The Best Lunch Club
April 25, 2017 by Ella Flood
Do you ever get annoyed by how loud and chaotic the lunchroom is? Does it get boring to you that you aren’t allowed to talk in the quiet room? Are you not interested in any of the talent clubs? Well, sports club might be a fun and enjoyable choice for you!
For example, if you like playing soccer in physical education or on the school soccer team then you can also enjoy playing it at lunch! Or if soccer isn't really your thing, why don’t you give basketball a try! There are several hoops and several basketballs so that you and lots of friends can play. Or, if you aren’t a huge fan of sports, then you can bring a few friends or meet some new friends by hanging out on the bleachers and chatting.
Now you might ask, but what if I don’t like to play structured sports or I don’t want to sit around and talk? Well, there's a solution! You can easily have a leisurely toss with a football or you can play catch or any other game of your choice using a volleyball. And the great thing is, you can jump around and try different sports and hang out with all types of different people and make new friends.
But if at lunch you already have your set hang out spot with your squad, then you can try morning sports club! It's from 8:00 in the morning to 8:20 (when the bell rings). So while you wait in the morning for 20 minutes before your class starts you can go hang out and play sports in the gym! And these are the reasons why, you should try sports club and convince your friends to go with you too!
Sports Through Time
April 25, 2017 by Amelia Jackson
Nowadays, most people love sports. Whether it means sitting down on the couch with chicken wings in hand watching the Super Bowl, or juggling a soccer ball in your backyard with some friends, or even dribbling a ball on a court about to shoot for the basket, sports can be a lot of fun. But sports have not always been the way that we play them today.
Over 3,000 years ago, in Asia, the game of soccer was invented, and in other countries like South Africa, at this time, there was a game that was played that sort of resembles the game now. But, the Greeks and Romans claim that they are the ones who created it. Now, we have shin guards, and cleats to protect us from getting hurt, but in these times in Europe, it was very violent. Many injuries occurred in the game, which upstaged the upper class. King Edward then banned the sport, forbidding anyone to play it. But this would not stop the true lovers of soccer. When players continued to pass, kick, and score, they were punished and put in prison. But after years and years, finally in the 1800s, schools started to form teams, and play each other. In 1869, goal kicks were invented. As well as in 1872, corner kicks were made a rule. A referee first used a whistle in 1878, and in 1891, official penalties were made. Additionally, the first soccer ball was a blown up piece of leather, invented by Charles Goodyear. The soccer ball has also changed dramatically, and the game did as well.
Imagine choosing how many players you wanted to play on the field, and not have a set number? Well this is how basketball was in the 1800s. And up to 50 people would play. Per team, which means 100 players on a court. But as this got out of hand, in 1897, the number of players got cut down to five. Also, up until 1920, if a player was given a break, or taken out of the game, they could not come back in. But in 1920, that rule changed, allowing the player to come back in once, and then later in 1945, to being that a player could go out and in an unlimited amount of times. Additionally, the baskets were boxes hung from a ceiling, at 10 feet, which is the height that remains today. But, over the years, the basket changed to an open-ended nylon net. And surprisingly enough, the first basketballs were actually soccer balls, but then decided to be hard to bounce, and transitioned into a different leather, and then transitioned, and changed, and tweaked to what we have today. Points were scored as one for a consecutive shot, and one was given if there were three fouls given on the other team.
MS 447 Soccer Team
January 2, 2017 by Amelia Jackson
Our MS 447 Soccer Team is carrying us on their shoulders, representing us as a school.
And working as a team...
MS 447’s Soccer Team is warming up for this year’s games. These energetic and determined middle schoolers have been working so hard, and are progressing every year to be the better team. The Wolf Press interviewed Francesca, an 8th grader in class 803 about what it was like to be on a team with not only peers, but friends as well. She is unfortunately not on the team this year, but enjoyed it last year. She responded, “I liked that I was part of a soccer team in 7th grade. I also thought that basketball was the only team for MS 447, but I was wrong, and there was actually a soccer team. Being part of a school team, and representing my school was cool for me because I could work with my classmates to win. I was also good at the sport, so I could play with other experienced players.” As Francesca stated, being on a team can build who you are as a human being. Additionally, it will help you to make friends while having fun. So maybe you would want to try the team out as well! Even if you are not as experienced as other players, give it a shot, and make some friends.
Sickening Sports Injuries - Fatal or Faultless?
January 1, 2017 by Kameron James and Laila Azmy
Are you a sports nut who watches every baseball game on TV, or who treats the Super Bowl as a national holiday? Well, have you ever wondered about the dangerous aspect of sports? Shocking, I know, but many kinds of sports can have deadly outcomes. Read more to find the injuries you can get from basketball, soccer, and football. Then, you, as the reader, will be in charge of deciding if these injuries are fatal or faultless.
Touchdown! This word is touching to many people. Fathers and sons. Girls and their mothers. College kids and adults with high pressure jobs. Everyone adores football, and according to stopspot injuries.org, it is one of the most popular sports played by young people. However, in 2007, more than 920,000 younger than 18 were carted away to emergency rooms, hospitals, and, sometimes, to never play the sport again.
Top Three (Common) American Football Injuries
American Football can be a very dangerous sport, here a just a few of many dreadful injuries:
-Torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament)
Wow, that sounds painful! But football isn’t the only sport that can be dangerous.
Fun fact: in the average soccer game, a player normally runs about 48 kilometers, or 3.9 miles. Crazy, I know. But with all that running, they can run into trouble. Soccer is a mostly low contact sport, so the most common injuries you can get from it are overuse injuries, which, as the name implies, are the results of the overuse of muscles. Make sure to rest when playing soccer, otherwise these might apply to you.
If football sounds dangerous, just wait until you hear basketballs injuries! Harsh sentence, but when you play basketball for the first time, your body may send you a signal that it needs some time to gather itself. But over time (and it will be 3–4 days if you play continuously) the aches will be gone.
So, now that you have read this article, what do you think about these sports injuries? Are they fatal or faultless?