Receiver from East Carolina. Draft Grade: A-

Jones gives the Buffalo Bills some choices at the WR spot. He will be a good replacement for Robert Woods and could be a potential partner with Sammy Watkins. He could also be a good replacement for Sammy Watkins if Sammy decides to become a free agent at the end of the season.

Pick 3: Dion Dawkins

Right Tackle from Temple. Draft Grade: B

Dion gives the Bills offensive line some good talent as the offensive line for the Bills has been struggling to protect the QB. He will have a lot of years with the Bills as the offensive line players are getting old.

Pick 4: Matt Milano

Linebacker from Boston College. Draft Grade: C+

Matt will have a tough time finding a spot on the starting roster as the Bills have Preston Brown and Lorenzo Alexander who have been in fine form and have stopped the opposing team’s offense. Vilano is set to get a lot of playing time on special teams.

Pick 5: Nathan Peterman

Quarter Back from Pittsburgh University. Draft Grade: B+

Nathan will give the bills a tough choice for QB as Cardale Jones and Tyrod Taylor are fighting for the starting spot. Tyrod struggled last year and didn't protect the ball, though he has some speed and is a good runner with the ball.

Pick 6: Tanner Vallejo

Linebacker from Boise State. Draft Grade: C-

Tanner will also have a tough time playing this year as the Bills have drafted two LB. Tanner does bring some speed and just like Matt Milano will stay with the Bills for a while. Tanner also has dealt with a lot of injures.

Bills sign Former Sweet Home Graduate

By Jacob Korte

One of the Bills signings was UB running back and Sweet Home graduate Jordan Johnson. Jordan played extremely well for Sweet Home and the Bulls, which means he should be a great backup for Lesean McCoy. Johnson will also try to fill the empty spot of RB Mike Gillisee who is now playing for the New England Patriots.

↘️ To learn more about Johnson, tap the link below! ↙️

CongratUlations Mr. Etkin!

Mr. Etkin, the ELA and Social Studies teacher on the AlphaTeam has won the Touchdown for Teachers award sponsored by the Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank. Mr. Etkin was named 1 of the 5 finalists to win the award.

At the Bills draft party, he was announced the winner and received $2,000 for the school. As Mr. Etkin competed against 500 other nominees, his help to our school and community didn't compare to theirs. Congratulations!

Girls Softball Prepare for Tough Upcoming Games

By Matt McGowan

This year's girls softball team is in for a tough ride. Many of the girls like Katelynn Young claim "We are doing good, more so on being positive than winning games," which seems to be the spark that is keeping the fire alive as the girls are a bit disappointed that they have yet to win a game.

According to Hanna Tryloff, "We are better than last year's team, as we have bonded better with one another than last year's team." As the girls become closer together, they still stride to win a game, which is most definite to happen soon.

To support the girls, come to one of their games and cheer them on!

Track & Field

By Jacob Korte

The track and field team has been on a roll. Lead by Mr. Strefler and Mr. Fried, the Panther’s team has been unstoppable. Everybody on the team has had outstanding moments this season. Make sure to congratulate these students in the hall as they finish off the season. Go Panthers!

Boys Lacrosse

By Ben Udy


By Matt Bradley

Girls Lacrosse

By Ben Udy

This year's girls lacrosse team is fired up and ready to win! Many of the girls like Carly Edholm claim, "We have so many good players with so much potential." With so much potential comes good opportunities, which can lead to goals and games that the girls can put in the books as a win.

When asked about how she felt about her team, Carly responded, "Eveyone on our team treats us like family, and I think that's what brings us closer during practices and games." As the girls become closer together, they become better and better. They are learning to trust one another and work together as one.


By Zak Crawford

The NHL playoffs.

The race for the Stanley cup.

16 teams all fighting for the joy of winning the championship.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs is 16 teams that are the best seeded teams in the regular season of the NHL. These top seeded teams are, the Blackhawks, the Predators, the Blues, the Wild, the Ducks, the Oilers, the Flames, and the Sharks. Those are the 8 teams that were the highest seeded in the Western Conference. The other 8 teams are the Canadiens, the Rangers, the Bruins, the Senators, the Penguins, the Blue Jackets, the Capitals, and the Maple Leafs. Those are the 8 teams that were the highest seeded in the Eastern Conference.

First let's talk about the Pittsburgh Penguins. If you don't know who they are, they are a team in the Eastern Conference's Metropolitan Division and are the NHL team that represents Pittsburgh. People are wondering, what's the big deal about the Penguins. Well they are the reigning Stanley Cup champions, after winning in game 6 in a seven game series vs the San Jose Sharks. The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking for the 2nd Stanley Cup in a row. With the Blackhawks and the Canadiens out of the way, fans think they are the best team to take home the cup.

Most teams learn to never give up in the NHL. Reasons for that is the wild card team, the Nashville Predators, are shocking hockey fans, writers, and experts all around the hockey nation. The Predators have knocked out the number 1 seeded, Chicago Blackhawks. People were sure enough that the Blackhawks had that series in the bag, and possibly the Stanley Cup. But what the Predators have learned is that no matter how hard the team is, you never give up because you play to win the championship.

Right now, there are 8 teams left, playing for the cup. The Blues and the Predators go head to head as the Predators recently lead the series 2-1. The Ducks and Oilers go head to head, both teams big rivals, as the Oilers recently lead the series 2-1. The Senators take on the Rangers as the Rangers shockingly beat the number 1 seeded Canadiens. Senators lead the series right now 2-0. Pittsburgh, the reigning champs, are taking on the Capitals and lead the series 2-0. What team do you think will take home the cup this year? The underdogs, like the Predators, Senators, or Rangers? Or the big dogs, like the Capitals, Penguins, or Ducks? Take the survey to let us know.

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